Category Archives: Creative development

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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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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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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If you don’t ask, you’ll never know: the powerful inspiration for brand communications that marketing ignores

I’ve been reading ‘Creative Mischief’ by Dave Trott, a collection of observations, recollections and anecdotes that’s a treasure trove of basic truths about advertising and the creative process.  It’s insightful, inspiring and entertaining in equal measure. I was fortunate enough … Continue reading

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A little thought goes a long way: how to use the most powerful tool in ad research

THIS IS THE TEXT OF THE PAPER PRESENTED TO THE 2012 WARC ADVERTISING RESEARCH CONFERENCE BY MYSELF AND STUART PETERS OF AVIVA Today, we’re going to talk about the most exciting and powerful technology yet discovered to help us explore how people … Continue reading

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The Devil is in the Details: why we must be obsessed with getting stimulus material right

A couple of weeks ago week I was dramatically reminded of how stimulus material can dictate whether a creative idea lives or dies in research.  It’s really scary to see how the difference between success and failure can be a … Continue reading

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Researcher sought after murder of great creative idea

“Research kills great creative ideas”.  I heard it first when I started work at Leo Burnett in 1981, and hardly a month goes by without it being trotted out once more by some agency figure.  What’s to be done? It’s … Continue reading

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Research is not reality

Do you believe that qualitative research reflects ‘reality’?  I don’t, and I can’t say it bothers me. Isn’t this an irresponsible position for a qualitative researcher to adopt?  How does it help an industry that is striving to achieve the … Continue reading

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Why aren’t creative teams involved in creative development?

In 25 years of researching advertising ideas, I have met the team that created the work on fewer than a dozen projects.  This is madness.  Everyone would acknowledge that, if researchers are to make an effective contribution to the development … Continue reading

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