'Creative Best Practices' Category

2015 in Review: A Social Media Benchmark & Content Summary for the Luxury Fashion Industry

Posted by Doug Schumacher on January 20th, 2016 at 10:50 am

In this report we look at the fan counts, posting habits, engagement levels, and content themes of the top luxury fashion brands in the US for 2015. We’ll analyze 9 category leaders: CHANEL, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Dior, Gucci, Dolce & Gabanna, ARMANI, Calvin Klein, and Versace.
Highlights

Facebook is the largest social network, with just over 45% of the average fan count across all networks.
Instagram is the largest growing network for 2015, with an average growth rate of 197%. Facebook lost an average of 6% of fans.
Instagram captured over 90% of the average engagement for 2015.

Play Post-CES Buzzword Bingo

Posted by Rick Mathieson on January 11th, 2016 at 9:54 am

This is one game that's easier to play than avoid.
We're all guilty of overusing tech industry buzzwords. And why not? They play a useful role as common shorthand that (conveniently) confers an aura of "cool" to those fluent in the lingua franca of 21st century business.
But as the tech industry recovers from CES, many of us are finding ourselves feeling buzzword burnout over what feels like an egregious level of noise pollution emanating from Las Vegas last week.
“Disruptive.” “Influencer.”“(Anything)-Hacking.” “Unicorn.” I'm sure we've heard them all this week, many times over.
Never mind that some of this lingo could be headed for limbo faster than Kim (or any other) Kardashian can “Break the Internet.”
“Unicorn,” for instance, is quickly morphing into “unicorpse,” as concerns grow that companies like Gilt, Tango and SFX Entertainment may prove emblematic of some of these hard-to-find beasts with billion-dollar valuations may ultimately fare.
In the meantime, we found some catharsis in a piece last Monday by Shawn Paul Wood in PR Newser, lamenting some of the most irksome buzzwords found in news stories and press releases.
When we mentioned the article in the GEN WOW LinkedIn Group, member Rick Wootten, senior director of global marketing for Seagate, mused about... Read more

Internet of Things Upending Real Estate Industry

Posted by Neal Leavitt on December 26th, 2015 at 9:40 am

No matter if you’re a realtor or property manager, technology has redefined the real estate business over the past few years. And now the Internet of Things (IoT) is giving the industry a much-needed makeover – and all for the better.
One example – modelling. 3D printer technology can replicate models from computer-assisted design (CAD), photo montages and other established design tools. Urban Land, published by the Urban Land Institute, says by using architects and engineers’ original data, “real estate concepts and images can be visualized three-dimensionally for agents use in supporting customers’ reviews and decision making.”
And software applications, noted Urban Land, can facilitate making decorating and furniture decisions while construction is underway and during the entire occupancy life cycle:
“Over time, such apps could displace interior designers who will recast themselves as design coaches and logistics managers. Clients will browse the Internet and select their furniture, fixtures and equipment online, relying on the coach’s direction and follow-through to procure, supply and place the goods.”
Beacon technology, powered by Bluetooth, is now helping agents market homes. As reported by Meg White in REALTORMag, the official magazine of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), one example is an app created by... Read more

Social Media Benchmark & Content Trends for the DMO Industry

Posted by Doug Schumacher on December 22nd, 2015 at 10:30 am

In this report we look at the fan counts, posting habits, engagement levels, and content themes of the top destination marketing organizations in the US. We’ll analyze 9 category leaders: Go Hawaii, I Love New York, Pure Michigan, Visit Florida, Visit Colorado, Visit California, Texas Tourism, Alaska Travel News, and Explore Georgia.
Highlights

The largest network account among all these brands is Go Hawaii’s Facebook account with 1.7 million fans, followed by I Love New York at 1.3 million fans.
Instagram is the fastest growing network, averaging a 10% increase over the month.
Instagram is also the leading network in terms of engagement, even though they only have an average of 12% of Facebook’s fan count.

Tell Me the Story of a Log Splitter

Posted by Benjamin Taylor on December 21st, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Businesses are too often controlled by accountants. Fiscal responsibility is important, but businesses fail when short term profit motive is allowed to gouge the beating heart out of a business. Long term goals, core values, and human engagement, all of which may be responsible for the company's appeal and identity, do not become dispensable just because they are not directly bringing in money. The reason I bring this up is because we have a similar tendency in marketing when it comes to measuring return on investment (ROI).
My job is content. If I want my work to be valued, then I need to bow to the almighty Greenback and show my boss the money. My work needs to have a demonstrable short term ROI. I've worked for a handful of companies, and I've looked at the work of hundreds of competitors, and it looks very much like this is the prevailing strategy in web content today. We need to turn away from this. It's incredibly shallow marketing for shallow business owners, and if you want your business to succeed in the long term, then you need to think much bigger.
I have published several posts on this blog about our need to step... Read more