Recent highlights on include global brand owners' use of social and digital media, the hunt for growth in developing markets and the latest insights in our new trends section. We also look ahead to some upcoming conferences on media, market and advertising research..

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Managing digital on a global scale

The ANA’s Digital and Social Media conference saw client-side marketers from a range of sectors sharing their ideas and experience on the strategic, international use of digital.

Diageo’s Michelle Klein described Smirnoff Nightlife (open access), a social media and event-led campaign now in its third year.

Peter Blackshaw of Nestlé explained how the food giant integrated digital into the company’s pre-existing marketing mantras, codified as brand-building the Nestlé way.

And Lisa Burns revealed the unlikely success of an online video campaign by Corning, the glass manufacturer, which broke most of the established rules for generating viral traction.

Browse these and more in our Event Reports section.

New consumers and the hunt for growth

David Wolf’s two-part analysis of Apple in China tracks the company’s phenomenal growth story in the Chinese market, which accounted for 20% of its global revenues in Q1 2012. He also considers what Apple must do next to maintain its status in a land where tech firms in the past have come crashing to earth.

Global brands like Apple have been buoyed by the rise of a new middle class around the world. Taking Russia as an example, TNS research on emerging trends in the Russian consumer market illustrates some of the massive changes of the last decade.

Meanwhile, multinationals in the fmcg sector are looking beyond urban centres for future growth by offering affordable solutions to low-income groups. But as new findings indicate, they’ll need to build trust with these next billion consumers if they want to succeed. 

Trends update

Warc’s recently-launched Trends section brings together our own analysis with material from trusted providers to offer insights into the latest developments affecting consumers, brands and markets.

Latest additions include Next-generation eyewear led by Google’s Project Glass, Aging consumers and the move beyond youth culture, Food foraging and its impact on food choices, Super-premium gin’s stellar growth, and OTx foods and the role of nutrition in healthcare.

MRG Awards 2012

Warc is pleased to announce a partnership with the Media Research Group, bringing the MRG's 2012 Awards papers to

The awards celebrate ground-breaking achievements in the UK's media research industry and are open for entries until 29 August. Winners will be announced during the MRG's International Conference (Monte Carlo, 14-17 November).

ESOMAR Congress 2012

Marking ESOMAR’s 65th anniversary, the agenda for Congress 2012 (Atlanta, 9-12 September) is all about demonstrating the impact of research in business and society and the challenges of the decade ahead.

Warc will be posting reports from the key sessions and the full papers will be online shortly after.

Advertising Research 2012

Warc’s Advertising Research 2012 conference (London, 25 September) will focus on measuring consumer responses across digital and traditional platforms, including new techniques such as those from the world of neuroscience.

Attendance is a must for anyone wanting cutting-edge thinking on maximising ROI in this era of uncertainty. An early booking discount is available until 14 August.