Creative leaders on the art of successful mobile brand advertising

In celebration of creativity and the 2013 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the IAB has created a unique, comprehensive view of today’s mobile creative best practices. IAB started with the consumer and with Dynamic Logic data from more than 100+ mobile campaigns. Based on the data, Dynamic Logic, Millward Brown’s digital practice, created 4 high level thought starters for mobile creative best practices.

IAB asked Millward Brown’s qualitative practice, Firefly, to ask a variety of agency creatives to elaborate on these initial best practices, thought starters – to share perspective and thoughts on how to enhance the thought starters.

We conducted 15 in depth telephone interviews with senior level creatives from 2 quota groups:

  • Quota A1: Judges at either Cannes or IAB MIXX Awards.
  • Quota A2: Involved with global campaigns, native to digital, prior to current role were in a position which focused on mobile, and have familiarity working with 360 campaigns.

Research participants came from a range of advertising agencies including Chiat Day, Draft FCB, JWT, R/GA and Digitas.

The 4 mobile creative best practices thought starters

The mobile creative best practices cover 4 areas:

  • Branding: Clear and persistent branding is important for building brand awareness
  • Design: A striking color palette can drive ad recall, but legibility is paramount
  • Messaging: Short, focused messaging plays well in mobile’s small format
  • Response: Consumers respond to mobile ads that give them something back
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Mobile creatives expand upon the thought starters

Most of the mobile creatives we spoke with are doing mobile work which they say is experiential and cross-channel, not limited to mobile display/banners. They acknowledged the relevance of the thought starter principles to mobile display/banners, and feel these principles are not always relevant to the “bigger” mobile work they are doing.

The mobile creatives we talked with agreed with the 4 mobile display/banner principles uncovered in the consumer research, and helped us enhance these principles to be relevant to the mobile work they are doing today.

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