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2014 Holiday Shopping Trends in 10 Charts [SlideShare]

With the holiday season in full swing, people are busy hunting down the best deals on the latest products. The National Retail Federation forecasts a 4.1% increase in holiday sales this year, while Shop.org foresees an 8-11% increase in online sales. Similarly, Deloitte projects a 4-4.5% increase in holiday sales and a 13.5-14% increase in online and mail order sales. ComScore anticipates a 16% increase in eCommerce sales this holiday season. In all likelihood, holiday shoppers will be spending more this […]

Multi-Product Ads: 1 Unit, 3 Chances to Convert Customers

The Multi-Product Ad Unit (MPA) is a new way to acquire customers or retarget existing ones. From within a single ad unit, advertisers can showcase a carousel of products or images to help encourage increased conversion events. Served in the News Feed, this unit features three products, each with its own image, name, description and link, providing  3x more opportunities to engage and convert a user. What is a Multi-Product Ad? The Multi-Product Ad is an ad unit that features […]

Recap: Facebook’s Q3 2014 Earnings Call

All eyes (and ears) were on Facebook as the social media network announced its Q3 2014 earnings to investors after the market closed last night. CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg had a lot to celebrate, as Facebook’s stock recently hit an all-time high of $80 and its mobile base has grown nearly 40% YoY. However, they were careful to emphasize long-term goals over 3, 5 and 10 years, as well as slow product releases and iterations, continuing to […]

Mobile Advertising in the News

These days, marketers are well aware of mobile advertising’s rapid growth. New data from Business Insider shows that mobile is the fastest growing ad format, hands down. Check out the graph to the right to see how revenue from mobile advertising is forecasted to stack up against non-mobile in the coming years. While almost all digital marketers are catching on to this shift, very few know how to gauge the success of mobile advertising campaigns. A recent report from eMarketer sheds light on […]

Is Social Media Advertising Replacing Search?

This article was originally published on iMedia Connection. Media spend on marketing, particularly online, continues to rise in 2014. As CMOs gain confidence in their ability to generate revenue through digital channels — especially mobile — they will continue to invest time and resources into online methods of driving user acquisition and retention. According to the Chief Marketing Officer Council’s eighth annual “State of Marketing” report, 54% of marketers plan to boost their budgets in 2014, focusing on the following […]