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Three-quarters of millennials expect brands to be entertaining

Female_animal_trainer_and_leopardIf you had to describe your branded content in one word, what would it be? Informative? Engaging? Boring? (I hope not) Upbeat? How about entertaining?

In Facebook’s “Coming of Age on Screens” study, 72% of young millennials from all over the world said that’s what they expect from brands – entertaining content. That’s a lot to live up to. It’s a lot harder to be entertaining on command than it is to be informative but when you hit that sweet spot the returns are insane.

Evian’s crazy, roller skating babies video earned the company a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most viewed online ad ever, accumulating more than 25 million views in just two months. When they made that, they knew it was funny and highly entertaining, and I’m sure they hoped it would be a huge hit, but I doubt they expected it to blow up the way it did.

Call, Configure, Commerce: The Twitter cards of the future

Twitter analyst day“You don’t win by being loud. You win by being good.” That’s Twitter’s philosophy and it’s leading them down some very interesting, new roads. This past week, the company delivered a 7-hour, 500-slide presentation to the press and investors at the first Twitter Analyst Day.

I wanted to listen to the whole presentation because I’m a diehard Twitter fan and I believe in its power as a marketing tool. But alas, 7 plus hours was a bit much. If you’re up for the challenge, you can access the presentation here. Or you can keep reading and I’ll fill you in on some of the highlights.

Making OnBoarding Easier

Mozilla adds ads to Firefox tabs

Mozilla just discovered a whole new way to sneak advertising into your daily routine. As of today, Firefox users will find sponsored tiles mixed in with their usage tiles every time they open a new tab.

The new tile experience begins with a fresh, cookie-free page of options:

Firefox Ad TabsFive out of the six tabs are Mozilla related including links to blog posts and tools to improve your workflow. The top right tile is something new; a sponsored link from CVS. Click it and you’ll land on a CVS TV commercial on YouTube. (With a few very colorful comments underneath.) I can’t figure out why CVS is spending money to send people to an old commercial. Shouldn’t this link take us to the CVS website. . . ?

Whales vs wasted-energy: where should you spend your time?

SAVE_THE_WHALES___man____by_Porpoise_SongWhen I hear the word “whales”, I think of Las Vegas. Weird, I know, but that’s where I first heard the word used for something other than a sea creature. In Vegas, whales are those guys who drop huge sums of money on a single hand of blackjack. They leave tips equal to a week’s pay and pony up big bucks for crazy things like a bathtub full of caviar.

Your business has a whale or two but probably not the tub of caviar kind. The average business whale is simply a customer who spends a lot more money than most of your customers and does it on a regular basis. Now, here comes the big question; can you name the whales in your business and are you giving them special treatment?

Can Twitter monetize non-logged in users? The CFO says yes!

Twitter reported their Q3 earnings yesterday and it was mostly good news; $361 million in revenue, up 114% year-over-year.  But there’s a problem; Twitter isn’t growing like it used to and timeline views are down. That makes investors very nervous and it makes me point vehemently at the site’s homepage.

If you go to http://www.Twitter.com and you’re not logged in, this is what you’ll see; a welcome message that isn’t very welcoming.

Welcome to Twitter

At a glance, it seems like you only have two choices if you want to proceed; log in or sign up. What if you don’t want to do either? What if you don’t have a Twitter account and you just want to poke around and see if it’s for you? Faced with these two choices, there’s a good chance you’re going to walk away.

Snapchat to users ‘this is going to feel a little weird’

OuijaSnapchat launched their first in-app ad today and with it came the all-to-familiar, we hope this will save us, apology.

This one might be my all-time favorite:

This weekend we’re placing an advertisement in “Recent Updates” for Snapchatters in the United States. It’s the first time we’ve done anything like this because it’s the first time we’ve been paid to put content in that space. It’s going to feel a little weird at first, but we’re taking the plunge.

The app caters to young users and it has a reputation for naughty behavior, so I get the thinly veiled, double entendres but still. . . .

 An advertisement will appear in your Recent Updates from time to time, and you can choose if you want to watch it. No biggie. It goes away after you view it or within 24 hours, just like Stories.

Study shows one third of Google ad conversions happen on mobile

 

When discussing mobile and commerce, we usually think of the phone as a tool showroomers use to find the best price on whatever it is they’re shopping for. But a new study from Marin Software shows that consumers are slowly but surely turning to their mobile devices to complete the deal as well.

 

Marin 2014 Ad Conversions

Desktop is still the clear choice across the board but those other two bars are closing in fast. Here are a few more facts from Q3 2014:

  • Mobile devices comprised 31% of paid search impressions and 38% of search ad clicks on Google.
  • Mobile accounted for 30% of ad conversions with mobile conversions increasing 2.4% quarter-over-quarter and nearly 11% year-over-year.

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