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Content marketing costs less than advertising, and more people engage with it.
It sounds like a revolution but actually there are some rather unkind hidden truths in all of this.
Much like the pigs at the end of Animal Farm, with the evil predecessor gone, what’s replaced it looks… very similar indeed.
It's Friday, so it's time to roundup some of the most interesting digital marketing statistics we saw last week. And good God, what a week it's been...
Statistics include content marketing, online privacy, Pinterest and several studies that pour scorn on the idea that Facebook is dying.
For more digital marketing stats, check out our Internet Statistics Compendium.
Organisations are more likely to integrate content marketing with their SEO strategy than they are with any other digital marketing discipline.
Nearly half (45%) of all companies say this area is ‘highly integrated’ with their SEO efforts, compared to just 24% for paid search marketing and 16% for mobile marketing.
These findings come from Econsultancy’s State of Search Marketing Report 2013, in association with SEMPO.
It’s easy to see why content marketing is so appealing, as it essentially gives your company something to talk about.
Instead of firing off the same boring press release to whichever journalists will listen to and parrot its dry copy, providing an audience with quality content means providing them with something they can engage with, share and ultimately do your own marketing for you.
Although your audience is only going to do that if your content is entertaining, useful or innovative.
H&M is set to launch its entry into the nascent world of ‘television commerce’ during this Sunday’s Super Bowl.
The interactive, 30 second-long ad starring David Beckham will be screened during the second quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII and will allow viewers the chance to purchase the featured products via a Samsung Smart TV. It’s the first of its kind.
It’s an intriguing gambit and one that all marketers, advertisers and anyone with a keen interest in David Beckham running around in his underwear will be paying particular attention to.
If anything it’s certainly raising H&M’s profile ahead of the big game, where the biggest brands in the world fight for the attention of 108m viewers (2013 viewing figures) and can pay up to $4m for the privilege. In fact sneak previews of Super Bowl ads began to appear a couple weeks ago, such is the feverish building-up of anticipation.
H&M's experiment with t-commerce raises a few questions: Is H&M really the first to do this? What are the restrictions of t-commerce? Will t-commerce have a future?
Let's see if we can answer those questions here.
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.