Reader & publisher relationship has 'catalytic' effect on ad effectiveness .. Inskin Media

Brand safety is considerably more complex than the industry thinks


The relationship a reader has with a publisher has far more impact on the effectiveness of online ads than the surrounding editorial content, which suggests concerns around brand safety may be misunderstood, according to a new study. 
 
The study – by Inskin Media, Research Now and Conquest Research – compared the conscious and subconscious reactions of 4,370 people, who were served ads on websites either with or without publisher branding. It revealed that ads on the publisher-branded sites increased consideration for the advertiser by 60% compared to the ads on the site without publisher branding.

New Research ...Ad viewability hits 18-month high .. Meetrics

First consecutive rise on record

For the first time since it started measuring ad viewability, the level in the UK rose for two consecutive quarters – to hit the highest mark for 18 months – according to the latest quarterly benchmark report from ad verification company Meetrics. 

In the third quarter of 2017, the proportion of banner ads served that met minimum viewability guidelines rose from 51% to 52% – the highest level since Q1 2016 (54%). This followed a rise from 47% to 51% in the previous quarter.

"Yes, the latest rise is small but its directionally very significant, said Anant Joshi, Meetrics’ country manager for UK & Ireland. [Pictured] “For the first time, there’s a consistent positive trend which is a sign that efforts to increase viewability are bearing fruit. A driving factor is that some agency groups are starting to demand a higher percentage of an ad’s surface area to be in view which is making the sell side improve the quality of their ad placements."
 

Viewability comparison by countries

Despite the rise, the UK still lags far behind the other six European countries in which Meetrics measures viewability. Italy (68% viewability) and Austria (67%) lead the way while Switzerland and Poland (both 55%) are the closest to UK levels. Joshi notes that despite the UK heading in the right direction, the latest IAB/PwC digital adspend figures “suggest around £165m in the UK is being wasted per quarter on ads not meeting minimum viewability guidelines.”

Ads are deemed viewable if the meet the IAB and Media Ratings Council’s recommendation that 50% of the ad is in view for at least one second.

Discussing Options: Should You Invest in Dedicated Apps or Mobile Sites?

Mobile applications (apps) and mobile websites often perform very similar roles yet there are still fairly large differences between the two.

The Comparison.  So, what are they? An application is a program that will be downloaded onto the user’s phone; as such, it can be tailored to a very specific purpose and can be more interactive with the user than a mobile site. Applications can be accessed offline and can be left running in the background of your phone, allowing for easier access where regular usage is required.

A mobile site is simply a website that has a specific variant for mobiles. Mobile sites are sometimes preferred to apps as they are easier to access and provide a greater online presence for businesses, and they can be found and shared easily. Mobile sites are cheaper and easier to make than apps, and they offer compatibility across all phone devices.

Examples.

eBay's application is useful for regular users as it allows for push notifications on bids and followed items, and it provides an easier interface for those wanting to sell items. Blizzard, the creators of World of Warcraft, have produced an app for their game that provides the perfect example of how apps can be more relevant than mobile sites. The app allows users to access in-game features such as the store (auction house), team chat and follower missions that require an amount of processing power not accessible through a website.

However, the company's online store (Battle.net) has remained app free with a mobile site. This is mainly due to the fact that Blizzard experiences far greater desktop traffic than mobile traffic by up to seven times as much, meaning a mobile-only app would not be worth the development cost. But, it is also due to convenience as their customer support must be readily accessible on all devices.

Why Not Use Both?

Apps and Mobile sites often shine in their own areas but they work best where there is some crossover. Shopping sites like Amazon often feature both, as companies must support a wide range of customers, from regular users to one-off interactions. In the world of iGaming there is a number of casinos that offers both a mobile site and applications to download. The casino uses a mobile site for ease of access and for first time players, while they offer applications for many of their games so they can be accessed offline or on the go.

Lastly, HSBC mobile banking features a mobile site and app that must be used in conjunction as a security measure. It is a great example of both being used to their strengths; the mobile site allows for convenient banking whereas the app, which can only be on the account holder’s phone, confirms the account holder is the one accessing the mobile site through a throw-away generated input code.

Both applications and mobile sites have their own positives and negatives; you should decide which you want to develop based on what kind of experience you want your users to have. For regular accessibility, security, and greater integration with the phone’s features (such as use of the camera) developing an app is best. For ease of access, better web presence, upgradeability, and cross-device compatibility, mobile sites are the best option.

Smartphones now twice as popular as PCs for going online

Smartphone use is most dominant between 8-11am

Twice as many adults now use the internet on a smartphone than do on a desktop computer, as smartphones have become the most popular device for going online at every hour of the day.

Verto Analytics, a research company that tracks which devices nearly 5,000 UK adults use to go online, showed that smartphones account for 57% of people who go online, whilst traditional PCs account for 27% and tablets 16%.

Dr. Hannu Verkasalo, Verto Analytics’ CEO, says, “Mobile’s dominance at every hour of the day is a change from recent years when desktop PCs tended to be the most popular device for going online during the middle hours of the day and in the middle part of the evening.”

Negative SEO attack: How to fight it

In 1996 the creation of Google led to the boom of web pages and the knowledge that you could make money with them. Hence, day after day the competition to reach the first positions in the search engines was growing.

It was then, when SEO was created (Search Engine Optimization). Although for the readers of this blog it is not necessary to define this concept, SEO is based on increasing the number of organic(unpaid) visitors of a website in different search engines.

For this reason, more and more websites and companies are starting to use SEO as their main tool to improve the effectiveness of their websites and make them more appealing to Google. The more visible you are to Google, the more customers your website will have.

It's like a high school popularity contest, the more people pointing you as the best football player, the more people will believe in you and the greater your popularity will be.

Digital Currency Trading - The Hottest Market Right Now

The foreign exchange (forex) market is the largest financial market in the world. This is where fiat currencies are publicly traded like the US Dollar and the Japanese Yen with an average value of $4 trillion being traded daily.

Forex trading has become a popular choice among retail speculators and traders for a number of reasons. The forex market is open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week, and you can trade it with a relatively small amount of capital. It's also extremely liquid, allowing traders to utilise a range of different strategies including day trading, swing trading and longer-term investing.

Virgin Media launches new kids app with giant trampoline bed in London

Virgin Media launched its brand new kids app with – of course – a giant trampoline bed in Kings Cross, London, off the back of research that said kids love to, erm, jump on beds.

Designed to look like an adult’s bed, the 15 square foot trampoline was put in London to celebrate ‘what it means to be a kid at any age’ and launch the new Virgin TV Kids App.

If I sound miserable, it’s because it’s getting late on a Friday and my to-do list is getting no shorter, and I’m gutted to have missed the chance to jump on the bloody thing.

Household cost-cutting hits two-year high

Household cost-cutting hits two-year high

Buying cheaper grocery brands is most popular way to save money
 

The number of Britons changing their spending habits to cut down on household expenses has hit its highest level for two years, according to Nielsen’s latest Global Survey of Consumer Confidence and Spending Intentions.
 
Over half of Britons (53%) admitted to taking cost-cutting measures in the second quarter of this year, the highest level since 56% did so in Q2 2015. This is in stark contrast to last year when household cost-cutting activity hit its lowest level on record (40%), two months after the Brexit vote.
 
Nearly half of Britons (45%) think the country is in a recession. Fifty-five percent of these people think it will last for at least another year.

Only half of online ad campaigns targeted at women in the UK actually reach them,- Research by Nielsen

FMCG sector struggles most to reach targets

Mobile tends to be better than desktop at hitting target audiences 
 
Only half of UK online ad campaigns targeted at women actually reached them, according to a study of 60,000 campaigns across 20+ countries by measurement company Nielsen.

Only 50% of ad impressions served in the UK that were meant for women were served to women, compared to the 62% success hit rate when targeting men. This discrepancy was even more pronounced when targeting 18-34 year olds, with just 22% successfully hitting women but 33% for men.

Surprise double win for PromoVeritas at the FSB London Awards

Surprise double win for PromoVeritas at the FSB London Awards

The tables were turned for PromoVeritas at the recent FSB London Business Awards at the Emirates Stadium in Highbury. The company provide independent promotional verification services to hundreds of brands and oversee TV voting for shows such as ITV’s National Television Awards. As such they usually know the result of major events before they are published. So, there was a role reversal when they found themselves on the receiving end of not one, but two awards – and one of them was a creative award – a feature PromoVeritas are not well known for.

The company won Creative and Media Business of the Year because of their pioneering approach to navigating complex marketing laws and liberating brands to run highly imaginative and engaging campaigns all over the world without clashing with local laws, language and cultural barriers. The second award went to Managing Director Jeremy Stern for Entrepreneur of the Year, in recognition of his vision for creating a ‘one-stop’ shop for brands and agencies to turn to and ensure that their promotion is run completely compliantly and will be free from abuse, fines, negative publicity.  When Jeremy founded the company the service simply didn’t exist and brands had to resort to using costly lawyers or running risky, uncompliant or dull promotions.

Jeremy commented ‘It was a new and nerve wracking experience to be this side of the black curtain and to be waiting for the results. I am delighted that our work with major clients such as Cadbury, Pepsi and ASOS has been recognised by the wider business community and I can’t wait to celebrate with the team back in the office.’

To find out more about how we help some of the world’s best brands run effective and compliant promotions contact us on +44 203 325 6000 or info@promoveritas.com.

Team members Gemma Cutting, Joe Faine and Danielle Raperport at the award ceremony