bloggers

The three biggest challenges in influencer marketing

The rise of influencer marketing doesn’t seem to be slowing, and it’s easy to see why.

It is the inevitable result of content and social coming together, and many brands have already seen some impressive results from this channel. 

But with it comes a number of challenges that many marketers are struggling to overcome, as outlined in our recent report, The Rise of Influencers, in collaboration with Fashion and Beauty Monitor. 

Bloggers and PRs: the 10 commandments

Monday next week I’m to appear on a webinar panel talking about journalist relationships. You can sign up for it here if you’ve always wondered whether I talk in dulcet tones or a high pitch falsetto.

The Econsultancy blog has featured much on blogger relations, this article from Henry Elliss provides a rather good list of outreach don’ts.

However I wanted to write a piece of my own, partly to draw attention to the upcoming webinar hosted by Vocus (let’s not veil the truth) and partly to add an Econsultancy staff blogger’s opinion to the debate.

So what are the best ways for PRs to engage with Econsultancy’s writers? I’m going to start with some entertaining flippancy that nevertheless holds more than a grain of truth and then move on to some best practice for PRs.

A lot of these are dos and not don’ts, but to fit the commandment theme I’ve had to use a few double negatives. Forgive me.

Seven things companies can learn from the Tesla-New York Times dispute

Recently, the New York Times published a review of the Tesla Model S electric car.

The review, written by a well-known journalist, John Broder, was titled Stalled Out on Tesla’s Electric Highway, and as the title suggests, was not favorable to Tesla. According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, a well-known entrepreneur, Broder’s review was, amongst other things, “bogus.” Not one to shy away from the spotlight, Musk took to the web to prove he was right.