Straight Talk with Nigel Hollis

Nigel Hollis Executive Vice President and Chief Global Analyst, Kantar Millward Brown

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Brands need to balance short and long-term

I was browsing the Kantar Media’s 2018 Dimensions report (well worth a read), when I came across a section on the need to strike a better balance between short and long-term. This seems to be a topic of increasing interest to marketers, but how do you find the right balance?

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Listen, marketers, smart speakers are the new radio

One of the biggest challenges facing marketers today is reaching people at a time when they are willing to pay attention to advertising. The shift to digital consumption and on-demand content means that people are more intolerant of interruption. But maybe smart speakers bring a new, more passive audience willing to listen to ads.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Measuring the influence of brand marketing on sales

Effective brand marketing increases the probability of consumers either picking a brand or paying more for a brand when it is time to buy.  But what data and analytic approaches help us to understand the influence of brand marketing on sales?

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

How brands can earn attention in our digital world

I am always amazed at the power of a good meme, but the idea that humans have an attention span shorter than a goldfish has had a disastrous effect on the advertising industry. Worse, it now appears that there is no real evidence to back up the original claim.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Why are integrated media campaigns so challenging?

The latest Getting Media Right finds that marketers globally continue to struggle to assess their marketing performance due to disconnects in strategies for reaching consumers. So why are integrated media campaigns so challenging?

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Why brands need to defy category conventions

A few years ago, I made regular trips to Shanghai. Part of my routine was to walk down Nanjing Road from my hotel to the Kantar Millward Brown office and along the way I would be exposed to outdoor ads of a genre I call “lonely person with watch”. When all ads in a category obey the same conventions, they become totally unremarkable.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Ad blocking continues to rise and we are to blame

The latest data from GlobalWebIndex finds that ad blocking is still on the rise in globally. While it is not a surprise, the news did remind me that I have seen far less coverage of this issue lately. It is almost as if the industry shrugged its shoulders and said, ‘well, it can’t be helped’. Except, of course, it can.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The big potential downside of zero-based marketing

In theory the application of zero-based budgeting to marketing ought to be a good thing: no more budgets based on historical spending and funds allocated between options based on current performance. What is not to like? How about the fact that there is often a huge divide between theory and practice?

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