'Media Planning & Buying' Category

The Future of Search: Drive Big Profits with Competitive Intelligence

Posted by Kent Lewis on October 23rd, 2014 at 5:27 pm

In the second to last session of the day, Michael Sticker, Director of Marketing for SEMrush, stepped up to discuss competitive intelligence and search marketing. The first topic Stickler covered understands the value of organic traffic and how to put a dollar value on it. Of course this is what his platform does and as a customer, I can tell you it is a powerful competitive intelligence tool. He included links to helpful reports that outline how much Fortune companies spend on paid search that will be available on SlideShare soon. He cites Patel’s generously detailed blog posts with insights, most recently on how he grew traffic 174 percent with is latest startup. He spent a good deal of time walking through the SEMrush platform and recommended a few other tools like MOZ FollowerWonk.
Jamie Smith with EngineReady and iSpionage followed Stickler to provide perspective from the paid side of search in regards to competitive intelligence. Smith outlined seven spying strategies to dominate your competition. For starters, there are four components to measure:

Visibility: impression, rank or position)
Creative: click-through rate (CTR) or conversion rate
Continuity: CTR, bounce and conversion rate
Conversion: conversion rate, cost per acquisition (CPA), return on ad spend (ROAS) or return... Read more

Startup Marketing Conference: Storytelling Rules Marketers Need to Know

Posted by Kent Lewis on October 23rd, 2014 at 3:32 pm

At the Startup Marketing Conference, the early afternoon panel on social media and storytelling included the following experts:
Colleen Pettit, Digital Media Manager, DoubleClick (panel host)
Todd Wilms, VP Digital, Neustar
Olivia June Poole, Director of Community Development, RocketSpace
Brewster Stanislaw, CEO and Co-Founder Inside Social

The first question related to content being king and how important it is overall. Stanislaw guided startups to focus on who the content is being produced for and how it can best be distributed. Poole reminded everyone that storytelling is more difficult when you don’t have an existing users, so it is important to get the stories out there early. Wilms took a more jaded approach, and cautioned against content for content’s sake. Take the time to find your voice before ramping up content.
The second question related to finding your story as a startup. Poole suggested interviewing early adopters to find out why they appreciate the product. Sans users, focus on education and thought leadership to start to build your story.
The third question addressed the conundrum of outsourcing content development to agencies or others vs. building it in-house. Poole indicated that agency partners are a luxury, so use them wisely (learn from them then do it on your own).... Read more

Startup Marketing Conference: 7 Keys for Creating Awesome Content that Converts

Posted by Kent Lewis on October 23rd, 2014 at 12:32 pm

In the third session of the day at Startup Marketing Conference in San Francisco, Jason Miller, Senior Marketing Manager of Content Marketing & Social at Linkedin and Megan Leap, Principal at LEAP, covered content marketing. Miller opened with a plea to startups to being their content marketing now. He cited Geoffrey James’ three elements of content: 1. On-Demand 2. Solution and 3. Transcendent Empathy as a framework for content development.
Miller then introduced the concept of The Rock: a big piece of important content. I started to lose him here, as Miller talks faster than the FEDEX guy. He then compared content to a big turkey and how it can be repurposed in a variety of ways (dinner, lunch sandwiches and maybe a salad). His example was The Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide to LinkedIn and how he and his team repurposed the content they created in a variety of form factors. His Bat out of Hell marketing approach to content marketing means hit them where they live and keep hitting them until they break.
Results were shared by Miller, focusing on which channels worked best. Promotional channels included email, blog, InMail, company page, SlideShare, social platforms, etc. His slices of the turkey (elements... 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.

How To Plan Ahead For The Holiday Marketing Season

Posted by Katya Constantine on September 4th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

As summer draws to an end and Back to School season hits high gear, now is the best time to prepare for the upcoming holiday season! Follow our tips and tricks for making the most of the holiday season.