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Top 100 brands see huge growth in Google+ and YouTube in 2012

It's not surprising that Google+ adoption has increased over the past year as Google has integrated the social platform with all its services and YouTube is on the rise as more brands are offering video as part of their content and marketing strategies. But what are the big brands doing?

This morning BrightEdge released their latest Social Share report focusing on social media adoption trends of the top 100 global brands. This quarter, they are focusing on Google with the latest on Google+ and YouTube.

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Super Bowl ads 2013: Touchdowns & let downs

It’s that time of year again.  A time where teams come together, exhibiting strategy, tactics, and know-how to attempt to rank above others. A time where lots of careful planning and execution boils down to a “make it or break it” finale. That time of year is Super Bowl Ad season, of course.

While many advertisers gave it their best shot, only a few reigned supreme. Though there has been plenty of analysis of this topic, here’s my recount on the good, the bad and the awkward.

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The movement to viewable ads vs served ads: infographic

As we begin to sift the huge amounts of data at our fingertips, we are starting to see a move toward better advertising solutions: more targeted and more relevant ads served to potential customers who will actually act on them. This is needed in display advertising more than any other.

In 2012, we started to see publications shift toward more effective types of inventory from ad servers. Sites such as Forbes and USA Today have moved from allowing served ads to viewable ads, which means advertisers aren't being charged for ads that aren't seen by the consumer. 

Some may consider this a bold move, and those serving the inventory are likely to unhappy with this move, but a movement to a viewable ad measurement, will make the ROI of display advertising reflect the actual truth of what is seen.

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Seven Premier League clubs that use Twitter's Vine

In general, Premier League clubs were quick to see the potential of social marketing as it’s obviously a great way of communicating with fans.

We’ve previously blogged data that shows Chelsea are the top club in terms of social visibility, as well taking a more in-depth look at Manchester City’s social strategy.

And to find out which teams are most on-the-ball with new developments, I thought it would be interesting to look at which clubs have begun using Twitter’s new Vine app.

For the uninitiated, Vine is an iOS app that allows users to post six second video clips through Twitter. The images below are Gifs so may take a second to load, but you can click on them to link to the original Vine...

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Did Twitter win the Super Bowl?

The Super Bowl is arguably the most important day in advertising, and every year, as much attention is focused on Super Bowl ads as the game itself.

With social media such a big part of brand advertising today, it's no surprise that many observers pay close attention to how social media is used by brands in conjunction with their multi-million dollar Super Bowl ads as outlined in our earlier Super Bowl post.

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Small businesses are not impressed by Twitter: survey

Much of the attention lavished on social networks as marketing platforms focuses in on large brands, many of which have invested heavily in these channels and can boast about large audiences.

One of the most popular social networks with brands has been Twitter, which is now generating hundreds of millions of dollars a year in ad revenue and may go public in the next year.

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The value of rich snippets and structured data

schema.orgAt the beginning of this month, I gave a talk on how to increase CTR using rich snippets at SMX Israel.

What I notice that other posts written about rich snippets are more about what new structured data now appear in the SERPs and some actionable development resources.

What I find lacking, which I tried to cover in my talk, was being able to show your client why it’s important to them as a business, not just because “that looks better”.

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Can an algorithm predict the success of video ads?

A new algorithmic tool aims to predict the amount of earned media video ads are likely to attract before they are launched. 

Unruly Media's ShareRank tool aims to provide advertisers with insight into the psychological, social and content triggers which influence success, and to allow them to do this before they spend any money on ads. 

Unruly's Head of Business Development, Cat Jones, has been working on ShareRank for the past six months. I've been asking her about the tool. 

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Meet Andy Hobsbawm, the man making coffee mugs smarter than you

Son of the late and venerable historian Eric Hobsbawm, Andy Hobsbawm may make history, not write it. That’s because he, along with technologist and serial entrepreneur Niall Murphy, as well as computer scientists Dom Guinard and Vlad Trifa, are making great strides with EVRYTHNG, a software company bent on connecting objects to the Internet — making them “smart,” as it were.

Powered by the EVRYTHNG Engine, the technology makes real the “Internet of Things,” a concept first named in 1999. In that schema, objects are given virtual identities (perhaps through RFID tags, maybe through a barcode or QR code) and connected in a Web-like structure. 

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Multichannel retailing

The high street and ecommerce: friends, foes or something in-between?

Given the surge of ecommerce and the collapse of Blockbuster, HMV and Jessops, it seems bricks and mortar shops may eventually disappear.

As technology and delivery mechanisms improve, will we become a nation that stares at a screen, clicking away with a cup of tea?

Online shopping is convenient and simple. The way we research and buy online may be changing, but the High Street can still play a major part in this development.

Technology can enhance and rejuvenate bricks and mortar shopping, creating an interactive and enhanced shopping experience. 

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YouTube: invite viewers to stay with user-generated video

A new search ranking algorithm update has shaken things up for ecommerce managers who have been incorporating video into their search strategies.

According to Google and YouTube, they are adjusting rankings so that videos with more "watch time" are ranked highest. In other words, the amount of time a video is played and, presumably, watched, matters more than how many times people view it.

The solution to this ranking challenge is user-generated video. We know that site visitors are interested in what other customers are saying about your products. People value these honest, objective opinions from those outside of your business.

What's more, user-generated videos are more than informative. They're often funny, which can compel viewers to stay tuned longer.

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10 interesting digital marketing stats we've seen this week

Here are some of the most interesting digital marketing stats we've seen this week.

Stats include Google's Q4 earnings, performance marketing spend in the UK, Instagram's 90m users, email spam and Google's UK market share.

For more digital marketing stats, check out our Internet Statistics Compendium.

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