Are structure and process the glue that holds marketing, technology and creativity together?

Consumers like to feel a human connection to the brands they love. Whether it’s through empowering athlete endorsements like Nike or connection to an inspiring founder like Virgin, humanity is a critical element in successful marketing. That’s why it’s somewhat ironic that while a human touch in brands is more important than ever, the behind-the-scenes technology that makes marketing scalable has also exploded in recent years.

According to a prediction made in 2016 by

By Frazier Miller, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Podcasts reeled in $314m in ad spend last year, finds IAB

Popularised by titles such as Serial, Stuff You Should Know and Ted Radio Hour, the humble podcast raked in $314m (£235m) in ad spend throughout 2017 in the US, according to new research by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PwC US.

That’s an 86% hike on 2016, while the study forecasts revenues on the channel to hit $659 million by 2020.

Of the self-reported data provided by top podcast companies in the study - including Audioboom, How Stuff Works and ESPN Radio - revenue for 2017 sat at...

By Mark Jones, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Publishing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Why we need to use tech to amplify human ambition – rather than turn it off

Stop me if you are still in helplessly in love with the culture and practices of 80s adland, but there’s an inherent decadence in the agency sector these days, as technology surges on and humans lag behind. And it’s not helping anyone.

You can see it on the media side, where so many seem to switch on the tech and go to lunch, not worrying about the detail, because it’s all clever stuff and if it doesn’t get the job done, the offline media probably will. That’s the seductive peril...

By Dan Thwaites, 08 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

Joining the VUI conversation: The challenges and benefits of voice user interfaces for marketers

Voice user interface (VUI) development has been opened up to brands, people and developers vying for a share of voice in this new, noisy marketplace by both Amazon and Google who have created free ‘skill’ or ‘action’ building platforms for their market-leading personal voice assistants. Although this accessible technology is exciting, it is still in the early stages of adoption and presents a steep learning curve - for both brands and customers. In this world, everyone’s a...

By Iain Millar, 23 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

The mighty power of the micro-influencer: Going beyond the generic brand ambassadors

There’s little doubt that influencer marketing is now a bona fide part of the marketing mix. A recent study by Affilinet found that UK consumers aged between 18 - 30 were five times more likely to purchase something promoted or reviewed by an influencer or a brand ambassador. It is the ability to bring authenticity to sponsored posts which has seen brands generate success from their influencer marketing...

By Amir Jirbandey, 18 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Branding, Personalised Marketing.

The Amazon problem: Making adversity the mother of invention

Amazon has long been a kind of big shapeless threat hanging over retail, but now this threat is solidifying into something that could compromise the medium-term survival of even the most established retail brands.

Already in 2018, we’ve noticed that ‘The Amazon Problem’ is now dominating retail conversations more than ever before and we’re also seeing a real sea change in the sense of urgency with which brands are responding.

Change in 2018

If 2017 was the year of fixing the basics -...

By Steve Borges, 14 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Customer Experience.

The ultimate checklist for a successful website's launch: Marketer's edition

It’s the 11th hour and the launch of the new website is imminent. Prospects and customers are primed and colleagues and senior management are stood in the wings, waiting in anticipation for this all-singing, all-dancing new website – god forbid that once it goes live something catastrophic happens. Every T should be crossed and each lowercase I dotted.

Marketers put complete faith in web designers and developers, but it’s worth knowing things to look out for – sometimes the small...

By Maddie Agnew, 09 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Branding, Search Marketing, Web Analytics.

The elusiveness of customer loyalty: Winning the new battleground for marketing-led growth

The digital world has given consumers near-endless choices, and that has made many of them fickle. Easily tempted away to try new products or services, consumers aren’t as likely to be loyal to brands as they once were. In fact, McKinsey research from more than 125,000 consumers shows that 87% of them exhibit a strong propensity to shop around and incumbent brands hold their own just 42% of the time.

Further, our data suggests that most categories are “shopping” categories. In this...

By Dave Elzinga, 08 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Brand safety doesn’t mean restricting your reach – it increases the return on your spend

'Brand safety' is one of those unrelenting industry phrases that seems to be spouted ad nauseam, with brands and agencies alike contributing their two cents in every possible publication. The irony of that statement is not lost on me doing it again!

We all claim to care about brand safety, but many brands have yet to address their own accountability. We jump blindly into programmatic black holes and user generated content minefields, running across lengthy site lists with little concern as to where...

By Nathan Warner, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Branding, Programmatic.