Is a paid blog review worth it?

I’m on the fence about paid blog reviews. I think one every now and again is a great way to get valuable inbound links, generate new visitors to your site, build your online brand presence and more, but you have to be careful to not rely too heavily on paid reviews.

If you are thinking about paying for a blog review, it’s important that you pick a blog that will actually help your brand.

Here are five things to look at when considering a paid blog review:

By Nick Stamoulis, 06 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Content Marketing.

Amazing Getty Images short marketing film

Running a Digital Marketing Agency puts me in front of stock photography websites on a fairly often basis and a lot of the time when I can’t find something on iStock I’m not too sure which one to turn to next. Well, Getty Images have launched an awesome marketing video which will put them on my list next time I’m looking for some photographs.

Have a watch:

Let’s wait and see if the other stock photography houses will catch on and launch their own campaigns to try and stay ahead...

By imod.co.za, 29 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Video & Audio Marketing.

Facebook IPO: Opportunities for brands and marketers

With Facebook’s highly anticipated IPO announced on Friday, the press has been covering all kinds of depressing opinions from sceptics, pessimists, and suit-wearing Wall Street executives. Yes, it’s important to play devil’s advocate and look at the Facebook IPO from all sides, but don’t let the tidal wave of doom saying drown out the obvious: Facebook has a lot of trump cards left to play.

Financial analysts, the media and venture capital investors are poking holes in the Facebook...

By Webtrends, 23 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Pinterest's monetisation challenges and advantages

Pinterest faces the monetisation challenges that other social platforms encounter. Unlike Facebook’s robust set of traditional demographic and interest information, Pinterest has a collection of artefacts that may have different levels of identification.

When you pin something, the enterprise may know about that product but other enterprises may know nothing, creating a real profiling challenge.

Media dollars follow eyeballs, but they need to understand who those eyeballs belong to and what they view to...

By Gary Angel, 22 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Social Media Marketing.

GM reassesses marketing campaign after dropping Facebook ads

General Motors has announced it is to stop advertising on Facebook after claiming their current social media marketing campaign is not influencing potential customers.

Earlier this week the global manufacturer posted a survey on its official Facebook page asking for “ways to improve our Facebook community”.

This move adds fresh fuel to the debate of social media advertising: does it actually pay off? Not according to General Motors, it appears.

GM spends...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Social Media Marketing.

Caffrey’s and Spotify’s partnership to draw in younger drinkers

Caffrey’s is hoping to “attract a lost generation of smooth ale drinkers” in a digital marketing campaign with Spotify, it has been announced.In what may appear to be two unlikely bedfellows, the Irish ale brand, headed by Molson Coors Brewery, has created four exclusive radio shows only available on the digital music service in an attempt to modernise the company image. This is the final piece of the £1 million jigsaw of Caffrey’s redesign. A print campaign was launched in last month, which included adverts in several national newspapers and magazines, as well as a...

By James Bourne, 09 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Social Media Marketing.

Google changes AdWords ad rotation: Not for the better

Yesterday on the Inside AdWords blog, Google announced a new change to AdWords and the way adverts are rotated.

Advertisers have the option to rotate adverts in three ways. Optimise for Clicks, Optimise for Conversions or Even Rotation. We always test adverts on the Even Rotation setting as it allows you to split test your adverts and find out what copy works.

Over time, this can...

By Gareth Morgan, 02 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Data-driven marketing, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Are consumers more engaged by 'contextual' smart-TV ads?

Contextual, interactive ads delivered through connected TVs produce improved levels of brand association and favourability, according to new research involving a number of leading brands’ smart TV campaigns.

The UK study, carried out by Decipher Research on behalf of  the digital entertainment specialist Rovi, found that TV viewers exposed to ad placement on their smart TV noticed them 68% of the time, with a third actually clicking through to further ad...

By Matt Henkes, 26 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising.