Straight Talk with Nigel Hollis

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

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Monday, October 2, 2017

How the Link pre-test improves on Rotten Tomatoes

When I came across the article ‘Attacked by Rotten Tomatoes’ which reports that Hollywood is blaming the website Rotten Tomatoes for poor movie attendance I could not help but smile. After all, their complaints sound not unlike those agencies that still blame the Link pre-test for stifling creativity.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Making brands saleable with a lasting impression

In the WPP Annual Report, Jeremy Bullmore suggests that while some advertising works by encouraging an immediate sale most advertising works to make a brand more saleable. It is a hugely important distinction. Making a brand more saleable improves the efficacy of all aspects of the marketing mix but to do so the advertising must make a lasting impression.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Programmatic needs to live up to its promise

The promise of cost efficient, real-time targeting means that programmatic advertising has taken the digital ad industry by storm. Magna Global predicts the market for global programmatic will double between now and 2019. However, the evidence suggests that programmatic still has a long way to go before it delivers on its promise.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Effective advertising needs more than gut feeling

On a recent visit to Bangladesh I took part in a roundtable discussion on the use of research in advertising development. The consensus opinion appeared to be that good gut feeling was more important than research when it came to developing advertising. But that raises the question of how do you develop good gut feeling?

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Video everywhere but mostly on TV

A recent report by Thinkbox finds that TV accounted for 93.8 percent of video ads that were viewed in the UK in 2016. Now, accepting that Thinkbox’s mission is to promote commercial TV, this statistic does give pause for thought. If nothing else, the fact that so much video advertising is still seen on TV suggests that the medium is still alive and well no matter what digital promoters might tell us.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Good consumer insight requires the mind’s eye

Last week I presented at the TUAD, the Turkish Researchers Association, addressing the conference theme “Sharper vision guides brands to a profitable future”. The following is a summary of what I had to say.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What is your data not telling you?

Today we are drowning in a sea of data. Companies the world over – including Kantar Millward Brown – are using algorithms and cloud computing to beat that data into submission and force it to cough up its secrets. But what if the data is not measuring the most important things you need to know?

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Was that your message? Sorry I blinked.

Watching a selection of ads from YouTube, Facebook and broadcast TV has made me wonder whether advertisers credit their audience with superhuman powers of attention and observation. So much gets crammed into a video it is sometimes hard to keep up and viewers can literally suffer from what is known as an "Attentional Blink".

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