Yannic Pluymackers, CMO, Lastminute.com: On management and creating moments for users

You don’t have to be a data scientist to be a CMO these days, but it helps.

That might be stretching the idiom a bit – but a data-centric background certainly hasn’t hindered Yannic Pluymackers. The chief marketing officer of Lastminute.com for more than two years – while admitting he is no data scientist himself – studied economics and statistics at university, and feels being conversant in these disciplines is...

Jon Buchan: On how to secure leads and meetings by disarming – then charming – your prospects

It’s 9am on a regular working day, sometime around 2012. The computer has just been fired up, the coffee is starting to cool, and you ease yourself into proceedings with a cursory scan of your inbox. The vast majority of what you find is not to your taste. Emails that are full of jargon, with a cliched call to action, and so lacking in personalisation that they all blur into one dirge of dullness.

It certainly...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Content Marketing, Email marketing.

How to create clickable Pins that will actually get you results

Pinterest bamboozles a lot of marketers and brands. It’s clear that brands can get amazing results on the platform, but they don’t always understand how.

Pinterest, after all, is so different from other social media platforms, and with audiences using it in different ways, businesses need to adapt in order to get results. The best way to do this, hands-down, is to create clickable pins that users are excited to view and...

By Maria Raybould, 23 November 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Get Frankenblogging to make the most of disparate content

Marketers are always experimenting with all sorts of campaign and content ideas. Many of them may have had multiple previous reincarnations. Several unused blog cuts or email newsletters laying on the workshop floor waiting for an inspired marketer to piece them together to create the next content masterpiece. I came across the concept of Frankenblogging on our own Marketo blog, a phrase introduced by one of our past colleagues, Jason Miller, and it takes inspiration...

By Peter Bell, 05 November 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Content Marketing.

How to turn reviews into revenue: Making the most of positive customer feedback

The rise of online communities, peer review sites and social media has forever changed the impact of the customer voice. Customer feedback has evolved from something owned and managed by customer service teams to a force that influences every department across an organisation: product, HR, finance, IT, and marketing.

Marketing agencies are experiencing this shift more acutely than most as often, in these types of companies,...

By Alain Mevellec, 05 November 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

Brian Solis: On CMO pressure, nailing customer journey touchpoints and the rise of Influence 2.0

Brian Solis, principal analyst at Altimeter Group, explains why the role of the chief marketing officer is one of the most stressful in any forward-facing organisation. “The customer has dramatically changed; they’ve been dramatically much more connected, informed and empowered,” he tells MarketingTech. “Technology in marketing in general – you have cloud, artificial intelligence and machine learning now, all these different things you have to simultaneously...

How brands can play the driving role in the evolving influencer marketing arena

Influencer marketing has become all the rage in an industry where social media is increasingly at the epicenter. The early days of influencer marketing were characterised by a less than structured approach and lacked what would usually be considered a stitched-up strategy. Then larger brands began dabbling in the space under the advice and counsel of third-party influencer marketing specialists, who brought methodology to the process. The net result was a rise in...

By Kelvin Cery, 18 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Campaigns, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Improving the buyer journey by cutting through the noise

No matter where they are in their journey, buyers have access to more information than ever before. While companies think that providing more content is helpful, buyers can find it overwhelming.

For this reason, buyers find it easier to put off a buying decision rather than make one. In order to differentiate from market competitors, organisations need to provide prospects with exactly the right content, at the right time, in a...

By Matt Suggs, 11 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

How to master a marketing communications audit

You spend valuable time and money crafting your marketing messages, but do you really know what your company is saying? Sometimes the message you think you’re sending isn’t always the one that’s being received. It's important to occasionally take a step back and conduct an in-depth audit of your customer communications plan — particularly where loyalty is concerned — to ensure you’re sending out a cohesive message that upholds your brand...

By Sandra Gudat, 01 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

#DMWF Europe: Three observations from Digital Marketing World Forum

A former 19th century-commodity exchange standing bold, brick-red, but very much at home in the dead centre of Amsterdam, the Beurs van Berlage seemed a fitting home for #DMWF Europe (Digital Marketing World Forum) 2018.

It was a conference that held a pervasive frankness around industry shortcomings, a respect for tradition and legacy, and a crucial but measured awareness of how the digital world is evolving around us. If there was one lesson to be learned from #DMWF...

By Mark Jones, 20 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Content Marketing, Data-driven marketing.

#DMWF Europe: 10 tips from TomTom on thought leadership strategies

Think of TomTom and you’ll probably think navigation systems but, according to Nicoleta Anton, that sole association is hampering its lesser known work with autonomous vehicles and smart transportation. The company’s global content marketing specialist, Anton has turned to content marketing - more specifically, thought leadership - in order to promote TomTom’s growing authority with emerging technology.

Defined as “a type of content marketing where you tap into the talent, experience and...

By Mark Jones, 19 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Content Marketing.

Keep a step ahead: embrace new social media platforms for influencer marketing

It’s fair to say we’ve evolved significantly from our 18th century ancestors, in every possible area of our lives, but when it comes to influencer marketing…? Well it turns out Wedgewood and the Royals were playing our game long before social media came into the fore. 

Luckily, we’ve amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge about how to make...

By Mark Bassett, 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

82% of consumers have made purchases as result of content marketing

The time and skill needed, coupled with a lack of immediate results, means content marketing can often be treated as an afterthought in the composition of a wider digital marketing strategy.

New findings from B2B research, ratings and review company Clutch, however, reveal that 82% of people admit to having purchased a product or service from a company a result of consuming content.

While, at best, content is driving sales and, at least, it’s...

By , 24 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

What Darth Vader can teach us about gated content

Gating content – or putting a piece of marketing behind a paywall – is a contentious issue. On the one hand, marketers are often asked to demonstrate the ROI (return on investment) of content beyond stats such as social engagement, article views, or reach. Implementing a gate can add an extra layer of value.

For example, one of

By Tom Chapman, 23 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Less than half of businesses in the US claim to use SEO

Search engine optimisation (SEO) is falling out of favour with marketers, a new study by Clutch suggests, with less than half of businesses claiming to invest in the channel.  

A US-based survey of more than 500 digital marketers found that just 44% claim to invest in any kind of SEO strategy, despite 83% of respondents claiming to be satisfied that their digital marketing efforts were paying off in achieving their...

By Mark Jones, 21 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Why even the biggest brands are favouring the power of micro-influencers

The rise of social media has seen a big increase in the use of brand influencers. In the last two years, “influencer marketing” as a search term on Google Trends has risen by 400%. But working with the right sort of influencer is critical – you must choose one which fits well with your brand and has an authentic voice. Biggest is certainly not always best when it comes to influencers.

Pepsi’s controversial...

By Roberta Fuke, 21 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, S-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Why brands have been left wondering how to make friends and manage influencers

At the Cannes Lions festival in June, Unilever’s CMCO Keith Weed demanded urgent action to rebuild consumer trust before, like an ephemeral puff of smoke, it’s gone forever.

Unilever’s focus is on retaining trust amidst the rapid rise of influencer marketing and the concomitant issues of transparency, integrity and measurement. Now brand marketers everywhere are sharing the FMCG giant’s concerns and...

By Pau Sabria, 20 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

CMA probe to ‘name and shame’ celebrities in breach of influencer guidelines

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has begun an investigation into whether celebrities and influencers on social media are making paid promotions sufficiently clear.

Guidelines enforced by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) require influencers, who can have millions of followers, to clearly disclose commissioned or incentivised posts with tags such as ‘#ad’ or ‘#sponsored’. As part of the investigation, the CMA has contacted a large number of influencers -...

By Mark Jones, 17 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.