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Point of View: Semiwhatics?
Dave Trott, Admap, June 2013, pp. 7-7
This brief article provides examples of failed semiotics and discusses the difficulties in communicating meaning clearly to different cultural groups.
This brief article provides examples of failed semiotics and discusses the difficulties in communicating meaning clearly to different cultural groups. He describes situations in which intended meanings have not been understood, and cautions that it is necessary to check that these meanings translate to target groups successfully.
Discourse analysis: Beneath the surface of language
Seamus O'Farrell, Market Leader, Quarter 2, 2013, pp. 15-16
Prostate Cancer UK's chief marketing officer Seamus O'Farrell describes how discourse analysis played a central role in modernising the charity's culture.
Prostate Cancer UK's chief marketing officer Seamus O'Farrell describes how discourse analysis played a central role in modernising the charity's culture. Working with Linguistic Landscapes, it identified areas where the internal language of the organisation was preventing it from evolving. The project found that a much more candid, less euphemistic approach to talking about prostate cancer was needed in order for communications to improve.
Semiotics: Recognise the signs
Tim Stock and Marie Lena Tupot, Admap, November 2012, pp. 42-43
The approach of semiotics is to explore all the things visual and auditory that exist to make the climate right for an idea.
The approach of semiotics is to explore all the things visual and auditory that exist to make the climate right for an idea. Digital networks are speeding up the evolution of meaning. Establishing a semiotic framework can help a brand track where meaning is coming from and how and where it is moving. This article explains how semiotics can allow data to tell the story and then will help give a full understanding of the stories to be told. In turn, this level of understanding lends empathy for how a trend is building and makes the human at the heart of the story relatable.
Semiotics, Discourse Analysis: Renewing the Meaning of the TV Licence
Alex Gordon and Debi Bester, Warc Exclusive, Advertising Research, 2012
This presentation looks at semiotics, the study of signs and symbols, and seeks to understand its power for creative development.
This presentation looks at semiotics, the study of signs and symbols, and seeks to understand its power for creative development. It requires recognising that brands are also symbols and are inseparable from the culture that surrounds them. When branding, contradictory tone of voice and language can undermine effective messaging and this presentation provides insight on the importance of nuanced symbolic messaging for successful advertising. The presentation recommends the combining of culturally relevant text and imagery to ensure maximum ROI. It includes is a practical case study for the UK TV Licensing campaign.
Semiotics: A sign of the times
Kishore Budha, Admap, February 2012, pp. 10-12
Why do most brands struggle with innovation, despite an abundance of consumer-facing insight? Semiotics, or the science of signs and symbols, when used wisely can help tie in all marketing activities including insights, new product development, strategic planning and execution.
Why do most brands struggle with innovation, despite an abundance of consumer-facing insight? Semiotics, or the science of signs and symbols, when used wisely can help tie in all marketing activities including insights, new product development, strategic planning and execution. Semiotics is not a research but an analytical and creative development tool that can help uncover opportunities normally not available through traditional marketing planning.
New Product Development - an MRS conference report
John Griffiths, Warc Exclusive, March 2011
This paper provides a top-line overview of a Market Research Society conference on new product development, which looked at new ways to boost the chances of success when developing new products and brand extensions.
This paper provides a top-line overview of a Market Research Society conference on new product development, which looked at new ways to boost the chances of success when developing new products and brand extensions. Discussions include semiotic techniques, co-creation in developing and other markets, the launch of a new juice brand, common pitfalls in the innovation process, ethnographic methods and researching emotion as part of NPD.
'Bricolage': qualitative market research redefined
Gill Ereaut and Mike Imms, Admap, December 2002, Issue 434, pp. 16-18
The authors describe the term 'bricolage' as diversity, pragmatism and creativity in method and interpretation of qualitative research.
The authors describe the term 'bricolage' as diversity, pragmatism and creativity in method and interpretation of qualitative research. They examine what academic qualitative researchers mean by 'bricolage' and compare this with what the commercial research community mean by qualitative market research. They list what counts as qualitative research in the academic world in terms of methods and 'texts' (being capable of being analysed for meaning and relevance). They describe the four norms of qualitative research as interviewing, psychology, normative respondents and consumers or other target groups. They suggest that each is a constraint but 'bricolage' makes it clear that none of them need be. They believe that the norms are classic cases of marketing myopia allowing the product (groups and depth interviews) to dictate the researchers raison d'etre rather than the benefits they offer (solving clients problems and answering their questions). 'Bricolage' does not put interviewing or any other information gathering method at the centre, instead it puts the researcher's detective and analytical skills at the core.
Researching the future: oxymoron or possibility?
Wendy Gordon, Admap, April 1999
Argues that research cannot predict the future, and that a new type of research is needed - 'pro-search'.
Argues that research cannot predict the future, and that a new type of research is needed - 'pro-search'. The problem: information overload tends to paralyse; conflict between accelerating change in the world and lack of time for dealing with (even thinking about) it. Reasons why the research industry is poorly geared for innovation. `Pro-search' describes the 'intertwining of insight derived from research that moves beyond the conventional and imagination that leaps towards possible solutions'. `Pro-search' is not futurology, extrapolating trends or a new methodology - it is a mind-set, open-minded, forward looking, interdisciplinary and imaginative, entrepreneurial. The commercial environment necessary to allow this innovative approach to work is outlined: traditional systems won't do. From a four-article feature on market research, all papers given at the first annual conference of the BMRA (British Market Research Association) after the amalgamation of AMSO and ABMRC.
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