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17 September 2014

Ad tech companies make up 20% of UK’s fastest growing businesses

Ad tech companies are cropping up all over the show; it’s proving quite difficult to keep up with them all. But according to the 2014 Tech Track 100 [an annual league table of Britain’s fastest-growing private tech businesses] advertising and marketing companies now make up a fifth of the country’s fastest-growing private tech, telecoms and digital media companies.

That’s quite a sizeable chunk but if you compare it with the 2008 league table, in which there were just six companies representing the ad-serving sector, that’s more than tripled!

Have a look at the full list of the UK’s 100 fastest-growing private tech, telecoms and digital media companies below and see if you can spot the ad tech companies. You might want to keep an eye on these guys…

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15 September 2014

6 lifestyle brand publishers that rock the visual web

Say venn

“There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say. The words just jolly it along” – David Bowie

The next time you sit down to write words to get an idea across, consider this: Over 1.8 billion photos are uploaded and shared on social media every day. Facebook users upload 350 million new photos every day. Over 400 million images are sent on Snapchat per day, and 5 percent of all selfies on social media are shared on Snapchat. On Instagram, 20 billion photos have been uploaded, with 60 million photos averaged per day. 100 hours of video are uploaded per minute to YouTube, and over 700 YouTube videos are shared on Twitter each minute

The age of the Visual Web is here.

A visual conversation is taking place online and smart brands and publishers are looking for ways to participate by producing original visual assets to power their campaigns and initiatives. Content creators must now think in GIFs, snaps, vines, pins, Instagram videos, Twitter cards, any piece of multimedia content that provides a more immersive digital experience while adding value to the viewer.

Lifestyle brands, in particular, have excelled at this concept (perhaps because their products and aesthetics are easier to market to a younger, social-active demographic than other service-based verticals.)

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12 September 2014

Check out Nissan’s super-quick reaction to Royal Baby news

Let’s be honest, we all got a little bit excited when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (more affectionately known as Wills and Kate) announced the arrival of Royal Baby number one [including all these guys]. So when it was announced earlier this week that baby two was on the way, we couldn’t help but smile with glee. And it seems we weren’t the only ones…

Nissan responded like lightning fire to the news, creating an ad just seven minutes after the announcement was made – pretty impressive, eh?

Nissan

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09 September 2014

A tweet-activated digital vending machine? At a bus stop? Yes, really…

I know we like to ramble on quite a bit about how much we love out-of-home advertising here at Cream, but once you see this latest effort from Walkers you will understand why…

Bus shelters in central locations in London, UK, have been taken over for two weeks by the crisps brand thanks to a new campaign in partnership with OMD UK, AMV BBDO, Talon and Clear Channel.

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08 September 2014

The secret to engagement? Invite your audience in…

While inviting someone to join you is a simple concept, there’s a lot to creating invitations that work.

Say venn
 

“Little surprises around every corner, but nothing dangerous!” - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The mountain is high for people’s attention and getting higher every day and failure to connect with an audience ensures an expedient trip to irrelevance. With the seemingly endless tide of marketing flooding the market, how can you keep up? How do you get people to join you? How do you develop a passionate, sustainable audience?

It may sound simple, but it all comes down to inviting people to the party.

The word invitation is very intentional. Invitations are active calls for people to join you as participants on a shared journey of value creation. It’s much more than “messaging.” An invitation is about asking people to listen, to react, and to participate. While inviting someone to join you is a simple concept, there’s a lot to creating invitations that work.

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05 September 2014

OMD and McDonald’s big winners at the M&M Global Awards 2014

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OMD were the big winners at last night's M&M Global Awards taking the prestigious Agency Network of the Year and Campaign of the Year gongs.

The Omnicom-owned agency was awarded five other gongs including Best Communications Strategy for its ‘PS4 Launch campaign’ and The Sports Performance Award for ‘Motion Muscle Support’.

Its 'McDonald’s FryFutbol' campaign was awarded Campaign of the Year.

As well as having two of its campaigns listed, McDonalds also scooped The Media Excellence Award.

To top it all off, Steve Easterbrook, senior executive vice president and global chief brand officer for McDonald’s walked away as the International Marketer of the Year.

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03 September 2014

Battle of the media moguls: Zuckerberg vs Murdoch (infographic)

Here’s an interesting comparison for you…

Of course, it’s clear that new media is developing at a rapid pace – just look at how quickly the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Vine, Instagram etc. took off. And of course, the masterminds behind these are building up their fortunes in no time at all.

But what about the media moguls of old… the Rupert Murdoch’s of the world? How quickly did they make their fortune? Thanks to the guys at Staff.com, here’s a comparative look at new vs old – including their current net worth and the speed in which they amassed their fortunes.

How do the dotcom billionaires measure up against the media moguls of old? Check it out...

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02 September 2014

Emirates highlights fashion credentials by ‘bagging’ its advertising

Emirates

Guess which brand has just transformed one 208 square metre poster into over 300 quirky, reusable shopping bags? That would be Emirates…

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