Ashley Zeckman

Ashley Zeckman

How 4 Consumer Brands Are Using Visual Content To Tell Stories & Engage Customers

Ashley Zeckman     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Las Vegas Palm TreesAs the online landscape becomes increasingly more competitive, marketers are finding that great content isn’t just about what you say, but how content is presented as well.  Content marketing that is injected with visually appealing images not only attracts readers to your message, but it helps to tell the story you’re trying to convey.

Visually pleasing content, videos, eBooks, or graphics (to name a few) can make your customers feel a connection to your brand that they might otherwise not.  This post shares examples from  four consumer brands that have integrated visual content to help tell their stories, and engage customers.

#1 – Kraft Foods: Recipes For the Modern At-Home Cook

When many of us think of Kraft Foods a nostoligic picture of childhood favorites comes to mind.  Whether it be Mac-n-cheese, Jello, or Kool-Aid we have all craved their products at one time or another.

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4 Blogging Basics For Online Retailers

Ashley Zeckman     Blogging, Online Marketing

Blogging Online RetailRetail websites are flush with product information, specs, and images of items available for purchase.  However, it may be difficult to find a way to provide detailed and engaging content for customers visiting a website when they’re just looking to purchase.

Starting a company blog provides a good opportunity to attract new customers and engage current customers with content about your products and other topics that are of importance to them.  It doesn’t matter if the items being sold are car parts, clothing, electronics or furniture, there is an opportunity to help solve pain points and arm your customers with information that encourages engagement and purchasing decisions.

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Online Marketing News: Facebook Graph Search, Myspace Launch Is A Dud, LinkedIn For Business

Ashley Zeckman     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

2012 Social Media Report Cards

2012 Social Media Report Cards

This recent infographic from Pardot features the social media platform winners and losers in 2012.  You’ll find scoring based on growth, number of users, ROI as well as insight into which platforms are best for mobile, visual, or connecting.

Up Close With Facebook Graph Search
First off, what is Graph Search?  Facebook has amped up its search capabilities by rolling out this new feature.  Danny Sullivan’s article provides a step by step deep dive into using Facebook’s new Graph Search.   Via Search Engine Land.

The New Myspace: What A Mess
The recent launch of Myspace’s new design has left many users wanting more, or is it less.  The interface is confusing to navigate and includes a lot of scrolling that you might not have anticipated.  Also, might of the site appears to be one giant ad for Justin Timberlake.  Via CNN.

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Mold Your Engaged Employees Into Brand Advocates

matt ridings and michael brito

Matt Ridings & Michael Brito Advocating For Employee Advocacy

Employee engagement is key in improving productivity in any industry.  A happy employee is much more likely to be more productive than their counterparts.

A recent study from the National Business Research Institute (NBRI) shares just how important it is to keep employees engaged.  Findings include:

  • Engaged employees product twice as much work product in the time as unengaged employees
  • The average adult spends a quarter to a third of their waking life at work
  • 40% – 80% of customer satisfaction is affected by employee attitudes

Additionally NBRI identified the following six traits of engaged employees:

  1. Believe in their organization
  2. Have the desire to work to make things better
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Online Marketing News: Retail + Big Data, Fans Love Brands, Slideshare Generates Leads

Ashley Zeckman     Online Marketing News

The Retailers Guide to Big Data Monetate

The Retailer’s Guide to Big Data

The explosion of mobile and social media has changed the ways that retailers view customer data. This recent infographic from Monetate takes a dive into big data and presents challenges, goals, and tips for developing a big data game plan.

Google To Hire More Help, Users Enticed To Search While Signed In
Google is determined to see G+, local search, and personalized search succeed. To that end, they’re hiring a new product marketing manager for search. This person would be responsible for developing plans, creatives, campaigns, and programs to increase the number of users that are signed in. Via everythingpr.

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Pinterest 101: 33 Ways To Create Engaging Content & Be More Pinnable #NMX

Ashley Zeckman     BlogWorld NMX, Online Marketing

Debba from girlfriendologyI am amazed at how much Debba Haupert (@girlfriendology) was able to cover in one short session at NMX Las Vegas.  Debba’s session on Pinterest proved to be very informational and provided practical advice and tools that marketers can use to better engage their followers.

Many brands are still struggling to determine if Pinterest is a platform that will work for their business.  Companies that have taken the leap may be unsure of how exactly to use Pinterest and what their strategy should be.

The numbers don’t lie.  Pinterest has proven that it has staying power.

  • 10.4 million users
  • 25 million uni visitors/month
  • 1/3 use for shipping inspiration
  • Average time spent: 1hr 17 min
  • Draws more referral traffic than Google+, LinkedIn, and youtube combined
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Fireside Chat with Guy Kawasaki: Self Publishing & Marketing Your Own Book – #NMX

Ashley Zeckman     BlogWorld NMX, Online Marketing

Guy Kawasaki NMX Las Vegas“I love Las Vegas.  I love New Media.  What’s not to love?” – Guy Kawasaki

Day two of NMX Las Vegas kicked off with a fireside chat between Mark Fidelman (@markfidelman) and Guy Kawasaki (@guykawasaki).  Guy is well known for his work at Apple, as founder of Alltop, as well as his books and speaking.

In the interview Guy discussed everything from the devices he uses to what he’d like to change about social platforms.  However, the highlight of the conversation was surrounding Guy’s new book APE: How to Publish a Book.

What Is APE?
APE is a book for authors looking to stray from traditional publishing in favor of self-publishing.

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Productivity Power Panel: Tools, Tactics, & Workflows of Highly Productive Bloggers – #NMX

Ashley Zeckman     BlogWorld NMX, Online Marketing

Productivity Power PanelI arrived early to Monday’s Productivity Power Panel and it was standing room only.  I quickly snapped my picture (as you can see the panelists were doing the same of the packed room) and found my spot in the back of the room, on the floor.  This panel discussion features Moderator Craig Jarrow (@TMNinja) and speakers Leo Widrich (@LeoWid), Brett Kelly (@inkedmn), and Mike Vardy (@MikeVardy).

In this session the speakers covered 3 different elements to becoming a highly productive blogger:

– Techniques and Tools

– Social Media and Sharing

– Gadgets and Gear

Techniques For Picking Blog Topics

Craig: One of the first things we get asked about is how do we generate so much content, or how do you write so many posts on the same topic?

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Scott Monty on How Ford Empowers Customer Storytelling & Lessons Learned

Ashley Zeckman     BlogWorld NMX, Online Marketing

As marketers we all know that storytelling is an essential part of connecting with prospects and customers.  Scott Monty (@scottmonty) and his team at Ford have taken the art of storytelling a step further.

In his moving (yes I said moving) keynote, Scott walked the audience through some of Ford’s most recent and innovative campaigns.   In many of these campaigns the story is told not from the perspective of Ford, but from that of the consumer.  Below you’ll find more about the stories of these campaigns, the people who told them, and the lessons learned.

Let Your Customers Tell The Story

The Car: Ford Fiesta

The Buyer: Millennium’s

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7 Ways To Spice Up Your Online Marketing Using Photography with C.C. Chapman

Believe it or not an image can help make or break a piece of content, once your visitors reach the page.  C.C. Chapman (@cc_chapman) shared sound advice and lots of laughs with his opening session on day one of the New Media Expo with a session entitled “How To Add Photography Into Your Marketing Mix”.

Whether you’re sprinkling your content marketing with imagery or looking to make it a larger part of your strategy, C.C. suggests some best practices for letting your images shine.

#1 – Always Create An Emotional Response
When someone looks at the images that you use to help tell the story of your content, it should illicit a response or reaction.  If a follower takes a look at your photo and then stifles a yawn it’s time to go back to the camera lens and find another image that is more suited.

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Online Marketing News: Holiday Spending & App Downloads in the Billions, Google Resolves FTC Concerns, Facebook #1

Ashley Zeckman     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Marketoonist Tom Fishburne

5 Types of Social Media Strategies
Social media is not a magic bullet. It’s an enabler. Social media won’t make an antisocial brand suddenly social. But it can facilitate and amplify the role that brands play with their audiences.

Whether in social media or any other domain, we need to focus less on how “awesome” we are and more on working toward making our customer’s more “awesome”.  Via Marketoonist.

There’s No Avoiding Google+
In order to compete with social networking giant Facebook, Google+ has begun requiring that people that use their services are also set up with a public Google+ page that anyone can view.  Via The Wall Street Journal.

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New Media Rat Pack eBook – Win Big With These 52 Tips #NMX

NMX 2013 SpeakersPeople flock to Las Vegas for many reasons.  Some want to experience the nightlife while others are interested in seeing acts perform, lounging by the pool, eating gourmet meals, or even attending marketing conferences.

To win big in Las Vegas  you need a little luck and an understanding of the game.  Similarly, if you want to make it in the world of search and social media, you need to understand what works and what doesn’t.

The Rat Pack of the 1960’s was the must see act of it’s time.  Fans would visit Las Vegas from all over the country for a chance to see the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dean Martin perform live.  The “must see” Vegas act in January is the “New Media Rat Pack” playing live at NMX and includes top new media experts and digital celebrities ranging from Dana White of the UFC to Guy Kawasaki.