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26 January 2015

Harnessing the power of social to build virally aware sites

Social media isn’t everyone’s best friend, contrary to popular belief. It’s regarded as surprisingly ‘Marmite’ and is arguably both the biggest opportunity and the most troubling threat for marketers and publishers since the birth of the internet - perhaps even since the birth of the telephone.

Living so much of our lives online, we regular folk can now watch ads, enjoy editorial and comment on just about anything, all in real time. Once, we were blissfully passive consumers, willingly receiving a stream of messages brought to us via mass media; now, we have the power to make or break ads or content, simply by hitting a ‘like’ or ‘share’ button.

Anyone who doubts the power of social media to deliver a body blow to a brand only need look at some of the biggest marketing own goals of 2014 – like US pizza company DiGiorno, which contributed the comment “You had pizza” to #WhyIStayed, without stopping to think that the discussion was all about why women remained in abusive relationships.

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20 January 2015

Will this be video advertising's breakthrough year?

A lot can happen in a year, especially in an industry as fast-paced as ad tech. For video advertising, in particular, 2014 was undeniably a watershed year. Digital video took a giant leap into programmatic buying, experienced huge gains in both viewership and ad spend, while continuing a wave of consolidations.

With such an eventful year under our belts, I’m confident that this will be the year that online video advertising fully ‘grows up’ and comes into its own. Here are three major signs that signal why 2015 is set to be a breakthrough year for video advertising.

1. Programmatic video goes mainstream

Technology has transformed digital media buying, as advertisers and publishers continue to lay the groundwork for a fully automated video ad future. Programmatic video ad sales in EU-5 reached €226m in 2014, according to eMarketer, and is expected to soar 63.5% this year to reach €369m by the end of 2015.

Advertisers and agencies are already sold on programmatic, but in 2015 we will see publishers fully embrace programmatic technology as they begin to realise the huge opportunity it represents for efficiency and financial growth. We can also expect to see gains in open, RTB-based video ad exchanges, as advertisers seek to consolidate their video ad buys via a single programmatic platform. Both advertisers and publishers will become more empowered by data, enabling video to deliver more concrete results.

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19 January 2015

Brands, make 2015 the year of living dangerously

Be real, embrace risk, and people will love you, Sense’s Alex Smith tells brands.

The walls that surround traditional “fictional” advertising media, the edges of a screen or a page, are not just a frame that allows creativity to flourish within – they’re a cage. They’re fundamentally meant to protect us, the public, from the idea within, and protect the idea from us. They guard against accident and harm.

When you take an idea out of a media space into the “real world” (calling it experiential, physical, live, or whatever takes your fancy), this protection is removed. We’re free to attack them, and they’re free to attack us. No longer is the creative cosily incubated in a climate-controlled bubble – things can and will go wrong.

And people being people? They love it. So make taking risks your New Year’s resolution.

In risk there is titillation, the buzz of pleasure at the unfolding of shocking events, the guilty familiarity of schadenfreude, the adrenaline of fear. When an idea has to perform in the real world, all these things are possible, and the creative becomes exponentially more impactful.

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16 January 2015

2015 Ecommerce Predictions – US and UK

According to an eMarketer report, B2C ecommerce spend in the USA will stretch to $538.9billion in 2015 (an 11.4% increase on last year). As America holds on to its title as the largest international ecommerce market, it’s no surprise that European businesses are looking to pack up and expand to the states. To help you along, we’ve listed four tactics that every marketer should be adopting in the year ahead.

2015 US and UK Predictions

As mobile users tap away more than ever, and desktop use begins slowing down, we’re predicting big changes in marketing practises.

Social Ad Focus will grow

72% of all internet users are now active on social media (Bullas), and they’ve never been more targetable. With social ad algorithms now filtering demographic, geographic and social profiling, it’s quickly becoming one of the most affordable and efficient ways to reach your target audience.

We’ll see more Video Content 

2014 saw the rise of visual content marketing with infographics spreading across magazines, blogs and social media. But with the industry rapidly progressing, it could see the focus progress to video marketing as it offers a more engaging way to grasp the consumer’s attention.

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13 January 2015

Four ways retailers manipulate your senses [infographic]

If you notice that display racks this holiday season are nicely scented, it’s not just shops are tidier at year’s end. Scents like citrus and floral can make you linger and stay alert in the shop to buy more. Marketers believe scents do sell, with an increasing number of scientific studies backing such claims, that the whole act spawned a new marketing sub-industry: scent marketing. It reminds us of germ warfare, an unseen weaponry that has your wallet in the crosshairs.

Real estate agents are already deploying this trick to unsuspecting buyers; the smell of freshly baked goods is said to encourage prospects to buy property during ocular visits. Similarly, talcum powder makes you feel nostalgic and, perhaps, want to buy that cushioned reading chair you don’t need.

The use of scent is just one of four sensory marketing tricks being used on us by shops eager for more sales. Collated in the new infographic below you can find a number of scientific studies that indicate what we see, hear or touch affect our buying decisions. You’ll be surprised at some of the seemingly unrelated factors that have a profound effect on your shopping. In one experiment published in the Harvard Business Review, participants were found to be a harder bargainer when sitting on a hard chair.

Likewise, you may already know that colors have meanings. For instance, sale signs are in red (urgency) and many insurance logos are in blue (trust). You’ll also get an idea how a number of your favorite shops, such as Bloomingdale’s, Apple Store, and Nike Town, lure you by playing tricks on your senses. Do you know why Apple Store leaves its notebook display half-open, or why you suddenly crave for a tropical vacation while inside Bloomingdale’s?

Check out the infographic and see what tricks retailers play on you:

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12 January 2015

Top 10 digital trends for 2015 [infographic]

It’s a brand new year which is likely to bring a brand new set of challenges for marketers to get their heads around, especially when it comes to the ever-changing digital space.

So what’s in store for 2015? Well thanks to Borenstein Group, you need look no further than here as the handy infographic below outlines the top 10 digital branding and marketing trends for the year ahead:

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09 January 2015

Beyond Facebook: How to market to a new generation

Here’s a sobering thought: in the next few years, Generation Z – those born around the year 2000 – will be hitting their upper teens, entering their 20s and then embarking upon their careers. The challenge for businesses is finding a way to market to this new generation – a generation who interact with society very differently to their predecessors.

To give that some context, 81% of Generation Z use some kind of social media and have been broadly dubbed ‘Screenagers’ because they have grown up with the internet a constant presence in their lives. But the obvious routes may not necessarily be the most effective: 25% left Facebook in 2014; clearly, informed and lateral thinking is needed.

So, how can businesses reach out to individuals with an attention span of just eight seconds? The infographic below is packed with useful advice and tips…

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24 December 2014

Happy Holidays from the Cream team

From all of us here at Cream we want to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas! And what's Christmas without a bit of Wizard to bring in the holiday season in style!

We look forward to bringing you even bigger and better examples of media innovation from across the globe in 2015. We'll be out of action for the next week, but back with a bang on January 5th. 

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