Media Planning

Actionable Intelligence in Performance Analytics

Actionable Intelligence in Performance Analytics

All the data in the world will not lead to business growth if you can not mine it successfully for insights. What that takes is smart data analysis — and the right approach and tools to carry it off. To succeed in today’s challenging and competitive environment, marketers must break down the silos across departments, teams, and channels to consolidate data and see a unified view of the audience. By bringing data together, businesses are better able to understand and respond to their audience needs — and that leads to growth.

The Role and Meaning of Algorithms

The Role and Meaning of Algorithms

Algorithms are all around us, using stores of data and complex analytics to make decisions with often significant impacts on humans – from choosing the content people see on social media to judging whether a person is a good credit risk or job candidate. Here are some of the key findings from recent research by the Pew Research Center.

Love and Marriage in America

Love and Marriage in America

The landscape of relationships in America has shifted dramatically in recent decades. From cohabitation to same-sex marriage to interracial and interethnic marriage, here are several facts about love and marriage in the United States.

Data Privacy in Digital Marketing

Data Privacy in Digital Marketing

How people think about their data and privacy has fundamentally changed. Forward-thinking marketers understand that online privacy concerns are real, and they have been preparing all along. These marketers strive for growth, but not at the cost of consumer trust. Instead, they invest in ways to protect and strengthen their relationships with customers, ultimately creating brands that will endure. These marketers realize that responsible marketing is more important than ever because the expectations for privacy are higher than ever.

Podcast: Labels and Cognitive Processes

Podcast: Labels and Cognitive Processes

We are each born labeled. In moments of ambiguity, those labels can change the way people make decisions about us. As a cognitive process, it is invisible, involuntary, and unconscious – and that’s why psychology is working so hard to understand it.

Podcast: Moral Arguments and the Empathy Gap

Podcast: Moral Arguments and the Empathy Gap

“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” - Rumi

In this divisive and polarized era how do you bridge the political divide between left and right? How do you persuade the people on the other side to see things your way? New research by sociologist Robb Willer and psychologist Matthew Feinberg suggests that the answer is in learning how to cross something they call the empathy gap.

Podcast: Cognitive Perception, Positive Messaging for Learning, and Optimism

Podcast: Cognitive Perception, Positive Messaging for Learning, and Optimism

In this episode, Tali Sharot, a cognitive neuroscientist and psychologist at University College London, explains our' innate optimism bias. When the brain estimates the outcome of future events, it tends to reduce the probability of negative outcomes for itself, but not so much for other people. Sharot explains why and details how we can use our knowledge of this mental quirk to our advantage both personally and institutionally.

Podcast: Innovation, Insights, and Connections

Podcast: Innovation, Insights, and Connections

In this episode of the YANSS Podcast, David McRaney sits down with legendary science historian James Burke. In Connections, he offered an “alternate view of history” in which great insights took place because of anomalies and mistakes, because people were pursuing one thing, but it lead somewhere surprising or was combined with some other object or idea they could never have imagined by themselves. Innovation took place in the spaces between disciplines, when people outside of intellectual and professional silos, unrestrained by categorical and linear views, synthesized the work of people still trapped in those institutions, who, because of those institutions, had no idea what each other was up to and therefore couldn’t predict the trajectory of even their own disciplines, much less history itself.

Cultural and Digital Relevancy is the New Language

Cultural and Digital Relevancy is the New Language

As U.S. Hispanics increasingly turn to online sources to inform their decisions and purchases, brands are working to engage this tech-savvy audience with relevant content and ads across platforms and devices. Here are several ways to integrate cultural and digital relevancy into brand communications.

The Art of Brand Loyalty: Lessons from Legislators

The Art of Brand Loyalty: Lessons from Legislators

The news on emails released by Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton have prompted public officials to look at their online communication and brand longevity differently. Every elected official is a public brand, and experienced legislators are using creative content and new technologies to cultivate brand loyalty. Here are several lessons we can learn from them.