Twitch-based influencer marketing platform PowerSpike lands $500K as esports boom

Do the names shroud, tfue, dakotaz and ninja sound familiar?

Probably not, but they are some of the top 10 most-watched gamers on the Amazon-owned live-stream platform Twitch, and together they racked up over 10m in viewing hours in just the first week of this month.  

Ninja in particular - a self-titled “professional Battle Royale player” - accounted for 4.8m of those hours alone, and recently surpassed landmark 10m Twitch followers who currently...

By Mark Jones, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

YouTube in hot water again as Mars departs over brand safety concerns

Social video sharing site YouTube is once again in hot water over advertising brand safety.

This time, it’s Mars that has suspended marketing on the platform after an advert for Starburst sweets was found to be placed at the start of a rap music video allegedly supporting gang violence in London.

The film by a group called Moscow 17 is part of an emerging genre called ‘drill’ which has been cited as violent “soundtrack” to gang warfare in London, with rival gangs often using the...

By Mark Jones, 06 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

US music-streaming giant Pandora opens programmatic audio marketplace

One of the United States’ most popular music-streaming services, Pandora has joined the programmatic audio arms race, opening up the largest set of ad-supported listeners in the country to targeted, audio-based advertising.

The announcement marks an opportunity for brands to access the largest addressable audience in the streaming audio space - the California-based music recommendation service owns the largest inventory of its kind in the US, while 92% of its audience is ad-supported.

That’s more than double...

By Mark Jones, 31 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation, Programmatic, Video & Audio Marketing.

5 ways to integrate video into your digital strategy on a shoestring budget

For years, mobile has been a key part of marketing dialogue and the industry-standard for many advertisements. However, innovation runs rampant in world of mobile and there are certain aspects of mobile that should get more attention by brands and advertisers. This year, the star of the show is clearly mobile video.

Time spent on mobile has continued to increase, and more than 75 percent of video viewing is mobile. But what does that mean for...

Channel 4 gets in on AI action with contextual TV ads

UK broadcaster Channel 4’s progressive approach to content is seeping through to its ad strategy.

While publicly-owned and touting a successful on-demand digital arm, the television company still relies on good old TV advertising for a large part of its revenue. However, gains from ad spend, which makes up about 93% of its total revenue, dipped around £40m last year as a result of a TV ad market decline of 3%.

To offset this,...

YouTube tweaks monetisation model in response to ‘adpocalypse’

Social video sharing platform YouTube is rolling out a “channel membership” paid subscription option to its top creators, following criticism that its latest ad policies make it hard for publishers to earn money.

In a model already employed by competitors such as Twitch and Patreon, the platform will let publishers with more than 100,000 fans charge $4.99 a month for access to exclusive content, while those with over 10,000 followers will be able to host live-streamed “premieres” and...

AT&T eyes programmatic giant AppNexus for $1.6bn

US telco AT&T is reportedly in talks to snap up ad tech firm AppNexus for a possible $1.6bn (£1.2bn), according to Wall Street Journal, in a move that would equip it with firepower enough to take on the likes of Facebook and Google in the advertising space.

The news emerges just a week after AT&T’s $85bn (£64bn) acquisition of Time Warner, while a bid for the New York programmatic specialist would likely be backed by the complete buyout of Otter Media, a video streaming company...

Podcasts reeled in $314m in ad spend last year, finds IAB

Popularised by titles such as Serial, Stuff You Should Know and Ted Radio Hour, the humble podcast raked in $314m (£235m) in ad spend throughout 2017 in the US, according to new research by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PwC US.

That’s an 86% hike on 2016, while the study forecasts revenues on the channel to hit $659 million by 2020.

Of the self-reported data provided by top podcast companies in the study - including Audioboom, How Stuff Works and ESPN Radio - revenue for 2017 sat at...

By Mark Jones, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Publishing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Reddit roles out native autoplay video ads with focus on user engagement

Following its recent redesign, Reddit has rolled out a new native video ad format that will auto-play by default when a user scrolls through a feed.

The update is part of the massively popular site’s tentative efforts to monetise its 330m active monthly users, which can be widely resistant to any large-scale changes to user experience, particularly when there’s a commercial slant involved.

Users will, however, be able to turn off the autoplay function, while the ads themselves will only be served...

By Mark Jones, 13 June 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Native Advertising, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Instagram could be targeting YouTube’s influencer bucks with 60-minute videos

Instagram is rumoured to be rolling out long-form video in what could be a play by Facebook to poach a growing portion of ad spend from YouTube, owned by arch-rival in ad tech Google.

While Instagram currently supports hour-long live streams, videos are capped at just 60 seconds, but unnamed sources speaking to WSJ say this could be extended to 60 minutes, which could make the photo-sharing platform a whole lot more attractive to influencers.

The news comes despite Instagram already becoming the dominant force of...