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The rise of video in 2013

As companies further embrace the need for content, video is becoming a bigger part of editorial calendars and content teams.

Gone are the days of shooting a 10 minute interview and slapping it up on YouTube. Consumers' tastes have become more sophisticated and short form video content has become our brain candy.

But what will 2013 bring the industry in terms of video?

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FaceTime and Skype search terms see peak on Christmas Day

How the internet changed Christmas

The internet has become so integral to our everyday lives that even the most old-fashioned items on the Christmas 'to do' list have now been transformed. 

So it's true that in some situations, we actually can't live without technology, but metaphorically speaking, could you have survived Christmas without it?

Here's my top 10 ways in which the internet changed Christmas in 2012:

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Why YouTube advertising is worth another look

YouTube is the most social of Google’s channels. `if you’re targeting niche markets, it can work well to drive targeted traffic to your site, for fairly low cost.

So much has changed on YouTube in recent months that it’s really worth another look for PPC.

It's also fairly straightforward: the hardest part is creating the video. Even that can be simpler than you think. You don’t always need a professional videographer, or a huge budget.

If you choose the right format and targeting method, simple things like customer testimonials, information and instruction videos can work really well.

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Start Me Up! A profile of Owned it

Owned it is a new social commerce platform that aims to help online retailers increase conversions through social referrals.

We've been asking the team behind Owned it about the platform, its business model, and their plans for world domination...

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CRO: data driven tests are 7.7 times more effective than UX tests

The 21st century marketer needs an extensive toolkit. As well as the ‘standard’ skills of creativity, organisation and management, these days they also need to be web literate, social media savvy and equipped with basic data science skills. 

Amongst all of these areas of technology competence one that is growing in importance, but is perhaps still misunderstood, is website testing.    

Testing is the new intuition in site development and optimisation. Rather than relying on hunches, the modern web marketer will test potential changes to their site before deploying them thus, we are led to believe, ensuring their efficacy. 

However, if all changes are now tested, how come we don’t all have perfect sites? If testing only tells us the truth, how come we still sometimes go down dead ends? 

The answer lies not necessarily in the tests, but in the ways that they’re applied. We’ve seen thousands of testing processes run across a huge variety of sites and what’s struck us is that the issues that led to unsuccessful tests were common across industries.

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Video: Air France-KLM spreads holiday joy with business class upgrades

This week shows the holiday spirit of a popular airline and a clothing line in our weekly showcase of The Dachis Group's Social Business Index. Our focus is on two well-known brands – Air France-KLM and H&M - as analyzed by Allison Squires at the Dachis Group.

We'll also take a glimpse at the top twenty brands on the Social Business Index, a real-time ranking of more than 30,000 global brands based on their performance in the social space, to see how the biggest brands in social are faring.

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Facebook prepping News Feed video ads: report

Facebook's drive to monetize its massive user base has caused Instagram's first major backlash. Upset with changes to Instagram's terms of service which would allow the company to leverage user data and content in ads, vocal Instagrammers rose up and said "That's not cool!"

While it remains to be seen whether this Instagram backlash has a short half-life, things could get worse for the world's largest social network next year if it rolls out News Feed video ads.

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Android conversion rates higher than iPhone: stats

There is no escaping the fact that mobile commerce has been experiencing considerable growth. Recent research from Deloitte suggested that mobile devices would influence £3.5bn of retail sales this Christmas.

As well as understanding the anticipated growth of m-commerce, it is also important to recognise the devices that are fuelling this growth.

With targeting capabilities evolving, it is possible to segment audiences based on the device they are visiting through and advertisers are able to capitalise on this through targeted promotions.

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Google and Yahoo confirm that lead generation has hit the big time

As a general rule in digital, it seems that when Google and Yahoo get involved in something it is a pretty good sign that it is important.

After many years of skirting around the fringes of performance marketing, recent product launches from these two online advertising behemoths leave no doubt that Online lead generation is finally ready to step out of the shadows and into the limelight.

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Digital marketing Australia: 50+ stats you probably didn’t know

Everyone loves statistics, so as the year comes to a close, we’ve pulled out some juicy data for the region. 

All the information has been taken from Econsultancy’s Australian Internet Statistics Compendium, a data-behemoth document that’s more than 450 pages long and updated on a monthly basis. 

So, what’s happening in digital, Down Under? 

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Bonobos shows the power of integrating social and email

Most email marketers don't get email-social integration, and most of them approach it backwards. You'll see little blue Twitter birds and Facebook icons in email templates but this is the extent of their insertion of "real-time" content. It then becomes a send and hope moment as marketers pray recipients will re-post their commercial email offers onto their own Facebook and Twitter pages.

But some companies are beginning to look at new ways of integration that are bringing user generated content right into the emails in real time. One such brands is Bonobos, a company with a strong social presence that takes fan interaction and branding seriously. Leading the charge is Grace Low, Retention Marketing Manager for Bonobos, who is working with Moveable Ink to create innovative and fresh emails that are first to market with.

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Are pre-roll video ads going the way of display ads?

Despite its many critics, television advertising is a $100bn-plus a year market. So it's not entirely surprising that the market for online video ads has evolved to look a lot like its offline counterpart.

There's the desire, now being realized, for digital up-fronts. There is a growing focus on channels. There are Hollywood-like deal structures. And, of course, the pre-roll is the dominant ad unit.

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