Please stand by: Exploring the future of media and entertainment – and the VR, AR, and AI tech advancing it

It has been 83 years since TV hit UK screens, nearly 40 since Channel 4 broke the boundaries of a three channel TV service, and just over seven years since all television broadcasts went from analogue to digital. There is estimated to be 27,000 hours of domestic content produced a year at a cost of £2.6 billion.  But that’s just TV.

We all know that how we consume media and...

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

Blink and you’ll miss it: How to get the most out of short-lived social content

It is no secret that social media marketing is an ever-moving target. Up until recently there was a firm belief that the longer content remained accessible the more impactful it would be. Now, as counterintuitive as it may sound, there is a swing towards short-lived content, which has to do with Instagram’s rise in popularity.

Instagram is increasingly being seen by brands as a dynamic platform from which to share their more informal...

How to generate new subscribers and real revenue from your video content

Over the last few years, video has become a key medium to drive engagement with users, underpinning the content strategy of companies that are looking to increase their reach and audiences across digital platforms.

Whilst YouTube still dominates the landscape, Ooyala, Brightcove, Kaltura and Vimeo are all strong competitors, allowing creators to monetise their subscription Video-on-Demand (SVOD) and live-stream services via their own channels, using a range of options including micro-purchases and...

By Paul Halfpenny, 06 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Video & Audio Marketing.

More than half of retailers look to utilise Internet of Things in next three years, report claims

A new report released by Boston Retail Partners (BRP) has argued that in order to offer customers a unique personalised shopping experience in every retail channel, stores must blend physical and digital strategies – including the Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality (AR).

Customers are interested in trying new technologies if they find improvement in their in-store shopping experience, the report notes. The...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Personalised Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Why 2019 will be the year that advertisers successfully adopt digital personalisation

As an industry we’ve long discussed the exciting promise of combining data, with adtech and creative possibilities, to enhance the experience of digital advertising. Although frequently discussed, dynamic creative optimisation (DCO) is yet to fulfil the promise of large-scale, relevant digital communications, meanwhile technology has progressed to differentiate between ‘personalisation’ and ‘dynamic...

Measuring the customer success of live chat: Tips, strategies and best practice

Online marketing offers many advantages over its traditional brethren from a metrics perspective. You can, for example, examine click-through-rates to a promotion, to a blog or to an article to your website, and with eCommerce you then analyse whether that online interaction has led to a number of sales. At the core of this marketing effort is also the ability to collate customer data, which can be used with the help of a customer relationships management (CRM) system...

By Graham Jarvis, 10 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Customer Experience, Video & Audio Marketing.

Why generation Z will drive the growth of visual search

eCommerce navigation and exploration has remained largely unchanged in recent years, even as retailers have scrambled to pinpoint more effective and personal ways to engage their customers in the process of product discovery.

This is likely why there’s been no shortage of hype surrounding voice search technology, despite ample grounds for skepticism: A recent

How brands need to get to grips with voice search – before the opportunity disappears

Voice-enabled search is here – and if your organisation is not up to speed yet, there may be trouble ahead.

That’s the key finding from a new report by marketing agency BrandContent. The report, which combined analysis with a survey of more than 2,000 consumers, found that while men (28%) are significantly more likely than women (13%) to utilise voice search frequently, more than two in three polled had access to either...

By James Bourne, 07 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Search Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Search accounts for half of digital ad spend in first half of 2018, finds IAB UK

Search accounted for half of all digital ad spend in the UK in the first half of 2018, according to the latest Digital Adspend report published by the IAB UK (Internet Advertising Bureau) and PwC.

In total, digital advertising saw a 15% year-on-year increase amounting to £6.36bn. Enjoying the same rate of growth, spend on search advertising amounted to more than half of that (52%), amounting to £3.3bn.

Non-video display spend was next highest at £1.33bn, a rise of 9% on last year’s...

By Mark Jones, 10 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Search Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Google rolls out custom viewability metrics for display & video advertisers

63% of UK display ads were considered “viewable” in the first half of the year according to a study this week by Integral Ad Science. That was considered an “all-time high”, and it means that nearly three-fifths of ad units were in view for one continuous second - or two seconds if we’re talking video.

The findings were based on a widely-used industry standard set by the Media Rating Council...

By Mark Jones, 26 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Video & Audio 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.

Singtel-owned Amobee completes $100m bid for video ad specialist Videology

The Singtel-owned digital marketing tech outfit Amobee has completed a $100m (£77.6m) purchase of TV and video advertising specialist Videology.

According to an official release, the deal equips Amobee with connected TV and digital video solutions, linear data-driven TV planning tools, premium inventory partnerships and activation opportunities for worldwide clients. It also clicks with an ongoing narrative of ad tech acquisitions this summer, particularly that of

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.

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.

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...

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.