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Posts tagged with Content Marketing

Buzzfeed: brand relevance in the social web

Buzzfeed has certainly arrived at the right place at the right time, taking advantage of an increasingly social web and curating a huge proportion of the content we see everyday in our news feeds.

Buzzfeed has more than 150m unique views every month, 15m unique views in the UK with 75% of these coming from social and more than half coming from mobile.

The creative director of Buzzfeed Philip Byrne talked at our Festival of Marketing event yesterday about the success of Buzzfeed and also gave advice for brands that want to partner with the publisher.

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Q&A: Oracle's Sylvia Jensen on high-volume content marketing

Sylvia Jensen is director of EMEA marketing at Oracle Marketing Cloud, who will be speaking at at our Festival of Marketing event this Thursday. 

I've been asking Sylvia about her forthcoming presentation, and her views on automation in content marketing

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How does Google judge quality content?

Everybody talks about the need to provide quality content on your site if you want to rank well in searches. But how do search engines identify quality content?

Successive Google algorithm updates (culminating in the recent Panda 4.1) aim to refine results so that they match the intent of the search query and deliver the most comprehensive, accessible and well-written answer.

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Jaeger’s head of ecommerce on customer experience & multichannel retail

At Demandware’s Xchange ‘14 conference I caught up with Jaeger’s head of ecommerce, Simon Spencelayh, to find out how the fashion retailer is improving the customer experience and its multichannel capabilities.

It’s less than a year since Jaeger relaunched its online store for the second time in less than 12 months, and only around eight months since Spencelayh started his new role.

So it’s clearly been a period of change for the company’s ecommerce team.

Here’s what we discussed...

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Q&A: Doug Kessler on avoiding 'crap' content marketing

Doug Kessler, who runs B2B content agency Velocity, will be speaking at next month's Festival of Marketing

Here, Doug talks about the content marketing backlash, the importance of quality, and the importance of tone of voice...

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Nine examples of interactive web content

Social media plays such an important role in publishing that sharable and fun interactive content is now the way to elevate a piece from 'buzzy' to 'viral'.

Buzzfeed and The Guardian have proved masterful at this (for different reasons) but there are plenty of other publishers and organisations getting in on the act.

Here's just a few of them..

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Six tips for finding influencers and co-creating content

How do you create content that gets heard from within the maelstrom of online media?

Well, consumers are looking for trusted and credible sources of information. Partnering with influencers who already have the ear of a community can be a way to create trusted content and get it shared by the right people.

The latest in the Econsultancy Masters of CX series is called 'Influence the Influencers - The Magic of Co-Created Content', authored by Lee Odden, CEO of TopRank.

Do download the report to read in full, but first I thought I'd pick out my favourite tips.

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100 things in London

lastminute.com hits the content sweet spot

What is travel?

Airbnb is certainly trying to define it, with the message that inclusion and community make for memorable experiences. We shouldn't stand for standard, the homogeneity of a hotel chain.

The internet in general is encouraging a fightback again corporate globalisation (though perhaps these are simply our death throes?), with everything from homespun craft available through Etsy and crowdsourced cycle routes on Strava.

I watched John Kearns perform recently (a storytelling comic that won the Edinburgh Comedy Award) and he had one line designed to show how much he wanted to return to a more personal world.

He spoke about seeing tourists in the more garish areas of London promoted by guidebooks, such as Picadilly Circus, and how he wanted to talk to each of them and tell them about the really niche and beautiful parts of London, often tucked in neighbourhoods that tourists never make it to.

I'm getting to the point here. lastminute.com has produced a lovely piece of content designed to show parts of London that only the discerning have discovered*. It's called 100 Things in London and it's a nice bit of content marketing.

Let's take a look and I'll attempt to point out why it should go well.

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Digital transformation: a war of attrition at Shell

Digital transformation is a bit of a headache to read or write about.

That’s because discussion of organisational change often strays into the abstract, which, as anyone who has ever looked at twenty Kandinskys in a row can attest, is pretty boring.

That’s why I find Shell really interesting. At a recent event at the IAB, Shell’s global media manager spoke about the transformation of the company, but he did so in refreshingly simple terms.

Americo Sanchez Silva outlined some things Shell has done in digital recently that it hasn’t done before. This encouraged me to think of digital transformation as a war of attrition.

You need to know where your company can improve and then go ahead and do it.

Don’t get me wrong, I still understand that discussions about management, processes, skills, the board, culture etc. are all important, especially for such a large multinational company under one brand as Shell. However, sometimes it’s good to look at the wood, as well as the trees.

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Six great automotive content marketing campaigns

Here’s a selection of content marketing endeavours by some car brands.

I’m not sure I’ve ever been able to properly define content marketing and indeed my selections may stray between native advertising, brand advertising and bona fide content that feels rather more ‘agnostic’.

However, what’s certain is that all the content I’ve picked does more than simple advertorial.

For some more content on automotive check out my German and Japanese big three reviews.

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A mini-guide to evaluating new digital marketing tools

Last week, as the world’s media dissected the details of the Apple Watch and iPhone 6, I spent an inspiring day mentoring at Seedcamp Week London, where some of Europe’s most promising new startups are immersed into the Seedcamp system of networks, learning, and capital raising. 

The 28 startups taking part were getting ready to shake up a variety of sectors, from music, retail and design to healthcare, property and more.

I didn’t get to meet them all but I did spend time with two that are creating new digital marketing tools which piqued my interest.

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A Smörgåsbord of Content Marketing Metrics

What kind of content marketing metrics should you be measuring, to determine whether you have the right strategy in place? Which metrics are the best indicators of success?

Back in 2012 we published some research on attitudes to measuring content marketing. After surveying 1,300 marketers we found that unique visitors was the main metric used to determine whether content was successful, followed by views, and then time spent on site.

These are perfectly reasonable things to track, and they are meaningful to a point, but most businesses will only invest in things that affect profits and sales. With that in mind, views and visits might not be best thing to focus on.

So what are the best content marketing metrics to track? After all, there’s more to life than visitors and page impressions, right? 

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