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Want to get ahead in advertising? Find a coach

women, by State Library of Victorial CollectionAn issue of the Evening Standard last week contained a pretty depressing piece highlighting findings from the ONS that found the gender pay gap is widening in London.

It reported that men are being paid 13% more than women, with women receiving only 86.8p per hour for every pound paid to men, a decrease from 89.1p the year before.

Talking Talent, a coaching consultancy that focuses on developing female talent, has delved a little deeper into these stats. Read More »

How going back to the source can awaken our creativity

Imperial War MuseumAll too often in the creative industry our focus rests on chasing the Next Big Thing. But what happens when we take a step back and work from the starting point of ‘old’?

As a sound designer, I am often approached with one of two challenges:

1.Make something sound new, different, unusual

or

2. make a contemporary voice sound like an artefact from the past, be that the 70s, 50s, or 30s. Read More »

The writing is on the wall for TV too

TV by Lubs Mary. FlickrMeasurement within print advertising has come under fire recently, criticism that online advertising has been seeing for sometime – not least from chair of Thinkbox, Tess Alps.

This is not the first time that transparency across online advertising has been compared unfavourably to other channels, and it is often TV that is held up as a shining example of an advertising model, but we often forget where it falls down and where online excels in terms of measurement and accountability. Read More »

Words still matter

writing by Pedro Ribeiro SimeosIt all started with those innocent little smileys that we began adding to our first text messages to convey a feeling. Then came Facebook, and we changed lengthy blogs for shorter status updates – and before long, those updates turned into photos. Then came Instagram, Pinterest, Vine, Snapchat and whatnot.

Today, a photo gets twice as many likes on Facebook as a written update. Tumblr’s most popular form of media, by 42%, is an image and Instagram was the fastest growing social platform last year. We are blessed with such a selection of emojis on our smartphones that one can easily communicate how-embarrassed-they-are-about-the-gift-cactus-they-received-from-their-grandma-as-a-birthday-present-but-that-they-still-love-her-very-much – without typing a single word. Grumpy Cat, which (who?) grew from a silly meme into an ultimate visual representation of modern human discontent, made it to the cover of New Yorker last year.

Is anyone writing anymore? Read More »

It may be right. It may be good. But is it interesting?

Interest by Simon CunninghamDavid Ogilvy said this about advertising:

‘You can’t bore people into buying your product, you can only interest them into buying it.’

Here is the same mantra with the key word underlined by me:

‘You can’t bore people into buying your product, you can only interest them into buying it.’

As my advertising career began with Ogilvy, I have been interested in ‘interesting’ for a very long time.

In today’s world, is advertising interesting?

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10 questions to ask when choosing a mobile agency

Mobile dataIn a market that is increasingly diverse, fast-moving, and difficult to understand – the challenge of choosing the right mobile agency has never been greater. Here are ten of the most important questions (and answers), to help you decide: Read More »

How to avoid the incremental trap

Steps by jara_mae FlickrImagine the scenario: It’s planning time and budgets are still really tough. Many consultancies and agencies will be talking to their clients about incremental growth, incremental volume, incremental profit, and incremental process improvements.

It’s such a lovely, feel-good adjective. It’s like the growth is there so long as you can find best practice, harness capability and galvanise action… yes, this is straight from the manual of consultants’ ‘bullshit bingo’.

The problem with incremental is that it says improvement, but with no real effort or worse, anything will do. While businesses are shuffling the deck chairs looking for internal best practice, the consumers and market are making their own best practice. And, at a pace that will outrun any ‘ways of working’ manual or online toolkit. Read More »

Free is the way to engage in Singapore marketing

FreeFree is the magic word in Singapore for any marketing campaign. If you use it you can promote anything.

I love Raffles Place in Singapore’s CBD as it’s always a hive of marketing activity. There are always a plethora of brands trying to capture the attention of busy business executives who are dashing around. You soon learn that “free” is the only message that truly works to achieve this objective.

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5 reasons “search for” is the best call to action for brands

Magnifying glass by Theen Moy:FlickrThe era of ‘buy now’, ‘experience this’ and ‘order yours today’ in above the line advertising is over. With so many media channels for people to choose from and so much competition for attention, these traditional call to actions (CTAs) are becoming less effective – they are too obvious.

Welcome instead to the age where CTAs encourage their audiences to scrutinise and debate. The age where advertising promotes brand interaction instead of product sales. The age of ‘search for us’.

But why should you be driving customers to Google, instead of straight to your website? Read More »

Is Facebook’s ‘buy’ button the answer to marketers prayers?

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Both Facebook and Twitter have recently announced separate e-commerce plays which will make it easier to shop online using their services. Facebook has declared they are testing a ‘buy’ button, while Twitter has acquired payment startup CardSpring.

It’s a step by both to help brands deliver a ‘last click’ which can only be a good thing as social media companies progress with their push towards improved monetisation. Nevertheless it’s come at a time when marketers are increasingly embracing social content on their digital properties and moving away from engaging with consumers inside a social network.

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