TikTok Ad Formats and Campaign Examples

It’s been one year since the Chinese-owned TikTok video app launched in the US, and the app has exploded into a cultural force. Much of the app’s popularity in the beginning could be attributed to its hashtag challenges, in which users film themselves lip-syncing or dancing to short audio clips about trending hashtags. The short … Continue reading »

Which Ad Types Are Considered Most Annoying [Survey]

Reasons for blocking ads point in the direction of user experience. While it’s clear that internet users are unhappy with ad loads overall, there are also some types of ads they like more—or less. The ones that are found to be most annoying get in the way of the users ability to view the content … Continue reading »

How B2B Marketers Spend Advertising Dollars [Survey]

Business-to-business (B2B) companies aren’t big spenders on digital ads. Only 4.6% of the total ad spend gets allocated to digital advertising. To get a better understanding of the various challenges B2B companies face, several industry experts weighed in on eMarketer’s recent “US B2B Digital Advertising Trends” report. Below are their findings. B2Bs Still Rely on … Continue reading »

Marketers Using AI Chatbots [Survey]

According to a December 2017 Freedman International and ClickZ survey of 500 marketers from the US and UK, only 7% of respondents said they currently use AI-powered chatbots. 27% reported that they’re looking into using chatbots, but most said their company was either not ready or didn’t have the budget to develop them. Conductor, stated 34% of the worldwide … Continue reading »

Listeners Response to Podcast Ads

Are you using podcasts to promote your business? Nearly half of listeners checked out an advertiser’s website after hearing a promotion on a podcast, with 8% making a purchase as a result of the ad, according to a study by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and Edison Research. What’s interesting is 42% said they considered … Continue reading »

Marketers Turn to Mobile Video to Boost Awareness [Study]

Why are advertisers embracing mobile video? And what challenges remain to be solved before wider adoption is seen? Mobile video is used by 44% of marketers to increase brand awareness, and 34% use it to engage with more targeted audiences, per April research conducted by Teads. Even with the heightened interest in and spending on … Continue reading »

Data Sources to Build Facebook Advertising Audiences [Report]

According to the latest annual Digital Marketer report from Experian Marketing Services, 8 in 10 marketers around the world use Facebook advertising as part of their marketing strategy. Respondents mostly use their followers list (54%) and Facebook’s demographic/interest data (51%) to build their audience targets, but almost half are also uploading their email subscriber lists … Continue reading »

Google Adwords Benchmarks

The median click-through rate (CTR) in AdWords across industries is 1.91% on the search network, according to a WordStream analysis of 2,367 US-based clients who were advertising on AdWords’ Search and Display networks in Q2 2015. Dating and personals (3.4%) advertisers scored the highest median CTR, while other verticals with above-average CTRs included finance & … Continue reading »

What Drives Increased Digital Brand Ad Spending [survey]

Marketers are shifting their digital campaigns from direct response to brand advertising, according to a Nielsen survey conducted in conjunction with the CMO Council. Budgets continued to rise for digital brand advertising campaigns, with 7 in 10 marketers increasing their funding, up 15% year-over-year. The study notes that further growth is being hindered by the … Continue reading »

Top Advertising Channels To Reach The Affluent [survey]

US adults with household income of at least $75,000 (“upscale Americans”) are more likely to have seen or heard a range of advertising forms than the average American adult, details the Shullman Research Center in a comprehensive survey examining 40 different advertising channels. However, despite their increased reach, these channels don’t always garner a higher … Continue reading »

U.S. ad-spending to see largest increase since 2004 [report]

Mobile advertising leads growth; will surpass radio, magazines, and newspapers this year. Total media ad spending in the US this year will see its largest increase in a decade, according to eMarketer. Total ad investments will jump 5.3% to reach $180.12 billion, achieving 5% growth for the first time since 2004, when ad spending increased … Continue reading »

US Ad Spending Trends

Kantar Media has released its latest quarterly report on US advertising spend, finding that total expenditures in Q1 grew by 5.7% year-over-year to $34.9 billion, boosted by the Winter Olympics, which added an incremental $600 million in spending. Network TV was a prime beneficiary, with roughly half of its 14.5% year-over-year growth owing to the Winter … Continue reading »

Personalized Ads More Engaging and Memorable [study]

Compared to general ads, many consumers find personalized ads to be more engaging (54%), educational (52%), time-saving (49%) and memorable (45%), according to a Yahoo survey of 6,000 respondents aged 13-64. The study also found personalized ads to outperform those that aren’t personalized across a series of measures, with respondents also generally perceiving them to be … Continue reading »

Why Weekends Are Best For Financial Services Online Advertising

Consumers are more likely to convert on financial services ad campaigns on Saturdays (+16%) and Sundays (+30%). A survey from Rocket Fuel, analyzed 2,300 ads on its platform two months, from over 200 financial services campaigns. Other conversion factors: Consumers were also more likely to convert late at night, with conversion rates peaking between midnight and 6 … Continue reading »

Mobile Ad Spending More Than Doubled in 2013 [study]

Driven by Facebook and Google, Mobile Ad Market Soars 105% in 2013 Last year, global mobile ad spending increased 105.0% to total $17.96 billion, according to new figures from eMarketer. In 2014, mobile is on pace to rise another 75.1% to $31.45 billion, accounting for nearly one-quarter of total digital ad spending worldwide. Facebook and … Continue reading »

IAB Releases In-Image Ad Primer

Image-based advertising, also known as in-image advertising, is paving the way for the next generation of digital display advertising. This “In-Image Advertising Primer,” offers a comprehensive overview of this burgeoning ad type, often leveraged in native advertising campaigns. In-image ads can take several forms, ranging from display ads and product information overlaid on photos to … Continue reading »

Interactive Mobile and Video Ad Click Through Rates – Higher Than Standard Banners

Mobile ads that integrated interactive and animated features saw click-through rates (CTRs) multiple times higher than standard banner ads last year across a variety of verticals, reports Millennial Media in a year-in-review analysis of advertising activity on its network. For example, both automotive and education advertisers generated CTRs that were on average 3.5 times higher … Continue reading »

Social Ads Prove Highly Effective in Delivering New Audiences [study]

Social was a better bet than portals, networks, and exchanges last year for reaching users that can be consistently marketed to (“user quality index”), according to the latest quarterly “Global Media Intelligence Report” from Neustar Aggregate Knowledge. The study reveals that social ads performed 52% better than the 4-channel average in delivering such quality users … Continue reading »

What Types of Ads Are People Ignoring?

A new survey from Goo Technologies, conducted by Harris Interactive, looks at the types of ads that consumers say they are most likely to ignore. Overall, the study finds that online ads are ignored by the largest share of respondents (82%), with traditional media ads such as TV ads (37%), radio ads (36%), and newspaper … Continue reading »

Digital Ad Tactics – Spending by Industry [report]

US digital ad spending continues to grow. Between 2012 and 2017, investment in online and mobile paid media will increase from $36.80 billion to $62.83 billion, for a compound annual growth rate of 11.3%, according to a new eMarketer report, “Digital Ad Spending by Industry 2013: Forecasts and Key Trends.” Advertisers across vertical industries are … Continue reading »

Facebook Right Behind Google In Ad Spending [survey]

Mobile now accounts for more than 22% of all US digital ad spending, compared with less than 3% in 2010 US mobile ad spending is expected to near $9.6 billion in 2013 and account for a whopping 22.5% of all digital ad investments, according to new figures from eMarketer. The channel’s incredible growth—considering mobile represented … Continue reading »

Ad Spending Trends

Kantar Media has released its latest look at US ad spending, finding that total expenditures in Q3 were down 1.9% year-over-year, an unsurprising result given last year’s outlays on the Summer Olympics and political campaigns. The researchers note that when removing those incremental dollars from the equation, ad spending growth in Q3 was in the … Continue reading »

Local Media Ad Forecast Through 2017 [study]

The local media advertising market is set to grow at a 2.8% compound annual rate from 2012 through 2017, with traditional media gradually playing less of a role over the coming years, says BIA/Kelsey in its latest market forecast. The researchers estimate the market’s size to be $132.9 billion this year, only a slight rise … Continue reading »

Which Type of Advertising is Trusted and Acted On Most? [report]

Online consumers around the world place their greatest amount of trust in earned media, while TV wins among paid media, finds Nielsen in its latest “Trust in Advertising” report. 84% of respondents said they completely or somewhat trust recommendations from people they know, a 6% point increase from 2007. Branded websites (+9% points to 69%), … Continue reading »

Lead Generation – Primary Business Objective for Social Media Advertising [study]

More companies cite lead generation (37%) than branding (27%) as their main social media advertising objective, according to a new study from Econsultancy in association with Adobe. The survey – of company marketers around the world, but primarily from Europe – indicates that fewer respondents are looking to increase traffic (18%) or drive direct online … Continue reading »

5 Key Online Advertising Platforms – Ranked by ROI

ROI Rankings: Facebook Deemed More Important Than Twitter and LinkedIn, Less Than Google Asked to rank 5 key online advertising platforms by importance in terms of ROI, respondents to a survey conducted by Ad Age and RBC Capital Markets put Google on top, giving it an average rating of 2.1 on a 6-point scale of importance, … Continue reading »

B2B Marketers Ad Budgets To Increase Next Year [research]

Last year also saw increases Marketers operating in the business-to-business (B2B) realm have seen a steady uptick in dollars dedicated to marketing over the past year. According to April 2013 research from American Business Media (ABM), a B2B industry association, 29% of US marketers reported increasing their B2B advertising budgets over the preceding 12 months, … Continue reading »

Retargeted Ads Noticed by Online Buyers

Majority notice retargeted ads for products they previously looked up Online retailers are putting more dollars to retargeted ads to remind shoppers of the item they once seemed interested in buying. And there is evidence that consumers do notice these ads. Nearly three out of five US online buyers surveyed in April 2013 by programmatic … Continue reading »

Personalized Ads – What You Need to Know

Email, social lead preferred personalized ad formats Personalizing digital ads has become a priority for marketers, as data has made them better able to segment and target their consumer base. And in general, consumers have shown a fair amount of receptivity to these personalized ads. In an August 2012 survey from ChoiceStream, 35% of US … Continue reading »

New Google Adwords Drop Down Menu

The “I am Looking For” ad extension gives users a drop-down navigation menu with links — in this case 10 — to specific sections of an advertiser’s web site. In the screenshot below, notice the advertiser is using both traditional site links — for subscription plans and broader content categories — and the new drop-down … Continue reading »

New Google Display Ad Planner

Google AdWords has launched the Google Display Planner, a combination of three AdWords tools: the Contextual Targeting Tool, Placement Tool, and Google Ad Planner. Here’s a help guide. It includes everything from how to access the tool to creating and saving media plans within the tool. Google will be eliminating the Contextual Targeting Tool and … Continue reading »

Marketers Need For Ad Verification Rises

Programmatic buying increases the need for ad verification Publishers, agencies and marketers use ad verification services to validate the delivery of display ads and ensure brand safety. Verification measures also provide insight into viewability and fraudulent activity, according to a new eMarketer report, “Ad Verification: Validating Brand Safety and Ensuring Quality Impressions.” The past few … Continue reading »

Sponsored-Ad Spending Sees Hike in 2013

Still, spending on sponsorships to remain less than 5% of US digital ad market Spending on digital sponsorship ads—a category that can encompass socially shareable ads as varied as logo placements, banners and pre-roll video ads, streaming concerts, brand-created articles, and “Most-Amazing” listicles—is on a strong growth trajectory, according to eMarketer’s latest US ad spending … Continue reading »

Online Ad Click Through Rates – Highest Around Midday

Based on an analysis of 1 trillion impressions from its 100,000-strong publisher network during Q1, Infolinks has released a set of findings concerning online ad click-through rates (CTRs) by time of day, day of the week, and US state. The data suggests that CTRs are highest between 11AM and 2PM, rising to 14% above the … Continue reading »