Straight Talk with Nigel Hollis

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

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Are extreme sports brands failing in their representation of women?

A few weeks ago Rio Cook from our Neuroscience practice touched on the instinctive associations people hold towards feminism, and questioned whether advertising portrayals might be widening the gender gap. But that gap is informed by everything a brand does and extreme sports brands in particular are failing to treat women with the respect they deserve.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Is the portrayal of feminism in advertising widening the gender gap?

A recent study I conducted in the Neuroscience team at Kantar looks at the implicit perceptions toward feminism: i.e. what people instinctively associate with that idea. The results make me question whether how feminism is portrayed in advertising might actually be widening the gender gap, rather than closing it.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

#Balanceforbetter: Getting gender right

International Women’s Day is a week away, and if the past few years are any indication, we should be seeing a slew of brand campaigns to drive conversations about what ‘progress’ looks like.

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Never mind a tipping point for TV, what about brand building?

Duncan Southgate, our Global Brand Director for Media, drew my attention to Mark Ritson’s reaction to the latest Ebiquity report titled ‘TV At a Tipping Point’ . Ebiquity finds that TV’s superiority in building quick, cost effective reach may be coming to an end. Ritson questions whether their analysis allows for how people’s behaviour changes as they grow older. I am more concerned about what the forecast means for brand building.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Does outdoor advertising have more impact in the digital era?

I lived the first 30 years of my life in the UK, so it is with exasperation and despair I watch from afar as the chaos of Brexit unfolds. But what caught my attention when I heard Brexit mentioned on the radio was that one group of protesters have resorted to outdoor advertising to register their dissatisfaction. Why would they do that?

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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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