Content is arguably the biggest trend to hit online marketing since the advent of social media, video and search.
Content is everywhere. And with content comes the opportunity for new, exciting, content based advertising models.
Enter native advertising. Find out what all content marketers need to know.
Merely publishing on your blog isn’t enough.
You’ll need a diversified content marketing spread and that means generating content for many channels as well as your own properties.
How does this content spread pan out? What are the different avenues for content marketing? Leaving the default content publication channels such as company website, blog, and social media, how do you spread the net far and wide for maximum impact?
Here are some ways to go about it:
Carrying the welfare of the peasantry on your shoulders? Concerned that your next five-year plan is going to be your last?
20th century Communist revolutionaries raised content marketing to an art form, and so can you!
The CoolBrands Awards were announced this week and it's no surprise to see American tech giant, Apple, in poll position as the 'coolest of the cool' brand.
The annual initiative, by CoolBrands (part of Superbrands UK Ltd), identifies the hippest brands loved by Britons. This year it has revealed some obvious choices within its top 20 list: Nike (4th), Glastonbury (5th), Twitter (8th) as well as many high-end luxury brands such as Aston Martin (2nd), Rolex (3rd) and Chanel (13th).
While it’s great to see such brands prospering in these times of economic austerity I am particularly interested in the smaller niche brands that have made the cut this year.
No disrespect to the brand giants. They do a great job, but on big marketing budgets. What I love to see is how the smaller companies are making the grade.
At the end of last week ASOS unveiled a new design for its men’s and women’s category pages, with a strong focus on product ideas and fashion content.
The retailer has totally overhauled the old homepage, which had a fairly standard layout with product categories down the left and a large carousel promoting various ranges.
It’s certainly a bold revamp and requires a lot of scrolling to take it all in, but it’s not too dissimilar to H&M’s ’& Other Stories’ off-shoot.
We write a lot about ASOS on Econsultancy, largely because it’s one of the best in the business. So to find out more about the retailer’s wider ecommerce strategy read our blog posts on its excellent on-site SEO and how it uses Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms.
Or for more on its new homepage, read on...
Here are some of the most interesting digital marketing statistics we've seen this week.
Stats include display advertising, content marketing, Facebook ads, omnichannel retailing and the continued growth of ecommerce sales.
For more digital marketing stats, check out our Internet Statistics Compendium.
You probably practice a lot of different types of marketing (or you would like to). But what if it didn't matter? What if, deep down, all marketing was really the same, driving towards a singular objective: establishing relationships.
The problem is, in our ever-shifting digital world, people have different relationship needs. Some want information, others want engagement. And when you deliver the right content to the right person based on their relationship needs, you create a positive experience with your brand.
Yeah, every marketer wants that. But how do you do it?
You get away from running static, campaign-based marketing to being liquid. When your marketing efforts are truly liquid you'll be able to create dynamic campaigns that shift and change to meet different relationship needs in real-time.
Content marketing is now a £1bn industry, so say the CMA.
But what exactly is it that marks a good content agency out from the growing crowds? Is it any more than being able to create something cool that cuts through the clutter?
The other day I was talking with some of my industry peers about how ‘content marketing’ has become a magnet for all kinds of different marketing outfits: PR, video production, digital, SEO and social media.
And yet, it’s the agencies with print publishing backgrounds that have found themselves at the forefront of content marketing.
Everyone thinks content marketing is the only way to win a market.
Here's a little story that might disprove that.
I hate naming names, but there’s a company out there which just doesn’t get content marketing.
It’s a big tech company with excellent products. But it hasn’t yet figured out that people really don’t care about products.
Have you noticed that people take their smartphones everywhere? Try to have a conversation with your closest friends, and more likely than not, you will lose them at some point during the conversation, to their smartphone.
How does this behavior impact retailers? Well, for one thing, it has changed the way shoppers shop. As the Harvard Business Review reports, “Consumers no longer go shopping, they always are shopping”.
The Adobe 2013 Mobile Consumer Survey found that, approximately six out of seven mobile shoppers will use a smartphone to shop in 2013.
How is this perpetual state of shopping impacting retailers? And more importantly, how can retailers use mobile to drive sales and improve their bottom line?