Straight Talk with Nigel Hollis

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

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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, January 23, 2019

How digital behaviours relate to brand equity

Recently a client asked how various digital behaviours impact brand equity. Answering this question is challenging; not just because of the widely varying forms of digital behaviour, but because that behaviour can both influence equity and be influenced by it.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

How can we offset our present bias in marketing?

Reading an article in The Atlantic made me realize that one of the biggest barriers to successful brand-building is probably our own inherent bias to short-term outcomes. If so, what might we be able to do to offset that bias?

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Our 2019 Media Predictions for AI, Voice and more

Connected intelligence is leading the way in transforming media, and we asked some of our global experts across Kantar to create 12 lively predictions for 2019. They are intended to be useful and practical, not grand airy-fairy concepts. We want to help marketers and agencies tackle their media and effectiveness challenges head on.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Brands should not make promises they cannot keep

We all know that to be successful brands need to reach out to new users, and create positive expectations about what it is like to use the brand. However, it is not just advertising that creates expectations and if those expectations are not met it can reflect badly on the brand.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Ignore Seth Godin and his marketing fairy tales

This quote from Seth Godin was recently posted on Kantar’s Workplace, “People do not buy goods and services. They buy relationships, stories and magic”. It is the sort of simplistic platitude that seems to resonate with an awful lot of people. And it might work when it comes to selling advice, but most people do not want a relationship with the brands they buy.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Do brands need to worry about voice shopping?

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about smart speakers being the new radio and referenced an article on Recode that suggested people were less likely to skip ads. However, the article also presented some interesting findings about the use of smart speakers for shopping that makes me wonder how many brands really need to worry about shopping by voice.

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