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I just saw a SeaWorld ad next to an article advocating for animal rights and the boycotting of animal enclosures. Who’s asleep at the wheel here? Brands are finding their ads popping up next to inappropriate, and oftentimes, appalling content (think offensive videos and fake news sites.) To combat “guilt” by association, companies are now limiting their display ads to pre-approved websites.
Sharp marketers understand that using data is key to making smart decisions when developing and implementing a digital strategy. In the first post of our three-part series, we discussed the importance of taking inventory of your data. To move forward, it is important to understand your numbers before you develop and implement a strategy.
There’s a New Boy in Town, Beauty Brands and he’s in High School From french class to make-up tips on social media, 17-year-old Spencer Claus talks about his rise into social media stardom and balancing being a digital influencer while in high school. He’s been featured in publications like Buzzfeed, Teen Vogue, and Cosmopolitan, while working with some the top cosmetic brands.
Data’s used to inform future plans, measure campaign and marketing performance, and shape strategies. For digital marketers, there are few tools as important as Google Analytics. Unfortunately, the sheer amount of data means that sometimes its usefulness gets lost. This topic’s pretty complex, so we’re breaking it up into a three-part series. Our first installment: taking inventory.
A Fanboy’s Obsession with Sneakers Built a Massive Following — and a Hugely Successful Business From founding SneakerNews, Jordans Daily, and Stadium Goods, to bringing SneakerCon to life, Yu-Ming Wu speaks about his start and ultimate geekery with sneakers. Wu maintains his own sites, which are havens for shoe passion and the industry’s latest releases.
Publishers face an interesting road ahead as Snapchat Discover enters the We Make Original Content, Too! Hunger Games. There’ve been vocal skeptics, but the platform is pushing forward. Discover launched in January 2015, and has since been a home for daily magazine editions from partners like CNN, Cosmopolitan, BuzzFeed, and ESPN. Now the company wants shows curated specifically for Discover.
In the last two years, more searches were conducted on mobile devices than on desktop. This trend altered the traditional, linear consumer journey. It’s now broken into touch points where audiences hop around to different steps across devices. Hyperlocal targeting is the way to present products and services to customers in real time.
She flies, brands thrive: How a travel blog creates engaged audiences in a crowded space Traveling the globe for half a decade, Kate McCulley shares her experiences, advice, and guidance across the world. She runs the top traveler blog, Adventurous Kate, that many look to for daily advice and solo travel tips. At age 26, McCulley quit her job to make travel blogging her full-time position.
Our Connected Content™ series continues! Throughout this journey, we’ve recognized that working in silos is not effective without connectivity. Every moment of digital marketing must be tied back to content strategy, to complete the puzzle. We’ve heard how SEO and social media fit into the puzzle of Connected Content™, but we’re still missing one piece. Paid media.
In continuation of our Connected Content™ series, we recognized that brands struggle to effectively connect with their audiences when their teams work in silos. In order to be successful, all digital marketing tactics must work together and be grounded in content strategy. We’ve written about how SEO fits into the Connected Content™ approach.
Blogging and Podcasting Create a Key Influencer for Ecommerce Trying to start an online store, or uncover the best tools and plugins to make your existing site better? Steve Chou is your man. Chou runs the popular blog My Wife Quit Her Job and co-runs the online store BumbleBeeLinens. He’s also a full-time husband and father who manages to find time for all things ecommerce and entrepreneurial.
Throughout our Connected Content™ series, we’ve established that working in silos isn’t efficient —or effective. So great. You’re working together, and put content strategy at the center of your overall digital marketing efforts. Now you’re wondering, how do my SEO efforts fall into the mix? Cover your bases.
B2B social media isn’t the easiest of tasks. LinkedIn has become one of the most popularly used and important social networks to reach out to business buyers and build connections with other professionals. With its niche advantage and increase of content marketing, it’s increasingly becoming an outlet for B2B marketers with several advantages.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Whether you’re in a hot-and-steamy relationship or just had a break up, it’s key to remember that love ain’t cheap. While some people are dreading the upcoming (possibly consumerist) holiday, others are gearing up for shopping. Very. Last. Minute. Shopping. Valentine’s Day is used as an excuse —or a guilt trip? — to shower your loved ones with gifts.
Dear Big Box, I’m looking for something a little more consistent and promising for my future. And I don’t think it’s going to work out between you and I. Sorry, not sorry. While my mother absolutely adored you, I grew impatient with your lack of personalization. You didn’t make me feel special. You spoke to me as you would anyone else. It’s no wonder your ex Crowds left you.
Talk about information overload! After two days of innovation, learning, and networking at the ZOG Digital Innovation Summit, it’s easy to feel inspired to begin refining and connecting your digital marketing campaigns. When getting started, keep the following key takeaways for the summit in mind: One size does not fit all. Performance is dependent on the tactics, platforms, and data at hand.
Paul Headley, Head of Analytics at ZOG Digital, summed up the marketing and brand challenges we face every day: digital marketing breeds competition. We’re not working against each other, we’re working together. With innovation, our summit’s theme, manifesting all over our industry, we need to reduce friction and build trust to work smarter.
ZOG Digital kicked off its first digital marketing summit. We brought a mix of industry leaders from Google, Facebook, Moz, and more to speak along our executive team. Here’s a preview of the ZOG Digital Innovation Summit’s speakers and panelists. We’ll hear from them again on Thursday, February 2! Thomas Stern Chief Innovation Officer, ZOG Digital Thomas oversees the archit ...
Learn How Blogging and Social Media Created a Key Influencer for Plus Size Fashion Whether you’re going out with the girls or gearing up for yoga class, Allison Teng has your fashion, shopping and lifestyle tips ready to go. Allison runs the popular blog, Curvy Girl Chic, which she started from her true passion for fashion and need for a plus size voice in the industry.
As noted in the first part of our Connected Content™ series, breaking down silos is integral to building a strong, consistent brand presence. So … great. You’ve agreed to work across teams. How do you actually start? Build a framework. “Make sure everyone knows the plan so it’s easy to change.” When subject matter experts, strategists, account managers, and your client all know ...