Marketing and ad tech M&A activity hits near record heights for Q3

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The advertising and marketing tech sectors have continued to see buoyant merger and acquisition activity in the third quarter of this year with activity only just falling short of Q3 2014 figures which saw the strongest activity on record.

The data comes from a study released by specialist technology and marcoms corporate finance advisor Results International.

112 deals were announced in Q3 2015 compared with 113 for the same period last year. Compared to the previous quarter, total...

Why the future of video marketing is mobile

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As audiences have transitioned from traditional media to desktop and now mobile, the concept of premium becomes subjective and more difficult to define, because it ultimately comes down to ability to target and engage with audiences.

There are, of course, attributes that would mark out a publisher’s video inventory as superior. These include the quality of the content, how engaged the audience is with that content, and whether that audience is addressable.

The future of video...

By Stephen Jenkins, 14 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

How brands are having to spend more to secure loyal app users

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Brands are having to up their spend to find loyal users even though app usage continues to increase, suggests the latest figures in the Fiksu Indexes.

The index measures show that in June the cost per loyal user (CPLU) was $3.21 – a rise of 30% on the previous month and 44% year on year.

This coincided with an increase in app downloads of 24% for the previous month according to the Fiksu App Store Competitive Index, which measures the average aggregate daily downloads of the top...

By Liz Morrell, 19 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Mobile Marketing, Publishing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Top 100 brands more active than ever on YouTube

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New research from Google has revealed the actions of the top 100 brands on YouTube, looking at their behaviour and spend on the medium and showing that the channel continues its strong growth.

YouTube is increasingly being used by viewers going to the channel specifically to watch content from brands – indeed four of the top ten trending YouTube videos of last year were created by brands.

And this means increasing engagement with views of branded content of the top 100 brands...

By Liz Morrell, 21 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Video & Audio Marketing.

What makes video content marketing great? Follow these key principles

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There is a cartoon from Tom Fishburne of Marketoonist where a young child says to her father at bedtime: “Daddy, instead of a story, can you read me some branded content?” Even though the cartoon was penned in 2013, the message still resonates. Anyone reading this will know content marketing can be a jewel in a campaign’s crown, but if it’s too obviously ‘branded...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Video & Audio Marketing.

Five ways to build the best programmatic video strategy

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The programmatic video industry is in a constant state of evolution. Every year, there are better ways of collecting and analysing data. Brands and advertisers have greater access into insights with each new campaign they run.

That being the case, it’s best practice to test new strategies often. Here are five key steps to help build the best programmatic video strategy.

Establish your goals

Start at the beginning: establish campaign goals. Your KPIs will obviously depend on the...

How mobile audiences are driving the growth of video

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Mobile audiences are proving to be the most popular for the growth of video consumption and advertising growth, according to new figures.

The Q1 2015 Global Video Index from Telstra subsidiary Ooyala shows that mobile devices made up 42% of all online viewing during the first quarter of this year. Of those views it was smartphones that particularly drove the growth – accounting for four times as many plays than tablets during the period.

The report also showed that TV...

Lack of premium inventory hampering online video advertising growth

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Whilst online video advertising may be on the rise its growth is actually being hampered by a lack of premium inventory, according to a new global report conducted by Forrester on behalf of Teads.

The report, which surveyed more than 500 decision makers across a number of countries earlier this year, found that nearly all those surveyed expected digital video spend to rise in the next two years since video ads represent what the report calls “a dream format” for advertisers...

By Liz Morrell, 10 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Video & Audio Marketing.

Industry calls for collaboration to tackle programmatic video advertising fraud

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Players in the programmatic video advertising industry must work closer together in order to effectively tackle fraud, according to BrightRoll founder and CEO Tod Sacerdoti.

Speaking at his company’s BrightRoll Video Summit last week Sacerdoti stressed that ad fraud was something that all the industry had to work towards solving. “Ad fraud is probably the most important industry problem and we need to make progress in the next few months,” he said.

He cited recent figures...

By Liz Morrell, 06 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Programmatic, Video & Audio Marketing.

The videos don't work - they just make email worse

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If the vertiginous rise of video-sharing and streaming platforms such as YouTube – which receives more than six billion video views from one billion unique users every month, and which celebrated its tenth birthday in February – and, more recently, six-second viral sensation Vine, has taught us anything, it is that people have a voracious appetite for video. It should be no surprise, then, that more than four out of every five marketers plans to use video in their...

By Luke Griffiths, 05 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Video & Audio Marketing.