Deezer launches first ever AR ‘boombox’ advert to engage millennial music audience

Deezer launches first ever AR ‘boombox’ advert to engage millennial music audience

 Deezer, the world’s most diverse, dynamic and personalised music streaming service, has launched its first ever fully immersive augmented reality (AR) music experience, leveraging a new and specially created Snapchat lens. With AR usage expected to increase to 200 million this year, Snapchat influencer platform, Fanbytes, created a bespoke piece of content based on […]

Norm Johnston named CEO of Unruly

Norm Johnston named CEO of Unruly

News UK announces it has appointed Norm Johnston, Global CEO of Mindshare FAST and Mindshare’s Global Chief Digital Officer, as CEO of Unruly. Johnston will replace outgoing CEO and co-founder Sarah Wood, who announced in October she will be taking up the role of Non-Executive Chair of Unruly’s Board of Directors. Based in London, Johnston […]

UNICEF and BETC launch an unprecedented fundraising tool using blockchain technology

UNICEF and BETC launch an unprecedented fundraising tool using blockchain technology

 Between the 2nd of February and the 31st of March 2018, UNICEF and advertising agency BETC are reinventing charitable donations with the ‘Game Changers‘ initiative, the first humanitarian fundraising effort using the cryptocurrency Ethereum. UNICEF’s work for children depends on donations and they asked for help to attract a younger generation of donors since […]

Lidl UK Launches AI Wine ChatBot Giving Customers Expert Wine Knowledge & Recommendations

Lidl UK Launches AI Wine ChatBot Giving Customers Expert Wine Knowledge & Recommendations

Lidl, the UK’s seventh largest retailer, has launched its first fully-automated, AI-powered, Facebook Messenger chatbot to help UK customers select the best wine whatever the meal or moment. Users simply type in a wine question and voilà, the answer appears! Lidl’s new chatbot – named Margot – will perform the role of shoppers’ virtual wine […]

Growth predicted to continue as UK ad spend sees new record high in 2017

Growth predicted to continue as UK ad spend sees new record high in 2017

UK advertising spend in Q3 2017 rose 3.5% year-on-year to reach £5.4bn – the 17th consecutive quarter of market growth, according to Advertising Association/WARC Expenditure Report data published on January 31. The latest data underpin preliminary figures which show 2017 spending grew to £22.1bn – representing the eighth consecutive year of market growth. Further key […]

Time Inc.’s Paul Lowrey highlights why brands need to press CTRL+ALT+DEL in 2018

Time Inc.’s Paul Lowrey highlights why brands need to press CTRL+ALT+DEL in 2018

2017 marked a watershed year for digital brand advertising with factors including trust, transparency, safety, measurement, user experience, consolidation, Facebook/Google dominance and the use of data all up for debate. Throw in a wobbly economy, Brexit (ahem), GDPR and the welcome, but as yet un-established changes brought by the Coalition for Better Advertising, and 2018 […]

WARC: 24% of brands and agencies surveyed expect voice interfaces to be important to their business

WARC: 24% of brands and agencies surveyed expect voice interfaces to be important to their business

Voice-enabled technology, from smart speakers to virtual assistants, is opening an entirely new interface through which brands and consumers will engage and communicate in 2018, according to WARC, the global marketing intelligence service, following a survey with more than 600 marketing and advertising professionals around the world for its Toolkit 2018 report. Voice is swiftly […]

New GumGum research finds that 75%t of brands were exposed to brand safety issues in 2017

New GumGum research finds that 75%t of brands were exposed to brand safety issues in 2017

GumGum, an artificial intelligence company with deep expertise in computer vision, released market research findings, conducted in concert with Custom, Digiday Media’s creative content agency, examining the brand safety crisis impacting the advertising industry. The​ in-depth study investigates how brands, agencies and publishers are addressing this issue while also examining the ways to help identify […]

Quantcast continues international growth expanding into new Asia-Pacific markets

Quantcast continues international growth expanding into new Asia-Pacific markets

Quantcast, an AI technology company focused on the marketing and publishing industries, announced that it will expand its advertising solutions into seven markets across Asia, connecting brands with an online audience of up to 300 million consumers. The company already operates in Australia and New Zealand. Marketers across Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, […]