Instagram confirms it is hiding likes in the US: The agency and analyst perspective

Instagram has been dabbling in the waters of hiding likes, but with the news last week that the US was being tested the company jumped right in – and certainly made a splash in the process.

Speaking at the Wired 25 event in San Francisco, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri confirmed the rollout. The system, which has seen test...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

How AI-enabled marketing can lower website bounce rates and improve accessibility

Marketers always strive hard to boost website traffic. A significant metric which quantifies the performance of websites is the bounce rate, indicating the percentage of users who leave without delving any further than the initial page.

In this context, it is important to understand web accessibility. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. It...

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.

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.

Facebook to follow Instagram and trial hiding likes: The next phase of social media?

Facebook is set to trial hiding likes from posts, the company has said, following on from tests conducted by subsidiary Instagram earlier this year.

The trial will be conducted in Australia initially and is based on positive feedback from mental health professionals around boosting users’ wellbeing. Users will still be able to see how many likes a post garnered if so...

By James Bourne, 01 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Social Media Marketing.

CMOs lacking confidence in their abilities but they deserve a boardroom seat, report argues

You’ve heard of the concept of ‘impostor syndrome’ – but does that feeling still pervade when you get to the highest echelons of your profession?

According to a new study from Deloitte, CMOs periodically suffer from a crisis of confidence – although the good news is that the C-suite has plenty of faith in their abilities.

The report, which surveyed 575 C-suite...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Best Practice, CMO, Customer Experience.

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.

We are in a tech distraction epidemic: Leadership, teamwork and coaching will help fix it

For anyone struggling with workplace distraction; believe me, I’ve been there. For anyone who doesn’t think they are struggling with workplace distraction; believe me, you are.

As a digital anthropologist in Silicon Valley, I have studied this topic for years and should have known better, but a few years ago I was so mired in distraction that I missed deadlines and couldn’t finish an important book proposal. Concentrating for...

By Brian Solis, 11 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Social media users say they can spot fake news – but is their confidence misplaced?

Are you confident when it comes to spotting fake news? According to a new study, almost everyone is – and this confidence means they have no problems in changing their social media activity as the 2020 elections loom.

Data from B2B marketing and research firm Clutch has found that 97% of the more than 500 US-based social media users polled said they were confident in their ability to recognise fake news on social media.

By James Bourne, 09 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Deepfakes and distortions, scare tactics and suppression: NYU report examines social and the 2020 US elections

A new report from the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights has explored the various forms of disinformation which could predicate the 2020 US presidential election – and how social media companies need to react to it.

Allegations around interference from Russia in the 2016 elections continue to be prevalent. As the Mueller report put it – and as reported by CNN – Russian hackers compromised local election systems...

By James Bourne, 04 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Case study: How omnichannel communication could bring benefits to social housing

“Many people living in England’s four million social homes feel ignored and stigmatised, too often treated with a lack of respect by landlords who appear remote, unaccountable and uninterested in meeting their needs.”

This is the damning verdict of the UK government’s social housing Green Paper, “A New Deal for Social Housing”, which sets out the government’s aim to rebalance the relationship...

By Martin Taylor, 28 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Automation, Case Studies.

Good news, fake news: The media’s fight for encryption – and against misinformation

According to reports, senior figures in the Trump administration held a meeting last month to consider whether to pursue legislation outlawing end-to-end encryption on US-made messaging apps.

While the ultimate outcome of the meeting is yet to be seen, it brings to light a serious question that we all - governments, consumers and businesses - need to ask ourselves: what do we lose when private messaging is truly private?

On the one hand, end-to-end encryption means that...

By Dan Levy, 15 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Best Practice, Publishing.

How to maximise marketing initiatives in AI - without alienating your customers

Data mining is undoubtedly transforming marketing as we know it. Artificial intelligence (AI) is not only automating some of the most mundane and time-consuming processes, but it’s also solving the once unsolvable issue of how to turn terabytes of consumer-generated interactions into personalised experiences for each individual. AI does this at a scale beyond a marketer’s wildest dreams. 

By Tim Stone, 01 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Automation, Best Practice, Customer Experience.

Why marketers need to engage rather than enrage to solve the mobile advertising divide

Keeping a lid on problems doesn’t solve them — as the publishers still losing almost £1 million to ad blocking can confirm. Over the years, the ad block fight has slipped from the number one spot of industry problems; with declining general levels of blocked impressions and increasing advertising investment creating a perception the issue...

By Andrew Buckman, 29 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Attribution, Mobile Marketing.

The power of propensity: Understanding this measure's role in your marketing efforts

Almost every marketing leader and expert will tell you that modern marketing is all about measurement. Being able to estimate the ROI of marketing spend by attributing customer actions to tactics has given companies a reason to allocate bigger budgets to marketing each year.

A 2018 report from Kantar, a global media research consultancy, predicted that the measuring tools and methods marketers rely on will evolve rapidly in 2019. While most marketers remain fixated on standard metrics — cost per click...

By Brian Baumgart, 20 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Attribution, Customer Experience.

Money matters: How sharing financial metrics and KPIs builds stronger teams

The all-hands meeting is a staple of businesses for sharing important financial information and progress. Smaller companies typically bring staff together on a fairly regular basis. Larger organizations may sync up several offices at a time or hold an annual company-wide conference. There’s good reason why these meetings haven’t fallen out of fashion – they get everyone on the same page.

By Mark van Leeuwen, 14 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Best Practice, Branding.

Crownpeak: How to change customer-centricity by 'contextualising' consent

Whether it was Marc Andreessen’s proclamation in 2011 that software was eating the world, or Satya Nadella’s more recent analysis that every business is a digital business, tech ignorance is simply unimaginable today. Yet it’s the biggest open secret in martech: while all the marketing departments talk a great game, they aren’t getting anywhere near the value they should do from their investments across the stack.

By James Bourne, 31 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Best Practice, Customer Experience.

Philip Morris’ influencer campaign goes up in smoke following investigation

The influencer marketing ecosystem is one where a fine line needs to be trodden – as Philip Morris has found out to its cost.

The tobacconist announced earlier this week that it was suspending its social media campaigns after a Reuters investigation found one of the key influencers engaged for a new ‘heated tobacco’ device campaign did not fulfil the company’s internal standards and regulations.