'Creative Best Practices' Category

Q&A: Chris Lindland, CEO of Betabrand on Newsjacking HP T-Gate (Video)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on July 31st, 2015 at 10:51 am

Betabrand knows how to break news. Or at least break into it.
The San Francisco-based online clothing company has a history of newsjacking—it made a name for itself when Mark Zuckerberg met with Wall Street bankers in (what else) a hoodie. Zuckerberg's sister Randi stumbled upon Betabrand's $148 Executive Hoodie (think worsted wool) and inventories instantly sold out.
Fast forward to this week, and the small brand has made an art of fast-turn content marketing that this week included a one-take video capitalizing on reports that Silicon Valley legend HP was banning t-shirts in its engineering department to recruit some engineers of its own.
That was Monday. On Tuesday I told CEO Chris Lindland that he had a hit on his hands. By Wednesday Adweek and FastCompany had covered the video. And whether responding to it or simply the news reports, HP Human Resources felt the need to post its own video reassuring employees that the ban was just an unfounded rumor.
I talked with Chris again this morning about his amazing week—and what is says about effective content marketing in general—and powerhouse newsjacking in particular.
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Analyzing top social media posting keywords in any industry

Posted by Doug Schumacher on July 31st, 2015 at 7:18 am

Understanding what topics other brands in and around your industry are posting on, and how they perform, can accelerate your understanding of social media content as it pertains to your own brand.
So lets take a look at how you can get informative views of what’s working from several different vantage points. To do this, we’ll look at Zuum’s Subject Analyzer for posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the retail fashion industry for the following brands: Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic, Diesel, Gap, H&M, Levi’s, Lucky Brand, Roots Canada andTommy Bahama,
The first view is the default setings, below. Note the legend on the chart for meanings of size, color and positionings of each of the terms. This is a very broad view, capturing the greatest number of topics.

The above view is interesting, but perhaps a little noisy with so many keywords. So I can adjust the “Minimum average engagement” slider to show only those posts with average engagement and above. Say around .2% engagement, as I’ve done in the chart below. Notice how this removes many of the lower performing terms, making a bigger distinction between keywords performing around average and the absolute top terms.
An example of that is the #styledby hashtag, which is orange in the above chart... Read more

Most Shared Facebook Post Topics for the CPG Dental Product Category

Posted by Doug Schumacher on July 30th, 2015 at 9:01 am

Choosing a dental product for a gift may not be the most obvious idea, but as we’ll see, some products just need the right positioning.
In the Subject Explorer chart below, you can see the most shared posting themes from 5 top dental care companies over the past 3 months. Interestingly, you can see ‘gift’ is the most highly shared topic with at least 4 total posts during the time period.

You can also see a number of campaign themes, often identifiable by their hashtags, that would be interesting to explore. However, I’m interested in seeing how one sells a dental care product as a gift. The Subject Analyzer report below is the breakout of how that term was used by Oral-B.

As we mentioned, it’s often a matter of having the right positioning for your audience. Start with a practical dad, throw in father’s day even, and suddenly a dental product can make a pretty appealing gift. And for those of you familiar with typical Engagement-to-Fan ratios, you can see the performance for these posts was strong.

Persuading Mobile Users Through Innovation

Posted by Jeff Hasen on July 29th, 2015 at 10:44 am

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said that innovation separates leaders from followers. Serial entrepreneur Jason Calacanis says, “You have to have a big vision and take very small steps to get there.”
The pace is in dispute, but the need for brands to advance technologies and find new ways to engage with the near always-on wireless user is universal.
But how? And what shape does that take?
“If you have a real specific need for doing it and you think it's going to solve a problem, being an early adopter (of technology) is great,” former JetBlue mobile lead Jonathan Stephen told me in an interview for my new book, “The Art of Mobile Persuasion”. http://artofmobilepersuasion.com
“You are quick to fail and quick to being successful. There are others out there who think this can be an enhancement to an experience and maybe those are the ones who don't necessarily jump on the early bandwagon but they continue to see as the technology improves itself, that they will adapt over time and a lot of the kinks will have been worked out. Best practice would have been created and they would have followed those guidelines.
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Triumph Motorcycles' #womenwelove Facebook Campaign Analysis

Posted by Doug Schumacher on July 29th, 2015 at 9:01 am

In social media, there’s a lot to be gained from analyzing a competitor’s top campaigns. Campaigns are a good way to gain a deeper understanding of their approach to social media, and marketing in general. Analysis of a competitor’s top campaigns can show how they value the various social channels, where they allocate resources, and how their content performs across the different channels.
And if you want to find a brand’s major campaigns, look for the hashtags they use when posting. Analyzing the motorcycle industry’s top posting themes since May, I found a number of interesting topics that were posted on at least 5 times on Facebook. See the Subject Analyzer chart directly below.

Curious to see how a motorcycle brand executes a salute to women — a small portion of their customer base — I selected the #womenwelove campaign theme. Analysis of the #womenwelove campaign is in the Subject Analyzer chart below.
In the Posting Calendar chart, you can see the campaign is from Triumph, with 5 posts scattered across the last few months, as evidenced in the Posts chart. All photos, of course, per the Engagements chart.

The Top Related Terms chart gives you a quick take on the campaign’s overall content.
Also in the Engagements chart, note the engagement-to-fans (E/F) ratio of... Read more