Love Island: inside ITV’s social media strategy

Love Island: inside ITV’s social media strategy

When your show sells thousands of branded water bottles, it has to be doing something right. For 2018, the broadcaster’s social media team are being pragmatic about the platforms they’re using to interact with viewers; decoupling from Snapchat to crack on with Instagram Stories instead.   ITV senior digital producers Kenny England said he believed ITV 2’s Snapchat issue weren’t due to a sudden decline in interest of Love Island, but that the dip was platform-specific, and in part due to the app’s poorly-received redesign. In the first month alone Love Island’s official account has “nearly doubled” its Instagram audience. The page has been using Instagram’s Stories product to direct fans to quizzes, divulge teaser soundbites and share its popular ‘The First Look’ video, which gives viewers a two-minute daily preview of the upcoming episode. While it is pulling away from Snapchat, the show is still investing a lot of resource in Twitter, which England said gives fans a platform to discuss the show, especially its “watercooler moments” in real-time. “Love Island has become so important to Twitter that the company took out a cover-wrap of the Metro on the day of the first episode, just to remind people to use it while watching the show,” he added. Of the platforms Series Four is using, England described Instagram as the ‘perfect‘ one. The visual tone of it, he noted, matches the show’s own attention to visual perfection, which affects everything from set backdrops to the contestants themselves. The partnerships too have expanded from those with [main sponsor] Superdrug and Ministry of Sound that ran during Series Three, to 10...
The battle for top spot: Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook

The battle for top spot: Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook

It’s been a rocky start to 2018 for some of the social media giants! When Instagram began testing adverts, they had just reached 150 million daily users. This month, Facebook has announced they are rolling out the function in the US, Brazil and Mexico. Eytan Oren, CEO of full-service agency Block Party, said his agency tracked 100 brands for two weeks in March and found that 79 of them were using Instagram Stories, while just seven were using Facebook’s version, but a look at those same 100 brands today revealed that seven had posted Facebook Stories in the past 24 hours alone. A year ago, the stories function in the Facebook app wasn’t well-known, or well-used. But now, the function is being used more and more, and the hope is that the ads will be targeted to get people interested in new products and services. Instagram are also releasing new features; the ability to add an image post to your story was added last week, allowing users to easily share content. However, Snapchat is faring less well than the other “big two” after a disastrous re-design earlier in the year. The new offering from Snapchat is the introduction of un-skippable ads and it may not be their best move. Snapchat attempt to appease unhappy advertisers To appease brands that were not happy with short average view times on their ads—less than 2 seconds on average, according to top Snapchat advertisers, the platform has introduced forced-view 6-second adverts. As well as the possibility of angering users, the adverts don’t link to longer videos or e-commerce sites as they did previously....
Angel to Apprentice

Angel to Apprentice

The end of August saw our Agency Support Executive, Daniel take to the streets of Cardiff to offer school leavers advice and support ahead of their GCSE results. Showcasing what apprenticeships have to offer and talking about their first-hand experience of undertaking an apprenticeship. Daniel joined the team back in May and since been going from strength to strength. Working closely with our client ACT Training Ltd we saw the great opportunities and benefits of an apprenticeship. Daniel who has a thirst for learning jumped at the idea of doing an apprenticeship. As a team, we discussed what would be best for Daniel and the team. This September Daniel will be undertaking a Level 3 apprenticeship in Social and Digital Marketing. Daniel said, “I’ve always been interested in the world of media and advertising so I’m really grateful for the opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship in social and digital marketing as it’s provided me with the opportunity to turn a long-standing hobby into a career.” He added, “I’m looking forward to learning more about the practical applications of social media for a professional purpose and seeing how I can transform the social media channels of The Media Angel.” As a team, we are very excited to see what Daniel will be learning and how we will put that into practice.   Watch the full interview with Made in Cardiff Tv –...
Facebook Revenue Continues to Increase

Facebook Revenue Continues to Increase

Facebook’s advertising revenue has increased 63% year-on-year to $6.24 billion in the second quarter of this year. Video is the main driver behind this surge in revenue according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg who says that video is at the heart of Facebook services. For the three months ending in June, Facebook posted $6.44 billion in revenue, a 59% increase on Q2 2015, while profit rocketed by 189% to $2.06 billion year on year. 84% of revenue stream is attributed to mobile up 76% from last year, enhancing the impact that mobile has on the user. The number of daily active users continues to increase, 17%  up in June to 1.13 billion users on average a day. The platforms in which we use to deliver our campaigns are continuously evolving, The Media Angel team keep updated with all current developments to get the best outcomes for our clients. Get in touch  today to discuss the best channels for your marketing...
Beyonce Takes Cardiff By Storm

Beyonce Takes Cardiff By Storm

 City Centre shoppers and concert goers alike were stunned to come across international pop sensation Beyonce walking around alongside them. The ‘Crazy In Love’ singer was seen popping into Cardiff’s Park Plaza Hotel on Wednesday night and spotted having a drink with rugby pundit Jonathan Davies.  She was also caught last minute shopping in St David’s 2 shopping centre prior to her Formation tour performance at The Principality Stadium on Thursday 30th June. OK!, we confess, it wasn’t the real Beyonce. It was an awareness campaign for our client ACT Training Limited. We hired a high-profile look-a-like Beyonce to tie in with Queen B’s concert, with the objective to raise awareness amongst young people about the apprenticeship schemes ACT has to offer. Watch the promotional video below. Gemma Shaw, our hired Queen B spent two days in Cardiff, travelling around in an ACT branded taxi and interacting with fans in the City Centre, followed by “Paparazzi” and accompanied by her entourage, drawing large crowds and taking selfies with fans. Hired entourage and promo staff were briefed to engage with the general public, ideally targeting 16 – 24 year olds. As they eagerly waited to have a snap with the look alike pop queen, they were informed of ACT’s key messages. Traineeships, Apprenticeship and Higher Apprenticeships – all offer an opportunity to earn and learn, working towards nationally recognised qualifications, whilst earning a wage, gaining skills and building a rewarding career. ACT works with over 700 employers across Wales who are waiting for young, ambitious candidates. The first orchestrated sighting of “Beyonce” was on Wednesday evening at the Park Plaza...