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It first came to prominence in the gaming world in the 1990s, but virtual reality is a product whose time finally seems to have come. Marketers the world over are embracing the technology in the hope of redefining customer experience. So, how can we use it? First some terminology: Virtual reality is when the user puts on a headset and their experience, everything they ca ...
BNR’s producer, Dan Hatch, joins Nic Hayes and Sarah Mitchell to take a deep dive into what’s going wrong with the media these days — from credibility, accountability, shrinking newsrooms and falling advertising revenues to fake news and “churnalism”. Here are some key take-outs: Shrinking advertising revenues have led to shrinking newsrooms and reduced quality.
The team discusses innovative and cost-effective marketing tips for start-ups. How can start-ups approach marketing to ensure they get a return on investment? And is there anything big companies can learn from how these newer enterprises promote themselves? Here are some key take-outs: Earned media is a great way to get free publicity.
Professor George Lakoff of Berkeley University says US President Donald Trump uses four main tactics to set the news agenda through his tweets. Here’s his analysis: So can brands use similar tactics? Or would that be a formula for disaster? Today the Brand Newsroom team takes a look at what we can all learn from Trump’s Twitter.
For the past two weeks Australians have watched a PR disaster unfold. A video called “Keeping it Light” (made for the Bible Society), featuring two conservative politicians drinking Cooper’s Beer and discussing same-sex marriage, sparked outrage in the community. Jamie Wilkinson from Cannings Purple joins Nic and Sarah to break down what happened.
Lush Digital’s senior producer, Ian Bignell, joins James and Nic to dissect the Department of Finance’s “Game Changers” video — which has gone viral for all the wrong reasons. Where did they go wrong? And how do you ensure your corporate video delivers for you and doesn’t turn you into a laughing-stock? Here are the links you might need: Watch the now famous “Game Changers” video, here.
What’s best practice when it comes to sharing bad or difficult news? What are the strategies to employ? Is honesty always the best policy? What do you do if you’re caught unawares by circumstance? Here are some key take-outs: People try to avoid making bad news public in case it does damage, but bad news will almost always find its way out into the public and then it’s likely to do even more.
John Kapos is a Sydney chocolatier, known to thousands of Snapchat users around the world as Chocolate Johnny. He was an early adopter of Snapchat and he joins James and Sarah today to talk about how the platform has transformed his business. Here are some key take-outs: Snapchat is an opportunity to tell stories using images or video.
PR Warrior Trevor Young joins James and Sarah to discuss whether it ever OK to publish your content on someone else’s platform, like Medium or LinkedIn Pulse. What are the risks of “building on rented land”? Is it always better to publish on media you actually own, like a blog? Here are some key take-outs: There’s a shift towards publishing where the audience is.
The Super Bowl is America’s biggest sporting event and it has the world’s most expensive advertising slots — so we normally see some wonderfully creative ads. But this year we also saw far more brands using the platform to make a political statement — especially about President Trump’s immigration policies.
With the invention of “influencer marketing”, product placement has jumped from the silver screen to the smartphone screen. But now, in Australia, the free-for-all is over. New advertising standards mean from next month brands will have to disclose their influencer marketing deals. James, Nic and Sarah take a close look at marketing and advertising deals and why it’s important to disclose them.
View Larger Image Brand Newsroom 125: Is attack ever the best form of marketing? Is attack marketing ever a good idea? Does launching into your competitor — or perhaps a politician or someone you disagree with — ever work for a brand? James, Nic and Sarah take a close look at where attack marketing wins and where it fails.
So far this month here in Australia, we’ve seen a TV ad from Meat and Livestock Australia that celebrates Australia’s multiculturalism, a billboard depicting two girls in hijabs celebrating Australia Day has caused an uproar and Target has included a Muslim family and a young girl with a disability in their latest catalogue.
A lawyer recently took Instagram’s Terms and Conditions and rewrote them so teenagers could understand which of their rights they were giving away when they clicked “agree”. That got the Brand Newsroom team thinking about the power of using plain language instead of politi-speak, jargon, academic terminology and mangled English. Nic Hayes is our host this week.
Should salespeople be more like marketers? According to an article in the Harvard Business Review recently, the best salespeople are those who really believe in their brand, work hard to create an emotional connection with their consumers, and attract customers rather than chase them. So, is the hard sell dead? And are the best salespeople actually brand evangelists, as HBR wo ...
Pundits say we’re living in “a post-truth era”, where facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than emotion and public belief. Fake news is all over the internet and is believed to have influenced the United States presidential election. Have lies become a commodity? Don’t we value authenticity anymore? And what does all this mean for brands? Nic, James and Sarah h ...
It’s also the time of year we start looking forward — making resolutions and plans for the new year. Today the Brand Newsroom team gazes into the crystal ball to see what 2017 might hold in the marketing and communications industry. Here are some key take-outs: It’s time to get your content strategy in place if you haven’t already got one. Spend more time with your clients.
View Larger Image Brand Newsroom 119: How to get your website right What does your website look like? Are you happy with it? Is it working for you and, more importantly, is it working for your customers? Zion Ong, director of West Australian digital marketing company Alyka, joins the BNR team to talk about what’s best practice when it comes to websites.
Nenad Senic is group editor at Slovenian content marketing agency Poslovni Mediji and the European editor of Chief Content Officer magazine. He’s one of Europe’s top content marketing minds and an expert in how to use print effectively. When the Content Marketing Institute’s Australian 2017 Benchmarks report came out recently and revealed 39 per cent of us are still using prin ...
View Larger Image Brand Newsroom 116: We’re all using email marketing, so what’s best practice? According the Content Marketing Institute’s Australian Benchmark’s 2017 Report, 78 per cent of Australian businesses use email marketing. About half of us say it is critical — indeed the most critical — tactic we have for distributing our content.