Category: marketing
  • 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

  • Non-Profits Under Fire - Battling Problems With Charity Digital Marketing in 2017

    Charity marketing has always been an unusual challenge but now they are facing a new future, one that can be difficult to address from within a sector where frugality can be praised over success, and difficult to understand from without. This post is designed to help bridge that gap by offering some insight for the people who don’t work in charities, and some digital solutions for people who do. Read more

  • 5 Forms of Google Advertising Coming Soon

    It was not surprising to see a story come out about ads being read out by Google Home, but it seems many people were indeed surprised. It seems it’s easy to forget sometimes that Google is an advertising company! On that note, here are five ways that you can’t yet buy advertising from Google, but I predict you will be able to soon: Read more

  • 4 Simple Ways to Upgrade Creative Content Into Media-Friendly Stories

    Working in PR, I (of course!) spend a lot of time reading news articles where the agenda is driven by stories, whether they are real life events, trends, public announcements, finding product launches or prominent anniversaries. But have you ever stopped to think about what headline stands out most when browsing news online or which image makes you stop to pick up a free paper? Ultimately, it comes down to the strength of that narrative. Read more

  • How to Embrace Being Agile as a Small Business

    When I first started working in marketing it was for family members with local businesses. Their websites were less than 50 pages and they weren’t complicated. I remember reading popular marketing blogs and trying strategies that never worked, and I always wondered why. Eventually, I realized a lot of these strategies were written towards an audience that worked on much larger websites. Today, I spend a majority of my time working on larger websites. I now realize there are definite benefits to having a smaller business. The issue is I don’t see many small businesses embracing these benefits! Read more