'Print Is Not Extinct,' Says Top Saatchi & Saatchi Exec

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Pablo Del Campo, worldwide creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi.
Pablo Del Campo, worldwide creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi.

With advertisers continuing to shift their print budgets to digital media, Pablo Del Campo, the worldwide creative director at Publicis Groupe's Saatchi & Saatchi, thinks maybe adland is a little too enamored.

"We are seduced by digital media and it's not necessarily ­because it's more effective," he told The Australian newspaper during an interview at the Cannes Lions festival this week. "I feel it's because it's new."

The shift to online, he added, "has gone too far."

"Maybe advertisers don't know exactly what to do. They are experimenting because they need to and I understand that. Let's wait a couple of years and see, but I feel print is not ­extinct."

Print is not extinct, but it's certainly losing interesting among advertisers. Last year, ad spending on consumer and business-to-business magazines in the U.S. fell 5.1% compared with 2013, according to research from analytics firm Kantar Media Newspaper ad spending dropped 10% year over year, Kantar said.

Still, Mr. Del Campo, who was named Saatchi & Saatchi's worldwide creative director in March 2014, said "print is still powerful."

His comments about print follow similar remarks from WPP CEO Martin Sorrell who stuck up for magazines and newspapers. "There is an argument at the moment going on about the effectiveness of newspapers and magazines, even in their traditional form, and maybe they are more effective than people give them credit [for]," Mr. Sorrell told an audience in March at a Broadcasting Press Guild breakfast in the U.K.