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The only safe haven from advertising: Mars

The only safe haven from advertising: Mars

Today advertising needs to rate on either entertainment or usefulness, says the author.

Evan’s blog: Simmering audiences into stupor

Evan’s blog: Simmering audiences into stupor

The Memac Ogilvy & Mather CSO argues that safe approaches to advertising are putting off audiences.

Dave Trott: We don't want what's good for us

Dave Trott: We don’t want what’s good for us

How ‘The Landlord’s Game’ became ‘Monopoly’. Henry George was an enlightened economist. Martin Luther King, Albert Einstein, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George Bernard Shaw, and Leo Tolstoy have quoted him. He proposed a third way, between capitalism and communism. His main principle was that a man should profit from his labour, but not profit from what […]

There’s value in the public announcement, if it doesn’t go like this…

There’s value in the public announcement, if it doesn’t go like this…

The author says that the invisible announcer is, for the duration of the message, a spokesperson for the brand. Layzangenmenwehavearrivindubailocaltimesevenclokntempeshurethirtysevdegrees is a sentence any seasoned flyer will recognise instantly. Yes, it is the blurb cabin attendants churn out when your plane lands, and which is often repeated in a similar fashion in a couple of […]

#CampaignSuperBowl: My TV gave me a concussion

#CampaignSuperBowl: My TV gave me a concussion

The CCO of Ogilvy North America combs Sunday’s field of Super Bowl ads, dodging ham-fisted lectures and seeking brand relevance.

Evan’s blog: Unique challenges in a region of transience

Evan’s blog: Unique challenges in a region of transience

There are only a handful of clients both willing and able to make brave advertising; but agencies don’t want to say it, writes Memac Ogilvy & Mather Dubai’s CSO.

The devil’s not in the detail; he is in retail

The devil’s not in the detail; he is in retail

The point of purchase is where judgement day awaits, says the author. As you emerged from the holiday season, brushed off the bits of turkey hanging on your clothes and tried to figure out what to remove from that stupidly optimistic new year resolutions list, there is one thing that should have hit you in the […]

First impressions...

First impressions…

We must win awards for global brands that one day will make us the global hub for their business, says the author. Do first impressions still matter? Hell yeah? You’ll never get a second one. I am new to the region so I’ve been asked to talk about my first impressions of the industry here. […]

Integrating in real time, sans boundaries

Integrating in real time, sans boundaries

The author ponders over what everyone will watch on the fantastic new products being launched. Happy New Year everyone, and what a year it promises to be! Reports out of CES 2015 in Las Vegas suggest that thinner, faster and more connected is still the driving force behind new technologies. It’s ironic that what we […]

Chintan’s blog: Is Facebook organic reach heading to zero per cent?

Chintan’s blog: Is Facebook organic reach heading to zero per cent?

What does the social network’s algorithm change on promotional content mean for brands? In end-November 2014, Facebook announced a change in its algorithm that is bound to have a huge impact on the promotional content published by brand pages. How does the change impact brands and marketers? Are all the brand pages doomed? What’s the new […]