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DDB Group SG launches The Behavioural Intelligence Group with Temasek Poly

DDB Group SG launches The Behavioural Intelligence Group with Temasek Poly

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Temasek Polytechnic (TP) and marketing agency DDB Group Singapore has launched The Behavioural Intelligence Group (BIG). The collaboration aims to narrow the gap between intention and action, by applying behavioural science to marketing.

The BIG partnership was formalised with a signing of a collaborative agreement between Temasek Polytechnic’s Principal and CEO Peter Lam and DDB Group Singapore’s CEO Jeff Cheong on 27 March 2023, at DDB Asia’s headquarters in Singapore. The MOU signing was witnessed by DDB global CEO Marty O'Halloran and Temasek Polytechnic's director of School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Wallace Lim.

The BIG process is built around a systems-based scientific approach that examines the audience’s abilities, motivations, and contextual influences on actions – why and how people make decisions and do things. According to the release, this proprietary framework is set to become the gold standard for achieving marketing goals and evaluating success in the advertising industry. BIG’s ultimate goal is to encourage more marketers to use the BIG framework, which incorporates behavioural science into marketing and make it a standard way of evaluating success in the industry.

Temasek Polytechnic, through the Centre for Applied Behavioural Sciences (CABS), is the first polytechnic in Singapore to offer training and consultancy in behavioural sciences. Since its inception in 2016, CABS has completed over 40 research and consultancy projects. It continues to provide customised training in behavioural sciences for a wide range of clients, including government agencies, small- and medium enterprises, and multi-national corporations. Through these projects, CABS provide organisations with evidence-based solutions to real-world problems.

The late Bill Bernbach, founder of DDB said, “Data can turn to dust or magic depending on the creative talent that rubs against it.” This strategic partnership between DDB and TP aims to create impactful work that is more “effectively magic”.

Jeff Cheong, CEO at DDB Group Singapore said, “With BIG, our goal is to create work that not only touches people’s hearts and open their minds but also drives behavioural impact. Backed by behavioural science, BIG increases the chances of success as we use the combined power of creativity and science to move action beyond emotions. We are excited to introduce this partnership to the market.”

“With the launch of BIG, we are excited to take marketing to the next level by merging scientific rigor with creative ideas. Through this partnership between DDB and TP, we aim to add value to the marketing landscape by shifting from just creating public awareness through marketing and advertising campaigns to nudging behavioural changes among consumers,” said Peter Lam, principal and CEO of Temasek Polytechnic.

Behavioural science is gaining traction because many organisations are beginning to appreciate the value of applying it to various aspects of their work. DDB is a leader in innovative marketing and recognise the immense potential of applying behavioural science to this domain, said Dr Tan Wah Pheow, head of Temasek Polytechnic’s CABS. "Through BIG, we hope to change the conventional way in which businesses think by complementing the creative magic of marketing with an empirical and scientific approach of behavioural science."

MARKETING-INTERACTIVE has reached out for more information. 

Early this month, Samsonite named DDB Group Singapore as its agency for the Southeast Asia market. The agency is tasked to drive awareness of the Samsonite and American Tourister product ranges across all marketing channels throughout the region.

The partnership follows the release of travel restrictions in Singapore and further afield across the region. According to a recent Tourism & Travel Economic Impact Report, Asia Pacific’s travel industry is expected the continue gaining from its lift last year, followed by another year of positive growth in 2024. 

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