Last year I attended Nordic Business Forum 2015 thru the live stream and it was an amazing experience. I was so stoked that had to buy a NBF16 seminar pass right away – I wanted to experience it physically, to hear the keynote speakers live, meet people and be part of the buzz.
Now, after digesting the whole experience for 2 weeks, I’d like to share some of my learnings with you. The four things that are still on my mind are:
Do, do, do = Only action makes inspiration come true, execution is everything
Choose to matter = Everyone of us is the change, don’t wait for it to happen
Attention on solutions = Solve a problem, don’t concentrate on egos
Values & Trust = Employees 1st, customers 2nd
The main themes at the Nordic Business Forum 2016 (NBF16) were marketing, digitalization and culture . Two days, almost 6,000 people, tens of nationalities – the event was bigger than ever. And well worth the investment in time and money. Full agenda can be found at NBF16.
On marketing and change
Marketing is a service, an emotion and about making a connection. Today mass anything is dead, even niche groups are big enough to target. Scott Galloway continues:
- The young and healthy have left the building (=tv). 74% would cancel Netflix if there were ads. The price of freedom – adfree world – is a couple dollars.
- Store is the number 1 factor influencing the purchase decision – next come search, CRM and social.
- Ratio, heart and genitals drive the decisions. Technology helps reduce pain when you’ve first identified the actual pain points.
- Car is a service, Google is a spiritual guide and FB’s for love, empathy and sharing.
His final words were that “lots of things are happening that are not good for us”. Privacy issues and tax evasion are threats if you’re not transparent.
Peter Diamantes asked which problem do you want to solve. Solve and share it – like Uber. Everybody has potential to become extraordinary problem solver with latest tools around like sensors, 3D printing, virtual & artificial reality, genetics etc. But how to the unlock passion to do this? Unfortunately our governments are the slowest to change as they are the most linear organizations on the planet. But even they can’t regulate against change in the end. We – the people – are the change, in the past citizens have started the biggest changes. And what’s not possible today, will be possible tomorrow.
Gary Vaynerchuk started his keynote stating that we’re still grossly overspending on stuff that we’ve done before. For example by using tv ads to interrupt storytelling. Everything should be about creating value. Communication drives everything and you can only learn by doing. Only action creates results, not inspiration. Do, do, do – test, test, test – and do it again. Try out all the new stuff and think how this could help your business. Create a culture where your employees are better than the competition and figure out a firing policy as well.
This was the first time I heard the godfather of creativity, Seth Godin of the Purple Cow, live. For him marketing is all about creating experience. So are you’re creating something worth mentioning? He focused on the value of teamwork, building trust, co-creation and sharing ideas – a connection economy. Sounds familiar to a service designer. A few phrases of his that resonated with me:
- There no such thing as a writer’s block – just bad habits and reluctance to dance with fear.
- It’s all about creating marketing together, being fully human. Sow ubana – I see you.
- There are not enough bad ideas to find a few good ones.
- Do you want to make art or be a copycat?
- Will you to choose matter?
And of course I have to share his picture of bats having a cocktail party. Certainly made me think of these creatures in a different way.