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23 March 2015

Is “native” another buzzword we can live without? [infographic]

There is so much debate right now around the subject of Native Advertising: should advertisers be carving out budget for it and if so to what extent? But the degree of hype around Native is masking the fact that there is no singular definition for it. While on the one hand anything with the word 'native' in its name must mean that a degree of effort is being made to ensure that the reader experience is a more fluid and intuitive one, unless the nomenclature is clear and common across all users, measuring what works against what doesn't becomes a huge challenge.

As the market bifurcates ever more starkly between standard brand advertising and integrated content marketing, there has never been a more important time either to take a stand and clearly commit the 'Native' tag to one type of activity over another or to simply lose the tag altogether.

Check out all the findings from our recent study into native advertising in the infographic below: 

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13 March 2015

Online Ad of the Week: Whiskas/WWF ‘Epic Cat Fails’ (UK)

Whiskas’ new hilarious cat fail video carries an important message…

Whiskas

Whiskas and WWF have partnered to launch a new online video campaign, created by AMV BBDO, which uses real life YouTube footage of cats doing silly things but still coming out unscathed. But the real hard hitting message comes at the end, drawing attention to the plight of tigers in the world – as few as 3,200 tigers remain in the wild.

#9lives focuses on the message that whilst domestic cats may have nine lives, tigers in the wild have just one. The campaign highlights the need for donations to help double tiger numbers within your own cat’s lifetime. Whiskas has pledged to match any donations made.

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09 March 2015

What happens in one internet second? [infographic]

They say a lot can happen in a minute, but whittle that down to a second and we’re talking not a lot, right?

Well that’s not what the latest infographic from Irish Telecom is telling us… In fact, we couldn’t be more wrong. It’s almost unbelievable what actually happens worldwide in just one tiny second.

For example, a whopping 24,765 gigabytes of internet traffic is used each second! And in just one second, there are 8,195 tweets sent, 1,558 Instagram pictures uploaded, 1,636 Tumblr posts created, 1,611 Skype calls made and 92,841 YouTube videos watched.

And that’s not even the half of it! Get your teeth stuck into the full infographic below to find out what really happens on the internet in just one second:

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06 March 2015

TV/Online Ad of the Week: Geico ‘Unskippable Ads’ (USA)

Is this the first ad that you won’t actually want to skip?

Geico

You know what it’s like, in the world of online video advertising, it’s difficult to get an audience to stick around for long enough to actually find out what product is being advertised.

But here’s a clever and ingenious solution from Geico: create an ad that you won’t want to skip.

The brand’s latest TV campaign includes a series of ads that feature the product in the first five seconds, meaning that you can’t skip it. But that’s not all, viewers are compensated for their attention with an ad that is simple, humourous and watchable – it’s win win.

Check out the first four in the series below:

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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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15 December 2014

Why John Oliver’s digital strategy is winning the internet

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“It’s a great time to be doing political satire when the world is on a knife edge” – John Oliver.

Chances are, you’ve seen a clip of Last Week Tonight pop up in your Facebook news feed. HBO’s new weekly late-nighter, hosted by British comedian and Daily Show alum John Oliver already has an average audience of four million, equal to HBO’s other weekly talk show Real Time With Bill Maher and fast gaining ground on primetime darlingGirls.

The volume of easy inbound traffic and social referrals generated by Oliver’s YouTube clips has been a gold mine for click-starved Web publishers.

“Each week, the Content industry observes a sacred ritual: Together, but not quite in sync, dozens of websites embed and then post the longest segment from John Oliver’s HBO show, Last Week Tonight,” dryly wrote The Awl, in a post which included a handy chart detailing the top ten publishers who milk Last Week Tonight clips for social engagement. “That John Oliver’s weekly video(s) will go viral is, at this time, a given. Whether or not the posts that embed those videos will go viral is another matter altogether.”

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09 December 2014

Attack of the Bots [infographic]

We’ve all heard the word ‘bots’ floating around in the digital advertising space but do we really know what they are and how it affects not just advertisers, but publishers too.

Advertisers invest serious time and money to create original, engaging and innovative ads. But not all of those ads reach their audiences. Unfortunately, as much as 36% of online traffic isn't driven by humans - it's driven by bots. So what are bots, and how does fraudulent traffic actually work?

Off the back of a new whitepaper looking at Traffic Fraud in Video Advertising, online video platform BrightRoll has produced an infographic, Attack of the Bots, showing how bot-driven traffic affects advertisers and publishers. Check it out below:

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01 December 2014

Video Marketing Trends for 2015

Video has already been an important element of digital campaigns this year, but with video consumption becoming an increasingly more popular way for consumers to consume media, it’s vital for marketers that haven’t yet jumped on board the trend to engage with their customers via the channel.

Syndacast has pulled together an infographic looking at video trends from this year and what marketers can expect heading into 2015. Check it out below:

Video trends

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