Just because you’re not an Olympic weight lifter, doesn’t mean you can’t still pick up a five pound weight a few times and benefit from it. Similarly, brands who aren’t necessarily multinational behemoths can still learn lessons from those who are. That’s why it’s worth keeping an eye on what works and what doesn’t – RIP Yik Yak – in the digital space.
The Guardian: That Heineken ad: brewer tackles how to talk to your political opposite A Heineken UK ad has been getting a lot of attention for the way it brought people of differing social and political opinions together over a beer. This is part of a broader trend that’s likely to stay for a while – brands connecting with customers over deeper topics. Your budget might not equal Heineken’s but you can still use the basic content strategy of making your audience feel something by telling compelling stories.
Finding your audience in search – or more so making it possible for your audience to find you – can be a bit of a moving target. This week we’ve got updates from both the paid (PPC) and organic (SEO) sides of search to keep you on your toes.
The competition between Snapchat and Instagram has been heated since Instagram unveiled its Stories feature in 2016. Since then, the two have been fighting to gain control of not only users, but money generated from advertising. Currently, Snapchat and Instagram Stories both reach about 150 million people a day. With a similar audience size, Snapchat and Instagram have to differentiate themselves to advertisers through their ad capabilities, something that both companies are constantly working to address.
Small brands are discovering that they can grow by targeting the customers that big brands leave behind. By discovering niche audiences that industry giants ignore in advertising, small companies have found a way to thrive while also making their customers feel unique. Meanwhile, Reddit is punishing trolls, Uber is infringing on customer privacy and Netflix finally allows content to be downloaded for offline viewing.
Small brands are cropping up and taking advantage of customers who feel left behind by big brands. Many of them are using social media to target their unique customer, allowing them to grow intelligently with a fraction of the advertising budget of their larger competitors.
My colleague Will Holden and I had a chance to attend the Denver Digital Summit last week to listen in on all things digital – trends, strategies, new tools and ongoing tactics. It’s great to see this Denver-based conference thrive and continue to grow each year, and while there was a ton of talk about Snapchat and other emerging technologies there was one constant theme from nearly every session I attended: Tailored user experience (understanding and knowing what your audience wants first and foremost) needs to be the focus needs to be the focus of every campaign.
Marketing focused on interests more than demographics will net a much more specific audience
I came across a great Harvard Business Review article this past week outlining how psychographics (customer’s attitudes and interests) are just as important for marketers as demographics. The author outlines a couple of great examples of the differences between demographics and psychographics and why those differences are important for marketers, but more often than not we at GFM find the behaviors and interests of our target audiences to be much more important than their age or location.
Having survived the first few months in my new role as a mother of two, I now find myself back in my old role as digital marketer and reflecting on my short time away…
It was 3am. The familiar sounds of a newborn cry had come again all too soon for my sleep-deprived state of mind. I stumbled down the hall in my bare feet and frumpy ol’ bathrobe grumbling to myself about how many more hours of sleep I could hope to get before the sun came up.
As soon as I caught the scent of that sweet baby girl, all was forgiven. With the lights out, we settled into the rocking chair for the third middle-of-the-night feeding that night. As she drifted off into her milk-drunk sleepy state of happiness, I aimlessly scrolled Facebook on my phone.
If you’ve spent much time on social media in the past few years, you’ve definitely noticed an influx of advertising taking up space on your screen, in the form of boosted posts, promoted content, or pre-roll videos, among others.
Advertising on social media networks topped $15 billion in 2014, and is expected to reach almost $20 billion in 2015. $15.3 billion in 2014 represented a 41 percent increase over 2013, which is astounding growth, but probably not sustainable.
Branded content or native advertising is nothing new: advertorials and infomercials have been around since the beginning of media.
The growth of digital and online media is further expanding branded content: sponsored posts, promoted tweets, fake news sites and search engine marketing are just a few examples. And now big news organizations are cautiously jumping into branded content, still trying to figure out the best way to co-mingle editorial with marketing.
PR Week, in its February issue, covered the topic, comparing Forbes’ position on branded content to BuzzFeed’s. Not surprisingly, Forbes has taken a more conservative approach to separating advertising and editorial, while BuzzFeed maintains that as long as content is properly labeled as advertising, then it’s fine.