Lockdown Week 9

Our final Weekly Round-up (Week 9 of UK lockdown) – we pick the key articles in Marketing this week that help define the future of our industry. We’ve chosen two webinars, a podcast, and a couple of articles. Given feedback we will try and continue to do these monthly, but for now, this is our lockdown finale. Time to get back to projects, fire the engines, and get Britain’s advertising economy moving again.


For senior marketeers in England non-essential shops will open again on the 15th June, a  welcome return of football on 17th June as well as an easing of the number of people you can meet. For those furloughed – we hope the roundup has been helpful, as more forms of normality are returning. A final clapping night this week for our NHS and key workers.


  1. First up this week: The Marketing Society held another webinar this week, titled a Global Conversation, it drew on leaders across the globe, chaired by outgoing CEO Gemma Greaves. It was interesting how Singapore and Hong Kong are nearly over Coronavirus – that India is yet to hit its peak. The standout theme was that from consumers to colleagues, people come first and that post-pandemic, it’s up to marketers to ensure that humanity remains at the centre of our businesses. Whilst connectiveness and streamlining business is happening those businesses that do it right will be rewarded long term.

Here are the seven soundbites: https://www.marketingsociety.com/event-review/seven-soundbites-our-global-conversation


  1. Secondly, Kantar produced another good webinar as part of their series how brands can survive the Covid 10 crisis. The latest last week ‘Are we ready to get our heads out of the sand?’ Jane Bloomfield presents the series - the uncertainty brought by COVID-19 has highlighted how important it is to make decisions quickly. The situation is changing people’s lives and its effects on the economy are already being felt across different sectors.

Here is the link to the series: https://www.kantar.com/inspiration/coronavirus/webinar-how-brands-can-survive-the-covid-19-crisis


  1. Thirdly, we came across a great interview by former P&G marketing leader Jim Stengel of Wendy Clark, who has recently become Global CEO of Dentsu Aegis (joining September) in the CMO Podcast. She talks at length about her time at Coca-Cola and DDB and her belief that you produce your best work when you ‘be yourself’. Asked what’s keeps her fresh and creative, she talks about always ‘being curious’. A really good listen.

Here is the link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/wendy-clark-thick-skin-and-a-global-mindset/id1460604334?i=1000455479963


  1. Fourthly, we took a look at the WARC Guide to marketing in the COVID-19 recession, Les Binet, Group Head of Effectiveness at adam&eveDDB, explains why this recession is different and why the normal rules of business may not apply, at least for a while. This is an excerpt from Les Binet’s article ‘Navigating COVID-19: survival, adaptation and recovery.’

Here is the link: https://warc.com/newsandopinion/opinion/marketers-need-to-take-a-more-nuanced-and-thoughtful-approach-to-the-covid-19-crisis/3584


  1. Fifthly, a piece on those Zoom calls and this time from the Harvard Business Review to refine how you manage your calls. There is a knack to stop zooming out in meetings.

Here is the link: https://hbr-org.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/hbr.org/amp/2020/05/stop-zoning-out-in-zoom-meetings


  1. Sixthly, Forbes ran a piece this week on Though leadership with a number of contributors on the post pandemic advertising and media landscape. So many businesses will need to change for what has been the biggest disruption in 75 years, those brands that play nicely – will do well.

Here is the link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradadgate/2020/05/22/thought-leaders-weigh-in-on-the-post-pandemic-advertising-and-media-landscape/amp/


Time for the Work: it’s a shoutout for Mother this week – for their ‘KFC is back’ work.
KFC marks the reopening of its UK stores with a tongue-in-cheek ad spotlighting fans’ homemade attempts at fried chicken. The campaign uses real images of customers’ culinary efforts – some better than others – all done during lockdown. https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/kfc-well-here-mother/1683542


Back to Henley: With the loss of the regatta and all the various summer festivals, it’s unprecedented but still optimistic times for Henley this summer. So ‘Henley on Hold’ is better than being ‘Henley on the Brink’, as it was when we had the floods. https://www.facebook.com/hobbsofhenley/photos/a.172804612766488/3424727737574143/?type=3&theater


Wine: We were fortunate to take a holiday at the end of January before lockdown, to Chile and Argentina. Our Malbec’s from Cobos arrived this week, so we had to give a shoutout to two of the best wineries we visited in Argentina. Firstly, Zuccardi https://zuccardiwines.com/en/ and secondly Cobos. http://vinacobos.com/ Look out for them, if you ever get the chance to visit the Mendoza – they are both truly wonderful, and the steaks aren’t bad either.


And finally, Beer: we turn to a local business in Marlow this time and one close to many hearts the Rebellion Brewery – and an inspiring piece on how it has pivoted its business during the crisis. Brian Walmsley writes this blog and it really brings home how well the business has adapted. It’s a great beer and it’s a great business.https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-pivot-your-business-inspired-rebellion-brewery-brian-walmsley/?trackingId=%2FCnOROtDLHspy%2Bx9CZdnnQ%3D%3D


This is our last Weekly Review (during the lockdown) and we hope they have been of interest and helpful for those marketeers making decisions and for those furloughed. We have been asked to keep them coming – but have decided to do a Monthly Roundup from the end of June. If you would like to unsubscribe, please simply drop me an email by reply.


Now that lockdown is easing, we’re looking to help you with your agency reviews, evaluations, and marketing projects. Please do get back in touch, to see if we may assist you at this time.


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Lockdown Week 8

Week 8 of lockdown, our penultimate Round-up of the relevant points in Marketing. We’ve chosen three webinars, a live event podcast and a number of articles this week. Good reads for the long weekend – that help define the future of our industry.


For senior marketeers, it gives you a round-up, whilst preparing for the easing of lockdown. For those furloughed, we hope it gives you an edge for when you return to work. More and more, a sense of normality is returning – Walkers started seeing agency presentations this week – ending 22 years of cherished work with AMV. Mini has appointed Anomaly. We hope other projects will resume as brands start to re-ignite.


  1. First up this week, how UK brands can survive Covid-19 and it’s another important webinar by Kantar – the 15th May Webinar looked at Reactivating Demand – what are the right signals to send – it’s good content and a well produced series of webinars. Many brands are facing ‘Demand shock’ that is going to go on for some time.

Here is the link: https://www.kantar.com/en/Inspiration/Coronavirus/WEBINAR-How-brands-can-survive-the-COVID-19-crisis


  1. Secondly, a live event from R/GA. This one by Barry Wacksman, discusses the DNA of Connected brands and how human centred innovation can not only drive businesses but also move culture in a connected world. Barry this week celebrated 21 years at the same company, we felt that warranted a bit of a celebration. R/GA produce some of the most remarkable work, his podcast looks at the Connected brand and a behind the scenes look at Pepsico next billion dollar sparkling water brand. R/GA launched Bubly in absolute record time, a story really well told, it’s an inspiring listen and great work.

Here is the link: https://www.rga.com/futurevision/pov/rga-live-jess-greenwood-barry-wacksman?utm_source=LinkedIn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=futurevision


  1. Thirdly, it was Havas New Business’ turn for a Webinar on Covid-19 – they presented from two of their global studies; covering 28 countries from Re-act and from Beyond Covid-19 – delivering a new Prosumer report. Marianne Hurstel and Sébastien Houdusse presented this webinar which goes through the proprietary data, how the study reveals the radicalisation of consumer expectations around the world. Their data shows half of the people believe this crisis is linked to the climate crisis. However, some interesting points on trust in government, the impact on economic, democratic and social crisis.

Here is the link: https://havascontenthub.com/webinars


  1. Fourthly, we turn to Leo Rayman and Grey Consulting, it has to be said a fairly relaxed series of webinars Distance Resistance but thought provoking. This is a link to all the Distance Resistance events. A couple of weeks back they ran an excellent one on Predicting the future. This one #6 looks at ‘the new normal’ – whilst we may be headed back to as it was before, only 9% want back to back to the normal. Is this an opportunity to build us a ‘better normal’. Leo introduces the 5 R’s:- What are you going to Remember, what will you Retain, what will you Replicate, what will you Remove, and what will you Recruit for the future. Thought provoking and an unusual line up of speakers.

Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCscPvszdQs_LaAvnh3itMxQ/featured


  1. Fifthly, something a bit different – we turn to the Harvard Business Review, and a great piece by Bain on the Agile C-Suite and agile leadership teams. If a company wants to move fast on its feet and transform customer experiences, out pace competitors, and ramp up agile – then the senior teams needs to follow agile principles too. So to design a better business process, this is worth a read and it comes in Podcast format as well. https://hbr.org/2020/05/the-agile-c-suite


  1. Lastly, MDC Partners latest research’s finding shows that 69% of American Consumers say “living in freedom” is the top factor of the American Dream.  There are some conflicted findings – empathy vs. generational divide on C-19 safety precautions, and the want to “reopen” vs. worry that it may be premature for businesses to return.  With each tension comes an insight that provides a line of sight into the evolving mindset of the American consumer. The most recent wave of research The Harris Poll between May 15 – 17 covers 1,961 American consumers.

Here is the link: https://hub.mdc-partners.com.


Agency news: the new agency to be run by James Murphy and David Golding is to be called ‘New Commercial Arts’ – Soho based and defying convention, it’s launching in the midst of a recession. We provided A&E with their first pitch as they became A&E DDB. We’re sure it won’t be long before this agency is purring, this just might be the shake-up the UK new business market needs. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ad-agency-new-commercial-arts-defies-coronavirus-crisis-xfjf9wbbs


Media highlight of the week: An excellent report by Goodstuff communications on the ISBA / PWC Analysis of Programatic – titled the Unknown delta – it really needs to be sorted out together. https://goodstuff.co.uk/the-unknown-delta/


Time for the Work: It’s Chapeau! to Uncommon London, for their work for ITV and Mental health week. Certainly the OTW agency at the moment, and the one that seems to be following an ambitious start up trajectory. https://medium.com/@uncommonLDN/itv-uncommon-remind-the-nation-to-reach-out-to-one-another-this-mental-health-awareness-week-385ef2df77b9


Arise: A knighthood this week for Captain Tom Moore for NHS fundraising.


Back to Henley: Well the river is now open, and sunshine. Ahoy! Shipmates, what a view, no booms this year as there’s no regatta, but come along and enjoy some sun.





And finally: a spotlight on Bray eateries this week. With London being off bounds for most ‘commuters’ for the foreseeable future. What a choice Bray has, (and all reopening from July 4th) the choice: Heston’s trio – The Fat Duck, the Crown, and the Hinds Head. Alain Roux at the Waterside. And food relief the Hinds Head Bray has opened up an at home service. https://mailchi.mp/hindsheadbray/the-hinds-head-at-home?e=2408c7990c


We’re looking to help you with your agency reviews, evaluations, and marketing projects. Please do get in touch, if we can help you as we look to pivot the business.


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Lockdown Week 7

We started Week 7 with some hope of lockdown lifting – we review the relevant points in Marketing this week. We’ve chosen four webinars, a podcast and a blog, that help define the future of our industry.

For senior marketeers, it gives you a round-up, as you’re getting all the pieces in place for easing. For those furloughed, we hope it helps you with a clearer sense of purpose and an edge for when you get back to work.


  1. First up, and it’s that Mark Ritson again, this was a brilliant webinar will over 4500 attendees from around the world. Mark doesn’t mess with his words, he tells it how it is. In this webinar he talks through an indifferent Government comms strategy, and hopes they get the experts on board to help them – he refers to them as ‘the dirty dozen’ – we think you only actually need three:- a worldclass London planner, a super creative and an efficient account handler. There are some super-smart people below the stairs in No. 10, whilst supportive of the PM, Ritson affirms it’s important because a better Government comms strategy could save more lives.

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/QlnRo5vJniU


  1. Second, having worked with Dave Trott, (in fact I shared an office next door to him for nearly two years) Dave has always got something interesting to say. He likes to talk and is a regular blogger. Between pots of tea, he writes an awful lot of stuff. Dave is a complete genius – an eagle eye perspective on the industry and every now and then ‘a brick comes through the window’ with Dave’s name on it. This one is simply Dave at his best, it’s all about the Target of One.

Here is the link: https://davetrott.co.uk/


  1. Thirdly, last Monday morning for us was a delight as we listened to this expertly produced Podcast by Tom Morton of RGA\ on Brand Purpose. Tom defines Brand Purpose really succinctly, there’s perhaps a little too much American marketing jargon in this podcast ‘looking through different lenses’ – but it’s a really good listen.

Here is the link: https://www.rga.com/futurevision/pov/brand-purpose-is-not-corporate-responsibility?utm_source=LinkedIn&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=futurevision


  1. Fourthly, how to ‘Perfect the first 7 seconds of your presentation’ - we listened to Jim McGowan for the Wednesday Webinar (who quite literally has trained many CEO’s, Jack Welch, politicians and moviestars) it was excellent. An outstanding presentation technique Bill finds the authentic narrative – what he calls embedded storytelling. He believes that people decide:- your gravitas, credibility, trustworthiness, and whether you’re worth listening to – in the first 7 seconds. Ultimately- you want to be clear, concise, persuasive and memorable. Bill talks about bringing your game up a notch, keeping it meaningful, being effective, intentional, resonating, and stickiness. He goes on to advise on how to perfect your Zoom calls, and even how to ‘v-pitch’ – some really good takeouts. Refine your slides, if the word is not in the English Dictionary it’s probably ‘marketing jargon’ and will have a red-line underneath it. He divulges stop being ‘on a journey’ ‘doubling back’, ‘Ideating’ – because if you focus on your presentation delivery you aren’t!

Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTX63zAYpio


  1. Fifthly, we reviewed the Kite Factory’s webinar on Covid-19 and specifically a Media owners view on how to drive growth. This webinar looks at the short term benefits of advertising now, how to test and learn, what the next step will look like as we plan for this new world. It includes good insights from Channel 4 who have navigated the crisis well with innovation and creativity. Channel 4 outline how it forced them to get creative, given their responsibilities to the public and how they had to lift the mood. Audience numbers are up 124% and Channel 4 News is at an 8 year high. They have made changes in sales, editorial, and marketing. An interesting view on how ‘agility’ has managed to keep Channel 4 on air.

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/X-KEoowWUDI


  1. Sixthly, we review the Behaviours Agency in Manchester presentation on Covid-19. We’re a fan of communications life outside the M25, (when it’s not raining) – and a great thought leadership presentation from Steve Brunt. This is a little talented agency gem – Manchester agencies quietly get on with their life, they just roll up sleeves and deliver.

Here is the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/3edbKJz7y3xJXrP97RnZRPEfPYq1T6a82iVIrKYPyhuIF2las_A8jite73QFHlcO  Password: 4j.=.?71

Time for the Work: And we are going to give McCann London a shoutout this week. Newly moved to Bishopsgate offices, the shoutout is for their work for Just Eat and Snoop Dogg – it’s different. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnE_xwW_JmA

A bit of Breaking news: James Murphy and David Golding’s new agency is called New Commercial Arts and its proposition is “uniting brand and customer creativity to make brands more desirable and easier to buy”. Has A&E peaked – is this going to ignite the new business sector? The start-up opens its doors for business on Monday with an eight-strong team of fellow co-founders. As well as Murphy and Golding, Ian Heartfield, former chief creative officer at Bartle Bogle Hegarty, was recruited last autumn as creative partner with an equal stake to Murphy and Golding.

An absolutely inspiring presentation last Tuesday from Mark Ritson – as an Intermediary – leaving no stone unturned – who else is going to email the article to No. 10, and Business Secretary – local MP Alok Sharma. We actually think the Government is doing a pretty fabulous job in these challenging times, but if we can add intermediary & communications support – we’re here to help. https://www.marketingweek.com/mark-ritson-ad-industry-rescue-covid-comms-strategy/

Back to Henley, Mayor making was a bit ordinary, it wasn’t incendiary this year, interesting how Zoom is changing the way we work. Do we need to meet – does productivity increase with Zoom, certainly many committees and working groups can now be done on Zoom, and that gives the electorate the benefit of viewing from their armchair. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXGNEuRlaeVNTIiJgjqsAZA?view_as=subscriber

And finally, a special mention for the Procurement conference next week run by Tina Fegent and Dan Jefferies – it’s on the 19th May.https://www.linkedin.com/posts/tina-fegent-fcips-2103573_marketing-procurement-conference-for-the-activity-6665718808134594560-xM01


There’s no birthday outing to the French Horn for us this year – that will have to wait. Golf is back, some sense of normality and the course is in tiptop condition. There will be another Weekly Review next week – we decided to prepare them for you until the end of the May.


We’re looking to help you with your agency reviews, evaluations, and marketing projects. Please do get in touch if we can help you. And as they say, Stay Alert, Control the virus, Save lives.


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Lockdown Week 6

As we roundup Week 6 of lockdown, we review the key points of Marketing that have taken place this week. We clearly are at an inflection of unprecedented change, we review several webinars and key articles – for those working in strong businesses there are immense opportunities – for those furloughed the chance to reflect and come back stronger. What we are all experiencing is hard, it’s a struggle, but by communicating we can help each other. The talk of business and pitches is happening again. I hope you enjoy the long VE weekend.


As lockdown goes on there is the deeper fear of recession, Bank of England predictions this week didn’t look good, Sir Martin Sorrell, of S4 Capital predicts that this downturn is a “reverse square root” – a sharp downturn, then a quick partial rebound, before a plateau at a lower level than the pre-COVID period. The picture varies by sector, with fast-moving consumer goods and tech well-positioned, while travel brands will struggle. Sorrell argues that the advice to spend your way through this recession is “patent nonsense” for companies that have seen distribution evaporate.


  1. So with this in mind, first off we take a look at the Agency Lessons from Recessions and the Cog Blog produced by BJ and A. This piece discusses what most marketing advice has been peddling that line – to be the smartest – keep spending at this time, when the competition slows or stops thus raising share of voice. The flaw being if everyone follows the same marketing advice then share of voice remains the same, and for many distribution channels have simply disappeared.

Here is the link: http://www.bjanda.com/blog/agency-lessons-from-recessions/


  1. Secondly, we review Craig Mawdsley’s article from Campaign magazine. Craig argues there will be a recession, and if your brand is in a category that suffered in 2008 you’re probably at risk of it this time around. A really insightful read, it may well be the wealth of data amassed through having all transactions online through Covid-19 that gives Marketeers this time the alacrity to rebuild.

Here is the link: https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/learned-crisis/1682135


  1. Thirdly, in a change from the norm, an article by Herminia Ibarra – the Harvard Business review is always a good source of thought provoking stimulus. This one looks at Career challenges and reinvention that has been a topic of many recent Lockdown discussions with friends and colleagues.

Here is the link: https://hbr-org.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/hbr.org/amp/2020/04/reinventing-your-career-in-the-time-of-coronavirus


  1. Fourth, we take a look at a Blog piece from the Marketing Centre which compares marketing to the GB Olympic team and the story of marginal gains. The concept of marginal gains is simple: instead of looking for groundbreaking innovations, find and make small improvements wherever possible. By making 1% improvements across a range of areas, your overall performance will be dramatically improved.

Here is the link: https://blog-themarketingcentre-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/blog.themarketingcentre.com/covid-19-perfect-your-marketing?hs_amp=true


  1. Fifth, we followed the MDC and Partners webinar with our consultancy colleagues in the US, and the feeling of a return to normality there is less than a flicker. They are about 4 weeks behind us in terms of the pandemic but this research of the MDC panel shows weekly how emotions are changing. Before we fly again industries will significantly change. We attach this excellent executive summary.

Here is the link: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e7cc8c2f71691717bfc53ef/t/5eb2ff6f76530b42abb00ec2/1588789106208/MDC_HarrisPoll_Wave9_v1_050620.pdf


  1. Sixth, we highlight the new Fix Merchant+ from the US which goes deeper into the core topics of retailing and the usual Friday Fix. Direct to Consumer has seen a big rise on both sides of the Atlantic. At a News Webinar – Steve Chantry CMO of Kraft Heinz spoke of the 10% increase in new customers Kraft are having from a bundled DTC pack for the first time.

Here is the link: https://us1.campaign-archive.com/?u=80025f160be434835759d292b&id=1c1ad5f634


Time for the Work: and hats off this week goes to VCCP and Cadbury for their lovely new work and indeed packaging, the creative just gets stronger and stronger.https://www.vccp.com/en-gb/work/cadbury/this-doesnt-have-to-end


A big shoutout this week goes to Uncommon London, for sending us a candle introducing ‘the Scents of Normality’ Uncommon have collaborated with expert Candle makers Earl of East to help raise money for an incredible charity. Each candle capturing some of the places we’re all missing during lockdown: The local, The cinema and the Festival. We just can’t wait to know what the sequel scents will be if lockdown continues: https://www.earlofeast.com/collections/scents-of-normality




‘Reciprocity’ -  is a big theme going forward – with consumers wanting to support those brands that have been good to them. Tip of the week: always be kind.


For Media Gurus, there is a report out next week – The Future of Media Trading – Mediatel News Editor – David Pidgeon talks with ISBA Director General and a Partner at PwC – May 14 at 10.30am BST, they will look at some of the stats the report reveals. Ohhh and look to find the missing 15% that cannot be found in the entire supply chain. https://info.mediatel.co.uk/en-gb/mediatel_digital_events


We end the round up – back in Henley for VE weekend. There is no Henley Royal Regatta and no Henley Festival this year, but we came across this lovely old piece of 2 minute film. Boats will soon be back in the water, we look forward to seeing you soon – may these times come back soon. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pCvu_ykXhfk&feature=youtu.be#menu


So there is a possibility of some lifting measures from the Prime Minister on Sunday. Germany is eyeing an accelerated return to normality. UK brands are preparing for a partial lockdown lift – some advocate it’s not the time for pulling back on spend – but the time to be bold. We are looking to help you with your agency reviews and wider marketing projects. Please do get back in touch.


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Lockdown Week 5

As we roundup Week 5 of lockdown, we review several key articles that have appeared that define the future of marketing after lockdown. The majority think the UK advertising market will contract at 40% in Q2, its quite gloomy, but this week most agencies seem to have turned a corner and have become busy preparing communications for brands in a post-Covid world. For those furloughed at home, we hope the following links are helpful. There is some evidence of brands beginning to evaluate where to review their communications. We review why Zoom calls make you knackered and finally include two ‘appetising links’ for lockdown. Is WFH time coming to an end?

  1. The first up is a real gem by Rishad Tobaccowala, quite simply a must read. Rishad highlights the Great Re-invention for the post COVID world. It will not be business as usual, it is absolutely critical that businesses use the next 4-6 weeks to get ready for the re-emergence. As he states the future does not fit into the containers of the past. “You are not falling behind your competitors, you are falling behind your customers.”

Here is the link: https://rishadt.wordpress.com/2020/04/25/the-great-re-invention-resurrect-now/

  1. Secondly, a piece published within Digital Intelligence looks at the cuts to all forms of marketing activity in the UK, dropping 6.1% overall, but the IPA Bellweather report asks Marketers to think twice, before pulling spend.

Here is the link: https://digitalstrategyconsulting.com/online-advertising/marketing-budgets-drop-at-fastest-rate-since-last-recession-amid-covid-19-crisis/47423/

  1. Thirdly, we review the table released by Warc/Advertising Association. If you work in cinema advertising then Q2 just wasn’t your quarter. This table was also featured in Gideon Spanier’s piece for Campaign from the Advertising Association website.

Here is the link: https://www.adassoc.org.uk/resource/record-2019-uk-adspend-forecast-to-fall-2020/

  1. Fourth, Mark Ritson debates ‘marketing is infamously a discipline without discipline.’ Half of all marketers in this country aren’t only bereft of any formal training in the subject, more than half are also comfortable with the idea that marketers don’t need marketing qualifications to be able to do it. The long standing CMO Survey results from Duke University are also explained and it’s a good read.

Here is the link: 5 day free access so don’t delay: https://www.marketingweek.com/mark-ritson-marketers-strategic-responsibilities-eroding/

  1. Fifth, we give a shoutout to Simon Andrew’s – Addictive, who sends us his newsletter each week called Friday Fix from the US – there’s always something new to learn in ad serving technologies / media consumption and what’s changing over there.

Here is the link: https://us1.campaign-archive.com/?u=80025f160be434835759d292b&id=992658d83a

  1. And lastly, we reviewed just one webinar this week from the Marketing Society, and from it comes a pithy list of tips on what to do with your Linked-In profile in lockdown.

Here is the link: https://marketingsociety.com/event-review/10-ways-rock-your-profile-linkedin

Time for the work: with the UK midway through lockdown there are fewer new campaigns. This one ‘Ode to Shut-down sport’  created by agency Iris for Adidas, points to hope for the future, we think it’s spot on! https://adage.com/creativity/work/adidas-ready-sport/2253016

Why Zoom calls make you knackered? A BBC worklife study found video calls require more focus than a face-to-face chat. Video chats require us to work harder processing non-verbal cues like facial expressions, the tone and pitch of the voice, and body language, paying more attention, and all these consumes more energy. https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200421-why-zoom-video-chats-are-so-exhausting?ocid=ww.social.link.linkedin

Back to Henley, how would you launch a new Gin during lockdown. Here is the link to the Hobbs Henley Gin story, it’s strong stuff. http://www.different-perspective.club/an-interview-with-the-founders-of-mr-hobbs-gin/

And finally, we would like to thank Atomic London for sending us this appetising treat. The Quality Chop House is a super – down to earth – traditional restaurant opposite their office and the ‘Mince on Dripping Toast’ there is just amazing! How kind of them to point out the secret recipe was released in this week’s Sunday Times, no better way for getting through lockdown. For the Quality Chop House recipes: chicken pie, mince on dripping toast and more:https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/3ce6fedc-8319-11ea-8a4a-4fb1a38ed7a5?shareToken=76e25bb991ec493db8fe65ac774640c6

So, with brands preparing for the Lockdown-lift we are looking to help you with your agency reviews, evaluations, and marketing projects. Please do get in touch, we will be happy to help you.

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Lockdown Week 4

Another week in lockdown and our review of the relevant points in Marketing this week. We highlight two WFH webinars, an interesting view from Craig Mawdsley, review the links below – and some that frankly made us smile.


  1. The Cog Blog from BJ&A: This one looks at what the agency world will look like after lockdown on return. Whether you follow the Hoffman view, or the Ritson view there will be less money to go around, by far the majority of costs in agencies is staff – agencies will have to cut back. There are already signs of this with the holding companies preparing themselves, the markets, and their staff for redundancies. An unfortunate, but inevitable position.

Here is the link:



  1. The Marketing Society this week had a Global webinar from 7 markets, chaired by the outgoing CEO Gemma Greaves. This looked at the challenges Marketers face and how they can act smartly. The key points are included below: The pandemic allows the resetting of communication values; the opportunity to leapfrog for direct to consumer businesses; it’s time to stop thinking like marketer and think more like owner; when consumers are going to reward people that speak plainly and share empathy with them. Edward Bell (from Cathay Pacific) drew on the learnings from SARS and that how it was the time for the craziest ideas, now is the time to go for it. For marketers the need to manage your time well between problem solving, forecasting and time spent on Zoom calls. Our view remains marketing is ‘responsible for growth’ as soon as the lockdown is lifted the drive for growth will be absolutely insane.

Here is the link of the summary:



The big news from Procter and Gamble came this week. P&G are ramping up marketing amid coronavirus demand: ‘This is not a time to go off-air’. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, advertisers are all grappling with the same quandary: to spend or not to spend. Procter & Gamble has committed to the former. So with Essity, Kimberly-Clark and P&G upping spend, and with Essity appointing AMV BBDO for paper, the battle for loo roll leadership is set to be supported by new advertising.


We highlight Craig Mawdsley’s view on Think with Google, ‘How to lead brands through the steepest learning curve of our professional lives’. It’s a positive spin and a good condensed read. His tips: ‘Don’t be self serving; don’t be cynical; don’t talk like an organisation. Do the right thing, and keep doing it when this ends.’



Time for the work: Congratulations for NHS work this week, the Stay at Home campaign delivered by St Lukes, and Uncommon for producing this creative work for ITV under lockdown. Brilliant!



Our Weekly Applause: goes to R\GA New York, when asked for a photo of the senior management team for the AdAge awards, they responded with an image of everyones first name that works there. Great response, they’re all equally wonderful.





The talk of marketing’s terrible buzzwords, whether the excruciating use of  ‘circling back’, ‘diarise’, ‘deepdive’ upsets you – the word ‘Ideate’  (with nearly 4000 votes) is the winner in BBH’s World Cup Series of Marketing’s most terrible buzzwords.





And finally, it’s not often you get the HRH to do a comedy sketch with Stephen Fry, BBC’s ‘The Big Night In’ featured this week with Comic relief and Children in Need. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_ifv6ZOuvw


So another week passes, sanity in Henley comes from frequent exercise and walks along the river. We are in lockdown (for another two weeks), but fortunate to live in such a lovely area. We’re here to help you on your marketing /agency review projects from home for now, or over Zoom, so do get back intouch.


Kind regards,



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Lockdown Week 3

This week we review three more webinars, highlight three pieces of creative work – we have had various calls with Agency CEO’s in the UK, we have also caught up with a couple of agencies by Zoom in New York. It’s been a week when many have tried to get on with those always delayed household DIY chores.

  1. First up is Mark Ritson’s review of Marketing in Coronavirus and what it means for Marketeers going forward. Mark excellently highlights the serious implications, as well as the important role Marketeers play in term of generating profit and keeping the economy going. Mark lists the different modes that companies are working to, whether a flex, fix, or freeze mode. And goes on to look at the role of changing marketing departments during the crisis. At this point – he sees 2020 as a tactical pinpong match, brands should be taking time out but thinking 2021 as the strategy year when things begin to re-emerge. If you have the time, this is a ‘must watch’ for anyone really.

Here is the Link: https://vimeo.com/405854307/56ea8cdd5d


  1. Adweek ran its live webinar on Covid 19 on Tuesday and looked how agencies were coping in the lockdown, there are some interesting comms learnings from the US.

Here is the Link: https://www.linkedin.com/video/live/urn:li:ugcPost:6655856085263536128/


  1. One of the more light hearted pieces this week was the Ongoing series ‘marketing in pyjamas’ – watch towards the end, ‘pad of the week’ goes to former Unilever supremo Keith Weed – there is hope for all Marketeers going forward.

Here is the link: https://www.tribegroup.co/marketers-in-pyjamas

There’s space in Our Weekly Review for the Annual Campaign School Report, released today, it’s a ratings we often use when finally shortlisting agencies. https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/school-reports-2020-sibling-rivalry-sparks-change-top/1680078 For those on the up, with an 8 or a 9 well done, for those going down in the ratings, it will be buried on a desk with more important news. Congratulations go to A&E/DDB for toppling AMV BBDO from the annual Nielsen billing league and gaining pole position. In particular, congratulations go to Tammy Einav, who way back worked with me trying to get McCann to the number one slot. Back then she was a New Business Account Manager, now CEO of A&E/DDB in London, she is calmly running the Biggest agency in the UK.

Time for the Work: three brands we highlight this week for producing outstanding work during the crisis, the first is slightly biased, but I do get a shiny seat occasionally, thanks to Joanne.


  1. First up, British Airways, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=615KyCRUTnU delivered a great ad this week, created by Ogilvy Uk. Whilst the airline has furloughed 36,000 cabin crew, its still made this spot that tugs at the heartstrings of Britain. Featuring the colleagues in the ad, cabin crew, flight deck and CEO Alex Cruz it shows the optimism of the airline and pride to return to fly. Creatively delivered, they’re doing all they can to support the NHS.


  1. We loved the new EE spot, Jeremy Lee called this one out, created by Saatchi and Saatchi, a ‘slice of Bacon’, its shows how EE is gifting unlimited data services to NHS workers. https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/ee-gifts-unlimited-data-nhs-workers-kevin-bacon-fronted-campaign/1679864


  1. And we also highlight the Co-Op local heroes campaign, great work produced under the constraints of the lockdown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIZ7AEi465o this ad was created by Lucky Generals.


And finally, last and definitely least, Council meetings go on in Henley, I don’t always get my way. So if you really have nothing better to watch, here is the link to the first ever Full council under Zoom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs0e4Fpi0wY


This Week’s applause goes to Captain Tom Moore, Captain Tom originally planned to raise £1,000 by completing 100 lengths of his 25 metre garden before his 100th birthday on April 30. But his amazing efforts captured the public imagination and the country has taken him to their hearts, donating in their droves – and the cash is still rolling in, £15 million, quite amazing. Here’s his fundraising link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tomswalkforthenhs


With the UK now set on another three weeks of lockdown, social distancing seems to be working, people are getting use to the new way of working, the economy looks set to take a real hit. We continue to seek projects to keep us busy, of any variety, so if you would like to discuss your agency needs for when the lockdown ends, please do get in touch on 07730 431171, or email me above.

Stay healthy, and stay positive, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Kind regards,



Lockdown Week 2

I hope you are keeping healthy and staying well in lockdown. I thought I would highlight some of our top picks, we have seen this week from various sources, webinars and other such calls that we are making with the various CEO’s of the industry.


Top picks:

1.     Arguably the most useful webinar to date was put together by WPP, this happened in the first week of the lockdown and looked at which sectors would recover first and the experiences in the Far east where most things are getting back to normal. In the Uk we are far from normal here as Lockdown looks set to continue for the next two weeks at least. Most brands have been balancing whether to go ‘dark’ during lockdown, and save marcomms budget, or whether to stay ‘bright’ for the inevitable recovery.

Here’s the Link: https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2230918/ABB1C478B599A9602947E8739B7CC84C?mode=login&email=tf@tinafegent.com

Retailers who have had to close under lockdown have understandably gone dark, unless they had a digital platform and  online delivery service, Fortnum & Mason has just furloughed 700 staff.


2.     This Webinar was followed by the Kantor/Ogilvy webinar, on ‘Retailing in the UK,’ clearly the supermarkets have been busy with hoarding and a huge increase in frequency of purchase but how have they been coping, click and collect is on the rise, Ocado and Tesco delivery spots are sparse, new distancing parameters means overall till roll will stabilise. The session looked at which categories are in growth, why there was so much frequency of purchase, based largely on the Superpanel data.

Here’s the Link for this and forthcoming webinars: https://www.kantar.com/Inspiration/Coronavirus/WEBINAR-How-brands-can-survive-the-COVID-19-crisis


3.     The advertising Cog blog Spot: Is it right to advertise in a recession? Our view is proceed with caution and spend on your media wisely and look for savings on media where offers are prevalent.

Here’s the link: http://www.bjanda.com/blog/advertising-in-a-crisis-be-wary-of-lessons-from-past-recessions/


4.     Adaptability is a new buzzword. Our colleagues at Econsultancy are finding evidence of Adaptability in Marketing? As marketers adapt to the ‘new normal’, many are finding both positives and negatives in working from home, with a dip in team morale balanced by a new sense of empathy for colleagues. This according to findings is from the second survey conducted by Econsultancy and Marketing Week on the impact of COVID-19, involving 1,990 global marketers and agency professionals.

We highlight this one and the link: http://view.mail.centaurmedia.com/ qs=e995f5066225a256d554d06d2481362b866451c6c2f90fb04e655981ea9d575a3c2476ce9cd02615ab79a4928efe81d3f84a9ec96bef73a8b9eef0bfce7478f512e5424a29c5f4969a6598ff2986c0d3


  1. The Good Friday Mobile/Fix the View from the US on all things media in conjunction with the Media Kitchen



Most CEOs are focusing on revenue stabilisation, furloughing where relevant, dropping industry awards and looking at non discretionary spend. Agency CEO’s are seeing how their agencies are configured from home. Those most prepped for delivering service levels will be the most stable. It really will be a survival of the fittest. Our holding company Leader of the week goes to the Mark Read of WPP, his calmness and understanding is steering WPP away from the revenue pressures as the teams sensibly hunker down.


Our view is clear, the agencies best prepared are making it work already, or using European offshoring offices in Sweden and Norway to deliver creative work, but a wider lockdown will limit ability to deliver. Most agencies are evolving a light touch, safe distancing, with just two people on filming projects for example, having agency talent in the right city to deliver has been a problem. Homeworking is working for most (and is set to last in the UK) although the addition of children at home proved demanding for some. Most new business pitches have stalled as agencies are focusing on their current client needs.


We strongly believe that those brands that go into this crisis with adspend on brand values with emerge in the better place. Whilst the world around us looks like a disaster movie, there is an opportunity to prepare for the future. Brands need to keep selling and keep the cash moving. There is evidence of brands supporting very human approaches to support society. There are a couple of brands that have used the lockdown to change their advertising model – following the mantra better, simpler, cheaper, we see this as a short term reaction, the focus is still on driving down ‘non working spend’ rather than adding agency competencies.


So with very limited sport, no Henley regatta or festival, no Cannes, Wimbledon, and Royal Ascot all cancelled. What are we going to do? There is a real sense of society caring for the vulnerable with medicines in our community. We are shopping from home – a positive note we heard this week that Majestic Wines processed £2.5 million of wine sales via their new website in a day, so those brands with an e- commerce platform, and a continuing serviceable one are the green shoots for the commercial future. Surprised by the quality of wine purchased it was only marginally up, so even in these times only a few treats for us all.


We really hope to get back to work soon, as projects sit dormant, we are here to be supportive, to do accelerated pitches to shorten the pitch process. We are working from home, but are here to help you if we can, until next time…lets be positive.


Kind regards,



Lockdown Week 1

Coming soon.

Let’s Get Down to Business: Will Hamilton, Hamilton Associates

Will_H_7smallerWILL HAMILTON is the owner of Hamilton Associates, a consultancy which he set up five years ago. Born in Kent, his family moved to Bristol when he was one. He became a boarder at St Edward’s School, Oxford, followed by Kingston University where he earned a degree in business studies. He has lived in Henley for 22 years and has been a town councillor for the last eight, serving as deputy mayor in 2016/17. He is keen following of sport, especially rugby and rowing. He will take part in the London Marathon in April for the first time. His main love is the river and he owns a slipper launch on which he spends many happy hours with his partner Joanne Cope, who works for British Airways as senior cabin crew.

Describe your business

Hamilton Associates is an intermediary, helping clients to get the best from their communication partners. We advise on agency search and selection, negotiate remuneration and focus on optimising marketing relationships to achieve exceptional performance.

How many people does it employ?

I work alone but have many associated partnerships.

What did you do before you started this business?

When I was at university I had an intern scholarship at the University of North Carolina and subsequently took a masters degree in marketing. I became a graduate trainee at Asprey’s in New York and then a marketing executive for British Airways. Those two roles introduced me to the importance of managing brands. When I returned to Britain, I worked with some major marketing and advertising companies, becoming marketing director for McCann Erickson and Publicis.

When did you start your business?

In 2013.

What was your objective?

I wanted to use my experience to become an intermediary and have a better work/life balance.

Who or what influenced you?

It just felt right. I saw other pioneers setting up on their own and thought, “why not do the same?”

Do you have a mentor or role model?

I worked at Agency Assessments International for five years and Peter Cowie made a big impact on me. Every six months I meet with Murray Chick and Ian Armstrong who have become good mentors.

What would you do differently if you started again?

Looking back, I should have had more process. I didn’t really have a proper structure or business plan.

How is your business doing?

It has been quite a tough year and achieving top line growth has been hard.

How do you market your business?

Referrals are a major source of new business. Networking is a vital part of my marketing strategy. I’m a regular at the Henley Business Partnership’s monthly 3FM meetings. I follow marketing directors who I’ve done work for when they change jobs — I reconnect.

What’s the best thing about running your own business?

I enjoy the flexibility and being able to do other things. It enables me to carry out my role as a councillor, which accounts for a good 10 hours of my time each week.

What’s the most challenging aspect?

Making it all fit together in terms of prioritising.

Where is your business headed?

We’re warmed up, so now is the time to ramp it up.

Do you have a five-year plan?

Yes. The advertising industry is changing rapidly and it’s currently a cacophony of chaos. It’s a challenge to help clients understand how to navigate through what’s happening. I’m optimistic that this will present us with some great opportunities.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned?

The importance of listening to clients, having empathy and showing diplomacy as well as continually learning.

What would you advise someone starting a business?

Carefully think through why you are doing it. It’s extraordinary what you can achieve if you believe! Develop a network of people with experience and meet lots of different people. Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know” in answer to a question.

What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made?

Expecting to win everything I’ve pitched for. I’m a sensitive soul but now accept that I won’t win every proposal.

How organised are you?

Reasonably. I can’t stand people who are late.

What’s the secret of your success?

Being good at networking and having the ability to work with different people and helping them succeed.

What three qualities are most important in business?

Ability. Having a positive attitude and being prepared to work hard.

How do you dress for work?

Business casual. Ties only come out for weddings, funerals and Henley Royal Regatta.

What can’t you do without every day?

Being busy.

Lunch at your desk or going out?

Generally on the run. I’m a grazer.

Do you continue to study?

Yes, I read lots of business books.

What else do you read?

Lots of council papers. The Henley Standard as soon as it comes out each week.

How are you planning for retirement?

Everyone in my age group is almost certainly going to work longer, probably until we are 70. Eventually I want to play more golf and spend more time on the river.


SOURCE: https://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/business/134779/let-s-get-down-to-business-will-hamilton-hamilton-associates.html