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Microsoft advertising: 25 major brands sign up for Windows 8 app campaigns

BBC Worldwide, Sky, Lloyds TSB and Vodafone are amongst 25 global brands that have signed up to Microsoft's new Windows 8 advertising platform. These brands will be rolling out Windows 8 Ads in Apps campaigns over the next couple of months. These will include Bing apps, Xbox apps, the Skype app and third-party apps independently developed by publishing partners.

02/11/2012  |  Full story...

Facebook marketing trends- Paid media 'gets 5 times more reach than free fan pages'

Among a selection of the 100 leading brand pages on Facebook, those using paid media reached 5.4 times more people on average than those using no paid media, according to a new study.
The report, ‘Understanding Paid & Earned Reach On Facebook,’ published by Facebook together with comScore, forms part of Facebook’s attempts to persuade sceptical brand marketers to migrate their efforts from free fan pages to paid for sponsored stories.

01/11/2012  |  Full story...

Young shoppers ‘most likely to complain publicly on social media when customer service fails’

UK shoppers seek customer service support by email (49%) or phone (43%), and younger shoppers are highly likely to turn to social channels when these touch points fail, with 46% of under 25s and 33% of 25-33 year olds using social to air their grievances more publically, according to new research.

01/11/2012  |  Full story...

Plans for ‘.uk’ domain names announced as alternative to ‘.co.uk’

Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation responsible for running the .uk infrastructure, has launched a consultation on the introduction of a new service which, if approved, would herald a significant change for the .uk domain name space. The proposed new service is aimed at businesses and would potentially offer shorter domain names registered at the second level (i.e. www.yourbusiness.uk) as well as one of the most comprehensive package of security features available. It would sit alongside the existing .uk portfolio, including .co.uk which already has more than 10 million domains registered.

01/11/2012  |  Full story...

PR agencies’ media monitoring habits revealed (video)

Most PR agencies in Europe rely on specialist monitoring tools on top of regular Google searches to evaluate the influence of their media campaigns, according to new research. Press Index, a Kantar Media group company, published the first European survey on media monitoring practices in Public Relations agencies.

29/10/2012  |  Full story...

LowCostHolidays gives free holiday to ‘Thomas Cook’ after Facebook snub

In a social media coup, a man who shares his name with travel agency Thomas Cook has won a free holiday, courtesy of rival LowCostHolidays. The man (named Thomas Cook) was awarded a trip to Paris after the travel agency Thomas Cook turned him down for a free vacation.

24/10/2012  |  Full story...

Facebook marketing effectiveness research – brand measurement affinity tools coming

To address concerns from brands about the lack of marketing effectiveness research for Facebook, new brand affinity measurement tools are being developed. With the rush to build Facebook brand pages, many marketers have questioned the value of fans, their fit with the brand’s target audience, and how to measure marketing effectiveness. Could this be the answer?

18/10/2012  |  Full story...

‘There’s no such thing as a happy period’: Spoof Bodyform CEO responds to Facebook man’s rant

UK maxi pad brand Bodyform has created a viral ad with a fictional CEO responding to a Facebook user, who accused the company of lying to the public. Facebook user Richard Neill wrote a sarcastic comment on Bodyform's page earlier this month poking fun at the company's depiction of a woman's "wonderful time of the month" in its TV ads. The spoof video - which has so far notched up 135,036 views on YouTube, 2,213 Facebook 'likes' and 211 comments - ends with the CEO thanking Richard for lifting the veil on their lies and exposing the truth.

18/10/2012  |  Full story...

New Nielsen metrics match online campaigns to target audiences

Nielsen has launched its Online Campaign Ratings (OCR) metric in the UK, allowing brands to measure whether their ads reached their intended audiences online. Initial tests reveal that on average less than half of all online ad impressions are reaching the advertiser’s intended audience, based on age and gender.

Watch a video explaining how the service works below:

17/10/2012  |  Full story...

Is Facebook driving down fan reach in favour of sponsored stories?

Facebook has been accused of making changes to the formula that determines if brands appear in the news feed of its fans pages, effectively driving them to paid advertising to improve their reach. According to a report in the FT, a number of brands running Facebook pages are finding their reach has dropped since the social network altered its EdgeRank algorithm last month (September 20th).

16/10/2012  |  Full story...

Mobile-ready websites ‘get 2 minutes more dwell time’

Dwell time is two minutes higher when brand sites are mobile-ready, but less than half of top UK brands have websites optimised for smartphones and tablets, according to a new study. The study proved how a significant percentage of the top 100 brands such as Tesco, B&Q and Boots are starting to sit up and listen, with nearly 40% now having a mobile-optimised website.

16/10/2012  |  Full story...

Top 10 travel brands in search- TripAdvisor drops down rankings

TripAdvisor.co.uk and Superbreak.com have dropped off the rankings of the ten most visible sites for hotel-related searches, according to new research. The latest research, ‘Hotels Sector Report - Issue 13’, by digital marketing agency, Greenlight, indicates that Marriott and Secret Escapes have risen up the rankings.

15/10/2012  |  Full story...

eBay revamps site with Pinterest-style layout

Online marketplace eBay has today rolled out a new website, with a strong visual style similar to Pinterest. The new look site allows users to create their own customised homepage as the firm moves away from its auction roots to focus more on instant purchases.

12/10/2012  |  Full story...

YouTube ads 'making as much revenue as US TV networks'

YouTube’s skippable ad format is now making Google as much revenue per hour as ads on cable TV, according to YouTube’s global head of content. Speaking at the Mipcom TV industry event, YouTube global head of content Robert Kyncl claimed the group’s skippable ads format means it is now matching US cable groups in terms of per-hour revenue.

11/10/2012  |  Full story...

Google offers to brand search results to appease EU monopoly charges

Google is reportedly offering to brand its search results to avoid the European Commission taking formal action against the company's alleged "abuse of dominance" in the search market. The Financial Times reports that Google is proposing to add its logo to products such as maps, airline flight details and other services that appear when people use the firm's search function.

11/10/2012  |  Full story...

Twitter online marketing effectiveness - new research toolkits for brands

Marketers looking for proof their social media is boosting brand metrics will like the new Twitter online marketing effectiveness research tools. Twitter is locked into the battle for the energy and budgets behind brand pages, and this effectiveness research gives an important edge. Here's why...

05/10/2012  |  Full story...

Facebook planning CRM tools for brands?

Facebook could be branching out from its core advertising revenues with plans to offer firms that have pages on the site with a range of ‘premium services’, such as customer relationship management (CRM) tools and search functions, according to a news report. Speaking to US TV network CNBC, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said that the company is looking at opportunities to sell premium services for businesses.

02/10/2012  |  Full story...

How are consumers sharing personal data with brands? (infographic)

Over 4 in 5 (82%) of UK consumers are happy to share their information with brands across at least one channel, according to this new infographic from Experian. The data divided UK consumers into 4 key categories depending on how many channels they are willing to share data with a company (eg email address, Facebook data, Pinterest boards).

24/09/2012  |  Full story...

Nestle puts GPS trackers in Kit Kat bars to deliver prizes

Nestle has launched a (slightly creepy) new promotion for its Kit Kat, Yorkie and Aero bars, embedding GPS trackers in select bars, with the promise to track down the buyer within 24 hours to deliver a £10,000 prize.The promotion called 'We will find you', will involve six KitKat 4 Finger, KitKat Chunky, Aero Peppermint Medium, or Yorkie bars.

Watch the promo video here:

24/09/2012  |  Full story...

Microsoft gets first new logo in 25 years

Microsoft has updated its logo for the first time since 1987, with a more modern look that matches the metro-style tiles of its new Windows Mobile operating system. The new logo features a lighter, grey typeface and a streamlined version of the multi-coloured square associated with its Windows products. The updated look is already live on the microsoft.com home page.

Watch the launch video here:

21/09/2012  |  Full story...

eBay redesigns logo with modern look

eBay has unveiled its new look logo, as the online marketplace looks to convey a sleek modern image awayfrom its manic auction-based origins. The primary-coloured logo has been scaled down from the manic lettering it displayed for almost two decades, and will now showcase the company's name in a more modern way.

20/09/2012  |  Full story...

Trust in advertising – paid, owned and earned

Social recommendations and brand websites are more trusted than advertising, yet ad dollars continue to rise globally. Randall Beard, Global Head of Advertiser Solutions at Nielsen looks at paid, owned and earned media and asks if trust in advertising matters? And if so, can we even do anything about it?

19/09/2012  |  Full story...

Twitter gets Facebook-style profile page revamp

Twitter has updated its profile pages with Facebook-style header photos, as the micro-blogging firm looks to broaden its multi-platform functions, across the web, mobiles and tablets. In a blog post, Twitter said the changes gave users the opportunity to 'make their presence on Twitter more meaningful'.

19/09/2012  |  Full story...

Procter & Gamble teams with Google for Football YouTube channel

FMCG giant Procter & Gamble has struck a deal with Google to create a football-based YouTube channel to promote its Gillette male grooming brand. The ‘Gillette Football Club’ will show highlights and goals from several major international leagues, though the channel won’t feature any action from England’s Premier League, as the online rights are owned by Yahoo.

Watch the launch video here:


19/09/2012  |  Full story...

Video viral of the week: Lays wins over Slovak market with low budget Facebook campaign

How do you make a low budget online campaign for a brand that has awareness of 4%? This campaign for Lay's potato chips shows how, with a little local knowledge and some creative thinking, a small budget social media campaign can make a big impression…

Watch the case study video below (narrated by a talking potato, naturally).


14/09/2012  |  Full story...

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