RECOMMENDED: MARKETING ARTICLES
- November 14, 2017
Welcome. This is a resource page with all recommended marketing articles those in business nowadays should read. Every link shared here was personally read by PETERSON TEIXEIRA, hence the commentaries, the highlights and screenshots so you can know beforehand what you’re spending your time on before you click and read. Naturally, this resource page will be constantly updated and/or corrected to prevent any misleading information and to maintain a good, reliable list of top marketing articles.
TARGET AUDIENCE: CEOs, Entrepreneurs
IMPORTANT: The majority of the articles here are recent, but you may find resources that date from 2013. Nonetheless, everything is extremely valuable if you intend to master the market. The goal is to provide all the greatest insights and information published online in these last years, “marketing/advertising milestones” so to speak, so that you know everything there is to know from the Internet on Marketing/Advertising in order to master Marketing today.
LAST UPDATE: This page was last updated in February 22 of 2018
THE MARKETING ARTICLES LIST
The list is decrescent, which means that the latest added article by PETERSON TEIXEIRA is the one on the top of the list. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the article’s publishing date is also recent because as said before, the objective is to collect all marketing-related masterpieces from the whole Internet. Finding the needles in the haystack is the goal, not be the news.
The Links below are just so you can jump straight to the article, its highlights and comments.
- Read #74: P&G Plans to Cut Another 50% And Bring More Media In-house
- Read #73: A Fifth of UK Brands Plan to Decrease Their Programmatic Ad Spend
- Read #72: 77% of Content is Being Shared via Dark Social
- Read #71: 10 Psychological Retail Tricks to Make You Splurge This Holiday
- Read #70: The Chatbot Monetization Report
- Read #69: Facebook’s Key Video Ad Program Isn’t Delivering Much Money to Publishers
- Read #68: British GQ and Universal Music Test Shareable Podcast Formats
- Read #67: How to Make Your Own Rankbrain List
- Read #66: Google Penalties and Messages Explained
- Read #65: Attribution Measurement is The TV Industry’s Latest Weapon
- Read #64: Dodgy Agency Tries to con Publisher in Ads.txt Fraud Saga
- Read #63: 5 Ways SEO Experts Say You Should Optimize for RankBrain
- Read #62: Scandal Prompts FTC to Crack Down on Social Media Influencers
- Read #61: Marketing Next Big Hurdle: The Rising Cost of Customer Acquisition
- Read #60: Adform Discovered Bot Network Generating 1,5 Billion Requests/Day
- Read #59: Google Manual Actions: Frequently Asked Questions And Their Answers
- Read #58: Domain Spoofing Costs Business Insider 10M Fake Impressions in 15 Minutes
- Read #57: It Takes Just $1,000 To Track Someone’s Location With Mobile Ads
- Read #56: Chase Had Ads on 400,000 Sites. Then on Just 5,000. Same Results.
- Read #55: When Adblockers and GDPR Kill All Adtech and Martech
- Read #54: If Ads Don’t Work, can Publishers Strike Subscription Gold?
- Read #53: Every Major Advertising Group Is Blasting Apple for Blocking Cookies
- Read #52: IAB Europe Warns of Restricting Data-Driven Ads
- Read #51: The GDPR Will Help or Hurt Publishers, Depending on Who You Ask
- Read #50: GDPR: CMO warns of Threaths Within Martech Infrastructure
- Read #49: The Russian Methbot Scam Is Just the Tip of the Ad Fraud Iceberg
- Read #48: ‘Biggest Ad Fraud Ever’: Hackers Make $5M A Day By Faking 300M Video Views
- Read #47: Bot Traffic Report 2016
- Read #46: How Do CEOs Consume Content? Quartz Asked 940 Executives to Find Out
- Read #45: Facebook Moving Non-Promoted Posts Out of News Feed in Trial
- Read #44: Burger King Turned Tweets From People Complaining About Wendy’s Into Ads
- Read #43: How Easy it’s for Anyone (and Russia) to Target You With FB Ads
- Read #42: Facebook’s Efforts to Axe Russian Hackers Will Hit Marketers
- Read #41: Ad Contrarian: ‘Marketing to Youngsters is Narcissism Disguised as Strategy’
- Read #40: How The FTC is Cracking Down on Deceptive Influencer Marketing
- Read #39: Ad Fraud Is The New School Mafia
- Read #38: There’s a Ticking Time Bomb Inside The Online Advertising Market
- Read #37: The Complex Problem of ‘Click Spamming’
- Read #36: Mobile ‘Click Injection’ Fraud Forecast to Become Prevalent in 2017
- Read #35: Trade Desk Responds To P&G’s Pritchard’s CTA, Takes Shot at Google
- Read #34: WTF is ads.txt?
- Read #33: Digital Ads is Facing Its Ultimate Moment of Truth, and Billions Are at Stake
- Read #32: Six-Second Commercials Are Coming to N.F.L. Games on Fox
- Read #31: Google Refunds Advertisers Whose Ads Ran On Fake Traffic Websites
- Read #30: Ad Contrarian (Bob Hoffman) Warns Marketers to Pull Back from Digital
- Read #29: The Complete Guide to Google Adwords Plug-and-Play Scripts
- Read #28: Comscore Says People prefer Ads in Podcasts Over Any Other Digital Medium
- Read #27: Youtube’s Key Audience is in The Living Room And Advertisers Want In
- Read #26: How Advertisers Are Using Waze to Connect With People Behind the Wheel
- Read #25: Display Advertising: My 3¢ Worth
- Read #24: Will February 2017 Go Down as The Month That Destroyed Adtech?
- Read #23: The Day After Tomorrow: When Adblockers Stop All Martech Platforms
- Read #22: The Panoply Network Is Now Using Nielsen Data for Targeted Podcast Ads
- Read #21: Why Brands and Agencies Are Preparing for the Era of 6-Second Ads
- Read #20: Will Radio Kill The Internet Star?
- Read #19: In Six Seconds, Giphy Could Make Billions
- Read #18: Cardlytics: Using Credit Card Consumer Data for Marketing
- Read #17: How Marmite is Analysing your Face to Personalize Experiences
- Read #16: Influencer Marketing on Facebook is about to Get More Expensive
- Read #15: The Secrets Of Writing Smart, Long Articles That Go Absolutely Viral
- Read #14: How to Get Your Medium Stories to Rank on The Front Page of Google
- Read #13: Artificial intelligence is changing SEO faster than you think
- Read #12: Marketers Who Won’t Change Won’t Survive: Marketo’s Chris Connell
- Read #11: 41 White Hat Backlinks Hacks for an Online Business
- Read #10: 128 Marketing Tactics and Strategies: The Most Epic Growth Hacking List
- Read #9: The Practical Guide to doing your Own PR
- Read #8: Here’s What We Learned About YouTube SEO After Analyzing 1.3M Videos
- Read #7: Google’s 200 Ranking Factors: The Complete List
- Read #6: A Few Thoughts About the Coming Content Marketing Apocalypse
- Read #5: How To Promote Your Blog: 559,402 Visits and 25,309 Social Shares
- Read #4: SEO Mythbusters: Top Marketers Share THE MOST Counterintuitive SEO Truths
- Read #3: Taco Bell Explains Its Social Media Blackout and How It Lit Up Mobile Orders
- Read #2: The Death of Advertising
- Read #1: The Social Network Doling Out Millions in Ephemeral Money
HEADLINE: P&G Plans to Cut Another 50% And Bring More Media In-house
PUBLISHER: The Drum
COMMENT: Remember this? Well, now we’re starting to see how things are really getting serious. The ticking-time nuclear bomb in digital media is making its victims now, with big media companies finally admitting facing economic hardships because of the Google & Facebook duopoly, along with the many money-sucking problems crushing everybody in advertising today and making victims like JP Morgan & Chase while taking pieces of brands like Business Insider in just 15 minutes. There’s no joke anymore. No reason to trust agencies and the ad industry. We can’t even trust Google or Facebook nowadays (link #1 / link #2). So if you knew how the market actually is today, you would probably do the same. P&G is showing that agencies are about to die due to two factors: this massive chaos happening in the ad industry + the arrival of big consultancies in the marketing game. Because the reality is that very few agencies are aware of all these facts today. And even fewer agencies are professionally prepared to handle these issues and give new solutions for customers. That’s for sure.
HEADLINE: A Fifth of UK Brands Plan to Decrease Their Programmatic Ad Spend
PUBLISHER: The Drum
COMMENT: The consequences of lack of transparency, brand safety, ad fraud and ad viewability are now exploding in everybody’s faces in the advertising industry. Brands are waking up for the awful reality that their ad dollars are being wasted. This is nothing but a red alert telling marketers that the whole industry is having some serious problems with programmatic ads. Watch your money, folks.
HEADLINE: 77% of Content is Being Shared via Dark Social
PUBLISHER: The Drum
COMMENT: If you’re constantly thinking about where your marketing efforts are going after you’ve created so many great campaigns with everything in place, remember this article. Many websites are probably seeing tons of visits today from direct traffic, which is where Dark Social fits in Google Analytics. This website has more visits today via the direct channel (which can be traffic originating from Email, Whats app, Facebook Messenger, Slack etc) than any other channel. Since I’m targeting C-level executives and knowing how CEOs share and consume content Dark Social fits the goal. There’s not much ROI in sharing content in Social Media for this brand today. Therefore, the question you need to ask is simple: Are you marketing on the right place now that Dark Social became the new rule and millions of youngsters are flocking away from Social Media to Messaging Apps? Read this and think about it.
HEADLINE: 10 Psychological Retail Tricks to Make You Splurge This Holiday
PUBLISHER: Market Watch
COMMENT: Marketers will lose this because it all comes down to Neuromarketing. There are many exploitable flaws in the human mind to market a product, like using many of the resources available in Neuromarketing, The Psychology of Colors, The 5 Human Senses that make people buy and a lot more. Sean Parker, former Facebook president, even admitted that they were exploiting a few psychological tricks in a very evil way in order to maintain Facebook users addicted to its product back in the old days. With all these links, now you know how it works. Be a good boy and use these super powers for good, ok? Enjoy the read.
HEADLINE: The Chatbot Monetization Report
PUBLISHER: Business Insider
COMMENT: Regardless of what business you own, if you’re not thinking about delegating some of it to chatbot automation then you’re missing a big opportunity to lower your costs in customer service and content promotion/distribution. There’s even the possibility of cloning a CEO using a professional chatbot framework if you have the time, the resources, the energy and the right DATA to create a professional face of your company that people want to engage with. Now you have Business Insider showing through well-researched, hard data, that a chatbot is no joke when it comes to automating a business. Read this to see what you may be missing.
HEADLINE: Facebook’s Video Ad Program Isn’t Delivering Much Money to Publishers
COMMENT: Well, where do I start? Facebook’s Ad Platform is being easily gamed and people’s privacy is being cheaply bought by anyone with a few dollars, Facebook Ads customer reach estimative is larger than the actual amount of people in the country, and Facebook has enormous measurement errors, but besides all those nice news, there’s also this low incentive to publishers issue. With these few previous lines of FACTS, you now have a broader view that allows you to sit back, stop any stupid Facebook marketing moves you were about to make, and really think things through if investing money and resources on Facebook was something permeating in your head. Seriously, video publishers, what did you expect?!
HEADLINE: British GQ and Universal Music Test Shareable Podcast Formats
COMMENT: Innovation is what will save many companies in this crazy business Era where bots, extreme competition and people slaughtering each other for attention are the rule. Congrats to the folks at British GQ for pushing another innovative way to reach customers with Podcasts into the market. Let’s not forget that customers revealed Podcasts Ads are their favorite way for brands to reach them. Creating snackable content out of your shows can only help your marketing if you know what you’re doing and if you know who you’re targeting.
HEADLINE: How to Make Your Own Rankbrain List
COMMENT: This is a more technical view on how to “optimize” your website for Rank Brain. Just like I pointed out in the Marketing Article #63, making your website optimized for Google’s machine learning algorithm requires handling every search query as one different entity that has its own optimization profile. This is a must-read if you want to understand how to deconstruct Rank Brain nowadays.
HEADLINE: Google Penalties and Messages Explained
PUBLISHER: Search Engine Land
COMMENT: A very good resource to revisit if you’re running into problems with Google Penalties. Save this.
HEADLINE: Attribution Measurement is The TV Industry’s Latest Weapon
COMMENT: The marketing industry is living a boom in older channels like Radio and now TV, but you know why? Because digital isn’t working anymore. Thanks to the duopoly (Google & Facebook), marketers are exploring channels that can deliver without having to deal with the usual known problems of Google’s fake traffic, massive ad fraud, lousy Facebook metrics errors and more. TV is one of those promising channels that deliver without giving additional headache to marketers and CMOs. There was one problem though: you couldn’t have marketing metrics similar to digital due to the limiting technology. But now is here. Here’s a 15-second example by Netflix on iSpot.TV with Media and Attention measurements. Welcome to the new world.
HEADLINE: Dodgy Agency Tries to con Publisher in Ads.txt Fraud Saga
COMMENT: Whenever fraudsters get hit in the face, you can bet that they’re about to find a way to hit back. Here’s proof of what bad activities the market is seeing happen lately. Read this (especially the email sent to people in the ad industry).
HEADLINE: 5 Ways SEO Experts Say You Should Optimize for RankBrain
PUBLISHER: Search Engine Land
COMMENT: Remember Google’s 200 Ranking Factors published by Brian Dean? Well, Rank Brain isn’t like that. You cannot optimize for Rank Brain because Rank Brain uses its machine learning algorithm to DECIDE WHICH algorithms among the 200 will better suit a query. This means that queries are now having a personalized treatment, blocking the efficiency of old-school search engine optimization. Rank Brain can decide that only 14 of all Google’s algorithms are necessary and relevant to rank “shoe store in NY” whilst it can use only 7 algorithms to rank “sports t-shirts promotion” (just an example). Therefore, the way out for SEOs is simple: find out how the query of your product with all its particularities is ranking on Google and try to reverse engineer from that.
HEADLINE: Scandal Prompts FTC to Crack Down on Social Media Influencers
COMMENT: The wild wild west Era of Social Media Influencers is coming to an end now that the FCC is putting its efforts into ending unregulated, shady promoted posts. This short article by Mashable is a compilation of FCC’s new rules that anyone working with influencer marketing must comply, in order to avoid any further problems. A good resource to come back to, whenever you need to double check whether you’re playing by the book or not. And by the way, make sure to check out this article because of the scandal with YouTubers Martin and Cassel that happened in July 2016. You’ll understand why the FCC is restraining things for influencers and companies that work with them.
HEADLINE: Marketing Next Big Hurdle: The Rising Cost of Customer Acquisition
COMMENT: There’s a new problem in the market: many brands are spending their budgets like there’s no tomorrow to get a customer that won’t make the ends meet in the end. You see companies spitting out Content Marketing, PPC campaigns, Influencer Marketing campaigns and a lot more resources to trade ad dollars for….bananas. That’s because there’s too much competition, too much ad fraud, too many robots inflating traffic, too little Facebook inventory and too much content that needs to be bypassed in order to get your customer’s attention. Brands are now having a difficult time reaching their customers and prospects in a super-crowded, ultra-competitive and noisy online world. As a result, companies are forgetting about Cost of Acquisition (COA) altogether because there’s one thing more important than COA: Surviving. But how long will that last? How long can brands deal with the rising cost of customer acquisition? It’s time to think.
HEADLINE: Adform Discovered Bot Network Generating 1,5 Billion Requests/Day
PUBLISHER: The Drum
COMMENT: The folks at Adform did a good job publishing a paper about a large bot network named Hyphbot, which is supposedly bigger than Methbot, the biggest Ad Fraud to date (what a nice surprise!). I guess this became some sort of competition by now. The Drum presents some great highlights on the case, but check Adform’s paper if you want to really see how deep is the rabbit hole.
HEADLINE: Google Manual Actions: Frequently Asked Questions And Their Answers
PUBLISHER: Search Engine Land
COMMENT: A great resource from Search Engine Land on the FAQ regarding Google Manual Actions that you should keep in your pocket for whenever you have any doubts on the matter. Very concise and precise information.
HEADLINE: Domain Spoofing Costs Insider 10M Fake Impressions in 15 Minutes
COMMENT: Ad fraud is DOMINATING the Advertising industry. This is another piece of proof exposing how serious the matter is, and how much of your money is going down the toilet, especially if you’re buying “inventory” of top publishers like Business Insider and others. Hackers target where the money is, so don’t be stupid. Think before you put a massive amount of dollars into ads.
HEADLINE: It Takes Just $1,000 To Track Someone’s Location With Mobile Ads
COMMENT: A must read. The research the security experts from The Washington University did, was genius. Genius. It proved that by setting up a few location-based ads, you can triangulate someone’s position, and discover extremely personal data as well in the process. A simple ad would appear in location #1 when the user opens an app, then another ad appears on location #2 and thanks to identifiable mobile data (Mobile Advertising ID – MAID) you can follow someone using just mobile ads and reconstruct their path and even find out where he lives and works. The image below shows the trajectory of an individual discovered through this method. Like said before, this is a must read. And besides this article, I recommend you to read the full paper of this research. Everything is explained in a great level of detail, from the test subjects to the full experiments done by the researchers. Enjoy.
HEADLINE: Chase Had Ads on 400,000 Sites. Then on Just 5,000. Same Results.
PUBLISHER: The New York Times
COMMENT: Welcome to the apocalypse in the ad industry. I must admit that I was VERY surprised when I saw these numbers for the first time. This is past absurd already. JP Morgan & Chase had a massive amount of ads spread across 400,000 different websites, then, just on 5,000 and it got the very same results! This is pure chaos to say the least! It’s almost 99% of WASTED dollars!!! And this is just one case being reported. How many brands out there, are realizing they’re wasting their ad dollars without telling anyone? How many small, medium, and large companies are burning cash today? Definitely many. Billions are being sucked in by ad fraud, adblockers, bot traffic etc. The next time your agency starts asking for more budget to buy ads, remember this article. Because advertising is almost broken.
HEADLINE: When Adblockers and GDPR Kill All Adtech and Martech
PUBLISHER: The Drum
COMMENT: So many truths and so much data in this article that there’s no need to add anything else. Just read this. Period.
HEADLINE: If Ads Don’t Work, can Publishers Strike Subscription Gold?
COMMENT: Companies and investors are taking more seriously subscription-based business models with all the mess that has been happening lately in the advertising space. This will likely become the main model for all serious brands because putting aside the chaos in the ad industry, there’s also another factor to consider: the financial crisis. When this comes to play, many brands have to adapt really fast or else, die. Subscriptions are the future. No doubt. The market is already proving that to be true with major publishers like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times embracing subscription-based models. As a consequence, finding free high-quality content will be just like finding gold in real life. Because serious brands, which are capable of producing content that matters, have bills to pay. But with all these new regulations, adblockers, ad fraud, brand safety problems and everything else, advertising can’t be trusted anymore. Subscriptions, are a different story. They can save the day for brands in financial crisis and in the midst of this advertising mayhem.
HEADLINE: Every Major Advertising Group Is Blasting Apple for Blocking Cookies
COMMENT: Yes, besides adblockers, ad fraud, bot traffic, new regulations, several fees for a dollar invested in advertising, here comes Apple to mess things up a little more for marketers by removing important cookie trackability functionality. All these highlights about “generic ads” are 100% right. Without data, every company will keep fighting for attention without being able to be as precise as they once were. Bad for customers, bad for businesses. This is what happens when Steve Jobs leaves the building.
HEADLINE: IAB Europe Warns of Restricting Data-Driven Ads
PUBLISHER: Research Live
COMMENT: Data: 66% of current digital ad spend requires DATA. Period. This proves that more than HALF of the digital advertising industry requires data to make the industry what it is today. Now, what will happen to Europe once part of its “marketing juice” gets taken away because of new regulations? Answer: international companies dodging European customers to avoid the massive GDPR fines is one obvious consequence. Another obvious consequence is European companies putting a lot more effort in other countries to avoid its own fines. Both consequences will increase competition in places that most companies are not expecting, practically in a matter of months (or maybe even weeks). Remember China New Cybersecurity Law that gives absurd control over foreign tech? Well, this is what can cause a HUGE exodus of businesses in a short amount of time. For the country that lost all businesses, it’s bad. But it’s far worse for the other countries that will welcome these businesses because suddenly, you have MASSIVE COMPETITION overnight. Example: If you had 100 American companies fighting for a certain number of American customers, then suddenly you have 10000 companies fighting over the same customers. All thanks to government regulations causing an exodus. With one regulation, you can increase competition in foreign countries in a short time span.
HEADLINE: The GDPR will help or hurt publishers, depending on who you ask
COMMENT: This is one of the many articles that you should show to delusional business people who are still thinking that Facebook and Google are the ones who should be worrying about GDPR. Help them with their homework by giving them this link. Remove them from The Wonderland.
HEADLINE: GDPR: CMO warns of Threaths Within Martech Infrastructure
PUBLISHER: Martech Today
COMMENT: This article has some very good warnings for the those using martech in the marketing industry. Very few marketers are thinking about their services and marketing tools as a system as a whole, because that’s what GDPR will consider in the end. Check out this article.
HEADLINE: The Russian Methbot Scam Is Just the Tip of the Ad Fraud Iceberg
COMMENT: Another resource talking about Methbot, the biggest ad fraud advertisers ever seen in the market until this day. With such high numbers of fake views, this should at least make you think about how much of your advertising budget is being wasted. Nowadays, criminals are preferring online fraud instead of robberies and other offline criminal activities, simply because it’s just more profitable. With serious criminals stepping up in the market, the game changes completely.
HEADLINE: Methbot: Hackers Make $5M A Day By Faking 300M Video Views
COMMENT: Are you putting money in online advertising? Then you better be aware of Methbot, the biggest ad fraud to date which was able to fake 300 MILLION video views inflating several brands’ marketing reports with robot activity. The hackers reverse engineered ad-quality verification processes and determined how to pass off the impressions as legitimate. This was a powerful wake-up call to the advertising industry because ad fraud nowadays is rampant. Recently, Google even had to issue refunds to customers because of fake activity generated by robots. Therefore, double-check where you’re putting your money online.
HEADLINE: Bot Traffic Report 2016
COMMENT: Do you know how much of your current traffic is made just of robots? This report by Incapsula reveals some depressing numbers, I assure you. A medium website for example, which has around 1k to 10k visits per month has almost 25% of its visits made by bad robots, and almost 23% made by good robots. This shows that ALMOST HALF of a medium website’s visits is just non-human traffic. And don’t you think that a simple filter in Google Analytics is stopping you from seeing bots because many use impersonation techniques, after all many of these bots are run by hackers. Anyway, this is A MUST READ. Great work by Incapsula. Great work.
HEADLINE: How Do CEOs Consume Content? Quartz Asked 940 Executives
PUBLISHER: Brand Channel
COMMENT: REMARKABLE RESEARCH by Quartz. Extracting this amount of insights from CEOs is a very very very rare thing to see, even online. If you’re thinking about how to reach CEOs nowadays then you must check out this article because it’s a unique resource. A must read.
HEADLINE: Facebook Moving Non-Promoted Posts Out of News Feed in Trial
PUBLISHER: The Guardian
COMMENT: This is another piece of fact that shows why NO BUSINESS should trust social networks. Facebook is making the very same move it did a while ago when it flipped a switch and suddenly all businesses got only 2% organic reach, turning into a more “pay-to-play social network”. The next level will be definitely to make everything a pay-to-play environment for brands, not only because of Facebook’s business goal to find/increase sources of revenue, but also because the world economy is shrinking and the next global economic crisis is coming strong which will force businesses to make harsh decisions to survive and to keep investors happy.
HEADLINE: B.K. Turned Tweets From People Complaining About Wendy’s Into Ads
COMMENT: Nowadays, it’s VERY rare to find awesome marketing. This is one of those cases where marketing meets a genius marketing mind. If you wanna learn how to draw attention to your business, learn a little from Burger King. A simple example of how to use and REUSE social content, especially from competitors and other brands.
HEADLINE: How Easy it’s for Anyone (and Russia) to Target You With FB Ads
PUBLISHER: Business Insider
COMMENT: This article is a very good breakdown on political ads on Facebook, showing all best targeting possibilities that a politician (or a brand) can do and the amount of money it will cost you to get the results you want. The 3 companies that revealed their ways to target people, diversified between each other, giving you at least a few different ways to target someone based on personal preferences and personal qualities. Great marketing insights.
HEADLINE: Facebook’s Efforts to Axe Russian Hackers Will Hit Marketers
COMMENT: In today’s super-crowded Business Era, allowing such level of transparency may actually hurt businesses for several reasons. For example, larger companies can use the “user transparency” excuse to steal a whole facebook targeting strategy from smaller brands, and then throw a lot more money into that strategy making fair competition far more difficult. And let’s not forget the whole work done behind the scenes by marketers, which is also stolen indirectly. Businesses already have HUGE competition thanks to the massive number of websites publishing articles and creating more noise every hour, now once this “transparency” feature goes live, businesses on Facebook will have a harder time fighting big brands than ever before. Another point is Hackers. Depending on the product being sold, if it’s something expensive/premium and the company is targeting only those with high-income, a hacker can reverse-engineer that brand’s strategy to find victims or try to impersonate that brand’s adverts to lead victims to dangerous websites. And these are just two problematic points. There’s a lot more if you think very carefully about this.
HEADLINE: Hoffman: ‘Marketing to Youngsters is Narcissism Disguised as Strategy’
COMMENT: The headline of this article is not the reason why this was put on the list. The reason is all the many truths Bob Hoffman (Ad Contrarian) constantly speaks about the digital advertising industry. He stated many facts that few brands like to admit (especially agencies). Facts that you should know by now if you’re about to put money into digital advertising. And his age point is right: Americans over 50 years old control 45% of America’s wealth, and few brands target this side of the population (hence the headline). But check all other facts too because they’re important.
HEADLINE: How The FTC is Cracking Down on Deceptive Influencer Marketing
COMMENT: There’s not much to say here except that if you’re working with influencers in Social Networks then you better comply with these new FTC rules to avoid problems in the future. Any “workarounds” are not the answer, but creative ideas on how to promote paid posts are the answer instead. Put your creative mind to work because there’s always a way out.
HEADLINE: Adfraud is The New School Mafia
PUBLISHER: The Huffington Post
COMMENT: A few years ago Ad fraud was something few were exploring because of the very advantages mentioned in this article. Now, ad fraud is attracting criminals that used to sell drugs and do other malicious activities simply because it’s more PROFITABLE. There’s far more competition, but there’s also a lot more online criminals. Some are moved by money, others by necessity. There’s even a town in India where kids and youngsters admitted to the news: “We do online frauds because that’s the only work we know. That’s how we help feed our families”. So nowadays, whenever you buy some online ads, have this “alternative reality” in mind.
HEADLINE: There’s a Ticking Time Bomb Inside The Online Advertising Market
COMMENT: Whenever someone comes with that “Sunshine and Rainbows” sales pitch approach to you, trying to sell ads and traffic, remember the points highlighted below (especially the second one). This is the kind of information that you need to dig around to find, because it’s the “dirt” in the advertising industry that most publishers and ad networks don’t want you to know about.
HEADLINE: The Complex Problem of ‘Click Spamming’
COMMENT: Because of limitations in the click attribution technology, click spamming is something that stays present in the life of those involved in online advertising. As highlighted, good people use it for fair reasons. Did you know that publishers lose 30% of the app installs they generated on mobile devices? That’s because of lack of attribution, making good publishers lose money. That’s where click spamming comes to save the day. The problem is: bad actors use it to inflate click numbers too, generating ad fraud. This is another reason why ad fraud is something that’s not that easy to go away, and why you should expect even a little bit of money waste when buying ads online. The advertising system, is not perfect.
HEADLINE: Mobile ‘Click Injection’ Fraud Forecast to Become Prevalent in 2017
COMMENT: There’s always more wood to add to all the fire of ad fraud. This very short article gives you another warning: Android devices have a particular click injection problem that impacts your marketing data. Also, another proof that relying too much on data to make marketing decisions is a flawed business mindset, since data can be deceptive thanks to ad fraud, adblockers, illusional impressions, milliseconds of viewability etc.
HEADLINE: Trade Desk Responds To P&G’s Pritchard’s CTA, Takes Shot at Google
COMMENT: Interesting approach by TradeDesk and WhiteOps. If you don’t know WhiteOps, it’s the cybersecurity company that discovered and revealed to the whole advertising industry the famous Methbot ad fraud which made hackers earn between 3 to 5 MILLION dollars per DAY. Therefore, this is a strong partnership. The few highlights made below show that a VERY promising solution is coming to the marketplace, but make sure to check the article anyway.
HEADLINE: WTF is Ads.txt?
COMMENT: With all this Ad fraud taking over the whole industry it was about time for someone to step up and provide some solutions. One of them is Ads.txt. A file similar to Robots.txt, which you can access via URL that allows everyone to know all company’s partners that are allowed to sell ad inventory in that company. If some network is promising you ad inventory on Forbes, The New York Times, Fortune or other big websites, check the company’s Ads.txt file to make sure you’re not buying a lie. Here’s Forbes’ Ads.txt file so you can check allowed partners.
HEADLINE: Digital Ads is Facing Its Moment of Truth, and Billions Are at Stake
COMMENT: There are two things to observe here: 1) Big budgets are being wasted even by top brands proving that lack of transparency and ad fraud is in absurd levels to sustain the idea of putting hard-earned money into online ads; 2) With this kind of “Advertising Exodus”, if all called out brands (like Facebook and Google) fail to respond properly to those spending big money on ads, these companies’ revenues will drop substantianly in a short time span creating a scenario where ads in Google and Facebook will go sky high pratically overnight to smaller companies.
HEADLINE: Six-Second Commercials Are Coming to N.F.L. Games on Fox
PUBLISHER: The New York Times
COMMENT: Testimony: This new 6-second ads format WORKS! I actually CHOSE to view several 6-second ads because in my mind I was thinking: “Ok it’s just 6 seconds. I have six seconds to check this out before I go back to work”. Six seconds is the limit for humans to watch something before they get annoyed by a bad advertisement or to appreciate smart and good marketing. It’s not by chance that Fox is making this move. Check the article for yourself.
HEADLINE: Google Refunds Advertisers Whose Ads Ran On Fake Traffic Websites
PUBLISHER: International Business Times
COMMENT: Yes, if Google is returning funds to advertisers then all this ad fraud trend cannot be a lie or underperformed advertising, can it? This is the type of article you show to those skeptical business owners or smartass marketers who trust everything blindly because it’s big, colorful and shiny. A very good resource to use in business/marketing discussions.
HEADLINE: Ad Contrarian (Bob Hoffman) Warns Marketers to Pull Back from Digital
PUBLISHER: The Australian Financial Review
COMMENT: Duopoly. A word that has been present a lot lately in the news thanks to Google and Facebook bitting TOGETHER 75 to 85% share of the whole advertising dollars in the ad industry. If you’re in business, you know this is rather problematic. Lack of transparency + huge dominance are at least a red alert for smarter minds. Why share this? Because you better start building a Plan B to reach your customers since you don’t know what direction these two companies are going to take in the future. They may hurt you even more by cutting more organic traffic (like Google’s snippets) or via expensive ad prices, or maybe the government can create bad laws thinking of them, but that strikes smaller companies with a harder fist instead. Explore new channels and be wary when putting money in the duopoly.
HEADLINE: The Complete Guide to Google Adwords Plug-and-Play Scripts
COMMENT: This is a very useful resource for those running ads on Google Adwords. The guys at Adhawk compiled a listacle of 10 expert scripts that will both save you time and automate your daily work. Only 5 are shown below but you can see that these are GENIUS automations! Well, the founder of Adhawk is an ex-Googler after all. Check their article.
HEADLINE: People prefer Ads in Podcasts Over Any Other Digital Medium
COMMENT: Podcasts are something you should really think about investing because of these 2 facts: 1) Listeners don’t usually skip ads in them because it’s hard to skip ads with perfection, since you almost always end up skipping parts of the show along with the ads altogether (therefore, your consumers will almost always listen to 100% of your ad); 2) There’s pretty much audience for almost every industry thanks to the explosion of podcasts. Whatever product you sell, you can probably find a matching podcast. Some show that can promote your product perfectly. To consume a podcast, all you need is a smartphone. And nowadays even in the poorest countries people have one.
HEADLINE: Youtube’s Key Audience is in The Living Room And Advertisers Want In
COMMENT: Seems hard to believe but this whole digital advertising thing is converging back to….TV. From all the numbers popping up on this recently, brands are probably going back to the roots of advertising: Radio (podcasts) and TV (SmartTVs). Therefore, a smart advice is to think about delivering entertainment-like ads of your product/business. If people are in the living room for entertainment, don’t break the chain with something boring. Become entertainment as well.
HEADLINE: How Advertisers Are Using Waze to Connect With People
COMMENT: Location-based marketing is already growing due to its ad precision capabilities that actually converts. For instance, a die-hard fan of McDonald’s can see an ad of it if a McDonalds is nearby, while in another city not familiar to him. People tend to look for familiar products/brands/stores/restaurants once away from home. That’s just a glimpse of the power of location-based marketing. It works really well if you target people right. This is why Waze (now Google’s portfolio) is growing faster, you avoid traffic and you can even buy some goods on the way. But there’s no need to say anything else here, just look at the great targeting options and ad features Waze offers to marketers and you’ll see why some brands are exploring Waze instead of standard channels.
HEADLINE: Display Advertising: My 3¢ Worth
COMMENT: This is a remarkable, simple, concise and powerful article. In a very short but dense post, Adcontrarian (Bob Hoffman) PROVES that for every 1 dollar invested in online advertising you get only 3¢ of actual advertising power. He goes step by step subtracting all fees involved in a display ads campaign (using a dollar) while linking to authoritative content to show you the FACTS. Another great resource for those wanting to shut up blind fans of digital advertising. And don’t belittle Bob because of his old blogspot blog. Search him on Youtube and you’ll find all his great speeches about many topics of the ad industry in high-level marketing events.
HEADLINE: Will February 2017 Go Down as The Month That Destroyed Adtech?
PUBLISHER: The Drum
COMMENT: This article shows a few realities about Adtech that you don’t want to miss if you’re in business. With P&G leading the way towards a confrontation against the giants in the ad industry, many top brands are following P&G causing considerable damage to companies such as Facebook (graphic below). Adtech is losing MASSIVE credibility thanks to bad metrics, brand safety problems and other problematic scenarios, while Martech is showing some promising results since it reveals powerful marketing insights so you can then work with that data as you please. One works behind the curtain promising huge results with its own data, whilst the other reveals everything to you so you can make your own decisions and take the action you want. Therefore, before you feed the Adtech machine, check the numbers. They usually don’t lie.
HEADLINE: The Day After Tomorrow: When Adblockers Stop All Martech Platforms
PUBLISHER: The Drum
COMMENT: There are SO MANY nuggets of crucial information here in this article that I don’t even have to add anything to this. Just a reminder: if you’re relying too much on data for marketing decisions or if you’re relying too much on Martech/Adtech for finding customers, then it’s better to seek new ways to find them because they’re ALL getting smarter by the day. Millennials are the next generation of consumers and almost 100% of them know how to use the web, install adblock plugins, apps and more. And the old folks are not getting behind as well. Therefore, assume EVERYBODY will start blocking adverts and tracking scripts/software and make another move.
HEADLINE: Panoply Network Is Now Using Nielsen Data for Targeted Podcast Ads
COMMENT: Nothing to say. Except that you can now clearly see serious brands putting serious effort into podcast advertising. One more argument in favor of exploring Podcasts if you’re in business these days.
HEADLINE: Why Brands and Agencies Are Preparing for the Era of 6-Second Ads
COMMENT: I’m just going to give it to you straight: I CHOSE to watch all 6-second ads embedded in this article. Did you hear me? I CHOSE! This is the new standard for sure because people’s mindset towards this will always be something like: “Ok let’s see if this company’s advert is creative and smart. If not, don’t matter. I’ll just lose only 6-seconds anyway”. Want to test yourself? Here’s Jason Bourne trailer in 5 seconds. Here’s Sing, a movie promo with Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson. Here’s Frank Underwood promoting House of Cards in 5 seconds. Now how much time you may have lost watching these ads? 15 seconds. Let’s be honest, you don’t really care about wasting 15 seconds in 3 different brands. This works. Period.
HEADLINE: Will Radio Kill The Internet Star?
PUBLISHER: The Drum
COMMENT: Yes, I know. You may be a bit skeptical about Radio. However, after double-checking all data mentioned in the article you’ll understand why Radio is still a powerful medium even in the Digital Era. Apparently, a lot of people still have the same costumes of 2005, listening to Radio while going to work, or to the gym etc. And the particular thing about Radio is that it does have that “unpredictable vibe” whenever you listen to a show. You don’t know what to expect of a show unless you’re a frequent listener. And even in familiar shows which you listen to religiously, you may end up getting some last-minute “Breaking News” which adds variety to the experience.
HEADLINE: In Six Seconds, Giphy Could Make Billions
PUBLISHER: Fast Company
COMMENT: The very FACT that the Emmy Awards asked Giphy to produce GIFs for them as a way to communicate interesting parts happening in the show, proves that this type of content is not a joke. People want entertainment. People want to laugh. And people want to be informed. If you can combine all three in a simple GIF AND deliver a marketing message you are winning. Period. Another unusual content marketing approach for outside-of-the-box thinkers.
HEADLINE: Cardlytics: Using Credit Card Consumer Data for Marketing
COMMENT: Not many marketers are exploring this option: Credit Card data. If you know what your customers are buying constantly then you can find websites to pitch advertising partnerships, target them better with ads, price accordingly and a lot more once you have access to this level of data. This is next level information. Use it whenever possible and without breaking the law.
HEADLINE: How Marmite is Analysing your Face to Personalize Experiences
COMMENT: Interesting use of Facial Recognition by Marmite for marketing and product development purposes. The only “limitation” here is that no person will keep holding the phone WHILE eating just to feed his own facial data to the App. Unless, of course, the company is giving away prizes, discounts or a funny experience that can be shared with friends in return. Very smart marketing by Marmite. This shows that a new engagement metric has born: Facial reactions. No wonder social networks like Polygram are exploring this as well.
HEADLINE: Influencer Marketing on Facebook is about to Get More Expensive
COMMENT: Welcome to ANOTHER BOMB Facebook dropped in the business realm making now Influencer Marketing a difficult option for brands. The highlights below are all that you need to read to understand the chaotic point. But make sure to check the whole article because it has more important information. Congratulations to Facebook for ruining ONE MORE THING for marketers and businessmen. Well, can’t say I’m surprised to be honest.
HEADLINE: The Secrets Of Writing Smart, Long Articles That Go Absolutely Viral
PUBLISHER: Fast Company
COMMENT: If you don’t know Wait But Why check it out. This article is a reinforcement that: 1) Long-form articles can win when done with purpose/passion; 2) you don’t need 500 articles or not even 100 articles to rise to stardom and enjoy success; 3) expert-like and controversial content are two big wins no matter the competition; 4) Website design doesn’t count for success, only pure, HARD WORK. One article that I recommend you to read if you’re in business, is the Artificial Intelligence article that Elon Musk tweeted about. Put these two articles together and you’ll realize that results come with smart + hard work. It’s not about quantity, but quality + originality. That’s the content marketing game.
HEADLINE: How to Get Your Medium Stories to Rank on The Front Page of Google
COMMENT: Using other website’s authority as a way to rank your own content is a smart marketing strategy, and this article shows how to use Medium to do this job. It’s very well researched (the writer even spoke to some of those ranking medium articles on Google’s 1st page) and a very good resource if you want to know the actions and tricks you should take to ranking your own Medium publications.
HEADLINE: Artificial intelligence is Changing SEO Faster than You Think
COMMENT: This is a MUST READ if you don’t know yet the “collateral effects” of A.I. in the SEO industry. This is a very detailed article by Techcrunch where it breaks down A.I. to then, make you understand WHY Google’s Rank Brain algorithm completed changed the approach you must take to properly evaluate ranking shifts. Since Rank Brain became part of Google’s core algorithms, there are a few huge consequences to it regarding rank analysis. Check the article.
HEADLINE: Marketers Who Won’t Change Won’t Survive: Marketo’s Chris Connell
COMMENT: Short article. Short truths. If you’re in Marketing pay attention to Chris’ advice because it’s exactly what 70% of marketers out there need to do to survive in this new jungle where everybody is trying to kill each other for attention while using strategies and tactics from 2007. If Coca-Cola is kicking CMOs out of the window, you better pay attention to what’s happening.
HEADLINE: 41 White Hat Backlinks Hacks for an Online Business
COMMENT: This is a VERY good resource from Linkody. There are many hacks in this list that are well-known, whilst others are more advanced. Take number #37, for instance. If you track “went out of business” (or any variations) + [competitor] with Google Alerts you can know before everyone else of a MASSIVE link building opportunity in the market. Want a quick example? Here’s Factory Labs going out of business after 20 years. Now imagine how many backlinks you could get if you were tracking this kind of activity in news articles.
HEADLINE: 128 Marketing Tactics and Strategies: The Most Epic Growth Hacking List
COMMENT: This article really fits its headline. True Marketing Strategies and Tactics that I haven’t found elsewhere. Seriously. A MUST READ for sure if you’re in marketing. Some of these strategies/tactics came from a few of the top of the industry. Enjoy.
HEADLINE: The Practical Guide to doing your Own PR
COMMENT: This is one of those very valuable articles that you need to spend a lot of time to find in the huge hack stack of the internet because it isn’t published by any of the big publications or top influencers. Gary gave some really great insights on PR for those trying to make their own brand known. Check it out.
HEADLINE: Here’s What We Learned About YouTube SEO After Analyzing 1.3M Videos
COMMENT: Thinking about putting effort in Youtube videos? Check this article. Brian did his research, I can assure you. A few rumors and theories were finally confirmed, whilst other surprises appeared as well. Very easy to read article as you can see from the highlights below.
HEADLINE: Google’s 200 Ranking Factors: The Complete List
COMMENT: A very good breakdown of all 200 Google’s ranking factors. Rare resource. Backlinko reveals everything there’s to know about this subject that matters for businesses. Once again, a few surprises emerged like some of the highlights shown below, and other theories were confirmed as expected by most SEO experts. Don’t forget though, that for EVERY ranking factor there are almost 50 variations. This is now of public knowledge because Bing tried to make Google look weak, but Google revealed its true power and punched Bing in the face. So always assume that Rank Brain comes to play in every single one of these 200 ranking factors (which tend to change).
HEADLINE: A Few Thoughts About the Coming Content Marketing Apocalypse
PUBLISHER: Content 4 Demand
COMMENT: You probably know by now because you’re FEELING it from the market, but content marketing is completely saturated. Here’s what’s happening: 1) WordPress is a free tool allowing everybody to build a blog. 2) Massive layoffs in the THOUSANDS are happening around the world in small, medium and large companies. 3) MANY of these people who were fired are not looking for jobs anymore for several reasons, but one of the main ones is hating working for the corporate world, so they are becoming online entrepreneurs. 4) MORE online entrepreneurs mean MORE content which adds a lot more noise to the whole marketplace, shrinking content marketing ROI to abysmal levels. That’s today’s reality and why this short article is important.
HEADLINE: How To Promote Your Blog: 559,402 Visits and 25,309 Social Shares
PUBLISHER: Robbie Richards
COMMENT: Richards shows you many ninja-like online marketing strategies which you shouldn’t miss if you’re still with your hands “in the dirt”. I’m highlighting one particular Quora hack below so you can see that this long-form article has many expert insights. Many.
HEADLINE: SEO Myths: Top Marketers Share THE MOST Counterintuitive SEO Truths
COMMENT: A HORDE of SEO experts joined this article to talk about the things online business people think is true regarding SEO, but that’s actually the opposite. You’ll find MANY nuggets and insights in this piece even if you’re an expert already, trust me. Recommended.
HEADLINE: Taco Bell Explains Its Social Media Blackout
COMMENT: Genius Marketing. This is the kind of approach that I enjoy because what really counts is not followers, not likes and not all these other stupid metrics. What counts is ATTENTION and CONVERSIONS. Period. Taco Bell nailed it.
HEADLINE: The Death of Advertising
COMMENT: Interesting read because of the valid point of view. Basically the writer believes that data will be used with surgical precision in the market, up to the point where brands will even be able to “match” their products with your BIOLOGICAL needs by looking into your DNA. With all the latest advancements in the biotech industry, this is a plausible idea. Also, A.I. can definitely help in matching people and products if it has enough high-quality, reliable data to work with. Thanks to all these factors put together, the question that remains is: Will Advertising be necessary in this brave new world? But there’s one personal point the writer is forgetting: Laws (like GDPR). We still have to fight the monkeys in the government before turning good ideas into reality in the marketplace.
HEADLINE: The Social Network Doling Out Millions in Ephemeral Money
COMMENT: You are pumping all big social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others with all your effort, resources, money and time. Steemit came up with an interesting approach: reward its content creators. Clearly sharing wealth with those responsible for putting the social network on the next level is now mandatory, since that’s the only way to fight the giants. This, and ICOs apparently. But let’s not forget that Facebook in its early years promised the world to businesses like free reach to customers until in a heartbeat all organic reach was crushed. Nonetheless, stay positive. Check the social network.