Creating vertical video for a mobile first generation

In this discussion from Eurobest in London, Grant Munro: General Manager at Shutterstock Custom, Milton Elias: Head of Mobile and Video at News UK and Kat Hahn: Lead at Facebook and Instagram’s Creative Shop, talk about the solutions for brands to create vertical-specific video content both quickly and affordably.

A mobile world

Munro: “Mobile is by far the biggest driver of vertical video. Consumers spend around three hours per day on their mobiles, and check them on average 150 times a...

By Grant Munro, 13 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Establishing a progammatic mobile media buying solution: Perils, pitfalls and partnerships

Many advertisers are now looking to internalise their mobile media buying processes, and numerous companies are being set up to offer advertisers a media buying service in the programmatic space.

There are two possible routes here, as in any decision that involves using technology: buy or build your DSP. But firstly, let’s define what a DSP actually is.

Because DSP stands for “Demand Side Platform” it should be intrinsically associated with technology-based companies that allow media buyers...

By Noelia Amoedo, 12 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile Marketing, Programmatic.

Why location data matters – even if you’re not a retailer

When people think of geomarketing — the integration of geographical intelligence into different aspects of marketing, like sales or distribution — they usually think of retailers. B2C companies can certainly target customers much more effectively when they know where those customers are. But location-based data can be used by any company, including those targeting businesses. Geomarketing can be used to book meetings, expand a company’s reach, or even find the best market.

Geomarketing opens up...

By Gurvinder Sahni, 30 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Mobile Marketing.

Monthly mobile data usage to hit 98 GB by 2025

Mobile network giffgaff has released research estimating that average mobile data usage will climb to a mammoth 93 GB per month by 2025.

With 5G due to launch globally in 2020, giffgaff has based its estimations on theoretical speed increases. Research and advisory company Gartner believes 5G phones will begin to reach the market in 2019, when rollouts of 5G networks will start in select countries, such as the US and South Korea.

"We predict that, by 2021, 9 per cent of smartphones sold will support...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 29 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Mobile Engagement: When to send SMS, push notifications and in-app messages

People are consumed by their mobile devices, with mobile usage continuing to grow. The question for marketers is what is the best mobile engagement marketing channel in order to reach out to customers for each specific purpose? In this article, I will look at when is it beneficial to use SMS, push notifications or in-app messaging.

Why SMS?

SMS still matters in the age of smartphones! SMS provides an easy and immediate way to interact with customers directly in their personal message application. But if done...

By Florian Steps, 14 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile Marketing.

The humble text message is 25 years old

A feature of modern life so innocuous and widespread, the humble text message seems like it has been around forever. The first SMS (Short Message Service) was sent on 3 December 1992.

Which means the text message is now officially 25 years old.

With Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love you number one in the US and Home Alone 2 sitting on top of the Box Office, the first SMS was sent by 22-year old Sema Group software architect Neil Papworth.

The message said simply, ‘Merry Christmas’ and was sent over Vodafone’s...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 04 December 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Mobile Marketing.

Four ways to get better mobile ads

It is just over 10 years since the first iPhone. It is incredible to think how much we’ve allowed mobile communications devices such as smartphones and tablets to significantly impact our lives.

According to Deloitte, in the UK for most smartphone owners, checking their phone is the first and last thing they do in day. Many of us feel now dependant on our devices. We’ve become obsessed with having access to the internet at all times to the point where 41% of respondents think their partner uses...

By Nick King, 23 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Mobile Marketing.

Millennials, culture and brands: an interview with Amplify’s Krupali Cescau

Millennials – those who have come of age in a period of vast technological change – are a sought-after group among marketers. They are internet savvy, smartphone-wielding and eager to establish themselves as valued workers and prospective property owners.

They are also not a single, uniform entity.

For marketers, who already have a habit of pigeonholing people into conceptually neat categories, the need to acquire as much user data as possible has made understanding what makes young consumers tick...

Consumers willing to share location data with apps despite privacy concerns

Consumer willingness to share their mobile device’s location data with apps has grown in the last two years, although many still harbour significant concerns

The figures come from new research by mobile marketing platform Verve that asked 2,000 UK adults how comfortable they were letting independent apps know their whereabouts.

55% of respondents said that they were more comfortable sharing the information now than they were two years ago, with 73% allowing select apps to access the information....

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 14 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Mobile Marketing.

What are the 4 things every data-driven mobile marketer should have on their agenda?

As far as I am concerned, every marketer — mobile or otherwise — should be data-driven, so hopefully the title of this article hasn’t put you off!

Paying attention to data analytics is the ultimate way of measuring the results of a marketing campaign, guiding you into making smart choices about future marketing strategies to ensure your messages are not falling on deaf ears - and mobile is no exception.

The fabulous thing about mobile marketing is that, no matter what type of campaign you...

By Matthew Winters, 02 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Mobile Marketing.

Has smartphone usage fallen among young people?

According to new research by Kantar TNS, smartphone usage has fallen among 16 – 24-year olds for the first time.

The report states that mobile device owners in that age group spend an average of 2.8 hours using their phones daily. This is down from 3.9 hours last year. While this doesn’t sound like a lot, it is significant for a number of reasons.

Firstly, if accurate, it seems to fly contrary to the conventional wisdom that people (especially young people) are...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 31 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: M-Commerce, Mobile Marketing.

How to gear your eCommerce website towards a millennial marketplace

Born between the years of 1980 and 2000, millennials consist of approximately 80 million people in the US alone. Perhaps the most interesting thing about them is that they have grown up parallel to the digital revolution and the development of the Internet. In a Selz article on selling products online, Kristen DeCosta points out that you need to be on different digital channels while promoting your store. These include Google search, forums, social networks, and review sites.

Marketing to this particular...

By Pratik Dholakiya, 27 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce, Mobile Marketing.

Measuring consumer sentiment on mobile

As marketers continue to become better able to measure and utilise the data they collect about consumers, the focus is starting to shift. Whereas the first wave was all about where a consumer is and how exactly they interact with an app or website, the next stage is trying to work out how consumers feel when they come into contact with marketing content.

Mobile advertising platform AdColony has conducted a survey of over 1,500 consumers in North America and Europe to try and work out their sentiment while...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 04 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile Marketing.

Rethinking retargeting in the mobile era

Retargeting ads exist because only 4% of people on desktop convert the first time they visit a website. For mobile, this figure is around 1.5%. That makes sense, though, right? After all, the mobile internet isn’t where people do serious shopping, is it? It’s just for WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat. The serious stuff happens on desktop. The mobile internet is just there for

By Liubov Khomenko, 02 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Mobile Marketing.

Eye-tracking research shows majority of mobile ads being ignored

London-based AI company GumGum has released the results from its eye-tracking study that analysed how consumers interact with various mobile ad formats, and they are not going to be to marketers liking.

The company used eye-tracking technology to examine how much attention consumers give to the most widely used Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) formats. The answer? The ad formats were largely ignored by users as they navigated through content on their phones.

In fact, the average time spent looking at these...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 20 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Mobile Marketing.

Blockchain lock screen advertising transforms mobile attention economics

Current mobile advertising models are ineffective

It’s undeniable that the present mobile advertising solution is not living up to the expectation of mobile-first advertising experience.

Mobile websites and most mobile applications typically display advertisements on the side or as banner ads, where users’ true attention cannot be captured. This is further worsened by the inherent limitation of mobile devices small form-factor.

advertisers are hoping for the emergence of legitimate third players

Ad Fraud is...

By Chong Sean Kuay, 19 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Mobile Marketing.

WhatsApp set to start charging businesses

It was perhaps inevitable that after shelling out a monumental $19 billion for it in 2014 that Facebook wouldn’t keep WhatsApp free for forever.

The company has revealed its plans to begin charging businesses to use some of the tools that are currently free. The charged service will be based on the on the business tools released this summer.

The new tools allow smaller businesses to send their customers updates and receive messages from them. The company has stated that it is working on an enterprise...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 07 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

New feature propels Tinder to the top of Apple Store

Dating platform app Tinder is now the most lucrative app on the Apple store after the launch of its new paid feature.

The app beat out two established heavy hitters in Netflix and Candy Crush.

The Tinder Gold feature allows users to see who has liked them first, without having to go through the usual process of swiping through other user’s profiles. The feature costs $4.99 a month on top of the Tinder Plus $9.99 subscription fee.

The dating app has been free for the majority of its commercial life, but...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 05 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: M-Commerce, Mobile Marketing.

Mobile matters: The four key metrics

Mobile has become the one device consumers cannot do without. Whether we like it or not, our day to day lives are largely run through this one device – working, socialising, gaming and shopping – we are inseparable. It is therefore unsurprising that purchases made through smartphones are on the rise.

In fact, a consumer spends about 2.42 hours a day on their smartphone, interacting with it approximately

By Christopher Baldwin, 01 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile Marketing.