While thousands of spotty snorkel-parkered teenagers hook up to the global information superhighway – trading in their train-spotting manuals for modems – global computer giant IBM has proved a little slower off the mark. Hundreds of phone calls, one advertising agency and no less than six PR people were used to set up an interview with its elusive marketing communications manager Malcolm Grieg to answer the big question: What was in its new advertising campaign? “Sorry. I really can’t comment,” says Grieg, who as head of UK advertising, added, “I haven’t seen the ads, or read the press release”. This was one week before the global campaign broke. “It is a little embarrassing,” he admitted. Maybe the link to the global information superhighway had a faulty Pentium chip inside it.
Procter & Gamble promises to maintain its investment in “brands that are winning” following the departure of CEO David Taylor, who credits innovation and superior brand communications for driving a 7% boost to net sales.
At the end of every week we look at the key stories, offering our view on what they mean for you and the industry. From helping employees avoid burnout to Diageo hailing marketing a “big driver” of the company’s performance, it’s been a busy week. I’m stepping in for Russell this week, so here is my take.
From Diageo’s focus on marketing effectiveness paying off to EasyGroup adding yet more brands to its stable, catch up on this week’s biggest marketing news.
Machine learning technology will power a revolution in advertising targeting and measurement that will allow brands to reach audiences while respecting privacy.