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Digital advertising is an exciting field because of the technology and innovation behind it. Yet in spite of the possibilities it offers, it’s become formulaic: it’s a cycle of segmentation, blasting, and performance attribution. You then tweak the reach and frequency of campaigns, rinse, and repeat. At first blush, this segment-blast-measure approach works fine.
Some brands excel at telling the real life stories of their customers via documentary short films. American Express is one such brand. 2 years ago they produced a film about the nearly 70 million Americans locked out of traditional financial services. The aim? to spark a movement for hope and change.
Companies generally want to develop products or services that have a high demand, as this approach improves the odds of significant sales. Subsequently, marketers for most organizations focus their research on what the majority of a given population appears to want or need. When it comes to supporting innovation and keeping businesses moving forward, however, businesses might ...
When you think of Aston Martin, what comes to mind? For me, it’s James Bond and all the exciting car chases. It’s probably what comes to your mind also? But, beyond the James Bond association, the Aston Martin story is actually just as interesting. According to their website: A RICH AND PRESTIGIOUS HERITAGE DEFINES ASTON MARTIN AS SOMETHING TRULY UNIQUE WITHIN AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY.
In a previous post I wrote about the 7 archetypal plots used by brands to tell stories that capture our hearts, minds and imagination. Here’s how Dominos used the Rebirth plot to rebound their brand from failure to glory literally overnight. In the years leading up to 2009 Dominos was facing a product quality crisis with wide-spread criticism about the taste of their pizza.
I recently watched the launch of PowerWall by Elon Musk; and while he’s not quite Steve Jobs, he does use the same storied approach to product launches. Watch his launch of #PowerWall and if, like me, your business relies on constant new business pitches to grow or if you’re an entrepreneur trying to secure funding or want to launch a product, learn how Elon brilliantly get ...
Back in November 2015, and during UAE Innovation Week, I presented about the future of search. One of the areas I covered was Google’s “RankBrain“. Google has confirmed that RankBrain is one of the top three ranking factors for search engine results placement. The first and second most important, not in order, are content and links.
The VW “Lemon” and “Think Small” ads are icons of the late 50s. Created by Bill Bernbach‘s BBD ad agency, they revolutionized advertising copy and laid out the early foundations for brand storytelling through engaging narrative and brand persona development. WHAT IS BRAND PERSONA? A brand is not just a name and a logo.
“What keeps your customers up at night?” One of the most important concepts in b2b marketing is empathy, without it, your story will not resonate with the intended audience; and if the story doesn’t resonate, you might as well not tell it. “What keeps your customers up at night?” This is the question I often ask my clients, especially in the b2b space.
I was recently interviewed by the brilliant Lianne Picot on her Story Powered Radio Show on Voice America. The topic was one that is near and dear to my heart; Content Marketing, and how Brand Storytelling fits in. The interview kicked of with my own personal story, one that I’ve been hesitant to elaborate on before, but did so live on her show.
I’m hitting the speaking circuit again, this time on 25 November and in support of UAE Innovation Week to discuss the future of Search. Over the last year, the UAE has prioritized innovation mainly to keep its competitive edge in the region and to boost its diversification efforts. I’m proud to have been asked to participate and do our bit to further the development and com ...
Proud of our client Souqalmal.com for winning the Online Business of the Year Award during last week’s prestigious Gulf Capital MEED SME Awards. And well done to the Sandstorm Digital FZE ePR team for managing the award nomination and submission process on behalf of Souqalmal.com. This is the first of many such award ceremonies coming up this year, and hoping more of our clients will win.
Any company embarking on building and growing its digital brand needs to have a content creation calendar. After all, success is no longer about randomly creating content. Instead, it’s about having a forward-thinking plan, defining when content will be created, and most importantly, outlining the internal and external resources you’ll need to take your company’s content to the next level.
Proud to have being awarded Asia’s Most Influential Digital Marketer during last week’s prestigious Asian Leadership Awards. In its 5th Year, the Asian Leadership Awards (ALA) salutes remarkable business leaders and organizations in Asia for their continuing commitment to excellence, developing best practices and innovative strategies.
YouTube is by far the biggest user generated video platform today and the second largest search engine after Google. It is also the ideal platform to tell your brand story either directly, or by associating with other content creators to tap into an existing audience who relate to your “adjacent” story.
Most businesses already understand the importance of content marketing as a way to raise brand awareness, enhance search engine visibility, establish authority and increase lead generation. However, many marketers have little to show for their efforts, and this is often due to not paying enough attention to the statistical data gathered from their digital marketing efforts.
A potential consumer, or lead, has shown interest in your product or service, and you have received an email address. How do you maximize your chances of converting the lead, and how do you automate the process to save time and money? Leads go through five clearly identifiable stages as they turn into customers or clients.
One of the most effective forms of email marketing is the newsletter. It’s a way of providing subscribers with an in-depth look at your business. It’s also highly customizable, making it a great way to solidify your brand image by providing subscribers with useful, shareable information. Looking to start a newsletter or fine-tune an existing company newsletter? Consider the following tips.
If you’re a business owner, it’s important to understand the changes coming to Twitter, as well as how they can potentially impact your business. In February, a deal was reached between Google and Twitter to allow Google direct access to the Twitter firehose (the term used to refer to the constant stream of data generated every second by Twitter users).
Mobile apps are changing the way UAE does business online. More users continue to gravitate towards mobile devices for shopping, reading, and searching the web. Most marketing people know the ins and outs of search engine optimization, but mobile apps also change the way optimization works for success. According to GulfNews.com, the UAE controls 60% of mobile application development.