Anomaly, with R/GA and MKTG, created a "We're All Better Off with an Ally" campaign for Ally Financial that includes a #MyFinallyMoment challenge on TikTok and a 60-second spot that shows the important moments in life when the brand can help, with each scenario described by a word that incorporates "ally." The push also features a Milestone Initiative in collaboration with WarnerMedia, Milestone Media and DC to offer training to comic book artists and creators of color.
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Amazon is stripping Twitch and IMDb TV users' IP addresses from data it shares with third parties, making it difficult for marketers to judge how frequently specific users have seen commercials. The company says that it's acting to protect user privacy.
IAB, with PwC, predicts US digital ad spending will reach $165.5 billion in 2022 and then top $200.3 billion in 2025. The IAB Outlook: 2022 Digital Ad Ecosystem highlights three challenges such as a waning tolerance for digital ads, and IAB's Sue Hogan says, "Advertisers and their agencies would be wise to look at the innovations in publishing that focus on anticipating consumer needs and shrinking the number of clicks to provide what consumers want."
YouTube's Shorts global daily viewership grew from 6.5 billion in March to more than 15 billion by the summer, during which the channel became available in the US during May. YouTube's plans to continue developing the 60-second format include content developer tools such as more music access and new editing tools, refining the viewer experience to make efforts easily discoverable, and "lightly testing ad formats," says Kevin Ferguson, director, operations and partnerships for YouTube Shorts.
This infographic shares insights from TikTok about Halloween engagement on the platform. The top content categories for last year's Halloween included lip-sync singing, acting and dialogue, comedy and dance, and top hashtags include #trickortreat with 336 billion views, #halloween with 20 billion views, #halloweenlook with 4.5 billion views and #halloweenmakeup with 1.2 billion views.
Colle McVoy's campaign for Texas pediatric health care provider Children's Health features lighthearted spots showing children explaining why they're going to get the COVID-19 vaccine and parents getting answers to their biggest concerns about the vaccination. The push includes social, audio, out-of-home and print advertising.
Snap and Universal Pictures created a "Halloween Kills" augmented reality experience on Snapchat that uses volumetric video technology to bring Michael Myers to life for the film that will debut on Peacock and in theaters. A behind-the-scenes video shows how the experience was created, and the movie's director David Gordon Green says, "We're reaching new levels of terror with Snapchat."
Abercrombie & Fitch's Hollister brand has appointed 18-year-old Fortnite world champion and Twitch star Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf as its "chief gaming scout." Bugha's first work for the brand includes the creation of a sweatpants and hoodie set designed specifically for gamers and leading Team Hollister, a training program for Twitch streamers.
IAB Tech Lab has launched the Tech Lab Transparency Center, with the goal of providing a resource to make it easy for digital advertising participants -- buyers, sellers and adtech companies -- to see which standards media partners have implemented, their level of compliance, certification program results, and more. This will help ensure a safe, privacy-centric ad experience for consumers.
"The Transparency Center has been designed and built to provide a single source of truth that ensures a safe and reliable transaction between buyer and seller. The Transparency Center will continue to evolve and grow over time, and add more programs and resources to serve the entire advertising ecosystem," said Anthony Katsur, CEO, IAB Tech Lab.