"Big Data" has evolved from a marketing buzz-phrase to a marketing cliché over recent years. But brands still have a way to go before they understand, let alone fully utilise, the potential of the datasets available to them. That was the overriding message of Blind Data, an event organised by UK commercial TV trade body Thinkbox and held in London this morning.
A view from the client-side came from Peter Duffy, marketing director at easyJet, the low-cost airline, who offered a pretty compelling case study showing how the company is using a mix of its own data and sets from external sources to optimise its media planning. And there's no reason why many of the lessons from easyJet's story aren't applicable to brands in other categories.
Yesterday I attended the annual social media breakfast organised by the UK's Direct Marketing Association (DMA), which explored the hot topic of visual storytelling using social media. Held at the London gallery owned by Getty Images, the picture service, the chair, Tim Pritchard, Head of Social Media at media agency ManningGottlieb OMD set the scene by reminding the audience of agency and brand owners that images are a gateway to consumer engagement, and that consumers are increasingly sharing brand images.
Indeed, just this week, British fashion brand, Burberry, made the headlines by achieving the most social media buzz at London Fashion Week (LFW). To achieve this,
Burberry displayed sophisticated utilisation of visual social networks such as Instagram and Pinterest to promote its presence at LFW and even promoted itself on Twitter's micro-video sharing site, Vine.
The results of the latest assignment from A[P]SOTW – or the Advertising [Planning] School On The Web – are in.
This initiative is run by a team of senior planners from across the world. They post challenges for up-and-coming planners and marketers - or, in fact, anyone with an interest in smart ideas and communications – and have the entries judged by a heavyweight group of marketers and strategy experts. Warc teamed up with the School a few months ago to help promote the challenges.
You can view the previous challenge we helped out with here. Over to Gareth Kay and the feedback from the latest assignment!
Les Binet and Sarah Carter get a little bit angry about some of the nonsense they hear around them… like ignoring the 'still' majority.
We attended a conference by Thinkbox (the UK body responsible for TV advertising) the other week. There were a number of great speakers and an interesting session at the end giving useful facts on the current state of the UK TV market.
One headline struck us as particularly fascinating: 90% of all TV programmes are still watched live. When you consider how much TV technology has changed, this is quite remarkable. Despite on-demand viewing, digital recording and the ever-growing range of devices that TV' can now be viewed on, people still mostly choose to watch TV in the good old- fashioned way.
Last Thursday night I attended an event at advertising agency iris' London headquarters where a handful of speakers, just returned from the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, presented their 'Texas Takeaways’: what they regard as the key themes from this year's festival – billed as the "largest interactive event in the world".
As well as the margaritas and tacos on offer to the guests, there was a lot to learn from the two hour talk. Here are the four highlights that stood out to me.
It's that time of year when chaos hits the streets of Austin, as South by Southwest (SXSW) gets into full swing.
But chaos can be good for business, according to a group of panellists discussing "This is Generation Flux", an article published by Fast Company last year, and written by the title's editor-in-chief, Robert Safian.
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How to achieve influence
"There is currently much debate and disagreement around what 'influence' really is, and how it can be achieved, if at all as a controlling action, writes Admap editor Colin Grimshaw, introducing a series of articles in the magazine's current issue.
Standing before a crowd of 2,000-plus at the Association of National Advertisers' annual 2012 Masters of Marketing Conference, Bob Liodice, the organization's president/ceo, set the bar for the conference, pledging lessons in performance from his keynote speakers.
The focus, he said, would be on the impact of marketing on business. "Great marketing isn't great unless it is validated by terrific business results," he argued. "Superb business performance is what CEOs and shareholders expect from us. And it will only happen through the collaborative effort of advertisers, agencies, media owners, publishers, suppliers and vendors. Otherwise, it's all for naught."
I like reading children’s books. They are full of life, colour and imagination. Last night, I finished reading ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers once more. It’s the story of a boy who finds a lost penguin on his doorstep and then travels all the way to South Pole to return the stranger. It is, by all standards, a pure story of curiosity and love from a child’s eye. In 2008, the story was adapted into a 24-min film and was first aired in the UK on Christmas Eve.
I recently read it to my daughter and she loved it too, to such an extent that she carried on reading it (over and over again) at short intervals throughout the day.
To their innocence, children carry the most creative brains amongst us all. And the thing I find most fascinating about children’s books is how they engage with children’s creative brains. They are always relevant, timely and acquire complete attention. Instead of talking at them, they ignite the imaginative neurons and talk with them. And of course, if you can connect with the brain of a child, you can connect with any. It’s no mystery why we suddenly change our tone when reading the bedtime story to the little ones.
Read my report from day one of ESOMAR Congress 2012, and browse all of the available papers from ESOMAR Congress 2012.
The second day of this year's Congress, held in Atlanta, started with the announcement of the winner of the ESOMAR Young Researcher competition. Now in its fourth year, the top prize won by Patrick Pfefferkorn (HTP Concept, Germany) for his paper You Won’t Find Me on Facebook. His research explores the potential future development of social networking by drawing from the experiences of non-users and drop-outs, to find out whether these people might be part of a new grass-roots movement to abandon social networking sites.
There were also a lot of new research papers discussed on the day, highlights of which are below.