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Post-Pandemic Planning

Planning for the Post-Pandemic

By Anya Ow / April 24, 2020 / 0 Comments

It’s been a scary few months, but Australians stepped up to the challenge. Whether it’s been working from home, keeping kids at home, or doing necessary delivery, healthcare, and other work, things in Australia so far look under control so far, enough that elective surgeries are opening up and restrictions are beginning to relax. Projections […]

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Pandemic Advertising

By Anya Ow / March 12, 2020 / 0 Comments

When I visited the Duomo in Milan last year, it was packed. Tourists squeezed by the occasional local, taking pictures, piling into cafes, trying to get into the church. If you wanted to eat nearby, you had to dodge bomber pigeons and hordes of people hungry for overpriced pizza or Prada. Granted, it was near […]

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How to Advertise and Market Retail in a Recession

By Gavel Markowski / March 10, 2020 / 0 Comments

I’m running late for a meeting which has been called on virtually no notice by a client. I’m heading East towards the real burbs. The traffic opens up a bit as I get past the Leader Newspaper headquarters on Whitehorse Road, and I plant the foot. I leave behind the rich feeding grounds of the […]

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Fantastic Scams and How to Avoid Them

By Anya Ow / January 30, 2020 / 0 Comments

I fell for a scam recently. It was one of those phishing emails, set up to look like something they’re not, leading to a landing page that usually asks you for credit card or personal details. In this case, it was a Woolies email about a “survey that I’d done”, arriving only days after I’d […]

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Mobile First Marketing

By Anya Ow / October 19, 2019 / Comments Off on Mobile First Marketing

Every time I see a comment by someone lamenting that everyone nowadays is on their phone, I confess I get annoyed. Yes, I’m a millennial, and I like my phone. It’s the first thing I check in the morning and often the last thing I check at night. Through the phone, I can access my […]

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Facebook Inflated Video Metrics

By Anya Ow / October 19, 2019 / Comments Off on Facebook Inflated Video Metrics

There’s been yet another #DeleteFacebook campaign doing the rounds on Twitter recently. I can’t even keep track of exactly what the problem was this time. Facebook turning out to have secretly held meetings with conservative political figures? Or the awkward trademark dispute over its logo for its doomed crypto venture? Something worse? It’s easy to […]

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Tearjerker Advertising

By Anya Ow / October 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Tearjerker Advertising

I hate crying during films, even if I can’t help it. I don’t like how you have to hide your sniffles and try to surreptitiously palm tissue out of your bag, or how I pretty much felt emotionally drained after films like Moana and Coco. Ads are worse, since I usually watch them in the […]

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Disruption and Brands

By Anya Ow / September 28, 2019 / Comments Off on Disruption and Brands

When James Monsees and Adam Bowen were studying product design in Stanford University, they became friends during the smoke breaks. Their struggle to quit smoking led them to try and create a product that might help. In 2007, they founded Ploom Inc, which became Pax Labs, and began development on a line of cannabis and […]

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The Fake News Plague

By Anya Ow / September 21, 2019 / Comments Off on The Fake News Plague

In the lead up to the trash fire that was the 2016 US elections, there was a rash of conspiracy theories about the Democrats and Hillary Clinton that were spread around by conservative media and trolls. Some were somewhat believable–like the one where she was supposedly Very Ill With Some Unnamed Illness, after footage of […]

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Brand Experimentation

By Anya Ow / September 14, 2019 / Comments Off on Brand Experimentation

In this fast-changing, crowded day and age, brand experimentation is essential. It’s not just about changing parts of a brand’s messaging, look & feel, or advertising — it’s also about trying out new or different platforms. The process can be a little hit and miss — I laughed when I saw that L’Oreal created Snapchat […]

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