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Social Takes On YouTube for Video Supremacy


social media takes on youtube for video marketingThey say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so how many is a video worth? That’s the question that’ll be on the lips of content publishers across the internet this year as video becomes an integral part of their online arsenal. It’s always been like that, of course – video is a quick and engaging way to impart information to an audience – but with the proliferation of mobile devices and the need to catch your audience’s attention quickly growing more urgent, it’s become even more significant in recent years. YouTube is still very much the dominant player in this area, but recently other social networks have started moving to stake their claim.

Last year, Facebook announced a native video player that would allow publishers to add video content directly to their Facebook page, rather than posting them to YouTube and then posting a link to YouTube on to Facebook. Not to be outdone, Twitter is following suit, revealing last month that it too will be launching a new native video player. This technology will sit alongside its other video platform Vine, which has proven a huge success since launching in 2013.

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The development has been welcomed by publishers keen to get as many eyes as possible on to their content. The Discovery Channel, for example, has been using Facebook’s new functionality for the last few months and has found it greatly expanded its audience. “Hands down, almost in every instance, the video posts outperform any other content types in terms of overall reach and engagement,” Derek Dodge, the channel’s Director of Digital Programming, told Variety. “It changed the way we think about using Facebook. In the past we saw it as a marketing platform — now it’s more of a pure media platform. This is helping us extend our video strategy into social media.”

According to Mashable and CrowdTangle, the likes of Buzzfeed, Upworthy, CNN, The Huffington Post, and ESPN have all started using the functionality in the last year, seeing significant boosts in views. ESPN, for example, received just 6,500 shares of its last 15 non-native Facebook videos, while its last 15 native videos received around 53,000. In an online culture where the recommendations of those you follow are so important in helping content achieve expanded reach, such statistics are exciting and not to be viewed lightly – but nor should they pass without scrutiny.

Intention and Engagement

One of the major benefits Facebook and Twitter have over YouTube is that their News Feed makes it easier for users to discover content. Sure, YouTube has recommended videos and the ability to subscribe to your favourite channels, but there’s still a certain level of work needed to seek the content out. This isn’t the case on Facebook and Twitter, where if you’re following a page, videos appear in News Feeds and can be discovered almost by accident, viewed, and subsequently shared.

Views aren’t everything though. In fact, on Facebook, they’re a very misleading metric to judge success by. If a video is played for three seconds on Facebook’s player, it counts as a view, and if the video plays again, that’s another view. Fair enough you might think, but Facebook videos play automatically, so simply reloading the page, or scrolling through your News Feed could activate the video, and suddenly it’s racked up another view, whether you’ve actually watched it or not. Contrast that with YouTube, where user interaction is needed to activate a video, and where repeat views are not counted to the view total, and Facebook metrics start to seem a little less impressive.

Speaking to DigiDay, Greg Hounslow of American airline WestJet, broke down the stats behind the company’s Spirit of Giving Christmas video. Without any money being put behind paid promotion, the advert garnered over 1.1 million views using Facebook’s native player, attracting 77,000 likes, 45,000 shares, and 21,000 comments. Impressive though these stats may seem, they lose their lustre when analysed. Facebook also offers metrics on videos that are viewed for more than 30 seconds, and only a third of the 1.1 million people who saw the video stuck around for that long. “A huge percentage of people are dropping off after a very short amount of time as they scroll through their feed,” said Hounslow. “Meanwhile, if you arrive at a YouTube video, you’re probably in a dedicated video-watching area, so retention tends to be a lot higher.”

The message is clear: Facebook may get more eyeballs on a video, but if the user intention isn’t there, chances are the engagement won’t be either.

YouTube is still YouTube

YouTube is KingFacebook has undoubtedly been making waves with its video player, but not without sinking a few ships along the way. As it’s sought to make its own video content as attractive and engaging as possible, it seems to have reduced the power of YouTube videos. As Contently points out, while a Facebook video appears in News Feeds as a beautiful, big, visual screen, YouTube links are plain white and littered with text; only a small image with a play button is offered to suggest that there’s a video to play. No surprise then that while metrics for Facebook videos went up, those for YouTube videos went down.

YouTube is still the number 1 site for online video content, and with 100 hours of video uploaded to the site every minute and over 6 billion hours viewed every month, that’s not going to change any time soon.  Moreover, YouTube isn’t just a video behemoth; it’s also the web’s second largest search engine, processing 3 billion queries every month. Facebook has been looking to expand into Search for several years, and is likely to redouble its efforts in 2015, but it’s still some distance off achieving YouTube’s power and likely to remain so for a while to come.

Choosing YouTube over Facebook clearly isn’t the right policy then, but should publishers put their content out across both platforms? Facebook Video will certainly give you the reach, and with the company doing so much to push its own technology over YouTube, there’s an element of risk involved in publishing only to YouTube. But is it really in a publisher’s best interest to split their audience in this way? As with all Google products, YouTube rewards clicks, shares, and interactions, and the more you’re taking away from YouTube and giving to Facebook, the more you’re suffocating your video’s chances of strengthening its place in the YouTube and Google rankings.

Native video is the choice for Facebook success, but for holistic success, YouTube remains in the lead.

Who has the power?

Be under no illusions, Facebook branching out into native video isn’t about video. Just as its interest in Search isn’t about Search and its interest in online gaming wasn’t about games. Facebook has a very clear end-goal in sight and it’s not to deliver really great video content; it’s to be a giant, holistic content publication platform. That means video, audio, image, and text content all coming together under one roof. Facebook’s roof. As The Awl notes: “All the things we link to on Facebook now, Facebook could conceivably host.”

This is bad news for publishers and creators. As they’ve already proven with their demoting of YouTube content, Facebook insists that if you live under its roof, you’ll live under its rules, and the more content hosted on Facebook, the more it’ll be empowered to start imposing its rules on its users. So if Facebook wants to start rewarding paid advertising with more views, it can do that. And if it wants to squeeze referrals to third party sites to reward content that’s hosted natively, it can do that too. Facebook is interested in Facebook, and it’ll do what’s necessary to keep users on its site and the dollars and cents rolling in. Understandable – wouldn’t you do the same?

Of course you would, and that’s why maintaining as much control over your content (be it video or not) as possible is so important. By doing so, you’re largely immune to the tweaks and changes Facebook will make to design and algorithm, and the ebb and flow of metrics that those changes will cause. As ever in digital, the best approach is a holistic one that finds a balance between social and Search, third party and self-owned.

 

Now over to you, what do you think, do you agree? Let us know in the comments below or via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

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L’Oreal to create YouTube ‘content factory’ for Kérastase and Shu Uemura brands


L'OrealL’Oreal understands the importance of content so it has decided to step up production with the creation of a ‘content factory’ for it’s professional hair care product brand Kérastase and make-up company Shu Uemura.

After working closely with YouTube to gain insight into the platform, they have decided to create more of their own content after the video sharing website revealed that the top search results within the cosmetic category were for hair and beauty tutorials.

“Our goal is to make a kind of content factory for Kérastase and Shu Uemura. We are launching a new product… and are making a lot of tutorial videos on basic stuff – not only on how to apply the Kérastase product but how to make a bun, or to make a special hair style to meet the requests of questions on YouTube.”

Benoit Delporte, E-commerce and digital marketing manager for the brands shared the news at the Fashion, Luxury and Omnichannel event in London. He also revealed that L’Oreal would be carrying out more collaborations with bloggers to share information and create tutorials.

The end of the year will also see some changes to the e-commerce site Kérastase with more original content being added in order to enhance the customer experience.

See more at The Drum



Unilever advertises multiple brands through YouTube


unileverallthingshairYouTube has become a very important platform for Social Media marketing. More brands and companies are using it nowadays to promote their products.

 At the same time, more people have stopped watching TV and are on YouTube, the younger generation especially.  Unilever used this information to devise an advertising strategy for its brands and products by creating a YouTube channel, `All things hair’. The videos are based on the hair advice searches on Google by women.

 The videos are made by well-known YouTubers, like Zoe Sugg and Tanya Burr. The brands used in the videos include Toni & Guy, TRESemmé, VO5, Dove and Alberto Balsam. Underneath the videos are all the products used in the video, which will allow the viewers to buy the items or get more information about them, in just a click.

This is a great way to promote the products and connect with the audience, without sounding salesy by showing viewers how to use the products and in what kind of situations you can use them.

To read more, visit Marketing magazine. 



Digital Bytes: Geek Week on YouTube


Welcome to FWM Digital Bytes, where we discuss all the biggest digital marketing and digital media news. This week, we’re geeking out with YouTube, reviewing the innovative marketing strategy from Portsmouth FC and looking at Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s most recent campaigns.

It’s Geek Week on YouTube

You might have seen some cute videos featuring cats or dogs on YouTube, but this week YouTube is concurred by all things geeky. YouTube’s first-ever Geek Week, taking place until Saturday 10th of August, is a ‘celebration of all things geek’. Throughout the week the site has looked how characters have shaped geek culture in iconic movies and internet franchises , presented a showcase of ‘geekery from around the world’ including animation from Japan and India, and carried out science experiments. Each day features a different topic, for example ‘Super Wednesday’ videos are related to superheroes and ‘Fan Friday’ is all about YouTube’s biggest fans. Geek Week offers a lot of fun and educational videos for geeks everywhere. It is a brilliant marketing strategy and also a great way to get a large audience talking and engaging with others. YouTube has established a reputation fod creating really cool events that push content and focus audiences on certain themes that they might not be aware of.

Portsmouth FC stepping out of the norms

Fans of Portsmouth FC will be able to order food and drink to be delivered directly to their seats as part of a new digital strategy recently launched by the club. The club will introduce the ‘QikServe’ technology alongside a range of other digital features, including the use of an augmented reality app to bring to life traditionally ‘static’ content and special Groupon offers for match tickets in a bid to increase attendance.
The club has brought in media agency Navigate Digital, led by lifelong Pompey fan John Kimbell, as pro bono digital consultants. Pompey engagement manager Micah Hall said: “We’re putting digital at the heart of how the club engages with fans and the local community.
“Despite a limited budget we’re boosting our presence on social media to get the word out, while offering a better service to our loyal supporters and creating a digital presence that even many Premier League clubs would envy.“

Tesco and Sainsbury’s fails

YouGov data shows that neither Sainsbury’s nor Tesco’s campaigns have had a marked impact on consumers’ perception of either supermarket’s quality.The two giants launched major marketing projects aiming to highlight the provenance of their products.
Tesco’s effort to improve the perception of the quality of its food offering launched on 21st July. Multi-channel ads highlight the provenance of its fresh produce – from steaks to strawberries – and encourage consumers to “celebrate everyday food”.
While Tesco’s “Quality” measure on YouGov’s brand Index did appear to improve slightly in the week after the campaign launched – up from 15.6 ahead of the launch to 18.7 on 28th July – it has now fallen to below the pre-campaign levels earlier in the month.
Sainsbury’s Quality score has long been above Tesco’s on the BrandIndex database, but its latest campaign, which launched on 31st July and attacks its rival’s “Price Promise” initiative has yet to tip the balance further in its favour. The ads claim Sainsbury’s Brand Match makes fairer and clearer price comparisons than Tesco and that Sainsbury’s products on the deal offer better value than its rival.



Digital Bytes: Spotify team up with Ford


Welcome to FWM Digital Bytes, where we discuss all the biggest digital marketing and digital media news doing the rounds. This week, Ford and Spotify team up, big data leads to big opportunties and Google and Twitter round-up the Oscars…

Spotify team up with Ford

Spotify has announced a partnership with Ford that will see the music streaming service integrated into all of Ford’s EcoSport SUV vehicles. The deal will give drivers access to Spotify’s 20 million tracks, marking the first time the company has officially participated in such a venutre – though Volvo and a number of other manufacturers are also working on similar systems. “This relationship was a year and a half in development,” Ford’s Doug VanDagens said. “With both Sync and AppLink coming to Europe for the first time this year, we wanted to have a great partner. We’ve been pursuing them, because of their leadership position. They’re the leader for streaming music in active subscriptions, paid subscriptions and number of countries, so it’s a good deal for us.” The service will be rolled out in America first, before moving to Europe.

Bargain hunters take to social media

Bargain-hunters are among the most prolific users of social media, according to a new survey conducted by GfK. The company discovered that 81 per cent of social media users take advantage of vouchers, coupons and other deals when online, while just 68 per cent of their offline counterparts do. “Through our experience in consumer trends, we have known for a long time that technology is a driver of change, working as a catalyst to allow other trends to flourish,” said Richard Bussy from GfK. “The research adds weight to our point of view that social media has a similar effect; regular users of social channels aren’t acting in altogether different ways because of social media, but rather are enabled by it to pursue their interests more easily and to a greater degree.” The survey also found that women are more likely to use vouchers, with 85 per cent of females saying they do, compared to 75 per cent of males.

Big data opens big opportunities

Big data is opening up a world of new mobile marketing opportunities, according to Unilever’s chief marketing officer Keith Weed. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, Weed said that the expansive volume of information now available means that campaigns can be hyper-targeted, but warned that measurement is vital. “We have 600 market researchers around the world and one of their main tasks is to define the right approach to mobile for ROI,” he explained. “We are getting very interesting ROI on mobile and it certainly justifies our investment there. Not so long ago everyone was striving for 360-degree communication. We’re now shifting from that all-round planning of integrated channels to a 365 days-a-year, always-on approach.”

And the Oscar goes to…

The 85th Academy Awards took place over the weekend, and the ceremony was, of course, big news on the internet. Google have revealed that Jennifer Lawrence was the most searched for nominee, followed by Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway, while Lawrence also topped the chart for the most searched for red carpet dress. Hathaway came second in that category, followed by Halle Berry. Meanwhile, Twitter has said that 8.9 million tweets were sent about the event – 2.1 million during the red carpet and a further 6.8 million during the show itself. Argo‘s Best Picture win was the most tweeted about event (85,300 tweets per minute), with Adele’s performance of ‘Skyfall’ being the second most tweeted about event (82,300 TPM). Twitter also proved popular with the stars themselves, with Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Affleck and Mark Wahlberg among the actors to tweet from the ceremony.



Digital Bytes: Google Shopping takes centre stage


Welcome to FWM Digital Bytes, where we discuss all the biggest digital marketing and digital media news doing the rounds. This week, Google Shopping becomes a priority, YouTube launches a channel on FreeSat and online-only financial services dominate…

Retailers ‘must embrace Google Shopping’

Retailers must embrace Google Shopping or risk losing out, e-commerce company Summit has warned. The search engine has recently unveiled paid listings (called Product Listing Ads, or PLAs), but Summit warns that the long-term impact of such ads is worth the money spent and that the cost should not put retailers off. “The percentage of retail sales that are made through online search continues to grow exponentially,” said Summitt’s CEO Hedley Aylott. “While many retailers may focus on the cost of paid for listings, the opportunities for boosting sales are huge as Google adds new features such as catalogues, offers and shortlists. Customers using search in-store for price comparison will be the next challenge for retailers to tackle.”

YouTube to launch FreeSat channel

YouTube will launch a channel on free-to-air television in March as its bid to compete with traditional TV networks continues. The channel, which has been built in HTML5, will be available on Freesat and provide a “TV-optimised” experience for the viewer. “We’re happy to be working with Freesat so that Freesat users can now access YouTube from the platform,” said YouTube’s product marketing manager Peter Sherman. “Our creator community is developing quality content that will delight and inspire viewers and we’re pleased to be able to bring it to people in new ways.” Viewers will be able to access YouTube’s vast range of user-generated content through the channel, as well videos provided by its 60 original channels.

Online-only businesses lead the way

A new study has found that the online-only businesses moneysupermarket.com and moneysavingexpert.com are the most visible finance brands on Google. Money Super Market is the most visible in paid search, while Money Saving Expert dominates the organic results, according to Epiphany’s Financial Services Sector Report 2013: The Science of Marketing. “The more traditional high-street brands listed in the top 20 are those that established a strong presence relatively early during the shift in consumer research and purchase behaviour from offline to online,” said Epiphany’s Andy Heaps. “But many of the newer online-only entrants have risen to the top. And of course, sites that are more visible in search stand a greater chance of attracting sales from consumers who are now driving millions of financial services related search queries in the UK every week.”

Apple working on cheaprer iPhone

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that the company are exploring ways of driving down the cost of an iPhone. He has explained that while it’s unlikely they will be able to make the iPhone itself cheaper, there’s a good chance they will create a new product that features much of the same functionality, but at a lower cost. “We are making moves to make things more affordable,” Cook says. “When we came out with iPod it was $399, today you can buy an iPod Shuffle for $49. Instead of saying how can we cheapen this iPod to get it lower, we said how can we do a great product, and we were able to do that. The same thing, but in a different concept, in some ways.”

Amazon is ‘most reputable’ company in US

Amazon is regarded America’s most reputable company, according to a new study by Harris Interactive. The company surveyed 14,000 members of the public and asked them to rank businesses based on six key points: social responsibility, emotional appeal, products and services, workplace environment, financial performance, and vision and leadership. Amazon toped the emotional appeal and products and services categories, and were in the top five of three other categories. The company secured an overall score of 82.62 out of 100, with Apple in second on 82.54 and Disney taking third on 82.12. Google came fourth and Johnson and Johnson finished fifth. Amazon’s vistory represents a significant shift from last year, when they were ranked fourth.

 



Digital Bytes: Email spend due to increase


Welcome to FWM Digital Bytes, where we discuss all the biggest digital marketing and digital media news doing the rounds. This week, spend on email marketing looks set to rise, users take a break from Facebook and Twitter scores a touchdown at Superbowl…

Email spend due to increase

Spend on email marketing will increase this year, according to a study conducted by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). The organisation surveyed a wide selection of senior marketers and found that 89 per cent described email campaigns as “important” or “very important” to their work, while 56 per cent predicted their spend on email marketing would increase during 2013. “The report characterises 2012 as the year where email has defied market trends and carried the load in terms of delivering revenue,” chair of the DMA Email Marketing Council’s Email Benchinmarking Hub Dela Quist, said. “This is equally true for our clients, who closed 2012 up on budgets and targets for email but down in other channels. The result of these successes, as the report reveals, is that marketers will be investing even more effort in email in 2013.” The report also found that email marketing delivered an average ROI of £21.48 for every £1 spent last year.

Users ‘take a break’ from Facebook

Two-thirds of Facebook users take long break periods from the site, according to a study by Pew Research Centre. The centre discovered that the breaks can last for several weeks in some cases, with users citing a dislike for the gossip of their friends and the sense that they are wasting their time on the site as reasons for their absences. Other stats from the survey reveal that 20 per cent of internet users once used Facebook but no longer do, and only 8 per cent of those who have never signed up are interested in doing so. The full report can be seen on the Pew website, while a Q&A with the company’s Aaron Smith can be read here.

Mobile advertising revenue on the rise

Mobile advertising revenue will surpass $11.4bn in 2013, according to a new report conducted by Gartner. The figure, which is a significant rise on the $9.6bn revenue of 2012, is being attributed to mobile’s growing integration into 360 degree advertising campaigns, and is forecasted to grow to $24.5bn in 2016. “Smartphones and media tablets extend the addressable market for mobile advertising in more and more geographies as an increasing population of users spends an increasing share of its time with these devices,” said Andrew Frank, research vice president at Gartner. “This market will therefore become easier to segment and target, driving the growth of mobile advertising spend for brands and advertisers. Mobile advertising should be integrated into advertisers’ overall marketing campaigns in order to connect with their audience in very specific, actionable ways through their smartphones and/or tablets.”

Twitter Touchdown!

Finally, 24.1 million tweets were send about the Super Bowl, with the in-game tweets per minute peak hitting 231,500. That figure came during the brief power outage, and it was followed by the 185,000 tweets per minute attracted by Baltimore Ravens’ star Jacoby Jones’s record-breaking 108-yard return. It was, however, Beyonce’s much-anticipated half-time show that attracted the most tweets of the whole event, with 268,000 being sent at her set’s conclusion. The game is, of course, also a huge platform for adverts, and of the 52 ads that screened during the game around half made mention of Twitter. Facebook was mentioned in just four, while Google+ didn’t get a single mention.



Digital Bytes: YouTube considers paid channels


Welcome to FWM Digital Bytes, where we discuss all the biggest digital marketing and digital media news doing the rounds. This week, YouTube considers paid channels, Manchester United top the load league and Twitter becomes the world’s fastest-growing social network…

YouTube considers paid channels

YouTube is considering launching pay-to-view channels in a bid to rival traditional television, according to new reports. The video sharing website is keen to prove it’s a viable competitor to television and sees the high quality content paid channels would bring as the best way to do that. It’s thought subscription would cost between $1-$5 a month, with the paid channels rolling out in the second quarter of this year. At a conference last year, YouTube CEO Salar Kamangar laid out the company’s plans for paid content, explaining: “We have long maintained that different content requires different types of payment models. The important thing is that, regardless of the model, our creators succeed on the platform. There are a lot of our content creators that think they would benefit from subscriptions, so we’re looking at that.”

United top load league

Manchester United are currently topping two different leagues – the Barclays Premier League and the website load speed league. According to new research condusted by web performance specialists Apica, United’s site takes just 0.4 seconds to load, with Liverpool’s being second-quickest (0.5 seconds) and Arsenal’s being third-quickst (1.3 seconds). West Brom, Wigan and Everton occupy the relegation zone with load times of 6.2 seconds, 6.3 seconds and 7.3 seconds respectively, and six teams have load time s in excess of five seconds all in all. “That so many teams in the Premier League have web sites with load times of five, six seconds is quite surprising,” said Apica CEO Sven Hammar. “Less than three seconds is considered acceptable without risking visitors leaving your web site because it is too slow. These slow response times are damaging to the clubs’ brand, fan loyalty and revenues.”

Twitter flies high

Twitter is the fastest-growing social media platform in the world, according to new data gathered by the Global Web Index. The company found that Twitter’s number of users grew by 40% in the fourth quarter of 2012, pushing its total monthly active users to 288 million. This is a huge increase on the 35.47 million the site had in July 2009 and it is estimated that over 21% of the entire population of the internet uses Twitter on a monthly basis. Global Web Index found that Facebook enjoyed the second highest growth in the fourth quarter of 2012, with Google+ in third place.

Businesses embrace m-commerce

Almost three-quarters of businesses have sites that are optimised for m-commerce, according to a new report from Sage Pay. The company surveyed over 1,500 online businesses and found that 73 per cent of them have now embraced m-commerce. “The results of the report prove that taking advantage of the mobile opportunity is critical to stimulating economic growth in the UK,” said Sage Pay CEO Simon Black. “With almost half of the businesses surveyed planning to introduce mobile apps in the coming months, Britain is poise for a bright future at the leading edge of mobile innovation.” The report found that 22 per cent of the businesses surveyed built a mobile app last year, and 56 per cent of those businesses said they are now generating 10 per cent of transactions through them.



Digital Bytes: Facebook launch conversion tracker


Welcome to FWM Digital Bytes, where we discuss all the biggest digital marketing and digital media news doing the rounds. This week, Facebook launches another new product, use of search engines rises in the UK and sports fans take to tablets and Twitter…

Facebook launch conversion tracker

Facebook has launched a conversion tracking tool that allows users to keep tabs on the success of their Facebook advertising campaign and tweak it accordingly. Facebook hopes the tool will make the site even more valuable to advertisers looking to ensure they get the best possible ROI on their campaigns. “Today we are excited to announce the global launch of a new conversion measurement and optimization system for direct response marketers,” a Facebook statement reads. “Facebook conversion measurement allows advertisers to measure the ROI of their Facebook ads by counting relevant user actions, such as registrations and shopping cart checkouts, that are driven by people seeing an ads on Facebook. Marketers can now also use optimized CPM (OCPM) to deliver ads to people who are most likely to convert on their websites. Beta tests have shown that when conversion measurement is used with optimized CPM, ads reduced the cost per conversion by 40 percent when compared to CPC ads using the same budget.” More information can be seen on the Facebook Studio blog.

UK search engine use rises

UK use of search engines increased by 17 per cent in 2012, according to new research conducted by Experian. The figure is up by 400 million on 2011, with a total of 2.7 billion visits to search engines from the UK being recorded. The numbers don’t make good reading for Google though, as the search giant saw its market share drop below 90 per cent for the second month in a row in December. “Clearly, Google still maintains a huge competitive edge over the other search engines in the UK market. There are seven times more searches conducted on Google Sites than on all the other search engines combined,” said Experian Marketing Services’ digital insight manager James Murray. “However, this is encouraging news for Microsoft as bing once again starts to gain some momentum and traction in the UK search market. bing’s availability across multiple Microsoft devices and becoming the default search engine on sites such as Facebook has also contributed to an increase in market share as the way in which consumers use search engines continues to diversify.”

App downloads set to increase in 2013

Last year’s huge surge in app downloads is unlikely to end in 2013 as new research by adeven suggests that over 435,000 new apps will be released over the next 12 months. The company has found that 359,764 new apps were released in 2012, with July being the slowest month, seeing only 22,483 apps released. “We reviewed App Store results over the past five years and noticed a steady linear increase in the number of App Store apps, indicating that there will be over 435,000 new apps in the App Store by the end of 2013,” Adeven CEO Christian Henchel explained. “Naturally anything could happen to the industry, but we think these numbers are a fair prediction and an indication of the continued growth in the industry.”

Tablets score with sports fans

Sports fans are more likely to buy a tablet device than any other group, according to data gathered by the Nielsen group. The company found that 60 per cent of tablet and smartphone owners who use their devices for sports content do so on a daily basis, and that sports fans are also heavy users of Twitter, with 40 per cent of all TV-related tweets being about sports. “Live sports are all about real-time action, and mobile devices allow sports fans to keep up and discuss that action, while also providing instant access to the sports content they want — whether that’s score updates, fantasy stats or tweets to their favorite athlete,” Nielsen’s senior VP of Sports Stephen Master told Mashable. “Smartphones and tablets haven’t quite changed the live sports viewing experience yet — TV is still the top platform — but our research shows that more and more people are frequently using these devices while watching TV, indicating that these devices are enhancing that viewing experience.”

Stat Attack

How many emails were sent worldwide in 2012? How many websites are there on the internet? What’s the most active country in the world on Facebook? All these questions and more are answered by Royal Pingdom, who have gathered together the biggest and best internet performance stats from 2012 in one location. The popularity of web browsers, proliferation of mobile devices, and consumption of video and images are also covered in what constitutes a one-stop shop for all your data needs. (The answers to those top questions, by the way, are: 144 billion per day, 634 million and Brazil).



Digital Bytes: Video ad consumption rises


Welcome to FWM Digital Bytes, where we discuss all the biggest digital marketing and digital media news doing the rounds. This week, video ads dominate, Facebook launches Graph Search and CEOs struggle to get social…

Video ad consumption rises

Internet users watched 11.3 billion hours of video adverts last year, according to figures gathered by comScore. This is a growth of over 4 billion views on the figure from December 2011 (7.1 billion) and represents more than 22% of all videos viewed online. The comScore report reads: “Americans viewed 11.3 billion video ads in December, with Google Sites ranking first with nearly 2 billion ads. Time spent watching video ads totaled 4.1 billion minutes, with BrightRoll Video Network delivering the highest duration of video ads at 966 million minutes. Video ads reached 53 percent of the total U.S. population an average of 70 times during the month. Hulu delivered the highest frequency of video ads to its viewers with an average of 65, while Google Sites delivered an average of 20 ads per viewer.” Despite these impressive statistics, however, only 1.9 per cent of all minutes spent watching video online were spent watching video ads, so there’s still plenty of work to be done.

Facebook launch Graph Search

Facebook’s latest update is an internal search engine that will allow users to better navigate the site’s wealth of data. Announcing Graph Search at a highly anticipated press conference this week, Mark Zuckerberg explained that the search engine will use natural language to find photos from or data about users based on criteria such as location and interests. “We’re not indexing the web,” said Zuckerberg, who also dubbed the search engine the site’s “third pillar”. “We’re indexing our map of the graph – the graph is really big and its constantly changing. We look at Facebook as a big social database.” Zuckerberg was quick to allay privacy fears, saying that information would only appear if users let it, and insisted that rollout will be slow, with Graph Search becoming available “over the coming weeks and months”. As Graph Search does not search the web, only Facebook, it poses little threat to Google and PPC advertisingd, but Zuckerberg did admit that while the current focus is good user experience, Graph Search “could potentially be a business over time.”

CEOs fail to get social

Only 18 per cent of CEOs are on social networks according to figures released by global PR firm Weber Shandwick. The stat makes for poor reading especially when compared with similar research from 2010, which showed that only 16 per cent of CEOs had accounts – a measly 2 per cent rise in two years. Speaking to Mashable, Weber Shandwick’s President of Digital, Chris Perry said that fear is keeping the CEOs off Facebook and Twitter. “There is a risk with off-the-cuff commentary,” he said. “There are lots of examples of that hurting CEOs and the companies for being seen as undisciplined. These chief executives understand that their role does not change as storyteller-in-chief in the social age, it’s just a matter of how do you participate through company-owned properties rather than personal properties. They understand they have to be a leading voice, but they don’t think they have to spend their time amassing followers.” Weber Shandwick have put together an infographic featuring statistics on the social behaviour of the world’s top 50 CEOs.

Blowing bubbles with voice blogging

Voice-based blogging service Bubbly has launched in the UK with help from Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand. Bubbly allows users to create and share short voices messages called ‘Bubbles’ that can then have various filters (such as ‘Helium’ and ‘Synth’) applied; it is being dubbed Instagram for voice. “I love showing support for my fans, and Bubbly lets me connect with them in a way that I’ve never been able to before,” Ferdinand said. “Voice updates bring a fresh way for me to have a dialogue with my fans and I’ve been having a lot of fun posting recordings.” Thomas Clayton, CEO of Bubble Motion, Bubbly’s parent company, added: “We’re excited to bring such a fun and useful way of communicating with friends, family, and followers to Europe for the very first time. Having popular celebrities like Rio Ferdinand joining the service early on is great, because users will get to experience the Bubbly difference in the celebrity/fan connection right off the bat.”

Tablets create surge in new consumption

The consumption of online news rose over Christmas thanks to the wave of new tablet devices that were given as presents during the festive period. New research from YouGov shows that 12.2m adults now own a tablet, with four out of ten revealing that they use the device primarily to read news. “The UK tablet market is exploding,” Newsworks CEO Rufus Olins said. “These devices haven’t been around for long but after an extraordinary Christmas this research shows nearly 30% of the UK population now owns one. With intense competition driving down prices, more people are treating themselves to a tablet, across all ages and socio-economic groups. And they are spending a lot of time reading newspapers on their new gadgets. It is very good news for the news industry.”