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.

Do marketers need an automation education?

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Technology is at the heart of everything digital marketing is achieving today, but there are still some subjects that are beyond a subset of marketers.

Automation is one such topic where there is evidence of a knowledge, that is according to research by marketing technology provider Adestra, which revealed more than a quarter of marketers have never heard of marketing automation.

In an era when customer experience is at the heart of everything a marketer does, automation has...

How marketers need more integrated tools for cross-channel success

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Marketers want to move away from the complex array of tools they currently use to more interoperable tools for improving their deployment of customer engagement data across devices and channels.

The conclusion comes from a study by Winterberry Group and the IAB entitled Marketing Data Technology: Cutting through the complexity. It found that opinion is divided when choosing between suite or best-of-breed solutions and that marketers say neither completely serves their needs of...

Mobile clicks overtake desktop in UK for the first time

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Consumers are now reported to be clicking more on mobile devices than desktop for the first time in the UK, with mobile impressions, spend and conversions not far off desktop either.

A new study from cross-channel performance advertising cloud Marin Software reveals that mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones, now account for 44.8% of ad impressions, 50% of clicks, 46% of spend and 43% of conversions in the UK.

Tablets continue to be the go-to device for consumers...

Programmatic advertising concerns remain in 2015

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If there was one buzzword in the digital advertising space in 2014 it has to have been programmatic.

Last year saw eight out of ten buyers and sellers actively using it, but there remain three big concerns around usage – the biggest of which concerns brand safety.

A new report from Undertone looks at how marketers, publishers and agencies if they are using it, how and what they are buying, what they want and what concerns them. It showed 82% of marketers are using it, 81% of...

By Liz Morrell, 16 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Programmatic.

Omni-channel by default

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Today there are more devices connected to the internet than there are people in the world. In fact, looking specifically at mobile, the GSMA reported that global mobile connections passed the 7 billion mark in April 2014; predicting that by year-end, global connections would match the 7.2 billion global population total projected by the United Nations.

Mobile devices are increasingly becoming the first go-to device for communications and content consumption, according to Gartner. Its...

Is this the definitive marketing technology landscape graphic?

Lumascape kicked off the trend for bringing an entire industry together on a single graphic while others have followed too, but Scott Brinker’s latest offering adds some vastly improved organisation to this bustling industry.

Brinker’s marketing technology supergraphic manages to incorporate almost 2,000 different companies without ever looking too chaotic. It is no mean feat given how his annual project...

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...

Two thirds of marketers to win market share with increased tech spend in 2015

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2015 will see marketers winning market share through an increased spend on technology, according to a new whitepaper from Conductor.

It showed that 65% of marketing executives plan to spend more on marketing technology in the coming year, with nearly a third (28%) saying they would spend 25% or more than in previous years. Of those, 18% said they were spending up to 50% more and 10% were planning to spend above that.

The conclusions come from a new whitepaper that surveyed...

By Liz Morrell, 07 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology.

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...

Why 2015 will be the year of the customer

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As 2014 came to an end, out trotted the year of the horse and shepherded in is the year of the goat according to the Chinese zodiac, that is. By comparison, the advertising tech calendar has its own oft-debated emblems - can you recall each time the year of the mobile was announced?

This new year, I’d like to take a stab in shaping our calendar based on a year’s reflection, a quick study of the LUMAscape movement and an ear to the ground for what is to come.

If 2014...

Businesses must stay ahead of EC Data Protection Reforms, warns IAB

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It may have been a rather long-winded process but the European Commission‘s Data Protection Reforms could move forward dramatically this year and businesses must begin to prepare for the changes they will bring, according to the Internet Advertising Bureau UK (IAB).

The EC originally put forward proposals in January 2012 to harmonise the existing patchwork of different data protection rules across the continent, and replace what is now a rather outdated UK Data...

Mobile’s dual personalities

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Mobile has emerged like a juggernaut. It has smashed both the public’s and business’s perception of computing and transformed a gadget into something more akin to a life support system. Yet mobile devices and the software they run exist in parallel worlds.

There is the “just like a computer or TV only smaller” contingent, which is mostly B2C. There is the “gateway to the enterprise” market, which is pretty much all B2B. And there is the B2E...

Social business predictions show big change for marketing tech

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Companies face a number of challenges in their social transformation over the next few years. However, a new report from IDC reveals the ten factors it feels will influence decision making around social business. Many of which involve the evolution of marketing technology.

In IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Social Business Transformation 2015 predictions, the report’s authors say that business leaders should be making such decisions within the next two to four years if they...

By Liz Morrell, 22 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Commerce, S-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

General Motors extends agile marketing to the connected car

US-headquartered General Motors has announced a new product called AtYourService, through its OnStar subsidiary, that lets retailers and merchants target drivers with contextual marketing and promotions.

It was only a matter of time before car manufacturers made it possible for advertisers to target drivers with marketing and General Motors has been the one to blink first.

General Motors has already partnered with several third-party companies including performance marketing publisher RetailMeNot for coupons...

CMOs expected to have short shelf life over coming years

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Longevity may not be a word used to describe a chief marketing officer’s (CMOs) reign over the next few years if the predictions made by market research company IDC ring true.

A quarter of all high-tech CMOs will be replaced every year until 2018, according to the insights revealed during a recent IDC web conference that was part of the company’s new FutureScape report.

The figure might make gloomy reading for some, but Marketing Tech spoke to Donovan...

By Simon Holland, 19 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Best Practice.

IAB claims full viewability measurement is not possible

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Full viewability measurement of digital advertising is not yet possible according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). The claim comes only a couple of weeks after analysis from Google’s tracking metric for viewable ads showed that more than half of all served ads are not measured viewable.

The IAB has published a new positioning paper that makes the claim called the State of Viewability Transaction in 2015, which aims to offer guidance to the digital media and...

By Liz Morrell, 17 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Campaigns, Personalised Marketing.

Multi-device marketing’s reach moves to embrace wearable users

Advertisers can now tap into the growing market for wearable technology using FitAd, a recently launched wearable advertising platform for fitness and health-oriented brands and publishers.

Engagement on mobile health software is higher than almost all other categories of apps, making it a market ripe for advertisers. Nielsen’s own evidence points to 46 million users of apps averaging 16 uses each month for a period totalling one hour per engagement.

New York-based FitAd uses a mixture of programmatic...

Ad fraud hits video campaigns

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More needs to be done to protect the display advertising technology industry from video ad fraud according to a new report from bots and malware detection specialist Whiteops.

The Bot Baseline – Fraud in Digital Advertising report by White Ops and the Association of National Advertisers shows that globally advertisers are set to lose $3.6 billion globally to bots in 2015.

White Ops and ANA worked with 36 member organisations of the ANA to analyse digital advertising campaign...