paid media

How to measure the ROI of influencer marketing by placing it within the context of paid media

Influencer marketing exists in a fuzzy space as a creative and media asset, but also a public relations activity. If you were to draw a Venn Diagram of the three marketing sectors, influencer marketing would sit neatly in the overlapping middle.

This ambiguity is the biggest roadblock to the maturation of influencer marketing. How do you make clear decisions about who’s responsible — let alone budget allocation and strategic value — when you’re not even sure where influencer marketing fits in?

New Year marketing resolutions you shouldn’t break in 2014

It’s February and already, according to a number of statistical sources, around a quarter of us have failed to uphold our New Year’s resolutions.

Interestingly, 39% of people in their twenties achieve their resolution each year compared to only 14% of people over 50. That’s interesting given the prevailing attitudes towards younger generations.

In the same vein, marketers are mapping out the conversations they want to have this year to stay ahead of the curve. Given the influx of ‘2014 Trends’ in January, I thought it would be a useful point to review the best and highlight a few that might follow New Year’s resolutions.

Why it’s time for PR professionals to embrace paid media

PR professionals seem to embrace an air of superiority when it comes to the owned/earned/paid debate.

PRs have traditionally crafted stories that win or lose by their storytelling craft. If the story isn’t powerful enough then the journalist will slam the phone down in a rage and never speak to you again.

Whereas on the paid side of the fence, the feeling is that content with a big media budget behind it can reach (or be pushed in front of) a wider audience, whether or not it is any good. And that that’s just wrong.

Truths and flaws abound on both sides of this summary.