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Spotlight on chocolate confectionery: 10 innovative products from around the world

Posted By Brian O’Connor, Senior Consumer Analyst at Mintel, 20 February 2018

As Easter approaches, chocolate confectionery is once again in the spotlight. In Ireland, concerns over sugar are putting pressure on sales, as consumers limit their consumption of chocolate and switch to better-for-you (BFY) alternatives. However, with Irish consumers noting that the emotional benefits of chocolate are important to them, there is scope for brands to put a greater emphasis on smaller-portion formats, positioning chocolate as a treat that can be enjoyed in moderation and as part of a balanced diet.

 

“Permissible indulgence”

This describes the ways that consumers justify their decision to indulge in “not especially good for you” products. Depending on the occasion, permissible indulgence can refer to the decision to eat a small portion of an indulgent product. But, at other times, consumers consider their consumption of a larger (regular) portion of a BFY product in the same category to be permissible. For example, a consumer may sometimes consider it permissible to indulge in a small portion of an extremely rich and decadent chocolate confectionery - hence the growth of bite and thin formats. But at other times, the consumer may opt instead to indulge in a regular serving of BFY chocolate such as a sugar and dairy-free bar or a supergrains-enriched chocolate tablet.

 

Here, Brian O’Connor, Senior Consumer Analyst at Mintel, takes a look at the key consumer trends shaping the chocolate confectionery market and the latest in product innovation.

 

 

Chokablok Titchy Jelly bean EggChokABlok, Titchy Jelly Bean Egg - UK:

 This thick Belgian milk chocolate egg with a puddle of lime flavour chocolate, crammed with tangy jelly beans and popping candy. As described in Mintel’s 2018 Global Food & Drink Trend ‘New Sensations’, the sound, feel and satisfaction that texture provides is becoming more important for food and drink companies and consumers alike.

 

 

Rich Cheese ChocolateFujiya Wine To Tanoshimu Look Carré, Rich Cheese Chocolate - Japan:

Unexpected flavours provide new eating experiences. This Japanese chocolate contains cheddar cheese and freeze-dried cheese, and is suggested to be paired with white wine.

 

Jungle BitesiChoc Expedition, Jungle Bites Organic Dark Chocolate - Finland:

As consumers look for permissible indulgence, launches of chocolate products described as "bites" have grown 50% over the past five years, according to Mintel’s Global New Products Database. These vegan bites from Finland, sweetened with coconut blossom sugar, contain tiger nuts and cocoa nibs.


 

Lemon Wafer White ChocolateRitter Sport, Lemon Wafer White Chocolate - Germany:

Now available for the spring season of 2018, this white chocolate tablet is filled with skimmed milk yogurt lemon cream and wafer with a lemon cream filling. Seasonal, limited-edition launches can capture the attention of shoppers and tempt them to try new products.

 

Gin and ElderflowerTesco Finest, Gin and Elderflower Egg - UK:

This product is described as a combination of intense dark chocolate and milk chocolate infused with aromatic gin and elderflower flavour. Six creamy truffles are also included in the box.


 

Magnum

Magnum, Double Chocolate Bar - Italy:

Magnum is branching out from their signature ice cream to chocolate confectionery. The bar is made with layers of Magnum chocolate and an indulgent chocolate caramel filling, crispy wafers and butterscotch pieces.

 

Toasted Buckweat bar
Purdys Chocolatier, Toasted Buckwheat Bar - Canada:

Grains have been receiving considerable attention globally as an ingredient in chocolate confectionery, but they are yet to make a major splash in terms of product innovation. This white chocolate bar with a mellow, creamy caramel taste, is studded with toasted buckwheat and Himalayan pink salt.

 

M&M's Triple Chocolate Candies

M&M’s, Triple Chocolate Candies - USA:

For chocoholics only, these new M&M’s launched for Valentine’s Day feature a milk chocolate centre surrounded by layers of white and dark chocolate.

 

Bounty Milk Chocolate Coconut Protein Bar

Bounty, Milk Chocolate Coconut Protein Bar - Germany:

The high protein trend is proving to be much more than a fad, with new launches continuing unabated. Traditionally indulgent categories like chocolate are finding growth opportunities in high protein offerings, which add a layer of permissibility. Here a classic Bounty bar is enriched with protein and it contains 19g of it.


 

Pumpkin Seed Chocolate Snacking Thins

Taza Chocolate, Dark Bark Pumpkin Seed Chocolate Snacking Thins - USA:

This vegan chocolate is free from dairy, soy, gluten and GMO, and is organic and kosher certified. It’s made with crispy, protein-packed puffed quinoa and topped off with crunchy toasted pumpkin, making a healthy anytime treat.

 

 

 


About Mintel

Mintel is the world's leading market intelligence agency. For over 40 years, Mintel's expert analysis of the highest quality data and market research has directly impacted on client success. With offices in London, Chicago, Belfast, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Munich, New York, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto, Mintel has forged a unique reputation as a world-renowned business brand.

For more information on how Mintel can help your business, contact Ciara Rafferty, Director Mintel Ireland on +44 (0)28 9024 1849 or crafferty@mintel.com.

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A Day in the Life of… Róisín Grant, Founder of Grant Marketing & Communications

Posted By The Marketing Institute, 20 February 2018

Roisin Grant

The Marketing Institute: What does Grant Marketing & Communications do?

Róisín Grant: I established Grant Marketing & Communications in late 2016 initially providing consultancy services to professional services firms and B2B organisations but I've found a demand from other sectors, for example not-for-profits, hospitality and healthcare. Put simply, I help organisations to professionalise their marketing and communications approach by developing plans that work.

I like to explain the service offering under three headings.

One being strategic marketing (brand, sponsorship, events, digital, outsourcing), secondly, internal & external communications and finally critical projects such as mergers, office openings, brand awareness campaigns etc.

 

MII: What were your key career moves to get to your current role?

R.G: I spent 18 years leading the national marketing team of business advisory firm, Grant Thornton Ireland. I was hired as the first marketing person in the firm specifically with the purpose of developing a marketing culture beginning with the basics such as applying the global brand consistently. Over the years as marketing became embedded as a key function within the business I had the opportunity to hone my skills across the whole marketing spectrum including branding, strategy, digital marketing, event management, internal and external communications, sponsorship management… all the while growing the team to ensure a national presence.

With the phenomenal growth the firm experienced over the years I worked on major projects such as numerous mergers, sponsorships of the Newstalk Breakfast Business Show and the development of the Grant Thornton 5K Corporate Run Series meaning the role was hectic, challenging, rewarding but never boring! I was lucky to work with and learn from key influencers within the sector.

In early 2016 I began to have itchy feet and felt I wanted a new personal challenge and Grant Marketing & Communications was born. No regrets so far.

 

MII: What is the biggest challenge you face in your role?

R.G: It takes time to adapt to working outside of a corporate structure so learning to be disciplined with your time when working in your "home office" can initially be a challenge. However, once you find your rhythm and a routine it falls into place.

As a business owner, the critical challenge is to build your brand: to get your name out there. Your experience stands to you a lot, as do opportunities like being on the judging panel for the Irish Accountancy Awards, but essentially the challenge is to deliver a consistently high standard of work for clients, resulting in establishing a good reputation, then positive word of mouth conversations flow.

Marketing within professional services brings unique challenges and experiences compared to other marketing roles. In professional services, marketing is often viewed as a cost, it's non-fee earning and is often grouped in with support services such as IT, HR or Finance. Demonstrating how marketing should be a key function of the business, how it can impact the bottom line and support the overall strategy can be challenging. Working with clients to develop and implement effective strategies which deliver results and ultimately impact fee income is the reward for the challenges.

Overall, I think being driven to succeed with the business helps to overcome most challenges you face.

 

MII: What key skills do you need to be effective in your role?

R.G: I believe in any marketing role you need to be a skilled organiser, project manager and communicator.

As a consultant I need to be adaptable and responsive and ensure my clients trust that I understand their needs and their business. This is particularly important where the marketing function is outsourced to me -  the aim is to work in partnership with my clients.

Running your business with honesty and integrity means organisations have the confidence to invest in your expertise. Getting that right means word-of-mouth, as my most common source of business, is kept alive.

 

MII: Describe a typical working day.

R.G: Does anyone in marketing ever say every day is the same? For me some days are spent at the desk managing various client projects; from developing a communication plan for a piece of thought leadership, monitoring clients' social media platforms or progressing a client care programme.

Other days can involve being on site with a client to update/report on a project such as a marketing audit or brand review, working through an improvement plan, delivering training or perhaps agreeing key priorities for the coming months.

If I'm out and about I try to use my time as effectively as possible so I'll general arrange to meet contacts or referrers either side of client meetings.

 

MII: What do you love most about your role?

R.G: The obvious answer is being my own boss but apart from that it is the opportunity to work with companies across different sectors. Initially the plan was to focus on the professional services sector - a natural fit for my skill set and experience - but the desire to develop a professional marketing and communication approach is not just confined to accountancy and law firms. As I mentioned already,  I've worked on projects within different sectors and I find learning about those industries and their nuances is hugely interesting and adds another string to the bow.

 

MII: Looking ahead, where might your career path lead to next?

R.G: Who knows! At the moment I'm concentrating on delivering a high standard of work to my existing clients and growing my network to expand my base which may in time require me to recruit.

As I continue to develop my networks I find myself referring work to fellow self-employed consultants with specific niche expertise and they regularly reciprocate. This work stream and support structure is unexpected bonus of being self-employed and is something I would like to see grow as it allows me the opportunity to collaborate on large, multifaceted projects.

 

MII: To whom do you look for professional inspiration in your role?

R.G: I'm fortunate enough to have a tight group of friends and former colleagues who have excelled in their own fields and who are there as a sounding board – a useful source offering a different perspective.  Some of them are also consultants which really helps when facing the more practical highs and lows of self-employment.

My late Dad always instilled a strong work ethic; he was a leader in his field, taking pride in his work with a sharp eye for detail, valuing integrity but never suffering fools gladly. My company logo is actually his signature – a nod to him and hopefully a good luck charm for the continued success of the business.  

www.grantmarketing.ie

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The Consumer Market Monitor - Q4 2017

Posted By The Marketing Institute & UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, 19 February 2018
Updated: 16 February 2018

consumer market monitor Q4 2017Irish consumers spent €3 billion with online retailers abroad in 2017

 

- Retail sales up 7% to €40 billion in 2017

- Online retail spending at €5 billion, 60% going out of the country

- Disposable income reached €102 billion in 2017, above 2007 peak

 

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Dublin, 19 February 2018: Irish consumers spent €5 billion online in 2017, with €3 billion of that going to online retailers abroad. This is according to the latest findings of the latest Consumer Market Monitor (CMM), published today by the Marketing Institute of Ireland and UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Data from the Q4 2017 monitor indicates that the Irish consumer economy is in good health with total disposable income at €102 billion – eclipsing the last peak experienced a decade ago in 2007. Retail spending has seen the most significant growth, with up 7% last year to €40 billion, despite losing at least €3 billion to overseas suppliers through online spending.


Data from the Q4 2017 monitor indicate that Irish consumers are spending on most types of goods and services. The strength of demand is especially evident in the housing market where 50,000 homes were sold last year, despite a chronic shortage of supply. The number of properties for sale stood at just 18,900 at the end of 2017.


“It is great to hear the cash registers ringing again for Irish retailers, and signs are positive for continued growth. The rapidly expanding labour market and rising incomes are two significant factors fuelling spending, however, a significant amount of retail spending is leaving the country. Only 40% of online retail spending goes to Irish websites which is disappointing for indigenous businesses. This is something that can be improved upon, but will require investment in websites and e-commerce platforms, as well as access to decent broadband infrastructure,” according to
Professor of Marketing Mary Lambkin UCD Smurfit School, author of the report


“Continuing employment growth is increasing the disposable income in circulation. This has taken us just about back to the level we were at 10 years ago, before the recession stalled the economy” said
Tom Trainor, Chief Executive of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.

 

Summary

Consumer spending in Ireland is now growing at a strong pace and continues to be one of the main drivers of economic growth, along with construction. Growth continued in both sectors in 2017 and this trend is expected to endure throughout 2018. Total consumer spending was up 2.8 per cent for the year, while construction grew by an even more significant amount of 4.2 per cent.

For consumer spending, it was a year of two halves. Consumers were relatively cautious in the first half of the year— with spending up by just 1.5 per cent year-on-year. This figure reflects a decline in new car sales with many consumers switching to second hand imports, as well as weaker spending on services. Conversely, spending accelerated in the second half of the year, reaching an estimated growth rate of 5.3 per cent in the final quarter. This positive momentum is continuing into 2018, with all forecasts indicating growth of close to 3 per cent for the year.

The main drivers of this growth are population expansion, along with increasing employment. There are now 2.2 million people at work, up 48,000 year-on-year, and up by 344,000 or 19 per cent from the low point in 2012. Growth of 2.2 per cent is forecast for 2018 and 1.8 per cent for 2019 which will bring another 90,000 people into the workforce.

The increasing number of people employed, as well as increases in hours worked, is leading to a substantial surge in the amount of disposable income in the economy. There has been a marked increase in aggregate disposable income which has increased upwards by about 5 per cent per year in each of the past three years. In sum, it reached €102 billion in 2017, eclipsing the 2008 peak of €101 billion.  It is forecasted that disposable income will continue growing in 2018 and 2019 at a similar rate of 5 per cent per annum.

Pay increases have also contributed to the rise in disposable income, with pay rates up by around 2 per cent per annum for the past three years. Increases of approximately 3 per cent are forecast for this year, and a similar rate is predicted for 2019. Households across the economic spectrum are now starting to gain from strong employment and wage growth.

Irish consumers’ confidence is also strong at present, and significantly higher than in the UK and the rest of Europe. It fell slightly in the second half of 2016 due to worries about Brexit but recovered relatively fast and got a significant boost in recent months.

Retail sales were very strong in 2017, up by 7 per cent in volume and by 4 per cent in value, the fastest rate of growth since 2007. All retail categories performed well with household goods out-performing all other categories.  

Sales of new cars are one significant exception. Sales were down by 10.5 per cent in 2017 for a total of 127,045 units. However, there was a dramatic rise in the number of imported second hand cars, up 47 per cent in 2016, and up again by 46 per cent in 2017, to a total of 92,508. The combined sales of new and imported second hand cars were actually up by 3.5 per cent for the year.

Sales of services have also been showing signs of weakness, with growth of just 2.3 per cent for 2017, compared to 5 per cent for each of the previous three years. Professional and technical services grew strongly but sectors such as accommodation and food service and telecommunications were relatively flat.

Predictably, residential property is the sector under most pressure. There were just 18,900 properties for sale in December 2017, or 1 per cent of the national housing stock of 2 million homes. Despite the tight market, sales strengthened in 2017, up 10 per cent to 49,756, the highest rate of sales since the recession. This upward trend is expected to continue in 2018, with 55,000 sales transactions expected for the year.


Consumer Confidence

Consumer confidence in Ireland has been recovering since 2013, reaching a record high in June 2015. Confidence fell slightly through 2016 as a result of industrial unrest at home and uncertainty about Brexit abroad.

However, it picked up again in 2017, and ended the year on a high level, well above the EU average. The current level is consistent with a steadily growing economy, expanding employment and the economic recovery reaching more and more people around the country.

Consumer confidence in the UK has been negative since Q2 2016 due to the uncertainties surrounding Brexit, coupled with general political uncertainty. Confidence declined steadily through 2017, reaching a low of minus 8 in December. In contrast, consumer confidence has improved significantly across the rest of the EU, reflecting strengthening economies.


Consumer Incomes and Spending

The disposable income of Irish households rose by 5 per cent in 2017 to a total of €102 billion, eclipsing the last peak of €101 million experienced a decade ago in 2007. The strong labour market is the main driver of the growth in disposable income, with pay increases also contributing. External factors also impacted the boosted spending, lower fuel prices and a weakening in the value of sterling being two significant factors.

There are now 2.2 million people at work, up 48,000 for the year, and up 344,000 from 2012, with average pay increases of 2 per cent common in 2015, 2016, and again in 2017.

Household spending, which accounts for about 94 per cent of all personal spending, closely mirrors income. It began to pick up in 2014, up by 2 per cent increased by 4.5 per cent in 2015, and by 3.5 per cent in 2016.

2017 saw spending increase by a further 3.8 per cent to €94 billion and forecasts indicate a similar rate of growth in 2018.


Consumer Borrowing

Borrowing by Irish households grew at a record level from 2000 and peaked in March 2008 at €150 billion but has declined steadily since then. Household debt continued to fall during 2016, down by 1 per cent, but grew by 2 per cent in 2017, the first sign of a return to normal conditions.

Loans for house purchases, which account for 84 per cent of household loans, peaked in Q1 2008 at €124 billion, but fell to a low of €73 Billion by Q4 2016, a cumulative decline of 40 per cent. Mortgage lending has increased since then, up by €4 billion by end 2017, an annual growth of 5 per cent.

The personal loans category peaked in Q1 2008 at €30 billion but declined to €12 billion by December 2016, a reduction of 60 per cent. This category resumed growth in mid-2016 and grew by 5 per cent in 2017.

Significantly, the ratio of household debt to disposable income has fallen by 60 per cent from a peak of 215 per cent in mid 2011 to 141 per cent in Q1 2017, leaving Irish households still the 4th most indebted in the EU.


Residential Property

Residential property is the sector under most pressure, as has been the case since the economic recovery began. There were 45,342 homes sold in 2016 which was lower than the 47,313 sold in 2015 in a situation of very short supply.

Sales strengthened in 2017, up 10 per cent to 49,756, the highest rate of sales since the recession. This was despite a lack of stock; there were just 18,900 properties for sale in December 2017, or 1 per cent of the national housing stock of 2 million homes.

This upward sales trend is expected to continue into 2018, with 55,000 sales expected for the year. This will be assisted by the increase in the number of new homes being built, estimated at 20,000 this year, up 58 per cent from 2015.


Services

The services sector recovered quicker than the retail sector from the recent recession, showing modest growth from 2011 onwards, and recovering more rapidly in the last two years. Growth slowed in 2017, however, to a rate of just 2.3 per cent.

Professional, scientific and technical services did best, up 10.4 per cent, and accommodation was up 1.8 per cent. Unfortunately, most other sectors were in negative territory: wholesaling (minus 5.3 per cent), administrative and support services (minus 0.5 per cent), information and communication (minus 1.3 per cent), transportation/storage (minus 0.3 per cent), and other services (minus 2.5 per cent).


Car Sales

Car sales began to recover in 2014, with 92,361 sold, a 30 per cent increase, and this rate of growth continued in 2015 with 121,110 sold. Sales continued upwards in 2016, with 142,688 cars sold, a slightly lower growth rate of 18 per cent.

New car sales were weaker in 2017, down 10.5 per cent year-on-year, for a total of 127,045. In contrast, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of imported second hand cars, up 47 per cent in 2016, and up again by 46 per cent in 2017 to a total of 92,508. This reflects the weakening of sterling which makes imports better value. Taken together, car sales in 2017 were actually up 3.5 per cent, which is reasonably healthy, and not indicative of a weakening in consumer spending.


Retail Spending

Retail sales were very strong in 2017, up by 7 per cent for the year in real volume terms. Growth accelerated as the year progressed, suggesting that this strong momentum will continue into 2018. Sales equated to spendings of €40 billion which is back to the levels seen in the last boom.  This growth rate was matched exactly by the level of VAT returns which increased by 7.1 per cent to a total of €13 billion for 2017.

All product categories experienced growth in Q4 2017. Household equipment which combines furnishings, electrical goods, and hardware, continues to be the fastest growing category, up by 13.7 per cent in volume and 8.2 per cent in value, year-on-year. Bookstores and newsagents, which have been steadily declining for the last 8 years, increased in Q4 by 2.5 per cent in volume and 3.4 per cent in value.

  • Food sales up 2.1 per cent in volume and up 5.5 per cent in value
  • Non-specialised stores (supermarkets) up 5.7 per cent in volume and 4.7 per cent in value
  • Fuel up 0.4 per cent in volume and 3.7 per cent in value
  • Clothing, footwear & textiles up 5.7 per cent in volume and 1.8 per cent in value
  • Household equipment up 13.7 per cent in volume and 8.2 per cent in value
  • Department stores up 8.2 per cent in volume and 4.0 per cent in value
  • Pharmaceuticals and cosmetics up 7.6 per cent in volume and 6 per cent in value
  • Bar sales up 2.2 per cent in volume and up 4.9 per cent in value
  • Books, newspapers, stationery up 2.5 per cent in volume and 3.4 per cent in value

 

infographic consumer market monitor q4 2017

 

About the Author

 

Mary Lambkin

Mary Lambkin is Professor of Marketing in the UCD School of Business where she teaches courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students and is involved in a range of research projects under the general heading of marketing strategy.  She has written extensively on this subject in academic journals, and also writes commentaries on marketing topics of contemporary interest for professional publications. She has served as Head of the Marketing Group, as Dean of the UCD Business School and as a member of the Governing Authority of the university at various times, and also holds a number of positions in companies and professional organisations outside the university.


About UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

 

In 1964, University College Dublin became one of the first universities in Europe to offer the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA).  In 1991, the graduate business school opened its own campus in Blackrock, County Dublin.  With over 100 faculty members, 1,300 students and 75,000 alumni worldwide, UCD Smurfit School is one of a small number of business schools worldwide and the only school in Ireland, to hold triple international accreditation (US - AACSB, European - EQUIS and UK – AMBA). The school’s programme has been consistently ranked among the leading European business schools’ programmes by the Economist and Financial Times, since 2000.

 

The School is also a member of CEMS and the Global Network for Advanced Management, which are alliances of leading global business schools.


About The Marketing Institute of Ireland

The Marketing Institute is the professional body for Ireland's marketing people. It exists “to enable marketers to build great brands and great careers”. It does this by sharing best practice, insights and expert content, building the community of marketers, and aiding marketers in career progression. The three themes of content, community and career underpin all Institute activities. The Marketing Institute also owns and operates the All Ireland Marketing Awards, the CMO Summit, and DMX Dublin, Ireland's largest marketing conference.

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A Day in the Life of... Alan Morris, Marketing Campaigns Manager at Laya Healthcare

Posted By The Marketing Institute, 14 February 2018
Updated: 13 February 2018
Alan Morris Laya Healthcare

The Marketing Institute: What does a Marketing Campaigns Manager do?

Alan Morris: As Marketing Campaigns Manager for Laya Healthcare and Laya Life I am responsible for lead generation, both online and offline, using our various marketing channels.  At the core of this is the planning and delivery of all our consumer facing marketing campaigns. I work directly on our advertising creative work and media planning but I also coordinate the delivery of all the other campaign elements (PR, social media, research) with the other members of our marketing team.   I have a lot of interaction with external agencies (digital, creative, research, media) so this gives me huge variety in my role. There is never a dull moment and always something fun and interesting going on.

 

MII: What were your key career moves to get to your current role?

A.M: I've had a pretty varied path to get me to where I am today.  I started my working life in AIB on their graduate programme where I was involved in their B2C and B2B internet banking offering, which gave me a really good understanding of how to speak to the consumer over digital channels.  Next I joined the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), a quantum leap from the banking sector but this is where I cut my teeth on the more traditional methods of advertising (radio, press, event management, trade shows).  When the opportunity came along to join a national brand like Laya Healthcare, the variety and hands on experience I had built up over the years really stood to me.  It goes to show that marketing is a really transferable skill between different sectors.

 

MII: What is the biggest challenge you face in your role?

A.M: I find the biggest challenge in marketing today to be attribution.  Like every other company that uses multiple marketing channels, it’s always hard to attribute performance to a particular channel with absolute certainty.  While digital allows for measuring to a greater degree in theory, I am yet to see a perfect way to attribute performance across a multichannel marketing mix, particularly when you mix traditional and digital channels.  Its getting better and there are improvements all the time but I am yet to hear about the perfect attribution model.

 

MII: What key skills do you need to be effective in your role?

A.M: To be effective I need to be good at planning to make sure that the multiple deadlines my projects entail are met.  As I deal with a lot of internal stakeholders and external agencies I need to be good at  coordinating opinion and feedback to make sure  that each piece of creative we produce meets all the high standards and approvals we set against our campaigns .  As I work with multiple account mangers across multiple marketing agencies, relationship management is also a key part of what I do.  Making sure the work gets done and our brand and values are being promoted and protected at all times by everyone involved in the campaign is one of the most important parts of what I do, while also maintaining that positive working relationship with everyone involved in the campaign.  And finally an understanding of the customer is vital in any marketing role.  Laya Healthcare prides itself on being customer obsessed and myself and all the rest of the marketing team are at the forefront of delivering this.

 

MII: Describe a typical working day.

A.M: Most of my working days kick off with a bit of exercise at home or going for a quick run in the morning.  Then it’s off to creche with my little boy and on into the office to start my day in our offices in Little Island in Cork.   Then its full throttle from there on.  Generally we will have a number of campaigns in the pipeline for Laya Healthcare and Laya life so I’ll spend a good bit of my day on the phone to our various agencies in Cork and Dublin.  This can be dealing with media plans, creative work like scripts or storyboards and even things like picking locations for video shoots or picking voice over artists for various piece of creative work.  These days in marketing there is a huge emphasis on reporting and metrics so a portion of my day is always spent reviewing performance against target both online and offline and identifying any areas for improvement.  Our industry is changing all the time so there are regularly items in the news or activity from our competitors  that keeps us on our toes as well,  so very often my day starts one way and finishes very differently!

 

MII: What do you love most about your role?

A.M: I really enjoy the competitive industry that we work in.  There are only a small number of health insurance companies in Ireland so there is a constant effort by all insurers to keep moving forward and to capture the imagination of the consumer ahead of our competition.  This brings a huge amount of variety into my role and allows for huge opportunities at being creative and innovative with our marketing.  

 

MII: Looking ahead, where might your career path lead to next?

A.M: It’s hard to say.  I’m really satisfied in my current role.  The people I work with challenge and impress me every day and even though I am based in Cork where there is a brilliant marketing community,  my role also gives me great exposure to the Dublin marketing environment when dealing with our agencies based up there.  I am still learning every day and always feel challenged working with a brand I truly believe in.  While the majority of my current role is consumer focussed, I would like to develop my skills more across the corporate side of our business which is a big part of what we do as a company.

 

MII: To whom do you look for professional inspiration in your role?

A.M: I work with a brilliant marketing team in Laya Healthcare, so finding inspiration locally is never an issue.  I also believe that Irish agencies hold some of the best international creative and media planning talent that you can find, so I am constantly inspired to learn more and to push our brand’s creative barriers by our agencies' wise words and guidance.    


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Core and IAPI join forces to find the best young marketing talent in Ireland!

Posted By Core Media, 12 February 2018

young lions core media

L - R: Shane Doyle, Core Media, Paddy Carberry and Rachel Crawley,Vodafone, 2017  Young Marketers winners, and Aidan Greene, Core Media

 

  • Marketing professionals urged to enter ‘Young Marketers’ competition to demonstrate strategic thinking and creative approach to solving marketing challenges

  • Winning duo will receive all-expenses paid trip to Cannes Festival of Creativity, the world’s largest advertising festival
     

Core, Ireland’s largest marketing communications group, are once again joining forces with the Institute of Advertising Practitioners in Ireland (IAPI) as part of the 2018 Cannes ‘Young Lions’ competition.
 
Core have retained their sponsorship of the ‘Young Marketers’ prize, which is open to pairs of young marketers aged 30 years or under working on the client side of the business.
 
The ‘Young Marketers’ competition is an opportunity for the brightest professional minds working in the industry to demonstrate their strategic thinking and creative approach to solving important marketing challenges. Core recognizes that creativity is not simply reserved for agencies - it’s at the heart of clients’ businesses too.
 
To enter, each team of two will have to answer a brief as the brand they currently work for. For example, last year’s team from Vodafone answered the brief using the Vodafone brand to tackle the issue of sustainable energy use in Ireland.
 
The 2018 brief relates to www.checktheregister.ie, the website which allows people to check their eligibility to vote in elections and referenda.

Full details of the brief will be outlined at a seminar in the Odeon Cinema, Point Village on Friday, February 16, from 8am. The competition will be explained, the brief and the jury panel will be introduced and an explanation will be given of how the Young Lions competition works. Teams who wish to enter the Young Marketers competition must attend this briefing and register their interest on the morning of the event.

The deadline for entries is 5th March 2018.

Shortlisted entrants will be invited to pitch to the local judging panel and the overall winner of the ‘Young Marketer’ competition will win an all-expenses paid trip to the Cannes Lions in France in June 2018. The trip includes flights, a full week’s delegate pass, invites to the gala evenings, and hotel accommodation in Cannes.
 
The winning Young Marketers duo will be part of a bigger team of 12 Young Lions representing the best young creative talent in Ireland in PR, print, film, media and social media. They will then compete in Cannes against the best young marketers from each country attending. Cannes Lions is an eight-day festival of world class creative thinking, digital innovation, education and networking, with over 17,000 delegates from over 100 countries.
 
Shane Doyle, Group Strategy Director of Core, says:

 
“Creativity has a profound and quantifiable influence on marketing effectiveness, with international research proving that creatively-awarded campaigns are six times more efficient than non-awarded campaigns in growing market share. Core wants to support the next generation of marketers to unleash their creative thinking.”
 
For further details on Cannes Young Lions, please go to www.iapi.ie/awards/cannes-lions.
 
 
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