UK desktop ad viewability improvements, Google's first-price auction rollout, Facebook's political ad policies changes, YouTube's inappropriate content removal update

This week has brought with it the news that the UK is seeing great rates of desktop ad viewability, with viewability reaching a record high in the second quarter of the year - great news for digital advertisers! In other advertising news, after months of testing, Google is set to start rolling out its new first-price auction rollout, which has reportedly had good results so far. Facebook is also making changes to ad policies, this time relating to political ads and those that tackle social issues. These changes are aimed to provide greater visibility over political advertising ahead of the 2020 US elections. Our final big news story is the week is that YouTube has provided an update on its efforts to remove inappropriate content from the platform, with thousands of hate speech videos being…

Facebook's Community Standards update, New brand loyalty research, new playable Facebook ads, consumer views on Netflix advertising and Twitter's new live stream with guests feature

This week, Facebook has updated us on how it is enforcing its Community Standards with its third report. The report includes new data in a bid to make sure its enforcement is more transparent. New research has revealed that brands who form emotional relationships with customers are likely to see better brand loyalty, showing that the human element and storytelling really do benefit companies. Facebook has launched its new playable ads, aimed at providing users with a trial of advertised mobile games. As Coca-Cola announces working with Netflix on Stranger Things season three, a study has found that most subscribers are totally against ads being added to the video streaming service. Finally, Twitter has announced a new feature. Those who live stream will now have the opportunity to add audio-only…

Consumers don't trust influencers, Facebook launches 3 new ad tools for small businesses, Amazon storing UK biometric data, Facebook relaxes cryptocurrency ad rules, Google's new consumer privacy plans, Facebook removes "dangerous users", digital ad revenues top $1bn, Facebook political ad warning and Singapore passes 'fake news' law.

This week has seen a number of big digital and marketing stories in the headlines. We've taken a look at some of the biggest, including new findings that show only 4% trust information shared by celebrity influencers, bloggers and vloggers. On top of this, Facebook has announced three new advertising tools that are aimed at helping small businesses make the most of the platform. There are also concerns being raised about a new Home Office contract that could see Amazon storing biometric information belonging to millions of people in the UK. Other Facebook news reveals that the platform is loosening its rules on advertising related to cryptocurrencies…
One of the most underrated aspects of digital advertising is ad placements. Advertisers tend to think that choosing an advertising channel is where their campaigns begin and end. Unknown to them, knowing where to place ads can help determine how strong or how weak of an impact a certain ad will have on audiences. Before we delve into the power of Facebook as an advertising platform, here are some fast facts and figures from the 2018 Social Media Marketing Industry Report. 72% of marketers use Facebook ads. 34% of survey respondents say Facebook ads allow them to measure their return on investment (ROI). Marketing teams’ top reasons for advertising on Facebook vary from brand exposure to website traffic and lead generation. Since Facebook ads are helping many businesses in various aspects of marketing, it might be wise for you to turn to Facebook as a channel…

Three keys to evolving with Facebook advertising changes

It’s the World Series of baseball and the monkey bars of the school playground. Facebook Ads is the battleground everyone is clamouring to dominate — probably because it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get right.

To start with, Facebook as a platform is designed to change. The more data it consumes, the quicker it adapts and adjusts according to the behaviours of its users. That means advertising best practices also change often, and marketers must stay up-to-date every time Facebook releases new features or reconfigures its algorithm.

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Built into this evolution is a vocabulary that also keeps changing. Marketers need to know what Facebook means by phrases such as audience networks, lookalike audiences, and cost per thousand. There's a steep learning curve, but…

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