Brands will adopt media company traits / Facebook strategy for 2015 (Inside Facebook by Jan Rezab) -

Looking ahead: Facebook strategy for 2015 – Inside Facebook.

The social landscape is undergoing near-constant change, and with that, so must a brand’s strategy. As 2014 closes, marketers are prepping for the upcoming year by strategizing ways to leverage opportunities and overcome challenges. The way in which audiences are consuming content is rapidly evolving and it’s up to brands to make sure that their Facebook strategy is congruent with those habits, ensuring success and growth for 2015. Here are my predictions for the social media network.

Video trumps photo

If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine how much a video is worth.  Brands and users alike are gravitating more toward video content. This year the paradigm has changed as, for the first time, data shows that Pages are posting more native Facebook videos rather than YouTube videos on Facebook. Facebook is carving out their own share of the YouTube audience – a trend that will continue and grow in 2015.

We need only to look to initiatives like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to see how widespread video adoption has become. According to Facebook, more than two million unique videos related to the Ice Bucket Challenge have been uploaded to the social media site – garnering millions of mentions and conversations around the topic. With numbers like that, marketers are now sitting in meetings fielding the question of the year, “Where’s our Ice Bucket Challenge?”

Shareable is the new viral

Content creators have been consistently tasked with making things go viral. However, in 2015 shareable content will be priority one. Increasingly, attention has moved to producing content that is not only shareable, but content that holds meaning – the two working best in tandem. It’s not enough anymore to put a spotlight solely on number of clicks, brands are seeing more engagement when thought is put into the storytelling element of the content.

Additionally, with new Facebook policies announced for next year, marketers will have to pay close attention and evaluate the type of content being posted. Starting in January 2015, Facebook users will begin to see fewer overtly promotional posts in their News Feed. As a result, marketers will need to depend more on ad spend in order to promote posts that are product and sales specific. A benefit from this change in algorithm is that brands now have the opportunity to separate their storytelling strategy from their ad spend strategy. My belief is that this will lend marketers more incentive to develop and execute on higher-quality content strategy, which will in turn produce an uptick in the numbers of shares.

Brands will adopt media company traits 

Brands with a really strong content strategy have always thrived in an increasingly competitive and crowded social landscape, and this will become even more apparent in 2015. Brands need to take on the characteristics of media companies in order to do social well. A company like Red Bull has proven that if the content is good and on-message the audience will not only engage, but keep coming back for more.

Red Bull has become a massive global brand publisher, breaking new ground against more traditional models of social strategy and bolstering brand loyalty with their audience of over 45 million. In 2015, not only will brands adopt this strategy, but they will also leverage it for mobile.

Silence won’t be a virtue

Companies have been responding to customer inquiries on Facebook for years, but we’ve found that it still takes the average brand 33 hours to respond to a fan’s question on Facebook. In this competitive landscape, slow responses and non-responses simply won’t cut it.

In the past, social customer care may have been seen as a bonus – now it’s a requirement, and companies are realizing this. In 2015, brands will be taking customer care seriously and improving how they handle inquiries and complaints on Facebook.

Preparing for the trends above is only step one. It’s crucial that brand marketers stay agile when it comes to social media. 2015 will be about staying one step ahead of social media trends and two steps ahead of the competition.

Jan Rezab is the CEO & Co-founder of Socialbakers, a company focused on social media marketing and measurement, with clientele that includes over half of the global Fortune 500. Jan’s role is to actively push Socialbakers’s global strategy and make customers heard.

Gartner Predicts Live Video Broadcasting Will Be the New “Selfie” By 2017

Connected-Home Experiences Will Center on Video and Apps

Video and visual technologies are becoming increasingly important for interacting with customers and each other, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner predicts that by 2017, live video broadcasting will be the new “selfie” and recommends that product managers start creating a “visual” strategy straight away to accommodate this trend.

“The next generation of consumer services and products has one main theme in common and that is video,” said Brian Blau, research director at Gartner. “This means incorporating live video or other real-time technologies into products to engage users in live events and enable more personalized communications, providing better customer support, and offering best-of-breed video and TV experiences to connected homes.”

Over the next four years, Gartner expects a noteworthy shift from static photos to video, with live video becoming as important a medium. This will be a significant development as in 2014 alone, more than a trillion photos will be taken, uploaded and shared daily, and the sharp rise in the popularity of online photos shows no signs of slowing. Although live and user-generated video is still less accessible than static photography, it is also growing in popularity.

Beyond its potential to be a richer medium for self-expression, live video’s use cases surpass what static images and prerecorded video can accomplish. It can be used for remote monitoring (of a baby, or of the security of a company’s premises), remote doctor-patient consultations and remote collaboration (via shared workspaces), and for improved customer service. As live video technology becomes more accessible, it will appear in many contexts, from mobile apps for consumers to customer support services. To benefit, users will need robust bandwidth, devices and cameras, as well as apps and services that capitalize on video’s communicative power.

Gartner made a number of further predictions about the connected home, including:

By 2018, 76 percent of connected-home apps will be accessible from smart TVs.

Smart TVs are fast becoming mass-market products. Gartner’s 2014 consumer survey indicates that almost 25 percent of U.S. households own a smart TV. In Germany, the figure is 32 percent. Gartner forecasts that worldwide, 87 percent of the TVs shipped annually will be smart TVs by 2018. This will result in such devices becoming very common in homes.

Gartner Predicts Live Video Broadcasting Will Be the New

“Despite the typically slow replacement cycle for TV sets, smart TV penetration is growing steadily,” said Fernando Elizalde, principal research analyst at Gartner. “Smart TVs are already central to the provision of connected-home entertainment. These devices can serve as access points for the control and management of other connected home devices. Applications to control and monitor home security cameras, door locks, thermostats and other connected devices are just some of many connected-home applications that could work well through smart TVs.”

Recent industry developments will bring management and control apps to smart TVs. However, the fragmentation of smart TV platforms makes it difficult for connected-home device manufacturers and app developers to focus on this “fourth screen” for access and management apps — except for media and entertainment devices. Nevertheless, as connected devices slowly gain momentum, and as an app presence on multiple screens becomes first a differentiator and then a must-have feature, smart TV apps for connected devices will reach parity with smartphone and tablet apps.

By 2018, connected-home services will cost 50 percent less than they do now.

Price could be a major factor in low adoption rates of connected-home services. Although current pricing plans offered by providers are relatively reasonable, they are additional costs for consumers on already stretched telecommunications budgets.

Providers of connected-home services that charge monthly service fees may struggle to compete with those that do not, such as home energy management providers like Hive in the U.K. and Nest (now owned by Google). Additionally, electronics stores are creating in-store connected-home areas where consumers can get expert advice on creating their own connected-home platforms. In order to offer similar experiences to their customers, service providers would need to invest in both retail space and staff education.

“The connected-home market is showing the usual signs of nascency: low penetration, high interest mainly among technology enthusiasts, and high prices,” said Jessica Ekholm, research director at Gartner. “For mass-market adoption, prices need to come down, but lowering prices won’t suffice on its own. The current lack of interest from most sectors of the public also indicates that people do not see the immediate advantage of connected home services. Embracing a strategy that offers in-store expert advice could therefore be the way forward.”

More detailed analysis is available in the Gartner Special Report “Predicts 2015: Connected-Home Experiences Will Center on Video and Apps.” The report is available on Gartner’s website athttp://www.gartner.com/document/2913417.

L’évolution du marché européen de l’ePub met en évidence la maturité du mobile et de la vidéo selon l’Adex Benchmark 2013 de l’IAB Europe – Offremedia

L’évolution du marché européen de l’ePub met en évidence la maturité du mobile et de la vidéo selon l’Adex Benchmark 2013 de l’IAB Europe – Offremedia.

L’ÉVOLUTION DU MARCHÉ EUROPÉEN DE L’EPUB MET EN ÉVIDENCE LA MATURITÉ DU MOBILE ET DE LA VIDÉO SELON L’ADEX BENCHMARK 2013 DE L’IAB EUROPE

Le 21/05/2014

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+11,9% en 2013, tel est le niveau de croissance de l’epub en Europe, selon la dernière étude Adex Benchmark de l’IAB Europe présentée comme chaque année lors de son événement Interact qui se déroule pour la première fois à Paris.
Dans ce paysage en croissance, la France reste un des pays les plus en retrait avec moins de 5% de progression en 2013, au 22ème rang des 26 pays pays mesurés par l’étude.
En 2012, l’évolution était de +11,5% (voir archive). Tous canaux confondus, le volume des investissements atteint 27,3 milliards d’euros.
Avec 11,5% des investissements display, le display mobile a, pour la première fois, une part de marché à 2 chiffres (11,5%) et affiche un taux de croissance de +128,5% versus 2012. Le mobile représente aussi 12,6% du volume search.
La publicité vidéo fait également preuve de dynamisme avec une hausse de +45,3%. Ce segment dépasse pour la première fois le milliard d’euros de CA (1,19 Md).
Porté par le mobile et la vidéo, le display est le segment qui affiche la croissance la plus forte en 2013 avec une progression de +14,9%. Le segment pèse 9,2 milliards € tandis que le search est en hausse de +13% pour un montant de 13,4 milliards €.


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Ce sont les pays de l’Est et le Royaume-Uni qui continuent de tirer la croissance européenne, avec des hausses comprises entre +15% et +27% pour la Russie, la Turquie, la Slovaquie, le UK et la Hongrie
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Le search progresse fortement en Russie (près de +35%) tandis que la Turquie est le pays où le display progresse le plus (environ +32%).
La part de la vidéo dans le display est de 13,1% en Europe. La France se situe au dessus de cette moyenne, avec près de 15%.
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Si la moyenne européenne de la part du mobile dans le display est de 11,5%, seuls 3 pays sont au dessus de cette moyenne : le UK, la Norvège et l’Irlande. La France se situe un peu en dessous de 10%.
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The Role of Digital in TV Research, Fanship and Viewing – Think Insights – Google

The Role of Digital in TV Research, Fanship and Viewing – Think Insights – Google.

Digital platforms are changing the way people experience television. With 90% of TV viewers visiting YouTube and Google Search, we looked at how they are using these platforms to extend their experiences beyond their television sets. Here we detail the importance and growth of TV-related research online, the prevalence of fan engagement through video and the role of catch-up sources to extend the viewing time frame.

Digital platforms are changing the way today’s viewer experiences television. From sharing the new viral Jimmy Kimmel Live video to watching the promo for the premiere of The Walking Dead to searching for the actor who plays the funny cop on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, one thing is clear: There are more ways than ever for TV audiences to research, participate in and access television content.

With 90% of TV viewers visiting YouTube and Google Search, we looked at search activity, video views and engagement metrics to help us understand how viewers are using these platforms.1 Looking at a broad sample of 100 network and cable shows, we found that the corresponding online behavior is a clear indicator of a show’s popularity, as evidenced by a positive correlation between these activities and live plus three-day viewership. In this paper, we examine how viewers engage with and seek out these experiences on Google and YouTube, as well as the insights we can gain from their activities.

TV-related activity on Google and YouTube has grown year-over-year (YoY). Not only have searches across Google and YouTube grown, but there has also been a rise in video views, watch time and engagement on YouTube from 2012 to2013, suggesting that TV viewers are increasingly using these platforms to interact with fellow fans and engage with a show.

YoY Increase in TV-related Activities on Google and YouTube
Source: Google Internal Data, May–December 2012 to May–December 2013, United States.

While viewers continue to turn to multiple devices for television-related content, the query growth across Google and YouTube in the television category is driven by mobile and tablet, exceeding 100% on both of these devices.2

Online research: When, what and how

The changing face of television viewing has given way to new behaviors such as viral video sharing; audience-generated supplementary content; online streaming and use of catch-up sites such as Netflix, Hulu and networks’ streaming offerings. One thing remains consistent, though—a viewer’s desire to gain basic information about a show before tuning in.

Trailers, reviews, cast information and premiere dates are all common but essential types of content sought by viewers. Gathering this type of information is an important step in deciding whether or not to watch a show: Two-thirds of viewers of new television shows search online before tuning in.3 Overall, both Google and YouTube serve as key destinations in the television viewers’ decision-making process. Our analysis of Google and YouTube search queries and YouTube views show positive .72, .74 and .67 correlations with live plus three-day viewership, respectively.4

Let’s take a closer look at Google and YouTube search and viewing behaviors, specifically the whenwhat and how of seeking information and content:

When: We see that queries for fall television programs begin during upfronts and continue beyond the premiere, with increased activity during key show announcements and summer TV tentpoles such as Comic-Con and the Television Critics Association Press Tour (TCAs).

When TV Viewers Are Searching
*Different premiere dates affect when events are relative to premiere date for a majority of shows. Data represents average query volume for 100 fall TV shows.
Source: Google Internal Data, May–December 2013, United States.

Although this trend holds true for most shows, there are a few differences worth noting. New shows see spikes during upfront announcements, and then interest builds again about two months before the premiere date. Returning shows, in contrast, see sustained volume throughout the off-air period. Although new shows generally have fewer searches than returning shows, they have twice as many queries, on average, for promos, ratings and reviews. This suggests that users may be doing their homework prior to tuning in.

In addition, there are a few genre differences worth noting. From a trending standpoint, there is more activity earlier on for dramas and comedies. Queries for reality programs pick up in the few weeks leading up to premiere and are sustained post-premiere. In examining search intensity (queries/live plus three-day viewership), serialized dramas—especially teen dramas such as Vampire Diaries and Arrow—have the highest search intensity, followed by comedies and reality shows. Procedural dramas, in contrast, have the lowest search intensity.5

What: Outside of a show’s title, some of the most common TV-related search terms include season, TV show, network and cast modifiers, among others. Of these, we see that some are sustained throughout the premiere timeline, while others are concentrated to parts within it. For instance, promo queries spike at upfront week and tend to start building again about two months pre-premiere. Premiere-related queries are concentrated in the weeks leading up to and immediately following the premiere. Ratings and review queries, on the other hand, tend to be concentrated during premiere week and the weeks after it.

What TV Viewers Are Searching For…and When
Source: Google Search Internal Data, May–December 2013, United States.

One important component of what users are searching for is trailers for new shows. In addition to being frequently searched, the trailer is the most watched piece of content for new shows on YouTube, whereas videos viewed for returning shows are more varied in nature.6

“In addition to being frequently searched, the trailer is the most watched piece of content for new shows on YouTube.”

How: We examined 17 categories of Google Search queries across devices and discovered that intent can vary by device. For instance, cast, premiere/finale and plot-related searches regularly occur on mobile devices relative to other categories, suggesting that users often seek quick bits of information on a small screen. Alternatively, watch-related queries on Google Search are overwhelmingly searched on desktop and tablet devices, highlighting a preference among users to consume longer content on larger-screened devices.

How TV Viewers Are Searching
Source: Google Search Internal Data, June–December 2013, United States.

Viewer participation: Going beyond the episode

For a core group of fans, a 22- or 44-minute TV episode isn’t enough. Whether it’s seeking additional content offline (such as the live talk show Talking Deadthat discusses episodes of The Walking Dead) or online (network websites or industry sources such as imdb.com), TV lovers are looking to further engage with their favorite programs through “beyond-the-episode” content such as parodies, behind-the-scenes clips, and extended trailers found on YouTube. To better understand their online experience, we look to YouTube engagement metrics (i.e., shares, likes/dislikes, comments, subscribes), which collectively show a positive .58 correlation to live plus three-day viewership.7

A key behavior among YouTube users is the propensity to discuss their favorite shows and create new related content. Indeed, in 2013, for every piece of content uploaded by a show’s network on YouTube, there were more thanseven pieces of community-generated content related to the show. Some fan favorites far exceed that benchmark: Game of Thrones, for example, had 82 community-generated videos per video uploaded by the network and The Vampire Diaries had 69.8

These same fans are not only engaging with this content but also looking for ways to share and discuss it with a community of like-minded fans. An example of this collective enthusiasm can be found in YouTube’s subscriber community. Overall, they tend to watch 52% more video than those who don’t subscribe.9And because they watch more video overall, they’re often the first to discover content.

A popular late-night talk show’s highly viewed YouTube video that reached one million views in less than 18 hours exemplifies this phenomenon.10 We can see that subscribers comprise the majority of views right after the video goes live, but over time, discovery sources begin to shift as these initial viewers (the subscribers) share the video with others. As views from subscribers begin to taper off, direct links, YouTube searches and other user-controlled discovery methods take over. This highlights the importance of a strong subscriber base because subscribers are often the first to see and subsequently share content.

Viewership Pattern After Posting of Popular Video
Source: Google Internal Data, November 2013, United States.

It’s also a reflection of a larger trend on YouTube—overall, the platform has seen a 3x increase YoY in daily subscribers.11 Additionally, TV networks have been gaining subscribers for their official YouTube channels at a blistering rate, with an average per-channel subscribership increase of 69% from the beginning to the end of 2013.12

Accessing content: Extending the viewership timeline

In the past few years, we’ve seen a shift in measurement as metrics have evolved to capture longer viewing windows. This reflects not just a change in user behavior but recognition that there is considerable value in time-shifted viewing. With shows seeing a marked increase in viewership numbers across genres in the three days following a premiere and between seasons, tune-in is now happening across a much more extended timeline.

One significant trend is in-season catch-up behavior. DVRs, new streaming options and watch apps provide viewers with greater flexibility than ever to watch the content they want, when they want it. Search patterns also reveal a rising interest in this notion of “TV on my time.” Queries on paid streaming providers such as “Amazon Instant Video” or “Hulu Plus,” have increased 16% YoY, while watch app-related queries, such as “HBO GO” and “AMC mobile,” have increased 35% YoY.13

Catch-up behavior is not restricted to in-season activity. If given the opportunity to catch up on a show before a new season, 78% of viewers would be more likely to tune in to the upcoming season.14 Query trends also reflect this sentiment: in the pre-premiere time frame, watch-related queries have increased 50% YoY, signaling intent to catch up on previous episodes before a season premiere.15 So when do viewers start catching up? Of the 70% who said that they catch up on past seasons of returning shows, approximately half start more than two months in advance.16

Day of week can also play a role in catch-up activity. Because viewership patterns show greater preference for time-shifted viewing of dramas, we analyzed pre-season search patterns for a set of dramas and found that catch-up-related queries tend to spike on Sundays. This “lazy Sunday effect” suggests that Sundays may be the most popular day of the week to both stream and catch up on shows.

Pre-Premiere, Daily Query Trending for Hit Serialized Dramas Catch-up Related Queries
Source: Google Internal Data, May–August 2013, United States.

As networks and streaming providers create new ways for viewers to access programming outside the traditional viewing window, they’re creating the opportunity for new viewership as well. Understanding the patterns of how and when viewers are researching catch-up options is important in recognizing key moments of tune-in engagement.

Summary

Digital platforms have fundamentally changed the way TV viewers research, participate in and access their favorite shows. Search, video and engagement activities, which show a positive correlation to viewership, can provide additional insight into a show’s popularity. Here we summarize our key observations across Google and YouTube:

Research

  • We see online television activity growth in the YoY increase in TV-related queries on Google and YouTube, and a rise in watch time, engagement with, and views of TV-related videos on YouTube.
  • Across the board, viewers are starting their research well before a premiere, with activity continuing several weeks beyond the premiere.

Participation

  • TV audiences often look to go “beyond-the-episode” on YouTube.
  • YouTube’s subscribers are fans who actively engage with a show and other fans, and they’re often key in spreading the word.
  • YouTube users engage with their favorite shows through discussion and creation of new related content.

Access

  • Time shifting is here to stay, with catch-up behavior starting well before new seasons and continuing after episode premieres.
  • Sunday may be the most popular day of the week to both stream and catch up on shows.

Sources:
1 Nielsen, @Plan, Q4 2013.
2 Google internal data, May – December 2012 to May – December 2013, United States.
3 Google/Ipsos OTX, Pathways to TV Consumption Study, 2013.
4 Google Internal Data and Nielsen TV Toolbox, United States.
Analysis looks at relationship between non-premiere live plus three-day viewership and leading seven-day Google and YouTube queries and YouTube views for cable and network shows across drama, comedy and reality genres. Analysis excludes outliers such as teen-skewing shows, musical reality competitions and shows with several searchable non-TV entities. View metrics analyzed on a representative sample of 32 fall shows.
5 Google Internal Data and Nielsen TV Toolbox, September–December 2013, United States.
6 Google Internal Data, 2013, United States.
7 Google Internal Data and Nielsen TV Toolbox, United States.
Analysis looks at relationship between non-premiere live plus three-day viewership and leading seven-day engagement metrics (likes/dislikes, comments, shares and subscribes) for cable and network shows across drama, comedy and reality genres. Analysis excludes outliers such as teen-skewing shows, musical reality competitions and shows with several searchable non-TV entities. Engagement metrics analyzed on a representative sample of 32 fall shows.
8 Google Internal Data, 2013, United States.
9 Google Internal Data, January 2014, United States.
10 Google Internal Data, November 2013, United States.
11 Google Internal Data, October 17, 2013.
12 Google Internal Data, 2013, United States.
13 Google Internal Data, 2012–2013, United States.
14 Google, Google Consumer Survey, n=500, March 8, 2013.
15 Google Internal Data, T-12 week – premiere week, United States.
16 Google, Google Consumer Survey, n=500, February 6, 2014.

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First Broadcast of “1984” of Apple was 31st of December 1983 in Twinfalls ….

Un peu partout dans la nuit du 22 au 23 janvier, la presse américaine a célèbré le trentième anniversaire du tout premier ordinateur d’Apple, la firme américaine qui depuis, a fait du chemin. Parallèllement, elle fête aussi «l’une des publicités les plus célèbres de tous les temps», «considérée comme un chef d’oeuvre», écrit le Huffington Post: le fameux spot 1984, réalisé par Ridley Scott (le papa d’un des Alien).

Cette vidéo a effectivement annoncé la sortie du premier Macintosh d’Apple. Mais non, nous n’en fêtons pas son trentième anniversaire en ce 23 janvier 2014.
Contrairement à une idée répandue, la première (et unique) diffusion de cette publicité ne remonte pas au Superbowl du 22 janvier 1984, mais au 31 décembre 1983. «Juste quelques minutes avant minuit pour être exact», précise le site Tuaw. A cet instant précis, la fameuse publicité était ainsi diffusée dans une petite ville de l’Idaho, Twin Falls.

Pourquoi? Tout simplement parce que l’équipe de publicitaires derrière 1984 voulait qualifier la vidéo «aux prix [récompensant la meilleure] publicité de 1983», explique App Advice.

La petite localité de Twin Falls a donc été choisie, «probablement en raison de sa situation éloignée et de sa faible audience la nuit», racontait en 2012 au site Mentalfloss l’opérateur qui a eu la responsabilité de lancer la publicité en cette veille de 1984. Et d’ajouter:

«Ils ne voulaient vraiment pas que quiconque la voie et la commente. Le Super Bowl devait être la “première” officielle. […] Après la diffusion, la cassette vidéo a été renvoyée à l’agence.»

En savoir plus ?

http://www.slate.fr/life/82615/non-pas-anniversaire-celebre-pub-1984-apple

Twitter Partners With CBS For Massive Video-Ads-Within-Tweets Program – AllTwitter

Twitter Partners With CBS For Massive Video-Ads-Within-Tweets Program – AllTwitter.

Twitter Partners With CBS For Massive Video-Ads-Within-Tweets ProgramTwitter and CBS are partnering up to bring live video clips to a Twitter timeline near you. This is the biggest partnership of its kind for Twitter, with CBS planning on incorporating Twitter-based ads into 42 of its TV shows and many of its web properties.

As Variety reports, the partnership was forged through the Amplify program, which launched in May. Amplify allows publishers to create in-stream video clips (like a preview of a season premier, or a weather watch alert, for instance) that include a short pre-roll or post-roll ad.

CBS will incorporate Amplify into its web-based properties, including CBS.com, TVGuide.com, Gamespot.com, CNET and ZDNet. The deal covers a wide range of programming, from sports to entertainment to news.

TechCrunch reports that CBS exec David Morris went with Amplify because:

“CBS normally doesn’t pursue joint ventures like this, but it wanted to do more to tap into “the world’s biggest and most exciting social platform,” particularly with Twitter’s ability to target and deliver content to consumers.”

This isn’t the first major company to sign up for Twitter Amplify. The program includes members like ESPN, Fox, BBC America, The Weather Channel, Discovery Communications among about 30 others.

Still, it’s the largest commitment to date, even though no specific ad campaigns have been put together. Variety reports that a CBS representative explained that they already have one advertiser interested in buying in with 20 shows packaged together.

 

Why World Cup Brazil 2014 Is Crucial For Digital Video Advertisers

The World Cup Brazil 2014 might be nine months away, but advertisers are already clamoring to figure out how to produce branded videos around the event. And for very good reason.
According to advertising experts we talked to, a good, branded video around the event has the potential to get unheard-of sharing numbers and as many as a billion views. That’s encroaching on “Gangnam Style” territory.

Why?

First of all, the fact that the World Cup is happening in Brazil has a lot to do with it.

The Wall Street Journal recently dubbed Brazil the “social media capital of the universe.” Hyperbole aside, after the United States, Brazil is Facebook‘s second-largest market and also provides YouTube with its second-most unique visits.

The U.S. has 316.6 million people [≈ population of United States, nation]. Brazil’s population is estimated at 196.7 million.

Unruly Media measures the share rate of viral videos and consults companies about how they can create branded content that people want to send to their friends.

Founder and COO Sarah Wood told Business Insider that while Unruly measures an average share rate of 1.31% for branded videos, in Brazil that average share rate jumps to 4.41%.

“What we see in Brazil is an audience that has a real appetite not only for watching videos, but sharing videos,” Wood said. “And there’s an openness to branded content.”

Not only do Brazilians have a propensity to share videos, but they will probably be even more inclined to share videos related to soccer.

“When you think about Pelé and Ronaldo, you think about Brazil,” she said. “It is the perfect heart and soul of football.”

But even if the World Cup 2014 were in a different country, it would still be an ideal platform for potentially viral content. It is a tent pole event that will produce a lot of excited chatter — much like a presidential election or the Olympics. Given that 2013 has lacked any unifying event, if we aren’t counting the births of various famous celebrity and royal babies, that has given advertisers the opportunity to hone their creative for 2014.

Some brands have already begun.

Nike’s 25th anniversary commercial called “Possibilities” featured soccer stars in a stadium. It has more than 9 million views in less than two weeks.

“Brazil 2014 is the perfect storm for creating the most shared branded video ever,” Wood said. “It has the potential to deliver a billion-view video. Whether it does depends on the quality of the content and the distribution strategy behind it.”

With 10,000 branded videos posted to YouTube last month alone, Wood noted that the social media space is simply too cluttered to leave the possibility of a video going viral to chance.

“Brands understand YouTube is the place videos go to die,” she said. “It’s not enough to put it on a Facebook page and hope fans share it.” Distribution plans are key.

Official sponsors should also watch out for non-sponsors to ambush the tournament. For example, no one remembers that Nike wasn’t an Olympics sponsor, but everyone remembers its viral “Find Your Greatness” ad starring an overweight child jogging down a road for 60 seconds.

“Some advertisers are thinking if they should try to create a campaign for a global audience or tell different versions of the story regionally,” Wood added.

Since humor varies country to country, you tend not to see many funny Olympics videos. They skew toward inspirational and warm.

Unruly predicts, however, that the videos that truly fly virally will be a bit funnier and make their audience feel excited and exhilarated. This is because the demographic skews slightly younger and more male, and because of soccer stars’ cheeky reputations.

“This is a country that likes to party,” Wood said. And hopefully that mentality of spreading excitement will rub off on advertisers’ branded content.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/advertisers-digital-videos-and-brazil-2014-2013-9#ixzz2eaTkpSXE

LG terrifies applicants by faking massive meteor crash through ‘window’ that was actually an ultra high-definition TV screen

Applicants for a job interview with LG Electronics in Chile had the scare of their lives when the company played a cruel prank on them that has been turned into an amusing TV advertisement.
To promote just how life-like images appear on the company’s 82-inch ‘Ultra HD’ TV, LG created a fake office in which one of its screen was positioned to look like a window.
Four unlucky applicants – two men and two women – were then filmed in the fake office being interviewed for a job with the company.

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