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Super Bowl 2017 Data [Updated]

February 17, 2017

It was a thrilling Super Bowl comeback. But how about the ads? Which brands fared best in the post-game analyses that continue to roll in? Here's a look at some of the winners and losers, mostly from research examining the digital reverberation or impact of the commercials (it'll take time to see what type of broader impact the commercials had for advertising brands). Read more »

Global Sponsorship Spending Set For 4.5% Rise This Year

February 8, 2017

Sponsorship spending worldwide is expected to grow by 4.5% this year to $62.8 billion, according to the 32nd annual industry review and forecast from IEG. That 4.5% growth rate is relatively steady from last year (4.6%) and up from the two prior years (4.1%), as spending on sponsorships is projected to increase at a greater rate than spending on advertising (4.4%) and marketing/promotions (3%). Read more »

US Ad Spend Trends, by Medium, in 2016

February 6, 2017

In many ways, the final ad spending figures for 2016 demonstrated a continuation of previous trends, although there were some intriguing results mixed in, according to a review of figures recently released by Standard Media Index (SMI). Digital kept growing and print kept declining, but there were some indications of a shift away from digital and towards TV. Read more »

Mobile App Sessions Growth Slows in 2016; Category Cannibalization Begins

January 18, 2017

Year after year, mobile app sessions growth - while slowing - has been robust if not eye-opening. But that decade-long streak seems to be coming to an end, finds Flurry in its annual report, with the firm declaring that "on their tenth anniversary, mobile apps start eating their own." Read more »

Google’s Top Trending Searches of 2016, and Other Year-in-Review Lists

December 21, 2016

The 2016 US presidential election may have generated strong interest around the world, but neither it nor its participants cracked the top 5 trending searches in the US, says Google in its year in review. Instead, January's $1.5 billion Powerball was the top trending search in the US, also cracking the top 5 globally. Read more »

Premium Digital Video Viewing Migrating to the TV Screen

December 19, 2016

Premium digital video consumption - particularly content consumption in non-linear environments - continues to grow quickly, declares FreeWheel in its Q3 2016 Video Monetization Report [download page]. The study finds that more US audiences are consuming content in front of the TV screen, using over-the-top devices and set-top box video-on-demand (STB VOD). Read more »

Digital Display Ad Benchmarks in H1 2016, by Vertical and Region

November 28, 2016

sizmek-display-ad-benchmarks-by-region-in-h1-nov2016Want to know how your display ads measure up? Sizmek has plenty of answers for you, based on an analysis of hundreds of billions of impressions served via its platform during the first half of this year. Globally, the report [download page] indicates that the average click-through rate (CTR) for a standard banner ad was 0.16%, though there were considerable differences across regions. Read more »

Why Word-of-Mouth Should Be A Key Focus of Your Hispanic Marketing Strategy

October 19, 2016

kellerfaygroup-hispanics-and-brand-word-of-mouth-oct2016Word-of-mouth is the leading influencer of consumer purchase decisions in the US, topping all paid advertising channels. New research from Keller Fay Group, an Engagement Labs company, shows that Hispanics are not only more likely to engage in word-of-mouth than the general public, but also more likely to pass along the information they hear to others. Read more »

The World’s 10 Most Valuable Brands in 2016

October 11, 2016

interbrand-top-10-global-brands-oct2016Apple remains the most valuable brand in the world for the fourth consecutive year, with Google, Coca-Cola and Microsoft holding onto the #2, #3, and #4 positions, respectively, according to Interbrand's annual rankings [download page]. The report indicates that nine of last year's top 10 brands remain in the top 10 list this year, with McDonald's dropping from 9th to 12th, replaced by Mercedes Benz. Read more »

What Motivates Consumers to Engage With Online Content?

September 12, 2016

aol-consumer-motivations-engaging-with-online-content-sept2016Consumers' motivations for engaging with online content can be boiled down to 8 "content moments," says AOL in a new study that analyzed more than 55,000 content interactions across 8 global markets. The leading content moment overall is the one termed "Inspire," referring to consumers' search for new ideas and desire to try something new. Read more »