2017 UK Marketing Predictions

December 21, 2016By Simon FosterGeneral No Comments

Always fun to gaze into the year ahead.  Here are my predictions for 2017: Mobile web use will be an increasing problem for Google: Mobile is now the dominant web use platform. In 2010 over 95% of web activity was delivered via PC, now it’s half that. As of this October, mobile had the edge … Read More

Examples of brilliant Direct Mail

December 2, 2016By Simon FosterDirect Mail Training

Been digging around for examples of outstanding direct mail. If you’re tired of running emails and banners ads, and you’re looking to make a real creative and intelligent impact, you might want to consider something like this, especially if you have a discrete high value segment and want to get seriously noticed. The Australian Defence … Read More

DRTV Response Rates

January 9, 2015By Simon FosterDRTV Training, Media Buying Training, Media Evaluation Training, Media Planning Training, TV Media Planning Training

We’re often asked to forecast or estimate campaign response rates, especially in DRTV. Here are some guidelines for those who want them: Set 1 – DRTV Phone Response Rates (high to low range as a percentage of total impacts) DRTV Type 1 – Hard Hitters – these DRTV hard hitters, with no-nonsense creative, usually on … Read More

How to get the best from DRTV

November 30, 2014By Simon FosterDRTV Training, TV Media Planning Training

Many advertisers are returning to Direct Response Television (DRTV). Whilst the goal today is to maximise web response as opposed to phone response, many of the rules of traditional DRTV remain constant. Here’s a summary of how to get the best from Direct Response TV: Remember all DRTV begins with the offer. Whilst issues around … Read More

Media ROI Evaluation Techniques

May 30, 2014By Simon FosterAdvertising Evaluation Training, Media Evaluation Training, Media Planning Training

Techniques for tracking advertising and media ROI are often discussed by both advertisers and agencies as they seek to identify and maximise the ROI effect of media budgets. Deciding on which techniques to use can raise a number of issues depending on the data and budgets available for advertising evaluation. Before we get into the techniques themselves … Read More

Does social media drive sales?

January 7, 2014By Simon FosterDigital Media Training, Media Evaluation Training, Media Planning Training, Social Media Training

The question of sales generation is a growing problem for social media. Despite all the hype, it’s almost impossible to find any conclusive cross-category evidence that social media drives sales.  Yes, there are some isolated examples of success; Dell’s Twitter pages announces some great deals and I’m sure ASOS can whip up a bit of extra … Read More