For painfully obvious, worldwide reasons, I was supposed to be elsewhere this week. Specifically, sunning myself in a very nice region of Portugal and indulging in sangria and authentic peri-peri chicken. It’s not to be. Of course, I’m not the only one missing out on a holiday. Something as big as Covid-19 has had a catastrophic impact […]Read more "I’m not even supposed to be in today"
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?"
David Ogilvy – the father of advertising and a master of the creative dark arts was never short of a quote or two: “The consumer isn’t a moron. She is your wife.” The success of his life’s work was defined by his ability to get the customer to buy the product without them really realising why. […]Read more "David Ogilvy’s definition of ‘pure’ advertising is digital PR"
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?"
Parenting brings with it so many roles and responsibilities; not least trying to raise a baby into a well-rounded human, (apart from the Kevin years). The worries of the everyday are exacerbated when placed in the context of modern parenthood. More worries than ever following the rise of chat rooms in the 1990s and now social media. Giving […]Read more "The social media dilemma of being a parent"
More downloads than Tinder and about to surpass Twitter in terms of daily users; no this isn’t Snapchat’s latest surge, or a new social media channel (although it is, but not as you might think). This is Pokemon Go, the Nintendo-backed venture and a game-changer for video games, technology and perhaps most significantly, culture. But before […]Read more "The reality behind the digital – Pokemon Go redefines gaming (and culture)"
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"
Television advertising is a funny one. I’m sure those of you who watch TV during the day will attest to some of the dross that’s aired in the advert breaks. And those of you with young children are now probably shaking your heads in despair as you recall the adverts that hawk toys to your offspring. However […]Read more "Customer testimonials and crowd-sourced marketing from iZettle"