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  • Kansas City Diaries: the art of organic search

    Kansas City Diaries is an exclusive article series by Natalie Pool as she goes undercover at VML's global agency headquarters in Kansas City, USA, to find out how organic search, Snapchat and other technologies are changing the advertising and marketing industry. At the heart of many digital agencies is a Paid Search department. But how many agencies and brands give Organic Search the love and attention it deserves? Not that many in South Africa, is almost certainly the right answer. VML’s headquarters in Kansas City is one such company whose Organic Search team is growing and slowly taking over the world...

  • Are South African brands ready for augmented reality?

    Although augmented reality (AR) technology is not new, it is only now beginning to gain the attention of media and marketing professionals. The big question remains: Are South African CMOs ready to include AR into their brand strategies? AR has moved away from its early days when it was reliant on expensive, specialised hardware. The rapid adoption of smartphones and even faster evolution of their AR capabilities means that AR is now well within reach of the average South African. However, CMOs who choose to go the AR route without integrating it into their holistic brand delivery strategy will miss out...

  • Instagram fast becoming a powerful marketing tool in SA

    Facebook-owned Instagram has grown exponentially over the last few years and brands are adopting ways to utilise this social media platform to tell a visual brand story and sell products or services through appealing imagery. In fact, Instagram has seen the fastest growth of any social network in South Africa over the past year, according to the South African Social Media Landscape 2016 study. It grew an impressive 133%, from 1.1-million to 2.68-million users. Taking our own experiences with the platform into consideration, and we have some experience as our communities range from motorheads to job-seekers and enthusiasts of just about...

  • How to advertise your brand, products and services to Millennials

    If your business relies on being online to sell services and products, it's important that you understand how to advertise to Millennials. This younger age group can potentially be your clients in the future. They are on top of their game digitally and are tomorrow's CEOs. This generation is quite unique and completely different than any before it, so you have to shape your traditional marketing methods that have always worked in the past to cater for this crowd. If you are interested in marketing to Millennials, here's a couple of tactics I've used that's working with my digital marketing campaigns. Focus on trust Millennials look up...

  • 5 bite-sized tips for using video in your marketing campaigns

    The art of digital story telling is constantly evolving, and 2016 is the year of the video. It makes the cut in almost every article you read, whether it’s trends to look out for or tips to improve your marketing mix. So what’s the big fuss all about? And how can you incorporate it in to your digital marketing strategy? The sheer volume of online content means that your story needs to be compelling, carefully crafted and strategically placed to even reach your target audience, let alone encourage them to engage with your brand or purchase your product. A well...

  • Email marketing is still relevant, ignore it at your peril

    Email has found itself in a precarious situation. While it’s still everywhere -- and not going anywhere -- its users have no shortage of legitimate complaints. Chief among them: email marketing -- which fills inboxes all day, every day -- is basically synonymous with spam. It’s not targeted and not helpful. It’s insincere, and attempts at personalization are trite. It’s difficult to read on mobile devices. Because of its comparatively long career in the marketing world, it gets dumped into the “boring, but necessary, I guess” category. While this may sound like bad news to email marketers, there’s no better time...

  • 4 viral marketing lessons from the Pokemon Go craze

    If by now you don’t know what Pokemon Go is, you are truly out of touch with digital reality. Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm. In less than a month it has more daily users than Twitter, longer daily time usage than Facebook and more people flicking their fingers through phone screen than Tinder. The game is undoubtedly the most popular mobile phone activity at the moment. But how did Niantic, Nintendo and the Pokemon Company do it? What can we learn about going viral from Pokemon Go? I have discovered four things that have been key to Pokemon...

  • Musical marketing: brands should fine tune campaigns using music

    F and F-sharp -- two simple bass notes that define the classic thriller Jaws. That score still effectively strikes a chord of suspense and fear in many fans. And can you imagine the crawling text that opens each episode of Star Wars without its epic soundtrack? Music is a powerful force for evoking endless varieties of emotions and connecting people around the world. Music is so influential, in fact, that people in an A/B test environment spent 433% more time using products when they were accompanied by music, according to a recent study. Beyond movies, we draw automatic and intense connections...

  • 5 debunked myths about selling and marketing on social media

    When marketers think about social media, they mostly regard it as a top-of-the-funnel tool. Specifically, it’s an avenue for communication that’s best used to identify and filter unqualified leads. This is not an unreasonable characterization; social media is a great tool for starting off the conversion funnel. But who’s to say it can’t also be employed as a bottom-of-the-funnel sales tool as well? Social media marketing myths, debunked Many marketing professionals haven’t yet recognized what an effective sales tool social media can be. Part of the reason this is not more generally known is that, everywhere you look, people repeat common myths...

  • A brief introduction to content marketing in South Africa

    A couple of decades ago, marketers had undivided attention. With not much more than three or four marketing channels to choose from, brands could secure blocks of time in front of their customers. TV wasn’t malleable  -- if anything commercial breaks were an opportunity to grab a snack  --  and radio was the only platform that we could find out about the latest band or artist. The advent of the internet has ensured, even in developing markets, the growth of available entertainment and information resources, marketing channels and, in turn, noise. Marketers have become increasingly good at interrupting consumers  --...

  • 4 weird Parlotones marketing mashups through the years

    Whether you like the band's music or not, you can't deny that South African rockers The Parlotones are marketing powerhouses, owing to its partnerships with a ton of brands over the years. Let's be frank though: some of these endorsements are just strange fits. So we picked a few standout cases. The Parlotones had their own range of wine I'm not a wine person, so I can't tell you whether The Parlotones-branded range is delicate on the palate or scalding to the throat. Anyway, the band teamed up with Hands on Wine and Woolworths for this interesting initiative. The first wine was a red, their second...

  • 5 social tools to help boost brand awareness and audience engagement

    Every brand wants to easily identify and reach their target audiences as quickly as possible. Audience engagement is detrimental to forming a meaningful connections with consumers and emerge as a successful brand. Here are five new social media tools that will help you, and your business, reach your targeted audience easily and effectively. Socedo Socedo helps users discover the best prospects on social media in real-time. The service uses real-time social behavior based on user personas in order to find out leads who are about to enter your buying cycle. This activity info is combined with profile data from sources like Twitter and...

  • Relevance, value, creative and the customer in digital marketing

    I love the industry I work in with a passion, but the truth is we know that the old game is over. Creativity is our heart and soul, but Don Draper is long dead and we know it. Recent growth has come through digital, although the role of the agency is not yet defined as the complexities of the medium continue to evolve at pace. A high profile Global CMO recently proclaimed that he doesn’t care about the complexities that agencies face they just need to fix it. I agree. But this is a wholly naïve demand to be shouting through...

  • Influencers are impacting consumers’ purchasing decisions more than ever before

    In a recent article I read, a woman explained how, after coming across an Instagram post of one of her favourite bloggers, she rushed to the stores in search for the very doormat she saw in the post. After searching high and low she eventually got hold of the doormat and felt compelled to share the news on social media. So, not only did the blogger influence the woman’s decision to buy the mat but she also got her to talk about it online, further contributing to the digital conversation around the product. The fact that the influencer got her to...

  • Need proof that content marketing is the future? Here it is

    There is currently a heated debate going on between business owners across the globe: SEO vs. content marketing – which will do more for your brand? The truth is that this argument is completely null and void. Why? Because the only way in which to really maximise one’s digital marketing results is to incorporate aspects of both disciplines into one’s marketing strategy. As Google has proven over the last couple of years, SEO and content marketing belong together, and should not exist as separate entities. They have an interdependent relationship and cannot provide businesses with much success when actioned in isolation...