Category: advertising

IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE CULTURE YOU NEED UX

Relying on policy alone to create an inclusive culture and more effective workforce misses cultural subtleties that can damage the individual and the industry, lessons from User Experience can help us progress towards real inclusivity, writes BBH UX Strategist, Amy Andrews. Photo credit: Gerome Viavant on Unsplash Advertising and tech are historically exclusive industries. But this is not necessarily about diversity- whether...

FORGET ‘MANIFESTOS’. BRAND ADS SHOULD BE AS SHORT AS POSSIBLE.

For some time brands have broadcast lengthy ‘manifestos’ to differentiate themselves from the competition when perhaps less is more, writes Lucian Trestler, Strategy Director at BBH and Editor of BBH Labs. I’ve got a few problems with brand ‘manifesto’ ads. With a couple of notable exceptions, they are just strategy set to a mood film. They over explain something that...

MOST MARKETING IS BAD BECAUSE IT IGNORES THE MOST BASIC DATA

Despite data being one of marketing’s current obsessions, most brands aren’t extracting value from 11 of the most basic data-points available to everyone, writes Tom Roach, Managing Partner, Effectiveness, BBH. ‘How did Facebook, which prides itself on being able to process billions of data-points…somehow not make the connection that electoral ads paid for in roubles were coming from Russia. Those...

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...

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...