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The Growth of Digital Ad Spend

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

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Over the last few years, the rumours of declines within the print industry have been no secret. It has been said that the stresses put on publishers and radio have been immense. However, in 2012, the combined ad space for newspapers and magazines outweighed that of the internet. That being said, it would be ignorant to ignore the fact that we are living in an age where digital is everything.

This post uses data retrieved by Zenithoptimedia, a company that aims on improving the efficiency of marketing spend. This ROI agency is focusing on the US because it is the biggest market for overall ad spends.

Fantastic Figures

Zenithoptimedia predicts that the year-end of 2013 will see digital ad spend being 22% in the United States, and mobile ads 3.7% of the total global spend. The global ad spend growth is projected to reach $503 billion. The figures are foreseeing that amounts going into digital ad spend are only going to increase.

The US has the single largest ad market. The digital ad spend in 2013 is 21.8% ($109.7 billion), growing from its 19% in 2012.

Though it is a growing trend, mobile still remains to be seen as a solid minority. US mobile ads make up 3.7% of all ad spend, equalling to $6.2 billion.

What is driving the most growth in advertising? This is easy to answer. It’s mobile. Mobile ad spend sees a growth by 81% this year in the USA, adding up to 8.4% of total ad spend across all borders. In comparison to this, the internet advertising market is growing by just 16% and sees to comprise 27.8% of total ad spend by the year 2015.

On a global basis, mobile ads have been worth $8.3billion in 2012. 9.5% of internet expenditure and with 1.7% of advertising across all media. Zenithopticmedia goes onto predicting the total rise calculating to $33.1 billion. This would be comprised of 25.2% internet expenditure and 6.0% all other expenditure combined.

The Rise of Mobile

The rapid growth of mobile ads should come as no surprise..  some are in the belief that due to the sales of tablets, it could possibly overrun the sales of desktop PC’s by the end of this year. Smartphones are undoubtedly becoming the primary manner in which people are accessing the net.  Zenithoptimedia does not disclose who is leading the change in mobile ads, but in the past Google has taken first place.

With the rise of Millenial Medias’ JumpTap, Twitters’ MoPub, Facebook Ads and Instagrams’ plan to launch ads, mobile revenues are sure to pick up, dramatically.

Welcome All: Augmented Reality, Say What?

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

imagesThis innovative and technologically advanced trend is set to hit the world with a force. Augmented Reality Ad Campaigns are Hot Hot Hot! Big brands such as Toyota, Samsung and Heinz have taken to this new way of advertising.

What is it?

Augmented reality allows customers to interact directly with the brand through their smartphones or tablets. Think here of a printed advertisement. Simply point your smartphone at the ad and watch it trigger through your screen into a 3D, interactive video. Talk about futuristic. This advancement has the ability to change the advertising world forever! Riveting stuff, right?

This technology started around 2008, but has only recently hit it off as nearly every person has a smartphone. This mode of advertising, gives the brand an opportunity to directly integrate themselves within the digital and real world.

How Does it Work?

By downloading an app, here I’ll use the example of Blippar, the app uses your camera on your smartphone/tablet to recognise images which have components of augmented reality. It then triggers an automatic response to which is submitted back to your phone, allowing you to interact with whatever the ad campaign is all about.

Have a look at a few examples of this revolutionary ad experience!

Heinz

Maybelline

Toyota

Are you aware of your online rep?

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Online.RepThe time is over when companies could keep tabs on their reputation simply through one on one

customer relations. Thanks to the digital age, your company’s reputation is just as important online

as well as in reality. Whether your company is online or not, the important of Online Reputation

Management is real.

 

One of the biggest mistakes companies are doing today, is hiding from the World Wide Web. There

seems to be a mentality that if you’re not feeding your business with social news feeds, you’re safe.

Wrong! It doesn’t matter whether you’re on social websites, your companies name is out there, and

if you’re not careful, unhappy clients could be slandering your name, without your knowledge!

Reputation is so important in a business. Your customers create the success or demise of your

business. By not realising the impact of online reputation, your business is sure to feel the effects.

There are numerous sites on the web that allows clients to speak openly about their experience with

you. It is your duty to manage this and respond to messages that complain and rebuild your online

reputation which directly impacts your reputation as a business on a whole.

If you’re weary of social media, here are a few tips to help you on your way

to having a good OR.

• Online Aid

Facebook and Twitter are amazing tools for your business- Use them! Customers with

queries or complaints can use your page to talk directly to you, and you have the power to

communicate directly to them on a social platform, to which others can see the issue being

resolved.

• Keep Your Cool

Remember the internet is transparent. Ensure you keep a cool cerebellum at all times,

no matter how much of a nuisance your customer may be. Deal with the matter in a

professional manner as you would face to face.

• Brand Ambassadors

As mentioned in point 1, complaints and resolutions are all transparent. Everyone can see

them. Turn your most monstrous client into a happy one and watch as he/she recommends

your business to all.

Online reputation management is real. Companies are now offering services to manage your brands

reputation. This service is one to invest in. Never underestimate the power of the digital realm. Keep

in the loop at all times, and never let your business suffer due to ignorance.

Clean Convenience On Your Car -The Road Shower

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

With spring around the corner, the avid outdoorsy types come out to play. For those of you who areRoad.Shower

into all the latest gidgets and gadgets, as well as being a lover of all things outdoors- this is for you.

Introducing…. The Road Shower!

 

This innovative product sees to it that you have a shower readily available for all those hikes

and camps you’ll be taking come summer sun. Made by Canadian, Joel Cotton, this Road Shower

creation consists of a pressurized tank that mounts easily on your vehicles roof rack. The tank is

made up of powder-coated aluminium with holds 19 litres of water. Whilst up on the roof in the

sunlight, the black paint aids in absorbing the heat, thus warming up the water for when you get

back to base. Fear not cold shower lovers, there is a handy radiator-inspired fill cap which relieves

steam should the water be too hot.

This handy apparatus is great for a number of purposes aside from the shower aspect. Use it to

rinse off your bikes after a few hours on the dusty mountain or haul it conveniently for easy water

consumption.

Keep an eye out for this Road Shower once it hits on a commercial scale.

Welcome all, Google’s New Keyword Planner!

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Keyword.PlannerSay farewell to Google’s Adwords Keyword Tool and how-do-you-do to Google’s new Adwords Keyword Planner. With the release of this new integrated tool, SEO strategists are left with a huge question mark on their foreheads. Some of the comments on forums haven’t been too welcoming, but let’s weigh up the options in a more enthusiastic manner, shall we?

First things first, let’s point out the new features of this Keyword Planner Tool.

  • One of the most NB features of this new tool is that Google has decided to incorporate mobile devices as part of the default search results. Previously, results were limited to desktop PC’s and laptops only. With the ever-growing technology, users are more likely to search for content through their mobile phones or tablets.
  • With this, numbers tend to be higher.
  • The Keyword Planner combines the functionality of the old Keyword Tool and the Traffic Estimator into a smooth and integrated workflow.
  • This new tool gives data for exact keywords. Users can now upload their own keywords and see how they perform in accordance to the data result.
  • Google is forcing users to identify themselves by having to log on to Gmail in order to use the Planner.
  • The tool divides keywords into suggested adgroups (this is mostly for PPC) but this also aids in assisting you to see which keywords Google deems topically related.
  • Hyper-local geographical search option. This means, not only do results of keyword planning show for say example, South Africa, but users can now narrow their search to more localized searches. So what keywords are Capetonians searching for?

So, how does this new Keyword Planner impact on SEO Analysts and Web Content Writers?

Well, with the new feature of being able to examine keyword research on a hyper-local basis, writers are now able to gain a better understanding of the volume and competition in the general geographical area they are targeting.

With regards to keyword research, Google is striving for users to learn their demographics. The Keyword Planner forces writers to focus on magnetic content, based on what your clientele are interested in and what they want to know about. A great tool to use for this is a social media platform. By providing valuable content, users are more likely to stay on your site for longer, keep coming back, thus improving your sites usability and increasing your websites ranking.

On an overall basis, one may say, “don’t fix what isn’t broken”. However, technology is on a permanent state of evolution and it is important for Google (and every online marketing team) to keep up. The Google Keyword Planner might not seem like a good idea to most, but we say give it a chance- It’s going to help not only you, but more importantly, your business.

 

 

 

Keep track of Business Mileage for Tax with a GPS

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Innovative GPS Log Book DeviceGPS.LogBook

If you’re one of the unfortunate people who find themselves with a cubby-hole filled with papers and slips of recorded mileage, this new little gadget is for you. The GPS Log Book provides you with a convenient, hassle-free way of logging your mileage for the dreaded tax returns data.

Simple as 1 2 3…

Simply plug the Log Book into your vehicles’ cigarette lighter sockets and you’re ready to go. This device switches on and off with your car, so no need to push a button! This innovative piece of technology uses GPS satellites to track your movement. It’s even possible to merge trips and program your device to areas in which you find yourself travelling often.

Tax Shmax

All information is stored on Log Books’ servers. However, keep a personal record on your laptop month to month, by using the provided USB cable. When submitting data for your tax return, Log Books’ website can automatically generate a South African Revenue Complaint Book at a click of a button.

 

So save yourself and your car the hassle of storing slips and manual log books, and get yourself this handy gadget either on logbooks website or at your nearest Tiger Wheel and Tyre store.

Technology: 3D Holograms for Organ Diagnostics

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

This is beyond cool. When the Tu Pac hologram in Coachella made its appearance, holograms became real to the masses. Doctors have Holographic.Organtaken this to the next level with 3D holograms of patients’ organs.

A Mexican enterprise, Echopixel, created this unique software that allows doctors to use 500- 1000 images of a patients respective organ, through MRI’s or CT scans, and manifest them into actual holograms that may be manipulated for diagnostic  treatments. This technology opens up the medical world to a range of less invasive treatments and diagnosis. Echopixel created a computer system called ZSpace, which allows doctors to use a flat screen for the projected hologram feature.

The program uses the images of the organs taken from scans and fuses it with a tri-dimensional form. This allows the flat image to be volumised.

Science at its best, this holographic technique allows surgeons to manipulate the hologram, for example, opening up a vein or enlarging it to get to areas that wouldn’t be so visible through surgery or scanning. This allows for views of tumours etc, which may be underlying.

Although not 100% fool proof, this technology proves we have much more to be discovered and created in the terrific field of technology.

Killer Content

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

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The Importance of Updating your Content

 

In today’s digital age, it’s not just enough to have good content on your website. Content constantly needs to be new, fresh and precise.

One of the main reasons to update your content is to keep matters relevant. It is so important to be on top of what your target market is searching for. Regular maintenance of your websites content is essential to make sure your clients are getting the very best information. By updating you high quality content, you are maintaining a competitive edge within your line of work. If users of your website get the best experience with you, this will result in maximising on sales as well as improving your online presence.

There are two types of website content:

  • Static – “About Us”, “FAQ”, “Contact” (Not as often updated)
  • Dynamic – “Blogs”, “Articles”, “News” (Updated frequently)

Within the last year, search engines have implemented new algorithms which search for content that is written for the human eye and not robots. The days of counting the keywords you have on a page, are over. Nowadays it’s a different story completely. Online presence is optimised through magnetic web content.

As we are all aware, social media rules the school. It opens up an interactive space for customers to engage with your business and constantly be fed with new updates.

All in all- Remember that high quality, magnetic content is KING of the web!

Facebook removes ads from controversial pages to avoid boycott

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Facebook has announced a major revamp on their advertising systems to assist with the prevention of offensive content. There will now be new restrictions on where the dedicated advert will appear on the social media network.

Companies like Marks and Spencer and BSkyB suspended their advertising after complaints about their adverts being placed on pages with offensive material. As a result, Facebook are planning to remove any advertising from many of its pages.

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Facebook said, “We recognize we need to do more to prevent situations where ads are displayed alongside controversial Pages and Groups. So we are taking action.”

The social network has decided to implement new processes to determine which pages should feature adverts alongside the content. Adverts will not have any violent, graphic or sexual content, even if this content is not in violation of the specified company’s rules.

It is said that Facebook will create a “gold standard” of approximately 10,000 pages that are suitable for adverts, and then inspect other pages to be added to this list. For now, all adverts will be removed from other pages.

Companies that have been victims to offensive advertising have said that they would be glad to use Facebook again, provided that their advertising would not appear alongside offensive content, or material that would potentially harm their brand.

Image Reference:

Wikimotive, Blog Article, viewed 4 July 2013 <http://blog.wikimotive.com/new-facebook-advertising-brilliant-and-unexpected/>

Flash vs JQuery: A quick explanation

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Often while brainstorming design briefs with new clients, the client will ask the question:

“What is the difference between Flash and JQuery, and which one should I be using on my website?”.

Below follows a brief explanation of this.

Flash has more animation capabilities than JQuery. For example, various items in a Flash presentation can be animated separately and to full effect. However, Flash files can at times take longer to load, and are not supported across some devices (eg. iPads, some mobile devices).

Flash is mainly used for complex animations, video/audio players, or complex multimedia.

JQuery is slightly more limited in animation capabilities, but often loads faster than Flash files. JQuery animations are largely used for image slideshow effects where less extensive animation is required.

JQuery can successfully be used on websites for image slide shows, popup windows, animated effects on buttons and menus, and to animate the display of sections of content.