Facebook is now giving advertisers the option of running ads in the stream of publishers' videos, similar to TV commercials. The new feature, as well as Facebook's planned launch of a separate, YouTube-esque video service, aims to put Facebook in sharper competition with online rivals and traditional television.
Radio advertising is migrating to digital in the form of online audio, offering several advantages for advertisers, including immunity to ad-blocking, viewability bots and various forms of fraud. The development opens a new field of possibilities in podcasting comparable to the dawn of paid search, writes Didit co-founder Kevin Lee.
Shoppers are sharing more images of their finds on social media and the influence of consumer-generated content is proving greater than what brands say about themselves, according to a survey from BazaarVoice. "Increasingly, we are seeing products and brands becoming a significant part of the social experience," the report says.
In this interview, Twitter executive Dara Nasr talks about how far the platform has come and where it's headed, with next week marking the 10-year anniversary of the hashtag. Nasr discusses combating trolls with machine learning and better reporting, plus why the platform is focused on creating mutually rewarding relationships with media companies, such as news publishers and TV networks.
Reddit is rolling out autoplay video ads without sound, which have been trialed by brands such as A24 and Dazn. The platform is trying to woo advertisers with its 50,000 sub-communities, with a "conversational and commenting" feature aligned with the videos, says Zubair Jandali, Reddit's vice president of sales.
Vogue has teamed with Google to bring its September edition to life on Home devices, with users able to ask the device to unlock voice content from the magazine's writers about the articles they have written. Print ads are running in the magazine to promote the Google Home tie-in, and the collaboration is "the first of its kind," a Google rep said.
WPP's GroupM is rolling out global viewability standards that mandate that 100% of ad pixels are in view for a certain amount of time across all formats. Pre- and mid-roll video impressions must be instigated by users with sound on and watched for at least 50% of their duration, and social video impressions can be user-initiated or auto-played, with sound on or off.
Global content marketing revenue is on track this year for 14% annual growth, duplicating last year's gain, according to a forecast by PQ Media. The report also highlights the role of mobile apps, noting that they are "go-to" platforms for posts on social media.
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