Facebook explores issues of online content regulation in new whitepaper

Facebook has published a whitepaper which explores the potential need and pitfalls of online content regulation – at the same time CEO Mark Zuckerberg admits his company, and big tech firms in general, need greater scrutiny.

In a paper written by VP content policy Monika Bickert, Facebook notes four primary challenges in regulating internet-based communications: the variance in legal environments and speech norms; the...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Content Marketing, Ethical Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

How Slack can streamline your marketing channels – rather than being just another headache

Marketing has changed forever. Your customers now own your brand experience, not your marketing department. And, with a multitude of touchpoints at play, gone are the days when marketing and sales could map out a clear path to reach customers. Instead, ever-changing technology trends are opening up new possibilities, enabling customers to engage with brands in ways that would have been unimaginable, even a decade ago. Today, instant customer interaction...

By Laura Hauser, 10 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Best Practice, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Twitter reports $1bn in quarterly revenues for the first time – but long-term health remains key

Twitter has reported quarterly revenue figures north of $1 billion for the first time, with 152 million ‘monetisable daily active users’ (mDAUs) representing a 20% hike year over year.

Total revenues for 2019 were at $3.46 billion, an increase of 14% year on year. Of the quarterly figure, 88% of revenues were derived from advertising, with data licensing and other revenues contributing the rest. US revenue comprised just...

By James Bourne, 07 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Content Marketing, Ethical Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Consumers to brands: Be informative and funny on social to woo us – oh, and respond to our every whim

For brands to build a winning social media strategy, it needs to be a two-way street between them and the consumer. Yet the consumer holds all the cards: a new report from agency Boston Digital has observed that brands not only need long-term reliability to woo the users, but also be entertaining with it.

The study, titled ‘How Brands’ Social Media Impacts Consumers’, surveyed 554 respondents across a variety of age...

By James Bourne, 06 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Do we need to kiss goodbye to social media likes? Exploring visibility and health

Facebook and Instagram users in the UK can expect to see major changes following the latest controversial change from everyone’s favourite social media platforms.

Instagram was bought by Facebook back in 2012 for $1 billion and since then, both platforms have begun testing out hiding likes. The trial started by hiding likes from...

By Harriet Hanson, 28 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Content Marketing, Ethical Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Will Eagle, Read This If You Want To Be YouTube Famous author: On authenticity, attitude and audience

“Video is an acquired skill,” explains Will Eagle, author of Read This If You Want To Be YouTube Famous. “It’s not the same as Instagram – anyone can take a picture and apply a filter.”

Eagle, who spent four years as a brand strategist at Google working primarily on the video platform, put together his new book based on a survey which found three quarters of young people interviewed wanted to become...

As influencers increasingly create video content, what does this mean for brands?

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must equate to millions. At least, that’s what social media users are banking on. The number of videos being created and shared across social platforms has soared in recent years.

Photo sharing platform Instagram has shifted its focus to video recently, with the Instagram Stories feature - and over on YouTube, 400 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube...

The evolution of the inbox in 2020: Combining seamless customer experience with security

In recent years we’ve experienced a great shift in the way in which businesses are engaging with their customers. Giants of the gig economy, like Airbnb and Uber, have created highly potent customer engagement mechanisms right at the very heart of their operations. Today, because of this, UK consumers have come to expect contextualised, seamless and highly relevant communications.

Whether ordering food, looking for...

Making your marketing more sophisticated: Engage customers and save time with intelligent output

Many marketing departments will say there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done, however, the problem is that quite often they’re focusing on the wrong things.

For example, most marketers report that building an email takes between 30-50 minutes and landing pages up to two hours. Others simply don’t have the time to complete such tasks. Why is this still the case?

By Adam Oldfield, 10 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Best Practice, Content Marketing, Email marketing.

2020 resolutions for influencer marketing: Taking responsibility and control

2019 was a tricky year for influencer marketing. It started with the release of Netflix’s ‘The Greatest Party That Never Happened’ which documented how Fyre Festival’s organisers used influencers to dupe consumers, and then it ended with three well-known UK influencers unknowingly promoting a diet drink laced...

2020 needs to see the end of short-termism and clickbait digital marketing tactics

The end of clickbait digital marketing tactics has come. The signs are everywhere, if you know where to look for them.

We’ve spent years chasing short-term performance metrics and battling competitors for the fleeting attention of the world’s huge digital audience. The result? A clickbait race to the bottom. An insatiable thirst for consumer attention has lead brands toward a frightening (and unsustainable) marketing...

Instagram and Facebook introduce features to combat fake news and bullying

Instagram and Facebook have announced the introduction of new features to help combat fake news and bullying.

In 2019, Instagram introduced a feature that filtered comments. This new AI-powered feature is an extension of the earlier one which alerts users with a warning that their caption looks similar to others that have been previously reported based on the words that are used in the caption.

The Instagram team wrote on...

By Marketing Tech, 17 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Content Marketing, Ethical Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

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, Ethical 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...

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...

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...