EdgeRank costing publishers millions in lost revenue

Picture credit: iStockphoto

Facebook Edgerank, the social network’s ranking algorithm that displays content based on relevancy, is doing more harm than good to online publishers.

After sampling 30 digital publishers, media intelligence company AdClarity determined that these publishers are the victim of a $350 million shortfall in advertising revenue thanks to Facebook’s algorithms.

The figure stems from AdClarity coupling its own publisher data, that revealed their collective revenue was a...

Google Contributor: Biting the advertising hand that feeds?

Picture credit: iStockphoto

Imagine a world wide web without popups, banners, prerolls and takeovers. As a marketer it is a difficult environment to fathom from a monetisation perspective, but it is a concept Google is investigating with the launch of Contributor.

Think the Adblock browser extension with an added revenue-earning element for sites. Google Contributor is an experiment from the search giant where internet users can pay between $1 and $3 a month to browse a site with no Google ads.

Media real...

By Simon Holland, 21 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Content, Publishing.

Is Samsung's iBeacon contender Proximity a headache for retailers?

Picture credit: Samsung

Samsung has announced mobile communications solution Proximity, a rival to Apple’s iBeacon, but could the requirement of a different beacon technology for each handset manufacturer cause problems for retailers?

Proximity is a mobile platform not unlike iBeacons. It lets visitors to a specific location view rich, relevant content and allows advertisers to target those consumers with more pertinent campaigns.

The main difference between the two products is that Proximity operates...

By Simon Holland, 18 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Consumer, Location, Mobile.

What are the five pillars of personalisation marketing?

Picture credit: iStockphoto

Most people look at personalisation marketing as a new and recent addition to the digital marketing mix, but this is an incorrect and dated view. Personalisation marketing has been around at least in principle for more than 25 years. In fact I developed one of the first personalised marketing programmes for Heidelberg USA more than 20 years ago.

To determine what has changed and what has transferred this “legacy” technology into the modern digital world of marketing,...

By Thaddeus Kubis, 17 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Consumer, Customer Experience, Strategy.

Print vs mobile ads: Which is best for engagement and recall?

Picture credit: iStockphoto

Mobile and print-based advertising may serve to slightly contrasting audiences, but there are similarities in how the readers of each platform react to marketing.

In a bid to challenge the view that platforms drive behaviour rather than content, News UK Commercial performed a study examining the differences between how readers of the paper-based version of The Times compared to those that engaged with the mobile edition.

News UK reported that memory coding, the first step brains...

By Simon Holland, 17 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Data & Analytics, Mobile.

Havas and Sky release mobile ad measurement trial findings in case study

Nationwide, Domino’s and Birds Eye have taken part in mobile advertising measurement trials on a selection of Sky’s websites, with the results now being made public.

Havas Media Group and Sky Media, the two companies behind the research, discovered that the best results were often gained by ensuring creative was intriguing, fun and interactive so it was able to stand out on the page.

Research agencies Differentology and On Device Research supplied detailed feedback on how the three brands fared...

By Simon Holland, 13 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Analysis, Case Studies, Consumer, Design, Research.

Yahoo bulks up on video after $640-million Brightroll acquisition

Picture credit: iStockphoto

Programmatic video ad platform Brightroll has been purchased by Yahoo in a $640 million cash deal.

News of the acquisition broke on Yahoo’s Tumblr account where CEO Marissa Meyer talked up the deal by describing video advertising as the next evolution in display marketing technology.

“Video is display 2.0,” she said. “It’s what brand advertisers love. It’s a format that elegantly and easily transitions from broadcast television to PC to mobile...

By Simon Holland, 12 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Mergers and acquisitions, Programmatic, Selling, Video & Audio.

Ad fraud targeted by AppNexus-led certification

Picture credit: iStockphoto

Online advertising technology company AppNexus has partnered with a host of industry big hitters to create a new classification standard that the group of businesses hope will eradicate fraud.

DoubleVerify, Integral Ad Science, Microsoft, PubMatic and Xaxis have all joined forces with AppNexus to create a standard that will identify safe and trusted inventory on the internet.

Fraudulent ad impressions mostly stems from bot traffic where computers hijacked by viruses mimic human...

By Simon Holland, 10 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Programmatic, Selling.

How keeping it simple can ensure your brand is premium

Picture credit: McDonalds

When it comes to branding it’s easy to overcomplicate things. But the Global Brand Simplicity Index 2014 shows that can cost brands dearly.

The report by Siegel + Gale, which has been published for the past five years, shows how keeping it simple can pay dividends. This year’s results once again has brands such as McDonald’s, Ikea, Google and Amazon ranking within the top 10 for their no nonsense approach to branding.  Discount grocery chain Aldi comes first...

By Liz Morrell, 07 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Analysis, Campaigns, Consumer.

How consumers still believe retailers are dual pricing

The variation between online and offline pricing has long been a bone of contention between retailer and shopper.

In the early days of e-commerce price differentials between online and store was common practise but in today’s omnichannel world it can be extremely harmful to a brand to be seen charging different prices across different shopping channels and it’s a practise many retailers have abandoned as a result.

A new report from Displaydata suggests that more than three quarters of shoppers...

By Liz Morrell, 07 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Consumer, E-Commerce, Selling.

How John Lewis’ latest Christmas ad continues the conversation in-store

Picture credit: John Lewis

John Lewis has long set the bar for Christmas television advertising. This year it has gone one step further, bringing the advertising in-store with technology designed to extend the experience beyond the TV screen; but at what cost? Pester power could end up costing parents – and the retailer – dearly.

The £1 million television advertisement, which airs for the first time on TV tomorrow night after being unveiled on social media today, is part of a £7...

By Liz Morrell, 06 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Apple, Campaigns, Opinion.

Seeing your ad get blocked? Blame Google, report argues

Picture credit: Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier

A report released by Adobe and PageFair has revealed that the use of adblocking software is accelerating rapidly, with some demographics more likely than others to nix the rogue adverts.

2013 saw the number of users who use ad blocker software more than double globally, from 54 million to 121 million. As of June this year, the number stands at approximately 144...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Search Marketing.

Instagram confirms UK ads are on their way

Instagram is in the process of rolling out sponsored content and advertising alongside its regular content to UK users, according to a BBC report.

The adverts, which have already been launched in the US, will aim to be “as natural to Instagram as the photos and videos [users] enjoy from brands who are already using Instagram”, according to a spokesperson.

Unsurprisingly, reaction from the social community has been somewhat negative. Yet the photo-based social...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Social Media.

Want users to pay for content? Work harder, publishers told

A new set of research data released by CloudSense has revealed that the trend for users accessing free news content is inexorable – and concludes publishers need to do more to monetise their content.

The research, which gauged the views of 4000 UK and US consumers, found some interesting differences. Even though far more US consumers are prepared to subscribe to content (24% compared to 7% UK), the overall trend is the same worldwide: users are reluctant to pay.

Of course, this has been a problem for...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Content.

TalkTalk unveils latest billboard campaign for TV offering

Telecoms provider TalkTalk has unleashed its latest billboard campaign specifically targeting its TV packages – with a more than apparent nod to rivals Virgin Media.

The billboards are being rolled across almost 20 sites in London, including a six sheet banner at Euston Station. The campaign will be seen from Elephant & Castle, Edgware Road, and Waterloo Bridge among others.

This campaign follows ‘The Mission’, a TV campaign “in which five household objects embarked on an odyssey...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns.

Are mobile ads starting to do their job for brands? New research says yes

More mobile shoppers are clicking on ads, according to the latest study from call management provider Telmetrics.

One in three consumers see mobile ads as helpful and informative, according to the report, which represents a spike of 76% from this time last year.

The researchers argue this boils down to different types of content working on mobile today. More than half of mobile shoppers share ads on social media, particularly the youngest age demographic of 18-34 year olds, while there’s been a 40% in...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Consumer, Mobile.