Have you ever imagined what Amsterdam would look like without any form of advertising on the streets? Maybe it has crossed my mind, but the scenario seemed to unrealistic to give any further thought. Not for Gilberto Kassab, a former mayor of São Paulo. Due to the exponential growth of advertising in the city and… Continue reading “Advertising Ban: Yay or Nay?”
The chat bot technology is rising and becoming a preferred customer interface. Chat bots are personal assistants designed to simulate conversation (text or voice-based) with human users over the Internet. They have been around for quite a while now, but the quality is becoming better and better through natural language processing and big data analytics.… Continue reading Chat Bots: a New Kind of Marketing Channel?
We live in a world where everything you can think of, can be found on the Internet. It should come as no surprise this had led to a problem, also known as the rabbit hole problem. There is so much content available, that the consumer gets lost in it. That’s why companies had to come… Continue reading Personalization: Isolated in Your Own Bubble
Opinions about Valentine’s Day seem to be extremely polarized. Those in relationships cannot pass up the opportunity to embrace the holiday, while those who are single are quick to point out the superficiality of the corporate holiday. I know what you are thinking, another cynical rant about a holiday created for people looking for fulfillment… Continue reading Ugh, Another Valentine’s Day Blog.
Last year, you probably played a game or watched a movie in 3D. But it seems like 3D is already out of date and virtual reality is the next big thing. The developments around virtual reality are gigantic and the possibilities are endless. For instance, in China it is already possible to pay online with… Continue reading Virtual Reality: just a hype or the future?
TV commercials are the most common, but also one of the most expensive forms of advertising. They vary from very annoying, like the Zalando delivery boy commercial, to the very funny Bol.com Sinterklaas commercials. Both types seem to work. However, when thinking about all the commercials that have really appealed to you in your whole… Continue reading Why do companies still spend money on TV advertising?
Some people humanize brands and say that they have a kind of personality – that they are nice and friendly or more sophisticated, for instance. And, like real humans, brands can actually also like each other… or not! A large percentage of the funniest commercials and ads in history are at the expense of other… Continue reading In your face! Brands in the ad-boxing ring
The 50th Superbowl Sunday… the season finale is one of the most watched sports events of the year; every year. This year’s viewing rates aren’t released yet, but based on previous figures the estimated number of people watching, amounted to 117M. Due to an unfortunate series of events (i.e. living in the Netherlands, as opposed… Continue reading Superbowl Sunday: wieners, ketchup and Ryan Reynolds..
It’s Christmas time, the most wonderful time of the year! At least it is for most advertisers. Because, on what other occasion do we spend so incredibly much money on food and gifts? It’s the perfect opportunity for companies to spam us with their great deals, fancy stuff and generous prices. Ok, I’ll stop being… Continue reading Merry Coca-Colala