Kevin the Carrot ranked most Googled Christmas advert character

Kevin the Carrot.

Aldi’s Kevin the Carrot is the most Googled Christmas advert character, according to data from Google trends.

The friendly little vegetable has been crowned the best Christmas advert character, after data comparing Google searches over the last five years revealed that Kevin the Carrot is the most Googled Christmas advert character.

The data as compiled based on the top six UK retailers, who release hotly anticipated Christmas adverts every year, including John Lewis,...

Quartile creates ‘largest cross-channel e-commerce advertising platform’ with Sidecar takeover

Quartile, an ad optimisation platform for top e-commerce marketplace sellers, has acquired Sidecar, a performance marketing technology provider for e-commerce retailers and brands.

The two companies will combine under the Quartile name, growing the brand into the world’s largest cross-channel e-commerce advertising platform. Both platforms apply machine-learning and natural-language processing to provide data-driven strategies and best practices to brand marketers while also...

How direct-to-consumer brands are leading the way for TV

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It is estimated that, as consumers, we see between 6,000 - 10,000 ads on a daily basis, served to us across a range of platforms and screens. With so many ads, each varying in relevance to us as individuals, it’s little wonder many are “tuned out.” Studies have shown that 26% of global consumers ignore branded digital content entirely.

Brands of all sizes are on the hunt to cut through the noise and reach increasingly fragmented audiences effectively and consistently. The...

Two-thirds of Gen Z out of touch with traditional Black Friday marketing

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Gen Z has fallen out of touch with Black Friday marketing that fails to demonstrate a company’s sustainable practices, despite being the nation’s biggest consumers.

The latest from student marketing platform Student Beans, the research suggests conscious and ethical brand communications have the most impact on younger generations.

Despite this, Gen Z spends more than any other generation during the Black Friday weekend. This year the average 18-to-24-year-old spent...

BT launches digital advertising platform to help businesses grow online

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BT has launched a digital advertising platform to make it easier for businesses to run their own digital marketing campaigns, helping them to better promote their goods and services online.

BT’s Digital Marketing Hub gives businesses the tools and support to create, publish and track their digital advertising across Google, Facebook, and Instagram – all from a single platform.

With the majority of businesses moving online during the pandemic, a recent survey by Small...

Advertiser spend on TV and social media is twice as high as daily consumption

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Advertiser spend on TV and social media is highly inflated in relation to daily consumption. 

This is according to analysis of advertising spend forecasts of 100 worldwide markets by marketing intelligence service WARC, and the results of a survey by GWI of more than 715,000 consumers.

The analysis found that, as of the first quarter of 2021, social media now attracts more investment from advertisers than linear TV for the first time. However, both media draw far...

ICO reports 60% increase in nuisance contact

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s data watchdog, received a 60% rise in reports of nuisance calls, texts and emails in the first six months of 2021 compared to 2020.

This is according to official figures analysed by legal firm Griffin Law. In the first half of 2021, the ICO recorded an average of 13,925 reports of nuisance calls, texts and emails each month.

This is compared to 8,680 per month throughout the whole of 2020. The disparity was even...

US digital ad spending to pass $200bn mark by 2022

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Ad spending in the US digital advertising industry will cross the $200 billion mark in 2022 after reaching $190.43 billion in 2021.

This is a 14.8% growth from the year prior when Digital Advertising ad spending in the US only reached $165.81m. According to data presented by Wette.de, in 2022, the industry is set to surpass $200bn for the first time after a projected growth of an additional 10.7%.

When broken down into four main segments, Search Advertising is projected...

Majority of consumers feel positively about personalised advertising

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58% consumers in the UK and US feel positively about receiving a hyper-personalised online ad.

This is according to research from Iterable, a cross-channel marketing platform, which surveyed 1,500 consumers.

The survey crossed two regions with very different data regulations. The UK, and Europe more broadly, has been proactive on data privacy. The Data Protection Act 2018 brought in the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (otherwise known as GDPR), imposing...

‘Huge opportunity’ for marketers to engage with students through DOOH advertising

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There is a substantial opportunity to reach and market to students as they head to university this September, according to research conducted by Redbus Media, a digital out-of-home (DOOH) media owner.

After a year of turbulence, the study reveals an overwhelming desire to return to normal as 80% of Students’ Unions plan to host a bigger or pre-COVID sized Freshers’ for incoming students and more than half look to host additional events for those who missed...