Russia aided Trump’s campaign using every major social network

Donald Trump’s 2016 US presidential campaign received aid from Russia using every major social media network, a report has found.

A draft copy received by The Washington Post found the report studied millions of social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others. The full report is due to be released this week.

Russia primarily targeted conservative and right-wing voters with messages around gun control and immigration to incentivise votes. In contrast, posts targeted at predominantly African...

By Ryan Daws, 17 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

Make solving data fragmentation key for 2019 to deliver a greater customer experience

What do marketers need to do in 2019 to deliver a better customer experience? According to a new industry report, it’s all about ensuring the possibility of conversion at any point in the customer journey.

The study from advertising platform provider Criteo, which polled more than 900 direct response marketers, found – to the surprise of not many – a plethora of applications and accounts marketers have to...

Can social insights truly improve the accuracy of media planning and buying?

You may have encountered the term ‘social listening’ a number of times in your career to date. The practice of monitoring online conversations about brands, products or industries has generally been met with ambiguity – to the point where Dr Jillian Ney has called for the creation of a global steering group for social data handling....

By Anna Kennedy, 13 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Three key ways predictive analytics can improve social performance

AI is gaining significant readership. Businesses of all sizes, all over the world, are becoming conscious of the rise in AI in the marketing field. Why is this happening? Put simply, every single business needs the same thing: getting clients. Reach an audience, the right one, and sell. No tricks on that.

All executives know that to be profitable companies need to sell – but over the last few years they are facing a...

By Ester Liquori, 27 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, Social Media Marketing, Web Analytics.

How to create clickable Pins that will actually get you results

Pinterest bamboozles a lot of marketers and brands. It’s clear that brands can get amazing results on the platform, but they don’t always understand how.

Pinterest, after all, is so different from other social media platforms, and with audiences using it in different ways, businesses need to adapt in order to get results. The best way to do this, hands-down, is to create clickable pins that users are excited to view and...

By Maria Raybould, 23 November 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

How to find the right Instagram hashtags for every post: A guide

Instagram is a visual-first platform. When you log on, you’ll see image after image of jaw-dropping scenery, drool-worthy dessert, and high-quality pictures of everything you could ever want to buy. The images and videos being shared are the focus, but that doesn’t mean that you can ignore the text altogether.

Hashtags are an important part of that text on both feed posts and in...

By Maria Raybould, 16 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Brian Solis: On CMO pressure, nailing customer journey touchpoints and the rise of Influence 2.0

Brian Solis, principal analyst at Altimeter Group, explains why the role of the chief marketing officer is one of the most stressful in any forward-facing organisation. “The customer has dramatically changed; they’ve been dramatically much more connected, informed and empowered,” he tells MarketingTech. “Technology in marketing in general – you have cloud, artificial intelligence and machine learning now, all these different things you have to simultaneously...

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, 1 comment. 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.