Mobile marketing is dead: Long live gaming marketing

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Opinion A recent study conducted and released by MobileBridge indicates that mobile marketing tools, though accepted by the marketing community, have been slow to receive updates and delayed in expanding their current mobile apps. It seems that mobile technology is way ahead of marketing applications and perhaps ahead of the understanding of this potentially beneficial technology as well.

What does that mean to me, as a supporter of integrated marketing and omni-channel marketing? If the...

By Thaddeus Kubis, 17 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Gamification, M-Commerce, Mobile Marketing.

It’s time for influence to evolve: Welcome to Influence 2.0

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Influencer marketing is one of the most promising and underappreciated disciplines in the digital marketing mix” - Brian Solis

Influencer marketing became mainstream in 2016. However, with pure pay to play and short-term campaign practices dominating the conversation, many misconceptions remain in this nascent space. Curious to see how the practice is perceived within leading enterprises around the world, Traackr and TopRank Marketing teamed up to survey 102 brand strategists and...

By Kirk Crenshaw, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Branding, Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Why consumer apps are evolving, not dying – and what brands should do about it

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By Paul Jarrett, MD, Sonin

Since the launch of the App Store back in 2008, apps have evolved from simple novelties to intelligent tools that brands use to reach and engage their customers. Yet, despite 71% of marketers now considering mobile as critical to hitting their targets, rumours continue to circulate claiming that we’re on the brink of a ‘post-app era’, or an ‘app-ocalypse’.

What we’re currently experiencing isn’t the death of apps...

By Sonin, 14 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Mobile Marketing.

The marketer’s next challenge: Seamless digital integration

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The way in which people consume content has changed dramatically in the past decade. The uptake in mobile media consumption has created a diverse range of platforms, and marketers now have incredible opportunities for reaching target audiences. However, these technological developments have proven to be somewhat of a double-edged sword; people consume content so rapidly and in so many ways, that it can be hard for brands to catch the eye and convey their message.

Because of this difficulty,...

By Jon Mowat, 13 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Best Practice, Branding, Social Media Marketing.

Number of marketers who understand consumer mobile usage ‘underwhelming’

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The number of marketing executives who understand the importance of keeping pace with consumer levels of mobile engagement is ‘underwhelming’, according to a new report from MobileBridge.

The report, which surveyed more than 50 professionals in the EMEA and US, argued marketing teams have a ‘rich opportunity’ to integrate ‘beyond push messages’ and create greater integration with consumers. Key initiatives for respondents in their road to digital...

By James Bourne, 08 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding, Mobile Marketing.

Get heard above the noise: Why high-impact ad units are a must

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It may not come as a huge surprise that the mobile phone is one of the most prevalent pieces of technology ever invented, but so much so that Cisco found more people will have mobile phones (5.4 billion) than electricity (5.3 billion), running water (3.5 billion) and cars (2.8 billion) by 2020.

The rapid growth of mobile devices has caused accessibility to outpace the growth of what we consider basic necessities. Pair that with the fact that consumers are spending more time on...

By Kate Barry, 03 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Branding.

Why brands are tuning into podcasts – and what you need to do

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Podcasts have grown exponentially over the past 12 months. Acast, a curated platform for podcasts, has increased its listeners from 4 million in November 2015 to 10.9 million in November 2016. More globally, Rawvoice, a data firm that tracks 20,000 shows, reported that 75 million people listen to its podcasts each month – triple the 25million listeners it had just five years ago. And Edison Research shows weekly podcast consumption is on a constant year on year growth of...

By Helen Rose, 02 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Video & Audio Marketing.

Google replaces Apple as world’s most valuable brand with Lego most ‘powerful’

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It has been a bunfight between these two tech behemoths over the past few years, but now Google has replaced Apple as the world’s most valuable brand with a value of $109.5 billion (£83.8bn), according to a new report from Brand Finance.

The report, the annual Global 500, also evaluates a variety of factors, from marketing investment, to familiarity, to corporate reputation, to work out the most ‘powerful’ brand beyond brass tacks, ranking Lego as the...

By James Bourne, 02 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Case Studies.

Research argues how brands can benefit through subtitling adverts

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You’ve put together what looks like a knockout campaign; the creative has been done to perfection, the budget is all on side, the analytics have been mined for the best possible reach. Wouldn’t it be a shame if all that hard work was undermined because people viewed the advert with the sound off?

The issue of how to get consumers to connect with advertising has been one marketing teams have faced since time immemorial. Yet a new piece of research from AdColony –...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Campaigns, Mobile Marketing.

A guide to making marketing human in the age of artificial intelligence

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There is no denying that we are entering a new phase in how technology helps to connect brands with consumers.

We are moving from visual interfaces to text and voice. Language. Speaking to our devices like we speak to our friends, family and colleagues.

As messenger apps secure the lion’s share of our connected time, customers will increasingly expect and want to interact with brands in these channels.

It’s easier, effortless and convenient. And Facebook, and Viber, and Kik,...

By Dom Duhig, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Branding, Campaigns.

How Charlotte Tilbury listened to customer feedback to transform customer service

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“Beauty is not an exclusive club—there are no unattractive women, just some that don’t know they can be beautiful. They don’t understand the power of makeup and how it can transform their outer beauty, but also their inner confidence.” Charlotte Tilbury for Byrdie.

Charlotte Tilbury aims to make "every woman the most beautiful version...

By Matt Eames, 13 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Case Studies, Customer Experience.

Why more needs to be done to address fake online reviews

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President Obama has signed into effect a new law that stops US brands from punishing its customers for leaving bad reviews. The Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016 makes the practice whereby businesses hide non-disparagement clauses in their terms and conditions illegal.

The aim of the bill is to stop companies from imposing penalties on consumers who would leave negative comments on websites.

The bill comes at a pertinent time when...

By Matt West, 04 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Branding.

Odds are, they’re interested in your offer - not your gaming brand

It’s a truism of digital marketing that attention is the first step towards profitable action. To win customers, you need to cut through the noise, get noticed, and have an offer that compels customers to click.

No more so is this the case than in the online sports betting industry. A hyper-competitive market composed of hundreds of bookmakers each vying to capture consumer interest in everything from which team will get the first corner kick to an ambitious trifecta at Newmarket.

In this industry the...

By David Gosen, 07 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Branding.

Comic Relief's new Red Nose Day partners include Pinterest, Snapchat and Unruly

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A number of brands - including martech and social media vendors - are partnering up with Comic Relief for the first time to support Red Nose Day 2017

New partners such as adtech firm Unruly, Snapchat, Fitbit and Pinterest will add their names to the list of brands who support the campaign year after year. 

Oxfam has for example championed Red Nose Day since 1988, and Sainsburys has raised over £100m for the cause since its partnership with Comic Relief in...

By Rachael Power, 25 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Branding.

Why it’s time Apple took a bite out of Black Friday

‘Friday can’t come soon enough’: that’s the message of Apple’s latest advertising campaign, hinting that the tech giant will be taking part in Black Friday for the first time this year.

In a somewhat unexpected move, Apple’s participation could help cement the day as a global retail event, but what is the company’s reason for jumping on the bandwagon now? 

By sticking to a traditional, one-day-only sale, Apple has created a point of differentiation 

Is it a...

By Chloe Barrett, 24 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Branding.

What is the purpose of brand purpose?

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As a design agency approaching a new client brief, our first challenge is to get to grips with (or in some cases define) the company’s brand purpose, because this should be at the heart of any communication.

But what is brand purpose?

Simply put, it’s the reason your brand exists – not just what you do, i.e. sell a product, but something you can offer consumers that no one else can.

Most brands offer something very similar to other companies in the same sector, but...

By Simon Wright, 17 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Branding.

Avast CMO: How we revamped our logo

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Discovering, understanding and constantly honing your company’s brand identity is essential in today’s fast-moving technology industry. After all, if you can appreciate what your brand really means to your customers, you can always be sure to keep it fresh, relevant and front-of-mind.

Since joining the company in late 2015, one of my first key marketing projects was to look at ways in which we might revitalise the Avast brand, which has been no small feat.

Avast has been...

By Robin Selden, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Branding.

The reinvention of brand storytelling in a VR, AR, and AI age

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The last few weeks have been abuzz with news stories across the digital and marketing technology industries, as Dmexco 2016 and the ninth annual Social Media Week London has snatched the headlines of the marketing trade press. From Twitter reclassifying its 140-character limit to Facebook Live taking centre stage at Burberry’s SS17 catwalk show and UAE-based bank, Emirates NBD launching AI robot in-branch assistants, one thing is certainly clear – the way we communicate...

By Dan Staples, 28 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding, Content Marketing.

Why you should put people first with branded content

Nowadays the world is awash with publishers. News and entertainment broadcasters generate content to be disseminated across TV, print, and online; friends and family post personal histories on our social platforms, and of course brands have looked to connect with their audiences in a similar way.

This took the form of advertisements originally, but more recently brands have looked to grow audiences by marketing to the public through content production.

Naturally we react to these different publishers in a...

By Georgina Williams, 17 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing.

How tech brands can market to consumers from an unknown sector

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We now live in a world where new technology is popping up left, right and centre, with whole new sectors building and emerging faster than ever before.

But as the pace of technological developments continues to increase, tech businesses can find it hard to market new innovations to an audience that is not familiar with their sector.

For instance, most people now know about Uber and Airbnb, companies that operate in the emerging sector that is the sharing economy. However, according...

By Morgan Young, 07 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Branding.