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The Marketing Institute & DIT Launch Scholarship Awards For MSc Digital Marketing & Analytics Programme

Posted By The Marketing Institute, Friday 11 March 2016

The Marketing Institute of Ireland and Dublin Institute of Technology are delighted to announce details of scholarships for their joint masters offering in digital marketing.

The scholarship awards the successful candidates with €4,000 towards the fees of the course. Candidates for the scholarships should hold a 2.1 honours degree in a business discipline with 2 years’ experience in a marketing role, or a 2.1 honours degree in a non-business discipline with 4 years’ experience in a marketing role. Other applicants will be considered based on their experience, attitude and aptitude.

Candidates should submit a detailed CV, relevant documentation related to experience and qualifications, and a 400-word letter of motivation. Deadline for applications is 31st May 2016. The award of scholarships will be made to the most suitable candidates as selected by a panel of representatives from DIT and the MII on the basis of submitted documentation. 


An open evening for interested candidates will be held in DIT Aungier Street at 7pm on Tuesday 15th March. This event will introduce the programme content and the teaching team, and give potential students the chance to meet graduates of the course. 


Dr. Etain Kidney, Programme Manager

T: 01-402-7151 




The Marketing Institute is the professional body for Ireland's marketing people, in operation since 1962. With a mission to strengthen the profession of marketing in Ireland, the Institute aims to deliver in three key areas: (1) enhancing professional effectiveness through the provision of insights and expert content; (2) building the community of marketers through access to networks; and (3) providing professional career development to members through training and education. Content, Community and Career are the three themes that underpin all Institute activities.


Located in the heart of Ireland’s capital city, Dublin Institute of Technology provides an innovative, responsive and caring learning environment for a diverse range and level of programmes to students of all ages and backgrounds. There are 20,000 students registered in DIT, and over 2000 members of staff.  DIT has been an integral part of the Irish Higher Education system for more than a century. In that time it has continued to adapt and expand its provision to reflect a changing society and the wider economic environment. DIT is now one of Ireland’s largest and most innovative university-level institutions.


The MSc Digital Marketing and Analytics is designed for marketing professionals who are seeking to build their digital marketing knowledge and skills and to further develop their ability to design, implement and measure the effectiveness of marketing strategies. This programme is delivered by leading marketing academics and digital marketing practitioners, working closely together to ensure an effective blend of theory and practice. A combination of interactive lectures, webinars and skills-based workshops will expose participants to proven strategic frameworks and readily applicable toolkits.


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How To Cut Through The Content Overload To Tell A Great Story - Learnings From DMX Dublin 2016

Posted By 256 Media, Friday 11 March 2016

We are 475 times more likely to survive a plane crash than we are to purposely click a display ad.

Let that sink in for a second. That’s a damning stat for digital advertising—but it gets worse.

Click through rates are down to a staggeringly low 0.2% versus 2.4% in 2002. Our attention span has collapsed too. In 2000, the average attention span was 12 seconds. In 2015, it’s 8 seconds. That’s a whole second less than a goldfish. Glub.

With display advertising, TV ads, and our collective attention span in freefall, is digital doomed? Not so. Content and smarts are the solution to a dogged question. But how can marketers establish their brand and stand out?

Hundreds of marketers took to the Aviva for marketing summit DMX Dublin to find answers. Two solutions very quickly became clear.


“Content is bigger than marketing,” said Melissa Romo, Global Content Director at Sage. Flash back five years and Melissa’s title wouldn’t have existed. Sage’s move towards becoming a publishing powerhouse and newsroom, however, means Melissa’s role is vital to external and internal communications.

Sage is primarily an accounting software and Melissa is on a mission to make accounting evocative, to tap into the emotions beyond the software. With attention spans so low and the volume of content so high, emotional storytelling is the outlier.

The Significant Objects Theory is a study around the idea of objectively increasing price with the power of narrative. Researchers bought €128 of junk products, hired writers to craft a backstory for the items, and put them up for sale on auction websites.

The items had a 2800% profit margin, making over €4000 on their limited run. The items were still rubbish, but they were rubbish with a careful story. The most powerful marketing has always been in stories and in using them to ascribe value.

Content, Melissa said, needs to do four things:

1. Be authentic
2. Be differential
3. Be insightful
4. Be sought after


While certain brands have mastered storytelling (think John Lewis and Dove), many are struggling to see the emotion behind the content—to construct a real, tangible story.

And that’s why video has seen such a rise to the fore. Video production is up, and has swamped social. But what makes video tick? An evocative story absolutely, but feeling isn’t limited to the bittersweet nostalgia that has dominated advertising for the last year.

Humour is a win too. About eighteen months ago, Nokia was acquired by Microsoft. The iPhone 6 and the Nokia Lumia were scheduled to release at roughly the same time. Spec wise, the Lumia didn’t stand a chance against the Apple powerhouse. Its one KSP was Cortana, its voice command centre that was far superior to the then much-maligned Siri.

Microsoft’s Tejal Patel led the charge—but how could she drive success on a reasonably small budget when the iPhone was the clear standout?

With a witty video and integrated distribution.

Patel and her team joined forces with a freelancer to create a Siri support group.


With a solid idea and high production values, the distribution strategy was the next pillar of success, forking into five channels:

1. Owned media
2. Social media
3. PR
4. Bought media e.g. display
5. Influencer and advocate support

Patel also leveraged the strength of their digital channels, with the trifecta of mobile (ads in games and apps), search, and fixed web. A key to victory was Twitter ‘competitive conquesting’ and the Lumia dominating the iPhone 6 chat on the social platform.

The video notched up 6.4 million completed views, 13 million media impressions, 102 million video impressions, and 14,000 shares. A clear win for the Lumia.

Unruly’s Nicki Spooner compounded the conversation around video with her Future Video Manifesto, a seven step success to doing video well:

- Establish clarity of purpose/goals
- Be authentic
- Make an emotional connection
- Keep it personal
- Optimise for mobile
- Get social
- Test, learn, and be prepared to be agile

For example, a five second video made on a shoestring for a German radio station emphasised smart and agile, and notched up 18 million views:


The video was released the day after Germany beat Brazil. Simple and agile, it worked because great storytelling is timeless. Story should be at the heart of the campaign—but innovation is important too.


John Lewis exemplify storytelling and innovation. Monty the Penguin is at the intersection of both. Almost everyone is familiar with the story of Monty, a teddy bear penguin, who comes to life.


The team at Techdept were given the task of taking the campaign from TV to in-store. In eight weeks, they had to build a machine to rig and animate toys so kids could bring their favourite teddy to life in Monty’s Magical Toy Machine.


The Techdept team constructed a process of innovation to meet the needs of the project:

1. Have a clear vision
2. Break down walls
3. Success needs failure – test, fail, fail better
4. Expect a bumpy ride
5. Open your minBe prepared to look broader than you’ve done before

In the four weeks the machine was in store in London, 2600 toys were brought to life.

The Apprentice runner-up Vana Koutsomitis echoed the sentiment around innovation. A serial entrepreneur, one of Koutsomitis’ current projects is VinobyVana, an aromatised wine aimed at millennial women.

The idea of bringing aromatised, low-calorie wine to the UK is innovative in itself. But further again, Koutsomitis wants to revolutionise the image of wine. It’s mass appeal, but mass appeal built on the back of a burgeoning social campaign. The bottles even bear the hashtag. Koutsomitis intends to tap into the social mainframe with a product that’s moved away from the stuffy, traditional image associated with wine.

The message from DMX Dublin 2016 is clear: while content is in its prime, we’re in a saturated market. There’s a lot of crappy content out there, and evocative storytelling, smart video marketing, and innovation are needed to elevate a brand in the face of social saturation, decreased attention spans, and the constant pursuit of more.

As Pete Blackshaw said, “There’s nothing more motivating than the deafening sound of silence.” As marketers, it’s our job to own that silence, to fill it with interesting, innovative content. It’s not about you, the marketer, anymore. It’s about the consumer and telling a story that feels like it’s for them.

Easier said than done? Possibly. But possible? Absolutely.


This post was written by 256 Media, the creative content specialists, and originally published on


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70% of Irish Marketers Plan To Increase Marketing Budget Given To Social Media - Marketing Institute and Edelman Social Survey Results

Posted By the Marketing Institute & Edelman, Tuesday 8 March 2016

Facebook leads spend and attention but Snapchat and Instagram on the rise


New research released today by Edelman and the Marketing Institute of Ireland has shown that 70% of Irish marketers plan to increase the percentage of their marketing budget given to social media in 2016.  51% of those surveyed highlighted Facebook as the single most important social platform for their business (up from 36% in 2015) with Linkedin and Twitter neck and neck on 22% and 21% respectively. The research was unveiled ahead of DMX Dublin, Ireland’s largest digital marketing conference which takes place at the Aviva Stadium on 9th March. 


Twitter remains the platform most likely to see an increase in activity, whilst Snapchat and Instagram see the biggest percentage change from 2015 results. Given Facebook’s already dominant position, it continues to perform exceptionally well with 60% saying they’ll increase their activity in 2016. 


The Irish marketing community was also very supportive of the new advertising regulations around the use of social media influencers. 75% of research participants appearing to endorse a recent announcement by the Advertising Standards Authority’s intent to crackdown on influencers who do not declare paid posts. 37% of marketers surveyed said that they had used a digital influencer in their brand activity, with 24% of this group paying them for their involvement.  Use of social influencers in marketing campaigns is set to increase in 2016, with 52% of survey participants indicating that they would increase their use of prominent bloggers, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and Twitter users. 54% of respondents believe that online influencers can play a credible or very credible role but 25% are worried about the ethics of using online influencers to promote a brand or product. 


11% of respondents had experienced a social media crisis in the last year, with 20% feeling unprepared to deal with it.  Despite the increasing amount of online issues, 82% of Irish marketers surveyed had not undertaken any social media crisis simulation in the last year and 40% don’t have any social media guidelines for employees.


The importance of video was again underlined by the fact that 97% of Irish marketing professionals intend to increase its use in their marketing plans in 2016. Real time marketing also fairs well with 60% currently undertaking some form of real-time social media activities. 


When it comes to use of paid ad support of social media, 70% of those surveyed expect to increase their spend in 2016 with Facebook (91% up from 70% in 2015) leading the way in terms of paid social regularly used, followed by Twitter (44% up from 42% in 2015), LinkedIn (28% down from 34% in 2015) and Instagram (16%).


It appears Measurement has improved in the last year with 60% of Irish marketing professionals reporting that they are able to measure ROI of social media, up from 48% in 2015. However 57% haven’t set KPI’s for 2016 (up from 45% in 2015). When looking at effectiveness Facebook (60% up from 56% in 2015) and Twitter (60% down from 67% in 2015) perform relatively well.

Speaking ahead of the conference Darragh Rea, Director at Edelman, said “We’re delighted to continue our long term partnership with the Marketing Institute of Ireland both with our sponsorship of DMX and also the launch of our second annual Social Media Survey. This research sheds yet more light on a rapidly evolving integrated marketing landscape, and reflects some of the key trends we’ve seen over the past year. At a macro level the shift in budgets from traditional to online, shows no signs of abating, with marketing professionals continuing to explore new channels and invest more in content that travels across platforms. This is complimented by the continued rise of the social media influencer and the launch of new Live Streaming products and algorithms which reflect the rapid growth of video and real time marketing. It’s encouraging to see an improvement in measuring ROI since last year although the results show that there is still some work to do in the area of crisis preparedness and simulation.  

Tom Trainor, Chief Executive of the Marketing Institute of Ireland, the professional body which owns and operates DMX, said: “This is the second year of our social media survey with Edelman and again it has raised some important questions for Irish marketers. The Marketing Institute would encourage all Irish marketers to continually assess and improve their marketing activities and social media and its efficacy is growing ever more important. This research in addition to the sharing, learning and networking at DMX today will give Irish marketers some invaluable food for though and insights to improve their marketing.” 

This research was carried out online amongst 100 Irish marketing professionals throughout January and February of 2016. Full details and infographics are available on request or via or @edelmanIreland 

For more information contact Darragh Rea, Edelman, or 086 8981062 @darraghjrea 

Edelman @ #DMXDublin

This year Edelman will debut the Edelman #Hotdesk which will allow users both at the conference and at home to interact in real time with numerous features. Check our for more details. In addition to the #Hotdesk, Edelman Senior Planner, Phillip Trippenbach will give a presentation on the evolving nature of communications marketing, identifying 4 key trends and introducing Edelman’s approach.


Edelman is a leading global communications marketing firm that partners with many of the world’s largest and emerging businesses and organisations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. We have deep expertise in consumer trends, research, analytics and insights, corporate reputation, health, technology, crisis, energy, and government affairs. Edelman has been awarded thirteen Cannes Lions including the Grand Prix for PR in 2014. Edelman has been voted Pan-EMEA Consultancy of the Year at the 2015 Sabre Awards, Global Agency of the Year and Best Agency to work for 2013 by the Holmes Report and International Agency of the Year 2013 by the PRCA. 

Edelman is the largest agency across the UK and Ireland with over 600 employees and offices in London, Dublin and Brighton. In Ireland Edelman works with clients including Musgrave, Ryanair, Visa, LinkedIn, Mars, National Lottery, Danone and Roche. 

Please visit for further information. 


The Marketing Institute is the professional body for Ireland's marketing people, in operation since 1962. With a mission to strengthen the profession of marketing in Ireland, the Institute aims to deliver in three key areas: (1) enhancing professional effectiveness through the provision of insights and expert content; (2) building the community of marketers through access to networks; and (3) providing professional career development to members through training and education. Content, Community and Career are the three themes that underpin all Institute activities.


DMX Dublin is Ireland’s largest digital marketing event, owned and operated by the Marketing Institute of Ireland. DMX Dublin features 40 world-leading speakers in multiple presentation streams, and 800 marketing professionals attendees in a full day of sharing, learning and networking. It is Ireland’s must-attend digital marketing event of the year, bringing together top international and Irish digital marketing leaders, marketers from multinationals and startups, advertisers, creative agencies, digital agencies, online publishers and vendors. The 2016 Event takes place on 9th March 2016 in the Aviva Stadium.


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Opportunities For Irish Marketers From The Edelman Trust Barometer

Posted By Martyn Rosney, Edelman, Tuesday 1 March 2016

The Edelman Trust Barometer is a unique piece of research that Edelman has conducted annually across the globe for the past 16 years. For the 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer, research firm Edelman Berland surveyed more than 33,000 respondents across 28 countries. The findings were unveiled on the 3rd of February at an event supported by the Marketing Institute of Ireland. 

Martyn Rosney, Account Director in Edelman Ireland’s Corporate and Financial Practice outlines some of the opportunities for Irish marketers.


Opportunities and implications for brands

There’s a good summary of the event and insights on here and on our own website but I’ve outlined what I see as some of the key implications and opportunities for brands in Ireland below to increase trust.  

Increasing CEO visibility: When it came to the spokespeople that were most trusted by the public CEO credibility saw the biggest increase.  Granted, the rise was from a pretty low base of 31% the jump to 43% represented the biggest jump on our list. CEOs are earning trust back after a few tough years. Edelman employs a 16 point trust-building leadership attribute audit for trust in Irish CEOs and in Ireland our CEOs were seen as underperforming under every single point. We know that Irish CEOs are performing better than the public believes so it’s all about communication.

“Real CSR”: Making a profit is not something to be ashamed of. All too often, we’re seeing organisations use CSR as a bolt on for cheap PR but it’s the organisations who build worthwhile social responsibility into their DNA that benefit the most.

More scope for controlling the message: Search engine, owned and social all saw rises in trust levels. Delving deeper into this we also saw a specific increase in trust levels for content created by brands from 40% to 60%.

Utilising employees as spokespeople: Employees are essential spokespeople. Companies that have the courage to empower employees as spokespeople can earn trust. Our research found that for a number of topics including crises and performance an employee can be seen as the most credible spokesperson.

Online influencer marketing: I’ve already touched on the jump in trust levels for content created by companies but the above chart shows the myriad of voices and their trust levels. It’s important to use the right people to engage with and amplify your content. Interestingly, content created or shared by celebrities is less trusted than that of elected officials.

These are just some of my own thoughts from a very extensive piece of research into trust. If you would like more information on the Trust Barometer talk to me at


Martyn is an Account Director in the corporate team of Edelman Ireland, the Irish office of the world’s largest PR company. He blogs on all things PR here. You can follow Martyn on Twitter at @rosney.


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Going Native – The Benefits Of Native Advertising

Posted By Sing!, Tuesday 1 March 2016

This week, Sing! begin to dissect exactly what native advertising is, how it works, as well as who uses it, and why.


As the old saying goes, when in Rome do as the Romans do. Native advertising is all about adverts blending in with their surrounds. The advert no longer becomes the main focus of the content; however this does not make the advertising message any less powerful.

You may be familiar with sponsored posts on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr, to name a few. These sponsored posts are great examples of native advertising. It is important to remember that native advertising relies on the content being natural (native) and for people to see it more content based rather than advert based.

Plain and simple, native advertising is paid for advertising which is placed within content, thus bypassing a number of factors which would otherwise mean the advert would not be seen (ie. adblocking ad-ons, and apps). The main thing to remember with native adverts is that they offer a guaranteed way of promoting your content without being disturbed. Native advertising fits into the form of the content it is placed into so as not to distort and infringe on the user experience.


Native advertising is one of the cleverest forms of advertising out there, but how exactly does it work? Well the answer is simple … by pretending it is something that it’s not. The most important thing to remember with native advertising is that content is king. Our friends over at Facebook know this better than anyone. I present to you my very own Facebook newsfeed.

Right here nestled neatly between an update from Other Voices, and a Happy Birthday wish to one of my Facebook friends we have a nice example of sponsored content (one of the main tools of native marketing). Note how the ad beautifully blends in with its surroundings. Note how it completely distances itself from the other adverts on the site. Note how, as you scroll through your social media newsfeed, you don’t even need to glance to the side in order to be advertised to.

The fact of the matter is that these adverts appear throughout your social media newsfeed on a very regular basis, and you probably don’t even bat an eye lid. Why would you, it blends in with its surroundings so well, and as a result you will be joining the  other 49% of consumers who have never heard of native advertising.

The IAB categorises native advertising into three categories. Firstly, discovery/recommendation units, where the content is effectively sponsored in the form of a short tag below it, normally stating “sponsored by, recommended by…” Here the advert is integrated into the webpage, however it does not go into stealth mode and hide among the actual editorial content.

Secondly, we have the adverts which are mixed in with the rest of the content. These adverts do not link off the page in which they are on, but rather advertise through the content they are putting forward. These ads come in two categories. Paid for content/sponsored content, and sponsored content area. The only difference between these two is that paid for content/sponsored content is written in a partnership between the advertiser and the publisher, and sponsored content area can be written by either.

Thirdly, in feed – advertiser controlled. My Facebook screenshot from above is a great example of this, and this type of advertising generally links to a new page.


Native advertising is used by all companies big and small. As ad blockers, and other consumer habits begin to infringe on the impact of banner adverts, native advertising is powering ahead. In actual fact, consumers are 25% more likely to look at a native advert than they are a banner, and they are 53% more likely to engage with the advert. They also check native adverts out 4.1 times per session compared to 2.1 times for banner ads.

Consumers are also considerably more likely to share a native advert than they are a banner advert (32% versus 19%) and showed 18% more purchase intent after viewing them. With this in mind the real question isn’t who uses native advertising, but rather who should be using native advertising, and the answer is any company wanting to increase their market reach.

Further to the increased engagement that we can see from the figures above, there is also a lot to be said for the “stealth-like” approach with which native adverts conduct themselves. This “stealth-like” approach is actually so good that some 49% of consumers have never even heard of native adverts, with only a meagre 3% claiming to be very knowledgeable on the topic. The less people are viewing content as advertising, the more powerful, and valuable the content is.


As native advertising begins to take centre stage the big question that needs to be asked is to what extent this type of advertising actually works. There are numerous statistics on what both marketers and consumer think about native advertising, however in reality the only true mark of whether or not, or rather to what extent, native advertising works is through cold, hard facts.

So here they are:

  • On average 65% of media agencies produce between 1 to 10 native advertising campaigns per month for each of their clients.
  • Content marketing costs largely relate to the scope of the project being produced.
    When looking at Buzzfeed’s (a forerunner in native) campaign for Intel, it produced 12,481 social shares.
  • In 2016 the spend on native advertising is expected to be 13.9 billion US dollars up from 10.7 billion in 2015.

The output figures for native advertising campaigns are high, but as the old saying goes, you get out what you put in and larger budgets inevitably result in a larger return.

On top of a massive reach, a native advertising campaign can also align a company with the right image. When a company aligns itself with a social media “influencer” this can result in a certain image being evoked. Depending on your preference, your brand image can change for the better with the right newspaper, celebrity, or internet blogger promoting it.

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Sing! is a performance digital marketing agency which focuses on improving sales performance through digital channels. Our team combines digital marketing strategists and specialists. We make sense of the bewildering array of digital marketing tactics and technologies to select the right ones to meet your business challenges head on and help you achieve your growth ambitions. Our goal is to see businesses prosper from the selection of business relevant digital marketing options.


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