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The biggest threat to creative ads? Cannes. P&G might see festival as waste of time, money.

But itís hard to believe lavish parties, punctuated by viewing of creative advertising (brief to the point non-existent for some senior executives) will build respect for creative advertising or advertising creatives.

Privately, some P&G executives refer to Cannes simply as a boondoggle. One former P&G marketing-services executive asked before last yearís trip: "Why donít they just stay home and make better ads?"

John Wannamaker the 19th Ė century haberdasher who uttered that famous "I know half of my advertising budget is wastedÖ" quote would see the cream of global creativity drowning the brain cells in booze before heading back to $500 a- night hotel rooms.

Thanks to the client influx, heíd also see new hights of relationship building as agencies return some of their bounty to clients.It drives home the ROI analysis how much extra cash moves through this industry. And how out of touch advertising creatives can be with the folks who ultimately pay the bills.

A shockingly refreshing exception is Yasmin Ahmad, executive creative director of Publicis Groupeís Leo Burnett Co., Malaysia.

Last year, she told a room of Procter & Gamble Co. executives how she once walked out of a meeting about a campaign to make shampoo sachets appear to be a better value by putting less shampoo in them.

This was during a 1998 Asian currency crisis that literally had people jumping out of windows nearby. It was a rare sobering moment at Cannes. Another followed minutes later when P&Gís agency executives saw the film shortlist.

Hereís a third. While Mr. Wanamaker wasnít at Cannes this year, Kim Kraus was. Sheís P&Gís strategic-relationship-optimisation (i.e. purchasing) manager for marketing services.

WALK THE WALK. One former P&G executive asked before last years trip: "Why donít they just stay at home and make better ads?"

The scary thought of what she might find to optimise there shows why having client contingents at Cannes are a bad idea. Turning Cannes into the Mecca of advertising, gives award-winning work a bad name.Unlike Cannes, award-winning advertising is not a waste of money.

Indeed, highly retentive market researchers are converging lately around hard proof that making emotional connections is by far the most important things ads do. And award-winning ads do it better than traditional complex, benefit laden P&G ads.

Ultimately, getting research on these points into the hands and minds of P&G decision makers-most often the general managers-is the only thing that might change the culture.

BOONDOGGLE

But itís hard to believe lavish parties, punctuated by viewing of creative advertising (brief to the point non-existent for some senior executives) will build respect for creative advertising or advertising creatives.

Privately, some P&G executives refer to Cannes simply as a boondoggle. One former P&G marketing-services executive asked before last yearís trip: "Why donít they just stay home and make better ads?"

Easier said than done. But Unilever has. After a couple of years of sending contingents to Cannes to look cool just by letting them make good ads.

Given Unileverís aggregate market performance vs. P&G, itís easy to write off its better award performance.

But brands where Unilever is getting creative awards, like Axe and more recently Dove, are among its strongestFind Article, and ones where it tends to beat P&G more often than not.

Just staying home and making better ads isnít a bad idea.

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