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, 1 comment. 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.

Brand suitability: Exploring the next generation of brand safety

Brand safety is big news. It is one of a trinity of major issues facing the advertising industry today, the others being fraud and viewability. But dig beyond the headlines and it is bigger news still – it’s time for advertisers to take a stand and look beneath the waterline.

News publishers risk being unfairly penalised and the industry is at risk of losing quality, independent journalism if advertisers are...

By Nick Welch, 14 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Branding, Programmatic.

Facebook looking to remove ad relevance score to come up with more ‘actionable’ metrics

How relevant is relevant when it comes to advertising, exactly? Facebook is hoping to have the answer to this question with an update of its metrics.

The social giant is updating three of its ad metrics, focusing on improving relevance and reach as well as eschewing some of its lesser-used options.

The updated, more ‘granular’ ad relevance diagnostics, will focus on three...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Social Media Marketing.

How is automation changing the face of brands' social media conversations?

It’s no secret how quickly advancements in technology are changing the digital landscape and diversifying how people talk to one another online – and automation is very much at the forefront.

But as more organisations look into enhancing their everyday communication, it’s important to remember that such systems have been developed to – among other reasons – further assist instant, social media conversations with customers.

There’s no doubt that with the rise in social media...

By Micha Nielsen, 12 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Attribution, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

The 2019 data outlook sees spending rocket and multi-channel key amid regulatory concerns

Data spending continues to go up - but getting fresh, gleaming, actionable insights remains a challenge. According to a new survey published by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), organisations are looking to multi-channel to create those harmonious experiences users will love.

The study, which polled 105 professionals focused across marketing service providers, developers and publishers, found cross-channel campaign measurement and attribution - cited by 57.3% of those polled - was a top priority, as...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Data-driven marketing, Programmatic, Web Analytics.

Barclays: Agencies need to evolve as digital marketing spend rises – but don’t get too close to the behemoths

Digital advertising spend in the UK is set to beat £15 billion in 2019 – but we’ll still have to wait a while before commercial applications of machine learning and augmented reality (AR) will seriously bolster the figures.

That’s the primary finding from Barclays in its latest report. Titled ‘Adtech ascendancy: The next wave of digitalisation in marketing’, the study focused on various...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Automation, Data-driven marketing.