Philip Morris’ influencer campaign goes up in smoke following investigation

The influencer marketing ecosystem is one where a fine line needs to be trodden – as Philip Morris has found out to its cost.

The tobacconist announced earlier this week that it was suspending its social media campaigns after a Reuters investigation found one of the key influencers engaged for a new ‘heated tobacco’ device campaign did not fulfil the company’s internal standards and regulations.

Everything marketers need to know about Gen Z: Authenticity with individuality

After years of reading about the woes of marketing to millennials, it’s time for a new group of headlines. We’ve already seen articles that exhort the challenges of connecting with the first generation of consumers who have practically grown up online: Gen Z.

But Gen Z, for all the ways they seem to be changing the world around us, aren’t a mystery. We know exactly what these consumers want and, even better, we know exactly how to connect with them.

This is about to become a huge factor to...

How to plan content for the digital product buyer’s journey: A guide

When it comes to selecting digital products, consumers today tend to shop around a fair amount and conduct substantial research before making a purchase. There are simply too many options on the market to pick a product randomly.

In order to sell a digital product, your content must answer the buyer’s burning questions and fit into their

How Starbucks is looking to dark social for greater engagement – and how you can do the same

In the marketing world, the phrase “dark social” has sometimes been used as a threat or a warning. Many see it as impenetrable and too difficult to evaluate ROI from. But it’s a topic that has only become increasingly timely after Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s planned pivot from a public-facing platform into one built on private messaging.

The seven deadly vids: Video content to amplify and generate leads on social media

Today’s marketing departments are creating more videos than ever before – and with good reason as such content attracts more organic traffic from search engines, keeping prospects on websites for longer.

The figures speak volumes too as nearly 60% of executives said they would choose video over text content if shown both, and

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...

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...

Why content creation is nearing a tipping point – and what you can do about it

Content creation is nearing a point where a machine-first approach is becoming a reality. This is largely due to the fact that going global has never been more important for companies, yet despite the opportunity that comes with accessing untapped markets and driving exposure in unchartered territories, expansion overseas is not without its challenges.

Deloitte Private recently launched its first

By Peggy Chen, 01 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Content Marketing, Data-driven marketing.

How the increasing popularity of voice search is helping redefine SEO in 2019

Google Voice Search was launched back in 2012, but it’s only been in the 12-18 months that people have really started to sit up and listen. With the introduction of voice assistants such as Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa, voice search has been pushed to centre stage for marketers.

The growing popularity of voice assistants and the increased use of voice search has changed the dynamic of SEO roles. Now, more than ever, we have to think about things such as mobile optimisation, ranking for featured...

By Siobhan Congreve, 26 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Search Marketing.

Get ready for the future content supply chain to be autonomous, brands warned

If you’ve got a well-oiled content strategy in place – or indeed several content strategies all vying for attention and wishing to become the chosen one – then a new report from SDL may be of interest. The study, called ‘Enabling the Future State of Content’, has advocated that brands need to rip up their current initiatives and look ahead to an automated future.

Naturally, it’s worth noting...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Content Marketing.

Agencies practice what they preach with ‘mature’ content marketing strategies

Every agency out there has got an opinion – at least, one that you probably have to pay for – about how you need to do content marketing.

It’s gone beyond mere choice. More often it’s become a question of: quality or quantity? Naturally, some believe they can offer the content equivalent of the moon on a stick. Peter Bell, senior director at Marketo, wrote for this publication

By James Bourne, 14 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Content Marketing.