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Key stats from Facebook's State of Connectivity report

Facebook recently released its second annual State of Connectivity report on global internet access.

The tech giant has long pushed for increased global internet connectivity and this report is designed to increase the sharing of data around this issue.

You can see all the data by downloading the report, but here are a few of the stats that spoke to me.

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2016: the year of programmatic creative?

As we know, programmatic technology has created a new industry and, consequently, had a major impact on the entire value chain between advertiser, agency, tech provider and media owner.

No one has been immune to this disruption – where attention has been almost solely focused on the automation of buying and selling, and how data and analytics are utilised.

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): what we know & what's coming next

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – an EU-wide overhaul of consumer data laws aimed at strengthening the protection of people’s data privacy – was announced at the tail end of 2015.  

The new laws won’t be finalised until later this year, and won’t take effect for another two years after that.

But in a talk I attended at Data Protection 2016 on Friday, two leading government figures did their best to tell the audience what to expect and explain why the reform is happening. 

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The five-point plan for data privacy & business

On Friday I attended a talk at Data Protection 2016 that was all about – you guessed it – data, but specifically how businesses can continue to thrive in the ever-evolving data economy.   

The talk from Ctrl-Shift CEO Liz Brandt covered five key action points that business and government need to tackle together in order to avert a future crisis.

I’m going to cover them in detail in this post.  

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Creativity in programmatic "should not be an afterthought"

Programmatic advertising goes far beyond data and automation.

Our Creative Programmatic event is coming up on 2 March and we caught up with two of the speakers at the event, O2’s Head of Digital Excellence, Nick Adams, and TUI’s Head of Media, Sammy Austin. 

Between them they discussed some of the biggest emerging trends and challenges in programmatic, and offered their opinions and advice on where creativity fits within this channel.

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Three is right to declare war on ‘irrelevant and excessive mobile ads’

Just when you think things can’t get any worse for the publishing industry, somebody goes and hammers another nail in its coffin. 

Well, it’s not quite as dramatic as that. But recent news from mobile network provider Three certainly got the ad industry talking over the weekend. 

The network has announced that it will roll out ad blocking technology on its network after initially trialling it in Italy. 

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Facebook rolls out Reactions, an extension to the Like button

It's finally here: after months of speculation following Mark Zuckerberg's comments about the creation of a Dislike button, Facebook has unveiled an extension to the Like button that will allow users to express emotion when reacting to content.

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Engagement is a better route to campaign accuracy than big data alone

It still surprises me that audience engagement remains overlooked as a key metric for campaign success, because focusing on engagement helps align all players in the market and satisfies both marketer goals and consumer needs.

Why is that? Well, for advertisers, having pricing options that are tied to consumer engagement rather than impressions ensures that we're only paying for ads that are seen and engaged with.

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Three dark social channels with a billion active users & how to use them

While marketers are justifiably attracted to the Facebooks and Twitters of the world, stats from Radium One show that nearly 70% of global sharing activity takes place in dark social channels.

These are channels in which sharing activity takes place out of public view.

But just because dark social channels are harder to work and track doesn't mean that marketers should ignore them.

In fact, there are now a number of dark social channels that are just as big – and even bigger – than Facebook.

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What is the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) & why should you care?

Digital businesses and organisations of all sizes will be aware of the myriad of laws and regulations when operating in or across EU markets.

Top of the list will be data protection and privacy law as many organisations become more data-driven in the quest to monetise their digital offering by delivering a more customised user experience.

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The rise of dark social: Everything you need to know

You’d be forgiven for thinking the term ‘dark social’ refers to some kind of demonic get-together during which attendees feast on blood to please their overlords. 

While potentially irksome to social media managers, dark social is somewhat less sinister than the above. 

It simply refers to social sharing that can’t be accurately tracked, i.e. the stuff that isn’t picked up by web analytics platforms. 

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Why Instagram's new view counts could boost branded video

Instagram built its billion-dollar business largely on the back of photos, but since adding support for video in 2013 the Facebook-owned app has, by virtue of its massive user base, become one of the most popular video-sharing services in the world.

And its video appeal could grow for brands thanks to a change that will make it easy to track the popularity of videos.

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