Report: Progressive Insurance Top Mobile Advertiser Of Q2

mobile-devices-trends Mobile analytics provider Adomic released a Q2 mobile advertising report. It covers a range of metrics and issues; among them, top mobile advertisers, most used ad formats and a comparison of programmatic media buying online vs. in mobile. The top mobile advertiser in the US in Q2 was Progressive Insurance. Microsoft came in at number three and Amazon was number nine. On the PC internet, retailers are the top spending advertiser category. Yet there are only a couple on this list (depending on how AT&T and Verizon are counted). There was also a significant gap between some major adver [...]


Facebook’s Ad Machine Keeps Rolling; Key Q2 Metrics For Marketers

facebook-likes-1200 To no one's surprise, Facebook again crushed Wall Street expectations during its quarterly financial call yesterday, reporting revenue of $2.9 billion during the quarter the ended in June. The great majority -- 92% -- of that revenue total came from Facebook's advertising juggernaut, an increase of 67% over the same quarter in 2013. In short there are no signs of a slowdown for Facebook, which eMarketer expects to capture nearly 8% of global digital ad revenue, and more than 22% of mobile ad revenue this year. "Our team has a really strong belief in what we are building the world's f [...]


LinkedIn Launches Direct Sponsored Content, Enables Testing With “Dark Posts”

linkedin-featured Today, LinkedIn launched a "dark" version of its Sponsored Updates ad product called Direct Sponsored Content. These new native-style ads don't get published to a company's LinkedIn page, so advertisers can customize and test ad messaging and creatives to targeted audiences. LinkedIn isn't the first social network to enable testing through posts that aren't published to a company or brand page. Facebook has offered "dark posts" for over a year now. Like Facebook's offering, LinkedIn Direct Sponsored Content ads gives companies the ability to target and test messaging without having to s [...]


Facebook Continues Expectation-Beating Streak With A $2.9 Billion Q2

Facebook-Home-Logo Facebook's financial winning streak continued today, as the social network reported $2.91 billion in revenues for the quarter ending in June. Analysts had expected 2.81 billion, so this marks the ninth consecutive quarterly report that Facebook has beaten Wall Street expectations. Earnings per share were $0.42, also beating the expected $0.32. Facebook's stock, which closed today at $71.29, was up nearly 4% in early after-hours trading. The revenue total was 61% higher than the second quarter of 2013. Here's the financial tale of the tape from the Facebook release: Revenue from adver [...]


Most Consumers Reject In-Store Mobile Tracking — Or Do They?

privacy-600 The large majority of consumers have not had any experience with indoor location or indoor marketing on mobile devices. However there are already more than a dozen surveys asking how consumers feel about having their in-store movements tracked. Having read every single one of these surveys and conducted several myself I can tell you the following: consumers are concerned about location tracking. However if the reason behind tracking is legitimate (e.g., Waze, Uber) they're generally fine with it. More specifically, in a retail environment, most consumers are willing to share personal data ( [...]


Get To Know: North Lake Tahoe Convention & Visitor Bureau CMO Andy Chapman

Andy Chapman headshot As the Chief Marketing Officer for the North Lake Tahoe Convention and Visitor Bureau and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, Andy Chapman has lived in Lake Tahoe for more than 20 years and is happy to call it home. While Chapman's day job is spent promoting the North Lake Tahoe region to traveling consumers both domestically and internationally, he can also be found outside enjoying all the recreational activities the area has to offer. Chapman says he knows how to make the most of his home base, from a morning paddle across flat waters, to an afternoon spent mountain bike riding a [...]


Target By Operating System & Browser Type With New Facebook Advertising Behavior Types

facebook-f-logo-1920 It's pretty clear that Facebook is leading the way in digital ad targeting, and will for quite a while. While Google is struggling with mobile and socially-driven demographic/interest targeting, Facebook keeps on releasing the hits. The newest release is key for those marketers looking to promote plugins/extensions or specific programs/apps by OS. One of the new attributes added in the behaviors section is the "Internet Browser Used." Of course this is crucial for the plugin/extension field, but could lead to other opportunities based off of the sophistication of a user's browser. For examp [...]


William Shatner Boldly Goes Into Facebook Mentions App For Celebrities, Calls It “Ill Conceived”

800px-William_Shatner_02_(7559659118) Actor William Shatner is exactly the type of celebrity Facebook is catering to with the launch of the Mentions app last week. Active, engaged and social media savvy, Shatner has a Facebook Page with nearly 800,000 likes. He even seems to run the page and his other outspoken social media efforts himself, unlike many celebs who hide behind publicists. So it's fitting that Shatner took Mentions for a test drive, and posted about his experience on his Tumblr today. And his conclusion? He was underwhelmed. Like many admins of verified celebrity Facebook Pages, Shatner was prompted to d [...]


IAB Study Highlights Brand Awareness And Context For Native Ad Success

Native Ads Mockups From IAB Study As publishers make more in-feed (also known as in-stream or native ads) inventory available, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and Edelman Berland conducted a study to look into what tends to make these ad campaigns successful. Many of the findings aren't particularly surprising, but the study reinforces the importance of context that advertisers need to consider when deciding what content to promote and where via native advertising. First, to clarify the types of ads that were analyzed in the study, the IAB says all sponsored content was presented as in-feed units, and did no [...]


Bad Data: Gaps In Tag Implementation Hinders Top Retailer Sites [Study]

Tag Management Data Quality Internet Retailer 100 ObservePoint Despite the fact that half of Internet Retailer 100 companies use a tag management system compared to just 18 percent of those ranked 501-600 on the list, their tag deployment rates -- and thus, data quality -- were slightly worse than those of the latter group. The key reason? Faulty implementations. Several of the elite sites failed to have tag management code placed on every page of their sites, according to a new report from tag auditing firm, ObservePoint. Overall the study found that 1 in 30 pages were not tagged across sites in both the Internet Retailer Top 100 and 501-600. For c [...]


Pinterest Tops Social Media User Satisfaction Survey, But The Bar Is Low

pinterest-plate-kitchen-featured There's good news and bad for the social media industry in the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index Customer released Monday. The good: consumer satisfaction with social networks is increasing. The bad: it's still among the lowest-ranked business categories. The social media category scored 71 on ACSI's 100-point scale, up 4.4% over 2013, fourth worst of 43 industries tracked by the survey. Social media surpassed only airlines (69), subscription TV (65) and Internet service providers (63). Among the sectors ranking higher? Wireless telephone service (72), the U.S Postal Ser [...]


ICANN Parks The Domain Registry Of America, Termination May Be Coming

Icann domain If you've ever registered a domain name, you're likely acutely aware of the Domain Registry of America. The company is notorious for the incessant mailing of deceptive renewal letters that essentially trick users into renewing with the Domain Registry of America (DROA) (many times at a much higher price) instead of renewing with the company where the domain was initially required. These mailings however may be stopping soon. ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has suspended Brandon Gray Internet Services (dba namejuice.com) the company behind the DROA. Brando [...]


Italian Privacy Police Give Google 18 Months To Make Changes

google-italy-800 European privacy regulators have been critical of Google's unified privacy policy since it was announced in early 2012. They have demanded various changes, including more disclosures to users, to bring the law in compliance with EU and individual country rules. Italy is the latest country to issue what amounts to an ultimatum to Google to change its privacy practices or face fines (up to $1 million euros) and unspecified "possible criminal proceedings," according to Reuters. There is a similar history in France, which ordered Google to change its privacy behavior in June 2013. Google mai [...]


Facebook Drives Nearly One-Fourth Of All Referral Traffic [Shareaholic Report]

shareaholic2q2014 Facebook, the king of social media referral traffic, is strengthening its reign, according to social analytics and publishing firm Shareaholic. In June, Facebook generated 23.39% of the total share of visits to Shareaholic's network of 300,000 websites. That total, a gain of 10.09% and 2.14 percentage points since March, is the highest Shareaholic has ever registered for Facebook. Meanwhile, all of Facebook's social competitors registered decreases in referral traffic since the first quarter. Second-place Pinterest (5.72%) fell 19% and 1.38 percentage points and third-place Twitter ( [...]


Yahoo Seeks To Grow Mobile Display With Flurry Acquisition

yahoo-mobile-phones-featured There was a rumor circulating last week that Yahoo was buying Flurry for north of $350 million. That rumor (though not the price) was confirmed today when Yahoo officially announced it was buying the company. Flurry was being shopped apparently and Yahoo needed a mobile ad network/platform that extends its reach beyond the boundaries of Yahoo itself. Flurry got the nod: When completed, our acquisition of Flurry will be a meaningful step for the company and reinforces our commitment to building and supporting useful, inspiring and beautiful mobile applications and monetization solutions. By [...]


Facebook Save — A New Read-It-Later Option For Facebook Posts & Pages

IntroducingSave2 Facebook tied up one of the loose ends in its mobile and web product today, announcing a bookmarking feature that allows users to save posts for later viewing. The new feature, called Save, is arriving fairly late in the read-it-later game, behind well developed services like Pocket and Instapaper that have grown popular with people looking to store their reading lists in one convenient place. Those services also cache stories to be read offline. Facebook's doesn't. But Facebook's Save does has something no similar product has: the enormous scale of Facebook's 1.28 billion active users. [...]


Maybe Google Doesn’t Have A Mobile Ads Problem After All

google-earnings-data-600 [caption id="attachment_91889" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Data Source: Google quarterly earnings statements[/caption] There have been a lot of assumptions that Google's mobile ad business is cause for concern. After its latest earnings report showed the price advertisers pay per ad click fell for the eleventh straight quarter, fears again arose that the search giant isn't keeping pace with the consumer shift to smartphones. So is Google's mobile advertising business in trouble? The truth is nobody really knows. In fact, it might be doing great. We do know that Google reported recor [...]


Full Twitter Direct Message History Will Soon Be Available Via Mobile Apps

twitter-logo-600 While the synchronization between Twitter's mobile apps and the web version has been a bit disjointed in the past, this soon may change. To date, there have been issues with the limitations on the history of DM's on mobile as well as a disconnect with DM deletion and  viewing between mobile and web. A new Tweet eludes to fixings on the forefront that will soon bridge the gap between the web and mobile versions for both iOS and Android. We're also making an update to the Twitter iPhone and Android apps that will allow you to access your entire DM history. — Twitter Support (@Support) Jul [...]


Triggit Expands Dynamic Retargeting Beyond Facebook To Native Ads Across The Web

Triggit native ad retargeting on the web launches Facebook retargeting provider, Triggit, is branching out to give advertisers more scale and reach for the dynamic retargeting campaigns that have proven so effective on Facebook. Triggit is partnering with premium publishers to bring dynamic retargeting to news feed-style ad formats across the web. [caption id="attachment_91709" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Example of a Dynamic Native Retargarting Ad Served on Yahoo Tech, Provided by Triggit[/caption] Triggit declined to name specific partners already lined up for the beta, but says it is working with several large publishers as well [...]


Pinterest Bolsters Its E-Commerce Ties With Shopify Partnership

pinterest-promoted-pins-featured Pinterest, which for many users serves as an online shopping catalogue, moved further down that road this week, announcing an agreement with e-commerce platform Shopify. Pinterest has moved cautiously with advertising, finally last month launching a self-serve tool to give a limited set of businesses access to buy Promoted Pins, but it hasn't been shy about touting the online shopping proclivities of its 70 million-strong user base. Stopify, Pinterest's Vivian Chow wrote in a blog post, said its online merchants get significant referral traffic from Pinterest. Now those businesses wi [...]


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