Covid-19

Leadership

Brands partner with charities to offer COVID-19 support

A raft of brands, both local and global, are teaming up with charities and non-for-profits during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to offer support to people and donations of funds as the crisis continues to unfold.

Digital Marketing

New HBF campaign promotes positive COVID-19 message

HBF, WA’s largest not-for-profit health fund, has launched a new campaign with the theme ‘Everything’s gonna be alright’ in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. The fund said it wanted to raise the spirits of the local community and honour those at home as well as the health community during this time.

Digital Marketing

How COVID-19 is impacting digital ad spend

Some 86 per cent of brands have changed their digital ad spend over the last month, with more than half reporting they are reviewing advertising plans on a daily basis, according to the COVID-19 Digital Ad Impact survey conducted by IAB Australia.

Customer Experience Management

Sydney Uni taps AI for new COVID chatbot

The University of Sydney has developed a chatbot utilising artificial intelligence (AI) to help it handle the raft of COVID-19-related student inquires it’s fielding as a result of the pandemic, which has seen classes move online, facilities closed and students unable to attend university.

Digital Marketing

New COVID-19-themed support campaigns launched

A range of new campaigns have launched by brands, charities, supermarkets and advertisers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide support for social distancing, health measures as well as help support local businesses effected by the shutdown.

Digital Marketing

A global B2B marketer’s take on coping with the COVID-19 crisis

B2B marketers must adapt to the shifting sands the COVID-19 crisis has presented them by shifting the brand message from one of product and service capability to one of how they’re helping the community solve an immediate pain point. Unfortunately, too many are still pushing sales or self-serving messages.

Digital Marketing

IAB, AANA trade words over advertisers avoiding news coverage of COVID-19

Brand advertisers are reportedly avoiding advertising on news media websites around coronavirus coverage, prompting an urgent call from both publishers and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) for them to stop the practice and get behind publishers and the media community. And it’s a call that’s now provoked a response from the CEO of the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA), John Broome, defending brand owners from cutting spend and preserving cash while reiterating the advertising community’s appreciation of trusted news sources and a commitment to working through issues.

Strategy

Chatime's CMO on customer loyalty and turning marketing on its head in the COVID-19 crisis

It’s a situation many brand marketers want to get to: A healthy and highly engaged customer loyalty program delivering potentially millions in sales and value to business and customers alike. And for iced bubble tea franchise outlet, Chatime, efforts to deliver just that will not only help build long-term brand equity, but provide some tools to help cope with the current COVID-19 crisis.

Social Media

How to manage social media during Covid-19

Brands and agencies are scrambling to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic gripping the world and to develop appropriate communication strategies to connect with customers. The Pew Research Center in the US reports in 2019 over half of adults turned to social media for their news. And in times of national and global emergencies, social media has a more important role than ever.

Customer Experience Management

Q&A: Brands and putting the customer first during Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic currently playing out around the world has upended the 2020 plans for almost every brand and every marketer. At a time of health and economic stress along with working and family life upheaval, certainties about business and the role of brands are no more. The scale of the crisis is unprecedented in modern time, it doesn’t mean throwing out the rule book entirely, but survival will take more than just a couple of emails to customers.

Digital Marketing

What Earth Hour had to do to cope with COVID-19 lockdown

“Prototyping in public” is how Earth Hour’s head of marketing, Marion Joyce, describes her team’s efforts to create and launch the first-ever digital livestream event just a week before the big lights-out on 28 March.

Digital Marketing

Report: Covid-19 tech winners & losers

Cloud services and virtual collaboration software vendors along with IT infrastructure businesses may get a bounce from the effects of Covid-19, while IT services and consumer electronics brands may be hardest hit, according to the revised GlobalData Tech, Media & Telecom Trends 2020 report.

Digital Marketing

Why content marketing can make the difference amid the COVID-19 closures

With events and roundtables being cancelled in all industries across the globe in the wake of COVID-19, and no indication when they may be able to start up again, content marketing is going to be vital for lead generation. However, according to a new report, only 12 per cent of marketers believe their content marketing programs target the right audiences with relevant and persuasive content.

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Conversations over a cuppa with CMO: Microsoft's Pip Arthur

​In this latest episode of our conversations over a cuppa with CMO, we catch up with the delightful Pip Arthur, Microsoft Australia's chief marketing officer and communications director, to talk about thinking differently, delivering on B2B connection in the crisis, brand purpose and marketing transformation.

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Blog Posts

Creating a culture club builds ownership of teamwork

Workplace cultures are the sum of everyone’s beliefs, behaviours, attitudes and skills. This means that no single person is responsible for culture, it belongs to the team.

Colin D Ellis

Culture change expert, author

A Brand for social justice

In 2020, brands did something they’d never done before: They spoke up about race.

Dipanjan Chatterjee and Xiaofeng Wang

VP and principal analyst and senior analyst, Forrester

Determining our Humanity

‘Business as unusual’ is a term my organisation has adopted to describe the professional aftermath of COVID-19 and the rest of the tragic events this year. Social distancing, perspex screens at counters and masks in all manner of situations have introduced us to a world we were never familiar with. But, as we keep being reminded, this is the new normal. This is the world we created. Yet we also have the opportunity to create something else.

Katja Forbes

Managing director of Designit, Australia and New Zealand

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