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The world is changing. Problems don’t look like they used to. These days, disruption is the new normal and connectivity means complexity. That’s where we come in. We curate small, diverse teams who help our clients figure out where to go next.
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Martech can’t transform user experience in isolation: five tips for getting it right
These are tough times for many businesses, and that was before the global pandemic. Businesses are divided between those who are disrupting and those being disrupted, and their battleground is customer experience.
IS THE CLOCK TIKTOKING FOR INSTAGRAM?
Written by Kathryn Loosley, Junior Social and Influencer Strategist, ENGINE Creative. If 2020 hadn’t been eventful enough already, the first half of the year saw Instagram release some brand new tools, whilst TikTok launched their first B2B offering. Click to read more about this.
LESSONS ABOUT PRODUCTIVITY START IN THE HOME
The latest trends on UK productivity make for stark reading, but are just a continuation of an overall trend that stretches back many decades when compared to the major economies of the world. Read our thought leadership piece to find out more about productivity.
AS THE BRAND BOYCOTT GROWS, WHAT'S NEXT FOR ADVERTISING ON FACEBOOK?
Facebook heads into July with a growing number of brands pausing advertising spend on the platform. Over this weekend, Unilever and Starbucks added their name to the growing list of large brands who say they are going to pull advertising spend from the platform. A campaign that started in the US is now reaching global ad budgets.
HOW MARKETING PROCUREMENT CAN DEVELOP SUSTAINABLE RELATIONSHIPS IN THE ‘NEW NORMAL’
The impact of Covid-19 has accelerated many developments already underway in client/agency relationships. ENGINE Creative's CEO Ete Davies speaks to ISBA about these emerging trends & procurement’s role in helping build true & equitable partnerships. Do read the whole series head to https://www.isba.org.uk/knowledge/the-new-normal-series/
SOFA SESSIONS #2 – HOW BRANDS CAN HARNESS THE POWER OF INFLUENCERS
On 7th May we hosted the Sofa Sessions #2 - this time Gemma Glover, Influencer Strategist at ENGINE, chaired a conversation around how brands are adapting to the new normal and how influencer partnerships can have a positive impact during lockdown. Our expert panel was Eleanor Wilcox, Social Media manager for Next, Beth Atkins, Communications Manager for Clinique & Estee Lauder & Emily Bell, Social Media & Influencer Manager for George at Asda. Watch the webinar here: https://vimeo.com/418138296
SOFA SESSIONS #1: THE NEW POWER OF INFLUENCERS
On Thursday 16th April, we hosted the first of our Sofa Sessions with ENGINE's influencer strategist, Gemma Glover, to discuss how influencers are quickly adapting to the new normal and how brands can optimise influencer partnerships during the current climate. Our expert panel was made up of Deborah James - Author, columnist for The Sun, Vickie Neave - Lifestyle influencer and Mel Kentish - Head of Influencer at Sky. Watch the webinar here: https://vimeo.com/410114631
WORK AGILE LIKE A BOSS
In a constantly changing world where rapidly organisations and employees are facing shifting demands, it’s tougher than ever to plan, prioritise and deliver work that has an impact. It’s often even harder to know where to start!
ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH FOR DESIGN
t’s been so well established that a “strong connection between design and ethnographic research is important for successful service design projects” that it’s almost clichéd.
IN CONVERSATION WITH DANNY BARRASSO: WHAT DOES THE FUTURE OF RETAIL LOOK LIKE?
For the past year, we’ve been working with Danny Barrasso, CEO at Esprit (Europe & Americas), on an ambitious project to transform the European fashion house. We invited Danny to join us and a number of retail leaders at our latest executive round table dinner, to share his experiences and talk about what the future looks like for retail. Here’s a summary of their key conversation points.
DESIGN FOR ALL: ASSISTED DIGITAL
In this series, we look beyond the trends to see how today’s issues are being addressed and the challenges they pose for the future. Our first look: Inclusive design.
COLLABORATION IN THE FACE OF UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGE
If you are reading this, chances are you are in a job that is office based and you are facing an indeterminable future of remote working. Many of us will have clocked that people have practiced flexible and remote working for a long time, it has been the saviour for those of us needing to juggle life and work, of freelancers, or those who work in global organisations.
Now is the time to put people first
Brands and businesses need to step up and deliver real support and empathy for both employees and customers to navigate the global coronavirus pandemic.
Could coronavirus be the catalyst that ends women's inequality?
The largest leaps in women's equality have come after periods of global distress and major upheaval. So what action are we going to take?
ENGINE APPOINTS GEN KOBAYASHI AS CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER
Ogilvy Head of Strategy joins ENGINE Creative’s Executive Team to drive growth, ambition and future focus.
INSTAGRAM INFLUENCERS ARE CREATING THEIR OWN TV-STYLE AD BREAKS
What’s old is new again.
Instagram influencers are starting to put their own placeholders before and after their sponsored posts, similar to an ad break on TV.
Why it’s time for car manufacturers to put women in the driving seat
Women are the perfect, and to date hugely overlooked, audience for electric vehicles. But, as Erminia Blackden, Strategy Director at ENGINE asks, will manufacturers realise this in time?
ARE INSIGHTS MADE OR FOUND?
The ‘faster horses’ quote attributed to the Ford Motor Company’s founder is so often cited it requires no further introduction. Like many oft-cited quotes, it’s doubtful whether it was actually said by the attributed person.
THE ‘STICKY CEILING’ AND WHAT EMPLOYERS CAN DO TO FIGHT IT
Over the last few years, it has become increasingly popular for employers to ask questions about an individual’s socioeconomic background during recruitment. These can range from what type of school you attended to whether you received free school meals (FSM). It may also include asking about your parents’ highest level of education.
WHY EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE CAN’T BE BOUGHT OFF THE SHELF
People are all individual and employee engagement is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution; so it’s no surprise that global companies are struggling to engage workers worldwide. Diverse and inclusive engagement programmes need to be delivered to support all employees, regardless of geographic location.
LISA PARFITT OF ENGINE SPORT: A TAMPON STRING IS NOT A SHOCK TACTIC TO DEBUNK TABOOS. ‘THIS GIRL CAN’ IS ALL ABOUT REAL LIFE.
Since the first campaign launched in 2015, “This Girl Can” has been ahead of the zeitgeist and driven the biggest change ever seen in sports marketing for women. Five years on, the third campaign has cemented “This Girl Can” as more than marketing: it’s a movement.
ONES TO WATCH: HEALTHCARE CHAMPIONS IN THE NEW PARLIAMENT
MHP has identified 26 new Members of Parliament with a background in science, health or social care
PREDICTING DESIGN TRENDS OF 2020
We have reached the start of a new decade, and with that, a chance to define the new era that lies ahead of us. It’s an exciting time to be an ‘image maker’, with a feeling in the air that anything can happen, perhaps something quite extraordinary.
NEW DECADE, NEW HOPE…
The new legislation and ‘new approach’ to power-sharing are all vital to making Stormont work, but the most pressing matters are in getting to work on issues that affect all people in Northern Ireland – such as health.
‘CHOOSE EMOTION OVER FUNCTION’ – HOW TO CREATE A GREAT FINANCIAL SERVICES CAMPAIGN
There is a widespread perception that the sector is blighted by two of the biggest barriers to creativity: red tape & fear of risk. However, while this might once have been true, we are now seeing much greater creativity in the sector as challengers fight for attention and traditional players dig deeper to show they’re still relevant. There’s never been a more exciting time to get a financial services brief in. Every brief is, of course, different, but there are a few tips that are universally:
IF YOU'RE NOT ENTERTAINING, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET CLOSE
Article first published in Little Black Book.
eurobest Entertainment Jury President Dave Roberts, Chief Content Officer here at ENGINE, on what he hopes to discover at this year’s eurobest Festival and the rise of branded entertainment.
THE CHERRY ON TOP
2019 has been a record-breaking year in women’s sport.
A few of the notable highlights include: the Lionesses’ stunning performance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup; Jamie Chadwick lifting the first W Series trophy (and thereby cementing her place in driving history) and Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s heptathlon win in Doha, eclipsing Jess Ennis-Hill’s previously held British points record.
THE NEXT YEAR IN ADVERTISING
First published in It’s Nice That, ENGINE Creative’s CEO Ete Davies talks about what he thinks will happen this year in advertising.
WHY SEGMENTATION ANALYTICS IS A POWERFUL ENGAGEMENT TOOL
Picture this: it’s a high school, where the hierarchy is shown by the grade of your class. This doesn’t necessarily showcase peoples shared interests but merely illustrates the organisational structure. Let’s take a walk into the canteen, where we see segmentation in action; we see a cross-population sitting together with others who share the same interests. It is here in which we can find out how to approach specific topics or communicate differently depending upon which group is being targeted
BLACK FRIDAY: AN AMERICAN HANGOVER OR VITAL SHOT TO OUR ECONOMY?
Of all the things to inherit from our American cousins, a day dedicated to cutthroat sales should be the least surprising. While Thanksgiving itself has become a novel holiday that ex-pats and Americophiles (a disappointingly less elegant term than expected) increasingly make the most of this side of the Atlantic, it’s Black Friday that the British have truly welcomed with open arms.
MARKETING TRANSFORMATION: EMBRACING CHANGE
Marketing practitioners are facing a big problem. Change is happening at an increasingly rapid rate — and it’s not getting any easier to keep up.
It’s become apparent that marketing departments aren’t addressing this need to adapt and, as a result, they’re quickly becoming unfit for the future. Part of this issue stems from the fact that they’re not placed in a particularly strong position or empowered to enact meaningful change in their surrounding environments.
HINDSIGHT IS 2020: A DECADE OF WORK
The future of work: what does it look like to you? Thankfully, the current reality isn’t like the rather depressing scenes in this infamous Accenture video from the early 2000s (or at least, it isn’t for the majority of us — sorry Amazon). But while we’ve (mostly) moved on from the trope of offices being home to foosball tables and holographic conferences, the last decade has been full of ‘innovations’ that have come and gone.
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