Posts tagged with Creative

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Algorithmic analysis of facial expressions? Don't make me laugh.

Mediacom has teamed up with Realeyes, the latest company to offer so-called 'emotional analytics'.

But, with the advertising landscape so chock-full of tech at the moment (even on the creative side - see CMPs and DCOs), do agencies and advertisers really need to be pointing web cams at people's faces to know if a video ad is good or not?

Here are, to my mind, some pros and cons of this new technology.

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Should we be in the creative's corner against programmatic?

At Econsultancy's recent Creative Programmatic conference, I was struck by a healthy scepticism towards some areas of personalization.

Then this morning I read a beautifully concise post from the Ad Contrarian.

I'll quote from both the conference and the blog post and you can make up you're own mind as to the dangers posed by personalization to the art of advertising.

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Has 'digital' become an anachronism?

I was struck by the news that Adam & Eve/DDB has dropped 'digital' from its job titles.

Firstly, what a perfect piece of PR. But there's more to it than that; the agency is an early mover in the next stage of an ideological regression that has been happening for a while now.

There's a backlash against technology, against third-party solutions, corrupt ad models, poor creative and even content marketing.

Agencies want to get back to 'the work'.

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How to use structure to bring creative ideas to light

Most companies would agree that every employee has to be able to tell the company’s story and that employees share the responsibility to think creatively about how the company can become better.

But many of those same companies also misunderstand creativity. They see working with creatives as a confusing challenge or even worse, a necessary evil.

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12 of my favourite ad campaigns from the last 12 months

A look at the most interesting, captivating and successful ad campaigns that straddled the latter half of 2014 and the front half of 2015.

Normally something like this is reserved for the traditional year-end lists, however the period between June 2014 and this month is the eligibility period of The Masters of Marketing awards, so I thought this was a good enough excuse to buck with tradition.

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How Jack Daniel's uses storytelling to personalise the brand

Jack Daniel’s is a universally recognised brand, but often for different reasons. Most of its marketing focuses deeply on heritage and tradition.

A down-home, deep fried sense of warm hospitality that permeates its ads and copy like a gentle waft of charcoal. 

It’s also permeated by images of Lemmy pouring it on his cornflakes after a night on the Sunset Strip. 

Combining these two perceptions is no easy task, but JD’s new ‘Bar Stories’ campaign manages it with aplomb.  

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How to rebrand Airbnb

Airbnb rebranded earlier this summer and it was pretty hard to miss, at one point generating enough hundreds of thousands of tweets to top the global trends (partly due to its similarity to an existing company logo).

Recently I listened to some of the guys from DesignStudio, the agency behind the rebrand, talking about the joys and stresses of such a monumental project.

I thought I'd share some tidbits from their presentation and discuss what a brand and a logo means, as well as how one should go about changing it. I'll be concentrating on the creative side of the brief, as opposed to equally important considerations for those in the same boat, such as SEO (if you're picking a new name or slogan) etc.

So, what did a creative rebrand of Airbnb entail?

For more creative and branding stories, check out the Festival of Marketing, November 12-13th in London.

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Agile creative to improve email marketing conversion rates

Agile email creative is the formatting of images not before send, or at send (with automated or dynamic content) but at the moment the customer opens or re-opens an email.

This allows one to change pictures in an email depending on a host of variables, on their own or combined, in a rules-based system.

A lot of what this agile creative can achieve boils down to improving the user journey when they open an email. So, for example, an image can present latest availability of a product, so that when the customer clicks through from a product image, she isn’t surprised by lack of stock and doesn’t subsequently distrust brand comms.

I’ve previously talked to Movable Ink, a specialist in simplified email build and agile email creative (see this post for an overview and some great comments). Recently I also spoke to Matt Hayes of Kickdynamic, another agile email specialist.

We discussed the possibilities of the technology and how, although not a complex premise, agile email is enlivening the channel whilst increasing conversion rates from email marketing.

In this post I thought I’d detail some more examples of agile email creative and discuss what benefits they hold.

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Agile creative: the future of email?

Agile email creative means creating and curating email content not before send, or at send (with automated or dynamic content) but at the moment the customer opens or re-opens an email.

This agile creative allows the marketer to change pictures in an email depending on time of opening, location of opening (via IP address), weather in that particular area, or the device the email has been opened on.

Movable Ink is a company currently providing this technology as part of its email build and insights platform, a layer that sits on top of a company's email service provider. I spoke to Matt Potter, VP UK and EMEA, to get some more detail on agile email creative.

What can be done with this technology and in which sectors might it prove particularly useful?

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Six cute examples of email design and creative

Emails, from one to the next you either love them or hate them. Bad ones are deleted and I even enter the bin and 'delete forever' if I think a particular example is karmically altering my inbox.

In the past I've written about some things I like to see in emails. I've been on the look-out again and here you'll find six companies (B2B and B2C) that sent me emails deserving of mention for their creative strategies.

Design and copywriting are hard to teach, I'm certainly not somebody that sees natural order in things. See what you think of these examples and feel free to tell me if you would have deleted them in an instant.

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Why London is poised to lead the way with native advertising

With native advertising the buzz phrase among marketers for 2014, London is poised to lead the way in innovation in what is one of the most creative digital ad formats to emerge in recent years. 

In November AirBnB co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk claimed that London was ‘stuck in a Silicon Valley Roundabout’ and held back by its failure to produce a ‘billion dollar’ online business. 

Many in London found the comments annoying. Phil Cooper, a digital veteran who launched the UK’s first video ad network and was until last year European MD of Brightroll, was one of them. 

Cooper, who launched his latest digital venture six months ago, London based accommodation platform Kippsy.com, a competitor of AirBnB in the London market, believes that what London does best is innovation; taking an established model, technology or platform and turning it on its head. 

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12 inspiring marketing campaigns from Google

Google helps us all market our services. That statement can start a healthy debate amongst many in the media, but I think I'll stick with it.

Of course, Google has to market itself, too.

Even the biggest and most successful companies must market themselves in some channels. Apple, for example, may shun social media, but it's all over the television and out-of-home and has a distinctive presence on many high streets.

So, I thought I'd round up some examples of Google's marketing that have stuck in my mind and continue to leave me mindful of Google's all-conquering innovation.

Hope you enjoy!

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