Archive for the ‘Content Marketing’ Category

Sound in Viral Videos: How It Significantly Impacts 69% of Consumers

Content marketing continues to grow in popularity among digital strategists, and that means rising above the noise is becoming even more difficult. In order to stand out, you’ve got to be different, and video has proven it can uniquely deliver highly memorable and emotional content to a target audience. A big reason for its success? The power of sound.

BuzzStream and Fractl conducted a survey of over 1,000 consumers to better understand the emotional impact of sound and how it relates to content marketing. Survey respondents were asked to play five viral videos from the last couple of years and then pick which emotions were activated when the video was played. Each group was presented with a different viewing format. The first group had to watch the videos with sound, but without captions; the second group had to watch the videos without sound, but with captions; and the third group was only able to listen to the video’s sound and was not allowed to watch the video. Robert Plutchik’s comprehensive Wheel of Emotions was used to categorize emotions.

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The Advanced Guide to Improving Your Social Media Presence for Outreach

Yesterday, I came across Gideon Lichfield’s post Dear PR person who just sent me a robo-pitch. The senior editor at Quartz gets bombarded with pitches so frequently that he set up a series of email filters automatically deleting the worst offenders. Lichfield realizes he might miss the occasional gem with this slash-and-burn approach, but he doesn’t have time to sort through the spam of press releases to discover it.

So what should you do instead? Lichfield highlighted his idea of a winning outreach strategy:

  • Really getting to know the journalists
    • What they’ve written before
    • What they’re experts in
    • Where they’ve lived
    • Things they believe in
    • Things they love
    • Things that make them mad
  • Understanding the nuances of their news outlet
    • Who it writes for
    • How it frames its stories (people or issues, gossipy or wonky?)
    • How its readers find those stories

He admits “this high-touch strategy is extremely time-consuming.” But the mass-emailing approach that most traditional firms pursue? “I call it failure.

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The Unfollow Algorithm

Today, it’s not enough for a brand to simply have a social network strategy. To be competitive, they have to use the platform in new and innovative ways. But they also need to remain focused on retaining followers.

For brands, retention is especially crucial because followers are often direct consumers. For example, on Twitter, 72% of followers of a brand are more likely to purchase a product from them.

So why do people start and stop following brands? BuzzStream and Fractl conducted a survey with more than 900 respondents to better understand why people unfollow brands in social networks.

How can you grow your following on social media?

If someone likes a brand, there’s a good chance they’ll consider following it via social media. According to our survey, strategists can have a big impact with special promotions and offers that can only be seen by followers. Just don’t expect your new followers to jump into a conversation ― only 4% of our respondents said that they follow brands on social media to give brand feedback.

  • 16% of the respondents said they will follow a brand because they like the brand
  • 15% said they follow brands to be notified of special offers / promotions
  • 12% said they follow brands to learn about new products and services

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How Much Branding Is Too Much?

The notion that too much branding leads to a loss of credibility isn’t always true. Google’s viral video, Dear Sophie, is an advertisement for Google Chrome that contained a significant amount of branding for applications like Gmail, YouTube, and Google Maps. According to a survey with more than 900 respondents undertaken by BuzzStream and Fractl, the Google brand gained credibility with the video. However, 86% of the respondents incorrectly identified the brand that was supposed to be the focus of the video. As part of the survey, respondents had to watch the video without seeing the Chrome logo appear at the beginning and end of the video. The Google advertisement had so much variety in terms of branding that it confused viewers, leaving 80% of them thinking that the focus of the video was Gmail. Is this a case of too much branding? Although viewers didn’t identify Google’s Chrome browser as the focus of the video, it still had a positive impact on the overall perception of the brand.

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2 Content Types That Will Earn the Most Shares in 2015

Planning your content strategy for 2015? Here’s some good news: You don’t need a crystal ball to predict which formats (or content types) will help you meet your social media benchmarks. BuzzStream and Fractl have crunched the numbers to figure out which content types earn most shares, the formats that are evergreen for social sharing, and the monthly patterns that highlight content format risks – and rewards .

Using BuzzSumo, we tracked 220,000 pieces of content from 10 high- and 10 low-engagement domains over the course of six months. From June to November 2014, we followed the formats that earned the most social shares in 11 verticals. By analyzing how-to articles, lists, what posts, why posts, and videos, we discovered which yield strong, consistent returns and which are potential risks.

Evergreen formats

If your brand is the conservative type, opt for lists and why posts. These formats earned the most shares over a six-month period and varied the least in their performance month-to-month.

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Trend Report: 8 Marketing Patterns to Watch

Web searches are one of the best indicators of public interest. That fact is a basic underpinning of online marketing and SEO tactics – but what can web searches tell us about these very same industries?

Inspired by the year-end Google Trends campaign, we decided to look at some of the most common keywords from our own profession to see what terms are falling and rising in popularity. By using Google Trends to analyze seven years’ worth of data – from January of 2008 to November of 2014 – on 20 words related to online marketing terminology, design, and strategies, we created a review of the evolution of the industry and some predictions for its future. This new marketing trend report gives us a long-term global analysis as well as more recent regional insights.

Public Relations and Press Releases vs. Content Marketing and Inbound Marketing

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Content Promotion Case Study: liGo

Today’s post is a case study on content promotion from our friends at Hit Reach

Building content assets that attract links can be an expensive business when you factor in all the costs from research to design, development and, finally, outreach.

Fortunately, we live in a world where there’s tons of great information already out there, and we don’t need to reinvent the wheel with every campaign. Curating useful content into a practical resource, putting everything people need into one place, is a great way to build cost effective content assets.

 

Case Study: liGo Electronics

For a recent liGo Electronics content asset, we decided to “chunk-up” to give the asset a broad reach and wide appeal whilst remaining relevant to the product ranges being sold.

The customer demographic of liGo is generally older adults aged 45-70 who are quite tech-savvy, so we decided to build a a guide which would provide details on how to save your smartphone battery across a range of makes and models. The guide provides support for almost 150 different handsets.

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Content Promotion Strategy

I have written several times about the way in which I leverage Paid, Owned and Earned media promote content to give my content the best chances of earning links and if you are new to promoting your content then there are some great articles here on the Buzzsteam blog such as the Advanced guide to content Promotion.

Owned Media

The client promoted the content via their owned media assets including their blog, email lists and social profiles. We also ensured that the content asset had the Twitter cards validated and the Facebook OGP metadata was implemented.

Paid Media

When we carry out a content promotion campaign we often utilise different paid channels to help us increase the reach of our content and give us the best chance of reaching our target audience as well as getting our content in front of power users and bloggers. For this campaign the best results came from Twitter and StumbleUpon.

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When I carry out StumbleUpon campaigns I like to build up custom audiences based on our outreach personas. Not surprisingly the content was well received by people in our target customer demographic (UK users aged 45+) and also with people aged 25-35 who like mobile phones, life hacks and gadgets. If you are new to StumbleUpon marketing then this guide is invaluable.

Laser Targeted Twitter Ads

For this campaign in order to keep the costs of promoting the content down we targeted a number of journalists and bloggers using the Twitter custom audience’s tool. If you haven’t used it yet there is a great tutorial by Patrick Hathaway.

We also created a second Twitter custom audience with a custom Topsy scraper which allowed us to find influential Twitter users who had shared similar content and target Twitter advertisements at them.

Earned Media

At Hit Reach we are huge fans of Buzzstream as it makes managing our outreach campaigns super easy by letting us tag and segment our link prospects as well as assign different team members to different sections of the project.

For this campaign we started out with over 300 link prospects who we wanted to get our content in front of. As we specialise in helping clients in the technology sector, we had a number of existing relationships which made getting this piece in front of them a little easier.

However, there were a few prospects especially in the mobile technology space who we had never spoken to before, so for this particular high level prospect I used the Information Gap technique. By asking for permission to send across a link you know that they will be more likely to actually click the link and see your content.

Here is the “cold outreach” template I used for this campaign:

Hi [First Name],

[Personalised section….]

I just wanted to let you know I have built an online tool which has over 100 different phones and you can select your phone to see which settings to change to improve battery life for that particular device.

Would it be ok to send across a link?

The Results

The asset was well received and was featured on the homepage of the Daily Mail online, the homepage of Digg, and was covered by Inc., Lifehacker and many more technology sites.

BBC Radio 2 picked up on the piece and invited liGo to chat live on air during their Drivetime show. Radio 2 currently has the highest number of total listeners in the UK at over 15.5 million, as well as being mentioned on BBC Radio 5 and London’s LBC radio station.

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Future opportunities

As a big of fan of utilising content for link earning I am often frustrated by content assets that are short lived and act solely for a one-off event. If these assets fail to attract any attention, they fail hardest of all as once the event has passed it can be hard to repurpose or reuse the asset.

New Phone Releases

As we have committed to keeping this tool up to date it will be a piece of evergreen content that can be pushed out again and again as new phones or mobile operating systems come on to the market. This means that the client has a valuable content asset on their site which will continue to earn them links for many years to come.

We have made it so that people can link directly to a handset of their choice which will mean that people will be able to point other people to the information they are looking for whether that’s a blog post, forum post, email or social media.

International Outreach

As liGo carries out a significant amount of business in Europe we have had the content asset translated into German and Spanish (thanks to Altura Interactive) so that we can utilise the content for outreach on their other properties.

Content Upgrades

As the asset can be embedded, there will be opportunities for contacting people who have written about smartphone battery tips which we can offer to help them improve upon their content.

We’re now working on the next campaign for liGo which will hopefully eclipse this one by a long way.

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10 Ways to Win (and Fail) When Promoting Holiday Content

The holidays can be an excellent time to create fun, engaging, and caring content that shows your audience who you are. When you successfully capture the spirit of the season, you can really connect and create a fireplace-like warmth around your brand. It’s also a great opportunity to connect with influencers over shared Yuletide experiences.

But it’s also a sensitive time to pitch, with a unique timeline and some additional best practices. Make the best of this season with these ways to win (and fail) when promoting holiday content.

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How to Win When Promoting Holiday Content

1. Solve a problem

The holidays can be an extra-stressful time, and many people turn to social media and the web to vent or ask for help. Writers and publishers are no exception.

When pitching content around the holidays, scour their social media accounts and recent articles for a holiday-related pain point. Offering advice or sending along a resource is not only a fantastic way to make a personal connection, it’s a nice thing to do this time of year. Bonus points if your content is what helps them solve their problem.

2. Tailor your social messages

When promoting your great content on social media, don’t put all of your efforts into one channel.  It’s crucial to tailor your holiday messages and online promotions to each platform – don’t blast the same message out to all of them at once. (more…)

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Sign Up for Our Copywriting Webinar with Joel Klettke

We’re really excited to announce that Joel Klettke of Business Casual Copywriting, one of our favorite writers in the industry, will be joining us for a webinar on How to Write Kick-Ass Landing Page CopyThe webinar is Wednesday, October 29th at 1:00 EST/10:00 PST.

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Why Relationships Matter: What Cold Pitching Can’t Do

Sending cold pitches is easy and can work well if you have really big news or a really big brand. For the rest of us, cold pitches mean a lot of time spent researching and writing only to achieve limited results.

That’s why before allocating outreach campaign resources to cold pitches, you should send a round of outreach to people you already know. You’ll get immediate results, a better ROI for your campaign overall, and more success when you do send those cold pitches later on.

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