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Whatever apathy, excitement, rage or despair you might feel about the main candidates for Mayor of London, there’s no doubting that the vote on May 5th was a big deal.
The winner will enjoy the third-biggest direct personal mandate of any politician in Europe. That’s a lot of people power.
So how did the main candidates use people power in the run up to the election?
On top of that there were some big social news announcements, from Instagram’s algorithmic timeline to a judge ruling in favour of a Chipotle employee who was fired after making negative comments about the brand on Twitter.
Retail spending was expected to hit £775m over the Easter weekend, and brands were working hard to get the biggest possible share of that cash.
I thought I’d look at some of my favourite Easter campaigns from the past while also looking at some of the better ones from 2016 so far.
You’d be forgiven for being frightened of marketing on Reddit. It’s a goldmine for users but a minefield for anyone even hinting at self-promotion.
Yet despite the risks, some marketers have managed to pull it off.
In this post I’m going to cover five brands that have overcome the obstacles and achieved some positive results on Reddit.
Some of the ads on this list might surprise you. What won’t surprise you is the British public’s unwavering ability to be offended by the innocuous, but let’s not get into all that.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) recently released its list of the 10 most complained-about ad campaigns in 2015, and while I find some of the inclusions quite surprising, I thought marketers could perhaps learn a thing or two from this list.
Content comes in so many formats, with so many silly names attached to them, it’s hard to keep up.
But thankfully user-generated content is a fairly self-explanatory one.
With the help of social media, brands are increasingly turning to the general public to come up with creative ideas and share them with the world.
For those of you looking for something more from your Christmas campaign than a cynically tear-inducing clip of an old and lonely man completely disregarding the laws of physics, these Christmas experiential marketing campaigns are for you.
From a beer-dispensing Christmas tree to a bank made entirely from gingerbread, there is plenty to get inspired by here.
It has been three weeks since the Festival of Marketing, which I’m sure anyone who attended will agree was a really exciting couple of days.
With the dust finally settled and the teams involved having just about recovered, I thought I’d put together a list of highlights from the two-day event.
It was a busy day at the Festival of Marketing yesterday, and what better way to round it off than listening to a talk from the top marketer at one of the UK’s biggest brands.
Tom Malleschitz, Chief Marketing Officer at Three UK, was on the Content Marketing stage discussing how brands can embrace the rise of user-generated content and use it to their advantage.
Wikipedia is one of the world's most popular websites and, in the eyes of some, was largely responsible for the demise of Encyclopaedia Britannica.
The good news for publishers: the market for encyclopedias is relatively small, so Wikipedia's popularity has had a relatively limited commercial impact.
The bad news for players in the travel space: the Wikimedia Foundation's entry into online travel may have broader commercial implications.
Last September, Google acquired Zagat, a company that built a world-famous brand around printed restaurant guides.
Thanks to the internet and the rise of user-generated reviews sites like Yelp, Zagat like so many other print publishers had seen a stunning reversal of fortunes before Google swooped in to buy it.
Social media and Web 2.0 (a term that, incidentally, we don't hear much of anymore) were supposed to make the internet a more democratic place. On today's internet, just about everybody has a printing press, and the little guy has equal opportunity to distribute a message. The best, we're often told, will rise to the top.
Of course, anyone who is involved with user-generated content and the popular web services through which user-generated content is shared and promoted, eventually learns that the internet isn't as democratic as it's supposed to be.