Samsung lays off employees after an internal audit

In Spring 2019, Samsung Electronics Co, a South Korean tech giant, audited its American marketing department for any internal policies violations concerning dealings with business partners and following that laid off a number of employees. While routine audits is a common practice, they have been on the rise recently due to extremely topical transparency issues. As you might remember, in 2016 the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) revealed a study by K2 Intelligence on behind-the-scene rebates and media buying processes in the US, that dropped like a bomb in the marketing industry community setting in motion the FBI investigation and dramatic changes. According to ANA’s “Trust Report” the trust between clients and agencies has declined by 28% over the last three years. To deal with this problem some major advertisers established in-house marketing teams that would act in the best of their interests, that’s exactly what Procter&Gamble did and managed to save $750 mln on advertising in 2018. ANA also founded a Trust Consortium that should set new standards for the industry and achieve necessary level of transparency in digital media supply chain. Among spheres that were audited as a part of this internal probe are dealings between marketing department… Read more »

Increase your Marketing Mix Transparency

Transparency has been a burning issue since the 2016 scandal, but the industry is changing to solve any emerging challenges. Here you will learn what major factors contribute to this problem and how to address them effectively. In an April 2019 article, Forbes covers the issue of transparency and executive level visibility of marketing spend and offers advice on how to solve this problem. Since large companies worldwide invest more than $1 trillion annually into an increasing mix of marketing assets, media and technology, this money should be spent wisely and to the best advantage of the company. But you may be surprised at the fact that most CEOs and financial executives have too little visibility into this marketing spend, most of them don’t know how efficient the investments into sponsorship programs, digital media and technology are. It happens because finance and marketing departments currently don’t cooperate at the necessary level to improve tracking, classification and accounting for marketing spending. This lack of cooperation prevents companies from accurately measuring the efficiency of such investments. As a result CMOs are under pressure from their CEOs and have to spend additional billions of dollars to prove the value of marketing. Even though it’s necessary… Read more »

Advertising trends in India 2019

  The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) together with Ernst & Young published a 300-page report on current state and future prospects of Indian Media and Entertainment sectors. This article is an overview of trends concerning advertising. India is a large and fast growing market, in 2014 it surpassed the United States, the EU, and China in terms of real GDP growth and has been steadily maintaining such level ever since. When it comes to media market, it’s a very diverse and the fastest growing sector of Indian economy that attracts a lot of investors. And the most effective sphere of M&E that provides major part of the revenue is advertising, which is expected to grow even more in the upcoming years. If we compare the Indian ad spend in terms of percentage of GDP to that of other large economies, we’ll see that India spends about twice less money on advertising than Japan or China, so there is room for a considerable growth. On the whole, there is a clear shift towards digital channels, which now account for 21% of all ad spends in India. And the figure will go up when more safety measures… Read more »

Evolution of MMO. Part 2: Breakthrough.

  Over the last 40 years there have been some significant changes in Marketing Mix Optimisation: not only different models came and went, but also new advertising channels appeared. The digital revolution has changed the industry significantly, allowing companies to reach more potential customers and make better targeted ads. With so many new marketing channels the issue of optimal budget allocation is as relevant as ever. And some companies are unaware that huge databases they possess are the key to making more informed marketing decisions. By using this high-quality data along with improved techniques companies can react quickly to changes in consumer behavior, which is crucial in the digital age, where advertising campaigns are short-lived, and without the needed data even the most sophisticated models are useless. Accenture successfully introduced more granular data into Media Mix Optimization models complying with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) as a result of their partnership with Facebook. Firstly, Facebook records the results of paid advertising campaigns on their platform, then receives client’s consent and finally provides the aggregated data to Accenture, that uses the data in MMM. Such almost real-time feedback allows creating and changing Media Mix Models much quicker. Another perk of this… Read more »

Evolution of MMO. Part 1: MMO through Years

Accenture is one of the top global consulting companies, that provides a wide range of services and solutions across over 40 industries and different business functions in more than 120 countries. Accenture combines business and technology to improve their clients’ performance. In one of their articles they cover the development of Marketing Mix Modeling and Optimization through years including the latest techniques and implementation of granular data in MMM.  This article is a summary of how Marketing Mix Optimization has changed over the last 40-30 years becoming more effective with every innovation, but there are still some limitations to this approach. Promotion is vital for a business’s success, and MMO helps to make sure that different media channels are used in the most effective way by creating a statistical model and analyzing its results to ensure optimal budget allocation.  Here 3 following stages of development will be discussed Similar Linear Regression Mixed Model State Space Model The article is presented as a case study of a toy manufacturer ToyCo with a $100M budget, that wants to know what part of their sales can be attributed to marketing and which ad channels have more impact on sales. Similar Linear Regression Marketers used… Read more »

Three Steps to Transform Marketing Agencies

According to a global consulting firm PwC, most marketing agencies all over the world are using a no longer effective business model and should start making significant changes to catch up with their clients’ needs. They should take a much more integrated approach to all their operations. This article is an overview of the current situation in the industry and four models that can be implemented to create a next-generation marketing agency. Each strategy carries certain risks and requires overcoming some obstacles, but the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages and provide new opportunities. Over the last decades, most large agencies have taken over numerous smaller ones in spheres like digital, media planning and buying, branding, and creative services. Despite being financially accountable to their holding company, these subsidiaries act independently and even compete with each other. There is nothing wrong with competition, as it sure helps to drive progress and generate the best ideas, but today marketing agencies have enough outside rivals to compete with as it is, for example platforms like Facebook and Adobe or in-house agencies established by some companies. Procter&Gambe created its own marketing department and managed to save $750 million on advertising and production costs in 2018…. Read more »

B2B Advertising: Effective Audience Targeting

What is the best way to promote a new B2B product? Sending out flyers and placing ads in elevators and on doors of business centers would be a common strategy in such cases. However, the promotion of premium services doesn’t have to be geographically limited to workplaces of potential clients. One of Vistarmedia Company’s clients that provides business solutions for small and large enterprises wanted to increase interest in their services. Advertising experts identified the target audience, concentrated in two areas, and divided it into corporations and small firms. Further, the natural behavior of the target audience was analyzed to identify their most frequented places outside of work. That’s where OOH advertising like screens and banners was placed. This decision helped to achieve some tangible results. During the campaign target audience was successfully reached, with 51% of the participants holding executive positions in different firms. Judging by the figure, we can say that the targeting process was performed effectively.  With a right creative message for key audience, marketers increased customers’ interest in the brand and the product by 75% and 39% respectively. Cafes, night clubs, cinemas and other public places are very popular with advertisers. And it shouldn’t come as… Read more »

Pioneers Conference 2018

Pioneers 2018 is a large-scale conference that took place in May 2018 in Vienna and gathered investors and representatives of modern start-ups. AdoptoMedia Company was among 550 most notable startups from around the world invited to participate in the conference. What distinguishes Pioneers 2018 from other similar projects is the fact that it selects startups developing "technologies of the future." At the same time both newly-founded startups and those in further stages of development are welcome to participate. In 2018, Pioneers Conference was held in a unique historical place — the 500-year old Winter Home of the Habsburg Dynasty. "This is the place where the past meets the future" – said Oliver Csendes, the CEO of Pioneers. The venue chosen for the conference imposed significant restrictions on the number of participants, which contributed to the high quality of the event. AdoptoMedia CEO, Aleksey Kuznetsov, represented the company at the conference in Vienna. The company is developing systems aimed at optimization of advertising budgets. The CEO’s speech was dedicated to AdoptoMedia’s main product — CheckMedia Solution, namely its features and benefits. CheckMedia Solution allows to easily distribute budgets between different ad channels, calculate customer’s optimal media spend and estimate ROMI(return on… Read more »

Technology HUB 2018

In May 2018, Milan hosted an event dedicated to innovative technologies — Technology HUB 2018. This innovative products trade show creates a favorable environment for establishing commercial relations with top IT and development experts. AdoptoMedia CEO, Aleksey Kuznetsov, took part in Technology HUB 2018 where he presented the company’s technological product — CheckMedia Solutions. Aleksey, could you please tell us more about your company and the product you presented on the trade show? Our company develops solutions to effectively plan advertising campaigns and optimize media budgets. The company’s unique product, CheckMedia Solutions, which was presented at the Technology HUB 2018, enables effective allocation of your ad budget across various media channels and helps to create and analyze media plans. Due to the fact that CheckMedia Solutions consists of different independent modules most of which can be deployed separately, the product is flexible and suitable for many customers. Which companies might benefit from CheckMedia Solutions? Large companies across Western and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East with annual media budget of more than $1 million, using more than 3 various advertising channels in their media campaigns. How exactly were you involved in the event? Why did you choose this… Read more »

McKinsey Revolutionary Media Mix Optimization

OMR Festival 2019 took place in Hamburg on 12th and 13th of May 2019. This event brought together international stars of the digital marketing, promising new players and absolute experts to provide a thorough analysis of relevant marketing trends. Top speakers included the representatives of giants like Adobe, Google, Facebook & co. A global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company also presented their inspiring innovations concerning “Marketing Operating Model”. They propose omnichannel person based optimization that has already proved effective and will save $15mln on marketing for Optus – the second largest telecommunications company in Australia.   To fully understand how this new generation solution changes the industry we should start with the current standing; and the biggest challenge we are facing today is that many marketers still struggle with MROI measurement and in 60% of cases are unable to estimate either long-term or short-term marketing impact. Various approaches available today help to answer the MROI question, but none is flawless. A/B testing is a simple technique that allows to see incremental impact by comparing two groups, test and control ones. It helps to identify more successful media tactics and improve performance, but it cannot deal with a more complex… Read more »