While there were no changes to overall marketing budgets in the second quarter, according to the IPA’s quarterly Bellwether, marketers increased spend on main media advertising, suggesting they are investing in long-term brand health.
Focus groups are a bone of contention, as a Twitter debate featuring Professor Byron Sharp this week showed, but while they are flawed, they are still a quick and cheap route to useful insights.
It’s all very well being differentiated, disruptive and revolutionary, but if your main competitor makes a meaningful improvement, your brand will drop behind if you don’t follow suit.
Marketing Week’s annual celebration of effectiveness, creativity and innovation returns, with a stellar jury of senior marketers lined up to determine the winners.
AB InBev’s volume sales declined by 15.3% in North America in the final quarter of the year, this was primarily driven by Bud Light, over six months on from a boycott of the brand.
The business cut marketing spend by 25% in 2023, despite making key hires in ecommerce and retail media.
Tasked with managing the tensions between long and short-term growth, Mars Food & Nutrition marketing boss Matthew Graham explains how his team focused on “fewer, bigger, better” innovation.