Tara Beard-Knowland

Tara is a Research Director at Ipsos ASI, the brand and communications specialism of Ipsos MORI. She’s fascinated by all things branding and social media. Follow Tara on Twitter @TaraatIpsosASI.

Simply, Better

ballet shoesLast week, I went to the ballet and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I love the ballet. It is not about the grace (and it is graceful) or the beauty (and it is beautiful); it is the effortlessness with which the dancers execute moves of tremendous strength, often in synchrony with many other dancers. It never ceases to amaze or surprise me. Among my many hobbies, I am a yoga teacher in training. I know (or at least can guess) just how much effort must be going in to making that hard work effortless and into making the difficult look simple. But it is all the better for looking so simple and so effortless.

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Meme and the world memes with you?

Advertising often reflects the zeitgeist, when it isn’t helping to shape said zeitgeist. Thus it is that the advertising industry is no stranger to memes – both the creation of them and leveraging them for stand-out potential. So, although the Internet has caused a proliferation of memes, they’ve been around for a long time.

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Making magic

The Super Bowl was a couple of weeks ago now. Was it all that you hoped? Did you laugh your socks off? Do you even remember any of the ads? With all of the hype and the huge price tag attached, it’s not surprising that there’s been a lot of discussion about whether or not it’s worth it. So, is it worth it?

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Tease ’em and please ’em?

If, in years gone by, you’ve read my blog around this time of year, you’ll know that I rather enjoy the festival that is the Super Bowl. The ads – great or terrible – are always talking points, whether you’re part of the advertising tribe or part of the audience. So, if the Super Bowl is an advertising holiday, then it is also a reflection of the shifting media landscape, a petri dish where we see not only creative that is worthy of being called ‘creative’ but also a microcosm of that shifting world of brand and comms. Read more on Tease ’em and please ’em?…

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New Year, new … everything?

2014_wishes_454031375Ah New Year, that festive time of regretting everything you ate and drank over the previous month. That time to set new targets and reinvent yourself as someone thinner, fitter, better at saving, in fact just generally better.

Cue the commercials showing slim people running and cycling.

But what about your brand and communications? Do they, too, have New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps they should, even if your planning cycle is long past.

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Of Christmas Magic, Childhood and Comms

Jo Lee of Ipsos ASI looks at how this year’s Christmas ads tap into our childhood memories to remind us of the joy and wonder of the season – and help build emotional connections with brands along the way.

When Google Left Me Speechless: Modern technology gives print and OOH a helping hand

Within my workplace, my love of print and OOH (out of home) advertising is no secret. As media, when they’re done well, they captivate me. These media can hit me with a message in one fell swoop but also give me time to process and to reflect. They’re also more budget friendly than TV and, for this reason, preferred by those with a smaller spend, or to support to an existing TV campaign.

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Nudge! Nudge! A look at creativity in public awareness advertising

Public awareness advertising has seen a shift in recent years, thanks to government organisations and charities using a softer tone of voice and investing in quality creative.

Whatever’s (Southern) Comfortable

Tara Beard-Knowland of Ipsos ASI looks at Southen Comfort’s latest Whatever’s Comfortable ad and the challenge for brands who want to communicate in a more emotional way.

Please drink responsibly

If Darwin’s stages of evolution were to be revised the next figure would be rounder and visibly out of breath. Yes, our nation is getting fatter and recent studies  are damning: around 85% of girls and 73% of boys aged 13 do not do the recommended one hour of physical activity per day, while two in five 13-year olds drink a soft drink every day.

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