The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) has announced the launch of the CMO Growth Council in partnership with the ANA's CMO Masters Circle.

Back in January, Edward Kim Vice President, Strategy, Nielsen Catalina Solutions, presented “Five Keys to Advertising Effectiveness”. The presentation reported on the findings of over 500 studies of CPG brands conducted during 2016-2017 that sought to understand the sales contribution of five key drivers of effective advertising, including a comparison of TV versus digital.  by Nigel Hollis

Oracle announced the findings of a global study titled "Retail 2018: The Loyalty Divide" auditing consumer perceptions and brand realities of loyalty programs and influences. "Retail 2018: The Loyalty Divide" reveals that retailers are out of touch with consumers that demand more personalized experiences and discover brands and affirm purchase decisions through social influencers.

Research suggests some ways artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, and blockchain are reshaping creative work.

I spent an amazing morning today at Media Kitchen’s annual Venture Capital Conference in New York City listening to leaders in media,
investing and banking talk about “new TV”:  the merging of broadcast TV, social video and everything in between.  by Dave Morgan

WPP points the finger at ZBB as the most important factor driving cuts in WPP's agency revenues -- cuts that have taken 35% off WPP's share price from its 2017 high.  Leading industry analyst Brian Wieser identifies ZBB as a major factor suppressing holding company organic growth, along with other factors like increased contract scrutiny.  ZBB is the flavor of the month.  Mention ZBB to an ad agency and watch the panic.  "Here it comes!  Another excuse to cut fees!"

Good customer experience leaves people feeling heard and appreciated; it minimizes friction, maximizes efficiency and maintains a human element.
 

Digital Lives 2018: A World of Digital ‘Everything’ through a Cultural Lens, a groundbreaking study by the trade group Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing (CMC) reveals that culture drives digital behavior regarding how information is shared, how on-demand content is consumed, and which platforms are chosen, permeating outside of in-culture spaces and across non-Hispanic white, Hispanic and non-Hispanic African-American segments. Presence in cultural platforms, in-culture ads on mainstream sites and organic diversity in social media and video content are some of the critical strategies that resonate across all audiences and increase brand engagement.

Being in multicultural advertising, I’m always looking for images to use in presentations and on behalf of client work. What I’ve discovered is how hard it is to find any kind of diversity in the Hispanics represented in stock imagery.  by Karla Fernandez Parker

In a survey of 120 CMOs worldwide by marketing consultancy NewBase, 43% of respondents said they outsource their programmatic efforts. No other marketing function had an outsource rate this high.

Over $46 billion will go to programmatic advertising in the US this year, according to eMarketer’s latest programmatic forecast—about $10 billion more than last year.  That means 82.5% of all US digital display ads will be bought via automated channels in 2018.

Many of you are familiar with WARC research data.  It probably won’t surprise you that the company’s recently published Global Ad Trends overview has a significant portion dedicated to the challenges of digital advertising.

Attention. Human-viewable. Audience. Fraud-free. Sales.

In this post Bill Pink, Head of Brand Guidance Analytics in North America, considers whether brand marketing is less important than it was in days gone by.

To continue to compete, CPG companies must increase agility, reskill the C-suite, and leverage millennial talent.

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