Mindshare Point of View: November is fast becoming the sales battleground of the year. In the East we have Singles Day or Double 11 – a veritable celebration of retail innovation in China. In the West we have Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which despite their names have morphed into a week-long sales festival across most countries.
Mindshare Point of View: Facebook is now fully aware of the power of ‘fake news’ and this new update is its way of tracking and regulating adverts that may be intended to sway voters. Whilst this is certainly a positive step forward regarding Facebook’s social responsibility, it does create a number of potential issues for brands.
Mindshare Point of View: More details surfaced this week about a new service being developed by Google that is yet another imitation of a Snapchat originated service.Google Stamp is a Snapchat Discover lookalike that will allow users to swipe through a slideshow-style format.
Mindshare's Point of View: Enabled. Faster. Smarter. Transparent. Mobile is no longer just about your phone. While many have been critical of the focus on features rather than benefits in the mobile space lately, read between the lines and see that much of this development is about simplification for the consumer.
Mindshare's Point of View: Safari third party cookie deletion will spur on innovation in digital ad tracking – the threat of losing cookies raises its head every so often and the industry will need to start heavily investing in new methods of delivering high quality user targeting without cookies.
Mindshare Point of View: Following a series of successful localised tests, YouTube is going global with a wealth of new social features which allow users to send videos, comments and reaction to individuals and groups as well as to chat in-app, essentially turning YouTube into another mobile messenger.
Mindshare Point of View: Amazon is continuing to grow its ecosystem by launching its own version of a social media network. Amazon Spark features lifestyle and product imagery as well as user general content in a newsfeed like format that can receive likes and comments.
Mindshare Point of View: Snap has launched a new ad creation tool to enable brands of all sizes to create their own Snap Ads. The move further opens up the platform to a long tail of advertisers in the same way that AdWords works for Google – creating a self serve platform for ad creation.
Mindshare Point of View: Placing voice at the heart of Prime Day is a bold statement from Amazon and shows a big bet on voice and a belief that some of its future growth will come from consumer adoption of the technology. Offering exclusive deals and promotions to voice shoppers will become commonplace for Amazon.
Mindshare Point of View: A new report titled Speak Easy jointly created by Mindshare and the J. Walter Thompson Innovation Group, has found that 45% of regular voice users globally say they use voice technology because it’s faster whilst 35% use it when they are feeling lazy and can’t be bothered to type.
Mindshare Point of View: Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) was on Monday June 5. For brands and agencies alike, the event held both exciting possibilities and industry-changing announcements. The most relevant updates from Apple held true to the hottest tech topics in the industry: voice and AI, VR, AR and consumer privacy.
Mindshare Point of View: Google has announced that its widely used Chrome browser (just over half of all browsers used globally across all devices) will begin to ‘filter’ ‘annoying experiences’ (ads) from 2018. Reports suggest that the technology will be switched on by default on both mobile and desktop browsers.
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