A year of living with the Housing Units brand

Like a proud parent, we’re celebrating the first year of our Housing Units rebrand. In October 2017 we sent the new…


The Behavioural Economics Series: Hot State Decision

High levels of emotion can impact the rational process of making a decision.People underestimate the influences of…


Should you use AR or VR to market your brand?

Marketers toying with the prospect of engaging customers through virtual or augmented reality may struggle to justify…


The Behavioural Economics Series: Power of Free

As humans, anything free is hugely motivating and attractive to us.In an experiment at MIT Dan Ariely author of…


Women pet owners more likely to be brand loyal while men follow the crowd

While consumers are most likely to use their hearts over their heads when buying for their beloved pets, our new survey…


The Behavioural Economics series: Mental Accounting

As humans, we mentally categorise our money depending on where it comes from or what it has been allocated for in our…


Our pledge for gender equality

The Market Creative’s gender equality pledge is our commitment to promoting gender equality in advertising. It provides…


Silentnight declares war on plastic

This week we unveil our new advertising campaign to raise awareness of Silentnight’s commitment to sustainability and…


Gender equality in advertising report: Influencing consumer behaviour for the better

During my two decades working in advertising, the role and portrayal of gender has never been more in the…


The Behavioural Economics series: Representativeness

The Representativeness heuristic or shortcut explains our tendency to make assumptions or link things together on a…


The Behavioural Economics series: Loss Aversion

This bias explains why we over value what we already have. We feel the pain of losing something we have almost twice as…


The Behavioural Economics series: Social Incentive

The Social Incentive bias explains the positive impact that being part of a society can have on an individual. Our…


The Behavioural Economics series: Goal Dilution

Goal Dilution explains the way we perceive the quality of products or services. The more singular something is in its…


If your customers have to work hard, your brand isn’t working hard enough

Just like we talked about in our Engage Me trend blog, consumers today are a time-poor and easily bored bunch. So it’s…


Anchoring Behaviour Economics

The Behavioural Economics series: Anchoring

Our decisions are often steered by ‘anchors’ which give us a starting point to base our final decision on. The first…


Branding: what’s in a name change?

Naming can make or break a brand. Along with the investment risk, a temporary name change has the potential to alienate…


The Behavioural Economics series: Value Perception

Perceived value is the value that a product or service has in a consumer’s mind. They’re usually unaware of what goes…


Consumers don’t have time to focus on every brand. Make them want to make time for yours.

We know all too well, that people have even less time and patience for marketing messages and content these days. And…


The Behavioural Economics series: Restraint bias

As Oscar Wilde once said: “I can resist everything except temptation.” The Kellogg School of Management, in…


Bumper ads: How to tell a story in 6 seconds

Since 2016, YouTube has been offering advertisers six-second ‘bumper ads’ to help beat short attention spans, and 2018…


The Behavioural Economics series: Status Quo

When it comes to making decisions, we often unconsciously consider things that are comfortable and familiar.  Things…


Top 5 Packaging Trends 2018

Consumers are demanding more from their packaging design, from alignment with ethical and social preferences to…


Stand up and be counted by your consumers

Consumers want brands with values, and they want them with a big old helping of bravery. Brands are being challenged to…


The Behavioural Economics series: Decoy Effect

Adding a less desirable option (a decoy) makes other options more appealing. A decoy can equally be a strategically…


School of Thought

On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June, I headed over to McCann’s head office in Prestbury for the School of Thought…


The Behavioural Economics series: Commitment: Personal Investment

The more involved people are in creating something, the better they feel about the end product! This can lead to…


The Behavioural Economics Series: Reciprocity

In response to friendly actions, people are frequently much nicer and much more cooperative than predicted. And…


The Behavioural Economics Series: Priming Effect

Priming is something that happens at a very subconscious level. Often when we are exposed to a stimulus like sight,…


The Behavioural Economics Series: Scarcity heuristic

As the saying goes, “we always want what we can’t have”. And that’s exactly what the scarcity heuristic is. It’s a…


The Behavioural Economics Series: Bizarreness Effect

Understanding why we make the choices we make gives you a greater opportunity to influence them, and is changing the…