New report assesses content marketing best practices and why “age of infographics is dying”

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Content, content, content; it’s the mantra which every marketing team worth its salt today lives by. Yet focusing on quality over quantity should be the defining factor, according to a new study released by B2B analyst firm Clutch.

Almost 80% of the 300 survey respondents in the report agreed that increasing their company’s online visibility is the main goal of content marketing campaigns compared to the rest who prioritised lead generation. But how much is too much before you...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

It’s time for influence to evolve: Welcome to Influence 2.0

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Influencer marketing is one of the most promising and underappreciated disciplines in the digital marketing mix” - Brian Solis

Influencer marketing became mainstream in 2016. However, with pure pay to play and short-term campaign practices dominating the conversation, many misconceptions remain in this nascent space. Curious to see how the practice is perceived within leading enterprises around the world, Traackr and TopRank Marketing teamed up to survey 102 brand strategists and...

By Kirk Crenshaw, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Branding, Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

The marketer’s next challenge: Seamless digital integration

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The way in which people consume content has changed dramatically in the past decade. The uptake in mobile media consumption has created a diverse range of platforms, and marketers now have incredible opportunities for reaching target audiences. However, these technological developments have proven to be somewhat of a double-edged sword; people consume content so rapidly and in so many ways, that it can be hard for brands to catch the eye and convey their message.

Because of this difficulty,...

By Jon Mowat, 13 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Best Practice, Branding, Social Media Marketing.

How to keep up with the constantly changing world of marketing technology: A guide

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Technology has helped digital marketing come a long way. When it comes to marketing, however, change is the name of the game. In fact, just when you think you’re getting the hang of things, you realise that you may be lagging behind.

The 2016 marketing technology landscape supergraphic unveiled at the MarTech Conference last year lists an overwhelming number of 3,874 marketing solutions representing...

By Pratik Dholakiya, 08 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Best Practice, Social Media Marketing.

DataSift partners with LinkedIn to take marketer insights to the next level through AI

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Data marketing firm DataSift has announced it is to join forces with LinkedIn to provide greater insights into the Microsoft-owned B2B network for marketers.

The company, which describes itself as a ‘human data intelligence’ provider, is unveiling PYLON for LinkedIn Engagement Insights, which gives users various methods of increasing their engagement, from discovering new audiences for brands and products, to benchmarking, and learning which content works best with...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Data Science, Social Media Marketing, Web Analytics.

How TV measurement for marketers is changing: Social, programmatic, and more

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Digital outlets have dominated conversations about marketing over the last decade, and are understandably a huge focus for marketers. According to the IAB, cross-platform digital ad spend grew to a staggering £4.8 billion during the first half of 2016 and forecasts estimate this is only set to keep increasing.

But television is still the biggest individual platform by ad revenue, accounting for a record £5.3 billion in ad spend in the UK during 2015 and its delivery is...

Why the next big thing in marketing is...simplicity (part two)

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Editor’s note: The first part of this two-part article, available here, explained the concept of ConOps – the concept of operations – in a marketing communications program to communicate the quantitative and qualitative system characteristics of the effort to the brand, as well as prospects, clients, and customers. This piece expands on the need to keep marketing efforts simple with various...

By Thaddeus Kubis, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Best Practice, Social Media Marketing.

Vine loops its last as service closes to move into Vine Camera

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The ephemeral world of social media rumbles on: today represents the last day that social media video platform Vine remains a standalone app before being folded into a wider part of Twitter.

The news has been coming since January 4 when Vine tweeted that its app will become the Vine Camera on January 17. At the time of publication, videos can still be viewed and downloaded. Not surprisingly, the most popular videos on the left-hand column...

By James Bourne, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

How the younger generation is shaping data protection

According to one keynote speaker at the DMA’s Data Protection Update, social media is dead. This half-day event showcased the challenges and successes of various businesses’ data management strategies, and this statement really grabbed my attention.

As an avid Instagrammer, Twitter follower and Facebook fanatic, this was news to me. Whilst I don’t personally agree with the speaker’s comments, I do believe that the way we use social media has changed.

I’m part of the...

By Louise Read, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Data Science, Social Media Marketing.

How marketers should be using Emojis

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Hailed as a new universal language by some, the use of emojis has skyrocketed over the last few years, aided by their introduction to the majority of smartphones, social media platforms and messaging applications. But how can marketers use emojis to better connect with their audiences?

Which demographics use emojis most?

According to a new...

By John Robertson, 14 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

How marketers can address the social media skills gap

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We all know that the rise of social media has revolutionised marketing and changed how businesses market themselves to, and engage with, customers. However, the rapid pace of this revolution has left a digital skills gap with many in today’s workforce woefully ill-equipped to unlock the value of social media.

According to a

By Melanie Dichtl, 14 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

How marketers can avoid losing the younger generation

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Many marketers are obsessed with this younger generation, aged 18-35. They watch their every move on social, hoping to find what truly makes them tick – and, more importantly, what triggers them into making purchase decisions.

Marketers know this is not an easy task. Digital natives are a finicky bunch. They demand instant-gratification-like service and attention from brands at every twist and turn. Growing up in an era when practically every transaction is now automated by digital media in...

By Katy Keim, 13 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

How to succeed on new platforms like Instagram Stories

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From VR and augmented reality content to influencer marketing, new inventions and practices in media are allowing brands to tell their stories in new ways.

These tools are making marketing professionals more creative and strategic, and branding experts are getting excited about them.

Now that Instagram has announced that its Explore tab will also feature ‘stories’; rolling posts that disappear 24 hours after they are posted, brands are interested in how they can use this to engage new...

By Chris Hall, 01 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

How brand ambassadors have changed in the age of crowd culture

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Celebrity endorsements have been used in marketing for years, to endorse products as well as leverage their power and status to create an influential following for products.

But the endorsement scene has gone from Hollywood to TV to smartphone; the small screen that is now at the centre of the change to the industry.

Brand ambassadors are changing too. Sheer fame may no longer be enough – in an era of extreme media and advertising saturation, brand ambassadors need to be...

By Jean Pierre Kloppers, 01 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

Why social network shopping could usher in the next mCommerce boom

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The recent move by Instagram to push into the social commerce space with the launch of an in-app shopping discover function is the next step in the growth and proliferation of a new breed of consumer; the social media shopper.

From fashion app Depop to present app Giftagram, there are already a number of established and emerging retailers creating apps to target mobile commerce, but social platform Instagram getting in on the act is something of a game-changer, bringing ‘shoppable photos’ to

By Ian Reynolds, 28 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Personalised Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Twitter Awards: Winners include Dove, Airbnb and Apple

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Twitter has announced the winners of its yearly Twitter marketing awards to recognise the "most original and creative" advertising work being done today. 

The platform said it had received hundreds of entries from over 15 countries, but after a competitive selection process, chose the marketers they thought had the best ideas. 

All entries were judged based on three criteria: 

  • Creativity: Did the campaign challenge convention and push the creative envelope? 
  • Live: Did the campaign use Twitter in unique, new, and...

By Rachael Power, 11 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Twitter's direct message chatbots: Our verdict

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Brands who use Twitter direct message as a customer service tool should be pretty happy with the platform's latest addition.  

Twitter is now allowing brands to set their own welcome message, which automatically appears when a user opens the DM box. This tells customers how they can interact with the brand and can include deep links and other features.

But the magic is in the platform's new Quick Replies feature, essentially a chatbot which prompts people with suggestions as to how to...

By Rachael Power, 04 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Social Media Marketing.

Why loyalty and social media are a match made in heaven

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It goes without saying social media has resulted in huge cultural shifts in terms of how both consumers and businesses behave and interact with one another.

The past few years have seen brands use social media in new and creative ways to engage with their customers, the examples of Oreo’s famous Super Bowl: “You can still dunk in the dark” tweet, or KFC’s innovative LinkedIn profile for the fast food chains famous founder, Colonel Sanders, spring to...

By Guy Deslandes, 03 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

Corrective marketing: The integration of message and media

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You’re late, speeding at 120 mph, your satellite radio is blaring, your smartphone map app is recalculating, the fog is thick, the road is wet, and it’s hard to tell if the car is still on the road.

Is your marketing on the right track? 

According to internal research, that’s how most CMOs feel after recent changes in markets, economy, technology, and demographics.

A road once clearly defined is now part superhighway, part country road, part off-road, and in some...

By Thaddeus Kubis, 25 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

How Viber is partnering with influencers like F**kJerry to engage users

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Messaging apps are something of a goldmine for marketers at the moment. Whether it’s Google’s new ‘click-to-SMS’ ads, building your own chatbot for Facebook Messenger or simply Whatsapping your customers’ latest offers, there’s plenty of use for the tech in today’s marketing mix.

But Viber, which has been around since 2010, is doing something that bit different. Alongside games and sticker packs, the platform also hosts Public...

By Rachael Power, 24 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Social Media Marketing.