'Creative Best Practices' Category

Eulogy For a Blog: Most Blogs Die Before The Sixth Post

Posted by Allison Freeland on October 20th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Everyone has access to publishing these days, but are all blogs created equal? Feldman Creative and ClearVoice unveil the truth about blog publishing in an infographic titled "Eulogy for a Blog".

Email is 40x Better for New Customer Acquisition: Six Tips for Writing Effective Subject Lines

Posted by Courtney Wiley on October 16th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

According to McKinsey & Company, email is almost 40 times better at acquiring net new customers than Facebook and Twitter.
Hard to believe? Not if you consider that the number of email users is exploding, offering test beds galore: Radicati predicts that the total number of worldwide email users, including both business and consumer users, will increase from over 2.5 billion in 2014 to over 2.8 billion in 2018.
Yes, our team cites email as the most effective lead generation tactic, but we're not alone. Forty-two percent of businesses, along with 88% of B2B marketers, point to email as their number one lead ten tactic, as reported by Circle Research. With the art of email still gaining momentum, we wanted to socialize a few best practices for penning the most effective email subject line.
“The key benefit of a subject line test is not the lesson learned from one campaign. It’s the cumulative learning from systematic testing over time. If you’re testing correctly, the difference in performance between control and test messages for any one campaign will likely be small. But over time, those small differences add up. Over the course of several campaigns, learning how your particular audience responds to different structure, topics, key terms–and... Read more

Report: Social Media Benchmarks for 5 Industries

Posted by Doug Schumacher on October 15th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

One of the more popular reports we publish are benchmarking reports. As every industry is different, it’s interesting to see how KPIs like fan counts and engagement rates track across different industries, as well as across brands within the same industry.
This report takes a look at 5 major industries: Snack Foods, Fashion Retail, Pet Food, Luxury Auto and QSR Restaurants, assessing each on two major social media KPIs. Fan count, and engagement rate. The networks they are analyzed on include Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google Plus and Pinterest.
Key Takeaways

Facebook is still the dominant network in each industry. There’s only one industry, Luxury Autos, in which Facebook has less than 80% of the total average community size.

Instagram leads significantly in engagement rate in every industry profiled.

Google Plus is showing both strong community size, and even more surprisingly, high engagement rates, in several of the industries.

Luxury Fashion: 3 Social Media Campaigns from September

Posted by Doug Schumacher on October 9th, 2014 at 11:10 am

Luxury fashion brands play well with social media. With social media becoming more and more visually-driven, it’s put this category in an even better position to maximize impact with highly graphic content.
This report takes a look at 3 of the more prominent campaigns that ran during the month of September, 2014. The brands analyzed are Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Versace, Gucci, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Calvin Klein.
Key Takeaways

Numerous campaign themes evident within a single month

Industry is trying a range of messaging tactics: branded content, product launches, event coverage, publicity

Network performance varies greatly, with Facebook offering reach, and Instagram high engagement levels

Report: Social Media Analysis – Children's Hospitals

Posted by Doug Schumacher on October 3rd, 2014 at 10:16 am

The Zuum report “Children’s Hospitals - A Week In Social Media” is an example of how to use Zuum to stay on top of the latest content trends in any given industry. See not only which networks have the most fans but also drive engagement. Review the top campaigns, comparing how they perform to other campaigns and popular topics. Assess a brand’s top influencers and how much influence they generated.
Brands analyzed include Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Boston Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Texas Children’s Hospital.
Data highlights and key takeaways:

37% of all posts were made by the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

49 of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s 176 posts were for their #dverockschildrens campaign

Posts requesting donations generated more than 3x the overall per post average engagement

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh used the #dverockschildrens campaign to support their fundraising drive

During the #dverockschildrens campaign, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh had a noticeable spike in new fans