Straight Talk with Nigel Hollis

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

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Did Elton John steal John Lewis’s attention?

It is that time of year again, and in the UK retailers have entered into the spirit of the season with a barrage of holiday ads. And once again Kantar Millward Brown has used AdExpress to check out the public’s reaction. The results offer some insights into what works and what does not when it comes to holding people’s attention and moving them to purchase.

Monday, December 10, 2018

How do you build a brand in a polarised world?

If the Brazilian presidential elections have shown us anything, it is that Brazil is a big and complex country that includes people with different - and sometimes even opposite - points of view.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Why Direct Line Group dumped digital for TV

There is huge pressure for marketers to spend more on digital: it is where customers are spending more time, it is what everyone else is doing and the convenience metrics look good. So, it is nice to find an example of a company doing its homework and bucking the trend.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Digital can build brands if you use it right

There is no doubt that the plethora of convenience metrics offered by digital media is focusing marketing attention on the here and now, often to the exception of longer-term outcomes. But there is actually no reason why digital media cannot be used for brand-building.

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?

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.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Why brands need to be more like Lewis Hamilton

With just the Abu Dhabi race to go this year, Lewis Hamilton is firmly entrenched at the top of the Formula One leader board. His current position is the result of multiple wins and hard work, both from the driver and team Mercedes. When faced with today’s short-termism, marketers might do well to reflect on Hamilton’s success.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Public outcry brings Iceland ad in from the cold

Kantar Millward Brown’s digital pre-testing finds that a strong emotional response means a digital video is five times more likely to go viral. So perhaps it is not surprising that after being banned from the airwaves, Iceland’s moving Christmas ad about a young orangutan made homeless by deforestation has gone viral online.