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Posts tagged with Social Media

How to create Facebook video ads that cater for silent autoplay

When I attended the Content Marketing Summit last year, one of the key trends highlighted by Facebook's head of agency relations was the move toward more visual content. 

Social video is on the rise, but on Facebook those videos autoplay as users scroll through their news feed. Not only that but they play without sound. 

As a result, brands have been doing some really creative stuff in the last year or so that caters for silent autoplay.  

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Four brands with a brilliantly funny tone of voice

Tone of voice (ToV) is extremely important when you’re trying to build a distinctive brand. It’s the personality of your business. The thing people will remember you by.

One way to to have a memorable ToV is to be funny, but there aren’t many brands who can consistently pull it off without subsequent cringing on the audience's part.  

In this post I’m going to cover four that can.

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Zalando: the fashion platform looking to China for great customer experience

German ecommerce pure play Zalando is learning from the Chinese market, offering stylist consultations by IM or phone call, unique social interactions and three-hour local delivery. 

It's part of rethinking the ecommerce model and blending online and offline to create a viable ecosystem, rather than simply an online shop.

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St John Ambulance: how video marketing saved a baby’s life

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.

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NFL: the star quarterback of content marketing

It has been a while since I dissected the content marketing efforts of a major brand, and what better subject for my first one of the year than the almighty NFL. 

The 32 NFL teams generated $11.09bn in revenue between them in 2014. The English Premier League, by comparison, turned over just £3.26bn in the same period. 

I thought it would be interesting to delve into the content marketing strategy of this enormous money-making machine to see how the channel supports its success.

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Four steps to help you own events on Twitter

As a marketer, when you see that watching a puddle in Newcastle has become the biggest event of the week, it’d be a natural reaction to throw your hands up and question the point of factoring in national days, sports happenings, awards ceremonies and the like when it comes to your brand’s annual content marketing calendar.

But as the 4.4m tweets accompanying the recent Golden Globes shows, events are digital content gold.

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Pret's genius continues, makes the coffee lottery official

Pret-a-Manger created a lot of buzz on social media in 2015 with its mysterious and seemingly-unofficial free coffee giveaways.

If you were a regular at a particular store, or if a barista simply liked your face, you may have received a free coffee.

Many people on Twitter took this pretty seriously, seeing the gesture as affirmation of their good looks or friendly manner (see tweets below). 

Well, now Pret is making this official and has added a twist that could turn out to be the most genius piece of marketing strategy of the year.

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Nine glorious digital marketing stats from the past week

We’re halfway through January already, which means it’s basically nearly Christmas again, which is exactly why we’ve got, among other things, even more holiday season digital marketing stats for you. 

Oh stop complaining.

We’re trying to educate you through the medium of data so that next Christmas you can smash your targets out of the park.

You should be out in the streets cheering our name. Or something...

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Three YouTube influencers give their views on brand partnerships

In our post about 2015 content marketing trends, BBC Worldwide’s Alex Ayling discussed how online influencers rose to prominence last year.  

Brands are increasingly realising the value in partnering with influencers to amplify their message or promote their products. 

I interviewed three influential YouTube vloggers to find out how they like to be approached by brands and what they look for in a brand partner. 

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How Women’s Aid used digital OOH ads to make 327m people stop & look

Domestic violence will affect one in four women in their lifetime. Yet it so often goes unnoticed and unreported.   

In a Masters of Marketing award-winning campaign last year, domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid wanted to put the issue firmly into the public eye.  

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Nine brilliant digital marketing stats from the past week

The first week of the new year is almost over. Well done for making it through.

Now give yourself a pat on the back while quietly admitting you spent most of it watching people struggle to walk through a puddle.  

But the past four days were simply a warm-up for the real start of the year: the moment you open the first weekly Econsultancy digital marketing stats round-up of 2016. 

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Five reasons Twitter’s character limit increase is a terrible idea

It’s somewhat sad that something as seemingly innocuous as an update to a social media site can cause so much online furore.

Twitter’s recent announcement, in which it said it is poised to increase the tweet character limit from 140 to as much as 10,000, has thrown keyboard warriors everywhere into a frenzy. 

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