Key trends to check your 2015 plans against:
• ‘Old media’ invests in digital future: Disney bought PewDiePie owner Maker Studios, while Dreamworks envisions YouTube will be dominant platform in 5 years time
• Brands become publishers: Native ads (championed by BuzzFeed) and long-form videos boom as brand ditch 30-sec ‘hard-sell’ commercials for engaging experience that rivals regular TV and publishing output
• Creativity meets big data: As programmatic ads grow, brands are looking to immerse consumers in personally targeted experiences- something creativity cannot achieve without a large dose of science.
In the year when US online ad revenues overtook broadcast TV for the first time, the days of TV’s ad dominance look numbered. Online video and native ads are turning brands into publishers- and they need to adapt fast. This year we saw ‘old empires’ like Disney and DreamWorks bet on digital futures, while BuzzFeed’s new publishing model gave traditional media giants plenty to worry about. As part of our review of the year, we look at some of the biggest trends to shape the content marketing landscape in 2014.
In a warning to all native advertisers, Modelez has seen its latest marketing stunt fall foul of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The FMCG giant failed to notify viewers that a series of YouTube videos featuring an ‘Oreo Lick Race’ were paid for by the company.
As brands increasingly go ‘online first’ to premier their latest commercials, just how effective is video advertising? A new study uncovers the formats and frequency that can get the best results to win consumers.
Half of all YouTube views are now coming from mobile devices, with Google now mulling an ad-free subscription service to cater for the app generation.
BuzzFeed has added a “Love it? Buy it!” button next to a vintage hairstyle post from L’Oreal USA letting readers buy the cosmetics being featured, as the publisher looks to expand its ad options to capaitalise on its soaring popularity.
There’s some good news for native advertisers this week, with research indicating that just 2% more consumers trust content from publications (35%) than from brands (33%).
Watch this recent roundtable event hosted by Vibrant Media discussing native ads below:
BuzzFeed has raised $50m in a new funding round that values the web publisher at three times the amount of the Washington Post.
Watch this video from Bloomberg discussing the BuzzFeed investment here:
YouTube will be the dominant media platform in five years according to Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg as the company prepares a family orientated channel on Google’s video sharing site.
Watch this backstage interview with Katzenberg below:
The annual Cannes Lions festival of Creativity has long stood as the benchmark for creativity in the ad industry, but as programmatic ad platforms grow in popularity, rising tech companies are starting to crash the agency party.
The popular practice of writing guest blog posts in the hope of boosting visibility on search engines has come under fire this week, with Matt Cutts, head of Google’s webspam team, declaring the tactic as ‘done’.
Watch this video from Cutts explaining how to get the most out of blog posts here:
Disney has bought YouTube network Maker Studios in a $950m deal that sees the iconic movie studio make a significant step towards a digital future.
Just who is a typical UK YouTuber? Nearly one-fifth of those watching YouTube are watching less TV according to new research looking into the top myths and realities of users of the video sharing platform.