It’s that time of year again.
Time for the predictions, assumptions and insights about the coming year to make their way into the mainstream.
Staying up to date and relevant has never been more important for marketers. Over the last decade, we’ve seen dramatic shifts in online marketing, which if left ignored can have a detrimental impact on your ability to drive growth.
At the heart of the matter is the intersection of social media and content marketing. You can’t have one without the other: effective social media engagement requires rich content and good content needs a viable distribution channel.
To help shed some light on what’s in store for 2015 (and look at how 2014 has played out so far) the Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs have once again combined their efforts to release the 2015 B2B Content Marketing Report.
While you can read the full report here, I’ve pulled out some of the more interesting social media stats (below) and included an infographic that we created to give you a helpful snapshot of the key takeaways.
If you want someone to remember your message--in a presentation, an article, or a report--tell them a story.
Our brains are far more engaged by storytelling than a list of facts--it’s easier for us to remember stories because our brains make little distinction between an experience we are reading about and one that is actually happening. And while we've covered the importance of storytelling before, there is another element that can drive your point home even more--images. That's because visuals add a component to storytelling that text cannot: speed.
Stop wasting time on content marketing tactics that don't deliver. This infographic reveals which types of content work best, and the metrics you should track.
At our startup Curagami (http://www.curagami.com) we had an epiphany. Most valuable content is THEIRS not YOURS. Testimonials rock. We knew that :). M
You’ll often find me in some huge debates online on anything related to politics, religion and capitalism… all the red-hot buttons that most people avoid. It’s why I have personal and branded presences across social media. If you want marketing only, follow the brand. If you want me, follow me… but be careful… you get all of me.+
While I’m an unabashed capitalist, I also have a big heart. I believe we should help one another and not depend on bureaucracies that are inefficient and ineffective. I truly believe the way we change things is by taking personal responsibility and helping to be the catalysts for change. Our agency is always donating time, money and other resources to not just help charities… but to also help businesses that don’t have the resources but have promise. +
It’s no longer good enough to just have a social media presence. Marketing 3.0 will be won by those who become purpose-driven social brands, and to do so, the CMO, CSO, CSR, and Foundation leads must align to bring a cohesive brand story to life. Check out We First’s infographic below with some cold hard facts that make it clear the future of profit is purpose, and the most iconic brands of the future will be those that drive the most meaningful social change. Simon Mainwaring
It’s not just the right thing to do, being purpose-driven is also becoming an expectation of businesses, the motivation for employees and a growing buying habit by consumers. People want their money to go to businesses that are environmentally aware, treat their employees well, and invest time and energy in making the world a better place. +
I’m glad purpose-driven marketing is becoming a growing strategy and topic of conversation – I’ve written before about the frustration I have when people criticize cause marketing (we discussed this with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge… ugh). I’d encourage every company to promote the efforts they’re making to help those around them – this inforgraphic points to why!
Here are some tips for writing more compelling headlines...
The infographic by Neil Patel from Quick Sprout will give you a simple formula for enticing headlines. Though there's no one-size-fits-all headline trope that guarantees a crazy influx of traffic, the tactics below should help you tweak your headlines to get your posts the attention they deserve.
Which products rule the roost People buy things every day, probably every second if you want to really get into the statistics behind that flippant remark. But really how much stuff do people buy? And which products are the most successful at convincing consumers to part with their money? Well, this infographic from Finances Online does …
Social sharing buttons on websites account for less than 30 percent of all sharing, and links shared on Thursday get peak engagement and the longest-lasting traffic.
Those are only two of the results of a RadiumOne study focusing on sharing behavior. RadiumOne is an enterprise advertising platform that operates the Po.st social sharing and URL-shortening platform — which naturally generates a lot of data on what people share, how they share, and what kind of sharing is the most effective.
More information at the link...
Personal Brands sound more selfish than they are. Developing a strong personal brand is a rising tide capable of lifting all boats including company, friends and ideas or memes you create This "Ultimate Guide" to how to create an effective personal brand shares great tips, insight and "how to" guidance.
Whether you use them for reaching potential customers, interact with people, or to generate content, Social Media is a power tool for businesses. Check out some of the most popular online networks and how much of an impact they each have.
Love being able to compare key metrics across social nets.Wish they had stayed with the SAME metric for time on site throughout however. They switch from days to months and that makes Instragam appear as if it has more time on site than Facebook (it doesn't).
ptimising your pages Have you ever been to a slow site and it felt like it took hours to load? You look down at your computer clock and really only 30 seconds have gone by. That's just the user experience on a slow site- the real question is “Does your website speed effect your ranking?” Will your slightly slower site be penalized by Google and other search engines when you clients are even looking for you?In this easy to understand graphic, we see that 1 second makes all the difference in the world. And after just 6 short weeks of poor load times, your site can lose 75% of it’s traffic to that page.If you have a low ranking you might want to follow some of the Google Guidelines to pre-load your most popular pages to increase your site’s overall performance.
Engage website visitors better by designing your site to match how people's eyes move on the page. Here are some surprising eye tracking stats to help.
Putting together a great looking website is a great start, but it is just a start.
True web design requires you to venture beyond the aesthetic and into the worlds of User Experience and Conversion Rate Optimization.
Knowing how the viewers of your site really see it can help to shine light on new and/or missed opportunities within your current design. It may also bring out the need for new elements or changes.
While there are plenty of options for improving CRO, eye tracking analysis provides some of the most useful information for optimizing your biggest digital marketing asset, your website.
A good design will catch people’s eye, but a great design will keep people on your site and get them engaged with your content. And while you shouldn’tunderestimate the power of good copy, your design is what people notice first.
We teamed up with our friends over at Single Grain to put together the infographic below in hopes that it will help everyone get a better, basic understanding of what eye tracking is and what it can do.
Of the world's roughly 7 billion people, 40% use social media daily. So, what are those folks doing on the major social platforms?
The following infographic by Saxum shows the daily activity on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Vine, Google+, and Tumblr, measured against each platform's total user base.
On Facebook, some 23% of users check newsfeed more than five times a day, 2.7 billion people give Facebook posts a Like, and Twitter's active users contribute 400 million tweets a day...
Did you know that there were only 3 million websites and 569 million Internet users in 2002? Internet Explorer was the king of browsers and web pages took about 16 seconds to load. Ten years later,...