LinkedIn Adds New Video Ad Options, Expands Access to Conversation and Thought Leader Ads
Microsoft-owned LinkedIn has rolled out an array of new options for video ads accompanying long-form video content on the professional social platform, along with expanding access to its Thought Leader Ads and Conversation Ads, LinkedIn (client) recently announced. Social Media Today
Spotify launches new competition podcast The Perfect Pitch
Spotify has launched a new podcast — The Perfect Pitch — focusing on brand marketing leaders and creatives as they seek to craft successful advertising campaigns, the latest effort as the podcasting platform seeks to continue expanding its use among B2B brands, Spotify recently announced. Podcasting Today
AI and marketing: What the stats show
64 percent of B2B marketers have said that they see AI as valuable in their marketing strategy, while 50 percent of marketers view inadequate adoption of AI as a roadblock to achieving their goals, while a leading 54 percent of IT professionals utilize AI — three of numerous statistics of interest to B2B marketers contained in recently-published AI marketing survey data compiled by MarTech. MarTech
Can a B2B Ad Be Interesting? Ryan Reynolds’ Maximum Effort Accepted the Challenge
LinkedIn has launched a new marketing campaign that looks to upend many of the traditionally stoic elements of B2B marketing, featuring celebrity talent and efforts that will coincide with the Cannes Lion festival, which has expanded to include B2B-specific segments, and Hollywood Reporter recently took a look. Hollywood Reporter
Google faces EU break-up order over anti-competitive adtech practices
European Union regulators at the EU Commission have shared new concerns about search giant Google’s digital ad practices, potentially leading to a break-up order for Google and parent firm Alphabet, and a fine that could tally up to 10 percent of Google’s annual turnover, the EU Commission recently announced. Reuters
Podcasters Reportedly Have More Influence on Listeners Than… Influencers
75 percent of weekly podcast listeners have said that podcast hosts wield more influence than purely social media influencers, according to newly-published survey data that may help reinforce why more subject matter experts and B2B brand marketers have expanded into podcasting during recent years. MarketingCharts
Google Finally Launches The Perspectives Search Filter
Search giant Google has launched its new Perspectives search filter, which seeks to surface message forum posts and other content often-underrepresented in traditional search results, while offering brands new optimization opportunities, Google recently announced. Search Engine Roundtable
Brands, Creators Offered Gen AI Art Tools From Adobe
Adobe has given its storied Adobe Illustrator product its new Generative Recolor feature — the firm’s initial integration of its Adobe Firefly AI technology, Adobe recently announced during its MAX London event. MediaPost
Meta open sources an AI-powered music generator
Facebook parent firm Meta has unveiled its open-source AI-powered tool MusicGen, which creates music from descriptive text prompts, as the firm seeks to compete with similar AI-generated music technology from Google and other firms, and TechCrunch recently took a look. TechCrunch
What Do CFOs Want from CMOs?
Communicating the return-on-investment (ROI) that marketing brings to an organization is a top challenge among chief marketing officers, according to Spencer Stuart’s 19th annual “CMO Tenure Study,” and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) recently took a look at this and other top marketing obstacles facing today’s CMOs and chief financial officers. ANA
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:
A lighthearted look at “Virtual Reality” by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist
Take me back: The power of nostalgia in advertising — Kantar
Paul McCartney: AI has enabled a “final” Beatles song — Ars Technica
TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:
- TopRank Marketing — 25 Popular Blogs about Content Marketing You Should Check — Adsy
- Lee Odden — This Week in Marketing: Timeless Trends — LinkedIn (client)
- Lee Odden — The Proof is Out There: Experts Discuss the Reality and Future of Buyer-level Intent Data — NetLine
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Lane R. Ellis has over 39 years’ experience working with and writing about the Internet. He writes for and manages all of the posts on the award-winning TopRank B2B Marketing Blog. Before joining the team here as Social Media and Content Marketing Manager, Lane spent more than a decade as Lead Editor for the prestigious conference firm Pubcon. When he’s not writing about B2B marketing trends, Lane enjoys distance running (he’s completed 11 marathons including two ultra-marathons so far), genealogical research, cross-country skate skiing, vegetarian cooking, and spending time with his wonderful wife Julie Ahasay and their cats Kukla, Twister, and Arlo in beautiful Duluth, Minnesota.