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Content Marketing Myths That Brands Need to Ignore (The William Agency)

Digital Marketing

This article from our friends at The William Agency explains 6 Content Marketing Myths That Brands Need to Ignore.

In the grand scheme of marketing, content-specific marketing is a new discipline. It may seem time-consuming, costly, ineffective or simply too tricky to throw precious resources into. Perhaps you would like to implement a content marketing strategy, but your business’ leadership has shot your plans down?

Read more here:

http://www.thewilliamagency.com/content-marketing-myths/

Home Truths

Advertising, Home Truths

Our House philosophy is based upon our Home Truths, several of which you’ll find below…

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How to export your contact data from Facebook Lead Ads

Advertising, Digital Marketing

We think that Facebook Lead Ads are great. The streamlined process for collecting data is simple to use and delivers results. Things might get tricky when you want to export your data though.

When our recent Lead Ad campaign finished we expected the data to be in Business Manager or Power Editor but it was nowhere to be seen.

After a quick google on the subject we found conflicting advice. Some articles said it is only possible to export data via the Facebook API. Others seemed to think you needed a third party bridge which involves a monthly subscription.

If you are having the same problem, read on…

How to export your contacts:

1. Go to the page you are advertising.

2. Go to the “Publishing Tools” tab.

3. In the left hand nav, choose “Forms library”.

From this page you will be able to export your data. No API knowledge needed!

If you want to sync automatically with MailChimp or your CRM though, third party tools like Leads Bridge will help you.

Hope you have found this useful.

8 of our favourite content marketing blog articles

Advertising, Digital Marketing

By now, savvy brands and ecommerce sites have realised that content marketing is central to long term search success.

But if you’re just starting out with content marketing it can be a daunting process. What if you have little (or no) budget? What content do you use? How do you measure success? If you build it, will they come?

Fear not, we have rounded up 8 of our favourite content marketing blog posts to help you. Covering topics like copywriting, quizzes, analytics, content tips and headlines, they should be enough to help you create a winning content marketing plan…

 

 

1. Seven golden rules for content marketing.
By Econsultancy

Econsultancy

“Here are seven golden rules that we have identified to help you optimise your content marketing.”

Read more at Econsultancy.

 

 

2. How to Do Content Marketing on a Shoestring Budget.
By Kiss Metrics

Kiss Metrics Content Marketing

“Content marketing sounds expensive. For a lot of companies, it is expensive. Most of the businesses I work with aren’t exactly rolling around in piles of money.”

Read more at Kiss Metrics.

 

 

3. How should ecommerce brands be using content?
By Econsultancy

From Econsultancy

“Ecommerce brands have embraced content marketing over the past couple of years.”

Read more at Econsultancy.

 

 

4. 7 Ways to Write Damn Bad Copy.
By Copyblogger

Copyblogger

“When a results-oriented writer says “creative” and an image-oriented writer says “creative” you have to understand that they are talking about two completely different things.”

Read more at Copyblogger.

 

 

5. 12 practical content tips from Google’s Page Quality guidelines.
By Econsultancy

12 practical content tips from Google

“Here’s a very simple checklist, based on Google’s approximation of highest and lowest quality content.”

Read more at Econsultancy.

 

 

6. Which Marketing Analytics Should You Be Looking At?
By Hubspot

Marketing analytics

“Access to so much data has made marketing analytics overwhelming for many a marketer. We have traffic data, conversion data, lead data, email marketing data, social media data … the list goes on. Figuring out what data to pull, and when, is the tricky part.”

Read more at Hubspot.

 

 

7. The complete guide to using quizzes in your marketing strategy.
By Econsultancy

From Econsultancy

“In January 2014, no one had ever heard of Playbuzz, a website that creates viral content, mostly quizzes. By May of the same year, Playbuzz.com was receiving 45m unique visitors each month.”

Read more at Econsultancy.

 

 

8. 5 Characteristics Of High Converting Headlines.
By ConversionXL

From Conversion XL

“Back in 2001, Consumer Reports put out a study that revealed the average American was consciously exposed to roughly 247 marketing messages daily, yet only really noticed around half of them.”

Read more at ConversionXL.

 

If you need a helping hand let us know and we’d be happy to discuss your marketing campaigns, plans or other communication needs.

6 Essential digital marketing resources you shouldn’t be without

Digital Marketing

The ever-evolving world of digital marketing is almost impossible to navigate. We feel your pain, so we thought we’d help you out and share our most used (and most effective) digital marketing resources and tools. Here we go…

Facebook

Advertising on Facebook. Digital Marketing resources

As you may know, Facebook has grown into a hugely effective ad platform. Highly targeting and budget friendly, what’s not to like? Get started here, or get in touch and we can help you create an effective campaign.

 

Buzzsumo

BuzzSumo Find the Most Shared Content and Key Influencers. Digital Marketing resources.

If you’re a content marketer, ignore this at your peril! As this great article from PR2020 says: If knowledge is power, BuzzSumo is a content marketing cold fusion reactor. And it really is that good. Find out more about BuzzSumo.

 

Econsultancy Blog

Seven golden rules for content marketing Econsultancy. Digital Marketing resources.

The Econsultancy blog is one of the best resources for digital marketers online. Enough said? Here is just one really useful article: Seven golden rules for content marketing.

Thanks Econsultancy, we salute you!

 

Dotmailer

Email Marketing Software Automation dotmailer. Digital Marketing resources

Our team at House use Dotmailer day in, day out to create great email campaigns for our clients.  We’re big Dotmailer fans here. They help make tough things like segmentation, automation and responsive easy. There’s even 30 day trial to get you started. Go Dotmailer!

 

Hubspot Blog

HubSpot Inbound Marketing Sales Software.

The Hubspot blog is an invaluable source of great inbound marketing advice. Read on blog.hubspot.com/marketing/tools-to-edit-blog-posts

 

Fresh Relevance

Real time Marketing Fresh Relevance.

If you’ve heard of things like cart abandonment, browse abandonment and triggered emails, but are struggling. Fresh Relevance is here to help.

So there we have it, sharing is caring! Drop us a line if you found this list useful.  If you’re a consumer brand here are some ways we can help.

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Happy marketing!

The 4 most common questions asked by clients

Advertising, Design, Digital Marketing

1. So, you’re a design and brand agency then?
No, we are much more than a brand agency. Of course we do all the design work that you would expect, just like any other design and artwork house, but we offer a layer before that which we think is far more important.

We offer a point of view of your marketing, your consumer brand and your business, and only once we have a view of the market place and who your customers are do we even begin to put pen to paper.

Because for us, it’s not just about design, it’s about your message and what you stand for. In other words, what you say about yourself and how. So many agencies miss this and provide design for designs sake, or design work that has little meaning to the audience. We see it all the time.

2. You say you are a full service agency, what does that mean?
It means we take a holistic view of all your marketing, because for us whatever you say, and wherever you say it, it has to be joined up in terms of the message and the image. It’s what’s known as a fully integrated approach, which is a bit of jargon that simply means everything works together.

So in a nutshell we do it all, from planning and strategy, through to all the design, writing and artwork for whatever communications channel is right for your business, or in other words, whatever communications channel your clients or customers are looking at.

So that may mean advertising and packaging, or it may mean websites and ecommunications (email marketing), right through to online advertising, social media, poster sites, direct mail, TV and video or social media.

3. How can you be great at everything?
There are digital agencies, media agencies, brand agencies, PR agencies and artwork houses who offer specialist advice and expertise in their own area, so surely a one stop shop can’t specialize in everything and do the best job?

Actually that’s exactly the point, specialist agencies used to work really well in the dawn of new media, and there are some great digital shops out there offering expertise on just digital marketing. However because people now consume advertising in so many different ways as they go about their daily lives, it’s really important to ensure that your core message works right across all channels. So fragmenting your advertising and marketing across lots of different agencies isn’t as wise as it once was. Our approach ensures your message stays on track so that means we create great work that works for all channels online or offline.

Plus, because we start from thinking about your business, we develop ideas and campaign themes from the inside out, so whatever we do for you is designed to be flexible enough to evolve over time and also work in any channel or space.

4. Branding, that’s a logo isn’t it?
Most people think branding is a logo, a colour or a typeface. When actually all those things are simply part of your brand assets (like your fixtures and fittings). Branding is your message, it expresses to your customers who you are, what you stand for and how your talk to them. A bit like your DNA. It’s what makes you special and different, whether your brand is a product or a service.
We certainly don’t invent this for you! But what we do do is create something that is unique to your brand that brings to life everything it stands for.