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Secrets of the world's smartest creative agency
Posted by: Joseph Clift, Digital Product Manager, Warc
Joseph Clift

Earlier this year, we announced the Warc 100 – our ranking of the smartest marketing campaigns and companies of the year, based on their performance in effectiveness and strategy awards. And taking the number one spot on the creative agencies rankings was an agency far from the traditional ad industry powerhouses of London and New York: Colenso BBDO, based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Colenso had an exceptionally strong showing on our ranking of the top 100 campaigns of the year, with work for food brand Tip Top, V, the energy drink and Mountain Dew all making the cut. But how can other agencies learn from all this success? According to Andy McLeish, Colenso's head of planning, replicating this success is a matter of taking risks, establishing clear metrics... and keeping clients' trust.


Subjects: Awards, Advertising, Marketing

29 October 2014 14:13

Sensory marketing, product launches, influencer strategies and avoiding cannibalisation: Highlights from IPA Effectiveness Awards 2014
Posted by: Lena Roland, Knowledge Officer, Warc
Lena Roland

The IPA Effectiveness Awards are live on – subscribers can browse all 70 of them here. These rigorous awards recognise advertising campaigns that demonstrate clear proof of their effectiveness. Fosters, the beer brand, took the Grand Prix award while Specsavers, Transport for London and The British Heart Foundation were among the brands awarded Gold.

I’ve dug a little deeper into the 70 case studies to showcase several campaigns that stood out - perhaps for their innovative use of media, or for successfully overcoming difficult marketing challenges.


Subjects: Awards, Marketing, Advertising

29 October 2014 09:09

eCommerce: how to represent your brand well in online stores
Posted by: Brand Learning
Brand Learning

When has a week gone by for you when you haven’t shopped on line for a brand? For most of us in our team at least, shopping online or using mobile during the shopping experience has become a habit.

From Showrooming (looking at products in store and buying on line), to Webrooming (looking at products on line and then buying in store) to Boomerooming (researching on line, seeing and touching the product in store and then buying on line) we are changing our shopping habits and the implications for retailers and brands is profound.


Subjects: Marketing, Data, Digital

28 October 2014 14:17

IAB Engage 2014: It's Only Just Begun
Posted by: Guest blog
Guest blog

Partnership, collaboration and the brave new world of media and marketing in the technology era

This post is by Fay Miller, Marketing Director, International at The Exchange Lab.

We've only just begun was the theme for the 10th anniversary of IAB Engage where the media, marketing and digital digiratzi assembled. Digital is in a state of disruption, the traditional media model is in a state of flux and marketing continues to collide and overlap with technological innovation. This is all happening at speed and it's the pace of change that almost everyone seems to be struggling to keep up with. It was the one thing every speaker seemed to agree on, that and how it's only going to get faster.


Subjects: Digital, Advertising

27 October 2014 15:43

Unravelling the path to purchase
Posted by: Lena Roland, Knowledge Officer, Warc
Lena Roland

The customer journey and path to purchase has changed from a linear process to a more convoluted route, a change that can be largely attributed to digital technology. Digital and mobile technology means that consumers are ‘always on’ and have the ability to shop and buy, anytime and anywhere. Thus these channels are critical engagement platforms in the customer journey.

  • Research suggests purchase decisions, or the moment of truths, starts long before shoppers enter a store. Thus brands need to implement multi-touchpoint shopper strategies.
  • The physical store has to be more than a place to buy goods. Experiences, tours, taste and touch are important to physical retailing. Uniqlo and Adidas are two brands using innovative in-store techniques to engage with shoppers.
  • It is important to align all aspects of the business – strategy, comms AND employees – to optimise the customer journey.

Subjects: Marketing, Consumers, Advertising

24 October 2014 14:26

From agency model to SWAT team: The future of marketing communications
Posted by: Guest blog
Guest blog

This post if by Guy Norwell, Business Development Director, UK & EMEA at RedWorks.

Over the past few years, as more and more brands look to achieve one-to-one marketing, personalised content has become the buzzword that everyone wants to own and the area every agency wants to be seen as expert in.

In the rush to deliver this personalised content and be seen as the people to turn to, agencies have gone to battle, vying for the lead position in this evolving discipline. At the forefront of this battle, hoping to position themselves as the organisation of choice, have been the advertising agencies – focusing on their ability to create and tell stories. However, in the era of personalised content, advertising agencies are arguably the least fit to take this crown.


Subjects: Marketing, Digital

23 October 2014 17:06

Has there ever been a tougher time for Sales teams?
Posted by: Brand Learning
Brand Learning

Unprecedented changes in the retail and customer landscapes are creating big challenges for Sales teams. Who would have thought at the turn of the century that by 2014 the world’s largest retailer would have no physical stores? Whatever industry you are in the customer landscape and expectations are changing fast.

From pricing competitiveness to cost optimisation, omniformat strategies to store utilisation -  everything is being turned on its head in the pursuit of shopper loyalty and growth. In Pharma, there is growing complexity in the web of stakeholders that Sales teams need to work with to secure product availability and drive sales.

Given the scale of these changes, sales teams are having to accelerate capability building in key areas such as route to market, trading terms, eCommerce strategy, ways of working with customers, data analytics, salesforce effectiveness and the use of technology to drive efficiencies.


Subjects: Brands, Consumers, Marketing

22 October 2014 15:18

Best of the best: Hybrid consumers, total video and how to get investment for your brand
Posted by: Katherine Kam, Production Editor, Warc
Katherine Kam

Amidst all the new content we've recently added (like Esomar Congress papers, Jay Chiat case studies and the shortlisted cases to our own Innovation Prize) here are my must-read picks – five stimulating, enlightening articles on topics as diverse as hybrid consumers, total video and winning boardroom-backing for brand investment.

The Brand in the Boardroom
What's it about and why is it interesting?
In Warc Editorial, we are huge fans of the Atticus Awards – clever thinking from across the WPP network on all kinds of topics. The Grand Prix winner from Ogilvy RED is lengthy but provides extremely useful instruction for valuing brands and demonstrating the real commercial benefit of marketing – essential reading for any marketer fighting for investment. As well as introducing the different methods of brand valuation, Ogilvy & Mather go beyond them to highlight the necessary principles and the steps that should be followed when valuing brands. As well as defending and increasing marketing budgets, brand valuation can also help decide where to allocate budgets, determine brand strategy development and develop brand benchmarking.


Subjects: Consumers, Marketing, Advertising

22 October 2014 14:01

50 years of Admap: The story from Twitter
Posted by: Emily Barley, Editorial Assistant, Warc
Emily Barley

Last night we celebrated Admap's 50th anniversary!

Warc subscribers can read the anniversary issue The Future of Brand Communications – and dig into the Admap archive, which goes all the way back to 1967! If you aren't a Warc subscriber, take a trial or subscribe to Admap.


Subjects: Warc conferences, Marketing, Brands

22 October 2014 11:00

Global Ad Trends
Posted by: James McDonald, Research Analyst, Warc
James McDonald

Yesterday, we published a new long-term trend analysis: Global Ad Trends, a summary report which draws upon the data stored in our adspend database.

To provide some background, Warc has conducted an annual survey of global advertising expenditure since 1980, issuing questionnaires to monitoring organisations and/or ad industry bodies in each of the 88 markets we track. The survey covers TV, newspapers, magazines, internet, radio, cinema and out of home adspend. You can find a full list of our coverage here.

Once all markets are in, we harmonise the data (net of discounts, including press classified adspend and agency commission but excluding production costs) to give a more accurate, comparable picture of each country's ad market. This then allows us to identify meaningful trends in long-term advertising expenditure.


Subjects: Data, Advertising

21 October 2014 17:14


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