Who goes there?, or, Your most important marketing resolution for 2016

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In 1938, John W. Campbell, under the alias Don Stuart Jr, presented to the world one of the very best science fiction stories of all time: Who Goes There? This novella, converted to multiple film versions, presents a creature from a world beyond the Earth that, when it devours its prey, can shift to its prey’s shape, memories and personality, while still retaining its own personality.

I see this creature as analogous to the various demographic segments that rule marketing...

Exploring the Coca-Cola brand – and why it continues to be irreplaceable for consumers

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Coca-Cola is undoubtedly one of the world’s most valuable brands. Even if it isn’t the most valuable anymore – its 13 year stretch at the top of Interbrand’s list was broken by Apple in 2013 – the brand continues to carry tremendous weight, as new research from market research insight provider Instantly reveals.

According to the figures, almost half (48%) of UK...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Case Studies.

Getting the right hook: How a golf app developer is using wearables for retargeting

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The American novelist Nicholas Sparks, in Dear John, writes: “No matter where you are in the world, the moon is never bigger than your thumb.” Let’s paraphrase that slightly: no matter where you are in the world, there will be someone, somewhere, writing a piece on wearable technology and how it can be deployed in marketing.

Some companies, however, are ahead of the game. Take Shotzoom. The company, by its own definition, “creates market...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Mobile Marketing, Search Marketing, Wearables.

How Micro Focus transformed its legacy marketing platform and enhanced sales

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Micro Focus is certainly an intriguing company from a branding perspective. Its tagline is “application modernisation and management”, yet many will recognise the company as the de facto arbiter of the 55 year old COBOL language, made famous by Grace Hopper, as well as its Borland portfolio and IBM mainframes.

The company admitted there was a ‘lack of market awareness’ of the Micro Focus brand and turned to Oracle Marketing Cloud to transform its marketing...

By James Bourne, 01 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Customer Experience, Marketing Cloud.

Case study: How finance brands use data segmentation to improve the customer journey

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As consumer confidence returns, the rise in people looking for credit provides lenders with a real opportunity. Ensuring those consumers can afford the credit remains top of the agenda, with recent regulatory changes designed to provide stronger protection for the consumer.

The key is for lenders to make the checks needed to satisfy the regulators and protect the customer but to do it in a way that avoids damaging customer experience and driving customers away. So, how can...

How forensic analysis helps understand why a marketing campaign failed

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Like most I never win every bid I present, but as with baseball if you average a hit one out of each three times you are at bat, that .333 batting average will make you a perennial All-Star. You will be above the rest and yet close enough to the top to still go for the gold.

In the last 18 months a strange phenomenon (for me) has occurred. Many of the integrated marketing programmes that I bid on and did not win have been reassigned to me after the programme was assigned to another...

Asda and Starbucks prove mobile advertising can drive footfall as well as click-through rates

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Online and mobile advertising have traditionally focused on click-through rates and online traffic but, as retailers become more aware of the need to provide an omnichannel rather than single channel experience, that is changing. 

Mobile advertisers are realising that the fact that their customers are shopping both online and instore – and more importantly using their mobiles within the physical store environment – means that they can target advertising to drive...

Havas and Sky release mobile ad measurement trial findings in case study

Nationwide, Domino’s and Birds Eye have taken part in mobile advertising measurement trials on a selection of Sky’s websites, with the results now being made public.

Havas Media Group and Sky Media, the two companies behind the research, discovered that the best results were often gained by ensuring creative was intriguing, fun and interactive so it was able to stand out on the page.

Research agencies Differentology and On Device Research supplied detailed feedback on how the three brands fared...

By Simon Holland, 13 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Case Studies.