Let’s get away from ‘digital transformation’ – and move towards key marketing moments

Digital transformation has had its day. In fact, the term ‘transformation’ itself is giving way to a new era as organisations across a wide range of sectors reach what can only be described as digital saturation.

As we move collectively into the post-digital era, the digital capabilities and advantages that were once seen as differentiators are now available to...

By Joel Davis, 07 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Examining the second cycle of programmatic – and the effects for end users and advertisers

If economic cycles turn on average every six to eight years - growth, leading to a tightening or even recession, then to a reset and regrowth - then 2018 was the crescendo in the first cycle of programmatic. Since its early days, programmatic has improved advertising in both process and efficiency, delivering targeted advertising and reducing wasted spend, but over the last year the sector saw rapid growth followed by a peak in the challenges facing it.

A guide to wellness and digital marketing: Go further than comms into corporate methodology

If marketing ‘is the generous act of helping others become who they seek to become’ (thanks Seth), then nowhere is that mission more pertinent than in helping people become ‘well’.

For a generation staring down the barrel of a career that might last 70 years, staying fit and well has never been more important. Wellness is cool....

By Liam Fay-Fright, 03 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Best Practice, Branding.

How to achieve the best ROI when working with influencers

The majority of marketers (84%) have agreed that demonstrating the ROI from working with influencers is the foremost priority for brands. However, marketers are still finding it a challenge, with 22% saying that proving the ROI of influencers has been their toughest challenge.

As influencer marketing grows and becomes embedded into the marketing strategy of brands, understanding how to achieve the best ROI is crucial to justify budget spending to...

Get the parameters right and influencers could become the saviours of advertising

Opinion The cult of fame has moved from the broadcast world of movies and soap stars to the digital world of social media personalities in no time at all. Instead of films grossing millions at the boxoffice because of a sought after star, now it’s influencers making megabucks in promotional fees based on their follower numbers. Especially for the under 30s.

These changes go far beyond the social media...

By Russell Glenister, 14 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Why the future agency model needs to be fast and fluid

Is there such a concept as ‘doing things the traditional way’ anymore? In everything from digital advertising to crowdsourcing and mobile marketing, the standard model doesn’t exist.

Equally, the speed of evolution in marketing has meant that brands have had to take a great deal more control over their process. If you want to be agile, responsive, real-time – there’s no space for multiple layers of...

By Carl Erik Kjærsgaard, 13 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Campaigns.

Philip Morris’ influencer campaign goes up in smoke following investigation

The influencer marketing ecosystem is one where a fine line needs to be trodden – as Philip Morris has found out to its cost.

The tobacconist announced earlier this week that it was suspending its social media campaigns after a Reuters investigation found one of the key influencers engaged for a new ‘heated tobacco’ device campaign did not fulfil the company’s internal standards and regulations.

Brian Solis: Digital addiction wounds run deep – but they are being treated like minor cuts

The concept of health when it comes to technology usage is an ever-increasing one – and one where users, brands and vendors need to be equally mindful.

Much of the conversation tends to focus around social or smartphone ‘addiction’, and in particular its effect on younger minds. Yet research on the topic argues that things are a little more complicated. The

Why advertising spend will shift as brands track sales, not clicks

Marketing budgets are on the up. According to the latest IPA Bellwether Report, a net balance of 8.7% of marketers said their budgets had increased in the first three months of this year; marking a huge improvement on the previous quarter's 0%. And digital was one of the top areas to see a boost in investment.

Of course, this is great news for the advertising industry. But, with increasingly...

By Oli Knight, 23 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Branding, Commerce, E-Commerce.

Users ‘readily recognise’ importance of advertising – but don’t disable adblockers by default

Consumer expectations remain higher than ever when it comes to advertising – or rather, the lack of it. As a result, publishers have had to resort to stronger tactics.

We notice you’re using an ad blocker, the website says, with varying degrees of politeness. We also know everyone hates ads, it continues, but unfortunately our employees do need to feed and clothe their children so we were wondering if you’d be so...

By James Bourne, 16 April 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Publishing.

The seven deadly vids: Video content to amplify and generate leads on social media

Today’s marketing departments are creating more videos than ever before – and with good reason as such content attracts more organic traffic from search engines, keeping prospects on websites for longer.

The figures speak volumes too as nearly 60% of executives said they would choose video over text content if shown both, and

To Google, or not to Google: Why collaboration is vital for the future digital ecosystem

Opinion In a double clampdown, Google has capped the campaign data available to advertisers and the inventory they can buy — thereby severely restricting their flexibility to deliver successful campaigns to consumers.

Its decision to block use of the DoubleClick ID when transferring data between services has left advertisers in the dark — unable to connect the dots between campaign insights held...

Assessing blockchain for marketers: Potential is there but caution advised

Blockchain, like artificial intelligence and augmented or virtual reality, is a buzzword which currently produces more utopian dreams than use cases right now. A new report from advertising media behemoth GroupM aims to get past the fudging and explore the facts of how blockchain technologies can benefit marketers.

The report, authored by GroupM investment chief product officer Jack Smith, argues at a wider context the role of...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Attribution, Programmatic.

The big ‘tech-tonic’ shift: As Amazon begins to break the advertising duopoly – what’s left for anyone else?

Google and Facebook have held a well-documented, vice-like grasp over digital advertising budgets for over a decade, commanding 56% of global digital ad spend in 2018. That’s a fairly lucrative share of a market worth £470 billion. Viewing these figures, it is easy to regard the incumbent digital...

By Eric Visser, 25 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Search Marketing.

New research explores increasing importance of dark social in content engagement

As more and more users prefer to share content through private messaging apps, the question for marketers is – how can you get the most out of ‘dark social’?

A new study from We Are Social, alongside market research firm GlobalWebIndex, found Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram’s direct messaging functionality were the most popular private messaging platforms. Of the more than 3,000 internet...

Google slapped with €1.49bn EU fine for antitrust in advertising

Google has been fined €1.49 billion (£1.28bn) by the European Commission for breaching antitrust rules for its online advertising services.

The Commission concluded that the search giant had abused its market dominance – exceeding 85% for most of the analysed time period – for favouring its own price comparison results for searches through its AdSense for Search platform.

By James Bourne, 20 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Mobile understanding and holistic experiences: What marketers can learn from MWC19

The great and the good of the telecoms industry descended on Barcelona at the end of February for this year’s MWC. The tech hype that surrounds this landmark event is hard to miss, but still, it was clear from the many delegates that we spoke to that marketers are primarily focused on addressing their current business challenges.

The frequency and regularity that new channels, platforms...

By Daniel Kahtan, 19 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Customer Experience, Mobile Marketing.

Consumers will walk away from brands who go against their values – but brands have their heads in the sand

It’s time for brands to shape up or ship out when it comes to ethics with two in five consumers already having walked away from organisations which have violated their personal values, according to a new industry report.

The study from agency Hotwire, which alongside Sapio Research polled more than 6,000 consumers, as well as more than 1300 CMOs and business decision makers, argued that while consumers are willing to start...

By James Bourne, 18 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Best Practice, Branding.