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Insight: Captify- data reveals top three searched for brands during LFW

Captify, which analyses 30bn searches a month, reveals top three searched for designers during LFW: Mulberry, Burberry and JW Anderson Thanks to the buzz about LFW some designers saw online searches go through the roof, with Ryan Lo experiencing the biggest jump (of 2000%+) over the week Searches for designer sneakers rose by 60%, followed […]

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Insight: British Brands are experiencing an identity crisis, a new study from The Partners reveals

7 out of 10 people aren’t concerned about foreign companies taking over British brands 41.8% believe that brands should emphasise their Britishness more to appeal to a wider range of global consumers. Only 25% of UK consumers selected Britishness and British heritage as the top aspect of importance The Partners has launched a comprehensive study […]

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Insight: Wiraya- CRM managers lack the data and strategy to communicate with customers effectively

A survey of 500 leading CRM managers released by marketing technology company Wiraya, revealed that CRM is perceived as a key business driver for over 30% of businesses, yet many lack the clear direction and customer insight to support their goals and create direct profitability for their business. Almost half (47%) of respondents cited the […]

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Insight: FastPay- Ad payment terms increase by 20 days over last three years

FastPay has analysed its data bank of client invoices and has found that agencies and other providers are waiting an average of 86 days to be compensated for their work. FastPay’s data factored in 31,529 client-invoice payments from 2,392 different companies, in the period from January 2013, when the average agency invoice was paid within […]

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Interview: Matthew Huntly -Promogems

FM Forum caught up with Matthew Huntly, Promogems, to find out what 2017 has in store for the office sampling specialists. What are promogems up to at the moment? After a fantastic 2016 we’re gearing up for an even bigger year. We’re always looking at new ways to improve what we do and the impact […]

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Insight: Drinkers ignore responsible drinking messages in pub environment

Drinkers are much less likely to notice responsible drinking messages on posters displayed in a busy, cluttered pub interior than in a plain and simple room, like a doctor’s surgery, show results of a study published today by psychologists at London South Bank University (LSBU). Results of the pub environment experiment show that responsible drinking […]

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Insight: Facial tracking shows Skittles and Mr Clean were most effective Super Bowl ads

Mr Clean and Skittles produced the most engaging Super Bowl ads according to a study that measured people’s facial expressions. Mr Clean’s Cleaner of your Dreams and Skittles’ Romance both scored 98.0% on the emotionally compelling, or engaging, scale, which is a combined measure of how well the ad grabbed viewers’ attention, kept it and […]

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Guest Blog: Why you should take notice of OOH’s rising effectiveness – Oli Ford, Kinetic

Like many media practitioners I looked forward to hearing the updated findings of Binet & Field’s The Long and Short of It report towards the back end of 2016. I was encouraged (and relieved) to hear that broad reach is still crucial for effectiveness, with out-of-home (OOH) media playing an important part in achieving this. […]

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Insight: Brand Finance- Apple no longer the World’s most valuable brand

Google’s brand value rose by 24% during 2016 (from US$88.2bn to US$109.4bn) whilst Apple’s declined from $145.9bn to $107.1bn, according to the latest Brand Finance Global 500 report. Google last occupied the position of the world’s most valuable brand in 2011. The company remains largely unchallenged in its core search business, the mainstay of its […]

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Insight: Fastline International- How the EU saved Britain’s Christmas

EU shoppers ordered over 25% more gifts from UK internet retailers this year say e-delivery specialists Fastlane International. We might be in the middle of a rather messy divorce from the European Union; but European shoppers didn’t let Brexit put them off buying British goods this Christmas. The global internet delivery expert Fastlane International says […]

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Insight: xAd reveal high street winners this Christmas

As retailers share their Christmas trading updates, footfall analysis from location intelligence company xAd reveals which locations received the most footfall and had the biggest uplifts in visitors over the festive period. Customer footfall to specific grocery brands, department stores and shopping centres were measured between 9th December and 2nd January. The top 5 grocery […]

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Insight: World’s top thirty most marketable athletes, London School of Marketing

Only three British sports stars have made it into a definitive list of the world’s top thirty most marketable athletes of the past year. Researchers at London School of Marketing compiled the Sports Marketing Power List after taking into account sponsorship deals of global athletes during 2016. Swiss tennis star Roger Federer was named as […]

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Buster’s Garden at John Lewis

Every year the anticipation builds to see what John Lewis will do for a Christmas advert – and this year for the first time the advert has come alive thanks to a virtual reality installation in its Oxford Street store. Much like the Coca-Cola truck tour, The John Lewis Christmas advert has become synonymous with […]

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Insight: Chief Digital Officers Becoming The Norm- Omar Janabi, Mapp

Omar Janabi, senior director of marketing, Mapp, discusses what role he thinks the chief digital officer (CDO) will play in the marketing world in 2017. With data becoming increasingly central to successful digital marketing, the chief digital officer (CDO) will become a more popular role. Working to bridge the gap between marketing and IT departments, the […]

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Interview: Russ Lidstone, Creative Engagement Group

by Frank Wainwright, Editorial Director, FMBE The appointment of Russ Lidstone to lead the emergence of the Creative Engagement Group was delivered fairly quietly in FMBE circles though it is hard to think of a more significant one for our industry in 2016. The Creative Engagement Group, incorporating agencies WRG Worldwide, The Moment and Just […]

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Insight: Digital Customer Engagement Index 2016 by Mapp Digital

Mapp Digital, LLC has launched The Digital Customer Engagement Index [1] – a forensic analysis of the digital marketing methods of the Top 50 leading ecommerce brands in the UK. The study, which focuses on three key channels: email, mobile apps and social media, reveals that relatively few of the UK’s top ecommerce companies are […]

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Interview:Lester Wolstenholme, Reflex International

FM Forum spoke to Lester Wolstenholme who heads promotional products and branded clothing supplier, Reflex International What services does Reflex currently provide to the FMBE sector? Reflex supplies many of the leading agencies with uniform for experiential staff and promotional giveaways for campaigns. From a few tee shirts to projects requiring literally millions of products. […]

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Event Review: A Look Back at Supermalt at the Carnival

(first published in FMBE Magazine Autumn 2017) Following on from last summer’s “Got It” Notting Hill Carnival experiential activity, The Bank Agency, brought Supermalt to the carnival once again, with an immersive experience in the heart of the festivities. Promohire had wrapped and supplied a bespoke vintage Citroen H-Van. Promohire had modified the van to […]

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Data and Insight Supplied by Space and People

Q3 Activity Report Food and drink sampling campaigns have dominated this quarter, capitalising on the summer holiday period and raising awareness of new product lines. British Summer Fruits brought their Berry Brain campaign to New Street Square, London with a giant brain constructed from a range of different berry punnets clustered together. Brand ambassador, mathematician […]

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Teaching a man to fish: The true value of in-store training Fields Sales Insight from Rhys Jones, Retail Alchemy

Like most agencies that specialise in technology, many of our clients invest large sums of money in the training of in-store sales colleagues in the hope that this will lead those colleagues to upsell their products to consumers. After all, the old adage of ‘teaching a man to fish’ vs giving him a fish would […]

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Promotional Apprentices

by Frank Wainwright The Apprentice is now mid-season and once again the series has drawn reference and candidate humiliation opportunities from the retail and brand experience sector. Pop-up stores, PR Stunts, Exhibition Experiences, Direct Selling and Promotional Costumes abound. In truth, the candidates’ collective failure to knock out a next day market stall or create […]

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Events with majesty

by Frank Wainwright Not all event spaces offer a chance to step in the footsteps of royalty let alone to caper and slide in front of the palace but thanks to a fantastic build by Arena Group at Hampton Court with creative agency Amazing Media we could do just that. We went with two children. […]

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Insight: MBNA- 6 Ways Online Shopping is Changing Retail

The number of online searches by shoppers may have grown 52% compared with just one year ago, but shopping “offline” is still winning the day comfortably. Online shopping only has a 14.2% share in the market currently (July 2016), up from 12.6% a year ago. The internet, however is bringing about a great change in shopping […]

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insight: Mapp’s advice for retailers ahead of Black Friday

As we approach the biggest and busiest shopping season of the year – Black Friday, Cyber Monday, as well as the lead up to panic Christmas shopping, marketers are gearing to tweak their strategies in order to offer consumers the most competitive, personalised deals. At the heart of any successful Black Friday and Cyber Monday […]

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Guest Blog: Launchpad lessons from Event Tech Live 2016- Robin Carlisle

Event Tech Live kindly asked me to join an esteemed panel of judges to pick the winner of the Launchpad Pitch; a new area for 2016, championing start-up companies and providers of exciting new event technology. With 22 forward-thinking businesses all battling it out with just five minutes to present their pitch, I wanted to […]

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Guest Blog: How brands should have galvanised Brits on Bonfire Night- Stuart Galvin, smp

  As the final embers of Bonfire Night fade, marking the start of the run-up to Christmas, it’s clear that brands could make much more of this major occasion. While the Donald Trump effigies that perished across the UK helped ignite a more modern protest, Bonfire Night remains one of the most politically important annual […]

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Insight: TMC- Black Friday set to dampen Christmas spending and January sales

Black Friday deals will kick-start Christmas shopping, but shoppers anticipate a curb in spending through December and in the January sales. The survey by The Market Creative found that more than two-thirds of consumers plan to take advantage of Black Friday deals with 62% shopping for Christmas gifts. However 26% anticipate this will mean they […]

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Unboxing Day

A press release arrived today. It was about the YouTube phenomenon called unboxing. Don’t know about unboxing? This is product launching with mass appeal, involving video channel hosts who do nothing but get rich by taking tech and toys out of its packaging and looking surprised about it.   It is serious business. In 2014, […]

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Insight: Prophet- Most relevant brands of 2016 revealed with bad news for UK banks and tabloids

Global consultancy Prophet has today launched its Brand Relevance Index (BRI), a ranking of the most relevant brands in consumers’ lives today. Surprisingly, post-Brexit, only two British brands were featured in the Top 20 – department store John Lewis takes the number 8 spot, whilst the BBC sits at 19. Apple came in as the […]

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Insight:Digital marketers’ business influence to increase significantly, Greenlight research finds

Digital marketers will play a greater role in business, according to new research commissioned by Greenlight Digital, a leading independent digital agency. The research reveals almost half (46%) of digital marketers believe their influence across the business will increase in the next five years. Greenlight commissioned the survey of 218 full and part-time digital marketing […]

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Insight: Sutralis- British brands continue to profit from the French market post-Brexit

A growing number of British brand owners and SMEs are seeking expert support to break into the French retail space, regardless of Brexit, according to leading export company Sutralis. Rouen-based Sutralis, which specialises in collaborating with international brands to successfully launch in France, has been tracking opportunities and trends within the French retail sector for […]

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Sports Campaign of the Decade – why I am excited

BY FMBE director, Frank Wainwright When we announce our special award each year I often hope for something that will light up our event, showing what can come about when the best of the best emerge. I’m delighted to say that this year we have truly cracked it, six best of the best contenders from […]

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Guest Blog: 5 ways your brand ambassadors could land you in hot water -James Rix, Founder, StreetPR

Face to face marketing is an incredibly powerful tool, and there has been an explosion in the number of campaigns using brand ambassadors, handing out samples, leaflets and coupons on the streets, at busy travel hubs, in shopping centres and at festivals and music and sporting events. Unfortunately, due to recent changes in the law, […]

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Insight: The Future Laboratory co-founder challenges government policy on immigration

On the morning of the inaugural Global Futures Forum, hosted by The Future Laboratory, co-founder Martin Raymond has issued a dire warning to British businesses: ‘The future success of organisations in the UK will be compromised if we limit immigration in the way current government policy is proposing.’ ‘Geographical diversity, along with ethnicity and gender, […]

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Insight: BookingBug Research reveals UK banks lag behind rest of the high street

Mystery shoppers reveal UK banks have a long way to go Large queues, under equipped staff and mismatched marketing to blame The UK’s largest banks including HSBC and RBS were the furthest behind   BookingBug releases the first ever research into how the top 10 retail banks are creating a more competitive customer experience, and […]

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Review: Inside the immersive KitKatchocolatory

An invitation to the new KitKatChocolatory ahead of its official opening, isn’t one you turn down. WeAreFearless had worked closely with Nestlé to bring the KitKatChocolatory shop, which had already been in situ in Japan and Australia, to their European fans. Located in the bustling heart of Westfield Stratford’s ‘The Street’, you couldn’t miss the […]

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Insight: Digital Greenlight research finds marketers feel overworked and underpaid

Marketers in the UK feel overworked and underpaid, according to new research commissioned by Greenlight Digital, an independent digital agency. The research reveals that digital marketers are working eight extra hours every week on average, with almost half (46%) of digital marketers feeling overworked and nearly a third (30%) feeling underpaid. Greenlight commissioned the survey […]

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Insight: marketers fear releasing their own data, The Chartered Institute of Marketing

New research released by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), at its annual Digital Summit in London, reveals that over two-thirds (68%) of marketers confess to protecting the personal data they give away as a consumer, because they know how brands and organisations will use it. CIM’s ‘Whose data is it anyway?’ study surveyed more […]

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Verto Analytics launches Its Syndicated Audience Measurement Services in the UK

Verto Analytics, the world’s first single-source audience measurement company, has announced the availability of its syndicated media measurement services in the UK. Following successful years of operations in the US, organisations can now get the same unique insights into British consumers. Published with hourly and daily granularity, Verto’s data gives a more detailed and timely […]

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Insight: Death of high street in face of online shopping greatly exaggerated- The Market Creative

UK shoppers’ ongoing love for the high street experience will keep town centre shopping alive, according to a new report. ‘Online Vs Instore’ by shopper behaviour experts The Market Creative found that 75% of consumers will not desert the high street for online shopping, with nearly half (47%) preferring to get a feel for products […]

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Guest Blog: Brands branch out for deeper customer experiences,-Susan Poole, Head of Planning, ZAK

It’s no news that tighter consumer purse strings have played an enormous role in consumer decision-making. But so too has trust. Trusted brands are leveraging trust in innovative ways. Some are expanding into new categories while others are tapping into the concept of offering ancillary goods and services alongside their standard fare. Using a trusted […]

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BEcause and WWF explore The Future of Experiential Fundraising

I visited BEcause Experiential Marketing and WWF’s Virtual Reality Tiger Experience at Westfield to try the activation first hand. The experience was truly immersive, and when I arrived, there was a buzz around the set which had a prominent position on the ground floor of the shopping mall. After the CGI 360 experience, where I […]

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Guest Blog: The Life Span of a Pop-Up- Billy Smart, Mobile Technik

Pop-ups – a one off gamble or long term investment? Billy Smart, brand development manager of Mobile Technik explores the longevity and true value of a pop-up. The story of the pop-up began with the street-food market, with pop-ups presenting a more affordable option for traders and customers alike. In 2015, reports from EE predicted […]

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Event: Wolf Brand Experience and Appleton Estate

Wolf Brand Experience and Appleton Estate rum have been traveling the length and breadth of the country in a branded Appleton Estate Van to educate foodies and drinks connoisseurs about the rum and encouraging the public to look at rum differently. The activation included the bus complete with on-board bar and fully trained mixologists, a […]

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Insight: Momentum Worldwide-Bricks and mortar shopping under threat as brits choose tech

A global research study conducted by brand experience agency Momentum Worldwide and their shopper marketing design consultancy ChaseDesign has found that 84% of the UK now use mobile apps to purchase goods. However, the results highlight a large gap in the customer’s retail journey with only 1% of UK shoppers using a shop’s mobile app […]

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Frank Wainwright: Fares, Fairs, Fairs and Flares – Bristol Harbour Festival

Bristol Harbour Festival (this year 15th-17th July) has been going since 1971. It routinely attracts 250,000 visitors. It must be doing something right. And so it is.  It is a festival that embraces and transcends community and celebrates oldness and newness extremely eclectically. From invigorating dance, through world music to maritime seafaring tales and even […]

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Guest Blog:choosing the right charity partner- Michelle Warner,Goose Live Events

Michelle Warner,Marketing Manager at Goose Live Events, shares with Field Marketing and Brand Experience Magazine the three steps to choosing the right charity partner. With so many worthy causes to choose from these days, it’s easy to take a scatter-gun approach to choosing a charity partner. But there is a danger that an absence of […]

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Frank Wainwright: BreakFest Together

Not every brand experience has to be an Oculus Rift, high voltage show-off-and-share-the-moment #pointandlaugh at your hapless mates participation sport. It isn’t that these things are not fun, it’s just that we can’t keep that going all day and all of the night even when one weekend has been blessedly set aside for capturing the […]

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Keeping Up With The Meredith Collective

I had the pleasure of catching up with Pop-up Queen Meredith O’Shaughnessy and small dog Phoebe ahead of Keeping Up With the Jones’ to discuss all things immersive and exciting. How did The Meredith Collective come about? I worked in venues and nightclubs from the age of 17 to 33 but after that I was […]

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Taste of London- Top five brand activations

The good people at Switchedon Communications invited me back to Taste of London in Regent’s Park for the second year running to see what the country’s top foodie brands had to offer. A Taste of London Session is four hours and the plethora of foodie activations can mean getting around the event in this time […]

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Insight: UK grocery retail shifts focus to every day low pricing strategy

A new industry report has been launched by independent shopper research agency, Shoppercentric. Carried out amongst 88 food and drink brand owners and design agencies involved in the commissioning or design of Point of Sale (POS) – provided by the IPM – and 10 pre-recruited shopper-agents, the research findings cast a light on POS influences […]

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Propercorn’s Institute of Flavour

The Institute of Flavour, an immersive collaborative experience with Propercorn and flavour-based experience design experts, Bompass and Par, lived up to expectation and didn’t disappoint. On a mission to find the next new flavour, Popcorn brand Propercorn, invited their loyal fans to help them create one, with the aim to demonstrate that delicious food doesn’t […]

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Guest blog: Activating Activation- Danielle Pinnington, MD at Shoppercentric

Danielle Pinnington, MD at Shoppercentric, explores grocery trends using findings from their latest research  Over the last 12 months the big four retailers have all signalled a desire to prioritise EDLP over Hi-Lo, which means promotional activity in-store is likely to fall back from the rather chaotic peak of the last few years. For shoppers this is […]

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Insight: Private label under pressure in UK supermarkets as discounters grow – according to new IRI report

Supermarkets continue to lose private label sales to the discounters, as their value share of private label fell in the UK, according to a new report – ‘Private Label in Western Economies’ – launched  by IRI, a provider of FMCG market intelligence and predictive, actionable insight. The report, which analyses private label sales trends and […]

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Insight: Robin Carlisle and Frank Wainwright -Data Collection and Event Sharing

Following last months FMBE symposium, Frank Wainwright, FMBE Awards Director and Robin Carlisle Managing Director of Mobile Promotions, discuss data collection and event sharing. Frank Wainwright B2B events are certainly on an experiential growth curve. Blue screens are gone. There is more and more emphasis on content sharing, networking, emotional connection and collective thought. The […]

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Insight: Spaceandpeople – Experiential roadshows are on the rise

Experiential marketing roadshows are on the rise, Q4 saw an increase in the number of bookings across all Spaceandpeople venues. Healthy living and health related products were particularly dominant this quarter. As bodybuilding and protein supplement experts USN demonstrated by taking their new ISOCO Coconut water across 5 venues in the UK with great success. […]

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Insight: CIM issues a warning to businesses who are using misleading marketing methods on social media

Businesses are increasingly using misleading marketing methods on social media, risking significant legal, financial and reputational damage. That is according to CIM (The Chartered Institute of Marketing), which has today released new research into the prevalence of questionable marketing on social media sites.   The Keep Social Honest study by CIM – the body that […]

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Insight: Marketing Under Threat as HR Influence Rises

New research has shown that Marketing is under serious threat from HR, raising real questions for businesses and the teams charged with upholding the voice of their brand. In a series of worrying findings for Marketing, Omobono, the creative and technology agency for business brands, has found that HR is now the second most powerful […]

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A good Field Marketing Award Entry: Chilled Product Launch

We have been asked to provide greater insight into what makes a good entry, specifically for the field marketing categories. So, here is an example of a well-structured Field Marketing award entry – to suit categories A-F. It is about launching a new product variant via store presence at a major grocer. We have anonymised […]

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Guest Blog: Pete Davis: Make participation your ultimate goal

Rather than just looking to reach their target audience, brands should aim to get them more deeply involved, says Pete Davis, managing director at  Get Me Media. If brands struggle with one thing in the audience engagement stakes, it’s getting people actively involved. They can develop highly creative and striking cross-channel ad campaigns, target consumers […]

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Living on brand Huel: An Experiment with Body and Soul

The other night I was harmlessly minding other people’s business on Facebook when up scrolled an advert for ‘The Future of Food’ or more specifically, bags of balanced powdered ‘Human Food’ called Huel.  Made of pure desiccated whatever, just shake into a gloop with water and drink it. No need to encroach on even the […]

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Insight: Study finds middle-aged shoppers are the most ethical

Ethical shoppers are more likely to be middle-aged, a new study has found. In a survey of supermarket consumers researchers found that young and old shoppers were less likely to purchase fairtrade and organic goods at supermarkets, with the findings going against the commonly held view that people become more ethical as they get older. […]

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Announcement: Event Industry Netwalk returns to boost Pancreatic Cancer charities

Join event professionals on Friday 3 June to netwalk for 10 miles through London to raise money for pancreatic cancer charities. Starting at Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal F.C., this year’s walk will take you past some of London’s iconic landmarks and parks finishing at Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea F.C. Details: Date: Friday 03 June […]

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Insight: TMC research shows shoppers favour price and social approval over brands

Price and social approval have been ranked as having the biggest influence on shopper buying decisions while brand names trail behind, reports new research from The Market Creative. ‘Shopping Uncovered – How we Really Shop’ surveyed more than a thousand home and leisure shoppers to better understand the drivers to buy1. Based on The Market […]

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FMBE Blog: 7 of the best – roadshow rulers

According to the stats from the last few years at FMBE, these agencies are the royal rajahs of the most effective roadshow. These are the agencies that have orchestrated campaigns that have allowed creativity to thrive through great planning and logistics – and delivered fantastic return on engagement back to the client. Sense The agency […]

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Guest Blog: Suzanne Malhotra: The importance of authenticity in event design

Suzanne Malhotra, director, 4D Design discusses the power of authenticity to make experiences more memorable It is nothing new to suggest that ‘experiential’ has drifted into the pool of marketing buzzwords event attendees have added to their spam filter. Whereas once, pop-ups, socially integrated events and quirky photo ops were exciting and new, now they […]

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Insight: Spaceandpeople – brand experience trends in venues

Data and Insight into brand experience trends in venues provided by SpaceandPeople. This report first appeared in FMBE Magazine Winter issue, February 2016 There was a sharp rise in experiential promotions in Q3 across all sectors of our business.  This was in part due to a major contract win with Network Rail which represents 17 […]

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Insight: Kate Nightingale- The science behind successful retail design

Kate Nightingale, the leading consumer psychologist, has published her in-depth report on how sensory retail design influences consumer behaviour. It’s called Sensory Retail Design Report and it’s online now. Sensory Retail Design Report explores the science behind why certain retail environments lead to higher emotional engagement and therefore are more commercially effective. Kate discusses the […]

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Event staff – Creating quality communications

A guest blog by Lee Thomas, managing director, Aesthetics Providing staff is a very competitive business.  At Aesthetics we never compromise the quality of our staff to win a pitch however this becomes increasingly difficult when clients are cost sensitive.  What impact could substandard staff have on your client and your event? If event cost […]

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FMBE Blog Post: Is Cadbury’s Experiential Stand a Burst Bubble?

By Frank Wainwright, Editor Cadbury’s hero Dairy Milk bar has inspired some landmark advertising, often creative and often eclectic, but laying down some bubble wrap? ‘Tastes Like this Feels’, are you serious? Dairy Milk isn’t even bubbly. I thought it was Aero that was bubbly? Coke is also bubbly. Isn’t Coke the brand of ‘Taste […]

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Insight: research by Apadmi shows retailers need to invest in mobile to avoid the demise of the high street

Investing in mobile apps will bring customers back into retail stores, and help avoid the estimated loss of 900,000 jobs and thousands of stores in the next decade – according to the UK mobile app developer. The latest research by Apadmi, of 1,000 UK smartphone users, found that mobile apps can drive consumers back to […]

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Insight: Fastlane International- High Street stores with attractive web sites and delivery options will succeed; but fragmented approaches will fail

Global delivery experts Fastlane International says High Street stores with attractive web sites and delivery options will succeed; but fragmented approaches will fail. The battle for British retail has moved from the High Street to the web; with delivery options fast becoming as important to consumers as price. The global delivery expert Fastlane International says […]

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FMBE Video Blog: The Making of Bouncingham Castle

Suzi Thrift, Jack Morton Worldwide tells the production story behind the big adult Candy Crush bounce by the Thames As part of a team of agencies, experience specialists Jack Morton Worldwide produced and built Bouncingham Castle on the Thames at the start of March. Suzi Thrift led the team that made sure the idea became multi-sensory […]

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Insight: Prophet- British Companies are Leading the Way into a Digital Future

Digital transformation within European companies is making good progress, and is meeting with approval, particularly with younger workers.  British companies have adapted extremely well to embrace digital transformation whilst  France is at the bottom of the pile and Germany too is still playing catch-up.  These are the main findings of an online survey conducted by […]

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Tim Lark blog: Internet Shopping

A guest column by Tim Lark, Service Innovation Group Diageo’s futures director has been in the press recently discussing the future of the brand and how technology is impacting on how we shop. He brings up the question of whether supermarkets will still exist in a decade. He didn’t know the answer – but does […]

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Interview: Hope&Glory- James Gordon MacIntosh

James Gordon-MacIntosh, managing partner, Hope&Glory PR spoke to Harriet Cramer How did the agency come about? Jo (Carr, managing partner) and I worked for 77 PR (now part of Fishburn) and although it was fun, we decided to strike out and do it for ourselves in 2011. Our task was simple, we realised there are […]

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Interview: Kevin Jackson, Experience Man

Back in the Summer of 2015, when Kevin Jackson was still VP at George P Johnson, I caught up with him to enquire about his next big venture in the world of Brand Experience. Kevin is now back in action as the owner of The Experience is The Marketing   April 2015 What does the […]

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Interview: Broadwick Live lines up

In the 2015 Summer issue of  FMBE magazine, we tuned into Broadwick Live and its high voltage brand appeal, by interviewing the key players at the agency. Here’s a recap. Entertainment agency and festival organiser Broadwick Live has created award winning travel and music events. The business, which has recently secured investment from Global Entertainment has accolades […]

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Sarah Abdelghani Blog: Why customer service is going experiential

Brand ambassadors are increasingly being used for more than just promotional work. Sarah Abdelghani, Account Manager at Blackjack explains how and why. Although you might not believe it, experiential activity is no longer only about running live promotions to drive sales or brand experiences to directly boost awareness and engagement among consumers. More and more, […]

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Harriet Cramer Blog: T’is the season to be immersive

It’s the most wonderful time of year for anyone in the experiential and retail industries. Christmas brings a flurry of fresh new campaigns, all striving to be the most talked about. For a lot of people, it doesn’t really feel like Christmas until they see the giant Coca-Cola truck on their television screens or their […]

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Neil Hooper Blog: Experiential Marketing Predictions:

As we kick off 2016, Circle Agency’s board creative director, Neil Hooper, outlines his experiential marketing predictions for the year ahead. 1. Don’t just use social, behave socially. As brands look at digital as the holy grail of communication reach, we should not forget the facelessness of digital. Brands need to consider their response platforms, […]

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Experiential Vs Exposure: Effective Brand Marketing with Live Events

A blog by Sean Doyle, Head of Creative Services at Concerto Live  In this digital age, where virtual communications reign, it’s increasingly common to feel oddly disconnected. People crave real engagement and this is a feeling clever brands and their marketing teams are tuning in to. Success is no longer measured by who can shout […]

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Promotional Careers

Not traditionally viewed as a typical career choice, promotional staffing is varied, exciting, fun and rewarding. Dominique Packham, staffing director at brand experience agency Sense, looks at how attitudes to the work are changing, it’s rise in importance to brands and the many benefits it brings. In today’s highly competitive consumer environment, with many brands […]

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POOL 1: The Brand Experience Awards Creative Campaign of the Decade

The Brand Experience Awards Creative Campaign of the Decade Sponsored by Avantgarde Pool 1 This is online Pool 1 of the 2014 Brand Experience Creative Campaign of the Decade award, an award which culminates in a LIVE final in front of 4 judges and an audience online via Google Hangouts on October 21st 2014. How […]

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Ambassador, rep, advocate or simply staff?

Callum Stanley and Adam Wakeford, Gottabe! discuss how definitions can effect the workplace All over the world, marketing brands are naming their promotional staff differently. Agencies are using ‘Brand Ambassador’, ‘Reps’ and ‘Brand Advocate’, to name just a few, as an alternative to the more generic ‘Promo Staff’. Why is this? What benefits does this […]

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Shopping, leisure and sponsorship

Jens Tangen, head of sales, intu Properties brings together the mindset approach to marketing and sponsorship opprotunities at shopping centres Mindset marketing is an important consideration, and the ability for live and experiential marketing to connect with people when they are in the right mood to be approached is unparalleled by any other media. For […]

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New brands and new locations

Discussion in FMBE magazine’s July (Summer) issue saw SpaceandPeople’s Q2 report picking up on some new brands taking on brand experience marketing. Whilst one of the new brand’s Barny, is a member of the giant Mondelez stable, the arrival of Bonne Maman to the experiential table, on its shopping centre tour with The Circle Agency […]

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Experiential conversion to sale

Camilla Felstead, client services director, GMR Marketing, discusses the shift to purchase Countless research studies show that real world brand experiences, offering consumers the opportunity to get their hands on a product and try-before-they-buy, can shift purchase consideration by up to 85%. As boardroom sales targets become more aggressive there is pressure on experiential activity […]

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Second becomes first at the FIFA World Cup

Sebastian Coe discusses the technology that is driving cultural change in event consumption It occurred to me when I was in Brazil for the World Cup that when the 2010 tournament kicked off in South Africa, the iPad was just a couple of months old. Apple have shifted more than 200 million tablets since then […]

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The Portable Idea

Today, your experiential campaign can end up in places you never dreamed it would, but most brands aren’t prepared for that journey says Alex Smith from agency Sense You know the feeling you get when someone tells a story, and ends up trailing off with “well, I guess you just had to be there”? Well, […]

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True influence – SpaceandPeople Report

SpaceandPeople’s Q1 Data and Insight report (FM Spring issue) gave us quite a bit of insight into the current focus on targeted influencing. Carefully targeted brand experiences are increasingly being used to influence early adopters and specific fan bases. In the column various activities were mentioned that have used St Pancras International on different event […]

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