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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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09 February 2018

Innovative Ad of the Week: Geico ‘Interrupt-a-Palooza’ (US)

Geico

Geico is taking online attention grabbing to a whole new level with its latest ‘Interrupt-a-palooza’ campaign in which it is, once again, attempting to reinvent the pre-roll ad with a series of ads that interrupt again and again…

If there was an award for cramming as much action and branding into 15 seconds, Geico and The Martin Agency would certainly take the crown; the series of ads begin with the company admitting upfront that this ad is interrupting the viewer, before the ad itself is interrupted by some more action, ending with another interruption in the shape of the Geico logo.

If you have 45 seconds to spare, check out the pre-roll spots below:

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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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12 January 2018

Digital Ad of the Week: Meat & Livestock Australia 'Lamb Side Story' (Australia)

Mla

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is causing a bit of stir with the release of its annual Summer Lamb campaign, by turning Australia's divided political climate into a Broadway-style satirical musical.

The ad, based on the 1961 musical West Side Story, kicks off with a suburban mother seen cooking lamb for her children on a barbecue before urging them: "Quick kids - go inside. It's the extreme left and right wing commentators represented as Broadway musical style street gangs - a satirical commentary on our current divided political climate."

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19 December 2017

Top 10 Christmas ads of 2017

With Christmas now less than a week away, we take a look at the top 10 Christmas ads in the UK, according to YouTube*. Not surprisingly, it is the retailers who dominate the majority of the list with tech giant Apple making an appearance in the number 10 spot. 

So without further ado, the festive ad winners of 2017 are…

1. #MozTheMonster
Advertiser: John Lewis
Creative agency: adam&eveDDB
Media agency: Manning Gottlieb OMD
No. of video views**: 9,329,476

2. Paddington & The Christmas Visitor #LoveTheBear
Advertiser: M&S
Creative agency: Grey London
Media agency: Mindshare
No. of video views**: 6,631,768

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15 December 2017

Innovative Ad of the Week: UN Women ‘#drawaline’ (UK)

Un women

Following the news of Harvey Weinstein and the subsequent #MeToo hashtag sweeping the globe, Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) is high on everyone’s agenda. With one in four women in the UK still being affected and up to 70% in some parts of the world, agency JWT created a social campaign for UN Women UK to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

#drawaline brought together a host of famous faces including Benedict Cumberbatch, Deliciously Ella and Gemma Styles, among others, asking the public to help end the silence and bring about change by physically drawing an orange line – after all, violence is a line that should never be crossed.

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