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Robin Good's insight:
While they may cost a few thousand dollars if commisioned through an agency, curated music playlist appear to be an emerging approach for big brands to develop a closer relationship with their fans.
From Nissan, to Juicy Fruit, Telus and Mr. Clean, there are already several large brands who have been investing in compiling dedicated music playlists to engage and stay in contact with their customers and potential ones for hours at a time.
Songza (available only in the US and Canada) is one of the pioneering music distribution platforms monetizing this approach.
My comment: DJs and music experts may have yet to witness the opportunity to become fully part of the communication and marketing process of big brands by curating all of their marketing-related music needs.
Check out this article to learn more about it: http://www.6smarketing.com/blog/songza/
Robin Good: If you want to examine and question some of the critical issues that may be influencing the performance of your site / business online, this video lesson from SEOMoz CEO Rand Fishkin can provide you with lots of valuable and actionable insight.
Achieving greater effectiveness in selling whatever you are proposing online is not just a matter of proper tagging and SEO optimization tasks. There are a lot of other factors mixed in with those that determine, beyond what search engines may think, how credible, reputable and worth of my time and money your site really is.
And that's where you should spend more attention.
Rand goes over a number of very important factors like:
- niche focus
- brand trust
- design and UX
- quality of content
- industry reputation
- domain naming
- social proof
Highly recommended. 9/10
Video + full text transcription: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/the-hidden-factors-in-accomplishing-your-online-marketing-goals-whiteboard-friday
Robin Good: Here is some great advice, and real-world examples of how Pinterest can be used to engage fans, create interesting content and making your brand more visible.
Key interesting approaches include:
- Creating contests in which fans create thematic boards that showcase your ideas, products or services
- Showcasing your fans using your brand or tools
- Arranging collections of valuable resources in-line with your brand interest
- Uncovering backstage pics and crowdsourced images of events
Read the full illustrated article: http://mashable.com/2012/01/19/pinterest-brands/
This wonderful piece was written by Lisa Barone on Outspoken Media. I loved reading this because her insights are right on the money. How do I know? Because I've been on Pinterest for a week and this social network takes you beyond all the buzzwords, the how to articles and lets you connect with others in ways that have the potential to create deeper engagement that can is definitely beginning to show ROI in more ways than one.
Feel free to follow me on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/jangordon/
or visit my topic on content curation at http://www.scoop.it/t/content-curation-social-media
Here's an excerpt that captures the essence of what she is saying. I highly recommend you read the comments as well.
"Anyone who knows me will tell you: I’m completely commitment phobic. And nowhere is this more apparent than in the world of emerging social media networks. I cringe whenever a new one is released because I simply Can’t.
"For me, the social network doing that right now is Pinterest.Wait? Pinterest? Is that really anything more than an outlet for pictures of sleeping cats, fancy home décor and items deemed orange?
I’ll tell you why I love it and why, as a brand, you should love it too.
****One of the great things social media has done is that it’s undeniably changed the way businesses and consumers are able to interact.
****It broke through an imaginary wall that had long divided the two and allowed businesses to share parts of themselves which, in turn, allowed consumers to seek out businesses that are weird in the same way or that believed in the same things.
Last November I spoke at TEDx about how through the Web, weird became profitable.
****Weird became something businesses could leverage. To me, that’s where social media is most effective –
****when businesses use weird to be strategically authentic and show customers their essence. It’s when they let certain parts of themselves hang out so their customers can get to know whose behind the product or service that they love so much.
And that’s what Pinterest does really well. It epitomizes what is right and powerful in social media. Sure, Mashable may still use it to hoard marketing infographics for page views, but that’s not how it’s most effective.
Read full article here: http://outspokenmedia.com/about/lisa-barone/
Image via Wikipedia In a few short years, our ability to forcibly interrupt consumers with our advertising is going to be greatly diminished. There will be more channels, more content across more screens, and many fewer interruptive ads. Yes, we...
What great insights this article has! We already know storytelling is key to successful marketing but the author goes even further when saying, "But the concept of branded content is fundamentally flawed. By definition, branded content doesn’t even need to be good content. As long as we remain focused on creating something “branded,” we are missing the entire reason consumers are watching in the first place. It is a very subtle idea that requires brand managers and CMOs to shake off some of their core beliefs about how we talk to our customers."
And, "It’s not logical to think that consumers will ever volunteer to watch or share our marketing, so let’s stop making marketing and instead start telling stories. We need to unshackle ourselves from old formats and embrace an idea that has existed since humans first began communicating."
Read the article for other great words of wisdom -- along with understanding the bleak future of marketing and advertising if we don't shift business efforts into becoming story-centric.
The only piece that's missing in this post is any discussion about the fundamental dynamic of storytelling: story sharing. It seems the author is still focused on broadcasting stories instead of engaging in swapping stories with customers (i.e. listening to their stories in return).
But one step at a time :) ....
Via Karen Dietz
Why storytelling is such an effective advertising technique and how to tell compelling stories in your smart marketing strategy.
Creating stories for advertising can sometimes be tricky -- you've got a short amount of time and need maximum impact in order to gain and keep those eyeballs --and make sales!
This article helps us understand th 7 characteristics of effective advertising storytelling, gives us a few lessons for developing your story ad strategy, and then includes a final tip/link about what not to do.
Nice -- solid ideas without being too long or difficult to grasp :)
Via Karen Dietz
Robin Good: If you are looking to improve your reputation / visibility / branding online, Ann Smarty has a great report up on MarketinPilgrim, which has lots of great advice, information and helpful tools.
1. Verify the Authorship of Your Articles
2. Create a Master Feed of Your Contributions
3. Claim Your Brand Name in Major Social Networks"
In the article Ann provides lots of detailed suggestions, examples and references while also providing specific free tools to use to execute each one of these steps.
Recommended reading. 9/10
I selected this piece today because it is timely and relevant, social media is part of the equation but the focus should be on social business, which is the bigger picture. It's important to package your content and repurpose it to fit the social network(s) where your audience resides. This interview talks about
In this interview with McKinsey and Compay, John Battelle, founder & chairman of Federated Media Publishing says.....
**Marketers need to shift their mindset from being a publisher to engaging an audience.
Marketers are starting to see an ecosystem of paid, owned and earned media that they're very interested in feeding through social interactions and content marketing.
Here's what caught my attention:
Marketers have always created content, print and radio ads, 30-second spots, display banners
****But they never have really seen these elements as an integrated corpus of content living in a digitally driven ecosystem
**Marketers need to become engagement publishers
**"Increasingly, [marketers] are realizing that this social media space involves an ongoing conversation. Assets never really go away."
**Building conversation “inventory” at scale
I agree that all brands probably should be on Facebook, but what you really need is an integrated strategy that has – at its root – the brand's own domain, independent from any platform other than the Internet itself.
Measuring the success of conversational engagement
These things are very hard to directly measure from a simple click. And often, as we know, the people who click are not the people you want as customers anyway.
**So you need a bridge to that kind of insight that gives a media buyer the justification to say that this new technology is worth the investment.
**Marketers have been very interested in understanding how their content is amplified in the past few years
**Now there is technology that allows us to automatically collect and present this data (More in detail in interview)
**The best companies create communities of interest that are independent:
**they are rooted in the independent Web, with expressions on Facebook, or as an iPhone or Android app – those all become instances of their brand.
** Companies should create a circulatory system through which they can promote different aspects of their messaging and interactions with their community.
**If you're going to be a brand with a publishing approach to marketing, you must have an independent taproot that isn’t controlled by anyone but you.
Put out your branches and feelers everywhere. Integrate that experience and let your content and messaging flow through it.
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
Read full interview here: [http://bit.ly/x7mHwm]
Billy Joel’s schmaltzy ballad “Honesty” spoke the truth back in 1979.
Karen Dietz: I really like this post because it is all about the quality of authenticity -- and not worrying about being perfect!
Authenticity is the heart and soul of business storytelling. This post uses rock bands to talk about this. As the author says, "There was a point, only a few years ago, where having a solid rock star brand meant covering up every wart and imperfection."
And, "A point to consider about honesty in branding: We human beings are wonderfully imperfect creatures, and we can only relate and bond with other wonderfully imperfect creatures."
Dare to be honest, authentic, and imperfect in your stories and story sharing. It will make you much more human and relatable :)
Via Karen Dietz