Content Marketing is here to stay.  There is a broad and compelling consensus that content is the key to unlocking thought leadership, brand leadership, market leadership, and effective demand generation programs. In most B2B marketing approaches, this means blogs, e-books, white papers, case studies and compelling email and demand generation programs built around these. However …

In the world of targeted marketing, we often tread the line between being personalised and being personal. On the one hand, using a consumer’s data can lead to marketing that is tailored to the individual, helping them to cut through the noise and get to the products or offers relevant to them. However, if that …

Technology. It’s all around us. Here to (supposedly) make our lives better, both personally and professionally. Sometimes it does, and sometimes, let’s face it, it’s just a bad case of ‘shiny new thing syndrome.’ As we’ve been preparing the Technology Issue of Brand Quarterly, I’ve spent a lot of time considering what technology means to …

Roger Federer is a hero in the world of tennis and is now unarguably the greatest Wimbledon champion of all time. He prevailed again this year with a characteristic and unparalleled mix of artistry, power, focus, and agility. While Federer’s achievements remain largely confined to the sports pages, there’s much to be learnt from him …

The retail industry has always posed unique challenges for marketing executives, and the current environment is arguably the most challenging yet. Today’s Millennials and Gen Z shoppers, having grown up with mobile devices in hand at all times, demand and expect complete price transparency on all items, 24/7, and are less loyal than earlier generations …

Online shopping is becoming increasingly personal. According to an Accenture Study, 75% of online shoppers prefer to buy from retailers who recognize them, provide them with relevant product recommendations or remember them personally. This is especially true for e-commerce verticals that, in the brick-and-mortar world, require heavy in-store associate assistance for a purchase to occur, …

It all started so well. The contracts were signed and the champagne was flowing. But when once you saw yourselves as the next Unilever, capable of holding down those long-term agency relationships, now getting through the campaign you paid for will be an ask. Your agency has lost that spark from when you first met; …

Noisy, ugly, and dirty. Advertising has polluted cities, annoyed consumers and jeopardised its own existence. Beyond a mass-media cacophony, brand communications’ significant carbon footprint and runaway consumption are certainly contributing to what economists labelled as market failure. But contrary to Jerry Seinfeld’s 2014 infamous line at the Clio awards calling out the advertising sector to …

Corporations are building high-quality in-house design and advertising groups like never before. The In-House Agency Forum (IHAF), founded in 2005 to provide connections and community for in-house creative groups, now has over 250 member companies. Corporate in-house creative groups provide services internally and, in some cases, to external clients. Successfully nurturing talent inside giant corporations …

Creative agencies are always being asked by their clients to deliver creative ‘things’. But what gets produced is only half of the story. The other, and sometimes more important, part is how it is done. Creativity is not just the things we make; it’s the way we make them; the ‘doing’ that goes on behind the scenes. …