ISBA chief: expect us to be more vocal on media transparency

ISBA director general Phil Smith has laid out his plan to transform the advertiser body into a powerful voice on issues such as effectiveness and media transparency.

Phil Smith: Isba boss urged marketers to fight apathy at annual conference
Phil Smith: Isba boss urged marketers to fight apathy at annual conference

In his first speech to the ISBA annual conference since his appointment in January, Smith said Procter & Gamble chief brand officer Marc Pritchard’s intervention on transparency and The Times investigation that found brands inadvertently advertising against terrorist content had not raised "new issues".

However, he admitted that there was much to do on tackling these problems. "It’s fair to say that progress has been too slow."

"The time to act is now," he said, urging the audience to come together to fight "apathy" and "lift our sights from the demands of the day job".

"You can expect this voice to be vocal, to seek to have an impact on the world," he said, reflecting on his role and the future direction of the body.

Smith outlined his four-point manifesto that would guide his tenure as director-general:

  • a media environment that works for advertisers;
  • fostering new thinking that drives effectiveness;
  • quality and diversity of choice for advertisers;
  • freedom to advertise responsibly in line with the self-regulation system.

Touching upon ISBA’s controversial media services framework, which irritated some parts of the media industry when it launched last April, Smith said he hoped it would be rolled out more widely.

He revealed that VCCP Media and Engine Media had agreed to use the framework as well as the7stars and Bountiful Cow.

Concluding his address, Smith told delegates that: "ISBA is here to play its part as an agent of change".

Separately, Smith highlighted the fact that only 29% of ISBA’s conference speakers were women and pledged to improve this for next year’s conference and not to clash with again with International Women’s Day.

Subscribe to Campaign from just £57 per quarter

Includes the weekly magazine and quarterly Campaign IQ, plus unrestricted online access.

SUBSCRIBE

Looking for a new job?

Get the latest creative jobs in advertising, media, marketing and digital delivered directly to your inbox each day.

Create an Alert Now
Why Cosabella replaced its agency with AI and will never go back to humans
Shares0
Share

1 Why Cosabella replaced its agency with AI and will never go back to humans

In October, lingerie retailer Cosabella replaced its digital agency with an AI platform named "Albert". Since then it has more than tripled its ROI and increased its customer base by 30%.

Just published

More