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.

How rich content is helping to build brands across the connected world

Over the years, we have seen manufacturers using all available technologies to aggregate and publish various types of enhanced information about their products. While rich content may not be new to most brands, product manufacturers and retailers in the eCommerce world, it continues to help boost conversions and to connect at a deeper level with their consumers.

Rich product content – which can include photos, videos, interactive tours, 360 views, comparison charts, Q&As and product selectors, has...

By Chris Bosworth, 06 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, E-Commerce.

What is cognitive marketing - and why does it matter to you?

It’s almost possible to hear the sigh from marketers around the country… as if there isn’t enough to fit into every day, they’re now expected to become a psychology expert too?!

Well, not exactly. But if marketers want to ensure their communications strategies thrive in 2017, they need to know a few things about cognitive biases. These mental tendencies have the potential to pose some of the biggest obstacles to ROI in the next 12 months, and the worse thing is, they can’t even...

By Adam Oldfield, 24 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Best Practice, Branding.

Mobile marketing is dead: Long live gaming marketing

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Opinion A recent study conducted and released by MobileBridge indicates that mobile marketing tools, though accepted by the marketing community, have been slow to receive updates and delayed in expanding their current mobile apps. It seems that mobile technology is way ahead of marketing applications and perhaps ahead of the understanding of this potentially beneficial technology as well.

What does that mean to me, as a supporter of integrated marketing and omni-channel marketing? If the...

By Thaddeus Kubis, 17 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Gamification, M-Commerce, Mobile Marketing.

It’s time for influence to evolve: Welcome to Influence 2.0

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Influencer marketing is one of the most promising and underappreciated disciplines in the digital marketing mix” - Brian Solis

Influencer marketing became mainstream in 2016. However, with pure pay to play and short-term campaign practices dominating the conversation, many misconceptions remain in this nascent space. Curious to see how the practice is perceived within leading enterprises around the world, Traackr and TopRank Marketing teamed up to survey 102 brand strategists and...

Why consumer apps are evolving, not dying – and what brands should do about it

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By Paul Jarrett, MD, Sonin

Since the launch of the App Store back in 2008, apps have evolved from simple novelties to intelligent tools that brands use to reach and engage their customers. Yet, despite 71% of marketers now considering mobile as critical to hitting their targets, rumours continue to circulate claiming that we’re on the brink of a ‘post-app era’, or an ‘app-ocalypse’.

What we’re currently experiencing isn’t the death of apps...

By Sonin, 14 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Mobile Marketing.

The marketer’s next challenge: Seamless digital integration

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The way in which people consume content has changed dramatically in the past decade. The uptake in mobile media consumption has created a diverse range of platforms, and marketers now have incredible opportunities for reaching target audiences. However, these technological developments have proven to be somewhat of a double-edged sword; people consume content so rapidly and in so many ways, that it can be hard for brands to catch the eye and convey their message.

Because of this difficulty,...

By Jon Mowat, 13 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Best Practice, Branding, Social Media Marketing.

Number of marketers who understand consumer mobile usage ‘underwhelming’

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The number of marketing executives who understand the importance of keeping pace with consumer levels of mobile engagement is ‘underwhelming’, according to a new report from MobileBridge.

The report, which surveyed more than 50 professionals in the EMEA and US, argued marketing teams have a ‘rich opportunity’ to integrate ‘beyond push messages’ and create greater integration with consumers. Key initiatives for respondents in their road to digital...

By James Bourne, 08 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding, Mobile Marketing.

Get heard above the noise: Why high-impact ad units are a must

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It may not come as a huge surprise that the mobile phone is one of the most prevalent pieces of technology ever invented, but so much so that Cisco found more people will have mobile phones (5.4 billion) than electricity (5.3 billion), running water (3.5 billion) and cars (2.8 billion) by 2020.

The rapid growth of mobile devices has caused accessibility to outpace the growth of what we consider basic necessities. Pair that with the fact that consumers are spending more time on...

By Kate Barry, 03 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Branding.

Why brands are tuning into podcasts – and what you need to do

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Podcasts have grown exponentially over the past 12 months. Acast, a curated platform for podcasts, has increased its listeners from 4 million in November 2015 to 10.9 million in November 2016. More globally, Rawvoice, a data firm that tracks 20,000 shows, reported that 75 million people listen to its podcasts each month – triple the 25million listeners it had just five years ago. And Edison Research shows weekly podcast consumption is on a constant year on year growth of...

By Helen Rose, 02 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Video & Audio Marketing.

Google replaces Apple as world’s most valuable brand with Lego most ‘powerful’

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It has been a bunfight between these two tech behemoths over the past few years, but now Google has replaced Apple as the world’s most valuable brand with a value of $109.5 billion (£83.8bn), according to a new report from Brand Finance.

The report, the annual Global 500, also evaluates a variety of factors, from marketing investment, to familiarity, to corporate reputation, to work out the most ‘powerful’ brand beyond brass tacks, ranking Lego as the...

By James Bourne, 02 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Case Studies.

Research argues how brands can benefit through subtitling adverts

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You’ve put together what looks like a knockout campaign; the creative has been done to perfection, the budget is all on side, the analytics have been mined for the best possible reach. Wouldn’t it be a shame if all that hard work was undermined because people viewed the advert with the sound off?

The issue of how to get consumers to connect with advertising has been one marketing teams have faced since time immemorial. Yet a new piece of research from AdColony –...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Campaigns, Mobile Marketing.

A guide to making marketing human in the age of artificial intelligence

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There is no denying that we are entering a new phase in how technology helps to connect brands with consumers.

We are moving from visual interfaces to text and voice. Language. Speaking to our devices like we speak to our friends, family and colleagues.

As messenger apps secure the lion’s share of our connected time, customers will increasingly expect and want to interact with brands in these channels.

It’s easier, effortless and convenient. And Facebook, and Viber, and Kik,...

By Dom Duhig, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Branding, Campaigns.