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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.

Here are some suggestions: Read more on New Year, new … everything?…

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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‘Thought Leadership’ is bullshit.

Nick Jefferson is the Managing Director of Gyro London

‘Thought leadership’. I’m sick of it. Along with ‘storytelling’ and ‘Big Data’, it has to rank as one of the most ubiquitous and annoying clichés of 2013. Every event, every written piece, every fatuous conference presentation – ‘thought leadership this, thought leadership that’.

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It’s not that I don’t believe in thought leadership. Far from it. I’m a passionate advocate for it. It’s just that, as with most things in life (true agency integration being one of them, by the way), if you’re talking about it, you’re probably not doing it.

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Why Apple’s iPad Air spot won’t go viral

Matt Fiorentino is director of marketing at Visible Measures

The new iPad Air videos Apple featured during its iPad announcement last week won’t be going viral. Don’t get me wrong – they’re beautifully shot and tell a sweeping high-level story of how people all over the world are engaging with Apple’s products. They have an ethereal quality to them, like they’re lighter than air. They’re perfect for TV and a nice complement to the product itself. And, like most Apple ads, they’ll do fine online.

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TEACH YOURSELF ADVERTISING

My parents were both primary school teachers. It’s a noble profession and teachers earn much less than doctors, lawyers and other professionals. I was a teacher once too. The lack of a decent salary was the main reason I left and decided to use my love of words and ideas in the somewhat less noble profession of marketing. I confess that I’ve never looked back particularly wistfully at my life in front of the whiteboard. Read more on TEACH YOURSELF ADVERTISING…

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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Sponsored by… Not the Royal Baby

With all the interest in sponsoring key sporting events, it is good to see that brands are investing in the big screen from product placement through campaigns up the release date. It is not just big sporting events such as the Olympics that are receiving major interest from brands, Hollywood are getting in on the act too. Earlier this week, I was speaking with my colleague, Antony Collyer about sponsorship in all its shapes and forms. I’ve blogged about this before, but he had some great thoughts that I wanted to share with you.

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