Google changes AdWords ad rotation: Not for the better

Yesterday on the Inside AdWords blog, Google announced a new change to AdWords and the way adverts are rotated.

Advertisers have the option to rotate adverts in three ways. Optimise for Clicks, Optimise for Conversions or Even Rotation. We always test adverts on the Even Rotation setting as it allows you to split test your adverts and find out what copy works.

Over time, this can...

By Gareth Morgan, 02 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Data-driven marketing, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Are consumers more engaged by 'contextual' smart-TV ads?

Contextual, interactive ads delivered through connected TVs produce improved levels of brand association and favourability, according to new research involving a number of leading brands’ smart TV campaigns.

The UK study, carried out by Decipher Research on behalf of  the digital entertainment specialist Rovi, found that TV viewers exposed to ad placement on their smart TV noticed them 68% of the time, with a third actually clicking through to further ad...

By Matt Henkes, 26 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising.

Tumblr launches paid adverts for businesses

Tumblr has announced it will introduce paid advertisements for brands and businesses.

The blogging platform will sell branded blog posts under its existing ‘Radar’ function.

The tool currently showcases the most popular blog posts on the website, but will also feature the paid adverts.

Tumblr already has branded blogs, including IMB and EMI Music, but this is the first time the platform has offered a way to get content promoted.

Tumblr’s founder, David Karp, announced the new service during...

By Dani Millward, 19 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Content Marketing.

Push versus Pull Marketing: Is Your Company Using Both Strategies?

This is a guest post by Amanda DiSilvestro of Business.com

Lately the buzz seems to be surrounding the term “pull marketing.” Because this term is becoming so popular, the term “push” marketing has also been brought to the surface. Push marketing is supposedly an approach that most marketing departments have been using in the past, while pull marketing is the latest and greatest. If you don’t know whether you are pushing or pulling your customers, consider some of the major differences...

By Nick Stamoulis, 12 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

The 10 Worst Marketing Campaigns in History!

Marketing is as much an intuition as it is a science. While research, data and technology drive successful marketing campaigns these days, the most memorable campaigns are those that rely more on intuition. A data driven campaign is smart business and mitigates risk, but an intuitive campaign often stands a better chance of being memorable and setting a new standard. However...it also stands a better chance of ruining careers and making a brand an industry laughingstock. While everyone has their own favorites, below are my picks for the 10 WORST marketing campaigns of all time.  10.Tom Ford Vaginal Fragrance Ad "Taking a page from Calvin Klein’s book, the fragrance line from Tom Ford decided to screw subtlety and launch a 2007 campaign that consisted solely of a woman with her legs spread wide, the only thing separating you from her special place being a bottle of their scent. Not sure what the message is, but the first thing that occurs to us is, 'This fragrance smells exactly like what it is covering up.'"1Sorry, I don't even feel comfortable showing the image used in this print campaign.  I have a young child.9. 7-Up Suggesting Feeding Babies the Soft Drink instead of Milk

By Brendan Hurley, 10 April 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns.

Who will nail Social TV? #SMWF

The integration of social media into TV has not yet hit the nail on the head, according to Dan Patton, VP of digital media at MTV UK & Ireland.

Looking at how TV audiences can be bolstered using social media at #SMWF yesterday, Patton said we were yet to see a service that had tied the two together in a truly effective, innovative way.

Emma Marlow, Director of New Media, IMImobile said that trying to drive engagement through social media represented a huge...

By Matt Henkes, 28 March 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Social Media Marketing.

Twitter expands Promoted Tweets on mobile

Twitter announced yesterday that it will expand its promoted tweets on mobile apps.

Promoted Tweets will now appear in user timelines on their mobile devices that Twitter feel are of relevance and interest, but from brands that the user doesn’t necessarily follow.

Advertisers will also be able to choose whether to target all platforms, or just specifics including iOS, Android or desktop.

Twitter published a blog post, which said: “For years, brands around the world have used Twitter to reach...

By Dani Millward, 21 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising.

The evolving ad model – new opportunities for brands to get consumer attention

The evolving ad model – brands need to wake up to new opportunities to capture consumer attention

Advertising used to be based on scarcity in a world of few television channels and limited magazine pages. It was simply about broadcasting to the masses, and it was easy to know where consumer attention was focused.

Flash forward to the digital age where this mass audience now spends hours consuming media across a multitude of interactive digital outlets on the Internet, opening the door for brands to communicate...

By Richard Reeves, 14 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns.