Category Archives: advertising

Oxford English Dictionary adds 10 ad tech words

Dictionaries by mrpolyonymous FlickrYou know when the industry you work in is making an impact on the wider consumer world when you hear that the vocabulary you and your peers use at work every day has been acknowledged by the Oxford English Dictionary.

Last week a series of ad tech related words and phrases made the big league. ‘Sentiment analysis’, ‘second screen’, ‘responsive’ and ‘clickbait’ were included in the’s yearly announcement of new official words. For me, this highlights the fact that as business and technology evolve consumers are becoming evermore ‘tech-savvy’, which is great. Read More »

Turning car brands into screen icons

cinema by Humberto Marum on FlickrHonda’s recent move to develop its own YouTube channel reflects a growing trend amongst brands to develop their own content, and was borne out of a desire to move beyond traditional advertising. While the decision to develop rich, bespoke content should be roundly applauded, perhaps there are additional formats to showcase such content and maximise Honda’s efforts.

According to the FAME (Film Audience Measurement Evaluation) study, which delves into the demographic make-up of UK cinemagoers, young professionals are the core target audience for car brands. Tellingly, when these findings are coupled with research from the freshly published 2014 BFI Yearly Statistical Yearbook – which disclosed that the sought-after target market of younger audiences are the most avid cinemagoers, making up 47% of admissions in 2013 – it makes  a compelling argument for cinema advertising. Read More »

M&A is when leadership matters most

For sale by thinkpanama FlickrTrade sales are back in the news with Karmarama’s acquisition of mobile app agency Nice: the latest example of a larger group buying a dynamic independent.

Some acquisitions are unquestionably great decisions: breathing new life into a failing agency, filling an important gap in a group’s portfolio or allowing a small business to grow faster internationally. But once the excitement of the sale is a distant memory, the deal often doesn’t turn out to be what everyone hoped for. Read More »

Do Facebook likes still matter?

Organic reach on Facebook is declining.FacebooklikePoster

It’s been the discussion point for marketers using social media since the beginning of the year and by now you’re probably familiar with the issue.

If you’re not, here’s a quick catch-up for you: organic reach on Facebook (the number of people who see your content with no advertising) has dropped to just 6%. That means of those 10,000 Facebook fans on your page that you’ve spent all this time collecting, only 600 of them on average will see what you post. To reach the rest of them, you’ll need to advertise and promote your content. Facebook organic reach is expected to fall further and many analysts are predicting it will be almost zero by the end of the year. This means no one will see your content unless you pay to promote it.

To me, this raises a big question… Read More »

5 things I wish I’d known when becoming a creative

WomanI love my job. I really do, but here’s the but. I wish someone had told me a few key things to ease the rocky parts of my creative path… Read More »

Collaboration is the key to the future of European OOH

out of home 1The Out of Home (OOH) sector currently sits on a launchpad. After one of the worst recessions in living memory, the advent of digital, social and mobile marketing, and the resilience of TV and print advertising, many doomsayers predicted the demise of OOH. Yet, latest figures from the Outdoor Media Centre have revealed that UK OOH advertising saw a 6.4% rise in Q2 2014, equating to over a quarter of a billion pounds, compared with the same quarter in the previous year. This represents the fourth biggest quarter of spend in the medium’s history.

This naturally makes for very encouraging reading for me and, I would imagine, the likes of JCDecaux, Clear Channel, Ocean and Primesight. Despite OOH showing bullishness however, the question that really strikes me is, how do we as an industry maintain the growth and achieve a bigger slice of the advertising pie? The answer lies in collaboration. Read More »

Do you know where your ads are being shown?

Connected TV will become an important part of the living roomIf you don’t, you should. Almost 70% of firm value is intangible with the biggest portion of that value sitting in branding. Your ads should encompass your brand and protect this value, there are reasons people buy Coca-Cola over an own brand cola drink – brand trust and uniformity.

The number of brands that advertise online is huge, it is a great resource for spreading brand awareness, however there are certain tools that must be employed to protect your brand’s image in the eyes of the consumer. Read More »

Infographic: a visual history of marketing

marketingmediaSquareDid you know business cards started to appear in the early 1600s? The first radio ads were aired in 1922, and e-commerce wasn’t invented until the 1970s? Nowadays, 83% of b2b marketers invest in social media to boost brand exposure. That’s according to this visual history of marketing, created by IDF Marketing, which tracks notable dates in marketing’s evolution since the sector began to emerge in 1450. Read More »

Will driverless cars signal a new opportunity for roadside posters?

Driverless car by Maria Ly FlickrThe UK is set to allow driverless cars on the roads of Britain from January 2015. Business secretary Vince Cable said computer-controlled vehicles will be trialled in three cities next year, and the government will be making a £10m fund available for developing the technology in the UK. But what’s this mean for the out of home (OOH) industry?

Alarmists are likely already jumping at the chance to declare this the beginning of the end for roadside OOH sites. After all, if no one’s driving the car, who’s looking at the road and the adverts around it?


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Is creativity being replaced?

Creativity by JD Hancock FlickrMuch has been made about increasing prominence of technology vendors in the media sphere, with the Wall Street Journal being one among many to suggest that creativity has taken a back seat. This has been an industry-wide debate for some time, with marketers, creatives, agencies and vendors alike coming forward to defend human input within the marketing process.

In reality, we all know that machines cannot replace imagination, but could technology in fact be encouraging creative thought?

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