Tim Youngman

Paddy Power

Tim Youngman: Paddy Power pranks are a risky bet that seem to have paid off

Over the last few years’ bookmaker Paddy Power, has made a name for itself using controversial stunts for self-promotion. It started this in 2010 when it erected the largest ever ad hoarding on Cleave Hill which conveniently faced the Cheltenham race course ready for the gold cup. Other stunts followed, from adding a jockey to the 3,000 year old Uffington White Horse to getting Arsenal’s Nicolas Bendtner to wear and display Paddy Power pants at Euro 2012. They even have a dedicated team coming up with these headed by “head of mischief”.

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Marmite - you either love it or hate it - But do you realise how important the packaging is?

Tim Youngman: Packaging – art, science and branding combined

One of the things I love about marketing is that there are elements of it which to the outside world are an afterthought, but are actually a science and art form in their own right. Take packaging for example. You create a product and to keep it safe for transport you put it in a box and that’s it done, but actually that’s just the beginning.

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Heinz is on the happy brands list

Tim Youngman: Fairy, Cadbury, Google and Heinz all top the list of ‘happy’ brands

I read a lot of marketing research and papers on brand and branding as part of my job which are often very dull.

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XBox

Tim Youngman: Mourning the death of my beloved XBox 360

I have recently suffered a great loss as my beloved trusty Xbox 360 games console died. Now you might think that at 42 I am too old to play video games but the stats would disagree. Today games players cannot be defined by a particular age, sex or social group.

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