If content is king, content distribution is definitely queen

By Olivier Choron, CEO and founder, purechannelapps

We’ve all heard it many times – content is king. This is undeniably a valid fact. Your marketing teams have to create masses of good content, and do so often, to feed your social media activities. Without this regular (and valuable) content, social media simply cannot survive. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Is content production really the only issue you have?  

Who follows you, and how far does your content reach?...

By Olivier Choron, 18 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content, Opinion.

will.i.am launches eyewear brand, asks for “dedication and passion”

Musician, entrepreneur and general techie will.i.am has today unveiled his eyewear brand, ill.i Optics, with a promotional video and campaign as part of the launch.

The product, created in conjunction with Australian designer George Gorrow, features a video where will.i.am is sat at a recording desk, yet cuts to various eyewear paraphernalia – will.i.am’s personal collection, spanning 20 years.

“I see a gap in the world of eyewear, and this is my instalment of what I feel is missing,”...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Community.

Got an iPhone? You’re most likely to be a Brad Pitt fan, according to data

There’s a famous scene in UK sitcom Only Fools and Horses where Del tries to convince Rodney the less than exquisite goods in the Trotters’ garage are worth selling: a pile of Showaddywaddy records, a tyre for a Triumph Herald, and an artificial limb.

“Well let’s find a one-legged Showaddywaddy freak and flog ‘em to him!” Rodney replies. “And if he turns up in a Triumph Herald, we’ve had a result!”

Why did this scene come to mind at MarketingTech HQ? The latest...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Consumers.

Applying traditional comms thinking in the digital age

The gloomy reports about dwindling newspaper circulations could lead some to believe that traditional media and the journalism that powers it are on the wane. ABC’s readership stats identified an 8.1 per cent drop in February 2014 compared with the same period last year. While this certainly places traditional publications under pressure, the fact is that journalism itself is now being carried...

By Alastair Turner, 09 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, PR.

Microsoft reskins MSN for mobile, cloud branding ethos

Microsoft has announced it is to rebrand MSN, bringing the service forward as a new site featuring Bing apps such as News, Sports and Travel.

The new MSN moves into preview mode today – or it should do, as at the time of writing you get a nasty parsing error – with a glut of new features, including the dubiously named ‘services stripe’, linking back to Office, Outlook and OneDrive.

Looking at screenshots of the new MSN (top) compared with the current version (bottom),...

By James Bourne, 08 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands.

Gone in 6.0 secs: 5 auto brands that are winning on Vine

Since it was launched in January 2013, Vine has become a hugely popular video sharing app, with approximately five vines tweeted every second.

Vine's appeal is simple, short and sweet six second clips which play on a loop and offer wannabe filmmakers the chance to experiment with witty one liners, stop-frame animation and creative cutaways, all in an easy-to-shoot and share format.

Not surprisingly then, Vine has attracted a lot of attention from advertisers who see...

By Hurricane Media, 05 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Social Media, Twitter.

The half time team talk: A tactical response to social hijacking

In the digital world we live in, the appeal of high-profile sponsorships is irresistible for brands; from London 2012 to the recent 2014 FIFA World Cup, brands can’t resist the mass reach that platforms such as these provide.

The worry is that after months, possibly years, of planning and significant investment, something outside of a sponsor brand’s control may suddenly throw a spanner in the works. So what happens now? How do brands ensure they are flexible enough to re-think a pre-planned...

By Emma Martin, 04 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands.

9 things every online brand could learn from The Wire

Did you know that there are a number of prescient parallels between the world of online marketing and the bloody streets of David Simon's Baltimore?   I’ve listed some of them. Some are more tenuous than others.    WARNING: May contain (starred-out) F-bombs, spoilers and Baltimore vernacular:  "Pawns, they get capped quick. They're out of the game early. Unless they some smart-ass pawns” – D’angelo Barksdale / Bodie 

  The beauty of the internet is that smaller businesses can...

By Gareth Morgan, 03 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands.

RNIB launches ‘audio logo’ campaign, invites musicians to take part

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has announced a revamp of its branding, with an innovative ‘audio logo’ being mooted to use across all of the charity’s communications.

According to a press release, the audio logo “will need to reflect the organisation’s human, positive and can-do values in just a few seconds.”

“Blind people are at the heart of everything we do, so it makes absolute sense that we have an audio logo as well as a visual one,”...

By James Bourne, 01 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Design.

Bombardier vows to restart its consumer marketing after Rik Mayall’s death

Real ale brand Bombardier Beer has revealed it is to restart its consumer marketing push, nearly three months after the death of actor Rik Mayall.

Mayall, who passed away in June at the age of 56, had played Bombardier’s brand character, William Charles Bedford, since 2011. Since then Bombardier has continued its B2B and trade publication marketing campaigns, but had stopped posting on its Twitter as a mark of respect to the late star.

Yet a statement released by Bombardier from Mayall’s family...

By James Bourne, 27 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Consumers.

Alan Trefler book extract: Generation D and brand identity

In Alan Trefler’s new book, Build for Change, the Pegasystems CEO asserts that “a lot of companies across the globe are going to die over the next few years – not because of macroeconomic stress, but because there is an entire emerging generation of customers who hate doing business with them.” In the last extract, Trefler defines Generation D, a new type of customer threatening to fundamentally change how companies do business. Here, he examines how Gen D relates to traditional brand...

By Alan Trefler, 19 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands.

Why honesty is an all important policy for brands in the digital world

Four out of five consumers are more likely to “respect” an honest company, according to survey data of over 2000 consumers published today by Intent HQ.

This means being upfront and honest about how a user’s personal data is being used - and according to the social data analysts at Intent, it’s a key point for brands to unlock consumers’ trust, as an honest customer will reward your endeavour.

This comes from such basic best practices as adding social logins to your brand’s...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Branding, Brands.

New study aims to challenge “outdated” method of ranking brands in social

A new study released by Intent HQ aims to turn the tables on evaluating how brand strength is calculated through social – yet still comes up with predominantly the usual suspects in the highest echelons.

Google topped the charts as the most social brand with a perfect score of 100, followed by Twitter (86.41), and then a big gap to Instagram (53.74) and Apple (52.38) in third and fourth. Yet there were some left field suggestions which made the top 20; NASA (#5), TED (#11), Whole Foods (#13), Etsy (#19)...

By James Bourne, 23 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Research.

Goodbye SponsorPay, hello Fyber: Ad optimisation platform rebrands

SponsorPay is no more. The Berlin-based ad optimisation revenue platform has changed its name in favour of Fyber, with the company calling the rebrand “a natural evolution.”

When companies change their name it can be for a myriad of reasons, but it often comes down to two main issues: either because the old name didn’t align with what the company was now doing, or because it felt like the right time to start afresh.

By James Bourne, 18 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Developers.

Bulmers goes cross-screen for pioneering UK advertising campaign

Cider brand Bulmers has unleashed its latest creative campaign with Microsoft which enables users to watch an advert piece by piece through whichever platform they are on.

The campaign, created by Starcom MediaVest, Adam & Eve DDB and We Are Social, uses technology from Microsoft called Creative Sequencing. This means that Bulmers adverts can appear on a variety of devices and platforms, from Windows 8 to MSN, Skype and Xbox 360.

This is achieved through the logging of a user’s Microsoft ID, which...

By James Bourne, 01 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Brands.

Persistent pyromaniacs: Amazon Fire phone name review

Amazon started in 1995 with the tagline “Earth’s biggest bookstore", but they quickly outgrew that and shifted to “Earth’s biggest selection." More recently, their tagline was “And you’re done," but it seems like they are no longer promoting that one either.

So, I’d like to submit a new tagline for their consideration: “Burn baby burn." Why? Because they are pyromaniacs. It’s official now. It started with the Kindle,...

By CatchWordBranding, 23 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands.

Why Apple bought Beats for the consumers’ brains, not their headphones

“Algorithms can’t do the job alone,” Jimmy Iovine, ex-CEO of Beats and newly minted Apple executive, said when talking about how the alchemical arithmetic that determine Google’s search results, Facebook’s newsfeed, and the ads served along with them, works to a point but getting any better needs the consumer’s active involvement.

Marketers of all ilks - but especially those in the mobile and online space - would be wise to heed Iovine’s words. Treating online...

By Arnel Leyva, 08 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Opinion.

Listen up: How Beats Audio accelerates innovation to become a billion-dollar business

Did you hear that?  Did you hear the voice of the consumer singing a sweet song about their needs, dreams and desires?  Rapper/producer Dr. Dre and record mogul Jimmy Iovine heard it, and they crafted it into their latest hit:  beats audio.

There’s been a lot of chatter about beats audio in the news recently, with speculation that Apple is planning to purchase the company for $3.2 billion grows louder and louder.  While we may not all agree that this is a smart business decision, we can agree that...

By Randy Giusto, 30 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands.

How to cultivate your personal brand on LinkedIn

Today’s guest post is from Sandy Jones-Kaminski and it’s a topic with which I know many of you grapple. Learn more about Sandy and her fabulous offer for you at the end! Sweet.

Have you jumped on the personal brand wagon yet?

Personal branding is still a hot topic, so I thought I’d share some of the ways that you can use LinkedIn to cultivate and reinforce your personal brand.

First off, let’s agree that your personal brand represents how you market yourself to the world (

By Maria Ross, 29 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands.