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21 October 2016

Snapchat 101: What Brands Need to Know [Infographic]


What does the rise of Snapchat mean for brands? How big is the audience for the social messaging app? Is it only for Millennials? How are companies using it to reach consumers? And, most importantly, should it be part of your marketing strategy?

Well, if you want to get some answers on all of the above then look no further than MDG Advertising’s new infographic, Snapchat 101: What Brands Need to Know. Check it out below:

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13 October 2016

Battle of the tech giants: Apple vs. Google [Infographic]

Google surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company earlier this year - but although Apple now retains its title, it's worth noting how close they both are, despite the fact that Apple is significantly more profitable than Google.

The battle between the two tech giants is something that has caused much debate across the industry but thanks to the folks at Courier Tracks, here’s a handy infographic which illustrates comparative facts and figures of the two.

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04 October 2016

Snapchat Stories vs Instagram Stories [Infographic]

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Instagram's recent introduction of 'Stories' sparked debate across the social media sphere – particularly as it so blatantly appeared to be copying a key feature of its rival 'new kid on block' (OK, not so new now!) - Snapchat. But of course, while there are obvious similarities, there are also a bunch of differences in terms of features, users & engagement, implications and brand usage. 

With more and more brands jumping on board with new opportunities across both social networks (eg. Instagram last week announced that it has more than doubled its advertiser base in six months – now with over 500,000), lucky for us the folks at One Productions have pulled together a nifty infographic that outlines the what's what of both 'Stories' features to help identify which might be a better fit for your brand objectives. Check it out below: 

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26 September 2016

Video Ad Trends: Marketers look to formats beyond pre-roll [Infographic]

As the UK online video advertising market continues to mature, advertisers and buyers are moving away from a focus on larger, traditional pre-roll video towards buying more strategic and varied video solutions, according to programmatic digital brand advertising company Collective’s 2016 UK Online Video Advertising Market Report

The annual report, which drew together the thoughts of over 100 key video buyers from across the top 30 media agencies, revealed that while Broadcaster Video On Demand (VOD) still takes the lion’s share of video advertising spend, clients are increasing their investment in display, YouTube, social channels and other more niche providers. 

“As advertisers take advantage of an increasing number of video solutions outside of the traditional pre-roll market, the responsibility for who buys online video has also changed,” said Simon Stone, Commercial Director, Collective. “Video budgets are increasingly being allocated from TV to digital teams. We have seen a shift in the market since launching both our native and YouTube video products in the last year. There has also been a huge increase in the number of display campaigns that include video assets.” 

For more insights into Collective's 2016 UK Online Video Advertising Market Report, check out the infographic below:

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16 September 2016

5 tips for brand collaboration with content creators

Brands should focus on content creativity if they want to increase their sales. Well that’s the lesson that came out of a new piece research from Yahoo, unveiled at Dmexco this week.

The study, which focused on the attitudes of Tumblr users towards brand content, found that more than two thirds (68%) of daily users in the UK and Germany are more likely to buy from brands that share content they like on social media. In fact, almost three quarters (74%) of respondents agreed that brands can sometimes come up with the most entertaining content. A further 70% said that the source of content doesn’t matter, as long as it provides value and is something they want to read or watch.

The power of influencers was perhaps the most interesting of the findings. Three in four daily Tumblr users feel closer to a brand when it uses influencers to reach them. [Note from Cream Ed: Check out the winner of the brand new for 2016: Best Use of an Influencer category at this year’s M&M Global Awards].

Off the back of the new research, Yahoo has offered five guiding principles to for brands to consider when collaborating with content creators. Check them out below:

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30 August 2016

Apple's brand portfolio is the world’s most valuable


Apple has held on to its title as the world’s most valuable brand portfolio, with an estimated worth of almost $146bn*, according to the latest Brand Finance Portfolio 100, which evaluates brands to determine which are the most powerful and valuable by country and by industry.

Alphabet (Google’s parent company) takes second place on the table with a portfolio value of $99bn, followed by Samsung Group ($83bn), Wal-Mart Stores ($78bn) and Microsoft Corp ($74bn).

Also featuring in the top 10 are Amazon.com in sixth place with a value of $70bn, followed by Nestle SA ($67bn) and Verizon Communications ($63bn). At&T ($60bn) and Toyota Motor Corp ($55bn) round out the top 10.

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17 June 2016

Brands are becoming like people… but unfortunately the kind we hate


At some point in your life you’ve probably heard something along the lines of “if companies were people, they’d be psychopaths”. This always used to strike me as a touch unfair, as obviously this is a classic case of comparing apples with oranges. However, unfair or not, this perception has been confirmed by a recent piece of research* into opinions on brand behaviour held by 2,000 members of the British public.

What doesn’t help is that the apples have started to behave like the oranges, as in recent years brands have increasingly encroached into what might be seen as “human” space. An obvious example would be their prevalence on social channels, which were designed to bring people (not brands) together, and thus has seen many of them attempt to employ friendly and personal behaviour to fit in with their new surroundings. This “matey” approach has filtered through into wider advertising in the shape of “tone of voice” and “brand personality”, and when combined with a constant thirst for “engagement” (rather than simply awareness and comprehension) has left our relationships with brands far more “intimate” than in the old days of one-way ad spots.

The catch for brands in this new paradigm is that if you want to play by human rules, you’re going to be held up to human standards, and this is where things become tricky for them.

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16 March 2016

Moving on from ‘the last click’: it’s time to find real value

Uncovering what is and isn't working is the bedrock of an effective campaign, but as customers now consume content from multiple sources, accurate measurement is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve.

The last-click has been the unchallenged method for measuring how customers enter the sales funnel for a long time. However, last click models don't provide a comprehensive picture because the path to conversion is never linear, it's multi-channel and multi-device.

Consumers navigate many touch points, both online and offline and it is impossible to trace just one definitive trigger point for a sale, which in effect, is what last click does. This complex reality calls for a more sophisticated measurement solution.

Improving attribution is an industry work in progress and there are limitations, primarily because every advertiser is different and has different objectives which cannot be reduced into a "one-size fits all" attribution model.

This means a consistent standard for the actual methodology of attribution is highly unlikely.

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