Mobile video ads are on the rise and they’re not just for movies and games anymore

Summer time is movie time but according to the June S.M.A.R.T. Report from Millennial Media, the entertainment industry isn’t the only industry taking advantage of mobile, video advertising.

23% of the mobile campaigns in Q1 had a “Watch Video” action and that’s up from 17% last year. Surprisingly, Energy & Power companies delivered a large number of video ads in the first part of the year. Their goal was to drive traffic to mobile sites and for general consumer awareness. Energy & Power was also one of the biggest growth verticals in Q1 showing a 270% increase in mobile ad spend over last year.

Twitter opens app install ads to all advertisers

Twitter just opened app install ads to all advertisers. Say that three times fast.

The install ad comes with a variety of targeting options including keywords, gender, location, and mobile platform – especially important when it comes to app downloads.

The Promoted Tweet includes room for some text that you can either write or pull from your app download page. There’s a nice photo and a good sized install button.

Twitter Mobile App Install

After a user clicks to install, Twitter will show them an install complete message with a prompt to open the app. Seems intuitive but I’ve been known to download an app and then forget about it. Once you have them hooked, you want to keep the excitement going with an instant open.

Friday RoundUp: Facebook Home in foreclosure and the NSA has a Tumblr

Facebook HomeLet’s end the week with a look at a few bibs and bobs from around the web.

Facebook:

The New York Times says Facebook has disbanded the team working on Facebook Home. This was the app designed to turn everyone’s phone into all Facebook, all the time. It flopped and now it looks like foreclosure time for Home.

Not ready to give up, TechCrunch says Facebook is turning their attention away from Home and over to Work. FB@Work is a rumored enterprise communications platform. Seriously? Can you imagine explaining to your board of directors that you want your employees on Facebook while they’re at work. . . ?

YouTube teases new creator options at VidCon

VidConIf YouTube seems quiet today, it’s because 18,000 YouTube creators and fans are packed into the Anaheim Convention Center for VidCon!

Founders Hank and John Green call it an “industry conference and a great big party. We want people to make important business contacts to grow their companies and their careers, but we would prefer that they do it while dancing to a rock song about Doctor Who.”

How did I not know about this?

Though the event is open to people of all ages, there are enough young attendees that there’s even a FAQ response to inquires about reduced ticket prices for chaperones.

Facebook launches multiple image carousel ads

Facebook Multi AdFacebook just released a brand new ad unit that is nothing I’ve ever seen before (but maybe I simply haven’t been paying attention?) The ad contains a side scrolling carousel with three product images. In this screengrab, you can just see the second image coming in on the right. You can see it in action on the Facebook for Business blog.

I’m not a fan of ads that slide, jump, jitter or repeat but I’m digging this Multi-product ad. The scrolling movement is slow, giving you enough time to look at each image as it travels by. I wish that when it got to the end it would continue on like a solid loop. Instead it jumps back to the start like a Vine video. Smooth would be better but I can let that go. (Now that I’ve made my thoughts known.)

YouTube retires the inbox, download those saved messages now

Comment bubbleI think YouTube is one of the most underused, truly effective marketing tools, and communication inside YouTube is even more of a hidden gem.

How many of you read and responded to all of the YouTube comments you received this week? How many of you even received any comments? YouTube isn’t just a free parking space for your video content. It’s a vibrant community that needs to be nurtured and encouraged – kind of like Facebook used to be!

YouTube just released a new set of tools that will help you process the a large number of comments and messages. (Not getting many comments? Think of this as an aspirational tool because plenty of YouTubers need this to keep on top of their community.)

Tablet commerce expected to reach 293 billion by 2018 [Infographic]

Usablenet Tablet commerce2018 may sound like the title of a sci-fi disaster movie but it’s also the year the tablet may take over the ecommerce world. Usablenet predicts the rise of the hand-held machine in their new infographic, saying tablet sales will increase five fold by 2017. That’s over 1 billion tablets and a large percentage of owners will be using those tablets to shop.

Tablet commerce is expected to reach $114 billion in 2014 and rise to $293 billion in 2018.

All of that sounds wonderful but right now only 12% of people in the US are using a tablet to access the web. Of those that do, the majority are at home relaxing on the couch or in bed. These are people who have time to research and browse. They’re willing to spend a few more minutes reading the blog post or watching the video so give them the information they desire.