Social TV: Solving for Synchronicity in an On-Demand Future

Source: TheVerge.com

Real-time content synchronization between offline and online media has become the darling of social TV, frequently serving as its very definition for companies looking to marry traditional and digital marketing experiences. Take Target, for example. Prior to the 2013 release of Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience,” Target promoted the album synchronously on social, mobile, and TV. Its Facebook video post offered an exclusive pre-order of the album, and appeared simultaneously in fans’ news … [Read more...]

Trends to Watch in 2014 from Altimeter Group

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As we launch into 2014, the analysts at Altimeter each pulled together a compilation of trends and issues they are watching closely this year. Below is a link to each post as well as a synopsis of some of the top themes we are exploring. As you read through each post, you’ll see that there are commonalities and overlap. This isn’t a surprise, as we have multiple people researching different aspects of customer experience, big data, innovation, and digital marketing. The diversity of thought and … [Read more...]

The Six Business Cases for Real-Time Marketing

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As digital channels operate increasingly in the ‘now,’ all marketing organizations must consider to what degree they will function in real-time, and even define what real-time is relative to their operations and marketing organization. The payoff? That digital marketing ideal: the right message to the right person at the right time. The right instant, even. Real-time marketing (RTM) can add tremendous value to customer interactions; making brands appear relevant, with-it, informed, dynamic … [Read more...]

Eight Success Criteria for Native Advertising [Infographic]

If you’re a marketer who has evaluated native advertising offerings, then you’re likely already familiar with Facebook’s suggested posts, Twitter’s sponsored tweets and hashtags, or sponsored content on any number of online publications. But what IS it even? What are the benefits? How do you prepare? And what are the considerations along the way, as you deploy your native advertising campaigns? In our recently published report, Defining and Mapping the Native Advertising Landscape, analyst … [Read more...]

New Research: “Defining and Mapping the Native Advertising Landscape”

Not since the legislative debate over spam back in the early part of the millennium has a digital marketing term been so riddled by obfuscation and misunderstanding as native advertising. A quick search of the term on Google returns an impressive 219 million results, yet to date there’s been no real definition of what marketers, publishers, agencies, social media platforms, or any other players in the digital ecosystem mean when they bandy it about. With so much discussion centered around … [Read more...]

The Converged Media Imperative

In the late 20th century, when the commercial internet was in its infancy, there was  no end to the griping about “silos.” Back then silos referred to That Which Is Digital and That Which Is Not Digital. The gripe (from the digital side of the equation) was that the not-digital team got all the budget, and didn’t even accord the digitals a place at the table. So ingrained was the silo grudge that no one, but no one, grew to understand silos better than the digitals. In a scant decade, more … [Read more...]

Five Trends: How Brands Integrated Social, Mobile, and Web into 2012 Super Bowl Advertisements

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By Altimeter's Jeremiah Owyang, with Brian Solis, and Zak Kirchner Findings: Five Trends Indicate Cross Channel Integration a Mainstay. Super Bowl ads, while only representing the nation’s largest consumer facing ads represent a bellwether for advertising trends for the remainder of the year, so marketers know to pay attention. To best understand these trends, Altimeter Group’s research team analyzed each Ad in real time, and conducted analysis to best understand the advertising trends for … [Read more...]

What’s Facebook Going to Do with All That Money?

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Many of us grew up with Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. For the past few years the refrain has been Google, Google, Google. But this past week, it’s been all Facebook, all the time. As we wait for the biggest IPO in tech history to shake out, the question I’m being asked most by clients and particularly the mainstream media is, by far, “what’s Facebook going to do with all that money?” Clearly, no one's in possession of a crystal ball, but some reasonable conjectures can be drawn. 1). Mobile … [Read more...]

Facebook’s IPO: What Does It Mean For…?

Jaimy Szymanski, Zak Kirchner

Over 800 million active users - more than half of whom log in on any given day and interact with over 900 million "objects" (pages, groups, communities, etc.). Over 250 million photos uploaded every day, over 70 languages on the site. The stats go on and on, and anyway you look at them, the numbers are huge. How can Facebook grow bigger still? That's what we're waiting so see as the tech world - heck, the world at large - holds it breath for the biggest IPO since Google went public in … [Read more...]

Content Marketing: What’s the Impact on the Advertising Ecosytem?

Content Marketing by Rebecca Lieb

It's always a strangely climactic and at the same time anticlimactic moment when a book you write finally publishes. After months of writing, editing and corrections, you wait. And wait. One night, you return home to find a box on the doorstep. Suddenly, you're savoring that long-anticipated moment of holding the book in your hands. That how it transpired with my first book, and the moment was repeated yesterday when Content Marketing appeared at the door. It felt  a bit like an ending, but … [Read more...]