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The Week in Social Analytics #147

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It’s Friday and that means it’s time for This Week in Social Analytics with our favorite posts of the past week in the world of measurement, analytics, and social media. See a great piece we missed? Link to it in the comments, or tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook

On content marketing

How to Overcome Content Marketing Struggles [from eMarketer; written by staff]

“In order to overcome resource, strategy and budget issues, marketers should consider having someone directly responsible for an overall content marketing strategy, as well as auditing, reusing and repurposing content.”

The 10 New Rules Of Visual Content Marketing [from Jeff Bullas]

8. The Law of Consistency 

Apart from engaging customers, the role of visual content is to reinforce your brand. For that to happen, your content needs to have consistency.

This isn’t strictly a new law, but it’s worth reinforcing. We’re not referring to publishing visual content consistently. It’s more about elements in your visuals that tell your target market that the visual is from your company – even if you’re not linked or tagged in it.

You can do this by using the same:

  • Fonts and colours as your website
  • Images in your company’s social media accounts and profile page headers
  • Design element like a background, banner, or logo.

Video Content Marketing: Pros, Cons, Examples and Best Practices [from TopRank Online Marketing Blog; written by James Anderson]

“Video has to be done right to be effective.”

Do YouTubers Fuel Purchase Intent Among Teens? [from eMarketer; written by staff]

Normally when you see a headline that ends in a question, you know it can immediately be answered with “no”. In this case, however, the answer is a resounding “yes”:

“YouTubers also had a much bigger influence on purchase intent among teens, as 63% said they would try a product or brand suggested by a YouTuber. In comparison, fewer than half of respondents said the same about recommendations from a TV or movie star.”

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On social for events and making the most of social employees

Planning an Event? Don’t Get Skimpy With Your Social Media [from Marketing Profs; written by Joe Matthews]

“. . .to truly develop real-time, online buzz for an event, marketers must seek out genuine, nonintrusive ways for the brand to be included in the event content being shared to social. This means marketers need an event marketing strategy that taps into existing social habits of the audience.”

The Social Media Opportunity Most Businesses Miss (Do You?) [from Heidi Cohen]

Employees are the major social media opportunity most businesses overlook.

. . .

Change how you view your employees. See them as real people who have their own relationships, needs and interests beyond your business. Further, they’re experienced social media users who engage with their family and friends on a variety of networks.”

Emphasis original.

On campaigns

How to Create an Unforgettable Integrated Campaign [from Convince and Convert; written by Jessica Gioglio]

Not everyone has Oreo’s resources, but it’s always inspiring to see a clever and well-executed campaign across platforms and in the real world.

9 Word-of-Mouth Campaigns That Rocked [from Cision; written by Jim Dougherty]

“In 2015, social networks have demonstrably changed the word-of-mouth distribution model. Forty-seven percent of all U.S. adults use Facebook daily, 25 times the number of total daily social media users a decade earlier. While Jonah Berger’s research in Contagious: Why Things Catch On indicates that face-to-face word-of-mouth is more effective than social media word-of-mouth, social media is not an insignificant contributor to word-of-mouth ‘buzz.’”

Written by Sarah

March 27th, 2015 at 8:54 am

The Week in Social Analytics #146

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It’s Friday and that means it’s time for This Week in Social Analytics with our favorite posts of the past week in the world of measurement, analytics, and social media. See a great piece we missed? Link to it in the comments, or tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook

On social media platforms and best practices 

9 Social Media Rules That Are Meant To Be Broken [from Business 2 Community; written by Zoe Summers]

Know the rules thoroughly before you take smart risks breaking the right ones.

Actionable Tips for Finding the Right Social Media Platform [from Eli Rose Social Media; written by Kristin Zaslavsky]

“On any platform, consistency is key. If you can’t regularly schedule solid content on a social media platform, it may not be worth your time, money or sanity to be there just to be there.”

On brand personality 

#51: Putting More “You” in Your Business—A Guide to Building Brand Personality [from Amy Porterfield]

“Believe it or not, there is even an industry term for this way of infusing your brand with personality. Marketing analysts call it the “personality differentiator.” Here’s what it can do for your business:

  1. It demonstrates why you are different from others who provide very similar products or services.
  2. It engages your audience capturing their interest and drawing them into your message.
  3. It establishes an ongoing rapport between you and your audience, creating a bond that will help you convert leads into clients when the time is right.
  4. It proves there is more to you and your brand than just facts, figures, and fancy technology. It shows you actually have heart.
  5. It transforms your message from boring to fascinating, increasing both the impact of your message as well as the quality of the opportunities your messaging generates.”

On content marketing

Visual Marketing Key in Helping Brands Attract Teens [from eMarketer; written by staff]

Teens spend more time on visually based platforms like Snapchat and Instagram, but that doesn’t mean that Facebook is going to instantly disappear.

“[Facebook is a] long way from being replaced by the younger group. Right now, they’re just not going to spend a lot of time there.

Facebook did what Myspace was trying to do. Facebook allows you to stay in touch with your friends and family in an easy way. It’s hard to imagine something coming along that’s going to get that mass and that will do it in a more effective way than how Facebook is doing it now.”

Are brands the saviours of long-form content? [from Econsultancy; written by Michael Hewitt]

“Long-form content, particularly in the guise of investigative journalism, is a dying art. The instantaneous information age has left news publishers cutting budgets for investigative journalists, focusing instead on cheaper quick-fire click-bait, short-form stories and listicles. What little investigative journalist remains is usually reserved to more niche publications.

Too many news publications have wrongly assumed that incredibly connected and time-poor audiences have no desire for long-form content. They’re wrong.

Are brands going to replace genuine investigative journalism? Probably not. There is arguably too much self-interest for branded investigative content to be taken seriously enough by audiences. However, they are certainly capable of filling the gap for long-form that mainstream publishers leave behind in the pursuit of replicating Buzzfeed and Shortlist.”

Video Considered Difficult – but Effective – Content Marketing Tactic [from Marketing Charts; written by staff]

“Some 59% of respondents cited video as among their most difficult content types to create, ahead of webinars/online events (50%) and research/white papers (50%). But almost half of respondents (46%) reported videos to be among the most effective content types used, second only to articles and case studies (54%).”

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The Week in Social Analytics #145

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It’s Friday and that means it’s time for This Week in Social Analytics with our favorite posts of the past week in the world of measurement, analytics, and social media. See a great piece we missed? Link to it in the comments, or tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook

On content strategy 

Five more examples of interesting content from ‘boring’ businesses [from Econsultancy; written by Dan Brotzel]

Are you an “apparently unsexy business”? That doesn’t mean your content has to be boring. Get inspired by those who have already done it right.

Why Snapchat Should be the Inseparable Addition to Social Media Strategies [from Social Times; written by Rohan Ayyar]

“The value of a marketing platform for a brand can be gauged to a certain extent by asking these questions:

  1. Who are its primary users?
  2. How popular is it with them?
  3. Do these users fit the bill as your brand’s target audience?
  4. What is the closest alternative to target these users?

Now consider this:

Snapchat has a median user age of 18 years, with the majority of its users between 13 and 25 years of age. Facebook on the other hand, has an average user age of 40 years. The last few years in fact, have seen a sharp decline in teen users on Facebook.”

On visual content marketing 

4 Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Social Media Photos [from Convince & Convert; written by Jay Baer]

A great breakdown of photography basics in a fun and funny presentation. Bonus points for a Myspace reference.

10 Ways to Create Beautiful Content: Storytelling, Visuals and More [from Social Media Today; written by Julia McCoy]

Add DIY Videos to Your Content Pieces. Following the same approach, don’t hesitate to post videos that complement your written ideas and basically convey a very simple message: “I’m the author, I’m real, I’m here for you, my readers!” Whether you choose to record Skype interviews or combine text, images and music in simple programs such as Animoto to reach your audience, uncomplicated DIY videos will help you amplify your messages and boost their realness and overall power of seduction.”

An In-Depth Guide on How to Create Awesome Visual Content That Gets Noticed [from Jeff Bullas]

“. . .let’s be honest for a minute. At the end of the day, the meat is still what matters the most. This means that if the core message that your publication/post conveys is subpar, no amount of great visuals will make it popular.

If, on the other hand, you do know that what you’re publishing is worth of your audience’s time, good visuals can be the difference between making the piece mildly well received vs. making it a true hit.”

Emphasis added.

On stats 

US Instagram User Estimates, by Age Group, 2013-2019 [from Marketing Charts; written by staff]

“While eMarketer doesn’t forecast last year’s 60% growth rate being matched in the years to come, the platform should maintain double-digit growth until 2018, when it will exceed 100 million US users and reach almost one-third of the US internet population.”

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Written by Sarah

March 13th, 2015 at 9:07 am

The Week in Social Analytics #144

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It’s Friday and that means it’s time for This Week in Social Analytics with our favorite posts of the past week in the world of measurement, analytics, and social media. See a great piece we missed? Link to it in the comments, or tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook

Platform-specific pieces: 

5 Visual Storytelling Tips To Power Your Content Marketing On Facebook [from Jeff Bullas]

“. . .it’s becoming a necessity to be different. Your Facebook audience, while procrastinating their commitments ahead of them, will take out a few minutes to scroll through their News Feed. Most likely, they’ll skip anything uninteresting.

So with that in mind, you need to come up with content that’s well worth engaging with for an extended amount of time, which leads to the question:

How can your content break through the noise?

Instagram Will Top 100 Million US Users by 2018 [from eMarketer; written by staff]

“Going forward, Instagram will also compete with other emerging social networks for attention among these younger demographics, and by extension, for brands’ ad dollars in reaching those demographics. However, over time, we believe Instagram’s straightforward and simple content feed has wider appeal across all demographics—no matter what age or level of digital savvy.”

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Do I need two Twitter accounts? [from {grow}; written by Mark Schaefer]

Addressed on both the “philosophical and practical” level.

On social strategy: 

How Small Businesses Should Be Using Social Media [from Social Times; written by Katherine Halek]

“What do you hope to gain from social media? If a high follower count or an overnight viral post is your idea of social success, you may learn the hard way that those things in themselves are not guaranteed to bring you more business. Instead of a one-hit wonder, your main focus should be meaningful interaction, with the end goal of building a dedicated fan base.”

On video marketing. So hot right now. 

3 Rules for Better Video Marketing [from Convince and Convert; written by Tyler Lessard]

“Online video is quickly becoming one of the most important and inventive parts of the modern marketing mix. It can seem daunting to dive into, but this report offers a good place to start for understanding how much more comprehensive video can be as a weapon in your arsenal when you approach it with a balance of strategy, integration, and measurement.

YouTube Stars More Influential Than Big-Screen Ones, Youth Say [from Marketing Charts; written by staff]

“There appears to be an age trend when it comes to following stars on social media, though: 13-year-olds are far more likely to follow a YouTube (59%) than TV/movie (32%) star, while the gap is closer for 14-17-year-olds (53% and 44%, respectively). Among 18-24-year-olds, slightly fewer follow YouTube (51%) than TV/movie (54%) stars.”

This has big implications for brands with certain target demographics who are looking to do celebrity partnerships.

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The Week in Social Analytics #143

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This week it’s a lot about content marketing. 

Discomfort (And Content Marketing) Should Be at the Core of Your Communication Strategy [from Business2Community; written by Greg Hassel]

“The key to growth in 2015 for integrated marketing and communication firms and the individuals that comprise them will continue to be stepping out of traditional comfort zones. That may be embracing content marketing or it may be learning and becoming skilled in an area that’s not ‘sexy.’ But as the Leadership Now blog post states: ‘We can put ourselves into an uncomfortable position or, in time, it will be thrust upon us—and not on our terms.’”

Your 16-Point Content Publishing Checklist [from Convince & Convert; written by Arnie Kuenn]

Never hurts to have a reliable checklist to run down before a piece of content goes live.

Content Creators: Enough with the Boring [from Spin Sucks; written by Lindsay Bell]

“Learn this from Jim Henson: As a content creator, you must let go of fear. And you also must open your eyes to the world around you.

Being bombarded as we are daily with images and videos, blog posts and articles, start-ups and new high-tech gadgets, it’s easy to fall into the ‘that’s not cool, hip, innovative, edgy enough’ trap.

Don’t allow that trap to paralyze your content efforts. “

Why Your Blog Is Not Adding Business Value, and What You Can Do About It [from Marketing Profs; written by Jawad Khan]

“However, for your business blog to work effectively, you need to have a clear blogging objective that’s part of a solid content creation and promotion strategy.

If your content has real value for your readers, they will become not only loyal subscribers of your blog but also your most effective source of word-of-mouth marketing.”

Three Approaches to Effective Brand Storytelling [from Spin Sucks; written by Laura Petrolino]

“Our world is made up of stories—the stories we tell ourselves and those we hear from others. And those stories control how we view the world.

As communicators trying to create effective messages, we must understand how these stories affect our target consumer.

Also, how we can create and contribute stories to help our messaging resonate and integrate into their preexisting world view.”

9 Tips For Taking Top-Notch Smartphone Photos [from Business2Community; written by Lisa Furgison]

“Practice makes perfect and variety helps. If you take two or three shots of the same product in a different setting, you’re bound to get a slew of great pics. Eventually, you’ll have a stockpile of product shots that you can rely on.”

And a little bit about analytics. 

US CMOs Still Report Making Little Use of Marketing Analytics [from Marketing Charts; written by staff]

“Moreover, the reported contribution of marketing analytics is not only still low, but also not improving. On a 7-point scale (where 7 represents very high contribution to performance and 1 no contribution at all), CMOs rated marketing analytics’ contribution to performance at an average of 3.2, the lowest figure since the question was first asked in August 2012.

To top it off, 7 in 10 CMOs said they do not formally evaluate the quality of marketing analytics. That figure has also not improved in the past 3 years, as two-thirds did not evaluate the quality back in February 2012.”

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Let us know if we can help with that.

Written by Sarah

February 27th, 2015 at 8:47 am

The Week in Social Analytics #142

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How to. 

How to Care for Your Blog When You Are Too Busy to Blog [from Social Media Today; written by Edwin Huertas]

“Learn to listen in on the sentiments and concerns of your audiences and write content that directly address these. You may not win any literary prizes, but I assure you that your audiences will be very, very interested in what you have to say. Tap into the ‘what’s in it for me’ mindset and you will always have interesting things to write about, and you won’t need to spend much time thinking about what to write.”

How to Make Better Visualizations for Your Blog [from Convince and Convert; written by Sujan Patel]

Which styles of visual content work best with which styles of written content.

On content marketing. 

Content Marketing Personalization: Build Relationships At Scale [from B2B Marketing Insider; written by Michael Brenner]

“Marketing cannot continue to be about ads. Ads we tune out. Ads we hate.”

How to Create a Call-to-Action for All of Your Content [from Spin Sucks; written by Gini Dietrich]

“You also want to think about at least one call-to-action:

  • How to place a call-to-action on every piece of owned media you create. This could be social share buttons, a subscription, or the requirement of an email address for download.
  • How to create landing pages where people download your content. These help you track the effectiveness of one particular piece of content.
  • What kinds of content can you offer in exchange for their registration data (that is, email address and phone number).
  • How to build your database: Generate leads, nurture those leads with new and interesting content, and convert those leads to customers.
  • How to bring in your sales team and integrate your efforts with them.”

B2B Content Marketing Update: Goals, Content Types, and More [from Marketing Charts; written by staff]

“The most commonly cited content marketing challenges are lack of resources / bandwidth to create content (60%) and understanding buyer personas and creating relevant content for each segment (54%). Roughly half also have trouble producing engaging content, coming up with a variety of content, or simply finding the time to product enough content. Lack of budget (27%) and lack of buy-in/vision (16%), though, don’t appear to be real problems.”

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 Platform-specific pieces. 

There Are Only A Few, But Here’s How Early Adopters Are Using Twitter Video [from Marketing Land; written by Martin Beck]

“Three weeks after the launch of Twitter’s mobile native video feature, most brands are not using it. The best examples are direct answers in Q&As.”

Surprise! Facebook Has Changed the Rules Again For Brands [from Mack Collier]

Remember all of those images you’re supposed to be using for engagement? Don’t use those anymore.

(But we would recommend continuing to share UGC on your Facebook page, even if it does include images.)

Written by Sarah

February 20th, 2015 at 9:03 am

The Week in Social Analytics #141

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On content marketing.

11 Unusual Visual Content Marketing Tips to Drive a Ton of Traffic [from Jeff Bullas dot com; written by Vinay Koshy]

A fantastic, smart, and in-depth look at ways to build out your content marketing strategy.

These Five Essential Habits of Curators Will Make You a Smarter Marketer [from Marketing Profs; written by Rohit Bhargava]

“In other words, curation adds meaning to isolated beautiful things.

Emphasis original.

On your audience. 

Attention is a Precious Commodity: Earn it and Spend it Wisely [from Brian Solis]

“That’s the elusive yet magical nature of this attention economy. And, it’s both a challenge and also an opportunity to compete in it and for it.”

Your marketing success may hinge on Gray Social Media [from {grow}; written by Mark Schaefer]

“I would like to propose today that between dark social media and light social media, there is a third category that is rich in undiscovered marketing opportunity — Gray Social Media. These are the small, still voices who are clearly telling us they’re there, but we can’t detect their quiet signals and capture the data.”

How do we make sure the smallest voices are being heard, so we don’t just cater to a noisy minority?

You Can’t Own a Conversation [from SHIFT Communication; written by Scott Monty]

The lesson here is: Don’t be so quick to spread a message that you aren’t aware of how your message might be received. Listen before you speak, always.

“No, you can’t own a conversation. But you can own relationships. And the relationships you create are your defense against missteps and critics.”

On brand values. 

The Value of Brand Values [from We Are Social; written by Simon Kemp]

“. . .what defines a compelling, ‘human’ brand?

We asked some of the world’s leading marketers the same question, and their answers consistently focused on the same traits that define popular, sociable people.”

If you make time to read one whole piece this week, make it this one.

Written by Sarah

February 13th, 2015 at 8:57 am

The Week in Social Analytics #140

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On content marketing 

7 Types of Content You Still Aren’t Creating But Should Be [from Business2Community; written by Arnie Kuenn]

“. . .it’s more efficient and effective in the long term (and often times required for larger organizations) to take a broader view – to create content that can come to life in various formats, across many different platforms, and that can address multiple audiences.”

Do You Follow the 6 Content Curation Principles? [from PRblog; written by Kevin Dugan]

Tumblr is one of the best platforms for curating fantastic original content to share alongside your own original content. Here are six principles to consider to get you started on your curation journey:

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The Super Bowl of Content Marketing Audits – Optimized, Socialized & Integrated [from Top Rank Online Marketing Blog; written by Lee Odden]

The big mistake: (But not as big as throwing a pass on 2nd down and 1 yard to go) The Discovery, Assess and Recommend process for Audits is often treated as a one-time event, usually at the start of an internal effort to re-align marketing efforts or at the start of an engagement with an outside digital marketing agency. That’s a mistake. Depending on the program, audits should be part of a quarterly or annual process to evaluate program performance.”

Emphasis original.

On understanding your audience 

Be Effective by Being Authentic [from Marketing Profs; written by Gillian Vallee]

“To convey honesty that compels customers to act, effectual marketing messaging goes beyond being true and correct. To resonate as genuine, a brand must demonstrate accessibility, inclusiveness, and familiarity.

Ask these questions often:

  • What promises are we making? How are we delivering on those promises?
  • How have we demonstrated our interest and investment into our customers’ needs and desires?
  • Are we relatable?
  • How have we let the customer ‘in’?
  • Prove that there is truth in advertising.”

I don’t know my online audience and neither do you [from grow; written by Mark Schaefer]

Mark raises some interesting questions and provides definite food for thought in this piece:

“I think this poses some interesting questions about marketing to an online audience.

  1. We are only measuring the loud people, a vast minority of those who love us. What is the danger of forming a marketing plan around a group that is probably less than 5 percent of the total audience?
  2. We cannot mistake ‘quiet’ for irrelevant. There is a huge number of passionate fans out there who just never tell us they’re passionate fans! They are a powerful group.
  3. If we can’t accurately measure our content audience through normal analytics channels, what CAN we do to more accurately know who’s out there sharing our content in some way?”

What do you think?

B2B Marketers Seek to Better Understand the Customer Buying Journey [from Marketing Charts; written by staff]

“Of note, certain mobile channels are slated for decreases: 4 in 10 respondents plan to cut spending for mobile QR codes and for mobile messaging, while 3 in 10 plan to reduce their mobile app spending.”

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Written by Sarah

February 6th, 2015 at 8:25 am

The Week in Social Analytics #139

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On your audience 

Do You Know What Your Audience Is Doing On Social Media? [from Heidi Cohen]

“. . .marketers must create and update their social media persona for each of their key audiences and assess where, when and how they engage on social networks.”

If you haven’t done an audience audit in a while, it’s time.

6 Ways Social Data Can Improve Communications [from Cision; written by Jim Dougherty]

“Mining social data is entirely fallible, however.

It’s important to understand who you’re targeting, what you’re measuring, the quality of your data and the reliability your measurements in order to use social data most effectively.”

The Difference Between Popularity and Influence in Social Media [from Social Media Today; written by Brett Relander]

“It should always be kept in mind that a large number of visitors can sometimes stem from a significant number of one-time visitors. Of course, all visitors begin as first-time visitors, but if a user only visits your landing page and then quickly moves on, never to return, you are not gaining anything from them. You have no real opportunity to build influence with one-time visitors. With regular visitors, you are able to cultivate a true relationship. Over time, those visitors become invested in your brand and truly care about what you have to say. For this reason, it is vital to consider whether your viewership is based more on one-time visitors or on return visitors who are truly invested in what you have to say.”

Emphasis added.

Platform-specific marketing

Everything Brands Should Know About Twitter’s New ‘Recap’ Feature [from Social Media Today; written by Tim McMullen]

“The catch here is that Twitter is taking into account your inactivity. Which presumably means tweets posted at mostly inactive hours will–in a way–be rewarded. We could all be bombarded with midnight brand Tweets in the race to be displayed in the coveted morning recap. Eggs just taste better with a side of subliminal messaging.”

Emphasis added.

If your brand is looking to expand your strategy on Pinterest, check out these two pieces: The Definitive Guide To Pinterest For E-Commerce from Marketing Land and Five Keys for Using Pinterest to Market Your Business from Social Media Today.

If the recent changes to Snapchat have you wanting to investigate how your brand can use that platform, learn by example with Econsultancy’s Eight brands experimenting with Snapchat for social marketing.

Stats

28% of Time Spent Online is Social Networking [from SocialTimes; written by Shea Bennett]

“. . .average usage times for social media sites rose from 1.66 hours per day in 2013 to 1.72 hours per day last year.

Micro-blogging, which includes Twitter, is also up slightly to 0.81 hours per day, and now accounts for about 13 percent of total time spent online.”

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Written by Sarah

January 30th, 2015 at 8:49 am

The Week in Social Analytics #138

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On campaigns and measurement 

Beyond Impressions and Reach: Connecting Campaigns to Conversions [from Marketing Profs; written by Stacy DeBroff]

“By keeping our clients’ business objectives in mind and implementing tactics that can map to those goals, we can handcraft social media and digital campaigns that change consumer behavior. And when we do that, we can dramatically prove out our value to the C-suite in a far more profound way than through reach numbers.”

How To Drive Measurable Social Media Results [from Heidi Cohen]

“But it’s difficult to yield measurable social media results on any social media network, based on AOL via Converto research. That’s because social media interaction tends to occur in the middle of the purchase funnel.

“Understand that social media is best at building awareness since it reaches a broad cross section of customers before, during and after they purchase.”

On content marketing 

Where Is Content Headed? [from B2B Marketing Insider; written by Michael Brenner]

“Storytelling and corporate social responsibility will stop being labeled buzzwords and will become business imperatives as consumers connect with the brands who do it well and who do it consistently.”

The Only Thing You Need to Know About Content Marketing Strategy [from Social Media Today; written by Lacy Boggs]

“Here’s the key: When it comes right down to it, nobody is going to care if your videos are shot on a fancy-pants video camera or your trusty iPhone — if the information is valuable and useful to them.

Action tip: Focus on creating valuable content in a variety of formats to create a content marketing plan that works for you.”

EGC is the Key Content Marketing Trend [from Convince & Convert; written by Jay Baer]

EGC = Employee Generated Content

“Consider your own experiences in the wild. If you go to Lowe’s and ask the guy in the blue vest how to work on a project, you listen and believe it more than if you just read something on their website. The personal (and personality) layer inherent in EGC matters.”

4 Types of YouTube Videos PR & Marketing Pros Should Make [from Cision; written by Teresa Dankowski]

“Video has the power to find and retain consumers, create brand recognition, boost engagement and convert sales. But what kind of videos, exactly, should your brand be posting on YouTube? Here are four types of videos PR and marketing pros should make:

  1. Tutorials
  2. Campaign Kickoffs
  3. Authentically showcase offerings
  4. Reinforce brand values”

Click through to the full article for details and examples for each type of video from brands who are already executing this style of content well.

Everything else 

Three digital marketing mega trends for 2015 [from Econsultancy; written by Ashley Friedlein]

“Let us start with the bombshell. There isn’t anything new on the digital marketing horizon for 2015 that excites me much in isolation. “

Definitely worth a read.

6 Tips To Build A Strong Social Media Customer Service Plan [from Wade Harman]

“When you are able to successfully listen as a brand, then you have succeeded in looking beyond the numbers and what the data can tell you about any one thing. It helps you to stay informed and personal with the follower and the customer, and they will always tell you what they need.”