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Trends I love: Reverse shopping

Large clothing and furniture companies have initiated “reverse shopping” campaigns, motivating the audience to resell old or unused products they’ve bought from the companies. We’ve been doing it since forever, but to get the brands actually involved in the process is a great step towards less pollution and smarter consumption.

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Brands take on TikTok

Just like any other social network, the first perception of TikTok was – “it’s just for kids”. The same mentality we encountered 8 years ago when trying to sell the then new Facebook Pages to brands, has continued until today (and it probably will continue further on).

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The “je ne sais quoi” of Maximum Effort’s marketing

Let me start this post with saying that I might be a little biased. Even though I’ve never been a huge fan of Ryan Reynolds’ career (except for Deadpool, off course), I instantly fell in love with his (company’s?) way of doing marketing, from the first ad I saw.

Remember the Deadpool promo videos? It was a still new approach and not many of us were used to see movie characters promoting their movies this way, but looking back at those same videos now, they’re still as cool as they were the first time I saw them. I kind of think that breaking the fourth wall in the Deadpool movies, has actually helped set a direction in all the overall marketing communication that we’re now used to see from the Maximum Effort Production.

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Small Design Change vs. Big Brand Change

Most of the time, change is really really tough, especially in the world of marketing. You invest so much into creating and building a brand, fight for the recognition and remembrance, just to find out after a while that all that you’ve done needs a refreshment, or that it’s just plain boring and (already?) old :/

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How to have a social media break (when you work in an ad agency)

Too much time online, wasting days and days on endless scrolling, aimlessly searching for something new. Yup, we’ve all been there. Especially this past year during the lock-downs, time spent on social media has increased significantly, unfortunately on account of our productivity. So, the first thing that comes to mind when you get in that evil loop is to have a social media break. Uninstall the apps, try to completely forget about them, and once you’ve restarted your mind, try to have a more thought out approach.

The thing is, not everyone can do this. Some of us who work in (digital) marketing agencies are obliged to spend at least half of our day online, creating content for our clients, answering the audiences questions, or even following what is new on the market. Marketing (especially digital) is a fast turning job and you can rarely allow yourself a big break. So what can we do in order go have a social media cleanse if a whole detox is not possible? Here are a few ideas.

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Superbowl ad favorites 2020

It’s one of the most anticipated events in the marketing industry, expected to be the place where brands compete in their creativity in communication. Unfortunately, this years Superbowl ads gave me the impression that the only competition was in the amounts for media placement and number of celebrities included. From more than 30 ads, I chose only six, and if I’m being totally honest, only a few of them would make it to the “best” list if the competitors were not so bad 🙂 Anyways, enjoy the “chosen ones” 🙂

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The Kardashian Empire

Let’s agree from the start that this will be a totally marketing overview, all judgement and opinions about the main protagonists aside. We simply can not ignore the fact that no matter how wrong their messages may be, it is a simple fact that they have mastered the modern day marketing.


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