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Top 3 Reasons Why Brands Are Getting Serious About Gaming

Top 3 Reasons Why Brands Are Getting Serious About Gaming

Why are brands getting serious about gaming? It's all about advertising, engagement, and trends.
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BBQ study shows social opportunity for brands

BBQ study shows social opportunity for brands

Latest study reveals despite an increase in BBQ conversations brands aren't owning social
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Exclusive Social Media Events for Brands

Exclusive Social Media Events for Brands

Interviews and events with well-known brands. A proper warts and all discussion on social media marketing. Free to join, and fun to be had!
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How does social listening help brands to remain competitive in the Age of the Customer?

How does social listening help brands to remain competitive in the Age of the Customer?

The rise in popularity of social media networks like Facebook and Twitter made the customer more connected than ever before. As a result, if someone has a positive or negative experience with a brand, it can be shared with millions of people online. According to researchers, marketers, and…
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Find out how tech CMOs from prominent brands like Adobe, Worldpay, Siemens, and SAP shape the future of marketing.

Find out how tech CMOs from prominent brands like Adobe, Worldpay, Siemens, and SAP shape the future of marketing.

Find out how tech CMOs from prominent brands like Adobe, Worldpay, Siemens, and SAP shape the future of marketing.
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Episode 34: Serious Social – Battle of the Brands

Episode 34: Serious Social – Battle of the Brands

  Ep 34: Serious Social – Battle of the Brands Over 200 brands shared their insights with us… join Belle Lawrence and Katy Howell in this episode of Serious Social, where they’ll be sharing results from our very own benchmark tool, breaking down the comparisons and…
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Three brands that are killing the TikTok game

Three brands that are killing the TikTok game

TikTok is nothing new, but brands are still in the early stages of figuring out how to build successful marketing campaigns to reach audiences and add business value. But with about 850 million monthly active users worldwide, brands need to act now to begin building…
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Should B2B brands be on Instagram?

Should B2B brands be on Instagram?

Despite the success that B2C organisations have seen, B2B companies have been dragging their feet when it comes to Instagram. And we get it. Starting, managing, and maintaining an Instagram account takes a lot of resources. Not only does the messaging need to be on point, but the feed…
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Brands who claim an appetite for bold content are just virtue signalling!

Brands who claim an appetite for bold content are just virtue signalling!

We’ve all sat in brainstorms where detractors find reason or cause to not do something. The naysayers who police everyone and everything despite never being asked to do so. They’re also the people who never find a solution to the myriad of problems they’ve erected in front of every…
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Cancel culture means brands must re-plan their social

Cancel culture means brands must re-plan their social

Call-out or cancel culture has been around for some years now. But like many things in marketing, it’s accelerated in importance over the last few months. Brand values have moved centre stage and what you stand for matters more than ever. The impact of #cancel is seen whether…
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Episode 21: Brands! Don’t get cancelled

Episode 21: Brands! Don’t get cancelled

  Ep 21: Brands! Don’t get cancelled Cancel culture has been around for almost two decades but, like most things, has accelerated in 2020. Businesses need to make sure they protect their reputation and adapt to changing audience behaviours. But where to start? We explore the…
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Episode 11: Brands as broadcasters

Episode 11: Brands as broadcasters

Ep 11: Serious Social – Brands as broadcasters Instead of pitching or even bringing in a broadcaster, become the broadcaster. Gain insight on how to make your live broadcasts rival the messaging and quality seen on BBC News, Bloomberg and more. If you’re after more…
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Brands can become broadcasters

Brands can become broadcasters

Brand as Broadcasters is the concept all business running brand events need to truly deliver greater cost efficiency and standout innovation Running brand events comes at great cost. Marketers have to evidence cost efficiencies that yield tangible returns for the business. Formats have to keep being refreshed to…
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Why Brands Are Getting Account-Based Marketing All Wrong

Why Brands Are Getting Account-Based Marketing All Wrong

For B2B brands, account-based marketing is key to its marketing and sales for several reasons. To name a few – ABM puts the emphasis on individual prospects or existing accounts, has a huge potential for return on investment and often shortens the sales cycle. So, what’s holding B2B…
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Insight and advice for travel brands wanting to up the game on social

Insight and advice for travel brands wanting to up the game on social

Insight and advice for travel brands wanting to up the game on social
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Brands can now join Facebook Groups, but should they?

Brands can now join Facebook Groups, but should they?

Creating communities… that’s where social can begin to reach the sought-after 1:1 dialogue with consumers and contacts. It’s harder than ever to do this, what with those pesky algorithms, squeezed budgets and sometimes costly media buying. Facebook is now allowing brands to join Groups… wow, this could really…
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How travel brands can turn holiday dreamers into buyers on social

How travel brands can turn holiday dreamers into buyers on social

  Right now as we head into the dead of winter, our summer holiday is just a distant memory. But it’s now, as we turn the heating up at home, that we dream of going away. Our latest research makes it clear that social is a…
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A sizzling social report for holiday brands

A sizzling social report for holiday brands

A sizzling social report for holiday brands
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Brands are driving app downloads through Instagram Stories

Brands are driving app downloads through Instagram Stories

  Stories have been around for a fair amount of time now and many brands have joined the party. But some of them are thinking even bigger… Hopper, a flight-booking app, has gradually increased its spend on Instagram Stories since the platform enabled mobile app installs last…
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Could Facebook Groups be the new go-to for brands?

Could Facebook Groups be the new go-to for brands?

  Have you considered making Facebook Groups part of your Facebook marketing strategy? Recent research from Facebook has shown that Groups are seeing more engagement than pages. Groups allow you to start conversations in a way that feels more private, and everyone that joins the Group is likely…
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Are travel brands doing enough to cut through the noise?

Are travel brands doing enough to cut through the noise?

  It’s our travel edition! On this week’s Serious Social, we spoke to the CEO of Sagittarius, Paul Stephen, about his experience working in digital marketing for travel clients. The travel industry is so commoditised, it’s important for brands to stand out on social. To do…
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Social Bake Off for brands wanting a piece of the pie

Social Bake Off for brands wanting a piece of the pie

Social Bake Off for brands wanting a piece of the pie
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Why lifestyle content is important for brands

Why lifestyle content is important for brands

  As marketeers it’s our job to advertise a product or a brand to the masses, but what we sometimes forget is that we also need to be engaging. One of best and easiest ways to do this is to use more lifestyle content, that could be videos, images…
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Is influencer marketing for B2C brands only?

Is influencer marketing for B2C brands only?

  When you think of influencer marketing, your mind probably wanders to the Kardashians or Zoe Sugg. Any marketer knows that done in the right way, influencer marketing is a great tool for consumer brands to reach their target audience in an authentic and engaging way, and lead to…
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Pinterest tests wide-format promoted videos & increases efforts to court Entertainment brands

Pinterest tests wide-format promoted videos & increases efforts to court Entertainment brands

According to Pinterest, the platform has seen a 180% uplift in video views in the last year. That figure tallies with what the other social media giants are saying about video, which cements the idea that brands, and social offerings, have to be on the front…
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It’s all about brands with Facebook Messenger’s new updates

It’s all about brands with Facebook Messenger’s new updates

Facebook’s F8 Developer conference has been full of announcements, and we’re excited about two in testing that’ll improve customers’ relationships with brands. First up, using AR for your brand yet? Thought not… Facebook’s still trying to change all that with the launch…
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Facebook’s latest offering tailor-made for travel brands

Facebook’s latest offering tailor-made for travel brands

  Facebook and Instagram are increasingly being used in the consumer holiday planning process. According to a recent survey commissioned by Facebook, 68% of Millennials found ideas and inspiration for their most recent trip on Facebook, and the same goes for 60% on Instagram.   Travel advertisers on Facebook…
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What does Snapchat’s redesign do for brands?

What does Snapchat’s redesign do for brands?

  As frustrated as you may be about the changes in the app’s layout, Snapchat have announced that it is here to stay. Despite all the negativity, the redesign is claimed to have come from user feedback. For the business, the change is already giving the Discover section a…
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Can Twitter become brands’ new favourite platform?

Can Twitter become brands’ new favourite platform?

It’s been quiet at the water cooler recently, what with having to wait FOREVER for GoT to return. But, even if you’re not a business, the recent Facebook news means Zuckerberg’s plans have got everybody talking. January as a slow news month? Not anymore. Facebook’s…
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How brands must work with influencers to stop breaking the ASA rules

How brands must work with influencers to stop breaking the ASA rules

  Last week, Marnie Simpson was rapped firmly on the knuckles by the ASA for breaking CAP code rules and promoting brands without making clear she was paid to do so. There was coverage across OK!Magazine, BBC, Sky News, Daily Mail and…
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How the biggest brands use Instagram Stories

How the biggest brands use Instagram Stories

Time flies in social media, believe it or not it’s already time to wish Instagram Stories a happy first birthday. A whole year since the launch of Facebook’s first foray into Snapchat territory which inspired so very many knock-offs. We have recently asked if there is…
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Why are brands slowly sinking into social mediocrity?

Why are brands slowly sinking into social mediocrity?

It’s time we talked about the mediocrity of social media. Brands that are filling the noisy, noisy, world of social with average content for the sake of being social. It’s been an issue that has been creeping up on us for some time, but it is reaching…
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The Brands Who Won April Fools 2017

The Brands Who Won April Fools 2017

So April has arrived, and with it a day when we stop bashing ‘fake news’, and instead celebrate it, and the other witty and, in some cases, heart-stopping ways that our friends and loved ones make April Fools of us all. Not to mention, the brands that get…
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Sneaky brands that bend the rules will pay more than a fine

Sneaky brands that bend the rules will pay more than a fine

For years, the mantra touted by every social expert is that brands need to “be transparent and honest” when engaging in social networks. Whilst the rewards of social marketing are undoubtable, occasionally organisations make mistakes or fall into holes. It happens. Most learn and move on. But some…
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Are travel brands missing out on Snapchat?

Are travel brands missing out on Snapchat?

  Is it because the vast majority of Snapchatters are between 18 and 24? Is it because their content creation processes often require going through a lengthy approval path? Or maybe it’s the lack of analytics on the platform and tools to measure a campaign’s ROI? Whatever their reasons,…
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The Mannequin Challenge: What brands need to know about viral trends

The Mannequin Challenge: What brands need to know about viral trends

Social media agencies who promise viral success are not being very honest with you. And indeed, investing large sums of money in a project that you’re confident will ‘go viral’ is wishful thinking at best. Don’t get me wrong, success as a result of a viral hit is…
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How B2B brands can avoid defaulting to job titles when segmenting in social

How B2B brands can avoid defaulting to job titles when segmenting in social

We have been banging the audience-first drum relentlessly for the last few years. Why? Because it is the best way to deliver results in social. More recently I discussed the merits of micro-targeting in social media: finely slicing your customer segments to ensure you can deliver relevancy…
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How even the smallest brands can make use of Snapchat

How even the smallest brands can make use of Snapchat

Since Snapchat’s conception in 2011, we’ve seen its meteoric rise to become one of the most used social networks in the world. The network currently boasts over 100 million daily active users along with 400 million snaps per day being sent all over the globe. For an app that only…
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5 ways for brands to stop fakers and the fraudsters on social

5 ways for brands to stop fakers and the fraudsters on social

According to Campaign Live, a fifth of top brands’ social media accounts are ‘fraudulent’. It seems many household brands are plagued with promotion spams, impersonators, phishing profiles, trademark violations, hacked accounts and counterfeit profiles. Ouch! And this number is on the rise. Sadly, the fakers are…
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Brands get sticky on Twitter

Brands get sticky on Twitter

Following hot on the heels of Twitter’s announcement that the platform was introducing #Stickers as “…a fun new way to add creativity to your photos and connect them to the world on Twitter”, the platform has now invited brands to join the party with “Promoted Stickers”.
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3 tips for brands dealing with Social Media trolls

3 tips for brands dealing with Social Media trolls

Avoiding online trolls is hard work for anyone. They hide in just about every corner of the internet, waiting for the perfect opportunity to harass or insult you. But its not just your average tweeter that has to deal with it… Marketers working within social media are having…
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Will Snapchat’s new feature open up doors for brands or become a distant memory

Will Snapchat’s new feature open up doors for brands or become a distant memory

  Snapchat’s new Memories feature is being advertised as a new way for users to share old snaps and stories – but the consumers are not the only ones that use Snapchat. So what does this new update…
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Why brands should be audience-first

Why brands should be audience-first

  Irrespective of your audience focus – consumers or businesses, the need to adopt audience-first marketing exists. Channels are increasingly cluttered with conversations and similar content, so the need to standout is greater than ever. Without disclosing specific intellectual property, I’ve recently been looking at an industry who…
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10 brands and individuals to connect with on Snapchat

10 brands and individuals to connect with on Snapchat

Many digital marketers that I’ve spoken to recently are not active on Snapchat. Most have given it a go, but either their family and friends weren’t using the app, or their friends and family weren’t sharing the most engaging of content. Both are understandable reasons for not enjoying the…
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What does Twitter’s new character limit mean for brands?

What does Twitter’s new character limit mean for brands?

Looks like the social media heavens have finally heard our prayers. Twitter is making a major shift in how it counts characters in tweets, giving us more freedom to post longer messages. Posting a photo and shortened link leaves you with 93 characters to play with. The combination…
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4 ways that brands can use Periscope’s new “sketch” feature

4 ways that brands can use Periscope’s new “sketch” feature

I think I may be the only person getting excited about this, but in case you hadn’t heard, Periscope is now allowing users to doodle over their live streams. Officially it’s called “sketching” and is available to iOS users, after a pilot was launched just a month ago. The…
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IF event summary: Big brands gathered debating data and personalisation

IF event summary: Big brands gathered debating data and personalisation

At IF, we pride ourselves on evolving. Curiosity is one of our brand values, championed daily by our fabulous staff. Our event format has been well received for many years but it was time to evolve. After a few months of planning and tinkering,…
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How Brands Are Using Emojis in Campaigns

How Brands Are Using Emojis in Campaigns

Getting your message across can be difficult in the digital age. People have very short attention spans and there is a lot of competition. Twitter allows 140 characters to get the job done, but data shows that tweets shorter than 100 characters get a 17% higher engagement…
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Twitter is a troubled 10, but brands shouldn’t worry about that

Twitter is a troubled 10, but brands shouldn’t worry about that

Lunchtime. 21st March 2006. Jack Dorsey sends the first ever tweet: “just setting up my twttr” And now the company claims to have reached 320m monthly active users include celebrities, politicians and quite a number of trolls too.   Twitter Monthly Active Users…
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How will Instagram’s new algorithm affect brands?

How will Instagram’s new algorithm affect brands?

So it’s happening. It was only a matter of time. Instagram is planning on using algorithms to organise content within timelines, as announced on their company blog this week. Following in the footsteps of their owners Facebook, who started to move away from a chronological display…
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Superbowl 50 – Battle of the Brands 2016

Superbowl 50 – Battle of the Brands 2016

Superbowl; The Olympic games of modern marketing and definitely a leading event in competitive and cutting edge digital marketing tactics. More than with any Superbowl before, brands were positioning their narrative across multiple channels (TV, Social; Twitter Snapchat, Instagram) on an increasingly active timeline, talking to different channels…
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What brands can learn from NATO, NASA and the CIA

What brands can learn from NATO, NASA and the CIA

Attending the NATO experts’ forum on social media for international organisations, I was struck by how much public sector organisations are committed to communicating through social. So much so that they meet challenges, obstacles and the changing comms landscape, head on. Often working with limited resources, in an…
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Cannes Lions – big brands discuss their content strategy    

Cannes Lions – big brands discuss their content strategy    

Amongst the many things discussed last week at Cannes Lions was how big brands communicate to their multiple audiences online and how to promote campaigns and story-telling effectively throughout multiple platforms. Talking to multiple audiences is a common issue for many brands and makes deciding what to post,…
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Usefulness is key for brands to really connect at festivals

Usefulness is key for brands to really connect at festivals

The festival season is here and brands globally are cashing in on sponsorship, branding, presence and product demos of all kinds; taking over stalls, stages, arenas, performers and musicians to get in front of the most dynamic audiences, be in the background of their selfies, and inevitably be part…
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How travel brands can tap into emotion to influence ROI

How travel brands can tap into emotion to influence ROI

  Holidays: the Holy Grail of the working world. The one time each year where you can kick back in an exotic locale and collect a paycheque for lying in a hammock and reading a dog-eared copy of “Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance”. The importance we place…
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Why brands should not ignore customer queries on social

Why brands should not ignore customer queries on social

When it comes to customer service, consumers now expect to interact with the brands on their own terms – they want to receive a prompt response, on the channel of their choice, and a quick resolution to their problem. To put this into context, if a customer phones…
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4 assessments brands must make before jumping into the multi-networking trend

4 assessments brands must make before jumping into the multi-networking trend

As if you didn’t know already, social media is a noisy space. And the latest research from GlobalWebIndex (GWI) gives us one of the reasons why. Because on average people have 5.39 social networking accounts. Now that is a lot of chatter! But here’s the thing:…
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Social media giving beauty brands the facelift treatment

Social media giving beauty brands the facelift treatment

The beauty industry has gone through a significant revolution over the past 10 years, with rise of the visual social platforms such as YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram, we are quickly learning that beauty brands need more than just a pretty face for social media. Consumers have become more…
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The importance of regular social profile audits for brands

The importance of regular social profile audits for brands

How many social networks do you have a personal account on? Now think about how many you actually use on a regular basis – those two numbers will most likely be different, and from a personal perspective that is not necessarily a negative. Now ask yourself the same…
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Which brands made the most of Chinese New Year on social?

Which brands made the most of Chinese New Year on social?

  Fireworks illuminated the skies across Asia as millions celebrated the Year of the Sheep on Thursday. Wednesday night, Lunar New Year’s eve, was marked by loud booms as people set off firecrackers across china and families came together to enjoy the festivities. In China over 600 million people…
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What can Snapchat offer brands?

What can Snapchat offer brands?

Over the weekend The Sunday Times reported on yet another big social media valuation, this time it was Snapchat’s turn to grab the headlines with a $12bn valuation. It follows the highly anticipated first ad running across the messaging platform last month – a 20 second trailer for horror…
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Spot.IM – The on-page social network that hits the Spot for brands

Spot.IM – The on-page social network that hits the Spot for brands

Brands use Facebook and Twitter in a variety of ways, most of them very successfully. But as effective as they are, existing channels don’t necessarily result in more sales, page views or direct engagement with the customer. Spot.IM, a free, one-size-fits-all social network, aims to…
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Getting serious about content marketing – LinkedIn’s most influential brands

Getting serious about content marketing – LinkedIn’s most influential brands

Content, content, content. I am not quite sure how many times I use the word “content” in a day but if I did, and I got a £1 for every time, then I would be buying myself Google Glass (even if they are £1000, seriously!). So back…
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What Does #AmazonBasket means for Brands and Social Shopping?

What Does #AmazonBasket means for Brands and Social Shopping?

As pressure increases on Twitter to monetize their platform through developing an already powerful targeted tweets and promoted post service. The platform, having recently undergone a major design re-haul, has now stepped up a further development to attract retailers to promote their products and retail campaigns directly…
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How brands will benefit from Twitter’s makeover

How brands will benefit from Twitter’s makeover

You may or may not have read countless articles, suspiciously pointing the finger at Twitter’s re-design and how it closely matches the appearance of another popular social network. Or you’ve logged into your account and have been taken aback by an enormous cover photo. Yes Twitter has had an image…
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Managing the real-time challenge: where are brands struggling?

Managing the real-time challenge: where are brands struggling?

What is real-time marketing about? Responding to customers, following trends and ultimately creating a strong, relevant relationship with your audience. It doesn’t sound so bad when you sum it up like that. But real-time marketing is easier said than done. Our research report ‘In the…
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Brands should break the process if you want real-time social to work

Brands should break the process if you want real-time social to work

Paraphrasing some recent advice at our Social Speakeasy from Jerry Daykin of Mondelez International, “If you want to become a real-time engagement focused business then you need to break some of the traditional marketing practices”. Advice that is mirrored in our brand survey results on real-time social engagement. Where brands…
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Are brands run ragged by real-time social engagement?

Are brands run ragged by real-time social engagement?

Two-thirds of brands manage real-time social engagement in-house, but half have other marketing roles too. Our benchmark report on brands in real-time social media shows that 50% of those at the coal-face of social engagement are also managing other roles in marketing and communications. So…
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Why over 50% of brands struggle to get real-time data and insights

Why over 50% of brands struggle to get real-time data and insights

Brands know that they need to be monitoring conversations if they are to make the most of real-time social engagement. Our survey, ‘In The Moment’ benchmarks real-time social amongst leading brands. It shows 62% of marketers think the most important best practice is monitoring trends,…
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Brands reveal the three truths about real-time social engagement

Brands reveal the three truths about real-time social engagement

Everyone is talking about real-time social engagement – it was certainly hot topic at SXSW. So at immediate future, we thought we would ask blue-chip brands for their views. A chance to benchmark the status of real-time marketing. You can download the full report,…
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Are brands ready for Jelly?

Are brands ready for Jelly?

Before Destiny’s Child ‘Bootylicious’ starts playing in your head… stop! I’m referring to a different sort of Jelly – the question-and-answer app launched in 2014 by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone which has already become the 76th most downloaded app in the UK. What is Jelly? Jelly…
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Brands using social media to cash in on Sochi 2014

Brands using social media to cash in on Sochi 2014

2012 Summer Olympics in London, affectionately coined as the ‘Twitter Olympics’, saw the use of social media as a tool to bridge the gap between athletes and their fans. Social has garnered a new kind of enthusiasm around the Olympic Games, changing the way we consume and talk about…
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Real-time marketing: Which brands excelled at Super Bowl XLVIII?

Real-time marketing: Which brands excelled at Super Bowl XLVIII?

Real-time marketing is a hot topic right now. Gone are the days when it was acceptable to schedule tweets and Facebook posts to go live during an event, it’s now all about real-time social media marketing and the ability to display near-instant creativity. Social media itself is a perfect fit…
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Content marketing in 2014: How B2B brands can excel

Content marketing in 2014: How B2B brands can excel

In our recent blog post, ‘6 social media 2014 predictions from some of the most influential industry authorities’ one of the core predictions identified for this year was to embrace the power of content. ‘All the research at the end of last year suggests that marketers know that…
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Luxury fashion brands are benefiting from social media

Luxury fashion brands are benefiting from social media

© fanfreluche_designs “Chanel fdc postage stamps”.  Photo. Attribution 2.0 Generic There has been a boom in the use of social media by the luxury fashion market over the past few years, with almost all well known brands from…
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5 Inventive ways B2B brands use Vine

5 Inventive ways B2B brands use Vine

Is Vine suitable for B2B brands? This is a good question, which I hear being raised over and over again. “Shouldn’t only food brands and celebrities use Vine?” – some may ask. A little investigation I did this morning reveals that, B2B brands can be equally creative Vine makers, and…
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Brands and short form video apps

Brands and short form video apps

  © Maria Elena “Instagram Vs. Vine” Photo. Attribution 2.0 Generic The social media world has seen Instagram and Vine recreate an online version of the war of the roses with the apps fighting it out for the video app throne.
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How are brands using social at Paris Fashion Week?

How are brands using social at Paris Fashion Week?

As Paris Fashion Week struts to a close two vastly different brands will be congratulating themselves on a successful week. Chanel may be a fashion week regular, but this year saw a new contender take to the stage (or should that be catwalk?) as H&M produced its first ever Paris…
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Game changer to crowdsourcer: the 5 ways brands can innovate in a collaborative economy

Game changer to crowdsourcer: the 5 ways brands can innovate in a collaborative economy

Having established that adoption of social innovation leads to new and fruitful revenues, I said in my last post that mostly start-ups are reaping the rewards. So I investigated which brands were truly innovating for social.  I didn’t consider those that had…
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Listen-up brands, social media innovation isn’t a clever campaign or social enterprise

Listen-up brands, social media innovation isn’t a clever campaign or social enterprise

Social media marketing is increasingly ubiquitous for most brands, and if not, it is on the radar. We are on our way to mass adoption among businesses. Early adopter brands are now focused on social business. I am certainly talking to a lot of companies about how they can…
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Are Enough Brands Exploring the ‘Social Relationship’ with Google Analytics?

Are Enough Brands Exploring the ‘Social Relationship’ with Google Analytics?

The ‘Social Relationship’ tool within GA is not a particularly new tool, however, are brands using it enough? Brands are very familiar with using the traffic referral reports and setting up goals to identify where direct conversions are coming from, but the ‘relationship’ between social interaction and conversions drives a…
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Three brands that are pros at newsjacking

Three brands that are pros at newsjacking

With social media being a hub for news stories and updates brands and companies are ever increasingly jumping on popular stories to engage with wider audiences. This is known as newsjacking. When done correctly newsjacking can be an amazing asset for a brand, however, if done badly the backlash can…
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Why brands should embrace the interactive YouTube video

Why brands should embrace the interactive YouTube video

YouTube launched annotated videos in 2010; this function allows you to link to other videos within your own video. This lets you create highly engaging videos for fans. Producing an innovative and creative video campaign can result in millions of views and great brand awareness; however, despite being launched 3…
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Which brands showed their funny side on Social Media?

Which brands showed their funny side on Social Media?

Brands are constantly trying to find a personal connection with their customers. Social media is a platform where they are able to talk to them more directly. With more and more companies speaking to their customers in conversational tones, and using humour to engage with their fan base, April Fools…
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All change for brands on Facebook

All change for brands on Facebook

When Facebook changed all brand pages over to the new timeline design last March, it heralded a new era for companies on the site. Cover photos, milestones and featured images were in, allowing brands to showcase what they do in a creative way that never previously existed on Facebook. Fast-forward…
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Reverse engineering Facebook: what can we learn from three leading brands’ apps?

Reverse engineering Facebook: what can we learn from three leading brands’ apps?

An app says a lot about a branded Facebook page. It can tell us whether a brand has a data and/or member acquisition strategy, while providing insight into the consistency of branding and coherency of content strategy. It can reveal the true extent of on-page geo-targeting, amalgamating localised campaigns and…
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7 brands and their Instagrams

7 brands and their Instagrams

With the high profile acquisition of Instagram by Facebook for $1bn there is a lot of speculation about Facebook’s plans for the photo editing/sharing mobile app. CNET and the Guardian’s coverage of the takeover are the most…
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Should UK brands be ready to adopt Pinterest?

Should UK brands be ready to adopt Pinterest?

Shortly after my last post on Pinterest this insightful infographic circulated giving further evidence that the platform could really become a big player in 2012 – check out “is Pinterest the next social commerce game changer“ After making such a huge splash in the US…
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Snack brands latest campaigns drive social engagement

Snack brands latest campaigns drive social engagement

Two great examples of brands using social engagement at the heart of their campaigns have popped up recently. Both Walkers Crisps and Kit Kat Chunky have launched multi-channel campaigns supported by TV advertising to create a buzz around new flavours of their products, seeking user participation and driving activity through…
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The content farms are out to pasture; but will brands be crying over spilt milk?

The content farms are out to pasture; but will brands be crying over spilt milk?

Google’s ‘Panda’ update is receiving a high level of search, SEO and even mainstream media attention, but the repercussion for brands engaging in social media is one can of worms begging to be opened. Big fat juicy worms, like will sites currently considered valuable for brands to engage with suddenly…
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Search gets social: Recommendations for brands

Search gets social: Recommendations for brands

What does a consumer see when they type your brand into a search engine? And where else are people searching for your brand? As the net becomes more attuned to social conversations, the line between social and search is becoming increasingly blurred. Conversations on social media platforms are informing search…
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What does Quora mean for brands?

What does Quora mean for brands?

There’s been a flurry of activity and attention around the rapidly growing question and answer site, Quora, and this week it hit the mainstream media. For anyone who’s missed the news, here’s a brief introduction, and some of the opportunities and risks that we have…
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Beware, the world is watching you: what brands can learn from CatBinLady

Beware, the world is watching you: what brands can learn from CatBinLady

If I said the name Mary Bale or Cat Bin Lady last week, you probably wouldn’t know what I was talking about. Before now, Mary Bale was just your normal, everyday person…until she decided to throw a cat in a bin! Unfortunately for Ms Bale, her actions were caught on…
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Should some brands be unfriended?

Should some brands be unfriended?

Facebook is a huge success, we all know that. But are major brands being blinded by the sheer volume of people using the channel? First it was Levis who started using Facebook’s latest “like” functionality to allow people to…
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What does Google Sidewiki mean for brands and PR?

What does Google Sidewiki mean for brands and PR?

Summary Sidewiki allows consumers to leave public comments on a sidebar attached to your organisation’s website You have no ability to delete or moderate these comments You can respond to comments, and as the owner of the website you can post a message which will always be displayed at the…
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What do the new Twitter terms and conditions mean for brands and PR?

What do the new Twitter terms and conditions mean for brands and PR?

You might be aware that Twitter recently updated its terms and conditions, so we thought it was worth highlighting what these changes might mean for brands that use the micro-blogging site. Advertising Although no specific announcement has been made regarding advertising, the new terms make it clear…
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What does the new Facebook @ reply feature mean for brands and PR?

What does the new Facebook @ reply feature mean for brands and PR?

You may have read that Facebook recently added a new feature which allows you to ‘tag’ other users in updates, which works in the same way as Twitter’s @ reply feature. We think this will have a significant impact on brands which are active on Facebook. How does the new…
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Two thirds of brands on Twitter are being ignored

Two thirds of brands on Twitter are being ignored

Here at immediate future we think that the best way of measuring how well you’re doing on Twitter is by looking at the number of times you get retweeted. As we’ve previously written, retweets are the means by which messages spread virally across Twitter, so the more interesting your conversations…
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How 140 major brands are using Twitter

How 140 major brands are using Twitter

Over the past year social media gurus have been banging the Twitter drum very loudly, and everybody in the PR and marketing industry must by now be at least dimly aware that they need to pay attention to the service. But apart from the small handful of high profile case…
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