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Author: Nikki Gilliland

Nikki Gilliland

How Subaru uses a data-driven marketing strategy to target customers

Subarus are not particularly sexy. Neither is the subject of data, for that matter. 

Surprisingly, a combination of the two topics made for one of the most interesting sessions at this week's DataIQ Summit.

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Why Visit Sweden and other tourism boards are teaming up with Airbnb

From cabins in Cornwall to treehouses in Hawaii – Airbnb offers unique and enticing accommodation around the world. Its latest listing is even more unusual, with the brand promoting the entire country of Sweden as the ultimate place to stay.

It is part of Airbnb’s new partnership with Visit Sweden, which aims to attract international travellers to the country.

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Four tips for creating effective YouTube bumper ads

Earlier this year, I suggested why removing 30 second unskippable ads could prove to be a positive thing for brands.

Well, Google has only gone and backed up my point (thanks guys) with research showing that shorter ads can be far more successful than the aforementioned longer format.

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Three social media lessons from WWF’s Earth Hour

On March 31st this year, 2.4m people across the globe took action against climate change. 

Some turned off their mobile phones, while others organised community events. But whether large or small, each action was in support of Earth Hour – WWF’s annual event to raise awareness of environmental issues.

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How Nestlé uses a start-up mentality to drive innovation

With over 2,000 brands under its umbrella, Nestlé is one of the world’s biggest companies. According to Pete Blackshaw, however - vice president of digital and social media – its success stems from thinking much smaller.

Speaking at Engage Prague last week, Pete suggested that a start-up mentality is the key to innovation with Nestlé. Here are a few key takeaways from his talk.

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Four reasons luxury brands are embracing influencers

While the mass market appeal of social media might seem at odds with the exclusive nature of high-end fashion, many luxury brands are starting to embrace influencer marketing. 

In fact, it has become a core strategy for some of the world's biggest luxury brands.

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How Coca-Cola is using smartphone data to personalise in-store ads

When it comes to online shopping, temptation lurks on every web page. This is because – while you might have decided against buying that new pair of shoes you were eyeing up – you’re bound to see a targeted ad for them sooner or later. 

As consumers, we’re used to being targeted in this way. But what if you were to see an ad based on your mobile browsing history in an actual supermarket?

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Skoda uses real-time traffic data as part of digital OOH campaign

Skoda UK has launched a new digital out-of-home campaign to promote the new Kodiaq SUV. Combining contextual data with inspirational messaging, it’s a pretty nifty example of digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising.

Here a run-down of the campaign and a few reasons why it works.

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How brands are tapping into the transformation economy

According to research, 72% of young consumers prefer to spend money on experiences rather than possessions. When that experience is in some way transformative – i.e. resulting in the improvement of physical or emotional well-being – it becomes all the more desirable.

This is the idea behind the ‘transformation economy’, where brands sell the promise of personal achievement over and above material possessions. 

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How Mr & Mrs Smith differentiates itself from digital competitors

The average travel consumer is said to carry out 20 searches and look at 38 websites before making an online booking. 

So, how does a boutique travel agency ensure it captures attention in an increasingly competitive digital space?

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Five examples of brands using interactive video

With 80% of all web traffic predicted to come from video by 2019, the demand for video content is greater than ever before. Unsurprisingly, it's become an integral part of many brand marketing strategies.

Due to the rise in video's popularity, however, it’s become all the more difficult for brands to capture user attention – not to mention hold it for longer than five seconds.

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How Adidas uses digital to enable powerful experiences

While the first day of Adobe Summit was all about brand experiences, the second was centred around the emotions that they evoke.

According to John Mellor, the VP of Strategy and Marketing at Adobe, emotion is the currency of experience. Ultimately, this means it helps to create a stronger and more loyal connection with consumers – even inspire personal achievements and goals.

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