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05 September 2017

Everything you need to know about wearable tech [infographic]

Wearable tech

From smart watches to fitness-tracking bands to Google Glass, wearable tech is taking the world by storm. Marketers are waking up to the opportunities in using valuable data to push contextualised content via this medium.

So what are the most popular applications for your brand? A new infographic from Neerja Softwares has the answers with a bunch of interesting facts about wearable devices.

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10 July 2017

A snapshot of LGBTQ+ America [Infographic]

Gay pride

With Gay Pride celebrations in full swing in various cities across the globe, it's worth brands taking note of this consumer segment - which, in the US alone, controls nearly a trillion dollars in spending power. 

However, this influential and brand-savvy segment receives a tiny fraction of marketing dollars directed to other diverse consumer groups.

What's more, traditional measures of orientation don't really reflect the way younger individuals think about their lives. New research from WPP's global foresight and futures consultancy Kantar Futures shows that 15% of the US population consider themselves something other than exclusively straight, including an astonishing one-fourth of Millennials.

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14 March 2017

10 Performance Marketing Spend Trends [infographic]

AdRoll’s State of Performance Marketing report has just been released, exploring the current perspectives of 1,300 marketers and the changing dynamics of the advertising/marketing landscape.

Check out the quick, digestible summary of the top 10 performance marketing spend trends for 2017 in the handy infographic below:

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28 February 2017

Another country, another agency?

When looking to roll out a successful campaign in another country, brands are faced with a dilemma. Do they use the agency that has run the campaign to date, or go with one on the ground in the new location.

Keeping faith with the existing agency in a new jurisdiction can be a risk. Yes, you benefit from the experience of a team that has successfully run the campaign historically, but you might miss out on crucial local knowledge of the new home market. Going local means this won’t be a problem, but will an agency on the ground have a deep enough understanding of your brand and be able to run the campaign as successfully?

Many brands might believe that, no matter what, there’s no substitute for local knowledge. However, it’s perhaps wiser not to rule out either scenario, but rather investigate what expertise and experience is available in the new location, then compare and contrast that with your existing agency.

After all, you already have a strong and successful relationship with them, so if this can be transferred to another country, you could get the best of both worlds. Even if the agency isn’t set up to operate in the new jurisdiction yet, it may be prepared to look into it – so long as there is time, and it makes sense for all parties. It goes without saying that global expansion is an exciting prospect for any growing business.

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24 January 2017

A 360 view of Virtual Reality [infographic]

Vr

2017 has been tipped as the year of Virtual Reality but this technology has actually been around since the first panoramic paintings in 12th Century China. Today, huge tech companies like Google/YouTube, Facebook and Apple are investing heavily in VR technology - which is a good indication that it's here to stay. Plus, with more and more offerings being brought to market (and being made more affordable for consumers) it's worth taking a step back and asking: How will VR change our lives? 

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17 January 2017

Nobody loves a psychopath

When you come right down to it, what is “business” exactly?

At its core it’s probably as simple as one guy going out in the world and producing some value, and then receiving value from another party in return.

If this is true, then it stands to reason that in order to maximise the value we receive in life, we have to maximise the value we give. One follows the other. Indeed we see this proven everywhere we look in life. The friends who bring the most to our lives are the ones to whom we are most loyal. The employee who adds the most to our business is the one who gets paid the most.

This seems like common sense. But if this is true, and if business is just a logical extension of human relationships, then why do we not follow the same value provision principle in marketing?

Marketers are constantly looking at problems with a value extraction mindset, rather than a value provision one. What are we going to get out of this? Can we quantify it?

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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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