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Twitter earnings, digital businesses grow and Manchester’s talent – AWD

It was all about the numbers this week, and there were mixed results from Twitter on Wednesday as they announced their Q4 2015 performance. While revenue was up a healthy 48%, and losses were reduced, There was concern about the stagnating user base, which stalled or reduced, depending on whether you included SMS users. Q1 […]

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Twitter earnings call Q4 2015 – increasing revenues from a static user base

I’ve been looking froward to this quarter’s earnings call from Twitter. It’s a real opportunity for them to remind investors what a great platform Twitter can be. I was really tracking 4 things from tonight’s call: So how did they do? Well. revenue hit $710m so that’s slightly over expectation and growth of 48% YoY Monthly Active Users […]

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Earnings round-up, twitter homepage, a looming bubble and prolific north live – AWD

In the last week (and a bit) we’ve had quarterly earnings calls from Facebook, Yahoo, and Google. The results were a mixed bag. Facebook beat market expectations with a hefty 51% rise in revenue YoY, with continued, albeit it slowing, user growth. Mina drivers of this growth appeared to be an 25% increases in average revenue […]

Twitter 10,000 character limit

Five things twitter should do before extending the character limit

If you believe the hype that twitter is considering a move to a 10,000 character limit, per tweet (why that number?), you might wonder if this is the most important thing they should be considering. I polled some followers on what they’d rather see changed on twitter. Developer, Andy Fairbairn, suggested a better mute function, to […]

Real time ads from Google

Real time ads from Google, ASA hits out at native ads, love for Twitter, and SAScon 2016 – AWD

Yet another busy week in digital and here are the articles that caught my attention. As the battle for “moments” and “micro-moments” continues, Google unveiled its latest ad product innovation in the form of Real Time Ads. Designed to tie ad messages with, events, such as the lucrative Superbowl, the platform will let advertisers push […]

European search awards, talking to your Volvo, Yahoo! gets smaller, and flying in drones – another week in digital.

As everybody gets back to work at the festive break there’s plenty to catch-up on and with CES taking place this week there are lots of shiny new digital things. OK, so technically these first two pieces aren’t about marketing, but hell…they interest me and its my blog. Holly crap, somebody has created a prototype […]

Amazon bookshop, Facebook earnings, SAScon BETA and, yup, more adblocking – AWD

A slightly quieter week in the digital marketing world this week (if you exclude all the fuss over Twitter Hearts) but what has been worth reading about? After years of speculation, Amazon finally opened a physical bookstore! It’s fascinating to see how they’re bridging the online and offline experience by including online ratings and prices. I’d […]

Twitter disappoints despite strong financials

Despite beating forecasts and expectations, Twitter again disappointed investors on last night’s earnings call. While Google broadcast its results over YouTube, Twitter used it’s video platform, Periscope, to announce its performance. Unfortunately, the novelty wasn’t enough to excite investors as the company only announced a moderate increase in monthly active users (MAUs) of just 4 […]

Earnings calls, search agreements, polls and an ad-free YouTube – AWD

As we head into the Q3 period for earnings calls, it’s time to see how each of the key digital players is delivering financially. This week saw results from Yahoo and Google (more on those in a moment) while next week we’ll hear from Twitter, and Facebook follows on the 4th November. The Yahoo earnings call was a […]

Google Cardboard goes global, Facebook goes shopping, Twitter’s people, and more adblocking – AWD

It’s Friday again so time for another round-up of the digital headlines that caught my eye this week… Almost in mockery of Facebook’s $2bn acquisition of VR hardware company, Oculus Rift, Google continues to push its low cost competitor, Google Cardboard. At the weekend Google rolled the platform out globally which seems to make the whole […]