Online Marketing News: Top Vine Brands, Google DeepMind, Pinterest Gives GIFs, Google Dumps Smartphones

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How do colors affect purchases

How Do Colors Affect Purchases? –  For retailers, shopping is the art of persuasion. Though there are many factors that influence how and what consumers buy, a great deal is decided by visual cues like color. When marketing new products it is crucial to consider that consumers place visual appearance and color above other factors such as sound, smell and texture.  KISSmetrics

Pinterest Gives the Gift of GIFs, Recipe Search – Pinterest news this week includes the launch of a new recipe search feature for special dietary requirements, personalized home pages (still being tested) and functionality for GIF images. ClickZ

Twitter Launches Card Analytics to Let Publishers Monitor Impressions, Clicks – The dashboard shows impressions, URL clicks, and app installs of a publisher’s tweets and mentions by other users, as well as easy ways to measure favorites, retweets, and follows. If Twitter can teach publishers how to create better content, the service as a whole will become more informative, engaging, and, ideally, money-producing. Here’s a video that explains the features in more depth. TechCrunch

Google Scoops Up Artificial Intelligence Firm DeepMind – The acquisition follows a series of purchase made this month including Android development company Bitspin, along with Nest Labs, and Impermium. DeepMind founders describe the company’s technology as combining machine learning and systems neuroscience to build general-purpose learning algorithms. MediaPost

Facebook News Feed Tweak Downplays Text Updates From Pages – The latest News Feed algorithm tweak will likely be good news for users, but could prove to be another headache for brands. A Facebook spokesperson says that they will start showing more text status updates from users in the News Feed, but it will downplay the number of text status updates from Pages. The change was based on an observation that Facebook users respond better to text posts from other users than they do from Pages. Mashable

Apple’s Next China Challenge Comes From Local Smartphone Rivals – China’s brands are likely to do well as demand grows for inexpensive smartphones. “Cheap devices are not the attractive segment that normally grabs headlines, but IDC data shows this is the portion of the market that is driving volume,” said Ryan Reith, program director with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Business Week

The Instagram Rule of 11 – The number 11 represents a simple but important tipping point. Once you earn 11 likes on Instagram for a photo that you’ve posted, the service shrinks down the likes from a list of your friends’ handles to a number. For many users, this simple milestone is important. In a study MRY conducted on Millennials’ technology behavior, respondents noted passionately the need to reach this number. Apparently, there’s an Instagram “rush hour,” which takes place when people are commuting home around 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ClickZ

Google Ends its Motorola Misadventure – In an attempt to mimic Apple, acquiring Motorola was a failure. Phones such as the Moto X have not performed spectacularly; at the same time, Google’s ownership of Motorola irritated other handset makers, such as Samsung Electronics. Google also wanted to get its hands on Motorola’s deep patent portfolio and to neutralize the threats Motorola was making against Google and other members of the Android world. While they succeeded in avoiding an all-out Android legal disaster, they paid a price – selling Motorola for $9.6 Billion and effectively saying goodbye to the smartphone business. Forbes

4 in 10 Top Retail Brands Using Vine – Also of note, adoption of Pinterest has grown from 78% in to 89%, reports 8th Bridge, putting the visual platform on par with Twitter. Separately, 54% of retailers either already use (13%) or plan to use (41%) social login within the next year. If those plans materialize, retailers should be collecting a lot more social data; currently, the analysis finds that only 27% are collecting customer likes and only 2% are asking for a customer’s friend list and the friends’ likes. Marketing Charts

How the Top 100 Brands Use Twitter – Audiences for brands grew by 20% in Q4 2013 and brand tweets that included pictures and content links generated the most engagement. The average number of followers for the top 100 brands is 870,000, however 58% of the top brands have over 100,000 followers. Read the research as well as ways to increase engagement from Simply Measured. eConsultancy

Report: State of Mobile Advertising  – The fourth quarter of 2013 closed yet another year of impressive growth for mobile advertising. In the smartphone OS race, Android is now the leader over iPhone. Within the quickly-growing tablet market, Apple still maintains a significant lead, but Android is staking its claim, and tablet impressions are on the rise. Read more insights and trends to watch for 2014. Opera MediaWorks

10 Web Analytics Trends for 2014 – Two trends that captured my attention are 1) Google compensating for ‘not provided’, e.g. If not showing the exact search phrase, perhaps they can expose search phrase categories or better integration with Web Master Tools; and 2) Better tools for integration with third party data. Since 2013 was the year of Big Data, 2014 may be the year we see web analytics platforms help site owners to have a more 360 degree view of their prospects and customers. What trends do you see ahead? Mashable

Google Adds a Knowledge Graph Popup to Search Results – The popup adds more information about certain search results, which sounds like it should be good for searchers. While this extra information could be good news for site owners, the popup also adds up to three extra links to the search result that don’t go to your website. Since it is Knowledge Graph data, the popups rely heavily on Wikipedia, which also may not necessarily be a good user experience, depending on how you feel about Wikipedia.  Search Engine Land

New Data: 50% of Companies Use More Than One Marketing Automation Solution – Even if a lot of companies are using more than one marketing automation software solution, there’s really no one reason to explain it all. But, some might be spending way more money on multiple marketing automation solutions than they probably need to. Be sure to read the comments which are particularly insightful. Hub Spot

Facebook Ads Drive 60% Increase in Sales Revenue – Brands and companies are now being encouraged to concentrate on paid ads for their Facebook marketing strategies and forget the free channel of running a Facebook page. The latest report from Kenshoo seems to bolster the belief that this change in direction means Facebook’s becoming a more ad-driven marketing landscape, rather than a content driven one. eConsultancy

Foursquare Vulnerability Exposes 45 Million Users’ Email Addresses – According to a penetration tester and hacker, Jamal Eddine, an attacker could and did extract email addresses of all 45 million users just by using a few lines of scripting tool. Basically the flaw exists in the invitation system of the Foursquare app. He reported the flaw to Foursquare’s Security Team, and they have finally fixed the issue. The Hacker News

Report: Marketing Emails Opened on Mobile Devices Continue to Climb – Sixty-five percent (65%) of marketing emails were opened on mobile devices during the last quarter of 2013 up from 61% for Q3, most likely attributed to seasonal holiday shopping. Apple mobile devices beat out Android mobile devices for usage by a significant percentage, 50% vs. 14%, respectively. Marketing Land

Paid Search Advertising Accelerates in Q4 2013 – Paid search advertising increased significantly in the fourth quarter of 2013, driven by the use of Product Listing Ads and mobile devices during the holiday season. Smartphones and tablets also drove the paid search gains. (See above.) ClickZ

New Data: 9 Revealing European Content Marketing Trends to Watch – Curious about the state of content marketing in Europe? Take a look at this SlideShare and some recent data to find out about our content marketing compatriots in Europe and their marketing efforts. HubSpot

Social Sites Nipping at Facebook, Adobe Says – Facebook remains the gorilla in social media, but retail-friendly networks could soon spell trouble for the company. Twitter’s share of referred visits to retail sites grew 125 percent year-over-year, and Pinterest sent 89 percent more shoppers this year than last, according to Adobe’s Q4 2013 Social Media Intelligence Report, which analyzes social media. ClickZ See also ‘Tumblr No. 2 in revenue’ at Adweek from the same report.

Clickbait bites. Downworthy is Actually Doing Something About it – Marketers, publishers, and anyone on social-media should take notice: the backlash is officially here. One developer has had it with sites that post hyperbolic headlines promising to blow your mind and change your life. She has created an antidote to the rampant click-bait with a Chrome browser plugin, appropriately called Downworthy. Inc.

From the Online Marketing Community

On “What’s the Difference Between Content Marketing and Content for Links? The Wrong Answer Could Cost You,” Jay Baer said, Exceptionally rich insight here, Lee. I hope this post gets the attention it deserves because this distinction will define our industry for the next 24 months.

On “Podcasting: Storytelling for the 21st Century – Pros, Cons, Examples and Best Practices,” Loz James said, Great post Nicolette. I love podcasting and get more listeners to my podcast than visitors to my blog – which is great as they’re both doing well. It’s the idea of connecting directly with people so you can help them that appeals to me – and on a personal level you can learn so much and have some fascinating discussions with your guests.

Bill Freedman said, Podcasts are great. I’m a regular consumer. Your article is thorough and well written. Nonetheless, I’ve chosen not to put podcasts in my marketing mix. Not now at least. Why? It is hard to build a podcast audience and keep them coming back. What’s more, my favorite podcasts: The Moth, Planet Money, Leo Laporte, This American Life, Harvard Business Review, all started with a strong non-podcast brand and audience before adding a podcast to their mix. Add to that professional on-air talent and high quality production. Podcasting is easy to do, but very, very, very hard to do well enough to attract and maintain an audience. My belief is that it is easier to build a video channel than a podcast channel. But that is a different topic for a different day.

John Trader said, Nicolette, great article! I absolutely love the idea of providing an email address at the conclusion of the podcast for people to submit questions and then scheduling a subsequent podcast to answer them! I made podcasts a regular part of my marketing strategy in 2012 and have seen very positive results thus far. I need to take your advice and write more of an outline than a narrative when I speak so it doesn’t sound so scripted. That’s definitely a weakness for me. Thanks!

On “25 Social Media Marketing Experts You Need to Know According to LinkedIn,”Tia K said, #nailedit – This listed many of the top experts that I follow! But also a few others I definitely need to start watching :) Downloading the e-book now.

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January 31st 2014 Online Marketing

Thanks to Oreo, More Marketers Will Be Huddled Up in Super Bowl War Rooms

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Only days ago, skeptics might have thought Oreo's famous Super Bowl tweet last year was a fluke, due to so many real-time marketing misses following the cookie brand's big moment. But Arby's huge Grammy win last Sunday—with its poke at Pharrell Williams' hat—seems to suggest that catching lightning in a bottle is a possibility whenever Twitter users are glued to their TVs.

The fast food chain's clever play picked up nearly nine times the number of tweets and favorites (132,000 total) of Oreo's social triumph.

"Because [the hat image] fit the brand amazingly well, there was no desperation to it," said Victor Pineiro, strategy director at Big Spaceship. "It wasn't done awkwardly. I am interested to see all the brands and agencies in this year's game—there's going to be a lot more of them—and how they deal with the meme-worthy moments."

Indeed, everyone wants a real-time piece of Super Bowl 2014. And while the number of participants may seem endless, the lion's share are new to real-time social in the game. 

Here, six agencies and brands that will test their Super Bowl chops for the first time by way of dedicated social media war rooms. (The question: How many of these names will be on our lips after Sunday's on-the-field action ends?)

1. Huge will be at the ready in its Brooklyn headquarters on behalf of automaker Audi, utilizing Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter. The digital shop will also turn the Facebook and Twitter knobs for Cap'n Crunch.

2. AKQA will orchestrate real-time social for Bud Light at the Bud Light Hotel, the beer's cruise-ship brand activation on the Hudson.

3. Yoplait will be waiting to pounce at its HQ with a dedicated operation and in-house team. Given the turf battles that have ensued this week in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood, the brand might see some head-to-head Twitter friction with rivals Dannon and Chobani.

4. Mindshare will look to work its social magic for Super Bowl advertiser Jaguar.

5. The City of Omaha's tourism team will aim to create buzz whenever Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning yells his "Omaha! Omaha!" pre-snap count throughout the big game.

6. Adobe will also test the B-to-B real-time waters with its first war room


January 31st 2014 adobe, Facebook, Technology, Twitter

Free Bird!

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One of the things a creator can do as a service to the audience is let them know when it’s safe to whoop, holler or applaud.

Often, we hesitate to spread the word and recommend something because it doesn’t feel safe to do so. It’s better to say nothing than it is to feel stupid.

Joining in on the standing ovation at the end of a Broadway play isn’t some sort of callow sellout. It’s actually a tradition that offers solace for the timid or uninitiated. Same as flicking your lighter and shouting for the band to play Free Bird… no one ever felt stupid for cheering for a hit when everyone else was doing it as well.

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Comic for January 31, 2014

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Dilbert readers – Please visit to read this feature. Due to changes with our feeds, we are now making this RSS feed a link to

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Orthokine launches #LivingPainFree branded documentary web-series via Twodogs Digital

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Screen Shot 2014-01-31 at 1.53.30 pm.jpgTwodogs Digital has just launched a branded documentary web-series called #LivingPainFree for the Australian distributors of the sports medicine product called Orthokine.

Orthokine therapy is the same treatment undergone by many elite athletes around the world such as Kobe Bryant and Australia’s own Nick Riewoldt.

Each episode focuses on an individual’s story of living in pain post Orthokine results.

The campaign’s initial episodes focused on
ordinary people rather than the all too obvious sports people. The idea being that the product is not just for elite athletes but also for ordinary folk living in pain.

More episodes will be
released in the coming months.

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The Super Bowl Web Video Ad Blitz

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Last week, execs at Google said that they anticipated advertisers would start treating the Super Bowl as a promotional season—one that kicks off the day after Christmas.

There's lots of evidence of brands hyping their Super Bowl spots earlier and earlier this year. Here's more:

According to the Web video ad tech firm LiveRail, Super Bowl advertisers are cranking up their Web video ad spends 48 hours before and after the Super Bowl. According to Troels Smit, LiveRail's vp, demand sales, the video ad sector is seeing three times as much ad spend changing hands right around the Super Bowl compared to normal. Particularly intense is the 12 hour period immediately after Sunday's game, especially among the big alcohol, fast food and auto brands advertising in the big game, though LiveRail declined to say which brands are involved.

"These brands are going really big," said Smit. "We're seeing it from both guaranteed deals and in RTB. Particularly on sports, music and entertainment sites."

LiveRail's data is short on specifics—i.e. real spending numbers. But the company claims to have insight into 20 percent of the total U.S. online video ad market—a clear enough view that it's able to gauge the market's health, said COO Brian Kane. "We see as much as anyone," he said.

The company is also seeing more brands pumping pre and post Super Bowl money into Xbox ads, other connected TV outlets, and mobile video. In those sectors, CPMs are climbing and inventory is scarce, said Smit.

"The brands know that fans are not just going to watch the ads on TV," he added. 


January 31st 2014 Technology, video

Perfectly Adequate’s shocking Learn for Life spot attracts over 3 million YouTube hits in two days

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production company Perfectly Adequate has created and produced a new
PSA spot for the not-for-profit Learn for Life Foundation WA.

The hard
hitting spot is aimed at high school students and promotes the “Stay in
School” message and pushes the importance of education message. It is
written and directed by Henry Inglis and Aaron McCann, who together with
producer, Lauren Elliott, formed Perfectly Adequate in 2009.

“Set Yourself Free” has more than three million views on YouTube since its release two days ago.


Their previous spot for Central Institute of Technology – “It’s a Snap”
– a comedy digital short about ‘learning in the city’ was also an
internet hit. In March 2012 Hollywood’s leading talent agency, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) signed them.

and McCann met whilst studying Film & Television at CIT in 2002 and
since graduating have seen their filmmaker careers blossom.

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January 31st 2014 Uncategorized

Tourism Victoria launches motion-control ‘Suitcase’ spot via Clemenger BBDO, Melbourne

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Tourism-Victoria-suitcase.jpgTourism Victoria has launched a new spot titled ‘Suitcase’ via Clemenger BBDO, Melbourne.

In ‘Suitcase’ we follow a hand-made miniature couple as they explore all the delights and escapes of Victoria, from the regional areas to the urban treasures of Melbourne’s alleyways.


The spot, directed by Andrew van der Westhuyzen via Collider, created at
garden scale and lit using a combination of miniature lights and
rear-projection backgrounds, was filmed using motion control to allow
for very minute camera movements and multiple passes. The moving
elements such as the elevator and the tram were created to move
in-camera through small motors timed with the motion control rig.

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January 31st 2014 Uncategorized

Honda Australia to consolidate its account with Leo Burnett Melbourne and ZenithOptimedia

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Honda-Leo-Burnett.jpgHonda Australia has consolidated its marketing service agencies, effective 1 April 2014 – with all creative services to be undertaken by lead creative agency Leo Burnett, Melbourne – which won the business in August 2012 – with all media services provided by ZenithOptimedia, Melbourne.

The decision means DTDigital and Advertising Associates will be off the roster.

Says Honda Australia director Stephen Collins: “We have enjoyed a positive and mutually beneficial relationship  with all our marketing service providers. We are very grateful for their efforts and wish them every success for the future. This decision will enable us to achieve maximum effectiveness and efficiency from our marketing activities to ensure that the Honda brand continues to thrive in Australia.” 

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IAA set to launch 7th anniversary Leadership Forum in Sydney on Tuesday, February 18th

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WHATS-COMING-NEXT-BANNER.jpgTwenty of the industry’s most influential thought leaders are coming together to discuss the future of advertising at the IAA Australia chapter’s special anniversary half-day Leadership Forum at the Hilton Sydney, 488 George St on Tuesday, 18 February from 7:30am until 12:45pm

View full program and speaker guide here.
The potent forum of keynotes and panel discussions will feature a who’s
who of Australian and global brand owners, publishers, creative and
media agency principals all debating the key question: what’s coming
The IAA Australia Chapter invites you to be a part of this incomparable futurist forum that will only take up half of your day.
This is a must-attend, one-off opportunity to participate in an event that will stimulate and challenge you like no other.

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