Firstly, a campaign to promote Savages’ new album “Adore Life” caught my eye at the start of this week, with some striking outdoor posters taken in locations such as Shepherds Bush, elsewhere in London and in the USA. As social media updates then amplified its reach much further, this is a great example of traditional media with a twist helping to drive online buzz. Admittedly, the fact that Savages are signed to pretty much my favourite record label Matador makes it more likely that I’ll personally see this, but in terms of some tight customer targeting there, job done! A fair bit of other music news caught my eye this week too, in particular Spotify’s announcement that they will soon be adding video, initially just on mobile apps. Looking back to older music formats, Wired took an interesting trip to a vinyl factory in Holland, this week’s take on the “record renaissance”.
In the digital marketing world, a trend much discussed in recent weeks has been the fact that social media ad spend (driven mainly by mobile) has been growing at a much faster rate than search spend and this infographic from Kenshoo provides a really useful snapshot of the key stats in Q4 2015. The headline figure here is that social spend grew by 50% year on year, with search up by the much smaller 8%, driven mainly by PLAs (aka Google Shopping). This research chimes with Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg urging brands to “catch up” in mobile, along with the news that 80% of Facebook’s ad revenue in December was mobile, up from 20% just 3 years ago.
The Guardian took an intriguing look at why many modern movie posters are unsatisfying from both an artistic and marketing point of view. As Michael Barnett from Marketing Week states “You would think the most effective way to [maximise box-office revenues] is to create something memorable and striking, but most of the time, marketers will choose the low risk option”. This report outlines that the future may be brighter however, with the growth of digital poster sites offering fresh creative options “for a new level of visual inventiveness”.
Finally and perhaps appropriate for a Friday, irreverent IT site The Register reported that pubs are “officially good for the soul”, showing that the constant need for the long standing physical social network of hanging out with friends remains as important as ever in this digital age (if we really needed to know this?!). As the research for this was commissioned by CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale), this is perhaps unsurprising but good to see nonetheless. Cheers...
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