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31 May 2016

Why brands should make participation the ultimate goal

If brands struggle with one thing in the audience engagement stakes, it’s getting people actively involved. They can develop highly creative and striking cross-channel ad campaigns, target consumers through social media and mobile, entice them with offers, boost customer experience both online and offline, and more, but arguably more valuable than all of this is driving a direct action – getting people to participate. To do this, brands need to push the boundaries of marketing a little further.

Lego is great at this. It’s Yoda Chronicles offers short tales from the legendary sci-fi story told through animated Lego figures via YouTube. It provides a safe way of presenting to kids what could otherwise be violent stories, is a wonderful soft sell for the Stars Wars Lego range, but more importantly it’s a very clever way to reinforce the world of Lego via social media using content, which is far more engaging and effective than simply advertising its toy range. What’s more, it has proved so engaging that some consumers have been creating their own Lego animations – and we all know that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Essentially, this provides a great way of participating in Lego outside of the traditional brick building, while reinforcing this core proposition.

Lego

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15 February 2016

Super Bowl 50 Reflections: Why MINI's Big Tent strategy was the real winner

All in all, Super Bowl 50 was probably not the best year for creative, but one campaign stood out head and shoulders above the mass of mediocrity.

The annual sporting extravaganza yet again served up some of the highest budget campaigns of the year, with brands vying to compete for the attention of a worldwide audience. Overall, humour and celebrities were the core themes of the day, but despite brands forking out a record $5 million for a 30-second spot at the big game, the quality of creative left a lot to be desired.

While various companies had their own scoring systems – from social buzz to video virality and brand sentiment – there was one ad in particular that beat its rivals by capturing a key marketing quality that stands for something much bigger in the long-term – and it was the ad that most resonated with me.

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12 January 2016

What technology did we love in 2015?

Amongst the hype of smartphone launches, new tablets, browser updates and wearable technology, it can be difficult to actually determine which technology is impacting most on our lives. We’ve collated information from the start of 2015 and the end of the year to see the trends that have shaped our use of technology in 2015.

Chrome rules the world

2015 was the year that Google’s Chrome browser overtook Microsoft Internet Explorer as the most popular way to browse on the desktop. At the start of the year Chrome had a 29% share of web browsing sessions which had grown to almost 33% by the end of the year, whilst Internet Explorer dropped from 35% to 25% in the same timeframe. This happened despite Microsoft’s repacking of Internet Explorer as Edge in Windows 10. The continued growth of Chrome (which was only launched late in 2008) demonstrates how combining Google’s search engines with its browser for an integrated and less clunky experience is driving successful adoption.

Desktop

In the mobile world, the Chrome browser also grew by around 3%, mostly at the expense of the default Android browser, but the leader for market share was Apple’s Mobile Safari, with almost half of all mobile web sessions taking place through this browser.

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06 January 2016

7 mobile marketing trends to watch out for

Smartphones have really defined the term “mobile” in its truest sense. The growth of these devices have made it much more easy and convenient to search for products and shop on the internet. In response to the recent increase in m-commerce, Syncline have identified seven top mobile marketing trends to watch out for in 2016. Check them out in the infographic below:

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04 January 2016

Top 4 advertising trends for 2016

It’s a New Year which means a new wave of innovation is coming and rather than worrying about how to keep up with the marketing trends for 2016, the folks over at MDG Advertising have highlighted the four top trends to be aware of when planning how to spend your ad budgets.

  1. Digital advertising to overtake TV
  2. Mobile will be the fastest growing segment
  3. Keep an eye on digital video
  4. Facebook is increasingly dominant

Even better, they have pulled it all together into one handy infographic. Check it out below…

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12 October 2015

Five reasons why mobile video is the smart way to engage your audience

Mobile video

Programmatic video ad sales in EU-5 are expected to soar 63.5% to reach €369 million by the end of 2015, according to Emarketer. There’s no doubt that programmatic video is fast becoming mainstream and smart brands are using it to reach their audience across every screen, but this begs the question why the uptake of mobile video advertising has been relatively slow.

The main factor has been a lack of confidence in targeting and measurement through mobile. But times are changing, and the following five facts arguably make mobile video the most important audience engagement channel for brands.

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04 August 2015

Mobile ad spend trends from around the world

Mobile advertising can operate through SMS advertising, apps, mobile websites or even mobile search. Through all of these methods, brands are gaining brand awareness, customer loyalty and, ultimately, conversions.

According to the GWI Device Summary, 31% of all web pages are now being served to mobile, a whole 39% increase from last year. These numbers are growing at a staggering rate with predictions that mobile will not only catch up with desktops but overtake them in the near future. But how does this affect businesses’ ad spend around the world?

Five countries, Russia, China, USA, Brazil and UK, were examined with ad-spending statistics provided by eMarketer to demonstrate the growth of mobile advertising and how different countries approach this in regards of advertising.

Emarketer

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29 June 2015

Report: Is the future brighter for independent digital agencies?

Soda

According to the latest edition of The SoDA Report, compiled by SoDA - The Digital Society, more than 60% of client-side marketers choose to work primarily with independent shops on digital initiatives - signalling a bright future for the independents with a commanding position on clients’ agency rosters.

Overall, the report presents an optimistic future for digital agencies, with more and more digital shops taking the role of ‘lead’ marketing agency. Almost half of clients surveyed have either increased their digital budgets or moved traditional marketing spend into digital – versus only 9% of clients having decreased their digital marketing budgets.

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