What is SoundCloud? It’s an audio streaming music platform that is very different from other audio streaming platforms. While SoundCloud does stream licensed music tracks, it’s also a go-to platform for user-generated content. Like how YouTube functions as a video service, SoundCloud enables any user to create a profile and upload audio content. It also offers a social aspect – users can comment on one another’s tracks, and share the tracks or playlists on their own pages, a la a ‘retweet’ on Twitter. SoundCloud players can easily be embedded on a webpage, so it’s become a preferred way for many music sites and bloggers to put tracks or albums in front of their readers.
With the rapid increase of online media consumption over the last few years, newspapers have seen a noticeable decrease in circulation. Where newspaper used to be king, fake online media outlets and/or stories now garner more engagement than real news.
The NFL captured a lot of media buzz in the 2016 regular season – and most of it was negative. This season has seen a lack of starting talent, players protesting during the national anthem, and officials throwing an inordinate amount of penalty flags. Worst of all for the NFL, the TV audience is down.
It has been long understood that social media spans all generations. The misconception that social media is strictly millennial-focused has been disproved repeatedly with every new platform or app attracting users in all age groups. Boomers and millennials alike are sharing content, liking posts and engaging with social media daily.
In 2016, so much of our reality is now spent consuming technology. From desktops and televisions at home, to laptops and tablets at the coffee shop, to smartphones and Apple watches at a sporting event, our devices follow us everywhere we go. How many of us are guilty of checking our smartphone while simultaneously browsing the web on our laptop with our TV turned on in the background?
Header Bidding is the latest frenzy to consume the media and advertising industry. Publishers are toiling away in labs, trying to figure out how to take back more of the revenue pie, while advertisers lie awake at night fearing increased costs and changes to inventory access. Like many industry changes, header bidding started as a low hum, and has now moved into the over-hyped, can’t-live-without-it, will-solve-all-our problems phase.
In the media planning and buying industry, the obvious purpose of our ad campaigns is to support our clients’ marketing goals. But let’s look beyond that. What happens when we choose to advertise in certain publications? What sort of work do our planned ad dollars support?
The way we view TV is changing. Fifty years ago, American homes had one black and white television set that had fewer channels than months in the year. Flash forward to 2016 and the TV medium has grown exponentially. In this changing environment, two recent trends that have gained media attention are “cord-shaving” and “cord-cutting.”
Whether to chat with friends near and far, or to receive messages from social groups, messenger apps like WhatsApp, Kik and Facebook Messenger are shifting the way we communicate within our circles of friends and family. Currently boasting over 1.4 billion users worldwide, brands are taking notice of these apps too.
As the 97th season of the National Football League kicked off on Thursday, September 8th, fans everywhere were glued to last year’s Super Bowl rematch between the Carolina Panthers and and the defending champions Denver Broncos. However, the eyes of marketers will be fixed on the September 15th tilt between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. Here’s why: this will be the first ever NFL game to be streamed live on Twitter.