David Shadpour, Social Native: Why brands should focus on authentic content creation

Social Native's founder and CEO urges brands around the world to build an army of creators, and embrace user generated content.

For anyone who doesn’t know about Social Native, what's the company all about?

The name itself, Social Native, has some depth to it. In the early print days, you'd hire a big agency, they would do a photo shoot and they'd print it for you and put it in a magazine. 

Then television came out and you had to do sight and sound. You hire a big...

Room Unlocked, Alex Payne: Authenticity and purpose in influencer marketing

Alex Payne, Room Unlocked's co-founder, discusses the future of influencer marketing and how it can successfully form part of an overall marketing strategy.

Could you tell us a little bit about what the company does?

Well, several of our clients have described us as a cross between Tinder and LinkedIn, which we quite like. Room Unlocked facilitates partnerships between interesting brands and celebrities and influencers - but our point of difference is that it is all mutually...

UK companies’ social media ad spend trumps global average

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UK brands spent 59% more on social media ads in Q2 2022, compared to the global average of £3118.

This is according to a study by Emplifi, a unified customer experience (CX) platform, which analysed thousands of brands worldwide between 1 April, 2022 till 30 June, 2022. UK brands spent the most on social media advertisements globally, despite engagement levels across social channels declining year-on-year.

Key findings from the report include:

UK tops global...

Fiverr slides into the advertising industry with Togetherr

Fiverr, an online marketplace for freelance services, has launched Togetherr, a platform for building creative teams and connecting them with global brands and agencies.

The platform uses proprietary technology, the Creative Genome, to construct teams from an exclusive group of creative talent. These teams will be curated and matched to support brands and agencies on specific projects and campaigns.

The advertising world has gone through massive changes in the last few...

Maximising consumer engagement with attention

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Since the pandemic, consumers have become a lot more discerning when it comes to their ad consumption.  Super Bowl LVI’s national ads, for example, accounted for more than 40% of all TV ad impressions on linear TV in 2022. And since ‘nostalgia’ was the theme of the event, it was successful in resonating and instilling happy emotions, hence being memorable and giving the event a longer lasting impression.

We’ve seen the success from brands bringing in the old with a...

Gen Z avoiding advertising at all costs

Adverts and bright signs in Times Square, New York.

Any company looking to target Gen Z consumers (those born between 1997 and 2012) shouldn’t even bother with traditional advertising.

That is the stark finding from a new report released by digital consumer research firm, Bulbshare, which gathers insights from thousands of consumers around the world.

Titled 'Ad blockers and advocacy: Why Gen Z is blocking paid ads in favour of real voices', the report finds that 99% of consumers in this generational cohort will hit...

How CB Heat Pumps made £1.5m in sales in just 72 hours

In 1999, CB Heating was established by a very young and talented apprentice trained plumber, Clayton Browne.

Clayton saw a future in renewable energy when he was working with Thermal Solar Energy systems more than 20 years ago. As new technologies developed and emerged on to the market, he was keen to explore and embrace them. Clayton Installed his first Air Source Heat pump with an underfloor heating system on a beautiful barn conversion all the way back in the year 2000. Since...

Half of marketers have lost revenue due to new ad regulations

59% of marketers have lost revenue since Apple’s IDFA changes, the phasing out of third party cookies by Google, new privacy updates, and changing ad regulations.

This is according to ‘The App-ocalypse’, a new report from Bango, which revealed that marketers are experiencing a negative impact to their bottom line due to new ad regulations and privacy changes.

The report argues that the four horsemen of the App-ocalypse – the phasing out of Cookies, iOS IDFA...

3 in 5 Brits regret their social media influenced spending

Facebook has been named the most influential social media platform for Brits’ buying habits, new research has discovered.

Survey data from FCA-regulated credit broker Little-Loans.com has lifted the lid on how social media impacts Brits’ buying habits which, in turn, can aid companies’ marketing efforts.

A nationally representative survey of 2,000 Brits found that Facebook is the social media platform that leads to the most sales.

Participants detailed...

Five years after EU antitrust fine, 53% of UK Google Shopping ads still come from Google

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Five years after the EU commission fined Google 2.4 billion Euros ($2.65 billion) and ordered it to open up its Google Shopping service in Europe to external competition, a new study suggests around 53% of ads on the platform in the UK, still originate from Google itself - up from around 49% in 2019.

The research from Searchmetrics indicates that after Brexit, Google is no longer trying to increase competition on its shopping platform in the UK.

On top of this, the...