From ads.txt to RTB 3.0: Getting to grips with the latest evolution in the ad fraud battle

Like any other fast developing industry, digital advertising has experienced growing pains. As power and influence have increased — its 12% share of all ad budgets in 2009 rising to become 40% of today’s $578 billion spending pot — so has the interest of fraudsters. Recent studies show that global ad fraud losses could cost as much as $16.4 billion...

By Ally Stuart, 23 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Best Practice.

Is ‘measurement culture’ killing creativity?

Data has redefined the marketing game in the last decade. Before, marketers would pump content out to their chosen medium and judge its success based on any increase in sales. Now, they sit on top of a pile of data that can tell them exactly how their campaigns are performing.

But is this ocean of data putting the focus of modern marketing too heavily on analysis, measurement and insight at the cost of creativity?

This seems to be a common view, according to a survey of 250 marketing decision-makers, with 72%...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 17 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Branding, Content Marketing.

Bravery: challenging the client

The best client-agency relationships involve a creative partnership – listening and inputting on both sides. The client knows their business and their sector best and may also have a strong in-house marketing and communications team. Meanwhile, the agency knows (or should know) the best routes to market and have a strong sense of what’s going to resonate most in the media and other external forums.

To simplify what can be a complex equation, it’s when content knowledge meets communications...

By David Morgan, 12 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Customer Experience.

Smaller agencies filling gaps of declining AOR model

Business leaders at large multinational companies that work with marketing firms are still mostly relying on Agencies of Record (AOR). A new survey carried out by the Economist Intelligence unit for Globality asked 307 multinational business leaders with annual turnovers of £1bn, finds that 58% currently use an AOR.

But, as many companies face pressure to create more value from their marketing strategies, many are beginning to move away from large agencies and towards smaller specialists. 66% of those...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 09 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice.

If you want to disrupt – listen to the haters

Meet the 2017 CNBC Disruptor 50 companies. All CMOs who read this list do so hoping none of the companies on it are targeting their industries.

Disruptors aren’t interested in playing nice; they want to change the game. Enterprise leaders facing disruptive startups could find themselves outgunned if they don’t learn how to navigate a new type of battlefield.

Gillette was 

By Darshan Mehta, 03 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

International Women’s Day: comments from the ad industry

Today (8 March) is International Women’s Day, and this year’s them is all about pushing for gendar parity. A recent report from the World Economic Forum claims that while the difference in pay between the genders has been a topic of growing importance, real progress seems to be some far off.

The report estimates that it will take 217 years to achieve gender parity across the world.

The marketing and advertising industry have been eager to jump on the...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 08 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Best Practice.

Can your employees recite your organisation’s vision and values?

You would expect that of all the members of a company’s workforce, marketing employees would be the best bet to give strangers a word-perfect recitation of its vision and values.

Well, according to a survey of 2,000 UK employees by Rungway, this assumption could be wrong. 52% of the marketing professionals surveyed could not recite their company’s vision and 49% could not list its values.

39% reported that they would have liked to have more involvement in the production of their employers vision...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 02 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice.

How testing can harm sales

Testing is important in marketing. An ongoing cycle of testing, optimising and retesting helps to ensure that you’re always improving, and A/B and multivariate testing are incredibly popular for websites. Identifying the factors or combination of factors that deliver the best results is extremely valuable.

But one thing that is commonly overlooked is the impact of testing on websites – or specifically, on page load times.

Not everyone realises that third-party testing services can slow web pages...

By Alex Painter, 20 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Web Analytics.

Five martech lessons from 2017 you need to take into 2018

It’s the time of year when marketers commonly reflect on the past year and gear themselves up for what’s to come in the 12 months.

As we emerge blinking and bleary-eyed from the holiday season into 2018, it’s not just a case of focusing on ‘what’s new’. Part of growing and developing as a business requires an honest analysis of your successes and failures in 2017.

You take forward with you what worked and discard what didn’t.

There are in fact a number of key martech themes from...

Marketing Agility: making the buzzword a reality

Marketing agility has become a buzzword in the industry; the ability to adapt quickly in response to customer behaviour, market conditions or a change of business direction.

Achieving this requires organisations to fundamentally change the way that they work, challenging traditional campaign cycles and processes that felt comfortable and adopting new ones that, quite frankly, will, at first, feel wrong.

Experience is now the product

The evolution is being driven by competition - no sector is free from...

By Miro Walker, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Best Practice, Data-driven marketing.

Reordering the data treasure trove: how to be GDPR ready

For marketers, Gartner’s prediction that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use this year means two things. Firstly, they will have access to a treasure trove of data. Secondly, the omni-channel nature of this data means it’s likely information will be held across multiple isolated platforms, making it hard to find true insight gems.

And with the May 2018 GDPR deadline fast approaching, making such huge volumes of fragmented data manageable — and...

By Lindsay McEwan, 13 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Data-driven marketing.

Solution Overload! How to spot the MarTech saturation point

As the Scott Brinker MarTech Landscape so clearly bears out, the number of tools available to marketers continues to set a new high-water mark, with no indication of slowing. In many ways, the situation is indicative of why so many professionals still struggle to reach customers effectively, and maintain positive customer experiences over time.

With an overlapping buffet of purpose-built solutions that carry out virtually any...

By Paul Mandeville, 12 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice.

ASA’s announcement to ban gender stereotypes impacts 57% of UK marketers

The results of Shutterstock’s 2017 survey of marketer’s use of imagery, shows that the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) decision to remove gender stereotypes is having a pronounced effect on ad campaigns.

The survey of 500 UK marketers found that 57% of respondents said they were already being impacted by the ASA’s plan to bring in new guidelines on gender stereotyping in 2018.

35% reported using a larger number of images that featured women in the last 12 months. The data also showed...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 06 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Best Practice.

Rebuilding confidence in digital advertising: Our survival depends on it

Advertising decisions are not made in a vacuum.

Every dollar and metric is carefully scrutinized by CMO’s to ensure that the company is receiving maximum return on its investment. If campaigns are ineffective, they will be quickly pulled and resources redirected to more lucrative channels. Digital advertisers are beginning to understand this reality.

Not because digital advertising isn’t as, or more effective than traditional means, but because of a phenomenon specific to the digital world: ad...

How to be a maverick

Competition is increasing, the pace of change within business is getting faster and digital technology is disrupting traditional work practices.

The pressure to keep pace with digital transformation is a concern for many firms, according to the SalesTech report by CITE research and SugarCRM – 63% of companies are worried about the cost and effort needed to keep systems up to date and 34% view their organisations resisting change as...

By Clint Oram, 15 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CRM, Customer Experience.

Does office layout affect efficiency?

What effect does the environment in which you work actually affect the quality of the work you do? This is a question that agencies and brands ask all the time, especially when they see a plateau in growth or a perceived dip in quality.

There have been many theories as to what the best layout for an office should be. Should it be open-plan? Should employees have a set desk or be allowed to hot desk as they see fit? Should there be social spaces within the office?

Lots of companies have put time and effort...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 25 October 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice.

How to become savvier with your marketing by implementing artificial intelligence techniques

Gone are the days of guessing what each individual customer wants by researching demographic populations. Take inspiration from some of the largest tech companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google who are investing large amounts of money in machine learning and AI to predict what their customers want before they even know it. Learn how to become a savvier marketer with these suggestions to improve your overall ROI and business performance.

1.       Content curation

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By , 12 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Content Marketing, Data-driven marketing.

Create a captivating presentation in 6 steps

Public speaking can be a daunting prospect, especially when the audience tends to form an opinion in the first 60-seconds of the presentation. Catching the attention of the audience, building credibility and motivating them to listen isn’t an easy task.

There’s nothing worse than spending hours planning, preparing and practising – only to find you lost the entire group just moments after beginning.

Giving an effective presentation means working with both the audience and the topic....

By Daniel Waas, 05 October 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Customer Experience.

B2B companies struggling with complex buying journeys and partner networks

A new study by Accenture shows that B2B companies seem to struggling to deliver the kind of personalised customer experiences that drive loyalty and growth due to the growing complexity of customer buying journeys.

The global professional services company surveyed 1,350 sales, service and marketing executives from organisations around the world, and found that 21% thought that they had have “total control over their organisation’s sales networks and overall customer experience”.

According to...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 02 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice.