Google’s Chrome ad blocker switches on tomorrow

February 15th marks the date that Google will enable its highly-anticipated in-built ad blocker for Chrome.

Google has said that the aim is not to get rid of all ads from Chrome, but to specifically target the most annoying and intrusive ads out there. The company will be using the standards set out by the Coalition for Better Ads to judge which ads will be blocked.

Of particular focus will be full page ads that block users from seeing page content (prestitial) and flashing animated ads. This were identified...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 14 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising.

Facebook messaging or live chat software?

Facebook has announced a (free) version of Messenger for use by businesses on their websites. Talk goes that this add-on will swallow the live chat market whole and spell the end for all rival web chat solutions.

There are, however, big differences between live chat software and Messenger when it comes to connecting with customers.

Those who are already predicting the demise of traditional chat channels may wish to take these differences into account before ringing the death knell.

Trust and...

By Howard Williams, 14 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience.

Google extends AMP with new story format

Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) was initiated as a project to improve the performance of mobile web pages. The project has so far mostly focused on making loading and rendering for existing text-heavy articles such as those found on news sites or cooking blogs.

The company is now looking to extend the project beyond this with the launch of the AMP story format.

On mobile, users tend to browse a lot of articles, but only engage with a few in-depth. This is because the majority of articles on the...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 13 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Mobile Marketing.

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.

Unilever threatens to pull ads from Facebook and Google

Unilever, one of the world’s biggest advertisers, has announced that it is considering pulling its ads from Facebook and Google in a bid to avoid platforms that “create division”.

The consumer goods multinational, which owns brands Lynx, Persil, Ben & Jerry’s and PG Tips, does not want its ads appearing on platforms that promote hate or fail to protect consumers.

Unilever is the world’s second largest marketing spender, behind Proctor and Gamble. Last year the company spent...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 12 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising.

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.

Gen Z engaging with 10 hours of online content a day

One fact has become indisputable in the last few years: the British population is addicted to digital content. According to research by Adobe into the UK’s content consumption habits, millennials spend an average of 8.5 hours a day reading, watching, creating and engaging with content on their devices.

If this sounds high, it is above the UK average of 6.9 hours, but well below that of the generation below them. According to the research, Generation Z spend a whopping 10.6 hours engaging with online...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 09 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Embracing the chill: how brands can cash in on winter weather woes

British winter weather. We all know it, and we all hate it - driving rain, biting frosts, and evenings spent huddled under the duvet. But as consumers are holed up inside wishing they were sunning themselves on an exotic beach, advertisers should be aware of the lucrative opportunities that exist to cash in on weather-induced shopping.

At The Trade Desk, we recently looked into consumer receptiveness to advertising during last year’s cold snaps, with some interesting revelations.

Consumers shop as the...

By Sacha Berlik, 09 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce.

Twitter posts its first ever profitable quarter

Twitter’s shares jumped over 20% on news that the social media company returned to revenue growth after reporting its first-ever profitable quarter.

The company’s performance in the last three months of 2017 brings a positive end to an otherwise difficult year. The company instituted a number of changes aimed at making it more competitive with regards to advertising.

The company, which has long trailed being Google and Facebook in terms of building a userbase and advertising revenue, brought in...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 08 February 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

Interactive video: A powerful engagement tool for every step of the digital customer journey

As colder and darker weather is upon us—the perfect time for cosying up on the sofa to watch a movie—I’m reminded of a very memorable experience that took place in my living room not too long ago. I was sitting down with my laptop to watch a favourite show. It was dark outside and I was alone at home.

The adverts came on…all normal so far, but then a gripping ad for an upcoming movie came on. It was not the sight of the alien bursting from its cocoon, or the alien on the roof of the...

By Ben Samuel, 08 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Video & Audio Marketing.

Snapchat quarterly figures break losing streak

Snapchat has reported quarterly sales and user growth for the first time since going public in March 2017.

The news that the beleaguered social media company had soundly beaten Wall Street’s estimates sent its stock rocketing by over 20% on Tuesday. This was the closest the parent company, Snap, has come to topping its IPO price of $17 since July 2017.

The centrepiece of the positive results was a 72% jump in sales from this time last year to $286 million. This was heralded as a vindication of the...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 07 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

How to be smarter with customer data audits

Each year, the data that marketing teams hold on their customers will degrade by around 10 – 20%. This is simply because approximately 1% of the population will die, 10% will move house, and email addresses and phone numbers will inevitably change.

Not all data will take the same amount of time to degrade. For example, details on customer segments, products or customer type will all deteriorate at different rates. The age of the data plays a part too. If it is over 3 years old then 30% of customers will...

By Rob Frost, 07 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Data Science.

Convergence communiqué: Designing your story based on media and message (part two)

Are you watching The Crown, a biographical series on Netflix about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom? Wrapped within this historical story, there is a marketing lesson to be learned.

Even the most steadfast, traditional “brands”, such as the British Royal family, need constantly to review their messaging – without being blinded by preconceived internal and external beliefs – and to understand how their messaging is being perceived and viewed by the end users, in this case the...

By Thaddeus Kubis, 06 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Customer Experience, Personalised Marketing, Publishing.

Marketing an ICO: cryptocurrencies, influencers and indaHash

The term ‘ICO’ or initial coin offering burst into the collective consciousness in a big way in 2017. The funding strategy went from being a novel idea thought up in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space to a way for companies to raise millions of dollars in a matter of hours.  

With the money raised through ICOs in the last year rocketing to over

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 06 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Social Media Marketing.

Consent and security: GDPR in the adtech ecosystem

GDPR will come into effect on 25 May 2018, representing the biggest change to data protection across the EU in a decade.

Talking to a lot of advertisers, you could be forgiven for thinking that the sky is falling. But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and the change does represent significant opportunities for companies smart enough to take them.

Tiffany Morris is General Counsel & Vice President of Global...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 06 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Data-driven marketing, Programmatic, Publishing.

90% of UK video viewers regularly visit YouTube

YouTube has cemented its place as the undisputed leading platform for digital video in the UK, with eMarketer stating that the sites viewing is close to saturation point.

The company’s first market forecast for YouTube shows that through its sheer ubiquity and its easy integration on other content platforms have both contributed to its video dominance. 2018 will see 40.4 million (or six out of 10 people) will watch a video on the platform’s app or website at least once a month.

Watching videos...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 05 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Video & Audio Marketing.

Three ecommerce content marketing lessons from Etsy

In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Josh Silverman, the new CEO of global craft marketplace Etsy, discussed giving the company a much-needed shake up.

As part of a lean new marketing strategy, Silverman has reportedly scrapped any activities that aren’t likely to immediately grow sales for Etsy’s vendors – including TV advertising – to focus on driving performance instead. These changes are already benefiting the business, with the share price reporting a

By Ed Bussey, 05 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, E-Commerce.

Creators should look to blockchain to monetise digital video content

Content creators know that video can drive discovery, discussion, and consumption in authentic and innovative ways where other forms of content can fall short. These videocentric, highly-engaged audiences are highly prized by brands and publishers alike. They are influencers, they have disposable income and their appetite for compelling stimuli is insatiable.

Creators that can reach these audiences are in an incredible position to generate revenue from those brands, if they can align a brand with the right...

By Fred Dionne, 02 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing.

Facebook users spending less time on the site as revenue grows

Facebook’s newly released figures for Q4 2017 show that revenue came in well above analyst expectations at $12.97 billion. The consensus projection was that sales revenue would come in at $12.6 billion.

Mobile ad revenue accounted for around 89% of the social media giant’s total ad sales for the quarter.

The number of monthly active users rose 14% to 2.13 billion, which was a slightly lower rate of growth than the previous quarter. The company cemented itself as the world’s second largest ad...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 01 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Social Media Marketing.

5 tips to capture your audience’s attention

More than other types of content, webinars give marketers the power to connect with audiences in a personal and immersive way. A firm favourite amongst B2B marketers, webinars are often touted as a top source for leads and ideal for all aspects of the customer journey.

But how can you keep people engaged? According to new research in GoToWebinar’s 2017 Big Book of Webinar Stats, only 40% of marketing webinars are taking advantage of...

By Daniel Waas, 01 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Video & Audio Marketing.