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Saying au revoir: final thoughts from Cannes

Having been immersed in creativity for the last three days, our team take time to reflect on what they have seen at Cannes Lions and what they will each be bringing back to Pegasus.

“In marketing, we live in a bubble and don’t step outside and become a member of the public … good creative people are people who look in on something from the outside world.”

Leaving aside the fact that Sir John Hegarty was speaking at an exclusive FT event from a hotel veranda overlooking the Cote d’Azur, it’s hard not to admit the man has a point.

It was our last talk at Cannes Lions, and although Sir John wasn’t talking about health, his was a sentiment that echoed throughout our three days here.

The most striking work and the most powerful speakers were those who’d managed to get out of the bubble to deliver creativity that people actually needed.

Here, each of our team shares their takeaways from the three days.

Corrina Safeio, Head of Planning
My key takeaway was that we’re often guilty in healthcare of thinking as our industry as siloed and subject to different rules from the rest of the marketing world.

Of course, ours is a highly-regulated space, but I think we also need to remember that people are people, whether they’re patients or consumers, and we need to be creative in persuading them just as we do in any other industry. 

Neil Sparks, Head of Design
Something that really stood out for me was that the stand-out work happened when clients were prepared to be bold.

Healthcare is often considered pretty safe, but there were some amazing examples of client and agency working closely together to manage the internal politics and make sure the work didn’t get diluted along the way. The Sick Kids ‘Vs’ campaign was a perfect demonstration of this, and the work was more memorable and effective as a result.

Adam Hayes, Senior Designer
For me, it was that great creative needs time to develop and breathe. A creative duo is ideal, three people is a problem in many cases.

So let’s be brave not only in the conceiving of the ideas, but also in filtering out the noise that can invade the most important part of the creative process.

Ian Ray, Head of Copy
The big learning for me was that more meditative, long-form storytelling can make a real impact, albeit in a different way to the more common high octane, pacey work.

It’s not going to be right for every situation, but it feels like there’s a trend amongst braver clients to invest in slower, more meaningful stories.

is our Head of Copy. He leads our editorial team at Pegasus and is responsible for tone of voice and patient centricity in copy throughout the business.