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20 January 2017

Innovative Ad of the Week: Match.com 'Espresso Yourself' (UK)

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Lucky singletons across the UK capital (London) are being encouraged to find 'love in their latte' thanks to a new pop-up 3D printing coffee van from online dating website Match.com.  

For two days only (ending today), single people might have the chance to find love on the way to work. In what the dating site calls a "UK first", the café has been serving up a select menu of drinks ('chappuccino' or 'femmericano') featuring 3D-printed selfies of eight (four male, four female) eligible Match members. Coffee Ripples were the company behind the 3D-printing tech.

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18 January 2017

10 visual content marketing stats for 2017 [infographic]

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Visual content is so prevalent in marketing these days but as with any marketing tool, it comes with benefits as well as challenges.

A recent survey of 300 marketers by Venngage found that the use of visual content as part of the overall strategy is on the rise. The infographic below illustrates 10 need to know key statistics that will drive visual content marketing in 2017. Check it out here:

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17 January 2017

Nobody loves a psychopath

When you come right down to it, what is “business” exactly?

At its core it’s probably as simple as one guy going out in the world and producing some value, and then receiving value from another party in return.

If this is true, then it stands to reason that in order to maximise the value we receive in life, we have to maximise the value we give. One follows the other. Indeed we see this proven everywhere we look in life. The friends who bring the most to our lives are the ones to whom we are most loyal. The employee who adds the most to our business is the one who gets paid the most.

This seems like common sense. But if this is true, and if business is just a logical extension of human relationships, then why do we not follow the same value provision principle in marketing?

Marketers are constantly looking at problems with a value extraction mindset, rather than a value provision one. What are we going to get out of this? Can we quantify it?

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13 January 2017

Festival of Media Global Awards 2017 deadline looming: Feb 3rd

You have just a few weeks left to get your entries in for The Festival of Media Global Awards 2017.

This year's awards scheme includes an exciting twist with 14 new or updated categories added to the line-up for the event in Rome.

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The introduction of the new or updated categories come as a result of the fast-moving world of media, to reflect growing trends in data, digital, insight and content marketing.

“We’ve already seen some great cases in our regional Festival of Media events where new techniques have been used to connect brands to the consumer,” said Festival of Media chief awards and marketing officer Danielle Redwood.

“The addition of our new categories to the Festival of Media Global Awards event will give a chance for increasingly innovative work in media from anywhere in the world to shine.

“Consultation with the industry, including the lead marketers of global brands, helped us refine the criteria for 2017 that will truly celebrate the high standards now being reached”.

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10 January 2017

Four steps to unlocking the real power of marketing personalisation [infographic]

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Personalised offers and messaging present an incredible opportunity for brands to engage consumers more effectively (just think of Coca-Cola!) but new research has found that the majority of web users are becoming frustrated with websites that just aren't tailored to their needs.  

The problem is that many brands just aren't delivering the personalised experiences that consumers truly want. What's the solution? Well, check out this infographic from MDG Advertising on the '4 steps to unlocking the real power of marketing personalisation' to find out:

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06 January 2017

Innovative Ad of the Week: LATAM Airlines 'A Christmas Flight' (LatAm)

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LATAM Airlines made sure no children flying on Christmas Eve, late on the night of December 24th, would miss out on the magic of Christmas with a touching and memorable initiative that made sure none of that Santa Claus magic was lost... 

Thanks to the Buenos Aires office of Graphene, the bespoke IPG agency dedicated to LATAM Airlines, children were treated to a special moment whereby when they looked out of their aeroplane window, they could see Santa Claus crossing the sky in his sleigh led by a team of reindeer.  

As midnight approached, children were stirred with a message by the cabin chief instructing children to look out of their windows and search for something special. At that very moment, the airline crew projected an image of Santa and his reindeer onto a bank of clouds, creating the real-time illusion of Santa flying alongside the plane. According to the agency, the effect was possible thanks to a display system on which the image was projected on a translucent screen fitted on the aeroplane windows.  

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29 December 2016

Controversial Adverts: Campaigns that Sparked Public Backlash

The point of all marketing pursuits is to draw attention to a product, service, or other corporate offering via persuasive advertisements. Most campaigns seek to stir emotions from the general public. Joy, anger, sorrow, humour, and other mental states, are all tools that marketers wield.

Every so often, however, advertisers concoct seemingly witty and unique materials that end up inspiring outrage, from its target audience. These controversial adverts did more than push the envelope; they effectively tore it wide open.

Here are four marketing campaigns that resulted in major controversy.

Netflix: Narcos wishes a "white Christmas" to Madrid

Narcos wishes a white Christmas to Madrid - Controversial Adverts

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21 December 2016

Why TV is killing digital video

Next year, total digital ad spend will surpass TV for the first time. It’s expected to hit $77.37 billion in the US, taking 38.4% of the total ad spend, exceeding TV’s predicted $72.01 billion (35.8%), according to eMarketer. This is an advertising milestone and it would appear that good times are ahead. However, a barrier exists that means brands are not maximising the potential of this digital ad explosion.

The problem is one of creative content and format. In our recent Video Advertising Survey, just over half of respondents said that under a quarter of their online video campaigns featured made-for-digital creative. Meanwhile, recent research from Millward Brown found that 90% of online video is just repurposed TV material.

So what’s the issue here? Why develop new creative when you can use existing material that delivers the right key messages? This seems to make sense in theory, but the experience in practice is quite different. And it’s harming brand engagement and boosting ad blocking, particularly on mobile devices, on which video advertising grew by 94% in 2015, according to the IAB.

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