Marketers carry a lot on their shoulders. The survey found that marketers continue to stick to more traditional ways of managing their work, like email and status meetings. Perhaps not coincidentally, marketers reported high and even alarming stress levels, work completed past deadlines, and problems proving value.
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Originality and unexpectedness are superpowers. Surprisingly, very few brands use them as such. They’re hard to master and far away from a science or anything you can test. That’s probably why you don’t see more truly original and unexpected communication today.
If you look at the higest-rated videos on YouTube, they’re not sad dramas, they’re men getting hit with inflatable balls or animals falling off things. Younger generations love humor, which is why advertising is using increasing quantities of it to sell things. People like it. It works.