Straight Talk with Nigel Hollis

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

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Branding the Bezos way

A couple of weeks ago I provided a short list of brands that had disrupted their category and grown as a result of being different. I could have added PayPal, Airbnb or Uber to that list, but the one brand that I really should have added was Amazon.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Why brands need to start different then grow strong

What if told you there was a magic quality that would tell you whether your brand was destined to be successful or not? You probably would not believe me, right? But there is such a quality and it precisely the one that so many people want to downplay. That quality is the ability for a brand to be seen as different.

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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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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What can digital do for your brand?

A couple of weeks ago I was in India taking part in the Kantar Millward Brown Media and Digital Enclave in Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. In each city the team took part in interviews with the media and an assumption underlying most of the questions seemed to be that India was lagging behind when it came to spending on digital.

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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, April 5, 2017

A well-designed app can be your best brand builder

A couple of weeks ago while skiing at Park City in Utah, I checked in to my return flight with Delta while riding up the Super Condor lift. The experience reminded me that when well-designed apps really do make life easier, and that a positive experience is the best way to build a strong brand.

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