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What a 9-year-old taught me about marketing with digital video

Posted by Kent Lewis on March 24th, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Nearly three years ago, I wrote The Ultimate Guide to Video Marketing on YouTube. I understood relatively early on in the growth curve of digital video and YouTube that both would play a significant role in the future of marketing. A year or more ago, however, a 9 year-old helped me see the true potential of digital video for sales and marketing.
With roots in search engine optimization (SEO), I’ve long extolled the virtues of YouTube, as the world’s second largest search engine. Unfortunately, the full potential of the video social platform didn’t fully come into focus until my son shed light through his interest in skateboarding and bracelet-looming.
Last Spring, I noticed my son’s rubber band bracelet creations were getting increasingly complex. I also noticed his skateboard knowledge and abilities improved drastically in a short period of time. I asked him how he learned these new skills and he replied “YouTube.” Like many other young web surfers, my son was using YouTube as his PRIMARY search engine and educational tool.
I quickly realized that my son was not alone in relying heavily on YouTube videos as a primary if not sole information source. If he was searching YouTube for “how-to” videos on... Read more

Startup Marketing Conference: Brian Solis & Brant Cooper

Posted by Kent Lewis on October 23rd, 2014 at 10:40 am

I’m excited to be live-blogging the Startup Marketing Conference in San Francisco. Unfortunately, due to traffic, I arrived late and missed Brian Solis, principal analyst and Altimeter Group kick off the morning. His session, WTF: What is the Future of Business for Startup or Enterprise, outlined why disruptors, not creators, will define the next 10 years. If you follow the Twitter stream at #startupmarketingconf, you’ll see he also addressed how human behavior is also being disrupted and what you can do to capitalize on this time of instability. I’m bummed I missed it.
I did arrive in time to catch the second session, featuring Brant Cooper, Co-founder of Moves the Needle. His presentation, The Lean Brand: How to Build Sustainable Growth by Creating Passionate Customers outlined ways startups can leverage LEAN management (typically associated with manufacturing). He discussed the Value Stream, which aligns with a traditional sales funnel. The seven steps of the value stream include:
1. Being aware of your brand (acquisition)
2. Intrigued (top of the funnel)
3. Trusting
4. Convinced (the conversion)
5. Hopeful (minimum viable product: MVP)
6. Satisfied
7. Passionate (the evangelists)
Cooper then discussed hypothesis-driven development, which means that you have to have something to test, beyond a product. The idea is that... Read more

2014 Marketing Predictions

Posted by Kent Lewis on December 12th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

As another year comes to a close, the Anvil Media team got out its crystal ball and looked into the future to make our annual marketing predictions. It is a practice we’ve done for nine years now and one we’ve definitely come adept at.

Square One: In-house Agency vs. Outsourcing Digital Marketing

Posted by Kent Lewis on October 4th, 2013 at 7:58 am

In the last few years companies have an increasing desire to take search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click (PPC) and social media marketing in-house. The trend, while logical, has dangerous implications for corporations and agencies alike.

The Official @SEMpdx #SearchFest 2013 #SEM Conference Recap

Posted by Kent Lewis on February 22nd, 2013 at 5:07 pm

I walked into the Governor Hotel lobby and it hit me immediately: SEMpdx SearchFest 2013 is the real deal. Having been a co-founder of the annual search engine marketing (SEM) conference in 2005, as well as co-founder of the SEM trade association, SEMpdx, I felt a good deal of nostalgia and pleasure in seeing 450 nametags sitting on the table. I also wasn’t surprised to see coverage in the Oregonian newspaper about the event, nor compliments from industry pundits like Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz and Marty Weintraub of aimClear about SearchFest being THE best regional SEM conference worldwide.
This year’s event was groundbreaking in a variety of ways: the highest number of attendees and revenue and attendees from the farthest corners of the planet. That being said, the quality of the presenters and material was the real gem. I’ve compiled a short list of tweet highlights that had the greatest impact to me personally.
Evangelism:
@joannalord Take on the role of evangelist in your company. It's well worth it. #searchfest Ian Lurie ‏@portentint
@ruthburr How to impress the next generation: be agile, be delightful, be unexpected. Put smiles on faces. @melcarson #searchfest
Content Marketing:
@iPullRank says infographics with left floating share buttons get 45% more shares.... Read more