The monolithic brands of the industrial age are giving way to the distributed, participative and democratized brands of the digital age.
In this post, I'll explain how APIs can take your brand in promising new directions by harnessing the power of the community...
Since Google launched Instant, there have been numerous claims that Instant has a bias towards brands. In October, for instance, Siddharth Shah of Efficient Frontier Insights observed that "of the 26 letters in the alphabet, 21 have brands as the first suggestions."
Based on this, he suggested that Google Instant is "going to make
brand key words more expensive, increase impression volumes by 30% -
In the world of social media marketing there are some great examples of really innovative campaigns - and plenty of lazy copy-cats too. But in our clamour to measure, incentivise and prove that all-important ROI metric, are marketers putting their clients brands at risk by breaking Facebook (or other sites) terms and conditions?
Social media is changing marketing. Or so we're told. But are marketers really just fooling themselves?
In an insightful AdAge piece, strategist Jonathan Salem Baskin argues that when it comes to marketing and social media, there's nothing new under the sun.
Google loves brands. Google's Vince update was referred to by many as
'the brand update' because major brands seemed to benefit most from it.
That Google would seek ways to incorporate 'brand equity' into its
algorithm is not entirely surprising. After all, in many cases, there's
an argument to be made that the websites of recognized brands are more
likely to offer Google's users what they're searching for when it comes
to particular queries.
Ask a brand marketer about word-of-mouth marketing and chances are he
or she will talk to you about the internet. After all, with the advent
of social media, consumers are most likely going to talk to their
friends, family members and associates about your brand online, right?
According to a study by Keller Fay Group, the answer is 'no'. As it turns out, the vast majority of word-of-mouth still apparently takes place offline.
Google generates billions of dollars in revenue every quarter, and big
brands are known to be some of the most prolific spenders.
But just how much are specific brands spending? That's not information
that Google has publicly disclosed before, but AdAge claims to have
obtained a document detailing just how much major brands spent in June.
MySpace may not have as many users as Facebook, but the company is trying to reposition itself (again) as a place where brands can find traction online.
The trouble is, brands usually follow users. Can MySpace flip that equation on its head and use great brand partnerships to attract users?
MySpace executives hope so.
I love to see brands generating innovative, engaging and creative advertising online. Yet, I’m always surprised at how little effort companies put into Facebook from a creative perspective, especially given the noise they make about using the platform and the levels of engagement often put in.
Arguably, Facebook does have a static format that needs changing, but it’s not that difficult – or expensive – to come up with some great landing page manipulation through Facebook Markup Language (FBML)... And some brands are taking advantage of this, to great effect.
Here are a few examples from our How to Create Amazing Facebook Pages guide...
Social media advertising may still be seen as chump change by some, but brand advertisers like what they see on Facebook. And according to the company's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, many large brand advertisers have increased their ad spend on the social network by 20 times or more.
If Facebook can retain — and even grow — its userbase over the next few years, the site may soon be stealing large brand contracts from larger digital publishers.