Could no audio kill the video star? Analysing a key video marketing trend

Opinion Last Christmas saw some of the most compelling and creative story-driven advertising ever. H&M enlisted Wes Anderson. John Lewis broke away from sentimentality and embraced humour. And Burberry paid big money to get Hollywood A-list actors to tell the story of their founder. Yet, while many of these adverts would have been watched on TV, an unprecedented number of views (and repeat views) were online, on mobile, and without sound. For many brands, that’s a problem. Now every video...

By Rob Cootes, 02 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Content Marketing, Customer Experience, Video & Audio Marketing.

A seven step guide to driving your digital roadmap

Digital transformation is not easy, but must succeed if enterprises are to embrace the challenge of digital disruption and continue to create value.

Rapid advancement in technologies, powering web and mobile experiences, has allowed resourceful startups to disrupt well-established business models across many industries. By leveraging digital technologies, startups are redefining what it means to be best in class at every stage of the value chain.

But just having access to the technology is not enough. Equally...

By Daliso Zuze, 23 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Hootsuite acquires LiftMetrix, aims for greater social ROI

Social media management platform provider Hootsuite has announced the acquisition of analytics firm LiftMetrix to further bolster its portfolio and give organisations greater insight into their social campaigns.

The two companies have been partners for several years, with LiftMetrix being one of the primary players in Hootsuite’s open partner ecosystem – and with return on investment (ROI) practically a necessity in today’s marketing landscape, the deal makes sense in terms of getting as...

By James Bourne, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Mergers and acquisitions, Social Media Marketing.

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, 2 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.