If print is dead, then how is it serving meals?

With the rise of digital, social, niche, and hyper-local content and reporting, it’s true that “traditional” print publications don’t hold the same command as we’ve known them to have for the past 400 or so years. But to paraphrase the oft used quote “the report of its death was an exaggeration.” 

It seems that for the past five years, ongoing reports of the “death of print media” have made people wonder whether their local paperboy would be going the...

By Star Group, 12 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Branding, Commerce.

SEO and social media: Why the war?

By Amy@BubbleJobsHere at Bubble, we think a bit of competition and rivalry is healthy across different sectors and departments… and it’s fair to say that rivalry is definitely alive and well in the digital sector in 2013. Now, while old-school debates like the historic SEO/PPC argument continue to rage, new ones are sparking up all the time as brands fight to find the best strategy for their online marketing efforts.

The flavour of the week in the digital rivalry stakes? It has to...

By Amy Edwards, 26 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Commerce, Organic Search, Social Media Marketing.

Why every business leader should understand digital

As the influence of the internet continues to play a larger role for a majority of businesses, having a digitally connected leader who is confident with using digital channels to support their business strategy is essential.

With 33 million people in the UK using the internet on a daily basis, with half of this total using social media every day, it has never been easier for business leaders to interact directly with their audiences by adopting a ‘Personal Touch’ method of communication.

The...

By Shawn Cabral, 19 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Don't spend time worrying about leads

I hear this a lot from many VPs of Marketing: “My biggest problem is leads. And my next biggest problem is leads. And the biggest problem after that is leads.”

This issue dominates every conversation the VP of Marketing has with the VP of Sales. 

An important part of the marketing mix is to help the VP of Marketing address this issue by helping him provide the sales organization with leads. However, an exclusive focus on leads is a mistake.

Certainly, one of the VP of Marketing’s...

By Glenn Gow, 12 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Directly.me’s Rocky Mirza: We’re more of an “anti-social network”

This week I got to speak with Rocky Mirza, the co-founder of an ambitious search engine called “Directly.me” which can allow you to get your message to anyone – yes, anyone.

Occasionally you come across projects which could potentially revolutionise how we get in touch with people, and this is exactly one of these types of startups.

The core idea is to place a “Bounty” on someone you’d like to get in touch with, and how much you’re willing to pay. This can then either...

By Ryan Daws, 08 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Trade Show displays go digital for increased engagement

Trade shows have been around for a long time, and are still widely used by many enterprises for marketing, lead generation and general brand awareness. You can measure the number of leads you’ve generated from a trade show, and even track how many of those leads converted—but that takes a lot of time and effort. What if there was a way to make your display more interactive for increased engagement and enhanced analytics?

Interactive Display Elements Increase Engagement

You can stick to the...

By Mike Weimar, 04 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Branding, Campaigns, Commerce.

Is Social Media putting extra strain on marketers?

Where most of us think of social media as a way of easily reaching out to friends and family, for marketers, it’s a powerful tool for engaging new audiences. A report from marketing production services firm Charterhouse however, shows extra strain being put on departments.

In fact, two thirds of marketers agree that this new generation of marketing channels such as social media has created more work for their department.

Most of the pressure appears to be from increased expectation; due to the new reach...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Guest blogging: Worth the risk?

Since Penguin 1.0 first exploded onto the scene last April, I think it’s fair to say that guest blogging has become the link building method of choice for many SEOs and online marketers in the industry. The process of creating (what should be unique) content and posting it on other people’s blog, guest blogging has two major benefits for any site; it helps to drive valuable traffic to the site and it also helps to up the number of links (and unique IP addresses) feeding back into the site.

Now, in...

By Amy Edwards, 01 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Commerce, Content Marketing, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Looking to improve your commercial performance? Get FTSE 350 Social.

We can probably all think of times we’ve received great customer service; moments which stand-out, will be remembered, and walked away feeling our opinion matters, has influence, and has been dealt with to the best of a third party’s ability.

A new study by Sitecore, a leading web content and customer experience management software company, shows those companies which employ a “personal touch” perform better commercially.

The report looks into FTSE 350 companies and shows evidence of...

By Ryan Daws, 25 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Commerce, E-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Microsoft tries to gain back Windows 8 ad trust with Ad Pano

Nearly two months ago I’d written an article on our sister site DeveloperTech how Windows 8 developers were not being paid for their in-app advertisements, and how it was affecting their finances. Now Microsoft could be trying to restore trust and rival Apple’s “iAds” with Ad Pano.

The platform which enables this new interactive advertising is even reminiscent of the iAd platform, but available on any screen where...

By Ryan Daws, 24 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Commerce, Gamification, Social Media Marketing.

Google Glass is “the next iPhone” says analyst, prime for marketing?

Wearable computing has taken headlines by storm recently; from wrist-based such as the Kickstarter-success Pebble, to those sitting on your nose like Google’s Glass. Amid concerns and “fashion” issues; many wondered whether these devices would take off, alongside privacy concerns.

Well it looks like it will, it looks like it will be big, and due to the popularity we’re left thinking how it could be great for some innovative marketing.

According to a new report by...

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Commerce, Search Marketing.

Microsoft rewarding users for watching TV? Count me in!

From Microsoft’s initial introduction of the Xbox 360, the team wished to be the “360 [degree] entertainment hub for your home.”

This vision far succeeded where others fell short; taking a vast library of content services and mixing them with incredible games.

Alongside this version of the best-selling console came an “achievements” feature, the undisputed way of bragging to friends of your accomplishments and spurring them to do better.

For Xbox One, the next-generation, Xbox...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Commerce, Gamification, Video & Audio Marketing.

Google’s advertising under fire by FTC

It’s not the first time Google has come under scrutiny by the FTC, but this time it’s whether the world’s favourite search engine is using its advertising platform to harm the competition.

“With great power, comes great responsibility” is a quote which comes to mind when speaking about a giant like Google, and I’m not sure Spiderman would approve of how Google is handling its responsibility to provide fair ground for advertising.

According to

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Campaigns, Commerce, Search Marketing.

5 legal tips to protect your brand online

As a business owner, protecting your brand should be your top priority. When you’re starting a company it’s a good idea to take the appropriate legal steps to make sure your business is off to a good start. This is true for any company, especially today where companies can experience all sorts of issues online that they wouldn’t have faced years ago. Here are five legal tips that will help you protect your company’s brand online.

Establishing your business

The first step to legally protecting your business is making sure it’s a formally established entity. This means choosing a business structure and setting it up. You can choose to incorporate, set your business up as an LLC, sole proprietorship, or general partnership. It all depends on your needs and which scenario best suits your business. Most states require that you formally...

By Maciej Fita, 13 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding, Campaigns, Commerce.

WordPress increases dominance as CMS of choice

A new piece of research from Royal Pingdom has come back with a perhaps unsurprising conclusion; WordPress is the most popular blogging platform – but more interestingly, its dominance is growing.

The researchers analysed the top 100 blogs from Technorati and assessed which platform was on which – and it transpires that over half (52%) were on WordPress, a...

By James Bourne, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Content Marketing.

Monolith collects digital analytics for the real-world

Certain times technology advances in a way which can briefly shock you, before you step-back and realise this is the future. ‘Monolith’ – a hardware device which tracks your “real life” engagement from users and customers, categorising by various criteria such as gender and age, is a perfect example of one of these technologies.

The hardware side of Monolith is actually just a Microsoft Kinect housed in the company’s own grey, subtle casing – a design most likely...

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, Commerce, Data-driven marketing.

Why Internet Explorer 10 could change digital marketing forever

Do Not Track is a technology and policy proposal that enables users to opt out, by default or otherwise, of tracking by websites they do not visit, including analytics services, advertising networks, and social platforms.

This is something that has caused quite some controversy in our industry, but what is the background to this story and how did it come about?

In 2007, several US consumer advocacy groups asked the Federal Trade Commission to create a Do Not Track...

By Mediasydicator, 27 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Commerce.

Will Airtime be the next hot trend?

You have probably heard of Airtime by now. It's the new social media site, created by Napster co-founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, that links our lives online at random and in real time.

By buddying up with Facebook, Airtime enables you to make direct calls - aka video chats - to Facebook friends, family, and fans. It also enables matched video chat with virtual strangers, through Facebook’s “liked” topics.

So, if I like, say, a retail store and you like it too, we...

By Tara Hornor, 02 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Social Media Marketing.