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JWT Intelligence’s 100 Key Predictions for 2015

23 Jan

Each year, JWT Intelligence offers 100 interesting trends to be aware of for the coming year. Here are its 2015 predictions.
 

 

Can McDonald’s Be Fast Again — in Service and Sales Growth?

19 Jan

Isn’t it time for a number of fast-food restaurants to return to their roots and offer scaled-down menus and fast service?

In the “good old days,” fast-food menus were really simple. Take a look at this early McDonald’s menu, for example. (And yes, as with everything in the “good old days,” prices were really low then. :-) )

Photo by Getty Images

However, over the last several years, many fast-food chains have added numerous items to their menus — sometimes to broaden their target markets and other times to include some healthier items.

Consider this 2015 screen capture from McDonald’s Web site. It’s not even readable unless you actually visit the Web site. [Please read more below the image!!!]

Mcdonalds menu

McDonald’s seems to have gotten the message — albeit just a bit so far. After a period of lackluster results, the world’s biggest fast-food chain has decided to trim its menu. To date, the other leading fast-food food restaurants do NOT seem to have gotten this message at all.

Keeping in mind the screen shot above, what do you think of this move by McDonald’s? 

According to Mary Bowerman, writing for USA Today:

“McDonald’s is sending eight items to the chopping block and maybe even getting rid of some ingredients, as the fast-food chain tries to revamp its supersize-me reputation. The chain announced plans to speed up service time by simplifying the menu and reducing the number of Extra Value Meals from 16 to 11. The chain plans on reducing choices of various items, meaning instead of four quarter-pound options, consumers will have one.”

 

Entrepreneurs Feeling GREAT About 2015

17 Jan

After enduring the Great Recession, many — but, by no means all — entrepreneurs have done better the last couple of years. So, how are they feeling as we enter further into 2015?

As Leigh Buchanan reports for Inc., the leading publication devoted to entrepreneurs, as well small and fast-growing firms:

“Entrepreneurs, optimistic by nature, are particularly — indeed, almost giddily — enthusiastic. Our second annual State of Small Business survey finds their collective confidence up sharply from last year. While they do have concerns — about health care costs, political gridlock, and regulation — most seem to share the sentiments of J. Schwan, CEO of Solstice Mobile in Chicago, who says, ‘It would take something pretty significant to inhibit the growth we’ve been experiencing.'”

“The percentage of respondents who describe themselves as ‘very confident’ about the economy’s prospects over the next 12 months has almost tripled, from just under 10 percent last year to 26 percent this year. The number who say they have little confidence that the economy will be strong has dropped by more than half.”

“Survey respondents, drawn from the Inc. 5000 universe of America’s fastest-growing companies, were even more upbeat about the prospects for their own companies, with 57 percent rating them as ‘excellent,’ versus 38 percent [last year]. The percentage who see their company’s 12-month outlook as average or poor fell from 16 percent to just 8 percent.”

Click the image to read more.
 
Inc

 

What Are the 50 Most Socially Influential Brands?

16 Jan

There are various reports on the social influence of brands. A new brand rating from Lithium Technologies (whose social software helps companies respond on social networks and build trusted content on a community they own) rates the  importance of the leading 50 social global brands.

In its ranking system, Lithium notes the following:

“The Klout 50 is a ranking of the top 50 global brands with the most social influence and engagement. The Klout 50 is the ultimate ranking of brands that are authentically connecting with their digital audience. These social elite brands are the most active on social media platforms and their audiences consistently share and interact with their digital content.

“Amazon lands the #1 spot followed by Microsoft and MTV. These brands are reinventing the way they connect with people and share experiences on social media. They are authentic, create compelling and meaningful content as well as engage with everyone – not just the positive, most influential fans.”

“The Klout 50 is based on the Interbrand 2014 Best Global Brands report and corresponding Klout Scores. Klout Scores are compiled using proprietary algorithms, determined by more than 400 signals from eight different networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ as well as real world data from Wikipedia. Brand value strength is not enough to succeed on social media, as evidenced by only Microsoft, Google, and McDonald’s being recognized for their global brand and social media success, securing a top ten spot on both the Klout 50 and Interbrand’s list.”

Click the image to see the Klout 50 and read more.
 

 

How to Shop More Safely Online

12 Jan

As we know, hacking and identity theft make us more vulnerable than ever when we shop with a credit or debit card — whether in a store, over the phone, or online. So, we need to do all we can to protect ourselves.
 
In the infographic below from Sainsbury’s Bank, “We’ve put together 15 steps for safe online shopping, along with how to stay safe using mobile devices, and Wi-Fi. We’ve also included tips on what to do if you encounter any illegal activity.”
 

 

Digital Marketing Gets Even Bigger in 2015

11 Jan

The strong shift to digital marketing will continue in 2015. If you are not yet on board, it really is time to hop on!!

As grepsr (a “Web Crawling service for everyone”) reports:

“During the last few years, SoLoMo (social, local, and mobile) have remained the defining trends in marketing, and data have played a crucial role in their advancement. In 2015, these trends will continue penetrating deeper and expanding wider in the global market, and data integration will be more pervasive.”

“Remarkably, new AdTechs like Internet of Things (IOT) and wearable technologies will begin taking off and contributing greatly to marketing. According to eMarketer, advertisers will spend nearly $600 billion worldwide in 2015, and online advertising will continue growing bigger.”

Here is an infographic on projected 2015 digital trends.
 

 

2014’s Most Popular Posts at Evans on Marketing

6 Jan

In 2014, there were more than 275 posts made at Evans on Marketing. They were viewed by people in 140+ different countries. Thank you! :-)

These were our most popular posts in 2014 (listed by total views). If you haven’t yet read them, please take a look at whatever interests you:

L’Oréal Ups Its Product Mix in China

Celebrity Endorsements: Who Is Ahead in the Burger Wars?

How Colors Affect Consumers’ Product Perceptions

The Most Popular Social Media for Young People

Questions NOT to Ask During a Job Interview

A Bundle of Resume Tips

Is Facebook’s Acquisition Strategy the Right Approach?

Too Many Brands Not Keeping Up with Social Media Activity

Sensory Marketing – Strengthening Brand Perception by Appealing to All the Five Senses

The Growing Importance of Generation Z

100 Tips to Make Your Resume Better

Self Branding for a Successful Career

Is Your Resume Too Boring?

Breathe Energy Into Your “Social” Life

Secrets for Influencing Others

How P&G Plans to Profit in Today’s Economy

While Samsung Rises, Sony Falls

Be a Smarter Tourist: Avoid These Scams

The Impact of Corporate Culture on Branding

 

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