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Google to Alphabet: smart move but not radical at all

Posted by in Brand, Marketing, Technology, Trust

First published in Marketing Magazine 11th August 2015 The move from Google to Alphabet is far from radical; it’s well trodden as a business model by FMCG giants like P&G and Unilever, argues Justin Basini, co-founder and CEO at ClearScore. With the creation of a holding company called Alphabet they are starting to look more like a Procter & Gamble or Unilever The blog post announcing the rebranding of the Google into Alphabet this morning has taken everyone a bit by surprise. The markets have generally reacted positively with a…read more

Experiential marketing from British Airways

Posted by in Brand, Marketing, Media

British Airways – engagement and media coming together for a great example of experiential marketing Last week I came across this great experiential marketing example from British Airways in Victoria Station, London, UK. British Airways had created an installation where people could play a flight simulator game and win tickets to a destination. It was very popular with long queues (probably not what they intended!).  From a marketing perspective it was magnified by the clever use of the digital media across the station from the main digital display boards to…read more

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Rebranding lessons of hibu / yell.com

Posted by in Advertising, Brand, Marketing, Media, Trust

Over the last couple of weeks yell.com has been rebranding as hibu. This is the latest example, in a very undistinguished line, of such rebranding failures. When the best a CEO can muster about his companies' latest rebranding is this quote below you know the company is in deep, deep trouble.  'don't read anything into it….It doesn't have any pure meaning behind it. It needed to be short, easy to pronounce and to sound edgy and innovative. It doesn't mean a lot by itself, but if you turn the clock back, neither…read more

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WHAT IS MARKETING?

Posted by in Brand, Marketing, Marketing training, Media

What is marketing exactly? This most basic of questions was fired at me by one of my blog readers the other day who posed the question in the context the massive changes wrought by digital marketing, branding, dissatisfaction with marketing teams and directors – so what is marketing today?  The guru of marketing Dr. Philip Kotler defines marketing as “the science and art of exploring, creating, and delivering value to satisfy the needs of a target market at a profit. Marketing identifies unfulfilled needs and desires. It defines, measures and…read more

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BUSINESS VISION – LEARNING FROM SUCCESSES & FAILURES (Screencast)

Posted by in Advertising, Book, Brand, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Trust

Business Vision: I was recently asked by a major corporation to prepare a talk on "Business vision" and how to create them. I told two stories one of Citigroup a massive bank and it's flawed vision and one about a much smaller clothing business Patagonia and it's inspirational leader.  This screencast is a 20 minute version of the hour presentation buts gives you the key points of the stories.  The key points illustrated by these compelling stories of success and failure around setting a business vision are:  Business Vision requires…read more

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ING DIRECT “CAMPAIGN FOR A BIT OF DECENCY” – DECENT OR DECEITFUL ADVERTISING? | financial services advertising

Posted by in Advertising, Brand, Marketing, Media, Trust

ING today splashed the latest instalment of their 'Campaign for a Bit of Decency' onto the front and back covers inside and out of the Metro. ING Direct has quite a prolific history of copy led advertising. I commented on a mortgage advert of theirs a while back questioning whether simplicity and speed of application was really a desired or desirable benefit when advertising a mortgage. Brand building by association This latest campaign is a good example of a currently very common approach to financial services advertising that uses the…read more

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Best Books for Christmas | christmas, book

Posted by in Book, Brand, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Media, Reviews, Technology

Books for Christmas? Well it's the 1st December so time to offer some help in the run up to Christmas! If you are looking for some Christmas Book inspiration for friends, family, colleagues or your team what better than to give a top business or marketing book to give them something to think about when they aren't passing the port or munching on a mince pie. These are the best books that I've read recently and I've sorted them into four sections: digital and internet, brand & marketing, economics & business,…read more

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FREEDOM, TECHNOLOGY AND CHOICE

Posted by in Advertising, Brand, Marketing, Media, Technology, Trust

Freedom – I’ve been thinking a lot about it recently. Last weekend, Remembrance Sunday in the UK, was a timely and sobering reminder that millions have sacrificed their lives to protect freedom for us and still do. But what are these freedoms that need to be so preciously protected? It seems to me that freedom is inextricably linked to choice. Our freedom is proved when we make the choices we do. FREEDOM & TECHNOLOGY? We live today in a world empowered by technology which as well as offering us many…read more

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WHAT EXACTLY IS THIS THING CALLED CONTENT? | content marketing

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The latest buzz Content and Content Marketing? Content and content marketing was the focus of Amelia Torode’s DM to me on twitter this morning asking – “Had quick question, I am writing a feature on “content” – when you use the word (if you do) what exactly do you mean by that? Hope all good!”   I’ve been thinking a lot about the latest trend of content marketing because it has been so important as a driver of quality traffic for ALLOW. I define content as anything that I can…read more

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