Category: Social Starter


Saving Italy

I’ve just read a fascinating article that, depending on how you read it, can be terrifying or stimulating.

The article, published in Linkiesta a few days ago, paints a grim picture for the future of Italy’s younger population because of some very poor decisions made by previous generations.

It turns out that more than half of Italians aged between 50 and 60 have amongst the lowest levels of education in Europe.

In the 70’s and 80’s the idea of going to college was the last thing on the mind of the majority of Italian students, who quickly found jobs in the growing number of factories and offices across the country. However, 40 years later, Italy is now paying a very heavy price.

Source: Linkiesta

The problem with this philosophy is that the majority of the country’s workforce lack the skills to adapt to change and grow later in life, meaning they are forced to stay in the same, lower-paid jobs for longer than their neighbours.

Hence the enormous pressure on the state to reform the national pension scheme.

Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad.


According to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the situation doesn’t seem to be intent on improving much over the next 25 years as other countries storm ahead with higher education initiatives, increasing the gap still further.

Italy has been stagnant for too long and needs help. This is no time for protectionism – we don’t have to play in defence.

There are those who play with numbers and negotiate with Brussels (and others paid to introduce frankly cruel and crazy schemes to protect the status quo but that’s another question). My job is to create a market with what I have.

I have Made in Italy, and I mean all of Italy.

I am convinced this asset is still our greatest USP across the globe, but just like everything that ages, it is in desperate need of TLC. It needs reinventing. It can no longer be used as a prestigious badge of honour to favour the country’s competitiveness and excellence when its core values are crumbling from the inside.

To start off, we need to redefine what Made in Italy means beyond blind national pride, which will only get you so far, particularly if you’re trailing everyone else on every other statistic.

This new meaning then needs to be shared. Shared amongst the entrepreneurs, the workers and the schools producing tomorrow’s leaders. Once we have shared value, then the social norms start to kick in.

And then we need to broadcast it. Correctly. In a clear and precise language that leaves no doubt about Italy’s values, its culture and its capacity to turn things around.

Copywritermadrelingua is an attempt to reverse engineer these three steps.

I don’t have the firepower to organize top-down think tanks but I do have the balls to contact every creative agency out there to see if they want to do something about this collectively, or whether they’d rather watch as the candle of Rome slowly expires.

It sounds far fetched, I know, but there’s purpose here.

More than turnover and competition, it’s about reinvention, higher standards and ethics – something that’s sadly missing from our daily routine.


Stonex chooses Social Starter

We are extremely proud to announce that Smartphone Innovations srl, the Italian company behind the rather brilliant Stonex smartphones has chosen Social Starter as its digital partner for the Christmas 2013 digital campaign.

Our goal, apart from spreading the word about this pretty amazing product, is to combine best practices across multiple disciplines (from server integration to digital PR) with real time ADV split testing to optimize and then stabilize the various revenue streams so that 2014 can be even greater that 2013.

All this of course wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the tireless commitment of the Stonex management to this Italian startup and the cast-iron belief that they really do have an interesting product to offer. Kudos above all to them.

Many thanks to the team that changed the rules of engagement. Now back to work!


Haven’t done that yet.

In answer to the question “What is your favorite Ferrari?” Enzo Ferrari once said “”The one that has not been built yet.”

We have just got back from one seriously long day in Montecarlo which is currently hosting the Monaco Yacht Show so I wouldn’t recommend going unless you want to spend a couple of hours looking for a free parking spot…

We are currently trying to close an important repositioning project with a client there that will require everything from a new logo to regular corporate events with selected clients plus all the digital goodies (front and back-end) you can imagine thrown in.

The project itself – all 100 slides of it – has been a monumental feat to produce and we are particularly proud of how it acts on both brand AND business at the same time. It’s not every day (or client) that allows you to cross the line from the sometimes commercially blind marketing departments and propose ideas with P&L implications so this is a particularly demanding concept.

Yet despite this, the thing about Enzo Ferrari’s quote that resonates so much with me personally is that all of our projects, no matter how big or small, somehow become the next big thing as we take them on and we quite literally fall in love with them, fight over them and build them one by one by hand.

So what’s next? Does it really matter? After all, we haven’t made our best project yet.

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