Nintendo’s third quarter financial results aren’t normally essential reading for a content marketer, but this quarter is different.
Nintendo is struggling; the Wii U has been a disaster (I love it, but sales have been terrible) and the DS isn’t selling in the numbers it was.
Mobile disrupted Nintendo’s market and the ’what can save Nintendo?’ debate is coming down to whether they should take their amazing IP (Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, et al) to mobile platforms they don’t own, or to fight for the space they’re in.
Well it has decided to bet on mobile, but not in the way you might have predicted, and how it plays out could be interesting for content marketers.
Samsung has generated a bit of buzz in the tech world this week by announcing a Kanye West and Jay Z concert at SXSW that is only open to owners of its Galaxy devices.
It marks the continuation of Samsung’s association with Jay Z, as back in 2013 Galaxy owners could grab a free copy of the rapper’s new album by downloading an app.
This inspired me to delve further into Samsung’s back catalogue to see what other interesting digital marketing campaigns it had been come up with over the years.
You can also read similar posts focusing on digital campaigns from Coca-Cola, Nike and McDonald’s...
Recently, we ran our first roundtable session of the year in Singapore with 25 marketing professionals engaged in a candid discussion on content marketing.
These sessions are of a much smaller scale in comparison to our annual Digital Cream events, but it’s something we will occasionally be running throughout the year.
It's an initiative to keep our communities and like-minded peers a little more connected, united and close knitted when it comes to exchanging experiences, sharing of insights, benchmarking with others, etc.
Getty Images this week decided to make its library of more than 35m images available, for free, to bloggers and social media users.
But what does this mean for publishers, and should they just dive straight in to a world of free content?
Let's take a closer look.
Anyone near the world of content marketing understands the importance of writing. Well-chosen words strung together with care are the heart of any modern SEO strategy.
Current and topical writing in blog posts help businesses become relevant for current and prospective customers.
If you are one of those people, you probably also understand one other hard truth: A lot of the stuff we write doesn't really get read. People are busy, and it's hard to pay attention to a whole blog post and certainly a whole book with everything else clamoring for attention.
But what if a reader could read, and totally comprehend, a 300-word post in 30 seconds? Before that truck commercial is over, the whole blog is read.
It’s the round-up of weekly entertainments from around the internet that doesn’t really have a consistent name.
Instead I prefer to choose from a list of increasingly ironic or vaguely snarky titles pinned to my desktop that bear little relation to each other beyond the word ‘internet’.
In previous week’s editions I’ve toyed with the idea of keeping the introduction to this post evergreen, but I soon jettisoned that fanciful notion in order to write nothing but topical, newsworthy matters from around the globe.
That didn't really work either.
This week I’ll be trying something new. This week I’ll be going ‘super-local’ by giving you a glimpse into the latest news from the very desk of the Econsultancy content team.
Here’s the highlight of our week….
How does a newspaper create new digital products to attract new customers? Understanding your market and adapting your offering accordingly is key, according to Denise Warren from the New York Times.
At Digital Media Strategies 2014, Denise discussed new products, including NYT NOW and their development in the context of selling digital subscriptions.
As the pioneers of the paywall, what do the New York Times team have to say about making revenue from digital and innovation in product development?
Fashion brand Marc Jacobs has managed to attract a massive following on Instagram, with 1.15m people in its community compared to 1.3m on Facebook.
Obviously some of its success will be down to its existing presence as an international fashion brand, but that's not the sole reason for its huge following.
So to find out more, I investigated Marc Jacobs' Instagram strategy to find out what makes it so popular.
And for more on this topic, read our blog post looking at nine different ways to use Instagram to market your brand.
Last year I watched a panel debate on the following question: “Is it content, or is it an advertisement?” The panelists went round and round in circles for an hour, and there was no conclusion. My own thinking is along the lines of “it doesn’t really matter, and it’s probably both.”
I happen to think that we have entered a new golden age for advertising. The very best ads are conceived as shareable content experiences, and we’ve only just scratched the surface of what’s possible.
Unfortunately most TV and radio ads are still utterly intolerable, but I feel that the bar has been raised in recent years, driven by YouTube, social media, audience participation, and aspirations to be more creative. The best ads are anchored around compelling content. Execution, as with most things, is paramount. Combine the two and you might have a big hit on your hands.
There is a flipside: a lousy idea executed brilliantly is still a lousy idea. If the content is underwhelming then you will have to pay to gain reach. So much for earned media. If you are paying a small fortune to seed your content then you’re very much in the realms of paid media. I call this ‘the shareability gap’, and I believe that brands should invest in creativity, not media.
If a brand has paid for the content, then it pretty much wants you to buy something, or at the very least like it a little bit more, but that doesn’t mean that the content has to suck.
Here are some non-sucky content marketing campaigns that I’ve seen recently. I’ve taken quite a broad brush approach here with regards to formats: there are ads, pop-up installations, photographic collections, blogs, and helpful guides. I like the ideas and the execution. Have a look and do let me know what you think...
Over the past week, I have received a couple of pieces of email marketing that just didn’t read very well and it got me thinking about copywriting, and how vital it is to be done correctly.
Now please don’t take this the wrong way. There was nothing exactly wrong with this particular email's copy per-se, nothing that I could put my finger on exactly.
But they just didn’t read very well and to be honest, that made me doubt the credibility of the business, let alone the marketing campaign.
I do realize that I may be quite unique in these instances, as many people who are not interested in the industry, or indeed writing, may not notice.
To be honest, I blame my hatred of terrible spelling and grammar on Facebook and other social media platforms, where I am forced to look at it every day. It’s a shame.
However, I thought I would share my thoughts on the blog just in case anyone else agrees. And by ‘my’ thoughts, I mean some great tips taken from our Email Marketing Best Practice Guide, which has just been released today.