will.i.am launches eyewear brand, asks for “dedication and passion”

Musician, entrepreneur and general techie will.i.am has today unveiled his eyewear brand, ill.i Optics, with a promotional video and campaign as part of the launch.

The product, created in conjunction with Australian designer George Gorrow, features a video where will.i.am is sat at a recording desk, yet cuts to various eyewear paraphernalia – will.i.am’s personal collection, spanning 20 years.

“I see a gap in the world of eyewear, and this is my instalment of what I feel is missing,”...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Community.

Why students love Coca-Cola’s “Friendly Twist” marketing campaign

Have you seen Coca-Cola's “Friendly Twist” advert?

If not, we recommend you check it out before you read the rest of this article:

Coca-Cola’s effective marketing techniques show how they have cleverly targeted college students by using their product to create new friendships, to help students communicate and interact with their fellow peers.

Good communication is the best solution for anything to be successful, so you need to know

By Tina Chohan, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Brands.

Want users to pay for content? Work harder, publishers told

A new set of research data released by CloudSense has revealed that the trend for users accessing free news content is inexorable – and concludes publishers need to do more to monetise their content.

The research, which gauged the views of 4000 UK and US consumers, found some interesting differences. Even though far more US consumers are prepared to subscribe to content (24% compared to 7% UK), the overall trend is the same worldwide: users are reluctant to pay.

Of course, this has been a problem for...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Content.

TalkTalk unveils latest billboard campaign for TV offering

Telecoms provider TalkTalk has unleashed its latest billboard campaign specifically targeting its TV packages – with a more than apparent nod to rivals Virgin Media.

The billboards are being rolled across almost 20 sites in London, including a six sheet banner at Euston Station. The campaign will be seen from Elephant & Castle, Edgware Road, and Waterloo Bridge among others.

This campaign follows ‘The Mission’, a TV campaign “in which five household objects embarked on an odyssey...

By James Bourne, 15 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Brands.

Why Google loves a persona-led approach to content

Google has made it very obvious that in order to succeed at SEO you need to be producing high quality content that is targeted to your audience. One of the best ways to ensure that you are creating this specialist content is to write for a specific persona. Logically speaking, this makes sense as you are writing for a tailored group of people who will be interested in your products and services, but why does Google love it? I’ll explain:

Google’s Affinity Segments

Hang on, what’s this? In plain and...

By Gareth Morgan, 12 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Google, SEO.

Are mobile ads starting to do their job for brands? New research says yes

More mobile shoppers are clicking on ads, according to the latest study from call management provider Telmetrics.

One in three consumers see mobile ads as helpful and informative, according to the report, which represents a spike of 76% from this time last year.

The researchers argue this boils down to different types of content working on mobile today. More than half of mobile shoppers share ads on social media, particularly the youngest age demographic of 18-34 year olds, while there’s been a 40% in...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Consumers, Mobile.

Got an iPhone? You’re most likely to be a Brad Pitt fan, according to data

There’s a famous scene in UK sitcom Only Fools and Horses where Del tries to convince Rodney the less than exquisite goods in the Trotters’ garage are worth selling: a pile of Showaddywaddy records, a tyre for a Triumph Herald, and an artificial limb.

“Well let’s find a one-legged Showaddywaddy freak and flog ‘em to him!” Rodney replies. “And if he turns up in a Triumph Herald, we’ve had a result!”

Why did this scene come to mind at MarketingTech HQ? The latest...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Consumers.

Applying traditional comms thinking in the digital age

The gloomy reports about dwindling newspaper circulations could lead some to believe that traditional media and the journalism that powers it are on the wane. ABC’s readership stats identified an 8.1 per cent drop in February 2014 compared with the same period last year. While this certainly places traditional publications under pressure, the fact is that journalism itself is now being carried...

By Alastair Turner, 09 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, PR.

Microsoft reskins MSN for mobile, cloud branding ethos

Microsoft has announced it is to rebrand MSN, bringing the service forward as a new site featuring Bing apps such as News, Sports and Travel.

The new MSN moves into preview mode today – or it should do, as at the time of writing you get a nasty parsing error – with a glut of new features, including the dubiously named ‘services stripe’, linking back to Office, Outlook and OneDrive.

Looking at screenshots of the new MSN (top) compared with the current version (bottom),...

By James Bourne, 08 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands.

Gone in 6.0 secs: 5 auto brands that are winning on Vine

Since it was launched in January 2013, Vine has become a hugely popular video sharing app, with approximately five vines tweeted every second.

Vine's appeal is simple, short and sweet six second clips which play on a loop and offer wannabe filmmakers the chance to experiment with witty one liners, stop-frame animation and creative cutaways, all in an easy-to-shoot and share format.

Not surprisingly then, Vine has attracted a lot of attention from advertisers who see...

By Hurricane Media, 05 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Social Media, Twitter.

The half time team talk: A tactical response to social hijacking

In the digital world we live in, the appeal of high-profile sponsorships is irresistible for brands; from London 2012 to the recent 2014 FIFA World Cup, brands can’t resist the mass reach that platforms such as these provide.

The worry is that after months, possibly years, of planning and significant investment, something outside of a sponsor brand’s control may suddenly throw a spanner in the works. So what happens now? How do brands ensure they are flexible enough to re-think a pre-planned...

By Emma Martin, 04 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands.

9 things every online brand could learn from The Wire

Did you know that there are a number of prescient parallels between the world of online marketing and the bloody streets of David Simon's Baltimore?   I’ve listed some of them. Some are more tenuous than others.    WARNING: May contain (starred-out) F-bombs, spoilers and Baltimore vernacular:  "Pawns, they get capped quick. They're out of the game early. Unless they some smart-ass pawns” – D’angelo Barksdale / Bodie 

  The beauty of the internet is that smaller businesses can...

By Gareth Morgan, 03 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands.

The pros and cons of buying followers on Twitter

How many followers do you have? 10s, 100s, 1000s, more? When you first start out on social media, building a following can be slow. And for that reason many people are now opting to buy their friends. But apart from being a bit sneaky, are there any other disadvantages of buying Twitter followers? We’ll discuss that here.

How Do You Buy Followers? 

The most common way of buying followers is through a method called ‘zombie account following’. This is where you enlist the services of a 3rd party...

By Gareth Morgan, 02 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: B2B, Social Media, Twitter.

The four key reasons why your content isn’t getting shared

There are many reasons to be creating content on behalf of your business. Content informs your target audience and establishes your business as a thought leader in the industry which generates trust. This is the top goal of content, but another goal of content should be to get it shared. Content that is shared in the form of links on other web pages or within social media helps to improve your SEO efforts. If you have a respectable social media following but notice that your content is getting very few...

By Nick Stamoulis, 01 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Blogging, Content.

RNIB launches ‘audio logo’ campaign, invites musicians to take part

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has announced a revamp of its branding, with an innovative ‘audio logo’ being mooted to use across all of the charity’s communications.

According to a press release, the audio logo “will need to reflect the organisation’s human, positive and can-do values in just a few seconds.”

“Blind people are at the heart of everything we do, so it makes absolute sense that we have an audio logo as well as a visual one,”...

By James Bourne, 01 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Design.

Google now includes website security as new ranking signal

It is a well-known fact that the Internet is not always the safest place for people looking to keep their computers or information secure. However, Google being one of the most popular websites in the world does its best to keep those who use it safe when browsing the Internet. Of course, Google cannot guarantee the security of the millions of sites it links to, but the search engine is now being updated to make using Google a more secure experience for everyone.

Base security

By Maciej Fita, 29 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: SEO, SME Tips.

Opinion: Why you shouldn't get swept up in the WordPress wave

By Richard Healy, Co Founder and VP of Technology & Design, BaseKit

WordPress is indisputably the most selected website platform online today. With over 60 million sites online right now, it is clear that it is a popular choice for bloggers and businesses alike.  A countless number of new blogs are set up every week on this platform which is known to manage 22 per cent of all new sites on the web. 

But is WordPress the right choice for your SME?

By Richard Healy, 28 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Blogging, Content, SME Tips.

Bombardier vows to restart its consumer marketing after Rik Mayall’s death

Real ale brand Bombardier Beer has revealed it is to restart its consumer marketing push, nearly three months after the death of actor Rik Mayall.

Mayall, who passed away in June at the age of 56, had played Bombardier’s brand character, William Charles Bedford, since 2011. Since then Bombardier has continued its B2B and trade publication marketing campaigns, but had stopped posting on its Twitter as a mark of respect to the late star.

Yet a statement released by Bombardier from Mayall’s family...

By James Bourne, 27 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Consumers.

Take this remarkable marketing lesson from Steve Jobs and Malcolm Gladwell

Today, let’s look at one of the key factors in building a remarkable, profitable business.

Your business and doing it your way

Malcolm Gladwell was once asked how to write a best selling book. His answer was as follows:

“The moment you write a book hoping it will be a best seller, your chances of it becoming a best seller go downhill. [...] You write the book you would want to read.”

Gladwell went on to explain that Steve Jobs never brought a product to market, because he thought the marketplace wanted it.

Think about...

By Jim Connelly, 26 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Community, Content.

Samsung gets one up on competitors with Galaxy S5 Ice Bucket Challenge

If you’re getting a little jaded of celebrities, friends and co-workers voluntarily dousing themselves in ice water, albeit for a very good cause, here’s a novel twist on it from Samsung.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has officially taken the Ice Bucket Challenge, raising awareness for ALS, or motor neurone disease, and nominated the iPhone, the HTC One and the Nokia Lumia to go next.

It’s worth noting that

By James Bourne, 22 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, JustForFun, Social Media.