Category Archives: Marketing

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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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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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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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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Marketers are people too

Why producing strong marketing ideas often requires the removal of your ‘marketing hat’. One of the core roles of qualitative research is to connect marketing teams and their agencies with the people* who are buying their products and processing their … Continue reading

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