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Posts in Advertising

chris bennett

A day in the life of... Managing Director of an ad tech firm

I love our 'Day in the life..' series for its insight into what are (to me) sometimes opaque job roles.

What better position to shine a light on then, this week, than the Managing Director of an ad tech company.

I caught up with Chris Bennett, EMEA MD of Pixability, to find out what he does all day.

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instagram

Instagram's new 60-second video limit: Five things brands need to know

On Tuesday, Instagram announced it is increasing the maximum length of videos on its service to 60 seconds. Until now, videos have been capped at 15 seconds.

Here's what brands need to know about the change.

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Cross-device

Cross-device measurement: what to look for in a solution

Whilst multi-device consumption is quite typical, for a marketer these usage patterns can be difficult to navigate and gaining a clear view of the user journey can be challenging.

So, how to improve cross-device measurement and deliver a seamless brand experience, with relevant, timely messages to audiences across all screens?

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A pun-free roundup of excellent Easter marketing campaigns

Retail spending was expected to hit £775m over the Easter weekend, and brands were working hard to get the biggest possible share of that cash. 

I thought I’d look at some of my favourite Easter campaigns from the past while also looking at some of the better ones from 2016 so far.

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faces

Algorithmic analysis of facial expressions? Don't make me laugh.

Mediacom has teamed up with Realeyes, the latest company to offer so-called 'emotional analytics'.

But, with the advertising landscape so chock-full of tech at the moment (even on the creative side - see CMPs and DCOs), do agencies and advertisers really need to be pointing web cams at people's faces to know if a video ad is good or not?

Here are, to my mind, some pros and cons of this new technology.

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bid

Six online advertising tactics set to rise

Online budgets are getting bigger to more accurately reflect consumer behaviour, but so are ROI expectations.

And some new technologies which promise to bring us closer to our customer, arguably push us further away.

How is the ad tech landscape changing in 2016? And what tactics can we expect to boom?

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ted dhanik

What can prevent ad fraud? We ask an ad tech CEO.

Recently, I wrote an article about the scale of ad fraud.

In it, I mentioned a press release I had received from engage:BDR about their new VP of Inventory Quality.

I decided to catch up with their CEO, Ted Dhanik, to discuss the state of the industry.

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Two-thirds of Australian marketers say current display ads model is broken

We often discuss the state of display ads on this blog, sadly it is not always in the most positive light, and it seems the majority of marketers agree with us. But there is hope for a better approach.

Sixty-six percent of brand marketers and media buyers in Australia surveyed in our recent People-Based Advertising report either agree or strongly agree that the current model for display advertising is broken, and only 12% disagree that it is. 

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Top 10 digital marketing stats of the week

Stats on a Thursday? Have you lost it, Simpson? Do you need a lie down and a hot Lemsip? Should we contact your next of kin and tell them to prepare for the worst?

No, you silly rabbits. It’s Easter weekend. Which means, in the words of the ever-culturally relevant Rebecca Black: 

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Eight intriguing US digital marketing stats from the past week

Welcome to another edition of our US digital marketing stats round-up – arguably the most hotly anticipated thing on the internet. 

This week we’re covering digital adspend, generation Z, jazz fans, and people using their phones on the toilet. Yes, you read that right.

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fraud

Three things that show the scale of the ad fraud challenge

Ad fraud is a topic that cannot be ignored.

At Econsultancy conferences, any discussion of programmatic media comes with the obligatory debate about building transparency into an ecosystem where the advertiser so often lacks control.

I thought I'd write a short post simply stating the scale of the problem with three facts.

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Millennials open to pharma ads, but pharma not delivering on UX

They're often claimed to be one of the hardest groups to advertise to, but according to the sixth annual Makovsky/Kelton Pulse of Online Search survey, millennials are "by far the most receptive to pharmaceutical marketing."

How receptive? According to the survey (PDF), which polled more than 1,000 Americans over the age of 18, 51% of millennials indicated that they would be motivated by a digital, television or print ad to visit a pharma-sponsored website.

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