Continuing my mini-series assessing the quotes of advertising mogul David Ogilvy, read part one here – David Ogilvy’s definition of ‘pure’ advertising is digital PR – I examine his thoughts around the use of celebrity marketing and how the marketing legend might have been wrong… Even since David Ogilvy’s death in the late 90s, marketing has shifted and evolved. To understand how, you only need […]Read more "Celebrity marketing: tired trope or misused asset?"
In our socially conscious world, jumping on the social media bandwagon is part and parcel of a modern way of life. To be seen to be offended by, or in support of an issue, is often just as important to some people as the topic itself. This mentality, however, has its downsides. News spreads so quickly, […]Read more "What good is social media awareness without action?"
Journalists need proof of it before referencing a new source and politicians aim to hammer the point home at every debate. The same, it’s argued, is what marketers strive for. Marketing, in its simplest form, is meant to persuade a customer to buy a product or service, more often than not through some sort of […]Read more "Does brand authenticity really matter?"
10 years ago the Star Wars prequel trilogy limped to a close and the film franchise was as good as dead. Now, it’s all change. The history of the films’ success is widely known. Ahead of the release of Star Wars in 1977, George Lucas had already rejected a higher director’s salary in favour of […]Read more "The Force of Star Wars Marketing"
John Lewis has once again taken hold of the social media conversation with the release of its 2015 Christmas advert. Featuring a cover of Oasis’ Half The World Away by Norwegian singer Aurora, the response has generally been positive, although not without criticism or satire. The Guardian’s analysis is particularly amusing… #MoonHitler. Nevertheless, putting aside any […]Read more "Tears and laughter: how brands use emotional marketing"
Perhaps one of the hardest decisions for anyone starting a new business is what to call the flipping thing. It can have a huge impact as, rightly or wrongly, customers infer so much from a name. They might assume it’s too small to meet their needs, too big so they’ll be expensive, or put off […]Read more "The inspiration behind five company names"
Personality and business have been connected ever since industry began. Henry Ford is recognised for revolutionising the car industry, as well as production line manufacturing in general. John D. Rockefeller was the world’s first billionaire and Walt Disney’s dreams still brings joy to children across the globe, nearly 50 years after his death. The same is true for the […]Read more "What do Virgin, Dyson and Blendtec have in common?"
By our very nature, humans crave reciprocation. It’s seen in the number of mentions celebrities receive from adoring fans each time they tweet, to the millions that pack football stadiums worldwide. These interactions matter to us. However, we only return to them if the recipient can offer us something we value. That’s why personality in marketing is so crucial […]Read more "It may be Innocent, but its guilty of great marketing"
Content, content, content. I know I say it a lot and I’m sure others do too. Content marketing has become a crucial segment of modern-day marketing. In its most basic form it can be an insightful blog that adds value to a reader’s working or personal life. However brands are now being far more creative […]Read more "Content marketing success from We Buy Any Car"
It’s now common place for news and media organisations to create multiple accounts for the different elements of their business. For instance you can follow Sky Sports across numerous accounts, depending on your interest. The obvious ones like Football, F1 and Cricket are all there, but so are the sports with smaller followings such as Sailing and Hockey, as well […]Read more "Design creativity on Twitter: The Guardian"