Straight Talk with Nigel Hollis

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

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Will the demise of TV force advertisers to measure effectiveness?

For the vast majority of brands growing market share requires growing penetration which, in turn, requires reaching and influencing a wider audience. Until now, TV has been the primary reach medium, but with the advent of online video and ad-free streaming from the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Disney the supremacy of TV is weakening.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

All bark no Byte?

Monday saw the launch of new social media app, Byte, to much fanfare. Largely seen as the spiritual heir to the dearly-departed Vine, it’s easy to see why: it retains the central Vine offer of six-second looping videos, many of the original Vine stars have already established a presence, and indeed its creator is one of Vine’s co-founders. But can this upstart compete with the likes of TikTok?

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Monday, January 20, 2020

TV ads must make an impression with people not ready to buy today

As a long-time cord cutter much of my real-time TV exposure happens in a hotel room, and, OMG, most ads these days seem to expect an immense amount of interest and attention from the audience. What are their creators thinking?

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Influencer marketing needs to grow up

In our 2020 Media Trends & Predictions, one of the 12 trends we have identified is that influencer marketing needs to grow up. It’s currently going through its challenging teen phase. Fake followers, unconvincing endorsements, lack of transparency about whether it’s an #ad or a #gifted product, are all cause for concern. But rather than slamming the door shut on the mess, we need to gently coax it into understanding the opportunities.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

2020 Media Trends & Predictions: the digital paradox

What does 2020 look like for the media industry? Kantar’s experts around the world have identified 12 trends and changes that are poised to impact the media industry landscape in the coming year. Our aim is to help marketers navigate today’s ‘digital paradox’ with confidence.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Getting Media Right: Marketing in Motion

If you don’t have access to all the data you need to create actionable insights, you’re not alone. Only eight percent or less of marketers think they have all the data they need. That’s according to our latest study, Getting Media Right: Marketing in Motion, which highlights that advertisers are struggling to use data to effectively guide media investments.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Using experiences to turn loyalty to a show into loyalty to a media brand

'How will the end of Game of Thrones impact HBO’s subscriber base?' was a question frequently heard over the last few months as the show wrapped up its final season. It isn’t an unusual question. Channels often face a wave of cancellations when a big show ends – or even after a season finale.

ends – or even after a season finale.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Do not misinterpret the Excess Share of Voice analysis

Various studies find that there is a consistent relationship between share of voice this year and market share change next year. The more a brand spends compared to its market share, the more likely it is to grow over time. But within a category some brands will fail to obey the general relationship and it is important to understand why.

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