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Recruitment advertising: On the up
 
Posted by: James McDonald, Research Analyst, Warc
 
James McDonald

UK recruitment adspend has now shown year-on-year growth in the last four quarters, and is expected to post continuous growth throughout the forecast period to end-Q3 2016, according to the latest data from the Advertising Association/Warc Expenditure Report.

The Report estimates annual growth in recruitment adspend of 3.9% last year, with total spend of approximately £528m, while a further increase – of 4.8% – is forecast this year. Prior to the last four quarters of growth, the sector had registered a decline in 21 of the previous 23 quarters.


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Subjects: Data

26 January 2015 09:36

A record year for UK adspend: Where's the money going?
 
Posted by: James McDonald, Research Analyst, Warc
 
James McDonald

UK advertising expenditure is forecast to total £19.6bn in 2015, according to the latest data from the Advertising Association/Warc Expenditure Report, released this week. This is comfortably the largest total ever recorded, and represents a 5.7% annual increase from 2014. Receipts for 2014 are expected to total approximately £18.5bn, following growth of 5.8% from 2013. These rises also represent the best consecutive growth period since the millennium.

The largest medium for adspend – since surpassing TV in 2011 – is internet, with pure play digital revenues of £7.0bn forecast this year. The pure play figure excludes digital revenues from magazines and newsbrands as well as those from broadcaster VoD, however it does include mobile revenues, which have risen significantly over the last five years.

In 2015, one in every three pounds spent on internet advertising will be specifically for mobile, up from 1/20 in 2011. Furthermore, annual mobile display and search revenues are each expected to surpass £1bn for the first time this year.

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Subjects: Data, Advertising

23 January 2015 09:31

IJMR Landmark Paper: ‘Messages from the spiral of silence’
 
Posted by: Peter Mouncey, Editor-In-Chief, IJMR
 
Peter Mouncey

As we enter 2015, electioneering in the UK has already started, up front of May's general election. Is this going to be a difficult time for the pollsters, especially following on from their perceived performance in predicting the outcome of last September's referendum in Scotland on independence?

All the signs point to a complex situation, with the possible annihilation of the Liberals; the rise of UKIP; the increasing support for the SNP in Scotland, possibly causing Labour a lot of grief; the role of the Green vote. Forecasting the likely outcome looks to be more problematic than has been the case for many years.

One issue that was discussed in the context of the polls conducted leading up to the referendum vote in Scotland last autumn was the impact of the 'spiral of silence' which may have contributed towards the 'no' vote having been understated in the polls. So, what exactly is the 'spiral of silence' effect, and are there ways in which pollsters can try to account for its influence when predicting voting intentions?

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Subjects: Consumers, Data

21 January 2015 12:03

Sex, Lies and Survey Data
 
Posted by: Guest blog
 
Guest blog

This post is by Richard Shotton, Head of Insight at ZenithOptimedia.

Much of advertising research is based on listening to what consumers say and then adapting campaigns accordingly. It seems a logical enough approach. However, it's based on the premise that what consumers say and what they do are aligned. Unfortunately there's a growing body of evidence that shows that the two things are often at odds.

Take sex. When heterosexual men and women are asked about the number of partners they have slept with the numbers vary dramatically. A 2013 Lancet study of 15,000 adults found that UK women admit to sleeping with an average of eight partners compared to twelve for men. The scale of the difference is not logically consistent. The most plausible explanation is that men feel a cultural pressure to exaggerate their exploits whilst women feel a corresponding pressure to play it down. Surveys, therefore, tell us more about what people feel they should say than the absolute truth.

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Subjects: Consumers, Data

21 January 2015 10:36

What does 'open' mean in the open data revolution?
 
Posted by: Peter Mouncey, Editor-In-Chief, IJMR
 
Peter Mouncey

In my last blog, I wrote about the risks to anonymity facing participants in confidential research projects if we don't give sufficient thought to the risk posed from creative analysts accessing survey data.

As you can read in my next Editorial (57/1, January), the MRS Census and Geodemographics Group (CGG) conference held last November focused on the growing opportunities now available through open data initiatives. Whilst the conference focused on the UK, similar initiatives are happening in other countries, not just to provide access to data in the public sector, but to encourage commercial organisations to open up their data resources to wider audiences.

As I describe, one speaker provided feedback from the Open Data Institute summit, held the day before in London where Tim Berners-Lee had argued that open data would be as transformational as the internet has been. However, in the week I write this (19th December), we see three contrasting perspectives on open data.

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10 January 2015 12:30

Anonymisation: a lost world?
 
Posted by: Peter Mouncey, Editor-In-Chief, IJMR
 
Peter Mouncey

We, I mean members of the MRS Market Research Standards Board, spent a lot of early 2014 finalising the revised Code of Conduct, published by the MRS this autumn. In particular, we spent a lot of time debating the issue of anonymity, which features far more in the latest version than before.

The Information Commissioner (ICO) has produced a comprehensive guideline to best practice in anonymisation, which I've referred to in the past. These are just two examples of good advice to encourage best practice processes and policy.

However, as Dan Nunan (Henley Business School) reminded delegates at the recent Social Research Association annual conference (December 8th), preserving the promise of anonymisation in research is becoming increasingly difficult. Sometimes it's simply because insufficient thought is given to the consequences of making seemingly anonymous data available to anyone to access. Nunan's interesting example came from the famous yellow taxis, familiar to anyone who has visited New York. Surprisingly, I thought, it appears that a full database of journey patterns is available. A bit like Oyster card data, seemingly showing a stream of a-b journeys, with of course no data identifying the passenger, the driver or their cab.

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18 December 2014 12:27

Warc cuts 2015 adspend growth forecast to 4.8%
 
Posted by: James McDonald, Research Analyst, Warc
 
James McDonald

Last week we released our International Ad Forecast for December, outlining expectations for advertising expenditure in 12 key markets across 2014 and 2015. We anticipate growth in global adspend of 4.8% in 2015, a downgrade of 0.5pp since our last forecast in June. This follows expected growth of 5.5% in 2014, which is on a par with our previous outlook.

There are a number of reasons for the revision to next year's growth expectations, but chief among them are a variety of risks to the economic growth within our key markets, including stagnation in the eurozone, an economic slowdown in parts of Asia, and continued tensions surrounding Ukraine.

The 2015 outlook for all our key markets – with the exception of India and the UK – has been downgraded from June. However, all 12 markets are predicted to record an increase in overall advertising expenditure next year at current prices, although in real terms – after factoring in inflation – only half of these will demonstrate growth.

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Subjects: Data, Advertising

18 December 2014 09:53

Why mobile programmatic is the future
 
Posted by: Guest blog
 
Guest blog

This post is by Andy Mitchell, European MD at Brightroll.

According to the IAB UK's recently released Digital Ad Spend Report – done in conjunction with PwC – mobile video advertising has grown 196% over the past two years to £63.9m. This makes it the fastest growing digital ad format, accounting for £1 in every £5 spent on Internet and mobile display ads. As automated buying also grows to keep pace with the explosion of ads on the format, there are two key benefits that mobile programmatic can bring for brands.

1) The ability to keep pace with change

The pace of change in consumer behaviour does not wait for the advertising community to catch up with it. As brands' target audiences move en masse towards mobile devices, every advertiser's programmatic campaign must include a strong mobile element – brands simply cannot afford to ignore the areas where their audiences are paying increasing amounts of attention. This attention is now split across multiple screens and a single programmatic campaign can target and optimize against desired audiences in a holistic and unified fashion.

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Subjects: Digital, Data, Advertising

27 November 2014 10:08

The Data Documentation Initiative: Making metadata reusable
 
Posted by: Peter Mouncey, Editor-In-Chief, IJMR
 
Peter Mouncey

In a recent blog, I focussed on a presentation by Mike Page (Blueocean) at September's ASC conference. Page discussed the reasons why market research data remains outside corporate data warehouses. One key point he mentioned was the lack of consistency in definitions used within questionnaires, for example in recording standard demographics.

I've now discovered the Data Documentation Initiative, which has very recently issued a call for action to develop metadata standards for questionnaire and data description – 'Survey Metadata Reusability and Exchange: A Call for Action for Questionnaire Documentation' (05-11-14):

'This collaborative statement calls upon the survey design, production and archiving communities to take leadership in facilitating survey metadata exchange through adoption of shared metadata standards for questionnaire and data description'.

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Subjects: Data

22 November 2014 12:30

TV adspend forecast to pass £5.0bn for the first time in 2014
 
Posted by: Suzy Young, Data Editor, Warc
 
Suzy Young

Advertising expenditure on TV is expected to reach £5.0bn for the first time in 2014, according to the latest data from the Advertising Association/Warc Expenditure Report. Our annual forecast for the TV ad sector – including spot, sponsorship and broadcaster VOD – has been raised to 7.8% growth for the year, taking total spend to £5,003m. We anticipate further growth of 6.6% in 2015, equating to spend of £5,335m.

This uplift in the forecast stems from better than anticipated growth for TV spot advertising expenditure. Spot adspend had a very strong Q2 2014, rising 10.7% compared with the same period in 2013 to £1,118m. The sector benefited from the football World Cup and slightly outperformed our previous July forecast (+10.5%).

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Subjects: Data

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