Digital is often considered the most measurable medium, but quantity of digital metrics does not equate to quality of measurement. Many digital blind spots prevent brands from fully anticipating or measuring the response to their campaigns. Ignoring these blind spots may jeopardize your brand's overall success.
Each generation uses digital differently to consume content and shop for products and services, and marketers need to understand these differences to target their desired audiences on the devices they are most likely to be using. Millward Brown Digital surveyed more than 1,000 consumers in three generations (millennials, born after 1980; Generation X, born 1965-1980; and boomers, born from 1946-1964) to see how different age groups favored different screens for various activities. Published in Adweek, April 12, 2015.
The importance of brand continues to grow in China, due to increased levels of consumer purchasing power, value expectations and sophistication. Chinese companies that have invested in brand building are now reaping the benefits. So why is there still a persistent gap between how consumers view Chinese versus global brands? Doreen Wang, Global Head of BrandZ at Millward Brown, suggests that Chinese brands need to find meaningful and appealing points of difference in order to thrive on the global stage.
Businesses understand that building a strong brand helps generate a price premium and increases sales volumes. For many of the stock market’s leading performers it is the strong brands they have built that drive market success. Doreen Wang, Head of BrandZ at Millward Brown explains why investment banks, financial analysts and private equity investors should pay more attention to “brand” in investment valuations.
Strategies for Brands to Reach Users on Different Screens Based on Intent
Native advertising was a real talking point in 2014, yet only a minority were truly making the most of it. In 2015 this will all change though, as publishers will offer advertisers solutions that are both impactful for marketers and compelling for their audience. However, leveraging this new technology is not as simple as merely purchasing an ad. In this article, Jon Salm, Client Analyst, Millward Brown Digital, explains how you and your brand can best make use of native advertising.
When micro-video platforms began to introduce paid marketing options, it created a whole raft of new opportunities for brands to leverage the unique aspects of these channels. However, in order to ensure that branded content can succeed, you need to make sure that your messaging complements the specific demands that each platform has. In this piece, Amanda Phillips, Sales & Marketing Director, Millward Brown, explains how you can best optimize your micro-video content to work best for you.
Today a smart media strategy is a necessity—but without effective creative it doesn't matter how well the ad is delivered. Today’s on-demand pre-testing solutions provide a fast and cost-effective means to ensure that the creative deployed is as effective as possible, helping to improve return on investment when time and budget are tight.
Millward Brown partnered with the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) in APAC to analyze more than 50 campaigns for the SMARTIES Awards. Learn more about what makes a mobile campaign a winner.
When used well, music can be a powerful enhancement for an ad. Although the use of music does not automatically confer benefits, the inspired use of the right music can affect every aspect of an ad’s performance.
Computers are learning to read emotion, and the business world can’t wait. An article in The New Yorker
about Affectiva, Millward Brown’s partner for facial coding
Millward Brown's digital and media experts from around the world annually share their predictions for the year ahead, forecasting important trends and providing recommendations to help marketers drive brand growth.
Many have called 2014 the year of Big Data, meaning that marketers are now numbers-rich, but they are still insight-poor. Despite the opportunities and efficiencies that Big Data promises to open up, marketers are still being held back from truly unlocking these and moving from big to intelligent data.
Advertising is most successful when it is designed to achieve a specific task, but the battle of media belief systems often undermines ad effectiveness. To get the most from media budgets, advertisers must align media strategies around their advertising goals.
Smartphones have become the ultimate wearable technology, always with us and always on. In 2015, brands will need to use mobile not only as channel but as a means to increase the potency of all other brand touch points to reach consumers at the right time, in the right place with the right content.
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Since 2009, Millward Brown experts from around the globe have offered annual predictions for the coming year – forecasting the latest digital and media trends and providing recommendations to help advertisers move confidently into the year ahead.
People no longer consume media in a linear way, which can cause problems for marketing teams looking to plan & measure campaigns. Amanda Phillips, Head of UK Marketing, explains how brands should be adapting their practices to be in line with new consumer trends.
To succeed globally, brands need to think locally. World famous brands like McDonald’s have had to rethink their strategy and adapt. Peter Walshe, Global BrandZ Director, explains the science behind branding, and what it is that makes us identify with either local or global brands.