Perhaps you've heard of inbound marketing? If you haven't, listen up. Inbound Marketing is marketing focused on making it easy for customers to find you. It flips traditional marketing on its head. Instead of an interruptive model, inbound marketing advocates the creation of content (blogs, videos, whitepapers, eBooks, webinars, seminars, etc.) that is of interest to potential clients who, because of inbound marketing strategies put in place, will easily find it.
In other words, when a potential client searches for a great agency, they will find you instead of your competition.
A recent report from eMarketer has pegged non-voice mobile usage at 82 minutes per day for 2012, an increase of 51.9 percent over 2011's 34 minutes per day. This growth is in contrast to slowing time spent online with non-mobile internet connected devices. This year, eMarketer estimates time spent online will grow just 3.6% to an average 173 minutes per day, compared to 7.7% growth in 2011 to 167 minutes per day.
Sadly, marketers' adoption of mobile as an advertising platform hasn't kept pace with its growth. While mobile is expected to account for 11.7 percent of time spent online, its share of ad spend will hit just 1.6 percent.
Ah, yes. Content Marketing. The current panacea of every marketer's woes. Snarky as that may sound, content marketing does, indeed, play an increasingly important role in today's marketing mix. Dovetailing nicely with social media, it provides brands a marketing method that is much less in-your-face and far more informative than traditional advertising.
A new whitepaper, part of the Adrants whitepaper series, from communications firm Moveo posits five "laws" that can aid brands stepping foot into content marketing waters. The whitepaper explores:
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- The relationship between content consumption and perishability
- The mission-critical role of the content curator
- The impact of source reputation on perceived quality
- How agencies and brands can create compelling content
to find how how your brand or agency can achieve the most from content marketing.
The fact is, all social marketing campaigns on Facebook are not created equal. Campaign types that attract high user activity and entry rates are not always the same campaign types that inspire users to share with their friends.
This Wildfire report, part of the Adrants whitepaper series, discovered a number of insightful results for social marketers, including the types of social marketing campaigns that tend to get the highest participation rates, the different campaign types that get the highest sharing rates and the common thread among campaign types that generates the most sharing with friends on Facebook which results in valuable earned media as well.
Whether it be sweepstakes, trivia, quizes, coupons, giveaways, videos, photos, essay contests and a host of other tactics, this report will tell you what works and what sort of results you can expect.
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In the first half of 2012, internet advertising revenues climbed to an all-time high of $17 billion, representing a 14 percent increase year-over-year, according to IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report released today by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and prepared by PwC US. In the first half of 2011, internet revenue was $14.9 billion.
Also marking a 14 percent year-over-year increase, second quarter internet ad revenues for this year hit $8.7 billion, up from $7.7 billion during the same time period in 2011.
If you are a brand or an agency attempting to decide whether or not social media marketing is worth the investment, consider these numbers from recent studies of social media users:
- 78% are directly influenced by branded posts when making purchases
- 74% encourage friends to try new products
- 80% try new things based on friends' suggestions
Given that Facebook alone now has over a billion users, the possibilities are too significant to ignore. But how does a brand tap into the full potential of social media marketing? A new best practices ROI report from Wildfire, part of the Adrants white paper series, focuses on 6 social marketing success stories from 5 different industries, each demonstrating a significant positive ROI for the featured brand.
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Everyone's doing it. No, not that. Facebook marketing! With the social network recently surpassing one billion users, it might be wise to give Facebook a spot in your marketing plan. HubSpot is out with an eBook that will get you and your brand up and running on Facebook in no time. Here's what you'll learn:
- Evaluate successful Facebook pages
- Understand Facebook best practices
- Speak Facebook-ese
- Create custom Welcome Pages
- Create a content calendar
- Understand EdgeRank and the art of engagement
- Create a contest
- Run a targeted ad campaign
- Use Facebook's analytics package 'Insights'
- Start garnering fans and customers who will spend real money as a result of your social marketing magic
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Marketers have accepted that social media is now a fundamental part of brand building but putting that theory into action is still a challenge as many struggle with how to use social engagement effectively. Social efforts do not represent a standalone solution and need the scale and consistency of paid and owned media.
In this report, part of the Adrants whitepaper series, Forrester identifies three ways in which social media can help marketers' brand building efforts by: 1) building a relationship to become more trusted; 2) differentiating through an emotional connection to become more remarkable and unmistakable; and 3) nurturing loyal fans to become more essential.
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On a panel today at the IAB MIXX Conference during Advertising this week in New York, Facebook Director of Pricing and Measurement Brad Smallwood likened social media to the early days of TV which had no method of measurement until Arthur Nielsen introduced the rating point in 1950. He went on to argue that online marketers should focus on this system placing increased emphasis on reach and frequency rather than clicks.
As Todd Wasserman reports in Mashable, "Smallwood cited research from Nielsen (the company, not the founder) that showed a 0.07% correlation between high click-through rates and actual sales. Smallwood also rolled out some new data from a study conducted with Datalogix that found 99% of sales generated from online branding ad campaign came from consumers who saw ads, but didn't interact with them."
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Kicking off the ninth (can you believe it?) Advertising Week, the Interactive Advertising Bureau, at its IAB MIXX Conference, has released new research conducted by the Harvard Business School that found the ad-supported internet is responsible for 5.1 million U.S. jobs. The sector increased 100 percent over the past four years and contributed $530 billion to the U.S. economy in 2011, double that of 2007. In addition, the sector accounted for 3.7 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product.
The report shows New York and California as home to the headquarters of the largest number of U.S. internet firms. This, of course, is due to the prominence of Madison Avenue and Silicon Valley as digital business hubs. In addition, Washington, Massachusetts, and Illinois are the next three most digital-friendly states. In total, nine states are the sites of headquarters that account for 72 percent of attributed employment, although the jobs themselves were dispersed across other states in the union: