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.

JC Oliver: On ‘disruptive permission’ and changing the face of advertising

“No-one needs more advertising,” Jonathan 'JC' Oliver, chief creative officer at Unlockd, explains. “There’s a lot of shit advertising in this world, and for whatever reason, businesses feel like because the inventory is there to push ads, the more we put into the system, the more we’re going to get out – and that’s not the case.”

This was, in essence, the opening to Oliver’s speech at the NOAH Conference in London last November. Since then – in...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Content Marketing.

Choosing the right CMS for your business: A best practice guide

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As spending on digital real estate and marketing grows, businesses must adapt their traditional models to make sure that their investment is worthwhile.

Where that budget should be spent is widely debated but what’s undisputed is that every business, small or large, private or public, needs a website – the most important digital asset of any organisation. And the backend to that website is the content management system (CMS), the unsung hero, where digital content can...

By Kevin Widdop, 07 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

Why should marketers be using Medium?

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Time and time again, brands are burned by jumping too quickly onto the next big thing only to watch it fade away. Not so with Medium, the blogging platform founded by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams in 2012.

It’s recent growth and differentiation makes this network worthy of more attention from marketers.

Medium, initially an invitation-only platform, tended towards a Silicon Valley perspective on the world - male and tech dominated.

Recently, however, there have been changes afoot...

By Leo Ryan, 28 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing.

Why CGC is key to a successful marketing strategy

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In 2013, we launched the EGO POWER+ line of 56V Lithium-Ion lawn and garden products in a crowded and competitive market.

Partnering with the largest home improvement retailer in the field, we set out to quickly establish EGO as a serious alternative to more established, traditional gas-powered equipment brands.

Today’s consumers are tech-savvy and want to be informed when it comes to high-consideration products like lawn and garden equipment. Consumers research products in multiple...

By Joe Turoff, 16 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

Why brands should protect good copywriting

Brands have a responsibility to protect, nurture and encourage its copywriters because when they do their job well, then your brand is better, stronger, and more credible.

According to the father of modern advertising Bill Bernbach: “It may well be that creativity is the last unfair advantage we're legally allowed to take over our competitors.”

What he meant was that good copywriting elevates good brands into great brands.

Quality copywriting is being buried by client fear, tickbox reviews, and the...

By Rachel Aldighieri, 15 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing.

Marketing takeaways from the Leave and Trump campaigns

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It is safe to say that Trump’s election win will have triggered all kinds of emotions, and I’m guessing a considerable chunk of them will be negative. 

But from a marketing perspective there is much we can learn from the Trump campaign, as although many were strongly opposed to what he said, his ability to rile people up and make them feel something has proved to be very divisive. 

Quite unsurprisingly, many people across social media have drawn parallels to what...

By Lucy Clarke, 11 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing.

Video: How to win the content race

Content providers are in a race to be first to market and first in the hearts, minds, and wallets of their audiences. To remain ahead of the pack they must maximise content output and achieve the greatest possible return on investment from their video.

So far, the result of this competition has been a raft of innovation, changing the video market rapidly.

It’s hard to recall a time when video streaming wasn’t commonplace, which makes it all the more incredible that this is a technology barely in...

By Belsasar Lepe, 09 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing.

What is content as a service, and why should you care?

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Social media is like a newborn puppy that demands attention and to be fed constantly. The battle for visual content is one of marketing's biggest struggles and investments this year with 66% of marketers surveyed intending to spend more on visual content. 

The result? A massive shift in recent years in the way we connect with one another and how brands tell their brand stories.

We have entered a new social media era dominated by platforms that are visual in nature. Brands and...

By Grant Munro, 02 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing.

How can brands ensure they deliver engaging content?

The marketing landscape changed significantly with the introduction of social media – new avenues that didn’t exist a few years ago have presented marketers with a spectrum of powerful tools to support and strengthen their marketing strategies.

Every day, there are 500 million tweets, 52 million Instagram posts and 10 billion daily video views on Snapchat  – these figures clearly illustrate how enormous the social noise ratio is at the moment; social media is no longer simply about...

By Moses Velasco, 01 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing.

The reinvention of brand storytelling in a VR, AR, and AI age

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The last few weeks have been abuzz with news stories across the digital and marketing technology industries, as Dmexco 2016 and the ninth annual Social Media Week London has snatched the headlines of the marketing trade press. From Twitter reclassifying its 140-character limit to Facebook Live taking centre stage at Burberry’s SS17 catwalk show and UAE-based bank, Emirates NBD launching AI robot in-branch assistants, one thing is certainly clear – the way we communicate...

By Dan Staples, 28 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding, Content Marketing.

How Generation C is turning marketing upside down

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Cast your mind way back into the past, when segmentation was easy. A time when marketers would safely assume a whole array of collective traits based on something as a simple as an age group. Baby boomers valued individual choice, Generation X were results-driven and Generation Y craved changed.

Compare that with today, where consumer data is seemingly everywhere. We know where our customers are, what they’re eating, what they buy and who they know. And perhaps most importantly,...

By Andy Shield, 27 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Content Marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Six realistic ways to beef up your content marketing

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Love it, hate it or loathe it, content marketing is pretty essential these days, especially when it comes to differentiating yourself from the herd.

Of course, you could push your budget at advertising, hold events and buy shinier product packaging; but if your words and messaging aren’t right and connect with your customers, then what is it worth?

By Rachael Power, 25 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing.

Why you should put people first with branded content

Nowadays the world is awash with publishers. News and entertainment broadcasters generate content to be disseminated across TV, print, and online; friends and family post personal histories on our social platforms, and of course brands have looked to connect with their audiences in a similar way.

This took the form of advertisements originally, but more recently brands have looked to grow audiences by marketing to the public through content production.

Naturally we react to these different publishers in a...

By Georgina Williams, 17 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing.

Why your content should have 'purpose'

All marketers know that it isn't enough to simply push any old content out into the ether and hope for the best. All content that represents your brand or company needs to have something to resonate with your customer base; and that something is 'purpose'.

At the recent Together We’re Better (TWB) Conference in London, Bea Karol Burks, CDO of Tinder Foundation, spoke about generating content with purpose, drawing on her experience from working with Citizens...

By Rachael Power, 14 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing.

Yahoo launches content marketing studio 'Storytellers' in the UK

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After its US launch at Cannes Lions this year, Yahoo has also revealed it's opening a full content marketing studio for brands and agencies in the UK, too.

Yahoo Storytellers will provide content consulting services, develop premium video and a full range of editorial content, as well as carry out influencer activations acorss social platforms and partnership extensions. 

Yahoo says its Storytellers offering "leverages Yahoo’s editorial expertise, extensive data, native...

By Rachael Power, 08 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing.

It's no longer about traditional or digital: It's all marketing

MarketingTech spotted an interesting post on LinkedIn this week questioning the use of the word ‘digital’ before marketing.

The poster argued that digital’s now just business as usual, so why is there a need to differentiate the two?

And a recent study by Millward Brown has echoed that sentiment. The organisation recently asked 300 senior executives from advertisers, agencies and media companies for their thoughts on digital marketing for the third year in a row.

By Rachael Power, 06 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Content Marketing.

How to fix a content marketing strategy problem

To address content strategy, the first step is of course to understand that you have a content problem.

Odds are that your content presents several challenges:

  • It’s often underutilised
  • It isn’t always easy to access
  • The time from creation to consumption is too long
  • Creating and maintaining it costs too much and therefore it’s neglected, out of date, and out of sync, so its quality drops with time
  • It isn’t developed in a way that lends it to working across different media types and channels

Within your organisation you might hear phrases like: 'why does it take us...

By Gavin Drake, 31 August 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Content Marketing.

The importance of omnichannel marketing in bridging the 'isthmus'

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The brand and the consumer sit on either side of the 'isthmus of marketing'. This separation between the two can seem like a wide barrier or a narrow, slim, space.

It keeps the brand from reaching the consumer and the consumer from reaching the brand, and keeps them both from joining forces and both benefiting from the convergence of their needs and desires.

Brands need to build a marketing canal across the 'isthmus' to allow consumers to select the lane or lanes that best fit their needs...

By Thaddeus Kubis, 16 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, CRM.

What's in store for the future of B2B marketing?

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Companies treat websites as billboards. Customers want them to be real-time conversations.

This is where B2B marketing is heading; marketers grew accustomed to saying the same things to everyone at once because there has historically been no good alternative. 

Today, however, analytics platforms dominate the digital space. For example, this website puts nine trackers on my computer, according to Ghostery, the browser plugin I...

By Andrew Graham, 04 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing.