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Over the past few months our Internet Statistics Compendium has seen some increasingly detailed mobile advertising data hit its pages, thanks in part to some free-to-download research over at Kenshoo and IHS.
For today’s post I want to reflect on some of these trends and relate them to some of my own recent experiences of mobile ads – particularly the ever-surprising world of in-app advertising.
For years, video has been a pain in the bottom. Video production companies know it, and they charge handsomely for it.
Increasingly, start-ups are trying to disrupt professional video production, to provide an easy solution for marketers to create their own none-too-shabby work.
Moovd is the latest of these companies, and turns text into animated text videos. Try it yourself, you can make videos in a few seconds (I've been making childish videos all morning).
I started writing this post intending to look at some big-hitting art gallery websites and pick out best practice.
The aim was to turn you content marketers green by showing you websites for juicy organisations whose very ethos has always been content, form, learning, information, and which are now trying to adapt and evolve to make some money, too (outside of entry fees and patronage).
You can see this as the exact reversal of, for example, a marketing agency, which stereotypically has always been trying to sell through its website and is now getting its collective head around the idea of information, learning and content as the very top of the sales funnel.
So, I’ll give honourable mention to a couple of big galleries, and then move on to the meat of the post, which has been hijacked by my enthusiasm for Tate.org.uk, a website mottled with the sublime.
While rich media features can be great ways to showcase products, a new survey suggests that problems associated with slow loading can cause online retailers to lose out on sales.
The Brandbank report, which uses data from a poll of 2,275 UK consumers, finds that customers are annoyed if rich media requires extra software or slows down page load times.
Most brand advertisers accept that the click-through rate is far from the perfect metric. But it's easy to understand and easy to measure, which offers some comfort. And that means that the low click-through rates (CTRs) associated with display ads aren't always so comforting.
Even though it's logical that there's more to display advertising efficacy than CTRs, the absence of widely-accepted alternative metrics is a problem.
In its illustrious history, Flash has gone from super cool to overused to sophisticatedly stylish.
Here are 10 stunning websites that demonstrate how Flash is being used effectively today.
Adobe Flash, the rich media technology that's pretty much ubiquitous on the internet, will soon have a second home: your television set.
Thanks to deals that will include the Flash software in the chips that go into televisions and set-top boxes, in the near future you may start coming across Flash while watching and using your TV.
As the recession lingers on, Google has been forced to admit that it's not immune to the economy. That's a tough thing to do when your core business is still doing pretty well relatively speaking.
So what's Google to do? For starters, it's cutting back on projects that aren't producing. But what about its core business of online advertising? In what might possibly be seen as a way of combating the effects of recession, Google has introduced expandable ads on the AdSense content network.
Is it differentiation or desperation? That's for you to decide but Yahoo definitely thinks the former when it comes to its introduction of rich media to search ads.
With its new Rich Ads in Search program, Yahoo is allowing advertisers to include images, video and even site search forms with their search ads.
It was another crazy week for the global economy and there was plenty of news to follow. Here are the tech stories that caught my eye.
Over the past few years, CPM has become the common currency for online advertising. But is the model still relevant?
Should we be buying online media based on engagement rather than just passive consumption?
In the current tough financial period, would advertisers be willing to commit more budgets online if customer engagement was guaranteed?