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Two-Thirds of Marketers and Agencies Likely to Invest in Native Ads and Content Creation

source: http://www.marketingcharts.com/wp/online/two-thirds-of-marketers-and-agencies-likely-to-invest-in-native-ads-and-content-creation-36794/?utm_campaign=rssfeed&utm_source=mc&utm_medium=textlink

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The definition of native advertising remains somewhat murky (the IAB has set up a task force to tackle this problem), but many forecasts see digital ad sponsorships as a growing area, depending of course, on their definition.

Meanwhile, other results from the Advertiser Perceptions study suggest that 60% share of respondents’ digital ad budgets will be spent on direct buying in the coming 6 months, with the remainder on programmatic buying. Interestingly, during that time frame, respondents expect to allocate 61% of their mobile advertising budgets to mobile phones, with only 39% going to tablets. Based purely on an analysis of consumers’ online time spent with these devices, phones may actually be underweighted, although tablet users may indeed present a more attractive demographic than smartphone users.

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Thursday, September 19th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Playing To Win: Mobile Gamification Done Right

source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/PlQUcE7ouWk/mobile-gamification-done-right-2013-7

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Gamification, or the use of game elements to promote desired behaviors among customers and employees, has been a popular business strategy for decades. Loyalty programs, cereal box prizes, employee-of-the-month schemes, hidden tokens within video games and applications — these are all examples.

But the always-on mobile age has vastly expanded opportunities for gamification. Integration with social networks means these experiences are shared with friends, acquaintances and co-workers. A smartphone-carrying employee or consumer might be drawn into a gamified experience at any time, wherever they are.

In fact, gamification represents the fusion of four trends: the explosion of social media usage, the mobile revolution, the rise of big data, and the emergence of wearable computing. Already, marketers, enterprises, and even governments are using gamification to achieve and expand their goals.


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Thursday, September 19th, 2013 news No Comments

Media Execs See OTT Video as Supplementing – Not Replacing – Pay TV

source: http://www.marketingcharts.com/wp/television/media-execs-see-ott-video-as-supplementing-not-replacing-pay-tv-36359/?utm_campaign=rssfeed&utm_source=mc&utm_medium=textlink

StreamingMedia-OTT-Challenge-to-Pay-TV-Sept2013Media industry executives feel that over-the-top (OTT) video services such as Netflix are more likely to lead to cord-shaving than cord-cutting behavior, according to [download page] a recent report from StreamingMedia.com. Among the 758 executives surveyed, 51% said they believe that consumers are responding to the emergence of pure OTT video services by cutting back on their pay-TV channel packages and supplementing them with OTT content. By comparison, 23% feel that consumers are responding by canceling their traditional pay-TV subscriptions in favor of OTT video.

Netflix subscribers themselves appear to hew more closely to the former view, at least when it comes to content consumption. Last year, a GfK study found Netflix users saying that their regular TV content consumption was unaffected by their subscription. In a more recent study, GfK discovered that a majority of Netflix users said that they watch less premium cable as a result of their subscription.

Interestingly, the StreamingMedia.com study finds that pay-TV operators are far less likely to believe that consumers will cut the cord due to the emergence of OTT video. Just 5% of pay-TV operators responding to the survey believe that’s the case, compared to 22% of technology vendors and 25% of content providers. Instead, pay-TV operators are more likely to believe that consumers are responding to OTT video by cutting back on channel packages.

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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 news No Comments

2 in 3 CMOs Feeling Pressure From the Board to Prove Marketing’s Value

source: http://www.marketingcharts.com/wp/topics/branding/2-in-3-cmos-feeling-pressure-from-the-board-to-prove-the-value-of-marketing-36293/?utm_campaign=rssfeed&utm_source=mc&utm_medium=textlink

DukeCMOSurvey-Pressure-CMOs-Prove-Value-of-Marketing-Aug2013This may be “the year of the marketer,” but with added responsibilities come added pressures. The latest biannual CMO Survey [pdf] from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business finds that CMOs are not immune: according to the study, 66.4% said they feel pressure from their CEO or Board to prove the value of marketing. What’s more, 6 in 10 of those said that their leaders are turning up the heat, with just 2% reporting decreasing demands to prove their worth.

CMOs are being asked to prove their value at a time when the intensity of competition is ratcheting up a notch. Respondents indicated that the rivalry for customers is likely to become more intense in the next 12 months (5.5 on a 7-point scale, where 7 represents very likely), with competitor price-cutting also increasing (scoring 5 on the scale). Moreover, compared to surveys from prior years, CMOs are more likely to be anticipating the emergence of new domestic and global competitors.

CMOs are also feeling increasing pressure while seeing budgets dip: they expect marketing spending to grow by 4.3% over the next 12 months, a fairly marked step down from the February survey’s 6.1% growth forecast. Currently, marketing budgets are reported to account for an average of 9.4% of firm budgets, down from 10.6% in February.

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Friday, August 30th, 2013 news No Comments

2 in 3 CMOs Feeling Pressure From the Board to Prove Marketing’s Value

source: http://www.marketingcharts.com/wp/topics/branding/2-in-3-cmos-feeling-pressure-from-the-board-to-prove-the-value-of-marketing-36293/?utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_source=mc&utm_medium=textlink

DukeCMOSurvey-Pressure-CMOs-Prove-Value-of-Marketing-Aug2013This may be “the year of the marketer,” but with added responsibilities come added pressures. The latest biannual CMO Survey [pdf] from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business finds that CMOs are not immune: according to the study, 66.4% said they feel pressure from their CEO or Board to prove the value of marketing. What’s more, 6 in 10 of those said that their leaders are turning up the heat, with just 2% reporting decreasing demands to prove their worth.

CMOs are being asked to prove their value at a time when the intensity of competition is ratcheting up a notch. Respondents indicated that the rivalry for customers is likely to become more intense in the next 12 months (5.5 on a 7-point scale, where 7 represents very likely), with competitor price-cutting also increasing (scoring 5 on the scale). Moreover, compared to surveys from prior years, CMOs are more likely to be anticipating the emergence of new domestic and global competitors.

CMOs are also feeling increasing pressure while seeing budgets dip: they expect marketing spending to grow by 4.3% over the next 12 months, a fairly marked step down from the February survey’s 6.1% growth forecast. Currently, marketing budgets are reported to account for an average of 9.4% of firm budgets, down from 10.6% in February.

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Thursday, August 29th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: The Emergence Of Native Ads On Mobile, And How They’re Turning Mobile Advertising On Its Head

source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/JsDLD3lfkaE/the-emergence-of-native-ads-on-mobile-2013-8

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We are in the post-PC era, and soon billions of consumers will be carrying around Internet-connected mobile devices for up to 16 hours a day. Mobile audiences have exploded as a result.

The advertising industry can’t quite seem to figure out how to advertise effectively to these audiences. Many mobile ads are simply banner or search ads bought inadvertently as advertisers aim for digital audiences.

Native ads are being touted as the new formats that will bring real depth and differentiation to the mobile ad market.

But what exactly is a native ad on mobile? Is it just an ad unit that was designed to show on a mobile device?

In a new report from BI Intelligence on native ads and native ads on mobile, we interview a half-dozen industry experts, we explain away the confusion surrounding native mobile ads, we categorize the various types of native ads that have gained traction on mobile, and we examine the growing role played by publishers and agencies in nurturing the native-mobile ecosystem and upending the traditional banner ad.


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Friday, August 2nd, 2013 news No Comments

Smartphones out-shipped feature phones for the first time ever worldwide, says IDC

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/26/smartphones-out-shipped-feature-phones-IDC/

Smartphones outsell feature phones for the first time, says IDC

Q1 2013 marks the first time that smartphones made up the majority of cellphones shipped across the world, according to numbers from industry analyst IDC. 216 million handsets with computer-like functionality left factories compared to 419 million total, making up a solid 51.6 percent of the pie. Another trend spotted by the pollster was the emergence of Chinese phone makers, particularly ZTE and Huawei, who’ve notably displaced Blackberry and Nokia in the top five for smartphones sold.

Meanwhile, Samsung improved its lead over Apple in smartphone shipments over last quarter, jumping from 29 percent to a 32.7 percent share in Q1, while Apple slid from 21.8 percent to 17.3 percent. Sony dropped out of the top 5 in that category, while LG surged to 3rd place at 10.3 million units shipped, with Huawei and ZTE rounding out the top 5. Meanwhi! le, Sams ung and Nokia continued to dominate overall cellphone shipments with a 27.5 and 14.8 percent share of the overall market, respectively. However, Nokia itself isn’t too optimistic about the feature phone portion of those sales continuing, as it mentioned in its last financial statement. And the fact that people are happy to surf the web on their phones? As we’ve seen, that doesn’t bode too well for the computer industry.

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Friday, April 26th, 2013 news No Comments

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