Three ecommerce content marketing lessons from Etsy

In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Josh Silverman, the new CEO of global craft marketplace Etsy, discussed giving the company a much-needed shake up.

As part of a lean new marketing strategy, Silverman has reportedly scrapped any activities that aren’t likely to immediately grow sales for Etsy’s vendors – including TV advertising – to focus on driving performance instead. These changes are already benefiting the business, with the share price reporting a

By Ed Bussey, 05 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, E-Commerce.

Creators should look to blockchain to monetise digital video content

Content creators know that video can drive discovery, discussion, and consumption in authentic and innovative ways where other forms of content can fall short. These videocentric, highly-engaged audiences are highly prized by brands and publishers alike. They are influencers, they have disposable income and their appetite for compelling stimuli is insatiable.

Creators that can reach these audiences are in an incredible position to generate revenue from those brands, if they can align a brand with the right...

By Fred Dionne, 02 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing.

Young people place huge amount of trust in verified reviews

There has always been a debate about whether verified reviews or personal recommendations from friends and family are the biggest influence on an individual’s purchasing decisions.

New research from reviews and customer insight company Feefo, has found that, at least when it comes to financial decisions, young people place a huge amount of trust in verified reviews. In a survey where the company asked over 1,000 UK consumers between 16 – 34 about their attitudes to financial sectors, 85% said that...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 31 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing.

The thrilling highs and chilling lows of piggyback content

Piggybacking is an old staple in a content marketer’s toolkit. I’m sure most of us can think of some truly inspired, ingenious and downright hilarious examples of brands tying their names to events, popular culture or trends to ‘piggyback’ on their popularity.

When a brand gets it right, it can work brilliantly, showing your business is topical and relevant and bringing out your personality and sense of humour. But when a brand gets it wrong, it can be absolutely...

By Claire Wilson, 29 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

The perfect partnership: when AI and machine learning meet marketing

Marketers have found themselves in an industry that’s always on its toes. There are more social media platforms than ever before. And, while they might present more opportunities to reach your audience, they also mean a lot of other voices to compete with. It’s never been such a flooded market to get a voice across in.

On top of that, consumers understand tech more than ever before. They know when they’re being marketed to, but will only tolerate that marketing if the subject matter and...

By Akhilesh Ayer, 22 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Deloitte: subscriptions per household to increase 20% as SVOD and OTT competition increases

Deloitte is predicting that the number of online subscriptions held by the average will jump in 2018 as more companies launch their won subscription-based services.

The professional services company estimates that the total number of online subscriptions, as well as the average number of subscriptions per individuals and households will grow by around 20% in the coming year.

While the majority of these will continue to be for SVOD and music (which currently take up the biggest share of subscriptions), the...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 17 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

VR’s hidden secret: it’s a real-time content solution

The love affair between marketing and virtual reality (VR) has been blossoming for a fair few years now. So much so that these days it’s not uncommon to see VR included in a campaign brief.

Although VR may be high on the wishlist, not every brand can afford it. Or at least, that’s what they think. And yet VR is harbouring a salient but untapped secret: it can be used as a near-instantaneous content solution that, far from draining budgets, enhances long-term ROI.

For a seductive new channel...

By Mark Miles, 17 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing.

Media intelligence: understanding the true meaning of press coverage and social sentiment

Today, organizations have more data at their fingertips than ever before and it’s influencing how they conduct business across the board. From identifying new product opportunities to potential new customers, data is becoming increasingly essential in both business and marketing efforts.

However, this rapid influx of information can be a double-edged sword making it essential to identify and analyze the right type of information. Communicators are now faced with the complex challenge of not only...

The top strategies for digital marketing success in 2018

Charming today’s entitled consumers will be the key challenge for marketers next year.

To make inroads, they need to create truly tailor-made experiences and mobile-first engagement and leverage the value of owned channels.  

Mega Trend - Artificial Intelligence

2018 will see artificial intelligence (AI) advance from cutting edge technology to status quo. Built into audience engagement platforms, AI will bring new levels of relevance into automatically delivered content, help marketers to recognise...

Convergence communiqué: Designing your story based on media and message (part one)

“Once upon a time…” That is how most stories begin – and many of the stories that began with those four words are fairy tales, fantasies, or make-believe narratives. Some, however, are based on true events.

What about your story? How would you define your business story? A fairy tale? A fantasy? An autobiography? Fiction, non-fiction, sci-fi, biz-fi… or none of the above?

The correct answer to this question is determined not by how you define your story, but by how your client...

Five martech lessons from 2017 you need to take into 2018

It’s the time of year when marketers commonly reflect on the past year and gear themselves up for what’s to come in the 12 months.

As we emerge blinking and bleary-eyed from the holiday season into 2018, it’s not just a case of focusing on ‘what’s new’. Part of growing and developing as a business requires an honest analysis of your successes and failures in 2017.

You take forward with you what worked and discard what didn’t.

There are in fact a number of key martech themes from...

Avoid being a ‘one-trick pony’: Clever financial planning for diversification

Creative agencies are increasingly having to find new ways to cope with the rapidly changing media landscape. New technologies are emerging, and agencies are experiencing change internally as well as externally.

Clients are beginning to demand more for their money and as a result of consolidation within the sector, businesses are seeking to expand their repertoire.

With new technology taking over, agencies that stick to one platform or process are now few and far between. Clients are looking for a...

By Laura Mott, 21 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.

What does 2018 have in store for marketers: Industry predictions

As 2017 comes to an end, it is time for those involved in the marketing industry to look forward to what the next 12 months could hold.

From the growing ubiquity of AI and machine learning to the game-changing GDPR, 2018 promises to be just as eventful as its predecessor.

We asked a range of industry professionals to gaze into their crystal balls and give us their predictions for what the new year has in store for marketers and brands.

AI and machine learning

Oliver Bronner, Founder of Berlin-based brand consultancy,

2017 in review: The battle for shorter attention spans

Brands now have as little as 8 seconds with consumers before they lose their attention.

You can see why – while Netflix says it believes sleep is its biggest competitor - anyone who has lost a weekend to back-to-back episodes of Mindhunter and Dark knows our attention is continually diverted by a constant stream of push notifications from social channels, messaging apps and emails.

It means I’ll have to fight hard to keep...

By Abe Smith, 15 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Customer Experience.

Half of young Britons purchased influencer-promoted products in 2017

Influencer marketing campaigns have proved to be an effective strategy in 2017, with over half of young adults in the UK purchasing an item that has been promoted by an influencer.

New research by affiliate network affilinet polled 2,293 UK adults aged 18-30 on what they thought had most affected their purchasing decisions over the last 12 months. The results show that young consumers are more likely to look to YouTubers, bloggers and other influencers as sources of purchase information.

63% of those surveyed...

Using social to measure content strategy success

Social media use has grown by more than 20% year on year, and it’s no secret that it has a true capability of engaging with consumers and influencers, and driving sales.

In 2016, almost half a billion people signed up to a new social media account. That is a lot of opportunities for marketers looking to engage, and a lot of pressure to drive results.

Marketers are increasingly being asked not only to justify their spend, but also prove their worth and...

By Adrian Cockle, 28 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Reader/publisher relationship has ‘catalytic’ effect on ad effectiveness

Conventional wisdom says that if the editorial content around an online ad is good quality, then the effectiveness of the ad is increased. While there is certainly some truth to this, a new study purports to show that the issue is far more complicated the many in the industry think.

Inskin Media compared the conscious and subconscious reactions of 4,370 people who were served online ads on websites either with or without publisher branding.

The results indicate that the publisher branding on some of the sites...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 22 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Content Marketing.

Millennials, culture and brands: an interview with Amplify’s Krupali Cescau

Millennials – those who have come of age in a period of vast technological change – are a sought-after group among marketers. They are internet savvy, smartphone-wielding and eager to establish themselves as valued workers and prospective property owners.

They are also not a single, uniform entity.

For marketers, who already have a habit of pigeonholing people into conceptually neat categories, the need to acquire as much user data as possible has made understanding what makes young consumers tick...

Why automated content writing isn't worth the risk

A sense of impending doom has intensified in recent years, with various news reports and television dramas depicting a near-future of fallible humans being forced onto the breadline, replaced by a superior workforce of robots.

While this dystopian theme has long been the fare of science fiction, for many, the prospect of C-3PO delivering their P45 is fast becoming a reality.

Indeed, the BBC’s ‘Will a robot take your job?’ report - collating data...

By Magnus Linklater, 15 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Content Marketing, Data-driven marketing.

Augmented Reality: a new legal frontier for marketing?

Within the world of digital marketing, there is a (tentative) expectation that Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) products will open up new and exciting doors to advertisers in the not-so-distant future.

Readers may already be familiar with the virtual dealership created by Cadillac, or Snap’s AR lenses, which allow advertisers to superimpose three dimensional objects onto real-world scenes.

Warner Bros. is one of the first companies to take up this offering, allowing Snapchat users to...

By Nick Breen, 07 November 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Content Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing.