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Posts tagged with Content Marketing

Our take on the top 10 most controversial ads of 2015

Some of the ads on this list might surprise you. What won’t surprise you is the British public’s unwavering ability to be offended by the innocuous, but let’s not get into all that.   

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) recently released its list of the 10 most complained-about ad campaigns in 2015, and while I find some of the inclusions quite surprising, I thought marketers could perhaps learn a thing or two from this list.

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Could Shield 5 signal a new wave of social cinema?

If you’re not already aware of the Shield 5 series on Instagram, go and watch it now. 

To me it is a perfect example of just how ridiculously far we’ve come with social media since MySpace first became the next big thing all those years ago. 

Not only that, but if people react positively to it I think we could see much more of this type of content on Instagram, and no doubt brands will want to get involved with their own series. 

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The three biggest challenges in influencer marketing

The rise of influencer marketing doesn’t seem to be slowing, and it’s easy to see why.

It is the inevitable result of content and social coming together, and many brands have already seen some impressive results from this channel. 

But with it comes a number of challenges that many marketers are struggling to overcome, as outlined in our recent report, The Rise of Influencers, in collaboration with Fashion and Beauty Monitor. 

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10 excellent examples of user-generated content in marketing campaigns

Content comes in so many formats, with so many silly names attached to them, it’s hard to keep up.

But thankfully user-generated content is a fairly self-explanatory one.

With the help of social media, brands are increasingly turning to the general public to come up with creative ideas and share them with the world.

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10 delicious digital marketing campaigns from McDonald's

However you feel about thin pieces of meat matter nestled between entirely time-proof bread, we’re here to talk about marketing rather than products. 

McDonald’s may have suffered in terms of both finance and reputation over the years, but when it comes to digital marketing the brand has achieved some pretty impressive results. 

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Comparison site NerdWallet outperforms top US finance brands in SEO

It seems financial muscle doesn’t always translate into online success. 

A recent analysis of the US personal finance sector has revealed that a popular price comparison site outperforms all mainstream banking and credit institutions when it comes to organic search

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What is brand activation & why do you need it?

I’ll be honest: when I first heard the term ‘brand activation’ my eyes almost rolled out of my head altogether. It’s got meaningless marketing buzzword written all over it. 

But as I researched the term further I began to realise that it is actually quite an interesting topic, and that sometimes we actually just need a simple term with which to quickly and easily refer to things.  

In this post I’m going to go beyond the fluffy words and explore what brand activation is and how it could help your business. 

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How Grey Goose used experiential marketing to tell its luxury story

Marketing luxury goods is hard. As soon as you charge more than another brand for what is essentially the same product on the surface, you lose the biggest bargaining chip of them all: price. 

You have to persuade people to choose your product for reasons other than its price tag, i.e. the quality, its rarity, the way it makes you look socially. 

This is the challenge Bacardi faced when trying to come up with a campaign for its Grey Goose vodka last year, and the resulting campaign won it a Masters of Marketing award under the Luxury category. 

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11 intriguing US digital marketing stats from the past week

Welcome to another edition of our regular US digital marketing stats round-up. 

This week we’ll be covering Super Bowl 50 (obviously), mobile, emails, Valentine’s Day and much more. 

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30 stunning cinemagraphs that will blow your mind

Online communication, particularly via social media, is gradually becoming more visual. And with that comes an increasing number of ways to hit people in the eyes with something beautiful. 

Not literally, of course. You can get arrested for that sort of thing.

More interesting than a photo and less-annoying than an autoplay video, cinemagraphs are fast making a name for themselves in the world of digital marketing. 

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How to do successful link-building on a startup budget

At carwow we recently raised series-B funding, so although it’s fair to say we have a little bit more money to experiment with these days, this certainly hasn’t always been the case.

We also know that we didn’t get to where we are by spending money unnecessarily.

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13 unmissable digital marketing stats from the past week

‘Every accomplishment starts with the decision to read the weekly Econsultancy digital marketing stats round-up,’ is probably my favourite quote of all time.

It should be yours, too, if you want to be the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg. 

This week we’ve got some delightful digital marketing stats for you, from content marketing salaries to the rise of video, to poor ad viewability, shunned smartwatches, Six Nations rugby and much more.

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