Facebook has been rumbled using 2FA phone numbers for ad targeting

As if Facebook needed another mountain in user trust to climb this year, evidence has now emerged of it using phone numbers provided for security purposes to target unsuspecting users with ads.

The activity was uncovered by researchers from Northeastern University and Princeton, along with the tech publisher Gizmodo, following controlled trials where an ad was successfully targeted using phone numbers that had been provided for account security and, in one case, had never been explicitly provided to the...

By Mark Jones, 01 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

The rise of the commuter-shopper: driving digital commerce in surprising environments

Thanks to the hyper-connected, ‘always on’ world in which we now live, the opportunity for brands to drive commerce is literally everywhere. As with other areas of our lives, connected mobile devices have changed the way we think about buying things; when it comes to shopping, we’re no longer bound by ‘restrictions’ such as location and time of day.

Last week, Instagram announced that it will be...

By Ian Reynolds, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, E-Commerce, M-Commerce, Mobile Marketing.

Google rolls out custom viewability metrics for display & video advertisers

63% of UK display ads were considered “viewable” in the first half of the year according to a study this week by Integral Ad Science. That was considered an “all-time high”, and it means that nearly three-fifths of ad units were in view for one continuous second - or two seconds if we’re talking video.

The findings were based on a widely-used industry standard set by the Media Rating Council...

By Mark Jones, 26 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Video & Audio Marketing.

99% of businesses plan to up digital marketing spend next year

Nearly half (41%) of businesses with 100+ employees invest more than $500K in digital marketing every year. That’s according to a US-based survey of 501 marketers by small business publisher The Manifest, at least, in a study which set out to discover how companies invest in digital marketing, and how their investments are set to change in the year ahead.

While respondents hailed from a wide mix of seniority levels and companies, more than three-quarters (76%) agreed that marketing has changed more in...

By Mark Jones, 25 September 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Social Media Marketing.

Why it’s time to end our industry obsession with CTR

Brand awareness is an essential top-of-the-marketing-funnel activity for any advertiser and is one of the key strengths of B2B programmatic. Getting the brand known and recognised in front of the right audience helps to drive potential customers down the challenging path to a purchase or acquisition. With B2B buying cycles being much longer than the majority of B2C purchases, a gentle but ever-present ‘background noise’ is vital to getting the target audience to move down the funnel. With savvy ad...

By Alex Lakin, 25 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Web Analytics.

Third of ad spend growth to be driven by paid search and social by 2020

One third of all global ad spend growth will be driven by paid search and social media spend within the next two years, according to the latest report by Publicis-owned industry forecaster Zenith.

Annual global ad spend is on track to hit $581bn (£442bn) by the end of 2018, while Zenith raised its predictions for global ad spend growth from 4.1% to 4.5% until 2020, 67% of which will come from investments in paid search and social media ads.

Within that time, paid search will grow by $22bn...

By Mark Jones, 24 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Paid Search, Social Media Marketing.

One day, blockchain may guarantee transparency in advertising

Have you spotted Facebook’s apologetic ad campaign in recent weeks?

The tech giant finally decided that it had become embroiled in enough data scandals to merit saying sorry in a nationwide campaign. So great is the company’s desire for forgiveness, that it advertised on broadcast television for the very first time.

There is a lot to take away from all the recent data...

By Greg Isbister, 20 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology.

With consumer trust at an all-time low - it's time for the digital industry to fight back

You don’t need statistics or sentiment analysis to tell you that the trust consumers have in digital advertising has reached a significant low. They can however put the scale of the issue into context. The lack of confidence in digital ads is well reflected in the rate at which ad blocking has grown over the last few years, so much so that eMarketer expects that a third of all...

By Damien Bennett, 19 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Best Practice, Customer Experience.

Why AI alone cannot guarantee better user engagement

It may be one of the buzzwords of the moment, but artificial intelligence (AI) has been a fixture of digital marketing for over a decade now. 

It’s the technology that underpinned the programmatic advertising revolution, which allowed marketers to sit back and let complex algorithms target millions of people at scale based on cookies and demographic data.

By Carl White, 18 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Data-driven marketing.