iStockPhoto Shares 2012 Stock Photo Trends

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Either stock photography is getting better or creatives are getting lazier as indicated by the fact 98 percent of creatives used stock imagery in 2012 as opposed to 79 percent in 2000.

This nugget comes from an iStockPhoto infographic which explores stock photo trends for the year.

Also noted, an increase in the use of medical imagery. Hmm. Yet another indication of the growing and aging baby boomer demographic?

And who knew? Quality is the number one consideration when selection stock photography. Riveting, we know.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 6-12    
Topic: Research



Israel Fights 'Stigma Virus,' Ad Spend to Hit $518 Billion in 2013

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- Israel wants to combat The Stigma Virus, a sort of reaction to the AIDS virus.

- How do you brew? Partnering with Boston-based strategic planning agency Blitz Media and its client, Breville USA, Struck created a :30 spot that features a colorful cast of characters that capture a particular style of coffee - bold, mild, intense, smooth, strong and light.

- ZenithOptimedia's latest forecast predicts global ad expenditure will grow 4.1% in 2013, reaching $518 billion by the end of the year.

- Talking cookies tout HGTV shows. Love It or List It. Property Brothers.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 4-12    
Topic: Agencies, Research, Video



How to Create Content For Each Stage of the Buying Cycle

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While content marketing may be the buzzword dujour, there's some credence to the notion. After all, people need the right information at the right time when they are researching and deciding what to buy.

In this Yesler whitepaper, part of the Adrants whitepaper series, you will find out how to map your content to the needs and roles of your prospects as they move through the purchasing cycle. In the whitepaper, you will learn:

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 4-12    
Topic: Research



8 Tips To Transform Your Brand Into A Social Business

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So for years everyone's been singing the Social Media Hallelujah chorus. More recently, many have realized that's social is not just about media but about the entire business. While it's yet another in a long line of buzzwords, there is substance to this one.

Becoming a social business is much more than acquiring followers, likes, plusses and re-pins. It's about enabling the entire business to function in what has become an interconnected, always-adapting, inbound marketing-based, social landscape where consumers (and other businesses) have come to expect instantaneous and personalized attention.

In this whitepaper, part of the Adrants whitepaper series, Hootsuite provides eight tips brands can implement in order to progress from "doing social media" to becoming a full fledged social business.

Download the whitepaper now and learn how you can transform your brand into a social business.

by Steve Hall    Nov-28-12    
Topic: Research



How to Create Compelling, Intelligence-Driven Loyalty Programs

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Sadly, many customer loyalty programs lack differentiation, target too broad an audience or lack an overarching strategy. In this Forrester whitepaper, part of the Adrants whitepaper series, nine actionable methods of using customer intelligence and data to improve loyalty program effectiveness are presented.

Download this whitepaper now to see how you can improve the effectiveness of your customer loyalty programs.

by Steve Hall    Nov-27-12    
Topic: Research



Cyber Monday Sales Increase 30.1 Percent

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Holiday shoppers turned Cyber Monday into the biggest spending day ever with online sales growing 30.3 percent over the same period last year, according to analytics findings by IBM.

As part of IBM's Smarter Commerce initiative, the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark revealed the following trends as of 12:00 am PST:

Cyber Monday 2012 Compared to Cyber Monday 2011:

- Consumer Spending Increases: Online sales increased 30.3 percent over 2011.

- Shopping Peaks at 11:25am EST: Consumers flocked online, with shopping momentum hitting its highest peak at 11:25am EST. As in 2011, consumer shopping also maintained strong momentum after commuting hours on both the east and west coast.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-27-12    
Topic: Research



Cyber Monday Sales Up 24 Percent

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Sharing it's up to the minute Cyber Monday shopping metrics, IBM has pegged this year's Cyber Monday sales up 24.1 percent through 12PM EST today. Contributing to that figure are several mobile metrics: 22.4 percent of consumers used a mobile device to shop, 12 percent of purchases where made using a mobile device and the iPhone tops all devices used to shop with an 8.7 percent share.

by Steve Hall    Nov-26-12    
Topic: Research



Holiday eCommerce Spending to Hit $43.4 Billion in 2012

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comScore, today, released findings that predicts 2012 holiday season (November and December) retail e-commerce spending will hit $43.4 billion, up 17 percent from 2011. For the first 18 days of the November, $10.1 billion has been spent online, a 16 percent increase over the same time period last year. Thursday, November 8 has been the heaviest online spending day of the season to date at $829 million.

by Steve Hall    Nov-21-12    
Topic: Research



Six Things You Need to Know About Real-Time Display Advertising

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If you haven't heard of real time bidding, or RTB, you need to. First, let us explain. When a user heads to a webpage and it starts loading, the siite automaticallly sends out a bid request to tens of hundreds of potential advertisers (on an RTB network) saying, "We've got this user who is 30, Indian, male and based in New Jersey, US, and recently searched for return air tickets to Delhi, opening a page on our site. How much are you willing to bid for being the only ad on this page?" Within about 100 milliseconds the publisher gets automated bids from different advertisers which are then analyzed to figure out the highest bidder and the brands being advertised. The winner is automatically alerted by the publisher site and the ad is published. Nifty, huh?

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by Steve Hall    Nov-21-12    
Topic: Research



8 Tools to Perfect Your Guerilla Marketing Campaigns

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Liveperson has published a whitepaper, part of the Adrants whitepaper series, that offers a brief overview of the online tools marketers can use to better guerrilla marketing programs. Covered tools include web analytics, behavioral targeting, marketing automation, social media and others. It's not an in-depth analysis of each tool category, rather an examination where each tool fits into the online marketing process.

Download the whitepaper now and have a look at which tools might be right for you.

by Steve Hall    Nov-19-12    
Topic: Research








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