Although founded in 1939 as Timely Comics, the modern version of Marvel Comics that all fanboys know and love today was launched in 1961. With Fantastic Four, Spider-man, Avengers and X-Men all first appearing on comic book pages in the first half of the 60s.
With the arrival of the digital age, the expectation was that this 75 year-old company, whose very business is completely ingrained in traditional print media, would just be left to wrinkle and brown like the early-90's Ghost Rider comics I have boxed away in my attic.
However this has been far from the fate of mighty Marvel! (I can get away with exclamation marks here because I’m writing about comic books).
Marvel has played a huge part in the push to build a bridge between print and digital content since mid 2012 by revolutionising the way comic books are consumed, through innovative app design and comprehensive online and offline access to its brand new and vintage comics.
Marvel has also shown incredible skill in rebuilding its own brand through expert content marketing and becoming a peerless heavyweight in the summer blockbuster market.
How does Marvel market its huge amount of content online? Through its many and varied social media channels each offering unique content, tailored to the respective platform.
Let’s take a look at how Marvel uses Google+, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter to ‘make everyone’s Marvel’.
Clothing retailer Threadless has unveiled a new iPhone app, giving its customers another way to shop and interact with the brand.
Threadless is a community website that specialises in unique designs for t-shirts, hoodies and other items. It is built around social media and allows users to follow their favourite designers, submit their own ideas, and vote for designs that they want the website to sell.
Alongside the standard ecommerce functions, the app includes a voting tool so users can rate new designs and a never-ending feed of original products.
Read on to find out what I thought of the app, or for more information on Threadless read our blog posts looking at how it uses welcome emails and online video...
The reality today is that we, as consumers, have more and more digital engagements requiring different security elements, hence simplicity is key.
Banking is one entity that we all see as fundamental and need access to.
Through this article, I will highlight what banks are doing to help customers to manage their finances safely, the direction that digital banking security will take in the future and how security fits into a wider context.
WaterAid has increased its Instagram presence by 12,000 followers in just one week after entering a single Instagram video to Instagram’s ‘Weekend Hashtag Project’.
WaterAid’s team entered the 15 second Instagram video #WHPfromwhereiwalk featuring a woman in the remote fishing community of Brubeng, Ghana walking to collect unsafe water in Lake Volta.
The unique film offers point-of-view footage that highlights what it’s like for the millions of women around the world who walk miles to collect water each day.
As of writing, since the video was uploaded on Instagram two weeks ago, WaterAid has achieved more than 22,000 followers, gaining roughly a thousand users per day. Before this WaterAid had only 3,800.
Here's the footage...
As a relative newcomer to the digital marketing world, I've decided to write a series of 'beginner's guides' to uncover what is meant by certain terms, trends and technological advances in digital; being both a travel guide and a personal investigation.
Here I’ll be answering the following questions: What are iBeacons? What are their practical applications? Are iBeacons better than similar existing technology?
All this in a tone of voice that has been described as both 'helpful' and 'not too rambling'.
Just a cursory glance around the internet and indeed our own blog, throws up a lot of phrases and acronyms surrounding the term iBeacons (NFC, BLE… iBeacons).
Let’s have a little wade through the jargon. Bear with me, I’ll try and do this as logically as possible.
Spotify might still be loss making, despite revenues of $435m in 2012, but the service is incredibly popular and many think it might be gearing up to IPO.
These rumours have started since Spotify in December secured some $200m in credit lines and recently acquired a music algorithm company, Echo Nest.
If this does mean Spotify is about to get serious about profit, it comes at a time when competitors are more easily found – from Beats Music to Milk, Samsung’s new service.
I listened to Spotify’s Chris Maples (VP, Europe) at last week’s Digital Media Strategies 2014. There were some interesting titbits, from stats to Spotify’s approach to iteration and mobile, that I thought would be worth sharing here.
Let me know if you have any thoughts on Spotify’s future or its approach to subscriptions and product development.
The continued growth of ecommerce is nothing new. But what is new and critical for businesses to understand is the role of the touch-integrated customer experience.
Today, the first device a child interacts with is a touch device, whether a smartphone, tablet, phablet or even wearable technology, and consumers of the future will expect the motion of touch integrated fully into every experience they have.
As a result, the next challenge for businesses will be completely integrating touch into the shopping experience.
Asian nations are apparently among the most prolific sharers of online video according to a new report, with Indonesians sharing more video content than any other country.
India came second overall, followed by Greece and Thailand, with the US and UK down in 19th and 43rd respectively.
The data, which comes from video ad network Coull, shows that the most popular video content among Indonesians is related to style and fashion.
With video content proving to be so popular among Southeast Asian countries it’s important for brands in the region to have a relevant strategy in place.
In order to help digital marketers improve their video strategy in the region Econsultancy has just published a new Online Video in South-East Asia Best Practice Guide.
Nintendo’s third quarter financial results aren’t normally essential reading for a content marketer, but this quarter is different.
Nintendo is struggling; the Wii U has been a disaster (I love it, but sales have been terrible) and the DS isn’t selling in the numbers it was.
Mobile disrupted Nintendo’s market and the ’what can save Nintendo?’ debate is coming down to whether they should take their amazing IP (Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, et al) to mobile platforms they don’t own, or to fight for the space they’re in.
Well it has decided to bet on mobile, but not in the way you might have predicted, and how it plays out could be interesting for content marketers.
Samsung has generated a bit of buzz in the tech world this week by announcing a Kanye West and Jay Z concert at SXSW that is only open to owners of its Galaxy devices.
It marks the continuation of Samsung’s association with Jay Z, as back in 2013 Galaxy owners could grab a free copy of the rapper’s new album by downloading an app.
This inspired me to delve further into Samsung’s back catalogue to see what other interesting digital marketing campaigns it had been come up with over the years.
You can also read similar posts focusing on digital campaigns from Coca-Cola, Nike and McDonald’s...