Brands and Branding

December 29, 2019

Branding has become one of the most important aspects of business strategy. Yet it is also one of the most misunderstood. Branding is sometimes considered to be merely an advertising function. And many managers and business writers hold the view that branding is about the management of product image, a supplementary task that can be isolated from the main business of product management. This note provides an alternative perspective, arguing that:  Branding is a strategic point of view, not a select set of activities.

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the7stars

the7stars is the UK's largest independent media agency and Campaign Magazine's Agency of the Year 2017. We started life in 2005. Our reasons then were our reasons now. Fundamentally, we think that media is too important to be commoditised by big buying networks. We believe that advertisers deserve better accountability and complete transparency from their media partner, and we know that industry best work comes from industry best people, regardless of media budget. So we set a business goal to create a better place for people to work with a truly unique and progressive culture. An agency with a big difference – one that values long term relationships with both its clients and its people.

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Advertisers know that a well-placed plug can tug at the heartstrings, or that a nimble, witty retort can gain the upper hand on a busy press day. A company can have the finest business acumen, but without an empowered creative team—from a junior designer to the chief marketing officer—the messaging will fall short, or worse, alienate the very customers it’s trying to reach.

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VIRTUAL ADVERTISING CUTTING THROUGH THE REGULATION

whitePaper | November 30, 2021

This paper proposes a way forward for entities seeking to implement or take advantage of virtual advertising solutions. It focuses on use of this technology in a sporting context but the principles are as relevant to use of the technologywithin any live event broadcast. Although there is a complex legal framework, with differing positions around the world, we believe it is useful to develop some broad principles in this emerging regulatory area to support the development of the Virtual Advertising sector.

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Unlocking the creative power of social media marketing

whitePaper | June 13, 2022

This white paper from Hootsuite guides marketers through the myriad creative opportunities arising from the paid and organic social space. From the explosion of digital communities and content creators to the continued growth of influencer marketing and rapid rise of social commerce, Hootsuite uses a combination of research, insights and analysis to illustrate the key point that marketers perform best when they use creativity as their north star.

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The Ultimate Guide to OEM advertising

whitePaper | September 20, 2022

Modern performance marketing is no longer limited to paid placements on Meta or Google Ads. Android mobile phone manufacturers have built their own advertising platforms as a part of their operating system. As we know, Android manufacturers are predominantly brands of Asian origin. In the global market of mobile advertising OEMs develop as a response to the monopoly of Meta and Google. There is a list of predominant factors suggesting that OEMs are going to take the leading role as user acquisition channels in the next couple of years.

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Brands Need Advertising Automation to Control the Consumer Journey

whitePaper | August 24, 2022

Streamlined, fluid and accessible ways of transacting between inventory and media have only partly been realized across current forms of advertising automation — namely programmatic. Our consideration of automation will go beyond programmatic to include how marketers effectively advertise in an omnichannel ecosystem, doing so in a fashion that ensures the best return on investment for whole campaigns — rather than a single ad exposure.

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Deciphering the digital political ad databases

whitePaper | December 2, 2019

One of the ways that Russian agents interfered in the 2016 election was by using online advertising to spread disinformation. In 2018, Facebook, Google, and Twitter created new resources to help the public track political ads on their platforms, bringing more transparency to the sponsors of digital ads. Snapchat followed suit in September 2019. But these databases of political ads are woefully inadequate, as Issue One has detailed in a major report. They lack uniform standards, display uneven amounts of information, and are difcult to use. Here’s what you need to know about them.

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the7stars

the7stars is the UK's largest independent media agency and Campaign Magazine's Agency of the Year 2017. We started life in 2005. Our reasons then were our reasons now. Fundamentally, we think that media is too important to be commoditised by big buying networks. We believe that advertisers deserve better accountability and complete transparency from their media partner, and we know that industry best work comes from industry best people, regardless of media budget. So we set a business goal to create a better place for people to work with a truly unique and progressive culture. An agency with a big difference – one that values long term relationships with both its clients and its people.

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