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The Uberisation of FMCG
Posted by: Guest blog
Guest blog

This is a guest blog from Alison Martin, Director, Kantar Worldpanel

It might not be as sexy as virtual reality or robots but, at this year's CES, grocery e-commerce has been the trend that's grabbed the interest of many marketers.

While by no means a mature market – Latin America and large parts of Asia need to address issues of infrastructure before it can thrive, and it has yet to make a serious impact in the US – it is fast becoming a going concern in an otherwise stagnant industry. Online FMCG sales continue to grow, up by 15% globally in 2016, and, by 2025, is projected to command a 9% value share of global spend on groceries.


Subjects: Digital, Consumers

11 October 2016 09:39

Posted by: Michael Corcoran, Head of Social & Content, eightytwenty
Michael Corcoran

It's time to unveil who was behind @Offical_Rule40 #RioBot.

As the symbolic torch was lit at Rio 2016, opportunities were being extinguished for brands to activate around this 'prestigious' global sports gathering.

Sitting at home watching the build-up to the opening ceremony, some colleagues and I were chatting and sharing some Rio messages through Whatsapp from Irish brands infringing on the International Olympics Guidelines on the use of official terms; In particular, Rule 40.


Subjects: Media, Digital

06 October 2016 12:37

Why we should welcome Google's ban on Interstitials
Posted by: Guest blog
Guest blog

This guest blog is by Scott Curtis, European Mobile Strategy & Development Director, Starcom

Google's quest to continue its dominance of our digital spend continues with its latest efforts to protect the web. Its most recent announcement is to penalise pages that contain annoying 'intrusive' interstitials with site-ranking algorithms.


Subjects: Media, Digital, Advertising

13 September 2016 15:21

The IPA introduces Effectiveness Week
Posted by: Joseph Clift, Product Manager, Warc
Joseph Clift

Since their launch in 1980, the IPA Effectiveness Awards (the full archive of which is available for subscribers) have become the gold standard for global case study competitions that focus on a campaign's business results, rather than its creative approach. The announcement of the awards winners, every two years in November, is therefore one of the ad industry's most closely-watched events.

This time around, the IPA has expanded its programme: from the traditional black-tie awards evening to a five-day festival of marketing effectiveness. Effectiveness Week, launched at an event in London yesterday, takes place on the week of October 31st, with the awards themselves handed out on November 2nd. The programme includes over 50 speakers, with a mix of presentations and seminars taking place across 11 different venues. And it won't be a closed forum for agencies: the IPA is aiming to have 50% of attendees and participants coming from the client side.


Subjects: Digital, Advertising, Marketing

06 September 2016 15:23

The cobra effect
Posted by: Richard Shotton, Head of Insight, ZenithOptimedia
Richard Shotton

Of all the decisions made by the colonial governor in Delhi, offering a bounty for dead cobras was one of the worst.

It had seemed a sensible policy. After all, cobras were a deadly hazard that needed culling. But as the governor had limited manpower at his disposal, he needed others to conduct the cull. So a small bounty was offered for every dead cobra handed in to the authorities.


Subjects: Media, Digital, Advertising

05 September 2016 10:38

Wrong ad, wrong time, wrong place: Why 45% of users don't respond to mobile ads
Posted by: Guest blog
Guest blog

This is a guest blog by Stephen Upstone, CEO and founder, LoopMe

A recent survey of 1,000 mobile users in the US and UK asked if people who watch mobile video ads actually go on to buy the product advertised in store or online, and if not, why not.

The results showed that 55% of people who have watched a mobile video ad had gone on to make a purchase, showing that as an industry we are doing the right things more than half of the time.


Subjects: Digital, Advertising, Media

31 August 2016 16:45

Programmatic and its discontents
Posted by: Sam Peña-Taylor, Editorial Assistant, Warc
Sam Peña-Taylor

Programmatic is a term surrounded by noise. It goes along with persistent calls for more data, and more insight from across the industry. And along with that data, more management platforms -  generally more stuff.

With this stuff has come the early association of poor-quality, irritating advertising that is so ineffective as to induce users to download ad-blockers. It feels a little out-of-control – too powerful for human hands. This is because humans, consumers, are deeply complicated and bring with them a set of constantly shifting needs and demands. In a sense, what has happened is that we've discovered our own complexities, and these show no sign of falling into line any time soon.


Subjects: Media, Digital, Data

18 August 2016 16:08

IAB Europe survey: what is driving digital video advertising adoption
Posted by: Guest blog
Guest blog

Assessing the current adoption of and attitudes towards digital video advertising from both buy and sell-side stakeholders is important to elevate industry understanding and identify areas for guidance.


Subjects: Data, Digital

04 August 2016 12:02

Pokémon GO shows where gamification is going wrong
Posted by: Guest blog
Guest blog

This guest post is written by Timo Tuominen, senior software consultant at digital innovation consultancy Futurice.

Sectors ranging from banking to retail are drawing lessons from the success of Pokémon GO, a global media and marketing phenomenon. Closer to home, this location-based, augmented reality mobile game provides four clear learnings for the burgeoning gamification app and pure gaming sectors.


Subjects: Digital, Consumers

26 July 2016 17:02

Social Prize shortlist: HSBC, Halifax, Emirates NBD, and Mastercard
Posted by: Lucy Aitken, Case Study Editor, Warc
Lucy Aitken

Four out of the 30 shortlisted papers for this year's Warc Prize for Social Strategy were from financial services brands. For a sector renowned for uninspiring advertising, that's a pretty good result. Perhaps what's more surprising is that the four campaigns could not be more different, incorporating an insight-driven database, a content-rich campaign designed to simplify finance, a push for student accounts and a nudge to get thinking about your retirement years.


Subjects: Awards, Digital, Advertising

11 July 2016 16:51


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