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13 March 2018

Tried and Trusted: Restoring faith in media

Carla fariaConsumer trust in media is falling by the week, to the point where some of us feel a bit like polar bears, looking frantically on as the arctic ice cap melts away. Ideally, we need the media equivalent of the Paris climate accord to reverse the current situation; but I’d settle for protecting trust in the more contained world of commercial content, which feels somehow more achievable.

But is it? Are there failsafe ways of ensuring that commercial content is always worthy of trust?

A good place to start is to explore what makes humans trust other humans. After all, until robots decide that homo sapiens are useful for nothing but reality TV pratfalls, quality content will continue to be conceived and created by people.

Let’s start by looking at the qualities that engender trust, four of which deserve particular focus:

Affinity: understanding that the person across from us is actually a bit like us. Whether it’s the way we dress, utter devotion to the same footie team or a mutual appreciation of manga comics, affinity instantly creates trust.

Ability: if someone has greater expertise in a field than we do and they can demonstrate it, we will give ourselves up to their higher knowledge and experience.

Integrity: proof that someone does what they say they’re going to do, over and over again. They’re true to their word. They show up. Who wouldn’t trust someone who consistently demonstrates integrity?

Benevolence: perhaps the most compelling of the four qualities. When someone urges us to do something not just because they will benefit but because they care about the outcome for us, we trust them.

So, if these qualities are the cornerstones of trust in everyday life, the same should be true of trust in commercial content. How do we adapt these qualities for our world?

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27 February 2018

Online Ad Trends 2018 [interactive infographic]

Voice search

Did you know that 20% of search enquiries through Google's mobile app and Android devices are made with voice? 

The growth of digital and new technologies has seen some fundamental changes in consumer behaviour and for advertisers, this means it's important to keep abreast of these trends. 

We came across an interactive infographic from the folks at Adzooma which was just too good not to share -- check it out below:

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20 February 2018

Six social media trends for 2018 [infographic]

Social media trends

Social media is an ever evolving and surprising industry, with changing consumer preferences, new features being introduced and brand opportunities being presented.

In such a fast-paced landscape, it's often tricky to predict what the year ahead will bring in terms of social media marketing, but there are a few things that, according to the folks at Sprout Social, marketers should keep an eye on.

Check out the six social media trends for 2018 infographic below:

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13 February 2018

Lenovo is top Chinese global brand builder

Lenovo, Huawei, Alibaba, Xiaomi and Air China are the top five Chinese global brand builders, according to WPP and Kantar Millward Brown’s BrandZ Top 50 Chinese Global Brand Builders Report, in collaboration with Google.

As China’s innovation-driven development continues to drive the growth and global strategy for many-home grown brand leaders, the report takes an in-depth look at the Chinese brands making an impact with consumers in international markets. It found that consumer electronics brands dominate the rankings with 10 brands featured among the top 50, contributing to 34% of the total Brand Power score.

Brandz top 50 chinese brands

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30 January 2018

Why brands need to press CTRL+ALT+DEL

Last year marked a watershed year for digital brand advertising with factors including trust, transparency, safety, measurement, user experience, consolidation, Facebook/Google dominance and the use of data all up for debate.     

Throw in a wobbly economy, Brexit (ahem), GDPR and the welcome, but as yet un-established changes brought by the Coalition for Better Advertising, and 2018 is set to further confuse the industry and its clients.  

The need to effectively press CTRL+ALT+DEL for the long-term benefit of all concerned is real and it is now, as the brands that succeed in the new digital landscape will be those that take a step back and carefully weigh up all the influences in play.  

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23 January 2018

Mum’s the word for better marketing

Returning to work after maternity leave can be challenging for many new mums – regaining the art of holding an adult conversation, for example, for longer than the five minutes it takes the Tesco driver to deliver shopping, or learning to think above and beyond how many nappies you’ve changed that day.  

However, the real challenge lies in employer attitudes and the need for a mass culture shift. 

I’m one of the lucky mums who works for a marketing agency that values the important contribution we make in terms of skills, experience, commitment and loyalty. I’ve been with the business for 10 years (minus two years maternity leave) and my colleagues currently share 23 babies of various ages between them – almost half of the company.  

Is the business suffering as a result? Hardly! Revenues are increasing year on year, and we’re repeatedly winning industry awards for our work. So why don’t more employers take this approach? 

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16 January 2018

Gender Stereotyping in Digital Advertising [infographic]

Gender info main

36% of consumers like a brand more when they run ads that break gender stereotyping and 25% are more likely to make a purchase from that brand as a result, according to some research we stumbled across from Choozle.

The findings were part of a survey looking at consumer sentiment towards brands that actively break stereotypes, the impact of ad copy versus creative with regard to consumer perception of stereotypes, how it affects purchase behaviour and whether the ad industry should be held responsible for breaking gender stereotypes.

Check out all of the key highlights in the infographic below:

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09 January 2018

5 big marketing trends for 2018 [infographic]

Trends infographic

A new year brings a new batch of opportunities and challenges but which trends should marketers have on their radar for 2018?

The folks at MDG Advertising have identified five big marketing trends to watch in 2018 and have pulled it all together into one handy infographic.

From micro-influencer campaigns to AI-powered efficiency and more, check out the top five below:

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