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...

MarketingTech 2019 year in review: Influencer regulations, CMO battles, and social change

2019 in digital marketing, through the reporting eye of MarketingTech, has seen something of a two-pronged approach. While the exploration of emerging technologies and their use cases, from voice search to AI to blockchain, continues, it has been tempered with a more measured and nuanced focus.

While this publication found plenty of column inches to tell the stories those making the most of their technological bets this year, from

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.

Gartner: Four in five marketers will abandon personalisation projects by 2025

Are your personalised marketing efforts going to waste? Campaigns not hitting the spot? If so, you’re not alone – and according to the latest missive from analyst firm Gartner, four in five marketers will ‘abandon’ personalisation efforts by the middle of the next decade.

The primary obstacle respondents faced, according to the survey, was data and its various methods of analysis, from collection, to...

By James Bourne, 03 December 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Personalised Marketing.

Gartner finds UK marketing budgets are on the slide – but optimism for the future

Analyst firm Gartner has put together something of a gloomy series of missives around the digital marketing sector in recent months – and its pessimistic look on UK marketing budgets released today is no different.

The company’s 2019-2020 CMO Spend Survey has revealed UK marketing budget allocations are overall ‘significantly’ behind their US counterparts. Yet while spend is cooling off in certain areas,...

By James Bourne, 25 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Campaigns, CMO.

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.

Starbucks flips the equation with Deep Brew – by using AI for a more humanised customer experience

Starbucks has been making noise about its artificial intelligence (AI) projects of late – and specifically how they can be applied into marketing and customer experience activities.

Speaking to analysts following the company’s Q4 2019 earnings release at the end of last month, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson noted how Deep Brew, an initiative focused on the coffee house’s AI investments, is taking shape.

How Mastercard is leveraging its sonic identity – and evolving brand security in the process

In February, Mastercard issued a press release which announced the launch of what the company called its ‘sonic brand identity.’ The result was touted as ‘a distinct and memorable melody with adaptations across genres and cultures.’

Naturally, there was also an audio press release sent out where the tone was played (1:04)...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Branding, Commerce, M-Commerce, Video & Audio Marketing.

Salesforce explores the rise of the connected shopper – and what retailers need to do

Retail continues to be an area where the consumer is king. Engagement channels are changing, tech-enabled customer experience has never been more vital, and the battle between traditional retail and online marketplaces is well and truly joined.

Salesforce’s latest Connected Shoppers Report aimed to explore the relationship between bricks-and-mortar and digital retailers – and found that while the former still has its...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing, M-Commerce.

MuleSoft notes how the ‘coherence economy’ can salvage disconnected customer experiences

It is the mantra of all marketing professionals and the reason they get up and go to work each day: to build the greatest customer journeys they can. This is naturally easier said than done; depending on where your organisation is on its path you may have to knock down a series of silos before you can embark on the path of building seamless customer experiences.

Yet a new report argues this process is going slower than many...

By James Bourne, 14 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

Facebook to follow Instagram and trial hiding likes: The next phase of social media?

Facebook is set to trial hiding likes from posts, the company has said, following on from tests conducted by subsidiary Instagram earlier this year.

The trial will be conducted in Australia initially and is based on positive feedback from mental health professionals around boosting users’ wellbeing. Users will still be able to see how many likes a post garnered if so...

By James Bourne, 01 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Social Media Marketing.

CMOs lacking confidence in their abilities but they deserve a boardroom seat, report argues

You’ve heard of the concept of ‘impostor syndrome’ – but does that feeling still pervade when you get to the highest echelons of your profession?

According to a new study from Deloitte, CMOs periodically suffer from a crisis of confidence – although the good news is that the C-suite has plenty of faith in their abilities.

The report, which surveyed 575 C-suite...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Best Practice, CMO, Customer Experience.

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.

Social media users say they can spot fake news – but is their confidence misplaced?

Are you confident when it comes to spotting fake news? According to a new study, almost everyone is – and this confidence means they have no problems in changing their social media activity as the 2020 elections loom.

Data from B2B marketing and research firm Clutch has found that 97% of the more than 500 US-based social media users polled said they were confident in their ability to recognise fake news on social media.

By James Bourne, 09 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

How Talkwalker is aiming to take social listening to the next level

The marketing landscape today is one where data gathering and customer experience continues to increase at an exponential rate. Brands don’t want the fear of missing out on a good customer review, or a positive mention, or even genuine advice on how to improve their offerings.

In the social Wild West however, finding the golden four-leaf clover amid the field of ill-use and irrelevance is...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Data-driven 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.

VRJAM and Agora partnership aims to provide sleek - and sustainable - VR event experience

The events industry in the UK is worth somewhere in the £40 billion area today. 2014 figures from BVEP put it just below that figure, while an AV Technology piece from last year spiked it at £42.3bn. 

This includes everything from the events themselves to travel costs - many readers will understand the 'on the road' mentality that comes with frequent executive...

By James Bourne, 26 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Experience, Mobile Marketing, Video & Audio Marketing, Wearables.