Where It All Began
‘Inbound marketing’, a term coined by HubSpot CEO Brian Halligan, has had a profound impact on marketers’ view of digital marketing, quickly becoming the dominant methodology for attracting new customers and propagating the growth of brands online.
Social media and online video are two of the biggest trends to have emerged in consumer internet in the last decade. Facebook now boasts 1 billion users; a single video of South Korean singer Psy (‘Gangam Style’) now boasts nearly 532 million views, making it the single most watched clip in internet history.
Digital marketing has undergone a quiet revolution of sorts in the past few years. From the earlier focus on PPC, search engine manipulation and display advertising, marketers have now shifted their attention to engaging with prospects via social media channels and providing genuine value through inbound / content marketing. This shift has been helped by the availability of tools that have allowed marketers to identify, analyze, understand and target customers better.
Something odd is going on at ClearCast, the body that clears ads for broadcast in the UK.
After running their new ‘Set The Bubbles Free’ campaign in the US, Sweden and Australia, ClearCast decided hours before the launch of the campaign in the UK, that the seemingly innocuous ad was in fact “denigrating” to the soft drinks market and pulled it from airing on ITV.
There can be no doubt that if we were to list movie/brand partnerships, the James Bond franchise would be one of the most successful. Beautiful women, exotic locations and suave sophistication are not the only things that spring to mind when we think about Her Majesty’s most dedicated spy.
It’s interesting that the well-established and proven marketing tools of old (most of them derived from the consumerism of 1950’s America); the theories and channels that were “the standard” just a few years ago, are so irrelevant in todays marketing landscape. So why do so many marketeers and ad execs seem so unable to move forward and embrace the new marketing rules?
In their new ‘Seriously Social’ report into the effectiveness of brands’ use of social media, marketing information service Warc claims that marketers need to apply the same seriousness to planning, budgeting and measuring campaigns with a social media element as they do to more traditional campaigns.
As marketers we sometimes get caught up in the latest social media platform, new digital campaign or exciting video production. But it’s important to always be certain that the great work we’re producing and the channels we use are appropriate for the audience we’re trying to reach.
It’s funny to think that less than 12 years ago Google launched its pioneering advertising platform AdWords, with just 350 customers. In less than 12 years the search giant has gone from strength to strength and in 2012 Google generated revenues of $50.18 billion, up from $37.91 billion in 2011.