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IAB Expands Its International Reach With New Dmexco Partnership

August 22, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Interactive Advertising Bureau has inked a deal with Dmexco, one of the world's largest digital media and technology conferences. As part of its role as Dmexco's official international partner, the IAB will send its execs to speak at the conference held in Cologne, Germany on Sept. 14 and 15. Last year's Dmexco conference brought more than 43,0000 attendees, and keynote speakers for this year include Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Mondelez's CMO Dana Anderson and AOL chairman/CEO Tim Armstrong. "The U.S. digital economy is not just the largest but also the most important market for business and innovations, and it has been strongly anchored at Dmexco for many years now," said Dmexco organizers Christian Muche and Frank Schneider in a joint statement. "Dmexco will provide IAB and its members with inspiring knowledge sharing and unique potential for making good business deals. In return, Dmexco will benefit from the extensive expertise of IAB and its high-caliber speakers at the conference." The two trade organizations have partnered in the past. At this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the companies created a day-long event dubbed "Turning mobile into mobility" that was sponsored by Facebook, Google and Nasdaq.

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3 Brands Using Facebook in Particularly Effective Ways During the Rio Games

August 17, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Thanks to the explosive growth of platforms like Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, the 2016 Rio Games are widely assumed to be the most social ever. And they're also easily the most mobile. Marcos Angelini, the head of Facebook's office in Brazil, said that during the opening ceremony alone, 52 million people had about 110 million interactions on the platform, while another 21 million had 62 million actions on Instagram. (Brazil was the most active country, with about 13 percent of all Brazilian users engaged during the opening ceremony.) All of these interactions provide for a "massive" audience, which Angelini—who spent the past 21 years at Unilever before joining Facebook—said is being thoroughly utilized by brands during the Olympics. Because Facebook is a "natural repository" for sharing stories, Angelini said the Olympics have been an easy pitch for advertisers. (According to Facebook, at least 80 percent of users are connected to at least one business on the platform.) "The world is watching," he said. "We believe we have a very, very important responsibility in making sure that the world watches, that it's engaged with the athletes and the whole organization." On the first day of the games, the top three countries talking about brand sponsors on Facebook were the U.S., Brazil and Mexico.

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Instagram Debuts an Events Feature That Curates User-Generated Videos

August 17, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Instagram is taking another step today in what is turning into a full-blown Snapchat blitz. The Facebook-owned video- and photo-sharing platform announced it's rolling out an Events video channel on its Explore page that curates user-generated videos from major events like concerts and sports. Like the rest of Explore, the feature is personalized for each user based on the photos and videos they like and who they follow. So far, the updates are only available in the U.S., but Instagram says it plans to bring the feature to the rest of the world soon. Here's how it works: Clicking on a video from Adele's concert in Phoenix, for example, lets users swipe down to scroll through other videos taken at the same show. Another video curated today shows footage from the Rio Olympics featuring track and field athletes. It's not the first time Instagram has tried its hand at curated videos. As Fortune points out, it created a hand-picked list of videos for Halloween last year. Earlier this month, Instagram debuted its Stories feature that lets users take photos and 10-second videos that disappear after 24 hours. (Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom told Techcrunch that Snapchat deserves "all the credit" for making the format popular.) Instagram has also been trying out live filters similar to Snapchat's. Marcos Angeli, head of Facebook's office in Brazil, told Adweek the filters have been quickly adopted in the beta markets of Brazil and Canada during the Olympics.

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Here Are the 10 Buzziest Social Media Moments From U.S. Olympians This Past Week

August 15, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Each week for the Olympics, data and analytics platform ListenFirst is providing Adweek with exclusive analysis of which members of Team USA are getting the most traction on social media. Last week , the heat of 10 was led by gymnast Simone Biles, followed by soccer player Alex Morgan and tennis star Serena Williams. However, during the second week, a few different athletes rose to the top, with gymnast Aly Raisman vaulting to the top spot. Biles remained in the top three, sliding from first to second, while Michael Phelps climbed (or swam) from sixth to third. The rankings are based on each person's digital engagement rating (DER). The rating—based on data from Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Wikipedia and YouTube—is a raw aggregate of daily engagements based on owned, earned and organic behavior by consumers. Here are the top 10 for the week of Aug. 8 to Aug

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Olympic Roundup: Michael Phelps ‘Not Coming Back in 4 Years’

August 13, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Friday Michael Phelps put an end to any speculation that he will return to the Olympic games in four years, and Katie Ledecky smashed her own world record for the 800-meter freestyle. The U.S. remained on top of the medal count (now 50) again on Friday. Here's what marketers need to know about the last 24 hours of the Olympics: Michael Phelps on Olympic Future: 'I Am Not Coming Back in Four Years' Ryan Lochte speculated that competitor Michael Phelps will be returning to the pool at the Olympic games in four years. However, Phelps himself confirmed that he is in fact retiring. (USA Today) Here's the total medal leaderboard as it stood going into Saturday, according to NBC Olympics: Leaderboard United States: 50 China: 37 Japan: 24 Great Britain: 22 Russia: 22 Ledecky Defends 800-Meter Free Title, Crushes Her Own World Record Michael Phelps isn't the only swimmer who made news at the Olympics on Friday

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Snapchat Influencers Start Labeling Social Endorsements as Paid Ads

August 3, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

For months, brands have leaned heavily on Snapchat's biggest celebrities to run under-the-radar campaigns that subtly promote their products in the form of sponsored posts that are seen by influencers' millions of followers. Now those creators are beginning to mark branded content with disclaimers that adhere to the Federal Trade Commission's guidelines. Unlike other platforms like Instagram and Twitter where social celebs typically have to clearly label their content as paid endorsements, sponsored content on Snapchat has been murky for marketers until recently. Snapchat doesn't have any strict rules for content creators to abide by, and it can be difficult to find misleading content since posts automatically disappear within 24 hours. But this week, a handful of the platform's biggest stars— Shaun McBride , Josh Peck and the Eh Bee Family—have posted copy that is marked with hashtags such as #paid, #ad and #sponsored to indicate that their posts are paid for by brands. "With more influencers creating content on Snapchat, you're seeing everyone follow along [with FTC guidelines,]" said Nick Cicero, CEO of Delmondo, a startup that pairs up influencers with brands. "The widely accepted industry best practice is still using #ad and you see more influencer campaigns being executed on Snapchat—it's a universal understanding." Yesterday, McBride—the Snapchat artist more commonly known as Shonduras—posted a Snapchat story from a Samsung event in New York that unveiled its new Note 7 smartphone. Before the event, McBride posted a picture with the hashtag #collab to disclose to his fans that he was being paid to post on his Snapchat account. "I usually comply with whatever the brand feels is the right decision," McBride said in an email. McBride's Snapchat story Meanwhile, YouTube and Vine family the Eh Bee Family teased a branded YouTube video created for Nintendo's Mario Kart Battle game on Snapchat yesterday with a single post marked as #paid that was uploaded using the app's recently launched Memories feature. "We just want to be transparent with our fans, and we're glad that we can upload from our camera roll as it allows us to better position FTC disclaimers without ruining the overall experience," the Eh Bee Family said in an emailed statement. Indeed, the number of celebrities disclosing their posts as paid has seemingly grown overnight. Josh Peck and David Lopez are among a handful of celebs promoting a sponsored lens from Amazon today, and Mondelez-owned Sour Patch Kids chose to have music app Musical.ly star Baby Ariel take over the brand's Snapchat account to create a story during Sunday's Teen Choice Awards that she labeled with the hashtag #ad. Social celeb Josh Peck promoted Amazon's Echo. Advertisers and creators have long struggled with labeling so-called native advertising so that it's legally disclosed but doesn't annoy an influencer's millions of followers. When Lord & Taylor failed to acknowledge that it paid 50 bloggers to photograph themselves wearing the same dress, the FTC cracked down on the retailer in March . For its part, Facebook recently loosened its grip on branded content so that publishers and creators can create custom content on the platform that is marked with sponsored tags, similar to YouTube's policies. Snapchat's ephemeral posts and lack of rules on paid content can be particularly tricky for advertisers. Alexa Mehraban, who runs the popular EatingNYC account on Instagram, recently told Adweek that branded content on Snapchat is "still a pretty gray area" compared to Instagram and other social platforms.

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Google’s Ad Revenue Hits $19 Billion, Even as Mobile Continues to Pose Challenges

July 28, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Google is still the primary moneymaker for parent company Alphabet. During the second quarter of 2016, Alphabet's revenue hit $21.5 billion, a 21 percent year-over-year increase. Of that revenue, $19.1 billion came from Google's advertising business, up from $16 billion a year ago. Even as consumers shift toward mobile, Google has struggled to make more money from smartphone-size ads that are typically priced less than desktop ads. During Thursday's earnings call, Google said cost per click was down 7 percent from last year. Meanwhile, aggregate clicks on paid ads increased 29 percent from the second quarter of 2015. And Google saw a 37 percent year-over-year jump in paid clicks on its websites.

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Despite Streaming Options, Millennial Women Plan to Watch the Olympics on TV

July 19, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The 2016 Summer Olympics are just a few weeks away, and it looks like the TV-friendly time zone of the host city, Rio de Janeiro, will pay big dividends for NBC. With Rio just one hour ahead of the East Coast, NBC Sports executives have consistently said these games will feature the most live coverage for any Olympics that NBC has been a part of. Despite the digitally-charged media ecosystem that NBC finds itself entrenched in—for the third Olympics in row, NBC will offer every event outside of the opening ceremonies live for digital consumption— it appears that at least one audience demographic is ready to watch the games the old fashioned way, and it's not one most would've expected. Influenster , whose 2 million members are comprised mostly of millennial women, surveyed 3,992 women around the age of 25 to find out their viewing habits for the upcoming games. The product discovery and reviews platform found that the overwhelming majority of millennial women that plan to watch the Olympics will do so in front of the television (75 percent) instead of livestreaming the competition (18 percent). Overall, more than half (54 percent) of millennial women surveyed are planning to watch any coverage from Rio. Airing on a tape delay hasn't hampered NBC's ability to pull in gigantic ratings—NBC averaged north of 30 million viewers for its primetime coverage from London in 2012. In fact, Jim Bell, NBC's executive producer for its Olympics coverage, has argued that the decision to make every sport live on a digital platform has actually increased TV viewership. "By providing more content you got more viewers and more interest, it was the rising tide that lifted all boats," he said during a Paley Center for Media event last month. But for NBC, being able to have big-ticket Olympic sports like swimming, diving, track and field, beach volleyball and gymnastics airing in the moment instead of on a delay should only further boost viewership. It should come as no surprise then that many of the American athletes that millennial women are most aware of, or at least the ones they follow on social media, participate in those major events. Of the 57 percent of those who took part in the survey, Michael Phelps (15 percent) and Gabby Douglas (14 percent) were the top two U.S. athletes followed

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How eBay Crafts Its Social Ads to Target Both Geeky Guys and Fashionistas

July 19, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Over the past few years, it's become increasingly hard for social marketers to pick which sites and platforms are worth their time and investment and which ones are passing fads (R.I.P. Peach and Yo ). For eBay, its social strategy spans 16 social networks and includes the usual mix of big platforms including Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest. But the brand is also putting big money and resources behind smaller, niche sites such as Imgur, We Heart It, Tango and Reddit that target specific audiences. "The ecosystem is fragmented," said Llibert Argerich, global director of social and content at eBay. "There are more and more platforms that cater to more and more specific audiences. Those platforms are fragmented, but they're still very big." Photo-based Imgur, for instance, is geared towards geeky millennial guys and pulls in more than 150 million monthly active users. Meanwhile, female-focused social platform We Heart It hones in on women interested in fashion and lifestyle content, and has more than 40 million users. "I didn't know Imgur 18 months ago," Argerich said. Then in July 2015, eBay ran one of the first promoted posts on Imgur, an online community notoriously averse to advertising. The ad promoted drones and explained the differences between the different types. It generated more than 800 comments. Surprisingly, users weren't turned off from the ads. "We started getting people saying, 'Wow. It's amazing

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Zipcar Can Now Track How Many People See Its Rolling Ad Campaign in Seattle and D.C.

July 15, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Zipcar is rolling out a campaign in Seattle and Washington D.C. that blends an old-school advertising technique with new technology—it's wrapping ads around cars and tracking how many people see them. The company partnered with Wrapify , a San Diego startup that pays drivers to cover their cars with branding and data-tracking technology. Each car is equipped with sensors that feed live analytics to clients so they can see where their ads appear on the road, and how many people can see them. (Wrapify uses telemetry data from the car to track drivers' real-time location on a map, and pairs it with anonymized data from other sources to understand how many cars nearby see the message.) Think about it as a new way to drive offline traffic. "At Zipcar, we utilize a variety of innovative marketing strategies to reach potential members who are interested in joining a mobility solution that fits their lifestyle," a Zipcar spokeswoman said. "In addition to robust digital, content and field marketing programs, Zipcar is currently testing Wrapify in select markets to complement our out-of-home advertising." Wrapify founder and CEO James Heller sees his service as a bridge between out-of-home advertising and digital marketing. "When I looked at the out-of-home industry and the way it's measured and tracked in terms of impressions or attribution or anything, it's really a shot in the dark and a pay to play," he said. Wrapify, founded last year, is quickly expanding. The company recently opened a New York office, with 35,000 drivers signed up across 10 U.S. cities. Drivers are often paid between $400 and $600 a month, depending on the campaign length, mileage and how much of the car is wrapped. Here's a video from Wrapify that explains how it works: Wrapify even measures offline reach with CPMs, much like tech giants Facebook and Twitter do online. A recent case study conducted by Wrapify showed CPMs cost around $1 each. For one client, PetCo, 4,000 miles of driving logged nearly 8.8 million impressions at $1.13 eCPM (effective cost per mile). A campaign for TriNet that totaled 24,000 campaign miles delivered 66.5 million impressions with an eCPM of $1.08. Heller wouldn't provide details on the exact cost of the campaign but said on average, a 25-car campaign on the road for 12 weeks would cost about $1,600 per car, per month

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