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.

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.

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.

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, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media 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.

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.

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.

Young people place huge amount of trust in verified reviews

There has always been a debate about whether verified reviews or personal recommendations from friends and family are the biggest influence on an individual’s purchasing decisions.

New research from reviews and customer insight company Feefo, has found that, at least when it comes to financial decisions, young people place a huge amount of trust in verified reviews. In a survey where the company asked over 1,000 UK consumers between 16 – 34 about their attitudes to financial sectors, 85% said that...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 31 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing.

UK data market largest in Europe in 2018

The UK data market value will hit £1.1 billion ($1.58 billion) in 2018, making it the second largest data market in the world and the biggest in Europe.

The figures come from, which is part of the Cloud Technologies group who are one of the largest data warehouses in the world, and show a pretty rapid expansion in the UK market. In 2016, the estimated value of the UK data market was £0.7 billion, increasing by 26% to hit £0.9 billion the following year.

The company is...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 30 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data-driven 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.

UK ad viewability hits three year high

According to a report from ad verification company Meetric, the viewability of UK ads has hit its highest level since Q2 2014.

The IAB defines ad viewability as a measurement of whether a display ad has the opportunity to be seen. So, for a desktop standard banner, the minimum threshold for viewability is 50% of the creative asset are being in view for at least one second. For a desktop video, half of the creative asset should be in view for at least for two consecutive seconds.

According to the Meetrics...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 26 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising.

Facebook seen as least brand-safe platform

Linkedin is viewed as the platform that provides brands the most safety, according to a new survey by AI company GumGum.

The company interviewed more than 200 industry professionals in the US, UK and Canada as part of it’s The New Brand Safety Crisis report. Among the respondents, Facebook was viewed by a wide margin as the most unsafe platform for brands (-23), followed by Twitter (-11), publisher sites (-10) and YouTube (-8).

The results suggest that despite its numerous and very public issues with brand safety...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Branding.

“Ghosting” customers after sale costs retailers

The practice of “ghosting” consumers, or breaking all contact following a purchase, is one of the main reasons consumers switch to other retailers.

Narvar and YouGov surveyed around 3,000 UK consumers and found that retailers are losing out on repeat customers by focusing all of their efforts on getting people to buy from them. By failing to communicate with customers once the purchase is complete, retailers are often blowing the chance of creating a loyal customer.

Among the respondents, the...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 24 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce.

Brick and mortar still key to winning retail customer experience

87% of retail disrupters say that they believe in the benefits of physical stores and will continue to try and open them in the future. While much has been made about ecommerce’s continued chipping away at retail sales, many retail brands still think that a physical store is an important part of creating attractive experiences for customers.

The data comes from the 2018 Retail Disruptors Survey from JDA Software, who interviewed over 100 retailers worldwide. Disruptive brands are categorised as those,...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 23 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce.

Is current digital ad research adequate?

Only 5% of media and marketing professionals currently believe that the commercial research studies on digital advertising are of good enough quality.

The data, from a survey of 220 industry professionals carried out by Inskin Media, found that 57% thought that the commercial needs of the company owning the research is the biggest obstacle to the production of useful content.

23% reported that most of the time they disregard commercial research projects, with 19% considering the majority of them to be...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 22 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing.

UK retail took a big hit in December 2017

UK retail sales fell by 1.5% in December 2017, marking an awful end to what turned out to be the weakest year for retail since 2013.

The figures, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), that even though Q4 saw a slight rise of 0.4%, the December slump meant that the quarter showed the weakest quarterly growth since the 1.2% fall in Q1 2017.

This brings the total growth for the year to 1.9%. 2017 had been marked by higher inflation hitting the spending power of consumers.

“With retailers such as...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 19 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce.

Deloitte: subscriptions per household to increase 20% as SVOD and OTT competition increases

Deloitte is predicting that the number of online subscriptions held by the average will jump in 2018 as more companies launch their won subscription-based services.

The professional services company estimates that the total number of online subscriptions, as well as the average number of subscriptions per individuals and households will grow by around 20% in the coming year.

While the majority of these will continue to be for SVOD and music (which currently take up the biggest share of subscriptions), the...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 17 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Instagram cements its place as an influencer marketing hotspot in 2017


Influencer marketing really came into vogue in 2017. While the principle of utilising famous people to sell your products is nothing new, the concept has undergone a major evolution in the last few years as it merged with social media.

Instagram has positioned itself right at the heart of this growing section of digital marketing. As a mainly picture-based network with around 800 million users (as of September 2017),...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 16 January 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Social Media Marketing.