Lane Ellis

Digital Marketing News: TikTok Influencer Engagement Data, Google Post-Page & Brin, Reddit Grows Userbase, & Digital Ad Spend Rises

Lane Ellis on Dec 13th, 2019     Online Marketing News

2019 December 13 MarketingCharts Chart

1 in 3 Marketers and Agencies to Increase Spending on TikTok in 2020
In 2020 marketers expect to increase spending the most on Instagram, YouTube, Google, and LinkedIn, with some 33 percent also predicting more ad spending on rising upstart TikTok, according to newly-released survey data. Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat were the platforms expected to see the most marketers decreasing ad spend on during 2020, according to the study. MarketingCharts

Twitter Will Set Up a New Team to Explore a Decentralized Social Media Network Model
Twitter has announced the creation of a team dedicated to making a new decentralized social media platform with its Bluesky initiative, which could be built using blockchain and include algorithms favoring best-answer and healthy content, Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey recently revealed. Social Media Today

Caitlin Burgess

Break Free B2B Series: Maliha Aqeel on How to Ace B2B Company Culture

Caitlin Burgess on Dec 12th, 2019     B2B Marketing, Video Interviews

Maliha Aqeel, Assistant Director of Brand, Marketing and Communications at Ernst & Young, is known for being a staunch advocate of the three C’s that drive brands: content, customer, and culture.

But when Maliha sat down with TopRank Marketing’s Joshua Nite for a Break Free B2B interview at Content Marketing World this past fall, she had one “C” at the top of her mind: culture, and its role as a driver for both employee and customer satisfaction. 

“Whether we’re working for someone, or we’re actively purchasing their products, or just engaging with their brand, it matters to us what others think,” she says.

While many employees still see corporate culture as solely a function of HR, Maliha says this is not the case. She believes that all employees have a responsibility to help propagate and model a company’s values, both inside and outside the organization.

Nick Nelson

Break Free B2B Series: Judy Tian on Humanizing B2B Through Influencer Marketing

Nick Nelson on Dec 10th, 2019     B2B Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Video Interviews

As the world’s largest social network for professionals, LinkedIn* lies at the epicenter of people and business. 

Profiles on the platform put a real face on our professional brands, allowing visitors to learn about our interests, career experiences, and personalities. Emphasizing this human element, and creating a genuine sense of community among members, is paramount to LinkedIn’s brand mission according to Marketing Manager Judy Tian

“As a platform where so much of people’s job opportunities and personal and professional development takes place,” she says, “we really sought to humanize the brand and make it a more community-based platform, where real stories can be told and people would feel like they have relatable experiences there with others.”

Lane Ellis

Digital Marketing News: Facebook Launches Viewpoints Market Research Tool, Brand Loyalty Remains High, & Instagram Offers a Glimpse of Feed AI

Lane Ellis on Dec 6th, 2019     Online Marketing News

2019 December 6 MarketingCharts Chart

New Study: 2019 Promo.com Online Video Statistics and Trends [Infographic]
A newly-released study of online video viewing trends offers a slew of statistics of interest to digital marketers, including that 49 percent of people watch more than five videos daily, 67 percent watch the most video using YouTube, followed by Facebook at 26 percent and Instagram with 6 percent. 36 percent watch between two to five videos a day, and 10 percent of respondents said that they watch too many to count, according to the Promo.com study. Promo

Brand loyalty remains high at 89%, driven by product and price rather than service
Loyal customers are the most likely to refer brands to others and to join loyalty programs, while being less likely to engage on social — two of many findings of interest to digital marketers in recently-released survey data, which also showed that product and price drove loyalty more than service. Marketing Land

Nick Nelson

Break Free B2B Series: John Joyce on Taking B2B Content Marketing Back 2 Basics

Nick Nelson on Dec 3rd, 2019     B2B Marketing, Content Marketing, Video Interviews

One of the central tenets of best-answer content is comprehensiveness. Your content needs to fully and artfully answer your buyers’ most burning questions. And as John Joyce and his team at Brennan Industries remind us, sometimes that requires going back to the basics.

It can be all too easy for B2B marketers and brands to get caught up in new trends, industry lingo, and the next big lofty concept in their niche. We grow conversant in these matters on a day-to-day basis. But to assume the same is true for all — or even a majority of — our audience is a mistake, and potentially a costly one.

In the latest entry of our Break Free B2B interview series, John shares how a content strategy rooted in educational content helped yield an 800% increase in leads for his company. 

Lane Ellis

Digital Marketing News: Twitter Test Tweet Scheduling, Google’s Dynamic Gmail Refresh, Facebook’s Lookalike Changes, & Snapchat Grows

Lane Ellis on Nov 29th, 2019     Online Marketing News

2019 November 28 MarketingCharts Chart

Gmail app adds AMP for Email support for Android and iOS
Google has added AMP email support for iOS and Android devices using its popular Gmail app, giving brands new dynamic content options. Marketing Land

Twitter’s Testing Tweet Scheduling Built Into the Tweet Composer
Twitter has begun testing the ability to schedule tweets without the use of third-party tools. As Twitter confirms test, will third-party scheduling tools take a hit? Social Media Today

Facebook to pull location from ad set when creating new Lookalike audiences
Facebook has made several changes to how it allows advertisers to create lookalike target audiences, the firm recently announced. Advertisers should see quicker audience building and setup. Marketing Land

Nick Nelson

Break Free B2B Series: Janine Wegner on Building Brand Thought Leadership With the Help of Influencers

Nick Nelson on Nov 26th, 2019     B2B Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Video Interviews

Break Free B2B Marketing Interview with Janine Wenger of Dell Technologies

Influencer marketing is in a state of flux. In the past 10 days alone, I’ve seen suggestions that paid influencers are out, and that “influencer marketing — in the traditional sense — is in the midst of an irreversible fail from grace.”

Neither of these arguments is off the mark, per se, but they both frame the concept in outdated B2C-centric terms (the authors more or less acknowledge this with their qualifiers). No one can deny that the impact of hired celebrity influencers, transparently shilling products or services, is waning. It’s not an approach that builds trust or credibility. 

Lane Ellis

Digital Marketing News: Twitter’s New Publisher Dashboard, Why We Follow Influencers, Snapchat’s Unskippable Ads, & TikTok’s Social Commerce

Lane Ellis on Nov 22nd, 2019     Online Marketing News

2019 November 22 MarketingCharts Chart

Instagram Removing Likes Could Boost Social Commerce and Retail Measurement
Instagram’s hiding of like counts could lead some businesses to increase their use of so-called shoppable links that focus more on direct social sales journeys, and eMarketer takes a look at recent survey data trends in the area. eMarketer

Ad buyers hopeful Twitter Topics will improve the platform’s ad targeting
After a period of testing, Twitter has launched the ability to follow up to 300 new curated topic lists, the social media firm announced, and some marketers see the change bringing with it new ad targeting possibilities. DigiDay

Wikipedia co-founder wants to give you an alternative to Facebook and Twitter
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has rolled out WT:Social, a new advertising-free social platform aimed at reporters, citizen journalists, and users seeking an alternative to mainstream sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Engadget

Nick Nelson

Break Free B2B Series: Hal Werner on the Intersection of Marketing Creativity and Analytics

Nick Nelson on Nov 19th, 2019     B2B Marketing, Video Interviews

Break Free B2B Interview with Hal Werner of Mitel

Part art, part science, all business.

This is the credo under which Hal Werner operates. As Global Manager of Digital Marketing & Strategy for Mitel, he’s responsible for overseeing the telecommunication company’s marketing programs from a holistic view, and understanding how all the pieces fit together.

Coming from a background in copywriting and content strategy, while also possessing considerable experience with SEO, PPC, and analytics tools, Hal believes the key to unlocking success in this modern era of digital marketing resides at the intersection of creativity and data.

Nick Nelson

Why California’s New Data Privacy Law Matters to Marketers Everywhere

Nick Nelson on Nov 18th, 2019     B2B Marketing, Digital Marketing, Marketing Industry News

There’s No Time Like the Present to Lock Down Your Data Privacy Practices

Be compliant or be complacent. These are the two options facing brands and marketers today, as data privacy laws continue to increasingly take hold.

For those paying attention, it’s been clear for some time that Europe’s GDPR regulations were only the beginning of a global effort to formalize and enforce protections for internet users and their personal data. But with California’s landmark privacy legislation, CCPA, set to become enforced in 2020, data privacy is no longer a distant foreign concern for American businesses, if it ever was.

Be compliant or be complacent. These are the two options facing brands and marketers today, as data privacy laws continue to increasingly take hold. @NickNelsonMN #dataprivacy #digitalmarketing Click To Tweet

What is the CCPA?

At a high level, the purpose of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is quite similar to that of GDPR: It’s about giving people transparency into, and control over, how their personal data is used by companies. 

Lane Ellis

Digital Marketing News: Instagram Tests Hiding Likes, Brand Trust Priorities Report, & Facebook’s New Brand Tools

Lane Ellis on Nov 15th, 2019     Online Marketing News

2019 November 15 MarketingCharts Chart

Instagram Will Begin Hiding Total Like Counts for US Users from Next Week
Instagram is slated to start hiding the number of likes that posts have acquired in a forthcoming test. In areas where it’s already been tested, total Instagram like counts have dropped, study data has shown. Social Media Today

Female marketer leadership at ‘all time high,’ says ANA study
The number of women holding leadership marketing jobs may be at an all-time high, according to recently-released study data from the Association of National Advertisers. Women accounted for 52 percent of senior-level marketers and 47 percent of CMOs among ANA member firms, the study showed. Campaign US