As I'm making my way in the big bad digital marketing industry in the UK, I'm going to give a big shout-out to my home country in the form of this blog post.
The Irish nation is typically a very chatty and social culture in its own right, so I would like to investigate how social the Irish are online.
Having recently moved to the UK, my greater knowledge base of digital marketing lies within the Emerald Isle. I do believe though, that small as Ireland is, it doesn’t mean that socially savvy countries cannot learn from others, especially the digital hub of Europe.
So I’ll write this post with facts and figures and in true Irish fashion, sure we will see how we get on.
This week we’ve got some really juicy stats from Tesco, John Lewis’ Bear and Hare, Facebook and other more prosaic but useful numbers on mobile and retail.
Get stuck in and please send through any interesting titbits that may be worthy of inclusion next week.
For more stats, check out Econsultancy's Internet Statistics Compendium.
This week's stats roundup is all about shopping, including conversion optimisation, mobile-friendly web design, showrooming and eBay.
There's also room for some beefy stats on Facebook and Twitter (after Twitter's IPO) and some interesting detail on web standards and ad complexity.
Feed your brain with this week's rare and juicy stats - watch that white shirt! And for more digital marketing stats, check out our Internet Statistics Compendium.
Since we started to work on mapping influence patterns, I have been wondering if we could find easy recognizable patterns in influence maps. If so, we could probably predict influence patterns and the secret of ROI optimisation would be eventually revealed to CMOs !!! Stimulating thought.
The recent history of science showed that behind apparently unpredictable phenomena, patterns could in fact be identified.
Further, similar patterns could be applied to domains as diverse as weather forecasting, traffic modelling or the evolution of populations: this is chaos theory.
So, could chaos theory explain patterns of influence on social media and resolve one of the biggest social media marketing enigmas for brands?
Gone are the days of waiting in a queue in a branch or on the phone to talk to your bank.
Today, customers are able to quickly raise their issues through social media, and it has become an important method for banks to build relationships with their customers and to reach a younger audience.
As is true for success in any business, it is important to be where your customers are, and future banking customers are online.
So how are the UK’s biggest banks using social media?
At the end of August, ahead of the Vuelta a España, Spain’s national cycling tournament, we decided to do a virtual bike ride for charity.
The plan was to cycle the distance from our London headquarters to our Spanish office. The 1,718km bike ride would take place over five days on two exercise bikes situated in our home in Tech City, with the challenge of raising £1,000.
We estimated that for us to hit our target, we had to have both bikes in use for eight hours a day. The challenge was set. Pre-competition donations were slow and we needed to come up with an idea of how to increase sponsorships and promote the event.
Our marketing team were tasked with increasing visibility of the event, driving engagement and, importantly, raising donations... with just one catch – while everybody bought into the great initiative, this was still something that needed to be fit in around our day-to-day work.
Two-thirds of Asian businesses (66%) plan to increase their digital marketing budgets over the next 12 months, according to new research from Econsultancy and Campaign Asia-Pacific.
In comparison, just 19% of companies plan to increase their offline budgets in the same time period.
Furthermore, companies surveyed as part of the State of Digital Marketing in Asia 2013 Report are spending an average of 29% of their total marketing budgets on digital, a slight increase from 26% in the 2012 survey.
However, agency respondents included in the report paint a different picture, estimating that their clients spend just less than a quarter (23%) of their total budget on digital.
When it comes to generating donations we all know that there is more to digital fundraising than simply broadcasting to your supporters.
It’s important to understand who the audience is, whether they likely to convert into volunteers and/or financial supporters and what the best method is of communicating with each stakeholder group to get the best return on resources.
It’s the summer. Medialand is on holiday, and even if you are at work there is a holiday feel around.
It’s harder to get hold of the right people, the decision makers that are required to input into your digital marketing. It’s a time, ideally, when marketers are under a little less pressure than normal.
This week there's, of course, the royal baby's impact on web traffic, some Facebook ad commentary, following their Q2 results, and some global ad spend data from Nielsen.
Feast on these, and try not to speak with your mouth full.