Unilever’s top marketer says influencer fraud requires ‘urgent action’

As we’ve seen within the last year, the big-spending FMCG giants have demonstrated some hefty lobbying power when it comes to holding the digital marketing industry to account. This time, they’re getting tough on influencer marketing.

At Cannes Lions today (June 18), Unilever’s chief marketing and communications officer, Keith Weed, said that the growing influencer marketing industry was at a pivotal stage and that its members must take “urgent action” in order to rebuild...

By Mark Jones, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, E-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Why 2018 is the year of less waste and more measurability in marketing campaigns

At the end of the 19th century, department store owner and marketing pioneer, John Wanamaker, famously said “half of the money I spend on advertising is wasted.” It’s a phrase that has been repeated throughout history and over a century later, marketers are still losing significant amounts of money on unsuccessful campaigns.

In fact, marketers believe that nearly

By Simon Baptist, 18 June 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Data-driven marketing, Mobile Marketing.

The new retail frontier: Next level personalisation

The best retailers will embrace new digital tools that make it easier to personalise every encounter from that first moment of inspiration to finally taking action. In spite of this, it’s surprising to see that almost two-thirds (62%) of UK marketers say they do not incorporate personalisation into their campaigns, according to a recent State of Digital Commerce report from Episerver.  

Whether you work for an eCommerce brand, mass retailer, or the next great direct-to-consumer business, we can all...

By Amy Vener, 15 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

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.

Why omnichannel is the answer to the retail apocalypse

2018 has seen UK retail undergo a catastrophic shakeup, as High Street shops close at an increasing rate, big brands like Toys ‘R’ Us and Maplin go under and others like Prezzo and Carpetright struggle to stay afloat.

It is now a cliche to say that digital has had a big role to play in this potential retail armageddon. Several major market changes, such as the proliferation of mobile devices and Amazon’s meteoric rise...

By Sam O'Meara, 01 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Branding, Customer Experience, Personalised Marketing.

Eight reasons why every small business needs to have a blog

A blog is technically a base for customers to read all about their favourite companies and their news, while also grasping a better understanding of what they do and what they’re all about. The majority of the time, a business blog creates great content and therefore brings in more traffic. Here are eight reasons on why a business blog is a great idea.

It will earn you backlinks

A company blog fuels SEO and if you want to rank well in Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines, then it is vital to...

By Paul Hunter, 27 April 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing.

Why integration is the future for design agencies

Integrated versus specialist is a topic that has been hotly debated in recent years on both sides of the client-agency divide.

For agencies it’s about balancing the need for efficiency of internal processes, with demonstrating true value that you bring to clients, whilst remaining competitive within the continuously fragmented agency landscape.

It’s argued that there is a need for a new model for the ‘agency of the future’ that actually features interdisciplinary teams or even...

By Chris Harris, 27 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Branding, Campaigns.

Second-hand goods: Why it’s important to not let current trends hinder creativity

“There is nothing new under the sun”, the famous saying goes. It actually comes from the book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament – written well over two thousand years ago!

The fact that it has resonated down the centuries, and (ironically perhaps) feels as fresh today as it ever did, surely points to the fact that for all the abundance of possibilities in life, we actually experience much the same things as each other, just in different formats or settings.

In the communications...

By David Morgan, 26 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Content Marketing.

Why social is the #1 equaliser for brands

There are two types of businesses in the world when it comes to social — an organisation that does it because it feels it ‘has to’ to keep pace, and the ‘socially mature’ business that does it because it truly understands social media engagement, and its value on the bottom line. Social media is now the cornerstone of modern marketing strategies, regardless of the organisation's size, age, market position or revenue.

A business that is able to properly use social and all it...

By Rob Coyne, 24 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Is ‘measurement culture’ killing creativity?

Data has redefined the marketing game in the last decade. Before, marketers would pump content out to their chosen medium and judge its success based on any increase in sales. Now, they sit on top of a pile of data that can tell them exactly how their campaigns are performing.

But is this ocean of data putting the focus of modern marketing too heavily on analysis, measurement and insight at the cost of creativity?

This seems to be a common view, according to a survey of 250 marketing decision-makers, with 72%...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 17 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Branding, Content Marketing.