Controversial humour from Ricky Gervais @ the Golden Globes

The 68th annual Golden Globes veered into Cluedo territory last night as the event’s host went missing for nearly an hour. Ricky Gervais‘s absence from the stage, following an opening monologue that drew more gasps than laughs, led excited observers to speculate that the British comic may have been collared backstage and fired … or worse. Gervais opened the live …

Chinese models for global brands

I picked up this article from Frances Wang a freelance journalist based in Shanghai. The complete article can be found here and also below…. SHANGHAI, China – The Chinese market – with China surpassing Japan as the world’s second largest economic power in August – has become an important Asian market for big foreign companies. Cosmetics makers, for example, are …

Luxury Brands & Celebrities:

An insight by Michael MacRitchie Celebrity endorsement of luxury fashion is hardly a new phenomenon, as it has been around for several centuries. Charles Worth, the man who invented haute couture in Paris in the nineteenth century, understood the importance of linking celebrities to brands, even before this was recognized as an important marketing communications tool. To promote his fashion house …

Blame it on the Happy Meal

An opinion piece by Andrew Howie We continue to read stories in the press about obesity. Adults are getting fatter. Kids are getting fatter. Even our domesticated pets are getting fatter. But in typical new age fashion, none of us are prepared to wear the blame ourselves but rather we need to deflect that blame on to others. And in …

Avion Tequila & Entourage.

An insight by Michael MacRitchie I’ve been a fan of the HBO show ‘Entourage’ since it debuted more than 5 years ago. It’s a quick fix instant gratification show which offers a view into how things might be in Hollywood…. There are thirteen episodes per year and next year is the last season and there apparently will only be 6 …

The Halo Effect

An insight by Andrew Howie A worldly gentleman but he name of Edward Thorndike was the first person to support the theory all the way back in 1920. The way he supported it was quite deep and complicated. It a modern day marketing sense, the Halo effect is far more straight forward. It speaks to how the positive features of …

Effective use of Celebrity endorsement – Part 4

An insight by Andrew Howie Head – Andy Murray Each year as Wimbledon comes around, the blow torch gets applied to Andy Murray and the whole of Great Britain pins their hopes on his success. He has managed to get as high in the professional rankings as number 2 in the world, but currently is sitting at 4th. He has …

US Sports lead with value….sucess follows

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. A. Einstein (Picked up this article from the Mailmangroup where CEO Andrew Collins talks about international sports who are successfully breaking into China market and the game plan for doing so) Someone had it right very early – the digital age is now living proof of how a …

Sony – Product Testing Institute

Following on from recent discussions about the move away from the traditional TVC towards branded content, a great new campaign has launched for Sony Ericsson. The company was formed in 2001 when Sony brought their technology experience to the table, partnering it with Ericsson’s communications experience. The result was a company capable of building phones that could do much more …

Beer Wars

As the days start getting longer and the temperatures begin to rise, summer begins to signal its intents. And with the arrival of summer comes a new series of beer commercials. Within the Australian domestic market, there are three big players. Carlton, VB and Tooheys New. All three go punch for punch each year trying to out-do each other with …

TV sponsorship on the rise on Chinese TV

An insight by Michael MacRitchie CHINA’S UGLY BETTY “UGLY WUDI” China — A raft of new Chinese television advertising restrictions have made sponsorship and product placement a strong alternative route to reaching a ballooning consumer market, according to an independent analysts’ report released recently. The series of new TV ad rules put in place in the first quarter of 2010 …

5 Tips When Working With Celebs….

An insight by Michael MacRitchie Tip 1 Understand the spokesperson’s point of view: Many clients will mention to me that a celebrity is a fan of their company’s brand or product. So they assume that the celebrity will want to work with them at a discounted rate (or even free!). It’s important to be savvy in the entertainment industry, as …

Nike. Changing the way we run.

An insight by Andrew Howie It is one of the most recognizable brands that exist on this planet. Founded in January 1964 as Blue Ribbon Sports, later changing its name to Nike Inc in 1978, it takes its name from the Greek goddess of Victory. Under the Nike umbrella, there are other brands such as Umbro, Hurley and Converse. Plus …

Effective use of Celebrity endorsement – Part 3

An insight by Andrew Howie BMW – The Hire Some people may know him from “The International”, whilst others may know him from “Duplicity”. But millions of people around the world know Clive Owen as “The Driver”. “The Driver” is an 8 part series of short films, all produced for the internet, that have been directed by world famous directors. …