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As I squeezed into a sweltering room outside Old Street tube station yesterday, I wasn’t sure what to expect (particularly as I’m still relatively new to this industry).
I have to say I wasn’t disappointed. With events like this there is always going to be an element of self-promotion, but between all that there were some great tips on content marketing that I’m going to share with you in this post.
Ecommerce brands have embraced content marketing over the past couple of years.
Of course some, like Net-A-Porter, have used content effectively long before it became a buzzword.
However, while some are using content well, others just seem to be ticking boxes and failing to incorporate content fully.
In this post, I'll look at how ecommerce brands should be using content, and some of the mistakes to avoid.
How are ecommerce brands using content marketing?
In this post, I'll look at some examples from retailers which show how it can be done.
You know how content marketing is the saviour of digital marketing? I’m sure you’ve heard that once or twice before.
Especially now that display advertising is all but dead in the water and native advertising is ethically dubious at best.
Writing requires discipline, focus, talent, sacrifice and a thick skin, so I have no idea how I’ve managed to survive this long without my editor noticing my fundamental lack of these skills.
What I do have though is an awesome arsenal of tools and web applications that help paper over any cracks in my expertise.
From idea generation, to writing without distraction, to creating jargon-free copy, these 17 tools should also help you improve your own craft and hopefully stop you from banging your head against the keyboard for too long.
Econsultancy held its regular Digital Cream Singapore earlier this month and it was packed with digital marketing specialists from South-East Asia.
Around 100 delegates, mostly from brands and other buy-side firms, got together to discuss the future of digital marketing.
For the last few years Sony has been working harder to improve the way it engages with its audience using storytelling techniques.
Tim Lion is the European head of social media at Sony and during his talk at last week’s Festival of Marketing he admitted that it would be “a fallacy to suggest that what they were doing was a roaring success”.
However finding the right tone and content to connect with an audience is a lengthy process that takes a great deal of trial and error, especially if you’re a brand that’s just used to broadcasting technical specs for the last 70 years to an incumbent audience.
Things are improving though, and Lion’s social team seems to be learning from its mistakes.
I’ve written before about the difficulties of the word 'content'. It’s too often bandied around in discussions that lose sight of its meaning to viewers versus its importance in their strategy. And that blindness is costly.
But you quickly find yourself drawing on it because it’s the common reference. Much of the time, that will remain true.
Sometimes, however, it’s worth thinking again to see if there’s another descriptor more suitable. Perhaps another descriptor that can focus on a different detail and a different priority and help you concentrate on what matters.
The old rules don’t apply anymore. 24 hour news, social media and the rise of consumer and user created content has meant that PR people have to manage brands in real-time.
If you ask younger people if they read a newspaper chances are they’ll say no. They get their news online, via social media. The only television they watch is on-demand, they’re certainly not watching mainstream TV that we’re traditionally used to.
They have their own laptops, mobiles and tablets. They watch Netflix or iPlayer. They love YouTube.
Adrienne Liebenberg is global B2B marketing director for BP Castrol.
She spoke at the Festival of Marketing about how the company has moved away from traditional comms and PR and into thought leadership and a focus on how the customer interacts with the brand.
How has one of the oldest and most high profile industries adapted to the rise of social media?
Two years ago, social was something that the publicity department did on the side. Universal has since built a specific social team and overseen a complete change in marketing strategy.
Albert Hogan is the head of digital strategy at Universal Pictures UK and he talked at our Festival of Marketing this morning about how the studio has learnt to engage with a very vocal film-loving audience across social.
Velocity's Doug Kessler spoke at the Festival of Marketing today on the topic of 'Insane Honesty in Content Marketing'.
As Doug explained, mere honesty is something that should be a given in marketing, for ethical reasons, but insane honesty is a choice.
Essentially, it means sharing your weaknesses and showing them openly. Putting your worst foot first.
Sharing weaknesses and minus points makes the rest of the marketing much more believable.