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Designing our future 'Life Facilitators'

Over the last half decade, we have seen some interesting shifts in the buying habits of people in privileged and developed markets. Notably a decline in the need for ownership in its traditional sense. With the vast majority of ‘things’ no longer...

Posted by: ECHO Brand Design
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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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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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Advertising

Direct-to-Consumer is challenging brands according to 2017 Warc Toolkit

Consumer goods brands are increasingly looking at direct-to-consumer (DTC) opportunities, according to Warc, the global marketing intelligence service. Research suggests that cutting out or minimising the retailer 'middleman' allows brands that...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Interbrand launches inaugural Breakthrough Brands Report 2016 at NYSE

Interbrand has launched the inaugural Interbrand Breakthrough Brands report, in partnership with Facebook, Ready Set Rocket, and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The Interbrand Breakthrough Brands report, entitled “Future Growth,” is...

Posted by: Alexandra Schott
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Events

How an innovation mindset can help brands be and act more responsible

Former apprentice star & agency innovators warn brands & agencies to make responsibility a mind-set. Today, Christie H.Kristensen from Creativepool hosted a session at Advertising Week Europe exploring how an innovation mindset helps brands to...

Posted by: The Media Foundry
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Design

The Future of Designing Healthcare Brands

As we continue to see healthcare take on the lifestyle category, design has a crucial part to play in championing this shift and creating a new expression around health empowerment. Healthcare is becoming more of a lifestyle category than ever...

Posted by: ECHO Brand Design
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Social Media

DigitasLBi tells us which brands are most contagious on social media

Social media itself is pretty contagious. Indeed, try glancing over at a fellow commuter on your way to work tomorrow, seeing them on Facebook or Twitter, and NOT reaching into your own pocket to have a quick glance yourself. Seriously, it’s...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

McCann study reveals the truth about global brands

A new study conducted by McCann Truth Central, McCann Worldgroup’s global intelligence unit, took an in-depth look at the changing dynamics of global brand marketing today, concluding that building global brands today requires a more nuanced...

Posted by: Industry Updates
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Advertising

Get Ready For The New Service On Instagram

Yesterday Instagram officially launched its advertising service in the UK through a partnership with Omnicom Media Group. Users will now see sponsored photos and videos on their Instragram feeds, identified with a sponsored label - but otherwise...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Features

What did you just call me? The tricky art of naming brands.

By Magnus Shaw Have you used your Tripod today? How about your Mobi? There's a very good chance you have, but you knew it as your iPhone. It seems the obvious name for Apple's mobile handset doesn't it? After all, they already the iPod and its...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Advice

Failure to launch: why some brands don't make it.

Perhaps it's the money. Large budgets are often greeted by marketing teams in the same way Keith Richards welcomes a stiff drink. But the fact remains that endless resources are not always guaranteed to produce branding success. Far from it. The...

Posted by: Creativepool
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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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Careers

What Account Service Looks For In A Creative

In Advertising, it often feels like Account Service vs Creative. But can't we all just get along? Today, we get the Account Service perspective on what makes a good creative to help us better facilitate and foster that relationship.

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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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...

Posted by: Superrb
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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...

Posted by: REWIND
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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...

Posted by: designjunction
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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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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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