How does multi-screening affect advertising?


AdvertisingNew research reveals that television viewers pay more attention to advertising if they multi-screen during ad breaks.

The study, by Thinkbox, showed that multi-screeners could recall two ads from the previous fifteen minutes of viewing, compared to the average of 1.9 ads by other viewers.

The research also revealed that the longer someone watches television, the more ads they can remember, with 66% of viewers able to recall an ad after watching for two hours or longer, compared to just 58% watching for less than half an hour.

Find out more about the research, which also looked at the importance of social TV, here.

Instagram launches creative advertising for brands


Instagram Waitrose adInstagram has introduced an advertising unit for UK brands.

The photo app’s new ‘Sponsored’ unit charges advertisers on a cost-per-mille basis and allows them to target audiences by demographic.

The first seven advertisers include Cadbury, Rimmel, and Waitrose.

Instagram describes the new offering as a ‘premium brand experience’ and insists that sponsored ads looks as natural as organic content – also encouraging brands to be as creative as possible with the format.

Read more about the new initiative here.

How social media can boost a brand


CinnabonCinnabon is an American brand with remarkable visibility, despite a sporadic history of traditional advertising.

Instead, it gets people talking about its cinnamon rolls through social media.

The company, which is known for its ‘guerrilla marketing’ (it pumps a ‘freshly baked’ smell around its shops to entice customers), has over a million Facebook likes, 60,000 Twitter followers, and 20,000 Instagram followers.

With over a thousand shops worldwide, Cinnabon has tweeted nearly 65,000 times and seems to have found a magic formula of customer engagement.

As well as @replying to anyone who tweets its profile, it uses mouthwatering pictures of its products together with punny captions.

Find out more about Cinnabon’s social media strategy here and tell us if you’d engage with a chatty brand.

How to create effective product packaging


Packaging infographicAn infographic reveals how you can create effective packaging design to make sure that your product stands out.

The chart, by The Paper Worker, shows how factors, such as colour and convenience, influence a consumer’s first impression of a brand – which only takes seven seconds.

The infographic also looks at the roles that sustainability and social media play in modern packaging design, and examines some best practice examples from brands such as Starbucks.

Take a look at the whole infographic here.

Is social media the best channel for B2B marketing?


B2B marketing and social mediaA new study has revealed that 79% of B2B marketers believe that social media is the most effective channel for marketing.

The research also showed that 38% would spend any extra budget on social media, but mobile marketing is yet to catch up with the enthusiasm for social (those surveyed put only 7% of their budget towards mobile).

B2B marketers’ top priorities, challenges, and digital skills are also covered in the research, which sheds light on some surprising facts.

The study was carried out by Omobono, Circle Research, and The Marketing Society; you can see the whole infographic here.

Bus stops become tweet-activated vending machines


Tweet to EatFamous snack brand Walkers has introduced tweet-activated vending machines to London bus stops, in the latest phase of its ‘Do Us A Flavour’ campaign.

The campaign, which initially sourced crisp flavour suggestions from the public back in January, introduces the six finalists to the public through the vending machines.

Accompanied by short films starring Gary Lineker, Walkers’ brand ambassador, the bus shelters give out crisps when members of the public tweet @Walkers_busstop.

The flavours include ‘Chip Shop Chicken Curry’, ‘Pulled Pork in a Sticky BBQ Sauce’, and ‘Cheesy Beans on Toast’, and will be on the streets of London until the 11th of September.

Find out more about the campaign here and tell us if you’ve picked up a packet.

How to improve your content marketing


B2B MarketingB2B Marketing has compiled some great tips about how to hone your content marketing strategy.

The advice focuses on how you analyse results, such as through Google Analytics, and how you can improve your practices.

One tip is to break down your Analytics data into the results that matter, so you can see how well your home page and other traffic-directed pages are performing.

The article also recommends measuring engagement before concentrating on conversions, by thinking about your audience’s needs over your own.

Also, consider tailoring your ‘social’ content to make it ‘share-friendly’ by making it shorter and more visual.

Read the whole article here to find out some more great advice.

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