Clutch Identifies Toast as a Leading Advertising & Video Production Agency in the UK

Toast is a talented team of video production and advertising specialists, dedicated to helping your business creatively stand out from your competitors. We specialise in branded content, television commercial production, television media buying, and motion graphics. We know what works to elevate your brand, and we’re not afraid to scare you a little if it will help your business succeed.

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These are the reasons we decided to join Clutch, an online platform whose mission is to identify the best B2B agencies and help them to be seen by buyers who need their services. Clutch publishes validated reviews from clients who have worked with the agencies listed on their site. The reviews, along with an internal evaluation of each company’s market presence, are what form their rankings and enable some companies to be listed above others.

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Video Production – State of the Art 2018

Video Production gear comes in all shapes and sizes. This infographic looks at the cameras, computers, drones and storage all used in the production of video and animations. We’ve compared some of the gear used now to the kit used way back.

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The GoPro is a staple of any video kit bag and with it’s quality improving every year GoPro footage can be seamlessly edited into any production. Cameras have also got smaller and lighter, using a DigiBeta Cam years ago would give you toned arms and a strong back, now a DSLR can be thrown about all day.

Drones have also been a great leap in video production values, if you need a quick aerial shot just throw up a drone, no more waiting around for an expensive helicopter to turn up. Computers have probably changed the most with a desktop computer able to edit 4K footage and render stunning 3D visuals, the technology really is empowering the creatives.

The infographic covers many other bits of Video Production tech, take a look.

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GDPR and Digital Advertising

GDPR and Digital Advertising, is GDPR the big shakeup that will change the world of targeted advertising?

A recent survey by W8 concluded that GDPR will make 75% of UK marketing data obsolete.

“Data” is a dirty word. We have all been probably, shocked and surprised by just how many companies have our information on their databases, as the flurry of “Don’t Leave Us” emails hit our inboxes. Many customers have a nagging feeling that there is something sinister about all this data mining that routinely takes place when we shop online. Companies have shared and made money from our data for years. GDPR if anything has forced business to look at the key relationship factor with their customers – TRUST.

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Challenger Brand – Habito

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Gone are the days of sitting in front of your friendly bank manager asking him to lend you the standard 3 and a half times your income to secure a mortgage on your dream home. Now the whole mortgage process is going digital and probably the best of the bunch is Habito.

Habito was founded by Daniel Hegarty, an early employee at Wonga, who had a masterplan to take away the hassle of applying for a mortgage. Habito say they analyse over 11,000 mortgage products across 70 lenders in real-time. The entire process takes place via the Habito app on your smartphone or on their website and crucially it’s free, Ending the fees that many traditional mortgage brokers charge. In the same way Rightmove revolutionised the house buying and selling process, Habito puts the consumer in touch with more mortgage offers to suit their needs. The lack of a need for credit checks at the initial search stages will reassure potential customers who just want to get a feel of what’s out there. Habito’s app also has a modern feel with the Habito branding adding to this look.

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The early feedback on Trustpilot, the consumer review site, is extremely positive and people seem to like the experience and the customer service they receive.

At Toast we always love digital innovators who make life easier for their customers. With mortgages being the biggest financial commitment many of us make in our lifetimes then more choice can never be a bad thing. So Habito are our challenger brand of the month.

 

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Mayon Volcano – Video Fact File

We’re starting a new initiative at Toast. Video Fact Files, these are short video clips which give the viewer all the headline information they about a news event in a quick and mobile friendly clip. Our first clip is about the recent eruption of the Mayon Volcano in the Philippines.


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Challenger Brand of the Month – Oatly

Oatly make the milk substitute drink from of course oats. To be more precise, Swedish organic oats. Swedish oats they claim are amongst the best they grow healthily in the Nordic climate and crucially a lot of the evil pesticides that are used on oats in the rest of Europe are banned in Sweden.

We like the company because they are irreverent in their advertising and they have strong ethical values mixed with cool science! Keep an eye out for an Oatly advert their always fun.

Oatly’s patented enzyme technology mirrors nature’s own natural process and turns fibre rich oats into a very nutritious liquid food that is good for you and good for the environment.

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The company operates out of the southern region of Sweden with Headquarters in Malmö. The Oatly brand is available in more than 20 countries throughout Europe and Asia.

Oatly is keen on being a people brand. Setting up the world’s first non-dairy coffee festival, selling t-shirts with head-turning messaging like “Post Milk Generation” and recently, put out unbranded products with the title of “Not Milk”. It’s this out of-the-box thinking which puts Oatly ahead of their more boring and traditional competitors. And they are already sowing oats that are financial fruitful with a revenue of over 40 million dollars last year.

We like our oats at Toast, they’re part of a healthy breakfast. Oatly are our challenger brand of the month.

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Brand Safety – Is your brand safe?

The Brand Safety issue is a big subject in the media right now and doesn’t look like it’s going away soon. For brands and organisations, it’s a reputational nightmare. You make some entertaining and informative video content and suddenly you get calls asking why your video is linked to or surrounded by other content that is extremist, offensive, pornographic, or at its simplest just contrary to your own brand’s ethics and values. For example, you are a family brand selling healthy cereal and you find yourself linked with a very explicit lyrics and imagery from the band Cradle Of Filth, famous for their songs that are violent, sexist, and overtly sexual. That’s a PR disaster that is none of your doing but the problem is you are now in damage limitation mode.

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Challenger Brand of the month – Birdsong Clothing

Birdsong is a wonderful London-based online fashion store with a genuine promise of “no sweatshops and no photoshop!” A brand who believe in keeping it real and keeping it fair.

Birdsong clothing has a simple mission, to revolutionise the way women dress. Making sure their clothes are made with care and skill and at the same time giving help to local women’s organisations.

“From migrant seamstresses, knitting grannies to all our customers, we unite women.”

Many women workers are exploited for the sake of fashion. Birdsong reject that philosophy. They just want a fun way to do fashion that doesn’t make women feel ashamed about their size and shape.

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Is it good advertising practice to bring talent in-house?

The dangers of bringing your agencies in-house.

I suppose there was a sense of schadenfreude amongst a lot of agencies when they watched the PR car car-crash that piled up around the Pepsi Kendall Jenner ad campaign. It was supposed to be an example of good advertising crafted by an in-house creative powerhouse.

In the driving seat that fateful day was Kristin Patrick, senior VP-global brand development. Mr Jakeman, President of PepsiCo Global Beverage Group had praised the ad on Twitter on Tuesday morning shortly after it was released, saying he was “super proud of the @PepsiCo #CreatorsLeague for producing this,” but the tweet has since been deleted. Another danger of deleting your soon-regretted statements of support is that news of your deletion also goes viral! Only adding to the sense of incompetence.