How brands can play the driving role in the evolving influencer marketing arena

Influencer marketing has become all the rage in an industry where social media is increasingly at the epicenter. The early days of influencer marketing were characterised by a less than structured approach and lacked what would usually be considered a stitched-up strategy. Then larger brands began dabbling in the space under the advice and counsel of third-party influencer marketing specialists, who brought methodology to the process. The net result was a rise in...

By Kelvin Cery, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

How to unlock your brand’s visual identity

Forget the products and services you’re offering for a minute; your brand’s visual presence is arguably the most powerful way to resonate with your audience.

But don’t think a visual identity is about colour palettes and kerning. In a crowded and noisy digital marketing landscape, brands have to consider frequency, volume and variety across an ever-growing range of customer touchpoints, often spanning multiple markets.

Grant Munro is the senior VP of Shutterstock Custom, and an expert in changing the way...

By Mark Jones, 18 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Campaigns.

‘Change-maker' consultancies are lagging with their own digital marketing

A “worrying gap” has been discovered between the low adoption of digital marketing by management consultancy firms and the digital-first approaches now demanded by their clients.

As reported by Consultancy.UK and part of the UK-based ‘State of Digital Marketing in Professional Services 2018’ report, a reliance on traditional word of mouth referrals is lingering among professional...

By Mark Jones, 12 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns.

Improving the buyer journey by cutting through the noise

No matter where they are in their journey, buyers have access to more information than ever before. While companies think that providing more content is helpful, buyers can find it overwhelming.

For this reason, buyers find it easier to put off a buying decision rather than make one. In order to differentiate from market competitors, organisations need to provide prospects with exactly the right content, at the right time, in a...

By Matt Suggs, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

Adobe reveals Magento integrations following acquistion this year

Less than six months after acquiring for $1.7bn, Adobe has announced the first integration of Magento, outlining ambitions to “make every experience shoppable”.  

The announcement was made at Magento Live Europe in Barcelona, where Adobe’s senior VP of commerce, Mark Lavelle (formerly Magento CEO), explained the goal behind the cloud-to-cloud integrations: “Consumers expect every interaction with a brand to be contextual, intuitive and meaningful, but...

By Mark Jones, 10 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Campaigns, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Demographics are so pre-GDPR, but that doesn't mean the end of contextual advertising

The unthinkable has happened. The Cambridge Analytica scandal has culminated in Facebook being slapped with a fine to the tune of £500k – the maximum possible under the pre-GDPR Data Protection Act. For Zuck the mighty tech deity, the chickens have truly come home to roost. Or have they? Zuckerberg probably made more than that in the time it has taken to read this sentence…

But should GDPR...

By Emma Lacey, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Five ways to spot a marketing trend that will last

Historically trends have been set and followed by public opinion and perception - the, ‘I want one of those’ movements - all driven by a the boom in mass communications from the early origins of the TV and radio, right through to our devices today. A nostalgic look back at old pictures or images is usually enough to make us a cringe just a little. As opinions change, so do trends. And vice versa. It’s a self-perpetuating cycle of movement that rarely operates at one speed and is almost...

By Luca Morena, 05 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Branding, Campaigns.

Google rolls out custom viewability metrics for display & video advertisers

63% of UK display ads were considered “viewable” in the first half of the year according to a study this week by Integral Ad Science. That was considered an “all-time high”, and it means that nearly three-fifths of ad units were in view for one continuous second - or two seconds if we’re talking video.

The findings were based on a widely-used industry standard set by the Media Rating Council...

By Mark Jones, 26 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Video & Audio Marketing.

Why it’s time to end our industry obsession with CTR

Brand awareness is an essential top-of-the-marketing-funnel activity for any advertiser and is one of the key strengths of B2B programmatic. Getting the brand known and recognised in front of the right audience helps to drive potential customers down the challenging path to a purchase or acquisition. With B2B buying cycles being much longer than the majority of B2C purchases, a gentle but ever-present ‘background noise’ is vital to getting the target audience to move down the funnel. With savvy ad...

By Alex Lakin, 25 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Web Analytics.

Embrace risks to build a culture of marketing experimentation

Emerging technology has disrupted the way marketers plan and implement any strategy. Whether it is investing in virtual or augmented reality (VR/AR) to bring a campaign to life or implementing artificial intelligence (AI) to manage and analyse data, technology is firmly ingrained in the daily lives of marketing teams.

However, with budgets squeezed and expectations mounting from executives, the pressure is on to provide a real return on investment. As a result, marketers have begun focusing purely on...

By Ginny Follen, 09 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Campaigns, Customer Experience.

Three solutions to the 'nonsensical' ad viewability standard

In 2014, I wrote a piece calling out our industry for its pretty feeble definition of ‘viewable’. Little did I know I’d be saying the same things four years later. 

But the fact is, very little has changed. The Media Rating Council’s standard still stands: a digital advert is classed as ‘viewable’ if half of it is in vision for one second or more. Run that by anyone outside media-land and they’d laugh in your face.

I actually have sympathy for the Media...

By Daniel Shaw, 07 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Best Practice, Campaigns, Programmatic.

12% of UK Instagram influencers are still buying fake followers

Despite surging popularity in the emerging marketing channel, it seems a large chunk of influencers still refuse to play by the book in order to make a quick buck.

A study by independent campaign measurement firm CampaignDeus found 12% of UK influencers to have bought fake Instagram followers in the first six months of 2018. The findings were based on analysis of nearly 700,000 posts, identifying ‘bot-buyers’ by those with low UK followings, inexplicable jumps in follower count and subpar...

By Mark Jones, 01 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Mobile Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Consumer 2.0 – how the internet changed everything

Some of the fresh-faced marketing grads reading this will be too young to recall the biggest shift in consumer behaviour for generations.

It happened right under our noses, and if like me, you’re long enough in the tooth to remember a time before smartphones and super-fast broadband, you lived right through it.

Back then, people didn’t all carry powerful supercomputers around in their pockets. When you needed to buy something, you’d ask a salesperson for advice. And the role of CMO was...

By Abe Smith, 31 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

The power of Scrum for agile marketing

Agility is the cornerstone of successful digital marketing.

The ability to react quickly, fail fast, adjust accordingly, infuse deliverables with company vision and understand the customer better is critical. Tools like A/B testing are extremely beneficial to marketing agility in terms of quick reaction and course correction; however, these tools are a drop in the bucket if your organisational structure itself isn’t agile.

There are a number of work management frameworks that enable organisations to...

By Renata Lerch, 24 July 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Best Practice, Campaigns.

7 secrets for managing tech-driven change

Digital transformation is a crucial consideration for many SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in their business strategies. 

With technologies emerging at a fast pace and business models continuing to evolve, new revenue streams and opportunities for previously technophobic companies are now becoming a reality.

For SMEs, digital transformation is seen more as a business transformation as it is not just about technology, but also people, including staff, customers and stakeholders.

Research by 

By Paul Whitelam, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Why 2018 is the year of less waste and more measurability in marketing campaigns

At the end of the 19th century, department store owner and marketing pioneer, John Wanamaker, famously said “half of the money I spend on advertising is wasted.” It’s a phrase that has been repeated throughout history and over a century later, marketers are still losing significant amounts of money on unsuccessful campaigns.

In fact, marketers believe that nearly

By Simon Baptist, 18 June 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Data-driven marketing, Mobile Marketing.

The new retail frontier: Next level personalisation

The best retailers will embrace new digital tools that make it easier to personalise every encounter from that first moment of inspiration to finally taking action. In spite of this, it’s surprising to see that almost two-thirds (62%) of UK marketers say they do not incorporate personalisation into their campaigns, according to a recent State of Digital Commerce report from Episerver.  

Whether you work for an eCommerce brand, mass retailer, or the next great direct-to-consumer business, we can all...

By Amy Vener, 15 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.