The world of marketing has become a volatile place over the past several years.  Consumers are no longer interested in typical avenues of product promotion and tune out advertisements faster than a 13-year-old listening to a parent’s lecture. This is, in part, what has driven content production to flood every information channel of the Internet …

It is impossible to open a social network these days and not see the stream of images, videos, and graphics that dominate the experience. In fact, according to a survey by Harvard University, Snapchat is the fastest growing platform among Millennials, with Instagram close behind.  And while Facebook still reigns king as the most widespread …

Brand storytelling is more than just branded content, native advertising, creative campaigns on Facebook or tear-jerker Super Bowl commercials. It should also involve mobilizing employees to participate and feed a brand’s content engine.  And it’s not just employees tweeting or sharing company news in social media.  It’s about surfacing the amazing stories about the brand, …

In the documentary The Story of Content: Rise of the New Marketing (26:54 mark), River Pools & Spas Co-Owner Marcus Sheridan shares the following about their turnaround from near bankruptcy to becoming the global leader in fiberglass pool education: “The moment we stopped saying, ‘We’re pool builders’ and started saying ‘We are the best teachers …

It’s ‘Open Mic’ night! In this session, our 13 expert voices are sharing their insights on ‘Social Media’, covering: the evolution of social platforms, social business, employee advocacy, competitive analysis and marketing field testing, through to PR, ‘dark social’, and more, all right here… – – – – – Ann Tran @AnnTran_ Luxury Travel & Marketing Strategist …

Even though we recently celebrated the 14th anniversary of Facebook’s launch, there is still a great deal of trepidation and a general lack of basic knowledge about what social media can do for business. After an 11-year career managing PR and social media on behalf of the world’s largest real estate franchise network, I believe …

By now we have come to accept that social media is the most powerful form of communication in our present time. Real-time activation, deep personal data, mobile engagement, and over a billion people within reach mean that marketers must master these platforms or switch careers. Whether you are a marketer that remembers MySpace or one …

If we look back on the recent trends in marketing, one thing is clear – we’ve reached a major crossroad in our use of digital tools to engage customers. Leading us to the question: “is this the death of social?” In reality, the answer to that question is “no”. While previously social was seen as …

Cord cutting, subscription based services and the ability to watch content over multiple platforms have changed the advertising industry dramatically in recent years. , as today’s young people engage with the Internet chiefly, and sometimes exclusively, on smartphones and tablets. Of this, over $20 billion will be spent on video advertising, a strategy that gained …

Internet-fuelled media is a game-changer for brand communications. You’re no longer in control – in fact, you never have been.  Are you ready?  I doubt it. It should never have been, but brands have tried to manage the flow of information to their audiences, often using the media as a proxy for what used to …