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...

Case study: How finance brands use data segmentation to improve the customer journey

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As consumer confidence returns, the rise in people looking for credit provides lenders with a real opportunity. Ensuring those consumers can afford the credit remains top of the agenda, with recent regulatory changes designed to provide stronger protection for the consumer.

The key is for lenders to make the checks needed to satisfy the regulators and protect the customer but to do it in a way that avoids damaging customer experience and driving customers away. So, how can...

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the existing patchwork of different data protection rules across the continent, and replace what is now a rather outdated UK Data...

Eight reasons why 2015 will be a huge year for mobile marketers

The average person checks their mobile as much as 221 times a day and spends roughly three hours and 16 minutes enjoying mobile content each day. With statistics like this it is clear that consumers are desperate for mobile content and this is a trend that is likely to continue to grow into the new year and beyond.

Mobile’s popularity among consumers and brands continues to rise rapidly. However, despite this increase in interest, so many brands are yet to fully capitalise on the evolving relationship....

Taming big data to make it work harder

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“We have to appeal on a personal level.” We hear this with increasing frequency from today’s modern marketer, who is placing customer centricity and personalisation at the heart of their programmes in a time-poor, competition-heavy, digital environment.

In response to these demands, marketing software developers have handed marketers the keys, creating tools and solutions that generate a wealth of data waiting to be tapped into. But how do you know which piece of the data puzzle is the...

By Simon Robinson, 23 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data-driven marketing, Data Science, Personalised Marketing.

Where does social commerce go after 2014?

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2014 felt like the movie Groundhog Day. Wake up to the sounds of the song, I Got You Babe (or, in this case, Pharrell’s just-as-incessant ‘Happy’), then open your news provider of choice to read about yet another social network launching a ‘Buy’ button.

Pinterest in January, Facebook in July, Twitter in September - frankly, it was a surprise not to see WhatsApp reinvented as a social assistant that reads your texts, hacks your bank details, then buys...

How forensic analysis helps understand why a marketing campaign failed

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Like most I never win every bid I present, but as with baseball if you average a hit one out of each three times you are at bat, that .333 batting average will make you a perennial All-Star. You will be above the rest and yet close enough to the top to still go for the gold.

In the last 18 months a strange phenomenon (for me) has occurred. Many of the integrated marketing programmes that I bid on and did not win have been reassigned to me after the programme was assigned to another...

Google gives Adwords an omni-channel injection

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Search company Google has announced that it will soon be rolling out AdWords improvements to better measure in-store visits in the Estimated Total Conversions (ETC) tool.

In an effort to assist marketers with targeting the increasingly complex paths to purchase that consumers take, Google is letting advertisers link AdWords with My Business to get more insights on search campaigns.

When announcing the new AdWords feature on its blog, Google explained how brick and mortar still had a...

What will be the big trends for data-driven marketing in 2015?

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In 2014 online retail sales in the UK rose by 15.8% in 2014 (fetching a healthy £45 billion ). In 2015 this figure is expected to grow even further, increasing a burgeoning part of the UK’s economic recovery.

This rise in sales is not just due to global economic factors technology advances in data-driven marketing, mobile and in-store technology have truly transformed online storefronts and the local high-street.

2014 was certainly the year when multi-channel,...

Yandex offers to turn enterprise big data into strategic insights

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Search engine Yandex is giving enterprise businesses the chance to use its machine-learning technologies to transform unstructured data into valuable insights.

With Yandex Data Factory, enterprise companies can manipulate big data to boost sales, make their business more cost efficient, predict product demand and overhaul any audience targeting technology they currently use.

Yandex Data Factory is based on MatrixNet, the firm’s machine-learning technology, which deciphers...

By Simon Holland, 10 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Big Data, Data-driven marketing, Data Science, Personalised Marketing.