Roku recently announced that 43% of the content watched on its over-the-top devices during the first six months of 2017 was supported by ads, and 41% of its profits for the same period came from advertising. "Ad-supported OTT should prove to be a strong contender for television advertising dollars as more and more viewers shift away from traditional television," writes Alan Wolk.
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Shutterfly marketing chief John Boris talks about adapting the brand to the mobile age and how Shutterfly's app lets consumers create products with digital photos while capturing data to improve experiences. He discusses investing in predictive technology and segmentation tools, and the importance of using lift testing to tweak strategy.
YouTube TV became the first "presenting" brand sponsor for the World Series on Fox Sports, running spots that lasted six seconds, 30 seconds and two minutes during games, and a display ad featuring the platform's red play button behind home plate. YouTube TV's Angela Courtin said the campaign resulted in a double-digit rise in brand awareness and nearly doubled social mentions of the service.
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Co.create NYC and Kellogg's are opening a permanent cereal cafe in New York City's Union Square, which will include an open kitchen where consumers can see the cereal concoctions being created. The store will also feature a do-it-yourself "cereal creation station," and the menu will incorporate popular items from the brand's former pop-up cafe in Times Square.
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One-third of podcast "super listeners" say they find the format very trustworthy, beaten only by newspapers, and 96% have recommended podcasts to someone they know, the Knight Foundation and Edison Research report. Eighty-four percent of respondents listen to podcasts via their phones, 69% listen while on the move, and the Knight Foundation describes "super listeners" as "passionate advocates and influencers [who] might be one of the most powerful marketing tools at our disposal."
Twitter has confirmed it's testing a tweetstorm feature with users who are members of its Experiments Program. A "+" button in the compose box enables users to include multiple tweets in one conversational thread.
The Federal Communications Commission has given the green light to Next Gen TV -- a feature that enables more targeted TV ads by allowing networks to track viewing behavior as well as offering improved pictures and interactive services. "This is game-changing technology for broadcasting and our viewers," said Gordon Smith, president of the National Association of Broadcasters.
How does GE, a 125-year-old company, keep its brand fresh and relevant year after year? It helps when the roots of the company are grounded in innovation, experimentation and disruption from its founder, Thomas Edison. CMO Linda Boff explains how she creates an environment to foster innovation at GE.