How marketers should reassess their strategy after the clock change

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While many of us in the UK will be still moaning about the loss of an hour in bed last weekend British Summer Time actually offers a whole host of marketing opportunities that brands should be embracing this week.

That is the conclusion of eBay Enterprise, who says that brands and retailers need to adjust their marketing strategies to take advantage of the change of consumer mood now the clocks have gone forward.

It has identified four key opportunities it believes brands should be...

By Liz Morrell, 01 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Campaigns, Customer Experience.

Mobile ad spend to overtake desktop by the end of this year

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By the end of this year advertiser spend on mobile ads will have overtaken that of mobile, according to a new report, meaning that advertisers must have a cross channel strategy if they want to ensure their message gets through.

The annual Global Mobile Report from Marin Software says that the continuing rapid adoption of mobile devices, as well as a corresponding surge in mobile ad clicks and conversions means mobile is becoming the channel of choice with the traditional conversion...

By Liz Morrell, 30 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Mobile Marketing.

New tool claims to take Facebook marketing to new heights

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Facebook is becoming a more powerful marketing tool all the time, but a new tool claims to take Facebook marketing to new heights.

Social Ads, from cloud based marketing specialist Emarsys, enables brands to target customers via highly personalised advertisements on the platform – integrating with Facebook’s customer audiences to target individuals via automated advertising campaign.

In a bold claim Emarsys claims the solution allows more accurate targeting than anything...

By Liz Morrell, 27 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Social Media Marketing.

InMobi claims five times increase in monetisation of apps

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Monetising social and messaging apps offers great opportunities to drive revenue and those monetising with InMobi have seen up to a five times increase in monetisation according to the company.

It claims that since its launch of what it claims was the world’s first self-service native ads platform in 2014 it has onboarded a variety of social and messaging apps – one of the fast growing categories on app stores. These already include the likes of Tango,...

By Liz Morrell, 27 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology.

The five best practice tips for publishers to maximise their mobile ad revenues

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The explosive growth of smartphones over the last few years means we are rapidly approaching the point where mobile will become the dominant channel for accessing digital content. Last year, mobile internet use in the UK overtook desktop and in 2015 mobile searches will supersede traditional desktop and laptop search activity for the first time.

However, despite this dramatic shift to mobile, many publishers continue to regard desktop as the only source of advertising revenues worthy...

By Simon Birkenhead, 26 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Mobile Marketing, Programmatic.

How wearables will change the mobile marketing landscape

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Opinion While the Apple Watch is dominating the headlines right now, the larger class of wearables are going to trigger widespread shifts in consumer behaviours up and down the customer journey. Their incredibly personal nature, constant connectivity, and new use cases—from opening hotel room doors to buying coffee with a tap—will combine to appeal to a broad audience, beyond the early adopters who will buy Apple Watches in the first few months.

The question for marketers is how...

By Craig Palli, 23 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Mobile Marketing.

Assessing the state of Twitter on its ninth birthday

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It may be hard to believe but Saturday will see Twitter celebrate its ninth birthday; even though the social networking tool hasn’t yet even hit double digits it has certainly changed how we communicate. The questions is though: has it done enough to change how we market?

From the humble beginnings of March 21 2006 when Twitter made its first tweet the medium has caught on and by November 2008 the billionth tweet had already been shared. Today more than 9,000 tweets are posted every...

By Liz Morrell, 19 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Social Media Marketing.

Customers more likely to hit delete button than ever

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Marketers who fail to use customer data properly risk finding themselves “at the mercy of the delete button”, according to new survey from the Aimia Institute.

As part of a survey of more than 10,000 consumers in the UK, France, Canada, USA and India the Aimia Institute explored how consumers are coping with the new world of data-centric marketing and how they felt about how and what types of brand communications they were receiving. It showed that consumers were...

By Liz Morrell, 18 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Customer Experience.

How consumers are increasingly engaging with native advertising

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New research shows that more than half (57%) of under 34s will engage with native ads if the concept appeals to them – regardless of whether that content has been paid for or sponsored. Amongst those aged 18-24 the figure is higher at nearly two-thirds (63%).

Almost a third (32%) cited written feature articles as the type of paid-for online content that they most prefer to consume. This was followed by nearly a quarter (24%) choosing list-based articles and 17% videos. Sponsored...

By Liz Morrell, 17 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Native Advertising.

Brightcove CEO David Mendels on wearables, video and the CMO outlook

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If anyone’s ever had a campaign which hasn’t gone quite right, it’s always reassuring to know the marketing technology providers can also make the same mistakes.

Take video. B2B video marketing platform providers, such as Brightcove and Nideo, offer vital services to show brands where their campaigns are going wrong. Analytics readings tell marketers where customers are switching off, so they can rejig the length and message of the video.

As Brightcove CEO David...

AOP offers best practices for native advertising in wake of survey results

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One in three consumers are more likely to trust native advertising than traditional advertising, according to a report from the Association of Online Publishers (AOP).

The report, which focuses on the impact of native advertising, or advertorial, uncovered a series of interesting statistics. Three in five (59%) consumers claimed to find native advertising “interesting”, while 42% more consumers said they found native ad drivers more interesting than traditional...

By James Bourne, 09 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Native Advertising.

Standard banner ads decline as content and video get richer

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Video and rich media ads usage is on the rise as consumers engage more fully with such mediums over standard banners advertising.

Research from Mobile Mix, The Mobile Device Index year in review from Millennial Media, shows that video and rich media ads result in nearly twice the engagement of standard banners.

The study showed that in 2014 91% of all developers and publishers on the Millennial Media platform allowed standard banners – down from 93% the year before. Rich media...

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

Record investment in digital marketing technology forecast for this year

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Companies are planning record investment in digital marketing technology this year, according to a new report from Econsultancy, in partnership with Oracle Marketing Cloud.

The research, part of an annual Marketing Budgets Report, found that 79% of companies are planning to increase their spending specifically on digital marketing technology – the biggest investment since the research was launched in 2010 and an increase of 13% on last year.

The number of companies planning the...

Three quarters of marketers want to increase programmatic spend

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As programmatic advertising continues to dominate brand spend, a new survey has revealed that three quarters of marketers plan to increase their spend on the medium within the next six to 12 months.

It is of no surprise since the same number also saw increasing sales as its biggest advantage.    

However there are still concerns around its usage which, if addressed, would see spend increasing even more dramatically according to the result of a survey by programmatic...

By Liz Morrell, 01 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Programmatic.

Brand safety improves as 28 ad businesses recognised for combating online ad misplacement

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As brand safety becomes ever more of an issue it has been revealed this week that 28 ad businesses have now been awarded seals confirming that they are working hard to minimise online ad misplacement.

It follows the launch of the Digital Trading Standards Group (DTSG) Good Practice Principles, which were published in December 2013 and which outline six commitments for those involved in buying, selling or facilitating digital display advertising in order to significantly reduce the...

By Liz Morrell, 24 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Best Practice.

Social media key to monitoring and reacting to customer complaints

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Getting marketing right is as much about not bombarding customers with unwanted attention as it is about nurturing customers, yet a new report suggests many brands are failing to make it easy for customers to take action over the latter.

And the danger of that is that disdain about a brand’s marketing approach can go viral and totally undermine a brand’s marketing efforts in the first place.

Conversely making it easier for a customer to complain about marketing efforts...

By Liz Morrell, 24 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising.

Marketing high-flyers lack digital university qualification

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The relentless pace of change in the digital marketing world means it is hard even for those in the job to keep up with change. It comes as little surprise, then, that universities have failed to keep up with relevant, timely courses that suit the needs of today’s digital employers.

A new study carried out by digital recruitment specialists The Candidate, reveals that only 49% of top digital professionals in the £88,000 to £130,000 per annum pay bracket...

By Liz Morrell, 19 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Mobile Marketing.

Digital advertising primed to take pole position

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Where traditional media once dominated digital marketing could finally be about to take prime position this year, accounting for half of all UK advertising spend in 2015.

The prediction comes thanks to the latest Advertising Forecast from Strategy Analytics which forecasts an £8 billion spend on mobile and internet advertising.

The figure is more than twice that of TV which at £3.8 billion has a 24% share. It also dwarfs predicted spending on print advertising at...

By Liz Morrell, 19 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology.

How can you deliver a personal, digital experience?

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Can you imagine what it was like when I started work 25 years ago? Computers were rare; we had to share one in the branch of the bank I worked in. We had no text messaging, no Facebook, in fact we had no Internet which meant no emails, no video conferencing and certainly no online shopping or applications. But we still ran a pretty good business, served customers well and made money.

But the world has changed. Digital services have never had more of an impact on our lives...

New study claims inRead video beats pre-roll advertising for effectiveness

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With YouTube having just celebrated its ten-year anniversary, a new report suggests the site may have to up its game when it comes to ad technology.

Traditionally the domain of the pre-roll specification the report proves that newer video advertising solutions are starting to steal the lead – and put the dominance of YouTube at risk.

The video advertising study has been conducted by Nielsen and compares inRead format advertising versus a skippable pre-roll format....

By Liz Morrell, 19 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Campaigns, Video & Audio Marketing.