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Cadbury UK certainly made a splash when it showed up as one of the early adopters of Google Plus.
Despite its near immediate success on the platform (the brand gained 1.2m followers in a matter of months) many others have been slow to get on board with the not-so-new social network.
In February 2011, Google Panda was released and the nature of the content seen by individuals searching on Google began changing.
Google Panda was an algorithm that was meant to serve higher quality content to users in Google search results. With dozens of updates to Google Panda since then, the SEO industry changed and SEO professionals now needed to become content marketers as well.
Even since, we’ve seen Penguin hit links and a potential update strike this past week on lower quality guest posting.
Any good content marketer knows that different types of content work for different types of consumers. On top of the type of consumer, where they are in the sales funnel also plays a part in what sort of content will most likely lead to a conversion.
With these factors in mind, what type of content should be served to your potential customers?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d be hard-pressed to have avoided the promotional carpet-bombing that surrounded the release of Anchorman 2 last month.
In the four months that preceded the Anchorman sequel’s December release, Ron Burgundy and his ridiculous Channel 4 News Team friends were everywhere.
Ron Burgundy appeared on various local news stations, opined on the Australian elections and sold cars in a cross-promotional campaign that lead to a 40% increase in Dodge sales.
Not only that but Ron ‘released’ an autobiography, exhorted viewers to contribute filmed auditions for his news team and even had his own mobile app.
With content marketing being so hot right now – you’d think that we’d know everything there is about how to do it properly.
Turns out Anchorman 2 still has some things to teach us...
In honour of Super Bowl XLVIII, the Wildcats at Unruly have shared with us their latest research on Super Bowl ads and have also revealed the top 20 Super Bowl ads of all time.
Last year’s collection of Super Bowl ads attracted twice as many shares as the previous year, in fact the number of video shares has grown 30x in the last three years. The trend is set to continue in 2014 with brand new ads from Budweiser, a British villains themed Jaguar ad and a Scarlett Johansson starring SodaStream set to be unveiled.
Here are some of the highlights from Unruly’s research, followed by the top 20 Super Bowl ads of all time.
Native advertising is set to grow phenomenally in 2014.
The New York Times among many others has now embraced native ad formats. This has led an even bigger clamour among media analysts to predict big things for native this year.
J.P. Morgan stated last week in its ‘Nothing But Net’ report that “We believe native ads are quickly becoming the de facto ad format on mobile and increasingly moving into desktop”.
There is still a lot of confusion among marketers and publishers about what native actually is. Many people have tried to define it and enlighten us all on what native advertising is.
Earlier this year I was asked to speak at the Brighton Digital Marketing Festival and host the content session during the afternoon.
After some consideration on what to speak about, I came up with the concept of ‘The Content Cycle’ – a process that helps marketers ensure they have a really good content strategy in place.
The Content Cycle as a concept is based on the way we work with clients and construct digital marketing campaigns. However, the process can easily be applied specifically to the subject of online content.
This can be used as a process for your whole content strategy, or you can apply it to individual campaigns.
2013 saw many changes that affect the role of the SEO, most of which were instigated by Google. Some were good, some not so good.
The final removal of keyword referral data was the most obvious inconvenience for SEOs, but Google has also been busy tweaking its search results page, with more prominence for paid ads.
I've asked a number of SEOs for their views on the least welcome changes from 2013, as well as their hopes for the next 12 months. Please let me know yours in the comments.
Over the past week I've been asking a bunch of content marketing folk about the trends in their industry for 2013, the best examples, and looking ahead to next year.
Here, I've asked about the most effective formats for content. In 2012, it could be argued that infographics were king, but I think the sheer volume produced has diluted this particular tactic.
Other formats are working well though: video, immersive storytelling, slideshare, scrolling sites, and good old blog posts.
Here are some of the most interesting digital marketing statistics we saw last week.
Statistics include Christmas shopping, eBay's referral traffic, mobile marketing, content marketing and how millennials use social.
For more digital marketing stats, check out our Internet Statistics Compendium.
While Hummingbird has been much discussed, not many people understand it yet, or appreciate its benefits because it isn't an obvious feature of Google search. If you want to try it, go to Google on your smartphone and click on the microphone to activate a voice search.
For a bit of fun, say 'Tottenham Hotspur'. Google will search for the greatest team in the world (guest opinion - Ed), and then read out an up to date fact, perhaps the latest result and information about the next match.
Next, click the microphone again and ask a related question, such as 'how old are they?' Google will then show you the Wikipedia information about the club. Ask another question, such as 'where do they play?' and Google will show you information about White Hart Lane.
So, that is Hummingbird in a nutshell - a clever way of linking queries so that, instead of starting each search from scratch, Google can show you more pertinent information related to your previous search.
There has, somewhat predictably, been a backlash against the hype that has surrounded content marketing.
However, though the backlash is understandable, this does not mean that content marketing has ceased to be useful, far from it.
Doug Kessler explores the issue in this excellent post, and debunks several of the arguments against.
Here, I've put the question to several agency and client side marketers, as well as the Econsultancy research team.
While there has been a slight backlash around content marketing, I think mainly due to the hype, brands in general have upped their game this year, and there are some great examples around.
i've asked agency and client side marketers, as well as the Econsultancy editorial team for their favourite examples of content campaigns and strategy from the past 12 months.