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HumanKind Hardcover – October 26, 2010
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About the Author
Mark Tutssel is the creative leader of Leo Burnett Worldwide and oversees the work of 96 global offices. Under his direction, in 2009, Leo Burnett Worldwide was the third most awarded network at the Cannes International Advertising Festival as well as the Network of the Year at the Art Directors Club of New York and the Golden Drum Awards. Prior to becoming Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, Mark was Executive Creative Director of Leo Burnett London. He has twice been inducted into the Clio Hall of Fame and is member of the Royal Society of Arts.
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Of course, it would be disingenuous to discuss a book produced by two principals of an agency, a book that discusses that agency’s unique perspective and approach, and which uses examples of its own work as a way to showcase that unique perspective – without acknowledging that, regardless of whatever benefits or insights the reader can glean from it, there is an element of the endeavor that is clearly designed to generate new business. And I don’t think Bernardin and Tutssel would dispute this. Who among us did not see the success that Kevin Roberts had with Lovemarks, a book that Humankind shares not only a publisher with, but also something of size, design and shape.
Thus, Humankind is a way for Bernardin and Tutssel (to read the rest of this review, please visit http://the-agency-review.com/humankind)
As the authors Tom Bernardin and Mark Tutssel point out, the idea that brands need a purpose is not a new concept, but still utterly underutilized. They argue that a brand without purpose is one that will never be understood or embraced by people. And, for brands to make real, human connections, they need to have a human-centric purpose. A purpose rooted in a genuine and fundamental human need is bigger than any brand promise or positioning statement. It's a shift from showing what a product does to what it means. A brand purpose tells people what the brand believes in and what it's going to do about it. Brands that have a purpose have a shared set of convictions and a compulsion across the entire organization to change things for the better. When brands live with a higher purpose, they are champions of positive change, and try to close the gap between the way the world is now and how they hope it to be.
A brand purpose supersedes everything in the conventional marketing protocol. It becomes the central motivation for the brand. It drives everything a brand does, says, and offers. It taps into people's individual, unique wants and needs to make the world a better place and life a more fulfilling experience.
As advertisers, we are masters at using creativity to transform human behavior. The authors of HumanKind remind us to make our work matter. To create marketing that respects people's needs, ambitions, intelligence, sense of humor, and enjoyment of life. Not to interrupt people, but to involve them. Not to demand people's attention, but rather to invite and reward participation.Read more ›
Hypocritically the authors said this book is not about Advertising, then what is it really about?
They also said the ads about McDonald's (their Client!) inside the book are not about advertising or selling products.
They mostly featured the ads done by their ad agency inside the book.
They tried to use a soft sell approach and call it "Humankind" to sell their agency philosophy, and then their agency, using the so called Leo Burnett's creative philosophy.
Actually Leo Burnett's creative philosophy used to be called building "inherent drama" in products.
This book reminds me about another agency portfolio book or brand book called Lovemark by one of Saatchi's top men, the CEO.
If admitting that this book is to sell its agency and its services, then this book will be more sincere and has more source credibility.
Like it or not, these authors are in the agency business, and no one actually blames you for trying to sell us something, including your agency.
But sell it with guts and candor, and be less pretentious!
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Humankind is a great book for all who still think that brands lives just in markets and are not ablee to see that brands mostly lives among people.Published on June 22, 2011 by Ricardo Aros Castillo
Terrific...Simply terrific book!!
The examples are fantastic, the explanations are dead-on, and the logic, based on humanism, is unquestionable. Read more
HumanKind is a beautiful book. It's a title that will have a home in my library for years to come. The stunning photography and creative content makes this book a true original... Read morePublished on February 10, 2011 by Love to Read
Just finished reading HumanKind and I am pleasantly surprised by the content, tone and style of the book. Read morePublished on November 8, 2010 by Lynsey R.
Fascinating book. I didn't realize the impact well thought out and creative advertising had on my life! Read morePublished on November 3, 2010 by Tatyana
This book is absolutely amazing. Very informational and creative. The authors truly have done a superb job with this book.Published on October 28, 2010 by Regina