Posts Tagged: Facebook

Does social media ad spend equate to consumer engagement?

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Instagram and Pintrest have both announced that they are opening the doors to advertisers, and M&S is aiming to invest 20% of total media spend on social media to increase its story telling. And as if that wasn’t enough social media hype, this was hot on the back of the BBC claiming that it is planning to turbocharge its Instagram profile after an executive claimed that it has learned more about social media from brands, including Burberry, Nike and Netflix.

One could say that social media is making an impact on traditional advertising, as expected in a brand’s pursuit of Generation Y. However, what about the rest of us who are a shade older and perhaps with more disposable income, or younger or I hasten to add, just not interested in social media.

After all not everyone who likes M&S or its demographic customer is necessarily a fan of social media. Read more on Does social media ad spend equate to consumer engagement?…

The rise of wasted adspend on mobile video

mobile video, by Simon Blackley/FlickrFacebook reported in its Q4 2014 earnings report that it now sees three billion video views per day, a global increase of 75% year-on-year.

Though Facebook didn’t break down how much video contributed to its $3.6bn in ad sales, it’s inevitable that as 4G becomes more prevalent and phone screens grow larger, that mobile video’s share of the digital ad pie will continue to swell.

However, the extent of this growth will largely depend on whether we change ad formats to suit this environment. Read more on The rise of wasted adspend on mobile video…

How is Twitter video set to impact brands?

twitter officeTwitter’s announcement this week that it will be launching a new video function allowing users to film, edit and post video clips confirms that 2015 is set to be the year of video.

But what does this move tell us, and, more importantly, what do these changes signify for marketers faced with a fast evolving digital landscape? Read more on How is Twitter video set to impact brands?…

The content river (or why Amazon is called Amazon)

Amazon by Nic Taylor:FlickrAmazon has recently surprised, with the success of its TV show Transparent at the Golden Globes. And it has more plans to create a new TV series with Woody Allen.

The Woody Allen partnership received a bit of a kicking from some quarters, but I don’t agree with this view. Read more on The content river (or why Amazon is called Amazon)…

5 content marketing predictions for 2015

Social mediaMore budget was shifted into content marketing in 2014, but next year brands will need to look at the strategy behind that investment and the results they’re getting for it.

There are several areas they might have missed; things they either need to visit or revisit; and places to consider putting test budgets in place.

We’ve identified five key trends for the coming months: Read more on 5 content marketing predictions for 2015…

Is Snapchat’s advertising strategy going to fly?

Snapchat sitting at the top of the iTunes free app chartIn the month of all things ghosts and ghouls, users of social network Snapchat would have seen something particularly shocking in their feeds last week, the first advertisement to appear in the app.

The horror was heightened by the genre of promoted content, a 20-second film trailer from Universal Studios for the upcoming Halloween release of Ouija. Snapchat admitted: “It’s going to feel a little weird at first, but we’re taking the plunge.”

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Stop. Check. Post?

Why an unfocused social-media strategy is a waste of moneyWe are in an age of Too Much Information. The proliferation of social media, coupled with our desire to share every moment of our lives with friends and followers means we’re constantly exposed to (depending on how old you are) babies, weddings, foodporn, running routes, holiday photos and party pics.

Sharing is a huge part of being social, and keeping up to date with these events is why so many of us are addicted to checking social media, even if we don’t always want to admit it. However, we do have a breaking point. Everyone has ‘that’ friend on social – the one who takes sharing a step too far, spewing out updates on the most mundane aspects of their lives to clog up our news feeds. And it’s not just our friends who are guilty of this cardinal social media sin – brands are at it too.

Read more on Stop. Check. Post?…

Pinterest: its popularity, power and potential

pinterest's new Look: More Ways to Discover What You LovePinterest, the world’s visually-led social network, is a self-expression engine, sophisticated visual search tool and virtual pin-board all rolled into one. It launched early 2010, has 57.9 million monthly users, women and 25-34 year olds are the dominant gender and age group active on the platform. It’s a mobile-popular platform, with three-quarters of sharing taking place on a mobile device.

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What’s Ello all about and should we be worried about its anti-ad stance?

ElloEllo is the new ‘social network’ (no-one actually describes themselves as a social network) from independent developers, including Paul Budnitz, founder of the toy company Kidrobot. It publically declares that: “Your social network is owned by advertisers. Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data.”

It therefore aims to be different, with a stance of no ads, and no data sold for targeting. Read more on What’s Ello all about and should we be worried about its anti-ad stance?…

Why brands must overcome ageism to succeed in paid social

Social mediaBrands can no longer assume that young people use all social networks or that older people are not getting involved. It just isn’t the case anymore. Different groups of people use different social networks and it continues to evolve. Brands failing to realise this will find their social media campaigns falling at the first hurdle as they throw good money after bad.

With Social Media Week London taking place this week, we analysed the demographic breakdowns for each network. We found that an impressive 45% of Facebook’s users are aged 35 and above and the number of users aged over 55 has increased by almost 10% in the past two years. All other ages have declined. Facebook is clearly no longer just a young person’s game. Read more on Why brands must overcome ageism to succeed in paid social…