Big-budget Super Bowl advertising worthless without SoMo strategy

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Cloud computing company Salesforce Marketing Cloud has released a series of figures revealing the futility of Super Bowl advertising if marketers choose not to consider how consumers’ social media and mobile usage.

Of the 400 consumers polled by Salesforce, 66% of viewers will use Facebook during the big game, making it the number one Super Bowl social network while Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat follow in close succession.

As for the gender split between the two largest...

By Simon Holland, 29 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Has mobile killed Facebook’s advertising exchange?

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The news today from Facebook, revealing that it is fast becoming a mobile-first platform, goes a long way to explaining the rumours last week that the company is planning to abandon its ad exchange, FBX, just three years after its inception.

David Fischer, Facebook’s Vice-President of Advertising, was quoted this week as saying there are “better ways” to reach the wider Facebook audience than FBX.

At the time, it seemed an astonishing statement, given...

By Simon Birkenhead, 29 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Social Media Marketing.

Marketing reimagined: From cost centre to revenue generator

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Perception is everything in marketing and a new study supplies evidence of the tainted view many employees have of their marketing department, however there are visible traces that this stance is weakening.

Forecast and advisory firm the Economist Intelligence Unit, which conducted research on behalf of Marketo, discovered that 68% of marketers believed the rest of their company viewed the marketing department as a cost centre.

Likely fuelled by misinformation, the study reports that...

By Simon Holland, 29 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CRM, Customer Experience, Email marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Emojis and video: Does your comms strategy need an overhaul for the mobile consumer?

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The emoji heart was, perhaps not surprisingly, the most used ’word’ of 2014. It is the first time that the Global Language Monitor has awarded the title to a symbol, a significant moment for the English language.

New digital formats continue to change communications; text speak was the first widespread digital vernacular and, although it might be out of fashion now, we still use words derived from that language today. We live in an era of images and video,...

Flipboard launches new Promoted Items function for advertisers

Marketers can finally look to distribute their content more widely on Flipboard after it announced the introduction of a new tool called Promoted Items this week.

From the beginning of February Levi’s and NARS Cosmetics will become two of the first brands to distribute content on Flipboard via the new Promoted Items feed. Such content – which can range from articles, videos, products or photos – will be incorporated into the Flipboard experience but will clearly be signposted as being...

By Liz Morrell, 21 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Mobile Marketing, S-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

How to build branding packages around mobile

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Omni-channel marketing is a concentrated, seamless approach to the consumer experience. Since the turn of the millennium, the internet has grown to encompass all forms of media; and within the past few years, mobile devices have grown in popularity to surpass traditional electronic devices.

What are you doing to leverage these platforms? And are you taking full advantage of these linked mediums?

Based on the target audience I build almost 100% of my clients branding packages around...

By Blake Howard, 16 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Mobile Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Why email marketing is not dead yet

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The focus on social and mobile as hugely growing marketing channels has meant the spotlight has gone off email marketing somewhat. But, according to a new report from Salesforce, 2015 State of Marketing – email marketing remains as important a tool than ever with marketers increasingly citing it as being core to their business.

The report shows that nearly three quarters (73%) of respondents said that email marketing was core to their business. When asked why 60% said it was a...

By Liz Morrell, 14 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Email marketing, Mobile Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

How customers are changing from brand consumers to brand advocates

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Consumers were once a slave to the marketing messages of the brands they consumed. Today that power has shifted with customers in the more powerful role of brand advocate rather than simple brand consumer.

Understandably it is a trend that brands are working hard to embrace and capitalise upon. A new report from Bazaarvoice shows just how important that trend is and how the power of the people is increasing day by day. 

The latest in Bazaarvoice’s semi-annual research...

By Liz Morrell, 14 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Social Media Marketing.

Mobile advertising and the immersive user experience

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Nucleus [noo-klee-uh s, nyoo-] - A central part about which other parts are grouped or gathered; core.

While this is a term usually reserved for chemistry, it is also a perfect description for mobile devices, as they have become the centre of human existence.

What science tells us is that it is very difficult to penetrate nuclei, which is also the case when it comes to getting to the centre of consumer media engagement. The best way to reach and resonate with mobile...

How to embrace the growing appetite for video content

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Do you remember the days when you actually had to read something to get the message? In today’s world it is the visual medium that is becoming the way to communicate whether that is through video or pictures.

The trend to capture life through imagery rather than words is feeding through to advertising too and forcing marketers to rethink how they communicate with their customers.

But it is Facebook that is proving one of the biggest mediums for communicating via video. As...

Social business predictions show big change for marketing tech

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Companies face a number of challenges in their social transformation over the next few years. However, a new report from IDC reveals the ten factors it feels will influence decision making around social business. Many of which involve the evolution of marketing technology.

In IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Social Business Transformation 2015 predictions, the report’s authors say that business leaders should be making such decisions within the next two to four years if they...

By Liz Morrell, 22 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Commerce, S-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Where does social commerce go after 2014?

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2014 felt like the movie Groundhog Day. Wake up to the sounds of the song, I Got You Babe (or, in this case, Pharrell’s just-as-incessant ‘Happy’), then open your news provider of choice to read about yet another social network launching a ‘Buy’ button.

Pinterest in January, Facebook in July, Twitter in September - frankly, it was a surprise not to see WhatsApp reinvented as a social assistant that reads your texts, hacks your bank details, then buys...

Facebook launches Call to Action functionality for Pages

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Having a call to action has always been at the essence of any good marketing since that is the very point of marketing a brand or product.

Facebook for Business’s announcement, therefore, of a new call to action feature will help Pages drive business objectives further, since that call to action (CTA) can now be achieved simply with the press of a button.

The company is to roll out the new functionality in the US over the next few weeks and worldwide next year. The buttons...

Social intent: Battle of the Christmas ads

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Christmas is well and truly upon us. In fact, I can almost count down the days on my fingers. From here on in all that is left is a frantic scramble for that one present you forgot and a mad dash around the supermarket to make sure your cupboards are stocked to the absolute brim.

For many of us, the start of the festive season has become intrinsically linked to the airing of the first Christmas advert on TV – an event which seems to be turning into a bigger and bigger deal...

By Joel Windels, 17 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Campaigns, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

UK marketers must improve effectiveness of their content marketing

UK marketers rated themselves less effective at content marketing this year versus last year, according to the third annual Trends report from the Content Marketing Institute (CMI), produced in partnership with the UK Direct Marketing Association.

As a result it seems marketers are now more focused on content marketing goals than previously, with marketers setting goals and driving efficiency through the setting of concrete objectives.

Goals have also changed. The trends report showed that the percentage of...

By Liz Morrell, 13 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Publishing, Social Media Marketing.

Video overtakes social as most popular marketing channel

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Video’s impressive rise as a marketing channel is one of 2014’s success stories, but its comparative performance with other channels has not been analysed until now.

Personalised digital marketing company Conversant has put together a study that reveals video’s meteoric rise. Media professionals in the US, Germany and France are all utilising video more than social.

In the US and UK, 6% more media professionals used video than social, whereas in Germany the...

Twitter introduces tailored audiences from mobile apps

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Having already tested the new service on a number of brands, the technology is basically Twitter's version of retargeting based on the previous behaviour consumers. 

Tailored audiences from mobile apps follows the general launch of the tailored audiences ad product this time last year. Tailored audiences allowed advertisers to reach audiences that had shown interest in a brand or category. It benefited advertisers by working outside of Twitter.

With this new addition,...

Majority of social sharing data is beyond marketers’ reach

Marketers can track everything on the major social networks, but that only represents a small portion of web 2.0 sharing activity.

Advertising platform RadiumOne recently uncovered a whole new subsection that it has labelled dark social, a term used to describe what cannot be measured by analytics software including online chat and even email.

In The Light And Dark Of Social Sharing Report RadiumOne used its own data analysis to disclose that public sharing accounted for 31% and dark social 69%,...

By Simon Holland, 04 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Data Science, Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing, Web Analytics.

How millennials are buying into social commerce

Experts predict the value of social commerce is set to explode but inevitably it will be the millennial generation who will ignite the explosion.

Millennials are a generation that cannot be ignored since it is estimated that this market will have a combined purchasing power of $2.45 trillion worldwide by 2015, $30 billion of which will be in the US.

A new study from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth suggests that buy buttons on social networks will be particularly powerful. Both Twitter and Facebook...

By Liz Morrell, 04 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Mobile Marketing, S-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Why are you not already using crowdsourcing in your marketing strategy?

Crowdsourcing has definitely been a controversial topic in the marketing industry, especially among agency practitioners. Much like Marmite’s famous slogan, many either love it, or hate it. But whether the attitude of industry professionals is all embracing or reactionary, it has become increasingly hard to ignore the power of the crowd, especially when major global brands have doubled their investment into crowdsourcing in 2014.

Why such enthusiasm? The ideas and creations sourced from communities of...

By François Pétavy, 01 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Social Media Marketing.