Rising young media star: Genesis’ Langley

This is the eighth installment in MiC's series profiling next-gen media minds. How did we find them? MiC and strategy canvassed the industry, asking media shops to single out their top innovative and strategic recruits.

Who: David Langley, buyer/planner, Genesis Media, Toronto

Claim to fame: ‘I’m a big country music fan, so I’m proudest of the November tour for Rascal Flatts because I wasn’t expecting it to do so well. We took a really aggressive strategy and sold out quickly, which I thought was pretty impressive because Toronto and country music don’t typically mix.’

Media for the initiative included ads in the entertainment sections of Toronto alt pub NOW, the Toronto Sun and Metro; eight flights of radio on country music stations across the Greater Toronto Area; and three successful flights of ads on country music site cmt.ca.

Background: Langley was studying biology at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS, when he decided on a different direction. In 2001, he went to Toronto’s Humber College to take the media foundation program and followed up with the two-year media sales program. His first job was with Echo Advertising in 2004; he then moved with the Live Nation (formerly Clear Channel Entertainment) business to Genesis Media.

What campaign do you think brilliantly engaged the consumers it targeted? ‘The Coors beer ads. Maybe it’s stereotyping, but I’m a guy, I’m a beer drinker, and the first time I saw one of the outdoor ads – it went something like ‘Colder than Jen when you called her Susan’ with just a huge picture of a cold beer – I thought any guy could look at that, laugh, and really relate to it. I love when companies use a bit of humour to engage their audience.’

What would you love to build into a plan, but haven’t been able to yet? ‘Bluetooth technology. They position little docks around the city, and if you have a cellphone that’s Bluetooth-enabled, as you walk by it sends messages to your cellphone. It could be ads or coupons or anything. For Live Nation, this would be ideal because it has short turnaround times.’