Google slapped with €1.49bn EU fine for antitrust in advertising

Google has been fined €1.49 billion (£1.28bn) by the European Commission for breaching antitrust rules for its online advertising services.

The Commission concluded that the search giant had abused its market dominance – exceeding 85% for most of the analysed time period – for favouring its own price comparison results for searches through its AdSense for Search platform.

By James Bourne, 20 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Salesforce and Oracle show off more AI-flavoured goodies around service and finance respectively

Salesforce and Oracle have been wiggling their proverbial tails and showing off a bit of plumage in an attempt to woo potential customers with their latest AI-flavoured offerings.

Salesforce has announced an extension to its Service Cloud Einstein AI product set. New use cases include reply recommendations, using natural language processing to suggest the best responses to agents over chat and messaging, article recommendations,...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Consumers will walk away from brands who go against their values – but brands have their heads in the sand

It’s time for brands to shape up or ship out when it comes to ethics with two in five consumers already having walked away from organisations which have violated their personal values, according to a new industry report.

The study from agency Hotwire, which alongside Sapio Research polled more than 6,000 consumers, as well as more than 1300 CMOs and business decision makers, argued that while consumers are willing to start...

By James Bourne, 18 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Best Practice, Branding.

LinkedIn explores the ‘enlightened buyer’ and how marketers can influence the purchase process

As emerging technologies continue to pervade virtually every facet of business, technology buyers are becoming more aware and enlightened. A new report from LinkedIn has argued that marketers can be the key to driving customer decisions across the buying process.

The report, titled ‘The Enlightened Tech...

By James Bourne, 15 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Automation.

Instagram beats YouTube as top influencer platform as brands see rewards for better disclosure

Instagram has topped YouTube as the number one platform for influencer content – with brands heeding consumer interest and moving towards ‘honest disclosure’ of partnerships.

That’s according to new research from Rakuten Marketing. The company, in its 2019 Influencer Marketing Global Survey which polled 3500 consumers and 700 marketers globally, saw Instagram cited by 65% of those polled as where they most...

By James Bourne, 14 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Customer Experience, Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Facebook looking to remove ad relevance score to come up with more ‘actionable’ metrics

How relevant is relevant when it comes to advertising, exactly? Facebook is hoping to have the answer to this question with an update of its metrics.

The social giant is updating three of its ad metrics, focusing on improving relevance and reach as well as eschewing some of its lesser-used options.

The updated, more ‘granular’ ad relevance diagnostics, will focus on three...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Social Media Marketing.

The 2019 data outlook sees spending rocket and multi-channel key amid regulatory concerns

Data spending continues to go up - but getting fresh, gleaming, actionable insights remains a challenge. According to a new survey published by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), organisations are looking to multi-channel to create those harmonious experiences users will love.

The study, which polled 105 professionals focused across marketing service providers, developers and publishers, found cross-channel campaign measurement and attribution - cited by 57.3% of those polled - was a top priority, as...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Data-driven marketing, Programmatic, Web Analytics.

Barclays: Agencies need to evolve as digital marketing spend rises – but don’t get too close to the behemoths

Digital advertising spend in the UK is set to beat £15 billion in 2019 – but we’ll still have to wait a while before commercial applications of machine learning and augmented reality (AR) will seriously bolster the figures.

That’s the primary finding from Barclays in its latest report. Titled ‘Adtech ascendancy: The next wave of digitalisation in marketing’, the study focused on various...

By James Bourne, 05 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Automation, Data-driven marketing.

Exploring the state of small business advertising in 2019: Tangible trends without the ‘millennial’ hook

Settle down, one and all, for yet another piece of research which aims to study the habits of millennials, the mythical catch-all marketing category. Yes, someone who was born when Joe Dolce topped the UK charts is part of the same group as someone born when the Spice Girls hit the summit with Wannabe. But can this latest study tell us anything aside from tiresome platitudes?

In this instance, yes – but you have to look away from the...

Get ready for the future content supply chain to be autonomous, brands warned

If you’ve got a well-oiled content strategy in place – or indeed several content strategies all vying for attention and wishing to become the chosen one – then a new report from SDL may be of interest. The study, called ‘Enabling the Future State of Content’, has advocated that brands need to rip up their current initiatives and look ahead to an automated future.

Naturally, it’s worth noting...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Content Marketing.

Mobile marketers seeing ‘significant’ gains in data initiatives and investments

If you’re a mobile marketer and not putting a laser focus on data-driven campaigns, then where have you been? According to new figures from marketing platform YouAppi, almost all mobile marketers have increased focus and investment on data over the past five years – with the vast majority seeing improvements as a result.

The study, which polled more than 500 global in-house and agency marketers, found an...

By James Bourne, 19 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Mobile Marketing.

Agencies practice what they preach with ‘mature’ content marketing strategies

Every agency out there has got an opinion – at least, one that you probably have to pay for – about how you need to do content marketing.

It’s gone beyond mere choice. More often it’s become a question of: quality or quantity? Naturally, some believe they can offer the content equivalent of the moon on a stick. Peter Bell, senior director at Marketo, wrote for this publication

By James Bourne, 14 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Content Marketing.

Hootsuite notes continued social rise amid fake news fears as Facebook stays on top

The yearly Hootsuite digital report has hit the stands again – and has found social media use continues to climb amid the issues of fake news and privacy fears.

The report, which clocks in at 200 pages for the global edition, shows an uptick across the board in terms of social and digital growth. Active social media users went up 9% year on year to almost 3.5 billion globally, while mobile social media users went up 10% to 3.25...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

More than half of retailers look to utilise Internet of Things in next three years, report claims

A new report released by Boston Retail Partners (BRP) has argued that in order to offer customers a unique personalised shopping experience in every retail channel, stores must blend physical and digital strategies – including the Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality (AR).

Customers are interested in trying new technologies if they find improvement in their in-store shopping experience, the report notes. The...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Personalised Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

How to move from content creation to content automation – and improve engagement

Content marketing is naturally a vital process in terms of telling your customers – existing or potential – about your message, as well as become a lead generation tool in itself. But the content method can be industrialised through an ‘intelligent content supply chain’, according to a new study.

The findings appear in a report from content management firm SDL and analyst Forrester. The study, titled...

By James Bourne, 24 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Content Marketing.

Salesforce wants you to get some AI and visual search into your eCommerce game

Salesforce has announced a series of new updates to its Commerce Cloud platform which aims to encourage organisations to ‘go beyond eCommerce sites and modernise every shopping experience.’

The move includes adding artificial intelligence and visual search capability into APIs and developer services with the goal of giving an insightful experience across various customer touchpoints.

By James Bourne, 15 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, E-Commerce, S-Commerce.

Spiceworks report shows marketing becoming a bigger priority – with ABM and video key

More than a quarter of European organisations expect to beef up their marketing budgets in the coming year, with account-based marketing (ABM) and video high on the priority list, according to a new report from Spiceworks.

The report, which involved a survey of more than 350 B2B marketers in technology companies across North America and Europe, found half (49%) see their budgets remaining flat year on year with only 8%...

By James Bourne, 09 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Content Marketing.

How brands need to get to grips with voice search – before the opportunity disappears

Voice-enabled search is here – and if your organisation is not up to speed yet, there may be trouble ahead.

That’s the key finding from a new report by marketing agency BrandContent. The report, which combined analysis with a survey of more than 2,000 consumers, found that while men (28%) are significantly more likely than women (13%) to utilise voice search frequently, more than two in three polled had access to either...

By James Bourne, 07 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Search Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

The best of MarketingTech in 2018 – and what 2019 has in store for digital marketing

2018 has certainly been an interesting year both for the digital marketing industry and those at the front line. The exciting part – or terrifying, depending on where you stand – is that it is only going to get bigger, with WARC estimating in September that martech spend was at $100 billion globally.

Here, we take a...