Global social media users pass 5 billion milestone 

A man looking at his Facebook profile.

We Are Social, a socially-led creative agency, and Meltwater, a specialist in social and media intelligence, have released Digital 2024, their latest annual report on social media and digital trends worldwide. 

In a bumper year for digital milestones, Digital 2024 shows that active social media user identities* have passed the 5 billion mark (5.04 billion), equivalent to 62.3% of the world’s population. The global total increased by 266 million over the past year - an annual...

Majority of marketers say marketing goals and business objectives are misaligned

Almost 90% of marketing leaders are more focused on business objectives today than five years ago.

However, only about a quarter start the planning process by identifying their desired business outcomes. This disconnect is at the core of the findings in a report from Walker Sands, a full-service B2B marketing agency.

Surveying more than 150 marketing leaders and 50 non-marketing C-suite executives, the Outcome-based Marketing: The Case for a Perspective-Shift in...

Acquia enhances brand management capabilities

Digital experience specialist Acquia hsa unveiled two new integrations for its digital asset management solution, Acquia DAM, that expand its brand management capabilities.

These integrations - with Acquia Campaign Studio, Adobe Stock, and Google Translate - reduce the complexity of maintaining a consistent brand experience across digital channels, saving time for marketing and creative teams and helping them get the most value from their content assets.

Jake Athey,...

Influencers who fail to disclose ads are ‘tarnishing industry and brands’

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Influencers and digital creators who fail to disclose adverts and commercial content within their posts are damaging an industry which has managed to shake off the “wild-west” tags of the past.

That’s the view of influencer marketing agency, Disrupt, following a European Union study released this week, which shows that four out of five influencers on social media fail to disclose commercial content, as required under EU and UK law.

Stevie Johnson, MD of...

Digital Marketing Institute launches AI in Digital Marketing course to plug AI skills gap 

The Digital Marketing Institute (DMI), a provider of Digital Marketing Certification, has launched its first Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Digital Marketing course, following overwhelming demand from marketers. 

The decision to launch the course comes following DMI’s latest Membership Survey in 2023, which found AI to be the top skill members are looking to develop over the next 12 months.  

The course will bridge the AI knowledge gap for marketers of all...

83% of publishers eye retail media investment

83% of publishers are curious to tap retail media ad spend by embedding products on their web pages, opening up more inventory opportunities for offsite campaigns.

This is according to a global study of more than 1000 brands, agencies, retailers and publishers conducted by commerce media company Criteo.

With so many platforms and providers working across the retail media ecosystem, ‘The Great Defrag: how commerce media will unite advertising in 2024’ brought...

Advertising will not crumble as new tools are in the mix

As Google’s deprecation of third-party cookies becomes a reality in 2024, UK businesses are taking action. 

A new survey conducted by Capterra, a software and services marketplace, has found that despite 61% of marketers expressing concerns about how the cookie discontinuation may impact their company, nearly half (49%) of all the respondents said their company felt “well prepared” and 44% are “moderately” so. 

In fact, for many, the change is perceived as...

Adform becomes the first global Demand Side Platform to join UN’s Science Based Targets initiative

Media buying platform Adform has joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) as the first global Demand Side Platform (DSP) to do so.

Following a milestone year of sustainability partnerships, Adform enters the next level by aligning itself with SBTi’s near-term (2030) emission reduction targets.

Adform continues to champion sustainable advertising as a key component of its offering. In 2023, Adform became a member of Ad Net Zero and made history as the first...

‘Bullish’ marketing industry plans to boost spending power in 2024

UK marketing leaders are gearing up for a ‘bullish’ 2024, with more than 70% planning to boost digital budgets this year, new data shows.  

Following four years of economic flatlining and commercial pressures for many of the UK’s top marketers, 2024 is expected to see a resurgence in industry optimism, with increased investment being directed in key growth areas including AI, websites, SEO, broadcast and podcasts, as well as email and content...

Consumers trust banking sector the most with personal data

Someone using an ATM.

Thales, a global technology and security provider, has published the findings of its 2024 Thales Digital Trust Index which reveals that the banking sector is most trusted when it comes to protecting personal data and delivering trusted digital experiences.

Thales surveyed 12,426 consumers globally about their relationship with online brands and services, what privacy expectations they demand, and how brands can earn their trust.

Danny de Vreeze, VP Identity and Access...