Just another HSE Cake weekender

Despite Arsenal winning, the FA Cup final felt like it got it’s mojo back

We worked with EE and YouTube influencer Callux to highlight EE’s sponsorship of Wembley, promote their JustEat collaboration and create a fun piece of content which saw him and 4 of his fans have a sleep-over at Wembley the night before the FA Cup final. His video went live on Saturday night at 7pm and has since had over 850,000 views. Give it a watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-C3mbYklt2c

We also supported the FA’s alternate broadcast, offering special behind-the-scenes content and commentary by two influencers, along with special guests including Callux, all live streamed to the FA TV YouTube channel, with EE as the lead partner. It’s clocked up over 115,000 views: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlHIHetekG8

Then, we were straight back to work at Paddington Station this morning to celebrate the launch of the first Paddington 2 trailer. There’s a screen in a giant suitcase and lovingly made ‘2’ shaped marmalade sandwiches. 

If you head out from Paddington Station this evening make sure to keep an eye out for it. The sandwiches have gone though…

4 Highlights & Lessons Learned from eMetrics 2017

Last week, I had the privilege to not only attend, but also speak at the eMetrics Summit in San Francisco. The summit, which is in held in concert with Predictive Analytics World, brings together marketing analytics practitioners and experts to discuss hot topics around the impact of data and technology on marketing ROI.

Having attended this summit in the past, I had high expectations and this year’s event did not disappoint. The agenda covered everything from propensity scores, homegrown data capture and analytics stacks, data storytelling and a great talk on personalization measurement (given by yours truly).

While I could write a novel on the things I learned by attending the summit, I wanted to provide a quick run through of the some of the highlights/lessons learned from the 2017 eMetrics summit.

1. A Stronger Focus on Women

  • This year’s eMetrics summit was all about us ladies! Not only were roughly 95% of the speakers women, but this year’s event also featured a great “Women in Analytics” lunch featuring Carla Borsoi (VP of Marketing, Nima). Carla’s presentation touched on various issues women within the data and analytics field encounter on a regular basis, and gave advice for building a meaningful career while moving up the career ladder.
  • Key points and takeaways: Insist on being in the room and a part of the meeting – step in and own your expertise.

2. There is Still a Need to Champion Data and Analytics

  • Even with the sophistication of data, those outside analytics teams don’t understand the process of data storytelling or often times underestimate its need. To ensure steady progress, there are needs for members of organizations, big and small, to continue education on the role of data.
  • Key points and takeaways: Showing how data helps drive outcomes is a great way to champion analytics for stakeholders.

3. Everything Deserves a Hypothesis:

  • I loved all the talk about the importance of having a hypothesis and what that means for digging into data. This is something I touched on in my presentation and heard about in several other sessions.
  • Key points and takeaways: Gather smart people to build your list of hypotheses, and remember that the list should be MECE: Mutually Exclusive, Collectively Exhaustive.

4. Personalization Measurement Tips and Tricks:

  • Did you know that 30% of marketers cite measuring ROI as one of the top blockers to personalized marketing? During my eMetrics session (yes, I had to include myself on this list), I spoke about how listening to your data and developing a hypothesis helps marketers figure out what to baseline, how they want to personalize and what to measure to prove personalization success.
  • Key points and takeaways: Knowing personalization can help drive objectives across all industries, everyone wants to personalize. However, marketers aren’t implementing personalized marketing because measuring impact is cited as a top challenge. We need to measure personalization through the process of developing a hypothesis, baselining and measuring against the key metrics defined through hypothesis development.

My trip to the west coast for this year’s eMetrics Summit was an amazing experience. As a marketing strategist, it was inspiring to mingle with fellow marketing practitioners and experts, especially with such a large percentage being women. And though I’ve enjoyed attending the summit in year’s past, it was an honor to be selected to present and share my insights with those in attendance this year. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!

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VR/AR Experience Bring M&Ms Event to Life

To commemorate M&M’s 75th Anniversary, Mars launched a yearlong campaign celebrating the world-famous “melt in your mouth, not in your hand” candy. To get attendees of the M&M’s experience up close and personal with the legendary brand, Genuine helped create “Home Sweet Home,” an augmented reality activation allowing users to “virtually” walk through the door of each M&Ms spokescandies’ fictitious apartments in New York City. The Home Sweet Home experience allowed users to explore six featured apartments belonging to the respective M&M spokescandies, each created with its own flair featuring items that paid homage to iconic M&M’s campaigns spanning 75 years.

Read more about Genuine’s activation recently featured in EventMarketer.

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New office. New home.

I’ve just realised that we’ve been in our ‘new’ building for 2 months now. Everyone seems to like it here. Not least because we have windows. Windows that let actual sunlight in – which is a big improvement on the last place. Visitors tell us it’s a great space when they see it. Clients want to have meetings here, even when we’re not in them. And the lunch options are never ending. The big things are all set up now. We have doors on the meetings rooms (we didn’t for the first month), the IT works (we had no internet cable for the first 3 weeks) and the sign is up in reception. So now the hardest bit of any move, we need to make the place really feel like home.

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I’m looking forward to seeing the personal touches coming through. Things on walls and desks that remind us what we do, and who does it. Mess that isn’t just moving in mess. Stuff that gives a sense of the agency’s character and of the people who work here. That says this is a creative, interesting place to be. I suppose we just need to start creating the stories and memories of what has happened here, so it becomes more than just a ‘cool office’. And that’s the fun bit.

Friday Reading #95

The big day is almost here, Simeon has just about recovered and next week it’s time again for the Goodstuff Media Showcase! We’re bringing together a raft of the UK’s most innovative and forward thinking media owners to pitch their best creative opportunities to a room full of the finest independent creative agencies in the UK. Last year we had a brass band, a 3D audio experience, a new newspaper launch and ITV offering £1m worth of bets to launch their horse racing coverage. This year? Well, as our boys on the door might say, “if your name’s not down you’re not coming in…”


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Anyone familiar with the glory days of Gran Turismo on the PlayStation will remember the addictiveness of racing against a virtual ‘ghost’ car from your fastest lap. Being able to see a virtual version of yourself in real time is motivating in a way a ticking countdown never quite manages to be. Google Glass offered a tantalising glimpse into the potential to bring this to real life, but it never quite lived up to the promise. Nike have done away with the Star Trek glasses but managed to keep the motivation with their new running track installation in Manila. A huge wall of LED’s circles the track, matching the pace and movement of each runner with a beautiful visualisation of coloured particles, helping to keep them on the pace in a race against themselves.

image

With publishers increasingly reliant on social to drive
site traffic, the homepage has fallen out of fashion and favour. Vice however,
is aiming to bring the front page of the website back in vogue by treating it
in the same manner as a magazine – bringing a blend of written and video
content based on a single topic. Vice are hoping that a magazine format based around core content will give their users a
deeper and more meaningful experience of the brand. Check it out here.

image

To highlight the effect of Alzheimer’s, song recognition app
Shazam was struggling to remember song titles throughout April. “The Day Shazam
Forgot” was a smart attempt to raise awareness of the effects of the illness. When the
app eventually gave the users their long awaited answer they were driven
to learn more about the illness and donate to the cause. It was aimed to be a
thought provoking piece delivered in a simple way to educate, particularly a
young audience, about the effects of Alzheimer’s.

Ever wondered how YouTube is able to recommend you new
videos everyday? If you don’t know, you’re in luck, because neither does
Google! Youtuber Tom Scott breaks down how neural networks have allowed
Youtube’s video recommendation algorithm to constantly change and refine itself
to, what the implications are for the business and the recent controversy, and
how it keeps them on the right side of the law.

Friday Reading #95

The big day is almost here, Simeon has just about recovered and next week it’s time again for the Goodstuff Media Showcase! We’re bringing together a raft of the UK’s most innovative and forward thinking media owners to pitch their best creative opportunities to a room full of the finest independent creative agencies in the UK. Last year we had a brass band, a 3D audio experience, a new newspaper launch and ITV offering £1m worth of bets to launch their horse racing coverage. This year? Well, as our boys on the door might say, “if your name’s not down you’re not coming in…”


image

Anyone familiar with the glory days of Gran Turismo on the PlayStation will remember the addictiveness of racing against a virtual ‘ghost’ car from your fastest lap. Being able to see a virtual version of yourself in real time is motivating in a way a ticking countdown never quite manages to be. Google Glass offered a tantalising glimpse into the potential to bring this to real life, but it never quite lived up to the promise. Nike have done away with the Star Trek glasses but managed to keep the motivation with their new running track installation in Manila. A huge wall of LED’s circles the track, matching the pace and movement of each runner with a beautiful visualisation of coloured particles, helping to keep them on the pace in a race against themselves.

image

With publishers increasingly reliant on social to drive
site traffic, the homepage has fallen out of fashion and favour. Vice however,
is aiming to bring the front page of the website back in vogue by treating it
in the same manner as a magazine – bringing a blend of written and video
content based on a single topic. Vice are hoping that a magazine format based around core content will give their users a
deeper and more meaningful experience of the brand. Check it out here.

image

To highlight the effect of Alzheimer’s, song recognition app
Shazam was struggling to remember song titles throughout April. “The Day Shazam
Forgot” was a smart attempt to raise awareness of the effects of the illness. When the
app eventually gave the users their long awaited answer they were driven
to learn more about the illness and donate to the cause. It was aimed to be a
thought provoking piece delivered in a simple way to educate, particularly a
young audience, about the effects of Alzheimer’s.

Ever wondered how YouTube is able to recommend you new
videos everyday? If you don’t know, you’re in luck, because neither does
Google! Youtuber Tom Scott breaks down how neural networks have allowed
Youtube’s video recommendation algorithm to constantly change and refine itself
to, what the implications are for the business and the recent controversy, and
how it keeps them on the right side of the law.

Friday Reading #95

The big day is almost here, Simeon has just about recovered and next week it’s time again for the Goodstuff Media Showcase! We’re bringing together a raft of the UK’s most innovative and forward thinking media owners to pitch their best creative opportunities to a room full of the finest independent creative agencies in the UK. Last year we had a brass band, a 3D audio experience, a new newspaper launch and ITV offering £1m worth of bets to launch their horse racing coverage. This year? Well, as our boys on the door might say, “if your name’s not down you’re not coming in…”


image

Anyone familiar with the glory days of Gran Turismo on the PlayStation will remember the addictiveness of racing against a virtual ‘ghost’ car from your fastest lap. Being able to see a virtual version of yourself in real time is motivating in a way a ticking countdown never quite manages to be. Google Glass offered a tantalising glimpse into the potential to bring this to real life, but it never quite lived up to the promise. Nike have done away with the Star Trek glasses but managed to keep the motivation with their new running track installation in Manila. A huge wall of LED’s circles the track, matching the pace and movement of each runner with a beautiful visualisation of coloured particles, helping to keep them on the pace in a race against themselves.

image

With publishers increasingly reliant on social to drive
site traffic, the homepage has fallen out of fashion and favour. Vice however,
is aiming to bring the front page of the website back in vogue by treating it
in the same manner as a magazine – bringing a blend of written and video
content based on a single topic. Vice are hoping that a magazine format based around core content will give their users a
deeper and more meaningful experience of the brand. Check it out here.

image

To highlight the effect of Alzheimer’s, song recognition app
Shazam was struggling to remember song titles throughout April. “The Day Shazam
Forgot” was a smart attempt to raise awareness of the effects of the illness. When the
app eventually gave the users their long awaited answer they were driven
to learn more about the illness and donate to the cause. It was aimed to be a
thought provoking piece delivered in a simple way to educate, particularly a
young audience, about the effects of Alzheimer’s.

Ever wondered how YouTube is able to recommend you new
videos everyday? If you don’t know, you’re in luck, because neither does
Google! Youtuber Tom Scott breaks down how neural networks have allowed
Youtube’s video recommendation algorithm to constantly change and refine itself
to, what the implications are for the business and the recent controversy, and
how it keeps them on the right side of the law.

4 Takeaways & Life Lessons from Technovation 2017

Technovation 2017This past weekend, I had the honor of judging MassTLC 2017 Technovation Challenge. Saturday’s event was a regional pitch event, part of a larger global challenge that arms girls 10-18 years old with the necessary skills and know-how to become entrepreneurs and leaders within the tech and startup industries. Teams came from Massachusetts and Rhode Island eager to present new mobile app ideas ranging from bullying prevention to lobster trap tracking, all of which identified a solution to better the world we live in today and boy, was I inspired!

Mobile Applications Of course, when you spend a day seeing strong, intelligent girls from New England talking about mobile apps and business plans rather than prom dates and Tiger Beat (who knew this still existed?!?), you can’t help but feel all the feels!

The program has had more than 10,000 girls from 78 countries participate globally over the last 7 years, which has resulted in 26% of its alumnae going on to major in Computer Science in college.

There were several lessons that Technovation teaches young women in today’s unpredictable and competitive world that are good
for us all:

1. Become actively involved in the world around you (early and often)

It’s no wonder one of the sayings at Technovation is “Love the Problem.” These girls immerse themselves in a problem the world currently faces in order to address it in a meaningful way. Being truly passionate about change and finding unpredictable solutions is at the heart of what separates the good from the great – and we could certainly use more female leaders like this in the years to come.

2. The best ideas come when you step outside your own bubble

This year’s junior and senior winners of the regional pitch event in Boston both stood out to us because their idea wasn’t necessarily expected from a group of teenage girls, building an app for lobster trap and beehive tracking (respectively). What sold us on their mobile apps was how it empathized with an audience unrelated to their own familiar circle. They talked to fishermen/beekeepers and rooted their idea in others’ needs. Marketers with even decades of experience can lose sight of this principle and fall prey to “me”-search (“I think _____ therefore everyone else does, too.”)

3. Have confidence and conviction in your idea (it’s really all that matters)

Knowing how hard it is to be confident as a young girl, there is no bigger pressure test for confidence than pitching your own ideas in front of a room full of people and a judging panel. But, these girls had no trouble sharing their research, rationale and getting us on board. Believing in what you have to say and delivering messages with impact is a learned skill and these young ladies really stepped up.

4. Inspire everyone around you (it’s not just about you)

Courtesy and encouragement is expected at an event like this, but we were truly inspired by how the participants really backed each other up throughout the pitch process. Each girl clearly had their own specialty, and the others respected them for it. It’s a great reminder from these talented young ladies that we don’t always need to be at the center of discussion; lift each other up and everyone comes out on top.

It was an honor to be a judge at this year’s regional pitch event — shout outs to the middle school and high school girls kicking a** and taking names as the Technovation challenge continues worldwide!

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How to Build a Humanistic Marketing Ecosystem

In my last post, Rise of the (Marketing) Machines: How to Tame Them, I discussed the challenge marketing leaders face in bridging the gap between the journey experience their audience expects and the technology requirements to deliver on those expectations. While the first step in bridging that gap is to find the right members of the team that can straddle both marketing strategy and technology discussions, it’s also important that we look at how we evaluate the technology ecosystem we are building to support our customer experiences.

In recent years, there has been an explosion of software providers seeking to capture the growing CMO budget. Scott Brinker of www.chiefmartech.com notes that, in 2016, we saw an approximate growth of 87% over 2015 to an already crowded marketing technology landscape. Making the situation more confusing is that this market is still maturing and is rife with mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, and new entrants —making it tough for even the most seasoned professional to keep track of market leaders. Adding to the difficulty is that the marketing departments for these vendors are constantly coming up with new terms under which to market their wares.

In my mind, it appears as most of these software vendors are effectively in a race to the middle, meaning that they are all adding the same capabilities to their offerings until it becomes difficult for us to differentiate one platform’s capabilities from the next. It’s often not until we are well into the evaluation process that we realize that we already have the capability (or capabilities) within our existing tools and platforms. So how do we take control of the conversation back from vendors that are trying to dazzle us with the latest industry buzzwords and get to the heart of what matters?

At Harte Hanks, when we talk about bringing the human back to marketing, we talk a lot about what a humanistic marketing ecosystem looks like. Rather than try to sort through the alphabet soup that has dominated the IT industry for years, and is now starting to be foisted upon marketers, we prefer to think of the ecosystem as requiring 5 capability groups.

Building Towards a Humanistic Marketing Ecosystem

The 5 layers of our ideal ecosystem break down as follows:

  • Content Production & Management — The ability to create compelling, resonant content by leveraging experts from within and outside the brand, while managing that content so that it remains relevant to the audience. This is the foundation of today’s modern marketing.
  • Channel Orchestration — Consumers jump from one channel to another along their journey without giving it a second thought and expect brands to deliver a consistent and seamless experience as the relationship progresses.
  • Contextual Intelligence — Today’s audience is well-aware that their every move is able to be tracked. In return, they expect brands to leverage this data intelligently to assist them in their individual buyer journey.
  • Message Delivery & Personalization — The ability to deliver messages and content on the channels of choice is no longer good enough. Sophisticated consumers expect brands to be able to leverage the shared data to personalize the channel experience to their place in the journey.
  • Business Insights — Today’s marketer is faced with an overwhelming amount of data in an age of real-time engagement. The ability to turn that data into the knowledge necessary to understand the small data that distinguishes an anomaly from a trend is a critical component in a rapidly changing marketplace.

 

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Putting It All Together

We have an overwhelming number of tools and technologies available to help us efficiently interact with customers on every channel. However, technology can take us only so far. By considering the stack in these 5 key areas, we can evaluate the tools in a customer-centric manner — thereby creating a truly holistic ecosystem of technology and data that serves the customer while, at the same time, serving the marketer.

Look for my next article where we will explore in greater detail the first layer in the ecosystem: Content Production & Management.

Top 5 Brand Activations at Coachella 2017

Matt at Coachella

At Genuine, we take tremendous pride in the creative and innovative work we produce for our clients. And, when it comes to experiential marketing, our agency goes above and beyond to deliver unimaginable digital activations that drive the “ah-ha” factor, loads of engagement and a ton of brand awareness. When I booked my trip to Coachella, yes, I was excited to party and have fun. However, as a .Net Developer and self-proclaimed marketing nerd, I also was really looking forward to seeing how today’s brands were marketing themselves to the cool kids in the desert.

After taking some time to reflect, here’s a list of my top five activations ranked from least to most favorite.

1. Sephora

The What:

  • Get in-the-desert haircuts and/or hairstyling
  • Find your new go-to makeup look using Sephora’s latest products
  • Get your face artfully painted (think graffiti or splash paint vs lion or kitten)

Sephora at Coachella The Why: Sephora + Coachella go together like milk + cookies. It just makes sense, and the fashion-forward crowd loved it.

Did it work: I’d say so. Admittedly, I’m not really the target audience for this brand, but I had to fight my way in and out of a packed tent just to grab some photos. Lots of people walking around with face paint at the Fest, and there was a decent line for hair styling all day. Braids anyone?

2. American Express

The What:

  • Record your very own kick-ass music video. Utilizing a camera attached to a robotic arm, attendees were recorded busting out their best dance moves while jamming to some of their fave songs. *Note: you can catch my masterpiece below.
  • AMEX members were treated to VIP upgrades and free meals throughout the festival.

American Express at Coachella

The Why: AMEX provided an unforgettable experience for current cardholders while attracting some new ones, too.

Did it work: Surprisingly, their tent wasn’t as slammed as I expected, but I did visit this tent earlier in the day. That said, the activation was really innovative and cool.

3. H&M

The What:

  • To debut their limited-edition “H&M Loves Coachella” line for men and women, H&M created a pop-up shop with virtual fitting rooms that placed attendees in these cool new wearables. If you liked the look, attendees could purchase and walk away with their new digs.
  • Take photos on an enormous armchair
  • Recycle your old clothes for the new ones you just purchased
  • Fill up your water bottle for free!

H&M at Coachella The Why: What better way to cater to this crowd than with their very own limited-edition clothing line? There was a ton of buzz at the event regarding the fast-selling apparel, and purchasers who scored merch had bragging rights for life.

Did it work: Absolutely yes! In addition to the clothing line and virtual fitting rooms, the H&M water refill station (1 of 5 at the event), ensured their tent was constantly packed.

4. Marriott Hotels, Marriott Rewards

The What:

  • Take photos in front of various backdrops and imagine all the fun places you can visit while staying at a Marriott. Think hot deserts, gorgeous beaches and snowy mountain vistas.  
  • Play their Tinder-like quiz game to find your dream destination. Swipe as many times as I did (which was a lot), and win points toward your next Marriott vacation.  
  • For Marriott Gold/Elite members, get special VIP access to meal vouchers, a makeup touchup station and even a personal wipe-down service for your sunnies.

Marriott at Coachella The Why: Marriott was on hand to secure Rewards email signups, engage current Rewards members and promote their premier hotels in some pretty rad locales.

Did it work: Yes! The photo sets were engaging and the incentives were too good to pass up. What guy or girl crazy enough to travel to the desert for a weekend would want to miss out on a free hotel stay during their next adventure?

5. HP/Intel

The What:

  • Design your own custom bandana  — a fashionable AND handy accessory in that dusty heat — using a HP touchscreen computer, printed on site.
  • Demo HP’s VR display
  • Choreograph a light show projected on the ceiling of the dome using HP touchscreen computers
  • Take a near 360 degree “Kinetic Portrait” which created a super cool and very shareable effect.

The Why: Give festival goers a first-hand experience with the best tech HP offers.

Did it work: Hell yeah! This was my absolute favorite. There was a constant hour-long line for the bandanas all weekend long and the kinetic portraits looked perfect on Instagram. HP’s presence at the Festival was second to none and truly stole the show. All of the activities HP provided for attendees were creative, engaging and extremely popular. Throughout the entire weekend there was a constant line snaking out from HP’s activation tent, which is a true testament to its success.

Bonus Activation Located at Other End of Festival: HP, along with Intel, also presented a new experience at Coachella, “The Antarctic.” Situated in a large dome at the edge of the festival, attendees could recline on bean bag chairs in a massive dome and enjoy a psychedelic experience. Coachella has since published a 360° video on their Youtube channel for those who missed it. Note: I highly recommend watching using Google Cardboard or other VR goggles.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the brands on-site at the Festival did a great job captivating the Coachella audience this year. I’m looking forward to seeing what next year’s sponsors bring to the festival.


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