Posts Tagged ‘social’

Twitter Is Cutting 9% of Its Global Workforce

October 27, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Twitter is planning to lay off 9 percent of its global workforce, as the ailing San Francisco tech giant struggles to please Wall Street despite beating earnings expectations. The company officially announced the cuts today in its third-quarter earnings, days after reports began to surface of the impending cuts. According to Twitter, the majority of the reductions will take place in its sales, partnerships and marketing divisions in order to "continue to fully fund our highest priorities," according to a letter to shareholders. However, the earnings also came with some good news. Total monthly active users grew for the second consecutive quarter to 317 million users, gaining 4 million over the past three months since its second-quarter results. Daily active users also increased, rising 7 percent year over year. Twitter's revenue totaled $616 million—an 8 percent increase year over year. Earnings per share totaled 13 cents, beating expectations of 9 cents per share and $606 million in total revenue. However, the company reported profit fell by $103 million. Advertising revenue grew 6 percent to $545 million, with mobile now accounting for 90 percent of total ad revenue. U.S. revenue grew just slightly, increasing 1 percent to $374 million year over year, outpaced by international ad revenue, which grew by 21 percent to $242 million

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Ubisoft Worked With Facebook to Uncover and Target 3 Different Types of Video Gamers

October 10, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

To launch the upcoming game Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, video game-maker Ubisoft is leaning heavily on Facebook to target ads at specific types of players. While that fact alone isn't very interesting, what is interesting is that the social network is affecting Ubisoft's entire marketing strategy, including its TV creative. In May, Ubisoft ran a weeklong campaign promoting Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands—which is billed as its biggest action adventure ever —making it the first video game brand to match up the platform's segmentation tools with custom bits of video. "For the Ghost Recon campaign, we combined a segmentation entirely built on Facebook insights with customized creative—the creative was tailored for each segment we identified through the segmentation analysis," explained Franco de Cesare, head of console and online gaming at Facebook. The campaign targeted three different types of gamers: tacticians, competitors and explorers. Tacticians were identified as people who love science and technology, while competitors like adrenaline and action.

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Edelman Hires Former Leo Burnett Exec, Moves Further Into Ad Agency Territory

September 22, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In 2013, Edelman stunned the public relations industry by reversing its opposition to paid media placements as the world's largest communications firm effectively pivoted into marketing. Today the company further strengthened its dedication to working both sides of the paid/earned model by naming longtime advertising executive Mark Renshaw as the global chair of its brand practice. Renshaw, who spent more than 18 years with the Leo Burnett organization and most recently served as the Publicis agency's chief digital and innovation officer, joins Edelman in New York to lead an international team of more than 1000 employees. He succeeds Michelle Hutton, who was named COO of Edelman Europe in February. Edelman renamed its former Consumer Marketing group to mark both Renshaw's arrival and its new status as a marketing and reputation firm with a focus on digital media. "Getting Mark is a huge confirmation of our strategy," president and CEO Richard Edelman tells Adweek. "His remit isn't just CPG [consumer packaged goods], it is actually to move the evolution of Edelman forward. He's like the orchestra leader." Over the past year, Edelman has hired a growing number of ad agency veterans to lead its content practices as it competes more directly with both "traditional" shops and digital consultancies like Deloitte in new business pitches. It is one of very few large PR organizations that has begun creating broadcast ads and other forms of paid content for general audiences rather than simply securing editorial placements or producing sponsored content. Renshaw says, "I don't believe that I am making a shift from a creative agency to a PR firm; I am going to a creative company." Yet Edelman is still focused very intently on managing consumers' perceptions—a responsibility that has only grown more valuable in the social media age as brands and their audiences gain more power to shape a given narrative. "There's a huge gap between what people can do for or against a brand on their own versus how marketers think about it now," Renshaw says. "Communications and marketing can come together as consumers move from buyer to [brand] protector or defender." The new global chair will spend much of his time serving Edelman clients in disparate locations like China and India. "I want to reiterate our confidence in him because of his global background," Richard Edelman says, adding, "A lot of this innovation is not necessarily U.S. driven." Renshaw tells Adweek that his decision to accept the Edelman job was not related to the larger Publicis Groupe's recent restructuring moves, some of which coincided with the loss of certain major accounts like McDonald's and P&G. "Discussions started back in April, so it's been in the works for a long time," he says. Regarding his new position, Renshaw says, "I am looking at marcomms from a new angle, reframing my experience and talking to clients to ask them about what they need to succeed in the future." He adds, "Paid media should still come from a place of authenticity."

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Marketers Are Getting the Snapchat Targeting Data They Want. Will That Scare Off Users?

September 19, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Having wowed advertisers at the Cannes Lions in June with the unveiling of its long-awaited ad tech platform, Snapchat has shown no signs of slowing down. The popular messaging app plans to attract deep-pocketed marketers and investors with the introduction of in-app behavioral targeting in the fourth quarter timed to a rumored IPO. To improve ad targeting, the popular messaging app last week announced Snap Audience Match, which lets brands take their email lists and files of mobile device IDs, and then anonymously sync the data with Snapchat's user pool. The company also will let a brand target viewers based on what content categories they follow. A Fortune 500 marketer, who requested anonymity, said talks are underway with Snapchat to launch pilot programs around the ad-targeting initiative.

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Infographic: Here’s How Much Engagement Brands Got From Back-to-School Social Posts

September 18, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Now that the back-to-school frenzy has died down, Origami Logic , a marketing analytics company based in Mountain View, Calif., reviewed the engagement that brands received from back-to-school -related social media posts from the beginning of June through August. It was Disney and Dolce & Gabbana, which promoted its children's line, Bambino, that found the most success. " Disney and Dolce & Gabbana's results show that brands with large, highly engaged audiences can receive strong levels of engagement with relatively little effort if the content is even somewhat relevant," said Origami Logic marketing director Perry Mizota. "These two brand giants topped the social engagement charts with ease thanks primarily to their loyal Instagram followings with just a few timely and compelling posts." But Mizota warns that things can change quickly. "Another thing to keep in mind is that brands should target timely campaigns like these based on where their audience 'lives' in the social world," Mizota added.

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Why Internet-Famous Dogs Are Fetching So Much Love From Brands

September 13, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Social media influencers have transformed the way brands interact with consumers—and a lot of those influencers aren't human. Like Super Bowl ads that use cute puppies to sell everything from beer to ketchup, adorable dogs with huge social followings are getting a lot of love from brands these days. Dogs can fetch anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 per sponsored post on Instagram, according to Rob Schutz, vp of growth at Bark & Co., parent company of BarkBox, a service that sends treats and other products to dog owners every month. Bark & Co. works with brands like P&G's Swiffer, United Airlines, American Express and Anheuser-Busch to promote their products with dog influencers on social media. "All sorts of brands want to tap into dogs," Schutz said. "Dogs are a common denominator for everyone, and they're safe, because everyone likes a cute or funny dog. They're not going to get in some scandal or say something stupid on Twitter and have it reflect negatively on the brand." "There's an innate positive feeling that a viewer has when they see a cute dog doing something," said Loni Edwards, managing partner of The Dog Agency, a firm that matches brands like Dyson, Barneys New York and Accor Hotels to dog influencers.

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Why Is It Still So Hard to Share Audio Files in Social Media?

September 2, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

While continuous advances in social media and mobile technology have warmly embraced the sharing of photos, articles and videos, audio has been left in the cold—despite the recent resurgence of podcasts. The absence of truly direct ways to share audio files, whether they be songs or podcasts, via Facebook and Twitter has left musicians and podcasters scrambling for workarounds in order to avoid the dilemma faced by application developers—fighting for attention in increasingly crowded app stores (mainly iTunes) and hoping for discoverability via search engines. For the most part, podcasters must resort to sharing links to their content, which does not endear them to social network users, who are often reluctant to click through and leave their networks for other environments, nor to the social networks themselves, as they tend to prioritize "native" content, or content uploaded directly to their networks. Workarounds do exist. Twitter's integration of audio cards from SoundCloud presented podcasters with the opportunity to post their content directly to that social network, but there are pitfalls there, too.

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Why This ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Star Didn’t Watch the Original Show

August 23, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Age 46 Claim to fame Stars as Victor Strand on AMC's Fear the Walking Dead (Sundays, 9 p.m.); appears in the upcoming film The Birth of a Nation (Oct. 7); directs Barbecue at the Geffen Playhouse in L.A. (Sept. 6 to Oct. 16) Base Los Angeles Twitter @colmandomingo Adweek: What's the first information you consume in the morning? Colman Domingo: I hate to say it—I reach for my phone and go on Twitter. And, especially because we're in the middle of this heated political season

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Olympic Roundup: U.S. Reaches 1,000th Summer Olympics Gold

August 14, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Saturday Michael Phelps finished his last competition at the Summer Olympics in Rio—and his career—with a gold medal, and Simone Manuel gave the U.S. its 1,000th Summer Olympic gold medal. The U.S. is still on top in the medals race. Here's what marketers need to know about the last 24 hours of the Olympics: American Women's Medley Relay Wins 1,000th Summer Olympic Gold Medal for U.S. Simone Manuel won the gold medal for a 4x100-meter medley relay Saturday after taking a silver medal in the 50-meter freestyle. The gold medal marked the United States' 1000th Summer Olympic gold. (NBC Olympics) Here's the total medal leaderboard as it stood going into Sunday, according to NBC Olympics: United States: 60 China: 41 Great Britain: 30 Japan: 24 Ruussia: 23 Michael Phelps Helps U.S. to 4x100-Meter Medley Relay Win in Final Rio Race In the last Olympics competition of his career—the 4x100-meter medley relay—Michael Phelps won the gold, giving him 23 career gold medals. "It turned out pretty cool. It's just a perfect way to finish," he said. (ESPN) Jamaica's Elaine Thompson Is the Fastest Woman in the World Elaine Thompson of Jamaica became the unofficial fastest woman in the world Saturday after winning the women's 100 meters

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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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