Archives for January 2014

What You Need to Know About Mobile Content Marketing: Pros, Cons, Examples and Best Practices

Mobile Content StrategySuccessful mobile marketing is all about context.  A study by Nielsen and Google found that “in the moment” searches are by far the most popular with 85% of smartphone users looking for local information and 81% following up to take action.

But what kind of content makes sense on a mobile device vs. the content marketing being published online? What effect does mobile content have on creating compelling customer experiences and how does mobile fit with other online marketing efforts like SEO, social and ads?

One thing that has become clear is that since Google’s Hummingbird update, mobile can no longer be viewed as a separate channel. For forward-thinking marketers, the practice of optimizing for mobile across the span of customer touch points must be incorporated into your integrated marketing mix. If not, you risk alienating your customers.

Native Advertising: Evil, Savior or Use As Directed? You Must Choose or You May Lose

Native AdvertisingWhile organic search is still a critical channel for connecting consumers seeking solutions with the brands that offer them, Google seems to be slowly but surely displacing organic content with ads and it’s own content as well as removing any cause / effect signals for optimizing natural search placement. These changes have driven more companies to PPC and social.

The promise of social media has drawn huge investments from companies and brands of all sizes, and yet social networks like Facebook are making organic visibility the Yeti of the social media world. What to do? Run social ads. Create content!

Content Marketing is being touted by many as THE area for focus in 2014. At the same time, many companies are increasingly challenged to sustain brand content creation on pace with business growth goals.

Online Marketing News: Google+ Gmail Free for All, State of Marketing 2014, See CES, In App Ads Explode, #NMX Wrap Up

State of Digital Marketing 2014

What can a survey of over 2,500 global marketers tell you about the future of digital marketing? Turns out a lot.

Here are summary stats from the ExactTarget Marketing Cloud report just released yesterday:

Top three digital marketing priorities for 2014 are:
· Driving increased conversion rates (47%)
· Increasing and improving brand awareness (46%)
· Collecting, measuring, and using behavior (29%)

Top three metrics used to track success:
· Conversion Rates (67%)
· Engagement Rates (opens, clicks) (64%)
· Return on Investment (61%)

Insights on Digital Marketing spend:
· 98% of marketers plan to increase or maintain their spend for 2014
· Four key areas where marketers plan to increase spending in 2014:
· Data & analytics (61% plan to increase)
· Marketing automation (60% plan to increase)
· Email marketing (58% plan to increase)
· Social media marketing (57% plan to increase

#NMX 2014 Wrap Up: Top Tips, How To’s and Lessons Learned

NMX 2014 Wrap UpFlying is one of the most beautiful things in the world to me.

There’s just something so breathtaking about getting to see cities from above—their lights twinkling brighter than any nightlight—and being surrounded by clouds that look so fluffy cotton candy would be jealous.

Last weekend I got to experience it all while flying to Las Vegas for NMX with my coworkers Ben Brausen and Nick Ehrenberg. Needless to say none of us were sad to watch the cold fall away and land in a balmy 50 degrees.

After being teased by our taxi driver about our short sleeves and catching a few glimpses of The Strip, we arrived at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino to learn all we could about new media, blogging, and how people achieve success in both arenas.

How UFC Is Throwing Big Blows On Social Media

UFC NMX 2014Big sports are big business.  There are billions of dollars to be made and no sport is growing faster than the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).  Millions of viewers worldwide tune in to watch fighters pummel each other.  Jackie Poriadjian SVP/Strategic Marketing/PR & Distribution for UFC and Dave Taylor sat down and discussed How The UFC Rocks Social at NMX 2014.

The Stats

Lets take a look at some of the numbers that make the UFC a true heavyweight.

  • Largest PPV Event In The World – Bigger than the WWE, professional boxing, or any other pay-per-view event out there.  The UFC is the real king of the ring when it comes to transactional viewing events.
  • Broadcast In 28 languages – That’s just as many as the BBC, the world’s largest broadcaster.  That’s the big reach their fighters wish they had.

How to Make the Most of Vine’s 6 Seconds #NMX

Vine, social marketing, NMXDoes your business utilize Vine for micro-content creation? The nascent video social network may not seem like a business-friendly target for social marketing, but there are several opportunities for engagement and retention within it. We may be conditioned to use Instagram or YouTube to tell longer video stories, but Vine’s six-second limit forces marketers to truly be creative with their time.

What makes a good, business-centric Vine video? Spud Hilton, Martin Jones, Jon Skogmo, Josh Entman and Richard Spalding explained the key traits in an NMX panel session.

Emphasizing mobile social marketing first

Vine is inherently mobile – they may have recently added a Windows client, but its foundation stems from mobile devices. That itself presents a unique opportunity for brands. Spalding noted that content created on Vine is instantaneous, spontaneous, and quickly shareable. Add the connection with Twitter, and you have a large audience at the ready.

Building Your Blog Into A Survivable Source Of Income

Make Money Blog NMX

Blogging is easy. Write good content and people will read it. But how do you take the next step and make it profitable? What does it take to make it your full-time gig? In their New Media Expo 2014 session, The Honest Truth About Professional Blogging: How We Lost Readers and Money During Our First Year, Amanda Brooks, Carol Cain, and Paula Pant talked about how to monetize and become profitable as a blogger.

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Best Practices: How Your Brand Can Work With Bloggers #NMX

salinas and downs #nmxTraditional advertising is expensive, and sometimes not effective for your brand. Some have found podcasts to be incredibly lucrative, while others have found that promoting their message through blog posts works best.

The latter is becoming increasingly popular. Engaging bloggers has relatively low cost (compared to other forms of promotion), a high return on investment, and gives readers a sense of honesty and transparency that they wouldn’t necessary feel from brand-generated content.

But finding a blogger who can speak to your audience and appeal to the customers you want can be extremely difficult. Tara Salinas and Bill Downs have figured out how to make it much easier through their blogging program for Global Resort Homes. Their NMX session reviewed how they were able to find the right bloggers for their brand.

How to Build Your Brand’s Voice Through Blogging #NMX

Branding, #NMX, content marketing, online marketingWhen you think of your brand’s online voice, what comes to mind? Perhaps it is embodied by the people running your social media accounts, or by the marketing professionals that craft content for your website. In any case, your online brand goes far beyond the logo – and it needs to be nurtured with a robust content marketing strategy.

Digital strategist Luvvie Ajayi used her NMX session to stress the importance of identifying and optimizing brand voice and reputation. Businesses that don’t tend to their online identities risk appearing isolated and disconnected from their audiences.

The process for building or repairing an organization’s online identity begins with an analysis of the current situation: How are people talking about your brand now?

5 Ways To Create Great Content Without Writing A Lot

Marcie Hill NMX 2014We want to create engaging content but we don’t always feel like typing a lot. For some, it’s a constant struggle to get our thoughts on to paper (or in this case on pixels). Typing isn’t always required to create content your readers want. Marcie Hill showed us 5 Ways To Create Engaging, Sharable Blog Posts Without Writing… A Lot, in her New Media Expo 2014 presentation. Check out these quick and easy ways to create great stuff that your readers will want to see and share.

Photos

Over 1 billion people will buy a phone this year and most of them will have cameras. Most of us take pictures all the time. These can be great sources of content for your posts. With more than 350 million photos uploaded to Facebook each day and 55 million to Instagram (35 million are selfies), it’s obvious that people love pictures.

12 Easy, Simple Ways to Up Your Blog-Writing Game… From a Fortune Cookie

spud hilton #nmxFortune cookies are notoriously cheesy. They tend to be something that could happen to anyone (e.g. you’ll meet someone special today) or something extremely vague (e.g. there is a big success in your future). But what if they could teach you how to become a better blogger and a better writer?

Spud Hilton made it so they could. While in San Francisco, he had tips printed and folded inside the sugary cookie to pass out to random strangers. He dedicated his NMX session to teaching those 12 tips, and elements of good writing to help bloggers up their writing game.

Why Quality Matters:
People will tire of you before they tire of the topic. Your topic is always going to have more longevity than you do. You need to make sure you’re presenting that topic in a straightforward way that’s unique.

How to Get Thousands of Facebook Fans in 6 Months #NMX

Social Marketing, Andrea Vahl, NMXWhen I first wrote this headline, it almost sounded too good to be true. Sure, you can generate Facebook fans via random followings, scattered postings, and local word-of-mouth. Eventually, you’ll run out of steam – and your company page will run out of influence. There is a better way to handle social marketing on Facebook – and it can bring thousands of active people into your community.

Social media consultant Andrea Vahl presented such a plan at NMX, focusing on the harmonious relationship between content strategy and efficient Facebook page design. You won’t even need to raid the company budget much – Vahl emphasized that these tips are made for businesses with little room for additional social marketing funding.

Here are Vahl’s 5 easy steps to skyrocket your Facebook brand page: