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...

NetBase: On using social listening and influencer marketing to ‘get more with less’ for campaigns

When the concept of social listening platforms first came about, it was that rarest of things in martech: a ‘solution’ which actually solved people’s problems. As data created on the social web reached ever-increasing levels, this made sense – but what’s more, being able to take this data and create insights from it was the real jam in the sandwich.

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.

Demystifying influencer marketing: How brands can build relationships with a data-driven culture

When it comes to the practice of working with influencers, I come across a lot of fear and caution amongst marketers. Whether it’s the fear of influencer fraud, uncertainty around how to measure results, or an inability to understand the impact of their investments, people remain wary.

Yet, influencer marketing is one of the highest potential practices for brands. An influencer’s voice can often be seen as more...

By Gemma Dodd, 08 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

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.

SocialPubli: On the importance of micro-influencers and getting influencer marketing into a wider campaign

What do you think of when you hear the term ‘influencer’, or ‘influencer marketing’? The chances are that it’s someone who is either famous for being famous, or a bona fide famous person making a killing from some soulless shilling. Either way, you may wonder: just how are they getting the ROI from this?

At DMWF Global in London back in May, accounting software provider Sage made an interesting point. Could you...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Campaigns, 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.

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.

Zero likes given: Kahlua’s latest campaign was true to its roots – but portrayed a serious message

Last month, a curious exhibition took place in New York. The photographs showcased would have, by conventional standards, led to the exhibition being a complete dud.

Yet this pop-up showcase, put together by liqueur brand Kahlua and actress Jackie Cruz, proffered to showcase a different form of creativity. The pictures (below) had been uploaded to the ether of Instagram but had not received a single like between them.

By James Bourne, 02 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Web Analytics.

Learning social best practices from industry experts: Find your voice and make ‘clever’ use of data

If you manage your company’s social media accounts today, it is no longer sufficient to send a fun tweet here or a cheeky Facebook post there. Social has become a key benchmark of customer experience; a treasure trove of data ready to be mined. Yet it can also be a living nightmare if you get on the wrong side of Random Internet Strangers.

So what’s a marketing manager to do in the spare time they have from juggling a zillion...

How Sage is using employee advocacy to create a strong voice on social

Last week, Kim Kardashian West - perhaps the ultimate influencer - put digital ink to silicon and tweeted forth. Yet this wasn't quite a case of affirmation-brought-to-you-by-X. The socialite had visited Jack in the Box and wished for a discussion about the experience "pronto." Underneath, rival fast food brands, from Burger King, to Wendy's, to Steak-umm, were queuing...

How to achieve the best ROI when working with influencers

The majority of marketers (84%) have agreed that demonstrating the ROI from working with influencers is the foremost priority for brands. However, marketers are still finding it a challenge, with 22% saying that proving the ROI of influencers has been their toughest challenge.

As influencer marketing grows and becomes embedded into the marketing strategy of brands, understanding how to achieve the best ROI is crucial to justify budget spending to...

Get the parameters right and influencers could become the saviours of advertising

Opinion The cult of fame has moved from the broadcast world of movies and soap stars to the digital world of social media personalities in no time at all. Instead of films grossing millions at the boxoffice because of a sought after star, now it’s influencers making megabucks in promotional fees based on their follower numbers. Especially for the under 30s.

These changes go far beyond the social media...

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...

FMCG goes direct-to-consumer – but don’t expect a Tony the Tiger Facebook page any time soon

Opinion Last month Kellogg’s – joining a host of established FMCG brands – launched a new foray into the direct-to-consumer (DTC) market as it hired a new director of eCommerce platforms.

I would be surprised if this news made any jaws drop (except maybe

Instagram beats YouTube as top influencer platform as brands see rewards for better disclosure

Instagram has topped YouTube as the number one platform for influencer content – with brands heeding consumer interest and moving towards ‘honest disclosure’ of partnerships.

That’s according to new research from Rakuten Marketing. The company, in its 2019 Influencer Marketing Global Survey which polled 3500 consumers and 700 marketers globally, saw Instagram cited by 65% of those polled as where they most...

For brands with purpose, the future is authentic

Brands are increasingly expected to make a difference to more than the corporate bottom line. Organisations have been so successful at articulating their brand values, that brand leaders now feel the weight of consumer expectation to make a positive difference in the world – environmentally, socially, politically. This expectation is reshaping brand marketing, requiring a new authenticity, new channels, new technologies—and fundamentally, a new attitude to brand risk.

Consumers reward brands with...

By Brett Zucker, 25 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Branding, Case Studies, Customer Experience, Influencer Marketing.