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What the Alan Jones advertising exodus says about modern brand strategy

Brands pulling advertising from 2GB following Alan Jones’ derogatory comments against New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinta Ardern, is yet another sign of how intertwined brand association with societal and cultural trends has become, industry and marketing leaders say.

Digital Marketing

Performance vs brand marketing: Is it one or the other?

Can brands striving for inspirational brand building also achieve performance marketing success? Or is brand work inconsistent with the metrics, measurement and real-time nature of performance marketing?

Leadership

Event sponsorship: A marketing yay or nay?

Given marketing and brand strategy have evolved so much in the past five years, thanks mostly to technology and new metrics, is event sponsorship still relevant to marketers?

Leadership

T2's Nicole Sparshott: Lessons in making the leap from CMO to CEO

Selling tea to the English. Invoking ancient tea-making rituals in Asia. Giving tea a fresh face in the US. Re-invigorating retail tea stores in Australia. These were just a few of the challenges T2 Tea set itself in re-invigorating the brand and bringing it to a global audience.

Leadership

Are brand ambassadors worth it?

Earlier this week, WA Tourism dropped George Calombaris from its most recent campaign in the wake of the chef’s underpayment of staff wages scandal.

Social Media

Keeping it real: Social influence manipulation, fake reviews and the power of influence

Dubbed the “Donald Trump of TripAdvisor” by The Washington Post, Oobah Butler turned a non-existent restaurant, The Shed, into the top rated dining establishment in London on TripAdvisor through social manipulation. Speaking at this week’s Online Retailer conference, Oobah Butler delivered his keynote on ‘Cutting through the bullsh*t of social influence manipulation’ where he detailed his scheme while working as a journalist for Vice.

Digital Marketing

​Where Australian brands are up to in the voice journey

While consumer adoption of voice technology in Australia is booming, brands are lagging behind incorporating voice into their marketing strategies, seeing it as more of a novelty than as a viable branding tool. However, it is the brands that get on the front foot of voice which will have an advantage as the technology matures, experts say.

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Blog Posts

When friction can be a brand’s best friend

I always enjoy those oft-forgotten, in-between moments in any experience. These moments are not necessarily part of any defined experience per se. They likely wouldn’t show up in an organisation’s plans or ideas to help make the customer journey or user flow as simple, easy and seamless as possible.

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CEO, FutureBrand A/NZ

How much attention should we be paying to the ‘attention economy’?

There’s been a lot of buzz in the advertising industry lately about what’s coined the ‘attention economy’. And it’s fast becoming the new battleground for media channels to prove their wares and to develop and espouse new attention metrics.

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CEO, Zenith

Sometimes the best solutions are some of the most counterintuitive

Exceptional CMOs do exceptional things for themselves and for those they inspire. At your best you are creative, innovative and inspirational. We have a problem though. We now live in a corporate world that demands sensibility where everything you do is measurable and stakeholders demand predictability – the antithesis of breakthrough and transformation.

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