Digiday Research: Voice is a low priority for marketers

At the Digiday AI Marketing Summit this month in Santa Barbara, California, we spoke with leaders from 37 companies interested in applying artificial intelligence to marketing and learned about their plans for voice marketing. Check out our earlier research on AI’s potential to replace media buyers here. Learn more about our upcoming events here. Continue reading “Digiday Research: Voice is a low priority for marketers”

Vanity Fair Introduces a Metered Paywall

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Screen Shot 2018-04-24 at 4.09.15 PMVanity Fair is the latest magazine to place its online content behind a soft paywall in a bid to drum up more consumer-driven revenue.

The Radhika Jones-led title becomes the third at Condé Nast to institute a metered paywall, following The New Yorker in 2014 and Wired earlier this year. Like Wired, Vanity Fair will allow visitors to read up to four articles for free each month, after which they’ll asked to subscribe at an annual fee of $19.99—the same price for both print-and-digital or digital-only subscriptions. Continue reading “Vanity Fair Introduces a Metered Paywall”

How Targeted “Pop-Up Newsletters” Grab Hyperengaged Audiences

All that time and effort for an open rate of 20 percent hardly seems worth it, does it? Newsletter marketing might be experiencing a renaissance, but so much of it sticks to a tried-and-true formula: regular drops, same template, point to content available on your hub. Not that there’s anything wrong with that; it’s tried-and-true for a reason. But is it really maximizing the impact of your fantastic brand storytelling? Continue reading “How Targeted “Pop-Up Newsletters” Grab Hyperengaged Audiences”

Overheard at Advertising Week Europe: Platforms must deliver value instead of ‘just stealing stuff from us’

As another Advertising Week Europe ends, marketers, publishers and agencies are rethinking their relationships with the duopoly, with Google’s grip on the ad market loosening and the fallout from the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal. Conference attendees stressed that the best relationships in marketing will be transparent and honest.

Here’s what was on executives’ minds at the conference: Continue reading “Overheard at Advertising Week Europe: Platforms must deliver value instead of ‘just stealing stuff from us’”

Google details how Chrome will block ads


As planned, Google Chrome will start blocking ads on February 15. The company today shared more details on how this feature will work when it’s turned on tomorrow.

Google last year joined the Coalition for Better Ads, a group that offers specific standards for how the industry should improve ads for consumers. The company then revealed that Chrome will stop showing all ads (including those owned or served by Google) on websites that display non-compliant ads, as defined by the coalition. Continue reading “Google details how Chrome will block ads”

Understanding chatbot marketing in the ever-changing world of Facebook

 


When Mark Zuckerberg speaks, digital entrepreneurs and marketers listen very carefully. It’s no surprise, then, that when he announced a major change in the Facebook News Feed algorithm during the company’s January earnings presentation, the world of social media immediately reacted with extreme attention, some raised eyebrows, and a bit of anxiety. Continue reading “Understanding chatbot marketing in the ever-changing world of Facebook”

Optimizely’s decision to ditch its free plan suggests A/B website testing is dead

On December 20, 2017 Optimizely, the leading A/B testing platform, informed its users that it is planning to sunset its free Starter plan on February 28, 2018.

We estimate that this change will impact around 70,000 websites* which will soon be left without a tool that allows customers to test and alter site experience.

Here’s the official message as sent out by Optimizely via email:

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Facebook’s user engagement dips on News Feed tweaks, WhatsApp passes 1.5 billion monthly users


(Reuters) — Facebook said on Wednesday that time spent on the social network fell at the end of last year by about 50 million hours a day, even before the company made changes to its flagship News Feed that may further reduce user engagement.
On the Q4 2017 earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg announced that WhatsApp passed 1.5 billion monthly active users and sees 60 billion messages sent per day. Continue reading “Facebook’s user engagement dips on News Feed tweaks, WhatsApp passes 1.5 billion monthly users”

Facebook to worried marketers: Get users to mark you as ‘see first’

Facebook may have told the world it is pushing brands out of its news feed, but it is giving them a workaround behind closed doors. Facebook is trying to appease advertisers that have voiced concerns by pointing them toward an existing “see first” feature in news-feed settings that Facebook claims could improve their organic reach. Continue reading “Facebook to worried marketers: Get users to mark you as ‘see first’”

Location data is transforming every industry (VB Live)


Prince Nasr Harfouche, a principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP, joins this upcoming VB Live event to share how every industry can leverage location intelligence to transform their digital marketing strategy. Learn how location intelligence, incorporated into digital strategies, helps engage consumers in real time, increases brand loyalty, and provides actionable data. 

Register here for free. Continue reading “Location data is transforming every industry (VB Live)”

The state of AI in marketing in 5 charts

Artificial intelligence is touted as the future of media buying, allowing for automated analysis of several sources immediately.

“AI capabilities are making ad-spend decisions simpler, more efficient and cost-effective,” said Caroline Klatt, CEO of chatbot technology company Headliner Labs. “It’s a new age, and it will only be a matter of time until digital marketers across the board will be leveraging AI strategically to streamline their workflow.”

But while interest and adoption of AI for media buying is growing, the industry is still grappling with roadblocks. These five charts illustrate the push and pull when it comes to using AI in media buying.

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Google Search will start ranking faster mobile pages higher in July

Google today announced a new project to improve its mobile search results: factoring page speed into its search ranking. As the company notes, page speed “has been used in ranking for some time” but that was largely for desktop searches. Starting in July 2018, page speed will be a ranking factor for mobile searches on Google as well. Continue reading “Google Search will start ranking faster mobile pages higher in July”

‘We get audience data at virtually no cost’: Confessions of a programmatic ad buyer

Data leakage is becoming a huge problem for publishers as ad dollars shift toward programmatic. For the latest installment of our anonymous Confessions series, in which we exchange anonymity for honesty, we talked to a programmatic buyer at an independent ad agency about publishers’ data ineptitude. The source said publishers have lost control over their audiences because advertisers can pluck information about users from ad exchanges without ever paying publishers for the data. Continue reading “‘We get audience data at virtually no cost’: Confessions of a programmatic ad buyer”

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