Nonprofit Save The Children Takes No. 1 Spot On YouTube’s March Ads Leaderboard

youtube-logo-200 Following the recent introduction of its quarterly Brand Channel Leaderboard, YouTube has posted a March Ads Leaderboard, ranking its top ten paid ads for last month based on viewcount. According to YouTube, the No. 1 video ad for the month is from a nonprofit organization. With over 28 millions views, Save the Children UK's "Most Shoking Second a Day" video outranked videos from brands like Samsung, Old Spice and Subaru. There is a notable disparity between the number of views for the top two videos and the rest of the list. Both the No. 1 and No. 2 videos generated over 20 million view [...]


3 Tips to Get Your Affiliate Network Working For You

shutterstock_171989792-gears-work Times are tough for affiliates. In February 2014, the affiliate channel accounted for only 7% of e-commerce transactions -- down from 9% in February 2013, and a drop in the bucket compared to major e-commerce traffic sources like organic search (24%), paid search (19%), and email (18%). The above figures come from The Custora Pulse, a free US e-commerce industry benchmark, aggregating transaction and customer data from over 100 US e-commerce retailers, developed and updated by e-commerce marketing analytics company Custora (disclosure: my employer). But don't go feeling bad for affili [...]


Display To Eclipse Paid Search Ad Spend In 2016, Mobile Set To Become 4th-Largest Ad Medium

display-ad-featured Spending on display advertising will soon overtake paid search. That's according to ZenithOptimedia's latest global advertising forecast. With display advertising growing at 21 percent a year, it's expected to hit $74.4 billion in 2016. While paid search, which is experiencing 13 percent annual growth, is estimated to come in at $71 billion at that time. Zenith expects search to keep dominating this year, however, with search spend projected at $55.7 billion versus $ 51.8 billion for display. Programmatic buying is boosting the pace of expansion of display advertising, now the fastest [...]


Survey: Half Of Not-Online Seniors Say They’re Not Missing Out

Older Americans internet adoption Newly released telephone survey data from the Pew Research Center reflect that Americans over 65 use the internet in much the same way that younger people do, just not at the same penetration levels. However a large number of seniors who do not currently use the internet don't feel that they're missing out. The Pew survey, sponsored in part by the Gates Foundation, included more than 6,000 US adults and was conducted in Q3 of last year. According to the data, 59 percent of US seniors use the internet, compared with 86 percent of the overall population. However among more affluent ($75,00 [...]


Key Data From Pew’s “State Of News Media” Report

Pew State of News Media 2014 The Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project has released its 11th State of the News Media report. A comprehensive "document," it covers TV, newspapers, magazines, radio and digital. I won't try to summarize the full sweep of this "best of times, worst of times" report. However, below I've excerpted a few key findings and charts that provide a snapshot into where things stand in US journalism and news consumption. Across platforms and industries news generates just over $63 billion in annual (mostly ad) revenues. The charts above show the revenue breakdown by medium and revenue so [...]


Massive Web Traffic Fraud: Digital Advertising Confronts “Crisis”

scam-fraud-600 Digital media, and specifically display advertising, is facing a "crisis" even as brand marketers are increasingly serious about shifting budgets online and into mobile. That phrase, "crisis," comes directly from the chair of the IAB, Vivek Shah, as quoted in the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ article cites IAB estimates that suggest more than a third of all online traffic is fake or fraudulent: About 36 percent of all Web traffic is considered fake, the product of computers hijacked by viruses and programmed to visit sites, according to estimates cited recently by the Interactive Advertisi [...]


Study Confirms Smartphones Now #1 Screen, Beating TV

smartphones-featured A report released this week by Millward Brown takes a quantitative and qualitative look at multiscreen activity from a number of perspectives. The report is based on a global survey (n=12,000 respondents, 30 countries). The US sample was 444 people, with some behavioral monitoring and interviews. I'm going to discuss just a few of the findings. However, there's a great deal of interesting material in the report, which is free. While this has been asserted by others in the past, Millward Brown confirmed that in the US daily smartphone screen time has now surpassed TV. That's also true wor [...]


Pirate Sites Earn $227 Million In Ad Revenue Per Year With Some Funded By Major Brands [Report]

piracy-600 The Digital Citizens Alliance claims pirate sites earn $227 million in advertising revenue per year, with ads from major brands like Amazon, McDonalds, American Express and Ford showing up on 30 percent of the largest sites. Yesterday, TorrentFreak covered the Digital Citizens Alliance report Good Money Gone Bad: Digital Thieves and the Hijacking of the Online Ad Business which evaluated ad revenue for 596 websites that had received more than 25 takedown requests through Google during the third quarter of 2013. The report organized pirate sites into four categories - BitTorrent and oth [...]


Online Display Ad Spending Up 32 Percent In 2013, Still Just 4.5 Percent Of $243 Billion Market [Nielsen]

nielsen-logo-300px Nielsen's latest quarterly look at the global advertising market is out, and the report shows internet display advertising grew by more than 32 percent in the first three quarters of 2013. That makes online display advertising the fastest growing advertising media. That said, it remains the smallest with just 4.5 percent market share. TV advertising remains the number one channel, by far. TV ad spend actually increased 4.3 percent through Q3 to hold 57.6 percent share. Nielsen notes that even in Europe, which has seen advertisers spending less overall for several quarters, TV ad spend was f [...]


Are Prospective Car Buyers Your Digital Goldmine? New IAB Study Points To Broader Appeal Beyond Dealers

rasperreh_flickr_bullseye Young, ethnically diverse, high earners who are more digitally savvy and responsive to online advertising than the general population? Sounds like a digital marketer's dream audience target. New research from the IAB and Prosper Insight on Auto Intenders -- adults ages 18+ who are planning to buy or lease a car or truck within the next 6 months -- is clearly aimed at auto manufacturers and dealers, yet this consumer segment could have broader appeal to a range of consumer marketers. For example, nearly all auto intenders (96 percent) research products online before purchasing, and they a [...]


Old Guard Industries Now Driving Growth In B2B Online Advertising

For the first time, established industries such as financial services and manufacturing are fueling the growth in real-time bidding in the B2B sector. While software and technology companies have been on the leading edge of adopting new marketing and advertising technologies, the financial services and manufacturing industries caught up last year. That's according to new research from DemandBase, an automation and targeting platform for B2B companies, that looked at activity from B2B marketers in over 20 verticals using the platform in 2013. [caption id="attachment_70039" align="alignrig [...]


Holiday Mobile Orders Shot Up 50 Percent In 2013; Social Commerce Remains Negligible, Organic Still Dominates

Ecommerce More than one in four US e-commerce orders this holiday season came from mobile devices. Custora released its complete E-Commerce Pulse data for the 2013 holiday season, an update of its post-Cyber Monday report that showed record sales in the US. This final analysis looks at e-commerce performance between November 1st through December 31st, highlighting Black Friday, Cyber Monday and online's last-minute rush period between December 12 through 18. Overall, holiday online orders are estimated to be up 12 percent over 2012, compared to just three to four percent growth estimated for total US [...]


IAB: At $10.7 Billion, Another Record Breaking Quarter For U.S. Digital Ad Revenues In Q3 2013

weather-rain-money-featured According to IAB's top line report issued today, U.S. digital ad revenues increased by 15 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2013 to hit $10.69 billion. The Q3 revenues represent an increase of 4.2 percent from Q2 2013, which came in at $10.26 billion. After clearing roughly $20 billion in the first half of 2013, the Q3 numbers put digital ad spending in the U.S. on track to top $40 billion. In 2012, internet ad spending hit $36.6 billion, an increase of 15 percent over 2011. “Once again, interactive marketing is seeing remarkable gains,” said David Silverman, a partn [...]


Facebook Now Number 2 In US Digital Ad Sales, Thanks To Mobile [eMarketer]

facebook In Facebook's third quarter earnings report this year, the company shared that mobile delivered 49 percent of all ad revenues for the quarter -- up from 41 percent in Q2. eMarketer today released its latest report on US digital ad revenue share by company. Due in large part to mobile revenues, Facebook has overtaken Microsoft and Yahoo to claim the number to spot, with 7.4 percent share of net US digital ad dollars in 2013. Emarketer's earlier forecast showed Facebook continuing to lag slightly behind Yahoo through this year, however Facebook's mobile ad business has helped it surge ahea [...]


Rosy Outlook For Digital Publishers: Q3 Ad Revenues Climb 18 Percent In The UK

association of online publishers UK Spurred in part by the rise of digital video advertising, online publishers are seeing the highest rates of growth since early 2010 in the UK. Digital advertising revenues rose 18 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2013. That's according to a new report from consulting firm Deloitte and the UK's Association of Online Publishers (AOP). The large majority -- 85 percent -- of publishers surveyed in the AOP Digital Publishers Revenue Index Report said they had positive digital advertising growth in Q3 of this year. Half of newspaper publishers reported digital ad growth exceeding 3 [...]


Kraft Crushes All Other CPG Brands In Paid Search [Study]

kraft logo In a ranking of the top 50 consumer packaged goods (CPG) advertisers in paid search by ad impressions, Kraft Foods Group overwhelmed the field with more than 20 percent of total CPG ad impressions on Google AdWords with its sites KraftRecipes.com and KraftBrands.com. With Kraft sites as the bellwether, the list of top 10 CPG advertisers in paid search was dominated by sites offering recipes and meal planning ideas. In all, Kraft Foods Group racked up more than 462 million impressions during the study period between August 2012 and July 2103. The study also found that within particul [...]


How Viral Is Ron Burgundy: The Top 20 Most Shared Anchorman Videos

ron-burgundy-featured Ron Burgundy is showing up everywhere in anticipation of Anchorman 2's December 18 release. Last weekend, Will Ferrell's Anchorman 2 character visited the news desk of a local newscast in Bismarck, North Dakota, and on Monday night he made an appearance in Winnipeg to cover Roar of the Rings, Canada's biggest curling event of the season. After declaring Winnipeg, "The Paris of Canada," Burgundy showed up in an ESPN video on Monday, interviewing Peyton Manning to promote his and Anchorman 2 cohort Champ Kind's appearance this Thursday night on SportsCenter. Adweek claims Anchorman 2 promo [...]


Report: Top 3 Video Ads Of 2013 Earned Nearly 50 Times More Shares Than Top Ads Of 2006

Video click According to video marketing firm Unruly, the top three video ads of 2006 earned a combined 244,395 shares. This year, the company says Dove's "Real Beauty Sketches," GEICO's "Hump Day," and Evian's "Baby and Me" video ads have generated a total of 11.6 million shares, representing 47.5 times more shares than the top three ads in 2006. "We've been tracking the most shared videos at Unruly - UGC and branded - since we launched the Unruly Viral Video Chart back in 2006," said the company's COO Sarah Wood, "Over that time, we've seen an explosion in both the number of videos brands are making [...]


Holiday Retail Ecommerce Sales Set To Hit $61.8 Billion In 2013 [Report]

santa-online-shopping-featured This holiday season, the retail sector is on track to rake in $61.8 billion in ecommerce sales, a 15 percent increase over 2012, according to eMarketer's latest estimates. Sales in November and December will account for 23.5 percent of all US retail ecommerce sales this year, on par with last year's share. Overall, retail ecommerce sales are expected to hit $262.2 billion for the year, an increase of 16.4 percent from 2012. Digital ad spend in the retail vertical is projected to increase 15.7 percent over 2012 to $9.5 billion in 2013. Growth is expected to slow in the coming years as [...]


The Year Of Beauty Sketches & Camels: Unruly Releases Top 20 Most Shared Ads Of 2013

gone-viral-featured Video marketing company Unruly has already released its top 20 most shared ads for 2013. Based on the number of Facebook, Twitter and blogosphere shares, Unruly says the most viral ad this year was the Dove Beauty Sketches ad with 4.24 million shares since its release in April. According to Unruly, not only is the Dove Beauty Sketches ad the most shared ad for 2013, it is the most viewed video ad of all time. [youtube width="560" height="315"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpaOjMXyJGk#t=10[/youtube] Following the Dove ad, Geico's Hump Day ad ranked second with 4.03 million shares and Evia [...]


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