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

Advertising and Media Planning Books

March 13, 2013By Simon FosterAdvertising Media Training, Marketing Training, Media Planning Books, Media Planning Training

Here’s a selection of must-read selection of adverting media planning and buying books for those working in advertising and communications strategy. If you click the link you can find the book on Amazon. The Communications Challenge: A practical guide to media neutral planning A practical guide to communications planning. Becoming quite collectable. Even I’m in … Read More

Facebook ‘likes’ don’t increase brand preference or sales

May 9, 2012By Simon FosterAdvertising Evaluation Training, Digital Media Training, Media Planning Training, Social Media Training

Here’s an iron for the fire: “Facebook ‘likes’ do not cause increased brand preference or increased sales so marketing campaigns designed to increase the number of ‘likes’ are unlikely to increase brand preference or sales.” I was moved to develop and explore this hypothesis after reading an article on the real cost of brand building … Read More

How is multivariate data analysis used in marketing?

May 9, 2012By Simon FosterCustomer Analytics Training, Direct Marketing Training

‘Multivariate’ means ‘many variables’ and in the context of marketing it usually means analysing multiple variables from customer records to get a deeper understanding of the customer base. This increased understanding of customer behaviour permits the development of customised offers, relevant creative messaging and more accurate media targeting – particularly with techniques like email and … Read More