3 Pinterest Tips That Will Make You Better At Your Job

Pinterest Search Results Demonstrate Trends Party Ideas For Boys I've always felt bad for those folks whose offices block the use of Facebook and other social networks! I'm a manager myself, so I get it -- you don't want your employees wasting their time scanning Facebook for the latest from their not-so-closest-friends or shopping for nail polish on Pinterest. But I've always thought that blocking the use of social media ultimately just makes your employees want to use it even more, thus distracting them and having a negative impact on productivity. Of course, as a digital marketer, access to social media is absolutely necessary to my job, so I'll ne [...]


Anti-Bullying Video Gets Shorter With Each Share

share_it_to_end_it To call attention to bullying, the Singapore Coalition Against Bullying for Children and Youth has released a video that gets shorter each time you view it. The black and white animated video, hosted on a site called Share It To The End, depicts a boy getting bullied at school and telling us he always feels alone and doesn't feel safe anywhere. On the site which hosts the video (it's not on YouTube and can't be embedded), viewers are encouraged to share the video on Facebook. Each time the video is shared, it gets a bit shorter. The original video is just under two minutes long an [...]


3 Tips to Get Your Affiliate Network Working For You

shutterstock_171989792-gears-work Times are tough for affiliates. In February 2014, the affiliate channel accounted for only 7% of e-commerce transactions -- down from 9% in February 2013, and a drop in the bucket compared to major e-commerce traffic sources like organic search (24%), paid search (19%), and email (18%). The above figures come from The Custora Pulse, a free US e-commerce industry benchmark, aggregating transaction and customer data from over 100 US e-commerce retailers, developed and updated by e-commerce marketing analytics company Custora (disclosure: my employer). But don't go feeling bad for affili [...]


Content Marketers, Kill The Blog Category

GUN_shutterstock_126668459 Plato said Socrates thought very little of the then-newfangled objects that were books, arguing that the written word impinged upon man's ability to remember and to think. In the early 60s, Marshall McCluhan went on to write about "media determinism," an idea suggesting that our communications technologies shape the way we think. Anyone who has ever written out a manuscript with pen and ink will be able to attest to the notion that how we write with various tools is fundamentally different. Blog Post Categories It's understandable that when blogs were devised, the various blog posts were [...]


Thai Life Insurance Ad Celebrates Beauty of Life

thai_life_insirance It doesn't happen very often but sometimes -- every once in a while -- advertising is awesome. Awesome in ways that make you jump for joy. Awesome in ways that make you angry. Awesome in ways that make you cry. But most of all, awesome in ways that give you hope there is, well, hope for the human race. About a year ago, Ogilvy & Mather Bangkok created a three minute video for Thai Life Insurance. The video told the story of a girl and her deaf mute father. It's hard enough for a teenager to get along with a parent even when they are "normal" but add in any notion of "different" and [...]


­How To Succeed With Content Marketing In Organic Search

young woman preso_shutterstock_176222933 Say you have a presentation with a very powerful message about the mission of your brand. You're qualified to speak on the subject matter because you live and breathe it -- and your audience cares, because what you do makes a difference in their lives. Your goal is to get this message in front of as many people as you can. So you sign up to talk at professional organizations, networking events, industry conferences, small groups of decision-makers and so on. After years of giving this presentation, you realize that there's one particular group of people who represent the most opportunity [...]


Annotated Movie-Trailer Videos Connect With First-Time Homebuyers

PR_Romcom_1_cropped Buying a home. It can be romantic. It can be dramatic. And it can be scary. To capture each of these three emotions for Canada's RBC Royal Bank, Entrinsic developed a first-time homebuyer campaign which consists of three movie trailer-like videos, each of which center on one of the three emotions experienced when buying a home. The videos -- directed by now-we-know-where-he-is filmmaker Jeremiah Chechik, the man behind National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and Benny and Joon -- promote three fictional movies that follow a couple going through the ups and downs of buying their first home a [...]


LinkedIn Releases Content Shock And Awe

Linkedin Releases Content Shock and Awe: The-Announcement With the rise of content marketing and the amount of content published daily always increasing, some marketers predict that eventually, the content bubble will burst. This notion, referred to as content shock, assumes that someday, there will simply be too much content to consume. I personally disagree with this sentiment for a number of reasons. However, in February, when LinkedIn announced that eventually all members will be able to publish content on their publishing platform, the idea of content shock gained more steam. With more than 277 million members, will the ability to post conten [...]


Heineken Travels To Outer Space & The Ocean’s Depths In Support Of Reporters Without Borders

heineken_legendary_posters Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam is out with a new campaign for Heineken which focuses on 40 legendary individuals from the worlds of sports, entertainment, science, art and other areas. Entitled "The Legendary Posters," the campaign features these 40 people doing interesting and amazing things in support of the global non-profit Reporters Without Borders. The posters were created by unique interaction with each of the 40 individuals. There's the poster that played fireball tennis with Jimmy Connors. There's the one that went into a live volcano with an Icelandic farmer. There's the one that [...]


Is Native Advertising Legal? Does It Matter?

native 1 I start this article with three controversial statements: Native advertising likely violates Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules on deceptive advertising Native advertisers and publishers will profit tremendously from these violations and receive little to no punishment or regulation from the FTC This concept, which I call “regulatory arbitrage,” has been proven to be highly profitable, having been proven by many other internet businesses First Things First: What Is Native Advertising? Go to virtually any article, social network or content distribution source online and you’ [...]


How Email Marketers Should Mark Up Messages For Gmail’s New Grid View

picture 3 Google just transformed the inbox again with Gmail Grid View that turns the Promotions tab into a visual shopping mall of marketing emails. For marketers, the question is: how do I get it to work, and what will my emails look like if I don’t do anything at all? I did some testing and noticed some interesting things. For grid view, Gmail is using “Actions in the Inbox,” which it announced in early 2013. Actions in the Inbox uses schema.org markup that takes information in an email, turns it into structured data, and then makes the structured data usable as an action. For example, t [...]


Weight Watchers & Getty Images Help You Celebrate Your Incredibleness

weight_watchers_incredible_you Most of us wish we could lose a little weight from time to time. Sometimes we put our mind to it and succeed. Other times, life gets in the way and that spare tire or muffin top begins to rear its ugly head. That's when Weight Watchers wants our attention. To garner that attention and refresh interest in Weight Watchers in Australia, digital agency Reactive launched a multi-faceted campaign called Awaken Your Incredible. As part of the campaign, Reactive developed Incredible You, a partnership with Getty images that allows people to create short slide shows which highlight their "inc [...]


Yelp Versus Foursquare? Who’s Winning In Mobile/Local For Marketers?

yelp-foursquare For business travelers, it's easy to see why mobile access to discovery tools like Google Places, Yelp and Foursquare is so critical. Determining where to go to get coffee, lunch, printing help, dinner, drinks, etc., often happens at the last minute. What about non-business travelers? Yes, we all have our favorite places to eat, preferred dry cleaners, dentists, doctors, and so on. But how do we know we are finding the best places? Or what if our dentist moves? Or our dry cleaner continually over starches our shirts? What about life changes that might mandate a new day care? Or a [...]


How Much Should You Spend On Optimization? Calculate Your BUU

shutterstock_157334462-scale-tools-money Analytics platforms. Split testing software. User testing tools. This is starting to sound expensive. And it is. What if it were more expensive not to have these things in your online business? It might very well be. Your business may be one of the many that is hobbled by a “launch and hope” approach to digital marketing. Not every business will benefit from such tools, but yours may. How much will you benefit? How much does it make sense to spend? This is an exercise in budgeting for website optimization. We will show you how to calculate a Basic Upside Unit (BUU) and h [...]


In A Mobile World, Not All Mobile Performs Equally For Advertisers

bing ads clickers It seems that every time I ride the elevator at my office building, every one of my fellow riders has a mobile device out -- checking e-mail, making a restaurant reservation, even booking a trip... Whether I'm at bus stop, in line at Starbucks or dining in the cafeteria, almost everyone I see is peering at a mobile device. This trend is not simply anecdotal. According to eMarketer, global smartphone users will top 1.75 billion in 2014, close to one quarter of the world's population, and growth will continue on a fast-paced trajectory through 2017. Mobile smartphone adoption is occurring [...]


Bolthouse Farms’ Food Porn Index Aims To Refocus People’s Obsessions

bolthouse_farms_food_porn Well, here's a fun one. Check out this bit of genius from Bolthouse Farms, which aims to right the imbalance of food porn that has swept the internet since the advent of social media and, more recently, Instagram. Entitled Food Porn Index, the project, created by ad agency Tiny Rebellion, analyzes the hashtags associated with food-related posts across social media channels and aims to become the first head-to-head tracker of society's real-time food porn sharing habits. When you first visit the site, you are presented with the fact that about 70% of food porn pictures are of the unh [...]


Social Media: The Perfect Tool For Spying On Your Customers (Aka Doing Market Research)

social-media-spying Marketers need to take a page out of the modern parenting handbook and utilize social media to spy on their customers and target audience. Okay, that sounds bad -- but just like parents that keep tabs on their 14-year-old's Instagram account, marketers should follow people in their target demographic to see where they are, who they're with and what they're doing. Like the parent, marketers have their customers' best interest at heart -- we just want to give them what they need. But, like the 14-year-old kid, they won't always tell us directly. If you aren't already doing so, here are [...]


You Will Want To Move To The Wilderness Of Sweden After Viewing This Amazing Video

poetic_summerhouse Marketing campaigns from realtors trying to sell houses are at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to creativity. After all, it's akin to a car dealer moving metal. They don't care about the actual car. All they care about is moving the thing off the lot (or, in the case of a house, assigning the lot to another person). Marketing campaigns from individuals trying to sell, well, anything, are usually akin to late night infomercials shot by a five year old who just downed a pot of coffee. So we were filled with trepidation when we received this video entitled Poetic Summerhouse; an eff [...]


The Fatal Mistake Content Marketers Are Making With Nofollow

shutterstock_182841941-RIPContentMktg RIP, content marketing. Thanks to Google's algorithm updates and quality guidelines that require paid links to include a nofollow tag, there's simply no value any more in online promotions for brands and agencies. After all, if a sponsored link can no longer provide a direct PageRank boost, what's the point? Everyone knows the only reason to bother promoting a brand online is for the improved search engine rankings. Did you detect a hint of sarcasm there? I hope so, because when marketers focus too much of their attention on search engine optimization (SEO), they lose sight of the big pi [...]


You Can’t Own What You Don’t Pay For (In Social Media)

social-network-data-featured There's been a lot of discussion recently about ongoing changes that Facebook is making to its Newsfeed algorithms and how those tweaks impact brands. Notably, there was the release of a paper by PR agency Ogilvy discussing the notion of "Facebook Zero" and its potential implications, whilst food delivery start-up Eat24, in a more concrete and immediate move, posted a breakup note to Facebook, blaming the same changes. Whilst Eat 24's note, which ends with a threat/promise to delete its Facebook page (it should be gone by the time you read this), it's amusing in a snarky kind of way [...]


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