As some of the world’s best athletes battle it out in Sochi, another significant competition is taking place among the sports brands they use and endorse.
New research from digital innovation think tank L2 offers key insights into the digital landscape for sportswear brands.
We’ve included some key trends in the latest edition of our Internet Statistics Compendium.
Nike has edged out the competition in a report that compares the online buying experience offered by seven of the world’s top sports brands.
The latest Qubit benchmark looks at the on-site effectiveness and UX of Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Puma, Fila, Asics and Converse.
Sites are judged based on more than 80 industry best practice criteria that give an insight into the UX and how easy it is for visitors to make a purchase.
As mentioned, Nike came out on top with a score of 80% closely followed by Adidas with 79%. Reebok came in third with 68%, just two points above the average score of 66%.
Here are some of the finest Instagram videos from January 2014, or Instavids as nobody in their right mind calls them.
I’ve been doing a monthly round-up of the best branded Vines for some time now (here’s the latest edition: best branded Vines of January 2014) and I thought that in the interest of balance, I’d do the same for Instagram’s eight month old social video tool.
I’ve explained the difference between the platforms in Instagram’s 15 second video vs Vine’s six seconds and at the time of writing that article, October 2013, brands absolutely dominated Instagram’s video service with 40% of the 1,000 most shared Instagram videos being from brands.
In 8th Bridge’s latest Social Commerce report it’s revealed that, out of 872 brands surveyed, 69% of brands have adopted Instagram since its launch in 2010.
Here in my 'expert' opinion are the best Vines created by brands in 2013.
Although seeing as Vine has only existed for approximately 11 months, here are the best branded examples from the entire existence of the service. That sounds far more impressive.
What makes a good branded Vine? Well, I'm glad you asked...
The Oreo super bowl ad is often held up to be the perfect example of agile marketing in action.
In truth there have been a number of similarly effective and timely tweets from brands but Oreo grabs all the plaudits for some reason, probably due to the fact that it coincided with one of the world’s biggest sporting events.
Adidas is one example of a brand that consistently produces effective marketing tweets that give the impression of being off the cuff and reactive to events, even though they were clearly planned ahead of time.
For example, just last night Adidas’ UK marketing team tweeted an image congratulating Andy Murray on winning the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
Topshop is the top UK retailer for tablet user experience, according to the latest research by QUISMA, in which 10 top UK retailers were compared in terms of their tablet sites.
Topshop, Adidas and Nike provide the easiest to use websites for tablet users, whereas Zara and H&M performed poorly when it came to helping consumers navigate their sites.
Shall we blindly take QUISMA's word for it? Nah. Where's the fun in that?
Let’s have a look at some of the individual sites ourselves to see if we agree...
It has often been said in filmic terms that if a story can't be told in 90 minutes than it's not worth telling. Try telling that to The Godfather.
However this certainly rings true on some level, especially in advertising where you're engaging with a customer or selling a product rather than telling a sprawling, expansive story of gun violence and enemy disposal.
Who does benefit from the longer format? For a customer it's good to keep things brief, nobody needs to sit through another colossal Thomson marathon, but conversely six second Vines may seem too short for the purpose.
Six seconds may be the prime length for our fleeting attention spans, but for marketing, this truncated length can be too much of a handicap to get a brand message across.
Perhaps, for this reason, the 15 second Instagram video is a far more effective method and may explain why there was a dip in Vine usage during its launch period. Let’s investigate…
Marketers everywhere (or those using Tumblr at least) can finally rejoice. Today, Tumblr and Union Metrics, Tumblr's preferred analytics provider, has announced the first ever analytics platform for Tumblr.
Tumblr hosts 75 million blogs and users create more than 70 million new posts each day. Over the past 6 months, marketers have been able to pay for advertising by either pinning a post to follower's feeds or be featured in Radar on the right hand side of user's Tumblr dashboard. Success comes for brands if their content is good and suited for Tumblr - which includes great images and imaginative animated gifs.
Unfortunately all they know is how many times their post has been reblogged but not how many times it has been seen or reblogged off their reblog.
Nike managed to outperform official Olympic sponsor Adidas on social media during the Games, generating more tweets and pulling in more new Facebook fans.
However Adidas had the last laugh, as it achieved a much bigger spike in traffic during the two weeks.
Non-sponsor Nike was particularly visible around London during the Olympics with a campaign that celebrated everyday athletes. It bought up hundreds of billboards around the city and on the tube featuring the hashtag ‘#findgreatness’.
Adidas, which spent tens of millions of pounds to be an official sponsor, ran a campaign featuring Team GB athletes and the hashtag ‘#takethestage’.
The Olympics is only two days away now, and LOCOG has undertaken a well-publicised crackdown on non-sponsors’ attempts at guerrilla marketing.
However, new data from Experian shows that the overzealous approach to protecting the rights of official sponsors may have backfired.
As of last week, the Olympics was the third most visited sports category online behind football and cycling, while the average time spend on an Olympics website stands at six minutes 33 seconds.