The requirements for brands looking to build the new in-house marketer

As the marketing game changes, so must the players. Under growing pressure to effectively navigate an increasingly complex operating landscape – while doing more, with less – many brands, big and small, are considering if in-housing could be the solution to restoring the control, confidence and cost efficiency they so sorely need for the future.

However, in-sourcing the marketing function is not that simple. With no set model for in-housing – and every brand...

Does real-time marketing need to take an alternative route?

My role at Waze has seen me speak to hundreds of brands and agencies about how to reach drivers when they’re on the move. Increasingly, questions have centred around data and how targeted advertisers can be in reaching drivers.

As the sheer number of ads we experience on many of the services we use every day has increased - often at the detriment of the user experience - the mobile advertising industry has also had to consider the ethical implications of using consumers’...

Five things to consider when planning an app: Usage, UX, and more

The app designing process will be a bumpy road if you don’t take a methodical approach. Your business doesn’t just need an app: it needs a user-friendly app that provides substantial value. If you know you want an app, then break out the whiteboard and start drafting out your plan.

There are some vital considerations you’ll have to make during the formative stages of mobile app development to assure that things stay budget-friendly and none of your efforts are...

Pinterest on track for IPO as ad revenue approaches $1bn waterline

Social media company Pinterest is approaching $1bn in ad revenue, according to sources close to the group, putting in IPO (initial public offering) in arm’s reach for 2019.

The image discovery platform could double its 2017 $500 million sales revenue this year, driven in large part by success with mobile ads according to CNBC, with big fashion and beauty brands turning to the platform to get in front of 200 million monthly active users, 80% of which claim to use its...

Reddit roles out native autoplay video ads with focus on user engagement

Following its recent redesign, Reddit has rolled out a new native video ad format that will auto-play by default when a user scrolls through a feed.

The update is part of the massively popular site’s tentative efforts to monetise its 330m active monthly users, which can be widely resistant to any large-scale changes to user experience, particularly when there’s a commercial slant involved.

Users will, however, be able to turn off the autoplay function, while the ads...

Native ad leader Outbrain acquires AdNgin for automated ad content optimisation

New York-based native ad firm Outbrain has acquired AdNgin, a UI (user interface) optimisation specialist built to enhance the reader experience.

The buyout - made for an undisclosed fee - marks the sixth for Outbrain since its founding in 2006, including the more recent purchases of content discovery platforms Zemanta and Revee as part of the company’s aggressive growth efforts and continued leadership in the native advertising sector. 

According to the...

Four ways to maximise Amazon’s social marketing power

Whilst Google is known for dominating search marketing, Amazon has started giving the search giant a run for its ad revenue – something that astute marketers will have seen coming for some time now.

According to WPP, 55% of product searches in the US now emanate from Amazon, and advertising has been a key contributor to their strong growth - 60% year on year.

This should come as little surprise; after all,  the e-retail giant has not only completely transformed...

Why native is the name of the game in mobile advertising

Native ads on mobile are becoming so popular even Google has given in and launched new responsive AdSense formats for everything which lend themselves perfectly for adoption within mobile.

In fact, native advertising on mobile devices are thriving – growing 36% in the UK last year and expected to account for almost two thirds (63%) of global mobile ad spend by 2020.

The advantage of native ad technology is it can adapt to the visual design of the web page or app on which...

Reduce your mobile marketing costs – by building an app

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It should be obvious to most brands by now that investing in mobile advertising is no longer an option. It’s a necessity.

Worldwide, mobile now accounts for more than half of all digital advertising, surpassing desktop Web in Q1 of this year, according to a recent report from UK’s PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

And, as digital ad spend continues to grow compared...

5 game changing content marketing industry trends in 2017

As swiftly as digital spaces and online platforms are changing, the way we display content online is changing as well.

There was an explosion of innovative shifts in content marketing in the last year, and the following five trends are promising to significantly influence advertising in 2017.

Email automation

Although the concept of automated emails is definitely nothing new, streamlining content automation through email to the extent that today’s marketers do is a...