As ads during this year's Super Bowl featuring Harrison Ford, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Jeff Bridges show, brands can still get a great deal of impact with a high-profile campaign featuring the right celebrity spokesperson. But what is changing is how brands are hiring and activating celebrity endorsers, especially as digital and social channels provide fans more access to celebrities they're eager to get content from, even in the form of an ad.

These trends are worth marketers’ attention now, because their importance will only become magnified in the future

Agency Mania Solutions offered advertisers four tips to improve accountability and transparency from agencies.

Brands must break through and win at shelf, but with an average supermarket stocking over 40,000 different products, that’s no mean feat. Whether it’s a new pack design, advertising at shelf or off-shelf display, virtual reality can help give marketers the confidence that their money will be well-spent.  by Nicole Johnson - Virtual Reality Solutions Manager / Insights Division, Kantar

Marketers and consumers feel differently about the delivery of an excellent customer experience. To reconcile this, marketers should turn their attention to consumers’ top concerns, such as privacy and personalization.

Today’s retail landscape has a cheating problem. That’s because consumers have more choice and access to products than ever, and they’re growing increasingly comfortable with trying new brands. While choice and access are fantastic for shoppers, manufacturers and retailers now have an incredible burden to bear—make an offering so great that consumers won’t seek an alternative elsewhere.

In the consumer-goods sector, agile ways of working aren’t an all-or-nothing proposition. Success depends on knowing where and how to deploy them.

You know that sock drawer you've been meaning to clean out? It may just offer lessons for clarifying the marketing process, and provide CMOs and marketers with a more clear-sighted path for demonstrating their value.

A year after taking charge as SVP and CMO for industrial giant Emerson, Katherine Button Bell rolled out a new brand architecture for the company — including a revamped logo. Not everyone was pleased. "Someone wrote a note to our chairman that said, 'I suppose she'd like to change the American flag while she's at it?'" Button Bell recalls. "The word 'tension' would not describe the angst it created. People think of logos as part of their personal identity. It's like changing the initials on someone's bathroom towels."

Packaging changes are an integral part of every brand’s lifecycle. Many changes are routine, but some are more radical; driven by changing consumer trends, the need to modernize, or signaling a more premium offer. However, even slight changes can dramatically impact sales, making it critical to get your packaging transition strategy right.  by Tara Prabhakar - Global Director, Qualitative, Client Impact Insights Division, Kantar and David Lansanah Global Head of Innovation Insights Division, Kantar

With the U.S. multicultural population projected to grow by 98 million people in the coming decades, Acosta expects multicultural shoppers will continue to have significant influence on the grocery shopping experience.

The price and promotion of a consumer packaged goods (CPG) product can make or break its success. Price can directly affect a product’s ability to sell, and at what velocity. And promotions have the ability to influence consumers’ purchasing decision in a particular moment. Combined, these two factors can significantly impact a product’s success on and off the shelves.

When the idea for a consumer packaged goods (CPG) product is born, it’s immediately assessed in terms of the consumer. Will consumers buy it? Will they buy it at a price that makes you a profit? Will they love it? Will consumers love this product so much, they tell their friends about it? Will those consumers buy and love it?

From a context perspective, client-agency relationships are entering a new cycle with many players on both sides misreading needs, tensions, and responsibilities. By Robert Rakowitz, Global Media Director, Mars Inc.

Small and mid-sized consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers come in as many different varieties as the products they make and sell. Yet one thing they all have in common is their desire to grow—their distribution, their market share, their revenues and ultimately their companies.

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