Category Archives: Marketing

Teenagers consume more ethically

An interesting study conducted by MediaCom for Marketing Dive show how teenagers (in the US) are increasingly basing their consumption choices on ethical considerations. The key findings include that: More than half (54%) of the surveyed teenagers (16-19y) say that they have deliberately purchased or stopped using a brand because of its ethics. Specific brands that teenagers bought because… Read More »

Instagram launches TV app format – IGTV

Instagram has used this summer to announce not only announce the milestone of 1b users, but it actually launched a major new service, called IGTV. It is part of a new app for watching long-form, vertical video from Instagrammers 8but you can also watch from within your normal Instagram stream). The format (vertical) will take a bit of time… Read More »

The State of Marketing Technology 2018

Walker Sands Communications has published its 2018 State of Marketing Report, for which it surveyed 300 professional marketers. The bottom line of their analysis is that consumers’ demand for personalized and seamless experiences, marketers turn to ever more sophisticated technologies to satisfy this demand. 65% of marketers thus say, they will further increase marketing technology budgets and 75% state… Read More »

Social Media Top Tips – Summer 2018

DMN has published its top six tips for social media marketing this summer. While they are not revolutionary, they still make for a nice read over the break. In essence, for your work on Facebook and other networks it’s worth looking at these things: 1. Event Tie-Ins – connect to online campaigns and hypes / events – just… Read More »

Country Reputation – New ranking published by RI

The Reputation Institute just published its 2018 Country Reputation Ranking. Based on its RepTrak methodology, which involves surveying a representative audience, the institute has identified Sweden to have the strongest reputation among the 55 largest countries by GDP, followed by Finland and Switzerland. A look at the data and a comparison of the dynamics over the past years… Read More »

Build-a-Disaster at Build-a-Bear

Build-a-Bear – a company that produces customised teddy bears – is usually a company that produces positive emotions and feelings. How could the company then end up on the Mirror’s scandal pages on 12 July – headline “Build-a-Bear carnage”? The headline described the marketing fiasco that the company had just produced quite accurately. Earlier on the same day Build-a–Bear had launched its first… Read More »

Fake reviews – hyping and killing your marketing success

Reviewmeta has published a study which finds that about 20% of all product reviews on Amazon are actually fake. Looking at 7 million reviews on various Amazon country pages, the company showed that after sorting out fake reviews, the overall evaluation of products was significantly different.

Loading your Brand with Emotions & Politics – Heineken vs Pepsi

If you closely follow the advertising world you might have seen the shit-storm that overcame Pepsi earlier this month following the launch over a campaign that meant to align Pepsi with the political #resistance movement in the US. The PR disaster for Pepsi evolved out of a on only half-hearted approach to political themes – as there really is no political… Read More »

Domino’s Pizza – Turning a Brand Around

Currently Domino’s Pizza is one of the hottest (!) brands in the food business. It is financially outperforming tech companies such as Amazon and Facebook, is venturing into the robot business and has recently been applauded for crafting a “brand icon” similar to Apple or Google. And that all after going through some really tough times – both financially… Read More »

Why Projects need Brands

By accident I recently came across an article that I have first read a few years ago, published in MIT Sloan Management Review. And I still find the core idea a very current one: how project management can benefit from brand management. The basic idea is that there is a market for projects inside any larger institution and… Read More »