Facebook announces WhatsApp adverts

Facebook announces WhatsApp adverts

It’s currently a free platform enjoyed by nearly two billion people. But users can expect a significant change in their experience of WhatsApp, next year – when Facebook bosses plan to flood it with adverts. The Android and iOS chat app, which was originally released in 2009, will start to embed paid-for content in the app’s Status feature from 2019.  It comes five years after Mark Zuckerberg’s company bought the platform from co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton for a whopping £22billion. Both Koum and Acton later quit Facebook, citing differences with the social media company. Insiders believe they were unhappy that their beloved product – which was originally marketed as advert-free and end-to-end encrypted – would soon host commercial content at the expense of users’ privacy.   Specifically, although the latter will remain unchanged, the men were unhappy that Facebook wanted to share data across platforms in order to customise the adverts. Source: The Daily Mail  What do you think about the prospect of advertising on...
The Media Angel in National Finals of Prestigious Marketing Awards

The Media Angel in National Finals of Prestigious Marketing Awards

For the second year running we are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for The Drum Marketing Awards. Our entry for “Public Sector Marketing Strategy of the Year “ was for The National Botanic Garden Of Wales’s Summer Campaign for 2017 which helped to dramatically increase their family footfall by 43%  to the Gardens . The Drum Marketing awards celebrate the best marketers and campaigns nationally and internationally. Open to advertising agencies, in-house marketing teams, design consultancies, digital agencies, PR companies and integrated agencies we are pleased to represent Wales against some of the larger UK agencies. The Drum Marketing Awards are considered to be one of the industry’s most sought after accolades and have many prestigious judges such as Michal Szaniecki, marketing Director, Volkswagen and…. Vanessa Fitzgerald Regional Director, Northern Europe, Facebook. We created a multi faceted campaign which focused around the new British Bird of Prey Centre utilising Out of Home (OOH), On line, regional press and radio.  We are shortlisted along with some impressive national campaigns such as BBC Children in Need “Do Your Thing” and Kindered for HM Treasury and The Royal Mint. Alison Debono, MD of The Media Angel said “We are beyond thrilled to be representing Wales as finalists at The Drum Awards 2018, especially as we are in the same category as such huge brands.” The results will be revealed and the trophies handed out at the award ceremony on 30th May at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel,...
Integrating TV Advertising with DOOH

Integrating TV Advertising with DOOH

When TV advertising and DOOH advertising are combined, the impact on the viewer is significantly increased rather than with one medium alone. TV advertising creates prestige for a brand whilst developing an element of trust with the viewer. 77% of adults claim that TV adverts are most likely to trigger an emotional response leaving a memorable impression on the viewers mind. DOOH is more likely to engage people who are active, such as commuters, shoppers, and socialisers. Their engagement with the ad in this active state will thus make it more likely that the brand becomes inescapable; it’s marketing message engrained. From a planning point of view the integration of DOOH and TV is flexible in deadline cut off allowing changes to marketing messages and reaction to the current market place. DOOH advertising is fast and responsive, with campaign amendments often made hourly. This affords brands the agility to optimise their advertising activity, boost campaign efficiency, and obtain last-minute deals. What’s more, campaign efficiency can be increased by integrating the targeting capabilities of TV and DOOH advertising. TV ads allow for demographic targeting, as they can be placed on niche interest channels or programming watched by a brand’s target audience. DOOH ads can be targeted in terms of location (for example, advertising outside a retail outlet to attract more customers) and time (for example, advertising by lunchtime to target commuters). Indeed, DOOH ads will serve as a perfect supplement to TV ads because they are not as easily avoided as TV ads, and will reach a wider audience. Finally, integration heightens online response. Indeed, 74% of UK adults claim...
Which TV Ads the public chose as their favourite in 2016?

Which TV Ads the public chose as their favourite in 2016?

Which TV Ads did the public choose as their most favourite of 2016? Answered by Adwatch, who has charted the year’s 20 best-recalled TV brands, the ten most memorable individual ads and the ten best-liked commercials. The favourite advert of 2016 is McVitie’s “Kittens”.   The highest recalled advert of 2016 is “Epic squads” for Moneysupermarket.com.   The best overall recalled advertising for an entire year is for  DFS.   DFS’s high recollection is attributed in part to it’s Team GB sponsorship, and it’s focus on the DFS history, quality, British craftsmanship, 15-year guarantees and handmade-to-order sofas.     So it appears that animals, brand mascots and celebrities work best for recollection and popularity.   Best Recalled Brands Rank Last year Brand Points* Mentions* TV adspend £m** Total adspend £m** 1 3 DFS 151 27 42.56 66.33 2 2 Aldi 112 20 41.97 68.88 3 1 Sky TV 104 16 90.40 188.67 4 6 Argos 84 17 32.05 38.96 5 11 Oak Furniture Land 81 10 22.34 22.70 6 13= Tesco 76 8 32.47 61.05 7 4 McDonald’s 70 13 47.52 77.36 8 5 Comparethemarket.com 66 7 26.23 30.79 9 18 Lidl 61 12 41.03 72.17 10 – Amazon 57 8 42.72 64.07 11 – Philadelphia 47 6 5.81 6.89 12 20= Walkers 46 5 20.56 20.85 13 – Gocompare.com 45 5 17.81 21.05 14= 13= BT 37 8 57.71 132.02 14= 10 Morrisons 37 10 26.00 51.68 16 – Cadbury 34 4 15.42 24.12 17= 8= Asda 32 7 33.58 67.18 17= – B&Q 32 4 15.04 24.30 17= – Müller 32 4 21.76 24.76 20= 8= Iceland...
Increase your audience with OOH Technology

Increase your audience with OOH Technology

As out of home technologies go digital, advertising can now be extremely dynamic, creative interactive and engaging Increasingly internet users are accessing the web through mobiles. Outdoor digital advertising allows advertisers to integrate mobile with large displays. New technologies are bringing a whole new way to target and engage with your audience. Gaze recognition, gender recognition, and even emotion recognition are enabling advertisers to target messages precisely at their passing audience. As campaigns such as “Look at Me” for Women’s Aid prove. The ad used gaze- tracking technology to monitor how many people were looking at the display at any one time – changing the creative as more people paid attention to it.     There are opportunities to engage with mobile users through the use of apps created especially for a particular campaign; for example NHS Blood and Transplant’s “virtual blood donation” campaign, required passers-by to make a “blood donation” using an augmented reality app, while on a connected out-of-home display, a sick patient is shown gradually returning to health as the virtual donation takes effect.     Advertisers have increasingly been able to break down audiences into precise segments, across all media enabling them to target their messages in ever-more specific ways. Using the latest technology innovations, advertisers can target individuals in real time using digital out-of-home solutions – making media work harder than ever before. For example, Renault used vehicle recognition to target motorists. With only seconds to catch their attention, they delivered a targeted message based on audience demographics and vehicle spec. Cameras identified the make, model and colour of vehicles from their number plates, and...