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Tuesday July 17, 2018 at 1:37pm
Alex Lawrence, Content Executive, IPM Unfortunately we didn’t make the final but the England teamhad a great run and made it much further than we could have imagined. Despitethe disappointing result, the last few weeks of football fever and nationalpride have been a whirlwind of excitement. Making the most of this World Cup hype, brands from all over theworld have been pushing out countless activations to attract football fans. Theproblem is, many brands have been taking very ​tried and tested routes and relying on stereotypesto inform their campaigns. It becomes a little boring when World Cupactivations go no further than trying to reach out to ‘the lads down the pub.’ As I explored in my Pride article, it’s very obvious whenbrands haven’t put a lot of t... Read More..
Thursday July 12, 2018 at 10:17am
Helen Hart, Regulatory Affairs Manager, IPMThe ASA has ruled this week on two 'winning moments' or algorithmic promotions, which have excited some controversy in recent months across various sections of the media. The complaints were upheld in relation to both promotions. The adjudications were made under the existing rules of the CAP Code, which set out principles and the ASA then interpreted the principles, assessing each complaint on its merits.   In the first case, the ASA told the promoter to ensure thattheir future advertisements managed prospective participants’ expectations ofthe likelihood of winning, or otherwise made significant conditions, such ashow prizes were allocated or awarded, to avoid being misleading orcausing unnecessary disappointment. In the oth... Read More..
Thursday July 12, 2018 at 10:02am
Helen Hart, Regulatory Affairs Manager, IPMWe are well into a summer of sport with the World Cup,Wimbledon and the Athletics World Cup, among others - and we're getting intomusic festival season too. The IPM has seen a number of ‘win tickets’-stylebrand activations in the marketplace. While this can seem a great opportunityto give consumers access to these kind of events, promoters should beware.     It is not necessarily a breach of the CAP Code to give awayprizes without the brand owner's consent or knowledge, but unlike television,tickets or vouchers are a service and constitute a contract, and so will betreated differently in law.  If you are not a sponsor of an event, and you do not havewritten permission to give away tickets, you may, if challenge... Read More..
Monday July 9, 2018 at 3:38pm
Alex Lawrence, Content Executive, IPMPride month was celebrated throughout the whole of June and Pridein London took place this weekend which I was pleased to attend. The celebration of theLGBT+ community is approaching ubiquity and brands have become increasingly involved inthe Pride movement. From social media to shop fronts, it’s hard to miss thecountless representations of the vibrant LGBT+ rainbow flag. Redesigned logos,temporary company name changes and more, the sheer amount of Pride imagerysends out a positive message of acceptance and support.Consumers, however, are smart. They know when a brand actually cares about the LGBT+ communityand is adding value to what Pride stands for, beyond its colourful imagery. Often asimple logo redesign is not enough to convince sceptic... Read More..
Thursday May 24, 2018 at 7:43pm
Does AI-driven marketing threaten consumer choice?To read a summary of the debate click here.“Although consumers will still be empowered to have the illusion of choice, AI will clearly diminish the number and nature of those choices”. These were the words of Rob Sellers, Manager Director of Grey Shopper, proposing the motion ‘AI-driven marketing threatens consumer choice ‘at the Debating Group debate on 21 May 2018 at the House of Commons. The debate was sponsored by the Institute of Promotional Marketing and Chaired by the Lord Black of Brentwood, Deputy Chairman of the Telegraph Media Group.Rob Sellers prefaced his paper by paraphrasing a quotation from Jurassic Park, “Technologists pushing for an increasing role for Artificial Intelligence in consumer and s... Read More..
Thursday May 24, 2018 at 11:36am
As an ex-agency person, I’vecontributed too and even moderated a fair few panel discussions in my time. Butthis Monday was my first experience of a formal debate, and in the Houses of Parliamentno less! The subject of the debate, whichwas hosted by the Debating Group and sponsored by the IPM was: AI driven marketing threatens consumerchoice. With Rob Sellers (MD of Grey Shopper Marketing), we proposed themotion. To read asummary of the debate please click here. To read the full debate transcript, click here.I’ll put you out of your miserynow - we lost the debate. The final vote in the room was 35 against the motionand only 16 for. Here’s some of the reasons why I think we lost. AI, especially within the context ofmarketing, has become emblematic of tec... Read More..
Thursday May 24, 2018 at 10:29am
On Monday 21st May, the IPM sponsored a debate for The Debating Group, an organisation that regularly holds debates on politicalissues which surround marketing within the House of Commons. This debate centredon the effect Artificial Intelligence in marketing has on consumer choice, acontrastingly modern topic to be discussed in the historic building ofWestminster Palace building. Today, we live in a world where we can buy anything andeverything we want in one-click, a world in which our search history andpersonal data is sold to send us personalised marketing messages. In thiscurrent environment AI is working behind the scenes and is growing andincreasing in intelligence at a rapid speed. Are we sure AI’sbenefits outweigh the potential risks? It made for a lively and engagingdebate.T... Read More..
Wednesday May 16, 2018 at 9:40am
Alex Lawrence, Content Executive, IPMThe recent news of the merger between Asda and Sainsbury’sis a clear indication that retail is changing drastically, leaving many questioningwhat the future of grocery retailing may look like. The £51bn-sales mergercomes as a protectionist move against powerful organisations, namely Amazon,who are moving inexorably to the food retail market. Recent speculationsuggests that Amazon could buy UK supermarket chain Morrisons, signalling thedramatic shift in the framework of food retail in which tech-forward onlinegiants are the new major players. As Asda and Sainsbury’s claimed in their joint statement: “The retail sector is going through significantand rapid change, as customer shopping habits continue to evolve.”Earl... Read More..
Wednesday March 21, 2018 at 6:01pm
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Thursday September 7, 2017 at 11:52am
Describing social media as the “wild west” of advertising isa tired old cliché. But despite advances in technology, regulation and consumerunderstanding, it’s true that social media allows almost anyone to run a competitionor prize draw. As the BBC reported this week, some consumers are being scammed through illegallotteries, and it’s not uncommon for bloggers and small companies to offerprizes they struggle to fulfil. Even big brands can find themselves caught upin PR disasters – I’m sure Walkers would preferwe forget the sight of Gary Lineker waving a picture of Fred West all overTwitter.Stories like these can make both consumers and brands waryof social media. So what steps can you take to ensure your promotions stand outas ones you can trust?&... Read More..