The Di-gest: January 2019

Every month, we look back and highlight the big marketing, design and social media stories of the month. This time we look at an app rebrand, some controversial ads, a new loyalty scheme, brands trolling Trump and each other and how social media influencers are changing the way they promote brands. Keep reading for your …

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The best and worst of the 2019 Super Bowl ads

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A year ago, the Philadelphia Eagles shocked the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl for the first time in their history. An estimated 103.4 million Americans tuned in for the NFL’s flagship event; easily the biggest TV audience of the year. With one in three Americans likely to be tuning into the Super …

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CES 2019 – More than self-driving vehicles and 8k TVs

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which took place last week in Las Vegas, has come a long way! The exhibit floor of CES showcases how technology is transforming consumer products. But CES is about so much more than the latest new gadget or gizmo. Beyond the buzz of the show floor there were panels and …

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The new Gillette ad – a welcome reframing of masculinity or ‘virtue-signalling hypocrisy’?

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If you want to get maximum exposure for your new advertising campaign, controversy is one way to do it. This week, Gillette have made waves with a brand-new film that isn’t about beards, shaving or razors, but instead encourages men to be better people. But does it work? Simon investigates… There have been plenty of …

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What loyalty means in 2019

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2018 was an interesting year in loyalty, as we saw a lot of moves towards and away from loyalty programmes. And, we’re already predicting that 2019 will be no different. Simon looks at three moves that caught the eye in 2018, and that may help to shape thinking for other brands… Asos drop loyalty programme …

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Why the gambling TV ad ban could lead to better customer experiences

From next summer, the gambling industry has confirmed that it will impose a voluntary ban on advertising during pre-watershed sports events. So, what will this mean for both the industry and agencies who rely on these fees? Simon explains… It’s been a huge topic for the industry in recent weeks and months, and recently we’ve …

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Brand integration: Marketing & ad-free streaming

It’s safe to say I don’t like adverts. I click the skip button on YouTube within 0.00000061 seconds of it appearing. I pay for uninterrupted listening on Spotify Premium. And, I’ve all but given up on watching anything broadcast by channels that insist on showing adverts both on TV and their catch-up services. I’m not …

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