Rob Rakowitz, the global director of media at Mars, has done some compelling content marketing for varied consumer brands like Snickers, the cat food Whiskas and Uncle Ben’s. So what can the man from Mars tell us about his content marketing strategy? Well, among other things, “keep it simple.” In his view, the more you can simplify your vision, the better an idea travels. Gone are the days when you could just throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. Instead, marketers need a targeted approach informed by data, and they need to set a simple goal.
Data-driven marketing is not just a buzz term, it’s a real business need. But data analysis requires human intervention and it’s easy to mistakenly select metrics that are not delivering the full picture or are misleading. To understand how marketers are implementing data, we asked five of the industry’s best and brightest: Are you using data for your social media marketing efforts? How does it guide your decisions? Here’s what they said.
It’s probably safe to say that everyone interested in brand communications has watched the infamous Pepsi commercial that was swiftly yanked from the internet after savage criticism on social media. It was deeply bad in several ways, a perfect storm of bad decisions. You might think you’re savvy enough at PR to avoid such a confluence of mistakes, but that doesn’t mean you’re immune from making one or another of them from time to time. So let’s break down a few of the lessons we’ve learned.
Storytelling, as explained by Douwe Bergsma, is indeed a different way of looking at marketing communications, one that requires new processes, metrics and staff. Bergsma, CMO of Georgia-Pacific—the paper goods giant behind the Brawny, Quilted Northern and Dixie brands—offers some fascinating details that often separate a good story from a great one, including three secrets to crafting a successful marketing story.
A multichannel structure can be likened to the swim lanes in a pool: We line up our channels, the gun bangs and they each swim off in their own lanes, doing their own thing. The problem is, none of the channels are collaborating because they’re so focused on beating each other. And that creates a “Hunger Games” situation. But if multichannel means staying in a swim lane, then omnichannel is basically one big pool party.
Influencer marketing is undoubtably one of the hottest trends of 2017. But since this avenue is typically available only to brands with huge budgets to spend on big-name celebrities and well-connected media publishers, smaller firms often assume they can’t afford it. Not true: Here are five ways to make influencer marketing work for those with limited resources.
It’s not that your content sucks…in fact, it might even be pretty darn good. It’s just that every minute of every day, there are 1,300 more blog posts, 360,000 more tweets, 1.7 million more Facebook posts and 2 million more videos uploaded to YouTube. And that only accounts for a few channels. Which means your content is simply being drowned out in an ever-quickening deluge of words and images. So what’s a content marketer to do? We suggest the following seven ways to stand out from the crowd.
This regular feature asks communicators to spot trends and discuss their reactions to them. In this edition we hear from Jason Bates, media communications manager, Intelsat. Bates discusses how Intelsat manages to communicate more than just its satellite technology but how its satellites improve the lives of millions of people on the ground.
Technology has influenced nearly everything we do, including communications. How a technology company uses technology to communicate, but also finds ways to blend in the human touch, which makes the message much more real.
As the first month of the year comes to a close, there’s still time to take a fresh look at how you build awareness for your brand. We asked Mo Moorman of Aurora Healthcare to share a short case study about how he publicized a hospital and its services.