Category Archives: Pinterest

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Tapping the Power of Photos For Ad Targeting

  Yes, I had to start this column with the visuals above — because I’ll be talking about how images and videos are replacing text  as digital’s primary communications “language”. Look at any major website, or tap into your mobile device, and that conclusion becomes obvious. Billions of photos are being shared daily, slide shows are dominating entertainment and sports sites, and striking images seem to be anchoring all content. While publishers have embraced the maxim that “photos speak louder than words,” advertisers are now…

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Can visual tech save advertising ?

It’s been a devastating couple of weeks for on-line advertising: First Apple threw oil on the ad blocking  fire by releasing iOS9 with advertising blocking features. Then, it was just revealed that over half ( 55.5%) of all online advertising spending is shared between Facebook, Google, Twitter and Linkedin. And finally, a recent report by the IAB ( Internet Advertising Bureau) revealed that a banner has to be served  1250 times  before someone  clicks on it. A devastating blow. It doesn’t come as a surprise:…

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Study shows Visual Web about to explode

A recent study published by in-image advertising company GumGum and  brand resource company Brand Innovators reveals that brand marketers are just about to pour millions of dollars into the  existing channels of visual web while as well as experiment with new solutions. It is not a surprise since all the elements of a perfect storm seem to be converging. The good old days of volume-based programmatic  advertising  faces the double threat of declining engagements (now at 0.06% CTR for banners) and the rise of ad blockers,…

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10 questions for a founder : Bespoke

You discover, you save, you share. What should be a series of simple 1-2-3 tasks on your mobile devices can become a real hassle, especially if you are running iOS. Each step requires you to close and open different apps with the risk of losing it all in the process.  Newly launch mobile app Bespoke eliminates all the technological roadblocks, allowing users to focus solely on inspiration and creation. Via a dedicated browser, users can now simply navigate back and forth from curating, sharing and browsing…

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Adding the “buy” in photos

This week will go down in the history of the photo tech space ( if such a history is ever written) as a milestone. While predictably anticipated by even the laziest followers, both Instagram and Pinterest  announced the addition of a “buy” button next to images. The latter has gone a step further, as it made it live for iOS devices with web and Android in the pipeline. Why a milestone? Because ever since both platforms grabbed our attention by gathering massive active users (…

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10 Questions to a founder : Catch-a-Trend

Fashion and photography have always had a love affair. Bring along shopping, and you have an explosion of passion, flowing seamlessly between the three. From discovery to possession, it is entirely driven by visuals, fueled by high emotional engagement. Curiously enough, few have been able to capitalize on it and with a few exceptions, it is still an online territory to grab. Using their experience with high-end fashion photography, Catch-A-Trend is the latest to take its chance in the universe highly sensible to the untamed…

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The photo generation

Regardless of what any teacher might say, there are two ways to become a photographer : take a lot of pictures and look at a lot of pictures. Everything else is secondary. And that is exactly what our teenagers are doing. In a recent study done by Facebook on teens and Instagram, “growing up in a visual world”, the social media giant reveals some very noteworthy information. You complete me 32% of US teens consider Instagram the most important social media platform, far beyond Facebook…

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Facebook messes with photos

Wrong move.  A new study just released by Socialbakers reveals that posting photos on Facebook might be the worst idea for brands trying to get attention. The reason ? Facebook algorithms. According to Business Insider who reviewed the study : “The Socialbakers data, which covered 4,445 Brand pages and more than 670,000 posts between October 2014 and February 2015, shows that video is now the most effective way to reach users in the newsfeed, driving more than twice as much reach as photo posts.” Facebook…

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Photo:Tech Stars by the numbers

Before we get too deep into the year, we thought that we would take a breather and look around the numbers a little bit closer. Since we love data around here, we compiled a few easy to digest charts to get a better understanding of the forces at play and how each one compares to the other. We purposely limited ourselves to the current top 3 superstars of the photo:tech space, Snapchat, Instagram and Pinterest. We  took  publicly available numbers recently published by credible sources…

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The rise of the Chief Visual Officer

One the strongest emerging trend we have all experienced in the last few years is a massive increase in usage of photography. Not just for the purpose of documenting and remembering events for nostalgia-filled family gatherings but rather to communicate in real-time. In fact, the core foundation of all social media is photography: There are no successful social media platforms without photo sharing at its core feature. This has impacted advertising and brand awareness strategies in a revolutionary way. In the age of physical film,…

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