Category: marketing
  • Google Data Studio: Using Google Sheets as a Data Source

    Data Studio lets us visualize data from many sources. At Distilled, we’ve been using Google Sheets to do most of our reporting for years. It works well—but transitioning to Data Studio is so satisfying. It’s easier to manage permissions. And it’s also easier to get Google Analytics data into Data Studio than Sheets. Read more

  • What We Learned in June 2017: The Digital Marketing Month in a Minute

    June really has been a busy month for the entire industry. In addition to the usual conveyor belt of Google product and services updates, Amazon has been busy buying Whole Foods and turning Echos into intercoms. Facebook is gearing up to take on Netflix and The Wall Street Journal has been leaking traffic. However, this has all somewhat been dwarfed by the huge fine levied against Google by the EU Commission...
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  • Building an Evergreen Machine: How to Write Evergreen Content

    How do you ensure the content you create will be evergreen and that it will generate enough interest to be worth your time? After all, a piece of content that gets one view a week, every week, is technically evergreen, but I wouldn’t recommend writing it. This piece aims to get a concrete handle on the vague idea of evergreen content, including how to recognise it, how to plan your content strategy around it, and how to compound your success into an ever-growing traffic level. Read more

  • Finding a Happy Medium: Should You Use Medium for Your company’s Content?

    You’ve likely read an article on Medium before, even if you didn’t notice the green “M” hanging out in the corner of your screen. The platform houses tons of popular content created by both its users and publications alike. A place for thoughtful, long-form, niche and technical content, it's not surprising that everyone from CEOs to freelance journalists posts there regularly. Increasingly, businesses and publications have been using this platform for their content distribution. With all that in mind, is Medium the right way for your business to reach new readers? Read more

  • What We Learned in May 2017: The Digital Marketing Month in a Minute

    Another month, another glut of digital marketing stories to dive into. The usual suspects are covered, from Facebook and its internal content policing rules; to Google adding a number of new features to various offerings. There's also a great voice-search study from Dr Pete Meyers and the best from the folks here at Distilled. Read more

  • Hey E-commerce Managers, Amazon Loses Their 1-Click Patent This Year

    I wanted to make sure that you know that Amazon is losing their patent on 1-Click checkout this year. It’s always been amazing to me that they were granted this patent in the first place, but they were (in the US - the EU took the unsurprising view that it was too obvious to patent). If you aren’t already, I strongly recommend speaking to counsel and the product team to build in a plan to launch a one-click option as early as you are legally allowed. Read more

  • The New York Times Makes Poor Argument for Breaking up Google

    At the end of April, The New York Times published an opinion piece that was widely circulated among my network entitled “Is It Time to Break Up Google?”. I saw a lot of people excited at the idea, and the concept of a monopolistic Google obviously resonated with many. Unfortunately, I thought that it was a poor article and that there was not nearly enough critical thinking being applied. Read more

  • What We Learned in April 2017: The Digital Marketing Month in a Minute

    A lot has happened in April in the digital marketing world; so much so that it’s been hard to distill everything down to one blog post. The fake news and extremist content sagas rumble on, while The Guardian shows us that AMP stands to be a major part of publishers’ traffic drivers. There’s also Twitter’s new progressive web app (PWA), which shows the level of functionality you can begin to expect from the new software methodology. Read more

  • Boost Your Brand: How to Create Content for Awareness

    Historically, when digital marketing agencies venture into content creation, it’s with the hope of increasing the number, or strength, of backlinks. This post however, aims to challenge you to think more broadly about the value of your content. Read more

  • Getting Started with Measuring Brand Awareness

    Few people dispute that brand awareness is an important consideration for companies of all sizes - there’s a half-trillion dollar global advertising industry built largely on that premise, after all. In the SEO industry, however, we’re probably not as aware of it as we should be. How do you quantify brand awareness? There are four main ways of posing this question, which we'll answer in turn. Read more

  • What We Learned in March 2017: The Digital Marketing Month in a Minute

    This month’s industry news has well and truly broke free from the industry bubble, with mainstream media extensively covering the ongoing issue of certain online adverts showing next to extremist content, which has gotten Google into serious trouble. There’s plenty of other Google news this month, along with some deeper dives into the state of the agency industry and the future of smartphone technology. Read more

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