What if there was no advertising? | George Nimeh | TEDxVienna

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Every month, over 200 million people are forcefully telling the world that they hate online advertising. Is anyone listening? And more importantly, is anyone doing anything about it?

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George is a digital entrepreneur and an award-winning innovator in advertising and communications. He has worked with top brands, global agencies and startups for 20 years. And probably like you, he doesn’t like most advertising he sees online.

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Andreas Kranzl says:

What would really happen if there was no ads?

We would spend more time with each other, visiting in person, looking on pictures in an album, talking about old stories, playing games, listening to CDs, having sex, read recipes in books, …
Go to shops to buy stuff we really need or our friends have told us about.

Andreas Kranzl says:

Interesting and funny facts, however no answer on the given question.

Walter Reich says:

Good speech with really nice background pics!

AvangionQ says:

The solution to this problem is basic income.

Kram1032 says:

"Telling stories is more fun than advertising" – using a huge Red Bull ad as an example. Meh.
Really good ads, as rare as they are, are actually genuinely fun to watch. Usually they pull this off by telling a good story. That much is true but it's not new.
Not everybody can afford an ad like that Red Bull one. It should be doable with significantly less budget.
But the main problem I have with ads – even good ones – is their sheer frequency. You tend to see the same darn ad every few minutes over and over again. It becomes boring. Some ads are produced like mini-serials. The better ones of those actually accomplish something interesting: They sometimes make me look forward to new installments of them. "What happens next?" – if the turnover rate is high enough and I'm not forced to watch the exact same thing a billion times repeatedly per felt second for a felt hour a piece, ads suddenly become a huge deal more comfortable.
There don't have to be no ads. Just make existing ads less painful and less painfully repetitive.

VisualCommunicator says:

Congratulations George!

Chantal Duchene says:

so true, always thought biggest mistake of the internet was that everything was free at the start.

Clifton Isaacs says:

Thank you, you inspired me to make a donation to brainpickings.org

Life is Your Restaurant says:

Brought to you by Mazda. XD

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