Straight Talk with Nigel Hollis

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

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What does Amazon’s purchase mean for brands?

Marketing Week’s 100 most disruptive brands were upstaged quickly this year when Amazon announced it was buying Whole Foods. Now that’s truly disruptive! And, as a result, the longer-term implications are hard to predict.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Why advertising needs to make a lasting impression

As you may know by now Kantar Millward Brown has published a new report titled, ‘Make a Lasting Impression'. Implicit in the report title is that idea that making a lasting impression is a good thing, something that advertisers should be aiming to do. But why is making a lasting impression a good thing?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Have marketers forgotten how advertising works?

Next week I will be speaking at a WARC panel session at Cannes on purpose marketing. It is an interesting topic but I believe the mindless pursuit of purpose is just one reason that the advertising is struggling to drive sales. Far more important is that I think marketers have forgotten how advertising actually works.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Pre-testing cannot be equated with click-through

In a recent post Faris Yakob concludes that metrics hold the answer resolving the tension between short-term and long-term effects. Agreed. But you will not be surprised that my blood pressure went up when he puts pre-testing on a par with click-through as a metric that responds well to rational advertising. Utter bollocks.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Amazon now ranked fourth in BrandZ Top 100 2017

Amazon has powered up another three places in the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands Ranking (you can find the latest ranking here). This rise required the brand’s value to grow 41 percent over last year, making the e-commerce giant the third fastest growing in brand value in the last year. Bezos’ Day 1 strategy really does seem to be paying off.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Now this I like. No more annoying ads.

A while back, a survey by HubSpot and Adblock found that 87 percent of online browsers in the U.S., UK, Germany and France agreed that “Not all ads are bad, but I want to filter out the really obnoxious ones”. Well, now it seems that people have their wish courtesy of Google Chrome and the Coalition for Better Ads. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Ads must work with people’s brains not against them

Kantar Millward Brown recently released a new report titled, ‘Make a Lasting Impression’.  One of the key recommendations of the report is that advertisers need to work with people’s brains not against them. Recent experiences in Italy reminded me that it is sometimes difficult to anticipate what will work with people’s minds rather than against them.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Does fame power the success of new brands today?

Do you know that feeling when you read something and get a nagging feeling that something is just not right? I got that feeling the other day when I read a WARC News item titled ‘New brands must create fame’.