Can the year of the influencer thrive through National Day campaigns?

With Mother’s Day and Easter disappearing into the distance for another year, many brands will be analysing the performance of their themed marketing campaigns. This year, there is even more of a compelling argument to include influencers in this strategy.

The 2017 festive season saw around half of young people purchase products promoted by popular influencers on social media - no wonder 2018 has been dubbed ‘The Year Of The Influencer’. With Father’s Day not far behind, brands...

By Aaron Brooks, 16 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Customer Experience, Influencer Marketing.

Are humans the flaw in the AI machine?

With many predicting that 2018 will be a watershed year for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), we might expect that marketers will find their jobs becoming easier over the next 12 months. However, our plans to let technology take the strain could be at risk if we lose faith in these new techniques without first giving them enough time or attention.

There are...

By Nick Welch, 13 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding.

From brand storytelling to “storyliving” through VR

In the earliest days of television, no one had quite figured out the complicated new medium and the earliest TV programs reflected that. Many were just a camera pointed at people doing a radio show. It takes time to understand and create new stories in a new medium.

It may sound silly, but today’s commonly accepted practices around establishing shots and flashbacks were once clever new devices in film and television storytelling.

VR is the next evolution of visual storytelling. And it brings new...

By Rob Kendal, 04 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Video & Audio Marketing.

The power of real-world testing

As today’s retail environment grows ever more competitive and the variety of products in our shops increases inexorably, those who know where and how shoppers are most likely to choose a product have a clear advantage.

Testing, and in particular, real-world testing has become a key tool for brands as they strive to understand shopper behaviour and how to design products and secondary packaging that stands out on the crowded shelves.

Snap decisions

We all know the majority of consumer purchasing decisions take place...

By Wim Wouters, 20 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Commerce.

It’s time to take action to manage digital risk and protect your brand

I am one of you. I have been in the marketing field for more than 20 years and have seen unimaginable technology shifts that have made the world a more connected and efficient digital machine.

We can now engage digitally with consumers around the globe on so many screens (watch, mobile, tablet, laptop, desktop, TV, automobile, etc), at any place and at any time. The companies we work for have greatly benefited from this new digital age. We now have data everywhere, including customers, employees, and third...

By Dan Lowden, 13 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding.

Facebook seen as least brand-safe platform

Linkedin is viewed as the platform that provides brands the most safety, according to a new survey by AI company GumGum.

The company interviewed more than 200 industry professionals in the US, UK and Canada as part of it’s The New Brand Safety Crisis report. Among the respondents, Facebook was viewed by a wide margin as the most unsafe platform for brands (-23), followed by Twitter (-11), publisher sites (-10) and YouTube (-8).

The results suggest that despite its numerous and very public issues with brand safety...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Branding.

Imagery integral to the buying process for majority of consumers

According to an analysis of YouGov consumer data by martech company Pure360 shows that the importance of imagery when it comes to the purchasing process.

YouGov polled 2045 adults and found that 53% think that images grab their attention more than headlines. 61% expected marketing messages to include photos or images.

In fact, 62% of respondents said that they would not buy from a brand unless they can see the product being sold in its entirety. The choice of imagery is important too, with 54% saying that...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 15 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Social Media Marketing.

How to cut through the cognitive marketing platform hype to realise success

Consumers are surrounded by artificial intelligence, from the iPhone’s Siri to voice-first user-interface devices such as Amazon’s Echo to the emergence of autonomous vehicles through Google’s Waymo. The same is true for brands, which are bombarded by marketing technology platforms that tout how their latest artificial intelligence capabilities will give brands an edge in the marketplace and, above all, solve their marketing challenges.

Attend...

By Mark Weidner, 02 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Branding, Customer Experience.

Forrester’s: 2018 will see chief growth officers replace CMOs

Forrester have released their predictions for what 2018 will hold, ranging from retail to GDPR.

In the world of CMOs, the company has predicted that marketing meetings in 2018 are going to dominated by one word: ‘growth’.

But not normal growth, CEOs are all going to be after the elusive ‘disruptive growth’. In a commercial landscape coming to be defined by rapid consumer-driven change, CMOs will be under pressure to make sure their organisations stay ahead of the...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 15 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, CMO, Customer Experience, Personalised Marketing.

126 million US Facebook users may have seen Russia-banked posts

The scale and potential reach of political content allegedly uploaded onto Facebook by Russia-backed operatives has been revealed.

The social media giant has estimated that around 80,000 posts were produced and uploaded before and after the divisive 2016 US presidential election that saw Donald Trump narrowly beat Hilary Clinton.   

This means that the content, which focused on contentious social and political issues, could have been seen by as many as 126 million US Facebook users.

The revelation...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 01 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Social Media Marketing.

Netflix is most positively talked about brand by millennials

Among UK millennials, Netflix is the brand that is most positively talked about brand.

The streaming service came out on top of YouGov’s annual BrandIndex rankings, which is made of over 2.5 million consumer interviews a year.

The list of brands with positive word of mouth among those aged 18-34 years old was dominated by those in the technology sector. Netflix won out with a score of 73.8, which was only just ahead of Facebook (73.5), Apple (73.3) and Airbnb (70.5).

You can see the rest of the top 10...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 11 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding.

Apple and Google world’s most valuable brands for fifth year

Apple and Google have have been named as the world’s two most valuable brands for the fifth consecutive year in the Interbrand 2017 Best Global Brands report.

The two tech giants were joined by three brands that cracked the top 100 for the first time: Ferrari (#88), Netflix (#78) and Salesforce (#84).

The report, now in its 18th year, based its ranking on a brand’s financial performance (in terms of products and services), the influence it has on consumer choice and the strength it has to command...

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

How to be an effective social media marketer in 2017

It can be an immense challenge breaking through the clacks and clangs of the noise constantly being generated on the web. Especially if you’re in the B2B space, the desire to be heard is almost greater since your company is relying on you to spread the word about an event or product release.

If you’ve ever worked on a marketing campaign, you know that the most important aspect of the efforts involved is to convert leads. Lead gen is by far the highest value any type of initiative can bring back to...

By Mandy Fisher, 29 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Social Media Marketing.

What can brands learn from the #WalkersWave and Burger King “OK Google” campaigns?

You can’t go very far within the world of marketing and brands without hearing the latest buzzword – personalisation. Everything is about personalisation, and with advances in technology and the use of data, marketing is becoming increasingly personalised and social. Many brands are already making the most of this shift by creating innovative and engaging campaigns which allow consumers to interact with the content.

However, as last week’s National Lottery campaign for the World Athletics...

By Phil Aiston, 23 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Personalised Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Why brands should cash in on 'festravel' this summer

Brands should pay close attention to the music scene this summer as thousands of Brits will be packing their passport along with their face paint to flock to faraway festivals. That’s according to new data from lastminute.com group that points to ‘festravel’ – travelling abroad to a music festival – as one of this year’s biggest trends.

From Spain’s FIB Benicassim to Croatia’s Ultra, Europe’s favourite festivals are set to attract...

By Alessandra Di Lorenzo, 15 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding.

Identifying your top brand advocates – by filtering the recommendations

Do all recommendations carry equal clout? The short answer is no - but by taking a closer look at who is saying what, it is possible to identify your top brand advocates.

With so many purchases being fuelled by recommendations from friends and family, it is easy to see why word-of-mouth marketing is such as powerful force. After all, who hasn’t booked a holiday, visited a restaurant, watched a TV show or had their car serviced at a local garage after hearing about a positive experience from someone they...

By Chris Cowan, 09 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Data-driven marketing.

Building the consumer relationship for brands and publishers: It’s all a question of trust

Recent research from Reuters reveals most people don't trust the mainstream media and are even more suspicious of social media.In addition, research from Rakuten Marketing suggests people increasingly see advertising as being linked to fake news and mistrusted content.

Whilst lack of trust is damaging the relationship between consumers and brands, 

By Jon Cornwell, 09 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Customer Experience, Publishing.

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.