Our 2017 Video Advertising Predictions

Online video has exploded in popularity and effectiveness over the last few years. With the increase in live video streaming, innovative uses of 360 video and virtual reality, it’s no surprise that there’s going to be a lot of change in 2017 for the video marketing landscape. As online video continues to evolve it is important for brands to keep an eye on key trends and new developments to position themselves advantageously. To help you hit the ground running this year we asked our internal experts their top predictions for 2017.

Here are a few predictions from our internal experts on the topic of online video and marketing to keep in mind in order to make the most of 2017: Continue reading “Our 2017 Video Advertising Predictions” »

Why Brands Should Think Like Technology Startups

Not long ago, Marc Andreesen—the co-creator of the first commercial web browser and now a prominent investor—proclaimed “software is eating the world.” What he meant, in all his foresightful wisdom, was that there was no industry invulnerable to being disrupted by software companies and the digitization of everything under the sun.

His phrase caught on instantly inside the major tech corridors—Silicon Valley, New York City, Boston, others—for it was in those places that the digitization credo was first advanced. But, there’s a second, and perhaps more powerful credo which came out of tech and has also been eating the world: an approach to product development where failing is desirable… in the early stages of development, in particular. Continue reading “Why Brands Should Think Like Technology Startups” »

4 Advertising Takeaways From the 2016 Holiday Season

The 2016 holiday shopping season was the strongest season yet, with 16% growth in sales from 2015. In this post, we’ll look back at a few of the trends that made this most recent holiday shopping season so unique and what marketers can learn from it to apply to their strategies this year. Continue reading “4 Advertising Takeaways From the 2016 Holiday Season” »

A Short Story About Stories

“Conversation in verbal storytelling is alive and well today. But most media in the modern world is not in the oral tradition. We may have left a few things behind as we invented new media.” Continue reading “A Short Story About Stories” »

Media Agencies, Are PR Firms Eating Your Lunch?

Edelman recently hired a former Leo Burnett exec, Mark Renshaw, to lead its global brand practice, becoming one of the largest PR organizations that has begun creating paid content for general audiences rather than only focusing on securing editorial placements.

This is a big deal.

I know first-hand that the landscape is rapidly changing. I’ve seen a number of innovative agencies doing really cool things with paid media, including Weber Shandwick, Cohn & Wolfe, and Ketchum, and it’s a significant development. Continue reading “Media Agencies, Are PR Firms Eating Your Lunch?” »