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Anyone near the world of content marketing understands the importance of writing. Well-chosen words strung together with care are the heart of any modern SEO strategy.
Current and topical writing in blog posts help businesses become relevant for current and prospective customers.
If you are one of those people, you probably also understand one other hard truth: A lot of the stuff we write doesn't really get read. People are busy, and it's hard to pay attention to a whole blog post and certainly a whole book with everything else clamoring for attention.
But what if a reader could read, and totally comprehend, a 300-word post in 30 seconds? Before that truck commercial is over, the whole blog is read.
With native advertising the buzz phrase among marketers for 2014, London is poised to lead the way in innovation in what is one of the most creative digital ad formats to emerge in recent years.
In November AirBnB co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk claimed that London was ‘stuck in a Silicon Valley Roundabout’ and held back by its failure to produce a ‘billion dollar’ online business.
Many in London found the comments annoying. Phil Cooper, a digital veteran who launched the UK’s first video ad network and was until last year European MD of Brightroll, was one of them.
Cooper, who launched his latest digital venture six months ago, London based accommodation platform Kippsy.com, a competitor of AirBnB in the London market, believes that what London does best is innovation; taking an established model, technology or platform and turning it on its head.
Our Modern Marketing Manifesto makes the bold declaration that social media are changing business culture with the onus now on marketers to help create businesses that ‘have social in their DNA’.
For many organisations, attitudes within the boardroom towards social are a microcosm for ‘digital’ more broadly. An appetite for embracing social is often indicative of a C-suite understanding that changing consumer behaviour necessitates a focus on digital.
As Econsultancy CEO Ashley Friedlein explains in this post, digital stands for a focus on the customer experience, irrespective of channel, and a move towards a digital culture.
Just about every marketer in every company wants to be more agile and more innovative.
The accelerated rate of change in markets, technology development and associated consumer behaviours is challenging every business to reinvent how they originate, commercialise and scale ideas.
In reaction to the growing demand for insight into how organisations are responding to this challenge, Econsultancy has conducted research into how companies are deploying agile thinking, processes and techniques in the service of continuous innovation and the rapid development of new products and services.
The result, our new Digital Transformation: Agility and Innovation Best Practice Guide, sheds new light on what is perhaps nothing less than a watershed moment.
It looks at how companies are beginning to more broadly adopt agile principles beyond real-time marketing and agile development processes within technology teams, and starting to transform the fundamental way in which they work.
'Punch' is the part of the Festival of Marketing that celebrates creativity, and few organisations can be said to be as creative as Channel 4.
In fact it’s within the broadcaster’s official remit to be innovative and distinctive while also developing new talent.
C4 is state owned, but it doesn’t receive any taxpayer’s money and remains a not-for-profit organisation. Therefore all of its revenue is ploughed back into making new programmes.
And at Punch this afternoon C4’s chief marketing and communications officer Dan Brooke gave a peak under the hood of some of its recent marketing campaigns, which are also geared towards fulfilling its innovative and risk-taking mantra.
Last week I was lucky enough to attend our Digital Transformation: Innovation and Agility Breakfast Briefing, chewing the fat (and some very tasty sausages) with various digital leaders about the actual business implications of digital transformation.
The conversation threw a fascinating light on the organisational challenges businesses are facing. While familiar concerns about technology were mentioned, the group was far more focussed on the day-to-day reality of implementation, looking at people and processes.
Here I’ve collated some of the major points.
Every business wants to be seen as innovative, as leading the market with new ideas and practices that help increase KPIs, but actually implementing a spirit of change can be a real challenge.
Last month we hosted our Future of Digital Marketing (FODM) conference in London, and had a chance to ask some of our speakers which obstacles businesses faced, and how they might overcome them.
“There must be an easier way.” Lots of great ideas have been born from that simple phrase, and judging by the entries to The Digitals Innovative New Technology category, it’s not a trend that’s set to die down at any point soon.
From collecting multiple device data to search optimization, getting all your marketing ducks in a row is hard work. Here are seven new technologies set to make your life a little easier in future…
The Digitals are all about finding the companies and individuals who are redefining the marketing landscape, so who better to ask about the future of marketing and ecommerce than The Digitals Shortlist?
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite comments from nominees covering the biggest digital trends of the year, and asked them to tell us which companies and products are capitalizing on these...
The Modern Marketing Manifesto challenges marketers to be creative and innovative. But how do we as marketers do this.
David Sealey who is completing his MBA disertation on Disruptive Innovation in Retail Markets discusses how marketers can innovate.
The Modern Marketing Manifesto is absolutely spot on. One of the challenges it sets for marketers is to design services and products with innovation and creativity.
I believe that all of us have the imagination to be both creative and innovative within out industry. You don't need to be able to draw to be creative, and you don't need to have the word innovation in your job title to be an innovator.
It’s been a long, hard race to the finish, but today @SilverBean have nosed past the post to become our sixth #TheDigitals SuperStar of the week!
Congratulations Silverbean! We’ve seen them sharing some great content over the past few weeks so it’s a well-deserved win. As promised, Silverbean have won a place on our international judging panel for The Digitals.
Together with our other judges, they’ll be helping us decide what campaigns, products and services really deserve recognition for advancing the digital landscape. If you or your client have worked on something that you’re really proud of then don’t keep it to yourself, get your entry in by March 13th to be sure of a crack at fame and glory!
Well done this week to our latest Digital Superstars – Silverbean.
Silverbean is a search marketing and digital agency specialising in SEO & Social Media, PPC, CRO and Affiliate Program Management, and they've been rocking the hashtag all week, congratulations guys!
Find out more about this week's winners on their site: http://www.silverbean.com/
There’s been lots more action around the #TheDigitals hashtag this week, and we’ve welcomed a number of new faces to the top twenty, quite a feat when you remember we now have over 7,000 people battling it out for the chance to be on the judging panel for The Digitals Awards.
Over the past seven days you’ve really upped your game, and we’ve seen some fantastic links to innovative, exciting and just plain useful stuff that’s helping define the digital marketing landscape.
Of course, #TheDigitals leaderboard is all about sharing great content, so here are a few useful links that we saw pop up...