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Two seconds to playback: slow video drives users away

Most companies active on the web understand that speed matters and that slow can kill sales.

But while the impact of a slow website generally is well-established, there's far less data about the quantitative impact of performance when it comes to one of the increasingly important content types on the web -- video. Until now.

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Takeaways from Ad:Tech New York

The Econsultancy team braved the stormy weather to attend Ad:Tech in New York on November 7-8, 2012. In order to capture the great panels and conversations on offer, we created our first storify to curate three main conversations that took place on day two of the conference.

With mobile and geo-targeting at the forefront of the conversations over the two days, there was speculation of what the future of marketing will be as we move more toward tablet and smartphone use as well as multi-screen consumption. For those of you who attended, what were your key takeaways?

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Mattel continues to engage with Barbie 'Life in the Dreamhouse' web series

This week on our weekly showcase of The Dachis Group's Social Business Index we've focused on cars, cars, cars…and Barbie. 

The Dachis Group has analyzed three well-known brands – Chrysler, Renault and Mattel - to see why they are faring better in the social space this week.

We'll also take a glimpse at the top twenty brands on the Social Business Index, a real-time ranking of more than 30,000 global brands based on their performance in the social space, to see how the biggest brands in social are faring.

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Obama outspends Romney online during #election2012 : infographic

It's hard to put in perspective how much money goes into a presidential campaign. Obama and Romney have poured their hearts and souls and their supporters' pocketbooks into a race to take office in 2012. 

A recent infographic by Retargeter shows the difference in online spend during the two candidates' campaigns. Obama's is much higher with a spend of 52 million, about 12 million more than it cost to build the Lincoln Memorial.

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Volkswagen accounts for 25% of car ads shared online

Producing content that consumers want to share is the holy grail for video marketers, as not only is it an endorsement of your ad but it means that person’s friends are also likely to view the video.

And within the automotive industry, nobody produces shareable content quite like Volkswagen.

A new report from Unruly found that the German carmaker accounted for a quarter of all automotive video shares from June 2011 to June 2012, followed by Kia (21.6%) and Chevrolet (15.3%).

The data, which is sourced from the Viral Video Chart of 12,867 autos videos, also shows that VW’s Super Bowl ad The Force is the most shared ad of all time, with more than 5.5m shares and 62.5m views.

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Will Obama beat Romney in the US election or only in social media?

In less than 36 hours we'll know the outcome of the one of the most talked about events of the year: the US elections. 2008 was marked as the first election that used social media with Obama far outpacing Senator McCain.

Now the mudslinging has hit every social platform and not only are we hearing the candidates point of view but news outlets, bloggers and anyone with a Twitter, Facebook or YouTube account are taking to the internet to say who should be the next president.

Global social advertising platform, Ebuzzing, is one of the many companies analyzing social media to predict the outcome of the election. They have pulled together over 925,000 tweets, 159,000 forum posts, 75,000 articles and 6,600 blog posts. According to the team at Ebuzzing, this amount of conversation equates to a media value of over $16 million.

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Australians are spending more time viewing videos online

Almost 12 million Australians headed online to watch videos in September, streaming 1.5 billion videos and averaging 5 hours and 23 minutes of viewing time, according to a new report. 

The Nielsen Online Video Report showed that Australians are continuing to embrace online videos, averaging 127 videos each in the month of September. 

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A love letter to Tate.org.uk

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.

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Five great examples of B2B content marketing

Content marketing is more than the latest buzz word. Done brilliantly it can be a powerful and versatile tool that will engage, educate, influence and importantly win you new business.

With pay-per-click ads on Google eating more of your budget perhaps it's time to rethink and invest in content marketing.  

Here I have selected some of my favourite B2B examples that can inspire you to rethink your own content marketing strategy.

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AOL's move to content curation and distribution

Though we are hearing over and over again that content is the way forward, video content has been moving in different directions, from creators making content for specific platforms and others pushing for agnostic distribution. The fight is on for distribution and need the content is greater than ever. But what does this mean for advertisers?

AOL have started branding themselves as the new content distributor and syndicator and they currently have the largest curated library in the US. This includes 420,000 total videos with 50,000 AOL originals and they are in the hunt for more content. As we shift to viewing content online, the core of the viewing experience is real time content with news oriented videos being the most watched. The push seems to be toward news and factual programming with shows on home, food, DIY, and tech and business news.

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Start Me Up! A profile of wishgenie

Wishgenie is a social platform which allows its users to club together to buy gifts for their friends. 

I've been asking CEO David Berney about the business model and the company's plans...

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Seven big in-house marketing challenges

The prominence of agencies in today's digital marketing ecosystem is not surprising: the digital marketing landscape is so complex and seemingly all-encompassing that moving forward alone simply doesn't seem like a viable option.

Agencies aren't perfect, however, and companies that believe they can simply outsource digital marketing to another firm often learn the hard way that it's not so simple.

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