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Each month Denise Shrivell from MediaScope curates a series of must read articles and insights for the digital media community to help you stay up to date and informed.
Content marketing is a pretty dry term and much of what brands churn out is so bland, so forgettable, that you can only wonder why they bother. Endless generic listicles about 'Five Tips for Healthy Living / Safe Driving / Negotiating Your Home Loan ' (insert just about any topic here), or self-serving corporate videos featuring the CEO talking about the company's latest profit results.
An unbelievable amount of new content is published to the web every single day. More and more experts are talking about the "noise" that is out there and the need to cut through it.
In other words, relevance isn't just a buzzword anymore. If you can create content that directly appeals to and applies to your customer base, solves their problems, and gives them the information they're looking for, you can develop a loyal and engaged following over the long term.
Sometimes I'm surprised to find myself on the home page of a website. Most of my media consumption starts on Facebook, Twitter or even a good old-fashioned email (yes, by 'media consumption' I mean looking at lists on Buzzfeed). I know I'm not alone, too. Looking at sites like KIIS 1065 and The Edge, which have dramatically increased their mobile audiences this year, we have days where up to 70% of our audience is arriving via social media.
This is a continuation of my previous post which investigated the biometric impact of online ads/content when targeted to be personally relevant. If you didn't read the last one, let's bring you up to speed; Basically, the research clearly demonstrates that a greater level of cognition and engagement occurs when ads are personally relevancy to the recipient. That's very interesting, but what we don't know yet is the impact of context - so let's use this post to better understand the impact that 'context' has on people's response to ads.
Bill Gates declared that content was king as far back as 1996, but what would he know? It's not like Microsoft is a content company, right? Sorry Bill, love your work (not your Browser)!
According to a recent study, 95% of B2B enterprise marketers use content marketing.
The fact that companies are using content marketing is great. But just because most companies are doing some kind of content marketing doesn't mean they're doing it and having success.
In 2007, in the midst of a snow blizzard threatening to keep me grounded forever, I left London to move to Sydney. My industry mates wished me well and congratulated me on making such a great 'lifestyle choice'. The fact no one talked about the standard of advertising or digital work coming from Australia was slightly worrying. Had I committed career suicide by leaving the self-proclaimed advertising capital of the universe, London?
Customer experience (CX) is a term that is currently bathing in the spotlight. CX is the sum of the experiences a customer has with a supplier during all stages of the purchase funnel, before, during and post sale. Analysts and commentators who write about customer relationship management have increasingly recognized the importance of managing the customer's experience.
Over 50 years ago, the original marketing mix of the 4 Ps was coined, and ever since then most marketers have concentrated on how best to use the various elements: product, price, promotion and place. In those 50 years the Ps have multiplied, and many people now talk of 7 or even 8 Ps. Here at Mindshare though, we believe in simplicity, and as the world that marketers face in the 21st Century starts to become clearer after 20 years of change, we believe that in terms of media at least, it's now time to think of just 3 Ps.
The simple mrec, the humble text ad, the 15s skippable...are they your media afterthought or your creative palette, ripe for innovation? Anyone who can rethink creative constraints and drum up inspiration in these tiny spaces gets my vote...and that of your audience.
Each month, Denise Shrivell presents us with, Article Watch. She will link you straight to interesting and relevant content and opinions which she's seen from both local and overseas sources - as well as insights and guides unique to MediaScope.