Reader/publisher relationship has ‘catalytic’ effect on ad effectiveness

Conventional wisdom says that if the editorial content around an online ad is good quality, then the effectiveness of the ad is increased. While there is certainly some truth to this, a new study purports to show that the issue is far more complicated the many in the industry think.

Inskin Media compared the conscious and subconscious reactions of 4,370 people who were served online ads on websites either with or without publisher branding.

The results indicate that the publisher branding on some of the sites...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 22 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Content 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...

World Television Day 2017 – is TV still the world’s most effective advertising medium?

As far as global ubiquity goes, television is hard to beat. While it may have be in the process of being usurped in sheer global reach by the internet, it is safe to say that you will find people staring at TV sets in all corners of the globe.

21 November is World Television Day, and has seen the release of a stream of figures showing TV’s continued strength as an advertising medium.

A new report from the newly formed Global TV Group, which brings together broadcasting trade bodies from Europe, North...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 21 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Video & Audio Marketing.

40% of Christmas spend to be done on Black Friday

According to Purch’s 2017 Christmas Spending Survey, Black Friday will account for 41% of Christmas gift spending in the UK this year.

A further 22% will be done in the final two weeks leading up to Christmas eve. The UK festive period in the closing days of 2017 is likely to be defined by the uncertainty associated with Brexit.

With many people reigning back on spending and retail sales taking a hit, the proportion of shoppers who said they would be looking to snag tech-related bargains has jumped 17%...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 20 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce.

The average person has 7 social media accounts

It can be easy to lose track of how many social media accounts you have. After all, how many people of a certain age never officially closed down their MySpace account?

According to a new report from GlobalWebIndex, the average person now has 7.6 active social media accounts, with 98% of people having at least one social network account. The tech company polled 89,029 people aged 16-64 across 40 countries.

The average number of social networks raises with young consumers to 8.7 for those aged 16-34, although...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 17 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

Forrester’s: 2018 will see chief growth officers replace CMOs

Forrester have released their predictions for what 2018 will hold, ranging from retail to GDPR.

In the world of CMOs, the company has predicted that marketing meetings in 2018 are going to dominated by one word: ‘growth’.

But not normal growth, CEOs are all going to be after the elusive ‘disruptive growth’. In a commercial landscape coming to be defined by rapid consumer-driven change, CMOs will be under pressure to make sure their organisations stay ahead of the...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 15 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Customer Experience, Personalised Marketing.

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.

Half of Brits prefer buying physical media over digital downloads

According to a new study by ecommerce giant eBay, 52% of British consumers now claim to prefer physical books, music, film/TV and video games over digital downloads.

As part of its Guide to Physical Media, the company interviewed over 2,000 adult consumers across the UK.

 76% of those surveyed have bought at least one item of physical media in the last year. The main reasons given for going physical over the often-easier route of digital downloads were the emotional satisfaction of ownership and an increasing desire...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 13 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce.

Gearing up for the largest ecommerce event of the year: China’s Single’s Day

Consumers in the UK, US and Europe may be looking forward to picking up discounted goods in the run up to Christmas in the Black Friday holiday sales in late November. But many would have no idea that the largest ecommerce event on the planet is happening across the world.

11 November is China’s Single’s Day. Spearheaded by ecommerce giant Alibaba, the holiday began as an ‘anti-Valentine’s Day’ in 2009, the event has grown into a global online shopping extravaganza.

“In the...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 10 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce.

Chatbots and the rise of conversational marketing

In an ideal world, every brand would be able to dedicate enough resources to give each customer the time and attention they need. Nothing can be as annoying for a customer as a bad or lacklustre customer service experience, where they feel that they were not being given the attention they deserved.

If a brand gives too many of their customers this kind of experience, they may find that they don’t have as many customers after a while.

In a survey of Fortune 500 marketing professionals carried out by...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 09 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Personalised Marketing.

Snap Q3 earnings show weak revenue and user growth

The share price of Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, fell sharply yesterday as the company’s Q3 earnings report showed that revenue had come in way under expectations.

The company had been predicted to earn $237 million in revenue in the quarter, but actual earnings came in at $207.9 million. Snap also posted a big loss of $443 million, including a $40 million charge on unsold Spectacles hardware.

However, average revenue per user was up 39% when...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 08 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

Majority of CMOs struggling to unify online and offline

85% of marketers are having trouble joining together their online and offline customer data, new research by Conversant has found.

As part of its CMO report, the company surveyed over 60 international CMOs about the challenges they face in today’s data-driven market. The findings show that a minority of 16% were ‘very confident’ that they are capable of identifying an individual across multiple devices online.

61% said that they are aiming to...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 07 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Personalised Marketing.

AppNexus launches ad industry’s first programmable demand side platform

AppNexus is hoping to shake up the world of buy-side advertising with the industry’s first programmable demand side platform (DSP).

The AppNexus Programmable Platform (APP) uses machine learning in order to allow traders to manage and execute multiple customised and complex strategies. The company states that the platfrom allows for greater effecinecy in setting up campaigns, as well as managing and modifying them. Traders buy views rather than impressions with the platfrom’s identity and...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 06 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Attribution.

Consumers share majority of seasonal gift ideas on dark social channels

It’s getting to that time of year. While we’re not quite at the hanging up decorations and cracking out the seasonal jumper’s stage yet, many people are starting to think about what gifts they are going to be giving to their loved ones this holiday season.

With not only Christmas beginning to loom over the horizon, but also Black Friday coming up too, many marketers are ramping up their efforts to see the year out with a bang.

But how do consumers decide what they are going to give as gifts?...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 03 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: E-Commerce.

Facebook ad revenue hits $10 billion

Facebook has beaten expectations with its Q3 results, although its shares fell due to the 2018 expense forecast.

The company reported a 49% jump in quarterly advertising revenue, reaching above $10 billion for the first time. Total revenue was $10.3 billion, of which $10.1 billion came from advertising.  

"Our community continues to grow and our business is doing well," said Mark Zuckerberg.

"But none of that matters if our services are used in ways that don't bring people closer...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 02 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

126 million US Facebook users may have seen Russia-banked posts

The scale and potential reach of political content allegedly uploaded onto Facebook by Russia-backed operatives has been revealed.

The social media giant has estimated that around 80,000 posts were produced and uploaded before and after the divisive 2016 US presidential election that saw Donald Trump narrowly beat Hilary Clinton.   

This means that the content, which focused on contentious social and political issues, could have been seen by as many as 126 million US Facebook users.

The revelation...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 01 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Social Media 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.

Twitter may turn a profit at the end of 2017

At first glance, you could be forgiven that Twitter’s Q3 results were another torrent of bad news for the beleaguered social media company.

But in among the admission of that it has been overstating its user numbers for years and logging its third straight quarterly revenue decline, there was an interesting piece of information.

The company stated that it may actually turn its first profit at the end of 2017. That’s...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 27 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

Marketers set their sights on VR and voice for 2018 sales and marketing strategies

As we enter the final stretch of 2017, many marketing managers and decision makers will be starting to prepare for next year.

A constant theme of modern marketing is the breakneck pace of technological change. Every year sees innovations in the way that consumers interact with brands and in the methods that companies can use to reach out to their audiences.

2017 has been no different, with a host of new technologies breaking into the mainstream. So, what will UK marketers be aiming to incorporate into...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns.

Does office layout affect efficiency?

What effect does the environment in which you work actually affect the quality of the work you do? This is a question that agencies and brands ask all the time, especially when they see a plateau in growth or a perceived dip in quality.

There have been many theories as to what the best layout for an office should be. Should it be open-plan? Should employees have a set desk or be allowed to hot desk as they see fit? Should there be social spaces within the office?

Lots of companies have put time and effort...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 25 October 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice.