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Posts tagged with Social Web

Entertainment and FMCG ads dominate social shares in Q1

Entertainment and FMCG brands dominated social video advertising in Q1, accounting for more than half (54%) of the total online ad shares.

Tech brands also performed well with 17% of total shares, but it proved to be a disappointing start to the year for the automotive sector (9%).

The data comes from the Unruly Analytics dashboard, which has tracked more than 329 billion video views across the social web.

FMCG video ad shares actually increased by a massive 78% compared to Q4 2012, attracting a quarter (25%) of the total online video shares in Q1 2013. Only the entertainment sector attracted more shares (29%).


Social Media Engagement - Good habits are hard to start!

Typically, the hardest thing about a "habit" is to try and stop it... it takes 21 days at the least, apparently. Habits are viewed as negative; the word is usually being associated with vices and things that are bad for you.

Well, have you ever thought about how to start a habit? One that is good for you and your business?

Having worked with a number of organisations to help them integrate the social web into their existing customer communications strategy I've learnt that the hardest thing isn't the ideas, the approach or the social medium to use; the hardest and biggest challenge is "change". There is a definite requirement for businesses to adopt and adapt; they need to own and be responsible for managing the social media engagement and not to treat it as separate channel. Some great ideas have crashed and burned because of this, so here are a few ideas to help organisations thinking about; or those who are struggling with their whole social media engagement approach.


Can a single tweet create a tidal wave?

Somatica Twitter waveEver started a round of applause? if you have, you'll understand that weird sense of satisfaction you get by doing so. In fact, I've sometimes felt the need to tell people about it. How sad is that!

A much better game is to see if you can actually achieve the last clap of a round of applause; my six year old daughter wins that game every time.

Anyway, can a single Tweet have a similar contagious effect? Is there something that can be done to enhance its attractiveness. make it retweetable and build up a crescendo of intense internet noise?


The social media paradox: success & time.

Successful social media engagement for online businesses requires a lot of creative thinking, time and effort. Initially, the balance is tipped in favour of hard graft, dedication and eureka ideas and then you start to see some results. Better results and more followers means more time required to interact effectively with them.

A slippery slope or a stairway to heaven? Should we be spending all this time in the social web? Or is it time to take a step back and put the social media hype into perspective? 


Is SEO the 'goal hanger' of internet marketing?

Subbuteo PlayerPrepare yourself for a very loose football analogy... apologies in advance. If natural search (SEO) were a football player, I bet it would be the guy who hangs around the 6 yard box tapping in the goals.

The goal hanger may not be contributing much to the build up play, yet is happy to take all the plaudits for scoring; happy to receive the player of the month awards and can be seen regularly signing autographs. 

Why am I saying this? It's no fault of the player. In fact, without him the team would not achieve the same results and he is absolutely instrumental to achieving the overall success. But what about all the craft and skill of the build up play? The hard tackling and running off the ball to help win back possession? A lot of this usually goes unnoticed.


Social media engagement: are we making it up as we go along?

Or is it just me? Measuring the effectiveness of brand consumer engagement via social media isn't easy. Add integrating this social media engagement into the overall marketing strategy and the task becomes even more of a challenge. We're looking at each other for answers, and Twitter is full of people posting helpful links; anyone keeping up with them all?

I'm certainly not. Some individuals are stepping up to the plate to offer their advice, which is great and all credit to them, just so long as they are talking about real life cases, as opposed to the theory of it all. I hope this post offers some valuable real life analysis thoughts and tips.


How Drs. Foster Smith uses video to drive ecommerce success

As part of the social web movement, marketers are increasingly becoming publishers. There are few who are pouring as much into multimedia (i.e. video) web publishing as Wisconsin USA-based Drs. Fosters Smith. 

This seasoned, catalog-based direct marketer is investing in their own staff, production facilities and syndicating widely, on the Web with www.peteducation.com, and on national cable television. 

I sat down with their online chief, Gordon MaGee to understand how the company cost-justifies and measures its continued investment in online video.

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