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July 01 2013

21:41

Adobe Acquires Marketing Company Neolane; Expands Digital Marketing Services

CANNES — As it expands its marketing services footprint, Adobe has been focusing on its Adobe Marketing Cloud platform for digital marketers, says Ben Rabner, Web and Content Strategist at Adobe during an interview with Beet.TV. Offering real-time feedback, the Adobe Marketing Cloud is designed to help marketers measure, monetize and understand their ROI for digital campaigns that encompass advertising, targeting, social and Web experiences, he explains.

“If you have a piece of creative, what is the return on that? You can test it and segment it for different audiences to get a certain lift,” he explains. He adds that Adobe works with several major brands that use the service to identify the best channels in which to invest their ad spend. “Our algorithms identify what the lifts will be, what targets they need to go higher, how far into the video someone is getting.”

For more insight into how brands are using Adobe Marketing Cloud, check out this video interview.

Adobe recently announced plans to acquire conversational marketing company Neolane in a deal valued at $600 million, according to TechCrunch. The acquisition should help boost the Marketing Cloud service.

 

June 18 2013

14:08

Data-Hungry Mail Online Mulls Original-Video Move

CANNES – Look out, world. Having quickly become the planet’s most-visited newspaper website, Mail Online plans to ramp up its digital video offering beyond its core categories of entertainment, lifestyle and breaking world news.

“We’ll continue to expand the types of video programming we’re deploying,” the title’s global chief marketing officer Sean O’Neal told Beet.TV in this interview during this week’s Cannes Lions advertising conflab. “We’re even looking at doing more original programming. We do think that’s an opportunity.”

London-based site publisher A&N Media has surprised industry watchers by turning its famously right-leaning UK mid-market tabloid Daily Mail into a segment-beating phenomenon. Having formed editorial teams in New York and LA two years ago, Mail Online has become a phenomenon, with roughly 50 million unique monthly web visitors, according to comScore.

O’Neal says reasons for the success are threefold:

  1. “It has been completely operated independently. Martin Clarke, our publisher, started it up very entrepreneurially and built a purely digital publishing business.”
  2. “Unlike a newspaper, you can print as much content as you like.”
  3. “We’ve got great technology. We’re very data-oriented. Within minutes of publishing a story, we actually have enough feedback to know whether that story is going to be a winner or a loser.”

Now he is planning to add video content marketing opportunities to an advertiser line-up that already includes pre-roll spots.

For a deep-dive behind Mail Online’s strategy, see the publisher’s easy-to-read recent investor presentation.

June 17 2013

21:20

AOL Tests Emotional Response to Video Ads

CANNES – AOL is working with brands such as LG and Heineken on its new neuromarketing platform that aims to measure emotional reaction to video ads, says Rene Rechtman, SVP of AOL International. This sort of measurement can help brands better understand whether their creative is actually connecting with consumers in a meaningful way, Rechtman says in this video interview with Beet.TV at Cannes. AOL introduced the new platform in early June and it’s powered by tools from the tech firm Realeyes. The technology relies on consumers’ webcams to measure the emotional response to ads based on their facial reactions. For now, consumers opt in via measurement panels for the tracking. “We all say we engage more with great content but we don’t have the data and technology to provide that, so now we can provide that data to ourselves and to marketers and advertisers to show that a piece of creative is generating lots of emotional connection,” he explains.

For more insight into how brands are using the technology, check out this video interview.

AOL is the sponsor of Beet.TV’s coverage of Cannes Lions.

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