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Amazon Heralds The Era of Smart Homes

Trend Summary: Here's a glimpse into the future as the era of the smart home looms before us.


It’s a Saturday night, and you’re having friends over for dinner. So you start chatting with your refrigerator, integrated with Amazon’s Alexa while the technology suggests some meal ideas and tells you what ... 

[Estimated timeframe:Q1 2018]

... you’ll need to buy.

The fridge tells you what’s inside and you place your order and start focusing on cleaning, telling your your Google Home to pick a cooking playlist while you enjoy the few minutes of reprieve, knowing that soon your groceries will arrive via drone delivery.

This is the world of the smart home – a world of incredible convenience and connectivity. These innovations set us free to do what we really want and need to do – work, play, relax, socialise – and reduce the tedious time spent on chores and errands.  

As exciting as these changes are, they’re just the beginning. This same desire for convenience and connectivity is driving the global push for smart communities – cities and towns powered by data analytics and the Internet of Things.

Using artificial intelligence, sensors and automation, they will maximize productivity, streamline and strengthen public services and increase sustainability for citizens, communities and companies alike. And they’re coming soon – according to research from the Consumer Technology Association, the global smart city market will be worth more than $34.35bn come 2020.

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Source: MediaPost.com
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=7321

Brands Urged to Reach Consumers Via Humanity And Adtech

Trend Summary: Brands Need to Find and Harness the Humanity in Ad Tech to Reach Consumers.


As marketing technology evolves and proliferates, brands need to create authentic, relevant human connections - otherwise everything else in the marketing mix is just ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q3 2016]

... meaningless data.

Whether it's providing a friction-free experience for TV viewers to interact with ads, or making in-app shopping more rewarding, it all starts with dynamic human understanding.

According to Chad Stoller, evp and global innovation director at IPG Mediabrands [IPGM], this is why his company is hosting live demos of technologies and platforms at the Dmexco 2016 conference and exposition in Cologne Germany.

These technologies are designed to create greater resonance between marketing opportunity, application and consumer relevance.

Says Stoller: "Only by embracing these and other exciting tech innovations can we drive greater business outcomes while providing meaningful, enjoyable consumer experiences".

IPGM's Partner Pavilion at Dmexco is showcasing companies like Ad Mobilize, Grand Visual, Innovid, Layer, Placed, Samba and Yext. Space doesn't allow for a complete recitation of their efforts to help brands discern and deliver human desires and unmet needs, so Stoller intends to focus on Innovid, Layer and AdMobilize.

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Source: AdWeek.com
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=6985

Online Video Ads Enter Marketing Mainstream

Trend Summary: The much hyped but little exploited age of video advertising has truly arrived thanks to the intervention of Pinterest.


Pinterest, arguably one of the largest and most successful photo-sharing sites in the world, will start displaying video ads on its platform. The move incorporates one of Pinterest’s main features that allows pins and promoted videos to be paired with featured pins, thereby enabling users not only to watch videos but also ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q3 2016]

...  take immediate action, such as buying what they have just viewed.

With a claimed 100 million monthly active users, Pinterest is currently the go-to place where people can plan their lives – whether it's for everyday needs, such as finding items to fit their lifestyle, or more significant life events such as weddings, moving house and starting a family.

Since research and discovery dominates user behaviour on the platform, promoted video ads offer an even richer experience, while the shoppable nature of the product brings users closer to brands at all stages of the purchase funnel.

Despite Pinterest becoming more attractive to advertisers with its new video functionality, in reality the company is still playing catch-up. Facebook is already ahead with its live video proposition, Facebook Live, which brings live, branded ads and content directly into the hands of consumers.

According to the article's author, Jon King, managing director at Performics UK, the age of video advertising has arrived indeed.

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Source: TheDrum.com
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=6959

Tech Titans Adopt Music Streaming As Customer Bait

Trend Summary:  IT and online media mammoths are funding their future ambitions via music subscription services.


Streaming music is a mere sideline for the industry’s power players—Apple, Amazon.com and Google's parent company Alphabet. For these tech titans, paid streaming services aren’t just a new revenue stream; their strategy is to use these services as ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q3 2016]

... bait to attract and retain customers so they can sell them other merchandise. Moreover, the influence of these titans looks likely to grow.

Apple is revamping its Apple Music app while exploring an acquisition of streaming service Tidal - the first music service with high fidelity sound quality.

Not to be outdone, Amazon is preparing to introduce a stand-alone $10-a-month subscription music service, matching the subscription fee charged by Apple Music and by Alphabet, which offers ad-free music via its YouTube Red and Google Play Music services.

Given that streaming music advances their other ambitions, Apple Music, Amazon, Alphabet’s Google and YouTube units, don’t need their services to be hugely profitable, though none of them are selling subscriptions at prices that suggest a willingness to lose money.

Such tactics gives the tech companies a major advantage over smaller rivals such as Pandora Media, Spotify AB and French counterpart Deezer, whose main businesses are music streaming.

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Source: WSJ.com
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=6941

Adland Set to Adopt Virtual Reality Technology

Trend Summary: Virtual reality is on course to change the face of marketing and media over the next generation.


Combined with its predicted scale the promise of virtual reality [VR] creates a potent scenario unlike anything that’s gone before. Aside from its impact on the worlds of entertainment, education, culture and commerce, its potential effect on people's psychologies is ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q3 2016]

... equally intriguing.

Daniel Freeman, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oxford, who recently oversaw a study found that VR can be used to reduce paranoid fears.

Charities have also been quick to realise the potential of VR storytelling for this purpose. A recent VR experience for the National Autistic Society built on the theme of sensory overload, putting the user in the position of a person with autism.

Says Richard Beer, creative director at Don’t Panic, the agency behind the work: “We’ve used every tool at our disposal, from sound design and VFX to set design and stage direction, to create a small moment of what it can be like to be autistic. It’s a very different approach from traditional storytelling,”

Moreover, adds Beer, “VR’s core strength is its ability to create a sense of ‘presence". “Done well, it can make you forget that you’re even wearing a headset at all. So if you think about empathy as a mountain every storyteller or filmmaker must scale, VR offers us an opportunity to start half way up it.”

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Source: TheDrum.com
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=6904

Neuroscience Boosts Mobile Marketing

Trend Summary: Neuromarketing scientists have created algorithms that can decipher how people feel whilst watching an ad.


According to AdWeek.com staff writer Marty Swant, the human mind has been a mystery since the beginning of time and, since the dollar-strewn dawn of advertising, marketers have tried to solve the conundrum via the necromancy of ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q1 2016]

... neuromarketing.

However, it's only during the last decade that neuromarketing has taken-off, with scientists studying the minutia of human response to TV spots, print ads and desktop promotions.

Moreover, now that iPhones and Samsung Galaxies have become ubiquitous, the world of neuromarketing is shifting its focus to unlocking the impact of mobile media.

Says Carl Marci, chief neuroscientist at Nielsen Consumer Neuroscience: "We're realising that as the world gets more cluttered, and there's more competition for the hearts and minds of audiences, we really need the best tools to measure the whole consumer".

A recent report by Nielsen for the Advertising Research Foundation revealed that branding resonated less with users on smaller screens, while only 29% of smartphone users viewing 30-second video ads on their devices watched them in their entirety.

Although that percentage is greater than the 17% who viewed on a tablet or laptop, it's much less than the 84% on a TV or 83% on a desktop computer.

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Source: AdWeek.com
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=6834

Marketers Prepare for Virtual Reality Ads

Marketing Trend Summary: Brands are embracing Virtual Reality via 360-degree video now that Facebook and YouTube both support this video format.


A diverse group of entrepreneur originators has been creating 360-degree virtual reality [VR] videos for some US college football teams, the Rockefeller Center and GoPro Extreme. On the publishing side of VR, media companies such as Discovery are already creating VR content for their apps, but as yet are not ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q1 2016 Onward]

... extending resources for VR advertising.

Framestore, a VR production and creative studio, is currently assisting a number of ad agencies to prepare for a VR advertising channel.

In an interview with Digiday, a company focusing on digital media, marketing and advertising professionals, Framestore creative director Resh Sidhu said: "We were getting agencies coming to us so late in the process. They didn’t know the realities of what they were producing, both from a creative and a financial point of view. So we need to do this."

Meantime, eager (and gullible?) US consumers can pre-buy Oculus Rift VR headsets for a mere $599, scheduled for delivery later this spring .

After twenty-plus years of promise it now seems that virtual reality tech will truly reach the masses.

From a marketing standpoint the ability to completely control an audience’s environment via sight and sound, provides a fresh canvas for crafting and delivering marketing messages.

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Source: MarketingDive.com
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=6806

Is This the Beginning of the End for Trad Ad Agencies?

Trend Summary: US companies in-house advertising and communications units have multiplied at the expense of traditional ad agencies.


According to the USA's Association of National Advertisers, in 2008 just 42% of its member companies had in-house agencies. By 2013 however, that figure had risen to nearly 60%. These in-house units boast hundreds of staffers who create everything from print collateral and social posts to ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q4 2015 onward]

... big budget multimedia campaigns.

The Boston-based In-House Agency Forum [IHAF] serves the needs of this growing community of marketers via the delivery of thought leadership, industry insights and networking opportunities.

By 2014 IHAF's membership swelled from 150 to 250 companies and now includes heavy hitters such as American Express, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Boeing, Coca-Cola, HP, Lego, McDonald's, Nestlé and Raytheon.

One of the biggest advantages in having an in-house agency is its unlimited opportunity to learn from within - something external agencies are hard-pressed to do. Being part of the same company, marketers live and breathe the culture and the brand. The client's products are your products.

According to Marta Stiglin, a long-time member of IHAF's board of directors and its former chairman, one of the biggest misconceptions is that IHAF cannot attract and retain the same calibre of strategic and creative talent that external agencies can.

Says Ms Stiglin: "That simply isn't true. What's essential when staffing any type of organisation, internal or external, is that you hire the best and brightest people you can. If you hire "B players," you'll end up with a "B team."

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Source: AdWeek.com
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=6794

Big Brands Adopt 'Micro Moments' Digital Technology

Trend Summary: New digital technology is spurring brands to seek specific "micro-moments", enabling them to display the right messages to the right consumers.


The above trend is one of several for 2016 identified by the World Advertising Research Center's [Warc] Toolkit 2016. The Warc study  highlights the role technological developments such as Buy Buttons can play, and also examines how some marketing teams have restructured around ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q2 2015 - Q4 2016]

... "moments" rather than brands.

The study cites alcoholic beverages titan Pernod Ricard as an example of the "micro moments" trend, where the company's focus is now on "consumption moments" rather than individual brands. This change in consumer focus was triggered by the realisation that consumers don't stick to one brand but have a repertoire of brands linked to a a variety of drinking occasions.

However, William Grobel, Senior Manager at Deloitte Digital, stresses that "moment marketing" is a complement to, and not a substitute for, campaign-based marketing".

Mr Grobel's maxim is also understood by Johnson & Johnson after its "social listening" revealed that mothers of young babies were taking to social media around 4am asking for tips on getting their child to sleep.

Accordingly the company took advantage of this moment of opportunity by designing relevant messages specifically for consumption on tablets which are the preferred device used by mothers in small hours.

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Source: Warc.com
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=6789

Show Biz and Fashion to Meld Music and Sport With 'Internet of Things'

Trend Summary: One of the world's largest entertainment companies plans to harness the Internet of Things to connect its performers and brands with fans.


WME/IMG, an American talent agency with offices in Beverly Hills, has announced a joint venture with Swiss tech company AGT International that will pave the way for a social platform that enables performers at concerts, fashion shows and sporting events to view in real time what's working and ...

[Estimated timeframe:Q4 2015 onward]

... what's not.

The partnership could have big potential for brands and sponsors who want to build apps for engaging audiences and performers before, during or after an event.

Enthuses AGT International ceo Mati Kochavi: "This exciting new venture is centred on the consumer experience, creating a true social IoT.

WME/IMG, founded in April 2009, after the merger of the William Morris Agency and the Endeavor Agency, represents artists across all media platforms, among them films, TV, music, theatre, digital and publishing. 

Details about the joint venture are still in the works (it won't be rolled out until sometime next year) but the companies envisage brands and sponsors using so-called Deep Web social analytics and platform-agnostic technology to engage with fans and consumers about events.

Hypothetically, this could allow event sports-stadium attendees using a custom app to see which queues for the toilets or concessions are the shortest. It could also allow bands to see where and when in a concert the energy drags. It could enable designers to gauge which fashion lines created most excitement, or an audience to learn how models feel while walking down a runway.

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Source: AdWeek.com
MTT insight URL: https://marketingtrendtracker.com/article.aspx?id=6737



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