Sam Peña-Taylor

The discussion over the ban on ads for HFSS products is a particularly unedifying example of eye-catching tactics over the difficult business of strategy.
The questions swirling around the suitability of Facebook’s open platform for advertising mask a different debate: whether advertising has forgotten its role in ensuring a healthy media ecosystem.
The Creative Effectiveness Lion is one of the most prestigious awards to win at Cannes – here, the 2021 jury president explains what she will be looking for.  Winning a Creative Effectiveness Lion is hard.
As Lions Live begins, WARC’s reporter looks back at what Cannes Lions has always been about and what this year’s digital event shows: advertising is all about solving problems.
There will be winners and losers in the current crisis and big tech isn’t going to be in the latter group; Sam Peña-Taylor heard Professor Scott Galloway’s take.
As the industry contemplates the likelihood of severe spending cuts, Mark Ritson argues for strategists to spot an opportunity to overtake their competitors and plan to grow market share.
Firms want professional-level advanced analytics, on a global scale and on a budget. But how brands know what they know is less of a discussion at IIeX as knowledge-sharing takes centre stage (and top sponsor billing), says Sam Peña-Taylor.
Sustainability is about survival – the subject needs to overcome the semantic bleaching that makes it a corporate nice-to-have, says Sam Peña-Taylor - a startup is working toward solving the chronic market failure of food waste in the face of global hunger.
Black Friday remains big business, but its nature is changing and the most effective campaigns approach it from the angle of problem-solving – WARC’s Sam Peña-Taylor considers the options.
The myth that humans now have shorter attention spans than goldfish has been repeated until it’s started to resemble truth.
Following the wild popularity of TikTok across the world, Twitter is surely feeling a pang of regret at the missed opportunity that was Vine.
Though the CMO is a powerful position in the business, it requires constant adaptation to survive. At Cannes Lions, WARC’s Sam Peña-Taylor heard executives from Tencent and LVMH explain their view of the future for the profession.
A campaign by Forsman & Bodenfors for Volvo has won the Grand Prix in the new Creative Strategy Lions.
At the APG’s Noisy Thinking, planners and strategists got to discussing the business of strategy and what makes it stick in people’s heads, what makes it interesting.
What’s a modern football fan? A recent report sheds light on how young fans are watching, what they’re watching for, and how the relationships between fans, players, and the game itself is changing.
At Advertising Week Europe both WPP’s Mark Read and his predecessor Sir Martin Sorrell spoke about their respective positions in the industry.
Mark Zuckerberg wrote an essay about Facebook’s new privacy direction. Here are the bits that should allow you to talk about it in the pub and sound like you’ve read it.
At Mobile World Congress, the telecoms industry shows the world the fruits of its research. WARC’s Sam Peña-Taylor shares a view from the limits.
Emotional advertising is in vogue right now. But how much do we need to do and how much is too much? WARC was at Brainy Bar 7 to hear.
Kantar Millward Brown research into the last three years of TV Christmas ads in the UK explores what successful spots do, and what distinguishes an effective strategy at this time of year from ads at any other time.
At the end of the year, trends are all around us. From across the marketing circuit, here are some that could cause a rumble in the coming year.
Marketing leaders have a responsibility to invest in the best possible media mix, but that is never easy.
Social media has been a part of media plans for a long time, but accurately measuring how it affects not only the overall communications effectiveness but the bottom line has proved extremely difficult.
Attention is, supposedly, very important for advertising to function, but according to Facebook's planners that idea is outdated and in need of shaking up.
Sir Martin Sorrell doesn't believe in keeping a low profile. After departing WPP he was soon back in the saddle with a new venture and now he's hitting the event circuit again.