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Eight best social campaigns & stories from January 2016

Clearly social media managers across the country were struggling to recoup their motivation after Christmas, because much of this post is people faceplanting bread or walking through puddles. 

But we do have some pretty impressive campaigns to show you from the likes of WaterAid and Land Rover, along with some of the most exciting social news stories we’ve seen in the last few weeks. 

NFL: the star quarterback of content marketing

It has been a while since I dissected the content marketing efforts of a major brand, and what better subject for my first one of the year than the almighty NFL. 

The 32 NFL teams generated $11.09bn in revenue between them in 2014. The English Premier League, by comparison, turned over just £3.26bn in the same period. 

I thought it would be interesting to delve into the content marketing strategy of this enormous money-making machine to see how the channel supports its success.

NFL video content: Should brands police Twitter?

Last week two Twitter accounts, Deadspin and SBNationGif, were taken down after the NFL reported them for sharing its footage.

The footage was, of course, in the form of Vine video, that most popular format for ‘real-time’ sports clips.

With many sports fans now accustomed to searching Twitter for ‘Vine Rooney goal’ or similar (insert joke here, UK soccer fans), these DMCA takedown notices are a big deal.

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19 tasty examples of content marketing from the fast food industry

There’s a reason your slightly hungover stomach knows exactly what to do when it sees those golden arches: it’s called marketing.

Fast food might be partly responsible for an epidemic of people who can’t fit into plane seats, but we’re not here to debate the morality of peddling cheap and somewhat deadly food to a nation of easily influenced consumers. We’re here to talk about content.

12 best social campaigns and stories from July 2015

July has been a big month for social, with Twitter’s sudden removal of its users’ wallpaper images and the recent news story about kids being able to delete their cringe-inducing social media posts.

Let’s take a look at some of the best social media campaigns and stories from the past month.

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60 quick social media tips for beginners

I have worked in social media before, but only as part of a wider role and only really to help out other people here and there. 

I’m therefore little more than a beginner myself, so I thought it would be good to put together a list of things I wish I’d known about the various platforms when I first started using social. 

Why IBM’s content strategy hits the mark

Content marketing can be a tricky area for brands whose products or services are not traditionally seen as ‘sexy.’ But IBM has turned that idea on its head and produced some of the most exciting content I’ve seen in any industry.   

In this post I’m going to take a look at some of the best examples of IBM’s content, and why I think this company’s strategy is so effective.