Why you need to make the marketing cloud work for your business, not against it

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According to Gartner Group, marketers are spending more money than ever buying technology. And it’s causing the CIO’s office some concern. With the advent of cloud computing, the CMO’s team can avoid the IT team and deploy technology directly onto their websites. 

Over the past decade, marketer

By Scott Meyer, 31 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: B2B, Marketing Cloud, SME Tips.

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.

Quip CEO Bret Taylor: I continue to be “awe-inspired” by Mark Zuckerberg

Bret Taylor, the CEO of collaborative document app Quip, says that Facebook’s continued aggressive pursuit of mobile is a “smart move” and that he continues to be “awe-inspired” by Mark Zuckerberg even after leaving the post of CTO in June 2012.

Taylor, who admitted that during his three year tenure Facebook’s transition to mobile had been “awkward”, explained why he thought tech companies who didn’t move to mobile would go the same way of firms who failed...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: B2B, Facebook, Publishing.

Spring cleaning season? Why marketing cloud management should top your list

The closet near our front door, if excavated, would reveal years of family activities, sports, outerwear fashions, and hordes of forgotten treasures. I fantasise about the Saturday when I dive in and clear out its contents, emptying it of everything except my favourite items. But I can’t. Everyone in my family uses this closet and, buried amidst forgotten items, are key objects that enable our daily schedules. I need a regular process where we come together and decide how the closet should function, and...

By Amy King, 14 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: B2B, Commerce, Marketing Cloud.

How to make your company’s webcasts a must see

Companies across the globe are directly reaching their target audience via webcasting. However, whilst some are ensuring they are getting many viewers, who watch for extended periods of time, others are clearly lagging behind. How do you make your webcasts a must see?

The right content

Naturally, how compelling your webcast is, can sometimes simply come down to the nature of the content. This is ultimately about the value proposition for the viewer. A dull corporate presentation is going to get people turning...

By Jake Ward, 14 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: B2B, Video & Audio.

Communications separates white boxes from white noise in SDN debate

Software-defined networking (SDN) is a revolution going on quietly behind closed doors. However, the media buzz surrounding the technology has been growing, and it proved a hot topic at last week’s Interop conference in Las Vegas, where a number of commercial products and supporting technologies were announced.

SDN is when the software is separated from the hardware that...

By Alastair Turner, 10 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: B2B, PR.

The power of animated storytelling in content marketing

People want to know more about the world. It’s written in our name – Homo sapien literally means “wise man,” from the latin word “sapere” meaning “to taste, have taste, be wise.” Our very nature is tethered to our ability to perceive and discern truth through experiences – both real and narrative.

And it’s the power of narrative experiences – our stories – that is capturing the attention of linguists,...

By Homebaked Films, 10 April 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising Technology, B2B, Content, Content Marketing.

How to create a buzz-worthy social media campaign for B2B clients

Finance. Technology. Energy. These industries can appear complex and are not always easy to understand fully or explain to others, especially through social media.

As PR practitioners, our clients count on us to make their news and accomplishments jump off the page, and they increasingly expect these results via social channels.

With only 140 characters to work with, the task can seem quite daunting, particularly for business-oriented clients that have strict messaging guidelines, policies and procedures.

So...

By Alastair Turner, 07 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: B2B, PR, Social Media.

Adbrain launches beta platform after seed funding round

Real-time advertising platform Adbrain has launched a private beta platform for its programmatic ad buying solution, nine months after nailing $1.5m in seed funding.

The platform, which enables programmatic mobile audience buying, has garnered support from ad companies M&C Saatchi Mobile, Fetch and Somo, as well as agencies Annalect and The Exchange Lab.

Adbrain claims its solution is unique because it enables buyers to layer first, second and third party data for “hyper-efficient real-time mobile...

By James Bourne, 19 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Automation, B2B, Campaigns, Interview, Mobile.

Why not all B2B content should be gated

An important component of a B2B online marketing campaign is sharing informational content with your target audience. Unlike many B2C products that are fairly straightforward in nature, B2B products and services tend to be more complex and in order for target audience members to understand what it is that you offer and how it will help them perform their jobs better, there needs to be an adequate amount of informational content for them to consume. B2Bs often use their content as a form of lead...

By Nick Stamoulis, 18 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: B2B, Organic Search.

Where now for Twitter following yesterday’s earnings call?

Twitter has reported a $645m (£396m) net loss having only gone public three months ago. But is this symptomatic of a greater issue, or should the shareholders not be worried?

The news that Twitter had reported a loss of $645m was taken two ways by the media and analysts: it was to be expected, and it showed that while Twitter was starting to make money, the user numbers weren’t going the same way.

This is an interesting issue, given there was concern over the fact Twitter had not made a profit in...

By James Bourne, 06 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: B2B, Campaigns, Twitter.

DataSift CEO Nick Halstead on the future of unstructured enterprise data

Nick Halstead, CEO and founder of social data platform DataSift, has had a very busy month. In December, his company received a $42m investment from a consortium of venture capitalists, led primarily by Insight Venture Partners, with the money going to accelerate both sales and technology development.

At the time, there was plenty of comparison between DataSift and Twitter search monitoring firm Topsy, which last month was acquired by Apple.

Yet Halstead, speaking to MarketingTech, is quick to quell the...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: B2B, Interview, Social Media, Strategy.

Facebook Business Pages: Why your results just nosedived

As some of you may know, the new Facebook Business Page strategy was recently leaked. It has prompted an outcry from business owners.

Here’s why

A leaked slide deck shows that organic (unpaid) posts you share via your Facebook Business Page, will reach fewer and fewer people. As Advertising Age put it:

“If they haven’t already, many marketers will soon see the organic reach of their posts on the social network drop off, and this time Facebook is acknowledging it.” [

By Jim Connelly, 18 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: B2B, Campaigns, Content, Facebook, Social Media.

Yahoo! starts domain name auction, clearing out lots of real estate

Roll up, roll up. Yahoo! is for one week only clearing out over 500 domain names built up over the years – with prices ranging from $100 to $1.5m.

The event, dubbed ‘Domainapalooza’, runs until November 21 and according to Kevin Kramer, deputy general counsel, once the company had stumbled upon these URLs, it was only fair to let other companies use them rather than hog the real estate.

“Surely creative people, businesses and entrepreneurs could come up with something great to do with them,”...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: B2B, Branding, Campaigns, Domains, Selling.

Analysing the fine line between marketing and data science

With more and more data at marketers’ fingertips, it’s easy to assume it makes the job of marketing a product that much easier.

You know what works and doesn’t, you know what your user base does and doesn’t like, so the likelihood of hitting the sweet spot goes up.

But as marketing gains an almost digital omnipotence, is the artistic side more swiftly dying out?

The question of whether marketing is an art or a science has been going on for generations.

By James Bourne, 11 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: B2B, Content, Data & Analytics, Data Science, Feature, Strategy.

SEO won’t work unless your product is consistent

When first speaking with a potential SEO client to get a sense of the history of their business and their business website there are certain things that stand out that tell us either 1. This website and company will be great to work with and we will be able to get them SEO results or 2. There are red flags present that could hinder the success of an SEO campaign.

One important thing that we take into consideration is the consistency of the company. How long have they been around? How long has the website...

By Nick Stamoulis, 08 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: B2B, Content, Organic Search, Strategy.

Twitter’s IPO and market debut: Where do things go from here?

Late last night, Twitter announced that it had priced its IPO at $26 a share – above the $23 to $25 range announced on Monday putting the firm’s value at around $17bn.

“We’ve priced our initial public offering of 70,000,000 shares of our common stock at a price to the public of $26 per share,” a Twitter statement read. “In addition, we’ve granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 10,500,000 additional...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: B2B, Campaigns, Social Media, Strategy, Twitter.

BlackBerry CEO steps down, Fairfax takeover bid collapses

BlackBerry has abandoned its plan to sell up to Fairfax Financial Holdings, the Canadian manufacturer’s biggest shareholder.

The “world leader in the mobile communications market”, as described in a press release issued earlier today, announced an investment of $1bn from Fairfax – who have agreed to supply $250m – and other investors.

CEO Thorsten Heins is also to step down, being replaced by former Sybase CEO John S. Chen on an interim basis. The investment deal is expected to...

By James Bourne, 04 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, B2B, Branding, Campaigns, Partnerships, Selling.

Ashton Kutcher announced as new Lenovo product engineer

Hiring a celebrity hasn’t been an uncommon habit for tech companies looking to get a push on their rivals with a latest release; and Lenovo is no different, signing up Ashton Kutcher as a product engineer at the hardware manufacturer.

Kutcher joins a stellar cast of celebs who have been taken on by tech companies, including Alicia Keys, Will.i.am, and Lady Gaga.

Those three pop stars of course represented BlackBerry, Intel and Polaroid respectively. Yet according to Kutcher, the partnership with Lenovo...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, B2B, Campaigns, Developers.

5 things the best SEO clients understand

Just like there are good and bad SEO firms, there are also good and bad SEO clients.

When a prospective client comes running to us complaining about their current or former SEO firm, we always make sure to ask the right questions to determine whether it actually was the SEO firm’s fault that the SEO program wasn’t working or if it in fact might have been the client that was the culprit all along.

The SEO client tends to think that they can never be the one to blame, since after all they are the...

By Nick Stamoulis, 25 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: B2B, Campaigns, Organic Search, SME Tips.