Burger King recently hit the headlines after winning the coveted Grand Prix award at Cannes Lions for its ‘Google Home for the Whopper’ campaign. The 15 second TV spot asked “OK, Google, what is the Whopper burger?” triggering Google Home devices within earshot to begin reading the Whopper Wikipedia page aloud in people’s homes. It …

Everybody loves a good story. And while we may say that we want brands to focus on value and features, those commercials which are most memorable – and which reinforce the brand the most – are those which tell a story as opposed to merely providing a list of features and value propositions. Those stories …

If you walk into a McDonalds anywhere in the world and order a Happy Meal, the cardboard box it comes in will probably be the same. But open it up, and you’ll start to see some differences. The toy it comes with will likely reference the latest film or cartoon popular in that region, while …

‘I want it all… and I want it now…’ Now aside from being a fantastic 80’s Queen number, funnily enough, it resembles what a lot of marketers want in 2018 – but not me. Marketing to teens, parents and younger audiences has never been more difficult, and we are in a time where having everything …

In August 2017 Gerald C. Kane, professor of information systems at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College wrote a powerful article on MIT Sloan Management Review describing what digital transformation really means. Spoiler alert: it’s not about technology or transformation. Alas, Kane states, “digital transformation is about how technology changes the conditions under …

Brands who produce on a mass level understand that in a crowded marketplace, share of voice often equates to share of market. One tactic to amplify brand voice is to employ strategies that borrow from the concept of limited editions, rarefied and exclusive products and services that inspire cultish devotion from fans and followers. It …

I remember my very first email marketing push. ‘Wow! Revolutionary’ I thought. ‘Don’t all ring at once,’ I said. ‘You’ll all get served in good time,’ I announced… But, while it yielded moderate success, doors remained on their hinges, and the telephone exchange remained pretty much intact. The problem was, it seems, I was doing …

There was a time when getting exposure online for your brand was relatively straightforward if you knew what you were doing. Marketing via social media and reaching out to bloggers was an effective strategy to engage with your potential audience. However, as we witness more and more people consuming their news and content online, it’s …

The negative effects of exposure to advertising female models on women’s self-esteem and body satisfaction are now well known.  But a new negative effect of advertising female models has been uncovered: they can be perceived as real sexual competitors by female consumers and trigger indirect aggression. Female advertising models are highly physically attractive as well …

Just as the internet ruthlessly sorted winners (Google, Amazon, etc.) and losers (Kodak, Blockbuster, etc.) in the 1990s and 2000s so too will the wave of change and innovation that is enveloping markets across the globe. Ad blocking, AI and personal agents, voice and visual UI, social influencers, and generational waves of anti-greed sentiment are …