New study aims to challenge “outdated” method of ranking brands in social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

Salesforce: Why you can’t create a culture of brand advocacy overnight

Dan Rogers, VP EMEA marketing at Salesforce.com, sits down at a press table in the ExCeL. “Well, today was just about the highlight of my career,” he begins.

Looking at the Salesforce1 World Tour, with the announcement of a UK data centre and the renaming of the Heron Tower to the Salesforce Tower, it’s easy to see why. “Hearing that we have huge customer momentum and growth, and the growth of the partner ecosystem, is just amazing,” Rogers explains.

“As a marketer,...

By James Bourne, 23 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Community, Interview.

John Lewis named most ‘collaborative’ UK brand, survey shows

Research published today by domain .wiki has revealed that John Lewis is the most collaborative UK internet brand, ahead of Google, Apple and Marks & Spencer.

The news comes amidst John Lewis’ 150th birthday celebrations, and found that half of consumers believe there is ‘little to no opportunity’ for interaction with their favourite brands.

The survey, conducted by .wiki in conjunction with YouGov, took the opinions of 2,455 UK adults and 1,220 US adults – and didn’t come to...

By James Bourne, 06 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Community.

Simon’s Cat: On social media, engagement and the importance of the story

Feature When Simon Tofield first started creating videos about a charming, yet mischievous cat, it was simply to teach himself a computer program.

Six years on, with book deals, syndications and millions of fans under his belt, he explains that he never expected the success Simon’s Cat has brought him.

“I had no idea it would ever really touch as many people as it has,” he tells MarketingTech. “I think the main reason it has done is because there’s a lot of cat fans out there and the...

By James Bourne, 02 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Community, Content, Social Media.

Escape from Xbox: Name review of Microsoft’s Cortana

Microsoft has thrown its hat into the smartphone virtual-assistant ring. Introducing, Cortana, the Siri-like digital assistant that debuts with Windows Phone 8.1.

If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Cortana is a character—a virtual assistant, in fact—from the video game mega-franchise Halo (made exclusively for Microsoft’s Xbox).

“Cortana” began...

By CatchWordBranding, 29 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands.

BrewDog boss “couldn't give a sh*t” about Portman Group beer ruling

The co-founder of independent brewer BrewDog, James Watt, has released a ‘formal apology’ to the Portman Group claiming he “couldn't give a shit” about a ruling that its Dead Pony Club beer encourages anti-social behaviour and rapid drinking.

In a ruling published yesterday, the Independent Complaints Panel (ICP) was particularly concerned about the labelling on the 3.8% ABV beer, which includes phrases such as ‘drink fast, live fast’ and ‘we believe faster is...

By James Bourne, 29 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands.

Why we shouldn’t be surprised Honda makes the most viral car ads

Analysis Japanese car manufacturer Honda has hit first and second place in terms of the top 10 most viewed car adverts in the UK since 2010, according to figures published by video analytics provider Visible Measures.

Colour us at MarketingTech as less than surprised. Infact, if the story had to be delivered in a Buzz Feed-styled headline, it would be: “You Won’t Believe Which Car Manufacturer Creates The Most Viral Ads...Oh Wait, Yes You Will.” So why would this be?

Looking at the figures only goes to prove that the biggest...

By James Bourne, 15 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Analysis, Branding, Brands.

Rachel’s Organic gets mobile responsive site design

Aberystwyth-based organic food provider Rachel’s Organic has announced the launch of a mobile responsive site, led by creative agency Haygarth.

The food stockist, arguably best known for its range of yoghurts, was Britain’s first organic dairy and has products stocked in supermarkets nationwide.

And after Haygarth redesigned the Rachel’s Organic website two years ago, this represents a natural step forward for the company.

“It’s no secret that more and more consumers are...

By James Bourne, 14 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Design, Mobile.

CISAC’s Eric Baptiste: Why intellectual property is a universal, human rights concept

The issue of intellectual property for creative artists in the YouTube, Spotify-oriented age has never been more pronounced.

Radiohead musician Thom Yorke has publicly denounced the Sweden-based streaming service. The quote that Spotify was ‘the last desperate fart of a dying corpse’ predictably got the headlines, but the message was clear. “I feel like as musicians we need to fight the Spotify thing,” he told Mexican website Sopitas

By James Bourne, 11 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Community, Interview.

The power of animated storytelling in content marketing

People want to know more about the world. It’s written in our name – Homo sapien literally means “wise man,” from the latin word “sapere” meaning “to taste, have taste, be wise.” Our very nature is tethered to our ability to perceive and discern truth through experiences – both real and narrative.

And it’s the power of narrative experiences – our stories – that is capturing the attention of linguists,...

By Homebaked Films, 10 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: B2B, Blogging, Branding, Content.

AA, Google and Johnson’s Baby score strongly in UK’s most trusted brands

The AA has been named as the most trusted brand among British consumers, according to a new survey released by agency Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R (RKCR/Y&R).

The research, of over 3000 people in the UK, was conducted using the company’s BrandAsset Valuator technology.

The automotive club – whose ads famously used to claim that their workers were ‘Britain’s fourth emergency service’ – came out on top ahead of the Post Office, Boots, Google and Johnson’s...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Community.

Santander awarded LatAm ‘record breaking brand’ gong for football campaign

Santander Group has taken the ‘Record Breaking Brand’ award by Guinness World Records at its Global Festival of Media in Rome following a successful football-based campaign.

The bank put together an integrated campaign in Latin America in order to find the most passionate and knowledgeable football fan, which attracted over 1.1 million players and set a record for the largest sports trivia competition. The winner of the competition was 27 year old Luzinei Neves from Brazil.

As a result, Santander...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands.