As an American who just spent my second Christmas in the UK, I find it fascinating that for Brits, TV is as essential to the holiday season as eating, drinking and exchanging gifts. In an age of cross-platform viewing, it's perhaps the one time of year that households come together and watch TV in the good, old fashioned linear way. But for how long?
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.
We are a long way from this becoming a reality and there is still a lot of consideration that must be given to the 'infiltration' of the wearer's space. Especially when we are talking about technology that has not traditionally been used as an advertising platform and where brands run the risk of turning innovation into a negative experience.
With 194 marginal seats in the UK, needing only a 5% change in behaviour for them to switch allegiance, the party that has utilised effective online marketing campaigns targeted at voters in these constituencies could have helped provide a deciding factor in these last couple of weeks of the campaign.
This year I'm involved in two panels at Advertising Week Europe. On Tuesday, I join MediaCom, Lady Geek and the FA on the YouTube stage to discuss how diversity is a powerful formula for success. On Wednesday, I'll be discussing leadership in the face of relentless change alongside Ad Age, MediaCom, Sky Media, ZenithOptimedia and TIME Inc.