Not all industries are equal. Or as in the words of François-Henri Pinault, CEO of Kering, “In luxury, the rules are very different to any other industry”. Signs indicate that all other industries have more to learn from the luxury industry than the other way around. Luxury brands are accepted as the epitome of branding. …

Once, sales periods were limited to the time after Christmas when retailers had a lot of stock leftover from the festive period, needing to sell off any leftovers before the new season began. The introduction of big sales days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the most obvious examples of the growing pressure to …

Influencer marketing has become top of mind for every CMO, not just in consumer facing brands, but in B2B technology organizations as well. In fact, among the business technology brands recently surveyed for the report Influence 2.0, 77% rate influencer marketing as strategic or highly strategic. One critical component to B2B influencer marketing is understanding …

Knowing the difference between a brand providing a multichannel and omnichannel experience for your consumers is vital to understanding how to ignite true brand affinity. In an age of quick-scrolling multi-screen users, Out Of Home placements around every corner, revolutions in print technology and ever blossoming new adtech opportunities, there are innumerable ways for brands …

The reasons why startups and businesses fail have been written about exhaustively. But what about what makes them succeed? The media makes us firmly believe that the main ingredient of a successful startup has to do with its product or industry, namely that in order to get an idea off the ground and into the …

What does a new reality mean to you? At H+K’s Creativity + New Reality on 26 September 2017, speakers explored this question and provided insight into the changing landscapes of business, PR, culture and consumerism. “The theme of this year’s conference is new reality. This is a theme that was unavoidable in my mind, given …

Website, mobile app, social media, online marketplace, in store, at a pop-up or concession: the shopping options available to today’s consumer are plentiful, with the internet providing access to a retailer even after its store doors close. This provides convenience for the consumer, who is able to browse and buy when and where they want, …

The regulatory environment is changing based on a society that is more health conscious, advocating for the preservation of life. Increasing of taxes on products such as tobacco, alcohol and now sugar-sweetened beverages are a result of increased lobbying from non-profit organisations who are pushing governments to penalise consumers, in order to protect themselves from themselves, by making it relatively unaffordable to purchase these products. …

Edison Research’s April 2017 Podcast Consumer report claimed that monthly podcast listeners in the US was now at 24%, up from 21% in 2016, and while the US podcast market is more developed than the UK’s, RAJAR’s MIDAS Spring 2017 report still showed that 5.5 million UK adults listen to podcasts – just over 10% …

As IoT branches out over the next few years, transforming the way consumers live, work, and think, we will enter the age of ubiquitous computing. By 2025, there will be more than 100 billion connected devices – that’s 14 for every person on the planet – generating a revenue of almost $10 trillion. The scale …

To get a good idea of how quickly perspective can change, just consider how you feel when waiting to cross a street. You get annoyed when cars fly by, yet when you’re the one behind the wheel, you, too, might floor it and zoom past pedestrians. Hypocritical, right? Well, it’s a trap we all fall …

In an increasingly digitized and connected world, brands in all industries feel the pressure to invest money into creating unique and memorable social media accounts and experiences to increase their brand and business performance.  However, creating a stand-out brand experience through social media is easier said than done. One size does not fit all, and …

As Managing Director of a design agency, much of my time is spent convincing clients that we can offer so much more than creating pretty pictures. It goes without saying that clients expect good design teams to be capable of interpreting strategy, but they don’t necessarily believe they are capable of creating it. While all …

Many people have heard the warnings about not falling in love at first sight. While those warnings are certainly applicable in matters of affection, they are just as, if not more, relevant when assisting a client with the selection of a trademark. The trademark a client chooses will serve as its brand identifier; the symbol, …

Hoteliers and their marketing departments face a number of challenges when it comes to attracting guests to their premises. The biggest of these is dealing with the online travel agents (OTAs) where many guests make their bookings. While being included on the listings for these websites offers good visibility, it also comes at a hefty …

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