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JUMP feature: Sharing metrics will move the industry forward

For our second JUMP interview, we reached out to MPG's EVP/Managing Director Innovation, Mitch Oscar, who just had a hand in creating the first ad supported Video on Demand directory in conjunction with the American Association of Advertising Agencies, Mediaocean and Rentrak. 

We spoke to Oscar about innovation in the advanced TV space, what metrics are being used to measure Video on Demand (VOD), and how we, as an industry, have to share more so we can advance.

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Fear Performance Marketing at your Peril

A wise man once said that “you always fear what you don’t understand” and, despite being over a decade since its initial conception, people still fear performance marketing.

The wise man in question was Carmine Falcone in Batman Begins, and for a brutal leader of Gotham’s criminal underworld, his philosophy certainly rings true.

I don’t think there are obvious comparisons to performance marketing and Batman, although it is nice to think that our industry is the anti-hero striving for universal approval, but his simple ethos has been resonating loudly throughout the performance channel recently. 

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Nine examples of great interactive iPad ads

New research from the IAB shows that when it comes to advertising on tablets, interactivity is key.

A quarter (25%) of respondents said they would be likely to click interactive ads compared to just 11% for static ads. Furthermore, 54% of respondents had a positive overall opinion of them compared to just 27% for static ads.

A majority of respondents (55%) also agreed that tablet ads can do things that other media can’t.

So how can marketers take advantage of this opportunity? 

Here we round up nine of the best interactive ads that have appeared on iPad.

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The Guardian and BBC's Olympic apps: which is better?

Using a second screen while watching TV is now the norm for most consumers, whether it be a laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Gone are the days of sitting glued to the screen for an entire episode of EastEnders or tolerating ad breaks, nowadays viewers have other options if the action on-screen is a tad dull.

Our recent report, The Multi-Screen Marketer, shows that 52% of respondents that own a television and computer are likely to be using another device while watching TV. This rises to 60% among smartphone owners.

The Olympics is the perfect opportunity for brands to grab viewers’ attention with second screen apps as people will be hungry for updates and stats from other events while watching the live action on TV.

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Should brands and retailers try to capitalize on images?

If you're a retail brand or online retailer, the popularity of services like Pinterest is a reminder of the prominence of images online. Each day, countless photos are uploaded and shared on the web, and many of them relate to products brands and retailers hope to sell.

Which raises an important question: how can they capitalize on this?

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American Eagle: Bringing offline to online and vice versa

American Eagle (AE) was founded in 1977 and now has over 1,000 stores in the US, Canada, Asia and the Middle East. As more and more customers are moving online, AE has been adopted a strategy of bringing offline to online and vice versa. 

When you have a store front, it's much easier to get your offline message out to the customers who love your product. They are already coming in to buy so you have a chance to integrate that experience with an online one or just make them aware you have one!

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How to improve customer experience with effective onsite search

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Search optimisation is a well-discussed and documented marketing strategy to increase the visibility of your site and help customers find you.

But when we talk about search, most marketers focus their energy and investment in optimising content keywords, search engine ranking positions (SERP) and often overlook the power of an effective on site search engine.

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How social media is changing the patient-physician relationship

You’re in the doctor’s office as she tells you that she’s very sorry, but you have lymphoma. Later, before you walk out of her chilly exam room and into your changed life, when you ask how you can find out more about your disease, she says, “Whatever you do, don’t go looking on the Internet.”

Yet that’s precisely what you will do because guess what: Looking for health information is the third most popular activity online, according to a Pew report released last year.

That “human capacity to be online? That’s the most powerful tool any organization has,” said Dr. Farris Timimi, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic and keynote speaker at the annual Social Communications and Healthcare conference organized by the Business Development Institute in New York City last week.

Timimi has made his name in digital circles praising the benefit of social media for healthcare and, more importantly, for science.

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Not all multi-screen activities are created equal: Infographic

Multi-screen activities while watching TV are very common with many viewers also on their computers, tablets and mobiles.

According to the Econsultancy/ IAB report, The Multi-Screen Marketer, the way viewers engage with their other screens changes depending on what program they are watching.

We've broken down the percentage of commerce and non-commerce activities for seven major program areas as well as highlighted the top activities for specific programmes and put them in a handy infographic.

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Six challenges for big data

Big data is about more than Hadoop and a bunch of fancy technology: there are some very real organisational barriers too.

It's a bit of a mirage. As soon as you get your head around it, it ceases to exist.

How so? The accepted definition for Big Data talks about exploiting “data sets whose size is beyond the ability of commonly used tools to process it within tolerable time”. By that definition, as soon as you’re comfortably handling the data, it ceases to be big.

Nonetheless, Big Data is clearly trending amongst the tech analysts, and it’s doing so for good reasons. The volume of data we’re handling is growing dramatically, Social media, the internet of things.  The mass of data produced by smart electric grids, intelligent traffic systems, etc.  

90% of the data ever created has been created in the last two years...

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Huh? Autodesk buys mobile video startup Socialcam for $60m

Investors are pouring big bucks into startups, and when it comes to their mobile investments, photos and videos are where it's at. And for an obvious reason: following Facebook's still-pending purchase of Instagram for $1bn, investors are hoping they can fund the next big acquisition target.

But predicting who will be acquired, and by whom, can be a tricky exercise. Case in point: today, Autodesk announced that it is acquiring mobile video startup Socialcam for $60m.

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10 ways to optimise your video for search

With 60 hours of content uploaded to YouTube every minute, it’s not easy to make your video content stand out from the crowd.

But there are steps you can take to make sure that you give yourself the best chance of showing up in search results, thereby increasing your potential audience.

As our Online Video Best Practice Guide points out, Google is increasingly returning ‘blended’ SERPs which contain video as well as web pages, images, news items and map listings.

It’s actually much easier to get on to page one of Google with a video than for a normal web page. That’s because everyone is competing hard on web page rankings and there are many more web pages out there than there are videos.

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