Norwegian CMS startup Sanity wants to kick content creation out of the 90s

As a digital marketer, you’ve more than likely to have had a run-in with a content management system (CMS). If you’re lucky, you might even get to use one every day.

Whether it’s Wordpress, SilverStripe, Drupal or Django, tucked away in the backend, it’s easy to take these painfully functional workhorses for granted, but one Scandinavian startup thinks the status quo is well overdue for an overhaul.  

Sanity is the product of Norwegian digital agency Bengler and co-founders...

By Mark Jones, 20 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Mobile Marketing.

How to facilitate the return of storytelling in advertising

Storytelling in advertising is nothing new. From the eighties’ Nescafe Gold Blend commercials featuring the romance of Tony and Sharon, to the noughties’ BT family ads that followed the domestic trials of Adam and Jane, the most memorable TV campaigns took years to build characters that audiences could relate to and care about.

But the art of storytelling is disappearing. Creators of TV ads such as the John Lewis Always a Woman, and more recently the

By Andrew Buckman, 19 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Content Marketing.

Podcasts reeled in $314m in ad spend last year, finds IAB

Popularised by titles such as Serial, Stuff You Should Know and Ted Radio Hour, the humble podcast raked in $314m (£235m) in ad spend throughout 2017 in the US, according to new research by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PwC US.

That’s an 86% hike on 2016, while the study forecasts revenues on the channel to hit $659 million by 2020.

Of the self-reported data provided by top podcast companies in the study - including Audioboom, How Stuff Works and ESPN Radio - revenue for 2017 sat at...

By Mark Jones, 13 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Publishing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Why we need to use tech to amplify human ambition – rather than turn it off

Stop me if you are still in helplessly in love with the culture and practices of 80s adland, but there’s an inherent decadence in the agency sector these days, as technology surges on and humans lag behind. And it’s not helping anyone.

You can see it on the media side, where so many seem to switch on the tech and go to lunch, not worrying about the detail, because it’s all clever stuff and if it doesn’t get the job done, the offline media probably will. That’s the seductive peril...

By Dan Thwaites, 08 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

Imagine – a chatbot you actually want to chat with? Here’s how it’s possible

As consumers, do we look to the experience or do we look to the result when dealing with brands?

An enjoyable interaction with a brand counts for nothing if we don’t end up with what we want, no matter how charming the sales person was. However, the same can be said if we end up with the thing we want but only after a charmless, cold and unenjoyable experience to get to that point.

Being able to balance the two has always been the ultimate goal of most brands, especially within key consumer led...

CMOs and CFOs are working in harmony – but more can still be done to close the gap

CMOs and CFOs need to get along harmoniously to achieve digital transformation – that much we already know. Yet according to a new research report from Wipro Digital, the two C suites are seeing eye to eye on digital marketing budgets.

The study, which was based on responses from 50 CMOs and 50 CFOs at US companies, says the two are seeing eye to eye much more than ever before. Yet it’s not all peaches and cream; 36% in the financial side said marketers’ use of click through rates and...

By James Bourne, 01 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, CRM, Data-driven marketing.

Using questions to inform your content strategy: A guide

It can be really hard to think of content topics to inform a content strategy, especially when you’ve been working at it for a long time. But wouldn’t it be awesome if we could get these ideas directly from our audience without having to pay for expensive surveys or focus groups? Well, actually you can.

Your audience and customers are constantly asking questions online that relate to your key topics, product or service, and these questions will form a perfect content strategy for you as you know...

By Laura Crimmons, 31 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Content Marketing, Search Marketing.

Artificial intelligence in content marketing: Three key areas of focus

One of the most interesting qualities about AI technology is that the benefits are virtually limitless. Nearly every industry stands to gain in some way from the power of machines, and this technology is just as relevant to content marketers as it is to the most complex tech companies.

However, it seems that the integration of AI and marketing is only beginning to grow.

By Manish Dudharejia, 14 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Content Marketing.

The growth of mCommerce: How to adapt your content

mCommerce - the digital trend that retailers cannot afford to ignore with over 25% of the world’s population (1.6 billion) using their mobile devices to make purchases. It’s certainly not replacing ecommerce, but a larger proportion of online sales are now coming from mobile devices with recent trends show that online shopping via a desktop and laptop has decreased by 15% in 2018, compared to smartphone transactions, which have doubled.

Mobile commerce is an advancement of ecommerce but through...

Eight reasons why every small business needs to have a blog

A blog is technically a base for customers to read all about their favourite companies and their news, while also grasping a better understanding of what they do and what they’re all about. The majority of the time, a business blog creates great content and therefore brings in more traffic. Here are eight reasons on why a business blog is a great idea.

It will earn you backlinks

A company blog fuels SEO and if you want to rank well in Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines, then it is vital to...

By Paul Hunter, 27 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing.

Second-hand goods: Why it’s important to not let current trends hinder creativity

“There is nothing new under the sun”, the famous saying goes. It actually comes from the book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament – written well over two thousand years ago!

The fact that it has resonated down the centuries, and (ironically perhaps) feels as fresh today as it ever did, surely points to the fact that for all the abundance of possibilities in life, we actually experience much the same things as each other, just in different formats or settings.

In the communications...

By David Morgan, 26 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Content Marketing.

Why social is the #1 equaliser for brands

There are two types of businesses in the world when it comes to social — an organisation that does it because it feels it ‘has to’ to keep pace, and the ‘socially mature’ business that does it because it truly understands social media engagement, and its value on the bottom line. Social media is now the cornerstone of modern marketing strategies, regardless of the organisation's size, age, market position or revenue.

A business that is able to properly use social and all it...

By Rob Coyne, 24 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Is ‘measurement culture’ killing creativity?

Data has redefined the marketing game in the last decade. Before, marketers would pump content out to their chosen medium and judge its success based on any increase in sales. Now, they sit on top of a pile of data that can tell them exactly how their campaigns are performing.

But is this ocean of data putting the focus of modern marketing too heavily on analysis, measurement and insight at the cost of creativity?

This seems to be a common view, according to a survey of 250 marketing decision-makers, with 72%...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 17 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Branding, Content Marketing.

Innovation, personalisation and experimentation: Why you might not be doing any of it right

The word ‘innovation’ must rank fairly highly on a list of the most used and abused buzzwords in digital marketing today. Every organisation thinks that they’re innovative in some form or other – but are they going about it the right way?

San Francisco-based Optimizely believes not. According to Global Head of Strategy Hazjier Pourkhalkhali – who would like to believe his company is ‘the biggest digital laboratory in the world’ – three quarters of all...

Six key ways to distribute your content and grow your following at the same time

If you’re a leader in business, you’re probably not enamoured by social media. Sure, you’ve got accounts on LinkedIn and Twitter that an assistant or a member of your marketing team maintains, but you’re not too active there personally. You don’t have many followers, but you don’t mind; you have bigger things to worry about than who’s reading your tweets.

Too many leaders shy away from social because they see it as “kid stuff” or a time suck that has no place...

By John Hall, 11 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Content Marketing, Publishing, Social Media Marketing.

How viral content became a hotbed of online ad fraud and what can be done to stamp it out

Just weeks ago, Unilever, one of the biggest advertising spenders in the world, threatened to pull ads from digital and social platforms if they fail to eradicate content which “creates division in society and promotes anger and hate.” Considering that Unilever spent over $9 billion (£6.4) billion on advertising in 2017 and recently stated its intention to increase this spend by £220 million in 2018 (

By Nigel Gilbert, 09 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

Twitter suspends some its most popular accounts for rules violations

Over the weekend, Twitter suspended a number of accounts to a violation of its spam rules and for copyright issues. Some of the accounts, which included @GirlPosts, @SoDamnTrue and @commonwhitegiri, were hugely popular.

GirlPosts, for example, had 9.8 million followers and was listed by Statweestics as the sixth most popular account of 2017, beating out such notables as CNN, Fox News and  Harry Styles. The account was pulling in around 20 million likes and six million...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 15 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.