Advertisers invest $63bn in programmatic buying but industry concerns loom large, according to WARC

Advertisers invest $63bn in programmatic buying but industry concerns loom large, according to WARC

WARC, the international authority on advertising and media effectiveness, has released its latest monthly Global Ad Trends report, digesting up-to-date insights and evidenced thinking from the worldwide advertising industry. Threats to the digital advertising ecosystem is the focus of the latest report. WARC estimates that $63.4bn was spent on programmatic advertising worldwide last year, but […]

WARC: 24% of brands and agencies surveyed expect voice interfaces to be important to their business

WARC: 24% of brands and agencies surveyed expect voice interfaces to be important to their business

Voice-enabled technology, from smart speakers to virtual assistants, is opening an entirely new interface through which brands and consumers will engage and communicate in 2018, according to WARC, the global marketing intelligence service, following a survey with more than 600 marketing and advertising professionals around the world for its Toolkit 2018 report. Voice is swiftly […]

UK Advertising Delivers Strongest H1 on Record

UK Advertising Delivers Strongest H1 on Record

UK advertising expenditure grew 3.7% to £10.8bn during the first six months of 2017, the largest H1 total of any year since monitoring began in 1982. The record investment highlighted in Advertising Association/WARC Expenditure Report data, published today, has led to an upgraded forecast for 2017 of 3.1% growth, which indicates annual spend in excess […]

American Express rethinks mobile advertising

American Express rethinks mobile advertising

American Express knew that mobile was playing an important role in the credit card research process but initially struggled to quantify it beyond last click attribution, according to a senior executive at the company. “It was something that we needed to prove. So, we set about working out how we could do that,” said Trudie […]

UK advertising spend starts 2017 in growth according to Advertising Association/WARC Expenditure Report

UK advertising spend starts 2017 in growth according to Advertising Association/WARC Expenditure Report

UK advertising expenditure grew 1.3% year-on-year in Q1 2017 to reach £5,318m – the 15th consecutive quarter of growth but the slowest rate in almost four years, according to Advertising Association/WARC Expenditure Report data published on July 27. Overall market growth occurred despite a drop of -6.2% in total television advertising, its steepest fall since 2009. […]

Warc Toolkit 2017: Direct-to-consumer is challenging brands

Warc Toolkit 2017: Direct-to-consumer is challenging brands

Consumer goods brands are increasingly looking at direct-to-consumer (DTC) opportunities, according to Warc, the global marketing intelligence service. Research suggests that cutting out or minimising the retailer ‘middleman’ allows brands that previously had no direct relationship with their customers to develop one. David Tiltman, Head of Content at Warc, says, “Low-cost start-ups have disrupted established […]

Snakk: Smartphone users spurning ads

Snakk: Smartphone users spurning ads

Mobile marketing company, Snakk says smartphone users are increasingly ignoring ads on their phones. In its Q3 business update the company quotes unsourced research that it says “suggests that Internet users are increasingly becoming ‘desensitised’ to ads on mobile sites and apps.” Snakk says it is imperative that acceptable click-through rates are maintained and grown […]

Facebook: Mobile ads must engage instantly

Facebook: Mobile ads must engage instantly

Mobile ads with duration of less than a second can be effective in driving brand awareness, brand consideration, key message recall and purchase intent, according to research by Facebook. Consumers across Asia spend significantly more time on mobile than on TV, but marketers have lagged behind when it comes to investment – just 20% of […]

Brands and Agencies in Asia-Pacific Double Down on Mobile Marketing

Brands and Agencies in Asia-Pacific Double Down on Mobile Marketing

In Asia-Pacific, with a higher penetration of mobile phone users and growth in usage than any other region, businesses understandably invest a significant portion of their media budgets in mobile advertising. eMarketer estimates nearly a quarter of the region’s total media ad spending will be devoted to mobile internet advertising by the end of 2016, […]