Quote of the day #3

“It’s a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realise that one’s safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract”

(Alan Shepard, US Astronaut)

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Music Revenues Declined In 2014, As Streaming Services Took A Larger Share Of The Market

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Global music revenue fell to $22.5 billion in 2014, down by 1.3% from $22.8 billion one year earlier, according to Strategy Analytics.

This decline is the result of the growing popularity of streaming music services like Spotify and Pandora. These services, which are monetized through low-cost monthly subscriptions and advertising, yield significantly less revenue than packaged music sales or digital downloads.

  • Packaged music, such as CDs and vinyl records, accounted for a slight majority of global music revenue during the year, but continued to decline from a 55% share in 2013 and a 61% share in 2012.
  • Streaming music, including subscription and ad-supported services, accounted for nearly one-half of digital music revenue. The segment’s total revenue grew by 14% year-over-year (YoY) during 2014.
  • Downloads fell to a share of just over one-half during the year, due to a big decline in song and album downloads. In the US, song downloads fell by 12%, and digital album downloads declined by 9% during the year, according to Nielsen.

(Source: Business Intelligence)


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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Nielsen to start tracking viewership to Netflix

NetflixAccording to an article published in the Wall Journal Street earlier this week, the television viewing research company Nielsen will begin tracking viewership of streaming networks like Netflix and Amazon Prime beginning in December 2014, dragging the secretive companies’ ratings out into the open by using its home-based meters to listen in on TV audio.

Netflix and its streaming rivals have never self-reported viewership, and despite reaching nearly half of American homes this year, were never tracked by Nielsen. Well, Nielsen figured it out — and without their consent.

Nielsen, which still pulls much of its data from boxes connected to the TVs of several thousand “Nielsen families” across the nation, will use Shazam-like audio recognition via those boxes to track streams, the WSJ reported — at least those that come through television sets. It seems views on mobile devices will remain in the abstract for now, but the news still foretells a powerful shift in the battle for ad revenue between over-the-top and traditional cable and broadcasting companies.

The paper reached its conclusion by reviewing the documents of Nielsen clients, which include major corporations like Coca-Cola and media giants such as Disney, CBS, NBC Universal and News Corporation. At first, only the streaming networks will be able to view their own results, but a subscription to the data will become available soon, the Journal reported.

To date, streaming deals have been done without the benefit of ratings data: If Netflix, for instance, wanted to license TV programs or films — or do talent or studio production deals for originals — the folks on the other side of the table could only trust what they were being told about eyeballs. What’s more, ad-supported networks, which count on Netflix for downstream revenue, were in the dark about whether it was eating into their own viewers.

Not anymore.

“Our clients will be able to look at their programs and understand: Is putting content on Netflix impacting the viewership on linear and traditional VOD ?” Nielsen senior vice president Brian Fuhrer told the Journal.

But Nielsen has already come to that conclusion, the Journal reported, and the answer is yes: While 18-to-49 TV viewing in October is down 7% from last year, total household streaming-video subscriptions are up from 34% in January to 40% in September, according to the Journal’s review of Nielsen data. The data also showed a direct correlation between subscribing to a video service and watching less TV.

Not that anyone needed Nielsen to tell them that was going on.

(This article is sourced from: Mashable & The Wall Street Journal)


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John Lewis launch their Christmas TV ad for 2014

It seems that the UK department store John Lewis has cornered the emotional market when it comes to Christmas advertising, so much so that the launch of their annual Christmas TV commercial is now something of a national event that is eagerly anticipated by the viewing public. Created by Adan&Eve/DDB and costing over £1 million to produce, this years blockbuster advertisement is over two minutes long and tells the story of a little boy named Sam and his penguin friend Monty.

The campaign was launched on social media today and is booked to appear on national TV stations in the UK from this Friday. The advertisement is booked to premiere in the Channel 4 show Gogglebox  which is a popular reality show which shows various groups of people around the UK actually watching TV.

In addition to their estimated £6 million TV spend, John Lewis have looked to amplify the campaign by creating “Montys Den”. The department store has partnered with Samsung using a series of “technology firsts” such as “Monty’s Magical Toy Machine”, which will enable children to take their favorite toys in-store and bring them “to life” using Microsoft “photogrammery” tech that creates a moving 3D image, and “Monty’s Goggles” which use Google Cardboard to give kids a 360-degree tour of a virtual Sam and Monty world.

Also, all 43 John Lewis stores across the UK will feature penguins in some form in their displays to carry on the campaign’s theme.

John Lewis Penguin





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Time Magazine They Are A Changing

Here in Ireland we are well used to seeing newspapers and magazines with all sorts of advertising on the front page and even for them to have complete advertising wrap-arounds. However, in the US this practice isn’t so familiar and is actually frowned upon by most editors to the extent that most publications choose to keep their cover page as forbidden fruit for advertisers. This long standing tradition in the American print industry changed recently when the illustrious Time Magazine decided to run  an advertisement for the mobile phone carrier Verizon on its front cover. Time Inc., is America’s largest magazine publisher and is generally seen as the standard bearer within the country’s print industry. The advertisement wasn’t a full-blown wrap-around, but rather a tiny ad in the bottom left corner. time magazine       time mag ad

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Most brands measure success on Social Media by way of likes, retweets & click-thru’s

budgieWe all know that nothing truly sucks seeds like a toothless budgie. However if you are measuring the success of  your social media brand strategy then you will more than likely count the number of Facebook Likes, Twitter retweets and weblink click-throughs delivered.

Findings from a recent study undertaken by Ipsos OTX for the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) in America discovered that 89% of U.S. client-side marketers cited Facebook Likes as their number one measure of social media content effectiveness, with click-throughs (87%), retweets (81%), daily and monthly active users (66%) and reach (66%) also popular.

Somewhat surprisingly, the study found that only one in four respondents said that sales was an important metric, with cost per sale selected by just 5%.

ROI Metrics for Social Media

(Source: eMarketer)


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15 Fast Facts About Banner Advertisements

Online Banner Advertising

It is generally accepted that the first online banner advertisement appeared in 1994 and was for the telecommunications company AT&T. This ground breaking advertisement appeared on the web magazine site Hotwired. In homage to its 20 year anniversary, here are 15 fast facts about the humble online banner advertisement:

1.Over 5.3 trillion display ads were served to U.S. users last year. (ComScore)
2. That’s 1 trillion more than 2009. (ComScore)
3. The typical Internet user is served 1,707 banner ads per month. (Comscore)
4. Click-through rates are .1% (DoubleClick)
5. The 468 x 60 banner has a .04% click rate. (DoubleClick)
6. An estimated 31% of ad impressions can’t be viewed by users. (Comscore)
7. The display advertising Lumascape has 318 logos. (Luma Partners)
8. 8% of Internet users account for 85% of clicks. (ComScore)
9. Up to 50% of clicks on mobile banner ads are accidental. (GoldSpot Media)
10. Mobile CPMs are 75 cents. (Kleiner Perkins)
11. You’re more likely to survive a plane crash than click a banner ad. (Solve Media)
12. 15% of people trust banner ads completely or somewhat, compared to 29 percent for TV ads. (eMarketer)
13. 34% don’t trust banner ads at all or much, compared to 26 percent for magazine ads. (eMarketer)
14. 25-34-year olds see 2,094 banner ads per month. (ComScore)
15. 445 different advertisers delivered more than a billion banner ads in 2012. (ComScore)

Setting aside the above facts, here are some different metrics which online advertisers should consider for banner based campaigns apart from the widely used CTR metric:

  • Ad Engagement – No industry standard definition yet, but primarily reviewing if the ad creative is appealing and if a user interacted with the ad in any way such as a mouse over the ad for a certain period of time.
  • Display time – The time for which the ad was visible on the page.
  • Engagement Time – The time for which user interacted with the ad.
  • As per Google, Technology is helping advertisers factor in- emotional engagement and impact on offline behavior (like in-store shopping choices) as display advertising metrics to measure a campaign’s ROI.
  • Rich Media? – Rich media, so far, has proved to be very effective at improving ad engagement. From videos to games to carousels and forms, all available in the banner ad. A 2012 study by media mind states that rich media ads are three times more likely to bring prospects to your websites than traditional banner ads. According to ClickZ, rich media advertisements can generate 6 times higher engagement rates than static display ads.
  • Different way of Targeting? – Google primarily uses contextual targeting to put ads on publishers’ website. No doubt this is the best option available for advertisers at the moment but this clearly isn’t working very well. Facebook lets you use “Custom Audiences”, or in a way allows you to target users on the basis of their profile, demographics and how they have interacted with your website or content, but again, we know that the CTR on Facebook is generally much lower, in comparison. A better way would be to use targeting in a different way. For example, this is the reason why retargeting ads work better than normal ads. Similarly, letting user take control of what they want to see and what they don’t want to see, can help increase the Ad engagement and CTR. This can be accomplished by a simple ad feedback system such as the one which is offered by Adzerk and currently in use on many popular sites like Reddit and stack-overflow. It lets users give a thumbs up or down to an advertisement.
  • Fewer Ads? – Google predicts that by 2015, the average number of banner ads seen by an internet user will decline by at least 25%. People will see less banner ads but the ones they will see, will be more relevant and connect with the user which will take up the engagement rate.
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Online Grocery Shoppers Spend Less

Online ShoppingOne of the downsides for grocery retailers looking to shift their consumers to online shopping is that they are less likely to spend extra money on impulse buys. A new survey conducted amongst online grocery shoppers by the digital specialist eDigital Research found that 29% felt they were less inclined to make impulse purchases when shopping digitally. In contrast, just 7% said they made more impulse buys online than in-store. This gap, said the company, highlighted a potential threat to supermarkets which are busy encouraging more people to shop online with money-off vouchers.

As well as spending less, online shoppers are also more likely to switch brands than those shopping in-store. In eDigitalResearch’s survey, just 10% said they always stick with the same brands for particular items, suggesting that there is a huge opportunity to influence people’s purchase decisions and disrupt their journeys online.

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Coca-Cola creates miniature kiosks to help promote new mini-size Coke cans

Going on the premise that the medium is very much the message, Coca-Cola devised and ran an innovative campaign in Germany to help promote the launch of their new mini 7.5 ounce can size for Coke brand by installing a series of mini vending machine kiosks in five major cities around the country. The mini kiosks attracted a lot of curiosity and attention from passing consumers which helped to get across the key message. The kiosks may have been miniature in size, but they were very much real in that they had a real vendor inside them and that they also sold familiar newsstand items such as newspapers and sweets.


The novel kiosks were a huge hit with customers who were eager to purchase the mini-cans from the miniature vending machines while also posing beside the kiosks and the vendor to have their photograph taken. The kiosks were detail to the level that they also included a small set of table and chairs on the pavement beside the kiosks inviting people to sit down and enjoy their tiny can of Coke. The campaign included the tagline “it’s the little things that makes us happy”

For more details about the campaign, check out the video below:

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