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It's been a fine week for digital marketing and ecommerce stats.
So, if you're at all interested in travel and social media, PR and advertising codes, PC shipments, UK adspend, data breaches, email subject lines, B2B customer experience or the 'single customer view', reader, you're in luck.
On Friday, Google explicitly stated what it expects from bloggers who receive free products (read the blog post here).
In a nutshell: a prominent clarification of a commercial relationship, a no-follow link and content that isn't suspiciously hotchpotch.
We already knew this, so why has it peeved some SEOs?
I conducted a little experiment.
I looked at the Twitter accounts of the UK's top 10 law firms and scrolled down the list of 'tweets and replies' to see which firms engage directly with other users.
All 10 accounts offered a combined total of just two tweet replies in 2016. Why?
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.
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.
According to our friends at Google, the most searched for fashion term in 2015 was “How to walk in heels”.
This may come as a disappointment to fashion brands who have been told search is all about sales.
Customers were NOT hungrily Googling the latest pictures from catwalks in Paris or Milan and working out where they could ‘get the look’.
Video is on the rise. In fact, it was one of the key trends highlighted in our 2016 content marketing predictions.
Frankly I’m all for it. The quality of video content has gone through the roof in the last couple of years, and one campaign that deserves a special mention came from St. John Ambulance (SJA) last year.
The campaign, complete with the necessarily bleak title of ‘The Chokeables’ – was so good that it won the video category of the 2015 Masters of Marketing awards.
Carlsberg's 'Newsroom' felt like a standout content strategy in 2015, combining old-school acumen and great creative with modern PR.
The multichannel project began in March 2015, underpinned by Fold7, TMS, OMD and CliffordFrench, and went on to win a Masters of Marketing award.
Here are the highlights of a prodigious amount of work and some background on the newsroom project.
We’ve all been there: that little card comes through your letterbox saying ‘sorry we missed you’ and your parcel then enters an eternal state of postal purgatory because the post office opening times conveniently coincide with your working hours.
Or, worse: you take a day off to receive the parcel and those pesky delivery people stick the card through anyway and insist you just didn’t hear them knocking all the way from the other side of your 100-square foot studio flat.
On paper the answer is the former: 7.87bn monthly pageviews and 203m unique monthly visitors at the time of writing.
Not to mention engagement levels most sites can only dream of and ready-made communities for every topic or industry you can imagine.
But is all that Reddit traffic actually of any value to marketers, or should we just leave the whole terrifying place well alone and go back to the safety of the tried and tested social networks we know and love?
The deadline to enter the Masters of Marketing awards is fast approaching and one of the key areas in which to nominate brands for an award is experiential marketing.
To inspire your own entry, below are 10 of the best examples of experiential marketing I’ve seen so far.
There’s a common founder myth (read 'cliche') that goes something like this:
“From a young age, I found myself fascinated by how things worked. Once I took the TV apart to see how the little people got inside. Just like Steve Jobs, this is why I think the back of the cabinet/ inside of the device must be as beautiful as every other bit.”