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Transforming Brand Tracking to Help Today's Marketers Succeed

In-market brand and ad tracking have greatly evolved but today’s marketing environment is changing even faster. Getting a fast read of what people believe and feel about a brand, and how this is impacted by the communi- cations they see, enables marketers to quickly course-correct to change messaging and creative to better deliver on brand goals.

Does Snapchat Have the Answer?

Generation Z seems more receptive to ad formats on Snapchat and Instagram because the ads are consumer-centric, and frequency is low. What can advertisers learn from this, and will these platforms be able to sustain their business model while achieving growth? Facebook is highly successful at monetizing its users but the frequency and intensity of ads required to achieve that clearly comes at a price among this younger audience. Read more.

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Social Sets a Higher Bar

There are three stages for developing successful social advertising: create an experience, get people to talk about it, and support your campaign with paid advertising. Brands need clearly defined goals to do this well, and deliver ROI. Oreo and Coke are getting it right in China.

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Receptivity and a New Share of Voice

The rapid growth of digital and mobile has given advertisers more ways to reach consumers at any time. The advertising industry should be very careful not to damage its most precious resource – consumers and their willingness to receive messages. Read what brands can do to continue engaging consumers in the right way.

Getting Digital Right 2015

Smartphones, Tablets, Smart TVs, and Wearables are everywhere and new technology is perpetually on the horizon. Words like “multiscreen” and “programmatic” have taken over the conversation. Now marketers face the challenge of keeping abreast of all this while coming up with innovative and efficient ways to execute winning marketing strategies. This report, Millward Brown Digital’s 2nd annual Getting Digital Right study, provides an overview of the state of digital. With input from over 400 marketers spanning brands, media companies, and agencies, we summarize their insights and perspectives on getting digital right.

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Focus Group

Millward Brown partners with the Second City comedy troupe in the US for an innovative approach to gain consumer insight and generate ideas. Learn more about Consumer Theater from Firefly Millward Brown.

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Consumers have gone mobile long ago – researchers must catch up before it’s too late

The gap between mobile consumers and online surveys is increasing. Now is the time to bridge it. Making surveys ‘Mobile First’, so they can be conducted on mobile devices or any other device people prefer to use, is the only way we can ensure that the data will still be valid in a year’s time.

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The Power of Storytelling

Stories are the reason we stay awake late to finish a book, watch a movie or binge watch on Netflix. Stories engage us like little else. So why do we not see more stories used in advertising? If done right, storytelling can make your communications more engaging, more impactful, and more motivating. For the purposes of advertising, however, not any story will do. It takes skill and thought to make a story an effective creative tool for your brand.

Global Brands

In this Financial Times special report, learn the major stories that defined this year’s BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands; from what it is about Apple that makes it so successful, to consumers moving away from Luxury brands and what impact that is likely to have on the category as a whole. See the impact that millennials are having on brand strategy, as well as what the banking industry should be doing to repair its reputation in these exclusive reports from the Financial Times, using BrandZ data.

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Don't Boil Down the Ocean

To be certain that brands are backing ads that will deliver ROI, marketers really ought to be testing every execution. However, owing to the traditionally high cost of pretesting, often only the most expensive formats end up being tested. Yet, as Daren Poole, Global Brand Director, Creative Development, Millward Brown, argues, if marketers are more pragmatic about the level of insight that they actually need, they can test more creative across more channels and executions without the higher price tag.

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The Value of a Digital Ad

The rapid evolution of digital advertising in the last decade has presented increasing complexity in measuring its impact. The diverse measurement metrics for advertising ultimately boil down to two key areas: campaign delivery and brand/sales effect. These combine to measure ROI. Read our report.

BrandZ Top 100 Global Brands

Millward Brown and WPP will release the 10th annual BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands 2015 ranking and report Wednesday, May 27th. The report offers insight on brand value and performance globally across 14 categories.

Brand Valuation and Insights Critical for Success in a Changing Marketplace

Brand is among the most valuable financial assets of modern corporations. Brand contributes more to shareholder value creation than any other asset – tangible or intangible. Strong brands help drive sales, grow market share and build shareholder value. They're a key to the success of many of today's leading stock market winners. Read more.


Being Meaningfully Different Can Command a Premium – But many salient brands miss this major opportunity

The 2015 BrandZ™ Top 100 brands are all big and salient, but in many categories they struggle to be seen as meaningfully different. This works to their detriment because brands that are perceived as meaningfully different possess some important properties. Read more.


Brands Communicate About Sustainability: But not in a language millennials understand

There's no mistaking the swelling tide of attention to, and interest in, corporate sustainability – both from the perspective of businesses and from consumers. Guiding millennials through the evolving sustainability landscape may be a key foundational element of creating meaningful conversations on this topic in the years to come. Read more.


Purpose Will Guide Successful Brands and Help Inspire Workforce Excellence - Functional and emotional benefits alone are insufficient

Today, technology has broad implications that impact Brand Value propositions on many levels. One of these is brand behavior. Both good and bad behavior is immediately known to customers and other stakeholders who want to know how brands think – and act – about topics like child labor, women’s pay equality or sustainability. More broadly than this, purpose will be the acid test for the successful brands of the future. People will select the brand that stands for something they believe is worth supporting. Purpose will also inspire the workforce, and future winners will need to win with employees to be successful.


Digital brands dominate in the ranking, but strong creative breaks through

The SocialZ Verve Index, first released in 2014, uses Millward Brown's proprietary Verve Scoring methodology to measure the overall social vitality of a brand in social media. Born and bred digital brands again dominate the Top 10 in this year's ranking. Social networks – Google (led by YouTube), Twitter, and Facebook take the top three spots. Perpetual consumer favorites, Apple, Disney, and Nike are also in the Top 10. These iconic brands fuel avid attention through new product releases and strong integrated social media activity. Read more.


Receptivity - Advertising’s Most Precious Asset

Brands today have so many ways to connect with consumers and many people are overwhelmed by the amount of advertising they see. It’s important for advertisers to think more carefully about receptivity, and how to track it. Brands that fail to consider the long-term cumulative effect their advertising will have on how people think and feel about their brands may end up irritating consumers, turning them off to advertising overall, or to their brands, and overspending to do so.

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How Brands Really Grow

Audi, Chipotle, sports clothing brand Under Armour, Japanese water brand, I Lohas, and the iconic iPhone. What do these brands have in common? All five enjoyed strong market share growth during the recent recession, and each one gained share at the expense of their competition. Unlike McDonald’s, Aldi or Amazon, which also grew, the others are not well known for offering low prices. So how did they grow share? They took what made them different from the competition and made it meaningful and salient to a wider audience.

Driving Customer-Centric Growth

Millward Brown launches Insights2020, a global marketing leadership initiative focused on aligning insights and analytics strategy, structure and capability to drive business growth. Learn more about our Insights2020 partners the leadership Board.