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For the past two weeks nothing has occupied my mind as fixedly as the McDonald's Monopoly TV adverts.
The burger giant has generated an incredible amount of word-of-mouth in the UK simply by creating a rather confused, social TV campaign.
Why? And what, if anything, can we learn from it?
How do we consume media in 2014? And what media? And on which devices?
Ofcom released The Communications Market Report in August 2014 and it's chock full of interesting data and charts on the UK market.
I've previously looked at mobile and tablet usage. Now I'm turning by attention to the broader topic of media uptake, in its various forms.
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Ofcom today published The Communications Market Report 2014 in the UK.
There are lots of interesting stats within, across telecoms, audio-visual industries, post and of course the internet.
No doubt we'll be covering the report fairly heavily, but I thought I'd start by rounding up the bits that caught my eye.
How is device use changing? How are people accessing media? How much are advertisers spending and on what?
A New York City doctor with a Witherspoon personality, Nicki Minaj body, Sinatra eyes and love of fried donuts might be your perfect match.
She’s 34, single and looking to meet other local singles in the city. She may seem too good to be true, and that’s because she is.
This New York City bachelorette’s main motivation is to prompt you to tune in for the season premiere of her primetime TV show, The Mindy Project, on Fox Primetime.
Forgive the first person pronoun in the headline, but television is the most emotive of subjects.
Not for nothing does the Simpsons use the TV set as a cultural trope. Perhaps the emergence of broadband and the creative decline of the Simpsons is more than correlative?
Anyway, I don’t dispute the second screen phenomenon, not one bit. I use my phone whilst watching TV all the time.
What I am disputing, outside of a few important examples, is the extent of consumer demand for contextual second screen experiences. Within this disputation comes the assertion that a lot of second screen use is indeed not contextual (aside from social media use) and cannot therefore be ‘monetised’ as such.
Of course, fans of the second screen may point out that the reason second screen usage isn’t yet contextual is because second screen services and apps are nowhere near maturation yet. There may be improved uses and better content to come.
I’d argue that the same problems that beset social advertising (a place for branding but not sales) will ultimately beset the second screen, driven as it is by the demand for socialising whilst watching the box.
See if you agree with my devil’s advocate’s views.
One need only look at the trending topics on any given evening to know that Twitter is a popular tool for discussing television shows.
The network has become the go-to forum for reaction to TV programmes and is one of the few things that ensures people still watch live TV rather than relying on on-demand services.
However a new report suggests that Facebook may also be a popular talking shop for TV shows.
But the new report suggests we may have been wrong to dismiss Facebook’s potential for TV chatter, with up to a quarter of the television audience posting content related to the show they are watching on Facebook.
The box, the tube, the telly, the television. Are any of us sure the set is set to evolve?
The television is one of those unifying pleasures and most people are already happy with the experience of watching it.
Additionally, advertisers still think of television as the big hitting ad medium, rightly or wrongly.
So, if it’s not broken, why fix it? Or is that the kind of reasoning that stymies innovation?
I think it’s fairly obvious that although we can choose to think of television as a constant, it has changed significantly since it went digital. FreeView in the UK, TiVo, Sky+, on-demand services like iPlayer and Netflix, Apple TV and Chromecast, the impact of Twitter and social TV, Roku, there have been many developments.
But what’s next? Here I’ve tried to sum up some of the innovations for advertisers and viewers I’ve seen in the last few months. See what you think..
In this post, bear with me and you’ll get a couple of case studies and some best practice from brands using TV and promoted tweet tie-ups.
Before I give you the fun stuff, I want to say that best practice is all that matters. Ignore all the stats about engagement and sales uplift.
I don’t usually advocate ignoring stats, but as B2B marketing and service industries now pervade major cities of the developed world, we are awash with stats. And stats that claim to explain general concepts, such as generic increase in purchase intent after viewing a promoted tweet that references TV, are not helpful to you.
Yes, these stats succinctly explain the perceived benefits of advertising on Twitter, but like all data, it’s only that which directly pertains to your company that is of use.
There’s no point examining averaged trends when what you’re interested in is your business. Being blinded by amazing engagement stats will mean you don’t think properly about your campaigns. The last thing you want to do is drip out a poorly conceived set of promoted tweets and have faith they will deliver ROI.
The success of your marketing and advertising is dependent entirely upon detail; detail that’s way more granular than simply what channels you decide to advertise in.
The BBC has launched a new Facebook app, allowing you to play the next Doctor Who, inserting your name and mugshot into the opening credits.
HTML5 video technology is used and accounts for the very slick results.
The app is fronted on the main Facebook page and ties in to the fiftieth anniversary of the Doctor and the celebratory episode airing on November 23.
‘Firstdirect is like the platypus of banks, a little bit different’. This is correct, and the ad can be considered a televisual success.
However, online, apart from a well-deployed and anonymous teaser video, the campaign’s lack of fecundity is its main similarity with the platypus.
I’ve had a little look at this curate’s egg of a campaign, with some good and bad bits revealed.
Kia has produced one of the year's most memorable adverts, and with the use of Lady Gaga, Twitter, the VMAs and Shazam, the brand looks set for some great 'traction'.
The advert featuring Lady Gaga’s new single, Applause, and a handful of America’s Next Top Model cast members premiered during the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) show on 25th of August, racking up 10.1m live viewers.
The Kia Soul demographic fits well with that of the VMAs. With many first-time drivers tuning in, the moderately priced and trendy car was a hit, as seen by some of the many tweets.
For over 65 years, the $70bn TV industry has been traded on one currency...now all that is about to change.
Twitter's Vice President Joel Lunenfeld recently appeared on a Bloomberg TV segment to discuss the findings of a study linking tweets to live TV, and more importantly for his shareholders, to announce a new partnership and ranking method devised with Nielsen.
The two behemoths want to make watching TV with Twitter (see:second screen experience) 'even better for you, the TV fan,' according to Twitter's blog post on the announcement.
What does this coming new age of measurement mean for marketers and what can you do now to prepare? Read on to find out.