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Understand your digital ocean and audience intent

The Digital Ocean: how to market to fishers and swimmers

More B2C and B2B marketers are shifting their focus towards increased digital in their tactical mix.

Understanding the digital locations of their target audiences is becoming a standard step in the creation of a digital plan, but many are overlooking the intentions of their online audiences, and adapting their tactics accordingly.

This blog introduces the concept of the digital ocean and the need to locate and market to both fishers (those actively researching products/services) and swimmers (those not looking and just ‘hanging out’ online).

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Budweiser Super Bowl ad: something new or just another flash mob?

Yesterday, Budweiser released a video on YouTube of two amateur hockey teams surprised with pro treatment as screaming fans, cheerleaders and mascots attended their pick up game. This two minute spot is the extended version of their new ad premiering in Canada during the Super Bowl.

Compared to the other Super Bowl ad promos bouncing around the internet, this one seemingly created an emotional connection with consumers that the other more gimmicky and "clever" ads, aren't delivering. But is this just another tired use of flash mobs in advertising?

Budweiser's marketing manager, Ben Seaton, says no.

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Tumblr brings in editorial team to run staff blog

Tumblr, the blogging platform valued at $500m, has hired an editorial team to cover the goings-on within the company.

Putting a not-exactly-new but certainly notable slant on the ‘company blog’, the team will document changes in Tumblr's services in an updated blog that will be accessible to the company’s 42m users.

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How visible are universities on social networks?

With UK universities allowed to charge up to £9,000 for fees from this autumn, many institutions are likely to have ramped up their marketing in order to engage and attract students.

So how successful have they been in creating a presence on the main social networks?

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Acquiring talent is the biggest challenge for 2012: report

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. That may very well describe 2012 for media companies.

As detailed in Econsultancy's 2012 Media Growth Trends report companies are optimistic about what they can accomplish this year, but they also face numerous challenges - the least of which is the prospect of deeper economic pain in Europe.

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Apple wants to reinvent the textbook, but is it destined to fail?

A few hours ago Apple held its much-anticipated education event in New York City, and as expected, announced a new offering that seeks to reinvent the textbook around the iPad.

Seeking to make textbooks more interactive, more durable, more searchable and more easily refreshable, iBooks 2 offers a "new textbook experience for the iPad." And boy is it pretty.

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Connected TV: journey to the centre of the living room

As this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) came to an end, the shiny, light-weight, thin gadgets were packed away and the technology industry took a step back to evaluate which ground-breaking development will really make a difference to consumer’s everyday lives.

While the in-car technology, digital health devices, ultrabooks and smartphones will all undoubtedly impact and improve our lives, it was the connected TVs that created the greatest buzz.

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How first party data can boost your retargeting campaign

With the advancement of digital innovation in display ad targeting and personalization, it is now possible for advertisers to optimise their display campaigns in real time, based on their internal business data.  

Tying advertisers' own internal data with their display campaigns is a pot of gold that few advertisers have fully tapped.

Here are some best practices for increasing online sales by using information you already have...

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Q&A: DJ Waldow on community building

Community is a word used all too often in the social marketing world, but what does it mean exactly?

What are the different kinds of community that companies are building or assisting online, and how do they contribute to business goals?

We discuss the answers with DJ Waldow, the author of Econsultancy's new series of reports on the topic.

The first report, Starting a Community, is available now to Bronze members and above.

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Three new ways to visualise your SEO performance

SEO practitioners don’t typically share their operational methods. Our sector is reliant on gaining competitive advantage through hoarding methods and techniques for just long enough to benefit from them, and then sharing them to gain some love and respect as a bonus.

This also extends to methods for displaying SEO data and visualising performance. For instance, search agencies never willingly allow their reports to be seen by their competitors.

Therefore, I want to break rank somewhat and present three interesting ways to display SEO data and information, methods that I’ve not seen others use out there and that are increasingly becoming standards within my own companies.

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Bad reviews improve conversion by 67%

Social commerce company Reevoo has released research that suggests bad reviews are good for business.

The company found that 68% of consumers trust reviews more when they see both good and bad scores, while 30% suspect censorship or faked reviews when they don’t see anything negative at all.

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B&N discounting, giving away NOOKs to sell content

In the battle for the future of the tablet market, Amazon - with the Kindle Fire, may be a top contender for the lead row. But another retailer, Barnes & Noble (B&N), isn't ceding anything to its etail rival.

Yesterday, it announced that customers who pony up $120 for a one-year subscription to the digital version of PEOPLE Magazine will receive a $50 discount on the NOOK Tablet, bringing its price down to that of the Kindle Fire ($199). Customers who purchase a $240 annual subscription to the New York Times (NYT) can have a NOOK Simple Touch for free, or a NOOK Color tablet for $99.

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