Straight Talk with Nigel Hollis

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

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The advertising efficiency trap and how to avoid it

In a recent article on Campaign Live Rory Sutherland suggests that we all adopt “the efficiency bubble” to describe the way media logistics, not creativity, have come to dominate the conversation about advertising. But our fixation on efficiency is not just a bubble, it is a trap.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

An emotional journey of gender discovery

Yesterday, we released the AdReaction: Getting Gender Right report, following many months of analytic investigation into the roles of gender in marketing. As the mixed response to Gillette’s “We Believe” film has shown, society and the marketing industry are still far from certain about how gender progressive brands should and could be. Our own gender journey has confirmed some of existing beliefs but also thrown up many surprises along the way. So, what have we learned, and how has that made me feel?

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Three Ss help make consumer insight more effective

Last week I took part in a roundtable with some of our clients in Poland. The conversation, led by Pavel Ciacek ranged from the big picture to the specific, but when it came to making data more meaningful three things stood out.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

It is time to put judgement back into our analysis

When I first started work in the U.S., I vividly remember being taken to task by a senior research director at a client company who accused me of using “judgement” in my analysis. This episode highlighted a clash between my belief that data needed to be interpreted to be useful and a widespread belief that the research role was simply to report the data.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Marketers need to ask, “what would Bezos do?”

There are plenty of quote collections from the world’s richest man floating around out there, but Jeff Bezos just has a habit of saying smart things. Perhaps if we marketers listened to him more, rather than running off after the next shiny object, we would all be a little bit smarter and more effective.

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Monday, September 3, 2018

What ads for slippers can tell you about targeting

This post follows on from the one about why ad delivery is so dominant in the digital domain. That post sought to identify why targeting and ad delivery needs to be far more nuanced, and take audience attitudes and emotions into account as well as more factual data.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

What is to blame for our obsession with targeting?

In a recent point of view on Campaign, Rory Sutherland discusses the origins of our “targeting-obsessed scientism” which leads us to focus on ad delivery to the exception of anything else like creative or the recipient’s mindset. Rory calls out Silicon Valley for tricking advertisers, but is this single-minded focus really just the fault of the tech companies?

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Can you predict the long-term effects of marketing?

A while back, I wrote a post about the spurious dichotomy between the short and long-term effects of marketing. In it I argued that the separation between the two time frames was a spurious one, but how do you predict whether your marketing will have a positive effect in the longer-term?

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