Posts tagged with Branded Content

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Copa100 and Euro 2016: The best and the worst brands on social

Here I compare some of the best and worst brand tweets I've seen during Euro 2016 and the Copa America.

It's a simple but instructive comparison, showing that brands can't succeed on social simply by sponsoring an event.

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Seven creative ways you can use branded content on Instagram

As Instagram surpasses Twitter for monthly active users, I set the microscope on the social network and explore how brands should use the platform to tell their story visually in 2015.

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Scaling Native Advertising - 2014

How do you scale native advertising?

Native advertising is set to grow phenomenally in 2014. 

The New York Times among many others has now embraced native ad formats. This has led an even bigger clamour among media analysts to predict big things for native this year. 

J.P. Morgan stated last week in its ‘Nothing But Net’ report that “We believe native ads are quickly becoming the de facto ad format on mobile and increasingly moving into desktop”. 

There is still a lot of confusion among marketers and publishers about what native actually is.  Many people have tried to define it and enlighten us all on what native advertising is. 

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How talent and distribution can make or break your digital content strategy

I spoke to a client recently who was forced, through brand politics and limited budgets, to repurpose her TV ad into display media.

Separately, she had a test budget to generate earned media via a content campaign using a well-known music streaming platform.

Neither campaign shared creative or messaging. So, what happened?

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The most annoying online ad formats revealed

For many media buyers, the more prominent the ad, the better the ad.

Case in point: earlier this year, GM pulled its paid campaigns on Facebook in a very public way prior to the social network's highly-anticipated IPO.

The back story: Facebook had rebuffed GM's demand for bigger, bolder ads.

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Does the size of branded videos matter?

Marketers and content makers have been conditioned over time to believe that online video needs to be short and punchy.

This is based on the presumption that people have limited attention spans, and therefore longer-form content would be wasted - particularly on the multi-tasking Gen Y consumer.

But is duration really a key factor of successful adoption? And how about social sharing? Is the length of a branded video likely to affect people's willingness to share it?

In the space of 1,000 or more words, I can't promise to deal with all the answers, but hopefully you'll agree these questions merit further consideration before setting your content or advertising strategy.

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Is branded content the great equalizer?

Building a well-recognized brand isn't easy, and it isn't cheap either. But is the internet changing that, even if just slightly?

A recent study entitled conducted by YouGov on behalf of social media marketing agency The 7th Chamber hints that the answer might be 'yes'.

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