tag:econsultancy.com,2008:/topics/social Latest Social content from Econsultancy 2016-10-28T09:23:25+01:00 tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/68464 2016-10-28T09:23:25+01:00 2016-10-28T09:23:25+01:00 All the digital news stories you missed this week Ben Davis <h3>The withering of Vine</h3> <p>Twitter will shutter the Vine app in the "coming months".</p> <p>No date was given in <a href="https://medium.com/@vine/important-news-about-vine-909c5f4ae7a7#.lo9decnw5">Vine's statement</a> but it did say that users would be given notice and will have the option of downloading their Vines beforehand. The website will remain live, too.</p> <p>Vine has 200m monthly active users and many of them are unhappy at the news. Check out the #RIPVine hashtag on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">I don't know what it is about it, but this still is one of the most awesome vines ever. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIPVine?src=hash">#RIPVine</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VineHallOfFame?src=hash">#VineHallOfFame</a> <a href="https://t.co/187OornV49">https://t.co/187OornV49</a></p> — Braxton Stunner (@braxtonstunner) <a href="https://twitter.com/braxtonstunner/status/791865482471022592">October 28, 2016</a> </blockquote> <h3>Twitter announces layoffs</h3> <p>More Twitter turmoil. The company has decided to cut 9% of its staff, despite <a href="http://uk.businessinsider.com/twitter-q3-earnings-2016-10?r=US&amp;IR=T">Q3 revenue up 8% YoY</a>. </p> <p>300 jobs will go from the sales, marketing and partnerships teams.</p> <h3>Slack hits 4m daily users</h3> <p>Slack has announced it has more than 4m daily active users worldwide (1.25m of which are paying).</p> <p>The <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67489-slack-yammer-facebook-who-ll-win-the-collaboration-battle/">workflow tool</a> is considered the fastest growing business application ever. Daily users have increased by a million since May this year.</p> <p>Outside North America, the UK is the top Slack-using nation.</p> <p><em>Chart <a href="https://slackhq.com/we-love-it-when-the-numbers-turn-over-70a61a69b2ff#.f20l1iisp">via Slack</a></em></p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0859/slack.png" alt="slack daus" width="615"></p> <p>In other Slack news, the company has announced it will partner with IBM Watson to improve its own bots.</p> <p>Slackbot will ultimately be better able to help users and Slack will also use the functionality to centralise troubleshooting.</p> <p>An Application Starter Kit will be provided for developers and a Botkit Watson plugin released on Github.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wired.co.uk/article/ibm-watson-is-about-to-make-slack-smarter">More from Wired.</a></p> <h3>Big data reveals Christopher Marlowe <em>is</em> Shakespeare co-author</h3> <p>Shakespeare's three Henry VI plays were written in part by Christopher Marlowe.</p> <p>The association has long been speculated about, but academics including Gary Taylor from Florida State University have used <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67758-big-data-tools-techniques-successful-cmos-need-to-know/">big data</a> to analyse phraseology from both authors to as near as prove their involvement. </p> <p>Databases of plays and Elizabethan writings from a host of authors were used to look for distinctive words and combinations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-shakespeare-marlowe-idUSKCN12O1QE">More from Reuters</a>.</p> <h3>MasterCard launches AI bot</h3> <p>Mastercard is launching a <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67894-what-are-chatbots-and-why-should-marketers-care/">bot</a> that will allow consumers to manage their money via messaging platforms such as Facebook Messenger.</p> <p>The chat, messaging and natural language capabilities will be provided to Mastercard's merchant and bank partners to help their consumers.</p> <p>As <a href="https://www.marketingweek.com/2016/10/26/as-mastercard-launches-an-ai-bot-research-suggests-consumers-prefer-human-interactions/">Marketing Week reports</a>, the bot will provide consumers with personalised service and contextual offers and rewards.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/m-nbznORjaY?wmode=transparent" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p> <h3>40% of FT readers agree to disable their ad-blocker when asked</h3> <p>The Financial Times has revealed that 40% of online readers using ad-blockers agreed to whitelist FT.com (and thereby view ads) when asked, across a sample of 5,000 users.</p> <p>Other tests showed that when some words were obscured from articles, 47% of ad-blocker users agreed to whitelist in order to view content. A further sample saw 69% agree to whitelist when articles were obscured entirely.</p> <p>A sample of 15,000 registered FT.com readers were split into three groups of 5,000 each for the test and asked to “whitelist” the website, meaning adverts would show up, through varying degrees of access.</p> <p><a href="http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/financial-times-experiment-sees-40-per-cent-of-readers-turn-off-ad-blockers-when-asked/">More from the Press Gazette.</a></p> <h3>BT to replace phone boxes with free WiFi stations</h3> <p><a href="http://home.bt.com/tech-gadgets/tech-news/new-links-kiosks-to-offer-free-ultrafast-wi-fi-mobile-charging-calls-and-local-information-in-london-11364107524278">BT is placing</a> 750 WiFi stations across the UK and London as it gets rid of many redundant phone boxes.</p> <p>The 'Links' kiosks will provide free calls, alongside WiFi, maps and information, as well as advertising.</p> <p>BT is partnering with Intersection and Primetime on the new infrastructure.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0864/links.jpg" alt="links" width="615"></p> <h3>Donald Trump is on Tinder..</h3> <p>..sort of. And so is Hillary Clinton.</p> <p>Tinder has collaborated with non-profit Rock the Vote to allow users to swipe left or right on the two candidates' policies.</p> <p>The Swipe the Vote feature lets users find out more about some of the policies being debated then approve or discard them before being told whether their views match their voting intention.</p> <p>The app then directs the user to the nearest polling station ahead of November 8th.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0860/swipe.jpg" alt="tinder swipe the vote" width="615" height="281"></p> <h3>AT&amp;T in agreement to buy Time Warner</h3> <p>You can't have missed this one?</p> <p>AT&amp;T has agreed to buy Time Warner for $85.4bn - a vertical merger combining the network with premium content.</p> <p>Time will tell whether regulators approve the deal. Donald Trump has already said he would block the deal if he becomes President.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ft.com/content/ea38c718-9aca-11e6-b8c6-568a43813464%20">The FT reports</a> that Time Warner's chief exec Jeff Bewkes believes that AT&amp;T Time Warner could be in a position to take on the "duopoly" of Google and Facebook when it comes to digital advertising.</p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:Report/934 2016-10-27T10:15:00+01:00 2016-10-27T10:15:00+01:00 Digital Marketing Template Files Econsultancy <h3>Overview</h3> <p><strong>Digital Marketing Template Files</strong></p> <p><strong>Authors:</strong></p> <ul> <li>James Gurd, Owner and Lead Consultant, <a title="Digital Juggler" href="http://digitaljuggler.com/">Digital Juggler</a> </li> <li>Ben Matthews, Director, <a title="Montfort" href="http://montfort.io/">Montfort</a> </li> <li>Ger Ashby, Head of Creative Services, <a title="Dotmailer" href="https://www.dotmailer.com/">Dotmailer</a> </li> <li><a title="Starcom Mediavest Group" href="http://smvgroup.com/">Starcom Mediavest Group</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.searchlaboratory.com/">Search Laboratory</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>Files available:</strong> 10 file bundles, 50+ individual template files<br></p> <p><strong>File titles:</strong> See sample document for full breakdown of section and file information.</p> <h3>About these files</h3> <p>Need help with an area of digital marketing and don't know where to start? This pack of downloadable files contains best practice templates that you can use in your digital marketing activities. Feel free to adapt them to suit your needs.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jxKmQGxspc8?wmode=transparent" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p> <h3>Contents</h3> <p>In this release we have 10 template bundles containing over 50 individual template files for digital marketing projects.</p> <p><strong>Download separate file bundles below:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Affiliate Marketing</li> <li>Content Marketing</li> <li>Display Advertising </li> <li>Ecommerce Projects</li> <li>Email Marketing</li> <li>Search Engine Marketing: PPC</li> <li>Search Engine Marketing: SEO</li> <li>Social Media and Online PR</li> <li>Usability and User Experience</li> <li>Web Analytics</li> </ul> <p><strong>The template files bundle also includes a <a href="https://econsultancy.com/reports/small-business-online-resource-manager/">Small Business Online Resource Manager</a> that </strong><strong>can help you effectively manage and own your online assets.</strong></p> <p><strong>There's a free guide which you can download to find out more about exactly what is included.</strong></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/68444 2016-10-26T11:25:00+01:00 2016-10-26T11:25:00+01:00 Why is UniLad the most-viewed video publisher in the world? Nikki Gilliland <p>However, with more than 19m fans on Facebook and over 3bn video views in September alone – it now ranks an impressive number two in the world.</p> <p>UniLad also tops the chart for <a href="https://tubularlabs.com/rank/cross-platform/">most popular video creators</a>.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0640/CrossFeed.JPG" alt="" width="780" height="595"></p> <p>So, what exactly makes Unilad’s use of video so successful?</p> <p>Here’s a closer look at how and why it is among the most-watched.</p> <h3>Targeting a mobile generation</h3> <p>Like Buzzfeed, UniLad targets Generation Y – an audience between the ages of 18 and 35. </p> <p>While it's easy to see how Buzzfeed appeals to such a diverse demographic – because although brands might suggest otherwise, <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/68044-millennials-don-t-hate-advertising-it-s-all-about-the-value-exchange/" target="_blank">millennials are <em>not</em> all the same</a> – UniLad’s target market seems to be far more niche.</p> <p>It publishes short and humorous videos that are light-hearted in nature, and as the name would suggest, typically quite laddish.</p> <p>Despite many videos clearly falling into this category, the brand’s co-founder, Liam Harrington, has previously insisted that UniLad’s Facebook Likes are roughly split 35:65 between women and men - and that women are more likely to share UniLad's content.</p> <p>I find the latter a little hard to believe. But regardless, it is clear that the brand is becoming increasingly intent on shedding its formerly chauvinist image.</p> <p>And it <em>is</em> true that most negative connotations stem from the brand’s former incarnation of Unilad.com – not the current version that was launched in 2014.</p> <p>Personally, I always find the content to be hit or miss.</p> <p>Certain videos are definitely funny and appealing to watch, yet others veer towards being sexist or overly silly. </p> <p>While its history remains a little murky, the one aspect that continues to drive UniLad’s appeal is its laser-focused consistency of the medium - short, snappy, shareable and easy-to-consume video content. </p> <p>With <a href="http://tubularinsights.com/millennials-ensure-46-percent-video-consumed-via-mobile/" target="_blank">46% of video content now being consumed on mobile</a> – combined with the fact that millennials now spend <a href="http://www.tnsglobal.com/press-release/millennials-spend-one-day-a-week-on-their-phones" target="_blank">more time than ever on their smartphones</a> – the digital landscape is perfectly designed for UniLad.</p> <h3>Experimenting on social</h3> <p>For a brand that made its name on Facebook, it’s unsurprising that UniLad is also pretty hot on other social media channels.</p> <p>Despite falling behind competitors like The Lad Bible on platforms other than Facebook, it has recently ramped up its efforts on Snapchat, and even more so with the launch of Instagram Stories – both are features that allow the brand to further capitalise on the consumer’s desire for short video.</p> <p>Here, from the caption to the thumbnail, everything is built around capturing the user’s interest. </p> <p>And let’s be honest, with the increasingly short attention spans of millennials, it doesn’t have to be held for that long at all. </p> <p>With the prime video length said to be around 45 seconds, it's easy to see why UniLad’s content is so easily devoured by users absent-mindedly scrolling through social media.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0641/Honey_G.JPG" alt="" width="780" height="498"></p> <h3>A reaction to traditional media outlets</h3> <p>Another reason behind UniLad’s success seems to be the appetite for news and content that does not patronise young audiences – as well as an appealing break from the rather grim nature of every day news.</p> <p>The fact that traditional broadcasters are now copying UniLad’s style of content is a sure-fire sign that the brand is setting a precedent.  </p> <p>Newspapers like the Metro and the Sun place a huge focus on social media and promoting shareable content.</p> <p>What’s more, these papers are even turning to UniLad as a source.</p> <p>So, if the brand is so in-demand, is it capitalising on interest from advertisers?</p> <p>The answer is both yes and no.</p> <p>While it does make money in this way, it looks intent on getting the balance right, remaining focused on working with others to create original and authentic content that still resonates with its audience.</p> <p>A recent example of this is the video is created for the movie ‘Dirty Grandpa’, which involved an elderly busker singing the lyrics of a popular rap song. </p> <p>With 2.9m views on Facebook, it’s gone on to become one of the most-watched on the brand's channel.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Funiladmag%2Fvideos%2F2021020727920976%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p> <p>This is surely a sign of things to come. Unilad now has around 80 employees, so further growth is likely to stem from this type of branded content created in-house. </p> <p>Of course, it will be interesting to see how loyal fans react, especially as part of UniLad’s appeal is that it does not feel like a massive brand in its own right, or one that would be willing to sell out.</p> <p>It regularly uses videos that have been submitted by fans or found online, and even has a dedicated page on its website promoting this.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0663/Submit_your_video.JPG" alt="" width="780" height="105"></p> <h3>Introduction of serious content</h3> <p>So, with such a large audience - and the prestigious ranking of the number one most viewed video platform in the world – where will UniLad go from here?</p> <p>Building on the intent to widen its user-base, as well as further distance itself from its murky past, the answer looks to be more serious and valuable content.</p> <p>It has already demonstrated this with videos about homelessness and mental health, as well as supporting charities like the Salvation Army.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Funiladmag%2Fvideos%2F2321719497851096%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p> <p>Like Buzzfeed, UniLad is now aiming to become a respected publisher in its own right. </p> <p>Luckily for the brand, its audience has so far been receptive to the change, with its more hard-hitting videos achieving strong views and engagement.</p> <p>With its founders desperate to show that UniLad cares about more than just 'banter', it's on the right path.</p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/68433 2016-10-25T14:12:51+01:00 2016-10-25T14:12:51+01:00 Newsjacking the US election: Six brands playing the Trump card Rebecca Baines <p>Amidst the ongoing throw downs, exposures and slew of controversies, a number of brands have been using the combined power of the press and political fever to piggyback the US election.</p> <p>It’s refreshing to see brands dipping their toes into this arena, with many usually shying away from the contentious world of politics.</p> <p>The rules of engagement are seemingly changing and brands aren’t as afraid as they have been in the past to get involved in the conversation.</p> <p>While we wait with bated breath to find out the USA’s fate, here’s a number of successful brand campaigns that have hijacked the 2016 election.</p> <h3>Make America Pancakes Again, by Bisquick</h3> <p>Brains at the all-American brand have whipped up a fresh batch of creative with the <a href="http://bisquick.tumblr.com/">‘Make America Pancakes Again’</a> presidential campaign.</p> <p>Rather than Clinton vs. Trump, it’s a head-to-head match with pancakes pitted against waffles in the ultimate American breakfast showdown.</p> <p>Both breakfast favourites have launched their own attack ads against each other, with the parody campaign creating a little fun among the serious political noise.</p> <p>The campaign has trickled into social too, with #VotePancakes and #VoteWaffles used across Twitter and Facebook, plus a Tumblr page bursting with content.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0513/bisquick.png" alt="" width="683" height="300"></p> <h3>Captain Obvious Runs for President, by Hotels.com</h3> <p>Hotels.com has put a humorous spin on its integrated politically-tinted campaign, fronted by brand mascot Captain Obvious.</p> <p>He’s taken a literal 50-state tour of the USA (including stops at hotels, of course) with a number of puns and baby-kissing gags thrown in, all in a bid for the presidency.</p> <p>This isn’t just a surface campaign though; it’s been rolled out across multiple channels, with a <a href="http://www.captainobvious.website/">dedicated website</a> full of content, including video, GIFs and even memorabilia.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0514/hotels.png" alt="" width="683" height="300"></p> <h3>How Trump are you? By 888</h3> <p>The controversial candidate has been digitally transformed by 888 into the form of an interactive quiz.</p> <p>Users are being invited to test themselves against the <a href="https://www.888casino.com/blog/trump-quiz/">Donald Trump-O-Meter</a> to identify how much they have in common with the Republican candidate – from their chosen shade of tan to their favourite hat.</p> <p>It’s a nice example of shareable social media content, though I am not sure how many people will be proudly admitting they’re 100% Trump on their Facebook page.</p> <p>I’m 0%, if you were wondering...</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0515/888.png" alt="" width="683" height="250"></p> <h3>No Choice, by Doritos</h3> <p>Crisp giant Doritos is throwing its hat into the political ring with a <a href="https://www.doritosredvsblue.com/vote">campaign</a> that targets students, encouraging them to take part in this year’s election and make their vote count.</p> <p>How? In partnership with Rock the Vote it has created a limited edition of crap crisps that boast no flavour or crunch and are packaged up in lack-lustre fashion, made for the 62% of young Americans who didn’t vote in 2012.</p> <p>Taglines rolled out with the campaign include ‘if you’re not registered to vote, you get no choice’ and ‘the boldest choice is making a choice’.</p> <p> <img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0516/doritos.png" alt="" width="525" height="576"></p> <h3> <a>Reach Across the Aisle, by JetBlue</a><a name="_msoanchor_1"></a> </h3> <p>This light-hearted stunt was designed to lift the mood of election season.</p> <p>150 unsuspecting passengers were filmed for the campaign from JetBlue and invited to take part in a competition to win free air travel to one of 20 destinations.</p> <p>The catch? They’d only get their hands on the prize if as a group they could agree on a single destination by unanimous vote.</p> <p>The group managed to compromise on Costa Rica, with the key takeaway being that if everyone works together, all parties can win.</p> <p>The successful social experiment was <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPurzKVTlU4">filmed</a> and shared across JetBlue’s social channels and has earned more than 1m views since.</p> <p> <img src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/EPurzKVTlU4/maxresdefault.jpg" alt="" width="683" height="300"></p> <h3> <a>Vote Rump, by GBK</a><a name="_msoanchor_2"></a> </h3> <p>Across the pond, UK-based burger chain <a href="http://www.gbk.co.uk/">Gourmet Burger Kitchen</a> is poking fun at Donald Trump with its new ad campaign, Vote Rump.</p> <p>The restaurant's latest burger has sparked a series of outdoor ads that compare the candidate to a hamburger, with taglines such as ‘Vote Rump – it’s a bit of an arse’ and ‘Vote Rump – it’s really rich and incredibly cheesy’.</p> <p>Simple marketing at its finest.</p> <p> <img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0521/GBK2.png" alt="" width="683" height="382"></p> <h3>In summary...</h3> <p>The key takeaway from these various campaigns?</p> <p>Brands can insert themselves into relevant political culture, without taking themselves too seriously.</p> <p>Rather than trying to ignore one of the most talked about subjects of the year, these brands have managed to embrace the conversation without taking sides.</p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/68436 2016-10-24T11:19:00+01:00 2016-10-24T11:19:00+01:00 A closer look at the re-brand of Abercrombie & Fitch Nikki Gilliland <p>Abercrombie &amp; Fitch has also relaunched its website, advertising approach and overall image, just in time for its Christmas campaign.</p> <p>Here’s a closer look at how (and why) the US retailer has done it.</p> <h3>A new era</h3> <p>On the back of <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-abercrombie-results-idUSKCN0T91MP20151120" target="_blank">falling sales and dwindling share price</a>, last year Abercrombie &amp; Fitch appointed a new vice president of design and creative director.</p> <p>It had been suffering from the stiff competition of ‘fast-fashion’ retailers like Urban Outfitters, Zara and H&amp;M, but even more so, the brand had been rapidly falling out of favour with youngsters.</p> <p>Why?</p> <p>As well as having a reputation for sexualised advertising, Abercrombie &amp; Fitch has previously been criticised for being elitist. </p> <p>Former CEO, Mike Jeffries, was even quoted in a 2006 interview saying that the brand brazenly targets a certain type of consumer.</p> <blockquote> <p>In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids.</p> </blockquote> <p>Looking at the old website (see below image), it’s not difficult to see why the brand might have put off many young consumers. </p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0545/A_F_old_2.PNG" alt="" width="700" height="477"></p> <p>With other retailers like <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/68351-why-women-are-talking-about-h-m-s-latest-ad-campaign/" target="_blank">H&amp;M celebrating diversity</a> in their advertising, Abercrombie &amp; Fitch’s ‘all-American’ image was doing more to alienate rather than engage.</p> <h3>An inclusive approach</h3> <p>Now, Abercrombie &amp; Fitch is taking an entirely different tack.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QiormpYQMGU?wmode=transparent" width="854" height="480"></iframe></p> <p>Speaking about the rebrand, Fran Horowitz, the company’s CMO recently said: “Rather than buying clothes that symbolize membership in an exclusive group, today’s consumer celebrates individuality and uniqueness.”</p> <p>Everything about the new website reflects this new all-inclusive approach.</p> <p>Using words like ‘evolving’, ‘reinventing’ and ‘welcoming’ – the brand is reassuring both old and new consumers that change is a positive thing.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0546/A_F.PNG" alt="" width="700" height="553"></p> <p>Likewise, there are more hints towards the brand’s heritage and established history, as well as the quality and premium nature of the product.</p> <p>Instead of high-fashion style editorials, the imagery is much more laid back. </p> <p>Gone are the moody shirtless models, and in their place are happy, smiling and laughing friends (wrapped up nice and warm for Christmas).</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0547/A_F.PNG" alt="" width="700" height="389"></p> <h3>Rebooting on social media</h3> <p>In order to underline the new brand image, Abercrombie &amp; Fitch decided to start its social media channels from scratch.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0544/Capture.PNG" alt="" width="500" height="470"></p> <p>Since doing so, it has slowly populated its Instagram and Twitter accounts with snapshots from its latest campaign, using the hashtag #thisisabercrombie to highlight the change.</p> <p>The question is – will consumers be happy to embrace it?</p> <p>By removing the negatives, it is definitely easier for the brand to move forward, however it does not mean its past reputation will instantly be erased.</p> <p>What’s more, the decision to start again on social is a marketing stunt we’ve also seen before. </p> <p>Earlier this year, Yves Saint Laurent completely wiped its Instagram account after creative director, Hedi Slimane, was replaced.</p> <p>The move was labelled as childish and immature by many in the fashion industry.</p> <p>Of course, it’s not fair to tar Abercrombie &amp; Fitch with the same brush, as the reboot is just one part of its wider, large-scale change – and one that certainly needed to happen.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Character is a trend that never goes out of style. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ThisIsAbercrombie?src=hash">#ThisIsAbercrombie</a> <a href="https://t.co/VoHd9YL9zc">https://t.co/VoHd9YL9zc</a> <a href="https://t.co/saHHrJYE1r">pic.twitter.com/saHHrJYE1r</a></p> — Abercrombie &amp; Fitch (@Abercrombie) <a href="https://twitter.com/Abercrombie/status/787035257585405957">October 14, 2016</a> </blockquote> <p>With sales in continued decline before the relaunch, it remains to be seen whether or not it’ll help the brand regain its former glory.</p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:Report/3008 2016-10-20T16:10:00+01:00 2016-10-20T16:10:00+01:00 Internet Statistics Compendium Econsultancy <p>Econsultancy’s <strong>Internet Statistics Compendium</strong> is a collection of the most recent statistics and market data publicly available on online 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2016-10-19T14:12:50+01:00 Pharma company Novartis taps Facebook Live event to promote heart failure drugs Patricio Robles <p>Take for instance Novartis, which teamed up with the American Heart Association and actress/singer Queen Latifah as part of their <em>Rise Above Heart Failure</em> initiative.</p> <p>Queen Latifah's mother, Rita Owens, experienced heart failure 10 years ago, prompting lifestyle changes that have enabled her to manage her condition, and inspiring her daughter to get involved with helping others who are dealing with heart failure or supporting a family member who is.<br></p> <h3>A better way to tell a story</h3> <p>The <em>Rise Above Heart Failure </em>initiative, which includes events, media outreach and digital content distributed on the American Heart Association's <a href="http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartFailure/LivingWithHeartFailureAndAdvancedHF/Rise-Above-Heart-Failure-Queen-Latifahs-Story_UCM_477792_Article.jsp">website</a> and through social media, was a natural fit for Novartis.</p> <p>The company is behind Entresto, a heart failure drug that was approved by the FDA in 2015, and while it hasn't yet produced the sales expected, possibly due to its price tag, Novartis will have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on marketing and development.</p> <p>Initially, some of its marketing of Entresto drew significant criticism.</p> <p>As FiercePharma's Beth Snyder Bulik <a href="http://www.fiercepharma.com/pharma/novartis-sponsor-queen-latifah-push-for-heart-failure-awareness-inspired-by-her-mom">detailed</a>, Novartis's first attempt at direct-to-consumer ads for Entresto "sparked protests from cardiologists and consumers for its stark depiction equating heart failure to a room filling with water while a patient calmly reads the paper."</p> <p>That ad was pulled in the face of the criticism.</p> <p>Aligning itself with the <em>Rise Above Heart Failure</em> initiative is a much more positive undertaking, and gives Novartis the opportunity to engage in <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67747-pharma-marketers-should-use-storytelling-to-improve-the-industry-s-reputation/">storytelling</a> using digital channels.</p> <p>Interestingly, one of those channels is Facebook Live, which was used to broadcast a live panel discussion on World Heart Day that featured Queen Latifah and medical doctor Karol E. Watson, a professor of medicine/cardiology and the co-director of the UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0425/Screen_Shot_2016-10-17_at_17.13.28.png" alt="" width="500" height="453"></p> <p>Nearly 1,000 people tuned in to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1659479787696400/">the event</a> on Facebook Live, which Queen Latifah hoped would help others who have dealt with heart failure.</p> <p>"I really just want the millions of Americans who are touched by heart failure to share their story – and their 'red steps’ – and to speak up about the condition," she said in <a href="http://newsroom.heart.org/news/on-world-heart-day-american-heart-association-recognizes-role-of-patient-provider-relationships-in-managing-heart-failure">a press release</a>.</p> <p>According to Novartis spokesperson...</p> <blockquote> <p>We were drawn by the potential of Facebook Live to reach a wide audience in real time, to facilitate live engagement, and to allow on-demand viewing.</p> </blockquote> <p>The company, which expects Entresto sales to hit $200m this year, obviously can't rely exclusively on sponsorship of Facebook Live events to spread the word about its drugs.</p> <p>But <em>Rise Above Heart Failure</em> shows how pharma companies can facilitate and be a part of more meaningful discussions that are personal, emotional and provide tangible value to consumers.</p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/68426 2016-10-19T10:41:59+01:00 2016-10-19T10:41:59+01:00 A brand that loves you: How Buzzfeed uses empathy to connect with its audience Nikki Gilliland <p>When previously asked how he maintains a strong relationship with his fans, Snoop said that the key is not to view them from on top of a celebrity pedestal, but rather, to lift them up to join him.</p> <p>At the recent IAB Digital Upfronts event, I heard how this sense of empathy - the ability to step into the shoes of the audience - is at the core of Buzzfeed’s strategy.</p> <p>Here’s a summary of the talk, with further insight into how the brand uses this core emotion to drive its content.</p> <h3>A brand that loves you</h3> <p>Buzzfeed believes that content created by brands can be just as meaningful as that found on any platform.</p> <p>Likewise, it can also be just as relevant and enjoyable to the person that is consuming it.</p> <p>However, in order to get a consumer to connect, or to think ‘I love that brand’ - they need to first feel as if the brand loves them.</p> <p>According to Frank, this is done through empathy - or the ‘the ultimate brand-building super power’ as he called it. </p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0435/See_me.JPG" alt="" width="750" height="493"></p> <h3>Buzzfeed is built with empathy</h3> <p>By feeling empathy with the audience, Buzzfeed is able to create content that helps people connect on a personal level.</p> <p>A great example of this is its true crime series, Buzzfeed Unsolved.</p> <p>Unlike shows like Serial or Making a Murderer, which were created from the point of view of the expert, Unsolved is created from the perspective of the viewer.</p> <p>The stars of the show are the fans themselves, and by including both a sceptical opinion and a conspiracy theorist, the majority of people watching are also able to relate.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/j2KKUcxAdjc?list=PLVAvUrL_VQiNZYyMnmzLZs8_W9l-WBqm-&amp;wmode=transparent" width="854" height="480"></iframe></p> <p>Similarly, Buzzfeed’s new food platform, Proper Tasty, is a world away from the idealised view of cooking that we see on television shows or films.</p> <p>Instead of the quest for the perfect meal, Proper Tasty aims to create relevant and realistic recipes for everyday people and their friends.</p> <p>In other words, it uses food as the connector - not the spectacle.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fbuzzfeedpropertasty%2Fvideos%2F1754452048100801%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=400" width="400" height="400"></iframe></p> <p>Another example of Buzzfeed using empathy to create a connection is the series ‘Weird things that couples fight about’.</p> <p>The video garnered a huge response, but this was not necessarily due to its relevancy - it did not set out to depict all relationships.</p> <p>Instead, what it aimed to to do was create a sense of intimacy with the viewer.</p> <p>Essentially, it sparked a conversation, giving people the permission to talk about their own relationships, and encouraging them to share the video in response.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SRMXzq3bN_8?wmode=transparent" width="854" height="480"></iframe></p> <h3>How brands can create human connection at scale</h3> <p>So, how can brands emulate Buzzfeed’s ability to connect with consumers?</p> <p>During his talk, Frank cited three ways to create a human connection on a large scale.</p> <h4>See your true audience</h4> <p>Instead of seeing the audience as a single demographic, based on factors like age and socio-economic background, it is helpful to start from an individual perspective. </p> <p>By using empathy as the foundation of their content strategy, brands are much more likely to create content with momentum, which in turn trickles out to a wider audience.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0437/See_your_true_audience.JPG" alt="" width="750" height="511"></p> <h4>Think about the storytelling</h4> <p>Authenticity is incredibly important to Buzzfeed's audience. </p> <p>Unlike traditional media outlets, it is rooted in the everyday reality of its users, whereby humour and hard-htting topics go hand in hand.</p> <p>Let’s take the recent example of when Buzzfeed partnered with Facebook Live to hold a debate on the EU Referendum.</p> <p>A live segment of a girl offering her opinion (complete with profanities) garnered 7.5m views - more than coverage of interviews by both ITV and Sky News combined.</p> <p>It's not difficult to see why.</p> <p>With its raw human element, it was far more relatable that the filtered depiction offered elsewhere.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0439/Buzzfeed_debate.JPG" alt="" width="617" height="405"></p> <h4>Be agile and adapt </h4> <p>Lastly, Frank suggests that the key to creating quality and empathetic content is to test and test again.</p> <p>Instead of jumping in head first and making big changes, it is more helpful to make small bets, over and over again.</p> <p>From tweaking headlines to moving the position of embedded videos, making tiny changes can actually have the biggest influence over time.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0438/Adapt.JPG" alt="" width="750" height="562"></p> <h3>In conclusion…</h3> <p>Like the legendary Snoop Dogg himself, Buzzfeed’s ability to relate to its audience is fundamental to its success.</p> <p>The approach might not be particularly ground-breaking, but in a world where most media outlets talk down to the audience, it is surprisingly underused.</p> <p>For brands eager to create a more meaningful connection with consumers, it's the best place to start. </p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/68404 2016-10-19T09:31:54+01:00 2016-10-19T09:31:54+01:00 10 examples of great fashion marketing campaigns Nikki Gilliland <p>Here are a few of my favourites from over the past few years.</p> <h3>1. Burberry Kisses</h3> <p>Burberry spends 60% of its budget on digital, so it’s unsurprising that it comes out on top in terms of marketing.</p> <p>While its most recent fashion campaign experiments with the ‘<a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/68305-runway-to-retail-how-fashion-brands-are-introducing-see-now-buy-now/" target="_blank">see now, buy now’ trend</a>, its broader marketing creatives tend to be the most exciting.</p> <p>‘Burberry Kisses’, launched in partnership with Google, was one of the best of 2015. </p> <p>Despite not being related to the product, by using technology to create a personal connection with consumers, it succeeded in bringing the brand story to life.</p> <p>Allowing users to send a virtual kiss to a loved one, it generated interest from over 215 countries worldwide, with users spending an average of 3.5 minutes interacting with the ‘Kisses’ campaign. </p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LRiZMVEIhas?wmode=transparent" width="854" height="480"></iframe></p> <h3>2. Ted Baker's Cabinet of Curiosities</h3> <p>Part of its Autumn/Winter 2015 push, Ted Baker's Cabinet of Curiosities was a great example of how to use social networks for organic reach.</p> <p>Interactive and highly visual, it involved daily clues being released to followers of its Instagram account, asking them to guess what was in Ted's Cabinet for the chance to win a prize.</p> <p>The campaign also transferred offline, with certain clues being hidden in-store for consumers to locate.</p> <p>Alongside its <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/68275-ted-baker-unveils-shoppable-video-google-voice-search-stunt-for-aw16-campaign/" target="_blank">recent experiment with shoppable content</a>, Ted Baker proves there is real value in its creative approach to marketing.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0133/Ted_Baker_Curiosities.JPG" alt="" width="780" height="523"></p> <h3> 3. Nike's Better for It</h3> <p>We're always <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/63129-10-awesome-digital-marketing-campaigns-from-nike/" target="_blank">writing about Nike on the blog</a>, and with a back catalogue that reflects its strong brand identity, there's a good reason why.</p> <p>2015's 'Better for It' campaign is one of the most memorable in recent years.</p> <p>Depicting the inner thoughts of women during sporting activity, it highlights the correlation between sport and self-esteem, and cleverly hints at how what we wear can also have a bearing.</p> <p>With a light-hearted but empowering tone, it succeeded in engaging female consumers.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WF_HqZrrx0c?wmode=transparent" width="854" height="480"></iframe></p> <h3>4. Hermès’ House of Scarves</h3> <p>Hermès' microsite, La Maison des Carrés, was set up to showcase its popular selection of scarves.</p> <p>Instead if simply encouraging visitors to buy online, it aims to bring to life the history and artistry of the brand.</p> <p>With its beautiful design and superb attention to detail, it entices visitors to get lost in its world of illustration.</p> <p>While <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/68028-five-ecommerce-lessons-from-burberry-and-hermes/" target="_blank">we have previously pointed out</a> that Hermès' website might come across as self-indulgent (and therefore off-putting to consumers), there's no denying that this part stands out for its creative and original approach.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/47tVddtcCnw?wmode=transparent" width="854" height="480"></iframe></p> <h3> 5. Inside Chanel</h3> <p>Alongside Chanel News, Inside Chanel is a microsite dedicated to telling the story of the brand - a key part of its overarching marketing strategy.</p> <p>Separated into 12 chapters, each detailing an important part of the brand's history, it offers something of real value for consumers.</p> <p>Combining photography, digital sketches and video - it uses rich content to bring the story to life.</p> <p>With 100 years of history, the in-depth and well-produced nature of the campaign also reflects the quality of the brand. </p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/F3QAxtE1L20?list=PLEE61EDB90F0AA88F&amp;wmode=transparent" width="854" height="480"></iframe></p> <h3>6. H&amp;M's Close the Loop</h3> <p>We recently wrote about <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/68351-why-women-are-talking-about-h-m-s-latest-ad-campaign/" target="_blank">why women are talking about H&amp;M's latest campaign</a>, but its 'Close the Loop' ad is another example of the brand's innovative marketing.</p> <p>With the aim of promoting its mission to make fashion more sustainable, it created one of the most diverse ads of all time.</p> <p>Featuring plus-size model Tess Holliday and Muslim model Mariah Idrissi the ad garnered a massively positive response for its celebration of different cultures in relation to fashion.</p> <p>By creating a buzz around the campaign, it ensured that its message of sustainability was heard.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/s4xnyr2mCuI?wmode=transparent" width="854" height="480"></iframe></p> <h3>7. NastyGal's #GirlBoss</h3> <p>Nasty Gal has an ethos of self-empowerment and discovery, which is nicely weaved into all of its marketing campaigns.</p> <p>As well as being the title of founder Sophia Amoruso's self-penned book, the hashtag #girlboss is also the title of the Nasty Gal's separate content hub.</p> <p>Alongside long-form articles on fashion and general lifestyle, it is also the home of Girl Boss radio - a podcast where Sophia interviews various women who have made their mark.</p> <p>A great example of a multi-channel campaign, it reflects the core values of the brand while subtly promoting it.</p> <p><em>(Read more on <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/68348-three-reasons-brands-are-using-podcasts-as-part-of-their-content-marketing-strategy/" target="_blank">brands using podcasts</a>.)</em></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Four career lessons from <a href="https://twitter.com/sophiaamoruso">@sophiaamoruso</a> that every young person should know:<a href="https://t.co/HB01H2YbxQ">https://t.co/HB01H2YbxQ</a> <a href="https://t.co/J5SABfJbKa">pic.twitter.com/J5SABfJbKa</a></p> — #girlboss (@GIRLBOSS) <a href="https://twitter.com/GIRLBOSS/status/784515916361035776">October 7, 2016</a> </blockquote> <h3>8. Swoon for Monsoon</h3> <p>A number of fashion brands have released shoppable magazines, and while Net A Porter's 'The Edit' is often cited as one of the best, Swoon for Monsoon proves that it's not only an approach reserved for high end brands.</p> <p>Hosted on its main website, the campaign comprised of digital magazines that could be accessed on web, tablet and mobile.</p> <p>Including visual elements such as GIF's and video, there were also contributions from influencers to ramp up engagement and consumer interest.</p> <p>A sleek slice of shoppable content - it was also a great example of how to integrate editorial elements into ecommerce.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/86FovKAMUCU?wmode=transparent" width="854" height="480"></iframe></p> <h3>9. #CastMeMarc</h3> <p>Using social media as the driving force for its Autumn/Winter campaign, Marc Jacobs took to Instagram to do a bit of model scouting.</p> <p>For the chance to be featured in his Autumn/Winter campaign, it asked followers to tag a photo of themselves using the hashtag #castmemarc.</p> <p>As well as creating awareness of the brand, it was successful in giving consumers and fans of the brand a memorable and potentially valuable experience.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0137/Marc_Jacobs.JPG" alt="" width="780" height="503"></p> <h3>10. Rei's Opt Outside</h3> <p>This isn't really a campaign as such, probably more of a PR stunt. But I realy liked it, so I've snuck it onto this list.</p> <p>Outdoor apparel retailer <a href="https://econsultancy.com/blog/67109-rei-opts-out-of-black-friday-sort-of/">Rei encouraged consumers to boycott Black Friday</a>, even shutting down its own website on the day itself.</p> <p>As well as connecting with consumers on a relatable topic, it also perfectly encapsulated what the brand stands for - a love of outdoor adventure and a stance against consumerism.</p> <p>With a 6% rise in traffic on Black Friday as well as a long-term boost for its reputation, its daring approach seemed to pay off. </p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/flH5ReMsZ-M?wmode=transparent" width="854" height="480"></iframe></p> tag:econsultancy.com,2008:BlogPost/68411 2016-10-18T13:21:21+01:00 2016-10-18T13:21:21+01:00 The doctor is always in: Baidu to launch medical chatbot Patricio Robles <p>For example, digital health startup HealthTap created a bot that allows Facebook Messenger users to seek out answers to their health questions.</p> <p>HealthTap's bot searches for similar questions and can provide past answers that might be useful before it offers to send the user's question to its network of 100,000 doctors.</p> <p><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/162458358" width="640" height="360"></iframe></p> <p>And now <a href="https://econsultancy.com/reports/baidu-search-best-practice-guide/">Baidu</a>, China's largest search engine, is getting into the act with Melody, a chatbot that is integrated into the company's iOS and Android Baidu Doctor apps.</p> <p><img src="https://assets.econsultancy.com/images/0008/0429/baidu-melody.jpg" alt="" width="432" height="384"></p> <p>Melody, which is available to Chinese patients and doctors, uses artificial intelligence and deep learning to gather information from patients related to the medical questions they ask.</p> <p>The bot does not dispense medical advice.</p> <p>Instead, it presents the information collected from the patient to doctors, who can then respond after the information has been reviewed and validated.</p> <p>"It's not our role to diagnose - it's the doctors' role to diagnose. We try to assist the doctors," Andrew Ng, Baidu's chief scientist, <a href="http://venturebeat.com/2016/10/11/baidu-launches-medical-assistant-chatbot-to-help-doctors-collect-patient-information/">told</a> VentureBeat.</p> <p>Melody was trained on health data from a number of sources, including medical textbooks and health websites, which assists the bot in asking patients the right questions and collecting the right information that doctors can use to make a diagnosis.</p> <p>Over time, Melody will get even better as its artifical intelligence learns from its own interactions.</p> <p>While Melody doesn't dispense advice, Ng sees the technology as being critical to healthcare going forward.</p> <p>There is a widspread shortage of doctors around the globe, and this problem is only expected to grow in the coming decades.</p> <p>As Ng sees it, "I don't know how else to solve this problem other than to use AI."</p> <p>While Melody is currently only in use in China, Baidu is in talks with organizations in the US and Europe and Ng says the technology is "resonating well with physicians around the world."</p> <p>That suggests that if chatbots truly go mainstream and Melody proves successful at helping doctors and patients interact more efficiently, chatbots could become a fixture in the healthcare industry in the not too distant future.</p>