How to create a better online video ad experience

More video is being consumed online than ever before. According to some of the latest stats Facebook now receives 8 billion video views per day, while Cisco has predicted that by 2020 80% of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video.

That’s no doubt music to the ears of those of you in the publishing, advertising and marketing industries, all of whom are turning to video more and...

By Mark Blair, 24 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Video & Audio Marketing.

Why the future of live TV has implications for marketers

With the news recently that AdBlock Plus has launched its own ad-tech platform, it’s clear that the long-running debate over adblockers is set to continue for some time yet.

In the world of video, however, the narrative has taken a different turn, mainly due to the widespread adoption of server-side ad insertion technology. Driven initially by live streaming, server-side is fast becoming the de facto method of monetising video.

When broadcasters first deployed their online platforms the focus was on...

By Paul Davies, 20 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Video & Audio Marketing.

UK rife with mobile marketing opportunities due to Brits' high smartphone usage, report says

UK consumers are more smartphone-oriented than their US counterparts, according to a new report, and peak app usage happens around commuting time. 

Cross-device marketing is becoming the norm these days, but it seems marketers in the UK have a more demanding job than those in the US. According to a new report by Verto Analytics, which has just launchined in the UK, 81% of Brits use a smartphone, compared to 68% of Americans. 

And 35% of those in the UK are mobile only, meaning their only device used...

By Rachael Power, 23 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

YouTube announces new player for publishers

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Google is looking for more European publishers to try out its new YouTube Player for Publishers.

Launched in partnership with Google’s Digital News Initiative, the new player aims to give publishers more control over advertising.

It has worked with the likes of The Guardian, France24 and Unidad Editorial to shape the new player and test it out.

Google’s now looking to roll the product out to more publisher partners and...

By Rachael Power, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Video, pictures or VR: The best options for brand storytelling

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When was the last time you clicked through a Facebook ad? For most of us, it’s actually quite tricky question to answer despite using the social media service on a daily basis.

The fact is even targeted audience technologies that are deemed sophisticated within the industry are still viewed by consumers as an annoyance and a barrier to their desired content.

According to LinkedIn, 4.6 billion pieces of content are produced every day and in many cases these simply...

By Chris Hall, 02 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Branding, Video & Audio Marketing.

Ted Baker launches shoppable video marketing campaign

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Ted Baker's launching a new autumn/winter 2016 fashion marketing campaign, featuring a three-minute shoppable video and interactive, shoppable window displays with Google voice search.

The video is part of a collaboration with director Guy Ritchie and smaller firm Crowns & Owls. Mission Impeccable will be released on 7 September and be entirely shoppable using Wirewax technology.

According to its website, Wirewax works by adding tags to videos, which are suggested via the tech's AI. Once this is...

By Rachael Power, 30 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

lastminute.com group gunning for native video with lab launch

There's no greater medium to get people on board with travel content than video, and lastminute.com group's media business is all over native. 

The group has just launched a new video content lab in Europe and aims to move into native advertising. 

The Travel People, its media arm, will run the lab for brands to integrate product placement into ads through the site and the company's social channels. 

As well as creating bespoke videos for brands, the lab will produce its own series of video...

By Rachael Power, 26 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Video & Audio Marketing.

New AI video ad optimising solution launches

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Artificial intelligence is proving itself to be more than just a buzzword recently, especially when it comes to marketing. 

From IBM Watson to the rise and rise of chatbots, AI's not only becoming prominent in largescale marketing channels everywhere, but it's making headway in video advertising too, it would seem. 

That's at least according to video platform LoopMe, which has announced new optimisation and reporting technology, PurchaseLoop.

The...

By Rachael Power, 22 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Video & Audio Marketing, Web Analytics.

How to get the best out of video ad campaigns

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The early pioneering days of mobile advertising were inundated with video ads that were unattractive, glitchy, or impractical. Worst of all they were slow to load, pushing EDGE and 3G beyond their limits. When they did load, many mobile phones couldn’t even display them properly.

Fast forward to 2016 and research clearly indicates that mobile video ads are now an extremely smart vehicle that brands and agencies have to consider.

Now, delivered almost instantly and in HD...

By John Miyoshi, 22 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Video & Audio Marketing.