Our traffic for June was incredible. One of our proposition cornerstones is DIGITAL VELOCITY. This is it.
Both the Indy and the Standard showed the largest month on month growth of all titles.
The Indy reached 82m global UB’s with 33m in the UK, up +79% year on year. Once again this made the Indy the fastest growing news brands site according to figures released by ABCe.
Over the 36 hours of Brexit we were the NUMBER ONE Facebook publisher. In the world. Bigger than the TV companies, the publishers, the BBC, the lot.
This demonstrates that when news breaks more people are coming to us. We have positioned ourselves as the home of independent thinking, and this is resonating.
Versus the pure play new sites, the Indy further stretched its lead on the competition cementing its position as the biggest pureplay news site in the UK. The Indy is now almost DOUBLE the size of its nearest UK competitor, Buzzfeed.
Our digital only strategy is working.
Audiences want trusted content. They want the editorial to challenge the ‘noise’ in a balanced way. Brands want that too. Work with us.
Success has not just come to the Indy. With circulations stable at 900,000 in print, Standard.co.uk also saw incredible month on month growth, up +24%, second only to the Indy.
ESI is getting digital right and we are seeing results.
On the 9th September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II made history by becoming Britain’s longest reigning monarch – to celebrate this momentous occasion, I built a unique editorial partnership between the Evening Standard news team and those clever Mobile/AR/IOT people, Blippar.
Across the week, Evening Standard readers were able to use Blippar to access bespoke editorial features online as part of the newspaper’s coverage.
They were also able to take a selfie with the Queen herself… I hope that doesn’t count as Treason? #treatnottreason
It was a lot of fun!
We delivered some brilliantly engaging results…
The campaign provided Evening Standard readers with over 17,000 minutes of
innovative digital engagement, 11k interactions, 1.6m impressions and 2.3 minutes of engagement per users.
Social media activity contributed significantly to brand awareness, generating
over 750,000 impressions and 53,000 active social engagements
And we learnt a lot.
There is strong demand for interactive content
• The paper generated over 2,000 interactions in the first day alone
• Encourage repeat engagement through a steady stream of updated content
Call-to-action (CTA) proximity is essential
• There was an 80% decline in engagement when CTA was on the page before the article
• Eliminate all steps between education and action; place CTA on the marker
Social media promotion is key to sustained engagement
• Leverage on the campaign’s viral “wow” factor to gain new readership via social media
The AR experience offered users 4 options to interact