As we enter the final month of a promising year of economic recovery, I'm continuing to round up the best of the Econsultancy blog.
Here you'll find around 30 posts that are definitely worth your time; either great practical advice, the best of our opinion pieces, interesting case studies, or what you definitely need to know about changes at the main tech players.
Feel free to comment on any of the posts, as our authors are always keen to extend the debate.
As a small business owner you're in a great position to start exploiting social media for all its worth, adding much sought after personalisation and relevance at an integral stage of your development.
Although social media can be a fairly time consuming practice depending on how many platforms you choose to use, it's also the key way for a small business to develop awareness, raise its profile, gauge its market and interact with existing and future customers.
As the UK is celebrating its first Small Business Saturday on December 7 2013, here is the second in a series of posts that takes a look at each individual social media platform in turn (last week we looked at Pinterest for small businesses) and highlights how you can achieve the best from each one.
This week: Facebook.
Oreo was the brand with the highest increase of ‘buzz’ in 2012, with a 49% higher online chatter than in the previous year.
How did Oreo achieve this and also continue to maintain this high level of engagement?
We’ve previously discussed on the blog about how Oreo is the king of agile marketing, and it's clear that Oreo has a marketing team that not only has a finger tightly on the pulse, but who can also react with whip-smart efficiency, humour and charm.
Recently I’ve discovered some more great examples of online marketing (agile and not-so-agile) throughout Oreo’s social channels. Each one displaying a strong presence and a keen idea of what its followers expect from the brand. Let's take a look at each one in turn...
Copywriting is just one of the elements that combine to make up an effective ecommerce product page.
The product description needs to be informative and sell the benefits of the item, while also being concise enough to retain the customer’s interest.
Copywriting also goes some way to contributing to a brand’s identity, as the tone and type of language used will impact how customers perceive the site.
To show the extent to which the quality of copywriting varies among major retailers I’ve pulled together nine examples of product descriptions for the same pair of Levi 510 skinny jeans.
One of our main focuses on the Econsultancy blog is highlighting instances of best practice and digital excellence in the marketing world.
But every so often it’s also useful to shine a light on the mistakes that people make, particularly when it comes to social media.
I could try to lie and say that I’m doing this so we can all learn valuable lessons from the unfortunate errors of others, but truthfully I just find it quite amusing.
Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Thanksgivukkah! Uh... Happy Black Friday!?
Even with that opening salvo of well-wishing I feel like I'm still missing people. Hey, Happy ruddy Friday everyone!
Sit back, relax, pop on your work headphones (you're not sat on the back of a bus after all), and take a look at these 16 brilliant new Vines from brands, all collected during November 2013. Plus there's a Thanksgiving bonus at the end.
Then if that's not enough, check out October's 10 best new examples of branded Vines when you're done.
Yesterday I was invited to the UK launch of a new personalised video platform, created by Dutch company Rednun.
Rednun claims that if you want the biggest impact possible for the maximum number of people, you can’t do it by producing just one video and uploading it on a shared video platform. You need to personally tailor each video for every individual viewer.
The user provides their personal information to a company, the company provides that database of customer information to a production company. The production company creates a video specifically for every customer, providing maximum relevance and complete personalisation.
Rednun claims the rewards are higher conversion rates, brand loyalty, visibility and engagement rates.
I'm naturally skeptical of most things, especially in terms of the technology needed to achieve mass personalisation and the above goals promised by the company, so here's a rundown of the presentation with a few of my own thoughts peppered throughout for balance.
UK based online fashion store Fallen Hero recently launched a new responsive website and has experienced a 143% rise in revenue on tablets alone.
We humble lot at Econsultancy have been trumpeting responsive design as the key way for ecommerce to capture the fast increasing mobile and tablet owning market for a while now, and many brands are reaping the rewards already.
Let’s take a deeper look at one of the newest additions to the responsive design club, and then see if the rest of the stats back up our claims.
Twitter Q&As are like London buses – you wait ages for one then 100 come along at once. At least I think that’s how it goes?
In recent months brand marketers must have been busy convincing prominent members of staff to make themselves available on social media, as it seems every day someone else is answering questions via a hashtag.
The main benefit of these Q&As is PR, as the likelihood is that a huge number of trolls will try to ruin the exchange and inadvertently get it trending.
It tends to be the preserve of pointless celebrities and footballers, however every now and then someone of genuine interest agrees to get involved.
This roundup includes seven Twitter Q&As that proved to be useful for one reason or another...
In the ever-evolving realm of digital, email could almost be considered as an old school form of marketing.
However it’s still a hugely effective tool for driving traffic and sales, particularly when combined with personalised content and offers.
As such it’s a topic we frequently write about here on the Econsultancy blog with the posts often proving to be a good starting point for debate among our readers.
On one of my recent posts about mobile optimisation a commenter from Nordstrom suggested that I focus my efforts on reviewing how different brands handle transactional emails.
I promised that I would, but first of all I had to do some research to find out what she meant by ‘transactional email’.