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20 January 2015

Will this be video advertising's breakthrough year?

A lot can happen in a year, especially in an industry as fast-paced as ad tech. For video advertising, in particular, 2014 was undeniably a watershed year. Digital video took a giant leap into programmatic buying, experienced huge gains in both viewership and ad spend, while continuing a wave of consolidations.

With such an eventful year under our belts, I’m confident that this will be the year that online video advertising fully ‘grows up’ and comes into its own. Here are three major signs that signal why 2015 is set to be a breakthrough year for video advertising.

1. Programmatic video goes mainstream

Technology has transformed digital media buying, as advertisers and publishers continue to lay the groundwork for a fully automated video ad future. Programmatic video ad sales in EU-5 reached €226m in 2014, according to eMarketer, and is expected to soar 63.5% this year to reach €369m by the end of 2015.

Advertisers and agencies are already sold on programmatic, but in 2015 we will see publishers fully embrace programmatic technology as they begin to realise the huge opportunity it represents for efficiency and financial growth. We can also expect to see gains in open, RTB-based video ad exchanges, as advertisers seek to consolidate their video ad buys via a single programmatic platform. Both advertisers and publishers will become more empowered by data, enabling video to deliver more concrete results.

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16 January 2015

2015 Ecommerce Predictions – US and UK

According to an eMarketer report, B2C ecommerce spend in the USA will stretch to $538.9billion in 2015 (an 11.4% increase on last year). As America holds on to its title as the largest international ecommerce market, it’s no surprise that European businesses are looking to pack up and expand to the states. To help you along, we’ve listed four tactics that every marketer should be adopting in the year ahead.

2015 US and UK Predictions

As mobile users tap away more than ever, and desktop use begins slowing down, we’re predicting big changes in marketing practises.

Social Ad Focus will grow

72% of all internet users are now active on social media (Bullas), and they’ve never been more targetable. With social ad algorithms now filtering demographic, geographic and social profiling, it’s quickly becoming one of the most affordable and efficient ways to reach your target audience.

We’ll see more Video Content 

2014 saw the rise of visual content marketing with infographics spreading across magazines, blogs and social media. But with the industry rapidly progressing, it could see the focus progress to video marketing as it offers a more engaging way to grasp the consumer’s attention.

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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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08 December 2014

Making sense of the selfie generation (and why it's a good thing)

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"We crashed and broke Twitter. We have made history." - Ellen Degeneres, March 2014

Millennials are called the “selfie-generation.” It might seem like a dis, but smart publishers know that it’s actually a good thing. It means millennials are self-aware, selective and smart. When we take a selfie, it becomes part of our personal brand online—the brand image that defines who we are, what we like and what we stand for. While members of previous generations would rather floss than see themselves in a video, we post selfies to Instagram and Vine constantly. We’re not afraid to put ourselves out there—and you shouldn’t be either. If you look a bit closer at the selfie generation, and take some cues from our quirkiness and self-deprecating wit, you might just let a few of us off the hook. 

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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:

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07 November 2014

A young boy, some snow and a penguin… It must be the new John Lewis Christmas ad!

There’s a chill in the air, the days are getting shorter and John Lewis has just released its 2014 Christmas campaign, which can only mean one thing: Christmas is well and truly coming…

That’s right, the eagerly-awaited John Lewis ad hit the internet yesterday and while it had a lot to live up to following last year’s Bear & Hare animated campaign, I think we can safely say it didn’t fail to deliver. Hats off to Adam&Eve/DDB, once again.

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The heart-warming tale follows the story of a young boy and his penguin friend Monty. Set to the track ‘Real Love’ performed by Tom Odell, it shows the friends playing happily throughout the year until Monty becomes sad and realises he wants a companion. So, on Christmas Day, Sam gives his friend a female penguin called Mabel and the ad concludes with the strapline ‘Give someone the Christmas they’ve been dreaming of’.

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29 October 2014

Has Air NZ created ‘The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made’?

Continuing its long tradition of creating memorable and entertaining in-flight safety videos, Dwarves, Orcs and Elves are set to take flight once again as Air New Zealand unveils The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made ahead of the December release of the final film in The Hobbit Trilogy.

The safety video features members of the cast from all three films in the Trilogy including Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Dean O’Gorman (Fili the Dwarf) and Sylvester McCoy (Radagast) – as well as a special cameo from the director, Sir Peter Jackson, and some other familiar faces.

The new video follows the airline’s first Hobbit-inspired safety video – An Unexpected Briefing (2012) – which attracted more than 12 million global online video views, generating huge social media coverage. The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made wraps up a successful three-year association between the airline and The Hobbit films.

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