Mobile is main priority for marketers in 2014, research finds

Research conducted by mobile analytics firm Netbiscuits and Brand Republic has revealed that seven in 10 marketers use mobile and see it as ‘integral’ to their multichannel branding.

The report, entitled ‘Getting Mobile Right: Using Analytics to Create Insight-Driven, Personalised Experiences’, showed that even though the majority of marketers were using mobile, a smaller number had specific goals from mobile.

Just over half (51.97%) of the 5000 respondents across 10 countries said...

By James Bourne, 12 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing.

Simon’s Cat: On social media, engagement and the importance of the story

Feature When Simon Tofield first started creating videos about a charming, yet mischievous cat, it was simply to teach himself a computer program.

Six years on, with book deals, syndications and millions of fans under his belt, he explains that he never expected the success Simon’s Cat has brought him.

“I had no idea it would ever really touch as many people as it has,” he tells MarketingTech. “I think the main reason it has done is because there’s a lot of cat fans out there and the...

Rightmove picks Crimson Hexagon to stay on top of social

Property advertiser Rightmove has enlisted the help of Crimson Hexagon to provide social media sentiment analysis, replacing Radian 6.

This represents a big client win for Crimson Hexagon, whose ForSight analytics tool holds over 400bn social media posts in its database and adds another billion every two days, as well as providing sentiment analysis on a gamut of news stories ranging from the royal baby to

By James Bourne, 11 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Getty Images’ Hugh Pinney on embracing the unknown

Hugh Pinney, VP news EMEA at Getty Images, claims the move by Getty to make 35m of its photos free to use is “the industry catching up to the 21st century.”

The company yesterday announced a significant alteration to its business model, allowing free use of its image library through an embed tool to combat piracy.

Pinney believes the move has been a long time coming.

“I think it’s really exciting,” he tells MarketingTech. “I think we’ve sat as an industry for a long time...

By James Bourne, 07 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Attribution, Campaigns, Data-driven marketing.

Captify: Is search retargeting the future of advertising as we know it?

It’s official: for publishers and brands, traditional banner ad campaigns simply don’t cut it anymore. With acceptable CTR figures continuing to slide, and users becoming increasingly immune to online advertising, something had to give.

UK-based startup Captify is one of those companies looking to change things round.

While the importance of real time bidding (RTB) models increases, Captify takes it one step further by being one...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Campaigns, Data-driven marketing.

One in four marketers hasn’t executed a cross-screen advertising campaign

Here’s an interesting survey result, this time courtesy of digital advertising provider Undertone: one in four marketers has not yet launched a cross-screen advertising campaign.

This isn’t to say they’ve not considered it. 84% of marketers surveyed and 92% of agencies said they were considering deploying a campaign – and none of the respondents said they were looking at decreasing their budget for it. Key benefits of cross-screen, according to those surveyed, are raising brand...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Data-driven marketing.

Analysing the fine line between marketing and data science

With more and more data at marketers’ fingertips, it’s easy to assume it makes the job of marketing a product that much easier.

You know what works and doesn’t, you know what your user base does and doesn’t like, so the likelihood of hitting the sweet spot goes up.

But as marketing gains an almost digital omnipotence, is the artistic side more swiftly dying out?

The question of whether marketing is an art or a science has been going on for generations.

By James Bourne, 11 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Data Science.

Study reveals how eating popcorn nullifies effect of cinema advertising

A new research paper from Cologne University has revealed that cinemagoers who ate popcorn were less likely to feel the effects of advertising than their comrades.

This isn’t to say, however, that advertisers would much prefer movie lovers to eat crisps, chocolate or ice-cream.

The theory, according to the researchers, was that the brain’s “inner speech” – the subconscious act of pronouncing a new name – is disrupted by chewing.

The cinemagoers in the test were divided into...

Marketing folks, check your SEO ego at the door

There’s lots of content out there about how to go about selecting an SEO firm that is the right fit for your company. We’ve even written plenty on the topic ourselves. This is all well and good but what potential SEO clients need to understand is that it goes both ways. Just as you are checking out the SEO firm and have a list of credentials that you want fulfilled, the SEO firm is scoping you out as a potential client too. The relationship between an SEO firm and a client should be viewed as a...

By Nick Stamoulis, 24 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search.