A guide to digital communications for cockroaches and unicorns alike

As a long-time fan, I was delighted to see that bakery firm Greggs had recently hit £1bn in revenue. As a brand with ballsy comms, solid stunts and tasty baked goods, the recognition is well-earned. Now, over the course of our years in PR, we’ve come across many a high-growth firm and even represented our first travel service unicorn, Klook, last year.

At the same time, many of our firms are born and bred in the...

By Christian Sharp, 29 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Publishing, Social Media Marketing.

Marketing and niche networks: Why people are taking refuge in intimate social media

People had high hopes for the internet, but the dream of interconnected and democratised communication has been shaken-up. Openness online is intertwined with cyber abuse and data privacy woes, and people have become wary of the threats brought by vast global networks. With the revelation of filter bubbles, it’s become apparent that we’re not speaking on an open world stage after all.

Now that people are turning...

By Mira Kopolovic, 28 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

New research explores increasing importance of dark social in content engagement

As more and more users prefer to share content through private messaging apps, the question for marketers is – how can you get the most out of ‘dark social’?

A new study from We Are Social, alongside market research firm GlobalWebIndex, found Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram’s direct messaging functionality were the most popular private messaging platforms. Of the more than 3,000 internet...

Why it’s high time to embrace internal comms during moments of crisis

On a global level, we’re at a time of great change and, some would say, immense uncertainty. We are living in times of uncharted territory, where sudden 360 turns are happening and, in terms of business, trying to steady the turbulent tide seems to be getting even tougher.

During such times, when events are completely out of their hands and also their workforce’s hands, businesses...

By Cyrus Gilbert-Rolfe, 21 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Branding, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Blink and you’ll miss it: How to get the most out of short-lived social content

It is no secret that social media marketing is an ever-moving target. Up until recently there was a firm belief that the longer content remained accessible the more impactful it would be. Now, as counterintuitive as it may sound, there is a swing towards short-lived content, which has to do with Instagram’s rise in popularity.

Instagram is increasingly being seen by brands as a dynamic platform from which to share their more informal...

Instagram beats YouTube as top influencer platform as brands see rewards for better disclosure

Instagram has topped YouTube as the number one platform for influencer content – with brands heeding consumer interest and moving towards ‘honest disclosure’ of partnerships.

That’s according to new research from Rakuten Marketing. The company, in its 2019 Influencer Marketing Global Survey which polled 3500 consumers and 700 marketers globally, saw Instagram cited by 65% of those polled as where they most...

Facebook looking to remove ad relevance score to come up with more ‘actionable’ metrics

How relevant is relevant when it comes to advertising, exactly? Facebook is hoping to have the answer to this question with an update of its metrics.

The social giant is updating three of its ad metrics, focusing on improving relevance and reach as well as eschewing some of its lesser-used options.

The updated, more ‘granular’ ad relevance diagnostics, will focus on three...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Social Media Marketing.

How is automation changing the face of brands' social media conversations?

It’s no secret how quickly advancements in technology are changing the digital landscape and diversifying how people talk to one another online – and automation is very much at the forefront.

But as more organisations look into enhancing their everyday communication, it’s important to remember that such systems have been developed to – among other reasons – further assist instant, social media conversations with customers.

There’s no doubt that with the rise in social media...

By Micha Nielsen, 12 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Attribution, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Exploring the state of small business advertising in 2019: Tangible trends without the ‘millennial’ hook

Settle down, one and all, for yet another piece of research which aims to study the habits of millennials, the mythical catch-all marketing category. Yes, someone who was born when Joe Dolce topped the UK charts is part of the same group as someone born when the Spice Girls hit the summit with Wannabe. But can this latest study tell us anything aside from tiresome platitudes?

In this instance, yes – but you have to look away from the...

Is tone of voice being diluted in digital communications today?

There’s no doubt tone of voice is a powerful tool and absolutely vital when engaging with customers – it could be pivotal when attracting prospects.

A strong tone of voice is central to successful brand building. It is the backbone of all written communication and helps to boost recognition and perception when creating engaging, digital messages that resonate with an organisation’s target audience.

By Andy McCaul, 21 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Customer Experience, Social Media Marketing.

Hootsuite notes continued social rise amid fake news fears as Facebook stays on top

The yearly Hootsuite digital report has hit the stands again – and has found social media use continues to climb amid the issues of fake news and privacy fears.

The report, which clocks in at 200 pages for the global edition, shows an uptick across the board in terms of social and digital growth. Active social media users went up 9% year on year to almost 3.5 billion globally, while mobile social media users went up 10% to 3.25...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Why internal communications needs to be at the centre of digital transformation

If you sometimes wonder what your communications team actually does, apart from sharing corporate news, earnings announcements and dealing with the odd crisis you may want to think again. Often viewed as the dark horse of the business, internal communications and these wizards with words have the ability to transform your organisation and employee engagement for the better.

It’s no surprise...

By Cyrus Gilbert-Rolfe, 21 January 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Three ways marketing will change in 2019: Positivity, authenticity and inspiration

Good marketing doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The best strategies come from paying close attention to what people care about, and how their needs change over time. In today’s consumer-led marketplace, it’s not enough to be the loudest, or the brand that spends the most. You need to show you’re listening the hardest, too.

Think positive

These are trying times, and everyone’s looking for ways to feel more positive. We’re prioritising time with the people we love, and products we...

By Jon Kaplan, 16 January 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Ethical Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Russia aided Trump’s campaign using every major social network

Donald Trump’s 2016 US presidential campaign received aid from Russia using every major social media network, a report has found.

A draft copy received by The Washington Post found the report studied millions of social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others. The full report is due to be released this week.

Russia primarily targeted conservative and right-wing voters with messages around gun control and immigration to incentivise votes. In contrast, posts targeted at predominantly African...

By Ryan Daws, 17 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media Marketing.

Make solving data fragmentation key for 2019 to deliver a greater customer experience

What do marketers need to do in 2019 to deliver a better customer experience? According to a new industry report, it’s all about ensuring the possibility of conversion at any point in the customer journey.

The study from advertising platform provider Criteo, which polled more than 900 direct response marketers, found – to the surprise of not many – a plethora of applications and accounts marketers have to...

Can social insights truly improve the accuracy of media planning and buying?

You may have encountered the term ‘social listening’ a number of times in your career to date. The practice of monitoring online conversations about brands, products or industries has generally been met with ambiguity – to the point where Dr Jillian Ney has called for the creation of a global steering group for social data handling....

By Anna Kennedy, 13 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Three key ways predictive analytics can improve social performance

AI is gaining significant readership. Businesses of all sizes, all over the world, are becoming conscious of the rise in AI in the marketing field. Why is this happening? Put simply, every single business needs the same thing: getting clients. Reach an audience, the right one, and sell. No tricks on that.

All executives know that to be profitable companies need to sell – but over the last few years they are facing a...

By Ester Liquori, 27 November 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, Social Media Marketing, Web Analytics.