IGNORE ‘BEST PRACTICE’ AND MAKE COMMUNICATIONS HARDER TO UNDERSTAND

Many brands try to cut-through the cacophony of communication by deliberately asking as little as possible from their intended recipient. John Harrison, Managing Partner at BBH London, argues that the most effective communications are those that force people to make a mental leap. It is sometimes said that there are only two types of people in this world: Those unable...

THE MOST VALUABLE ADVERTISING COMMODITY ISN’T REACH OR MEDIA SPEND, IT’S ATTENTION.

As media continues to evolve, grow and fragment, our attention has become more discerning and harder to hold. Advertising, however, continues to behave as if reach alone equals influence, and in doing so is in danger of being tuned out entirely, writes Hamish Cameron, Strategy Director at BBH LA.  Early on in my career I was told a story by...

STEREOTYPES ARE LAZY, DAMAGING AND INEFFECTIVE. HERE’S THE SOLUTION.

For decades advertising has been notorious for perpetuating stereotypes, but their continued use leads to ineffective work and damaging cultural norms. Here Madeleine Young, Strategist at BBH, outlines 4 practical steps agencies must to take make a positive impact on the work and the world. I was sixteen when I first appreciated the capacity of advertising to make my life...

DIGITAL IS HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS. THE WAY FORWARD IS EXPERIMENTATION.

Digital media’s grand promises have not been fulfilled. Instead targeting fails, context blindness and a fundamental disrespect for people’s attention are jeopardising both brand growth and the social contract advertising has been built on. We need to remember some timeless principles and experiment with the new if we are to improve, writes Thomas Wagner, Planning Director at BBH Singapore. The...

STOP BUYING REACH AND START EARNING IT

Media is slowly suffocating social media. The relentless optimisation towards media efficiency and mass reach is resulting in shorter, less effective social banner adverts. This is disrupting people’s experience of social and not shifting brand metrics. It is time marketeers shifted their focus away from paid reach and towards organic resonance, writes Jack Colchester, Senior Data Strategist at BBH London....

WHY NEEDY BRANDS WILL NEVER MAKE GREAT ENTERTAINMENT

Great entertainment is transgressive. It breaks the rules and provokes your emotions. Brands must overcome their need to be liked and challenge their audiences if they want to create entertainment that truly impacts culture, writes Richard Cable, Editorial Director at BBH London. If great advertising and great entertainment have one thing in common, it’s that they both provoke a profound emotional...