brand safety

Why trust & transparency are crucial components of brand success

Steve Jobs famously proclaimed, “A brand is simply trust”.

Data from an annual study carried out by Kantar Millward Brown proves the strong relationship between the trust in a brand (in this case measured by their TrustR score) and their brand value. Among the most valuable brands in the world, the higher the level of trust in the brand, the more valuable it is, proving that trust is inherent in brand success.

Unilever fires a shot across the bow of Google and Facebook, but is it all bark and no bite?

Recent history hasn’t been so nice to Google and Facebook.

In the wake of a growing number of scandals involving fake news and high-profile content creators that publish through their platforms, the two digital behemoths have found themselves facing scrutiny and scorn from the public, politicians and advertisers at a level they haven’t experienced previously.

Will influencer marketing take a hit after the Logan Paul firestorm?

One of the biggest topics among digital marketers in 2017 was that of brand safety and it looks set to remain in the headlines thanks to a firestorm that has engulfed one of social media’s most prominent influencers.

The 22 year-old influencer, Logan Paul, boasts 15m YouTube subscribers and his daily videos regularly rack up upwards of 5m views each, giving him a level of exposure that eclipses events like the Super Bowl. Thanks to this popularity, Paul reportedly earned $12.5m last year and has worked with some of the globe’s biggest brands, including Nike, Walmart, Pepsi, Verizon and HBO.

With focus on delivering ROI, Facebook makes changes to paid post boosting

Late last year, IPG Mediabrands’ Magna predicted that the global market for digital advertising would surpass $200bn and eclipse television ad spend.

But the still-growing digital ad pie is no longer a free-for-all. Thanks to concerns over brand safety, relevance, fraud and viewability, advertisers are becoming more careful about how and where they advertise and even the biggest ad platforms are taking note.

Is WPP the canary in the coal mine for the global ad business?

On Wednesday, the world’s largest ad agency holding company, WPP, spooked investors by warning about a slowdown that it projects will result in dismal sales growth of 1% or less.

Shares of the firm plummeted the most in a single day since 2000 and are now down by more than 20% this year.

Following YouTube’s brand safety backlash, will ad relevance take center stage?

Earlier this year, Google found itself facing a major boycott after YouTube advertisers discovered that their ads were being displayed alongside offensive content.

Google was forced to respond. It promised advertisers better technology to weed out inappropriate content. And it got stricter about which content it allows to be monetized through ads, much to the chagrin of some of its biggest content creators who generate their revenue solely through ads.