Digital Marketing Blog
Many digital marketers make a common error from the outset when planning their content marketing campaigns.
The tendency is to think "what shall we give our audience?" when it is just as important to ask "why should they care?"
I am fascinated by the whole psychology of social media: What motivates people to take certain actions, such as overshare the minutiae of their life, or angrily "out" brands on social networks rather than complain directly to them in private, or retweet unproven allegations (and therefore get sued), and so forth?
When researching their next holiday or business trip consumers are just as likely to turn to their mobile device as they are to use a laptop, according to new research from JiWire.
However laptops are still by far the most popular device when it comes to actually making a purchase.
The new report into mobile’s role in the travel industry shows that 56% of consumers use their laptop to research travel options, compared to 49% on tablet and 48% on smartphone.
This underlines the fact that travel agents and hotels need to have a mobile optimised site or app to cater for changing consumer behaviours.
Laila Takeh is Head of Digital Engagement at UNICEF UK, the children’s charity. She kindly agreed to tell us a little bit about her role.
If you’re on the hunt for a new challenge then be sure to check out the hundreds of digital roles on the Econsultancy jobs board.
Evergreen content can drive plenty of the right kind of traffic to your website over the long term. It is one of the best returns on your investment into content, as it is a gift that keeps on giving, and should be a key part of your content strategy.
In this article I’m going to try to outline the strategic value of evergreen content, to help you understand exactly what makes something long-lasting, and I shall provide a few pointers on what works (and what doesn’t).
First, let's answer the question. What is evergreen content? Simply put, it is the kind of content that does not grow old quickly. Think about how to guides, and other reference material. Evergreen content is often useful, and it doesn't need to be updated too often.
Let's start by looking at an example...
Much was written about the predicted boom in mobile payments last year, but it still seems to be some way from becoming an every day payment method.
NFC and mobile wallets were all set to become commonplace following a successful trial at the Olympics, but despite the increasing use of contactless bank cards I’m yet to see anyone pay for anything using their mobile phone.
However new research into consumer attitudes suggests that people are slowly edging towards accepting the technology.
A survey of 2,006 consumers by eDigitalResearch found that 39% of respondents had seen a contactless payment point, up from just 15% in May 2012.
“When it comes to the web, organizations are broken”, at least that is what Jonathan Kahn says in his A List Apart article and I have to say I agree with him. After all, you don’t have to look far to see there is a problem.
Most websites lack focus, let alone a consistent user experience or tone of voice. Social media rarely integrates well with the website and most organisations' mobile strategy consists of throwing some apps at the iOS app store.
Email is little better. In fact I am working with one charity client whose supporters may receive as many as 80 emails from them a month! This happens because there is no central control over emailing.
It’s time again for us to shine a light on how one of the world’s biggest brands use the four main social networks.
However unlike in previous weeks when we’ve focused on consumer brands such as Coca-Cola, BMW, Red Bull and Nike, this week the subject is The Rolling Stones.
The Stones are obviously very different from the other brands we’ve looked at in that they have a dedicated, global fan base, but they’ve still got to try and maximise their revenue by flogging concert tickets and merchandise.
With ticket prices what they are this is no easy task, particularly when targeting younger fans who won’t be as familiar with the band as older generations.
But social media allows them to bridge this gap to an extent and make the wrinkly rockers appear relevant and in tune with younger audiences.
So to find out exactly how they’re doing it, here’s a look at how The Rolling Stones use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+...
Some of Australia’s biggest retailers have recently spoken out at a conference in Melbourne saying that while selling online has the benefit of lower overheads, it is not yet as profitable as traditional bricks-and-mortar retailing.
Tablo wants to be Wordpress for eBooks. Think it has what it takes?
Most of us in PR and content marketing are looking for the right tools to augment an ever increasing demand for content generation and that can also help create lasting value for referral traffic on different web platforms.
I personally forsee a lot of SaaS startups and cloud collaboration popping up soon to address this market, and we've profiled startups like Flockler, and 87seconds in the past, which are examples fitting this mould.
A new entrant, Tablo, addresses the eBook market specifically. Whether you are an author, or a web marketer, I suggest paying close attention to founder Ash Davies responses below!
Pinterest is no longer the darling of the social media world, but its relationship with brands has become cosier recently with the launch of its business pages and new updates that enable companies to show product information on their pins.
The power of Pinterest as a tool for driving traffic and sales is an issue we’ve investigated extensively on the blog, as well publishing a Best Practice Guide on the subject.
However some brands remain unconvinced and either don’t have an account on the social network or give their pages limited attention.
So to find out who is yet to jump on the bandwagon, here is a look at how the top 10 US retailers use Pinterest...