Why marketers need to be clever with context to get their 2020 advertising strategies right

Which user data works best for marketing? A consensus has never been reached, so advertisers have always had to keep multiple plates spinning, from behavioural data and location data to IP addresses, cookies and beyond.

However, since GDPR came into force, it is no longer a question of whether advertisers have enough data points, but whether they are using them correctly. The Europe-wide legislation has suddenly made everyone conscious of the fact that companies are collecting and using their personal data...

For luxury brands, the possibilities of programmatic cannot be ignored

For luxury brands, creating customer relationships, and the revenues they bring, is everything. A $25,000 watch or $150,000 vehicle is rarely an impulse buy, but instead a purchase achieved after many different points of engagement. 

An increasingly higher percentage of all ad budgets is being taken up by programmatic advertising, and luxury brands and their marketing efforts need to hop on board with this trend. Digital...

Privacy and real-time bidding: An updated guide for adtech vendors and publishers

Until the summer of 2019, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s privacy regulator, had not been particularly pro-active in enforcing the law on data protection in respect of the use of cookies and programmatic advertising based on real-time bidding (RTB).

This all changed in June and July of this year, when the ICO published respectively a

By Raj Shah, 29 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Best Practice, Programmatic, Publishing.

Gartner finds UK marketing budgets are on the slide – but optimism for the future

Analyst firm Gartner has put together something of a gloomy series of missives around the digital marketing sector in recent months – and its pessimistic look on UK marketing budgets released today is no different.

The company’s 2019-2020 CMO Spend Survey has revealed UK marketing budget allocations are overall ‘significantly’ behind their US counterparts. Yet while spend is cooling off in certain areas,...

By James Bourne, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Campaigns, CMO.

It’s crunch time for cookie bashers: Why we need cookies to protect the open Internet

Cookies came onto the scene in the mid 90s, and, like most millennials, they’re a little misunderstood. But this time, it’s got nothing to do with avocado toast.

For many of us, the word ‘cookie’ has become a bit of a byword for peskiness – associated with annoying ads and relentless targeting, not to mention clumsy permission-based puns (guilty as charged.) This...

By Joel Livesey, 19 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Data-driven marketing, Publishing.

A guide to retargeting for increasing conversions: The three questions you need to ask

In many cases, a bit of retargeting is needed to align your marketing goals with your business goals and draw in the right customers.

By retargeting, you can drive people to your website with specific content that is more in-tune with consumer trends. A strong retargeting strategy is excellent for turning window shoppers into buyers and increasing conversion rates.

Here are some questions to ask yourself...

By Mansi Dhorda, 23 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Personalised Marketing.

We are at the tipping point in defeating mobile ad fraud: What more needs to be done?

Mobile ad fraud is an issue for everyone working in the programmatic industry, and it’s clear that there is an overwhelming tide of parties committing it.

Many sources suggest that 40% of a typical advertising investment ends up being fraudulent. Within this, global loss to mobile-based ad fraud is estimated to make up almost half of total digital ad...

By Noelia Amoedo, 10 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Attribution, Mobile Marketing.

Three ways you can use Google’s tools to dominate local search

Often, when companies think about search engine optimisation, it’s largely focused on determining where their business shows up on a search results page. While this is, of course, an important part of the equation, it also assumes that all search is the same. In truth, search results are not created equal — especially when it comes to those for local businesses.

Unlike companies that operate primarily online or...

By Joe Arduini, 09 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Search Marketing, Web Analytics.

Google says goodbye to the Average Position metric: What do marketers need to know from here?

In advertising, there are several key questions that are always bandied around: how are our ads performing? What’s the ROI like? Are we increasing brand awareness?

Marketers using Google Ads have been comfortable responding to these questions, often relying on the ‘average position’ metric but as of September 30 that metric was fully retired to make way for...

By Wesley MacLaggan, 02 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Attribution, Search Marketing.

Artificial intelligence can bring marketing and sales closer together – and improve the buyer experience

B2B buyers’ purchasing criteria are changing and their expectations are now higher than ever before. As the B2B sales cycle gets longer and more complex, sales and marketing need to be more strategic in how they approach, persuade and nurture their prospects and customers. Whilst having a great product at the right price point is certainly important, it doesn’t guarantee success and today’s buyers are looking for more than just a one-stop-shop sales pitch.

By Jim Preston, 17 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Automation, Data-driven marketing.

The cookies crumble: Is enhanced digital privacy the end of programmatic as we know it?

The ad tech industry has faced a flood of challenges — with the GDPR driving stricter data regulation, brand safety concerns sparking the ‘adpocalypse’, and Apple’s Safari ITP limiting cookie use. Add Google’s updated Chrome privacy features to the mix, and many are left wondering:...

By Jeff Meglio, 13 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Attribution, Customer Experience, Programmatic.

How to define your social media strategy – in six simple steps

Social media is an immensely powerful tool that, when used correctly, can increase brand awareness and perception, grow a loyal customer base and demonstrate an ‘always on’ customer service.

However, in order to have an established, consistent and successful presence online, there must firstly be a strong strategy in place. Otherwise organisations are missing out on a huge opportunity, and the competition is likely to take full advantage.

But what should marketing managers, and their teams, be...

By Andy McCaul, 29 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Customer Experience, Social Media Marketing.

Why continuous testing holds the key to effective omnichannel marketing

Innovation isn’t just what keeps marketing interesting; it’s an essential part of the job. The constant stream of channels, tools and technologies makes for an ever-changing landscape, and an expanding list of priorities. No wonder CMOs currently devote 16% of their budgets to innovation and 9% feel it’s crucial to deliver...

By Sandra Loeffler, 27 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Data-driven marketing.

Facebook aims to assuage user trust concerns with Off-Facebook Activity tool

Facebook is giving its users more guidance on data it holds on apps and websites interacting with the social giant.

The company is launching Off-Facebook Activity, which aims to ‘help shed more light on practices that are common yet not always well understood’, in the words of Erin Egan, Facebook chief privacy officer for policy and David Baser, director of product management.

By James Bourne, 21 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Reappraising ‘matching luggage’: How creative consistency could supercharge your campaign

“Short-termism” is currently a growing concern in the digital advertising business. While explicit measurement was the promise of digital advertising a decade ago, that same capability has driven a focus on short-term ad impact metrics, i.e, efficiency over effectiveness. 

Measuring campaign effectiveness is an essential part of digital advertising; but it’s also one of the...

By Dominic Tillson, 19 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Customer Experience.

Beware of shiny new candy: R3 principal Greg Paull on shaping the future of martech

For many marketing professionals, the opportunity to get to grips with new technology is like being a child in a candy store.

So many choices, so much opportunity. Yet there is always a caveat. The need for speed may be important, but so is getting things right. Experimentation is fruitful, but do not work with technology for technology’s sake.

Luckily, help may be at hand. R3 is a global...

By James Bourne, 19 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, CMO, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

How essential are push notifications today in the modern marketer's arsenal?

You have to go way back to 2003 to find what is often credited as the first ever push notification - BlackBerry’s Push Services, designed to inform users of their incoming emails. Back then, the only way to read an email on a train was with a BlackBerry in hand, but fast forward 16 years and push notifications are a part of everyday life.

Research has found that the average opt-in rate for push...

By Maxime Chevallon, 14 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Customer Experience.

From A to I – Amazon to interchangeability: A guide to the future of advertising today

Digital transformation has reframed advertising and marketing to such an extent that the once familiar reference points no longer exist.  Which is why we decided to deep dive into our learnings to date to extrapolate how we believe the next decade of advertising and marketing will shape up.

From ultra-personalised as in ‘Minority Report’...

Five key tips to drive value from content and martech experimentation

Customer behaviour changes every month, every week and every hour. If brands want to prosper, they need to move at the same speed. The most successful digital companies are using experimentation to make this a reality. Experimentation is a mindset adopted by organisations enabling them to constantly progress their online platforms, driving the customers digital experience.

By using tools such as design and coding to trial new features on their online platforms, businesses can...