Category Archives: Advertising

Why your advertising should be MAD

Putting together a reel of TV ads that I have helped develop during my 30 years in qualitative research has brought to mind many important lessons about brands, advertising and creative development. But one over-riding theme leapt out of the screen, … Continue reading

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The 6 fundamentals of effective creative development research

Research is often blamed for the destruction of great creative ideas. And to an extent it’s true: the wrong type of research, undertaken with the wrong aims and executed by the wrong people, can be disastrous. But, handled in the … Continue reading

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Why clever communications propositions usually aren’t

It’s much easier to originate a great creative communications idea from a strong proposition. Communications propositions should be as creative as the creative ideas they inspire. Too often, they are anything but. In an earlier blog, I talked about how … Continue reading

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What makes a great communications proposition?

However unfashionable it may be, I am inclined still to think of the ‘proposition’ as being the heart and soul of any communications brief: the single thought that, if absorbed by our ‘target consumer’, will engender the response we seek. … Continue reading

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If you can only research your ad idea once before you make it, what research should you do?

A TV advertising idea is rarely so brilliant that no-one feels the need to run some research before they commit the production money. But it is not uncommon that, by the time you get to a script you’re comfortable with, … Continue reading

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Why would a market researcher tell you not to commission market research?

We all know Lord Leverhulme’s pronouncement that ‘Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted, and the problem is I do not know which half’.  You might expect me to suggest that the good Lord would have known ‘which … Continue reading

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I’m a celebrity (in an ad), get me out of here

Why do we love some ads featuring celebrities and hate others?  Is resorting to celebrity endorsement the lowest form of advertising, a substitute for a real idea, or can using a celebrity make an idea and a brand come alive?  … Continue reading

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