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Seven big challenges facing healthcare marketers

Despite the fact that there are more ways than ever to target and reach audiences, marketers face numerous challenges. 

And perhaps few face the number of challenges that confront healthcare marketers.

Here are seven of the biggest that this group must contend with.

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Euro 2016 digital campaigns: So far, so uninspiring

Another tiring maelstrom of tournament advertising is upon us.

Sport transfixes in a way that pretty much no other (broadcastable) activity does, and therefore brands know that Euro 2016 offers value for money.

TV, footballers and creative that travels/translates well is the advertising order of the day, with honourable mention for the role of Twitter and Facebook.

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Five of the all-time best brand tie-ups, including Starbucks, O2 & Zoolander

Last week saw three of the strangest brand tie-ups for a while.

The first was that Nike Starbucks shoe, retailing at $100, the second, a strained Wayne Rooney cameo (see below) in an X-Men adventure (and some blue-faced mascots at a United game), the third, green and red Angry Birds burger buns at McDonald's.

This got me thinking - what are the best brand tie-ups of the past few years?

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Highly targeted online ads don't work: Stanford researchers

According to researchers at Stanford, highly targeted ads may not be all they're cracked up to be.

Based on a mathematical model they built based on game theory, the researchers instead suggest that advertisers "prefer to remain in a state of partial willful ignorance so as to preserve communication credibility."

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Bringing data into creativity in a programmatic world

Advertisers love the sexy “big idea” for creative branding campaigns.

And therein lies the fundamental aversion to getting down into the detail and considering the potential advantages offered by data.

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Why use CRM data in programmatic media campaigns?

How do CRM and programmatic work together, and what are the challenges for advertisers that haven't yet achieved such integration?

Econsultancy and Sociomantic Labs have published a new report, The Role of CRM in Data-Driven Marketing, so I thought I'd give an overview of where these disciplines meet.

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Style or sell-out: Three examples of celebrity fashion collaborations

Celebrities are no longer satisfied with just the one career.

From book deals to beauty products, we’re now used to seeing famous faces enjoy a wide range of extra pursuits.

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Young users aren't fans of targeted social ads: Report

For marketers looking to sell their wares to millennials and their younger siblings, Gen Z, social media is an indispensable channel.

But according to a new study conducted by Harris Poll for Lithium Technologies, marketers that are using targeted social ads to reach members of these groups may be shooting themselves in the foot.

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Google aims to help advertisers capitalize on viral videos

At its digital Newfronts event last week, Google's YouTube announced a new ad offering that it hopes will give advertisers the ability to take advantage of viral videos.

Breakout Videos is part of Google Preferred, which launched in 2014 and gives advertisers access to inventory from YouTube's most popular channels and content creators.

Through Preferred Breakout Videos, advertisers can now capitalize in real time on inventory belonging to content that is gaining significant traction.

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Content is king, but for brands, there's too much of it

The world is awash in content. 

As recently detailed by Wired's David Pierce, Instagram's photo cache grows by 80m each day.

YouTube sees 400 hours of video uploaded every minute, and more than 250,000 status updates are posted to Facebook in the same span.

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Four creative programmatic advertising case studies

Entries are now open for this year's Masters of Marketing Awards, presented at the Festival of Marketing in October.

There are many categories but I thought I'd highlight the Programmatic & Performance Marketing award by looking at last year's winner and a few other notable campaigns.

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Social Quarterly Report Q2: The five video trends to watch

Predicted to be one of the key content marketing trends of 2016, it is clear that video is here to stay. 

In fact, with Cisco predicting that 80% of all internet traffic will stem from video by 2019, it looks set to take over.

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