As producers of branded content, one of the most important attributes you must have is adaptability. Each and every project you work on is different – even if it’s with the same client. Seldom do you want to simply reproduce content you’ve made before. Yes, you need to understand their journey, their struggles, and of …

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 …

Crowdsourcing – What’s It All About? There are many different crowdsourcing ventures around, but video is perhaps one of the most interesting. When CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed Facebook would be making a ‘sustained push into video, particularly with short-form content’, the world sat up and took notice. Video, it seems, is king. Think of the …

Imagine that you’ve just opened a regular newsletter from one of your favourite brands, and the first thing you see is a large banner with the company’s logo front and centre. Having read the email and scrolled to the bottom, you click through to that brand’s Twitter account only to notice that the avatar features …

I’m fascinated by younger generations and just how different they are from generations prior. You should be too. Generations Y and Z (Millennials and Centennials) represent a dramatic “C” change where a new genre of “Connected” consumerism is forcing business as usual to cater to an always-on, accidentally narcissistic, empowered, informed, demanding, and counterintuitive generation. …

Technology marketing used to be so easy. But there have been seismic shifts in the B2B marketing landscape, causing turmoil in our go-to channels. One bright spot; however, has been the emergence of influencer marketing. Influencers have undoubtedly become a mainstream channel for consumer-facing brands, but how does it impact those of us in B2B …

Shopper research is a cornerstone of robust research programs for brands that seek to engage customers with products in store, or for retailers vying to provide experiences that will keep customers happy and spending money in their stores. Shopper research is often performed in live or mock retail environments, where researchers can view shoppers’ behavior …

In September at Content Marketing World, Robert Rose and I will launch our (combined) sixth book called Killing Marketing. The core principle is that we’ve been misusing the marketing function for years. Marketing, in its truest form, was actually meant to be a profit center. While Robert and I were doing our research for the book, …

Everyone’s talking about the endless possibilities for innovation at the intersection of luxury and technology. We tend to forget that, caught up in the race for everything to be faster, better, and more seamless, simple experiences are usually the best. Sometimes, our five senses are quite enough. Not that the luxury industry hasn’t noticed. This …

Marketers have got the message: data matters. Yes, we’re getting data-savvy, but many marketers still aren’t getting the full value out of their data. By now, we’ve all started using data to measure progress, spot opportunities and reach new audiences. The problem is that many marketers are doing so independently or in a silo. But …