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Amazon testing ‘flying drones’ for 30 minute deliveries

It may sound like a science fiction movie, but Amazon plans to deliver packages to customer’s homes within 30 minutes using flying drones- but the service won’t be ready for another 5 years. Full story...

02/12/2013

Cyber 'Shunday'? 5% of Brits fill their online Christmas shopping baskets this Monday

Despite the hype surrounding Cyber Monday today, when online Christmas shopping is widely predicted to peak, just 5% of Brits asked in an independent poll commissioned by Virgin Media say they will purchase the majority of their festive gifts on this day. Full story...

02/12/2013

Hobbit movie gets first ever 3D printer blueprint ad

Microsoft Advertising and Warner Bros. UK today announce the launch of a new cross-platform campaign to support the 13th December release of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. Full story...

02/12/2013

Social media console wars: PS4 getting 40% more comments than Xbox One

There is 40% more online chat about the PS4 than about the Xbox One, according to research by social listening platform Synthesio. Full story...

02/12/2013

Facebook app drives 8,000 people to create new sandwich for Greggs

A ‘Sandwich Maker’ app on Facebook resulted in almost 8,000 people creating a new sandwich for high-street retailer Greggs. Full story...

02/12/2013

Apple buys Topsy Labs to track social media

Apple has bought social media search and analytics firm Topsy, marking a significant investment into social networking- an area Apple has no strong presence in to date. Full story...

03/12/2013

Martha Lane Fox steps down as UK digital champion

Lastminute co-founder Martha Lane Fox has quit her role as the Government's UK digital champion after more than three years. Full story...

03/12/2013

iPlayer mobile audience breaks records

The number of people watching and listening to BBC programmes on iPlayer via mobile phones and tablets has reached an all-time high, and is now almost level with the desktop audience, according to new data. Full story...

03/12/2013

Mobile shopping trends: 1 in 10 sales from tablets this year

Tablet commerce will triple this year to reach £4.74 billion and take 10.4 per cent of total UK online sales, according to research Full story...

03/12/2013

Half of UK marketers failing to use their in-depth customer data

Despite a strong shift to digital, most marketers are still failing to use collected data for targeted campaigns, according to new research. Full story...

03/12/2013

iOS dominates over Android for Thanksgiving and Black Friday mobile shopping

Online shopping in the US through mobile devices was up 9% this year, and iOS led Android throughout the Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping period, according to new research. Full story...

03/12/2013

Toshiba invests £4m in ‘Look closer. See more’ tablet campaign

Toshiba UK has launched its new campaign to launch Encore, a 20.32cm (8”) tablet that is fully optimised for Windows 8.1. Full story...

03/12/2013

Viral video marketing case studies – the best virals of 2013

Along with the Harlem Shakes, singing astronauts and twerking fails, 2013 was another big year for viral video marketing case studies. From the emotionally powerful (Dove’s ‘Sketches’ and Skype’s ‘Born Friends’ ) to the very risky (Durex’s ‘Fundawear’ and Kmart’s ‘Ship My Full story...

04/12/2013

Facebook takes on Twitter with increased focus on news articles

Facebook is making news items more prominent in its News Feed, as the social network looks to challenge Twitter as the site of choice for discussions about current events. Full story...

04/12/2013

10 best blogs of 2013: Tumblr reveals top trends

It was a big year for Tumblr, which was bought for $1.1 bn by Yahoo in one of this year's most buzzed-about deals. Now, the blogging platform is flaunting its credentials with its first-ever breakdown of the year's hottest trends, topics and Full story...

04/12/2013

How Twitter influences Christmas shopping (infographic)

As the festive season approaches, many Twitter users are actively seeking brands on the social network in the hope of getting deals and gift ideas. This infographic looks at how twitter influences consumer behaviour in the run up to Christmas. Full story...

04/12/2013

New generation of older shoppers ‘defy stereotypes’

Older shoppers are an active, canny and tech savvy group, but their reluctance to buy online remains an issue, according to new research. Full story...

04/12/2013

Top 10 most ‘Shazamed’ songs of 2013

As brands use music in more interactive ways as part of their campaigns, new data from media marketing platform Shazam looks back at the most influential tracks of 2013, both globally and in the UK. Full story...

04/12/2013

3 ways hackers can steal corporate credentials (infographic)

Cybercriminals are always on the hunt for user credentials (user name and password). If you have someone’s credentials, you can log into their systems, access valuable data, and perform fraudulent transactions on their behalf. This infographic from Trusteer explains how hackers can Full story...

04/12/2013

Top digital marketing data and statistics this week

Here are the top digital marketing data and statistics that caught our eye. Full story...

05/12/2013

Google Robots vs Amazon Drones: Online delivery of the future?

Following Amazon’s announcement this week that it plans to use flying drones to deliver customer orders, Google has revealed its own plans for automated freight- robots. Full story...

05/12/2013

Mobile advertising effectiveness measurement in Australia: New industry partnership strengthens online currency

Measuring the effectiveness of mobile advertising remains a major challenge. The number of data points give so many options for what marketers measure has blocked the creation of single currencies in the way that GRPs became the TV currency. Here’s how Australia Full story...

05/12/2013

Price comparison sites ‘winning significant number of customers for retailers’

Retailers are achieving significant numbers of new customers via price comparison websites, new research reveals. Full story...

05/12/2013

5 global retail trends for 2014: Content shopping and hyper-targeting on the rise

Retailers must offer a richer, more personal shopping experience online and on the high street to drive sales in the New Year, according to new research. Full story...

05/12/2013

Yahoo's top trends of 2013: Miley Cyrus, Minecraft and iPhone 5 top list

As part of its review of the year, Yahoo has compiled more than 30 lists of popular searches broken down by specific questions, obsessions, news items, sports teams, comeback fads, political figures, music tours and weddings… even featuring a round-up video from Full story...

05/12/2013

ASOS is top UK retailer on Pinterest this Christmas shopping season

Online fashion retailer, ASOS, is the most popular UK online retail site when it comes to having web content shared on Pinterest, the pin-board style social network, in the run up to Christmas 2013. Full story...

05/12/2013

Cyber Monday in the UK: Samsung users spend more than iOS

iPhone and iPad users lead the mobile shopping boom this Cyber Monday, but Samsung mobile users spent most per person when shopping online in the UK, according to new research. Full story...

05/12/2013

Facebook continued to dominate social media in 2013

More mobile: Its mobile-first strategy signalled the big shift as developers focussed on the small screen to get people using Facebook as the key sharing tool when they’re with their friends. More commercial: Smarter and better advertising products, simplifying the formats, buying Full story...

06/12/2013

Twitter matches ads to users’ browser history

Twitter has launched a new form of targeted advertising, letting firms deliver "promoted tweets" to its users based on interest they have shown across their entire web browsing history. Full story...

06/12/2013

Customer service ‘hits the bottom line’- report

The quality of the customer service experience is one of the biggest influencing factors on a business’ bottom line, according to new research from the Institute of Customer Service into the Retail, Banking, Insurance and Utilities sectors. Full story...

06/12/2013

‘Massive’ hack exposes millions of social media passwords

More than two million stolen passwords used for sites such as Facebook, Google and Yahoo and other web services have been posted online. Full story...

06/12/2013

Mega Monday becomes ‘Mobile Monday’ on biggest shopping day of the year

Mobile transactions increased by 100% in the UK, over the busiest shopping weekend of the year, according to new research. Full story...

06/12/2013

iBeacon goes live in Apple stores to track shoppers’ location

Apple has launched its iBeacon tracking technology across 254 US stores, providing users with information depending on their precise location in the shop and acting like a virtual assistant. Full story...

09/12/2013

Social media trends in 2013: Chat apps and Chinese platforms rising stars of the year

Twitter IPO could make the micro-blogging platform a serious Facebook rival for advertisers… if it can make the most of its live event–orientated audience data. Chat Apps stole the headlines from the larger players this year, with WhatsApp, SnapChat and WeChat all Full story...

09/12/2013

Top 10 most searched for social networks by country

Social media was ruled by Facebook in 2013, with Pinterest Skype and Twitter all performing well across a range of countries, according to new data from Bing. Full story...

09/12/2013

Web giants unite to demand government spying reform

Web giants Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, LinkedIn and Yahoo have united to form the Reform Government Surveillance coalition, to demand a change to digital surveillance practices. Full story...

09/12/2013

Spotify artists earn $0.007 per stream

Spotify has revealed that artists are paid an average of $0.007 per play on the music streaming service, following criticism that it is underpaying musicians. Full story...

09/12/2013

Top Bing searches for 2013: Royal baby and Boston Marathon bombs biggest news

Microsoft has listed its 2013 top search trends list, with the birth of the royal baby being the most searched story of the year in the US, followed by the Boston Marathon bombing in April. Full story...

09/12/2013

Search trends in 2013: Hummingbirds, Penguins and the SEO apocalypse

Despite pressure from privacy groups, Bing and regional players Baidu and Yandex, Google still rules the search landscape. Google’s ‘keyword apocalypse’ has huge implications for search engine optimisation- marketers being pushed towards paid search for true accountability Products like HummingBird and Google Full story...

10/12/2013

Email marketing analytics - Implications for marketers following latest Google changes

Google seems to be making email marketing analytics a little harder, as Gmail starts caching images. Image downloads act as the window into engagement data for email and if Gmail switches this off, a major segment of consumers will ‘disappear’ from the Full story...

10/12/2013

Online media traffic fraud continues to undermine media buying confidence

The problem with a media channel where everything is counted is that the numbers rarely match up. Media traffic fraud has been a big issue since the late 90s, and this month another initiative kicks off to try and reduce online media Full story...

10/12/2013

Facebook plans ‘Sympathize’ button

Facebook is considering the launch of a new ‘sympathise’ button planning as an alternative to its hugely successful ‘like’ icon. Full story...

10/12/2013

Aldi rivals Tesco with budget tablet for £80

Supermarket chain Aldi has unveiled its own budget tablet for under £80, as it follows the lead of other retailers including Tesco, Asda and Argos. Full story...

10/12/2013

Digital advertising trends in 2013: The year of big data and micro-targeting

Real time bidding platforms soar as advertisers finally utilise big data for micro targeting Major retailers eBay and Amazon are becoming powerful ad networks using their vast amounts of user data harvested from their customer's buying habits Marketing giants WPP and newly Full story...

11/12/2013

Facebook working on artificial intelligence to mine user data

Facebook is working on artificial intelligence technology that will help it turn its massive trove of user data into ad revenue with better targeted automated ads. Full story...

11/12/2013

Facebook admits brands’ organic reach is declining

Facebook warned page administrators that the changes to its News Feed algorithm it introduced earlier this week will likely cause lower organic reach, citing the number of posts competing for space in users’ News Feeds. Full story...

11/12/2013

KitKat uses Captcha alternative game

Kit Kat has partnered with PlayCaptcha to use a new ad format that offers an games-based alternative to traditional 'Captcha' web verification forms. Full story...

11/12/2013

Twitter audience ‘getting younger than Facebook users’

The common perception that Twitter is used by older users has come in to question this week, with new research highlighting how its users are on average younger than their Facebook counterparts. Full story...

11/12/2013

Google lets users create their own DIY Street View

Google has expanded its popular Street View with a new feature that lets users create their own 360 images of locations near them. Full story...

11/12/2013

Mobile trends in 2013- The wearable technology test

Smartphones finally outsell feature phones globally as developing world switches on to Android- but Apple remains best for consumer engagement and spend Wearable technology makes headway with Google Glass ‘explorers’ and Galaxy Gear Smartwatch- but mainstream audience demand is largely untested Mobile Full story...

12/12/2013

UK marketers ‘getting more confident with content marketing’

UK marketers rate themselves more highly in terms of effectiveness when compared with North American and Australian marketers, according to new research. Content Marketing in the UK: 2014 Benchmarks, Budgets & Trends from Content Marketing Institute Full story...

12/12/2013

Miniclip reaches quarter of a billion mobile downloads

Miniclip has passed the landmark of 250 million downloads of its mobile games on iOS, Android and Windows devices. Full story...

12/12/2013

South Africans embrace online shopping and Cyber Monday

This year saw a rise in online spending across the globe, with USA reporting a 20% increase in online shopping on Cyber Monday as shoppers snubbed physical retail stores in favour of missing out on the holiday queues. Full story...

12/12/2013

Online retail trends of 2013 - The search for shopping's "missing link"

Amazon and eBay get smart with customer data to reach users based on interests across the web Google ramps up shopping tools- smartphone tracking makes stronger links between browsing and buying habits across multi-channel Social scrapbook Pinterest opens to retailers- visuals and Full story...

13/12/2013

Google to charge advertisers "only for ads that are seen"

Google has revamped its display ads so that advertisers pay only for adverts that are actually seen online. Full story...

13/12/2013

Instagram debuts private messaging service

Instagram has launched its own direct messaging service, letting people send photos and videos to each other privately. Full story...

13/12/2013

Spotify takes on iTunes Radio with first free service for mobile

Spotify is to extend its "free" ad-supported music service to mobile devices, in a move that will rival the lies of iTunes radio in the mobile streaming sector. Full story...

13/12/2013

Top 5 retail marketing predictions for 2014

A change in measurement metrics, shoppable content and engagement will be key developments in the coming year, according to new predictions form Rakuten Marketing. Full story...

13/12/2013

Eye-tracking reveals Google ‘still benefits most’ from linking to rivals in search results- report

An eye tracking study, commissioned by ICOMP (Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace) has revealed that Google's proposed commitments relating to the display of rival links, continue to weigh heavily in favour of Google's own services and will not help rivals to Full story...

13/12/2013

Rise of the machines: Google buys super-fast military robots

Google has bought Boston Dynamics, a firm that makes robots for the US military that can run faster than Usain Bolt. Full story...

16/12/2013

Top 10 instant messaging apps in the world (infographic)

The use of WhatsApp, WeChat, Line or SnapChat is booming all around the world. Social media agency KRDS, has produced this infographic on the top 10 messaging apps today, along with their features and their marketing potential. Full story...

16/12/2013

Top Twitter trends of 2013: Football and death dominate social chatter

Twitter has revealed the top trends of 2013 on its social network, both in the UK and worldwide, with celebrity deaths and football causing the biggest buzz. Full story...

16/12/2013

Reaching mums through digital marketing channels - smartphone use is key

Latest research into use patterns for smartphones shows they are key for reaching mums through digital marketing channels Full story...

16/12/2013

12 digital trends for 2014: The year for multiscreen and micro-videos

During 2014, video budgets will continue to shift from TV to multi-screen and mobile media spend will rise dramatically, especially among youth-targeted brands , according to new predictions from digital ad firm Millward Brown. Full story...

16/12/2013

Email marketers could get more engagement "simply by sending more emails"

Brands could increase engagement and revenue by sending more emails to customers, according to a new study. Full story...

16/12/2013

Axe hypes super bowl ad return on Facebook

Unilever’s AXE is following up last year’s Apollo Super Bowl campaign with a 30-second television commercial during 2014’s finals. Full story...

17/12/2013

Unilever helps digital marketing firms ‘Go Global’

Unilever announced the launch of Go Global, a program that aims to partner innovative digital companies which are ready for international expansion, with seven of Unilever’s global flagship brands. Unilever will contribute $100,000 in cash, mentorship and in-kind services in exchange for Full story...

17/12/2013

Gaming and app trends in 2013: Next gen console battle hints at future of entertainment

Microsoft and Sony locked in battle for consumer’s living room with latest next-gen consoles going far beyond gaming- but new players such as the Steam Box and Ouya target hardcore and casual gamers App gaming is now sells more than handheld consoles- Full story...

17/12/2013

Content marketing in 2013- Blurring the lines between advertising and entertainment

YouTube ramps up contextual advertising and paid content to rival success of Netflix, as Google becomes world's largest media owner iTunes and Google adopt Spotify model, signalling a new era of ad-funded streaming music Marketers getting smarter with content marketing as analysts Full story...

17/12/2013

Search marketing predictions for 2014 (video)

As 2013 comes to an end, Greenlight has taken a look at what 2014 holds for the digital marketing industry. The marketing agency filmed their directors as they provided insights into the advancements that can be expected in SEO, PPC, Social Media Full story...

17/12/2013

Internet of Things to grow 30-times by 2020: Connected devices will be standard

The Internet of Things (IoT) will grow to 26 billion units by 2020, representing an almost 30-fold increase from 0.9 billion in 2009, according to IT research and advisory firm Gartner. Full story...

17/12/2013

Digital advertising predictions for 2014: Mobile gets visual, video ads will pay off

Over the coming months, the digital advertising industry will continue to grow as increasing amounts of budget are allocated towards digital channels. In this report, Visual classification company WeSEE releases its predictions for the digital advertising industry in the coming year. Full story...

17/12/2013

10 biggest technology disasters of 2013

2013 has been a busy year for tech failures, on both sides of the Atlantic. All organizations are at risk of IT disasters, which could have an adverse effect on the operational running of the business and cause significant problems. This “hall Full story...

17/12/2013

BrightRoll and Nielsen team up for video ad metrics

Video ad platform BrightRoll has struck a strategic agreement with Nielsen, the global measurement and information company, to help advertisers increase the efficacy of their digital video ad campaigns and maximize accountability and return on investment. Full story...

17/12/2013

Medialogic partners Kantar Media to measure TV ad impact in Pakistan

National TV ratings provider Medialogic has struck a partnership with Kantar Media to enhance the TV audience measurement service in Pakistan. Full story...

18/12/2013

Job seekers flocking to mobiles: One in three go mobile to find their next job

Busy, on-the-go jobseekers are going mobile, driving a 48% increase in the number of job searches from mobile devices, according to new research. Full story...

18/12/2013

The fail trail: 15 worst digital marketing blunders of 2013

It’s true that a life without mistakes is a life not truly lived- but we can be sure the Kellogg’s marketing department could have lived without promising to feed hungry children in exchange for retweets. As 2013 draws to a close, we Full story...

18/12/2013

Top 7 advertising predictions: Programmatic and mobile video to take Europe by storm in 2014

Programmatic media trading has gained significant ground in 2013 as it continues to be better understood and more widely used. Adap.tv, the technology partner selected by many of the world’s largest video advertising buyers and sellers, has the following predictions for the Full story...

18/12/2013

Facebook debuts auto-play video ads on news feeds

In a controversial move, Facebook is launching video ads for the first time, playing automatically with no sound whenever a user checks their news feed. Watch this video from Bloomberg examining the move below: Full story...

18/12/2013

Digital regulation trends in 2013: Tackling privacy issues in a post PRISM world

Government web spying revelations shocked the world in the year when online privacy became big news Tech advances such as Google Glass and 3D printers raise new questions about digital regulation Marketers continue to battle regulators over ‘Do Not Track’ defaults for Full story...

18/12/2013

Top 10 YouTube videos of 2013: Harlem Shake, comedy spoofs and dancing babies top list

YouTube has revealed it top 10 most watched videos, with the Ylvis song 'What Does The Fox Say?' and the Harlem Shake dance phenomenon topping the list, ahead of brand virals Evian’s Dancing Babies and Volvo’s truck split. Here’s the company’s Year Full story...

18/12/2013

Online food retailers fail disabled people this Christmas

Shopping online for those Christmas dinner essentials is needlessly difficult for disabled people, concludes a new review by e-Accessibility charity, AbilityNet. Full story...

18/12/2013

Christmas comes early for online retailers as sales top £10bn in November

The latest figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index have revealed a better than expected performance for online retail in November, with sales topping an estimated £10.1 billion; the most the Index has ever recorded in a single month. Full story...

18/12/2013

Amazon planning ‘Pantry’ service after 'Fresh' food launch?

Amazon is planning to launch an online grocery shop called “Pantry,” mainly aimed at Amazon Prime members,according to news reports. Full story...

19/12/2013

Top Google searches of 2013: Twerking, Pancakes and Wimbledon

The death of Paul Walker has topped Google's 2013 list of trending searches, with Nelson Mandela, the royal baby and iPhone5 also featuring in the top 10. Watch this video from Google looking back on 2013: Full story...

19/12/2013

2013: The stories and research that shaped digital

As 2013 comes to a close, we look back at the biggest trends that helped shape digital marketing in the year that Google became the biggest media owner in the world. Twitter went public, Facebook put 'mobile first', Yahoo bought Tumblr and Full story...

19/12/2013

Odd news: 18 weirdest technology news stories of 2013

Forget Google Glass, this year produced some truly strange technological inventions. from mobile 'mind control’ to tactile touchscreens. In this brave new world of Google robots, Amazon Drones and Sony’s smart wigs, we celebrate the weirdest news of 2013 (NOTE: No donkeys Full story...

19/12/2013

60% of Brits are shopping more ‘thanks to tablets’

‘Cyber Monday’ was widely hailed as the busiest online shopping day, and last weekend saw the second ‘double bubble’ of Christmas shopping surges on eBay with the busiest weekend yet. Rounding out the Christmas predictions, this Sunday 15 December is set to Full story...

19/12/2013

Top media buying tips: 3 best practices to avoid digital advertising misplacement

The Digital Trading Standards Group (DTSG) has launched UK good practice aimed at minimising the risk of display advertising misplacement. Full story...

19/12/2013

Marketing on financial websites: Taking a gamble on the speculators

With the green shoots of economic recovery seemingly coming out and the stock markets looking up, Kantar Media TGI takes a look at those people in Britain who hold stocks and shares – who are they, how are they valuable to the Full story...

19/12/2013

Top 5 advertising trends for 2014: Automated intelligence and mobile retargeting tipped as next big things

In the coming year advertising will be more relevant, actionable and valuable to the consumer than ever before as the industry’s digital revolution propels forward at lightning speed, according to RadiumOne, the advertising software company. Full story...

20/12/2013

Customer experience: UK’s best and worst online retailers

ForeSee has measured the UK’s top 40 online retailers to determine how well they perform in terms of usability, with Amazon coming out on top and Ryanair trailing behind. Full story...

20/12/2013

Santa Vs. Amazon Drones- can $277bn technology replace magic reindeer?

When it comes to the most-efficiently run factories around the world, Santa’s workshop boasts a highly-systematic, technologically-advanced, and expensive operation worth over $227bn, according to this infographic examining how modern gadgets could replace Santa’s traditional 'reindeer-based overnight global distribution system'. Full story...

20/12/2013

Infographic: Black Friday and Cyber Monday- how did retailers and advertisers perform?

Affilate Window have produced a white paper and infographic looking at trends across Black Friday and Cyber Monday, showing a 32,55 sales increase online compared to the previous year. Full story...

20/12/2013

Digital Intelligence December 2013

As digital advertising moves beyond measuring clicks, this month saw the big players ramp up their display tools. Google reduced the value of adverts that are not seen by humans - potentially giving advertisers a better return on their display ad Full story...

30/12/2013

Top digital marketing data and statistics this week

Here are the top digital marketing data and statistics that caught our eye. Full story...

01/11/2013

Top 140 UK Twitter influencers: One Direction more powerful than David Cameron?

Boy band One Direction hold the biggest influence on Twitter in the UK, beating prime minister David Cameron and comedian Stephen Fry, according to new research. Full story...

01/11/2013

Facebook to track screen cursors?

Facebook is planning to record a user's cursor details when browsing the social network, recording details such as how long users hover their cursors over ads, in a bid to offer better targeted ads while boosting product development. Full story...

01/11/2013

Quarter of UK retail search traffic ‘comes from overseas’

Shoppers are now ‘citizens of the world’, according to the latest stats from BRC which were released last week and show an increase of 23% in the online search for British retailers from overseas. Full story...

01/11/2013

Time for marketers to capitalise on Olympic legacy?

A report released today by brand and communications qualitative research consultancy Firefly Millward Brown indicates the ‘Olympic effect’ among young people in Britain today. The research, London Pride: The Young Adult Perspective, highlights a new positive stance among people aged 18 to Full story...

01/11/2013

Patent wars heat up: Rivals gang up on Google and Samsung

A consortium of tech firms including Microsoft, Apple, Blackberry, Ericsson, and Sony, have teamed up to file a lawsuit against Google and its Android smartphone makers, over the way it matches search terms with relevant advertising. Full story...

04/11/2013

Google reveals KitKat OS update with Nexus 5 smartphone

Google has revealed the latest version of its Android operating system, named after the Nestle chocolate brand KitKat, as part of the launch of its Nexus 5 smartphone. Watch the promo video here: Full story...

04/11/2013

Twitter extends Kantar TV buzz monitoring tools to Spain

Kantar Media has extended its strategic alliance with Twitter to include Spain. It will now develop a suite of tools to support planning and analytics for the TV industry in both the UK and Spain. Full story...

04/11/2013

As SMEs fight for finance, banks scrap for Google rankings

There has been a shift away from traditional bank lending to small business, which has shrunk by a quarter since 2011, according to new research looking at search engine optimisation strategies of banks. Full story...

04/11/2013

Loyalty gets smart – UK shoppers ditch traditional cards for their phones

Following the surge in smartphone usage across the country, consumers now have access to more loyalty schemes on mobile devices than they do in their physical wallets, reveals a study by CloudZync. Full story...

04/11/2013

Britain’s ‘sale-seekers’ driving eCommerce growth

Britain’s ‘sale-seekers’ are increasingly seeking out sales online, fuelling the growth of online shopping in the UK, according to new research from Rakuten, which reveals that more than a third (34%) of shoppers actively seek out sales when shopping online, while a Full story...

04/11/2013

Tesco scans customer faces to sell targeted ads at petrol stations

Tesco is trialing new technology that will scan customer’s faces at petrol stations to sell targeted adverts shown on screens near the till. Watch this video from BBC click explaining how the technology works below: Full story...

05/11/2013

Google begins indexing app content: New search channel for marketers?

Google is to start indexing content inside apps, meaning that users will see installed app content appear on their search results for relevant keywords. Full story...

05/11/2013

BlackBerry sale collapses as CEO quits

Blackberry has made a surprise U-turn on its planned $4.7bn (£3bn) sale to consortium Fairfax Financial, instead replacing its chief executive and raising $1bn from investors. Watch this video from Bloomberg discussing the move here: Full story...

05/11/2013

Social media ROI: Facebook and Forrester in war of words over value of ads

Facebook has hit back against Forrester, after a report from the research firm claimed the social network has ‘failed marketers’ by neglecting brand pages in favour of paid ad tools. Full story...

05/11/2013

Online retailers to expect ‘5-year high’ customer conversion rate in December

Consumer spend with online retailers is forecast to reach £10.8bn in December this year according to analysis carried out on the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index, which is the first time it will have gone over the £10bn mark. Full story...

05/11/2013

Facebook mobile ads ‘account for half of all revenues’ (infographic)

Facebook's mobile ads now generate nearly half of all the social network’s revenues, the company has announced. Full story...

06/11/2013

Video viral of the week: Pepsi Max tells YouTube story with ‘Uncle Drew’ basketball star

Pepsi is running a YouTube series capturing the life of an old man with seemingly supernatural basketball skills, attracting nearly 40 million views with brand engagement that extends far beyond a 30-second TV commercial. See why the latest installment is our video Full story...

06/11/2013

Global smartphone trends: Windows ‘now accounts for 1 in 10 devices’ across Europe

Windows Phone now accounts for one in ten smartphone sales across the five major European markets and has seen strong growth in the UK, but Android still leads the way, according to new research. Full story...

06/11/2013

Why do happy shoppers spend more? (video)

If retailers and brands want shoppers to spend more, they need to focus first on making shoppers happy, according to a new report. Full story...

06/11/2013

B2B brands’ not using social media properly’ (infographic)

Over two thirds (70%) of business people don’t think B2B brands know how to communicate with them on social media, with Facebook considered the least suitable platform for B2B messages, according to a new survey. Full story...

06/11/2013

Twitter valued at $18bn as shares priced at $26 each

Twitter has set the price of its initial public offering at $26 a share, valuing the company at roughly $18bn (£11bn), ahead of its flotation today on the New York Stock Exchange. Full story...

07/11/2013

Google ramps up iOS voice search to rival Siri

Google's has revamped its iOS app, with features from Android's new software now available on Apple devices, include its most advanced voice search yet along with new alerts and cards. View a promo video for the updated Google Now iOS app here: Full story...

07/11/2013

Marketing 'getting more complicated': Digital campaigns with 50+ ad versions rise 32%

Digital marketers are managing increasingly complex online campaigns; the number of campaigns that averaged 50 or more ad versions in a single campaign has increased by 32.2% over the last four years, according to new research. Full story...

07/11/2013

Twitter guide for small business: Get the social network working for you

Ahead of its stock market flotation, Twitter has released a guide for small businesses offering on how to get the most out of the platform as a marketing and customer relation tool. Full story...

07/11/2013

Global Christmas shopping trends: UK biggest mobile shoppers in Europe

Mobile shopping in set to soar this Christmas, with the UK leading the way in Europe, according to new research. Full story...

07/11/2013

Online shopping failures: Delivery concerns 'main reason for checkout abandonment'

Over three quarters (77%) of online shoppers have proceeded to the checkout of a retail website in the past year only to leave the site before completing the purchase according to the latest eCustomerServiceIndex (eCSI) results from eDigitalResearch and IMRG. Full story...

07/11/2013

Viral of the week: Cheetos teams with Google Street View for virtual Halloween ‘tricks’

To keep up with the US tradition of toilet papering your house on Halloween, snack brand Cheetos teamed with Google maps and Street View to recreate the experience online (without risking vandalism charges). See why its out viral of the week below… Full story...

07/11/2013

Top digital marketing data and statistics this week

Here are the top digital marketing data and statistics that caught our eye. Full story...

08/11/2013

John Lewis Christmas ad: Social media reacts to 'The Bear and the Hare'

John Lewis’ annual Christmas ad has become something of a major mark on the festive calendar in the UK. A few hours on from this year’s debut on YouTube, PR and marketing agencies Hotwire and 33 Digital have released the first social Full story...

08/11/2013

Twitter share price soars 73% on 'TWTR' stock market debut

Twitter's share price rose a massive 73% on its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange, closing at $44.90, as the social network exceeded Wall Street's expectations. Watch this video from the Daily Telegraph, showing the Twitter stock float Full story...

08/11/2013

Mobile gaming trends: Apple leads way as Google Play growth slows

Apple continues to dominate the mobile app sector in terms of revenue, generating 63% of the sectors revenue through its App Store, compared to 37% from Google Play, according to new research. Full story...

08/11/2013

Top 10 brands for Facebook customer service (infographic)

Telecoms firm Personal Argentina was the top brand on Facebook in terms of answered questions minus unanswered questions, according to a new report and infographic from Socialbakers. Full story...

08/11/2013

Half of digital ads ‘go unseen’ by viewers (infographic)

Over half (54%) of advertising delivered goes unseen by the intended recipient, according to this new infographic from Infectious Media. Full story...

08/11/2013

The rise of social farmers: Agriculture workers turning to social media

Forget Farmville, real-life farmers in the US are flocking to smartphones and social media for agricultural information, according to new research. Full story...

08/11/2013

Twitter Vs Facebook: Which social media ads are best value for marketers?

Facebook has five times more active users and 10 times as many daily shares as Twitter, but falls short on mobile and engagement compared to its smaller rival, according to new research. Full story...

11/11/2013

Google tracks mobile shoppers' location to link browsing and buying habits

Google is reportedly testing a tool that uses smartphone location data to monitor when consumers visit stores, providing a vital link between online and offline purchase behaviour. Full story...

11/11/2013

Video case study: How John Lewis learned to make the nation cry… and buy

With the latest John Lewis' Christmas ad hitting both TV and YouTube over the weekend, just how did the retailer manage to achieve such high-profile anticipation and social media comment for a seasonal campaign? This case study from the Institute of Practitioners Full story...

11/11/2013

Facebook appoints first UK boss

Facebook has hired former MEC boss Steve Hatch as its first regional director for the social network in the UK and Ireland. Full story...

11/11/2013

64% of UK customers now use smartphones to shop

Nearly two thirds of UK shoppers now use their smartphones to shop, with 28 per cent turning to the device almost daily, according to a report released today by leader in mobile and multichannel technology, Usablenet. Full story...

11/11/2013

Android app translation tool offered to all developers

Google has made its app translation tool available to all developers, letting brands and individuals reach a much larger international audience. Full story...

12/11/2013

Flipboard debuts shopping catalogues

Social magazine app Flipboard has launched a new catalogue section, letting users and brands alike create products with price tags and purchase links. Full story...

12/11/2013

Johnston Press woos small firms with ‘Digital Kitbag’ for marketing

Johnston Press has launched ‘Digital Kitbag’, a one-stop marketing tool to help marketers reach their audience via the publisher’s digital portfolio. Full story...

12/11/2013

Email marketing trends: ‘Focus efforts on content, not devices’ (infographic)

Email marketers must invest their resources in producing relevant content rather than become fixated on new devices and advances in email technology, if they are to maintain consumer interest in the medium, recent research published by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) reveals. Full story...

12/11/2013

‘Outdated’ Blockbuster back in administration

Blockbuster UK has gone back into administration and its online service has been suspended, as the owners admit its current business model is ‘outdated’. Full story...

12/11/2013

Prepare for the busiest online Christmas browsing day – 12th November 2013

New research amongst European shoppers estimates that 12th November will be the busiest online browsing day ahead of the traditional Christmas shopping period and Cyber Monday (the busiest online shopping day which occurs on 2nd December). Full story...

12/11/2013

Twitter fail: Kellogg’s apologises for ‘tweets for hungry kid’s breakfast’ campaign

Kellogg's has been forced to apologise after offering to exchange retweets for breakfasts for vulnerable children. Full story...

12/11/2013

Video viral of the week: Lionel Messi takes on aliens in Samsung's intergalactic soccer match

In its most ambitious campaign yet, Samsung’s latest Galaxy viral video pitches football star Lionel Messi against a horde of invading aliens. The campaign is only just kicking off, with more big players set to join the ‘Galaxy 11’ in what looks Full story...

12/11/2013

Asia-Pacific demographics: One region, many audiences

The centre of the online universe now lies in Asia-Pacific, more than 40% of the worldwide internet audience is now based in Asia-Pacific. The sheer size of this market makes it worth every marketer’s time to know this audience better. However the Full story...

13/11/2013

Teens ditching Facebook for WhatsApp- report

Facebook is reportedly seeing a decrease in its daily users, especially teens, who have started to prefer mobile messaging apps like WhatsApp, SnapChat and WeChat, over the social networking giant. Full story...

13/11/2013

Video viral of the week: Skype tear-jerker chronicles unique friendship forged by video chat

As part of its ‘Stay Together’ series, this video from Skype tugs at the heart strings, telling the story of a long-distance friendship between two teenage girls, from the US and New Zealand, who were both born with one arm. The emotional Full story...

13/11/2013

Top 5 luxury goods markets for digital: France leads the way

Consumers are increasingly turning to online channels to engage with their favourite fashion brands. Nearly 80 million people worldwide accessed a site from Jewelry/Luxury Goods/Accessories category using a desktop PC or laptop in August 2013, up 8 percent compared to the same Full story...

13/11/2013

Top digital marketing data and statistics this week

Here are the top digital marketing data and statistics that caught our eye. Full story...

14/11/2013

Snapchat ‘rejects $3bn Facebook bid’

Mobile messaging startup Snapchat has reportedly rejected an acquisition offer from Facebook that would have valued the company at more than $3bn (£1.8bn). Full story...

14/11/2013

Twitter takes on Storify with custom timelines

Twitter has added a new Storify-style feature that lets users create custom timelines around topics, hashtags or key words that they find interesting Full story...

14/11/2013

Measuring digital ROI - still the biggest challenge for marketers

It was a big challenge in 2003 - and it's still a big challenge today. Across Europe, marketing directors feel unable to measure the return on investment from their digital marketing spend. Many client marketers complain of little insight from their agencies. Full story...

14/11/2013

US digital trends- Video top activity on PC mobile and tablets

Watching video is number one activity on all platforms in the US, with mobile become a key consumption platform, according to new research. Full story...

14/11/2013

Tablets and mobiles account for nearly a third of visits to youth websites

Almost one third (31%) of visits to youth and young-adult focused websites in the first half of 2013 came from tablets and mobiles, according to new figures released by youth entertainment & lifestyle sales house w00t! Media. Full story...

14/11/2013

Yahoo! revamps homepage with mobile-friendly features

Yahoo! has launched its updated home page across Europe, designed to be consistent across mobile, tablet and desktop computers, featuring a raft of new features. Watch this animation showing how the homepage has evolved over the years below: Full story...

14/11/2013

Pinterest lets retailers embed ‘hottest trends’ on their websites

Pinterest is opening up its site to retailers for the first time, as the popular online scrapbook begins letting brands capitalise on its user data for the first time. Full story...

15/11/2013

Yahoo sells ‘Sandwich.com’ in bizarre domain name clear out

Yahoo is putting over 100 domain names up for auction from 15th November, including potentially lucrative ‘sandwich.com’, as part of a company ‘Domainapalooza’ clear out sale. Full story...

15/11/2013

Samsung gets 36 new firms on-board for Android-rival Tizen

Tizen, a potential new rival to Android backed by Samsung and Intel, has got new 36 companies on board to support the operating system ahead of its full launch planned for 2014, including eBay, Konami, McAfee, Panasonic, and The Weather Channel. Full story...

15/11/2013

Endemol bypasses TV with £25m web video project

Big Brother producer Endemol in investing €30m (£25m) in a group of local and international digital video channels on platforms including YouTube, Yahoo and AOL. Full story...

15/11/2013

Brands getting better at integrated media planning but ‘data silos’ remain - report

The majority of brands are taking a more integrated approach to media planning and buying, but operational and data silos still exist, according to a report published this week. Full story...

15/11/2013

UK online sales see continued growth with sales up 15%

The online retail market continued to see steady growth in October, recording a solid 15% year-on-year increase, according to the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index. Full story...

15/11/2013

Asia Pacific demographics: One region, many audiences

This chart shows the breakdown of online audience age in Asia Pacific compared to the worldwide average. India has the highest percentage of young people online, with the 15-24 age group accounting for 37% of India's online audience. Interestingly, Australia, New Zealand Full story...

18/11/2013

US advertising costs: Taxation threatens prices

Internet advertising costs could leap if the US Congress discussions about taxing advertising proceed, affecting web advertising. The US lobbying industry is tooling up in response as internet advertising regulation and taxes inevitably will impact revenues to media owners. Full story...

18/11/2013

PS4 breaks records with 1m first-day sales

Sony’s PS4 has gone on sale it the US, becoming the fastest selling console ever, breaking first day sales records ahead of rival Xbox One launch next week. Watch this launch video from the Daily Telegraph below: Full story...

18/11/2013

Over half of mobile email sales made on an iPad

Over half (56%) of mobile online sales originating from a marketing email take place on an iPad, according to new research. Full story...

18/11/2013

Online dating trends: Free dating sites a hit with Brits surfing for love

A third of new relationships begin online and on average, nine million Britons log on to dating sites in their quest to find a significant other, an industry which research firm Mintel estimates will be worth £150 million by 2014. Full story...

18/11/2013

Digital marketing formats: Which format generates the most value for marketers?

This chart shows the perceived business value digital marketing channels provide marketers. Marketers' answers were based on a scale of 1-5, where 1 is very dissatisfied and 5 was very satisfied. An interesting point this chart makes is that the Facebook marketing Full story...

19/11/2013

Twitter opens ads to small firms outside US

Twitter is letting small and medium-sized businesses outside the US advertise on the site for the first time, as the social network looks to woo brands a week after its IPO. Full story...

19/11/2013

Video viral of the week: Van Damme gets 25m views in 1 week with Volvo trucks stunt

As part of its hugely successful ‘Volvo Trucks’ stunt series on YouTube, the Swedish auto maker hired the ‘Muscles from Brussels’ himself- Jean Claude Van Damme- to perform an eye-watering stunt between two moving heavy vehicles. See why it’s our video viral Full story...

19/11/2013

Global loyalty trends: Are loyal customers worth more?

How effective are loyalty programs in getting customers to stick with your brand? This research from Nielsen looks at snack and mobile brands across the globe which regions have the most loyal customers. Full story...

19/11/2013

Apple stores to track shoppers with ‘iBeacons’

Apple will soon add ‘iBeacon’ location technology across its retail stores in a bid to boost sales and improve customer experience, according to a new report. Full story...

19/11/2013

Time shifting viewing ‘becoming the norm’

While most people currently prefer to watch “must-see TV” at the time of broadcast, the signs are that this will soon change, according to new research. Full story...

19/11/2013

Twitter takes ‘lifesaving’ alerts to UK

Twitter is talking its alerts service to the UK and the Republic of Ireland, with emergency services and government bodies signing up to the service, which will flag up emergency messages with text and pop-up alerts. Full story...

19/11/2013

Most shared branded Instagram content on social networks

This chart shows the top branded Instagram accounts whose content has been shared on social networking sites other than Instagram. MTV created the most shareable photos on Instagram with over 134 million shares, almost double it's closest competitor the NBA (68,463 million). Full story...

20/11/2013

Nokia-Microsoft mobile deal gets greenlight

Nokia shareholders have approved the 5.44 billion euros (£4.5bn) sale of its mobile phone division to Microsoft, as both firms looks to regain lost ground to Google, Samsung and Apple in the mobile sector. Full story...

20/11/2013

Google forced to pay $17m in Safari tracking case

Google has been forced to pay $17m (£10.5m) for tracking Apple's Safari browser users without their permission. Full story...

20/11/2013

Case study: Fyffes turns bananas into comic strips

With the help of an innovative laser-print technique, Fyffes managed to print six different comics on banana skins. This case study looks at how the fruit brand managed to get kids to ditch sweets for bananas. Full story...

20/11/2013

Yahoo strikes UK music video deal with Vevo

Yahoo has struck today announced a new partnership with VEVO to bring its catalogue of 75,000 HD music videos to Yahoo and omg! in the UK. Full story...

20/11/2013

Samaritans encourages digital giving with ‘Shoebox World‘

Charity organisation The Samaritans is encouraging internet users to donate gift-filled shoeboxes this Christmas to disadvantaged children across the world, via a personalised website. Full story...

20/11/2013

Mobile payment trends: Holistic view ‘boosts the whole economy’

An estimated 20 million UK shoppers will be using their mobile phones to pay for goods and services by the end of the decade, with the value of their purchases tripling to as much as £14.2 billion by 2018, according to new Full story...

20/11/2013

Yahoo! Japan partners Videology in video ad push

Video ad company Videology has been selected by Yahoo! Japan – ranked as the top web portal in Japan for search and audience reach – as its video advertising technology partner. Full story...

20/11/2013

24 most popular social networks in the world

This chart shows the top 24 social networks by global monthly active users. Facebook leads with almost 1.2 billion monthly users. Interestingly, the list features many region specific social networks such as Qzone, a China-based social networking site, which ranked third with Full story...

21/11/2013

Top digital marketing data and statistics this week

Here are the top digital marketing data and statistics that caught our eye. Full story...

21/11/2013

Google reveals prepaid debit card

Google is to launch a prepaid debit card for use in stores and at ATM machines, linked to users’ Google Wallet accounts. Full story...

21/11/2013

Lambrini debuts ‘Bodyguard’ app to encourage responsible drinking

Alcohol brand Lambrini has introduced a free Bodyguard App as part of a nationwide campaign to encourage responsible drinking. Full story...

21/11/2013

Email marketing trends: Gmail ‘teaching consumers to shop from the inbox

Despite fears that a segregated inbox for marketing messages would switch off consumers, Gmail users are actively searching its new Promotions tab, reading as much commercial email as before, according to new research looking at email marketing trends. Full story...

21/11/2013

Christmas ecommerce trends- mobile sales up 80%

Christmas sales via mobile devices, especially iPads, are driving much of the growth in the UK ecommerce market this festive season, according to new research from IBM. Watch this video outlining IBM’s findings here: Full story...

21/11/2013

Plans for shorter ‘.uk’ address returns despite claims of confusion

Domain name registry Nominet has announced plans to introduce ‘.uk’ address as a shorter alternative to ‘.co.uk’, despite previous claims that the move would cause confusion. Full story...

21/11/2013

Gatorade pushes sport benefits with online fitness training

Energy drink Gatorade has embarked on a new campaign in Italy, offering a free online fitness program to consumers. Full story...

21/11/2013

Snapchat photo sharing overtaking Facebook with 70% female audience

More than two thirds (70%) of SnapChat’s audience are female, with the number of photos shared on the app doubling to 400 million a day, according to a news report. Full story...

22/11/2013

Google Analytics tips: New upgrade tool for cross-platform analytics

Following the launch of its ‘Universal Analytics’ tool, Google is now offering an upgrade tool for standard users to transfer their data to the new cross-platform suite. Watch this video from Pricegrabber, explaining how they will use Universal Analytics below: Full story...

22/11/2013

Unilever ‘Project Sunlight’ pushes global sustainability message

Unilever has launched ‘Project Sunlight’, a new initiative to motivate millions of people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles, in the company’s biggest consumer-facing brand campaign to date. Full story...

22/11/2013

Sainsbury drops online CD, DVD and book sales for downloads

Sainsbury's is to stop selling physical entertainment products online, with an eye to switching its internet retail experience to digital downloads. Full story...

22/11/2013

Xbox One gets global launch as console battle begins

Microsoft's next-generation console, the Xbox One, has gone on sale in the UK as the pre-Christmas battle with Sony’s Playstation 4 gets underway. Watch this report from the BBC below: --> --> Full story...

22/11/2013

Third of UK brands ‘have no idea where display ads appear online’

Over a third (38%) of UK advertisers have no idea where their display ads are appearing online, meaning they could appear on inappropriate sites, according to new research. Full story...

22/11/2013

John Lewis ‘Bear and the Hare' ad- how did Twitter react?

A week on from the launch of John Lewis’ festive ad ‘The Bear and Hare’ how did it compare to previous Christmas campaigns? Crimson Hexagon, a provider of social media analysis platform ForSight and a library of 365 billion posts (that grows Full story...

22/11/2013

British Airways ‘look up’ outdoor campaign identifies real planes in the sky

British Airways has unveiled new interactive digital billboards that can identify real planes as they fly overhead, courtesy of some technical wizardry. View a video showing the poster in action below: Full story...

22/11/2013

Google India teams with Unilever to help 50 million women get online

Google India has teamed up with major brands including Intel, Hindustan Unilever (HUL) and Axis Bank to launch a mass media campaign targeted to encourage women to get online. Watch this sample video from the campaign below: Full story...

22/11/2013

Instagram takes on SnapChat and WhatsApp with private messaging

Instagram is reportedly planning a private and group messaging feature, as the Facebook- owned photo sharing service looks to rival the likes of SnapChat and WhatsApp in the fast-growing chat app sector. Full story...

25/11/2013

Facebook advertising ‘boosts paid search return on ad spend by 30%’

Facebook advertising has a knock-on effect on paid search performance on search engines such as Google and Bing, accoriding to new research. Full story...

25/11/2013

Samsung forced to pay Apple extra $290m for copyright breach

Apple has been awarded $290m in a damages retrial against Samsung, retrieving a large part if the money it was originally awarded last year. Full story...

25/11/2013

Monarch pushes ski season with augmented reality piste

Direct response and relationship marketing agency WDMP has created a new direct marketing campaign for Monarch Airlines that takes the immersive virtual experience of augmented reality (AR) to a new level. Full story...

25/11/2013

5 transformational trends that brands need to embrace in 2014

New research from strategic brand and planning consultancy Onesixtyfourth, reveals five transformational trends for 2014, which businesses need to embrace if they want to be brand-leaders. Full story...

25/11/2013

Best Vines of the year: Lowes 'lifehacks' tops 6-second video ads

Twitter’s new 6-second Vine video platform proved a big hit this year. We look back at some of the best, starting with Lowes' ingenious visual tips that make DIY seem fun (well…almost). Full story...

26/11/2013

Google outstrips radio as second most popular news source behind TV

Radio has fallen behind Google as a medium for the general public to receive news, according to new research. Full story...

26/11/2013

Marketing plans for small businesses show half marketing budget is online

Small businesses have made a radical shift in their marketing plans with half their marketing budget online according to latest US data. Full story...

26/11/2013

Top mobile privacy fears: Mobile banking and text message content biggest concerns

When it comes to attitudes to mobile data privacy, smartphone owners in the UK are most concerned about companies having access to banking activities and content of texts and emails, while data collected around apps and web surfing on mobiles is of Full story...

26/11/2013

Top digital marketing data and statistics this week

Here are the top digital marketing data and statistics that caught our eye. Full story...

27/11/2013

Content marketing trends: Articles, social media and eNewsletters top tactics (infographic)

Marketers in the UK are planning to increase their content marketing budgets more over the next 12 months, using a wealth of tactics to increase their reach, according to new research. Full story...

27/11/2013

113 million visits to online retail sites predicted for Cyber Monday

The second of December will be busiest online shopping day pre-Christmas, but could be eclipsed by 'Middle' Cyber Monday, with £10.5 billion spent on online retail transactions in December alone, according to a new forecast. Full story...

27/11/2013

App optimization for iOS 7 [Infographic]

Apple’s new operating system iOS7, caused quite a stir last month- but how does it effect advertisers and app developers? This infographic from Dotcom Infoway offers a guide of apps for iOS7. Full story...

27/11/2013

Snow business? Measuring the impact of bad weather on productivity (infographic)

Was your businesses affected by the snow and ice that hit last January? Did you lose business or perhaps suffer from absent employees as a result? With snow forecast to fall in the not too distant future, how prepared is your business? Full story...

27/11/2013

Snack brand non-loyalty across regions

This shows the consumers who are least loyal to snack brands. Over the period, Europe came out on top as the least loyal to snack brands , with 46% switching brands regularly.The Middle East and Africa stay the most loyal to their Full story...

27/11/2013

Mobile phone brand loyalty for all regions

This chart shows the percentage of people who are completely loyal to a mobile phone brand by region. The Middle East and Africa shows the most loyalty out of all regions analysed with 35%. North American and European phone owners prove to Full story...

27/11/2013

YouTube hit by spam as compulsory Google+ login backfires

Google has admitted its YouTube site has become riddled with spam after it switched to compulsory Google+ logins from users to comment on videos. Full story...

27/11/2013

Sony files hair-raising patent for 'SmartWig'

Sony has filed a patent for a SmartWig that can can help wearers navigate roads, collect information such as blood pressure and even vibrates on the user’s head to give them messages. Full story...

27/11/2013

Top 10 websites for ‘mobile only’ visitors: Zynga, Groupon and Pandora lead the way

Although we now live in a digital world featuring a multi-platform majority, many large media properties focus more of their efforts on a particular platform, whether it’s for practicality, a better user experience, or some other reason. That primary platform used to Full story...

27/11/2013

Online news trends: Finland leads the way in Europe

News and information sites capture a large proportion of the European online audience with 8 in 10 internet users accessing one of these sites in September 2013, according to new research from comScore. Full story...

27/11/2013

‘OK Google’: Voice search comes to Chrome ahead of Glass launch

Google has released a Chrome extension that brings the voice-activated "OK Google" command to the browser, ahead of the launch of its Glass augmented eyewear next year. Watch this video demo here: Full story...

28/11/2013

Almost 1 in 5 multichannel sales ‘are now click and collect’

New data from IMRG and Capgemini reveal that almost 1 in 5 (19%) multichannel online sales are now click and collect. Full story...

28/11/2013

First 'Mega Monday' reports point to Christmas shopping gone mobile

Slick mobile retail sites and convenient access to brands via smartphones and tablets are driving sales via mobile devices this Christmas season. Full story...

28/11/2013

Merry Clickmas: Cyber Monday is just the start for retailers

Mobile shopping is set to boom this Cyber Monday (the biggest Christmas shopping day online), but retailers are being advised to continue their marketing efforts throughout December. Full story...

28/11/2013

November round-up: Facebook vs Twitter ads, Google searches apps and Pinterest woos retailers

Big developments in mobile and social this month are creating new ways you can reach people in 2014. Integration of retail into digital gets a boost as Pinterest opens up to retailers, and Google starts tracking in-store consumer behaviour. View out latest Full story...

29/11/2013

Argos ditching catalogues for ‘digital stores of the future’

Argos is trialing a six new shops where tablet computers will replace the retailer's trademark laminated catalogues, in a test of what it claims could be ‘the store of the future’. Watch this promotional video for the new Argos stores below: Full story...

29/11/2013

The future of customer loyalty: trends and predictions

Brands need to focus on the core customer experience before investing in conventional loyalty reward programmes, according to new research from Underwired, which forecasts customer loyalty trends in the year ahead and beyond. Full story...

29/11/2013

Black Friday and Cyber Monday trends: Changing multi-cultural shopping habits

The line between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is blurring, as many U.S. consumers are going online for holiday deals on the biggest shopping day of the year for brick-and-mortar retailers. While shopping tendencies among all consumers didn’t shift dramatically between 2011 Full story...

29/11/2013

Quality product data ‘key to attracting online customers’

Quality product data is becoming increasingly important for attracting online customers, according to a new industry review carried out by price comparison provider Become Europe. Full story...

29/11/2013

Microsoft hires Dom Joly for new Bing It On campaign

Microsoft has launched the second phase of its ‘Bing it On’ campaign, which challenges consumers to directly compare Bing’s search results with Google’s. Full story...

29/11/2013

Digital Intelligence November 2013

Big developments in mobile and social are creating new ways you can reach people in 2014. Integration of retail into digital gets a boost as Pinterest opens up to retailers, and Google starts tracking in-store consumer behaviour. What does it mean Full story...

29/11/2013

Global digital ad spend 'to overtake newspapers' by 2015

The amount spent on internet and mobile advertising worldwide is forecast to exceed that spent on newspapers within two years, according to new research. Full story...

01/10/2013

Measurement and social CRM ‘top priorities’ for marketing bosses

Measurement, video and social CRM are the top spending priorities for CMOs, according to new research. Full story...

01/10/2013

Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry debuts Christmas recipes app

Mary Berry, star of The Great British Bake Off, has launched her own iPhone and iPad app ready for the upcoming Christmas season. Full story...

01/10/2013

Mobile Brits ‘let down but non-optimised sites’ (infographic)

Britons are increasingly using their mobile devices to access the internet – but new research shows that they are being let down by companies, who are not optimising their sites for smartphones and tablets., according to this new infographic from Eptica. Full story...

01/10/2013

US Government 'shutdown' hits websites

Several US government websites and Twitter feeds, including NASA and the Department of Homeland Security, have been suspended following a partial US government shutdown. Full story...

02/10/2013

Google forced to put rival logos on search results?

Google’s long-running battle with the European Commission could be coming to an end, with the search giant potentially agreeing to link to rival sites on specific channel searches, such as shopping or maps. Full story...

02/10/2013

Facebook Graph Search now includes status updates and comments

Facebook has updated its Graph Search tool to include user posts and status updates, as the social network looks to improve its site navigation in a bid to appeal more to users and advertisers. Full story...

02/10/2013

Paid Search ‘drives higher revenue per visit’ than organic listings for Hewlett-Packard

Hewlett Packard’s US printing division generated more revenue per visitor from paid serahc than via organic listings, according to a new case study and white paper from Resolution Media and Kenshoo. Full story...

02/10/2013

Spotify gets more social- adds follow button for artists and bloggers

Spotify is ramping up its social features, introducing an embeddable ‘Follow’ button for artists and bloggers to add to their sites. Full story...

02/10/2013

Kids' social networking trends: Facebook plateaus as Blackberry falls from favour

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are the most popular social media sites among 10-15 years olds in the UK, but Blackberry is falling from favour, according to new research. The Amaze Generation from Amaze on Vimeo. Full story...

02/10/2013

The government shutdown? Democrats fight back online #EnoughAlready

This week, American politics exploded onto the web, as the digital marketers got tough and took the fight to unlock the shutdown to Twitter, email and beyond. And they made it personal with a massive campaign to hold Speaker John Boehner “responsible” Full story...

02/10/2013

YouTube launches first ever music awards

YouTube is setting up its first ever music awards, the Google-owned video site looks to cement its position as the 'first call' for music content online. Full story...

02/10/2013

Digital Intelligence September 2013

The digital skills gap is back in the spotlight after a US study showed most marketers lacked knowledge and confidence - a massive gap that confirms new platforms and approaches are putting budgets at risk. Several big changes came from Google Full story...

02/10/2013

Facebook tracks social effect on TV ratings

Facebook has begun tracking how its users engage with 45 primetime TV shows in the US, as the social network looks to rival Twitter in providing advertisers with real time viewer data. Full story...

03/10/2013

Facebook revamps mobile app ads with ‘calls-to-action’

Facebook has revamped its mobile app advertising with 'call-to-action' buttons, such ‘Shop Now’ or ‘Listen Now’, as the social network looks to boost engagement on its apps. Full story...

03/10/2013

Half of Brits skive online at work- but women ‘waste less time than men’

Nearly a half of British employees shop or read news online during work, a third spends time on social media, but generally women waste less time than men, according to new research. Full story...

03/10/2013

Snapchat takes on Facebook with ‘Stories’ timeline tool

Snapchat has launched ‘Stories’, letting users see rolling news-feeds from friends in the last 24 hours, as the popular photo sharing app looks to rival Facebook. Watch this video showing how Snapchat stories works below: Full story...

04/10/2013

Instagram confirms newsfeed ad plans

Instagram has announced plans to place ads placing ads in users’ photo streams, as the Facebook-owned photo app looks to capitalise on its growing popularity. Full story...

04/10/2013

Google unveils ‘Web Designer’ tool for advertisers

Google has begun testing a free ‘Web Designer’ tool, letting advertisers create HTML 5 ads for both mobile and desktop. View a demo of the program here: Full story...

04/10/2013

49 of UK’s top 50 retailers ‘not using responsive design for websites’

Nearly all (98%) of the UK’s top 50 retailers are failing to offer responsive websites that work across desktop, mobile, and tablet devices, according to new research. Full story...

04/10/2013

Google boosts gesture controls with Flutter acquisition

Google has bought webcam-based gesture recognition firm Flutter for an undisclosed sum, as the internet giant continues to move away from desktop computing to mobile and wearable technologies. View a video demonstration of Flutter below: Full story...

04/10/2013

FBI shuts ‘eBay of the drug trade’ Silk Road

The FBI has closed down Silk Road, a black market website used to buy drugs and hitmen, arresting its owner in the process. Full story...

04/10/2013

Twitter finances revealed for first time in $1bn IPO plans

Twitter plans to raise $1bn (£619m) in its stock market debut, as it posts documents to regulators giving insights into its finances for the first time. Full story...

07/10/2013

UK digital ad spend hits £3bn in 6 months- consumer goods now top sector for mobile display

Digital ad spend up in the UK rose 17.5% to reach a record six-month high of over £3bn, with consumer goods overtaking entertainment and media as the biggest mobile display advertiser, according to new research. Full story...

07/10/2013

Tablets becoming ‘must have’ device for kids- Ofcom

Tablet usage among UK children is on the rise, with kids ditching mobiles and PCs for tavblets to access the internet, according to new research. Full story...

07/10/2013

Samsung forecasts record quarterly profits as smartphones outsell Apple

Samsung expects to see a profit of £5.8bn for the past three months as its smartphones outsell Apple globally, shipping around 85 million devices, compared to some 35 million iPhones. Full story...

07/10/2013

Global ad trends: Humour and ‘real life’ themes key to mass appeal

As advertisers aim to stand out in today’s fragmented media landscape, advertising is only part of the formula for reaching consumers. Creating a memorable brand identity by resonating with consumers is just as important, and some messages resonate better than others, according Full story...

07/10/2013

Nielsen unveils Twitter TV ratings for advertisers

Twitter has launched its ‘Nielsen TV Twitter Rating’ system in the US, as the firm looks to attract advertisers by linking TV shows to social media engagement. Full story...

08/10/2013

Google adds ‘local storefronts’ to shopping search

Google is ramping up its local features on its shopping search tool, listing local storefronts and product availability for desktop and smartphone users. Full story...

08/10/2013

Video viral of the week: Interactive first aid video helps ‘save the boy’

In a hard-hitting new TV and digital campaign, St Johns Ambulance offers interactive advice on giving first aid to youngsters, in a bid to help boost awareness of potentially life-saving skills. See why it's our video viral of the week below... View Full story...

08/10/2013

BBC plans ‘next generation’ iPlayer

The BBC's director general Tony Hall is expected to announce the launch of the next generation BBC iPlayer in a keynote speech today. Full story...

08/10/2013

Google putting ‘mandatory’ ads into Gmail Android app?

Google has started putting ads into its Gmail Android app that cannot be switched off by users, according to a news report. Full story...

08/10/2013

Cornetto’s ‘Love Plane’ takes tweets to the sky

For its latest campaign Unilever’s Cornetto launched a set of airplanes with a Twitter-connected banners, so summer lovers could declare their love in front of everyone on the beaches of Spain. Full story...

08/10/2013

Global web trends: 40% of world online by 2014 as mobile broadband soars

Forty percent of the world's population will be online by the end of the year, still leaving 4.4 billion people unconnected, according to a UN report. Full story...

09/10/2013

NTT DoCoMO reveals translation glasses

Japanesse telco NTT Docomo has unveiled a pair of glasses that can translate written text into another language, continuing the upcoming trend for wearable technology ahead of Google Glass launch later this year. View this demonstration video from Engadget below: Full story...

09/10/2013

Viacom uses Twitter ‘Amplify’ social ads for global MTV awards promo

Viacom is running social video ads for its channels via Twitter Amplify, as the entertainment giant looks to prmote its upcoming series of global MTV awards show. Full story...

09/10/2013

Only one in five online retailers using automated email for abandoned checkout

UK and US online retailers are failing to capitalise on a ‘potential $516 billion’ in revenue by not using email to help recover customers who have abandoned cart items, according to new research. Full story...

09/10/2013

Yahoo revamps email with threads and ‘disposable’ addresses

To coincide with its 16th birthday, Yahoo’s email has undergone its second revamp in a year with a raft of new features, as the firm looks to compete with the likes our Google’s Gmail and Microsoft’s Outlook. Full story...

09/10/2013

Top 10 web properties in India: Time spent

This chart shows the average time spent by unique visitors in March 2013 on the the top 10 online properties in India. Google sites were the top wen property in India in terms of unique visits (69 million unique visits) but are Full story...

10/10/2013

Top 10 web properties in India: Visitors

This chart shows the top 10 online destination in India. Google sites came in top with over 69 million visits in March 2013. Facebook received the second highest volume of unique visitors with almost 60 million, it was also the only social Full story...

10/10/2013

Amazon offers Paypal-style 'login and pay' button

Amazon has launched a new ‘login and pay’ button, letting external websites allow their customers to pay via their Amazon accounts, as the firm steps up its battle with eBay and its PayPal payments system. Full story...

10/10/2013

Google UK trends: Search ‘accounts for 56% of all traffic to Google sites’

Traffic to Google’s websites, including YouTube, Gmail and Google Play, account for 5.6% of the entire UK online audience, largely driven by its search business, according to new research. Full story...

10/10/2013

Google takes on WhatsApp with Hangouts SMS?

Google is following WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage by integrating SMS and MMS texts in to its web-based chat app. Full story...

10/10/2013

Heinz and Reckitt Benckiser ditch Captcha for branded games

Heinz and Reckitt Benckiser are among the first brands to sign up for Future Ad Labs’ new advertising format, PlayCaptcha. Watch this video presentation explaining how the tool works below; Full story...

10/10/2013

Facebook under fire for £0 UK tax bill

Facebook paid no corporation tax in the UK in 2012, despite raking in £223 million in advertising revenue, according to a news report. Full story...

10/10/2013

Dailymotion picks Yahoo to serve ads in UK

Yahoo UK has been appointed as the sole sales representative for the world’s second largest video platform, Dailymotion, to serve ads across its UK property. Full story...

10/10/2013

Samsung unveils first curved smartphone- ‘Galaxy Round’

Samsung has launched the world's first smartphone with a curved screen in South Korea, as the electronics giant continues its aggressive bid to beat rivals to new technology, following its smartwatch launch last month. Full story...

10/10/2013

Adobe hack attack hits 3m user accounts

Last week, Adobe was hit by a hack attack that exposed the bank details of customers using its popular software such as Photoshop and Acrobat Reader. Full story...

10/10/2013

Top digital marketing data and statistics this week (Oct 5th-11th)

Here are the top digital marketing data and statistics that caught our eye. Full story...

11/10/2013

Facebook makes it harder to hide from search

Facebook has sparked controversy by dropping the privacy setting that lets users opt out of people searching for their names, claiming that the feature was used only by "a small percentage" of users. Full story...

11/10/2013

Share of global adspend by medium: 2015

This chart shows the forecast for global adspend in 2015. TV adspend will dwindle slightly, dropping by 05%, from 40% to 39.5%. Online adspend is set to grow the most over the coming three years, increasing by 6.3%. Advertisers will continue to Full story...

11/10/2013

Share of global adspend by medium: 2012

In 2012, TV had the highest percentage of global adspend with 40%, while online ads accounted for 18.3%. traditional media such as newspapers and magazines still accounted for a significant portion of adspend with 18.7% and 8.5% respectively, but the report from Full story...

11/10/2013

Just 7% of marketing departments take responsibility for big data (Infographic)

Big Data is being accepted as an important means of informing strategic business decisions, but isn’t being owned by the departments who use it most, according to a new study. Full story...

11/10/2013

Big data opportunities – but lack of skilled people to turn them into reality

With a staggering 90% of the world's data created in the last 2 years alone, ‘Big Data’ has become the latest marketing buzzword as brands look to make sense of the wealth of personal data consumers are giving away online and on Full story...

11/10/2013

Disney tech lets users feel 3D objects on flat screens

Researchers at Disney have taken the touchscreen experience to the next level by creating a textured screen that allows viewers to feel videos and images. Full story...

11/10/2013

Cost conscious Christmas ahead for Brits

Despite signs of spring in the economy, independent research from Rakuten’s Play.com today revealed that British shoppers are planning a cost conscious Christmas, with the average shopper expecting to spend around £298 pounds on gifts, over half the £634 average spend predicted Full story...

11/10/2013

Pot Noodle to pay for student’s tuition fees in Facebook search for ‘Scholar’

Unilever's Pot Noodle is offering one student the chance to have their tuition fees for the next year paid for them, as part of a new Facebook ‘Scholar’ campaign. Full story...

11/10/2013

How to make Google Author Rank work for you (infographic)

As Google places more importance of social media and authority to determine search rankings, this infographic from Internet Marketing Inc offers a guide to getting the most from the firms Author Rank. Full story...

11/10/2013

Google ‘Endorsements’ puts user names and photos into ads

Google has sparked more privacy controversy with new Facebook-style ads that include user names and photos, as the internet giant looks to make its ads more social and personalised. Full story...

14/10/2013

Google revamps maps with multi-stage directions

Google has updated its maps tool with the ability to add multiple destinations, as well as find upcoming local events and view flight, hotel, and restaurant reservations. Full story...

14/10/2013

Apple ‘plans to launch new iPads on 22 October’

Apple is planning to launch its next generation of iPads this month, as the technology giant looks to maintain its lead over rivals such as Samsung, Microsft and Google in the increasingly competitive tablet market. Full story...

14/10/2013

Video viral of the week: Telekinetic Carrie prank gets 4m YouTube views

To promote its remake of horror classic ‘Carrie’, Sony Pictures and MGM created an elaborate (and rather terrifying) hidden camera prank which has gone viral big time, getting over 4 million YouTube views. See why its video viral of the week below… Full story...

14/10/2013

Google TV to be phased out for Android TV?

Google is reportedly planning to phase out its ‘Google TV’ products in favour of a more mobile friendly ‘Android TV’ range, as the firm continues its battle with the likes of Apple and Microsoft in the battle for the living room audience Full story...

14/10/2013

German social media trends: Daily mobile access grows 39%

Social media continues to be an increasingly popular activity for German mobile users, according to new research from comScore. Full story...

14/10/2013

Top 15 online retailers in Sweden: Amazon, CDON and Ikea lead the way

In August 2013, the retail category was visited by over 5 million Swedish internet users, an increase of 12 percent compared to August last year, according to new data from comScore. Full story...

14/10/2013

Digital success now ‘a matter of survival’ for global execs

Over a quarter of executives from around the world believe digital transformation is already a critical factor for their companies long-term survival, according to a new survey. Full story...

15/10/2013

UK advertisers ‘getting better results from paid search’ (infographic)

UK advertisers are spending more on search advertising and are generating better results according to new research. Full story...

15/10/2013

Online retail’s ‘Golden 1%’- Loyal customers generate 40% of ecommerce sales

Just over 1% of a retail website’s users generate as much as 40% of its revenues according to new research. Full story...

15/10/2013

India internet use: Over 50% web users are ‘mobile-only’

Smartphone use in India has soared, with more than half of all web traffic coming from users with a mobile as their sole source of internet access, according to new research. Full story...

15/10/2013

WHSmith site taken offline after porn ebook scandal

WHSmith has become the latest retailer to become embroiled in the ebook porn scandal, taking its website down as a result in a bid to “protect our customers and the public". Full story...

15/10/2013

Third of younger generation ‘watch little broadcast TV’

Broadcast TV is losing popularity with the younger generation of millennials in the US (18-34 year olds), according to new research. Full story...

16/10/2013

Nike continues digital push with updated Fuelband fitness device

Nike has launched a new version of its Fuelband device, as the sportswear brand looks to further expand into digital fitness. Watch this promo video from Nike below: Full story...

16/10/2013

Facebook boosts mobile ads with Onavo buy

Facebook has bought app Onavo, which lets users compress mobile data so they do not reach their monthly cap as quickly, as the social network looks to further boost its mobile engagement for advertisers. Full story...

16/10/2013

Online video trends in 2013 (video)

Over the past four years, the percent of American adult internet users who upload or post videos online has doubled from 14% in 2009 to 31% today, according to new research. Watch this video from Pew Research outlining its key findings below: Full story...

16/10/2013

Yandex.Market gets first CPA ads

Yandex is now offering online stores a new model for listing their products onYandex.Market, as the Russian internet giant looks to boost its ecommerce tools. Full story...

16/10/2013

Infographic: CPG rich media ads perform 20% better than standard banners

CPG rich media ads perform 20% better than standard banners, with video and social features built into ads improving performance, according to new research from MediaMind. Full story...

16/10/2013

Nielsen TV and online ad metrics go live in the UK

Nielsen has launched multi-platform ad measurement platform in the UK, aimed at helping advertisers find the media mix for their campaigns. Full story...

17/10/2013

eBay blames slow growth on weak US economy

eBay has posted a lower-than-expected sales and profit forecast for its fourth quarter, as the online marketplace continues its batle with Amazon in the ecommerce sector. Full story...

17/10/2013

Salesforce simplifies cloud app management with single sign on

Salesforce.com has struck a deal with ForgeRock to provide a single sign on feature, as the firm looks to simplify its customer relationship management platform. Full story...

17/10/2013

UK sees strongest online sales growth in 13 years

Figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index reveal the online retail market recorded a rise between August and September of 13%, the highest growth for this period in the 13-year history of the Index. Full story...

17/10/2013

Boris Johnson unveils first Chinese regional tourist website

London mayor Boris Johnson has launched the first London Tourist site for Chinese visitors, as the UK looks to appeal to the lucrative tourism market. Full story...

17/10/2013

Google profits beat expecations, despite ad price drop and Motorola decline

Google has reported a profit of $2.97bn (£1.84bn) during the July -September period, beating expectations, despite a slump in ad prices and its mobile arm Morotola making a loss of $248m. Full story...

18/10/2013

Top digital marketing data and statistics this week

Here are the top digital marketing data and statistics that caught our eye. Full story...

18/10/2013

Facebook opens full site to teens

Facebook has loosened its privacy rules for teenagers, letting them post status updates, videos and images that can be seen by anyone, not just their friends or people who know their friends. Full story...

18/10/2013

Twitter to sell ads on other sites via MoPub- report

Twitter could start using its user’s data to run targeted ads on other websites or mobile applications, via its recently bought MoPub platform, according to a news report. Full story...

18/10/2013

Facebook ads ‘18 times more profitable on iPhone than Android’

Facebook ads are 1,790% more profitable on Apple's iOS than Android, according to new research looking into the social network's mobile ad effectiveness. Full story...

18/10/2013

Adidas launches ‘Micoach smartwatch with heart-rate sensor

Adidas has launched a smartwatch with an inbuilt heart rate monitor, as the sports brand looks to rival Nike in the upcoming digital fitness market. Full story...

18/10/2013

Facebook Ad Exchange to include Google’s DoubleClick ads for first time

In a major U-turn, Facebook is finally allowing Google to run is Doubleclick display ads on its ad exchange. Full story...

21/10/2013

Top 15 global apps: Vine and Flickr lead growth

Vine and Flickr are the fastest growing global apps for smartphone and tablet users, with Google Maps and Facebook being the most popular overall, according to new research. Full story...

21/10/2013

A digital snapshot of Japan: Older audience and big online spenders

Japan has the fourth biggest online population the world, with an audience that skews significantly older than the global average, according to a new in-depth report from comScore. Full story...

21/10/2013

Global conversion rates on Facebook ads ‘double in just three months’ (infographic)

Facebook ads are performing strongly across all key performance indicators with conversion rates more than doubling during the third quarter of 2013 according to new research. Full story...

21/10/2013

Most smartphone and tablet users expect same quality across devices (infographic)

New research into consumer attitudes to content consumption on their digital devices shows that seven out of ten smartphone and tablet users (72 per cent) expect the same quality of content experience across all their digital devices. Full story...

21/10/2013

Blackberry finally debuts BBM chat app on Android and iPhone

BlackBerry has launched out its popular BBM instant messaging service on other operating systems, but users who did not pre-register will have to wait in line. Full story...

22/10/2013

The best and worst email subject lines in 2013

Many marketers spend hours constructing great email layout and copy, but then treat the subject line as an afterthought. A detailed survey of over 2.2 billion emails, published this year, has revealed the most (and least) effective keywords and phrases in email Full story...

22/10/2013

Mobile driving digital coupon surge in US

The use of digital coupons in the US is growing faster than expected, with smartphone users proving to be a key driver, according to new research. Full story...

22/10/2013

Internet display ad spend up 27% globally

Internet display advertising rose sharply during the second quarter of 2013, rising 27% compared to TV's increase of just 4.2%, according to new research. Full story...

22/10/2013

The six causes of customer despair (infographic)

Ever wondered what the biggest causes of customer unhappiness are? As the Christmas rush draws nearer, Service Management Group (SMG) has analysed over 359,000 customer responses to work out what matters most to British shoppers in store. Full story...

22/10/2013

Brits ‘look a mobiles 34 times a day’

Digital Brits look at their smartphones, laptops and tablets an average of 34 times a day, according to new research. Full story...

22/10/2013

Apple reveals slimmed-down 'iPad Air'

Apple has unveiled iPad Air, a slimmed-down version of its tablet, priced at between £499 and £739, as the firm looks to boost sales amidst increasing competition in the burgeoning sector. Watch this video from the Daily Telegraph showing the event highlights Full story...

23/10/2013

The rise of sponsored content: ‘Native ads’ to overtake traditional ads in 12 years (infographic)

Native advertising will become the most preferred form of advertising by 2025, taking the form of sponsored content across all media platforms, according to a new study by AOL UK. Full story...

23/10/2013

Social media fail: British Gas in hot water over #AskBG Twitter backlash

Last week, British Gas took to Twitter in an attempt to justify its 9.2% price hike, with a hashtagged Q&A session that attracted a storm of angry customers and negative publicity in the process. Full story...

23/10/2013

Yahoo beats Google for US traffic 3 months in a row

Proving it was no fluke, Yahoo has remained top of the US traffic charts for the third month in a row, ahead of Google, Microsoft and Facebook, as the internet giant continues to turn around its fortunes. Full story...

23/10/2013

eBay buys same day delivery firm Shutl

eBay has bought Shutl, a UK-based marketplace that uses a network of couriers to deliver local goods the same day, as the online marketplace looks to improve its delivery options to compete with Amazon. Full story...

23/10/2013

Facebook allows violent content… with warnings

Facebook is adding a new security feature to its website that it says will keep users from stumbling across violent or potentially offensive content on its website, following an outcry over the discovery of beheading videos on the site. Full story...

23/10/2013

Google breaks 8-year vow with ‘giant banner ad’ test on search results page

Google is testing giant banner ads on search results pages, with 30 advertisers on board, breaking an 8-year promise in the process. Full story...

24/10/2013

Social media reputation now ‘bigger risk than economy or rivals’ for top execs

Most executives now place reputation above economic trends and competition in terms of risk, following the rise of social media, according to new research. Full story...

24/10/2013

Google adds parental controls to Chrome

Google has added controls to its Chrome web browser, letting parents monitor and control the browsing behaviour of their children. Full story...

24/10/2013

Facebook reverses violent content policy after outcry over beheading video

Facebook has backtracked on its policy on violent and offensive content, after mounting pressure from politicians and the public over a video showing the beheading of a woman by a Mexican drug cartel on its site. Full story...

24/10/2013

Infographic: How businesses are adapting to mobile

SMS remains the most useful engagement tool on mobile, followed by QR codes, two-way SMS and push notifications according to this new infographic. Full story...

24/10/2013

Top digital marketing data and statistics this week

Here are the top digital marketing data and statistics that caught our eye. Full story...

25/10/2013

Top 8 social networks for sharing: Facebook and Pinterest thrash Google+ for traffic referrals

Facebook and Pinterest are the leading social networks for sharing content, with Google+ lagging far behind, according to new research. Full story...

25/10/2013

UK advertising spend up as mobile investment rises 128%

UK advertising spend rose 3% in the first six months of 2013, driven by a fast take up of mobile and search ad placements, according to the latest Advertising Association/Warc Expenditure Report. Full story...

25/10/2013

Over half of UK marketers ‘not testing digital campaigns’

Less than 10 percent of senior UK marketers have full confidence in their own digital marketing skills [8%] or those of their teams [9%] Adobe research has found. In addition, over 50 percent of marketers in the UK are not testing campaigns Full story...

25/10/2013

YouTube to rival Spotify with music subscription service?

YouTube is reportedly planning a two-tier music service to rival Spotify, offering free ad-funded streaming music with the option of a premium service. Full story...

25/10/2013

Case study: Persil targets digital mums with ‘mighty’ personalised stories for kids

In September 2013, Persil worked with TMW to support the launch of its new ‘Small and Mighty’ range. To support the launch of the new Persil created ‘Be Mighty’, a digital campaign featuring a series of animated and interactive online story books Full story...

25/10/2013

Samsung patents 'sports glasses' to rival Google Glass- report

Samsung has registered a patent that could hint at its own Google Glass-style wearable device, as the electronics giant continues to expand into the wearable technology field. Full story...

25/10/2013

Internet grows with 4 new address suffixes… hundreds more to come

Global internet body ICANN has added four domain name suffixes, the first of hundreds expected in the coming years in the online addressing system's largest expansion ever. Full story...

25/10/2013

Top 15 global apps

This chart shows the top 15 mobile apps and the percentage of mobile internet users that they reach. Google Maps reaches the most mobile internet users with 54%, equating to over 474 million users. Mobile only social networks Vine, Instagram and Facebook Full story...

27/10/2013

Top 15 fastest growing apps: Global

This chart shows the growth of the top 15 mobile apps between Q1 and Q3 2013. twitter's social networking effort Vine has seen the biggest growth of 2013 with a remarkable 403%, but still only reaches 3% of mobile users, the smallest Full story...

27/10/2013

Top 10 ad markets: 2015

This chart shows the forecast for the top 10 ad markets in 2015. The US is still number one on the list increasing its spend by over $20m. By 2015, South Korea will pass Canada in amount spent on ads, While Russian Full story...

28/10/2013

Top 10 ad markets: 2012

This chart show the top 10 ad markets in 2012. The US leads the top ten by a large margin, spending almost $110m more than Japan (the second highest spending country in the top 10). South Korea in number 10 in the Full story...

28/10/2013

Instagram tests sponsored ads in photo streams

Instagram has released a sample of its upcoming ad format, integrated into a user's photostream as a ‘Sponsored’ image, as the Facebook-owned photo app looks to turn its rising popularity into cash. Full story...

28/10/2013

Facebook lets advertisers target users by customised lists

Facebook is letting advertisers run ads on the social network that only target their own customers, in a bid to boost retention. Full story...

28/10/2013

Yahoo turns @Queen_UK Twitter parody into cartoon series

Yahoo UK is launching a new satirical animation series based on @Queen_UK, the Twitter handle which parodies Her Majesty the Queen’s conversations with her family and politicians. Full story...

28/10/2013

Pinterest gets $225m funding boost

Pinterest has raised $225m in an additional funding fund last week, as the social media scrapbook continues to grow in popularity. Full story...

28/10/2013

30% of people in US 'get regular news from Facebook'

Nearly a third (30%) of all Americans get regular dose of news from Facebook, with the ypounger generation more likely to turn to the social network to learn about current events, according to a new study. Full story...

28/10/2013

Profiling the social networking habits of European adults

As the online privacy debates rages, people all over the world are becoming more aware of how they are accessing the Internet, especially social networks. The latest insights from Kantar Media’s TGI Net Europa study reveal the habits, behaviours and motivations of Full story...

28/10/2013

Beauty product searches up 48%: Nail Care, Fragrances make greatest gains

The number of UK online searches relating to beauty products in September rose 48% on the last quarter, reveal search insights from the latest ‘Beauty Sector Report – Issue 2’, published by digital marketing agency, Greenlight. According to the report, queries relating Full story...

28/10/2013

P&G's Tide Halloween Vines create internet buzz

As Halloween approaches, Procter and Gamble’s detergent brand Tide has features in a series on horror movie parodies using Twitter’s 6-second Vine video format. Full story...

29/10/2013

Apple profits drop for third quarter despite iPhone sale boost

Apple's fourth-quarter profits fell 9%, despite selling 26% more iPhones than in the same period last year, as more consumers opt for lower priced Apple devices. Full story...

29/10/2013

Twitter tests stock floatation to avoid Facebook fiasco

Twitter has had a "test run" of its flotation on the stock market to try to avoid a similar flop of Facebook last year. Full story...

29/10/2013

Nielsen adds web and mobile viewings to TV ratings

Nielsen is launching a new tool that helps advertisers monitor TV shows watched through DVRs, Internet-connected TVs, and mobile devices as well as via traditional broadcast networks, in a bid to get a more accurate view of modern TV consumption. Full story...

29/10/2013

Video viral of the week: Yorkshire Tea brews up viral success with YouTube song

Yorkshire Tea has taken to YouTube, with an epic song celebrating the virtues of the old fashioned cuppa, incorporating zombies, brass bands and even the odd Skyrim reference. See why it’s our video viral of the week below… Full story...

29/10/2013

Wikipedia tests SMS entries for emerging markets

Wikipedia has begun testing a service that sends articles via text message, aimed at emerging markets in Africa. Full story...

29/10/2013

Twitter ramps up visuals on newsfeed

Twitter has revamped its social network to favour image- and video-sharing by showing visual media directly within the Twitter timeline. View an example of the new mobile layout in this Vine video below: Full story...

30/10/2013

Snapchat valued at $4bn… despite little revenue

SnapChat has been valued at $4bn by keen investors, despite the popular self-destructing photo app not having an established revenue model. Full story...

30/10/2013

Social media ad ROI soars: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest lead the way

Twitter is delivering four times the revenue per visitor this year over last year, and Facebook’s ad click-through rate has jumped 275%, according to new research looking into social media return-on-investment (ROI). Full story...

30/10/2013

Motorola plans ‘build your own phone’ platform

Google’s Motorola has teamed up the firm behind the 'lego phone' to offer a modular smartphone that lets the user choose the components that matter most to them. Watch the Phonebloks promo video here: Full story...

30/10/2013

Marketing trends: Christmas season ‘starts today’...10 days earlier than in 2008

Latest online data research from global digital marketing agency, iCrossing, reveals that for Brits, Christmas begins today (30th October), a week and a half earlier than it did just five years ago. Full story...

30/10/2013

LinkedIn ‘Intro’ puts social data into emails

LinkedIn has launched new tool that links users’ profiles with their iPhone’s email, letting them see senders LinkedIn details whenever they send an email. Full story...

30/10/2013

Sky takes on Netflix with £4.99 on-demand TV subscription

Sky is expanding its Now TV box to include 10 entertainment channels including Sky1 and Sky Atlantic for the first time, putting the service in direct completion with the likes of Netflix and LoveFilm. Full story...

30/10/2013

October round-up: Brand reputations, digital survival and Google’s broken promises

As the world goes digital, new research shows marketers need to skill-up fast. The latest global brand executive surveys reveal that the switch to digital is now becoming 'a matter of survival', while reputation (in an increasingly social media dominated world) is Full story...

31/10/2013

US Halloween trends: $6.9bn spent in 2013 (infographic)

Nearly half of all Americans will celebrate Halloween this year, but they will spend slightly less than last year as the economy bites back, according to this new infographic from Statista. Full story...

31/10/2013

Top 24 social networks worldwide: Facebook, YouTube and Qzone lead the way

Facebook and YouTube are the most popular social networks in the world, followed by China’s Qzone and Sina Weibo, according to a new report. Full story...

31/10/2013

Google adds automatic movie maker for videos and photos

Google has expanded its “Auto Awesome” tools, letting users create 'show reels' of their videos and photos, as the web giant claims its social network has passed the 300 million active user mark. Full story...

31/10/2013

Brands account for 40% of top Instagram videos

Forty per cent of the 1,000 most shared Instagram videos last month came from brands, according to new data. Full story...

31/10/2013

Video viral of the week: Diamond Nut ‘Fantasies’ series focuses on bakers' rewards

US snack brand Diamond has launched an engaging (but also bizarre) campaign "Diamond Nut Fantasies". Recognizing that the average cook rarely get the praise and appreciation they deserve, this series of YouTube spots plays with the idea that baking them a treat Full story...

31/10/2013

How likely is a data breach within an organisation? (infographic)

Prodec Networks has released a new infographic to highlight how vulnerable business are to internal threats. In addition, it shows the financial impact this can have on a business. Full story...

31/10/2013

Digital Intelligence October 2013

New global research shows brand leaders see the switch to digital marketing now "a matter of survival", and reputation management (thanks to attacks through social media) now more of a risk to brands than an unstable economy or competitors. Google created Full story...

31/10/2013

Health apps ‘selling personal data to insurance and pharma firms’

Health and fitness apps have been passing on user’s personal data to insurance and pharmaceutical companies, according to a new report. Full story...

02/09/2013

Facebook forced to email users explaining data use

Facebook has emailed its vast user base of 1.2bn subscribers to explain how it uses their data for advertisers, as part of a settlement in a US court case. Full story...

02/09/2013

Microsoft and Google to sue US over user data requests

Microsoft and Google are suing the US government, after both firms have been unable to release documents showing official requests for user data. Full story...

02/09/2013

BT ditches dial-up internet services

BT has switched off its dial-up Internet access service as the vast majority of its 6.8 million broadband customers had switched to faster broadband connections. Full story...

02/09/2013

Microsoft buys Nokia mobile business for £4.6bn

Microsoft has bought Nokia's mobile phone business for 5.4bn euros (£4.6bn), giving the software giant a boost in its battle with Google, Samsung and Apple in the growing smartphone and tablet sector. Full story...

03/09/2013

Facebook gives advertisers free Shutterstock images

Facebook has teamed up with stock image provider Shutterstock to offer advertisers a range of high-quality imagery to use on the social network. Full story...

03/09/2013

Vodafone sells US Verizon stake for $130bn

Vodafone has sold its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless to US telecoms group Verizon Communications, as the mobile network operator refocuses on faster mobile broadband services in a new ‘Project Spring’ initiative. Full story...

03/09/2013

Yahoo closes China websites

Yahoo has shut down its portal, news sites and community services in China, handing over to partner Alibaba to run internet services in the country. Full story...

03/09/2013

UK mobile shopping trends: Mobile penetration doubles in a year

The percentage of online sales completed through a mobile device (smartphones and tablets) has doubled in the space of a year according to figures from IMRG and Capgemini, illustrating just how quickly the popularity of using mobile devices for online shopping has Full story...

03/09/2013

UK online gambling searches hit by 'sharpest fall yet'

Brits spend £2.3 billion annually on online gambling according to research from Deloitte, commissioned by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB). However, a new report from digital marketing agency, Greenlight, shows consumer online search volumes pertaining to sports betting, poker, bingo and Full story...

03/09/2013

Video viral of the week: Heineken’s YouTube series ‘Dropped’ handcuffs odd couples together

Beer brand Heineken has just concluded its 3-month-long YouTube video campaign ‘Dropped’, featuring a series of strangers handcuffed together in remote locations. See why it’s our video viral of the week below… Full story...

03/09/2013

Two-thirds of Brits ‘have bought clothes on the web’

A fifth (20%) of Brits now buy more items online than they do in store, while a further 18% buy the same amount on the web as they do offline, according to new research. Full story...

03/09/2013

Brits ‘confused by 4G benefits’

With O2 and Vodafone launching their 4G service last week today, a study of 2,500 broadband users by broadbandchoices.co.uk found that whilst 81% know what 4G is, only 8% have actually used a 4G network. Full story...

03/09/2013

Amazon ‘Matchbook’ offers print and eBook bundles

Amazon is offering customers free or discounted eBook versions of physical books, as the online retailer looks to encourage more people to use its Kindle devices and apps. Full story...

04/09/2013

Global consumer relationship trends: How to engage with socially conscious consumers

Consumers are increasingly conscious of buying ethical brands, with social media fast spreading negative publicity that can dent sales. This report and infographic from Nielsen looks how socially conscious consumers have become across 58 countries, and how to engage with them. Full story...

04/09/2013

Facebook Timeline Vs Facebook Apps: Which one should you choose and when? (Infographic)

Advertisers are now allowed to run contests and administer promotions on their Facebook pages instead of being obligated to do them through apps. This new infographic looks at which format will best suit your business needs. Full story...

04/09/2013

Google ties with Nestle to launch ‘Android Kit Kat’

In one of the stranger marketing tie-ups this year, Google has partnered with Nestle to name the latest version of its Android mobile operating software after it’s Kit Kat chocolate bar. Full story...

05/09/2013

Top 15 flight searches: Skyscanner leads the way in UK

Skyscanner and Thomas Cook are most visible air travel sites when people search for flights on Google UK, according to new research. Full story...

05/09/2013

Global smart TV trends: Interactive ad formats boost engagement

Smart TV ads combined with advertising on traditional TV increase the advertising effect of TV campaigns, with nearly a third (31%) of people across the world engage in an action as a result of a Smart TV ad, according to new research. Full story...

05/09/2013

Samsung reveals ‘Galaxy Gear’ smartwatch

Samsung has launched its much-anticipated ‘Galaxy Gear’ Smartwatch, letting users speak into the device on their wrist instead of their mobile phone. Watch this video report analysing the new Galaxy Gear from Bloomberg below Full story...

05/09/2013

Passenger pays $1,000 for tweet to complain about BA

In what could signal a new trend in customer relations, a disgruntled passenger has paid to promote a tweet complaining about British Airways. Full story...

05/09/2013

71% of consumers have abandoned business online due to complicated web forms

Increasingly lengthy and complex log-in processes and web forms are driving consumers away from websites, according to new research. Full story...

05/09/2013

Internet publisher Buzzfeed ‘now bigger than Craigslist’

Buzzfeed, the popular social news site behind many virals and ‘top 10’ lists, has started to turn a profit four years after its launch, revealing its traffic numbers in the US are now bigger than both AOL and Craigslist. Full story...

06/09/2013

Yahoo! saves exclamation mark in new slimmed down logo

Yahoo! has revamped its logo with slimmer letters but kept the trademark purple color and exclamation point, the the web giant continues its resurgence under the leadership of CEO Marissa Meyer. Full story...

06/09/2013

Right to Reply: Android Kit Kat- an epic branding fail?

The bizarre Android Kit Kat tie-up this week has sparked controversy, with many calling for a boycott of the new operating system. Viv Cole, head of E-learning at Digital Strategy Consulting, looks at why Google’s latest confectionery theme could leave a bad Full story...

06/09/2013

Automotive ad trends: Rich media outperforms banner ads in car sector (infographic)

With the automotive sector increasingly shifting their ad budgets to digital, new data shows a lift in click through rates, expansion rates and video completion rates. Full story...

06/09/2013

Programmatic video ads to grow tenfold by 2015

UK’s video programmatic market is valued at €20.5m for 2012 and predicted to rise to €224.5m by 2017, according to new research. Full story...

06/09/2013

eBay helps shoppers choose what to buy and when with Decide acquisition

eBay has bought price forecasting service Decide for an undisclosed sum, as the online marketplace continues its battle with Amazon in the online retails sector. Full story...

09/09/2013

Retailers and consumers ‘out of step on social and mobile commerce’

Retailers are overestimating the growth of consumer spending via mobile devices by over 100%, according to new research. Full story...

09/09/2013

Job Hunting: Civil Service and charities most sought after sectors

Totaling 4.9 million, online search volumes for jobs in July fell below those levels in the three months preceding it, reveals the latest data from digital marketing agency, Greenlight. Full story...

09/09/2013

Rakuten buys global video streaming service Viki

FAGE UK has hired Coupons.com to run a social couponing campaign to engage consumers via Facebook and drive product trial for its Fruyo yoghurt range in Waitrose. Full story...

09/09/2013

The Internet of Things: 80bn ‘things’ connected to the Internet by 2020

80 billion devices, from smartphones and cars to fridges and clothes, will be connected to the Internet by 2020, according to new research. Full story...

10/09/2013

New iPhone 5S and 5C launch: What to expect

Apple is rumoured to be launching a plastic lower cost iPhone today, as the firm looks to compete with the likes of Samsung and Google in the growing budget smartphone market. Watch this video below from the Daily Telegraph outlining the key Full story...

10/09/2013

Businesses ‘overlook behavioural data about their customers’

Online customer behavioural data is often undervalued and rarely fully exploited to truly understand the motivations and future behaviour of site visitors, says digital analytics company Redsella. Full story...

10/09/2013

Twitter context search engine ‘Tame’ goes live for marketers

Tame has launched a new context search engine for Twitter aimed at marketing and PR professionals. Full story...

10/09/2013

Energy search trends: Consumers increase hunt for ‘cheap’ energy online

Consumer online searches for energy providers offering the most competitive rates on the market have been in steady decline since March this year, perhaps due in part to a decent summer. Full story...

10/09/2013

Top 5 social networks in Russia: Traffic and time spent

This chart shows both the unique visits to social networking sites in July 2013 and the total average number of minutes a user spent onsite that month. Social networking sites are popular in Russia receiving 56m visitors, accounting for 85% of the Full story...

11/09/2013

Mobile shopping spend in the US per user: Tablets Vs. Smartphones

This chart shows the spend per user for tablet and smartphone owners. Given that there are substantially more smartphone owners in the US (142m Vs. 69m) it is surprising to see that tablet owners spend around 20% more per user than smartphone Full story...

11/09/2013

Mobile shopping spend in the US: Tablets Vs. Smartphones

Smartphone spending accounts for $6.7bn, or 63% of the total spent in m-commerce. This goes against the common notion that tablets are strong drivers for mobile spending. However, factoring in the total number of smartphone owners in the US is 142m compared Full story...

11/09/2013

Apple’s new iPhones: Fingerprint ID, faster chip and a £469 ‘budget’ phone

Apple has revealed its much-anticipated iPhone 5S and 5C devices, marking the first time the company has launched two smartphones simultaneously, as it responds to an increasingly competitive global handset market. Watch this video from the Daily Telegraph showing highlights from the Full story...

11/09/2013

Facebook rivals Twitter with real-time audience data for news firms

Facebook has launched a new service for media and news organisations to help them find Facebook conversations better, as the social network looks to compete with Twitter in the real-time news sector. Full story...

11/09/2013

Twitter planning mobile ad exchange with $350m MoPub buy?

Twitter has bought mobile ad inventory manager MoPub, as the social network looks to boost its ad reveues from smartphones and tablets. Full story...

11/09/2013

Livefyre buys Storify to rival Disqus

Real-time conversation tool Livefyre has bought Storify, as the firm looks to boost its social curation tools and compete with rival Disqus. Full story...

11/09/2013

Instagram to introduce ads on ‘Discover’ feed

Instagram is planning to introduce ads, as the Facebook-owned photo app looks to turn its 150 million users into a profit. Full story...

11/09/2013

UK mums flock to social networks- and not just Facebook

UK mums are 20% more likely than the general population to use social media, and 91% now use social media regularly—a 20% increase since 2010—according to new research. Full story...

11/09/2013

Viral of the Week: Rayban Twitter campaign promotes ‘real-life Instagram’ effect

Ray-Ban Belgium and DDB Brussels have launched a new campaign that makes creative use of public transportation to communicate Ray-Ban’s wide range of polarized color lenses: from sky blue to hot pink. See why it’s our viral of the week below… Full story...

11/09/2013

Online grocery sales to double by 2018 in the UK

Online grocery sales in the UK are set to double by 2018, driven by mobile useage, technology advances and more convenient delivery options from retailers, according to new research. Full story...

12/09/2013

UK online advertising infographic: Rapid growth of digital video and adoption of mobile

There has been a significant increase in digital video ad spend – including a surge in mobile video, according to new research. Full story...

12/09/2013

Marketers ‘don’t know how much their customers are worth’ (Infographic)

Two thirds (66%) of marketers don’t know how much their customers are worth, missing out on a 17% potential increase in sales from identifying and maximising top value customers, according to this new infographic from Monetate. Full story...

12/09/2013

Do digital content partnerships work? AOP reveals study results

The Association of Online Publishers (AOP) today revealed the results of a proprietary study into the value of premium content partnerships. Five bespoke partnerships were measured with media brands Haymarket, Guardian, Telegraph, and IPC and advertising brands LG, Majestic Wines, Boots, Disney Full story...

12/09/2013

iPhone Touch ID explained in new Apple videos

The most striking feature of this week’s iPhone 5S launch was the fingerprint scanner, potentially speeding up the login process for users while offering a more secure alternative to passwords and swipe patterns. In a new series of videos Apple explains how Full story...

12/09/2013

Online car searches: Audi and BMW most popular online

In excess of 10.7 million searches were made by UK consumers looking for cars online in August, reveals a report just published by digital marketing agency Greenlight. Full story...

12/09/2013

Offensive words in domains under scrutiny

The UK government is supporting a review into whether offensive words should be banned from .uk domain names. Full story...

12/09/2013

Twitter plans $10bn stock market floatation

Twitter has filed for an initial public offering with US regulators, valuing the fim at around $10bn and following in the footsteps of rival Facebook by allowing people to buy stock in the social network. Full story...

13/09/2013

At what point within a cookie period do affiliate sales most commonly occur?

After noticing an increased interest from clients curious to understand how long cookie periods should be and why, affiliate marketing company firm Optimus Performance Marketing Europe has decided to share its findings and knowledge on the subject, including the various factors involved Full story...

13/09/2013

Global ecommerce trends: Email marketing dips as tablet shopping takes off

Online retailers have seen email referral traffic drop 37% this year, while the conversion rate slipped 6%, according to new research. Full story...

13/09/2013

Top digital marketing data and statistics this week

Here are the top digital marketing data and statistics that caught our eye. Full story...

13/09/2013

McDonalds ‘Happy Table’ uses NFC for in-store mobile games

McDonald’s is experimenting with Near Field Communication with a new in-store mobile game that is activated when a user places their device on one of the tables. Full story...

13/09/2013

Infographic: Google and Pinterest ‘catching Facebook for social logins’

According to the latest numbers from social login provider Gigya, Facebook’s social lead is falling—and Google and Pinterest may not be far behind. This infographic shows which social networks people prefer to use when logging in to third party sites. Full story...

13/09/2013

Search trends: Young shoppers want ‘visual search’- text links are no longer enough

Nearly three quarters (74%) of younger shoppers want image search functionality integrated into purchase journey, according to new research. Full story...

13/09/2013

Mobile phenomenon Candy Crush Saga ‘makes $850,000 a day’

Candy Crush Saga is currently making $850,000 a day, as the year-old mobile puzzle game reveals the secrets to its ‘freemium’ business model success. Watch a trailer for Candy Crush Saga below; Full story...

16/09/2013

Facebook tests ‘autoplay’ videos in mobile News Feed

Facebook is testing autoplay videos in its mobile News Feed, meaning that muted videos will start automatically without needing a click from the user. Full story...

16/09/2013

Microsoft offers $200 to trade iPads for Surface

Microsoft is offering iPad users a $200 trade-in voucher if they swap their Apple tablet for its Surface device. Full story...

16/09/2013

Customer support in the affiliate industry ‘extremely poor’ (infographic)

The majority (60%) of affiliate networks failed to respond to support requests within 2 days, with many failing to give any response at all, according to a new study. Full story...

16/09/2013

MEF launches ‘AppPrivacy’ online privacy tool for mobile app developers

MEF, a global community for mobile content and commerce, has launched AppPrivacy with the goal to build consumer trust in mobile apps by helping developers apply best practice in the collection and sharing of personal information. Full story...

16/09/2013

Google ramps up mobile file-sharing with Bump buy

Google has bought Bump, a mobile file sharing company that lets people exchange photos, music, vidoes and files by ‘bumping’ phones. Full story...

17/09/2013

Netflix monitors piracy sites to decide which shows to buy

Video streaming service Netflix has revealed that it monitors piracy sites to asses the popularity and appeal of the shows it buys. Full story...

17/09/2013

UK mums are most social consumers

This chart shows how much mums use social networks compared to average users. Discovering new products early on and keeping up with the news from a brand are the main reasons why mums choose to follow or 'like' brands on social media. Full story...

17/09/2013

Social recommendations influence mums

This chart shows how much more mums spend when compared to mums who are not on social networks. Mums look for recommendations of brands and products from other mums, and social media is increasingly their first port of call. 68% of mums Full story...

17/09/2013

Angry Birds gets educational- teaches kids physics with ‘Playground’

Angry Birds maker Rovio has got into the education market with a new educational product aimed at teaching kids physics based on the popular mobile game. Full story...

17/09/2013

Video viral of the week: Milka lets consumers send ‘last square’ to friends

In a digital twist on the classic ‘last Rolo’ ads, Milka has launched a new campaign that lets consumers pick who receives the last square of their chocolate bar. See why it's our video viral of the week below... Full story...

17/09/2013

Knorr ramps up ‘Kitchen Academy’ as part of £12m marketing push

Unilever’s Knorr has launched ‘Kitchen Academy', an online portal championing its team of chefs while inviting members of the public to share their own culinary tips. Full story...

17/09/2013

Colgate campaign rewards Tweeters with coupons

Colgate has launched a new Twitter campaign ‘There's Something in Your Tweet', helping people alert people that they have food stuck in their teeth. Full story...

17/09/2013

Major ad group pulls out of 'Do Not Track' talks

The Digital Advertising Alliance has pulled out of an international working group looking to determine a global online privacy standard, as the ‘Do Not Track’ cookie monitoring debate rumbles on. Full story...

18/09/2013

Over-50s in the digital age (infographic)

With over-50s in Great Britain the fastest growing technology adopting group, it is becoming more and more important for marketers to reach and engage with this increasingly key audience. This infographic and research from Kantar Media looks at how best to engage Full story...

18/09/2013

Virgin Mobile tests blink-controlled YouTube ad

Virgin Mobile USA has launched an interactive video campaign which a viewer can control simply by blinking- provided they are using a webcam. View a trailer for the service here: Full story...

18/09/2013

Online retail trends: August revenue growth ‘double July takings’

Online retail sales in the UK were up 18% year-on-year in August 2013, following July’s 9% year-on-year growth, according to new research. Full story...

18/09/2013

Unilever begins social recruitment drive in Middle East

Unilever Middle East is working with agency Digital Republic to build to firms social media recruitment hubs across the Middle East and North Africa. Full story...

18/09/2013

iPhone iOS 7 hit by download problems

Apple users have flocked to Twitter to complain about delays when trying to download the much-anticipated new iOS 7 mobile operating system. Full story...

19/09/2013

Grand Theft Auto iPhone app tops charts

To coincide with the much-anticipated launch of Grand Theft Auto 5, games studio Rockstar has also released two GTA 5 companion apps for iPhones that players can use alongside the actual game Full story...

19/09/2013

White paper: 5 steps to creating an optimization strategy

The growth of digital media means that consumers are accessing media from n ever-growing number of different platforms and devices. So how can marketers adapt to this increasingly complex audience? This whitepaper from Maxymiser looks at how to create a successful optimization Full story...

19/09/2013

New tool lets ad planners target ‘complex consumer groups’ online

Kantar Media has teamed up with I-Behavior to create Ad-Vantage, a new service that enables advertisers to reach complex consumer groups online. Full story...

19/09/2013

Tesco pushes BlinkBox with biggest ever marketing drive

Tesco’s movie and TV streaming service blinkbox is poised to kick off its biggest ever marketing and in-store blitz, highlighting the service’s ‘latest releases’ credentials versus rivals. Full story...

19/09/2013

64% of smartphone shoppers will buy more from their mobiles this Christmas

Over half (64%) of smartphone shoppers who are planning to shop from their devices this Christmas are claiming that they will make more mobile purchases this year compared to 2012, according to the latest eCustomerServiceIndex (eCSI) results from eDigitalResearch and IMRG. Full story...

19/09/2013

Pinterest offers ads for first time with ‘Promoted Pins’

Pinterest is testing promoted pins, as the social bookmarking site expands into advertising for the first time. Full story...

20/09/2013

Publicis buys London agency Poke for £10m

Publicis has bought Poke, a London-based agency, as the French advertising giant continues its expansion after a proposed merger with Omicom. Full story...

20/09/2013

Internet audience by region: Unique visitors

This chart shows the growth in unique internet users from March 2012 to March 2013. Asia Pacific grew the most, increasing the number of unique users by 40 million. North America, where users spend the most time online (37.2 hours per month) Full story...

20/09/2013

Internet audience by region: Time spent

This chart shows the average hours a month unique users spend online. North American users user spend the most time online, exceeding European users by more than 10 hours a month. Asia Pacific users spend the least amount of time online but Full story...

20/09/2013

Google revamps logo and search page, adds ‘App Launcher’

Google has updated its logo and search home page, designed to give users faster access to its range on of products. Full story...

20/09/2013

Personal recommendations and opt-in emails ‘most trusted forms of advertising in the UK’

Eighty-one percent of British consumers say they trust word-of-mouth recommendations from friends and family – the highest level of trust for any form of advertising – according to a new study from Nielsen. Full story...

20/09/2013

Google’s next project: Defeating death

After augmented reality eyewear and self driving cars, Google is embarking on its most ambitious project yet, with the aim of extending human life. Watch this video from Time looking at Google's new project below: Full story...

20/09/2013

Top global apps: Android catching Apple with 35% share

Apple still leads the market with the most revenue from app sales, but Android has grown 10% in the past year, accounting for 35% of all spend, according to new data. Full story...

23/09/2013

BlackBerry lays off 40% of workforce after $1bn loss

Blackberry is to lay off 40% of its global workforce, following second-quarter losses of almost $1bn, as the former smartphone market lead struggles to compete with the likes of Apple and Android. Watch this video from Bloomberg examining the implications of the Full story...

23/09/2013

Brits lead world for mobile sharing: Two-thirds of UK sharing now on mobile

The UK was the first country to share more on mobile platforms than on desktops, according to new research. Full story...

23/09/2013

Viacom debuts global ad exchange

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has launched a programmatic ad exchange for its digital portfolio of music and entertainment sites. Full story...

23/09/2013

Keyword SEO apocalypse: Google encrypts all searches

In a dramatic move, Google is switching all searches conducted on its site through secure search (HTTPS), meaning that marketers and developers will be unable to monitor any keyword data via Google Analytics. Full story...

24/09/2013

BlackBerry sold for $4.7bn

BlackBerry has been sold to a private equity consortium for $4.7bn (£2.9bn), as the struggling phone maker looks to turn around its fortunes. Full story...

24/09/2013

Ebay and Argos team up for ‘click and collect’ deal

Ebay has forged a ‘click and collect’ deal with Argos, allowing customers to collect selected purchases from the online marketplace at the high street retail chain. Full story...

24/09/2013

Mobile shopping ‘now accounts for all online growth’ as desktop flat-lines

A tipping point has been reached in online retail as all online UK growth is now coming from sales via mobile devices (smartphones and tablets), as sales via desktop flat-line, according to new data. Full story...

24/09/2013

Video viral of the week: Airbnb creates 4 minute film using Vine videos

Social accommodation app Airbnb launched its first video ad this month- compiled only using 6-second Vine videos from Twitter fans. See why it’s our video viral of the week below… Full story...

24/09/2013

German mobile ad revenues ‘grow 75.6%’

Mobile advertising in Germany is forecast to have grown 75.6% in the first half of 2013, compared the same time period last year, as companies switch their budgets to target the smartphone and tablet audience. Full story...

24/09/2013

Burberry teams with Google to offer social media ‘kisses’

Following its successful ‘Art of the Trench campaign, luxury fashion brand Burberry has teamed up with Google to let people capture their kisses by direct contact with their touch screen device, adding a personalised message and send on to friends across the Full story...

24/09/2013

All exams ‘will be taken online within a decade’

By 2023, all UK exams will be completed using computers, according to a report from an independent education body. Full story...

24/09/2013

Consumers want 'shopable video' following London Fashion Week surge

Following London Fashion Week, results from a new survey indicates that consumers want ‘shopable’ videos and Londoners lead the way in video consumption of Fashion Week shows. Full story...

24/09/2013

Tesco launches £119 ‘Hudl’ tablet

Tesco has launched its own 7-inch tablet, priced at £119 as the supermarket looks to rival the likes of Apple, Google and Amazon in the increasingly competitive market. Full story...

24/09/2013

Netflix wins first Emmy for online-only show

Drama series House of Cards has won an Emmy, becoming the first online-only TV show to do so, as the likes of Netflix and Amazon continue to rival traditional TV companies in producing original content. Watch a trailer for the show below: Full story...

24/09/2013

Half of marketers ‘lack confidence in digital skills’ (infographic)

The marketing industry has changed more in the past two years than in the past 50, leaving many marketers doubting their skills, effectiveness and ability to measure the impact of their campaigns, according to new research. Full story...

25/09/2013

China lifts ban on Facebook and Twitter in ‘free trade zone’

China is to lift the ban on Facebook, Twitter and other sites in a new 'free trade zone’ part of the country, following years of censoring websites deemed politically sensitive to the government. Full story...

25/09/2013

Online gaming platform Steam targets 'living room' with free OS

Valve, the firm behind the popular online gaming platform Steam, is to release a free operating system as it looks to expand beyond its PC roots to appeal to ‘living room’ players in the console market. Full story...

25/09/2013

Childrens’ social network ‘Moshi Monsters’ expands customer service channel with Eptica

Family entertainment company Mind Candy is deploying Eptica’s multichannel customer service platform across email, phone, web, chat and social media channels. Full story...

25/09/2013

YouTube tackles trolls with comment moderation tools for video creators

Google has launched a set of comment moderation tools for YouTube users, in a bid to tackle the influx of offensive online remarks made by internet ‘trolls’. Full story...

26/09/2013

The state of Twitter in 2013 (infographic)

With Twitter planning to float on the stock market, how has the micro-blogging phenomenon evolved since forming in 2006? This infographic from Dashburst tracks key twitter trends, showing that 20% of its user base have taken to its video platform Vine. Full story...

26/09/2013

Unilever targets 'low-end' mobile users in emerging markets

Unilever has partnered with mobile marketing firm Brandtone, as the FMCG giant looks to target low-end mobile users in emerging markets including China, India and Indonesia. Watch this video from Brandtone, featuring Keith Weed, Unilever CMO, explaining the initiative below: Full story...

26/09/2013

“Comments are bad for Science”: News site blames trolls for forum shutdown

Science and technology news website Popular Science has axed its comments section, blaming "trolls" and "spambots". Full story...

26/09/2013

‘Contortionist on tube’ viral promotes latest Sadler’s Wells London circus

Dance theatre Sadler’s Wells has called in social media consultancy Hot Cherry to launch and promote iD, a multimedia production from Cirque Éloize, featuring a set of YouTube videos giving the performers an urban twist. Full story...

26/09/2013

P&G marketing chief proclaims ‘digital marketing’ term is dead (video)

Procter & Gamble's global brand building officer Marc Pritchard caused a buzz at a recent conference, claiming that the term ‘digital marketing’ is dead, asserting that companies should forget about which medium is being used and focus on brand building instead. Watch Full story...

27/09/2013

Consumers '7% more likely to click on online ads during the weekend'

Consumers are 7% more likely to click on a display ad during the weekend, while the cost is also at its lowest, according to new research. Full story...

27/09/2013

Google’s biggest revamp yet? Hummingbird caters for voice and ‘conversational’ searches

Google has revamped its search formula to better cope with the changing nature of search queries, such as longer keyphrases or voice commands. Full story...

27/09/2013

Showrooming ‘rife’ in UK: Shoppers browsing in-store to buy online

Showrooming is rife in the UK for ‘considered’ purchases , with 42% looking at electronic goods in-store before buying online from a different retailer, compared to 27% in US, according to new research from Microsoft. Full story...

27/09/2013

Amazon’s new Kindle tablet feature ‘Mayday’ customer video chat support

Amazon has launched the latest version of its Kindle Fire tablet range, featuring live video chat for tech support via a ‘mayday’ button, activated in ‘just 15 seconds’. Watch this video demonstrating the 'Mayday' button below: Full story...

27/09/2013

Facebook promises ‘less unwanted ads’ in newsfeed

Facebook has updated its advertising policy, pledging that its newsfeeds will contain fewer ads for products or services that users are not interested in, as the social network looks to boost its appeal to both users and advertisers. Full story...

30/09/2013

11% of UKs biggest advertisers now using ‘responsive design’ for tablets and mobiles

One in 9 (11%) of the UK’s 100 highest spending advertisers now have websites designed to automatically display content in the most appropriate way for whichever device a consumer is using, with the automotive and technology sectors leading the way, according to Full story...

30/09/2013

Post It notes go digital with Evernote partnership

Office stationary stalwart Post It notes are to get a digital twist this month, partnering with mobile app Evernote to make their paper notes ‘searchable and shareable’ if a user photographs them with their smartphone. Full story...

30/09/2013

TK Maxx runs first ever cross-platform video campaign

Retailer TK Maxx has appointed Exponential for its first ever cross-platform ad campaign designed to increase the number of visits to its stores by occasional shoppers. Full story...

30/09/2013

Paid content strategies: The Sun website starts £2 weekly paywall

The Sun has launched its online paywall, charging users £2 per week, to access its website. However, the tabloid will grant registered users access to 20 articles a month, as newspapers continie to experiment with paid-content strategies online. Full story...

01/08/2013

The value of social media ads: Facebook ads undervalued by a third?

Marketers using multi-touch attribution models are generating 10-30 percent more value from Facebook advertising compared to those using Last Ad or Last Click measurement techniques, according to new research looking into the value of social media ads. Full story...

01/08/2013

Mobile marketing trends: Most consumers ‘launch mobile ads by mistake’

Over half of smartphone and tablet users (51%) say they mostly initiate ads on their mobile devices by mistake, with the majority preferring ads they can initiate on their own, according to a new survey looking at mobile marketing trends. Full story...

01/08/2013

SEO salary survey: Glaring gender pay gap?

One third of workers in the UK Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) industry earn above £35,000, but the segment dominated by men, according to a new salary survey. Full story...

01/08/2013

Consumers ‘fed up’ with irrelevant content on favourite sites

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of US online consumers get frustrated with websites when content (e.g., offers, ads, promotions) appears that has nothing to do with their interests, according to new research. Full story...

01/08/2013

Google Play overtakes Apple for downloads (but still makes less money)

App downloads from Google Play have overtaken Apple's rival App Store for the first time, but iOS continues to lead in terms of app revenues, according to new data from mobile analytics firm App Annie. Full story...

02/08/2013

UK now a ‘nation of media multi-taskers’

The UK has become a nation of media multi-taskers, as people use PCs, Tablets, TVs and phones simultaneously, according to a new report from Ofcom. Full story...

02/08/2013

Facebook turns on secure browsing by default

Facebook has switched to secure HTTPS browsing for all users, some two years after the company added the feature. Full story...

02/08/2013

UK to ban drivers from wearing Google Glass

Drivers in the UK will be banned from getting behind the wheel wearing Google’s augmented reality eyewear, amid fears it will be too distracting. Full story...

02/08/2013

QPR tops Football League as most social team

QPR is the UK’s most socially savvy football team (outside of the Premier League), ahead of the 2013 season with 330,000 Facebook and Twitter followers, twice as many is its closest rival Reading, according to new research. Full story...

02/08/2013

Facebook planning ‘TV style’ commercials for site- report

Facebook is set to introduce TV-style adverts to users’ news feeds, selling spots to companies for up to $2.5 million (£1.64m) a day, according to a news report. Watch the Bloomberg report here: Full story...

05/08/2013

Top 5 UK newspaper sites in terms of video ads

Newspapers in the UK had more than 22.6 million videos on their sites in May 2013, which is a 181 percent increase compared to May last year, according to new research from comScore. Full story...

05/08/2013

Top 10 French online retail sites 2013

Retail sites reached 84.5% of the online audience in France, making it the third biggest market in Europe in June 2013, after Germany and Russia, according to new research from comScore, looking at the top 10 French online retail sites of 2013. Full story...

05/08/2013

UK online dating trends: Polish dating has the biggest pulling power online

UK consumers made over 682,000 online dating-related web queries in June, with Polish dating proving to be most popular cultural search, according to new research from Greenlight. Full story...

05/08/2013

Top UK health searches: Pregnancy, skin care and fitness most common concerns online

In the month the NHS celebrates its 65th anniversary, new data from Exponential Interactive, a global provider of digital advertising intelligence, reveals that pregnancy, skin care and fitness are the most common health concerns for which Britons turn to the internet. Full story...

05/08/2013

Global ecommerce penetration by country: 2013

This chart shows the percentage of each country's internet population who have bought something online. 40.4% of the worldwide internet population will make a purchase through a digital channel this year. Western Europe's online population is very engaged in terms on online Full story...

06/08/2013

Global ecommerce sales by region: 2013

This chart shows ecommerce sales by region for 2013. The worldwide total spent online for 2013 is expected to exceed $1,221bn. Regions such as North America, Asia Pacific and Western Europe, where ecommerce is more mature, are growing their sales. Full story...

06/08/2013

Amazon owner buys Washington Post

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, has personally bought The Washington Post and other newspapers for $250m (£163m). Watch this video report from Bloomberg here: Full story...

06/08/2013

P&G shifts 35% of US ad budget to digital

Procter & Gamble's digital spend makes up 35% of its ad budget in the US, as the FMCG giant looks to maximise the return on its marking investment. Full story...

06/08/2013

Russian advertising trends: Online now second to TV

Online advertising is soaring in Russia, with the medium now second behind TV and ahead of print, according to research. Full story...

06/08/2013

Porn 'more popular in the UK than shopping'

Porn sites in the UK get more Internet traffic than social networking sites, with only entertainment and search sites getting more traffic, according to new data. Full story...

06/08/2013

‘Fake fans’ documentary exposes murky world of click farms

This week’s Channel 4 documentary ‘Celebs, Brands and Fake Fans’ looked into the murky world of ‘click farms’- offering a warning to brands tempted to buy success on social media. Watch a trailer for the programme here: Full story...

07/08/2013

Facebook gives popular posts more attention with ‘story bump’

Facebook has revamped its news feed, showing popular posts for longer as the social network looks to increase engagement on the site and appeal more to advertisers. Full story...

07/08/2013

Facebook’s cross media reach- When is the prime time to reach the consumer?

Facebook can contribute significant incremental or duplicated reach to that of major TV networks, especially among younger users, according to new research. Full story...

07/08/2013

Third of firms ‘do not have a social media strategy’

Nearly a third (32%) of businesses in the UK are yet to develop a social media strategy, according to a new report released this month. Full story...

07/08/2013

Hacker warning on app operated toilets

A luxury 'Satis' toilet controlled by a smartphone app is vulnerable to attack, according to security experts. Watch this Japanesse promo video for the Satis toilet below: Full story...

07/08/2013

US Govt. overturns Apple iPhone and iPad patent ban in US

A ban on sales of older models of Apple's iPad and iPhone in the US has been overturned by the Obama administration. Full story...

07/08/2013

The colour of marketing: Blue most popular for branding material

A study of some of the world’s most popular brands found that one third of them predominantly use blue in the branding materials, whilst red and greyscale came in at 29% and 28% respectively, heralding them all as popular choices for the Full story...

07/08/2013

Whatsapp adds voice texting as users reach 300m

Whatsapp has added voice texts, letting users record and send voice messages, as the chat app continues to soar in popularity with 300m active monthly users worldwide. Full story...

08/08/2013

AOL buys Adap.TV to boost video ad targeting and reach

AOL has bought video ad platform Adap.tv for $405m, as the internet giant looks to boost its ad targeting and appeal to more advertisers across its roster of websites. Watch this Bloomberg video showing Armstrong commenting on the deal here: Full story...

08/08/2013

ITV drops legal action over C4 ‘tweets for gifts’ documentary

ITV has dropped threats of legal action against Channel 4 over allegations that stars of Coronation Street were breaching marketing rules by promoting companies on Twitter in exchange for gifts. Full story...

08/08/2013

Most brand marketers ‘lack confidence’ in measuring ROI across multiple channels

Despite the promise of Big Data and social media, research study surveying 200 senior digital marketers demonstrates they are still suffering from wasted digital spend, with 81% lacking confidence in measuring ROI across multiple channels. Full story...

08/08/2013

The value of social media: Twitter tracks impact of brand tweets offline

Twitter has partnered with Datalogix to offer advertisers a way of monitoring the impact of their tweets on consumer behaviour, as the micro-blogging platform looks to woo brands with deeper insights into the value of social media campaigns. Full story...

09/08/2013

Yahoo to ditch exclamation point!? Iconic logo to get overhaul after 18 years

Yahoo is to undergo yet another rebrand next month, but this time the internet giant looks set for the biggest overhaul yet to reflect the ‘renaissance’ of the brand under CEO Marrisa Meyer. Full story...

09/08/2013

Viral of the week: IKEA catalogue puts virtual furniture in users’ living rooms

This year’s IKEA catalogue now comes with an augmented reality twist, giving users the ability to place virtual furniture in their own home with the help of a smartphone app. See why its our viral of the week below… Full story...

09/08/2013

YouTube founders take on Vine and Instagram with ‘MixBit’

The founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, have unveiled their latest project, a social video sharing and remixing site called MixBit. Full story...

09/08/2013

Google extends Spotify rival to UK with £7.99 music streaming

Google has launched its ‘Play Music All Access’ streaming service in the UK, undercutting Spotify with a £7.99 subscription service for early sign ups. Full story...

09/08/2013

From 1G to 4G- The evolution of the mobile network (infographic)

Since the mobile boom of the 90s through to the high tech world of smartphones today, mobile has grown at a phenomenal pace. This infographic from mobile network specialist CommScope takes a fun and informative look at the evolution of the mobile Full story...

09/08/2013

Blackberry rescue plan? Phone maker 'plans to go private'

Blackberry is planning on going private, as the embattled phone maker looks to turn around its fortunes with a major shift in strategy, according to a news report. Watch this Bloomberg report below: Full story...

12/08/2013

Google lets students rent textbooks on Play Store

Google is letting students borrow academic textbooks on their smartphones for 80% less than their print prices, as the internet giant takes on Apple in the lucrative digital education market. Full story...

12/08/2013

Australia ad spend: Online ‘now worth more than TV’

Online advertising spend in Australia reached $3.6bn in the past year, up 14% and overtaking TV for the first time, according to new figures.s Full story...

12/08/2013

The 4 key types of ‘always on consumer’ (Infographic)

‘Social Butterflies’, ‘Working Professionals’, ‘Gamers’, and ‘Everything Tech’ are the most connected consumer groups in the UK, according to new research. Full story...

12/08/2013

Beauty product search trends: Nearly 2 in 5 searches made on mobile

UK consumers made over 2.1 million searches on the web for beauty care products in June and 38% were made using mobile devices, reveals the latest online search data from digital marketing agency Greenlight. Overall, queries pertaining to make-up were the most Full story...

12/08/2013

Mobile commerce research – Mobile shopping now ahead of PCs

Smartphones and tablets now account for 51% of consumer time spent shopping online, beating PCs for the first time, according to new mobile commerce research in the US. Full story...

13/08/2013

New budget iPhone and 5S set for September 10th launch?

AllThingsD reports that the September 10th event will see the launch of the upcoming iPhone 5S and possibly also a rumoured 'low-cost' device. Watch this video from the Telegraph looking into the latest rumours: Full story...

13/08/2013

eBay pilots ‘personal fashion gallery’ on UK site

eBay is working with Dressipi to trial a personalised recommendation service for fashion shoppers in the UK. Full story...

13/08/2013

HTC debuts 'Change' brand platform, fronted by Robert Downey Jr.

HTC has unveiled a new brand platform fronted by ‘Iron Man’ actor Robert Downey Jr, in what the phone maker is calling its ‘most ambitious campaign to date’. Watch this video from Bloomberg below: Full story...

13/08/2013

Pirate Bay dodges ISP blocks with 'PirateBrowser'

File-sharing website The Pirate Bay has launched a browser designed to avoid blocks from internet service providers (ISPs) on its site and other similar webpages. Full story...

13/08/2013

Mobile analytics: Distimo gives free App Store and Google Play data for all apps

Distimo has launched ‘App Trends’, the first freely available global service that provides download and revenue trends for all apps. Full story...

13/08/2013

Apple wins Samsung patent case: US ban on older devices

The US Trade Commision (ITC) has ordered an import ban on some Samsung products, ruling that they infringe two Apple patents. Full story...

13/08/2013

Surface Vs iPad: Microsoft pushes tablet after big price drop

Microsoft has launched a new video touting its Surface RT tablet over Apple's iPad, as poor sales of its tablet have led to a big price drop. Watch the video below: Full story...

13/08/2013

Facebook reveals official regional figures: 128m US and 24m UK users daily

Facebook has revealed that 128 million US users and 24 million UK users log onto the social network each day, as the firm begins revealing regional audience figures for the first time in a bid to appeal to more advertisers. Full story...

14/08/2013

Martin Sorrell: WPP to generate 40% of business from digital over 5 years

Marketing giant WPP is aiming to generate 5-40% of its business from digital sources and fast-growth markets, chief executive Martin Sorrell has announced. Full story...

14/08/2013

How Ryan Gosling, Dove and Space Oddity went viral: Twitter hunts for formula to web success

Going viral on the internet is a goal for all brands, but is there is secret to becoming a web sensation? This week, Twitter examined three big viral video hits - actor Ryan Gosling 'refusing' to eat cereal, astronaut Chris Hadfield singing Full story...

14/08/2013

Google Play catching Apple revenue with 67% growth

Google Play is fast catching Apple’s App Store in terms of revenue, rising 67% in the first half of the year. Full story...

14/08/2013

Horlicks ‘Facebook mystery’ creates buzz for new TV commercial

Horlicks has launched a new Facebook campaign in India to promote its new biscuit, inviting users to guess the plot of a new TV commercial with a number of clues. Watch the final TV commercial below: Full story...

14/08/2013

Amazon to launch Android games console for Christmas?

Amazon is planning on reporting an Android-powered game console by the end of the year, rivalling Google, Ouya and Nvidia, according to a news report. Full story...

14/08/2013

NSA 'touches only 1.6% of web traffic’

In a rare public disclosure, the US agency behind the recent PRISM web-spying scandal has released documents that show it only has access of 1.6% of global internet traffic. Full story...

14/08/2013

ZTE to sell budget Firefox phone only on eBay

ZTE is to sell its new Firefox smartphone on eBay only in the UK and the US markets. Full story...

14/08/2013

Facebook tests celebrity-only mobile app

Facebook is testing an app just for celebrities and high-profile figures, designed to help them manage their public persona, according to a news report. Full story...

15/08/2013

Smartphones outsell feature phones globally: Android gets 79% of market

Smartphones finally outsold feature phones globally during the second quarter of this year, with Android taking a 79% share of the market, according to new research. Full story...

15/08/2013

Google+ embeds Soundcloud tracks

Google has started embedding Soundcloud’s popular streaming audio widgets into Google+, as it looks to increase engagement on its social network. Full story...

15/08/2013

Google debuts DoubleClick tool for publishing rich media ads

Google has launched DoubleClick Studio Layouts, a new production tool for building and publishing rich media and HTML5 ads. Full story...

15/08/2013

Sina Weibo valued at $6bn: 54m users a day for ‘Chinese Twitter’

Sina Weibo claims that it now has 54 million active users a day, as the firm continues its battle with WeChat and Tencent for dominance in the Chinese social networking sector. Full story...

15/08/2013

Brits ‘need 31 hours a year to read online privacy policies’

New research from Deloitte has found it would take British internet users 31 hours to wade through the privacy policies of all the websites they visited in a year. Full story...

15/08/2013

Apple stock soars as billionaire buys large stake in ‘undervalued’ firm

Activist investor Carl Icahn has bought a large stake in Apple and says the world's most valuable company should be doing more to revive its stock price. Full story...

15/08/2013

Facebook buys translation and voice recognition firm

Facebook has bought speech recognition and language translation app Mobile Technologies, as the social network looks to boost its mobile features. Full story...

15/08/2013

Google Glass to drive the high street’s revival?

With Google Glass and other wearable technology on the way, what is their potential to revitalise the role of physical retail stores and drive sales both on and offline? A new study from Venda reveals over a quarter of UK consumers would Full story...

16/08/2013

Online directory listings for small businesses – Thomson Local directories latest casualty in UK

Pressures on the print directory and magazine world continue, with one of the largest UK directories going into administration and online directory listings for small businesses take over. The UK media economy is a proven early adopter of trends that go mainstream Full story...

16/08/2013

Millennial Media boosts mobile ad network with $200m Jumptap buy

Millennial Media is buying its smaller rival mobile advertising rival Jumptap, as the firm looks to challenge Google’s mobile dominance. Full story...

16/08/2013

Top 10 football stars on Twitter: Rooney, Bale and Suarez create most buzz (infographic)

As the UK and Europe looks forward to the start of Premier League football on Saturday, new data shows that Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez were the most talked about players in the Premiership's pre-season hype. Full story...

16/08/2013

Häagen-Dazs launches ‘melt-timer’ musical augmented reality app

Häagen-Dazs has launched a ‘Concerto Timer app’, integrating 3D Kinect technology and video data that lets customers fill the time it takes for their ice cream to thaw once its leaves the freezer. Full story...

16/08/2013

Social media ‘fastest and most reliable’ customer contact channel

Social media is currently the quickest and most reliable form of customer contact, according to new research. Full story...

16/08/2013

Google under fire after claims that Gmail users ‘cannot expect privacy’

Google has come under fire for comments made in a recent UK privacy case, claiming that users of its Gmail service users should not expect privacy when they send messages to a Gmail account. Full story...

19/08/2013

Viacom uses Twitter Amplify for 30 shows after MTV Awards success

Broadcaster Viacom is adding 30 more of its shows to Twitter’s social video 'Amplify' program after ‘a great response from advertisers’ to its MTV Awards promotion on the social network. View a sample Amplify ad below: Roy Hibbert's BIG block. One of Full story...

19/08/2013

Facebook takes on PayPal with mobile payments tool

Facebook is testing a new online payments service aimed at making it easier for users to make purchases on their mobile devices. Full story...

19/08/2013

Twitter and TV viewership- reality shows benefit most from tweets

Social media and TV programming have become fast friends, and, for many of us, the two are transforming how we watch television. In fact, Twitter has become a popular destination where fans can talk about their favoriteTV shows in real-time. But do Full story...

19/08/2013

A digital month in Germany: Social media and retail lead the way

The 57.8 million internet users in Germany each spent nearly 20 hours online during June 2013. Social networking accounted for a quarter of time spent online in Germany, making it the most engaging activity that month. Full story...

19/08/2013

Number of social media users over 65 triples

Six out of 10 Internet users between the ages of 50 to 64 are on social networks, with numbers growing fast, according to new research. Full story...

19/08/2013

Half of UK smartphones run on Android

In the UK, Android has increased its OS market share by 19 % from 42 % share of the market in May 2012 to 50 % in the three month average ending May 2013. Apple’s market share amongst the 33.1 million UK Full story...

19/08/2013

Facebook takes on PayPal with mobile payments tool

Facebook is testing a new online payments service aimed at making it easier for users to make purchases on their mobile devices. Full story...

19/08/2013

Global web traffic plunges 40% during 5 minute Google outage

On Friday, August 16, Google experienced five minutes of downtime, causing global web traffic to plunge 40% according to a report. Full story...

20/08/2013

Global web consumer trends: Study reveals what makes each country click

Singapore is the nation most motivated to go online by entertainment; The Portuguese the most motivated by information and the Chinese by self-expression and transaction, according to new research by global media agency network Mindshare. Full story...

20/08/2013

Unilever turns capcha boxes into ads with Solve Media

Unilever has become the one of the first companies to sign up for a new web ID system that uses ads rather than letter and number codes in capcha boxes. Full story...

20/08/2013

Top online fashion searches: Footwear and accessories top list

Consumer online searches for shoes & accessories outperformed those for womenswear, menswear and even dresses, reveals a report by digital marketing agency, Greenlight. Full story...

20/08/2013

Rise of omni-channel: Brits ‘used more than 7 communication gadgets in past 6 months’

A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of KANA Software, Inc., a global leader in customer service solutions used by more than 900 organizations worldwide, reveals customers move to other communication channels 75 % of the time when unsatisfied with Full story...

20/08/2013

Facebook founder leads web coalition to bring internet to all

Facebook has joined with Samsung, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, and Qualcomm to from Internet.org, a project dedicated to getting the internet to the five billion people who cannot get access to it. Watch this video promoting the initiative below: Full story...

21/08/2013

Chinese WhatsApp rival WeChat gets 100m international users

China-based mobile chat app WeChat has reached 100 million registered international users, after doubling its user base in last three months, as the firm looks to rival WhatsApp on the global stage. Full story...

21/08/2013

Why brands need to think globally (infographic)

Worldwide consumers are buying, researching and engaging with brands on their mobile devices. But their priorities and levels of satisfaction vary wildly from country to country – so brands need to make sure their content is adapted and attuned to local needs. Full story...

21/08/2013

Facebook advertiser revenue ‘increased 28.3% this year’ (infographic)

Facebook advertisers are seeing a significant return on their spend on the social networking site, according to new research. Full story...

21/08/2013

Top 50 online retailers in the UK

Travel retailers have seen the biggest gains online during the summer, but Netflix and ASDA Direct were the fastest risers overall, according to new data looking at the top 50 online retailers in the UK. Full story...

22/08/2013

iTunes Radio to launch in September: P&G, McDonald’s and Nissan first advertisers

Apple is reportedly set to launch its Spotify-rival iTunes Radio in September, with advertising from a McDonald’s, Pepsi, Nissan and Procter & Gamble funding the free music streaming service. Full story...

22/08/2013

Google Maps adds traffic incident updates from Waze

The first benefits of Google's $1 billion acquisition of map software service Waze will appear today. Full story...

22/08/2013

Google runs skippable video ads in games: Gameloft, Activision and Miniclip sign up

Google is letting games developers use its DoubleClick Ad Exchange, allowing them to bid for TrueView's "skippable" pre-, mid- and post-roll video ads. Full story...

22/08/2013

Top 20 mobile shopping cities in the UK (infographic)

eBay has plotted the top twenty locations where Brits are shopping with their mobile and has revealed Birmingham as the UK’s number one destination. Following Birmingham in pole position, the remaining top five locations are South London, Sheffield, Nottingham and Belfast. Full story...

22/08/2013

Top 10 influencers when buying a new product: UK

This chart shows which influencers have the biggest effect on consumer decisions. Recommendations from family members still have the biggest influence on consumer's decisions (68%). Interestingly, internet searches are having more of an impact on decision making than TV ads, with 53% Full story...

23/08/2013

The impact of Tweets on TV ratings

This chart shows the percentage of episodes where tweets has an influence on ratings. Competitive / reality shows saw the biggest boost from tweets about the shows, with 44% of programmes in this genre experiencing a change in ratings. Comedy and sports Full story...

23/08/2013

Yahoo overtakes Google for US web traffic- without help from Tumblr

In a surprise turn of events, Yahoo has overtaken Google for web traffic in the US, as CEO Marissa Mayer continues to turn the web portal’s fortunes around. Full story...

23/08/2013

Google boosts app analytics with Tag Manager for Android and iOS

Google has launched a new tool to help marketers and developers manage and monitor their apps via Google Analytics. Full story...

23/08/2013

Snickers ‘misspelling’ search keyword campaign reaches 500,000 people in 3 days

Targeting fat-fingered typists across the UK, this clever search campaign from Snickers used misspelled words in Google keywords to capture hungry office workers’ attention during the working day. This case study outlines how the chocolate bar brand managed to reach 500,000 people Full story...

23/08/2013

Ubuntu Edge ‘hybrid smartphone’ fails to reach crowd-funding target

Canonical, the team behind the Ubuntu Edge ‘hybrid smartphone’ project, has failed to reach its crowd-funding target, despite reaching a record-breaking $12.8m from online investors. Full story...

23/08/2013

Old school banking versus modern age banking

Advances in the fields of finance and technology have drastically changed the landscape of the banking industry over the course of the last 50 years. But is our modern approach to finance as much of an improvement as many believe it to Full story...

23/08/2013

Global market share by operating systems

This chart shows the percent change in global market share for smartphone operating systems between 2012 and 2013. Android has reported the biggest growth in market share with a 15% increase. This growth can be attributed to the variety of phones that Full story...

23/08/2013

Top 10 fastest growing sites in Germany

This chart shows the top 10 sites in Germany and their growth in audience between January and July 2013. Wetter Online, a German weather site, saw its audience grow 120%. Recent Yahoo! acquisition Tumblr reported the 4th highest growth in traffic with Full story...

23/08/2013

Bing adds ‘buy’ option to product searches

Microsoft has integreated a ‘buy’ option into product searches on Bing, letting users skip vendor webpages and buy directly from the search page. Full story...

27/08/2013

Google Play clamps down on unsolicited apps and ads

Google has updated its Play Store policies in a bid to crack down on apps that send ads and create shortcuts of websites on users’ homescreens without permission. Full story...

27/08/2013

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer quits

Steve Ballmer is stepping down from his role as CEO of Microsoft, as the company shifts into being a devices and services firm. Full story...

27/08/2013

Baidu offers app preview for ‘try before you buy’

Baidu is letting users preview mobile apps without needing to download them, as the Chinese search giant looks to expand into mobile. Full story...

27/08/2013

Google planning ‘robo-taxi’ service for self-driving cars?

Google’s self-driving cars, currently being tested in the US and soon in the UK, could be turned into a futuristic taxi service, according to new reports. Full story...

28/08/2013

Apple 'planning iPhone trade-in scheme'

Apple is reportedly set to launch an iPhone trade-in programme next month. Full story...

28/08/2013

Facebook ad trends: Dynamically generated ads ‘perform better’ (infographic)

A new study by Kenshoo Social has revealed that the most successful ads on Facebook Exchange (FBX) tend to be those that are dynamically generated based on the products or pages that online shoppers have previously viewed outside of Facebook. Full story...

28/08/2013

Loyalty card usage plummets as shoppers question value

Loyalty cards and till receipts as we know them may soon be a thing of the past as millions of UK consumers demand smoother, better integrated shopping experiences, according to new research from global payments provider WorldPay. Full story...

28/08/2013

Facebook reveals global web spying requests

Facebook has revealed the extent of government spying on its social network users, following recent revalations surrounding the US PRISM web monitoring programme. Full story...

29/08/2013

Ten ways to improve your agency pitches (infographic)

Pitching to a client is a fraught process for any agency, but this infographic guide from communications agency KesselsKramer offers ten ways to get the most from the experience and stand out from rivals. Full story...

29/08/2013

Top 10 Tips for Affiliate Marketing

After recently carrying out a study on UK business owners which revealed that only 34% of those asked were able to accurately describe what affiliate marketing is, Optimus Performance Marketing have collated a document that puts forward , in detail, the top Full story...

29/08/2013

Digital natives see high street stores as ‘show rooms’

Amaze Generation, a five-year research study looking at the impact of technology on the behaviour and attitudes of 10-15 years-olds, reveals the latest findings into how digital natives view the decline of the high street and looks at how digital is changing Full story...

29/08/2013

Digital Intelligence August 2013

Most social strategies are no longer working. Facebook's filtering of posts has switched the platform to a paid channel, and now investigations in the UK reveal the extent of fake fans. Viral marketing is failing to travel without paid promotion, and Full story...

30/08/2013

UK gets rival 4G from O2 and Vodafone

UK mobile networks O2 and Vodafone have rolled out 4G to parts of the country, rivalling EE which has been the only high speed mobile web option for UK consumers during the past year. Full story...

30/08/2013

A snapshot of digital India in 2013: Third biggest online population in the world

India boasts the world’s second fastest growing online population with 31%t Year-Over-Year Growth, six times the average global rate, according to a new report. Full story...

30/08/2013

More than a quarter of the top 100 free mobile apps dont have a privacy policy (infographic)

MEF, the global community for mobile content and commerce, has published analysis into how the top 100 free mobile apps inform consumers about their use of personal data. Full story...

30/08/2013

Mobile usage trends: 80% of tablet use happens at home

Adobe has released the results from its global 2013 Mobile Consumer Survey, in which it asked more than 3,000 mobile users in Europe and North America about how they use their mobile devices to surf the web and what they want most Full story...

30/08/2013

Facebook removes ads from controversial pages after M&S and Sky boycott

Facebook has removed display ads from pages showing adult content after two major UK advertisers suspended their ads on the social network. Full story...

01/07/2013

Google working on Android games console, smartwatch and media player- report

Google is reportedly expanding it Android mobile a game console, smartwatch, and an updated version of the Nexus Q, all powered by the mobile operating system. Watch this video report from the WSJ below: Full story...

01/07/2013

Adobe boosts targeting with $600m Neolane acquisition

Adobe has bought French digital marketing platform Neolane for $600m, as the digital technology firm looks to boost its targeting abilities. Full story...

01/07/2013

Twitter expands ads API- new tools for marketers

Twitter has expanded its Ads API partners, providing more ways for marketers to scale campaigns on the social network. Full story...

01/07/2013

Video viral of the week: Pepsi Max levitation stunt gets 3m YouTube views

Pepsi Max worked with British magician to produce this head-scraching levitation stunt on top of a London double decker bus- getting nearly 3 million YouTube views and plenty of press attention in the process. See why it's our video viral of the Full story...

01/07/2013

Google searches ‘can forecast stock market’

The volume of Google searches for finance-related terms may predict moves in markets, according to a scientific research paper. Full story...

01/07/2013

The social media landscape in 2013- how to make less noise and more buzz (infographic)

With so many social media channels and tools available, which one is right for your brand’s campaign? From social commerce tools to crowd-sourcing platforms, the latest version of Brian Solis’ ‘Conversation Prism’ looks at the social media landscape from a marketers perspective, Full story...

02/07/2013

AltaVista RIP: Yahoo shuts down search pioneer

AltaVista, one of the world’s first search engines, is to shut down next week as owner Yahoo looks to streamline its services. Full story...

02/07/2013

New boss at Zynga: Xbox chief to lead embattled social gaming giant

Zynga has appointed ex-Microsoft executive Don Mattrick as its new chief executive, as the social gaming company looks to turn around its fortunes. Full story...

02/07/2013

Mail Online begins affiliate marketing: Editorial links to vendor content

The Daily Mail has begun an affiliate marketing scheme, offerering advertisers paid links from MailOnline articles. Full story...

02/07/2013

Global smartphone trends: Android gets 70% market share

Android continues to dominate the global smartphone market, with Windows Phone slowly catching Apple’s iOS in second place, according to new data. Full story...

02/07/2013

Apple patents iWatch trademark in Japan

Apple has applied for a trademark for ‘iWatch’ in Japan, as the wearable tech battle heats up. Full story...

02/07/2013

Unilever tests combined TV and web ad audience metric

Unilever and Mondelez are the first brands to sign up to Nielsen's trial of a service to measure combined TV and online ad audiences. Full story...

02/07/2013

Bebo founders buy back social network for $1m

Social network Bebo has been bought back by its original founders, with the intention of rekindling its former success. Full story...

03/07/2013

Komli Media adds Facebook real time bidding platform

Komli Media is now using Facebook’s RTB (Real-Time-bidding) platform, as the India-based media technology company looks to expand its offering to advertisers and publishers. Full story...

03/07/2013

Infographic: Influencing offline behaviour from digital activity

This infographic from Coupons.com looks how digital is increasingly influencing offline activities such as in-store purchases. Full story...

03/07/2013

Microsoft touchscreen lets users ‘feel’’ 3D objects

Microsoft is working on a touchscreen that lets users manipulate and even ‘feel’ 3D objects, using haptic technology which could have many future applications for the likes of web browsing, gaming, design and medical research. Watch this video from the Independent illustrating Full story...

04/07/2013

Retailers still divided on ‘showrooming’- a help or hindrance?

Retailers are still divided over whether to help or hinder ‘showrooming’ -shoppers viewing items in-store, then checking prices and buying on their mobiles, according to new research. Full story...

04/07/2013

Yahoo buys movie maker app Qwiki: Mobile buying spree continues

Yahoo has bought movie making app Qwiki as the internet giant continues its expansion into the mobile market. Watch this video from Qwiki promoting the new deal here: Full story...

04/07/2013

Twitter online behaviour advertising tools – users tracked by default

Twitter is to display ads based on a user’s browsing habits, as the social network looks to attract more advertisers to its site with a set of online behaviour advertising tools. Full story...

05/07/2013

Rise of the Reddit army: 6% of US web users now access online community

More than 1 in 20 (6%) American adults online use the online community Reddit, with the self-proclaimed ‘front page of the internet’ now on par with Tumblr in terms of user numbers, according to new data. Full story...

05/07/2013

"Thanks for making me late": New social media tool claims to spot sarcastic comments

Social media monitoring provider Spotter has developed a tool it claims will identify sarcasm in online comments. Full story...

05/07/2013

Vine fights back against Instagram with new features

The battle between the short form video apps continues this week, with Twitter’s Vine adding 15 channels and a ‘revining’ feature to win back users from Instagram. Full story...

05/07/2013

EE to launch double speed 4G across 12 UK cities

Mobile network operator EE has launched "double speed" 4G LTE in twelve British cities offering download speeds of 40Mbps via a new 2x20MHz LTE network. Full story...

05/07/2013

Samsung buys cloud TV service Boxee

Samsung has bought Boxee, a firm that lets subscribers record television shows to the cloud via a set top box and then stream them to the device of their choice. Full story...

05/07/2013

Can Big Data live up to the hype? UK firms reluctant to invest in technology

Marketers and web analysts are struggling to translate the hype of ‘big data’ into something meaningful for their businesses, according to new research. Full story...

05/07/2013

Facebook ad trends: 78% of consumers ‘rarely or never click’ on Facebook ads

With 1 billion regular returning visitors, Facebook is the most compelling marketplace in the world but despite this, 35% would never click on a Facebook ad and a further 18% would only do so by mistake, according to a new survey. Full story...

05/07/2013

Shazam gets $40m funding boost from ‘world’s richest person’

UK-based music discovery and marketing firm Shazam has raised an extra $40m (£26.8m) after getting investment from the world’s richest billionaire. Full story...

08/07/2013

Online privacy: Brits ‘more likely to share sexual orientation’ than mobile number

More than half (52%) of Brits would rather share details of their sexual orientation than their mobile number, and on average have four email addresses and two mobile phones registered to them, according into new research looking into consumer attitudes to online Full story...

08/07/2013

YouTube renews Vevo partnership

YouTube has renewed its agreement with Vevo to stream its highly lucrative music video content, as Google continues to push YouTube as the premier destination for music on the web. Full story...

08/07/2013

Budget iPhone pics leaked?

Apple is rumoured to be working on a budget version of its iPhone device to rival Android in the low-cost smartphone market. These new pictures, leaked last week, suggest that the new iPhones will come in multiple colours and a plastic build Full story...

08/07/2013

One third of smartphone shoppers make a mobile purchase every week

One third (32%) of smartphone shoppers are using their mobiles to make a purchase on a weekly basis, a number which has almost doubled in the past 12 months, with an additional 25% of smartphone shoppers now purchasing items every month. Full story...

08/07/2013

Virgin Media adds TV gaming platform

Virgin Media and Two Way Media have launched of a new casual TV gaming portal, Play Games. Full story...

08/07/2013

Accessing mobile internet abroad- most Brits would switch networks for cheaper holiday web access

45% of UK smartphone users say they would switch mobile network provider if it meant they could significantly reduce holiday data roaming charges according to a new survey. Full story...

08/07/2013

German car marketplace targets ads by phases in purchase lifecycle

mobile.de Advertising, the marketer of Germany's largest internet vehicle marketplace, today introduces an innovation in online advertising: mobile.de users can now be targeted specifically within the individual phases of the purchase process through Purchase Phase Targeting. Full story...

08/07/2013

Facebook opens Graph Search to more users

Facebook is offering its social search tool to more users, following a beta test earlier this year, as the social network looks to make its vast archive of user data more useful to users and advertisers alike. Full story...

09/07/2013

Breaking into the app charts: Paid apps ‘need 4,000 downloads a day’

Getting into the top 10 charts on Apple’s app store gives a huge boost for any mobile marketing strategy. New research indicates that apps need 4,000 paid downloads a day, earning $47,000 daily, to get into the top paid chart in the Full story...

09/07/2013

Twitter vs. news agencies- which is best for breaking news?

Despite its phenomenal growth in recent years as a social news and information feed, Twitter is still trumped by traditional news agencies when it comes to breaking news first, according to a new report. Full story...

09/07/2013

7 content marketing trends for 2013

Omni-channel retailing, building emotional bonds with consumers and ‘hyper-visualisation’ are amongst the key smart content trends for digital marketing in 2013, according to a new report. Smart Content Trend Report 2013 by Kiosked from Kiosked Full story...

09/07/2013

Over 20% of searches for hotels ‘made via mobiles’

Over one in five (21%) of the 2.5 million UK consumer online searches for hotels in May, were made using mobile devices, according to new research. Full story...

09/07/2013

Global mobile ad revenues rise 83%: North America catching Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific remains the highest earning region for mobile ad revenues, but North America is catching fast, boosted by a rise in smartphone search ads, according to a new report. Full story...

10/07/2013

Retail apps ‘have 42% chance of reaching launch stage’

As Apple marks the fifth anniversary of its app store, new research from eBay looks into increasingly competitive app marketplace, to uncover the best ways to appeal to smartphone users. Full story...

10/07/2013

How mobile boosts food retailers’ reach: Top 5 UK brands

The UK’s top 5 food retailers have had mixed results from their mobile customers, with Just Eat and Tesco getting the most from smartphone users with 14% and 13% boosts in traffic respectively, according to new data. Full story...

10/07/2013

Garmin smartphone app projects sat-nav on car windshield

Garmin has developed a portable head-up display (HUD) for cars that projects turn-by-turn sat-nav directions on to a vehicle's windscreen. Full story...

10/07/2013

Unilever Brazil hires E-Tale for ‘Buy It Now’ retail ads

E-Tale has been appointed by Unilever Brazil to power online shopping transactions using the ecommerce firm’s Buy It Now technology. Full story...

10/07/2013

Marketers ‘failing to invest in technology improvements’ (infographic)

While European senior marketers in Telco, IT, Retail and Finance are investing heavily in data-driven marketing technology, half of all companies are spending less than 5% of their marketing budget to improve results, according to new research. Full story...

10/07/2013

Top 5 social networks in the Netherlands: Audience age demographics

This chart shows the demographic profile of social networks in the Netherlands. Of Facebook's 8,759 million unique users in the region, nearly 45% are over the age of 45. By contrast, Tumblr attracts a younger audience with 49% of its users under Full story...

11/07/2013

Online advertising in Germany: Display ad impressions by category

This chart shows the percentage of ad impressions by category in Germany in April 2013. The top three advertisers for the period were eBay, Microsoft and Otto. Social Media sites captured the highest share of display ad impressions with 33%. Service sites Full story...

11/07/2013

Top 25 Apple apps of all time (iPad and iPhone)

As Apple's App Store turns five this week, we take a look at the top 25 paid and free apps of all time on the market leading store. Full story...

11/07/2013

App Store Vs. Google Play- Which is generating the most revenue?

As Apple's App Store turns five this week, new research shows it still leads the pack in terms of potential revenue for brands and developers alike. However, Google's Play Store is slowly catching up, with some regions and apps proving more even Full story...

11/07/2013

Apple and 5 publishers found guilty of e-book price fixing

Apple has been found guilty of working with 5 major publishers, including Penguin, to raise prices of electronic books in the US. Full story...

11/07/2013

Google Latitude to shut down next month (replaced by Google+ check ins)

Google is shutting down its Latitude social location service on 9th August, as the internet giant overhauls its mapping services and continues to integrate its Google+ social network across its core businesses. Full story...

11/07/2013

Dropbox reaches 175m users, boosts integration tools

Dropbox has surpassed the 175 million user milestone this week, as the cloud storage service boosts its API tools for deeper integration into Apple and Android user’s operating systems. Full story...

11/07/2013

France axes ‘3 strikes’ online piracy law

France’s 'three strikes' anti-piracy measure, introduced in 2009 under Nicolas Sarkozy, has been replaced with a system of automatic fines. Full story...

11/07/2013

Microsoft ‘gave US spies access to emails before encryption’- report

As the web spying scandal grows, the latest report from the Guardian claims that Microsoft worked with the US spies so they could access emails, including Hotmail, and listen in on Skype video calls to view the messages, before they were encrypted. Full story...

12/07/2013

Samsung 'overtakes Apple for global mobile traffic'

Most of the world’s mobile traffic now comes from Samsung phones, with the South Korean manufacturer overtaking Apple and Nokia for the first time last month, according to new research. Full story...

12/07/2013

Microsoft unites products under ‘One’ strategy

Microsoft is undergoing a major revamp to closer unite its various services, such as Windows, Office 365, Windows Phone, Xbox, Bing and Azure, as a ‘family’ of complimentary products marketed to consumers. Full story...

12/07/2013

Last.fm founders debut web discovery tool based on browser history

The founders of music discovery site last.FM are launching a new online content aggregator based around a user’s web history. Full story...

12/07/2013

UK travel trends: Disconnect between web and email customer service (infographic)

In the online travel sector, customer service and fast responses to consumer enquiries across multiple channels are vital if travel companies are going to thrive. However research carried out as part of the Eptica Multichannel Customer Experience Study indicates that many consumers Full story...

12/07/2013

Cruises: Brands account for 61% of online searches for cruise holidays

UK consumers made 1.7 million searches online for cruise holidays in May, reveals a new independent report, published by Greenlight. Full story...

12/07/2013

Facebook’s ‘invisible audience’: Posts seen by 3 times more people than estimated

Facebook posts are seen by three times as many people as its users realise, but they're just not getting any response, according to new research. Full story...

15/07/2013

Brands ignoring 52% of devices when developing for mobile web

Brands are ignoring less popular mobile operating systems at their peril. A new report indicates that the top 10 mobile devices account for only 48% of total traffic, with regional variances leading to an increasingly broken experiences for users. Full story...

15/07/2013

Video viral of the week: Purina generates puppy love as dog food ad gets 2m views

Purina’s dog food brand Beneful has created a canine-based Rube Goldberg machine for its latest campaign, creating a buzz online with 2 million YouTube views just 2 weeks after launch. See why it’s our video viral of the week below… Full story...

15/07/2013

Third of Brits ‘can’t see the point of 4G’

One in three (33%) UK consumers ‘can’t see the point’ of 4G as they believe 3G is good enough for their needs, according to new research. Full story...

15/07/2013

Mobile advertising metrics and measurement of impressions – new rules

The latest industry standards give a boost to accountability with mobile advertising metrics and measurement of impressions finally agreed between key stakeholders. These cover banners, apps and refresh rates, and will help make mobile advertising a little easier to trade and a Full story...

15/07/2013

Mobile war over? Samsung to make iPhone chips again

Samsung is to return to Apple as a supplier of microchips for its new iPhone, in a sign that the bitter patent war between the two firms may be ending. Full story...

16/07/2013

“New artists will not get paid”: Spotify slammed by Radiohead singer

Radiohead's Thom Yorke has pulled his solo songs from the music streaming site, saying its payment rates do not help young artists. Full story...

16/07/2013

Baidu buys app store for $1.9bn

Baidu has bought Chinese app store 91 Wireless for $1.9bn (£1.25bn) as the search giant looks to expand in to the lucrative mobile market. Full story...

16/07/2013

US ecommerce trends: Who is the mobile shopper?

Women are now catching men in terms of mobile shopping in the US, while people with lower disposable incomes have shown the highest increase in the past year, according to new research. Full story...

16/07/2013

Danone runs social coupons to promote new yoghurt

Danone has picked Coupons.com to run a product sampling campaign via Facebook, as the firm looks to promote the new range of super thick yogurts, danio. Full story...

16/07/2013

Google planning web TV service (again)- report

Google is working on an internet TV service that will compete with the likes of Apple TV and Sony, according to a news report. Full story...

17/07/2013

Yahoo fights back as profits rise 46% (but ad revenues fall)

Yahoo reported mixed financial results in the second quarter of 2013, with ad revenue declining but profits rising 46%, as the internet giant continues its fight back against the likes of Google and Facebook. Full story...

17/07/2013

Google’s first Motorola smartphone: Moto X details leaked online (video)

After buying Motorola in 2011, Google is set to launch its first own-brand smartphone called the Moto X. This week, a new video was leaked online outlines how the device will work, revealing always on voice commands and 'Active Updates'. Full story...

17/07/2013

Yahoo wins right to prove it fought Prism web-spying programme

Yahoo has been allowed to prove it fought against the National Security Agency’s internet spying program, PRISM, as details of the surveillance programme look set to be revealed. Full story...

17/07/2013

Google Analytics lets users run split tests with ‘Content Experiments API’

Google Analytics has expanded with a new set of tools letting developers to run split A/B tests. Watch this 'how to' video below: Full story...

17/07/2013

Online retail sales highest in two years as positive economic signs continue

Online retail sales grew by 20% year-on-year in June– the highest recorded growth in two years – adding to other recent evidence of economic recovery in the UK, according to a new report. Full story...

17/07/2013

UK search marketing trends: Focus on integration and content

Marketers are focusing on integration of search marketing with other digital channels and disciplines such as display advertising and content marketing, according to research looking at UK search marketing trends. Full story...

17/07/2013

Facebook mobile users soar 20%- woos advertisers with 'beach reach'

Faceboook saw mobile visitor numbers from the US and UK increase by some 20% during June this year, as the social network looks to woo more mobile advertisers during the summer months as people access their smartphones outside in the hot weather. Full story...

18/07/2013

Mobile search ad trends: Organic clicks ‘can only replace 12% of paid search clicks’

The vast majority (88%) of paid search traffic on mobiles cannot be replaced by organic clicks, according to new research from Google looking at mobile search ad trends. Full story...

18/07/2013

Adaptable mobile ads '6 times more popular than standard sizes'

When it comes to mobile ads, advertisers are six times more likely to choose ad formats that automatically adapt to the size of the screen rather than standard industry sizes, according to new data. Full story...

18/07/2013

WhatsApp starts charging for iPhone app (as it overtakes Twitter)

WhatsApp Messenger is to start charging iPhone users a $0.99 for its instant messaging app, bringing it in line with price plans on Android and other devices. Full story...

18/07/2013

UK to road test driverless cars this year

The UK government has announced plans to test driverless cars on public roads by the end of 2013. Full story...

18/07/2013

Last minute holidays’ make up almost 3% of consumer online searches for a break

The search term ‘last minute holidays’ accounted for almost 3% of a total of 4.4 million searches made on Google UK for holidays, in May, according to new research. Full story...

18/07/2013

Google earnings disappoint (despite 16% profit rise)

Google’s second quarter financial results have failed to meet expectations, despite posting a 16% rise in profits. Full story...

19/07/2013

Rise of ad-funded apps: 90% of downloaded Apple apps are now free

Just 10% of all apps downloaded on Apple’s iOS are paid-for, as free ad-funded apps rose 6% in the past year, according to new research. Full story...

19/07/2013

Twitter fail: Bank of America 'bots' revealed as humans

The Bank of America has run into criticism this month for using bots to reply to political criticisms on Twitter… only to reveal that the ‘bots’ were actually employees using a rather inflexible and irrelevant customer service script. Full story...

19/07/2013

Richest man in the world: Paypal accidentally credits customer with $92 quadrillion

For a moment this week, a US man became the world's richest person - with a wealth one thousand times greater than the GDP of the whole planet, after PayPal mistakenly credited him with $92 quadrillion (£60 quadrillion). Full story...

19/07/2013

Inkling expands iPad ebooks with Pearson tie up

Inkling raised $16m in a new funding round, as the digital publishing and sales platform secures new deals with publishers Pearson and Elsevier. Full story...

19/07/2013

Google helps non-profit organisations with new online tools

Google has expanded its non-profit scheme to England and Wales, giving charities access to online collaboration tools, free advertising and advice. Full story...

19/07/2013

Should Facebook go freemium? Twitter founder calls for $10 ad-free alternative

Twitter founder Biz Stone has offered up some advice for rival Facebook- give users an ad free version of the social network for a $10 monthly fee. Full story...

22/07/2013

A day in the life of an Apple user: Average time spent on iOS devices

9pm is the most popular time for Apple iOS users to access their devices, according to this new chart from Flurry. Full story...

22/07/2013

Snapchat catching Twitter: Installed on nearly 1 in 5 US iPhones

Social app Snapchat is now installed on more than 18.6% of devices in the US, fast catching Twitter, according to new research. Full story...

22/07/2013

Google accounts for quarter of all web traffic

Google now accounts for 25% of all internet traffic in North America, with around 60% of all Internet-connected devices exchanging traffic with the web giant's servers in an average day, according to new research. Full story...

23/07/2013

China smartphone boom- 464m people accessing web on the move

China now has 591 million internet users, added that 464 million citizens accessed the net via smartphones or other wireless devices, according to new data. Full story...

23/07/2013

Three quarters of online display ads ‘are never seen’

Over three in four (77%) of online display ads are never seen, with display ads having an average of just 1.7 seconds to engage customers, according to new research. Full story...

23/07/2013

Apple reaches 1 billion podcast subscriptions

Apple has reached a major milestone for its podcast services, gaining 1 billion subscriptions to its radio-style audio service since it launched back in 2005. Full story...

23/07/2013

Facebook advertising ‘outperforms on both desktop and mobile’

Facebook’s native advertising is outperforms on both desktop and mobile in terms of click-through-rate (CTR) and cost-per-click, according to new research from Adobe. Full story...

24/07/2013

Amazon axes free delivery for orders under £10 (but not for DVDs and games)

Amazon has imposed a £10 minimum spend for shoppers wanting to use ‘Free Super Saver Delivery’ across many of its product categories. Full story...

24/07/2013

Royal baby attracts 94 million visits to news sites

The birth of the royal baby has led to a huge jump in visits to news and media websites, with tabloids receiving twice as much traffic as broadsheet websites, according to new research from Experian. Full story...

24/07/2013

Apple shares rise despite 22% profit drop

Apple’s has seen shares rise 5% as the computing giant posted better than expected profits for the third quarter, in part boosted by sales of lower priced and older model iPhones. Full story...

24/07/2013

China daily mobile audience reaches 71%

Over two thirds (71%) of China’s web users access the mobile internet everyday, up from just 35%£ in 2008, according to new research. Full story...

24/07/2013

UK digital economy ‘40% bigger than official statistics suggest’

A London tech start-up has used real-time business tracking data to redraw the UK’s digital map in a new report co-authored by the National Institute for Economic and Social Research. Full story...

24/07/2013

Google unveils £23 wi-fi TV streaming dongle

Google has launched Chromecast, a low cost competitor to Apple TV that plugs into a TV’s HDMI slot and streams media, controlled via almost any PC or mobile. Watch this promo video from Google demonstrating how Chromecast works below: Full story...

25/07/2013

Facebook mobile ads ‘now account for 41% of its revenue’

Shares in Facebook have jumped 18% as the social network beat earnings expectations with stronger than expected mobile ad sales. Full story...

25/07/2013

Foursquare self-service advertising platform expands after successful tests

Mobile location social network Foursquare is the latest media owner to boost their do-it-yourself advertising tools. The Foursquare self-service advertising platform is particularly powerful for retailers in the markets where Foursquare has reached critical mass, and the tool makes local mobile advertising Full story...

25/07/2013

Google’s new Gmail ads spark controversy

Google has sparked controversy with its redesigned Gmail tabs, with users noticing they are getting ads from companies they did not sign up to receive. Watch the Google promo touting Gmail's new features below: Full story...

25/07/2013

EE profits surge as 4G proves popular

EE now has 687,000 4G customers using its high-speed network in the UK, and 2,400 business customers using or trialling the service, as the mobile network operator looks on course to reach its goal of 1 million 4G subscribers by the end Full story...

25/07/2013

Lynx tests Snapchat’s ‘self-destructing ads’

Lynx has become the second major brand in a month to use photo sharing app Snapchat in a new campaign. Full story...

25/07/2013

Case study: V Energy ‘robbery’ game gets 12% increase in sales

Earlier this year, V Energy launched an online game in New Zealand inviting customers to steal their share of the $100,000 prize pool from each other. This case study looks at how the energy drinks band increase Facebook engagement 174% and sales Full story...

25/07/2013

Shopping searches on tablets up 132%

Total retail search volumes grew 15% in the second quarter of 2013 compared with the same quarter a year earlier. Full story...

25/07/2013

Samsung hits record profits…but warns of falling smartphone sales

Samsung has reported another record quarterly profit, despite fears of falling demand for high end smartphones. Full story...

26/07/2013

Google’s Chromecast drops free Netflix deal after ‘overwhelming’ first day demand

Google has been forced to backtrack on offering 3 months free Netflix with its new $35 Chromecast web TV dongle, after huge demand meant the deal would prove too expensive. Full story...

26/07/2013

Viral of the week: Lynx debuts holiday dating app to 'Get Le Girl'

Lynx has launched a humorous new dating app to help young men charm women and compete with their friends while on holiday. Find out why its our viral of the week below... Full story...

26/07/2013

Royal baby and online marketing: How 10 brands newsjacked the birth of Prince George

This month the world's media focused on one couple and one baby - attracting hundreds of millions of consumers, to thousands of high traffic pieces of content. Smart brands leapt at the opportunity creating branded content and tactical media buys. Danny Meadows-Klue, Full story...

26/07/2013

The 7 types of social media fans (and how to engage with them)

Not all social media fans behave in the same way. From ‘deal seekers’ to ‘ranters’, this infographic from ReachLocal looks at the top 7 types of social media users, and how brands can make the most of them. Full story...

26/07/2013

Twitter sorry after posting fake tweets from real users in ads

Twitter has come under fire for posting fake tweets from real users ito promote its new ad platform. Full story...

26/07/2013

Rise of the iTraveller: half of British tablet owners now take their slates on holiday with them

Half of British tablet-owners now take their devices on holiday with them – but fears that tablets are irresistible targets for sea- and pool-side thieves are stopping others from doing the same, according to new research released by lekiosk. Full story...

26/07/2013

Nissan sponsors 4oD’s new download service

Channel 4 has launched an ad-funded download service, allowing users to download TV shows up to 30-days after their first broadcast, with Nissan signed up as the first sponsor. Full story...

26/07/2013

Reach of sports sites across Europe: Top 18 countries

This chart shows the reach of sports sites across Europe's online population.The top three sports sites accessed during the period are Yahoo! Sports, Goal Sites and Eurosport. 79% of Turkey's online population accessed a sports site during the time period, 12% more Full story...

28/07/2013

Samsung pips Apple as world’s most profitable mobile maker- report

Samsung has overtaken Apple as the most profitable mobile phone maker in the world, according to a new report. Full story...

29/07/2013

Worldwide gaming audience figures

This chart shows the worldwide online gaming audience. Nearly 671 million people played an online game using desktop or laptop PC. Asia Pacific has the highest online gaming population (47.9 million) but the second lowest average time spent gaming (47 minutes). Full story...

29/07/2013

Worldwide gaming audience by time spent

Of the 145 million online gamers worldwide, the average time spent gaming is 73 minutes. North America plays online the longest (107 min), despite having the third largest gaming population (30.3 million). Asia Pacific has the highest population of gamers (47.9 million) Full story...

29/07/2013

Will UK porn filter block other content too?

The UK Government’s controversial plans to impose an opt-out filter on internet porn could be extended to other content, according to reports. Full story...

29/07/2013

Co-founder of Yandex dies

Ilya Segalovich, the co-founder of Russia’s largest search engine Yandex, has died at the age of 48. Full story...

29/07/2013

Sky debuts £10 Now TV on-demand TV box

Sky is launching Now TV, a £10 box that lets users watch on-demand services with a subscription, as the broadcaster looks to take on rivals in the growing web TV market. Full story...

29/07/2013

Tumblr sparks controversy with porn tag bans

Tumblr has attracted criticism for banning certain tags on certain porn-related search terms. Full story...

29/07/2013

Who is using travel sites in Spain?

During May 2013, 13 million Spanish people accessed a travel website. Of the 13 million, people aged 35-44 used travel sites the most (24/*%). According to engagement statistics, users aged 55 and over spent close to 35 minutes on travel sites, the Full story...

29/07/2013

Bigger than WPP: Omnicom and Publicis merge to take on Google in digital ad battle

France's Publicis and America's Omnicom have merged to create a marketing company bigger than WPP, vowing to take on Google in the battle for online ad revenues. Full story...

30/07/2013

Search and email customers ‘more valuable than social media’

Customer acquisitions gained via email marketing has quadrupled since 2009, with email delivering more customers than Facebook or Twitter, but less than search, according to a new US-based study. Full story...

30/07/2013

Brands failing to use Facebook hashtags- report

Using hashtags in Facebook posts have been slow to take off on the social network, with most brands neglecting the new technique, according to new data. Read the full report on Slideshare below: REPORT: Facebook Hashtags, Post Engagement, And Industry Leaders - Full story...

30/07/2013

Internet display and outdoor see biggest growth in global ad spend

Television remained the dominant media type in terms of advertising investment in the first quarter of 2013 with a 59 percent share of media spend share and 3.5 percent growth globally, according to Nielsen's quarterly Global AdView Pulse report. Full story...

30/07/2013

Google Shopper axed in latest ‘spring clean’

Google has closed down more of its under-performing services, dropping its stand-alone Google Shopper app as its looks to push its multi-function search app instead. Full story...

31/07/2013

LinkedIn beefs up ‘Influencer’ posts with comments, likes and links

LinkedIn has added a raft of Facebook-style tools to its ‘Influencer’ platform, as the business-based social network looks to raise its profile as a publishing platform. Full story...

31/07/2013

Digital Intelligence July 2013

Looking for smart brands with strong digital ecosystems? Look at how the arrival of a royal baby in the UK became a media event for Oreo, Pampers and many more. With a strong always-on digital strategy, it's easy to unlock extra Full story...

31/07/2013

Drowning in Data- how brands can surf the information flood (infographic)

With 90% of the world’s data generated in the last two years, how can brands make use of this rich source of consumer information without drowning in a flood of irrelevant information? This infographic from Evzdrop lookt at how to deal with Full story...

31/07/2013

Oscar Mayer’s ‘hilarious honest old guy’ links mobile and video to build brand engagement

Oscar Mayer’s latest app lets users create their own commercials centred around “Grandpa Frank.” This mobile video case study looks at how the Kraft brand created consumer engagement and brand loyalty through new technology. Frank fans are invited to create their own Full story...

02/06/2013

Oreo augmented reality One Direction campaign brings product packages to life

Mondelēz International and Nabisco's Oreo, Trident and Ritz are using augmented reality technology to promote their sponsorship of One Direction’s 2013 North American tour. The augmented reality packaging features the band on more than 21 million specially-marked packages. Each experience can be Full story...

03/06/2013

Google Play to overtake Apple App Store ‘in next few months’

Google is poised to overtake Apple’s App Store as the most popular app platform in the world, according to new reports. Full story...

03/06/2013

Food search trends: Google adds nutritional data to search

Google has updated its search results to include details on calories, carbohydrates, proteins, sugars, and other information pertaining to nutrition, as the internet giant looks to capitalise on food search trends related to healthy eating. Full story...

03/06/2013

Microsoft resurrects ‘Start’ button for Windows 8 after user complaints

Microsoft is bringing back the starts button to the desktop version of its new Windows 8 operating system, after a raft of complaints from users. Full story...

03/06/2013

Rise of the silver surfer: UK over 55's ‘closing the digital divide’

UK adults aged over 55 are beginning to close the gap on their younger counterparts in terms of web use, according to new research from the IAB. Full story...

03/06/2013

Latin America online shopping trends: Clothing and electronics top categories for web shoppers

Clothing and electronics are the most popular categories for online shopers in Latin America, with brand awareness and loyalty key to driving purchases, according to a new study. Full story...

03/06/2013

Zynga cuts 520 jobs as losses widen

Zynga plans to axe a further 520 jobs, amid warnings that the Farmville games developer expects wider losses than it previously estimated. Full story...

04/06/2013

Online advertising trends: Will Tumblr bring a younger audience to Yahoo?

With the industry buzzing about Yahoo!’s recent acquisition of popular blogging network Tumblr, there have been a variety of reasons cited as motivations behind it. New online advertising trends from comScore suggests that brands using Yahoo may be able to target under Full story...

04/06/2013

UK mobile advertising trends: Under 24s ‘more likely to respond to mobile ads'

British smartphone users between the age of 18-24 are much more likely to react to ads on smartphones than other age groups, according to new research looking into UK mobile advertising trends. Full story...

04/06/2013

Mobile retail trends: Smartphones creating the ‘ubiquitous shopper’

An increase in smartphone adoption and usage is giving retailers and brands with substantial new opportunities to target shoppers - at any time or any place, according to new research. Full story...

04/06/2013

Digital magazines on the rise: Half of Brits now reading 'zines on screens

More than 1 in 2 Brits have bought and read digital magazines, up from 1 in 3 in 2012 – this according to new research released today by lekiosk. Full story...

04/06/2013

Big data projects ‘too time consuming’ (infographic)

Organisations can’t gather business insights from 'big data' fast enough, according to a new survey which found that just 23% of businesses perceive these projects to be a success. Full story...

04/06/2013

Primark sells online for first time with Asos

Primark has partnered with Asos, as the discount fashion retailer makes its first foray into ecommerce. Full story...

05/06/2013

Apple to launch ad-funded iRadio next week?

Apple is reportedly set to launch a free ad-funded music streaming service at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Fransisco next week, billed as a rival to Spotify, Google Music and Pandora. Full story...

05/06/2013

Amazon woos developers with ‘app engagement’ reports

Amazon is offering free tools to let developers better understand how users are interacting with their Android apps distributed by the online retailer. Full story...

05/06/2013

Smartphone usage data: A day in the life of a mobile user

The average adult smartphone user in the US spends 58 minutes daily on their device, with iPhone users spending longer on their mobiles than Android users, according to new smartphone usage data. Full story...

05/06/2013

Twitter brings Vine to Android: 6-second video app gets 13 million users

Twitter has launched Vine for Android, opening up its 6-second video format to a new market after getting 13 million users on its iPhone app. Full story...

05/06/2013

UK email trends: Marketing messages ‘hit all-time high’

Marketing email volumes in the UK hit an all-time high during the first half of 2012, with over three billion emails sent on average monthly, according to new data. Full story...

05/06/2013

Amazon ramps up targeting as ad revenue ‘overtakes Twitter’

Is a sleeping giant awakening in the online ad industry? Amazon’s ad sales remain a tiny portion of its overall revenues, but this looks set to change, with the retailer announcing ambitions to ramp up targeting and bring in $800m in ad Full story...

06/06/2013

Global marketers ‘believe online video more efficient than TV’ (infographic)

The majority of online video spend in the last 12 months is coming from budgets previously reserved for TV advertising, according to a recent worldwide study. Full story...

06/06/2013

Internet to drive UK ad market growth to £3bn by 2017- PwC

The UK ad market will grow by £3bn to £17bn in 2017, driven by strong internet advertising growth, according to a PwC report. Full story...

06/06/2013

Mobile news usability study: Guardian tops list

The Guardian has come out top in delivering the best mobile news experience, followed by the Independent, according to a new report from EPiServer. Full story...

06/06/2013

Samsung debuts ‘waterproof’ Galaxy S4 Active to rival Sony Xperia Z

Samsung is to launch a waterproof and dustproof version of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone, featuring an ‘Aqua’ mode for underwater photos. Full story...

06/06/2013

YouTube mobile ad sales triple- accounts for 10% of Google revenues (video)

YouTube now generates about 10% of Google's total revenue, as the video sharing site sees its ad revenues on mobile devices triple in just six months. Watch the Bloomberg interview where the data was revealed here: Full story...

07/06/2013

Apple files for iWatch trademark in Russia?

Apple has filed for ownership of the 'iWatch' trademark in Russia, amid rumoured that the firm is developing a smartwatch device, according to a news report. Full story...

07/06/2013

'Generation Y' favours internet brands- Amazon more popular than Google (infographic)

Amazon, Google, Facebook and YouTube are amongst the top 12 brands favoured by the UK’s ‘Generation Y’ of 16 to 34 year olds, according to a new survey. Full story...

07/06/2013

Facebook halves number of ad formats: simpler options for marketers

Facebook is reducing its number of ad units by half, as the social network looks to encourage more advertisers to the site with a simpler format range, tailored to key marketing objectives. Full story...

07/06/2013

Silly faces instead of a password? Google patents facial password tech to boost security

Google has filed a patent letting users pull a silly face instead of entering a password to unlock their Android phones or tablets. Full story...

07/06/2013

Facebook and Google deny role in PRISM web-spying programme

Facebook, Google and Yahoo have all issued denials that they have been providing the US National Security Agency with user data, amid a growing global privacy scandal. A 29-year-old government contractor revealed himself as the source of disclosures about the government's secret Full story...

10/06/2013

WPP offers real-time brand insights on Twitter

WPP has partnered with Twitter to give advertisers deeper insight into how people use the social network. Full story...

10/06/2013

Samsung shares dip after profit fears

Shares in Samsung Electronics have fallen sharply amid fears the world's biggest smartphone maker has seen a drop in demand for its flagship Galaxy S4 device. Full story...

10/06/2013

Rise of connected TVs: American Airlines sees strong results for interactive TV campaign

Females are now the primary owners of connected TVs (55% of UK connected TV market), with more households switched to TVs with web access and brands reporting higher success figures, according to a new report. Full story...

10/06/2013

Coca-Cola tests home delivery service in India

Coca Cola is testing an online store for home delivery of all its products in India, as the beverage giant looks to tap the burgeoning e-commerce market for the first time. Full story...

10/06/2013

Father’s Day shopping trends: Mum’s the word for holiday gifting [infographic]

UK shoppers’ splash out an average of 75 per cent more on their mums on Mother’s Day than their dads on Father’s Day? With Father’s Day just around the corner, are dads getting short-changed? This infographic from Rakuten looks at Father’s Day Full story...

10/06/2013

Apple debuts ad-funded music streaming- new channel for marketers

Apple has launched its much-anticipated iTunes Radio music streaming service, as the firm looks to rival the likes of Spotify, Pandora and Google Music. Watch this video from Bloomberg with highlights from the launch event here: Full story...

11/06/2013

Google wins bidding war to by map app Waze?

Google is to buy social mapping app Waze for around $1.3bn, after an intense bidding war with rival Facebook, according to news reports. Full story...

11/06/2013

Unilever ramps up crowd-sourcing with eYeka partnership

Unilever has extended its partnership with co-creation community eYeka, as the FMCG giant looks to further tap into crowd-sourced marketing campaigns. Full story...

11/06/2013

Video viral of the week: giffgaff shows caring side of zombies

Mobile network giffgaff’s latest viral campaign depicts a zombie apocalypse… with a twist. See why it’s our video viral of the week below (warning: contains scenes of mild gore and random acts of kindness)... Full story...

11/06/2013

Half global population ‘will be web connected by 2017’ (video)

Global IP traffic is set to grow three-fold between 2012 and 2017, with some 3.6 billion internet users in 4 years time, according to research from Cisco. Watch this video from Cisco, featuring key highlights of the report below: Full story...

11/06/2013

Yahoo demographics: Tumblr gives Yahoo a younger audience

This chart shows the user demographics for both Yahoo sites and Tumblr. There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Yahoo's recent acquisition of Tumblr, and this chart shows that it grants access to a younger demographic. 40% of Tumblr users are Full story...

12/06/2013

UK mobile advertising: Young Brits have higher recall of mobile ads

This chart shows the different levels of engagement with mobile ads, between the average smartphone user and a smartphone user aged between 18-24 in Britain. Across all categories, young Brits had better recall of mobile ads. Most notably, 56.2% recall social networking Full story...

12/06/2013

Google buys social sat-nav Waze for $1.3bn

Google has bought crowd-sourced navigation app Waze for a reported $1.3bn (£835m), as the firm looks to extend its sat-nav tools. Watch this video from Bloomberg discussing the deal here: Full story...

12/06/2013

PS4 ‘winning console PR war’ over Xbox?

This year’s E3 electronics show in LA was the backdrop for the latest round in the upcoming next-gen console wars, with Sony’s PS4 getting the best critical reception for placing less restrictions (and a cheaper price tag) on its device than its Full story...

12/06/2013

Online video ad trends: interactive pre-rolls ‘twice as popular in UK’

UK web users are twice as likely to respond to in-stream video ads than the global average, according to new research looking into online video ad trends. Full story...

12/06/2013

Video ads on news sites ‘tripled last year’ (DoubleClick infographic)

News publishers are running three times more video ads this year than last, with huge rises in investment coming from the automotive, sports and shopping sectors, according to new data from Google’s DoubleClick ad network. Full story...

12/06/2013

WPP’s Xasis brings audience buying platform to Latin America

Audience buying company Xasis has launched of operations in Latin America, as the WPP-owned firm expands its global operations. Full story...

12/06/2013

Social media ad targeting: Facebook adds clickable hashtags for real–time marketing

Facebook has added Twitter-style clickable hashtags, letting users quickly find similar topics and like-minded users across the site, while giving marketers a new channel for their social media ad targeting. Full story...

13/06/2013

Web spying scandal: Internet giants urge US Govt. to reveal security requests

Internet giants including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter all calling for more flexibility in disclosing more about that national security requests they receive from the US government. Full story...

13/06/2013

Top 10 facts for Father’s Day 2013- marketing tips for online retailers

Father’s Day is rapidly approaching this weekend and so as the majority of the nation scrambles around for some last minute shopping ideas Experian shares its top 10 Father’s Day facts for 2013. Full story...

13/06/2013

Top websites in South Africa in 2013

News24 is South Africa’s most popular website, followed by Howzit and iol, according to data from Effective Measure. Full story...

13/06/2013

UK campaign aims to give consumers greater control over targeted online ads

UK trade body the IAB has launched a new initiative to drive consumer awareness over targeted online ads, with some of UK’s largest news brands, media owners and advertising tech businesses donating inventory Full story...

13/06/2013

Video viral of the week: Skittles lets viewers ‘smash the rainbow’ with interactive YouTube ad

Continuing its surreal marketing efforts, Skittles' latest YouTube video viral campaign lets viewers select items to smash- with bizarre results. See why it’s our video viral of the week below… Full story...

13/06/2013

European mobile ad trends: Smartphone surge sparks 275% increase in mobile RTB ad spend in 2013

Following a host of new device launches this year, from Samsung’s Galaxy S4 to Blackberry’s Z10, new data released today by ad tech platform Adform has revealed that Europe’s digital advertising community has vastly increased its investment in programmatic mobile marketing, with Full story...

13/06/2013

The rise of smartphones in South Africa (Infographic)

Smartphones are on the rise in South Africa. This infographic from InMobi,looks back to 2012 and illustrates how consumer behaviour in South Africa is shifting, as they become more reliant on their phones as their primary means of being connected. Full story...

13/06/2013

Apple planning larger iPhones for Autumn launch?

Apple is planning on launching larger size iPhones to rival the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, according to a new report. Full story...

14/06/2013

Google tax: MPs urge HMRC to ‘fully investigate’ search giant

A parliamentary committee has urged HM Revenue & Customs to "fully investigate" Google, after finding that the internet giant uses "highly contrived" tax arrangements with the sole purpose of avoiding corporation tax on its multibillion-pound revenues in the UK. Full story...

14/06/2013

Salesforce buys ExactTarget to boost marketing automation

CRM platform Salesforce.com has bought cloud marketing suite ExactTarget, in a deal valued at $2.5 billion. Full story...

14/06/2013

Yahoo’s buys conference calling firm Rondee

Yahoo has bought conference calling firm Rondee for an unsicloded sum, as the firm continues its buying spree just weeks after snapping up blogging giant Tumblr. Full story...

14/06/2013

Code Club World nurtures next generation of developers (backed by Google and Mozilla)

Kids programming organisation Code Club UK, is marking its first birthday by expanding its UK-based initiative to the entire world, backed by the likes of Google and Mozilla. Full story...

14/06/2013

Web spying scandal: Facebook shows details of US Govt. data requests

Facebook claims it has "aggressively" protected its user data from the US government snooping, following revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) had "direct access" to their servers under a data collection programme called Prism. Full story...

17/06/2013

US smartphone trends- iPhone top phone, Android top platform

Apple and Samsung continue to grow their share in the smartphone market in the US, according to new data. Full story...

17/06/2013

Yandex search engine marketing in Russia unveils new digital marketing techniques

New developments at Yandex unlock new approaches for search engine marketing in Russia. Their redesigned results pages unlock new digital marketing techniques for brands as new “snippets” allow results to be more deeply integrated. Watch this video explaining how the service works Full story...

17/06/2013

A day in the life of a smartphone user: US

The average US smartphone user spends 58 minutes a day using their device. Communication such as texting / talking are the most popular functions. People use their smartphone more for social networking (16%) than they do for visiting websites (14%). Email accounts Full story...

18/06/2013

A day in the life of an iPhone smartphone user: US

iPhone users spend an average of one hour and 15 minutes a day on their mobile, exceeding the time spent on Android devices by 26 minutes. iPhone users are also more likely to use their device for emailing (10%) than Android users Full story...

18/06/2013

A day in the life of an Android smartphone user: US

The average Android user spends 49 minutes per day using their mobile. 28% of time spent on an Android is spent talking. Conversely iPhone users spend 22% of the time talking. Android users are also more likely to use their mobile for Full story...

18/06/2013

Yandex detects short and long-term user interests with personalised search

Yandex has revamped its personalised search, tailoring results around each user’s short-term and long-term interests, providing new channel for brands’ search marketing techniques in the process. Yandex. Pesonalised Search Results from Yandex on Vimeo. Full story...

18/06/2013

Yahoo rivals Klout with ads based on social influence

Yahoo plans to let marketers bid on ads based around a user’s ‘social influence’, rivalling the likes of Klout to offer brands new ways of amplifying messages via their most vocal customers and advocates. Full story...

18/06/2013

Apple reveals US spying requests- Google and Twitter keep quiet

Apple has followed Facebook and Microsoft in revealing details of data requests from the US authorities, following revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) had "direct access" to their servers under a data collection programme called Prism. Full story...

18/06/2013

Digital marketing in Latin America 2013: A snapshot of the internet’s fastest growing region

The Latin America online population grew faster than any other global region in the past year, rising 12% to 147 million visitors, according to new research. Full story...

18/06/2013

Third of Brits ‘want Amazon to open high street stores’

Nearly a third of UK shoppers want Amazon to open bricks-and-mortar stores in the country, with many people dissatisfied with the current state of high streets, according to a new survey. Full story...

18/06/2013

Global online gaming trends: Asia Pacific and Europe lead the way (infographic)

Worldwide, nearly 671 million people played an online game using a desktop PC or laptop in April 2013, with 145 million gamers playing on a daily basis, according this new infographic from comScore. Full story...

18/06/2013

Using Google Enhanced Campaigns – tips for improving effectiveness of paid search advertising

New research from Adobe shows how using Google Enhanced Campaigns boost your online marketing results, so here’s how it works and tips for improving effectiveness of paid search advertising by getting the Google Enhanced Campaigns tools working effectively for you. Full story...

19/06/2013

Cannes Lions 2013- Video highlights from day one

Often called the world's biggest ad festival, the annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has kicked off this week. This video offers highlights the seminars on the first day of Cannes Lions 2013, featuring Nick Cannon, Martha Stewart and Melanie Brown Full story...

19/06/2013

Microsoft brings ads to Windows 8 apps with ‘Ad Pano’

Microsoft has launched Ad Pano, offering in-app ads on its Windows 8 operating system. Full story...

19/06/2013

Mobile optimisation: Not as simple as 'flipping a switch'

Although most companies are increasing their investment in mobile channels, consumers are facing significant customer experience issues while brands adapt to a multi-device world, according to a new report. Full story...

19/06/2013

Major UK retailers 'failing to optimise email marketing for mobile '

The top online retailers in the UK and US are underperforming at critical elements of email marketing, including sign up and subject lines, according to a new report. Full story...

19/06/2013

Cannes Lions 2013- Jack Black on adapting content to a small screen (video)

Actor Jack Black joined Yahoo! on stage at Cannes Lions to talk about the revolution in online content. Speaking to Cannes Lions TV after the seminar, he speaks on Hollywood, content on small screens and why people love a leading man. Full story...

19/06/2013

Google donates £1m to stop access to inappropriate content online

Internet giant Google has pledged to donate £1m to the British charity The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), which monitors online child porn. Full story...

19/06/2013

Biggest U-turn yet? Microsoft axes DRM restrictions after web outcry

In one of the most striking examples of internet protest power yet seen, Microsoft has reversed its controversial decision to impose restrictions on pre-owned games on its upcoming Xbox One console. Full story...

20/06/2013

Half of consumers want a ‘dislike’ button for annoying ads – study

The majority of global consumers are still finding online ads annoying, with half calling for a ‘dislike’ button on Facebook to vent their frustrations with a brand, according to new research. Full story...

20/06/2013

BARB to measure online catch-up viewing- New UK audience data for marketers

Kantar Media has been appointed by BARB (Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board) to collect and report census data for online TV viewing in the UK across all devices, providing more meaningful UK audience data for marketers. Full story...

20/06/2013

Cannes Lions 2013- Video highlights from day two

This video offers highlights the seminars on the second day of Cannes Lions 2013, featuring seminars from Adobe, PARTY, Yahoo! and Mindshare with McLaren F1. Full story...

20/06/2013

UK online retail trends: Strong May sales, but basket value showing decline

New figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index reveal that the online retail market grew by 16% year-on-year in May and by 5% on April 2013. The results are particularly impressive as they follow strong sales over the Golden Jubilee during Full story...

20/06/2013

Saving the UK’s high streets: ‘Retail is just part of the solution’

Following Mary Portas recent bid to turn around the fortunes of the UK’s high streets, former Focus and Iceland boss Bill Grimsey is leading an ‘alternative’ review that embraces not just retail, but the role of health centres, education, housing and leisure Full story...

20/06/2013

Shazam offers real-time TV ad metrics

Digital media firm Shazam has launched a new metric to help advertisers gauge the effect of their TV ad campaigns. Full story...

20/06/2013

Cannes Lions 2013- Vivienne Westwood on storytelling and engaging the human condition (video)

SapientNitro's Worldwide Chief Creative Officer Gaston Legorburu interviewed Dame Vivienne Westwood on stage at Cannes. Cannes Lions TV spoke to them after the session to get their perspective on storytelling and engaging the human condition. Source: http://www.canneslions.com/ Full story...

20/06/2013

Axe ‘space academy’ campaign scoops three Cannes Lions awards

London agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty has been awarded three of the UK's five awards in the Promo & Activation Lions, taking home Gold, Silver and Bronze Lions for its work for Axe (known as Lynx in the UK). Watch one of the Full story...

21/06/2013

Dove Sketches wins gold at Cannes: Over 55m views from just one upload on YouTube

Unilever's Dove campaign, ‘Real Beauty Sketches’, has won two gold awards at Cannes Lions 2013, after impressing the jury with the most viewed online ad of the year, attracting over 55 million YouTube views so far. Full story...

21/06/2013

Cannes Lions 2013- Video highlights from day four

This video offers highlights the seminars on the fourth day of Cannes Lions 2013, featuring Sean Combs, Anderson Cooper, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Wales and Sir Alan Parker. Full story...

21/06/2013

Facebook adds 15-second videos to Instagram

Facebook has added a video function to its popular photo app Instagram, in a move that will challenge both YouTube and Twitter’s Vine in the user generated mobile video space. Watch the launch ad here: Introducing Video on Instagram from Instagram on Full story...

21/06/2013

Top 10 most visited mobile retail sites in the UK

The IMRG-Experian Hitwise Mobile Hot Shops List has revealed the UK’s top 10 mobile retailers by site traffic for the first time, with Amazon UK being as dominant in the mobile traffic space as they are over desktop visits. Full story...

21/06/2013

Cannes Lions online video case study: Dove’s Real Beauty Sketches online video wins Cannes Cyber Lions Gold

Dove has been successfully engaging its female target audience with its ‘Campaign for Real Beauty’ for a number of years now. Through the use of innovative and integrated, multi-channel campaigns they have already amassed a significant following online. So to re-engage the Full story...

21/06/2013

Cannes Lions social media case study: Oreo’s ‘Daily Twist’ wins Cannes Cyber Lions Grand Prix

Oreo is an iconic biscuit brand with leading edge digital platforms and a highly engaged fan base in Facebook. They developed a brilliant creative idea that combined the best of PR with social media and digital production to win a Cyber Lions Full story...

21/06/2013

Google+ ‘to overtake Facebook’ for social sharing by 2016

Sharing of online content by users on the Google+ social network is set to surpass sharing by Facebook users by February 2016 according to a new US study. Full story...

21/06/2013

Are newspaper paywalls starting to payoff?

Consumers are increasingly paying for online news, although the majority of web users are choosing not, according to a new study. Full story...

21/06/2013

Cannes Lions 2013- Video highlights from day three

This video offers highlights the seminars on the third day of Cannes Lions 2013, including Vivienne Westwood at the SapientNitro seminar, the Kiip Forum, Astro Teller from Google [x] and the Proximity seminar. Full story...

21/06/2013

Mobile payments ‘account for 10%’ of Starbucks purchases

Mobile payments now account for 1 in 10 transactions at Starbuck, according to its Chief Financial Officer. Full story...

21/06/2013

Google’s ‘Captain of Moonshots’ speaks to Cannes Lions TV (video)

Following his seminar at Cannes Lions 2013, Astro Teller, the Captain of Moonshots at Google [x], explains a bit more about his thinking and what creatives can take from his approach. Full story...

21/06/2013

Top 100 online retailers in the UK 2013

Amazon, Apple and Argos continue to lead the UK online retail pack, with entertainment brands on the rise, according to the latest data from IMRG and Hitwise looking at the top 100 online retailers in the UK 2013. Full story...

24/06/2013

Rubicon Project tackles 'botnets and non-human traffic'

The Rubicon Project has stepped up efforts to further root out botnets and so-called non-human traffic (NHT). Full story...

24/06/2013

Samsung debuts first ‘dual OS’ tablet for Windows 8 and Android

Samsung has launched a tablet that lets users switch between Windows 8 and Android operating systems. Full story...

24/06/2013

Global internet trends: The ‘me generation’ meets ‘generation me’

From their money to their media, Boomers and Millennials exhibit vastly different behaviors and habits. Yet, despite being born 30 years apart, these two mega-generations have something in common: they're in demand by advertisers wishing to attract their attention and their dollars. Full story...

24/06/2013

Tesco trials Clubcard iPads in-store

Tesco Clubcard is trialling a new service giving customers the ability to sign up for a new card through a tablet app in store. Full story...

24/06/2013

KFC India debuts first digital only campaign with Facebook graphic novel

KFC India has launched its first ever digital only campaign, promoting its Krushers at net-savvy teenagers in the country. Full story...

24/06/2013

Google given 35 days to delete Street View wi-fi data

Google has been given 35 days to delete any remaining data it collected ‘mistakely’ from its Street View mapping service. Full story...

24/06/2013

Cannes Lions 2013 winners: ‘Dumb Ways to Die’ scoops top awards

Ad agency Mccann’s Dumb Ways to Die became the most awarded ad in the history of the Cannes advertising festival, with its offbeat public service announcement for Metro Trains Melbourne finishing the festival with 32 Lions, including five Grand Prix awards, 18 Full story...

24/06/2013

Cannes Lions integrated mobile social case study: Nike Running China’s #winagainsttheelements# wins Cannes Mobile Lions Bronze

Nike is an iconic sportswear brand that leads the way in developing digitally driven, integrated marketing communications all around the world. So when they wanted to change Chinese runners behaviour and get them choosing their new winter range of Hyper products they Full story...

24/06/2013

Cannes Lions 2013- Video highlights from day seven

This video recap from Cannes Lions TV offers a catch up on highlights from seminars on the final day of Cannes Lions, featuring DARE, The Wharton School, Big Spaceship and LatinWorks. Full story...

24/06/2013

Cannes Lions 2013- Video highlights from day six

Catch up on some of the seminars action from the Cannes Lions Festival's sixth day, including clips featuring The Coca-Cola Company with Sir Martin Sorrell, George Lois and Lee Clow, the Aegis Media/MIT Full story...

24/06/2013

Cannes Lions 2013- Video highlights from day five

This video offers highlights the seminars on the fifth day of Cannes Lions 2013, featuring sessions from Tumblr, Cirque du Soleil, Lou Reed, architect Rem Koolhaas. Full story...

24/06/2013

Cannes Lions: Lou Reed discusses creativity and advertising (video)

Grey Group brought rock legend Lou Reed to Cannes Lions and spoke to him after the Festival at a press conference to get his take on creativity and advertising. Full story...

24/06/2013

Cannes Lions 2013: Richard Dawkins discusses memes

Richard Dawkins was in Cannes as part of the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase and took a moment to explain to Cannes Lions TV what he means when he talks about a meme - a term he coined. Full story...

24/06/2013

7 dos and don'ts of mobile app marketing (infographic)

With smartphones fast catching PC use, this infographic from technology firm Dot Com Infoway sheds light on vital aspects that mobile app marketers need to focus on to make sure their promotional activities drive results. Full story...

25/06/2013

Social food on the high street: Connecting ‘likes’ to purchases

40% of top retail food brands are not using social media to promote their brands, with many neglecting Twitter and missing out on sales as a result, according to new research. Full story...

25/06/2013

Facebook bug exposes 6 million private emails and phone numbers

A fault with Facebook’s data archive has led to the Personal details of about six million people being exposed accidentally. Full story...

25/06/2013

Mobile shopping trends: Most smartphone shoppers are not ‘on the move’

Not all shopping activity via smartphones is in fact done when shoppers are mobile, with two-thirds shopping from their devices while at home, according to new research looking at UK mobile shopping trends. Full story...

25/06/2013

Global 4G trends: 1 billion subscribers expected by 2017

The will be 915 million high speed mobile broadband (LTE) subscribers worldwide forecast for end of 2016, and the first billion will be exceeded during 2017, according to new research looking at global 4G trends. Full story...

25/06/2013

Video viral of the week: Coca-Cola unites Pakistani and Indian consumers via ‘Small World Machines’

Coca-Cola’s latest online video campaign taking Cannes by storm featured a ‘Small World Machine’, linking Indians and Pakistanis via a live communications portal- getting 1.5 million YouTube views in the process. See why it’s our video viral of the week below… Full story...

25/06/2013

WhatsApp gets 250m active users- becomes one of the biggest global messaging platforms

Chat app WhatsApp is now attracting more than 250 million active monthly users, making it one of the largest communications platforms in the world, according to a news report. Full story...

26/06/2013

MTV runs ‘cheeky’ ads on Snapchat to promote Geordie Shore

MTV is running its first campaign on popular photo sharing app Snapchat to promote sixth season of UK reality show 'Geordie Shore'. Full story...

26/06/2013

The most wanted brands in email marketing: Dorothy Perkins, Sainsbury’s and Match saved from spam folder

New email data shows which brands consumers love enough to rescue them from the spam folder, including Apple, Amazon, eBay, Dorothy Perkins, Sainsbury’s and Match.com. Full story...

26/06/2013

Top 4 digital marketing trends for 2013 (infographic)

Author rank, content marketing, social media and mobile marketing are the biggest digital marketing trends in the US this year, according to this infographic from Dot Com Infoway. Full story...

26/06/2013

Android game console Ouya sells out on Amazon

Crowd funded game console Ouya has gone on sale this week, offering an Andoid –powered games system for just $100, promptly selling out on Amazon. Full story...

26/06/2013

Top 6 SEO trends- What factors boost rankings in Google searches?

Web pages that rank higher in Google searches tend to have more Google+ plus ones and Facebook shares, but keyword domains are becoming less important, according to new US research. Full story...

27/06/2013

Location based marketing - New mobile couponing application seamlessly deployed to millions of phones

Apple's Passbook feature, baked into all their phones since September last year, is providing a real competitive advantage to many retailers who are using it for location based marketing purposes particularly mobile coupons. Retailers are beginning to wake up to the fact Full story...

27/06/2013

Top mobile websites in South Africa

This chart shows the top 10 mobile websites in South Africa (not including international sites). The mobile version of News24.com and its sister sites channel24.com and sport24.com all feature in the top ten. News sites in general are clearly popular mobile site Full story...

27/06/2013

UK mobile ad spend ‘to increase 90% to £1bn this year’

The UK's mobile advertising market will rise by 90% this year, given the digital ad growth due to the increased use of internet on smartphones and tablets, according to new research. Full story...

27/06/2013

Huffington Post launches first African edition

Continuing its international expansion, The Huffington Post has launched its first African edition. Full story...

27/06/2013

Can Google predict box office takings?

Google claims to be able to predict box-office takings with 94% accuracy, up to four weeks ahead of a movie’s premiere, opening new opportunities for marketers in the process. Full story...

27/06/2013

Top websites in South Africa

This chart shows the unique visitors and page views for the top 15 websites in South Africa (not including international sites). News24.com is a popular South African based news website, attracting the highest amount of unique visitors and over 40 million page Full story...

27/06/2013

Social media ‘drives online and in-store purchases equally’

Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are responsible for driving as many in-store purchases as they do from online retailers, according to new research. Full story...

28/06/2013

Online travel trends: Mobile accounts for 17% of searches for flights

Consumers made a total of 3.2 million online searches for flights in May, over 17% of which were made on mobile devices, reveals a new independent report, “Flights Sector Report – Issue 9”, by digital marketing agency, Greenlight. Full story...

28/06/2013

Amazon brings AutoRip to UK- free MP3s for past customers

Amazon is launching its AutoRip service in the UK, giving customers that have bought music CDs from the online retailer a free digital version, in a bid to entice music fans away from rival iTunes. Full story...

28/06/2013

Top 5 social networks in the Netherlands: Audience age demographics

10 million people accessed a social networking site in the Netherlands during May 2013. This category reached 85.3 percent of the total Dutch internet audience. Facebook was the clear leader with 8.7 million unique visitors; more than double that of LinkedIn who Full story...

28/06/2013

German social media sites get third of display ad impressions

More than 56 billion display ad impressions were delivered across the German web in April 2013. A breakdown of the top categories shows that social media sites captured a third of all display ad impressions in Germany that month, followed by entertainment Full story...

28/06/2013

Digital Intelligence June 2013

In this month's round-up, we look at advertising: Facebook's new ad formats, Amazon overtaking Twitter in ad revenue, and Google's new 'enhanced' campaigns. The continued evolution of these 3 media properties is covered in our Digital Acceleration training, so email us Full story...

28/06/2013

Chat apps ‘now more popular than texting’

Chat apps such as WhatsApp and Apple's iMessage are now more popular than text messaging, according to a news report. Full story...

01/05/2013

Twitter’s Google Glass app leaked online?

Twitter is rumoured to be working on an app for Google Glass, after some tweets have been spotted featuring a photo taken from the upcoming augmented reality specs. Full story...

01/05/2013

Is Facebook really losing millions of users? Socialbakers says ‘there is no story’

Reports that Facebook has lost millions of users from its biggest markets have been denied by Socialbakers, the analytics firm whose figures were used for the story. Full story...

01/05/2013

Siri rival Google Now comes to iPad and iPhone users

Google’s predictive search tool Google Now has launched on Apple’s iOS, giving iPhone and iPad users access to the Siri rival for the first time. Full story...

01/05/2013

UK Outlook users get Skype tool

Microsoft has integrated Skype to its Outlook.com webmail service, after buying the web messaging firm back in 2011. Full story...

01/05/2013

‘Share a Coke’ campaign replaces iconic packaging with people’s names

Coca-Cola has launched a campaign replacing its packaging with 150 of the most popular names using the brand’s iconic typeface. Full story...

01/05/2013

Facebook offers simpler ad targeting with ‘Promoted Page Likes’

Facebook has rolled out its Promoted Page Like system globally, designed to offer a simple paid targeting ad tool for smaller businesses on the social network. Watch this video explaining how Promoted Page Likes works below: Full story...

02/05/2013

Most 18-25s ‘find online advertising simplistic’ and skip video ads

Over half of UK consumers find online advertisement targeting too simplistic, rising to 70% of 18-25 year olds, suggesting that ‘digital natives’ expect an incredibly high level of personalisation with regards to online ads, according to new research. Full story...

02/05/2013

Nielsen tests online TV tracking tool

Nielsen is testing a new tool that lets TV networks track viewing of shows on their websites. Full story...

02/05/2013

Experian launches cross-channel marketing platform

Experian has unveiled its new global cross-channel marketing platform, offering marketers a one-stop platform to develop and optimise real-time, full service marketing campaigns across channels. Watch this video explaining how how the new platform works below: Full story...

02/05/2013

Microsoft offers free wi-fi in special Forbes magazines

Microsoft has launched a new print campaign, adding free wi-fi technology to this month’s Forbes magazine. Full story...

02/05/2013

Angry Birds ‘Friends’ gets social with Facebook twist

Rovio Mobile has launched Angry Birds Friends for Apple and Android devices, letting players of the popular mobile game compete against Facebook friends. Full story...

03/05/2013

Top 10 news sites on Google: Patch and Huffington Post lead way

Google has been integrating many non-traditional search results for years, with news articles being one of the most common. New research from Searchmetrics has highlighted the 10 most prominent sites that appear on Google News integrations, with Patch.com and The Huffington Post Full story...

03/05/2013

Facebook mobile revenue leaps as users reach 1.1 billion

Facebook revenues have risen to $219m during the first 3 months of the year, with mobile ads now accounting for nearly a third of all its advertising, according to the social network's latest financial results. Watch this video report from the BBC Full story...

03/05/2013

Google Glass gets first video user guide

Google have launched the first video user guide for their latest project Glass, revealing some of the upcoming devices key functions. Watch the minute-long user guide here: Full story...

03/05/2013

‘Forgotten marketing’ sees UK SME sector lose £122bn in sales (infographic)

Despite most British SMEs (87%) acknowledging that marketing has a positive impact on sales, the sector is losing out on up to £122 billion in sales by allowing it to slip off the radar, according to new research. Full story...

03/05/2013

Survey finds 4G will accelerate mobile shopping

Just over one third (34%) of smartphone owners will be ‘very likely’ or ‘likely’ to purchase more items from their mobile device thanks to 4G technology and faster internet connections, according to the latest eCustomerServiceIndex (eCSI) survey of 2,000 consumers from eDigitalResearch Full story...

03/05/2013

Digital Intelligence April 2013

Mobile ad spend leaps, taking 10% of all digital spend in the UK - one of the world's laboratory markets for digital. Smartphones outsold feature phones globally for the first time - and Facebook's 'Home' software for Android saw the social Full story...

03/05/2013

Amazon sells apps in China for first time

Amazon has launched its first paid-for Android apps in China, beating Google, which has offered only free apps. Full story...

07/05/2013

Infographic: What does the ideal social media campaign look like?

How can you tell if your social media campaign is succeeding or failing? This infographic from social media monitoring service Synthesio looks at the typical patterns from a successful (and unsuccessful) social media campaign. Full story...

07/05/2013

75% of Argos sales to come from web by 2016

Argos is expecting internet sales to make up three quarters of its sales by 2016, as sales both online and instore continue to rise at the high street retailer. Full story...

07/05/2013

Fashion 'accounts for around 83% of young men’s online spend'

Whilst women may normally be perceived as shopaholics, new research from leading CPA network, Rakuten LinkShare, shows that men spend over three quarters of their average annual online spend on fashion. Full story...

07/05/2013

B2B firms 'not ready for ecommerce revenue boom'- report

B2B organisations consider ecommerce to be a key revenue driver, with contributions made to annual revenues by online trading expected to grow by 6 percentage points this year. Full story...

07/05/2013

Video case study: IKEA tells ‘kitchen stories’ with multiple viewpoints

This campaign from IKEA Russia allowed consumers to take part in a ‘kitchen story’ and experience their kitchens. At any point, users could switch between the viewpoints of any of the characters featured while the story is being played out. The campaign Full story...

08/05/2013

Case study: Persil 'Garden of Freshness' game drives brand engagement

Is the internet the right medium to advertise a low involvement product like laundry detergent? This slide presentation case study from Alexandra Zadoya from OMD Russia looks at how a Persil campaign in Russia used social gaming in innovative ways to drive Full story...

08/05/2013

Video case study: M&M's 'Love Triangle' social story gets 2 millions fans

Back in 2011, confectionary brand Mars ran a three month social media campaign in Russia, centred around a love triangle between their iconic M&M’s characters. This video case study looks at how the campaign attracted millions of fans and sales support. Watch Full story...

08/05/2013

Charity case study: Torrent Your Blood Campaign

The Blood Transfusion Service in Russia wanted a digital project that could connect with people in a different kind of way, and what agency SmartNewSolutions came up with was a “Torrent” project, with a twist. In this campaign, the act of torrenting Full story...

08/05/2013

Dawn of ‘wiki weapons’? First 3D printable gun hits internet

As 3D printers go mainstream, one Texas law student has created the schematics for a 3D printable single-use gun, making them freely available online. Watch a BBC video looking into the controversy surrounding the device here: Full story...

08/05/2013

Pfizer to sell Viagra online to compete with fraudsters

Pfizer is to sell its patented Viagra drug online for the first time, as the drugs maker looks to counter the trade in counterfeit pills. Full story...

08/05/2013

Kids warned off Google Glass for health reasons

Google has discouraged children under the age of 13 from using its upcoming Glass eyewear, citing health reasons. Full story...

08/05/2013

Digital ad spend in Latin America: Brazil to lead growth

Digital ad spend in Latin America is set to double by 2016, with Brazil leading the way, according to new research. Full story...

08/05/2013

Microsoft revamps Windows 8 after user complaints

Microsoft is to change 'key aspects' of its Windows 8 operating system, after a raft of complaints from users. Full story...

08/05/2013

Brazilians turn to web for travel plans

The Brazilian travel site audience has nearly tripled in the past 3 years, with 1 in 3 online users visiting the now visiting the category, according to research. Full story...

08/05/2013

Facebook planning video ads to rival YouTube?

Facebook is planning to put video ads in newsfeeds from July, as the social network looks to rival Google’s YouTube. Full story...

09/05/2013

YouTube ‘to charge from $1.99’ for subscription channels

Google will charge from $1.99 per month (£1.28) for each YouTube channel on its new premium selection, according to a new report. Full story...

09/05/2013

Digital Marketing in Russia: Yandex, VK and Mail.RU lead the way (Infographic)

Russia is the sixth largest country in the world in terms of internet users, overtaking the UK, Indonesia and Germany in recent years. Despite this, there remains huge scope for growth. This infographic looks at the key digital players in the country, Full story...

09/05/2013

AccuWeather debuts 30-day forecasts

Weather app AccuWeather has extended its forecasts to 30-days, helping people plan events up to a month ahead of time. Full story...

09/05/2013

Third of Brits ‘expect to be victims of online ID fraud in future’

Over a third (36%) of Britons believe that online identity fraud or information theft is unavoidable in the future, according to a new study. Full story...

09/05/2013

93% of consumer magazines lack full cross platform support

Most consumer magazines surveyed in the UK, US and Germany have yet to offer brands complete cross-platform digital experiences, according to a new report. Full story...

09/05/2013

Facebook to buy mobile mapping firm Waze for $1bn?

Facebook is in talks to buy Israeli mobile satellite navigation start-up Waze for $800m to $1bn, according to a news report. Watch this video report from Bloomberg discussing the rumoured deal: Full story...

10/05/2013

UK adspend hits £17bn- first time since 2007

Total advertising spend in the UK reached £17.172bn in 2012, up 2.3% on 2011 according to figures released this week in the AA/Warc Expenditure Report. Full story...

10/05/2013

YouTube takes on Amazon and Netflix with paid TV channels

YouTube is testing paid channels on its website, charging user from $0.99 a month to watch select content such as full Sesame Street episodes or the National Geographic Kids channel. Full story...

10/05/2013

BT takes on Sky with Sports channel

BT has secured rights to 38 live Premier League matches, British rugby union and the women's tennis tour, with plans to offer its new sports channels "as good as free" to existing customers. Full story...

10/05/2013

Huggies ‘TweetPee’ app tells parents to change baby’s diaper

Diaper manufacturer Huggies has teamed up with creative agency Ogilvy Brazil to create ‘Huggies TweetPee’; a gadget and app that lets parents know when their baby needs a change in diaper. The Brazilian TV advert for TweetPee (in Portugese) is below: Full story...

10/05/2013

Bebo files for bankruptcy as shareholder battle continues

Social networking site Bebo has filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in California, following an ongoing battle between shareholders. Full story...

13/05/2013

BitTorrent ‘Bundle’ offers legal downloads for customer contacts

BitTorrent is launching a new online media format letting content creators offer downloads in exchange for ‘additional steps’ such as providing an email or a cash donation, as the firm looks to distance itself from piracy and provide an alternative distribution model Full story...

13/05/2013

Social mums: Online ‘thumbs up’ crucial to parent purchasing decisions (infographic)

Almost a third of UK mums have decided against purchasing a product after reading a post, comment or review on online, according to a new report and infographic from Diffusion. Full story...

13/05/2013

World of Warcraft ‘lost a million users’ in 2013 so far

World of Warcraft has lost more than one million subscribers in the first three months of 2013, as gamers leave for free to play alternatives. Full story...

13/05/2013

Top 20 sites in Russia

Mail.Ru, Yandex, Google and VK are the most visited sites in Russia, but it’s the social networks that get most screen time, according to new data from ComScore. Full story...

13/05/2013

Roll over 4G? Samsung makes 5G mobile broadband breakthrough

Samsung has claimed to have made a breakthrough in 5G, a mobile broadband service that would let users download films in a second with 100 times faster smartphones. Full story...

14/05/2013

Creating a successful mobile app- an infographic guide

More than 60% of apps are ‘never downloaded’ from Apple’s app store, and of those that are, one in four is abandoned after its initial use. This infographic from New Relic offers a step-by-step guide to creating an app that matching customer Full story...

14/05/2013

Can Wikipedia predict the stock market?

Wikipedia could have been used as early warning signs of stock market movements, according to a new study published this month in Scientific Reports. Full story...

14/05/2013

Direct marketing trends: What Obama 2012 can teach us (video)

The Obama 2012 presidential campaign produced one of the most sophisticated direct marketing systems ever seen, pinpointing potential voters with the right messages delivered in the right format at crucial moments (helping to win the US election as a result). At last Full story...

14/05/2013

Yahoo mulling Hulu bid?

Yahoo is considering another bid for video streaming service Hulu, after negotiations with rival Dailymotion failed, according to reports. Full story...

14/05/2013

European mobile traffic trends: UK, Ireland and Russia lead the way

In Europe, the computer is no longer the only access point for digital content. New data from comScore indicates that the UK, Ireland and Russia lead Europe for mobile traffic. Full story...

14/05/2013

UK social media trends: Half of Brits use social for purchase decisions

Nearly half (46%) of UK consumers use social media for online purchasing decisions and over a third (35%) use it to vent about bad customer service, according to new research. Full story...

14/05/2013

Blackberry extends free BBM chat app to Android and iOS

BlackBerry’s popular chat app BBM is to launch on rival platforms for the first time, as the phone maker looks to capitalise on the growing demand for wi-fi alternatives to text messages. Watch this video explaining how BBM works on the Blackberry Full story...

15/05/2013

UK ‘new global technology hub’ second only to the US

The UK is now the second most attractive location in the world, after the United States, for high-flying professionals to relocate to, says a new report. Full story...

15/05/2013

Camden first London borough to get ‘free’ public wi-fi

Camden is to become the first of 17 London boroughs to offer residents and visitors with free public wi-fi, but only for 30 minutes a day. Full story...

15/05/2013

Google axes SMS search portal

Google has shut down its SMS search tool for mobile users without a data plan. Full story...

15/05/2013

A snapshot of digital Brazil: Portals and social media reap biggest ad revenues

Brazilian web users spend 27 hours online per month, with social media and portals getting the most ad revenue, according to a new report. Full story...

15/05/2013

Hilton teams with Google for YouTube travel community

Hilton has launched a user-generated travel community ‘DTour’ on YouTube, as the hotel chain looks to expand its digital reach. Full story...

15/05/2013

Google woos local advertisers with Map ad icons

Google has overhauled its popular Maps web service with more personalisation features and icons highlighting businesses running ads and promotions. Watch a Google video explaining how the service works below: Full story...

16/05/2013

The Sun ‘£2 a week’ paywall coming in August?

The Sun is to become the latest national newspaper to charge for online content, with plans to charge readers £2 a week to read content online with access to Premier League football highlights, according to a news report. Full story...

16/05/2013

Google rivals WhatsApp with ‘Hangouts’ cross platform chat app

Google has launched a cross-platform messaging app, letting users to have video chats, send text messages and swap pictures between Android and iOS devices as well its Chrome web browser. Watch the app in action below: Full story...

16/05/2013

Google takes on Spotify with $10 music streaming service

Google has launched a streaming music subscription service, taking on the likes of Spotify and Pandora. Full story...

16/05/2013

Facebook extends ‘structured updates’ to mobiles to boost targeting

Facebook is expanding its ‘structured status updates’ to its mobile service, letting people add emotions and actions to their posts while on the move. Full story...

16/05/2013

Video viral of the week: Evian's dancing babies return to get 45m YouTube views

Evian has refreshed its hugely successful ‘Evian babies’ campaign, with a new viral video that matches dancing adults to their toddler counterparts. Supported by baby face-changing app, the ad has notched up over 45 million views on YouTube. See why it’s our Full story...

16/05/2013

France mulls ‘culture tax’ on Google and Apple

France is preparing to impose taxes on Apple and Google to finance the production of art, films and music in the country. Full story...

16/05/2013

UK marketers survey: 95% to increase digital spend in 2013 (infographic)

95% of UK marketers will increase digital marketing spend in 2013, with 71% using digital for building brand awareness, according to new research. Full story...

16/05/2013

Thomson challenges internet users to take a ‘One-Minute Holiday’

Travel retailer Thomson has launched a new campaign encouraging Britain’s weary workforce to take an exotic break without leaving their desks. Full story...

16/05/2013

Google lets users send money via Gmail

Google has introduced a new dollar-sign icon for Gmail attachments, letting users transfer money via its Google Wallet service. Full story...

17/05/2013

Smartphone wars: Android has shipped 4 times more than Apple in 2013 (so far)

Android continued its dominance of the global smartphone market in the first quarter of 2013, accounting for 3 out of 4 smartphones sold, according to new data. Full story...

17/05/2013

Top 20 sites in Russia by visitors and time spent

Mail.ru is the largest free email service in Russia and leads in terms of visits and average time spent on the site. Vk.com is a popular social network in Russia and has the second highest average time spent on the site (343.2). Full story...

17/05/2013

UK digital publishing ad revenues rise 16%- video fuels growth

UK digital publisher advertising revenues were up 16.2% in Q1 2013, versus the same period of the previous year, according to new research. Full story...

17/05/2013

Is Google doing 'evil' over UK tax? (video)

Google has been accused of ignoring its own mantra and doing "evil in using smoke and mirrors to avoid paying tax" by UK MPs this week. Watch a video from Channel 4 showing Google Vice President Matt Brittin being questioned by the Full story...

17/05/2013

Warm weather boosts April ecommerce sales 16% as shoppers flock to travel sites

Latest figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index, reveal the impact the short spell of warm weather had on shoppers’ purse strings in April, recording a 16% rise on the same time last year. The Travel sector in particular saw a Full story...

17/05/2013

Android vs Apple: Which gets the most downloads and revenue?

There are now 900 million Android devices in the world, compared to around 500 million iOS devices, but which is generating the most engagement (and cash)? New data indicates that Apple still leads the way, but Android is catching fast in terms Full story...

20/05/2013

YouTube tells Microsoft to remove ad-free Windows Phone video app

YouTube has warned Microsoft that it needs to remove a video app from its Windows Phone store that blocks Google’s ads. Full story...

20/05/2013

Extending reach of Twitter messages – new deal with Yahoo

In the social media battle between Facebook and all other providers, this deal between Yahoo and Twitter is the latest alliance – and it’s good news for marketers wanting to extend the reach of Twitter messages. Full story...

20/05/2013

Organic posting most popular social media tactic… but paid ads are most successful

Branded pages and organic posts on social media sites are not enough to produce an effective social marketing strategy, according to a new study. Full story...

20/05/2013

Google unites 15GB of free storage on Gmail, Drive and Google+

Google has unified its cloud storage services to give its users more flexibility on ways to store their data across Drive, Gmail and Google+, as the internet giant ramps up its rivalry with Dropbox. Full story...

20/05/2013

Nintendo to profit from ads on user generated YouTube videos

Nintendo is get a share of the YouTube ad revenues from user generated videos featuring its games, sparking complaints from some of its fans. Full story...

20/05/2013

The rise of the 4 screen household: Tablet sharing creates new channel for media and retail

Nearly one-quarter of the GB population (23%) has access to four screens at home (TV, computer, smartphone and tablet) compared to only 11% six months ago, according to a new report. Full story...

20/05/2013

Yahoo to buy blogging giant Tumblr for $1.1bn- report

The board of Yahoo has approved a deal to buy blogging and social networking site Tumblr for $1.1bn in cash, according to a news report. Watch this report from The Wall Street Journal looking at the possible deal: Full story...

20/05/2013

Morrisons to launch online shopping with Ocado next year

UK supermarket chain Morrisons has struck a deal with Ocado to launch an online grocery service by January 2014. Full story...

20/05/2013

Dell profits drop 79% as takeover battle continues

Dell has seen its net profits drop 79% as consumers ditch PCs and laptops for smartphones and tablets. Full story...

20/05/2013

“We promise not to screw it up”: Yahoo buys Tumblr for $1.1bn

Yahoo has bought blogging platform Tumblr for $1.1bn (£725m) in cash, with CEO marisa Mayer pledging “not to screw it up” in a blog post. Watch Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales speak to the BBC about what the deal could mean for Tumblr: --> Full story...

21/05/2013

Mobile advertising tools and technology – AdMob network gets boost from AdWords and other Google tools

Google has started rolling out a major upgrade to the AdMob mobile advertising sales network in a major upgrade for mobile advertising tools and technology that leverages a suite of Google tools including AdWords and conversion optimisation techniques. Watch the video promo Full story...

21/05/2013

Branded Vine videos ‘4 times more likely to be shared than standard videos’

Twitter’s 6 second video platform Vine is becoming a hot new channel for marketers, according to new research from Unruly media. Full story...

21/05/2013

Two thirds of Brits 'not aware of the smart watch concept'

Less than a third of people in the UK have any idea what a “smart watch” is, at a time when global technology brands such as Apple and Samsung are strongly rumoured to be developing these wearable devices, according to a new Full story...

21/05/2013

Top 10 most visible news sites on Google UK: BBC and Guardian ahead of Daily Mail

Stories from the BBC website are most likely to be displayed in news results in Google.co.uk search results, ahead of The Guardian and the Daily Mail, according to new research from search and social analytics leader, Searchmetrics. Full story...

21/05/2013

Microsoft Xbox One revealed with online entertainment focus

Microsoft has unveiled its next generation console Xbox One, designed to become “the ultimate all-in-one home entertainment system” that competes with only with its traditional rival, Sony’s PlayStation, but with the likes of Sky and Virgin Media, in the TV arena. Watch Full story...

22/05/2013

Interflora wins 5-year search keyword battle with M&S

Interflora has won a high court battle over Marks and Spencer in the UK, ruling that the supermarket chain could not use the florists' trademark as a Google AdWord to boost its visibility on the search engine. Full story...

22/05/2013

Flickr users get massive 1TB of free (ad-funded) storage

Yahoo has revamped its Flickr photo-sharing service, giving users up to 1TB of free, ad funded, storage for their own videos and photos. Full story...

22/05/2013

Real friends and family ‘twenty times more influential than social media friends’

When it comes to influencing purchase decisions, real friends and family are more than twenty times more influential than social media friends, according to a new study. Full story...

22/05/2013

Top 10 countries for social media engagement: Argentina and Brazil lead the way

Social media in Latin America continues to soar as Argentina and Brazil become the most engaged social networking markets worldwide, according to a new study. Full story...

22/05/2013

Digital marketing growth blocked ‘by talent shortage’ (UK case study)

With London’s buoyant tech sector set to enjoy the annual Shoreditch Digital festival that starts today, a new report has highlighted the impact that a shortage of skilled workers and a lack of funding is having on its growth. Full story...

22/05/2013

Top 20 social networks in Latin America

Facebook continues to reign as the leading social network in Latin America by a wide margin with 115.5 million visitors in November 2012, but other players in the sector have also begun climbing in the rankings, according to new research. Full story...

22/05/2013

Mobile marketing strategy: How to ensure offline calls-to-action drive maximum mobile interaction

As more and more consumers today come with smartphone attached, the opportunities for marketers to start a mobile dialogue with their consumers anywhere and anytime are ever expanding. While some are starting to successfully include an offline call-to-action as part of their Full story...

22/05/2013

US digital ad revenue by format: 2012

In the US, total digital ad revenue for 2012 was $36.6bn, up by 15% from 2011. Mobile digital ad revenue grew by 4.2% since 2011, making it the format with the highest growth. Search ads were also the format with the highest Full story...

23/05/2013

US digital ad revenues by format: 2011

In 2011, the US generated $31.7bn in revenue from digital advertising, at the time the highest recorded. Search ads accounted for the highest revenue segment for digital ads in 2011 with 46.5%. Display related ad revenues were also a high growth area Full story...

23/05/2013

Dove ‘Real Beauty’ sketches becomes most viewed online ad of the year

Dove’s latest viral marketing video ‘Real Beauty Sketches’ has racked up over 114 million views since its launch in April 2013. Full story...

23/05/2013

Mobile marketing trends: 47% of Brits ‘would accept ads in exchange for reduced mobile bills’

Almost half (47%) of UK respondents are keen to have commercially funded mobile phone bills; with adverts delivered straight to their phones in return for a partially or fully paid line-rental, according to new research looking into mobile marketing trends. Full story...

23/05/2013

Online staffing trends: 'Biggest shift in work since industrial revolution'

Worth a staggering $1 billion, the online working industry "the biggest shift in work since the industrial revolution", according to a new report looking into worldwide online staffing trends. Full story...

23/05/2013

EA drops online pass for used games after player complaints

Electronic Arts is axing a controversial program that stifled trade in second-hand games. Full story...

23/05/2013

Why email still matters (infographic)

As social media grows in popularity, it’s easy to neglect its earliest incarnation: email. This infographic from Scoop.it shows how email marketing campaigns have benefitted from new technology and have also found a niche among media outlets and small business owners. Full story...

23/05/2013

Google gets tough on search spam with Penguin 2.0 update (video)

Google has made a major update to its Penguin search algorithm this week, as the internet giant looks to improve its search results by eliminating web spam. In a Google Webmaster Help video (see below), Cutts goes into more detail on what Full story...

24/05/2013

Yahoo buys gaming platform PlayerScale

Yahoo has bought gaming platform startup PlayerScale, for an undisclosed sum, as the firm continues to boost its online content business. Full story...

24/05/2013

Microsoft boasts of 'Do Not Track' defaults in latest IE ad

Microsoft is running an ad campaign touting its controversial "Do Not Track" function in its latest versions of Internet Explorer, in a move that is firmly aimed at Google. Full story...

24/05/2013

Twitter adds two-factor security after hack attack

Twitter is beefing up security logins for users after recent high-profile hacking attacks. Full story...

24/05/2013

Consumers 'now spending more on Apple iPhone games than handheld console games'

iOS games for iPhones and iPads generated more revenue than handheld console games on devices such as the Nintendo DS, according to new research. Full story...

24/05/2013

Google tests DIY real time bidding platform ‘Open Bidder’

Google is testing a new tool that helps companies build their own customisable real-time bidding platforms using its cloud and DoubleClick services. Full story...

24/05/2013

Video viral of the week: Kmart gets cheeky with ‘Ship My Pants’ ad

Sometimes juvenile humour is the key to consumer’s hearts- as shown by this ad for US retailer Kmart, getting tens of millions of viewers within weeks with an ad that repeats the phrase “Ship My Pants”… to promote its delivery service obviously. Full story...

26/05/2013

Social media engagement: Google+ mentions ‘generate more revenue than Facebook’ (infographic)

A single share on Google+ is worth more in revenue than a single referral on Twitter and Facebook, according to this new infographic looking at social media engagement from Addshoppers. Full story...

28/05/2013

Facebook delays smartphone launch in Europe after disappointing sales

Facebook has postponed the European launch of its ‘First’ smartphone following disappointing US sales and negative feedback. Full story...

28/05/2013

Cool or creepy? Just 1 in 10 Americans ‘would wear Google Glass’

Only one in 10 American smartphone owners say they would regularly wear Google’s upcoming augmented reality eyewear, citing ‘social awkwardness’ as a key off-putting factor, according to a new survey. Watch this video from the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones, demonstrating the device in Full story...

28/05/2013

Is Facebook blocking Google’s 1bn bid for Waze?

Social media mapping firm Waze has become the target of a bidding war between Google and Facebook, according to news reports. Full story...

28/05/2013

Google search tips for 2013: 8 SEO trends for the year (video)

With Google’s latest Penguin search algorithm unleashed last week, what are the latest SEO trends for marketers looking to get ahead in the rankings? We list 8 new search factors to take into account, taken from the latest video from Matt Cutts, Full story...

29/05/2013

SEO strategies in 2013: How to avoid a fight with a Penguin (infographic)

Google claims that its latest Penguin 2.0 algorithm will be the most-talked-about update of 2013 for brands’ SEO strategies. This infographic from US content marketing agency Brafton offers a guide to help you fend off potential PageRank downgrades and rank high in Full story...

29/05/2013

Top 20 social networks in Latin America

Facebook is by far the most used social network in Latin America, growing by 7,915 million users between 2011 and 2012. Other sites that reported large growth over the period were Ask.fm (12,739 million growth) and Tumblr (5,471 million growth). Once popular Full story...

29/05/2013

Top 10 countries for social media engagement: Time spent

The average time spent on social networks worldwide in 5.2 hours per month. The country with the highest average time spent on social networks is Argentina with 9.8 hours. Of the top 10 countries, Mexico showed the lowest average time spent on Full story...

29/05/2013

How to create a slow motion video: New tool from YouTube

Google latest YouTube tool lets users create video that plays at one eighth the speed of their original- and looks as if it was filmed with a high-speed camera. With viewer interest in the technique expected to rise as a result (cue Full story...

29/05/2013

How search really works: ICOMP video warns of over reliance on Google

With Google growing in dominance in the search sector, this video from ICOMP, the initiative for a competitive online marketplace, warns of the dangers of relying on Google search results for online research. How Search Really Works from ICOMP on Vimeo. Full story...

29/05/2013

Mobile payments: What Brits really wants from their smartphones

Over half of all UK consumers are already using mobile payments, but a fragmented market is holding back ubiquitous uptake, according to new research. Full story...

29/05/2013

Xbox One ‘rewards users for watching ads’ (and uses Kinect sensor to stop cheats)

The new Xbox One console will track everything you watch on TV and reward you for watching the ads, using the Kinect sensor technology to ensure you’re not cheating, according to a new patent application made by Microsoft. Full story...

30/05/2013

Facebook gives brands and celebrities ‘Verified Pages’

Facebook is introducing ‘Twitter-style’ Verified Pages, giving businesses and public figures an authentic blue check mark next to their profiles, helping to tackle the problem of misleading fake profiles on the social network. Full story...

30/05/2013

Yahoo's Hulu bid reported at ‘$600m - $800m’

Yahoo has reportedly made a bid for video streaming site Hulu valued at between $600m and $800m, as CEO Marissa Mayer’s media buying spree continues. Full story...

30/05/2013

Top 30 media companies in the world: Google makes number one

Google is now the world’s largest media owner, with Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook also making top 30, according to new research. Full story...

30/05/2013

Wikipedia offers ‘Nearby’ articles based on location

Wikimedia Foundation has launched a ‘Neaby’ tool, filtering relevant Wikipedia articles to users based on their location. Full story...

30/05/2013

Amazon greenlights 5 original TV series after pilot poll

Amazon Studios has selected five original series to be available via the Internet retailer’s subscription video service starting later in 2013. Full story...

30/05/2013

Online video trends in Latin America: Chile leads the way

More than 9 in 10 Chilean web users tuned into online video in August, with YouTube by far the most popular site across the Latin American territories, according to data from comScore. Full story...

30/05/2013

Global internet trends: Latest Mary Meeker presentation shows mobile accounts for 15% of global web traffic

Internet analyst Mary Meeker’s slideshow presentations on global internet trends have become something of a major industry event, with this year’s data showing huge mobile growth. View the slideshare presentation below: KPCB Internet Trends 2013 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Full story...

31/05/2013

Mobile ‘now accounts for 1 in five retail sales’

Mobile accounted for 20.2% of UK e-retail sales in the first quarter of 2013, up from 15.4% in the previous quarter, according to new data from the IMRG. Full story...

31/05/2013

Mobile shopping trends: Consumers turned off by poor mobile sites

As shoppers flock to their smartphone sand tablets for the latest deals, a new survey indicates that 44% of online consumers would never return to sites that are not mobile friendly. Full story...

31/05/2013

Digital Intelligence May 2013

With smartphones bridging the gap between physical and digital worlds, this month we take an in-depth look at how marketers can ensure their offline calls-to-action drive maximum mobile interaction. As mobile habits change, marketers have to pick their channels wisely. Android Full story...

31/05/2013

The value of a mobile ad: Google debuts calculator for advertisers

Google has launched a mobile ad calculator, designed to help advertisers predict the return on investment for their smartphone and tablet campaigns. Full story...

02/04/2013

Amazon to buy social network Goodreads

Online retailer Amazon is to buy book discovery and recommendation website Goodreads for an undisclosed sum. Full story...

02/04/2013

April Fools' day round-up: Top 7 internet pranks

April Fools' day has become a big event on the internet, as the web is flooded with pranks (and companies try to get a bit of free publicity). We've rounded-up some of the best spoofs to hit the web this year- including Full story...

02/04/2013

Android vs. iOS: Differences every marketer needs to know (infographic)

With Android and iPhone now combining for nearly 90% of the U.S. smartphone market, many app developers and marketers are concentrating their efforts on serving the majority of smartphone users through these two platforms- but as this comScore infographic shows, there are Full story...

02/04/2013

Video viral of the week: Carlsberg spoofs Apple store hype in Cider ad

Swapping electronic Apples for edible ones, this commercial from Carlsberg brand Somersby Cider has become a YouTube hit, racking up over 1 million views within a week and plenty of social media shares. See why it’s our video viral of the week Full story...

02/04/2013

Amazon feels the heat as Argos tops search chart for cooking appliances

Amazon UK has been relegated to fourth position in the cooking appliances sector, as Argos soars ahead, according to new data. Full story...

02/04/2013

79% drop in retailers' 'shopping' integrations within Google US (infographic)

Shopping integrations in Google US results have dropped dramatically, coinciding with Google Shopping becoming a paid for service in the US since October, according to a new study. Full story...

02/04/2013

Brits make one billion visits a month to video sites

Online video sites now account for five per cent of all online usage compared to four per cent in 2011, according to new research. Full story...

02/04/2013

Rise of the second screen: 83% of tablet owners ‘use device while watching TV’

Almost half (42 per cent) of 25 to 34 year olds are likely to turn to TV as their primary medium for finding out breaking news, with 66 per cent then turning to the internet to find out more information. Full story...

02/04/2013

Facebook mystery event: Smartphone rumours spark again

Facebook has sparked further rumours of a possible smartphone launch, inviting press to see its new ‘home on Android’ this Friday. Full story...

03/04/2013

Twitter global ad revenue ‘to reach $1bn by 2014’- mobile leads growth

Twitter is forecast to earn as much as $582.8 million in global ad revenue this year, going on to generate over $1 billion in 2014 according to a new report. Full story...

03/04/2013

EU regulators join forces to challenge Google privacy policy

Six European regulators have teamed up to bring legal action against Google to try to force the tech giant to overhaul its privacy practices. Full story...

03/04/2013

Back to the future: Webby Awards honours all winners since 1997

The Webby Awards, commonly called the ‘Oscars of the internet’, has launched a site showcasing previous winners from its 16 year history. Full story...

03/04/2013

Google privacy chief steps down

Google's first privacy director, Alma Whitten, is to step down after three years in the role. Full story...

03/04/2013

Twitter offers tips for businesses

Twitter has revamped its business resource section with marketing tips, a glossary, and ideas on how to promote on the micro-blogging site. Twitter also released this video to give businesses an overview of what Twitter can do for them: Full story...

03/04/2013

iOS vs Android: Average income of US users

US smartphone users who earn £100k and over are more likely to own an iOS enabled device (41%). The majority of Android smartphone owners earn $50k and below (39%). This can be attributed to the variety of devices that can run the Full story...

04/04/2013

Why UK mobile users use hashtags

UK mobile web users utilise hashtags mainly for personal use (40.7%). However the second most popular hashtag use is searching and following brands or categories (34.1%). The promotion of corporate or social events is the least popular use for hashtags (10.4%). Full story...

04/04/2013

iTunes search links vanish: Google blames ‘technical issues’

Google has denied penalising rival iTunes on its search engine, after it was revealed that links to the Apple store were ‘hidden’ from results pages. Full story...

04/04/2013

Yahoo teams up with Dropbox

Yahoo! has struck a partnership with Dropbox to enhance its email storage and sharing abilities. Full story...

04/04/2013

Angry Birds maker Rovio doubled sales last year

Rovio has posted sales of €152m, more than double its revenue for 2011, as the Angry Birds reator continues its success as one of the world’s biggest mobile games makers. Full story...

04/04/2013

Digital marketing in South Africa: Consumers ditching TV for mobile and web

South Africans are reading fewer newspapers and magazines and watching less TV because they are spending more time online, according to a new study. Full story...

04/04/2013

Zynga brings real money gambling to UK

Zynga has launched its first real-money online gambling games in the UK, through a partnership with bwin. Full story...

04/04/2013

Nielsen takes audience measurement to Australia, Canada, Germany and Italy

Nielsen is to launch its online campaign ratings measurement system in Australia, Canada, Germany and Italy. Full story...

04/04/2013

Facebook unveils ‘Home’ software for Android mobiles

Facebook has launched ‘Home’, a new app that that puts feeds from the social network on the home screen of Android phones. Watch this presentation video from Mark Zuckerberg (courtesy of the Daily Telegraph) Full story...

05/04/2013

US display ad trends: Google retakes lead from Facebook

After coming second to Facebook in 2011, Google outsold the social network in terms of US digital display ad revenue last year, earning $2.26 billion, according to new data. Full story...

05/04/2013

Harlem Shake videos hit 1 billion views

YouTube dance phenomenon The Harlem Shake has generated over one billion video views in just 40 days. Full story...

05/04/2013

BlackBerry axes BBM Music service

BlackBerry has announced that its BBM Music service is to shut down, less than a year and a half after its launch. Full story...

05/04/2013

Half of Instagram users now come from Android

Photo app Instagram has revealed that half of its users now come from Android, just one year after launching on the Google-owned mobile operating system. Full story...

05/04/2013

Songwriters ‘now make more money from digital than radio’

New licensing deals with the likes of Google Play, Vevo and Microsoft Xbox have helped to boost UK revenues from online music services by more than 32% in 2012, overtaking royalties from the radio industry for the first time, according to new Full story...

05/04/2013

Mobile search habits: Most common time of day to search via a mobile device

Mobile searches rise throughout the day peaking between 8pm and midnight (22%). Not surprisingly the volume of mobile searches drops during the night, with the lowest amount of activity occuring between midnight and 6am. Full story...

08/04/2013

Mobile search habits: Most popular mobile searches by sector

Arts and entertainment is the most searched for sector on a mobile device (15%). On the opposite end of the scale, of the 6,000 people surveyed only 1% conducted mobile searches for the home furnishing sector. Full story...

08/04/2013

Google ‘to buy WhatsApp’ to boost cross platform messaging- report

Google is mulling the acquisition of popular cross-platform meesenger tool WhatsApp for as much as $1bn, according to a news report. Full story...

08/04/2013

Android shifts focus on 'engaged' users to attract marketers

Google has adjusted the way it counts an active Android phone user, in a bid to provide developers and marketers with a more accurate measure of its audience. Full story...

08/04/2013

Baseball app gets 6 million users in 24 hours on ‘Opening Day’ relaunch

The official app for Major League Baseball got an update on the first day of the new US season- getting 6 million players accessing the tool within 24 hours. Full story...

08/04/2013

BlackBerry woos rival users with in-browser demo

Blackberry has launched a new tool that lets iPhone and Android users test its new mobile operating system, as the former smartphone leader looks to reclaim market share from its rivals. Full story...

08/04/2013

MoneySupermarket ads blocked from Google search after AdWords breach

Finance site MoneySupermarket.com has seen its search ads pulled from Google's search results due to a ‘lack of transparency’ over its payday loan adverts. Full story...

09/04/2013

Full Google Glass SXSW presentation posted online

Google has posted the full video from its Project Glass presentation at last month's SXSW event, showcasing the augmented reality specs in detail for the first time. In the demo, the company showed off the third party software created so far for Full story...

09/04/2013

UK publishers expect 15% growth in digital 2013

Leading publishers in the UK expect their revenues from digital to grow 15% this year, with increased focus on technology and data to boost ad and subscription revenues, according to a new survey. Full story...

09/04/2013

Microsoft sells web TV arm to Ericsson- focuses on Xbox

Telecom equipment maker Ericsson is to buy Microsoft’s Mediaroom, a software tool that lets operators deliver TV over the Internet. Full story...

09/04/2013

Google tackles phone spam for US contest

Google has unveiled a new tool that could block nuisance phone calls, in a similar way to email spam filters. Full story...

09/04/2013

Mobile ad spend triples as UK digital sector soars

Mobile ads now account for 10% of all digital spend in the UK, growing by a massive 148% compared to last year, according to the latest figures. Full story...

10/04/2013

Is Android a ‘Trojan horse’? Microsoft consortium accuses Google of mobile monopoly

Microsoft is leading a consortium of 17 companies to petition a European antitrust investigation into Google’s dominance of mobile Internet usage on smartphones. Full story...

10/04/2013

IPC ‘Amplify’ format combines editorial with ad creative

IPC Advertising has launched a new digital ad format Amplify to run across its roster of magazine sites, featuring a mix of editorial content and sponsored ads in the same unit. Full story...

10/04/2013

5 tips for FMCG brands using coupons in social media

With the Institute of Promotional Marketing (IPM) having recently announced new guidelines for running promotions on Facebook, Coupons.com provides its five top tips for FMCG brands looking to engage with their customers through a social media coupon promotion. Full story...

10/04/2013

Apple to ditch Google for Yahoo on iOS?

Apple and Yahoo are reportedly in talks over extending the level of co-operation amongst the two companies on the iPhone and iPad, as Apple looks to reduce its dependence on rival Google’s web services. Full story...

11/04/2013

General Motors returns to Facebook (on mobile)

General Motors is returning to Facebook after a high profile decision to pull its $10m per year social media ad budget last year. Full story...

11/04/2013

Red Bull promotes music start-ups with Amplifier launch

Drinks brand Red Bull has launched a new scheme to promote music technology start-ups in the UK. The campaign has gone live accompanied by a video featuring Dave Haynes from Soundcloud, Ghostpoet, Asi Sharabi from Sidekick Studios and David Bartot from Red Full story...

11/04/2013

Carlsberg launches social media platform in 44 countries

Enterprise software provider Falcon Social has completed the rollout of its social media marketing platform across 44 countries for brewery group, Carlsberg. Full story...

11/04/2013

Londoners ‘more stressed by no internet than loss of water, heating or TV’

People believe they would be far more stressed out by not having Internet access than if their heating was turned off, their tellies didn’t work or they didn’t have water, according to a new poll. Full story...

11/04/2013

Twitter fail: Microsoft director leaves after Xbox 'deal with it' outburst

Microsoft Creative Director Adam Orth has resigned after posting flippant remarks on Twitter over the Xbox 720’s controversial 'always-online' rumours, telling frustrated customers to ‘deal with it”. Full story...

12/04/2013

App trends: Android gets most downloads, but Apple makes most money

Just over half (51%) of all apps downloaded during the first quarter of 2013 were from Google Play, but Apple generated 74% of all app revenue, according to new global data. Full story...

12/04/2013

EBay begins targeting ads based on user browsing habits

EBay has begun sharing the browsing habits of its users with third party advertisers, as the online marketplace looks to rival Amazon, Facebook on Google in the lucrative practice of behaviourally targeted ads. Full story...

12/04/2013

Google lets users edit maps ‘Wikipedia-style’

Google has launched its Map Maker in the UK, letting users add their favourite places, in a similar style to user contributions on Wikipedia. Full story...

12/04/2013

Gmail turns 9- how Google’s email tool has evolved (infographic)

Gmail was mistaken as an elobrate April Fool’s joke when it launched on 1st April 2004. But Google’s webmail service went on to become one of the most widely used and pioneering communications tools in the world. The mark the occasion, Google Full story...

12/04/2013

Bitcoin virtual currency loses half its value amid panic selling

Controversial electronic currency Bitcoin has lost half its value on Wednesday due to a panic sell-off. Full story...

12/04/2013

Twitter 'planning music app' after We Are Hunted purchase

A Twitter music app looks imminent, following the discovery of a mysterious music site and its acquisition of tune tracking service We Are Hunted. Watch this video explaining how We Are Hunted works below: Full story...

15/04/2013

Data after death? Google grants ‘digital wills’ to users

Google has launched a ‘digital wills’ service, letting users choose what happens to their data after they die. Full story...

15/04/2013

Google aims to settle EU antitrust case with concessions

Google has submitted a concessions package in its ongoing EU antitrust case, following accusations that the search giant is misusing its dominant position. Full story...

15/04/2013

Microsoft shares tumble after PC sales drop

Microsoft's shares fell by 4.44% to $28.94 last week, following reports that the PC market is in decline amid growing demand for smartphone and tablets. Full story...

15/04/2013

Google and EU ‘reach deal’ over search monopoly case

Google’s revised proposals to settle an EC antitrust investigation over its search results has reportedly been accepted by the agency. Full story...

16/04/2013

Video viral of the week: Zuckerberg (and goat) star in Facebook Home launch ad

Facebook Home is the social network’s boldest mobile move yet- so much so that founder Mark Zuckerberg himself is starring in one of the launch ads (alongside a screaming goat naturally). See why it’s our video of the week below… Full story...

16/04/2013

The content marketing landscape in 2013 (infographic)

As consumers become more savvy and demanding when it comes to online ads, with content marketing growing in importance as a result. This infographic from Content Amp looks at the key technology suppliers and platforms in content marketing, which covers everything from Full story...

16/04/2013

YouTube adds ‘tape mode’ to celebrate 57 years of VHS

To mark its 57th anniversary, the iconic VHS cassette has been honoured by YouTube this week, with a ‘tape mode’ option on selected videos. Full story...

16/04/2013

US women ‘control the purse stings’ for household spend

US women are spending more money that men spend, and also watched more video than men, according to a new report from Nielsen looking at US shopping habits. Full story...

16/04/2013

US internet ad spend ‘grew 15% in 2012’

Internet ad revenues in the US hit record-breaking double digita growth in 2012, reaching nearly $37bn, with mobile ad revenues leading the growth, according to new figures. Full story...

17/04/2013

UK social media use drops slightly- but shopping soars

In the UK, social networking remains the most popular single activity, but the proportion has slipped slightly, according to new data. Full story...

17/04/2013

Google Glass specs revealed: Android app sync, 12GB storage and 5mp camera

Google has revealed the specifications for its Google Glass augmented reality glasses, alongside an Android app, called MyGlass, to configure and manage the device. Watch this video demonstrating the device in action: Full story...

17/04/2013

Cold weather no barrier for online shoppers in March

Online shoppers were not put off from making purchase decisions by the freezing weather in March, as online retail sales rose 16% year-on-year, according to new data. Full story...

17/04/2013

Is showrooming the future of the high street?

One in four retailers now expect physical stores to become more like showrooms in the future, where consumers can sample products instore to buy online, according to new research. Full story...

17/04/2013

Facebook wants 'Home' interface on Apple devices

Facebook is in talks with Apple to offer its ‘Home’ interface on iPads and iPhones, less than a week after launching on the Android platform. Full story...

18/04/2013

Google Glass: No ads or paid apps allowed

Google has told developers working on its upcoming augmented reality glasses that they will not be allowed to place ads within the device's display. Full story...

18/04/2013

Top mobile shopping websites in the UK

Debenhams, Expedia and Argos have come out on top when it comes to mobile commerce, according to a new usability study. Full story...

18/04/2013

AOL revamps parenting site Parentdish with Comfort as ad partner

AOL UK’s dedicated parenting website, Parentdish, has relaunched this week with Comfort as its official advertising partner across all screens. Full story...

18/04/2013

UK Government site wins 2013 Design of the Year Award

British government site GOV.UK has won the overall design award for the 2013 London Design Museum Design Awards, and was also selected as winner of the digital category. Full story...

18/04/2013

Twitter #Music app offers social recommendations

Twitter has launched a new music app which will recommend tracks based on a user’s followers. Full story...

19/04/2013

The most annoying ads on the internet (infographic)

Online advertising is soaring worldwide, but some formats work better than others to get the message across to consumers. This US-based infographic from InsightsOne looks at those ads that cause the most irritation- and the negative impact on the brands behind them. Full story...

19/04/2013

Mail Online tests paid content with 'Daily Mail Plus'

The Daily Mail has launched a premium content channel on its hugely popular website, as the publisher looks to expand its online business model beyond ad revenues. Full story...

19/04/2013

Video news trends: Half of Brits watch current events online

Nearly half (47%) of UK consumers watch video news on a regular basis, with most feeling that the clips improve their understanding of a story, according to a new report. Full story...

19/04/2013

Report: Gamification success relies on culture, not technology

Organizations should keep in mind that gamification is about more than just the underlying technology, says Ovum. By also considering the strategic, organizational, cultural, and psychological aspects of reasonably priced and low-risk gamification applications, businesses can improve productivity. Full story...

19/04/2013

Video viral of the week: Durex helps relationships go the distance with ‘Fundawear’

Move over sexting… this risqué new viral ad from Durex Australia puts a new spin on long distance relationship with a new way by combining sex and technology. See why its our video viral of the week below… Full story...

22/04/2013

Google chief defends tax record (radio interview)

Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, has defended his company paying just £6m in UK corporation tax, saying the firm was playing a key role in the UK's high-tech growth. Listen to an excerpt from the BBC radio interview below: --> --> Full story...

22/04/2013

Amazon puts 14 TV pilots to public vote

Amazon has produced 14 pilot episodes for potential new TV shows, letting viewers have their say on which ones should be turned into a full series. Full story...

22/04/2013

Game of Thrones (the sales and marketing version)

Much like the TV phenomenon ‘Game of Thrones’, the sales and marketing factions of large organisations are often locked in bitter internal feuds. This infographic from Pardot charts the ongoing battle and looks for ways to broker peace between these rival houses. Full story...

22/04/2013

Mobiles to generate ‘42 quadrillion Tweets by 2017’

A new report from Juniper Research forecasts that the amount of mobile data traffic generated by Smartphones, Featurephones and Tablets will exceed 90,000 Petabytes by 2017, equivalent to almost 42 quadrillion tweets or approximately 7 billion Blu-ray movies. Full story...

22/04/2013

App store wars: Google Play ‘growing 3 times faster than Apple’

Google's Play Store grew three times faster than Apple’s rival App Store globally in the first quarter of 2013, according to new research. Full story...

23/04/2013

Facebook Home gets 500,000 downloads in 2 weeks (despite mixed reviews)

The Facebook Home interface for Android phone was downloaded half a million times in the first two weeks of its launch, according to new data. Watch this presentation video from Mark Zuckerberg (courtesy of the Daily Telegraph explaining how Home works.) Full story...

23/04/2013

Google fined €145,000 for German Street View privacy breach

German regulators have fined Google for collecting massive amounts of personal data including emails, passwords and photos illegally via its Street View mapping service. Full story...

23/04/2013

‘Clicks outpacing bricks’ for younger shoppers

Despite coming of age during hard economic times, younger European consumers that are 25 through 34 years old are more likely to engage in online spending than other groups, and are helping propel the growth of e-commerce in the region, according to Full story...

23/04/2013

Men more likely than women to shop via their mobiles

Technology appears to be playing a role in reversing the stereotype of the male dislike of shopping. As the number of people owning a smartphone continues to rise, research from Kantar Media’s Global TGI (www.globaltgi.com) reveals that men lead the way when Full story...

23/04/2013

Apple profits drop 18%- first decline in 10 years

Apple has posted its first fall in profits for nearly 10 years, dropping 18% as the electronics giant struggles to keep up with growing competition from the likes of Samsung and Google in the smartphone and tablet market. Watch this video from Full story...

24/04/2013

Twitter’s biggest ad deal yet- SMG clients get top placement on social network

Twitter has secured a sponsorship deal with Publicis’ Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG), in a deal that could be worth several hundred million dollars in extra ad revenue for the social network. Full story...

24/04/2013

Samsung developing ‘mind-control’ for tablets

Following the eye-controlled features on its latest smartphones, Samsung is now reportedly working on a mind-controlled tablet. Full story...

24/04/2013

Mobiles ‘now account for 25% of UK paid search spend’

The role of mobile phones and tablets in UK paid search advertising has continued to increase and now accounts for roughly 25% of total spend and 28% of total clicks, according to new research. Full story...

24/04/2013

Infographic: Which complaints cause customers to abandon purchases and terminate contracts?

Shoddy service, redundant questions and disconnected processes are leading customers to abandon purchases, switch suppliers and terminate contracts. This is according to a survey commissioned by Redwood Software. Full story...

24/04/2013

UK retail searches on tablets up 198%

UK search volumes on tablet devices outpaced those on any other device, increasing 198% in the first quarter of 2013, compared with growth on smartphone devices of 66%, according to new research. Full story...

24/04/2013

Nintendo gets social with Miiverse online

Nintendo has made its Miiverse social network accessible to all, letting non-Wii U users see the games giant’s first foray into social media outside of its console ecosystem. Watch a trailer for Miiverse here: Full story...

25/04/2013

Nokia adds Whatsapp button for $72 Asha mobile

Nokia has launched a feature phone with a dedicated WhatsApp physical button, offering users a cross platform messaging tool as a free wi-fi-based alternative to texts. Full story...

25/04/2013

Shazam offers interactive cinema ads for brands

Shazam has partnered with cinema advertising firm Screenvision to run interactive ads in US cinemas. Full story...

25/04/2013

Marketers ‘missing trick with online personalisation’

Providing personalised online customer experiences is seen as vital for business performance but most marketers are stuck in the slow lane when it comes to delivering, with 3 in 4 marketers not knowing where to start, according to a new survey. Full story...

25/04/2013

Infographic: CRM is biggest challenge for online businesses

Online businesses are neglecting key parts of the marketing mix, with customer relashionship management topping the list, according to this new infographic from Barclays. Full story...

25/04/2013

Smartphones outsell feature phones globally for first time

Smartphones accounted for 51.6% of global mobile phone sales in the first quarter of 2013, outselling feature phone for the first time as consumers worldwide switch on to web access on the move, according to new data. Full story...

26/04/2013

Top 6 US sites by display revenue ad growth

This chart shows the percent change at the major US display ad companies. By 2015, Google is forecast to report 36.9% growth, this is largely attributed to the display ads on YouTube. Twitter's growth has slowed dramatically since 2012, dropping from 93.8% Full story...

26/04/2013

Top 5 sites by digital display ad revenue

This data shows the leaders in US digital display ad revenue in billions (USD), and the predictions for revenue over the next two years. Google continues to extend its lead, attracting the most revenue each year since 2012. Facebook also showed growth Full story...

26/04/2013

Samsung hits record sales- smartphones lead growth

In the week when Apple revealed its first profit drop in a decade, rival Samsung has seen smartphone sales drive its income up 42% to a record high despite a typically slow season for the electronics market. Full story...

26/04/2013

Google forced to offer clearer search labels after EU probe

Google has been forced to change the way it displays search results in Europe, amid concerns it might be abusing its dominant market position. Full story...

26/04/2013

Baidu to buy Chinese video site for $400m?

Baidu is in talks to buy online video firm PPS Net TV as the Chinese search giant looks to expand its web presence, according to a new report. Full story...

26/04/2013

Adobe offers ‘predictive publishing’ for Facebook campaigns

Adobe Social has new ad tool that predicts social engagement on individual pieces of content and automatically suggests ideal timing to improve how that content will perform. Full story...

26/04/2013

Facebook fatigue? Millions of UK and US users desert social network

Facebook fatigue is setting in across some of its biggest markets, with users across North America, Europe, Japan and Australia leaving the social network despite the reported growth in overall active users, according to new data. Full story...

29/04/2013

Online videos ‘drive deeper engagement than text articles’

Consumers are more likely to share, comment and “like” an online video than a text article, with humour the number one reason they interact with video according to new research. Full story...

29/04/2013

Apple’s iTunes turns 10- Can it keep its lead?

Apple’s iTunes launched back in spring 2003, going on to become the most successful online music store of the past decade. But can it maintain its lead amid growing competition from the likes of Amazon, Google and Spotify? Full story...

29/04/2013

Facebook buys mobile app start-up Parse

Facebook has bought Parse, a US start-up that helps developers build apps, as the social network looks to expand its mobile presence. Full story...

29/04/2013

Global online ad spend ‘to overtake print by 2015’

Global advertising expenditure is forecast to grow 3.95% during 2013, and is set to overtake print ad spend by 2015, according to a new report. Full story...

30/04/2013

Twitter debuts keyword targeting

Twitter has launched a feature that lets advertisers place Promoted Tweets in users' timelines based on words they type in tweets. Full story...

30/04/2013

Alibaba buys 18% stake in ‘Chinese Twitter’ Weibo

Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba has bought an 18% stake in Sina’s Weibo microblogging site, for roughly $586m. Full story...

30/04/2013

Video viral of the week: Budweiser 'Buddy Cup' makes Facebook friends a toast away

Budweiser’s latest foray into digital marketing takes an old social custom of toasting with a beer glass- and gives it a modern twist. See why it’s our video viral of the week below… Full story...

30/04/2013

Google buys news streaming firm Wavii

Google has bought start-up firm Wavii for an estimated $30m (£18m), as the firm looks to capitalise on the growing demand for news aggregation apps. Full story...

30/04/2013

Google axes Meebo social toolbar to focus on Google+

Google is to shut down Meebo, the social toolbar it bought in June 2012, as it continues its focus on Google+. Full story...

30/04/2013

Big questions on Big Data ‘remain unanswered’ - KPMG

Businesses across the UK are failing to turn the data at their disposal into competitive advantage, with many unsure how to make the move from being ‘collectors of information’ to ‘users of insight’. The result, according to KPMG’s head of data & Full story...

30/04/2013

Groupon founder fired after shares plummet

Groupon has ousted its founder and CEO Andrew Mason, after the embattled daily deals site posted another quarterly loss, prompting a 24% slide in its share price on Thursday. Full story...

01/03/2013

BSkyB buys O2’s broadband services for £180m

BSkyB is to buy O2’s home telephony services from Telefonica, becoming the second biggest broadband provider in the UK in the process. Full story...

01/03/2013

Top 20 most visible paid search advertisers (and SEO brands) on Google UK

Amazon dominates the paid search ads on Google UK, by far more visible in results pages than its closest rivals Ask and Booking.com, according to new research. Full story...

01/03/2013

The rise of online learning: Apple’s iTunes U hits 1 billion downloads

Apple has announced that its iTunes U online learning courses have reached the 1 billion download milestone 6 years after launch. Watch this demonstration from Apple showing how iTunes U works: Full story...

01/03/2013

2 in 5 web users ‘unaware that Google Adwords are adverts’

Up to 40% of web users are unaware that the Google Ads above their search results are paid-for advertisements, according to new research. Full story...

01/03/2013

Tablet ownership ‘to quadruple by 2017’- Forrester

Tablet ownership in Western Europe is set to quadruple in the next five years as the percentage of online consumers to own a tablet increases from 14% in 2012 to 55% in 2017, according to new research. Full story...

01/03/2013

Global social shopping trends: Third of Brits ‘recommend products via social media’

UK confidence in social shopping is up 11%, with a third of Brits confessing they’ve recommended a product on social media, according to a new study. Full story...

01/03/2013

Evernote resets all passwords after hack

Evernote has reset all 50 million user passwords after it became the latest in a string of high profile technology firms to be hit by hackers. Full story...

04/03/2013

Facebook finally buys Atlas to boost ad tools

After weeks of rumours, Facebook has bought Atlas from Microsoft for an undisclosed sum, as the social network looks to boost its ad targeting capabilities. Full story...

04/03/2013

Plans for ‘.uk’ domains put on hold

UK domain registry Nominet has shelved plans for a shorter “.uk” country code domain, following a three-month consultation. Full story...

04/03/2013

UK car insurance: Go Compare tops Google ad listings

Go Compare has held on to its lead in Google advertising listings for car insurance despite Google’s share of search visibility for car insurance in Paid Media having increased on the previous quarter, and rival comparison sites having likewise grown their share Full story...

04/03/2013

Twitter shuts down TweetDeck mobile and Facebook apps

In a surprise move, Twitter has shut down the mobile apps of its TweetDeck social media management tool, in a bid to focus on its web versions. Full story...

05/03/2013

Facebook to revamp news feed... again

Facebook is set to revamp its news feed tool once more, sparking rumours that the social network will ramp up features for smartphones as it looks to boost mobile ad revenues. Full story...

05/03/2013

Google brings Play gift cards to UK

Google is to sell gift cards for its Play Store in UK shops, as it looks to push its paid content to rival Apple’s App Store. Full story...

05/03/2013

Tesco Blinkbox expands into books and music

Tesco has expanded its video streaming service Blinkbox with new music and ebook stores, as the UK-based supermarket giant looks to rival web giants such as Amazon, Google and Apple in the lucrative mobile entertainment market. Full story...

05/03/2013

Smartphone shopping trends: Brits going mobile for shopping deals on the go (Infographic)

UK smartphones are increasingly turning to their phones for shopping, with half happy to spend over £10 via their mobiles, according to this new infographic from Intela. Full story...

05/03/2013

Maker’s Mark backlash- proof that a week’s a long time in social media?

Last month, whisky brand Maker’s Mark reduced its alcohol proof from 90% to 84%, sparking outcry as customers flocked to Facebook and Twitter to discuss ‘watered-down whisky’ and switching to rival brands. After nine days of social media, national newspaper and TV Full story...

06/03/2013

Apple patent wars: Samsung fine slashed

The patent wars between Samsung and Apple are continuing, with Samsung aiming to its US copyright fine further, after a judge decided to reduce the original sum from $1.05bn to $600m. Full story...

06/03/2013

Firefox ‘Do Not Track’ browser sparks advertising concerns

Mozilla’s new Firefox browser cookie settings, which will come into effect in early April and will block third party cookies by default, have come under fire from the UK’s digital advertising trade body. Full story...

06/03/2013

Viral of the week: Khaleej Times ‘banner that talks back’ boosts subscriptions

As social media and blogging sites pull readers away from traditional newspapers and their websites, one publisher decided to fight back with this clever banner campaign that highlights how opinions shared on social media aren't always reliable. See why it’s our viral Full story...

06/03/2013

Channel 4 ‘data baby’ to expose modern ad tracking techniques

Channel 4 has launched ‘Data Baby’, a new experiment that will monitor how an individual web user’s habits are tracked and used by online advertisers. The experiment will look at how technology such as Google’s DoubleClick has become more sophisticated, moving from Full story...

07/03/2013

Saucy subject lines seduce subscribers: ‘Lust’ trumps ‘love’ in email marketing

This year’s Valentine’s day email campaigns have produced some eye-opening stats, with subject lines without discounts performing better than those offering a discount, and ‘lust’ getting higher clicks than ‘love’. Guy Hanson, Director, Response Consulting at Return Path looks at reasons for Full story...

07/03/2013

Microsoft fined £484m for breaching browser antitrust deal

Microsoft has been fined €561m (£484m) in Europe for failing to promote a range of web browsers, rather than just Internet Explorer. Full story...

07/03/2013

Modern marketing in 2013: How has the profession evolved?

As technology advances and audiences become ever more fragmented, how has marketing changed, and what are the key skills for success? A new report attempts to define the role of the modern marketer, identifying analytics and resources as key areas for improvement. Full story...

07/03/2013

10 online shopping trends for Mother's day

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, how is digital media affecting the UK’s gift buying habits? Experian has used Hitwise data to pull together ten online facts for retailers and marketers. Full story...

07/03/2013

YouTube to launch music subscription service?

Google is reportedly planning two music subscriptions services for YouTube and Google Play. Full story...

07/03/2013

Spotify expands car radio presence with Volvo deal

Following its deal with Ford last month, Spotify has continued to expand to car radions via a new deal with Volvo. Full story...

07/03/2013

Google Play marks first birthday with sale

To mark its first birthday, Google Play is launching a sale, as the internet giant continues to push its app store to rival Apple and Amazon in the paid digital content market. Watch this video from Google marking the Play store’s first Full story...

07/03/2013

IPC launches ‘social catalyst’ to boost ads

IPC Advertising has launched a new influencer marketing product that will enable commercial partners to capitalise on IPC Media’s brands’ influence across social media. Full story...

07/03/2013

Facebook News Feed revamp unifies mobile and web (with larger ads)

Facebook has updated its website, with a new-look news feed that closely aligns its web and mobile versions under the same design. Watch a video from Facebook explaining the redesign here: Full story...

08/03/2013

TVCatchup under threat? European court rules against retransmission sites

Web and mobile app TVCatchup suffered a setback this week, after the European Court of Justice ruled that broadcasters can block Internet platforms from streaming their output on the web. Full story...

08/03/2013

Tablets ‘overtake smartphones’ for global traffic- UK leads the way

Global websites are now getting more traffic from tablets than smartphones, at 8% and 7% of monthly page views respectably, according to new data. Full story...

08/03/2013

Mobile operators ‘losing share of content revenues’

Revenues from mobile content, monetised through direct carrier billing, is expected to rise from $2bn last year to more than $13bn by 2017, according to a new report from Juniper Research. Full story...

08/03/2013

YouTube gives all content creators a new-look channel

YouTube’s ‘One Channel’, a new look channel design for video content creators, has gone live after a short beta test, as the firm looks to boost its online video advertising revenues. Watch YouTube's One Channel introduction video below: Full story...

11/03/2013

Google Glass gets first ban from ‘secretive’ Seattle bar

In a PR move, a Washington dive bar has become the first establishment to ban Google's Glass, citing privacy concerns for patrons, ahead of the launch of the augmented reality eyewear later this year. Full story...

11/03/2013

Mobile users ‘getting used to ads’

Nearly 3 in 5 (59%) mobile users are now as comfortable with mobile advertising as they are with TV or online advertising, according to new research. Full story...

11/03/2013

Adobe revamps ‘marketing cloud’

Adobe has provided its customers with new mobile capabilities for analytics, social app development, aimed at smartphone and tablet content, it revealed at its Adobe Summit 2013. Full story...

11/03/2013

Banks "missing out" on product cross-selling opportunities (infographic)

Banks' marketers are failing to capitalise on financial product cross-selling opportunities with existing customers, new research from the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). Full story...

11/03/2013

Social media measurement: Pinterest debuts analytics tools

Pinterest has launched new social media measurement tools to help businesses monitor user behaviour on the popular online scrapbooking site Full story...

12/03/2013

Internet Explorer 10 ‘will run Flash’ after surprise U-turn

In a surprise move, Microsoft has reversed its decision to ditch Flash support for its new Internet Explorer and Windows 8 products. Full story...

12/03/2013

Clearasil runs Kinect X-Factor school competition

Reckitt Benkiser’s skincare brand Clearasil and Microsoft Advertising have launched a campaign to offer teenagers the chance to win an exclusive performance for their school from X Factor finalist Amelia Lily. Full story...

12/03/2013

Marketers ‘missing out on audience insights at events’

Many marketers are missing an opportunity to capitalise on inishgts from their audiences when they hold an event, despite nearly 60% reporting that gathering information and insight from events was either very important, or vitally important, according to a new study. Full story...

12/03/2013

Half of companies ‘have lost a device with important data’ (Infographic)

Half of companies have lost a device with important company data on it, causing security implications for over a fifth of organisations, according to new data. Full story...

12/03/2013

Global mobile trends: Fastest growing iOS and Android markets

This chart shows the growth of iOS and Android devices from January 2012 and January 2013. China no longer leads in terms of growth but still grew by 209% over the year. Colombia (278%), Vietnam (266%) and Turkey (247%) saw the highest Full story...

13/03/2013

Countries with the most iOS and Android devices

The US and China have more than 5 times the active installed users than that of the UK, the world's third largest market. iOS and Android device adoption is also very high for both China and the US, China added 150 million Full story...

13/03/2013

The 20 bloggers running Britain in 2013: Top UK influencers revealed

Britain’s most influential bloggers, who are shaping the nation’s behaviour from what we eat to how we vote, have been revealed. Full story...

13/03/2013

Facebook ‘Likes’ reveal deeper personality clues- study

Seemingly innocuous behaviour on Facebook can reveal intimate details about a user’s personality- which could in turn help advertisers predict their sexuality, political views and religion, according to new research. Full story...

13/03/2013

Australian digital ad trends: Mobile surge pushes spend past $3.3bn

Online ad spend in Australia hit $3.3bn last year, up 18% on 2011 with mobile leading much of the growth, according to new data. Full story...

13/03/2013