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December 2018 archives | Track topics, trends and brands


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Dancing Russian robot unmasked as a ‘person in a suit’

A Russian robot named ‘Boris’, claimed to be a high tech invention on state TV has been revealed as a man in a suit.

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IAB Europe launches Connected TV White Paper

As connected TV’s grow in popularity, there are opportunities and challenges such as growth of advertising, measurement and creativity, according to a new white paper from IAB Europe.

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Consumers set to spend £7bn on groceries in run up to Christmas

Sales momentum remains weak across the grocery industry, with headline growth of +2.3% over the last four weeks, according to data released by Nielsen.

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Augmented reality trends for 2019

What does the future hold for augmented reality? Global augmented reality specialists Zappar outline their AR predictions for 2019.

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Top 20 TV programmes for tweets: Love Island beats politics

New data published today by Kantar Media shows that reality television has driven the highest level of social media engagement over the course of the past year, closely followed by current affairs programmes.

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Artificial Intelligence ‘playing a role in 84% of households this Christmas’

As Christmas is drawing closer new research finds that AI will play a major role in 84% of UK households this year, despite only 20% saying they would trust AI to help them run their perfect Christmas Day.

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Top 100 trends on Pinterest

Pinterest launched has launched its Pinterest 100 list, an annual list of emerging trends across 10 categories including food, style, beauty, travel and home decor.

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YouTube faces fan backlash over 2018 ‘Rewind’ video

YouTube’s annual recap video, showcasing some of the most popular influencers on the platform, has come under fire this year becoming the second-most disliked video in the website's history.

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Sony launches ‘Instagrammable’ music pop up in New York

Sony has launched a tech-fuelled, highly-instagrammable destination in New York, where you can create a personalised song based on the beat of your heart.

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2019 predictions in mobile: Streaming, in-app ads and Harry Potter goes Pokémon Go

This year was certainly a big year for mobile, marking the 10 year birthday of both the iOS App Store and Google Play. As we embark on the next 10 years of the app stores, we are on the cusp of new advancements in the app economy that should lead to an exciting 12 months ahead. To navigate this environment, Paul Barnes, Territory Director Northern Europe and Middle East, at App Annie has compiled five key mobile trends.

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Germany: Digital video growing faster than expected

With more content available than ever before, the number of Germans watching digital video is surpassing expectations, with YouTube used by more than 50% of the population.

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Artificial intelligence will not be mainstream in marketing until 2021

Artificial intelligence (AI) will not find mainstream use among marketers until at least 2021 according to a new ‘CX: Today and Tomorrow’ research report from Episerver.

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Amazon 'has become it's own search engine': More shoppers start journey on retailer's site

Amazon has become its very own search engine, seeing a 24% increase in people beginning their browsing on the ecommerce giant’s website resulting in better conversion rates and more exclusive buyers than the industry standard, according to new research.

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10/12/2018  |  Full story...

Top 10 Christmas ad rankings: John Lewis secures top social media spot

John Lewis has come out top in the battle of the UK Christmas ads, generating 135% more engagements for the brand on social media in the five minutes immediately after each ad airing, according to new data.

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10/12/2018  |  Full story...

No more cinema queues? Vue and Urban Airship bring Google Pay Movie Tickets to UK

Vue Entertainment is partnering with digital customer engagement platform Urban Airship to launch the UK’s first Google Pay movie tickets.

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Native ads beat display ads for viewer recommendations

Brits are more likely to recommend brands seen on native ads than ones seen on display, according to new research.

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Social and Shopping: Can Instagram Expect a Christmas Surge?

According to Instagram four in five users now follow at least one business and two-thirds of visits to Instagram business profiles are from people who don’t yet follow them. Phil Rooke at Spreadshirt looks at why Instagram could be about to have a big final quarter. Partly because it offers the best relationships between consumers and businesses.

07/12/2018  |  Full story...

The role of reviews: Google more trusted than trip advisor for star ratings

Over half (57%) of online users trust a 3 - 4 star review, while only 10% trust a 5 star-rating, which Google being the most trusted platform, according to new research.

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07/12/2018  |  Full story...

Marketers not “putting their money where their mouth is” when it comes to data sharing

SEO data is still being heavily siloed in organisations, despite claims to prioritise cross-channel strategies, according to new research.

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06/12/2018  |  Full story...

Artificial intelligence rolling out in 2019 marketing plans despite consumer scepticism

2019 will be a breakthrough year for AI and machine learning in digital marketing in the UK, despite consumer scepticism, research by Acquia suggests.

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Top 5 social trends for 2019: Stories, commerce and rebuliding trust

Rebuilding trust, storyliving, paid social, cracking the commerce code, and the rise of messaging identified as the most important social trends for businesses of all sizes to seize in 2019, according to a new report.

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06/12/2018  |  Full story...

Gen Z ‘motivated by job satisfaction more than money’

Generation Z are more motivated by job satisfaction and working for the social good than by money, according to new research.

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Top 20 virals of 2018: Tide pods, rang-tans and naked Swedes

From fake movies to dog selfies, 2018 marked another big year for video viral marketing case studies. Personalised ads, pranks and long-form storytelling were key themes this year. To round off the year, our team has assembled 20 standout virals from around the world for your viewing pleasure...

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05/12/2018  |  Full story...

Viral of the year: Tide responds to Pod eating challenge’ controversy

One of the worst (and most dangerous) viral trends of the Year was the Tide Pod challenge featured people making videos of biting or eating the extremely hazardous detergent pods. The P&G- owned laundry brand responded with this short video featuring a well-known NFL star to set the record straight.

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Viral of the year: Mariah Carey brings diva-style to Hostel World

“Even divas are believers”, or so Hostelworld wants us to believe with its newest ad starring none other than the queen diva herself, Mariah Carey.

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04/12/2018  |  Full story...

Viral of the year: Purple gets 44m views with ‘Human Egg Drop Test’

The online mattress delivery market has been a booming market recently, but this long-form ad from Purple stood out from the crowd with its unusual experiment, sharp use of humour and striking visuals.

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Viral of the year: Nike ‘Reactland’ game mixes running and AR with retro graphics

To promote the launch of its cutting-edge new running shoes, Epic React, Nike developed an immersive Reactland initiative that transported users into the heart of a virtual video game (complete with an Avatar of themselves).

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Viral of the year: Oasis spoofs Heineken with cringe-worthy ‘Togetherness’ video

Coca-Cola-owned drinks brand Oasis created a tongue-in-cheek, parody of the world of marketing, with an ad that challenged people with opposing views to drink from the same oddly shaped bottle.

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Viral of the year: iZettle takes on Amazon with ‘Blade Runner’ style Sci-Fi dystopia

This ad from iZettle, who make cheap and accessible card readers, is equal parts Black Mirror and Blade Runner (with some pretty clear homages to the latter). The ad posits a world where one giant corporation has taken over all commerce.

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Viral of the year: Tinder user lets ‘Queer Eye’ stars swipe for her next date

A great example of long-form engaging content, Tinder recruited the talents of Jonathan Van Ness and Antoni Porowski from Netflix's Queer Eye to help one Tinder user optimise their profile and find their next date.

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Viral of the year: Range Rover tackles London’s largest speed bump

Range Rover decided to do a public demonstration of what their Evoque 4×4 can achieve, by setting up “the world’s biggest speed bump” in the middle of a London street.

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Viral of the year: Tourism Australia creates spoof Crocodile Dundee sequel

It was casting choice that baffled the world: US comedy favourite Danny McBride playing the son of Mick “Crocodile” Dundee in a reboot of that the iconic 80’s film. But it was all an elaborate hoax to promote Australian Toursim.

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Viral of the year: Adidas creates 30,000 personalised videos for marathon runners

This technological feat from Adidas saw the sportswear brand utilise the 30,000 runners of the Boston Marathon to create personalised videos of its participants to promote its latest running apparel.

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Viral of the year: Doritos and Mountain Dew team up for celebrity rap battle

Pepsico-owned brands Doritos and Mountain Dew combined forces to issue a creative ad that aired during the Super Bowl which combined a social media hashtag campaign with celebrity power as Morgan Freeman and Peter Dinklage faced off in a lip-sync rap battle.

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Viral of the year: Tide responds to Pod eating challenge’ controversy

One of the worst (and most dangerous) viral trends of the year was the Tide Pod challenge featured people making videos of biting or eating the extremely hazardous detergent pods. The P&G- owned laundry brand responded with this short video featuring a well-known NFL star to set the record straight.

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Viral of the year: Alexa loses her voice (and gets celebrity ones)

Amazon caught the spotlight at this year’s Super Bowl with a star-studded ad and social media campaign where its Echo smart speak lost its familiar voice, only to be replaced by celebrities.

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Iceland’s ‘Rang-tan’ most powerful ad of Christmas 2018 (despite being banned from TV)

Iceland’s No Palm Oil advertisement is the most powerful ad of Christmas 2018, according to Kantar Millward Brown’s annual consumer research into the effectiveness of festive advertising campaigns.

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Half of business leaders ‘don’t have a marketing attribution model’

Nearly half (46%) of business leaders don’t have a marketing attribution model, with 37% feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of attribution data.

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‘My Dad Wrote a Porno’ Christmas special debuts exclusively on Spotify for all users

One of the most popular podcasts in the world, ‘My Dad Wrote A Porno’, releases its eagerly-awaited Christmas special exclusively on Spotify for two weeks. ‘My Dad Wrote a Christmas Porno 3’ is now available now for all users - both free and Premium - on Spotify.

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Best Christmas ad? AI face-reading tech crowns Heathrow Teddy Bears top

Realeyes measured viewers' emotions and attention levels through facial expressions and body language and found airport ad was most engaging from this year’s festive crop.

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Huawei Cloud debuts global blockchain service for businesses

Huawei Cloud officially launched its Blockchain Service (BCS) for global use on November 15, 2018, after launching it for commercial use in China on October 10th this year.

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6 in 10 UK firms plan £100k digital transformation projects soon

Six in ten UK businesses plan on spending more than £100k on digital transformation in the next two years as 69% admit they won’t survive unless they embrace digital transformation, according to new research.

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Disney and Google expand strategic relationship

Google and Disney have announced a new global strategic relationship that will see Disney bring its entire global digital video and display business onto Google Ad Manager, which will serve as its core ad technology platform.

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03/12/2018  |  Full story...

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