Unilever’s top marketer says influencer fraud requires ‘urgent action’

As we’ve seen within the last year, the big-spending FMCG giants have demonstrated some hefty lobbying power when it comes to holding the digital marketing industry to account. This time, they’re getting tough on influencer marketing.

At Cannes Lions today (June 18), Unilever’s chief marketing and communications officer, Keith Weed, said that the growing influencer marketing industry was at a pivotal stage and that its members must take “urgent action” in order to rebuild...

By Mark Jones, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, E-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Why 2018 is the year of less waste and more measurability in marketing campaigns

At the end of the 19th century, department store owner and marketing pioneer, John Wanamaker, famously said “half of the money I spend on advertising is wasted.” It’s a phrase that has been repeated throughout history and over a century later, marketers are still losing significant amounts of money on unsuccessful campaigns.

In fact, marketers believe that nearly

By Simon Baptist, 18 June 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Data-driven marketing, Mobile Marketing.

Bing ups its search marketing game with LiveRamp integration

We’ve already given you five reasons why Bing shouldn’t be ignored for search marketing, and its latest integration with LiveRamp provides a sixth.

The underappreciated Microsoft search engine, which actually owns close to a fifth of the global search market, has introduced the data onboarder’s identity resolution provider IdentityLink. And while that may not mean much, in simple terms it...

By Mark Jones, 15 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Paid Search, Search Marketing.

The new retail frontier: Next level personalisation

The best retailers will embrace new digital tools that make it easier to personalise every encounter from that first moment of inspiration to finally taking action. In spite of this, it’s surprising to see that almost two-thirds (62%) of UK marketers say they do not incorporate personalisation into their campaigns, according to a recent State of Digital Commerce report from Episerver.  

Whether you work for an eCommerce brand, mass retailer, or the next great direct-to-consumer business, we can all...

By Amy Vener, 15 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Google announces Shopping tweaks to drive ‘brick and mortar’ sales for retailers

Google has announced a string of new updates to its Google Shopping platform, aimed at attracting online customers to retailer’s offline ‘brick and mortar’ stalls.

Announced at Search Marketing Expo Advanced (SMX Advanced) yesterday (June 12), the search giant claims despite the massive growth of e-commerce driven by the likes of Amazon, when customers want an item right away, 80% will head to the high...

By Mark Jones, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, Paid Search, Search Marketing.

Are structure and process the glue that holds marketing, technology and creativity together?

Consumers like to feel a human connection to the brands they love. Whether it’s through empowering athlete endorsements like Nike or connection to an inspiring founder like Virgin, humanity is a critical element in successful marketing. That’s why it’s somewhat ironic that while a human touch in brands is more important than ever, the behind-the-scenes technology that makes marketing scalable has also exploded in recent years.

According to a prediction made in 2016 by

By Frazier Miller, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Nine in 10 marketers admit their marketing automation is not up to scratch

For all the talk of marketing automation software’s power to streamline menial tasks, it seems few marketers are actually getting it right.

In fact, a survey by GetResponse and SmartInsights on the activities of 585 marketers across B2C and B2B firms, spanning 19 industries, found that less than one in 10 (8%) considered their use of marketing automation software to be meeting a high rate of effectiveness, while 28% rated their expertise with the software ‘basic’.

A further 19%, meanwhile,...

By Mark Jones, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, CRM, Email marketing.

UK consumers five times happier online shopping than on social media

A new study by e-commerce martech company Rokt has given refreshed credit to the concept of retail therapy, with 71% of UK consumers claiming to be at their happiest when shopping online.

The survey of over 4,000 consumers worldwide found that the majority are not only at their happiest when browsing the virtual aisles, but are at their most “engaged, focused and open-minded”, presenting marketers with a prime opportunity to target customers in a buying mindset.  

For the UK segment of the...

By , 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Salesforce and Google ramp up data sharing partnership for CRM marketing

Following integration between their CRM and analytics products late last year, Salesforce and Google have announced that they will now share data between Salesforce Marketing Cloud and Google Analytics 360.

The tie-in between the two cloud-based products, which is already in trial with brands including Ticketmaster, would allow Salesforce customers to access insights from both platforms to build highly-personalised and reactive campaigns based on cross-channel insights.

Speaking to TechCrunch,...

By Mark Jones, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Marketing Cloud, Personalised Marketing, Web Analytics.

Podcasts reeled in $314m in ad spend last year, finds IAB

Popularised by titles such as Serial, Stuff You Should Know and Ted Radio Hour, the humble podcast raked in $314m (£235m) in ad spend throughout 2017 in the US, according to new research by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PwC US.

That’s an 86% hike on 2016, while the study forecasts revenues on the channel to hit $659 million by 2020.

Of the self-reported data provided by top podcast companies in the study - including Audioboom, How Stuff Works and ESPN Radio - revenue for 2017 sat at...

By Mark Jones, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Publishing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Reddit roles out native autoplay video ads with focus on user engagement

Following its recent redesign, Reddit has rolled out a new native video ad format that will auto-play by default when a user scrolls through a feed.

The update is part of the massively popular site’s tentative efforts to monetise its 330m active monthly users, which can be widely resistant to any large-scale changes to user experience, particularly when there’s a commercial slant involved.

Users will, however, be able to turn off the autoplay function, while the ads themselves will only be served...

By Mark Jones, 13 June 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Native Advertising, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

LinkedIn rolls out Carousel Ads to ‘humanise’ B2B marketing

In similar fashion to its consumer-facing counterparts, B2B social network LinkedIn has launched Carousel Ads, allowing advertisers to display up to 10 customised, swipeable cards within one ad.

According to a blog post by product manager, Rohin Rajiv, the company hopes the update will “humanise” B2B marketing efforts and add a little colour to an otherwise non-too-descript news feed, encouraging users to engage with brands on both desktop and mobile.

By Mark Jones, 12 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, S-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

UK marketers are picking up Weibo, WeChat & QR codes to target fast-growth regions

When it comes to digital marketing, there are no longer any borders, but are marketers equipped for effective advertising overseas?

A new UK-based report by Rakuten Marketing has revealed that nine in 10 marketers (89%) are now managing international marketing campaigns as companies pursue overseas growth opportunities in the borderless age of digital.

Of that majority chunk, 55% are active within Europe and an additional 14% are operating further afield.

But while digital allows for more or less unbridled...

By Mark Jones, 12 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, S-Commerce.

Instagram could be targeting YouTube’s influencer bucks with 60-minute videos

Instagram is rumoured to be rolling out long-form video in what could be a play by Facebook to poach a growing portion of ad spend from YouTube, owned by arch-rival in ad tech Google.

While Instagram currently supports hour-long live streams, videos are capped at just 60 seconds, but unnamed sources speaking to WSJ say this could be extended to 60 minutes, which could make the photo-sharing platform a whole lot more attractive to influencers.

The news comes despite Instagram already becoming the dominant force of...

Why we need to use tech to amplify human ambition – rather than turn it off

Stop me if you are still in helplessly in love with the culture and practices of 80s adland, but there’s an inherent decadence in the agency sector these days, as technology surges on and humans lag behind. And it’s not helping anyone.

You can see it on the media side, where so many seem to switch on the tech and go to lunch, not worrying about the detail, because it’s all clever stuff and if it doesn’t get the job done, the offline media probably will. That’s the seductive peril...

By Dan Thwaites, 08 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

Buzzfeed sheds further 20 staff in continued move towards programmatic

Buzzfeed is reportedly laying off a further 20 of its staff in part of a reorganisation of its business, as it looks to recover from a loss-making 2017.

The announcement follows the publisher severing 100 employees last year - or 6% of its workforce - when it reported a £3.3m loss, owed in large part to its move away from native advertising.

The company will in turn be hiring a further 45 employees to its business team equipped...

By Mark Jones, 08 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Programmatic, Publishing.

Facebook calls Marketplace onto the pitch for new ad revenue stream

Facebook has announced that businesses will now be able to advertise within its classified ad listing hub, Marketplace, in a duo of updates that finally open up the channel for monetisation.

In addition to news feed, videos, Instagram and Messenger placements, businesses will now be able to advertise directly within relevant Marketplace product feeds, although so far the new feature is only available across the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The second update comes for users of Marketplace themselves,...

By Mark Jones, 08 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce, S-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Google scraps 12-vendor cap on GDPR consent tool for publishers

With the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) now in full swing, Google has made a surprising u-turn on its consent management platform (CMP) policy.

The Alphabet-owned search giant has scrapped what was a 12-vendor limit for publishers that used its Funding Choices CMP, used to gain the consent of users to access their data to improve ad personalisation in line with new European data regulations.

The former policy was applied based on tests by Google which found users are more likely to opt-in when...

By Mark Jones, 08 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Data-driven marketing, Publishing.

Azuqua onboards SaaS giants Adobe, Zendesk for software integration

Software automation and integration company Azuqua has announced a raft of large SaaS (software-as-a-service) companies joining its Connect Partner Program, which aims to cut down the need for internal development time and tactical acquisitions when customer demands change.

Adobe, Zendesk, Allocadia, and Workfront are some of those high profile outfits now employing the service, among 15 additional companies who have not been named by the Seattle-based group.

Azuqua’s CEO Todd Owens is confident the...

By Mark Jones, 07 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Marketing Cloud.

Native ad leader Outbrain acquires AdNgin for automated ad content optimisation

New York-based native ad firm Outbrain has acquired AdNgin, a UI (user interface) optimisation specialist built to enhance the reader experience.

The buyout - made for an undisclosed fee - marks the sixth for Outbrain since its founding in 2006, including the more recent purchases of content discovery platforms Zemanta and Revee as part of the company’s aggressive growth efforts and continued leadership in the native advertising sector. 

According to the announcement, Outbrain was attracted to...