By Gonzalo López Martí - Creative director, etc / LMMiami.com

  • For decades and decades, packaging was supposed to be the last stretch of the CPG shopping experience.
  • Packaging had the tough task of closing the deal during that last, millisecond-long moment of truth at the supermarket aisle.
  • Clinch the sale.
  • Cap the consumer journey.

In the past few years, the advertising industry has made tremendous strides in measuring viewability. But buying viewable ads doesn't always translate to positive results. As a matter of fact, it often translates into worse results.  By Scott Knoll is the CEO of Integral Ad Science

Pockets of growth seems to be a recurring theme amidst an era of economic change, modest growth and evolving consumption patters. Across the board, growth in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) is getting harder to achieve but if you scratch below the surface, there are many examples of companies, segments and channels performing strongly.

It’s a big marketing move for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment as it seeks to build its share of Hispanic vacationers and local visitors through direct Spanish-language communication — something never done before on a major level. BY Adam R Jacobson, for HispanicAd      

The results are an eye-opener for marketers and their brands as they show how marketers' societal biases and age-related stereotypes are contributing to a significant overestimating of millennial spending power and an underestimating of the value of consumers 55 and older.

This week Richard H. Thaler, professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his pioneering work in behavioral economics. In an interview Thaler promised to spend the prize money as irrationally as possible, a statement that acknowledges that he might otherwise try to make rational decisions.  by Nigel Hollis

One morning recently, an impromptu discussion broke out in the office about what makes for great advertising. We discussed a few of our favorite recent ads and, as one can imagine, the range of suggestions about which was best was broad. Short form and long form. Funny and sentimental. Product-driven and brand-focused. Rational and emotional. While they ranged in length and objective, one thing was clear: They were “must-watch” ads—not filler in between program breaks, but great creative that we want to talk about, share and watch—over and over again.  By Carl Marci, Chief Neuroscientist

For every ad campaign they execute, brand and agency leaders have to decide on an array of variables: how much to spend on creative development and testing; whether to seek high reach or more precise targets; the context for the message; and how to add an element of recency to deliver the ad prior to the next expected purchase. But it wasn’t too long ago that creative was the most important part of the mix by far. It was a pretty simple formula: Good creative sold products, bad creative didn’t. In 2006, Project Apollo found that 65% of a brand’s sales lift from advertising came from the creative.

In my last post on the Five Traits of Successful Intrapreneurs, I discussed how all agency employees, no matter their level, have a unique view ‘under the hood’ of their team or department. Everyone has their own experience, their own eyes, and can catch things others may miss.  By Austin Bauer – PCC, Performance Coach and Facilitator

Lack of diversity and inclusion throughout corporate America has been a topic of both pointed interest and hand-wringing consternation. Although this problem is not the sole domain of any one sector, due in part to their popular visibility and financial resources the tech and advertising sectors are often targeted as embodying the challenge of creating a diverse workplace.  T

Findings highlight that as consumer media consumption continues to fragment across digital channels, the accuracy of marketing measurement - ranging from single-channel campaign effectiveness to more complex forms of cross-channel mix and attribution modeling – is materially degraded without the ability to recognize consumers on digital devices.

It's becoming increasingly harder to make intelligent media-buying decisions when using emerging technologies like blockchain and programmatic. While technologies like these move the advertising industry forward, some insiders believe that many marketers lack the knowledge to support this growth.

We are at the cusp of a major revolution from mobile to immersive computing. Last year was seen as the dawn of a third wave of devices employing augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR), which define the two spectrums of immersive technology that could replace mobile computing.

New data finds that a majority of advertisers are holding media buyers accountable for brand safety. But they believe communicating their brand identity to agencies and ad buying networks can help.

Currently the results are a bit mixed: Programmatic is making strong gains in out-of-home (OOH), direct mail, and radio, but has yet to gain much traction in the all-important world of television advertising. But there is optimism that the more digitized the ad creative and ad units for these platforms get, the greater the role software-based media buying and audience targeting will play.  By David Ward

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