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M&M’s Blog goes behind the headlines to offer a running commentary on the business dynamics within the international media and marketing industry. The M&M editorial team joins forces with industry experts and local market heroes to balance a bird’s eye view of global trends with the importance of local insight.

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  • Bots beware: six tips to help fight traffic fraud in video advertising

    19 December 2014

    Online advertising is now a $122bn global industry and, in the coming years, is predicted to surge past TV to become the number one advertising channel. While the industry is flourishing, traffic fraud continues to be one of the biggest challenges for marketers.

    In its current incarnation, traffic fraud is primarily the use of computer-generated “bots” visiting a website which is designed to fool advertisers that they are actual consumers; on a lesser scale, it is the use of humans to a click on an ad with no intention to buy.

    The Interactive Advertising Bureau estimates that up to 36 ...

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  • The video experience is changing - brands and agencies should start acting more like broadcasters

    18 December 2014


    Brands need to assess how consumers experience their video content. In-feed video viewing has serious implications, says Palle Finderup Diederichsen, head of MediaCom Beyond Advertising EMEA.

    What ‘good’ branded video content looks like is changing. With Facebook now challenging YouTube as the world’s preferred video platform, brands need to reassess what ‘good’ video really looks like.

    As of September 2014, comScore data showed that Facebook was the biggest video platform in the US for the first time. While a Socialbakers study across 20,000 Facebook pages published in October predicted that it will overtake YouTube by the end of the ...

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  • Three huge missed opportunities in Latin American marketing

    17 December 2014


    Brands operating in Latin America are failing to keep up with consumer media habits, writes Andrés Sandoval, digital sales director at LatAm and US Hispanic-focused media services firm US Media Consulting.

    I ran across a shocking statistic recently: 0.01% of ad spend in Argentina goes on mobile.

    Now, this is in a country with 13 million mobile internet users and which posted 1.1 million tablet sales in 2014. In addition, 78% of the mobile phones sold in Argentina in 2014 were smartphones, and a TNS/Google survey showed that 20% of Argentine smartphone owners used their devices as ...

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  • Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without…

    08 December 2014


    Forget ‘Holidays are Coming’ – Europe has a wealth of its own festive traditions  

    With record breaking sales figures, year after year, it must have been a retailer who once said ‘Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year’. But as the bells and tills start ringing, the challenge for marketers only increases as they compete for a share of people’s seasonal spending.

    It’s easy to be cynical about marketing around Christmas time, as increasingly homogenised campaigns bristling with clichés deck every hall and mall. But savvy marketers know that to help their campaigns break through, little ...

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  • Hasan&partners chairman Ami Hasan: five lessons from Eurobest

    05 December 2014


    After three mad days in his home city of Helsinki, Ami Hasan, chairman of Hasan&partners and Perfect Fools, takes time to reflect on what he’s learned.

    The Eurobest Festival of Creativity has just closed its doors. A record number of delegates, well over 2,200 from more than 40 countries, gathered for three days in Helsinki’s typically cold December to listen to best speakers from all different fields of today’s marketing communication.

    There was Big Data, Google and YouTube were there, the largest media agencies, networks and holding companies were also present as were the most prominent independents. New technology ...

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  • Social, mobile and the new power of live events

    04 December 2014

    Social media and smartphone ownership is changing the world of live events, writes Philip O’Ferrall, SVP, Viacom International Media Networks.

    Philip O'Ferrall

    The world was a different place 20 years ago, when tumblr was still spelt with an ‘e’ and second screening was more commonly associated with the grandfather in Only Fools and Horses.

    MTV recently celebrated 20 years of the annual MTV EMA, and the change in consumer behaviour since the first event – and even within the last two years – highlights the extent to which social media and smartphones are transforming how media owners engage audiences.

    New platforms are ...

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