Posts in Advertising

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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Start Me Up! A profile of Convertable

Convertable is a web app which aims to improve the quality of information captured on contact forms for lead generation.

It grabs additional data, including keyword, geo-location, pages viewed, and visitor history for each individual contact.

I've been asking Chris Hull and Patrick Smith how the app works, and the company's plans for the future... 

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State of the freelance nation: stats

At the end of last year, David Cameron demonstrated his commitment to boost the British creative economy, announcing plans to invest £50m of funding towards the construction of the Open Institute at the heart of Silicon Roundabout In London.

This busy tech hub is used by many startups where freelancers are often integral to their strategy.  

Online magazine Technorati claims the era of the freelancer will kick off in 2013 and last month we released quarterly online employment report that suggests the same.

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Let’s make this the year of mobile again. No, really.

Though 2012 showed promise, it was clear that no brand had yet to create a compelling experience in the mobile space.

The so-called 'year of mobile', almost a cliché at this point, turned out to be anything but. 

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Eight different ways of using product videos in ecommerce

In order to improve conversion rates and limit the number of returns, ecommerce sites need to provide customers with as much information as possible about the products on offer.

While this can be achieved through the use of copywriting, images and user reviews, videos are potentially the most effective way of demonstrating a product to the customer. 

I recently blogged six examples of retailers that used product videos to improve conversion rates, and we’ve also looked at best practice tips for product pages.

But the use of video isn’t limited to just displaying products. There are a number of different ways that ecommerce sites can use video to inform and educate their customers.

So here are eight different ways that video can be used in ecommerce...

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