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@AnnabelPalmer1 IN THE run up to the European elections this Thursday, the word on everybody’s mouth is “Ukip”. Having launched a hard-hitting, £1.5m billboard poster campaign, created by Edinburgh-based agency Family, party leader Nigel Farage has followed up with a string of incendiary comments and television appearances. Has he gone too far with his message? [...]
@LiamWardProud IT’S WELL-KNOWN that advertisers have struggled to keep up with consumers in the switch to mobile. Recent figures from eMarketer showed that, while UK mobile ad spend is expected to rise by 90 per cent this year, it will still only account for 30 per cent of total digital budgets. Bear in mind that [...]
@LiamWardProud CONSOLIDATION at the top of the media business is nothing new. Publicis and Omnicom’s ongoing $35bn (£21bn) merger, subject to repeated delays by regulators, follows in the footsteps of the former’s acquisition of Saatchi & Saatchi in 2000. Sir Martin Sorrell, meanwhile, has continued busily adding to WPP’s bulging portfolio of companies built throughout [...]
@AnnabelPalmer1 GAMIFICATION has been popular with businesses for decades: loyalty programmes and cereal box prizes are just two examples of the strategy in action. In recent years, however, it’s become a marketing buzzword. But what does it really mean, and is it here to stay? Many consumers associate gamification with apps or digital games. Certainly, [...]
@LiamWardProud THINK of an iconic advert – Coca-Cola, Guinness, Lynx? The brand is almost certain to be a giant global player with a massive marketing budget to match. It’s been this way for years. Media agencies have typically worked on high-profile campaigns delivered through TV and other wide-reaching platforms, while much smaller companies have been [...]
IN 1988, Zenith Media merged with the buying arms of Saatchi & Saatchi, KHBB, and BSB Dorland, forming what many consider to be the world’s first truly global media agency. By 2000, the group (now called ZenithOptimedia) had repositioned itself as the “return on investment agency”. Belinda Rowe joined the firm – part of Publicis – [...]
@AnnabelPalmer1 ANOTHER week, and another hard-hitting charity campaign causes public outcry. This time it’s Save the Children, with its “If London was Syria” video for its Syria Crisis Appeal. Before that, Pancreatic Cancer Action arguably torpedoed advertising boundaries with its “envy” campaign, which some condemned as “insensitive”. It’s hard not to feel a sense of [...]
@LiamWardProud WHEN is an ad not an ad? Last year, Channel 4 aired a daytime cookery show called What’s Cooking? It featured celebrity chefs including Jean-Christophe Novelli, and often drew an audience in excess of 200,000 according to Kantar Media. But there was something different about this programme: the food featured was mostly Sainsbury’s own-label [...]
@LiamWardProud TELEVISION has long reigned as the dominant force in global advertising, accounting for almost 58 per cent of international ad spend in the first three quarters of 2013. But its crown may be slipping. In many digitally-advanced markets, TV’s share of ad budgets has already been eclipsed by online – the transition happened as [...]
@LiamWardProud THE RISE of programmatic and automated media buying has been as controversial as it’s been rapid. Take real-time bidding (RTB), where ad space is purchased through automated bidding programmes milliseconds before a web page loads. It’s expected to grow from 14 to 41 per cent of US digital spend between now and the end [...]
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