Why taking your own path for digital marketing learning is daunting – but worth it

In 2012, SEO was the major concern for any business looking to flex their digital muscle. Every pronouncement and product update from Matt Cutts, then Google head of search quality, was akin to a word from God.

But digital marketing, as any professional knows, does not stand still for long.

Tommy...

By James Bourne, 11 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Content Marketing, Gamification, Search Marketing.

On Black Friday, try showcasing your values instead of slashing your prices

This Black Friday, French cosmetics startup Typology won’t make a single euro cent in profit. That’s because instead of slashing prices and scrambling for customers, the company is launching a campaign called “#BlackForGood”, donating its profits to environmental charities. “This campaign is intended to be...

By Fred De Gombert, 27 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Campaigns, Content Marketing.

Like for like? Why the traditional tool of social media affirmation needed to shift

The ‘like’ was unassuming. Few anticipated that a miniature, good-willed icon of a thumbs-up could dictate corporate and cognitive wellbeing. At its best, the like has been massively generative to individual and industry alike. It’s turned people into brands, spawning influencer culture, and has reshaped global marketing.

But the like isn’t always at its best. People have died chasing them (think selfies on railroad...

By Mira Kopolovic, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Branding, Content Marketing, S-Commerce, Social Media Marketing.

Will Black Friday have all the influence in 2019? Why preparation and measurement are key

You’d never think looking at it now that 10 years ago Black Friday was relatively unknown in the UK. However, since the acceleration of the digital age and a more global marketplace Black Friday is quickly becoming one of the key dates in the retail calendar. Last year alone saw UK shoppers spend over £7billion as they hoped to snap up bargains in time for Christmas.

Of course the...

By Rohan Midha, 22 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing.

Safeguarding brand value: Why brands should take a data-first approach to audience integrity

2019 has been another important year for influencer marketing, as more and more brands wake up to the advantages of using influencer marketing to connect with their customers and drive business.

According to a recent study, the spend on influencer marketing is expected to reach $15 billion by 2022. The combination of an increasingly sophisticated consumer pool, massive upsurge in social media consumption and the rise in ad blockers that has made traditional advertising progressively difficult. Step forward...

Instagram confirms it is hiding likes in the US: The agency and analyst perspective

Instagram has been dabbling in the waters of hiding likes, but with the news last week that the US was being tested the company jumped right in – and certainly made a splash in the process.

Speaking at the Wired 25 event in San Francisco, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri confirmed the rollout. The system, which has seen test...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Why voice search is where the puck is going for digital

Continually riding the wave of the next ‘big thing’ in social media is certainly a roller coaster ride, and we are now on the cusp of another major change. Voice search has been growing in popularity and is starting to have a transformational impact on the way marketers can influence people to know, like, trust, and eventually buy from a specific brand.

Today’s social media landscape is driven by text and images but this is already shifting as an increasing...

How ‘digitally mature’ retailers can stand the test of a digital-first marketplace

Let me start by defining ‘digitally mature’ retailers. They have a solid commerce platform that enables new and existing customers to easily find products on the device of their choice – and ensures that promises regarding delivery, pricing and availability can be consistently met. But the advantages of this type of platform are huge for business intelligence. It allows a business to collect insightful customer data, process it faster and adapt to meet...

By Mark Bennigsen, 16 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Content Marketing, CRM, Customer Experience, E-Commerce.

Show and sell: The art of brand storytelling through content and influencers

Today’s consumers have trust issues. Wise to the tactics of marketers, they’ve become immune to most forms of digital advertising. Instead they look to peers, influencers, and online reviews to help them make purchasing decisions — and who can blame them? We don’t hop online in search of the next great advertisement; we’re looking to solve problems, explore the world, and make meaningful connections.

By Allison Roy, 04 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Brands and influencers still at loggerheads over campaign control – but progress is being made

How much influence should an influencer have over the material they push? A new study from Takumi has found that half of marketers polled want complete control over influencers’ marketing posts.

The report (pdf, email required), which polled a mix of more than 4,000 consumers, marketers and influencers across the UK, US and Germany, found...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Social media users say they can spot fake news – but is their confidence misplaced?

Are you confident when it comes to spotting fake news? According to a new study, almost everyone is – and this confidence means they have no problems in changing their social media activity as the 2020 elections loom.

Data from B2B marketing and research firm Clutch has found that 97% of the more than 500 US-based social media users polled said they were confident in their ability to recognise fake news on social media.

By James Bourne, 09 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Deepfakes and distortions, scare tactics and suppression: NYU report examines social and the 2020 US elections

A new report from the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights has explored the various forms of disinformation which could predicate the 2020 US presidential election – and how social media companies need to react to it.

Allegations around interference from Russia in the 2016 elections continue to be prevalent. As the Mueller report put it – and as reported by CNN – Russian hackers compromised local election systems...

By James Bourne, 04 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Five key tips to drive value from content and martech experimentation

Customer behaviour changes every month, every week and every hour. If brands want to prosper, they need to move at the same speed. The most successful digital companies are using experimentation to make this a reality. Experimentation is a mindset adopted by organisations enabling them to constantly progress their online platforms, driving the customers digital experience.

By using tools such as design and coding to trial new features on their online platforms, businesses can...

Older demographics are great for social media companies - so why aren't they being catered for?

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok: generally speaking, younger generations are more likely to recognise and engage with the platforms at the latter of this list.

Social media platforms all started out as the domains of teenagers and young adults. Facebook was only for college kids back when it began in 2004. In 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for the famous $1 billion price tag – partly because it was young and hip. In 2013, Snapchat’s core audience was 13-25-year olds – and its CEO was...

By Emily Knox, 23 July 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

How digital asset management takes immersive marketing strategies to the next level

It’s arguably more difficult for marketers to do a good job in today’s digital economy. Gone are the days of relying solely on promotional catalogues, stuffed through letterboxes, or batch-and-blast emails, sent to a mailing list.

While traditional tactics still have a time and a place, the business landscape today is hyper competitive. Technology has flooded every industry, making it easier to...

By Jake Athey, 18 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

How Gen Z is changing the rules of social: Moving from demographics to true communities

Social media usage continues to evolve at a rapid rate – and as Generation Z continues to flood into the working world, its applications for both users and brands who wish to take advantage of it come into much sharper focus.

That is the idea behind the first in a new series of reports from ZAK, a London-based creative agency which purports to ‘create big brand ideas that engage under 30s’, in its own words....

By James Bourne, 03 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

LinkedIn modifies its algorithm to create a better news feed for users

Are you fed up of scrolling through your LinkedIn feed and finding cat videos, motivational quotes, or apocryphal odes to business excellence that make you want to vomit?

Don’t worry – the social network has got you covered. LinkedIn has announced changes to its algorithm to prioritise better conversations in users’ feeds.

The company uses the maxim of ‘people...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Getting started on the data-driven content journey: Machine learning models and upskilling SEO

Lee Wilson, head of services and SEO at Vertical Leap, has had enough of organisations putting together elaborate campaigns, content and metrics which ultimately don’t go anywhere. All that wasted effort from businesses who have the right intentions. So what are the biggest mistakes companies can make?

“Fundamentally, this occurs as...

By James Bourne, 18 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Data-driven marketing, Data Science, Search Marketing.