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A guide to the new power of Facebook advertising

A friend of mine with a new app-fronted business was recently waxing lyrical about Facebook advertising.

He told me it was great value for money when targeting users with a call-to-action to download his app, especially when users are in a specific location on their mobiles.

I've also heard lots of people talking about the power of targeting audiences on Facebook, either from a standing start or by uploading your own data and spreading out from there.

Due to the fact that it's still difficult to track users across different devices, Facebook's advertising is gaining prominence. The network is accessed on mobile by the overwhelming majority of its subscribers.

In this post I thought I'd give a brief overview of ad formats and targeting, as well as some insight into where the platform is going and how to succeed.

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20 of the best branded Vines from May 2014

It’s the end of another month and therefore it’s time again to crawl through the six second efforts from brands both small and gigantic in order to bring you the very best mini advertorial marvels.

We have everything here from nuclear lizards, ultra-low budget remakes of classic car chases to some mind-bending perspective fun.

So strap yourself in for exactly two minutes of entertainment. Longer if you stop to read my various witterings.

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Are consumers killing Madison Avenue?

Marketing, as we know it, is obsolete.

So say Simonson & Rosen in their recent book 'Absolute value'. Theirs is not a lone voice,  similar sentiments date from as early as 1999, in the Cluetrain Manifesto.

As it came in the peak of the dot-com bubble, though, that message was largely ignored.

Why do they say we’ve no use for marketing? It’s because of the rising power of the voice of the customer. With the growing availability of consumer opinions, the importance of brand messaging is diminishing.

Consequently, things are changing in the world of advertising. Slowly, but surely.

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The BuzzFeed way: examples of shareable native advertising

BuzzFeed is successful in anyone’s book when it comes to creating content their audience wants to consume wherever they are and then share with their friends.

I listened to Will Hayward, VP Europe, BuzzFeed, at the Adobe Summit EMEA 2014. He was talking about how traditional display advertising is still inefficient and how new methods of social distribution of native content are worki.ng for BuzzFeed.

Here I’ve attempted to sum up some of Will’s thoughts.

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18 of the best branded Vines of April 2014

It’s the end of another month and therefore it’s time again to crawl through the six second efforts from brands both small and gigantic in order to bring you the very best mini advertorial marvels.

Did anyone used to watch that Jasper Carrot thing from years ago where he would sit on a stool and present weird adverts from around the world?

I suppose this is a bit like that, only this is probably slightly less interminable and you don’t have to look at Jasper Carrot’s face in between videos.

This is also less of an excuse to parade soft European erotica to a post watershed audience and more of an excuse to show how your brand can use the platform in interesting and engaging ways.

Well I’ve blathered on long enough, here’s the round-up.

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Why LinkedIn needs to improve its search and ad targeting

LinkedIn search targets ads poorly, resulting in wasted clicks, and returns poor people search results.

Here's why this is important and how LinkedIn can improve this feature.

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Mobile is now the main driver of global adspend growth: stats

Mobile advertising, including display, search and in-app ads, is now growing six times faster than desktop internet.

Forecasts suggest that mobile advertising will continue to grow by an average of 50% a year between 2013 and 2016, thanks to the widening penetration of smartphones and tablets.

These figures come from ZenithOptimedia’s latest advertising expenditure forecast. It reveals that overall global advertising spend will rise from 3.9% in 2013 to 5.5% in 2014, with further growth expected to increase to 6.1% in 2016.

In other optimistic news it seems that advertisers are now committing to spending more in the Eurozone. Since the financial crisis began there has been a 15% drop in adspend, however this year will see Eurozone adspend rise 0.7%, the first growth since 2010.

The internet is the fastest growing medium for adspend by quite some distance though. Let’s take a look at the forecast and what the future holds in store for internet adspend.

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McDonald’s shows interactivity is next for out-of-home media

Out-of-home advertising has been changing a great deal in the last ten years.

Digital screens are now a fixture in most cities, big data is starting to make pricing fairer, and it won’t be long before day parting and perhaps, some day, one-to-one ads are served.

Add to that mix the interactive ad, which McDonald’s is getting stuck into at its most famous ad spot, above Eros in Piccadilly Square, London.

The concept is a website optimised for mobiles that allows one to create a character and then share it or download it. If one is near the Piccadilly screen, the character can be uploaded to ‘Little Piccadilly’ and virtually Lord it over the square.

In this post you can see some imagery from the campaign and I postulate what interactive ads might mean for engagement and content.

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The Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad: controversy versus stats

It's a storm in a coke can.

The 2014 Super Bowl achieved a record breaking 111.5m viewers, making it the most watched event in USA history, just scraping past the 111.3m who watched the Super Bowl two years ago.

Of course the Super Bowl isn’t just about the football, it’s about the adverts. In fact much of what we read relating to the big game in the UK is mostly about the marketing: ‘it costs $4m per advertising slot’, ‘Scarlett Johansson and Soda Stream banned’, 'David Beckham and H&M gamble with t-commerce’ and one story involving Coca-Cola that you can’t have failed to notice…

Coca-Cola’s unveiling of the controversial ‘Big Game’ commercial that carries the hashtag #AmericaIsBeautiful, in which the traditional American song ‘America the Beautiful’ is sung in nine different languages: English, Spanish, Tagalog, Mandarin, Hindi, Hebrew, Keres, French and Arabic.

A predictable storm of protest followed from the Conservative quarters of the USA, with many right-wing pundits and politicians choosing to take the ad as a provocative blow to their ideals and all the things they perceive to be ‘American’.

Albeit one from the most famous, American corporation on the planet.

How has this controversy affected the brand? How does the advert itself stack up against the competition in terms of online sharing; a barometer of general opinion away from the political world?

Touchstorm has sent us over some data from its Super Bowl Video Scoreboard that tracks the #AmericaIsBeautiful controversy over YouTube, in terms of post-Super Bowl shares, comments and likes. But first, a little insight into the controversy...

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The LEGO Movie: content marketing triumph or 100 minute advert?

You really don’t need me to tell you that there’s a LEGO movie out right now. It’s impossible to ignore.

Heck, even as I write this there’s a Culture Show special on BBC2 right now about how LEGO has influenced architecture. Funnily enough, when constructing our house, the builders ran out of red bricks halfway up and had to finish with yellows and greens.

Warner Bros. began the marketing push seven months ago in June 2013 with a rapturously received teaser trailer and continued with a solid social marketing strategy, which saw very close engagement on social channels that continues through to this week of release.

ITV even turned over an entire advert break during its Sunday night edition of Dancing on Ice to LEGO, during which adverts from BT, Confused.com and Premier Inn were remade with LEGO models.

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Why London is poised to lead the way with native advertising

With native advertising the buzz phrase among marketers for 2014, London is poised to lead the way in innovation in what is one of the most creative digital ad formats to emerge in recent years. 

In November AirBnB co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk claimed that London was ‘stuck in a Silicon Valley Roundabout’ and held back by its failure to produce a ‘billion dollar’ online business. 

Many in London found the comments annoying. Phil Cooper, a digital veteran who launched the UK’s first video ad network and was until last year European MD of Brightroll, was one of them. 

Cooper, who launched his latest digital venture six months ago, London based accommodation platform Kippsy.com, a competitor of AirBnB in the London market, believes that what London does best is innovation; taking an established model, technology or platform and turning it on its head. 

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Native advertising and Zeno's Paradox of content marketing

Is a world without ads possible? We’re already halfway there.

“What if there were no ads?” That was the question content marketers Robert Rose and Joe Pulizzi asked in an episode of their podcast, This Old Marketing.

It sounds like the start of John Lennon’s Imagine, but for marketers. What if there were just no ads?

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