That means roughly 10% of Facebook accounts either aren’t real people or they belong to people that have multiple accounts. Why might you want more than one social media account? You might want to ask Golden State Warriors All-Star B-Ball player Kevin Durant. Facebook made the announcement during a recent earnings call, saying it had … Continue reading Just as you always suspected, 260 million Facebook accounts are fakes
It’s been an amazing ascent by Netflix. Today, roughly half of all adults in the United State watch streaming content on Netflix at least once in a while. Let that stat from Civic Science sink in. 29% say they watched a few times a week or more! The growth in just a few years is … Continue reading It’s been an amazing ride for Netflix
Only a third trust social media as a news source Half of all Americans report they get their news on television, but the gap with online is narrowing. 43% now say they often get their news online. The gap is just 1 points, narrowing from 19 points in 2015, according to a new survey from Pew … Continue reading TV still #1 choice for news consumption, but the gap is narrowing
It’s been a long time coming. Television and radio stations have had to live up to often onerous regulations on political advertising. From requiring identification on funding, how large and prominent certain disclosures are, and maintaining online political files showing who bought what, where it ran, and how much they paid. In some cases, long … Continue reading Online Ad Campaign Bill would require more disclosures for digital ads
P & G – acknowledged as the world’s largest advertiser – says their data reveals the following about digital video ads: The average ad is viewed for 1.7 seconds. Remember, that’s the AVERAGE Only 20% of all ads are viewed for 2 seconds That means that 80% of all ads are viewed for less than … Continue reading Can 2 second video views actually drive sales?
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Trying to accurately measure audience against a plethora of cable, satellite, over-the-top, mobile, tablets, Roku, AppleTV, and on and on is no doubt a difficult task. To date, it hasn’t happened. Everyone in the research sphere will tell you they can estimate based on algorithms and assumptions – but nobody has it figured out. Recently, … Continue reading Do you trust audience measurement data?
Google's already under fire for its role in spreading "Fake News." Now, one of the engineers who helped create Google News had quite a bit to say about the search site and it wasn’t flattering. Krishna Bharat helped lead the team the creation team, but posted to Facebook that Google News has become “shameful and … Continue reading One of the creators of Google News calls the search site “shameful and irresponsible” in spreading fake news
Global marketing company Omnicom handles ad services for more than 5,000 clients in over 100 countries. They are a big deal in ad circles. So, when they talk, people do listen. Here’s what they’re saying: 66% of TV and Video on content consumed by Millennials and Gen Xers is not being captured by current media … Continue reading Study: Media Measurement missing 66% of all video consumption
P & G – acknowledged as the world’s largest advertiser – says their data reveals the following about digital video ads: The average ad is viewed for 1.7 seconds. Remember, that’s the AVERAGE Only 20% of all ads are viewed for 2 seconds That means that 80% of all ads are viewed for less than … Continue reading Can 2 second video views really be effective at driving sales?
If you doubted that local television is still important in people’s lives, consider this: When Hurricane Harvey was threatening Texas, where did people turn for the latest information? Local TV. 89% surveyed said local TV news was their top choice. Their second choice? Local TV station websites. Their third choice? National TV News. Study Results … Continue reading Where did people turn for life-saving information in Hurricane Harvey? Local TV stations
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced it was cracking down on improperly-labeled native advertising and disclosures on paid social media posts. In April, the FTC sent out more than 90 letters reminding influencers and marketers that influencers should clearly and conspicuously disclose their relationships to brands when promoting or endorsing products through social media. The FTC’s Endorsement Guides provide … Continue reading 93% of sponsored celebrity posts aren’t FTC complaint
Let me take you back a few years, then we’ll jump ahead to the digital advertising world we live in now. Several years ago, I was talking to the owner of a small business one day about what drove customers to their store. She told me it was simple: the phone book. I took the […]
What percentage of average people in the U.S. watch video content on their TV set (versus other devices)? 250 advertising executives were asked that question. They said 25%. Umm. The number is actually 82%. Research Now did the study on behalf of the Video Advertising Bureau (VAB). They surveyed 250 ad executives (71% agency, 29% … Continue reading Disconnect between what ad agencies think and what real people do
85% say give us ads. 75% say they would drastically reduce their online activities if they had to pay. In fact, Americans assigned a value of nearly $1,200 per year to the array of free, ad-supported services and content currently available to them on computers and mobile devices, according to a survey conducted by Zogby … Continue reading Would you rather pay for content or put up with advertising?
We live in interesting times right now. The proliferation of junk on-line is at an astounding level and the truth is often lost in the murk of content. There’s never been a more important time to separate fact from fiction and even the world’s largest internet companies are having trouble doing that. Here’s what led … Continue reading Google Home: Is Obama planning a coup?
Have you seen the “Disputed News” flag on Facebook articles yet? If not, you will soon. It hasn’t rolled out to everyone yet, but Facebook now has a way for you to report Fake News. To mark a news story as fake: Click next to the post you’d like to mark as fake Click Report … Continue reading How to label something Fake News on Facebook and have the fact-checkers take a look
A majority of adults say they see news on Facebook, but they don’t trust it. That’s the topline from an Ipsos Public Affairs survey for BuzzFeed News. Broadcast TV news (as opposed to cable news) was the top place US consumers saw news at 56%, but Facebook was right alongside at 55%. But when the … Continue reading Even people that get their news from Facebook don’t believe it
Everybody is up in arms about fake news these days. Politicos that think it swung the election are crying foul. Advertisers that had their ads show up on fake news sites are unhappy. Journalists talk about how it continues to undermine public trust. Wait a minute, though. How does fake news hurt journalism? I mean, … Continue reading Fake news might actually be a good thing for real journalism
It’s a tricky thing, this truth stuff. What may seem truthful to some people is rubbish to others. And vice versa. Being in the news business, I’m amazed at the calls and emails we get from people claiming we are skewing the news to one side or the other. Often, people will send links to … Continue reading It’s a tricky thing, this truth stuff
Content may be important, but it’s more like The Prince. The King, of course, is Platform. Think about it for a moment. What’s the world’s largest social media? Facebook. Largest search engine? Google. Biggest video site? YouTube. Notice a trend? They are all aggregators of content, not content creators (with a few exceptions). The internet … Continue reading The battle for the online throne: Content vs Platform
In the world of social media and online aggregation, the one thing that is most rare is truth. Every day I come across stories and posts that stretch the truth or obliterate it completely. I believe it’s a big part of why the trust in media in general has plummeted to historic lows. RELATED: Trust … Continue reading Google News adds Fact Checking to top stories
Look out! If you’re one of the businesses writing fake glowing reviews about yourself, or buying reviews, you may have big problems ahead. Not only has Amazon been cracking down on this and sending warning letters, but now they are suing companies. Amazon has filed suit against three this week. In the past, Amazon has … Continue reading Amazon suing businesses that post fake reviews
I've written before about the problem with using"last-click attribution" as a key metric for deciding where and how to place your advertising. Who gets credit for driving customers? The last thing they visited. Many marketers are just counting the click and forgetting about all the other marketing it took to get that click. Why would … Continue reading The AdWords Illusion: Forget the sales funnel
Let me take you back a few years, then we'll jump ahead to the digital advertising world we live in now. Several years ago, I was talking to the owner of a small business one day about what drove customers to their store. She told me it was simple: the phone book. I took the … Continue reading What really drove the sale? When metrics lie