Tagged 'content marketing'

5 Lessons for Content Marketers from the #icebucketchallenge

Posted by Gordon Plutsky on August 15th, 2014 at 5:51 am

The ice bucket challenge to raise funds and awareness for ALS research has been a smashing success and has led to a huge spike in donations.  The viral aspect to the campaign has taken on a life of its’ own.  This phenomenon can be a blueprint for content marketers trying to understand the DNA of a viral content campaign.  Here are a few takeaways for marketers:

User generated content spurs participation with your brand: Inside all of us is a budding director or actor; some participants went through great lengths to craft their video.  They tried to be funny or touching in their messages.  Each video creator showed personal touch with the their innate creativity looking for their moment.  Crowdsourcing videos or Instagram pictures can help get your customers involved in your campaigns. The majority of Americans are walking around with HD video cameras in their pockets and they are not afraid to use them.

Video is superior to text for building engagement: Video is the preferred way to spread a message via social media.  Any past technology barriers have evaporated and all audiences are comfortable consuming video across any platform, especially mobile.  The old cliché is true, if a picture... Read more

5 misconceptions about copyright for professionals

Posted by Miles McNamee on July 28th, 2014 at 9:30 am

Where would your company be without published information? Whether you’re researching advances in cloud computing and security, sharing best practices for risk management, staying abreast of industry and legislative regulations, or helping companies expand into new markets, you know sharing published information is vital to giving your clients sound guidance.

Report: Social Media Analysis – Luxury Auto Manufacturers

Posted by Doug Schumacher on July 24th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Automobiles are often objects of passion, and as such, can be well suited to social media. But as this report shows, not all luxury autos are created equal. At least not when it comes to drawing fans and generating engagement on social networks.
The Zuum report “Social Media Analysis - Luxury Autos” is an industry benchmarking and content exploration into where the fans are in that industry, and what engages them. It looks at 12 of the Luxury Automobile brands. Social media networks included in the analysis are Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest.
Key Highlights and Takeaways:

Facebook is the dominant network for most brands in this industry, but considerable activity is moving over to Instagram
Google+ has considerable fan base overall, but is driving minimal engagement with brand content
There’s surprisingly little promotion of posts on Facebook from these brands
Mercedes is prompting their fans on Facebook to join them on Instagram. A possible move in reaction to Facebook’s declining reach issue.
Auto-enthusiast magazines are generating significant engagement for some of the brands, something brands should leverage when possible, as not all press will be entirely possible.

Brands analyzed are: Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volvo.

10 Keys to Measurable Marketing Copy Success

Posted by Grant Johnson on July 9th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Direct or measurable marketing is copy-driven. Way too many marketers change up a package or banner ad or landing page/website design first. Instead, they would be better served to tweak their copy. It will provide a bigger bang for the dollars spent, as these changes more often than not lead to sustainable ROI growth.
From my experience, here is a 10 item check list of questions to consider when you do your next copy rewrite:
1.)    Is Simpler better? Your copy should have 80% or more words that are five letters long or less. Smaller words make you, the marketer, appear smarter. If you have a complex product or service, you will be better served by simplifying your marketing prose.
2.) What grade-level should you write to? A 6th grade level seems to be the level from most campaigns I have done. This will force you to make your material easier to understand, but not so basic you offend people.
3.) How long should your sentences be? 15-20 words on average is optimal. However, I prefer to start with a quick 10 word or less sentence, focusing on a single benefit, whenever possible. One that captures the reader and makes them want to... Read more

Report: Social Media Analysis – QSR Restaurants

Posted by Doug Schumacher on July 8th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

The social media landscape can quickly change as concerns about reach, effectiveness, value, security, or other issues rise and fall. And because trends can be specific to one or a few industries, it’s essential to analyze data for a known number of brands across a set period of time.
The Zuum report “Social Media Analysis - QSR Restaurants” is an industry benchmarking and content exploration into where the fans are in that industry, and what engages them. It looks at 9 of the QSR burger category brands, focusing on those with the highest total network members. Social media networks included in the analysis are Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest.
Data Highlights and Key Takeaways

The total social media community size is dominated by a major global brand, McDonald’s, with over 50% of all community members across all 9 brands.
Wendy’s, with a total community size of only 17% of McDonald’s, is driving over 2 times the number of total engagements as McDonald’s
90% of Wendy’s engagement happens on Facebook, where their engagement rate is over 10 times that of McDonald’s
Top industry campaign themes include brand rallying, product promotions and global events like the World Cup.
The industry’s fastest growing social networks, in order, are... Read more