Teenagers can be pretty socially awkward at times. I have two of them and their communication skills can sometimes be both painful to watch and fascinating at the same time—although they have the best intentions, vital pieces of info either get lost in the shuffle or never make it to the right person. Unfortunately, oftentimes it feels like déjà vu when I see brands and agencies trying to plan their marketing campaigns.
There’s a fair amount of bad marketing out there. Where did things go wrong? It’s usually well before the creative was developed or the media was planned. It’s right at the beginning during the brand strategy process…or perhaps lack thereof.
The agency pulls in more awards this year — The Communicator Gold Award of Excellence for ConnectPointz print and digital video and The Award of Distinction for Ironshore print campaign. Proving that great clients produce great work.
Genius brands are exceptional. They are creative and original. But unlike Lady Gaga, they were not born this way. According to Homa Zaryouni, L2 conducted an extensive research study ranking 1,481 brands across 25 Digital IQ Index® studies and came up with distinct traits that make brands stand apart from the rest. We added to their list to develop 10 highly effective habits that can turn an ordinary brand into an extraordinary one.
It’s taken 75 years to prove that Brainstorming doesn’t really work. Anyone that’s really capable of generating ideas discovered this about 5 minutes after their first session, but if you ever said it out loud, especially in a big corporation, you risk sounding like a complete, self-righteous, egotistical ass.
Social media has continued to evolve with new features, applications and experiences on each major platform. As these major platforms overlap we will begin to watch some of the larger players erode faster than you can say MySpace. There just isn’t enough time in the day to invest in that many social media sites. So what will define success in the battle of the media platforms? Here’s a hint: it isn’t more content. Forbes provided 7 of the top trends that are shaping social media engagement--we added a few more.
Looney Advertising & New Media from Montclair, New Jersey has named Genevieve Gigi Account Lead this month. With more than 20 years of leadership experience on the agency-side of the business she will report to agency co-founders Sean and Debbie Looney. Prior to joining Looney, Genevieve held senior management roles at Sigma Group and LG&P on accounts like Panasonic, Hunter Douglas, Brut, DeLonghi and Under Armour.
Virtual reality. Augmented reality. 360-degree video. Telepresence robots. Smart glasses. With the explosion of new media and product offerings, how do we tell them apart? The main thing that distinguishes each of these media options is whether you are a spectator or a participant in the experience.
Automation can be a terrifying concept to marketers that relish in having control over everything, especially with the overwhelming technology solutions that are available on the market. Fear of something going wrong can cripple not only a person but a brand as well. As Jones, Upstart, states, “Most of the time I see fear hold people back when it comes to marketing, including the costs of hiring new people, investing in new software and especially putting new money into ad and promotional campaigns.”
In 2015 Facebook initiated Local Awareness Ads, an advertising tool that allows businesses to specifically target Facebook users in close proximity to their location. This function ensures that small companies and local businesses are reaching the audience they need to access most – the consumers right in their neighborhood. This year Facebook is taking things a step further with the introduction of a tool that will not only facilitate the reach of Facebook advertisements to local consumers, but actually track the success of the advertisement in real time.
We often get original fonts from clients without any file. We do our best to match the font, but without the original art it’s time consuming. Now we can replicate fonts quickly with Spector, a handheld tool that takes a photo and uploads the font directly into InDesign. This gadget can even download any color and convert it to CMYK or RGB within InDesign as well.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the web thanks to various companies, including Google. AI in the tech world is a supercomputer of connected hardware and software that mimicks the networks of neurons inside a human mind creating a system that analyzes information and learns. As Google engineer Jeff Dean states, “If you have lots and lots of these neurons and they’re all trained to pick up on different types of patterns, and there are other neurons that pick up on patterns that those neurons themselves have built on, you can build very complicated functions and systems that do pretty interesting things.”
Just when you think you have a solid marketing strategy, it’s time to change it. Each new technology innovation that launches creates a domino effect with how customers think, what they want and what you, as a brand, need to do to accommodate. It’s a new era of “disruption” where you need to better predict the future of marketing and adjust in a way that benefits your bottom line.
We’re excited for the launch of The Alfred Sung Timepiece Collection at the JCK show. Introducing a diverse line with more than 100 designs that are sophisticated, highly practical and quintessentially enduring. Proud to be working with a brand that is inspired with an impeccable sense of style.
Ad blocking started as a means of protecting personal information and reducing the amount of disruptive ad clutter while online. Now, it’s all a big scam. Ad blocking companies are reaping the benefits of this new technology by allowing ads to be unblocked if marketers pay up. They cleverly call it their “whitelisting program”, which allows users to opt-in in to see a list of ads that have been pre-approved by the company.