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drag2share: Choosing A Network-Specific Social Media Content Strategy

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BII_Social_BrandAdoptionToo many brands and businesses still try a scattershot approach at social media. They try to be everywhere and spread their efforts too thin.

They also apply a one-size-fits-all approach. Whether it’s in-house or external social media marketing teams, they craft campaigns around a single communication style and a rigid set of formats — and expect them to drive the same results across platforms.

Particularly for smaller or niche players — or really, anyone on a constrained budget — it makes more sense to double-down on a single platform, learn its idiosyncrasies, and become an expert at cultivating its audience base.

In a new report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s paid research service, we dig into the reasons why platform-centric approaches make more sense, and explore how to make them work. Here are the benefits:

  1. Social media budgets become more manageable. Your organization will no lon! ger leak dollars with a half-hearted attempt to be, and post everywhere.
  2. Brands and businesses will gain a more authentic voice. It’s difficult to develop a genuine, humanized voice on every platform. Attention to a single network will help brands cultivate a more persuasive personality.
  3. Become more efficient. Many companies on social media see a great deal of success on one platform, but still grind away at others. Why not focus resources on where your engagement is deepest?
  4. Improve your chances at earned media and viral success. These grow out of a deep understanding of a social network’s idiosyncrasies, not by throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks.
  5. Develop a knack for avoiding social media gaffes and bloopers. Many of the social media foot-in-mouth moments of recent years grow out of a lack of comprehension for what makes each network tick.
  6. Users have developed sophisticated network-specific cultures. They can spot a poser from a mile a way.
  7. Creative freedom: This may sound counter-intuitive, since choosing to focus energies on a single platform would seem to close off options. But focus actually opens up opportunities. Ideas come more easily once a single primary platform is chosen.
  8. Avoid top-down strategies that try to fit round pegs into square holes. Ideas for posts and campaigns will be driven by a more bottom-up thought process. And not by the nebulous question, “What’s our social media strategy?”
  9. Drive better recruiting and contracting decisions. If a single platform is prioritized, the search for social media talent becomes clearer. Different kinds of expertise are required for each network.
  10. Finally, a deliberate platform-centric approach allows for more straightforward testing and tracking of results. If one platform focus doesn’t work, another emphasis can be tried. But data will be cleaner and priorities will be easier to rearrange.


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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 news No Comments

Leads Take Hold as the Primary Goal of Content Marketing – eMarketer

source: http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Leads-Take-Hold-Primary-Goal-of-Content-Marketing/1010107

Content marketing saw its importance balloon between 2012 and 2013. According to conference organizer IMN’s “2013 Content Marketing Survey Report,” the number of US companies with formal content marketing strategies in place jumped from 28% in 2012 to 49% in 2013, while those without a content strategy contracted from 26% to 18% during the same period.

And even if not all companies surveyed had a content marketing strategy in place at the time, another one-third said they were working on one, suggesting that by 2014, the percentage engaging in content marketing will only go up.

As more have focused their efforts on content, the purposes of the tactic are convering on one key goal: lead generation. Last year, increasing leads was the No. 4 goal among marketing professionals—cited by only 16%— behind engagement, awareness and loyalty. This year, generating more leads was the No. 1 goal, cited by 44% of respondents, far ahead of any other response.

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Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 news No Comments

Most UK Marketers Marrying SEO Activities With Content Strategy

source: http://www.marketingcharts.com/wp/interactive/most-uk-marketers-marrying-seo-activities-with-content-strategy-35078/?utm_campaign=rssfeed&utm_source=mc&utm_medium=textlink

Econsultancy-UK-Marketers-Integration-SEO-Content-Strategy-July20132 in 3 UK agencies say their clients’ content strategy is integrated with their SEO activity, while 16% say that SEO drives their clients’ content strategy, according to [download page] a new study from Econsultancy produced in association with NetBooster. Company marketers to a large extent concur with agency opinions: 59% say their SEO activities and content strategy are integrated, while 12% say SEO is driving their content strategy.

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Survey: Most Important Objectives of Social Media Marketing

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What Works In Social Media Marketing (CMSWire)
The results of a recent study by Ascend2 indicate that companies are getting more strategic about their social media marketing efforts while embracing elements of content strategy.

social media marketing objectives


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Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 news No Comments

John Bell, Managing Director, Oglivy 360

Source: http://blog.compete.com/2011/11/14/digital-cmo-series-john-bell-managing-director-oglivy-360/

“Even Social Media needs brand management.”

At the 2011 Digital CMO Summit, John Bell, Managing Director at Ogilvy 360 shared his thought provoking presentation – Overcoming the CMO’s Dilemma. John discussed a number of key questions and challenges that CMO’s are facing as brands begin to move from experimentation into operationalizing” social media.  It’s not as simple as senior marketing executives finally “getting it.” CMOs and their immediate teams are faced with some organizational issues, capability gaps, and the unforeseen consequences of embracing social media marketing and communications. Below are the 7 big challenges that must be overcome in order to reap the largest business value from social media:

1. Challenge: The Curse of the Channel Mindset

Solution: Plan around owned, earned and paid ‘engagement’
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2. Challenge: Understanding what to value

Solution: Adopt a new model that values behavior
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3. Challenge: Uncontrolled growth

Solution: Social Brand Management
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4. Challenge: What do I do with my Web site

Solution: Develop a content strategy
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5. Challenge: Assigning the right roles

Solution: Form a “center for excellence”
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6. Challenge: Building knowledge and capacity

Solution: Train, train, train
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7. Challenge: How else does social media drive value?

Solution: Develop a social business strategy
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Hear from John as he discusses the 7 big challenges and more on the CMO’s Dilemma on the Compete YouTube Channel.

About John: John Bell, managing director at Ogilvy, developed and leads 360° Digital Influence, the world’s largest, award-winning network of social media strategists, with team members in more than 27 countries. Bell and his team have designed integrated social media strategy and programs for B2B and B2C businesses as diverse as Unilever, American Express, Dupont, LG, and Lenovo. Bell has also received recognition for his enterprise social media strategy for The Ford Motor Company.


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