Language can turn ideas into magic or dust: Tim Love

VARCA, GOA: In today?s diverse world compressed by an overwhelming digital presence, language is the most powerful technology around.

"Language is a technology in itself," Omnicom Group vice chairman and Omnicom Asia Pacific India Middle-East and Africa (APIMA) CEO Tim Love said, presenting a new facet to the debate of the relevance of technology in a post-digital World.

Quoting McLuhan, Love said that once you master technology, it becomes invisible. As human beings have more or less mastered their respective language - verbal and non verbal, it is becoming invisible. Every advertising professional needs to bear in mind that this technology is omnipresent and affects the reception of the message globally.

As a consequence, we have also started focusing on electronic technology and started undermining the potential of "human technology". The potential of human insights and understanding still plays a major role in determining the effectiveness of an ad message.

Speaking at Goafest 2012, Love went on to give the example of an automobile brand Nova which was to be launched in the Latin American countries. While in some cultures and languages the word Nova refers to something new, in this particular country it had a negative connotation. The local agency professional pointed this out to the brand. It did not deter the brand from going ahead with the name, but it did make for a good study of the multicultural fabric we operate in and how marketers and ad professionals need to be sensitive to the language difference that exists in the world.

"The worst thing you can do is to presume we all think the same," Love warned. "Respecting the difference in the languages and culture and moulding your communication accordingly makes for a better strategy. Even sign language is not universal."

It is necessary to keep in mind the syntax of different languages as well. For example, Japanese use their verb at the very end. Also, the intonations in the language make it slowly spoken. Hence, while communicating to a Japanese audience, the message should keep these things in mind for the audience to better assimilate and comprehend the matter.

Cultural agility also needs to be maintained to gauge the preferences and choices of the audience in this case. While some factors like language, environment and symbols may be evident, there are many aspects like religion, history, superstitions, values and attitudes that are more covert.

"I would give three tips for maintaining cultural agility. First, treat language with more reverence. Second, when using an interpreter slow down and use crisp sound bytes and third, learn how to say hello, please and thank you in the language of your communication partner," Love said.

An idea is not an idea till it drives innovation and explores new realms of understanding and conversation. In this context, Love concluded that an idea can be turned into magic or dust depending on the hand that rubs against it. Using the linguistic and cultural context while planning and executing a campaign can make that difference between dust and magic.

Latest Reads
MRUC appoints Vikram Sakhuja as chairman of IRS tech committee

MRUC has appointed Madison Media Group CEO and OOH Vikram Sakhuja as chairman of the IRS Technical Committee (TechCom). Sakhuja will replace DDB Mudra Group executive director NP Sathyamurthy whose term comes to an end.

MAM Media and Advertising People
Chlorophyll launches offerings to bridge brand creation and execution gap

End-to-end brand consultancy Chlorophyll has launched new offerings on Independence Day, as it enters its 20th year. Chlorophyll co-founder and MD Kiran Khalap said, “As we complete 19 successful years powered by relentless learning, I am delighted to present chlorophyll 3.0, which, with several...

MAM Media and Advertising AD Agencies
Okinawa Autotech launches Facebook campaign #FreedomFromFuel

The astronomical rise in fuel-run vehicles in the country has resulted in a massive problem of air pollution in India. As the pollution levels shoot up in an unprecedented manner, Okinawa Autotech Private Ltd, one of India’s fastest growing and most disruptive e-automobile manufacturer is striving...

MAM Media and Advertising Ad Campaigns
Dinesh Swamy joins iProspect India as NCD

iProspect India, the digital agency of Dentsu Aegis Network recently announced Dinesh Swamy as national creative director.

MAM Media and Advertising People
BBDO India appoints Edward Gunn as head of planning Mumbai

BBDO India has appointed Edward Gunn as head of planning for its Mumbai office. Gunn moved to India in 2017 as director at DDB Mudra Group. 

MAM Marketing MAM
Signpost India and NDMC to enable free Wi-Fi Zones in CBD area of New Delhi

Signpost India, India’s largest digital Out-of-Home (OOH) enterprise, has worked on a project with the senior team of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) for the launch of NDMC’s Smart City Project at Charka Park, Connaught Place, New Delhi on Monday,...

MAM Media and Advertising AD Agencies
PrettySecrets Urges Freedom From Boring This Independence Day With Their Campaign #BreakFreeFromBoring

Women have come a long way in terms of lingerie; once there was a time when women would be ashamed to talk about lingerie and ask for one to a male shopkeeper, where in today’s time the mindset has changed.

MAM Media and Advertising Ad Campaigns
S Yesudas launches Y&A Transformation

S Yesudas, former MD and co-founder of Triggerbridge and MD Vizeum (Dentsu Aegis) has launched his new venture, a business transformation company, Y&A Transformation.

MAM Marketing MAM
AEGON Life Insurance launches video series campaign

MUMBAI: Aegon Life Insurance, India’s digital insurance company, recently rolled out its video series campaign named ‘AEGONs of Business’, to bring forth the journey of entrepreneurs who took the unconventional path towards success.

MAM Media and Advertising Ad Campaigns

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories