Category Archives: Brand strategy

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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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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Let’s talk about growth

Agencies talk about using creativity to drive business, but are mostly passive servants of their clients’ cost-cutting agenda.  Does it have to be that way? I’m no economist, but I guess I’m not wrong in understanding that a business has … Continue reading

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How crowd sourcing, neuroscience and behavioural economics are changing everything… or maybe not

TV is dead. The world is in Beta. It’s all about multi-screening. What’s our ‘social’ strategy? Crowd sourcing is the way forward. ‘Advertising’ is dead. The world of marketing and communications can’t get enough of Bright Shiny Baubles. Ours is … Continue reading

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A false god

Customer segmentation algorithms rarely work for qual recruitment – but is there a deeper problem? My heart sank the other week when I was asked to use a customer segmentation algorithm to recruit respondents for this week’s groups.  I’ve been … Continue reading

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Whatever happened to thinking?

A few years back I met with a client to discuss the set up of a vital and highly demanding strategic research project for one of the world’s biggest brands.  I was under huge pressure to complete the project in … Continue reading

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