With Google+ now allowing users to customise their user profiles many are flocking to get their custom vanity URL.
I spoke at an event last week looking at the role of programmatic in VOD and its suitability for building brands in a digital environment.
There were a number of people speaking about creating more brand based measurement, data consolidation, using client site and CRM data and the rise of programmatic as a fundamental future facing model for all media buying.
While I agree that programmatic is best viewed as opportunity trading and currently somewhat disconnected from the planning and brand strategy teams, I was struck by the lack of discussion about the role of attribution technology in aligning the true value of programmatic media with an agreed end conversion point.
As November is only days away it’s time to round up some of the most interesting and noteworthy social campaigns we’ve seen this month.
This time it includes efforts from Cadbury, Doritos, Coke and Visa, as well as a flurry of Twitter Q&As.
If you’ve spotted any other decent social campaigns in October please flag them up in the comments...
Competitor analysis is an excellent way for businesses to map out their fledgling social strategy or give existing social channels a shot in the arm.
After all it pays to learn from the best and the beauty of social is that a huge amount of useful data is publicly available.
It does take time and a bit of skill to mine that data, but luckily there are a number of free tools available to automate at least part of the process.
To this end, I’ve come up with a six stage plan that will at least get your business on the road to completing a competitor analysis on Twitter, which will help to identify the influencers within your industry and the type of content that drives relevant conversations.
I like to think I've seen a lot of tweets, enough to know a good one when I see it.
So often, I am completely exasperated looking at the dadaist sludge that dribbles out of corporate and brand Twitter accounts. So I've decided to do something about it and write this complete guide to writing interesting tweets.
It's somewhat subjective, but I've given at least 60 tweets here to illustrate my various points. I'll define interesting as something funny/persuasive/compelling/thought-provoking/informative etc - pretty much any tweet that can draw the user's attention.
There is a lot of 'don't' as well as a lot of 'do', and of course, knowing your brand and your audience is key to interesting your followers.
Hopefully there'll be some scenarios you recognise in here, and some reminders.
Please leave your pet hates and great loves in the comments below.
Diageo’s CMO said recently that 'all marketing is digital' and that his company aims to embrace innovation.
The business currently spends 20% of its $3bn marketing budget on digital channels, though this doesn’t take into account the amount spent on content that is then shared and promoted through digital.
Diageo is due to announce its financial results tomorrow, so investors will be able to judge whether the digital strategy has started to bear fruit.
It also seems like a good time to round up some of the company’s most noteworthy digital campaigns of recent years, beginning with the viral success of Guinness' latest TV ad...
The numbers are compelling: 7bn messages sent between 230m users of its messaging app, 200m downloads of its games, 10m Indian users in three months as well as tens of millions in Spain, South America, Indonesia and beyond.
LINE is a large content hub, and once you’ve downloaded the messaging app, you’re hooked into a network that gives away a lot of fun stuff for free, and ties everything together with a very strong brand.
So what is LINE doing that’s significant, and how will it begin to affect other brands on mobile?
Organic search is pretty vital for any business, PPC ads are increasingly clicked on by a higher proportion of searchers, and with Google Hummingbird, social is likely to become more important for long tail search results.
Anthony Robinson, Head of SEO at Razsor, Auto Trader’s search and web design arm, talked us through how these three disciplines should be seen in the round.
With mega-tight regulation for Swiss bank UBS, what are the challenges of going social and mobile, and how do they market to ultra high net worth (UHNW) customers?
At Mobile Marketing Live last week, I listened to Shane Williams, Head of Mobile Development for Platform Services at UBS. I had no idea just what a minefield it is to market a bank, especially in Switzerland.
UBS provides wealth management services for around half the billionaires in the world. It also has plenty of retail branches in Switzerland and an investment arm.
Acting in many countries, UBS is beholden to hundreds of regulators, including FINMA in Switzerland, the SEC in America, and the FCA and PRA in the United Kingdom.
Navigating the barriers to mobile and social usage is massively impacted by Swiss law, which says a bank can’t reveal who its customers are. This is enshrined in law in much the same way as patient-doctor confidentiality.
It even means that UBS has to be careful about knowing the IP addresses of customers using their services, as this can be tied to an address and perhaps a person.
We’ve covered second screening a bit on this blog (like this on Twitter's lead over Facebook), but with Zeebox providing an ever more sophisticated product, I don’t think we’ve fully taken stock of the possibilities for advertisers.
Yesterday I attended Mobile Marketing Live and listened to Ernesto Schmitt, CEO and Co-Founder of Zeebox, talking about the future for the product, and TV in general.
In this post I’ll look at what Zeebox looks like now, which broadcasters are supporting it, opportunities for advertisers, and other possible revenue streams for the company.
The question I'll attempt to answer - 'Are the incentives for users as broad as those for advertisers?'