Ever heard of SnapChat? Well it's making waves in the social media scene, but why? The world of social media and online socialisation presents users of today with more ways to connect but increasingly the youth are looking for ways to express, explore and connect without consequence or concerns about their "expression" falling into the wrong hands.
Matt Rose 10 Jan 2013
Leo Burnett is pioneering a new approach to shopper marketing that pays attention to extending the shopper journey both pre- and post-purchase. This idea has been doing the rounds at large multinational corporations as they look for better ways to find new audiences beyond 'interruption' marketing. This article is a quick summary of some of the innovative thinking coming from the Leo Burnett strategic function.
Matt Rose 30 Nov 2012
This article is about providing a few practical best practice suggestions to brand managers and community managers within a social media context. It's a new frontier and an ever-changing culture and I realise we can't take a "one-size-fits-all" approach, but hopefully these can serve as a starting block or at least some food for thought. Enjoy!
Matt Rose 25 Jul 2012
Considering the amount of texting we do today, emoticons have 'exploded' and, whether used in Skype, BBM, SMS or WhatsApp, they have become a distinct style of expression and form a vital part of casual/digital vernacular punctuation. But what are the implications of these obscure little visages for marketers?
Matt Rose 29 Mar 2012
South African audiences were shocked and amazed when a previously unseen form of programming hit the small screen between 3 February 1999 and March 2001. The SABC's Yizo Yizo combined gritty documentary with a soap-opera format. What stands out is the combination of its educational format with the explicit depiction of criminal and sexual encounters and use of vulgar language.
Matt Rose 5 Dec 2011
Internationally, Skittles are positioned as self-centered and psychotic. Diesel's latest tagline is "be stupid'. AnimalPak supplements reek of obsession and loneliness, and Bentley embraces its position as supremely arrogant. These ideas are appealing for the same reasons that The Joker is arguably more intriguing than Batman and why Lex Luther is more resourceful and imaginative than Clark Kent.
Matt Rose 17 Oct 2011
HTML5 is the latest platform for web development and will make surfing the net much more interactive and media-rich (especially though mobile browsers). This means that, at a fundamental level, it will change the way we consume content and thus as marketers we should start thinking about the practical implications of this.
Matt Rose 1 Sep 2011
Recently an article by Farrah Bostic, objecting to the over-inflated status of the word "insight" when it comes to advertising planning, really inspired me. It brought to light some interesting perspectives about how this term has been in vogue the last few years and usually is a way to 'dress up' common sense observations or interesting statistics.
Matt Rose 26 Jul 2011
South African consumers, like other westernised nations, are all too familiar with products and brands that seem to be affiliated with certain 'causes'. Don't get me wrong; I am not against philanthropy or charity, but after being exposed to Slovenian philosopher Slajov Zizek's commentary on this issue called "first as tragedy, then as farce", I felt deeply disturbed by this global marketing trend. [video]
Matt Rose 30 Jun 2011