What does the board do?
Beats me. No, seriously, I haven't gotten the agenda for next week's meeting yet (it usually goes out a few days before). Most likely, the issues will focus on the policy and direction that POPAI and its chapters will take on all sorts of subjects relevant to the retail, merchandising and point-of-purchase advertising industries. Since POPAI has shown its intent to expand its role in the digital signage industry via its support of our digital signage standards effort and other issues like advocacy and even in-store privacy, I expect to be representing the needs and concerns of our industry in front of the other (far more savvy) members of the panel. Thankfully, I won't be our lone representative. Scala's Jeff Porter has been on the board for several years now, and hopefully the presence of two of us will prove so formidable and overwhelming that the rest of the group will immediately agree with our every initiative.
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What kind of things should we talk about?
I'm still collecting and reading through the results of our latest reader poll, which ends on May 31. If you or someone you know hasn't taken the survey yet, please fill out the survey now -- it should take you less than three minutes. While I'll do a full analysis of the results in another few weeks, one thing I can tell you is that cost no longer appears to be the major sticking point for a lot of projects. No, the number one concern of respondents was that digital signage projects require too much interdepartmental communication and sign-off. Still lacking a place in most companies' formal advertising, merchandising, sales and even IT agendas, a lot of us find ourselves having to orchestrate major multidisciplinary efforts to get a project planned, let alone deployed. Whether this means everyone wants to take ownership or (just as frequently) no one does, it's a major problem for a lot of larger deployments. Hopefully this is something that my fellow board members will have some insights on.
But that's just one item I want to bring up, and certainly there are many others. As I mentioned at the start of this post, I know a lot of folks out there can suggest more important (or more pressing) things to call attention to. So, where should I start?
If you could have the marketing execs at companies like Disney, J&J and Walmart answer any question you like, what would your question be?
I'll select the best questions from the list and try to get them answered next week.
PS: As of this writing, POPAI's board of directors page had me listed as being the EVP/Creative Director at Leo Burnett. While that certainly would be a fun change of pace, it's definitely a typo. They should be correcting that shortly.