How viral content became a hotbed of online ad fraud and what can be done to stamp it out

Just weeks ago, Unilever, one of the biggest advertising spenders in the world, threatened to pull ads from digital and social platforms if they fail to eradicate content which “creates division in society and promotes anger and hate.” Considering that Unilever spent over $9 billion (£6.4) billion on advertising in 2017 and recently stated its intention to increase this spend by £220 million in 2018 (

By Nigel Gilbert, 09 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Instagram and Facebook limiting data access for third-party developers

Both Facebook and Instagram have made changes that will limit the amount of data that third-party developers can access, as the company is still reeling from the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The news came as a shock to many developers, especially the scale of the changes. Instagram has instituted a 96% cut to how often software developers can pull data from its API for mobile apps. The API now allow permits third-party apps to request 200 data updates an hour, down from the previous 5,000.

This has the...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 06 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

Here’s how we can really ‘fix Facebook’

Facebook seems to have a good way of dealing with issues. They deal with them before they happen. Following the Cambridge Analytica data breach, they claimed this couldn’t happen on Facebook today. Job done.

Likewise, Google were easily able to solve the brand safety concerns on YouTube with a few tweaks to their algorithm last year. Not to mention, they’ve also recently solved the fake news problem with their Google News Initiative.

Of course, the problem with these solutions is the continued...

Majority of students considering taking a break from social media

Students are often portrayed as hyper-connected to the world around them through social media, unable to go anywhere without flashing a quick selfie and unable to eat out without logging a couple of artistically filtered shots of their food.

This perception could, however, turn out to be a little off the mark. The last few years have see the shine come off the social media craze of the last decade, with many people beginning to wonder if constant connection to your peers can have negative side...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 28 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

Report says brands need to wake up to “dramatically shifting” needs of children

Brands that sell products to children need to make sure that they understand the “dramatically shifting” environment that young people are growing up in.

20,000 UK children were surveyed as part of the latest Future Forecasts report form the research agency Kids Insights. Among the key changes that brands need to consider are technological changes, the evolving demands of younger consumers, the rise of YouTube stars and the increasing demand for gender neutral products.

The report comes as brands...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 23 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Cambridge Analytica: Immoral vs illegal data capture

You can’t have failed to notice the news surrounding Cambridge Analytica and its pooling of Facebook data. But what is Cambridge Analytica? Why does it exist? How did it apparently ‘breach’ Facebook and gather the data of tens of millions of profiles?

So far, there is no evidence of a data breach per se —no data was taken which was not publicly available. The word breach has been used somewhat liberally; the headlines could be more accurately described as ‘Cambridge Analytica used Facebook...

By Mitch Vidler, 23 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Social Media Marketing.

Twitter suspends some its most popular accounts for rules violations

Over the weekend, Twitter suspended a number of accounts to a violation of its spam rules and for copyright issues. Some of the accounts, which included @GirlPosts, @SoDamnTrue and @commonwhitegiri, were hugely popular.

GirlPosts, for example, had 9.8 million followers and was listed by Statweestics as the sixth most popular account of 2017, beating out such notables as CNN, Fox News and  Harry Styles. The account was pulling in around 20 million likes and six million...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 15 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Who won the Oscars Twitter battle?

As well as the usually hotly-contested battles for best director and actors, the Oscars in recent years has become a competition for social media dominance as well. Social analytics provide a good indicator of where the public interest lies, and whether this diverges with the industry narrative.

The news coverage of the annual awards bonanza was dominated by the ongoing scandal enveloping Hollywood. Two studies of social media on Twitter both in the run up to, and during the ceremony itself from Kantar Media...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 06 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing, Web Analytics.

Google on top again as search beats social on referral traffic

According to research by content marketing platform Shareaholic, search outpaced social in the percentage of overall traffic that it delivered in 2017. This reverses a trend of social dominance that began in 2014.

The analytic platform looked at externally referred traffic from over 400 million internet users and 250,000 mobile and desktop sites. A year ago site visitors were more likely to be referred from social networks, but search seems to have made a comeback in 2017.

Search drove 35% of site visits in...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 01 March 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

How can marketers adapt to the recent Facebook algorithm changes?

Following Mark Zuckerberg’s personal post on Facebook’s recent newsfeed changes, the social network’s share price fell as much as 6.1 percent.

With Facebook’s key advertising space for brands reverting back to its original purpose (actual, personal news from friends and family), the brand marketers who have relied on in-feed advertising to drive traffic and revenue must now reconsider how to engage with audiences through this pillar channel.

But more than anything, organisations must...

By Marielle Habbel, 27 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.