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It’s the end of June and therefore we can finally reveal the very best of mini-movie-masterpieces from the preceding four and a bit weeks.
We have everything here from 'sweded' Ghostbusters, yogurt cruelty and donuts, so many donuts. (and yes I will be spelling donuts like that throughout the article).
So buckle up for exactly 162 seconds of entertainment. Longer if you stop to linger over my semi-insightful blathering.
Here I've rounded up some brands that are successful with content marketing.
I hope you won't have seen all of my examples. Some of them have heritage in content, and some don't.
For more case studies, subscribers can check out the Econsultancy archive.
The imaginero (maker of images) has always found it tricky to make a living.
Even painters we now regard as masters died without fortune and sometimes in poverty. Painting was a trade. It paid as such.
Of course, when means for mass reproduction came along, artists or their gallerists could distribute works that would meet public approval and this made some very rich. But even then, many of the best suffered a lifetime of penury if their works didn’t conform to the tastes of their time.
Fast forward and the emergence of the commercial internet has meant artists can promote themselves. The din is greater than ever and it’s hard for artists to get heard.
However, commerce, the internet, increase in media consumption and social media specifically make for greater demand than ever for visual design. As web design gets both more commonplace and more sophisticated, companies seek to differentiate themselves with better branding, advertising and content marketing.
And perhaps brands are getting serious about patronising new artists?
Whatever time an artist lives in, patronage has always been the surest way to security. Whether of the King of Spain or Charles Saatchi or Debenhams.
Western ecommerce brands seeking to expand into China cannot ignore the 500lb gorilla that is Tmall.
Even ASOS was recently forced to admit that its best chance of cracking China was to establish a presence on Tmall, while Burberry became the latest UK fashion brand to open a Tmall storefront in April.
In fact the Alibaba-owned marketplace currently has around 2,000 foreign brands among its 70,000 sellers.
So what’s so important about Tmall that it can make the likes of Apple, Uniqlo, Reebok, and ASOS create a store within someone else’s domain rather than rely on their own website?
The B2C marketplace was spun out of Taobao in 2010, which is itself a C2C marketplace that’s similar to eBay. Tmall allows brands and retailers to establish a digital storefront, which is again similar to the new model offered by eBay.
In a post yesterday, I looked at where luxury brands are going wrong online, with examples of poor UX and SEO from a number of brands.
In this article, I want to look at the elements that give sites a luxury feel, and pick out some examples of brands that are managing to blend style and UX.
Here are some of the most interesting digital marketing statistics we saw last week.
Statistics include London Fashion Week, online reviews, real-time marketing, mobile conversion rates, Google click-to-call, and automotive sales on eBay.
For more digital marketing stats, check out our Internet Statistics Compendium.
We’ve looked previously at the state of digital retail in London and found that bricks and mortar, in most cases, is still exactly that.
A lack of wi-fi and interactive devices was identified as an issue for Oxford Street's retailers.
Of more interest, perhaps, is not the overall picture, but how individual retailers are using technology, how this affects the customer experience and for what product types.
Home electrical, technology and automotive retailers have been shown to make greater use of digital media in-store. These products are purchased by informed customers and part of the in-store experience is about providing the customer with information via digital devices.
Of course, many of the products in these sectors are digital themselves and are on display for use in store.
80% of the home electrical/technology retailers on Oxford and Regent Streets had interactive devices for customers to use, versus just 16% of fashion, shoe and accessories retailers.
But let’s look at some specific retailers for best practice or otherwise. Again, this information comes from eccomplished's latest research.
Content marketing has only a loose definition; some think of it as informational content added to a website to improve search ranking, others see it as a way to drive traffic to a website from social.
Going a little further, many brands select a content niche that often has little direct relation to their products. Creating content like this often isn’t enough; at this stage, content marketing moves into sponsorship, patronage, charity, brand association and media ownership on a scale most brands only dream of.
So who is taking content to the next level, and what scale are we talking about?
London Fashion Week kicked off on Friday and social marketing teams have gone into overdrive trying to produce content to keep their fans and followers in the loop.
All the usual suspects have begun sharing relevant content, so here’s a quick run down of how different brands are using social to make the most of fashion week...
Photo-sharing app Instagram has long since left its hipster roots behind and is now a social network for the masses, which inevitably means that marketers are looking at ways to exploit its popularity.
According to the platform’s own statistics, Instagram’s 130 million active users share 45 million photos every day so there’s plenty of opportunity to gain brand exposure.
And on that theme, here are nine ways in which brands can use Instagram for marketing...
Word up to all the Tom Waits fans that recognise this post's headline.
I've tried to round-up some vines that haven't been featured here before, and I'll try to inspire some of you to look again at the tool. Although lots of brands started using Vine back in winter when it launched, many have forgotten about it.
It's so easy to use, and immediately marks out any Twitter account as willing to share some fun with fans. As Airbnb, and many others, show, it's also a good medium to use for competitions, as vines are easily sharable and defined by brevity and, hopefully, wit.
As a reaction to its declining fortunes a few years ago Burberry decided to overhaul its marketing strategy and the company currently allocates around 60% of its ad budget to digital.
For that reason it’s often highlighted as a brand that’s ahead of the curve in terms of social marketing.
That obviously makes it the perfect subject for our regular series looking at how major brands use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.