Minimal mobile video engagement puts marketers under pressure

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Mobile video watchers have a relatively short attention span when viewing content on YouTube, meaning marketers have to have a small window of opportunity to make an impact.

According to a study by software company Citrix, 90% of mobile YouTube viewers watch video for less than five minutes at a time, whereas 55% of mobile Twitch viewers watch content for five minutes or less.

Content quality makes a big difference to mobile video viewership. On paid-for service Netflix, 77%...

By Simon Holland, 10 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Virtual reality becomes a more accessible marketing tool for brands

Wearable headsets capable of producing virtual reality (VR) environments are not as wide spread as some brands would like. However one company is investigating a more accessible solution.

Creative technology agency Knit has been working with Google Cardboard, a folding smartphone mount that users wear over their eyes, mimicking the functionality of VR devices, to create a usable solution that brands can use in marketing.

Through its NFC-enabled Cardboard Objects, Knit wanted to create a prototype that could...

Quality key in fight to increase video viewability

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Video viewability is on the up as optimisation of media towards viewability and measurement methods continue to improve, according to a new report out this week.  However it still has some way to go.

Integral Ad Science has released its Q4 2014 Media Quality report which analyses data collected from hundreds of billions impressions processed by the company between October to December 2015.

The report shows that video viewability rose 9% on the previous quarter to hit 39% in...

By Liz Morrell, 04 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Video & Audio Marketing.

Is personalised video the future of marketing?

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Video has ranked number one as the big marketing trend for about as many years as I can remember and this year, analysts and commentators have started acknowledging that the real trend to watch for 2015 is not just video, but personalised video.

It is an attractive idea, combining the unarguable power of video with that of personalisation. After all, personalising emails can improve click-through rates by 14% and conversions by 10%, according to research group Aberdeen.

If you add the...

By Ben Moore, 02 February 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Customer Experience, Video & Audio Marketing.

comScore uses Trust Profiles to rally ad industry against bot menace

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Digital measurement firm comScore has taken a step closer to uniting marketers against a common enemy that threatens the advertising industry’s very profitability.

Bots are embroiled in a war with marketers who are buying ads that consumers never get the chance to see because they are instead subjected to fraudulent impressions from these bots, but comScore believes its Trust Profiles hold the answer.

The new solution lets advertisers use comScore’s advertising metrics to view how...

By Simon Holland, 23 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Programmatic, Video & Audio Marketing.

Mobile advertising and the immersive user experience

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Nucleus [noo-klee-uh s, nyoo-] - A central part about which other parts are grouped or gathered; core.

While this is a term usually reserved for chemistry, it is also a perfect description for mobile devices, as they have become the centre of human existence.

What science tells us is that it is very difficult to penetrate nuclei, which is also the case when it comes to getting to the centre of consumer media engagement. The best way to reach and resonate with mobile...

How to embrace the growing appetite for video content

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Do you remember the days when you actually had to read something to get the message? In today’s world it is the visual medium that is becoming the way to communicate whether that is through video or pictures.

The trend to capture life through imagery rather than words is feeding through to advertising too and forcing marketers to rethink how they communicate with their customers.

But it is Facebook that is proving one of the biggest mediums for communicating via video. As...

Google to check if users are watching video ads

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Google’s revelations at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas this week, that it is to start telling advertisers and publishers to what extent their digital video ads are being seen, has certainly provoked a reaction.

The announcement was one of two made at the show by Neal Mahan, vice president of video and display advertising at Google. He said viewability reporting will be rolled out across Google’s ad platforms – enabling brands to know whether their video...

Social intent: Battle of the Christmas ads

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Christmas is well and truly upon us. In fact, I can almost count down the days on my fingers. From here on in all that is left is a frantic scramble for that one present you forgot and a mad dash around the supermarket to make sure your cupboards are stocked to the absolute brim.

For many of us, the start of the festive season has become intrinsically linked to the airing of the first Christmas advert on TV – an event which seems to be turning into a bigger and bigger deal...

By Joel Windels, 17 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Campaigns, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Facebook launches Call to Action functionality for Pages

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Having a call to action has always been at the essence of any good marketing since that is the very point of marketing a brand or product.

Facebook for Business’s announcement, therefore, of a new call to action feature will help Pages drive business objectives further, since that call to action (CTA) can now be achieved simply with the press of a button.

The company is to roll out the new functionality in the US over the next few weeks and worldwide next year. The buttons...