How Starbucks is looking to dark social for greater engagement – and how you can do the same

In the marketing world, the phrase “dark social” has sometimes been used as a threat or a warning. Many see it as impenetrable and too difficult to evaluate ROI from. But it’s a topic that has only become increasingly timely after Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s planned pivot from a public-facing platform into one built on private messaging.

Opinion: Building a marketing organisation that drives growth today

From the rise of online shopping channels to ad campaigns created for an audience of one, consumer marketing has changed more in the past ten years than it did in the previous 30. Despite that level of change and disruption, if you had put a few typical marketers from the 1980s into a time machine and sent them into the marketing departments of today, they would probably feel right at home. There might be a new IT department and a few other changes, but the job titles, structures, approach to performance...

By Björn Timelin, 12 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice.

Five things to consider when planning an app: Usage, UX, and more

The app designing process will be a bumpy road if you don’t take a methodical approach. Your business doesn’t just need an app: it needs a user-friendly app that provides substantial value. If you know you want an app, then break out the whiteboard and start drafting out your plan.

There are some vital considerations you’ll have to make during the formative stages of mobile app development to assure that...

What CMOs need to address today to protect their digital marketing efforts

Digital brings vast opportunities for CMOs to reach consumers anytime, anywhere, on a variety of devices and channels. But continuous evolution and innovation makes digital a fast-moving landscape, creating a plethora of challenges from technological understanding and financial accountability, to tackling hot topic issues such as, ad fraud and brand safety.

The rapid rise of digital has put CMOs on a steep learning curve and some are struggling to keep up...

By Victoria Chappell, 09 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Best Practice, CMO, Data-driven marketing.

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

To Google, or not to Google: Why collaboration is vital for the future digital ecosystem

Opinion In a double clampdown, Google has capped the campaign data available to advertisers and the inventory they can buy — thereby severely restricting their flexibility to deliver successful campaigns to consumers.

Its decision to block use of the DoubleClick ID when transferring data between services has left advertisers in the dark — unable to connect the dots between campaign insights held...

Oh Snap: Snapchat launches new gaming and AR features in bid to play catch-up

Snapchat has announced the launch of various new features focused around augmented reality (AR) and camera search.

The launch, at the company’s first Snap Partner Summit, sees greater integrations with Lenses and Scan. The social media network is updating Lens Studio, its desktop app which enables users to build and distribute Lenses on Snapchat, to include capabilities such as hand and body tracking. The company has...

By James Bourne, 08 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Mobile Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

How to increase demand generation through your website: Optimise throughout the customer journey

In an age of digital marketing with social media, marketing automation, email marketing and CRM, marketers often forget that their website remains the most important of their digital assets.

Research by SiriusDecisions shows that both sales and marketing underestimate the importance of the website as a communication channel at key stages of the sales cycle. The research shows that marketers and...

By Sylvia Jensen, 05 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Branding, Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Programmatic ad viewability outperforming direct ads for first time, says report

A new study from Integral Ad Science (IAS) has noted a potential sea-change in terms of digital advertising, with programmatic desktop display ads in the UK outperforming publisher direct ads for the first time.

The Media Quality Report, which offers UK benchmarks for viewability, brand safety and ad fraud across digital environments and channels, noted that during the second half of 2018 almost seven in 10 (69.1%)...

By James Bourne, 04 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Programmatic.

Six killer marketing metrics that really matter: Segmentation and engagement

The life of a digital marketer is rarely straightforward. Whilst other communicators may perhaps argue it’s easier for their digital peers to evidence ROI, those within the world of email marketing, for instance, may be quick to defend their position. Because yes, they have a wealth of metrics at their fingertips, but it can be difficult to know where to start. Death by data anyone?

Focusing only on open and click...

By Adam Oldfield, 03 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Data-driven marketing, Email marketing, S-Commerce, Search Marketing.

FMCG goes direct-to-consumer – but don’t expect a Tony the Tiger Facebook page any time soon

Opinion Last month Kellogg’s – joining a host of established FMCG brands – launched a new foray into the direct-to-consumer (DTC) market as it hired a new director of eCommerce platforms.

I would be surprised if this news made any jaws drop (except maybe

Boosting business competitiveness with behaviour-based marketing: A guide

We all recognise how significantly technology and the internet specifically have changed our lives. As consumers we live by the mantra faster, easier, more. We can book our holidays, manage our finances and socialise with friends and family all over the world from anywhere with a strong Wi-Fi or 4G/5G signal on any one of our multiple devices.

This same attitude has spilled over into our business lives, especially when it...

By Jon Clarke, 02 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

When it comes to AI for marketers – less haste means more speed

AI is one of the most exciting innovations in the ad industry. Not a day goes by without a new story about the latest AI product, what the tech can do, and where it’s set to go. And the promises aren’t just limited to our industry alone – AI is set to revolutionise the world we live in.

Given the boundless opportunities, it’s tempting to jump in right at the deep end and pick the glitziest AI solution...

Why cleaning your brand’s data is to key to improving accuracy and relevance

The goal of marketers is to provide customers with an outstanding experience that delights at every touchpoint and exceptional enough to ensure each individual’s journey ends with a purchase. But sometimes, we find that even when marketers think they are putting their best foot forward, some customers never respond.

Are brand marketers missing the mark? Or is their brand’s poor data-keeping practices...

By Grant Coleman, 01 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Branding, Data-driven marketing.

A guide to digital communications for cockroaches and unicorns alike

As a long-time fan, I was delighted to see that bakery firm Greggs had recently hit £1bn in revenue. As a brand with ballsy comms, solid stunts and tasty baked goods, the recognition is well-earned. Now, over the course of our years in PR, we’ve come across many a high-growth firm and even represented our first travel service unicorn, Klook, last year.

At the same time, many of our firms are born and bred in the...

By Christian Sharp, 29 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Publishing, Social Media Marketing.

Assessing blockchain for marketers: Potential is there but caution advised

Blockchain, like artificial intelligence and augmented or virtual reality, is a buzzword which currently produces more utopian dreams than use cases right now. A new report from advertising media behemoth GroupM aims to get past the fudging and explore the facts of how blockchain technologies can benefit marketers.

The report, authored by GroupM investment chief product officer Jack Smith, argues at a wider context the role of...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Attribution, Programmatic.

Marketing and niche networks: Why people are taking refuge in intimate social media

People had high hopes for the internet, but the dream of interconnected and democratised communication has been shaken-up. Openness online is intertwined with cyber abuse and data privacy woes, and people have become wary of the threats brought by vast global networks. With the revelation of filter bubbles, it’s become apparent that we’re not speaking on an open world stage after all.

Now that people are turning...

By Mira Kopolovic, 28 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Getting big data with your Big Mac: McDonald’s acquires personalisation firm Dynamic Yield

McDonald’s is moving into greater personalised customer experiences and automation with the acquisition of Tel Aviv-based Dynamic Yield.

The company, which offers a platform analysing data around recommendations, personalisation and targeting and behavioural messaging among others, said it was ‘thrilled’ to join McDonald’s and play a ‘critical role’ in the fast food chain’s digital transformation...