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Features

Game of Brands: 5 companies that could rule Westeros

With only days to go before the eighth-season of Game of Thrones, we’re having a hard time staying out of a medieval mindset. And since we quickly realised that trying to quell our excitement over the return of all our heroes (and villains)...

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Features

Your type on paper: How brands can hit it off with Love Island in 2019

Love Island is now ITV2’s most watched show ever, which has made brand association with the programme highly desirable. The launch of the fourth season of the reality TV show last year, which follows a group of twentysomethings in their quest...

Posted by: TVSquared
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Advertising

Engagement better than eyeballs for brands

Content which engages the right consumers rather than attracting an endless stream of clicks from irrelevant customers is what brands should be aiming for. A panel at Creativepool’s Connect: London festival agreed that it is better for content...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Technology

Only 4% of brands have succeeded with AI

Of the 50% of brands that have attempted to work with artificial intelligence (AI), only 4% have succeeded according to a creative technology team at London-based agency AnalogFolk. Simon Richings, ECD, and Miguel Alvarez, director of technology,...

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Advertising

Brands need to let go of control

Brands should be more open minded about how they speak to younger audiences, according to a panel at Creativepool’s inaugural Connect: London event. The two-day festival saw key members of the ad, design and branding worlds come together to...

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Features

Why brands are striking a chord with emotive campaigns this Christmas

This November - just like every November in recent years - the nation waited in anticipation for their favourite Christmas ad to officially usher in the beginning of the festive season. Below, Greg Clark, MD of Sheffield-based creative agency,...

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Design

Modern heritage – How to reinvent iconic brands

Jonathan Ford, Founding Creative Partner & CEO New generations come with new preferences, new technology and new ways of wanting to connect. Brands - regardless of their age or size - need to adapt to the needs, wants and desires of evolving...

Posted by: Pearlfisher
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Features

Are automotive brands accidentally alienating the female market?

By Erminia Blackden, head of strategy at Partners Andrews Aldridge... Women are in the driving seat for 85% of all purchases. This includes cars and trucks in the US, yet the industry as a whole seems woefully ill-equipped to serve its current and...

Posted by: The Engine Group
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Social Media

Brands cut through with Banksy remakes

Street artist Banksy caused a stir this week with a tongue-in-cheek stunt which saw one of his pieces self-destruct after selling for £1m (US1.4m). An original version of his Girl with a Balloon picture was fitted with a secret shredder which...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Features

Creating brands, not design

By Dan Gladden, associate creative director at Pearlfisher New York Great design - it will set your brand on the path to success, right? Challenger brands look to the icons they want to be and often come to our table with the understanding that...

Posted by: Pearlfisher
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Features

Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Brands and Pride 2018

By Suzie Ryan In case you hadn't noticed, it's Pride month. And in true marketing style, brands everywhere are pledging their allegiance to the rainbow flag. Does all this support aid the cause by raising awareness, or is it all a cynical marketing...

Posted by: Matter Of Form
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Features

Brands need to find their vocal chords

A view from David Coombs... Voice just got personal, thanks in part to the arrival of Google’s new robotic assistant Google Duplex which sounds eerily similar to a human voice, replete with natural speech pattern and hesitations and interjections...

Posted by: Persuasion Communications
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Features

How brands become prophets – the rise of social prediction

A view from Chris Pearce... Charcoal, a substance once restricted to barbecues and gas mask filters, has become major food trend and is popping up in everything from chewing gum to black ice cream. A few years ago, it would have taken a major leap...

Posted by: Persuasion Communications
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Advertising

The top brands preparing us for the Royal Wedding

Even those of us purposefully trying to avoid the impending nuptials of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle this Saturday (May 19) can't deny that it has given marketers an excuse to flex their creative muscles. Whether those muscles are...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advice

Influencer marketing 101: Style Lobster’s essential tips for brands

Everyone’s jumping on the influencer bandwagon. There’s probably thousands of meetings happening right now all over the world, set up purely to talk about influencers. Yet so many marketers are struggling to successfully execute their plans. But...

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Should brands invest in VR advertising?

Successful virtual reality projects from publishers like The New York Times have paved the way for sponsorship opportunities, product placement and interspersed immersive ads. However, according to Anna Bager of the Interactive Advertising Bureau...

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Features

Brands and the Cult of Celebrity

Greenlight’s Tim Waine on how icons can still breathe new life into brand campaigns. Remember that ad featuring Cheryl Cole and L’Oréal? Times and trends may change, but celebrity brand endorsements remain one of the most powerful...

Posted by: Greenlight
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Technology

Found Studio launch room-scale demo studio to help brands understand VR

Output Group’s creative content studio Found has unveiled their first room-scale VR demo studio in Farringdon, built to help brands better understand the potential of virtual reality and to showcase the studio’s latest project, Vanishing...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Design

Heritage brands - how did they begin?

designjunction is renowned for its unparalleled mix of established brands and newer, cutting-edge labels. This week we celebrate six of our heritage-rich brands who join the 2017 line-up. Often pioneering and always innovative, we’re proud to...

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Inspiration

How brands are using: Podcasts

At the start of 2017, Rawvoice, a data firm that tracks 20,000 podcast shows, reported that 75 million people listed to its podcasts each month, and in the UK alone, statistics show that 4.7 million people download a podcast every week. Squarespace,...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Features

Creative Opinion: Brands can no longer afford to ignore diversity

Pam Grossman, Director of Visual Trends at Getty Images, explains how, whilst they have made significant progress, brands still have their work cut out for them if they want to champion true diversity. Pam Grossman​ Technological advances have...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Brands and Bands: The XX music video that's also a Calvin Klein ad

Even a few years ago, the concept of a credible, critically lauded indie rock band collaborating with one of the world's most visible brands would have seemed a preposterous concept. Imagine, for example, 2007 era Arcade Fire writing a jingle for...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Economy

Interbrand announces breakthrough brands of 2017

What are the qualities that allow for some startups to soar, whilst so many others like it stumble at the first hurdle? That’s what global brand consultancy Interbrand set out to understand with its Breakthrough Brands report, now in its second...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

How brands are using: WhatsApp

With over 1 billion worldwide users and a 70% open rate, WhatsApp is every marketer’s dream. But historically, successful marketing campaigns across the world’s most popular messaging app have been scarce. When WhatsApp changed its...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Advice

Why content activism can save brands from the tyranny of always-on

Let's replace the always-on content approach with one where you don't say anything unless it's meaningful and backs the brand purpose. Specsavers won plaudits for a quick witted and relevant response to the mix-up while Snickers’ got in there...

Posted by: Southpaw
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Entertainment

Comic Relief 2017: The Brands and Agencies getting in on the LOLS

Whilst Comic Relief might be built around the BBC marathon, which takes place tonight (Friday, March 24) on BBC One (and features the much-discussed Love Actually sequel), there is so much more behind the charity event that often gets overlooked,...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

How brands are using: Geolocation Marketing

What do Pokémon GO, L’Oréal and McDonald's have in common? Lots as it happens - all three have very effectively harnessed the power of Geolocation services in their quest for market domination. If you’re a little hazy on what...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Trends

How brands are using: Live video

Lest we forget, video content is king, and live streaming is the shiny pearl on top of the crown. With Facebook Live and Instagram Live’s emergences last year, brands discovered unprecedented, cost effective ways to engage with existing...

Posted by: Kate Lewin

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