John Lynch

INDUSTRY TALK  'You ignore the Internet at your peril' Eric Schmidt told his audience at last month McTaggart Lectures.'The Internet is fundamental to the future of television for one simple reason: because its what people want' So has the internet finally brought the sweeping change its promised for year to the TV content supply chain?
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John Lynch

ADVERTISING & MARKETING  It seems like LinkedIn is slowly taking back control of groups under the auspices that its 'for a better experience'. Its death by 1,000 cuts in my opinion. Why should non-group owners care? It's a brand trust thing, in that LinkedIn has recommended that you develop groups for years and Digital Ministry has done just that. But now it seem that this might have been a waste of time.
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Anne-Marina Dickson

ADVERTISING & MARKETING  There are lots of different means of marketing your product, and most companies are using a combination of different strategies and tactics to find their customers and then sell to them. But what happens when you only recognise the efforts of the final piece that actually led to the sale?
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Peter Connor

SOCIAL MEDIA  This article/talk is written to help business who have a product that their target market really is not knocking down the door to get at. The talk was designed to teach busy bootstrapped companies on how to market a product that might not be the easiest to market.
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David Wesson

ADVERTISING & MARKETING  One of the big buzzwords of the last decade has been "Mobile First" apps like Instagram (quickly bought by Facebook for $1b) didn't even launch a website. In a Presentation last week at Social Media Week London Facebook explained why they have now moved beyond thinking about mobile first to concentrating on being "Video First".
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John Lynch

INDUSTRY TALK  I finished Blue Ocean Strategy a few months ago and only now getting around to writing a review, however in that time I must have recommended it to 10 people in the ad-tech industry. Why? Read on
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John Lynch

TECHNOLOGY  The picture of the snake eating its own tail sprang to mind when talking to a taxi driver today. I was using Lyft a ride-hailing services, to get to work. Jimmy our Taxi driver (I was sharing with a stranger), had his mobile phone front and center and every time we stopped i noticed he as flitting between, Waze (planning the best route) then over to Uber and back to Lyft (planning his next pickup)
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John Lynch

INDUSTRY TALK  Five years ago an art director colleague stated to a developer, "the biggest problem with marketing agencies is everyone is a f$£*%g creative expert". This was in response to unsolicited 'creative' suggestion the 'developer' had made. The art directors statement received tacit approval among the senior management at the table, a reaction i suspect would be shared in many agencies. Big Mistake!
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John Lynch

VIDEO  You can skip this ad in 5 seconds! A statement that sums up the reality of our great leap forward in advertising over the last decade. 10 years ago we were talking about the death of intrusive advertising, it was to be 'single customer conversations' not mass consumer broadcasting. The promise of digital and particular data was going to make all ads 100% relevant. So what happened?
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John Lynch

ADVERTISING & MARKETING  There are few times when you see that a threshold is crossed, you understand it, and its your new expectation of computing. The mouse did it, Google search did it, the touch screen on the iPhone did it for mobile computing as did the app store and if you are to believe the hype, Apples Siri just did it again.
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Andy Hobsbawm

SOCIAL MEDIA  Rockefeller famously saw the Wall St. crash coming and got his money out when the shoe shine boy started giving him stock tips; so what does it mean for the Next New Thing in social media when your parents-in-law start telling you about Twitter?
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John Lynch

START UPS  Just got this yesterday and the fact that its been around since before September 2010 is a bit worrying, as you only get the above notification if you have had a positive rating i.e. you have been chosen positively over one other. Intrigued, i clicked through and it becomes evident that the site simply builds a pyramid of preferences based on you comparing 25 people (at a time) in your linkedIn group. It then ranks them in categories like creativity, leadership, work ethic, dedication, teamwork and bizarrely Doctor. It must recognise that i have a doctor in my network and you can rank them over other doctors?
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Denise Shrivell

PEOPLE  Welcome to Digital People where we regularly ask professionals in our industry their opinion on trends, forecasts and the state of digital media. This time I am pleased to present Michael Gethen who has a long history in our industry working with a real 'whose who' of major publishers. He has now broken away to do his own thing through Gethen Media. Michael shares his thoughts on recent trends in digital media and highlights web 2.0, the social graph and some interesting and as he says, alarming moves with Facebook . He also points to a recent blog post by Tim Berners Lee (the father of the internet) surrounding this topic. Michael foresees automated advertising trading platforms and calls for more senior and experienced industry professionals to promote not just digital media but multi-platform solutions to their advertising and marketing counterparts. A good read which you'll benefit from....
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David Wesson

SOCIAL MEDIA  Named last year as one of the ten most important emerging technologies by the MIT Technology Review social TV is fast rising as one of the hottest topics since group buying. But will social TV really live up to the hype? we take a look at what social TV is, what the main trends are shaping TV, the challenges and the opportunities going forwards for media companies, businesses and marketers
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David Wesson

ADVERTISING & MARKETING  With a rise in numbers on Instagram to over 5 million monthly users in Australia and rates of engagement 18 times that of Facebook, Instagram has become an avenue more and more Australian brands are participating on and looking to help sell goods and services. However, the challenges that brands face participating on the platform is how do they convert their followers and engagement into sales?
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Emily Waddell

SOCIAL MEDIA  If you dont use Twitter personally, you shouldnt be running one professionally. That might sound harsh but if you were a professional singer people would expect you to listen to music in your spare time! So likewise, if you have no passion or interest in social media get out now as the first rule in social media is that people recognise passion and can spot fakes a mile off.
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Anne-Marina Dickson

ADVERTISING & MARKETING  At Facebook's Developer Conference earlier last month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that some updates were afoot. Here, I look at how these changes will impact publishers, real estate companies and small to medium sized businesses.
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John Lynch

ADVERTISING & MARKETING  There is no one-size-fits-all content marketing template as how many channels and in what format you need to document your strategy is unique to your business. However before you enthusiastically start pumping out reams of content, my advice is to map out a basic strategy and below is a guide compiled from reading many different approaches.
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Chris Brinkworth

TECHNOLOGY  I spoke to many etailers/Marketing leaders at Shop.org, about what they thought of the event. Several of these were international visitors. All, were equally impressed with the conference, but what interested me about the feedback was the view from UK attendees that I met.
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Zach Weiner

TECHNOLOGY  Will the TV business collapse in 2013? Has linear TV been forever disrupted by new developments in over the top content, connected TV and multiple device viewing behaviors? The answer is a resounding no, as linear Television is about to be lifted into even greater heights by the above new mediums, technologies, platforms and consumer behaviors.
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