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25 June 2016

The hot topics dominating Cannes Lions 2016

The yearly arrival of Cannes Lions is hard to miss. La Croisette transforms into a Silicon Valley outpost with super-sized ad tech yachts lining the French Riviera – perfectly demonstrated by Terence Kawaja’s Cannes 2016 yacht LUMAscape – and rosé consumption skyrockets.

This week, when they weren’t battling with Wi-Fi issues or pausing to Snapchat, the world’s leading advertising and tech experts were discussing the trends tipped to transform the industry in the next 12 months.

So which topics stood out? Here are four key takeaways:

‘Bad’ advertising is dead

Ad blocking was everywhere — discussed by everyone from Piers Morgan to Iggy Pop. But this year we moved from simply talking about the problem to looking at solutions, and it seems the industry is determined to stop the technology arms race of blocking software and anti-blockers by eradicating bad ads.

Discussions cited one of the chief causes of consumer dissatisfaction as the growing volume of irrelevant and intrusive ads, and emphasised the importance of delivering quality. It was almost universally acknowledged that targeted ads can evoke positive responses, but only if the industry raises its game.

Attendees agreed that marketing must be focused on adding value to the user’s digital experience, with suggestions to improve relevance including the use of mobile location data to build a complete picture of individuals and ensure marketing messages can be adapted to them in real-time.

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17 June 2016

Brands are becoming like people… but unfortunately the kind we hate

Sense

At some point in your life you’ve probably heard something along the lines of “if companies were people, they’d be psychopaths”. This always used to strike me as a touch unfair, as obviously this is a classic case of comparing apples with oranges. However, unfair or not, this perception has been confirmed by a recent piece of research* into opinions on brand behaviour held by 2,000 members of the British public.

What doesn’t help is that the apples have started to behave like the oranges, as in recent years brands have increasingly encroached into what might be seen as “human” space. An obvious example would be their prevalence on social channels, which were designed to bring people (not brands) together, and thus has seen many of them attempt to employ friendly and personal behaviour to fit in with their new surroundings. This “matey” approach has filtered through into wider advertising in the shape of “tone of voice” and “brand personality”, and when combined with a constant thirst for “engagement” (rather than simply awareness and comprehension) has left our relationships with brands far more “intimate” than in the old days of one-way ad spots.

The catch for brands in this new paradigm is that if you want to play by human rules, you’re going to be held up to human standards, and this is where things become tricky for them.

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31 May 2016

Why brands should make participation the ultimate goal

If brands struggle with one thing in the audience engagement stakes, it’s getting people actively involved. They can develop highly creative and striking cross-channel ad campaigns, target consumers through social media and mobile, entice them with offers, boost customer experience both online and offline, and more, but arguably more valuable than all of this is driving a direct action – getting people to participate. To do this, brands need to push the boundaries of marketing a little further.

Lego is great at this. It’s Yoda Chronicles offers short tales from the legendary sci-fi story told through animated Lego figures via YouTube. It provides a safe way of presenting to kids what could otherwise be violent stories, is a wonderful soft sell for the Stars Wars Lego range, but more importantly it’s a very clever way to reinforce the world of Lego via social media using content, which is far more engaging and effective than simply advertising its toy range. What’s more, it has proved so engaging that some consumers have been creating their own Lego animations – and we all know that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Essentially, this provides a great way of participating in Lego outside of the traditional brick building, while reinforcing this core proposition.

Lego

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15 February 2016

Super Bowl 50 Reflections: Why MINI's Big Tent strategy was the real winner

All in all, Super Bowl 50 was probably not the best year for creative, but one campaign stood out head and shoulders above the mass of mediocrity.

The annual sporting extravaganza yet again served up some of the highest budget campaigns of the year, with brands vying to compete for the attention of a worldwide audience. Overall, humour and celebrities were the core themes of the day, but despite brands forking out a record $5 million for a 30-second spot at the big game, the quality of creative left a lot to be desired.

While various companies had their own scoring systems – from social buzz to video virality and brand sentiment – there was one ad in particular that beat its rivals by capturing a key marketing quality that stands for something much bigger in the long-term – and it was the ad that most resonated with me.

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12 January 2016

What technology did we love in 2015?

Amongst the hype of smartphone launches, new tablets, browser updates and wearable technology, it can be difficult to actually determine which technology is impacting most on our lives. We’ve collated information from the start of 2015 and the end of the year to see the trends that have shaped our use of technology in 2015.

Chrome rules the world

2015 was the year that Google’s Chrome browser overtook Microsoft Internet Explorer as the most popular way to browse on the desktop. At the start of the year Chrome had a 29% share of web browsing sessions which had grown to almost 33% by the end of the year, whilst Internet Explorer dropped from 35% to 25% in the same timeframe. This happened despite Microsoft’s repacking of Internet Explorer as Edge in Windows 10. The continued growth of Chrome (which was only launched late in 2008) demonstrates how combining Google’s search engines with its browser for an integrated and less clunky experience is driving successful adoption.

Desktop

In the mobile world, the Chrome browser also grew by around 3%, mostly at the expense of the default Android browser, but the leader for market share was Apple’s Mobile Safari, with almost half of all mobile web sessions taking place through this browser.

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06 January 2016

7 mobile marketing trends to watch out for

Smartphones have really defined the term “mobile” in its truest sense. The growth of these devices have made it much more easy and convenient to search for products and shop on the internet. In response to the recent increase in m-commerce, Syncline have identified seven top mobile marketing trends to watch out for in 2016. Check them out in the infographic below:

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04 January 2016

Top 4 advertising trends for 2016

It’s a New Year which means a new wave of innovation is coming and rather than worrying about how to keep up with the marketing trends for 2016, the folks over at MDG Advertising have highlighted the four top trends to be aware of when planning how to spend your ad budgets.

  1. Digital advertising to overtake TV
  2. Mobile will be the fastest growing segment
  3. Keep an eye on digital video
  4. Facebook is increasingly dominant

Even better, they have pulled it all together into one handy infographic. Check it out below…

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12 October 2015

Five reasons why mobile video is the smart way to engage your audience

Mobile video

Programmatic video ad sales in EU-5 are expected to soar 63.5% to reach €369 million by the end of 2015, according to Emarketer. There’s no doubt that programmatic video is fast becoming mainstream and smart brands are using it to reach their audience across every screen, but this begs the question why the uptake of mobile video advertising has been relatively slow.

The main factor has been a lack of confidence in targeting and measurement through mobile. But times are changing, and the following five facts arguably make mobile video the most important audience engagement channel for brands.

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