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Why Marketing Automation Is Driving a Bigger Role for the CMO

The role of the CMO is drastically changing as they are now influencing the strategic direction of the company as whole. The changes in technology have given the CMO more power in making better decisions.  “As a result, we have a tremendous amount of information available that allows us to track the movements of the consumer, and it’s all measurable. The technology has led to the expansion of the scope of the CMO role,” says Steve Herrera.

Instagram Marketing Is Quickly Catching Up to Facebook

We all know how much of an advertising hotspot Facebook is.  However, the fairly new mobile application, Instagram, is quickly catching up to Facebook’s advertising numbers.  Facebook had a 22% year-over-year (YoY) growth for brand posts, while Instagram had a 49% YoY jump.  Facebook had 2,396 actions per post and Instagram had 6,932 actions per post.

Social Media Ups TV Awareness

Social media is continuously showing signs that it will keep growing in users and popularity.  Social media has actually increased television awareness over the past year.  In 2013, Nielsen says 25% of people were “aware of more programs” because of social media — versus 18% in 2012. Also, 15% of those surveyed claim they “enjoy television more.” The number was 11% in 2012.  Social media has also led to more people shopping while watching television.

Getting Past the Labels

Due to the continuous advancement of technology, marketers now have the ability to target people based on very specific trends. Instead of buying audience segments, marketers can target customers based on behaviors and cues.  They can now also reach customers through specific environments like mobile or social.  The most important thing is that marketers cannot be lazy: they have the ability to integrate and optimize many pieces of data, all of which is time consuming, but well worth it.

My Royal Summer Comes to an End

In my last week at the IgnitionOne UK office, I have found myself full of emotion. Working in England this summer, I was enriched with the culture, diversity, personality, and strange wit of the British. They humored and spoiled me. They were among the most wonderful people I have ever met. As I sit in the office, I look around at the people, not just as employees, but as best mates.

My experience at IgnitionOne has taught me so much about digital marketing and media in the UK and abroad. I was fortunate enough to work with our marketing teams around the globe (the UK, US, Brazil, Belgium, France and Germany). The people have strong personalities and ambitions to get the job done in the most efficient way possible. In such a difficult job with so many tasks to complete each day, never have I met so many people who put their whole hearts into their work and devote themselves to making sure the company succeeds.

During my time here, I compiled case studies and onesheets, learned InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Excel, wrote blog posts each week for IgnitionOne’s Digital Marketing Suite, edited multiple PowerPoint decks, contributed to the Quarterly Newsletter, prepared and entered various award entries, assigned leads on Salesforce, and organized and held Marketing meetings. It was rewarding to see my efforts pay off (for instance, IgnitionOne recently received news on being shortlisted for the Digital Entrepreneur Awards, which I helped submit).

My favorite part of my internship experience was working with the team to rebrand IgnitionOne and implement a new look and feel to all of our collateral, websites, etc. It was fascinating to see the progression from the old to new and I am proud to have contributed to the shift.

In my time spent in England, I have learned to understand various forms of the British accent (some I still struggle with more than others). I have managed to cope with the bi-polar weather, or rather, I just carry an umbrella and thick sweater on me at all times. I will always remember my weekend adventures, not only in London, but all around England. I travelled to Bath, Avebury,  Brighton, and Oxford. In London, I visited all the markets, saw all the major buildings, and walked in the most beautiful parks I have ever seen in a city. The people I have met on this journey are those I will never forget. They now own an extremely large part of my heart.

As my internship ends, I will leave England with so much professional growth and personal development from a summer ventured alone in London. I feel more prepared for the professional world than ever before, thanks to the internship and the constructive feedback gained from my coworkers. I may have come here on my own, but I am leaving with over thirty friends for a lifetime. Summer 2014 was filled with new skills learned and memories that will last forever.

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Virtual Reality: Advertising’s Next Big Thing?

Coca-Cola, Nissan, and HBO have taken a giant leap into the virtual world of advertising. Virtual reality can transform the advertisement industry, but the industry itself has to understand the technology before diving head first into the transformation. Virtual advertisement will allow individuals to enter a completely different experience, getting immersed in a very authentic way of viewing ads. “Today social networks are about sharing moments, but tomorrow it will be about sharing experiences.” Virtual reality will give all a sense of presence that they are unable to get from any other advertisement.

Facebook Starts Building Ad Links to Instagram

The same ads you see on Instagram will now be appearing on your Facebook page. Facebook, who owns Instagram is testing this on Mercedes-Benz, allowing their car ads to target users who follow them on Instagram. Targeting will be extremely precise. “Brands could use Instagram for brand awareness, then Facebook for their direct-response messaging.” The goal is to target individuals based on their information on both Facebook and Instagram, giving them ads from businesses that interest them.

Tap Into the “Big Data” Power of Search

Search is part of a huge platform for driving conversions. The article talks about three different ways to improve a company’s entire marketing efforts through search perspectives. The first being to listen carefully as to provide the user with a better experience. The second is to review your brand’s trending techniques frequently. Finally, the third is experimenting with Google AdWord search.

Pinterest’s New Head of Brand: ‘I’m here to expand it globally’

The female dominated site, Pinterest, just hired David Rubin as their new head of brand. This was a bit of a curveball because Pinterest is predominantly used by females and at his last job, Rubin worked with Axe. However, Pinterest hired David in order to expand their reach to men as well. “This is a fantastic brand already,” Rubin said. “My job is to help unlock that for more people, more often.”

Can Foursquare Kick the Check-in Habit?

Foursquare is in the middle of a huge rebrand. It is getting rid of one of its main features, the check-in. In addition, they are also changing their logo and creating a new typeface. The problem they face with this is not upsetting their loyal users. They are trying to make the user experience more personalized. They have approximately 10.3 million users.

Google Shopping Now Features Product Ratings in Ads, Blurring the Lines between Organic and Paid Search

Google is notorious for getting big name brands to sign on for their promise of better click-throughs. Google has it easy with blurring the lines between organic and paid search. Mike Capsambelis, the Product Manager at Google Shopping wrote, “We believe these ratings will help differentiate products across google.com and google.com/shopping and will help merchants drive more qualified traffic through Product Listing Ads.” the product ratings willl begin to appear across Google Search homepage, as well as Google.com/shopping portal.

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IgnitionOne Redesigns DMS Analytics With Focus On Heat Maps, Speed

IgnitionOne announced an update to the Analytics solution within the Digital Marketing Suite this Thursday. The tool will help marketers improve their workflow and increase reporting speeds. DMS Analytics will add to IgnitionOne’s platform of simplification in the online marketing and advertising industry.

Good Advertising is Good Storytelling

Every successful brand has good storytelling. Where to place the stories is a hard task, in addition to deciding where to spend money. Telling the story on all the platforms they can afford is the ideal situation. “The essence of that story should be a point of difference that is effectively dramatised.” This article notes that it is where (read: digital channels) the stories are told that is critical.

Paid Search Pays Off in a Bigger Way for Online Retailers

Paid search continues to dominate the digital advertising world. The National Retail Federation and Forrester Research Inc. released a report that showed that 76% of e-retailers said the paid search drove up more sales than the year before. 99% of the respondents said that they allocated some of their budget to some sort of PPC advertisements. However, display was also a factor in many companies marketing strategies. 77% of respondents said they spent more on display this year than they did last year. It is exciting to see the growth of digital marketing and how greatly it has changed the marketing world.

Facebook’s Revenue Soars 61% On Mobile Ads

Mobile advertising took off for Facebook, so much that it increased their revenue up 61% since last year. That is $2.91 billion, where active mobile users grew 40%. The mobile industry has continued to make Facebook boom, as it holds the second highest spot after Google in mobile ad earnings. It is evident that Facebook holds itself high on the pedestil for gaining ad performance.

Mobile-Ad Spending Leaps, but Trails User Growth

Mobile ad spend is predicted to gain a much higher outcome and get more money from advertisers than ever before. The article claims that the spending on smartphones and tablets combined will reach 83% and $18 billion in 2014. On the contrast, Newspapers will generate $17 billion, bringing radio at $15.5 billion. industry experts are advocating for marketers to gear their ads towards the mobile world, and focus less on print sources. “As the measurement tools develop, industry experts say marketers will become increasingly comfortable with shifting more money to mobile.”

Mobile Marketing Trends Dominating First Half of 2014

The number of smartphone users is expected to reach 1.75 billion by the end of 2014. There have been some key trends in mobile marketing that came along with this increase of smartphone users. A few key trends have been geo-targeting, the use of micro-content, emails shifting towards mobile first and personalisation of mobile. Sooner, rather than later, mobile will be the number one platform on which companies advertise on.

Most Companies Expect CMO to Lead Digital Transformation

When going through a digital transformaiton, 54% of companies believe it is up to the Cheif Marketing Officer to get the job done efficiently. “The role of marketing is bigger than just awareness and discovery, it’s about the relationship,” said Brian Solis. Companies need to know how to implement their technology in a way that is easy to understand for the marketers.

Mobile Programmatic 101: The Potential (And Challenge) of Mobile

The programmatic ad market is set to grow from $12 million to $32 million in 2017. Adults in the United States are averaging spending two horus and fifty-one minutes each day on their mobile devices. One challenge that mobile poses is the tracking mechanism, seeing as there is no universal cookie that can be used in the mobile environment.

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Adapt or Die: The 4 Trends Shaping the Evolution of Digital  Advertising

With advertising, it is all about survival of the fittest. Advertisers must adapt to digital marketing or they will get left behind. Digital has surpassed T.V. with the amount of time users spend on it per day. Four aspects of digital advertising that advertisers must utilize are IAB Rising Star Ad Units, Native advertising, Big Data, and Programmatic. With the use of digital, companies can now pinpoint the customers they would like to reach out to.

Facebook asks: does this feel like an ad?

Despite advances in targeting, Facebook has been revamping algorithms and working toward weeding out irrelevant advertising on individuals’ NewsFeeds in order to make for a more seamless user experience. First, they will need to revamp their technology, which will allow them to understand which advertisements users actually enjoy seeing. Next, advertisers will have to find a way to make it seem like users are not getting ads only for selling purposes.

The CMO and CIO: a new powerhouse for digital transformation

Users are now more demanding than ever before. They want the information, and they want it as fast as possible. “We’ve found one of the biggest barriers to delivering an integrated digital customer strategy has less to do with the technologies deployed, and more with aligning executives and employees around a single, shared vision.” The article states that the best relationship to have is between the CMO and the CIO, due to the significant amounts of technology marketing is spending in their expenses. In order for marketers to produce the best results for excellence, they need the best possible technology from IT.

Yahoo Earnings: Display Ad Revenues Disappointing, But Mobile And Video Platform Gains Traction

Yahoo! Mobile and video platform took off in ad revenue this quarter, and it only looks like it will get better in the future. “During the quarter, search ad revenues (ex-TAC) grew by 6% year over year to $428 million.” What was disapointing was the display ad revenue, which declined 7% in the past year. Mobile growth is continuing to grow, as the user base will consume much more content across Yahoo’s website. On the video side, the company has intesified its efforts to enter the online video space.

Romania Makes it into European Digital Ad Spend Top Ten

Romania has officially made it on the top ten in European online digital ad spend. The article states, “online advertising grew by 11.9 percent to a market value of EUR 27.3 billion in 2013.” Other top countries were Italy, Russia, Turkey, Slovakia, the UK, Hungary, Austria, Norway, and Serbia. These country’s online advertising grew incredibly in 2013 across all platforms.

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Spending on digital entertainment tipped to hit $40b by 2018

The entertainment and media industry in Australia is expecting a growth of $40 billion by 2018. This includes consumer and educational books, consumer magazines, filmed entertainment, free-to-air television, interactive games, the internet, music, newspapers, out-of-home advertising, radio and subscription television. “Australia has the world’s highest rate of mobile broadband subscriptions per head.” Amongst this, the article reports that streaming online is at a height.

Will Brand Dollars Ever Come to App-Install Ads?

Moving to mobile is the new trend that Facebook and Twitter have noticed growing. Brands are also taking notice to this and working their way to target consumers in a new way. The article states that consumers are most likely to be on their mobile devices. “Do Facebook and Twitter need brand dollars to shift to app-install ads, or can they keep riding the Candy Crushes of the world to fuel their growth?” Facebook and Twitter are nervous about how things are unfolding due to the demand in ap-install ads driving high revenue.

Americans Spend More Time Than Ever on Mobile Apps

More than ever before, individuals are using mobile. According to the article, users are spending 65% more time on mobile devices. The article also shows graph charts displaying how much mobile apps are used per month and the time per month they are used. An interesting fact about this is that the age that spends the most time per month on mobile apps are from 18 to 24-year-olds (approximately 37 hours per person). However those between the ages of 25 and 44 years old are accessing the greatest number of apps (29.5).

Global Ad Growth Poised To Double, Digital’s Expansion Begins To Ebb

According to the article, the rate of global advertising growth will more than double this year. The two obvious factors that will increase the global advertising spend are the world cup and winter olympics. However, the increase in digital and mobile advertising also has a big impact. eMarketer forecasts the global advertising spend will reach $545.4 billion this year. Digital ad spending is projected to go up 16.7% as well.

Mobile, Video, And Real-Time Bidding Are Driving A Boom In Digital Advertising

The digital advertising market is evolving at an exponential rate. The three areas that have experienced significant growth are mobile, video, and programmatic. According to the article, “Mobile is the fastest-growing ad medium, and will see 43% annual growth between 2013 and 2018.” Companies that have invested in programmatic ad buying technology have also shown great success. It is without a doubt that these three types of digital advertising will be the future of online marketing.

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The Beginning of My Royal Summer

I am best known in my group of friends for having the travel bug. My desire to work abroad started last summer with living and working in Tel Aviv, Israel. As incredible as the experience was for me, this summer, I wanted to work in a particular field that I believed was one that could be my future career. Upon attaining a position as a Marketing Intern at IgnitionOne, the idea was to get me overseas again to create another international experience. This time, I hoped to go to the brilliant and witty city of London. After receiving a large scholarship that would fund my internship in London, I immediately bought my plane ticket, booked my housing, and budgeted for my food and other personal expenses. It was truly a dream come true. I could not have asked for a better opportunity to get me into the world of international business. I spent two weeks living at home and working at IgnitionOne’s New York City headquarters, receiving training from the Marketing Director, Joseph LaSala, and learning about the product. I then took what I call a “short (six hour) flight” to the UK (I have only ever done eleven hours to Israel).

I arrived on a Sunday and started my first day at the London office on Monday. I had never experienced jet lag as bad as I did my first week here. The office was consumed by large country flags from around the world hung up against the windows. Vibrant music was playing in the background and employees were laughing over their cups of tea. The atmosphere was relaxed and I felt very comfortable as I got accustomed. It is a much smaller office than in NYC, but quite pleasant. I was introduced to each of the company’s divisions through multiple meetings. The company thrilled me. I was learning so much about IgnitionOne and all that their platform offers in the digital marketing world. In addition, the people in the office are probably the most wonderful employees I have ever worked with. The work culture is very different in the UK compared to the US, enhanced with a European attitude and casualness. There is so much enthusiasm in the work they do, but a seriousness of getting it all done properly. The London office is smaller than New York’s, which had two terraces that overlook beautiful Manhattan. There were so many people in the New York office that it was hard to get to know everyone in the short two weeks that I was there, but after the first week of my internship in the UK, I already knew everyone’s name. The smaller amount of people make for a more intimate working environment, which is very refreshing.

Overall, the London office has an extremely strong work ethic. Although everyone is very serious about the work they do, they also know how to stay engaged, laughing in their discussions, getting upset about England’s results in the World Cup, and continuously changing the playlist of music in the office to keep things interesting. It is the atmosphere which I have grown so fond of, finding myself able to work much more efficiently. The hours in the day go by and the work happily gets done.

As I adapt to the culture of London, I am finding there are things I will never master, such as the Tube. Talking to people who have lived here all their life, they are still not accustomed to how packed, hot, and crazy the underground system is. I am also still getting used to everything being packaged in plastic bags (including fruit), the eccentric pub life, and the wonderful accents. A couple of the phrases the English use have been quite confusing, but nothing I see myself getting too hung up on during my time here.

For now, I will say my experience so far has been bloody wonderful! Cheers!

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Second Quarter Maintains Positive Growth for Digital Ads as Smartphones Close Gap with Tablets

IgnitionOne just released its highly anticipated Quarterly Report. IgnitionOne’s quarterly report is the longest continuously running quarterly report on Digital Marketing trends. IgnitionOne had some extremely interesting key findings in their report. Search advertising spend is up 9% since last year. Google regained engine market share increasing their share to 79%. On the basis of the report, Roger Barnette says, “our clients closely track ROI and will follow results when deciding where to spend their next dollar.”

Confirmed: Mobile Commerce is Here To Stay

Just in case anyone had doubts, mobile commerce is here to stay. New research conducted by Australian Communications and Media Authority shows that mobile commerce has grown by 448% since 2010. As a matter of fact, the report shows that Australian consumers would rather shop from their mobile device. This growth of mobile commerce can be attributed to the increased ownership of smartphones worldwide. Smartphone ownership has increased 8% since May 2013. Mobile commerce is still growing and show no signs of slowing down.

Facebook Tracking is Changing

Facebook has once again changed the way they track their customers. Facebook has now decided to track what users do outside of their site. This can be viewed as a huge breach in the users privacy. However, facebook claims they are doing this in order to provide more relevant advertisements to their users. Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, explains that “Facebook is going to use multiple ways to track their users and sell them to their advertisers.”

CMOs Are Preparing for Digital to Grow to 75% of Marketing Budgets: But almost half are worried about managing this change

The infographics in the article show the future of digital marketing and the trends of the industry over the past years. According to the article, “within the next 5 years, digital will account for 75% of the Marketing budget.” Email and mobile both have grown greatly in channel effectiveness since 2012. Many executives say the biggest problem with switching to digital, is “managing the change.” However, it has been proven that digital is effective, so managing the change should be worth it. 

Ad Age Survey: How Advertisers Are Spending on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Which social media platform are advertisers spending most of their time and money on for the future? The answer is Twitter. The largest goal for marketers, when polled, was bringing “awareness and sentiment” for their brands. Facebook was by far the most dominant social media platform, where 83%, up from 70% of advertisers are now paying for ads on Facebook. However, for a future outlook, advertisers are looking at Twitter as their favored way of promotion. Youtube came behind Twitter and Facebook, falling fourth as the best ad platform for ROI.

Twitter Globally Expands Mobile App Promo Ads, Enhances Targeting

Twitter is now growing to expand its mobile app promotion ads worldwide. The ads ultimately redirect users to download new apps or open their existing apps already downloaded on their smartphone. There is no doubt that Twitter has incredible targeting capabilities. Twitter also offers conversion tracking capabilities for its advertisers, allowing marketers to measure the impact of their campaigns. According to BIA/Kelsey, most of the credit for the success goes to Facebook’s News Feed ads and Twitter’s Promoted Tweets.

Paid-Search Spend Rises, But Marketers Pulling Out Of Partner Programs

9% more was spent by U.S. Marketers this year in paid-search ads. Mobile and tablet devices made up for 27% of total search spend. Running campaigns on smartphones alone rose 173%. The article mentions IgnitionOne’s study on the move away from advertising on search partner sites. “The difference in efficiency on Google is likely due to how quality score is calculated separately for their partner sites,” per the study.

US Paid Search Spend Continues to Rise

IgnitionOne is mentioned on its Q2 2014 marketing report, contributing to large improvements in innovation in paid search technology. The article also mentions different growth engines, such as Google and Facebook’s remarketing platform, Facebook Exchange. It takes note on how much mobile and tablet devices are growing in the market. Smartphone spending amazingly grew by 173%.

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U.S. Ad Spend Hits $35B In Q1

The United States ad revenue hit $34.9 billion in Quarter 1. This showed a 4% increase in the United States ad spend. The Winter Olympics was the main factor in the heavy spike in ad revenue. Aside from television advertising, display advertisements saw the biggest increase in revenue. According to the article, “the Display Internet business was up 13%.” The company with the biggest advertising growth was General Motors.

How Marketers Can target Online Shoppers More Effectively: The power of segmentation

Nowadays, consumers have an endless amount of choices for certain products. As stated in the article, “Today your customers are really your only source of competitive advantage.” So, what is the best way to target and maintain your customers. The article talks about splitting up your customers into 2 segments: the careful shopper who conducts extensive research prior to making a purchase and the efficient shopper who doesn’t bother with deals and coupons. Once you have your customers placed into the 2 segments, you can adjust your promotional campaign to fit the needs of each segment.

Competitive Analysis in Search Is Linked to Higher Conversions

Knowing your competition is an extremely important tactic to implore in order to do well. However, in search, it is a must to know what your competitor is doing. Knowing your competitors backlinks, content and site structure will give you a leg up on the competition. According to the article, “only 40% of marketers integrate competitive analysis insight into strategy.” In contrast, competitive analysis is proven to be successful and companies should be latching onto it.

When Do Mobile Ads Work?

Marketers should take notice of mobile advertising. For those who are not aware, “mobile display ads can increase brand favorability and purchase intent.” The information on mobile ads are supposed to remind users of what they already know about that specific product being advertised to them. Mobile ads are also meant to be advertised after those initial products are advertised elsewhere in a different form of media. The article states that global spending on mobile advertising is meant to hit $36 billion by 2016.

Ad Spend on Social Media Platforms is Expected to Hit $11 Billion by 2017

Social advertising is growing at an enormous rate. That enormous rate is expected to be $11 billion by 2017. The article provides charts on various ways social advertising is heading in the market. An example includes the age group of males and females that are most targeted in the USA. In addition, “71 percent of agencies said that they ran social media ads alongside other online advertising, and 41 per cent in conjunction with offline advertising.”

Mobile Marketing Goes Awry for Pandora

Pandora, a very well recognized radio station has been known to give their users multiple ads throughout their listening experience. These ads are usually specific to the user’s zip code, which Pandora asks them to enter upon downloading the mobile app. The issue with this is that the zip codes are entered manually by the users. Once a user moves, they will continue to receive advertisements specific to their past location. Luckily for Pandora, advertisers are now interested in running much larger campaigns, nationwide. For now, Pandora has been checking IP addresses of mobile devices and will ask the user to change their zip code if required.

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