Game changer: The iPhone celebrates its 10th anniversary

A decade ago the world was a very different place. A young website called Youtube had been founded two years earlier and the 6th edition of the iPod was the must-have consumer product.

Until a certain, era-defining product called the iPhone dropped into the hands of consumers on this very day 10 years ago.

It can be difficult to recall exactly what life was like back in the pre-smartphone dark ages, such is the seismic changes that have followed since 2007.

In 2017 there are around 2.39 billion smartphone...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 29 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Mobile Marketing.

Where next for flexible branding?

Branding styles and trends are ever changing – from the hand painted calligraphic signs of the forgotten age to neon, ever-moving brands of today.

Every few years a new style comes into fashion (or more often, back into fashion). 

Flexible identities is the trend that’s been developing in the last four to five years. Every few months you’ll see an article labelling it as the future of branding. But is it really?

Let’s find...

By Nick Pomeroy, 14 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding.

How to drive media buying ROI through an integrated platform

When you buy a new car, all of the essential features are already built in. You don’t need to drive around from vendor to vendor to have your stereo, cruise control, power windows, and air conditioning installed. That would be a nightmare — and so would the ongoing maintenance of those features. You’d have to juggle several different contracts and develop relationships with each individual manufacturer.

Unfortunately, unlike car buying, digital media buying has long reflected this arduous,...

By Sean Cotton, 31 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding, Data-driven marketing.

What is the true value of your mobile app real estate?

How many branded apps does your brand maintain? What is the “real estate” value of these apps? Unlike bricks and mortar, the key phrase in branded apps is not location, location, location, but is engagement, engagement, engagement, carefully, methodically linked to the brands your important customers experience (UX).

What is a branded app? It is simply an application normally placed on a mobile device that a brand or company uses to reflect and promote its brand identity. The app features the brand’s values, colors,...

By Thaddeus Kubis, 30 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Gamification, Mobile Marketing.

49% of consumers willing to pay more for a brand with positive values

In a crowded marketplace, consumers are developing ways to choose between the multitudes of brands clamouring for their attention.

While cost and quality are obvious ways of distinguishing between competing companies, a study by UK agency MediaCom seems to point towards social values as being a key factor in consumer choices.

Of the 2,000 UK consumers surveyed as part of the study, 40% have stopped using a brand (or never used it in the first place) because of its values or behaviours. 63% believe that brands...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 22 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Social Media Marketing.

Brand protection: when is the right time to take legal action?

An effective enforcement strategy is a crucial part of protecting any brand. Being over-zealous in the pursuit of infringers can, however, sometimes harm as much as it helps.

UK brewing company BrewDog recently found this out to its cost, when it pursued two small, locally owned pubs for infringement of its trade marks.

this case highlights the difficult balance between pursuing an effective brand protection strategy

The crowd-funded company prides itself on its “non-corporate” ethos and having...

By Tom Lingard and Grace Merry, 08 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding.

80% of consumers forget branded content after 3 days

After all of the consumer and market research, the long days, the design and implementation process, how long does your delicately crafted branded content stick in consumers’ minds?

Well, according to research by Prezi, for 80% of consumers the answer is three days.

The research, carried out in conjunction with renowned cognitive neuroscientist Dr Carmen Simon, found that the main three reasons consumers forget content are:

-          irrelevancy...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 25 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns.

Why your 2017 budget needs to include ‘data-driven marketing’

The tables have turned. Rather than marketers using blanket advertisements to draw customer interest and raise awareness of their brand or product, consumers are now connecting with their favorite brands.

Marketers now have access to information about exactly how, when and where consumers want to engage with them.

This means that retailers must be dynamic when it comes to their marketing efforts. Brands can no longer rely on a key billboard at the busiest intersection in the city. They need to give the...

By Rachael Kotadia, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Mobile Marketing.

How social media storms, Brexit and GDPR are impacting marketers’ efforts

Social media is giving consumers more power to effect change over brands, while marketers feel as though there is more pressure on brands to ‘behave ethically and provide a role model for society’.

That is the verdict from a new study conducted by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), who polled more than 100 members on challenges and opportunities facing marketers in 2017.

When it came to handling whatever social media could throw at them, one in five (21%) respondents said they would find...

By James Bourne, 14 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Branding, Social Media Marketing.

Branding for the heart and the brain: Getting the typography right

The success of a brand today hinges on its ability to speak to its audience in a voice that can be heard clearly. Brands must compete not only with other brands, but also with the ever-changing contexts in which their brands might be seen. In our increasingly brand- and smart device-saturated world, this can be as challenging as humming a tune in Times Square and hoping that pedestrians strolling around the Village will hear and sing along.

Typography is the voice of a brand

By Nadine Chahine and Jonathan Dobres, 09 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing.