Wednesday, 29 June 2011

UK welcomes Wen Jaibao

It's the first time, I think, that China's premier has gone into print in the Financial Times (page 11 24th June) talking about how his economy is market-oriented and internationalised.

Wen Jaibao is visiting the UK this week, and is signing a historic Memorandum of Understanding between UKTI and MOFCOM to further UK China collaboration in the creative industries. Proof that our outreach programme, in which the IPA plays no small part, is working.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Save London Television Centre!

I don't know about you, but I'm rather fond of London Television Centre in Shepherds Bush.

It's not that I've been to many live shows there, but I feel as though I have, and I have a clear image of what it looks like. So I'm appalled that the BBC are having to sell it now that they've moved to Media City. I hope it has a preservation order on it, and that whoever buys it will have to respect it!

I'm off to MediaCityUK at Salford Quays for the opening. Will report back on what I find.

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Friday, 24 June 2011

Advertising on Twitter

How will twitterati respond to Twitter's latest initiative, announced at the Cannes Advertising Festival last week?

Promoted tweets in the main stream; promoted trends at the top of the list of the most popular topics of discussion; promoted accounts in a list of recommended users to follow? (FT 23rd June 2011). Will this financially-driven model (revenues from advertising) deliver, or will users feel exploited, and move on?

And if so, where to? Watch this space.

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Friday, 17 June 2011

New models of marketing effectiveness: from integration to orchestration

At last! A definitive view of integrated campaign management and implementation.

Based on analysis of over 250 IPA effectiveness awards cases, coupled with client and agency interviews with award winners.

It's being launched on Monday 20th June at the V&A Sackler Centre.

Be there or be square!

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Creativity and effectiveness

If you haven't seen it already, check out Campaign Close-Up, page 14, this week.

It features more ground breaking work from the IPA looking at the correlation between creativity and effectiveness based on data from The Gunn Report and the IPA Databank.

It shows that the efficiency of highly creative campaigns is growing. The more creative you are the more you get for your money.

Read the full report here.

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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

8 highlights from Google's 2011 Zeitgeist conference

Thanks to Andrew McCormick, reporting in Marketing Magazine, as below, all of us can now take learning from the thought leaders in digital!:

In the age of the web, the government wants to be Alpha government

In his opening keynote address, UK Chancellor George Osborne gave an insight into the future of government's digital communications. 'All our public-service reforms will be digital by default, and ministers will have to justify why anything can't be digital by default and has to be done through conventional channels,' said Osborne. He pointed to, a bold experiment in delivering digital services that is definitely worth checking out.

Retail should revolve around ecommerce

Angela Ahrendts, chief executive of fashion house Burberry, said that digital has revolutionised the brand's approach. 'We said to the IT guys that they've been doing a good job at the back of the bus, but I need someone to help drive the bus ...we (now) have a million people a week go on to our website from all over the world. So if that's the front door of the house and more people are doing that than are visiting anything physical, shouldn't we make sure everything is geared around that?' Bus and house analogies aside, Ahrendts makes a salient point.

We have seen only the start of digital's impact

'We have not seen half or even 10% of the change that will happen,' said Publicis Groupe chief executive and chairman Maurice Levy, referring to the digital revolution. 'There are a lot of people that read the papers and not the web. We have a lot of people that are dramatically changing the way they are learning, shopping - even getting married. These people are changing the world and we are very far from seeing what will happen and the impact of everything.'

Brands can relieve poverty

Dame Barbara Stocking, chief executive of aid and development charity Oxfam GB, held Unilever up as a beacon to other brands. 'Unilever is buying up vegetables out of supply chains for its Knorr stock cubes,' she said. 'Now, we've got a five-year arrangement with them in Azerbaijan ...That's fantastic for the poor farmers because they have a guaranteed contract and that's what they're looking for.' The result is the alleviating of poverty and something that Unilever can be proud of.

Musicians can teach brands lessons in advocacy

Speaking about Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's Gorillaz project, Dan Duncombe, vice-president of digital at EMI, said some artists are pioneering online marketing. 'We know that outside of the artist being our best advertising, fans are our biggest advocates and we use that fan advocacy to extend the idea of that artist and their creativity. So through social-media mechanics, we turn two fans into four and four into eight, giving incentives, content, points - and points mean prizes and bigger opportunities,' he said.

Digital is not all good

'One of the unfortunate byproducts of the digital revolution is that our ability to process and communicate that which is numerical, sequential, rational, proportionate and intuitive, has leapt ahead of our real understanding of human psychology and human nature,' argued Ogilvy Group executive creative director and vice-chairman Rory Sutherland. 'So there is a kind of imbalance that's created, which, in many cases, leads to inefficiency in the value creation that businesses can actually achieve.'

YouTube's 'Life in a Day' shows the potential of online video

Film director Kevin MacDonald explained that YouTube's 'Life in a Day' project, the creation of a feature film from videos submitted by users around the world, points to a new way of storytelling and entertaining. 'We ended up with the idea that on a single day, we'd invite people to film their lives and answer a few simple questions. What do you love? What do you fear? And what do you have in your pockets? We had 81,000 submissions from 191 countries and 5000 hours of material.'

Self-drive cars

At any Google conference there is the obligatory 'out there' project. Last year the search giant wowed the audience with its impressive development of Google Translate. This year the star project involved 'self-drive cars'. This is not a theory, it is a reality. The only question is, which will be the first car brand to get involved and lead the way?

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