Brands

Can Brands Break Us Out Of The Filter Bubble?

Yelena Gaufman | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Yelena Gaufman

Everyone loves to be acknowledged and validated - theories of psychological development show that this is how children assimilate a sense of self and develop into healthy, socially-functioning adults.

Realism Or Fantasy - What Is More Emotive In Advertising?

Rich Hill | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK
Rich Hill

2016 has been a strange year. We've lost some of the world's most brilliant minds and we've also seen two of the biggest upsets in modern politics - t...

Why We Need To Share What We Really Think About Family Brands To Make Them Better

Lynne Barcoe | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Parents
Lynne Barcoe

There's a place and a time for parent bloggers and they are very much part of the conversation, but at the end of the day that is just one person's opinion. The Family Panel is all about connecting people, and letting everyone have their voice heard.

What Does Your Photo Gallery Say About You?

Nadav Israel | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
Nadav Israel

Brands will look for certain personas. The demographic for a cool new fashion line is unlikely to be those aged 60 plus, so the profiles of elderly users won't be of use. However, a recently-launched dentures brand would be interested in targeting this audience.

The Evolution Of The Revolution: How Mobile Is Changing Consumer Habits

Marta Krupinska | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Tech
Marta Krupinska

Have a think about the last time you looked at your phone? How many times have you used it in the last hour, or day? Nottingham Trent University found we look at our phones about 85 times a day. What did you last use your phone for? To make a call? Probably not.

Too Faced Bought By Estee Lauder - No Longer Cruelty Free?

Molly Waring-Moore | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Style
Molly Waring-Moore

Supporting brands owned by parent companies that test on animals will ultimately come down to personal opinion and not from cruelty free labelling. They may still be considered cruelty free by practice, but consumers may choose not to have their money going towards a company that tests on animals.

A Message To Brands Who Want To Make Dad 2.0 Their New BFF

Dan Flanagan | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Parents
Dan Flanagan

Unfortunately, the marketing world has yet to catch up with the reality of modern parenting. In advertising, dad is still the hapless sap who simply can't get anything right. He burns any foodstuff that dares venture close to the oven, stares blankly at the mere mention of putting the washing on

Why Advertising Is A Low-Risk Investment

Richard Shotton | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK
Richard Shotton

On the morning of 27 February 1967 Robert Zajonc's attention was caught by a puzzling story in the Corvallis Gazette-Times. The article reported that:...

If Top Brands Equals Top Employers, Is It Purpose That Makes The Difference?

Helen Rosethorn | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Helen Rosethorn

Last week saw the publication of some new brand research which explored what brands consumers saw as relevant to them. At first glance the list of the...

The Dislocated Ones

Trevor Hardy | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK
Trevor Hardy

The world is an increasingly complex place. Traditional institutions designed to hold together society have lost the authority they once had. Public trust in government, the financial sector and brands is at an all-time low. Racial division, climate change, inequality and terrorism dominate headlines.

Why Size Matters When It Comes To Your Water Footprint

Anna Koklanakis | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Anna Koklanakis

So next time you find yourself browsing the supermarket aisle, take a moment to think about the positive impact you could make through what you choose to cook for dinner tonight.

Skittles, Trump And A New Corporate Approach To Hostile Political Engagement

Nick Laitner | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK
Nick Laitner

Whereas major organisations have traditionally sought to inject some political balance into their public statements and engagement, there is little downside from ignoring, or slapping down, a weak and unelectable political force. That's clearly the Virgin Trains and G4S calculation in the UK - neither company is ever going to be regulated by a Corbyn government. Whether Donald Trump will ever be in a position to knock down Skittles is another question.

What The Police Taught Me About The Uniqueness Of Generation X

Andy Snuggs | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK
Andy Snuggs

In the words of The Police, I currently feel like saying to all brands targeting the over 50s: "Don't Stand So Close To Me." I'd be more than happy to be "Wrapped Around Your Finger" - but you have to earn that interest and loyalty, and to do that you have to recognise that what matters to today's 50-year-old is quite different to previous generations.

A Virtual Reality Olympics? How Brands Are Using Tech in Rio to Enhance Audience Experiences

Richard Dodgson | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Tech
Richard Dodgson

It has never been easier to connect brands with audiences, particularly with the integration of technology in everyday life. Digital innovations offer more opportunities to engage and fully immerse people in experiences, and this year's Olympics will be no exception. Brands are embracing the latest technology and adapting to a changing world of innovations to reach their consumers and enhance their experiences, whether they are in Rio or watching from home.

Why the Curse of Knowledge Makes for Bad Ads

Richard Shotton | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK
Richard Shotton

Think of a song. A simple, well known tune. Now tap out the rhythm on your desk and ask a colleague to guess the name. Easy, right? Well, an experime...

Brexit, Brands and the Butterfly Effect

Richard Shotton | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK
Richard Shotton

One winter's day in 1961, Professor Edward Lorenz - one of the first meteorologists to use computer-based prediction - decided to run a weather simulation in his MIT lab. He'd run this one before, so he was pretty sure he knew what to expect. But on this occasion, to save time, he inputted the data using three decimals places, rather than six as he had used originally. So, for example, 23.348 rather than 23.347813: a difference of just 0.000187.

The Pursuit of Purpose and the Bono Problem

Neil Simpson | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Neil Simpson

"You can't predict destiny, that's the beauty" sounds like a cross between a line from a John Lennon song and a pre-battle speech from Braveheart. It'...

Brands Must Recognise We're a Million Different People From One Day to the Next

Richard Shotton | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Richard Shotton

The Verve song, "Bitter Sweet Symphony", is famous for its haunting chorus, infamous video and the Rolling Stone's accusations of plagiarism. However,...

The Short and Sad Lifespan of Your iPhone

Jon Sharpe | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Tech
Jon Sharpe

In the future, as we begin to acclimatise ourselves with the pace of technological change - everything - from the 'internet of things', 'smart cities' and especially the notion of things being 'built to last' may come to feel outdated.

We Know You Know: Advertising With Irony

Neil Simpson | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Neil Simpson

With so many companies now 'laddering' their thinking to words like 'goodness' or happiness', or pondering their wider societal purpose, it's still worth remembering the value of a good ol' fashion (post-modern) sell.

Why Boycotting Brands Won't Help Garment Workers

Jenny Holdcroft | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Style
Jenny Holdcroft

Garment workers desperately want to keep their jobs, so boycotting brands is not the way forward. They want to work. In many countries the garment industry is of the few avenues to financial independence for women.

Sharapova: The Irony of Brand Ethics

Cohan Chew | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Sport
Cohan Chew

Sharapova's critics will highlight the fact that she should at least have read the anti-doping part of the email, considering the fact that she was taking a drug. However, she had been taking it for ten years, during which it was completely legal.

Does Your Brand Speak Emoji?

Jon Buss | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Tech
Jon Buss

Can a little yellow face with tears of mirth rolling down its cheeks really be considered not just a word, but the word that best summarises communication in the year 2015?

Model Behaviour: Barbie, Body Image and the Importance of Transparency

Neil Douthwaite | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Douthwaite

Decades of experience and leadership is not enough today to engender trust in a brand. People are looking for honesty and transparency from brands. With information and opinion only a click away it is much easier for consumers to feel that the wool is being pulled over their eyes. McDonalds acknowledged this and success has come their way.

The Future Of Advertising Will Be Gender Fluid

Philip Ellis | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK
Philip Ellis

Traditional gender roles will play a less prominent role in the lives of consumers over the next ten years, according to predictions made in a recent study. Food and beverage market research firm Canadean's findings suggest that the millennial market is nowhere near as concerned as previous generations with fixed notions of gender or sexuality.