This stems from a major difference between the Middle Eastern and Western cultures; in the UK, ecommerce leads the way, with consumers preferring the convenience and speed of browsing and ordering online to the hustle and bustle of the high street. In the Gulf, however, 'mall culture' remains dominant.
Enter Project Wild Thing, which was launched last September. How successful is nature as a brand? 'Nobody really knows', David says. For someone who is taking on the immense task of marketing nature to children, he is a remarkably humble man. 'I'm not saying it's changing their lives,' he tells me, 'but it's making them question.'
But luxury or personalised packs aren't always the right move for a brand - especially if you're a fast-food chain. As I look back over the past year, one aberration sticks out more than all others for me; this summer, McDonald's launched a range of luxury burgers in Japan loaded with gourmet toppings such as black truffle sauce and even a chorizo and avocado medley.
The art of vlogging (video-logging) has been a source of revenue for many YouTube stars and fashion brands, due to the mutual benefits it brings to both parties. With YouTube taking 4 billion hours each month of our internet time and ranked the second most visited website, it is no wonder YouTube is advertiser's honey nest.
Social discovery platforms have made marketing more trusted, cost-effective and widespread for the ecommerce industry, as user-generated content (UGC) has proven to be more successful in building brand loyalty that direct marketing done by retailers. In fact, marketing is done every minute, by everyone.
Successful brands do several things well, but from a communications perspective there is one crucial factor. At those key moments when decisions are actually made, a successful brand must make a greater number of people think about buying their product or service compared to the number considering a competitor.