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30 brands with excellent social media strategies

From brand storytelling to new commerce opportunities, social platforms offer brands an unmissable opportunity to reach and engage consumers today (social media users passed the 3.5 billion mark in July 2019, as reported by WeAreSocial). Strategy is not always easy to get right, especially when it comes to the tricky issue of attribution. With that […]

Four tips for capitalizing on the Super Bowl without spending millions

This weekend, a select group of brands with big bank accounts will spend big dollars on ads that run during what is arguably the biggest marketing event in sports, the Super Bowl.

But thanks to social media, savvy marketers can take advantage of the big game without spending millions of dollars on a Super Bowl ad by following these tips.

Talk like a human, for business’s sake

Let’s face it, it’s not too unusual to run into corporate communications that feel impersonal and distant from a customer’s point of view.

So, it’s no coincidence that agencies use the word ‘humanising’ over and over again when providing advice on brand messaging. 

Putting aside any possible scepticism towards the seemingly volatile concept, humanising customer interactions must be the ultimate mission of any modern brand, which should empower its brave employees to shake off any robotic feel customers may perceive in their interactions with the company.

12 best branded Instagram videos from May 2015

Welcome to our monthly round-up of the best branded Instagram videos from the last four weeks.

May features a variety of video making techniques, from never-ending loops to time-lapse to slow-motion, replete with all the stunning insight you’ve come to expect from this beloved round-up.

11 examples of marketing campaigns starring YouTubers

To people of my age, the idea of someone being famous for having a YouTube channel is faintly ridiculous.

And the fact that some of them have gained millions of fans and earned millions of dollars just by posting videos of themselves playing computer games… well, it makes me very sad.

Eight brands scaring your pants off this Halloween

Better lock the doors, turn off all the lights and cling to your favourite comfort blanket, Halloween is getting closer.

Whether on video, social, or just giving their website a spooky little makeover, brands are doing some fittingly disturbing things this year.

Here’s a round-up of some of my favourites.

14 best branded Instagram videos from August 2014

This month’s round-up of brilliant branded Instagram videos comes bearing an exciting new upgrade.

Last week Instagram introduced a new standalone time-lapse video tool called Hyperlapse, which is actually quite brilliant. I wrote about it in greater detail here: Instagram’s Hyperlapse: social video toy for brands

It’s very early days yet but it will be interesting to see how quickly brands begin using the tool and how many different creative ways time-lapse can be used.

In the meantime, here’s a breakneck Hyperlapse trip around the Econsultancy office…

What are the best social media marketing campaigns of all time?

What are the best social media marketing campaigns of all time?

First of all, let me justify the use of the phrase ‘of all time’ by looking at Facebook specifically.

Facebook was available at Harvard in winter 2004 and then over time was extended to some other schools and institutions. In September 2006, anybody could join.

I was considered a late adopter at my university in the UK when I finally joined in early 2007. In late 2007, Facebook had 100,000 business pages.

Ten years on from The Facebook’s foundation (and remember MySpace launched earlier, in August 2003), we’re looking at a form of media that is truly mature.

In the last ten years Facebook has gone from this…

Five brands using crowdsourcing for product and marketing ideas

During a recent discussion about a colleague’s obsession with Lego I was informed of the toymaker’s forays into crowdsourcing new product ideas.

This isn’t a particularly new tactic and I’ve flagged up examples of crowdsourcing in the past, but it’s a topic that’s worth revisiting as more brands get on board.

So in order to inspire your own campaigns or product development, here are five other brands using crowdsourcing…

How the top 100 brands use Twitter

Audiences for brands grew by 20% in Q4 2013 and brand tweets that included pictures and content links generated the most engagement. 

During Q4 2013, the top 100 brands according to Interbrand averaged 210 engagements per tweet when they added a picture link. 

This comes from the latest research by Simply Measured, analysing the Twitter activity of brands listed in the Interbrand 100, compared with the Forbes 100 Best Small Companies in America.

Here’s a look at the research along with some recommendations for brands on how to increase their engagement.