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BBC's acting DG Tim Davie cuts short Sky News interview – video

The newly appointed acting director-general of the BBC, Tim Davie, abruptly ends an interview with Sky News's Dermot Murnaghan...

 

Asked by Murnaghan if George Entwistle had to leave the BBC because of incompetence, Davie defends his predecessor, calling him 'an honourable man'

 

[This is a useful lesson in media training. Hard on the heels of intense, negative publicity and public questions about the BBC, this is no time to be walking off the set during an interview. Particularly, when it could've been easily handled. ~ Jeff]

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Texture is 2016's hottest packaging trend - The Creative Edge

Texture is 2016's hottest packaging trend - The Creative Edge | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

In a sea of similar items, how do you make your product packaging stand out? One of our favorite ways is by complicating it a little with 2016’s coolest packaging trend. Designers are imbuing their designs with texture, giving packaging a tactile quality that drives shoppers to grab them off the shelf.


A great way to accomplish this tactility is by adding a pattern to your package. A play off of color and shape that gives a little hint as to what’s inside, or tells a story without using words. Designers have been doing this for ages, but if you pay close attention, you’ll notice that the kinds of aesthetic stories they tell change from year to year.


Here are five different ways for you to work with the hottest 2016 packaging trend – using patterns to create textural design and to stand out from the crowd:...

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Patterns are all the rage. Make sure your design stands out on the shelf with these five textural packaging trends. Recommended viewing! 9/10

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23 Ways to Build Colossal Pre-Launch Product Buzz

23 Ways to Build Colossal Pre-Launch Product Buzz | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Your product is ready. Finally!


You have invested time, money and resources. The product has to be a hit, otherwise, it was all for nothing.


You push publish and it’s live. You have finally launched the product and… Silence… Uh, oh.


No one cares, let alone buys your new product. What happened? You messed up, that’s what. You didn’t build pre-launch buzz....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

To reach your sales potential, you need to create pre-launch product buzz. With just a few simple tactics, you can have people excited for its release date.

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Global Content Impact Index March 2015 - Acrolinx

Global Content Impact Index March 2015 - Acrolinx | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

As recently as October 2014, for example, only 42 percent of B2B marketers thought their content was effective, while among B2C marketers, confidence rates were even lower at just 34 percent.


When it comes to explaining this underwhelming performance, the marketing community often cites a lack of strategy as the main culprit. In fact, according to research from AltimeterGroup, 70 percent of marketers lack a consistent or integrated content strategy.

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Lots of valuable content and insight in this report from Acrovlinx.

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What is Retention Marketing, and Why You Need to Start Today

What is Retention Marketing, and Why You Need to Start Today | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Retention marketing, the mysterious form of marketing that seems to be popping into your favorite ecommerce blogs, podcasts, and even into conversations with your other merchant friends. The whisperings have started, but do you really know what retention marketing is?

What is Retention Marketing?
Retention marketing is a new form of marketing that is becoming more and more prevalent in the ecommerce world. The focus of this school of marketing is to create engaged customers that return to your store to shop again. It is a shift in focusing only on the acquisition of countless new customers, to also focusing on the profitability of those you already have!...

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Retention marketing is a trend worth noting for its efficiency and profitability.

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Typography Trends Every Marketer Should Have on Their Radar | HubSpot

Typography Trends Every Marketer Should Have on Their Radar | HubSpot | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Just like an awesome photo or graphic can really make your design stand out, so can the right font. But the wrong font can also make your design stand out ... in a bad way. If you've ever seen a design with really out-of-date typography, you know what I mean.


But what makes a font or typography design out-of-date? What's "in" right now? Whether you're designing a one-off project or you're a seasoned designer, it's important to stay on top of typography trends so your work looks and feels current.


Check out the infographic below from ThinkDesign to learn about the typography trends in 2016, from retro and handwritten fonts to mixing and matching typefaces, to the roles transitional effects and animation could play in your marketing. (And download our free do-it-yourself design guide here for tips about how to use fonts in your content and web designs.)...

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Check out the current typography trends to watch for this year.

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Jorge Canales's curator insight, February 9, 8:48 AM

In the art of marketing and promotions, the smallest of details is key to gain a reaction from those who see it. This article helps open ourselves to more fonts, instead of using the same ones over and over. Time to be a little more creative.

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The uncomfortable state of content marketing metrics

The uncomfortable state of content marketing metrics | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

What is creating disillusionment in content marketing? I think the answer is also embedded in the new CMI findings: 65 percent of the marketers say “measurement” is their top priority, specifically figuring out “what content works and what doesn’t.” Year after year leaders lament an inability to measure their marketing efforts.


And here’s the fact that makes me concerned about whether content marketing will rebound as a tactic or spiral down in an 8 track kind of way: The measurement problem is getting worse, not better. Let’s unpack the idea and see why that is so....

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Research shows he view of content marketing effectiveness is down. Effective content marketing metrics might be getting more elusive.

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5 “Scary” Marketing Techniques That Are Worth the Risk

5 “Scary” Marketing Techniques That Are Worth the Risk | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

In this post, I’m going to show you 5 marketing tactics that are effective for most businesses.

The only catch is they can be difficult or scary to do.

I’m going to break them down as much as possible so that you can determine why they might scare you and what you could do to overcome that fear.

This is going to take a lot of honesty on your part, but if you’re willing to give me that, it could have a huge impact on the success of your marketing....

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Neil Patel looks at the "scary" and hard part of marketing. Recommended reading. 9/10

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6 Web Design Trends That Are Here To Stay

6 Web Design Trends That Are Here To Stay | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Web design thrives on two things: innovation and imitation.


Unfortunately, there's often a lot more of the latter. We all like to seize upon the latest trends, use them until they’re ubiquitous, and then look desperately for the next big thing. Think about sliders. They were all the rage a couple years ago. Today, they feel dated. What to do? Stop chasing microtrends, and start looking at the big picture. Here, we've isolated six web design ideas that are here to stay....

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Great look at six design trends worth noting.

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With Millions Of New Bottle Designs, Every Diet Coke Will Soon Be Unique

With Millions Of New Bottle Designs, Every Diet Coke Will Soon Be Unique | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Today, you probably know Diet Coke for its silver and red branding—which is more or less how it’s looked since Coca-Cola’s sugar-free alternative first launched in 1982. But starting this month, in a market where diet soda sales are down, Diet Coke is going bespoke, as millions of unique designs are hitting U.S. shelves for the first time as part of a campaign called "It’s Mine."

So for the next several months, no two 12-ounce bottles of Diet Coke will look exactly alike.

"Personalization and customization is a huge trend, obviously," says Rafael Acevedo, group director of Diet Coke in North America. With Coca-Cola’s first major personalization campaign, Share a Coke in 2014, the company put thousands of people’s names onto bottles. The idea was that you’d spot someone’s name and want to buy them a Coke—and it’s an idea that worked, with measurable uptake in both short term sales and longer term brand loyalty. For Diet Coke, that concept got a tweak. "In this case, it’s more personal, "Acevedo says, "to have that sense that Diet Coke is giving you something no one else can have."...

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This marketing personalization experiment by Coca-Cola is worth watching.

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4 Tips to Develop Facebook Ads Content That Converts

4 Tips to Develop Facebook Ads Content That Converts | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Are you trying to get better ROI from your Facebook Ads? With Facebook advertising dominating the Paid Social market, rising costs to advertise will force marketers to create better ad content.


Unfortunately, there is no one perfect formula for creating Facebook ads content. That’s because each brand is different and so are their customers and advertising goals. One of the keys to social media marketing success is to keep experimenting until you find what works for you. With that in mind, there are some strategies that every brand can employ to create Facebook ad content that attracts the attention of their target buyers.


After you have worked to create a killer Facebook ads strategy, it’s time to start developing content that converts prospective buyers into loyal customers. Use the tips below as a jumping off point:...

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Not getting the results you want from your Facebook ads? It might be time to adjust your strategy so that you are creating ad content that converts.

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How To Deliver Intense Influencer Marketing With Hootsuite

How To Deliver Intense Influencer Marketing With Hootsuite | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

We've talked about Influencer Marketing before, and how important it is to develop relationships with other professionals and brands in your niche. So I'm going to assume you're familiar with the concept and we're going to focus today specifically on the various ways you can use Hootsuite to further your relationships with influencers.


(Most of these techniques can also be accomplished using other tools. But as you know, Hootsuite is my general social media management tool of choice, so that's what I'll be referencing here when appropriate.)...

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Hootsuite is an incredibly powerful tool for social media management, and intense influencer marketing is a large part of that. Here's how it works.

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Funny Tweets & Social Media Examples From 17 Real Brands

Funny Tweets & Social Media Examples From 17 Real Brands | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Truthfully, the best brands to follow in social media should probably have a combination of all those characteristics. But I'd venture to say that many of you are following a brand simply for its entertainment value. (I know I am.)


You know -- the brands that really tickle your funny bone and sometimes even make your sides hurt from laughter. And while it may not seem like a funny update has any value, surely there's value in showing off your personality and being a lovable brand, right?


So to help bring out your inner comedian, we've compiled a list of brands whose social media presence gives us the giggles. Check 'em put....

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Take a look at the brands on social media who are doing a good job not taking themselves too seriously.

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Grace Slick, Kaukonen, Casady: On Origins Of 'Somebody To Love,' 'White Rabbit' - Forbes

Grace Slick, Kaukonen, Casady: On Origins Of 'Somebody To Love,' 'White Rabbit' - Forbes | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

It’s always fascinating to hear artists who create history recount back-stories in their own words. When I interview 1960s rock icons, I try to ask what they remember about the moment they wrote and/or recorded their big hits.

In the past, we’ve done similar interviews with Art Garfunkel (Sounds of Silence), Cream’s late Jack Bruce (Sunshine Of Your Love) and Johnny Rivers (Secret Agent Man). In separate interviews with three of the four surviving members of Jefferson Airplane – Grace Slick, and Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen – we discussed the hits Somebody To Love and White Rabbit from the Surrealistic Pillow album. Following are edited excerpts from what they had to say....

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For fans of 60s/70s music or those who can still remember, this little interview is a gem.

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YNAB: How A Self-Funded Budgeting Startup Built A Community With Content Marketing | NewsCred Blog

YNAB: How A Self-Funded Budgeting Startup Built A Community With Content Marketing | NewsCred Blog | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

When we read about content marketing successes, we so often hear stories from glamorous industries with substantial budgets, but YNAB is not one of these stories. In fact, it couldn’t be farther from that reality. It is however, a success story of David vs Goliath proportions, building a thriving community of users in a highly competitive field using quality content and direct relationship building.


YNAB, otherwise known as You Need A Budget, is a software startup that delivers exactly what its name accuses – budgeting software for the financially ignorant. Full disclosure, I’m an avid YNAB user and a gradually less ignorant budgeter, but the lessons on how they built a strong community shows how powerful focusing on content can be.


Competitive LandscapeWhen viewing YNAB’s main competitor, Mint.com, their mission would seem doomed from the start. Their business models are different with Mint.com as a free service and YNAB charging $45 per year. So how did YNAB take on such a large challenge? Let’s examine some of the effective content strategies that they have used with great success....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

YNAB - You Need a Budget - is a useful content marketing case study.

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YouTube SEO: The Ultimate Guide

YouTube SEO: The Ultimate Guide | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

You probably already know that YouTube is the world’s second biggest search engine……and a huge untapped traffic source. (In fact, YouTube gets over 30 million visitors per day).


Today I’m going to show you the ins and outs of YouTube SEO, including how you can rank videos in both Google and YouTube....

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Wondering how to rank videos in YouTube and Google? In this post I show you my step-by-step YouTube SEO plan.

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With a Social-First Mind-Set, Esurance Completely Dominated the Twitter Super Bowl

With a Social-First Mind-Set, Esurance Completely Dominated the Twitter Super Bowl | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Esurance proved that a less expensive pregame Super Bowl ad can actually create more buzz than an in-game spot, which cost $5 million per 30 seconds. What's more, the brand chiefly leaned on Twitter—not Facebook—to accomplish its feat. 


With the exception of #SB50 and #SuperBowl, the brand's #esurancesweepstakes hashtag was seen more than any other combination of words in Twitter conversations on Sunday evening, said Nancy Abraham, vp of integrated marketing communications for the San Francisco company. She said Twitter supplied her with that information Monday.


"And if you count retweets, we're No. 2 only behind #SB50," Abraham added. "There was no other [consumer] brand on that list."


Her company has been tweeted about 2.92 million times since its 30-second spot ran prior to this year's Big Game. The #esurancesweepstakes hashtag, in particular, has been tweeted 2.48 million times, which Abraham and her team said helped generate 1.5 billion media impressions. ...

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Esurance got its social mojo working during Super Bowl 50. Lots of lessons.

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Vox Pop: Are consumers longing for long-form in marketing?

Vox Pop: Are consumers longing for long-form in marketing? | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
It was recently brought to The Drum’s attention that we are longing for long-form. The age of bite sized media is seeing a resurgence of its comfortable long form component, despite our attention spans shrinking into oblivion with a quick fix of 140 characters.


Facebook Instant Articles, the Guardian’s ‘The Long Read’, Snapchat Discover suggests that people are craving more insight into the things they are interested in rather than just flashes of information. The Drum Network asked its members what they thought about the resurgence of longform, and if they thought it was here to stay....

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Longform marketing is history? Not so fast say some of the marketing experts.

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Do You Know What Omnichannel Marketing Really Means?

Do You Know What Omnichannel Marketing Really Means? | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Tech giants like Oracle, Adobe, and Salesforce are battling it out to create THE premiere marketing cloud that provides complete measurement, attribution, and automation. Essentially, one marketing cloud to do it all in an omnichannel world.


Marketers are investing billions in technology in the pursuit of true omnichannel marketing, which we all know is important — I’m just not sure we all know what omnichannel means or what it looks like in practice. Let’s take a step back and explore the real definition of omnichannel marketing, and how you can take advantage of it in 2016....

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Do you know what omnichannel marketing is? Find out here and how to use it.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 9, 7:16 AM

Here is omnichannel explained!

J. Steven Sprenger ✔'s curator insight, February 9, 10:03 AM

Mobile is the omnichannel hub to track measure and automate every step in your customer's journey on-line and off-line, through the eyes of the customer.  Early adopters of an omnichannel strategy, executed well, will be a "force-multiplier" to out- perform their competition.

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How to Curate a Roundup Blog Post of Industry Influencers : Social Media Examiner

How to Curate a Roundup Blog Post of Industry Influencers : Social Media Examiner | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Do you want more exposure for your blog?


Have you tried curating articles written by influencers?


Roundup posts help you gain the attention of influencers who can increase the reach of your content.


In this article I’ll share five steps to creating a curated blog post....

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Tips to help you curate a roundup post.

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AI's Biggest Danger Is So Subtle, You Might Not Even Notice It

AI's Biggest Danger Is So Subtle, You Might Not Even Notice It | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The rise of artificial intelligence has been met with reactionary fears of robots taking over. We’ve all seen the movies. What’s left out of this conversation is a more practical threat. We should be concerned that AI will be hijacked, not by rogue computers out to destroy mankind, but by people with ulterior motives.

A basic form of AI already here is called decision support. It helps us make decisions based on our behavior: Recommendation engines suggest just the right items for us to buy, and navigation systems tell us the best way to drive home. As AI advances, it will embed itself even deeper into our social fabric, shaping everything from how we do business to how we receive medical care.

So what happens when AI-powered assistance is so commonplace that we become dependent on it?

Fear of Deciding Alone, aka FODA. When deeply quantified support is readily at hand, we may grow to doubt many of the decisions we make without support. There is an apt parallel in FOMO (fear of missing out), a silly meme with serious underpinnings: Social media has warped our human instinct for recognition from our peers, creating a landscape in which we present the best versions of ourselves. Life looks like one big party, and if we don’t keep up, we miss all the fun. FODA is borne from the same human desire, only in this case we look to machines, not each other, for validation....

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FODA (fear of deciding alone) is an interesting artificial intelligence concept and one that has implications for marketing and social marketing. For example, word-of-mouth is one of the most powerful marketing tools available. If you can harness FODA, you have the stuff of science fiction.

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