The number of degrees that focus on Digital Marketing is growing, but inflexibility, academic bureaucracy, and a lack of engagement with industry is undermining their value for employers.
It's inevitable: when opportunity pops up on the internet, there are plenty of snake oil salesmen waiting to take advantage of it.
The field of SEO provides the perfect example. While there are plenty of reputable guns for hire and firms providing SEO services, there are also plenty of snake oil salesmen promising the moon but delivering a bag full of sand.
According to M2Moms, a report from the Market to Moms Coalition, 60% of moms feel marketers are ignoring their needs, and 73% feel advertisers don't really understand what it's like to be a mom. The challenge, says the report, is sensing her distinct, timely needs and responding in a way that truly resonates.
PR practitioners should pay close attention to the number of journalists using social media tools. A few years ago, people were sceptical that most journalists would
use social media tools at all. Even though the social media press release
format, and the desire to get news in feeds, grew out of a journalist's
frustration with traditional press releases, the perception was that it
would not catch on with non-tech journalists.
Storytelling is being hailed as the new big idea, but it's not that
new. What makes a good story in this viral, user-generated, post
advertising world has always made a good story.
From papyrus to pulpit
to plasma screen, the attributes of a ripping yarn have remained the
same: credibility, digestibility, and most importantly, emotional
Are you getting less email these days? I am. And that can't be good news for email marketers. Is email beginning to wither on the vine?
By "less," I'm not referring to work email (if only!) or messages from marketers, but less of the type of email that added a little frisson to checking the inbox: fun, flirty, and conversational messages from friends, family, and objects of affection. That stuff is now flowing in through all sorts of other digital channels, of which email constitutes a smaller and smaller part.
A month after our UK affiliate census went live, we’ve just published our first US Affiliate Census, produced in association with MediaTrust. I thought it was worth outlining some of the key differences - and also the similarities - between affiliate marketing on either side of the Atlantic.
Both the US report and the UK Affiliate Census (produced in association with Affiliate Window), were based on surveys of affiliates carried out in January.
Twitter's all the rage right now. In social media and digital marketing circles, Twitter seems to be taking over the world.
I have a different perspective: it's not. For all of Twitter's growth, I believe it has yet to achieve what it needs to achieve to become a viable marketing platform for businesses.