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.

Google+ finally ‘sunsetted’ for consumers following data privacy breach

Not quite the dignified end we would have expected for Google’s long-ailing social network, Google+ is finally being closed down following a software breach that left hundreds of thousands of users’ private data exposed.

Up to 500K users were allegedly affected by a software bug in the Google+ API, which meant data that people had believed to be private was made accessible to third parties.

According to an internal memo at Google published by the Wall Street Journal, the search giant had been...

By Mark Jones, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Facebook has been rumbled using 2FA phone numbers for ad targeting

As if Facebook needed another mountain in user trust to climb this year, evidence has now emerged of it using phone numbers provided for security purposes to target unsuspecting users with ads.

The activity was uncovered by researchers from Northeastern University and Princeton, along with the tech publisher Gizmodo, following controlled trials where an ad was successfully targeted using phone numbers that had been provided for account security and, in one case, had never been explicitly provided to the...

By Mark Jones, 01 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

99% of businesses plan to up digital marketing spend next year

Nearly half (41%) of businesses with 100+ employees invest more than $500K in digital marketing every year. That’s according to a US-based survey of 501 marketers by small business publisher The Manifest, at least, in a study which set out to discover how companies invest in digital marketing, and how their investments are set to change in the year ahead.

While respondents hailed from a wide mix of seniority levels and companies, more than three-quarters (76%) agreed that marketing has changed more in...

By Mark Jones, 25 September 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Social Media Marketing.

Third of ad spend growth to be driven by paid search and social by 2020

One third of all global ad spend growth will be driven by paid search and social media spend within the next two years, according to the latest report by Publicis-owned industry forecaster Zenith.

Annual global ad spend is on track to hit $581bn (£442bn) by the end of 2018, while Zenith raised its predictions for global ad spend growth from 4.1% to 4.5% until 2020, 67% of which will come from investments in paid search and social media ads.

Within that time, paid search will grow by $22bn...

By Mark Jones, 24 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Paid Search, Social Media Marketing.

#DMWF Europe: Crimson Hexagon on the endless possibilities of social data for marketing

There’s a galactic amount of data being produced on social media, but the ability to categorise it into meaningful information is “near impossible” without Artificial Intelligence (AI). This is the challenge that Crimson Hexagon is taking on, and a brief demo of its abilities at #DMWF by senior sales executive Yugen Moodley shows the “deep insights” platform is doing a scarily good job.

Crimson uses a combination of Natural Language Processing, image recognition and sentiment...

By Mark Jones, 19 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

How to maintain control in the speed of ‘now’ – and turn social to your advantage

A brand’s success stands or falls on its public perception. There is a direct correlation between the trust that customers and the general public have in a brand and its overall profits. Social media has revolutionised not only the way that brands engage with customers and the public at large, but also the way that they operate and succeed... or fail.

In the UK alone there are currently

By Jonathan Barrett, 10 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Customer Experience, Social Media Marketing.

Advancing the integration of digital discovery into the mainstream retail experience

As another busy summer winds down, retailers are preparing for those consumers that hit reset on certain aspects of their life by making thoughtful changes to their routines. People often think of this particular time of the year as going ‘Back to Life’ and an ideal time for starting fresh habits and making new purchasing decisions. It’s also a mindset that retailers can leverage beyond the usual back to school push.

We continue to see the gap between online and offline shopping close as...

By Amy Vener, 30 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Facebook launches Watch video-streaming platform globally

Facebook’s Watch video-streaming platform has been rolled out worldwide, nearly a year after its initial launch in the US.

Watch gives users of the social network a hub to discover content (including live streams), create watch feeds and archive saved videos from the news feed. Facebook also promises to bring ‘interactive’ experiences, including ‘Watch Parties’, premieres and interactive quiz-style shows, and unique-to-platform content.   

Making the service available...

By Mark Jones, 30 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Are retailers losing control of the customer journey to pervasive social platforms?

The capabilities that social media (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest etc.) provide to retail brands today has far extended likes, comments or shares. Through these platforms online visitors can discover more of a retailer’s product catalogue through a curated feed of suggestions based on the user’s browsing and intent behaviour. But with that comes its own challenges for overstretched e-commerce managers and...

By Graham Cooke, 29 August 2018, 1 comment. Categories: E-Commerce, M-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Spend on video advertising set to reach $30bn in 2018, driven by mobile

Advertisers worldwide are expected to spend $29.8bn (£23.2bn) on online video in 2018, according to WARC’s latest global ad trends report.

The figure represents a year-on-year hike of 27.5%, while the majority of ad dollars will be directed at the rise of mobile video bought via social media platforms, but the readiness to spend on the channel comes despite video placements posing an everyday risk for brand safety.

WARC reports that one in 10 placements pose a “negative adjacency” risk for brands....

By Mark Jones, 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Keep a step ahead: embrace new social media platforms for influencer marketing

It’s fair to say we’ve evolved significantly from our 18th century ancestors, in every possible area of our lives, but when it comes to influencer marketing…? Well it turns out Wedgewood and the Royals were playing our game long before social media came into the fore. 

Luckily, we’ve amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge about how to make...

By Mark Bassett, 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Facebook rolls out tools for creating video ads on mobile

Facebook has launched a new set of tools to help marketers create mobile-ready video ads on its platform and Instagram, which include the ability to add motion to images and brand logos for simple animations.

Announcing the update on a blog post yesterday, the social media platform cited its findings that mobile-first creative has a 27% higher likelihood of driving brand lift, while message association went up 23% compared to video ads...

By Mark Jones, 23 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Why even the biggest brands are favouring the power of micro-influencers

The rise of social media has seen a big increase in the use of brand influencers. In the last two years, “influencer marketing” as a search term on Google Trends has risen by 400%. But working with the right sort of influencer is critical – you must choose one which fits well with your brand and has an authentic voice. Biggest is certainly not always best when it comes to influencers.

Pepsi’s controversial...

By Roberta Fuke, 21 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, S-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

CMA probe to ‘name and shame’ celebrities in breach of influencer guidelines

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has begun an investigation into whether celebrities and influencers on social media are making paid promotions sufficiently clear.

Guidelines enforced by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) require influencers, who can have millions of followers, to clearly disclose commissioned or incentivised posts with tags such as ‘#ad’ or ‘#sponsored’. As part of the investigation, the CMA has contacted a large number of influencers -...

By Mark Jones, 17 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

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.

WhatsApp launching pay-to-use tools for brand marketers

WhatsApp is launching a pay-to-use advertising service for brands looking to engage their customers directly on small screens.  

The move opens up a new revenue stream for the Facebook-owned messaging app since removing subscription fees in 2016 and allows businesses to send information or services updates, such as delivery information or tickets.

According to BBC news, the fee will be based on confirmed delivery, on which advertisers will pay between 0.5 cents to 9 cents (0.3p to 7p), depending which...

By Mark Jones, 03 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Mobile Marketing, Social Media Marketing.