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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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Apps and Advertising

By Anya Ow / September 12, 2019 / Comments Off on Apps and Advertising

It’s Tuesday afternoon in the office. There’s a disbelieving exclamation from the creative department: “Jeremy Renner had an app?” Yes. Jeremy Renner had an app. He’s the actor best known for the archer guy in the Avengers, whose main purpose appears to be mysteriously surviving one apocalypse after another despite just being a vanilla human, […]

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Getting Television Messaging Right

By Anya Ow / August 31, 2019 / Comments Off on Getting Television Messaging Right

Ask people what they think about advertising, and chances are, if they’re not in the industry they’d probably answer in the negative. Which, okay, can be well-deserved. Television messaging can be annoying. There’s a reason why adblockers are catching on, why some people prefer to record free-to-air TV so they can fast-forward through ads, why […]

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Does Anyone Still Watch Television?

By Anya Ow / August 24, 2019 / Comments Off on Does Anyone Still Watch Television?

I stopped watching free-to-air TV long before Netflix even became a thing. It wasn’t just the ads. Other than Masterchef Australia, of which I remain a largely indifferent fan nowadays, there hasn’t really been much on Australian free-to-air TV that grabbed me. I’m not the only one: I don’t actually know anyone my age or […]

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Building Your Brand Quickly

By Anya Ow / August 22, 2019 / Comments Off on Building Your Brand Quickly

Recently a UK leggings brand called Kukubird gained some notoriety over the local news/internet in Singapore. If you’ve ever lived in Southeast Asia and you’re familiar with the local argot, or if you understand Cantonese, you’re probably already laughing. If you didn’t, well. “Kuku” is part of the Cantonese slang term for male genitalia, and […]

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