Article Watch May - 'Must Reads' Powered by MediaScope

Article Watch May - 'Must Reads' Powered by MediaScope

Each month Denise Shrivell from MediaScope, curates a series of must read articles and insights for the digital media community.

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Is it Time For a Selfie?

Is it Time For a Selfie?

In New York earlier this month the American IAB announced their newly revised Quality Assurance Guidelines Program, know by the catchy title of QAG 2.0.

Despite sounding like an extra from a Star Wars sequel, QAG 2.0 is an important set of guidelines for interactive publishers, networks, exchanges, supply and demand side platforms plus agency trading desks.

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IAB Australia CEO, Alice Manners, on Sky News Tech Report

IAB Australia CEO, Alice Manners, on Sky News Tech Report

IAB Australia's CEO Alice Manners joined Sky News for their regular segment, Tech Report, to discuss the recent IAB/PWC online advertising expenditure report. Manners notes that digital dollars continues to move towards consumer platforms that people are using, and that online advertising always reflects the market. Moving forward, Manners predicts online advertising in retail will continue to be strong.

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Death to the Listicle

Death to the Listicle

It's a truth almost universally accepted that digital content should be short, snappy and to the point. The audience is distracted, attention spans are fleeting and no-one wants to read more than a few hundred words on a mobile phone.

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IAB Conversations: What is Premium Display Advertising?

IAB Conversations: What is Premium Display Advertising?

From time to time, questions pop up in the interactive advertising industry that don't have easy answers. At the IAB Blog, we like to throw these out for debate and hear from as many voices with as many perspectives as possible. In the spirit of civility, we'll call them IAB Conversations. Our CEO, Alice Manners, is kicking it off with the topic of Premium Display - and we hope you'll join the conversation.

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How to Come Back After a Career Break

How to Come Back After a Career Break

There are a lot of reasons people take a career break. Redundancy, exhaustion, building a family, fulfilling the role of carer, or to pursue a personal passion. A career break is a good and healthy thing to do. But there is always a fear about coming back. I've taken a few career breaks in my time, and I wanted to share that story.

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4 Tips on Changing Your Agency's Culture

4 Tips on Changing Your Agency's Culture

I recently attended the Customer 360 Symposium in the Hunter Valley where I heard from the most amazing speaker. Michael Henderson was the stand out in the crowd of speakers as he was talking cultural change requirements within businesses to ensure their successful transformation in our customer centric world. As I watched the 130+ delegates nod along and sing his praises afterwards, I hit the stark reality. Michael was talking about client-side businesses, yet my brain was translating this into agency/service-side relevance.

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IAB CONVERSATIONS: Awards Programs

IAB CONVERSATIONS: Awards Programs

Welcome to the first in a new series on the IAB Blog, IAB Conversations, where we will throw out a topic for debate and feedback. To kick it off, we're looking at the topic of Awards events.

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Online Ad Targeting: A Biometric Perspective

Online Ad Targeting: A Biometric Perspective

I've mentioned in a previous post that I'm interested in a variety of research techniques, not least of which is biometric research. For this two-part post, I'd like to share some results from past studies I have conducted.

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The Integrated Marketer – influencer, challenger, facilitator and student

The Integrated Marketer – influencer, challenger, facilitator and student

The Integrated Marketer is a juggler of many skills and these continue to grow every year with technology enhancements, changes in customer and consumer buying and usage behaviours and businesses striving for greater efficiencies through combining roles. In recent times the general marketer has always been in the cross hairs of the cost cutters. The Integrated Marketer is the new breed who will find themselves increasingly indispensable because they fill a number of different (and formally separate) roles and responsibilities.

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Ankita Agarwal - Australia's First Professional to Pass the Digital Ad Operations Certification

Ankita Agarwal - Australia's First Professional to Pass the Digital Ad Operations Certification

We had a chat with IPG Mediabrand's Ankita Agarwal - the first Australian professional to pass the Digital Ad Operations Certification (DAOC). Congratulations from all of us at IAB Australia. To learn more about IAB Certifications, click here. 

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Co-Creating With Your Customers

Co-Creating With Your Customers

Your customers are the most important people in your working life, so why not have them create your product or service offering? It might be a little rogue to let your customers pick up tools and build your next product but it shouldn't be out of the question to let them be part of the co-creation process.

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Have we been using programmatic for the wrong reasons?

Have we been using programmatic for the wrong reasons?

TV and online video have always been divided.

While TV ads have traditionally been booked using limited demographic and viewing data (thus the focus on branding), online video has used richer behavioural and demographic data sets to more accurately target audiences and drive direct response sales.

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5 Marketing Lessons from Eye tracking

5 Marketing Lessons from Eye tracking

The potential for eye tracking research has exploded in the last ten to fifteen years. My first eye tracker system had a control unit that was the size of a fridge and took two people to lift. My desk had to be specially reinforced, and I lived in fear of accidentally being crushed by the weight of it. Fast-forward to 2014 and eye trackers can fit in the palm of your hand. These days, eye tracking systems are so convenient to operate, easy to use and have no end to their application and ability to uncover significant insights.

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Cream of the Crop; distinguishing the go-getters from the need-to-do-betters

Cream of the Crop; distinguishing the go-getters from the need-to-do-betters

If you're reading this, you're probably in the digital advertising industry, which means that you probably attend a lot of events: we're nothing if not a social bunch. In the nearly ten months that I've been with IAB Australia, I've noticed that people tend to ask me the same question at these events: Why is there a lack of skilled digital professionals?

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Big Data: Stop, Collaborate and Listen

Big Data: Stop, Collaborate and Listen

Data analytics is a rapidly exploding field within Australian businesses, with different organisations and industries across the country at different stages of maturity. ADMA estimate that around 30% of Australian businesses are currently at some point on the big data continuum between data discovery and data commercialisation.

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Whither Foursquare?

Whither Foursquare?
If a dog-year is equivalent to 7 human years then for an internet start-up 12 months can equate to a lifetime. With that in mind Foursquare, which was launched way back in 2009, is positively ancient and had recently been seeming appropriately fragile: whilst it was valued at $600 million...
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Making Metrics Matter; the Do's & Don'ts of Digital Metrics

Making Metrics Matter; the Do's & Don'ts of Digital Metrics

One of the things I love about working in digital media is the accountability of the metrics. If you can do it, you can measure it, but should you? Finding the metrics that matter for your business, and getting people inside and outside to understand what you track and why it matters, are just as important as what those numbers look like.

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The Tenets of Online Advertising

The Tenets of Online Advertising
Are online's "new" targeting options better than traditional media's? Digital marketing has some very passionate advocates. For some people this zealotry can approach religious levels. If there are three tenet's of belief for these people about online advertising they seem to be: Digital advertising has better targeting than all other...
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Audience First: Going beyond the “Wow” factor

Audience First: Going beyond the “Wow” factor

There are so many places where Australians excel in the digital advertising landscape. The 2014 Digital Skills Survey ranked Australians as the most motivated to learn more about digital marketing worldwide. When it comes to new technologies there is always that initial "wow" factor. What's really exciting, however, is when campaigns go beyond the "wow" and create relevance around a new technology for target audiences.

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When making the social jump: think before you leap.

When making the social jump: think before you leap.
Call me old fashioned, but I am a strong believer in planning before making a jump into a new campaign or channel. With the fast pace of digital marketing, particularly in the social arena, it's all too easy to leap into a new marketing initiative before you've had a chance...
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The Importance of Media Attribution Modelling

The Importance of Media Attribution Modelling

As marketers explore cross-channel marketing campaigns, is it worth the investment without media attribution modelling?

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Branding with banner ads.... are you crazy?

Branding with banner ads.... are you crazy?

The humble flash banner ad is a forgotten relic of today's online brand advertising ecosystem. Talk to any media agency or brand/marketing team and all the focus is the video, social or data driven strategies. The banner ad has become the poor cousin, confined to performance based buying and only valued if it can land a click (accidental or otherwise).

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Article Watch April - 'Must Reads' Powered by MediaScope

Article Watch April - 'Must Reads' Powered by MediaScope

Each month Denise Shrivell from MediaScope, curates a series of must read articles and insights to inform the digital media community.

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7 Ways to Bring Transmedia Storytelling Into Your Campaign

7 Ways to Bring Transmedia Storytelling Into Your Campaign

It is widely accepted that the role of advertising is to generate salience for a brand, product or service and elicit a behavioural response of purchase intent, actual purchase or affinity/loyalty.

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It’s time for our Metrics Magna Carta; connecting your mobile objectives to your metrics

It’s time for our Metrics Magna Carta; connecting your mobile objectives to your metrics

Legend has it that in the 12th century King Henry I declared that a yard was the distance from his nose to his outstretched thumb. The issues this would have caused are both amusing and innumerable. It wasn't until Richard the Lionheart instituted the Magna Carta that measurements were standardised, stating "There shall be but one Measure throughout the Realm!" – Most of us in the digital advertising industry are looking forward to yelling that out of our office windows. I would just add an additional caveat – "and let it be the best!"

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How To Work With Ambiguity

How To Work With Ambiguity

Every now and then I get asked what I think are the most important skills or behaviors for people to have in their professional kit bag today. These have evolved in my view over the years, and certainly when I was starting out about 25 years ago, the skills that were essential then are different to today.

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Mr Zuckerberg is the Human Face of Virtual Technology

Mr Zuckerberg is the Human Face of Virtual Technology

Facebook's recent purchase of Oculus VR will change the world*. This astute acquisition gives Facebook front row seats to the future of the Information Age we've been stumbling through since the Gutenberg Bible rolled hot off the press back in the 1450's. Their decision to acquire the acknowledged leader in virtual reality technology is analogous to Guttenberg inventing the printing press in terms of the potential impact it will have upon our species intellectual evolution.

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Data is the new black: 3 ways to make your life better with the socialized data revolution

Data is the new black: 3 ways to make your life better with the socialized data revolution

Many of us in the digital industry have been trading in the currency of page views, unique users and related metrics for some time now. Most industry professionals have probably been involved in measuring the impact of digital advertising – from search-lift and view-thru studies to recording lifts in brand metrics and sales – all very important for benchmarking performance against objectives and improving in the future.

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Creativity Down Under

Creativity Down Under

In 2007, in the midst of a snow blizzard threatening to keep me grounded forever, I left London to move to Sydney. My industry mates wished me well and congratulated me on making such a great 'lifestyle choice'. The fact no one talked about the standard of advertising or digital work coming from Australia was slightly worrying. Had I committed career suicide by leaving the self-proclaimed advertising capital of the universe, London?

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