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The Growth of Multi-Screening

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Multi-touch point media campaigns are not a new thing.  Outdoor, print, TV and cinema have long operated hand in hand to enable brands to reach an audience through-out the day, with people interacting with different platforms at different points of the day.  This has changed over the years however, with the introduction of a variety of differing media.  Google announced, in a piece of research in 2012 that 80% of people in the UK’s interaction with media now come through a screen, be it TV, tablets or smartphones for example.

The portable nature of laptops and especially tablets and smartphones has encouraged a dramatic growth in ‘multi-screening’, where an individual interacts with multiple screened devices at the same time (Marketing Week, 2012).  Advertisers too are catching up with this trend with ad campaigns that run simultaneously on multiple screens, designed to drive response by emphasising the brand’s message to a consumers on all of the devices they may be using at one time

The British market has seen an increase in the number of advertising brands seeing benefit in multi-screen campaigns.  Some opt for ad campaigns on TV, along with online and tablet display advertising spots.  However, the most noticeable of interactive multi-screen campaigns have come with the inclusion by advertisers, of links to Twitter feeds on their TV advertising (Hawlins, 2013).  This is done in an attempt to drive social media interaction with a brand which ‘helps organise and steer the conversation’ (Twitter, 2013) on that brand.

Thinkbox reported in 2012 that 72% of TV viewers stay in the room for TV advertising when not multi-screening; while 81% do when multi-screening, meaning that not only are the multi-screening audience more likely to see advertising, the ability to reach them on multiple platforms will increase the impact.

The opportunities to take advantage of the multi-screening audience are also increasing with improvements in targeting technologies.  The technological facility to target specific households by their social demographic grouping and deliver messages to individual screens within that household now exists.  This technology considers all of the devices/screens in a household as part of the same ‘ecosystem’ and delivers ads across each platform accordingly.  19 million households across the UK are currently accessible in this manner. There is significant power to be gained from targeting both the breadwinner and decision makers in a household across multiple platforms simultaneously and for further details on how to take advantage of such technology please contact Four Marketing & Media.

Research of the US media market, undertaken by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and Nielsen shows that 20% of media budgets are now ear-marked for multi-screen campaigns.  (WARC,2013).  This trend will also continue to grow, with the sale of tablets predicted to continue to grow dramatically (Lomas, 2013) and the expansion of 4G networks and ever faster broadband connections ensuring smoother online access, delivering an easier route to interaction.  Advertising that takes advantage of the multi-screening phenomenon will therefore increase, given the repetition and strength of message a campaign of this ilk affords an advertiser and the ability it gives these advertisers to wrestle back the share of voice, lost by the divergence of advertisers across multiple screens.

Jaguar is going digital

Jaguar has put digital advertising at the forefront of its efforts to target a younger, more vibrant audience. The creation and use of viral movies and other mobile media platforms are at the centre of this campaign to target the ‘enlightened elite’.

The new activity forms a part of the campaign to promote Jaguar’s new sports car, the F-Type. The F-Type is Jaguar’s first two-seater vehicle since the iconic E-Type of the 1960’s. As with the E-Type, Jaguar is looking to promote its reincarnation to a younger well healed audience.

Jaguar is Going Digital

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Promotional activity for the F-Type will focus around a short 12-minute movie featuring Homeland star Damian Lewis, the short movie called Desire was created by Brooklyn Brothers and Ridley Scott Associates. Desire will prominently feature the F-Type being driven by Damien Lewis throughout in various action scenes.

The video content will form a large part of the campaign to position the F-Type range and the Jaguar brand as a purchase consideration to a younger audience than it has traditionally had in the past.

Further digital elements are to be introduced to the F-Type campaign following the culmination of the Sundance Film Festival in April, where Jaguar will be screening Desire. These elements will include TV adverts that can be scanned using the mobile app Shazam as well as activities that utilise AR (augmented reality).

Jaguar’s utilisation of digital activity shows that even well established luxury brands still see the potential in using social networking and viral videos to target a relevant audience.

With the F-Type ranging from £60,000 to £80,000, it remains to be seen whether a social media campaign such as Jaguar’s Facebook activity will increase sales of the vehicle, when one considers that 49% of social network users are aged 15-34.

The term ‘enlightened elite’ would suggest that Jaguar is trying to target a specific group of social media users who are young aspirational businessmen and women and have the means to purchase a product such as the Jaguar F-Type.

Although these individuals are a small percentage of social media users, they are well connected with other like minded individuals, therefore the ability to share videos and posts with friends could lead to a very effective targeting campaign for Jaguar.

Digital ad spend in the UK reaches record highs, surpassing the £5 billion mark in 2012 alone!

Research from the Internet Advertising Bureau has revealed a growth in digital advertising in the UK, with mobile accounting for 10% of all digital revenue in 2012.

Digital ad revenue reached an annual high of £5.42 billion last year, a record 12.5% year on year high, mobile advertising was responsible for approximately £526 million, revealing a growth of 148%!

With an increase in Smartphone ownership expected to reach 75% by end of year 2013, it is no surprise that mobile advertising has grown by an astonishing 1,601% up to £13million, even without EE’s 4G prevalent network which will only be made readily available to the majority of operators this autumn.

Mobile Advertising 2013

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It is also expected that the majority of search clicks in 2013 will come from mobile devices, with the prediction that mobile advertising “will undoubtedly be a billion pound medium within a few years”. Mobile has reached a milestone as marketers are becoming more attuned to the ‘always connected’ nature of consumers, who expect to engage with content wherever they are. This has resulted in advertisers encouraging consumers in all industries, to invest in integrated campaigns across online and mobile. As Anna Bartz from PwC, said: “The advertising market is shifting toward storytelling and integrated campaigns which give greater prominence to video and display formats with a higher degree of interactivity with the target audience”.

With the likes of social media sites such as Facebook, and with them recently unveiling plans for a Smartphone which it claims will “make the social network the home of Android devices, as it looks to expand its mobile advertising offering”,  it is no wonder that social media has contributed to this astonishing high turnover in digital advertising. With mobile advertising increasing from £265 million to £328.4 million in 2012, meaning that in only 3 years social media revenue has quadrupled at 383%.

Last but not least, video ad revenue is responsible for 12% of all online and mobile display advertising with an overall £160 million revenue, which has helped contribute to such a high digital ad spend in 2012.

The top five display advertising sectors in 2012 are as follows; finance (15%), entertainment and media (13%), retail (12%) and technology (9%).

Four Communications informative quiz on the UK Online Activity presence

social media and UK online activity

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Here at Four Marketing and Media, we have put together a quiz to test our knowledge on the 21st Century. The answers have been gathered from a report produced by Ipsos Media UK, using a quota sample of 971 adults. Give it a go and see how up to date you are with modern day technology!

  1. What percentages of UK adults are accessing the internet via a mobile phone?
    1. 44%
    2. 80%
    3. 72%
  2. Can you guess what percentage of UK adults access the internet?
    1. 35%
    2. 65%
    3. 82%
  3. The percentage of these UK adults who use a social network site is….
    1. 56%
    2. 47%
    3. 80%
  4. Can you guess the percentage of how many of these online adults are accessing the most popular social network site, which is Facebook in the last 3 months?
    1. 60%
    2. 36%
    3. 75%
  5. What percentage of online adults have used Google+ in the last 3 months?
    1. 29%
    2. 66%
    3. 16%
  6. The percentage of online adults who have used Twitter in the last 3 months?
    1. 50%
    2. 19%
    3. 17%
  7. How much of the UK population has joined the 21st Century by buying a smart phone?
    1. 59%
    2. 50%
    3. 72%
  8. Can you guess the age bracket at which iPhone ownership is the highest in the UK?
    1. 20-45
    2. 15-34
    3. 15-45
  9. Can you guess which is the most common reason for surfing the internet in the UK is?
    1. Sending and receiving emails
    2. Accessing social network sites
    3. Online shopping
  10. What is the percentage of UK adults owning a tablet? (iPad, kindle, tablet of any kind, Microsoft)
    1. 18%
    2. 33%
    3. 49%

The answers are below:

  1. 44% of UK adults using the internet are now accessing via a mobile
  2. 82% of UK adults are accessing the internet
  3. 47% of UK adults access social network sites
  4. 60% of online adults have used Facebook in the last 3 months
  5. 16% of online adults have used Google+  in the last 3 months
  6. 17% of online adults have used Twitter in the last 3 months
  7. Smartphone ownership has risen to 50% of the UK population
  8. iPhone ownership is highest amongst those aged 15-34 at 33% in the UK
  9. Sending and receiving emails is the most common reason for using the internet in the UK
  10. 18% is the amount of adults who own a tablet in the UK

Google Advertisers Move Closer to Clarity

Google is central to the majority of people’s internet usage, however, at present, it is also seems to be one of a collection of companies in the firing line. The reason for this is the sheer size of companies like Google and Apple, what they know about their users and how much of the market they control.

Regulatory bodies in both Europe (European Commission (EC) and the USA (Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have been investigating Google for 18 months for apparent monopolisation of the search and search-related advertising markets, along anti-trust laws.

Google hold 90% of the search market in Europe and around 65% in the USA and as such are the key player in the search market in both regions. The way it behaves, in such a consumer and advertising driven market is likely therefore, to raise comment and possible concern.

It now seems though fairly likely that regulatory intervention against the way that it displays search results for example, may be taken.

Both regulatory bodies have met to discuss their respective cases, which are based on complaints by other companies such as Microsoft, who have raised concerns that Google use their control of the search market to take advantage and give their own products preferential treatment and position. One example of which was noted as the positioning of Google shopping ahead of organic search options.

If they were to rule against Google, one option open to the EC and FTC is to impose a fine of a value up to 1% of the company’s value.

It is widely believed that if these bodies are to both rule against Google, who would be forced to bow to pressure for a rearrangement of the positioning of their search results. Google have previously suggested to the EC that it could label all of the options they offer, so as to highlight that Google had chosen them. This seems to have been rejected.

The EC and FTC do seem to closing in on rulings, something welcomed by Google who believe that the investigations have gone on for long enough.

Search advertisers and companies that rely on search engines as their main source of traffic, as yet, remain in anticipation of the rulings and how they are likely to affect their online marketing strategies. Would this have an effect on their PPC campaigns or SEO activities?

This question will only be answered once the regulators have reached a decision, but this now seems imminent.

YouTube Announces Expansion of Original Channels

Source: YouTube

YouTube has announced a major expansion of its international original channels. The Google owned video website has linked up with big media companies such as the Jamie Oliver food channel featuring an array of recipes and tips from the chef as well as BBC Worldwide Earth channel that will offer a range of natural world videos. There will be an extensive collection of channels launched but a few will have a larger and more established fan base. The BBC and Jamie Oliver channels will be among the first that people will look to in terms of brand recognition.

As well as the launch in the UK the new generation of channels will be launched across several other European countries such as Germany and France and will eventually make its way to Asia.

On the You tube blog spot last week Robert kyncl Vice president and global head of content said ‘From local cuisine, Health and wellness and parenting to sport, music comedy animation and news, this new line up of original channels will have something for everyone’.

The decision to expand comes from the success of the original channels project which launched in the U.S last October. This was a $100 million Dollar program funded by Google to bring original content to YouTube. It included channels from top media firms such as The Wall Street Journal and a Number of popular recording artists such as Jay-Z and Madonna.

Kyncl Said, ‘Expanding its original channels initiative, will provide funding for producers, brands and individuals to help them launch high quality channels of original videos on the service’.

YouTube stated last month that 25 of the channels that were launched last year now generate more than 1 million views each week. The number of people subscribing to the channels has doubled and more than 800 million of us are tuning in to watch 4 billion hours of video content every month, this going up from 3 billion hours earlier in the year. The vast number of people viewing the video website for a vast number of hours comes down to YouTube and its awareness of its rapidly changing audiences, Kyncl said ‘if you want to keep up with them you have to programme on YouTube’.

Advertising plays a huge role on YouTube and will continue to do so. Due to the ever changing dynamic of the broadcasting website advertising has moved along with it. According to YouTube, advertisers now only pay when ads are actually watched and the viewers are watching only ads they care about. Advertisers pay more for this and have no problem in doing so. Kyncl says’ ‘This means content creators are making more, everybody wins.

Our system is starting to work, we are making as much revenue per hour as ads on cable TV’.

Although there is no editorial control over the channels, Anna Bateson, Marketing Director for YouTube said ‘the scheme enables the site to unlock bigger advertising budgets and bring more money on to the platform.’

This may be ‘wishful’ thinking but it is an aspiration they must seek in order to continue to monetise this popular site.

Advertisers may well be delighted with the potential to advertise more on the broadcasting website but how will the viewers react? One blogger on the official YouTube website said ‘I foresee further deterioration of the medium, with advertising overpowering the screen, to the likes of which can only be imagined. If you find the current watermarks and pop-ups on cable TV annoying, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. The big advertising companies will ruin YouTube unless Google sets some guidelines. Unfortunately, their management of Android has been pretty lacking, and I don’t see YouTube being any better’.

It will be reactions like this that could surround Google’s major investment with some danger and create problems for advertisers. Although the expansion of the channels could attract more attention this could be short term if users are losing interest due to a high volume of advertising. If this potentially becomes reality perhaps Google will perhaps need to find a happy medium

Search Engines Role in Travel Purchases

Over the last decade business Internet usage has grown rapidly. If your business doesn’t have an online presence then you are missing out on a prosperous market. However, having a website is not always enough. You need to ensure that your website can be easily found by your customers. Search is the first point of online research for 93% of consumers; therefore, it is crucial for your website to rank on the top search engine result pages.

A recent study by Google and Neilsen shows that 70% of consumers who purchase a product online usesearch engines at least once. For consumers of travel that number rises to 92% using  search engines at least once before making a purchase.

Travel consumers tend to use search engines often as a source of information. On average they use search engines 20 times – researching recommendations, reviews, destinations, maps, ways of travel and comparing packages – before their research leads to making a purchase.

The illustration below portrays the 28-day user behaviour of a travel consumer. This consumer has initially researched “Corfu holidays” on Google search. The consumer used Google several times during the research journey before finally making the decision to book a holiday.

Illustrtaion of a Travel user journey online

Google and Neilsen Research (2012)

The chart below illustrates how travel consumers continue to consult a wide range of sources including search engines during the time spent online just prior to booking.

Illustration: Travel user decision making journey

Google and Neilsen Research (2012)

The Google and Nielson study also shows that travel consumers use both generic and brand terms when researching their travel plans. 13% of consumers used generic terms only, 10% used brand terms only and 77% used both generic and brand terms during their research period.

It is evident that a search engine is the first place consumers will look for travel information which will help them to make a purchase. Therefore, if you own a travel business or are looking to promote a destination or travel related product, your website has to be accessible and visible to your consumers. The only proven way to achieve this is through developing a search engine optimisation strategy to ensure that your website reaches the relevant consumers.

Google Wants Keyword Metatags on News Websites

Major travel brands and organisations with authoritative news services such as tourist boards, airlines and major hotel groups should be paying particular attention to their news sites this month.

Google has now introduced a new search engine optimisation (SEO) technique to categorise news websites. This technique is a way of tagging news website so that Google can classify them accurately. This is an old technique that Google have decided to revisit as part of its new updates.

The Google News blog has announced that with Panda 3.92 changes it will begin to index “news_keywords” metatags when ‘crawling’ news websites. News_keywords metatags are HTML programming codes inserted in the background of a webpages and not visible to ordinary Internet users.

Beforehand, Google had ignored meta_keyword tags due to the fact that it was often used as SEO spam techniques. Google’s Matt Cutts who had previously posted a YouTube video entitled “Google does not use the keywords meta tag in ranking.” has now taken to Twitter to announce that Google News will start using news_keywords metatags. However, Cutts states that Google will not be looking at news_keyword metatags on every website but only on news sites.

Twitter

Indexing news_keyword metatags on news websites will be only used to categories news articles accurately. Therefore, it is not necessary for the content of this metatag to be included in the headline or the content of the news article page. This will prevent it from being prone to spamming. Google only indexes news from reputable websites and therefore people are less likely to abuse the usage of this metatag.

The news_keywords metatag will be used by Google News to help classify news articles by topic. There aren’t a maximum number of keywords to add per article. However, Google suggests no more than a dozen keywords per article.

Google defines news websites as sites that provide updates and current reports on issues that its audience have a genuine interest in. How-to articles, advice columns and job advertisements will be discounted, as well as general information such as weather forecasts. So tourist boards with regular news about activity in their countries, airlines reporting on new routes or delays should all be taking this into account.

Website owners and SEO agencies alike should recognise that, although news_keywords metatags will now be an important feature of news articles, it is just one aspect of how Google can categorise your site. Google has provided guidelines and categories that you should pay attention to when creating Meta Tags for your news page.

The decision from Google to consider new_keywords metatags could be a beneficial development for many websites with a news pages. As mentioned before, although, this is just one way for a website to be categorised, it is better to implement than not. Google is constantly changing and updating so it is better to refresh your website gradually to avoid extensive maintenance at a later stage.

Changes at Google Create the Need to Re-think Online Marketing Strategies

Over the last 16 months Google has been making significant changes to their ranking algorithm. It started with the release of the “Panda” update in February 2011, which resulted in a decrease in search engine traffic and affected many online businesses. It was then followed by the “Penguin” update in April 2012, which is aimed at decreasing the search engine ranking of websites that do not follow Google’s best practices.

The “Penguin” update has impacted a large number of websites, including travel affiliate websites that had one thing in common; SEO strategy that depended on seeding a high number of links from low quality websites with over-optimised content.

These websites will not recover their organic search traffic and ranking unless they revisit their digital marketing strategy and make some major adjustments to their SEO strategy.

Travel websites now need to focus on the quality of their inbound links and the authority of the linking websites. They also need to re-evaluate their keyword strategy. With “Penguin” in place, top search engine result pages (SERPs) are dominated by big travel brands for highly competitive keywords. Smaller travel websites need to start focusing on lower-competition keywords, exact match domains and pursuing narrow niches.

Social Media is another area travel websites should focus on. Google’s search engine in particular is now implementing their own social network (Google Plus) into the way results are ranked on their SERPs. To make search results more relevant to users, Google favour links that are recommended by the user’s Google Plus network and rank it higher than other websites. Similarly, Bing and Yahoo favour links that are recommended by other social networks.

Overall, travel sites will perform well if their digital marketing strategy has an emphasis on inbound marketing such as content, SEO, social media, conversation and user experience.

Therefore, “Penguin” has created the perfect opportunity for those in the travel industry to ensure that their online marketing strategy is current and their site is optimised to its full potential. Only by aligning with “Penguin” guidelines can a site compete with similar services on search engines.

Google Panda Update 3.92

Google have announced that there is to be yet another Panda refresh rolling out. Google posted there announcement about Panda 3.92 to Twitter: “Panda refresh is rolling out—expect some flux over the next few days. Fewer than 0.7% of queries noticeably affected”.

If you are unaware of Google Panda and its background, the updates are aimed at targeting low quality websites so that only high quality websites are categorised high on search engines. Each Panda refresh offers a new set of requirements or rules that website owners must adhere to, in order for their website to perform well on search engines.

Panda made its debut in February 2011 and since then many website have seen a change in their websites and traffic to the website. Common offenders include: duplicate content, static content (pages not regularly updated).

For businesses these requirements can have dramatic effects on your online conversions. Therefore, it is essential to take note of each update and understand the important changes that need to be implemented on your website.

The next announcement is coming so watch this space!