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January 10, 2017

Instagram Is Testing Mid-Roll Video Ad Pop-Ups In Stories

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The new Instagram tests are essentially an extension of Facebook's ad experiments in live video, where it has been serving mid-roll ads into broadcasts. Facebook has been tinkering with these mid-roll video ads as a way to make money from streaming. Now with options available on both platforms, publishers have more opportunities to test the viability of the format as a marketing investment.

New year, new ads.

January 10, 2017

Why Trello, A Simple To-Do App Is Worth $425 Million

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Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes describes Trello as a simple online application. But simple doesn’t have to mean cheap: His company just agreed to acquire the web-based project management app for $425 million—a ridiculous-sounding amount of money that may well be worth paying. Despite being only the fourth-most popular project management tool according to Project Management Zone, Trello was the fastest growing in 2016 increasing from 4.5 million users in 2014 to over 19 million in 2016.

Trello, it’s me.

December 12, 2016

Why Sex, Millennials and Video Didn't Sell For Elite Daily

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Eight months ago, Elite Daily was “the voice of Generation Y,” in the words of a presentation it made to advertisers. Two weeks ago, the Daily Mail General Trust, its parent company, wrote down the entirety of its investment in the millennial-focused publisher, a tacit admission that the site was worthless to the company and its investors. That plunge is the latest turn in a wild ride Elite Daily’s been on since it launched in 2012.

Forty million down the drain.

December 7, 2016

Netflix Wins Top Marketer of the Year

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Topping a list of 10 brands that were recognized for highly effective work this year, Netflix isn't what you would call a quintessential marketer. For one, the streaming video service does little in the way of traditional marketing. And what it does do, it doesn't like to discuss.

The A-list.

December 5, 2016

Can You Figure Out the Mystery Inside This Remarkable Ad About High School Love?

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At the outset, we meet Evan, a high school kid who can't wait for summer break. He's so bored that he begins etching words into a table in the library. The next day, he finds that someone has written back to him on the table—and there ensues a back-and-forth that's pretty captivating. Perhaps too captivating. 

A message deeper than sketches.

November 15, 2016

Publishers Turn a Blind Eye to Content-Recommendation Ads

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Those article recommendation boxes at the bottom of publishers’ article pages have a clickbait problem, which is why prestige publishers Slate and The New Yorker recently removed the modules from their sites and others are reconsidering them. In testing, “it makes people angry,” About.com CEO Neil Vogel said of the content in the modules. But how do these links get there in the first place? 

Survival of the spammy-est.

November 10, 2016

Instagram Will Now Let Creators Add URL Links, Tag Friends, and Create Boomerangs in Stories

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Today, Instagram is adding three new features to Stories in what they are calling the biggest update to Stories since its launch, including letting creators add URL links. One of the biggest gripes with Snapchat has been creators can’t add links to their Snaps and Stories, meaning their viewers are stuck inside the Snapchat ecosystem. This makes it extremely hard for creators (and brands) to monetize.

Your move, Snapchat.

October 26, 2016

For Now, TV Broadcasters See Facebook Live as Marketing

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Facebook’s live video might rack up enormous numbers, but TV broadcasters still see it as a marketing vehicle for the cash cow of TV. While Twitter has started buying broadcast rights to live sports, and a few Facebook-savvy publishers like Bleacher Report and The Lad Bible are doing some live-game broadcasts of their own on the platform, the reality is that live sports on social platforms at scale is still pretty far away.

Going with the flow.

October 21, 2016

7 Ways to Use Emojis For Marketing

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Emojis - you see them everywhere. Every social network supports them as do messaging apps. And it's not just about happy, sad, angry, (insert expression) faces any longer. In June of this year, the Unicode Consortium accepted 72 new emojis, including an avocado and clinking glasses. What's more, there are several good reasons to use emojis in marketing, particularly if your goal is to curry favor from millennials.

Don’t worry, be happyface.

October 19, 2016

Meet the Woman Who Could Turn Jet.com Into the Digital Era's Ultimate Challenger Brand

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For the past year and a half, Liza Landsman has taken on a massive challenge: overseeing marketing, branding and analytics as chief customer officer of ecommerce startup Jet.com as it attempts to compete with the retail Goliath that is Amazon. Landsman is building the Jet brand around the promise of making shopping fun through a gamified process that aims to shake up the way people shop for everything online: from household products to books, music, appliances, electronics and groceries.

We love a challenge.

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