Four Takeaways from Cannes Lions 2022

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After a two-year hiatus, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity returned in 2022. Here we round up some of the key talks and take-outs

Among the abundance of insights and ideas, we share key moments, take-outs and trends from this year’s festival talks and activations. From the future of audio marketing to how brands can redefine the body, shape future cities and maximise the metaverse, the festival points to an exciting near future for marketing and communications.

Future Gazers: The Future Laboratory presents
Equilibrium Cities

The Future Laboratory made its Cannes debut this year as part of the Future Gazers series of talks. Taking place on The Terrace, our session brought together a group of hand-selected visionaries from across the industry to paint a picture of our world 18 months from now.

As part of the panel, Kathryn Bishop, The Future Laboratory and LS:N Global's foresight editor, explored the subject of future cities and the ways in which tech and artificial intelligence (AI) will underpin urban environments that are responsive to citizens’ needs, health, identities and cultural progression. ‘We’re looking towards a future of whole cities underpinned by tech,’ explains Bishop. ‘Neom, for example, in Saudi Arabia is a new city built on tech. There, residents can opt in to have an AI-led digital twin of their health profile that will track their routines and exposure to any germs or illnesses, and make recommendations for their lifestyles.’

The panel also included Joe McDonnell, head of insight at WGSN, who delved into the near future of wellness wearables and how they will transform our lifestyles, and Laurent Thevenet, head of creative technology APAC and MEA at Publicis Group, who discussed the potential and pitfalls of using AI for creativity.

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13 July 2022

Author: Louise Lee

Image: Cannes Lions 2022, France


Spotify at Cannes Lions 2022, France

Spotify amplifies the potential of audio

After recently announcing a new £16.8m ($20m, €19.9m) podcast advertising deal with Omnicom Media Group, Spotify used Cannes Lions to cement its potential as a growing platform for advertisers. Since its last activation at the event in 2019, Spotify has built an entirely new business centred on podcasting; this year, it expressed that its ambition is to become the go-to destination for digital audio brand experiences.

In this vein, Spotify played host to several panels themed around its advertising initiatives, including Outside Voice and Culture Next. Elsewhere, Spotify’s global head of public affairs, Dustee Jenkins, hosted a panel exploring how Generation Z are using audio to redefine culture, fandom and themselves. Joining the panel were Teenager Therapy podcast co-hosts Kayla Suarez and Thomas Pham, and Ziad Ahmed, founder and CEO of Gen Z marketing agency JUV Consulting. They discussed how, for Gen Z, Spotify is essential for everyday living, as they turn to the audio streaming platform to suit every mood. They also discussed the top themes on the platform, with mental wellbeing ranking as the number one genre for Gen Z listeners.

‘Mental health being top genre for Gen Z – it doesn’t blow my mind,’ Ahmed said during the panel. ‘It is surprising to me to meet a Gen Zer who self-identifies as happy, especially coming out of the pandemic. Am I happy? Am I fulfilled? A lot of people came out of this with really mixed conclusions, and we had nowhere to turn for the next step… platforms like Spotify help us feel heard, seen and inspired.’

‘A lot of Gen Z came out of the pandemic with mixed conclusions, and we had nowhere to turn for the next step… platforms like Spotify help us feel heard, seen and inspired.’
Ziad Ahmed, founder and CEO, JUV Consulting
Meta at Cannes Lions 2022, France

Meta’s plans for the metaverse

Technology giant Meta took over the Majestic Beach on La Croisette with a branded space featuring a range of experiential activations and thought-leadership sessions. Here, Meta gave visitors a glimpse into the metaverse and its intentions for the world of Web3. During one session, entitled Innovation Meets Creativity, Suzanne Powers, global president and chief strategy officer at McCann Worldgroup, and Todd Kaplan, chief marketing officer at Pepsi, discussed the limitless opportunities of the metaverse. Powers explained how great brand marketing means establishing strong memory structures with consumers, emphasising that ‘brand worlds, both personal and individual, can help create these memory structures’.

Specifically designed for Cannes Lions, Meta also introduced two new Meta Quest Oculus Horizon worlds, the MINIVerse, by the BMW Group’s Mini car brand, and the Fender Stratoverse by Fender Musical Instruments Corp. Visitors at Meta Beach could experience both brand worlds in the demo booths using VR headsets. These same worlds were also made available to Meta Quest 2 Headset users in the UK, the US and Canada.

‘Reels now makes up over 20% of the time users spend on Instagram’ – Meta

The power and potential of Instagram Reels was also explored, with Meta introducing the new features of its short-form video interface, via its Reels Super Studio. According to Meta, Reels now makes up over 20% of the time users spend on Instagram, so – in tandem with artist Felipe Pantone – the Reels Super Studio’s interactive experience allowed visitors to watch tutorials and pair the latest AR effects with dynamic movements to create their own Reel in Pantone’s immersive space.

Redefining the Body by Vogue and Snapchat, France

Vogue and Snapchat’s democratised luxury

Hosted at the Centre d’art La Malmaison in Cannes, fashion title Vogue and social media platform Snapchat partnered to create an exclusive, interactive AR exhibition for Cannes Lions attendees focused on inclusivity and access to luxury experiences.

The exhibition was designed to ‘break down the physical boundaries of fashion’, showcasing designs from seven luxury labels including Gucci, Stellar McCartney, Balenciaga, Kenneth Ize and Richard Quinn across six rooms. Here, visitors could try on designer items using Snapchat Lenses, while meandering through custom-designed rooms that immersed them in each luxury brand’s creations.

‘Redefining the Body is really about embracing people of all races, all sizes, all ages, all socio-economic backgrounds,’ explained Edward Enninful OBE, editor-in-chief of British Vogue. ‘[So] that when you have your phone and you can direct it to an outfit that is self-reflected, and be able to be whoever you want to be.'

Strategic opportunities:

  • The power of technology to boost creativity underpinned Cannes Lions 2022 – from how AI can be used in design to the AR tools and metaverse experiences that brands are developing to transform how we experience them digitally

  • Audio continues to be crucial for reaching global – and younger – audiences. Consider the value shifts, mindsets and needs of Generation Z and how you can use audio tools to educate, advise and inspire their futures

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