Category Archive: Advertising

The death of social referral traffic for large media players?

Over the past few years, rising social referral traffic to brands/publishers from sites like Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter has challenged traditional search engines.   The top two suppliers of social referral traffic to publishers globally are now Facebook and Pinterest. See this Forbes article for details & the chart below.

But just as social referral traffic has started to surpass search — Facebook decides to change it up.  The Times recently reported [...]

McDonald’s gets “uber-transparent” and the crowd responds

Do you like Chicken McNuggets?  I confess, I enjoy driving through McDonald’s from time to time for a box of McNuggets.  So, I was relived when I saw this “under the hood” video from McDonalds, revealing how Tyson makes a McNugget.

The “Internet” wasn’t too impressed though.  Over the past 31 days, McDonald’s has had some of the most disliked videos on YouTube–driven by the heavily disliked McNuggets transparency video.    

Across the [...]

21st century magazine content discovery

Just a few years ago, it was easy to find a vast rack of magazines covering every interest niche imaginable at the big box store around the corner.  You could sit with a stack of magazines–and an overpriced coffee—and waste away the day.

Nowadays, people are spending less time at the magazine racks and more time with their mobile devices.

Quietly, Pinterest has become the (virtual) place people discover content around their interests. [...]

Why getting spoofed just might be the best thing that can happen to a quality YouTube video

As marketing investment behind digital continues to grow and mature, we are starting to see some enjoyable branded YouTube “video wars” taking shape–even in more traditional categories like Prestige automotive.  Rarely have we seen auto rivals get this up close and personal as they battle it out in the digital marketing arena.      

Just this fall, Mercedes-Benz launched a successful viral video featuring funky dancing chickens.  In its Prestige [...]

Facebook: Losing youngsters to mobile upstarts?

Today, The Drum reported that the widely popular Mobile Messaging service WhatsApp leapfrogged Facebook to become the leading mobile social messaging service.

With the rise of Snapchat, WhatsApp, WeChat (China), Vine, and the continued popularity of Instagram in 2013, there has been speculation and discussion across the second-half of 2013 that Facebook is losing its Mojo with the young/hip crowd.

For the first time Piper Jaffray’s initially launched its semi-annual report on the [...]

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