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Jurassic World is the dinosaur movie that has made record takings at the box office thanks in part to its massive social media efforts

Social Media Helped Jurassic World To Roar

Social Media’s Role in Jurassic World Success

Making $524 million from its first weekend, Jurassic world is the monster film blockbuster that can attribute some of the success to social media marketing. With 353,000 Facebook fans added in one week and 1.7 million tweets (654,000 retweets), there is nothing small about the social media noise Jurassic World has created. Here are 10 ways social media marketing has helped to make Jurassic World a stomping success.

10 Ways Jurassic World used social media to create awareness

1. Jurassic World Twitter has engaging content

The official twitter account for Jurassic World is active, engaging and has links to other Twitter accounts offering fun facts about dinosaurs. There is no shortage of retweets, linked videos and dinosaur trivia to get fans excited about the movie release. Up and until the actual release date #jurassicworld hashtag has been trending encouraging conversations about the film.

2.Jurassic World Official website is linked to social media

Jurassic World’s own website has interactive games, movie trailers, cinema listing and enough information to keep any curious visitor engaged. The website links to all the major social media accounts for Jurassic World on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

3. Jurassic Park’s Trailer on YouTube is a smash

The official trailer for Jurassic World has been viewed 5.8 million times in one week alone; overall the trailer generated 66 million views. This is the trailer here:

4. Universal Pictures YouTube page has relevant, exclusive content

Universal Pictures YouTube account has uploaded engaging behind the scenes footage and other adverts/content related to Jurassic World. They encourage viewers to share with friends on social media websites.

5. Jurassic World Facebook accounts are awesome

Jurassic World has related Facebook pages that display unique content different from its Twitter, Instagram and Google+ accounts. Visitors feel like they know a different side to the franchise. The Unofficial Facebook page is particularly engaging.

Jurassic World has leveraged social media such as Facebook to engage with leads

6. Jurassic World Game app is promoted on social media

There are literally social media pages for every Jurassic World product. The game app Jurassic World has its own Facebook fan page.

7. Jurassic World Google+ features more content, videos and competitions

Jurassic World has created an engaging Google+ page that mentions competitions and shares featurettes that would satisfy film fan’s cravings.

8. There is a Tumblr page dedicated to the Jurassic Park franchise

Jurassic Park Films is a Tumbr account that features amusing gifs from all the Jurassic Park related films. Social media platform Tumblr is ideal for the younger audience demographic and it is great for visual rich content.

9. Jurassic World Instagram account has exclusive photos

The best way to satisfy Jurassic World fans is by posting exclusive photos of the film’s cast and dinosaur stars. The Instagram account for Jurassic World has 104,000 followers and counting.

10. Competitions, Lego and romantic breaks

Jurassic World has really leveraged social media by holding competitions (National Geographic has a Jurassic World competition as well), creating a mock romantic resort booking page and having an official LEGO Jurassic world Instagram page. The sharing, retweets, linking, impressions and reach gets bigger by the day.

Fashion bloggers are influential to the purchasing habits of consumers

The Branding Power of Fashion Bloggers

Influential Fashion Bloggers

What do fashion bloggers Chiara Ferragni, Nicole Warne, Aimee Song, Leandra Medine, Garance Dore and Emily Weiss have in common? All are known names in the fashion sphere and all wield enough branding power to influence many millions of consumers.

Just recently, SocialBro found that the most influential fashion bloggers had more sway on consumer purchasing decisions than some celebrities and internationally recognised fashion brands such as Vogue. With millions of followers on Twitter and visual rich social media platforms such as Instagram, fashion bloggers do influence the way women and men shop. In an era where peer to peer recommendations and social media engagement matters, fashions blogs reach wider audiences than some advertisements can.

Fashion bloggers can help brands generate revenue

Fashion bloggers with millions of followers have the power to drive traffic and conversions when fashion brand links are placed on their blogging sites. Brands such as Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, H&M, Piaget, Dior, Gucci and Dior have already collaborated with fashion bloggers to tap into this huge potential. Fashion bloggers are a business unto themselves; the most influential blogger of 2015 is set to make $9 million.

Fashion bloggers such as Medine can add to a fashion brands appeal and revenue

It is estimated that a collaboration of River Island with Man Repeller could expand River Island’s audience by 223%. Brands like H&M and Topshop have already seen their cross over audience increase by 26% and 25% respectively. If there is anything fashion brands can conclude by looking at the success of fashion bloggers is that a partnership can generate revenue. It is thought that Armani, the high end Italian fashion house could expand their online audience by 25% if they collaborated with fashion bloggers.

Clamouring to colloborate with fashion bloggers could be the savvy move fashion brands are looking for to connect with millenials or anyone on social media. Fashion is a particularly competitive industry where perception can make or break the brand. Customers are much more discerning than before, choosing to believe peers and influential social media personalities than ad campaigns on magazines. According to statistics, 84% of customers would choose word of mouth and peer recommendations over advertising, something that brands can no longer ignore.

 

New video viewability statistics published by Google May 2015

Video Viewability Statistics By Google

Video Viewability Guidelines

According to Google’s latest findings, 54% of promotional video clips has viewability on phones, desktops and tablets. YouTube had 91% viewability and it was found that the larger the video format, the higher the viewability. To determine what content is viewable, Google has published a guide.

Video viewability statistics reflect responses on different screen formats

According to Google’s findings:

  • Audibility was an factor in influencing customers. People who heard a YouTube ad recalled that brand 33.1% more frequently than people who did not hear anything.
  • The main reasons for video ads not being seen is due to being played in the background on a hidden tab (76% of cases) and because the user skipped them in under 2 seconds (26% of cases).
  • Size matters for viewability. The most viewed ads were also the ones played on larger video screens (88%). To generate views, a video has to take up 50% of the screen.
  • Only 19% of video ads use the largest 848 X 477 video format.
  • Videos had more viewability on mobile devices than on desktop; 83% of videos were viewable on smartphones.
  • Page position mattered for video viewability: the most viewed position was just above the fold of the page
  • The most viewable ad sizes were vertical units
  • However, being positioned above the page fold did not mean being viewable: 68% of ads above the fold was viewable
  • Contents that held the viewer’s attention were the most viewable across all industries.
Facebook Instant Articles will deliver timely news straight to users timeline

Facebook Instant Articles

Facebook Instant Articles To Retain Readers

Facebook Instant Articles is a new feature that will make reading the news even faster and easier, without leaving your Facebook profile. Currently, the only way to read news online is through news organisation websites; Facebook Instant Articles is poised to change the habits of millions of people.

Publisher of news article that appear on Facebook timeline now has the option of monetising through Facebook’s ad programme or by selling native ads. Since Facebook provides a lot of traffic to news organisation websites, it seems like a natural progression for publishes to post their stories directly on Facebook.

From 13th May, the Facebook Instant Articles will be launching on the Facebook iPhone app; users can read news stories from The New York Times, National Geographic, BBC, NBC and The Atlantic amongst other publishes who have signed up to the revenue sharing scheme. In time, other publishers are likely to join in as well.

News sources will, “deliver fast, interactive articles while maintaining control of their content and business models.” Chris Cox, Facebook chief product officer.

Publishers can feature their own ads using Facebook’s audience network and with the help of analytics tools. To make their content stand out, publishers can also use embedded videos and animated gifs on Facebook. This allows for a more engaging experience where the fast loading time and content optimised for readers will rival news organisation sites. In addition to a wider reach, Facebook Instant Articles allow readers to engage more with the journalists and publishers using social media.

Facebook Instant Articles provides speed and audience data

One of the reasons BuzzFeed decided to take part in Facebook Instant Articles is the instantaneous video uploading feature. Fast upload times and auto-play are essential to a good user experience and the data gleaned from Facebook is valuable for BuzzFeed to create better content.

Vertical videos are preferred by mobile users

Shoot Vertical Videos For Apps

Vertical Videos Format Is On The Rise

Years ago, shooting your videos vertically was an amateur mistake that no one wanted to make. Watching vertical videos on a normal laptop screen format was a nightmare because of the black bars around it. However, things are changing fast in the digital space and horizontal video format are no longer de rigeur amongst tech savvy people.

The mass adoption of apps such as Snapchat, Periscope and Meerkat have changed our thoughts about conventional video marketing. Videos shot in a horizontal format looked bad on these new apps and where new apps lead, video formats must follow. Some will argue that due to the ephemeral nature of live streaming, the vertical video formats naturally compromise on quality. If you are looking to shoot a video masterpiece, therefore, a horizontal format is still preferred.

When it comes to adapting to the needs of millenials, digital marketing statistics for videos don’t lie. Snapchat reported in April 2015 that vertical ads were viewed nine times more frequently than horizontal ones. People using Snapchat watched videos with their mobile the right way up, the way it should be. The challenge for digital marketers will be to change the way they’ve been producing video content for the last 10 years. Despite the disruption in video marketing, changing the video format is inevitable as more smartphones are being used by consumers as their primary internet browsing device.

The popularity of video mobile advertising

Popular apps that stream vertically are also the ones used to reach millennials. Adding vertical video marketing is a smart move that will pay off in terms of engagement with millenials. In addition to short lived visuals, Snapchat also offers a network of media channels such as Comedy Central, Cosmopolitan and ESPN.

Vertical videos format for a new medium

Snapchat is a relatively new platform and many marketers are apprehensive about changes to a vertical format. In comparison to vertical video apps, other horizontal video sites have wider distribution. This may change in the future but the new medium is still at the early stages of implementation.

The Apple Watch will change the way digital marketers think

The Impact Of Apple Watch On Digital Marketers

Wearable Technology And Digital Marketers

The Apple Watch is finally here after years of anticipation. Aesthetically pleasing and intuitive to use, this piece of wearable technology certainly has the wow factor. The price point may not be for everyone, but the idea of wearable technology is. The Apple Watch is a sign of things to come and as technology becomes more integrated in our lives, we can expect to rely more on it.

The Apple Watch was designed to be worn at all times, and this is a shift towards ubiquitous wearable technology. The smartwatch is capable of doing much more than telling the time; users can engage with their Apple Watch, consume content and even use it to store personal information. The relationship that people will have with wearable technology is much more personal. The screen is much smaller too, which will change the way that people consume information.

Instead of ignoring the smartwatch format, digital marketers must adapt to emerging technology. Digital marketing methods are informed largely by advances in technology and consumer behaviour so it would be unwise not to go where the consumers are.

Digital marketers must adapt to consumer behaviors towards technology

The biggest difference in appearance between the smartwatch format and a laptop/tablet/mobile device is the size of the screen. The Apple Watch is tiny-only 1.5 inch to 1.7 inches-in comparison to a generous 4.7 inch screen on the Apple iPhone 6, and an Apple iPad 2 tablet’s 9.7 inch screen. If you thought digital marketing on a mobile phone device was fiddly, wait till you are confronted with an even smaller screen size!

Well, what does this all mean for digital marketers in the future when personal wearable technology gets smaller and sleeker in size? Here are some possible changes that digital marketers will have to make to their marketing strategy:

1. Social media marketing will fit on smaller screens

The future of social media is big, but the screen on which people consume social media will be getting smaller.  Instead of having to look on an unwieldy mobile device, social media users can now engage and tweet/post/share from their wrist. Social media content must get snap happy, shorter and straight to the point if marketers want more engagement. Bite sized information will become the norm for small smart watch screens.

2. Geofencing technology will change marketing for retail businesses

Apple app developers are moving towards technology that uses geofencing to alert wearers of Apple Watch when they pass by a specific location. The implication of this is huge for digital marketers. The way that retailers and businesses reach out to customers will change completely: they can communicate in real time about deals, special promotions, sales and other new stock in store. Geofencing can be set up in retail stores and other local businesses to ensure that they get the smartwatch wearer’s attention when they walk past.

3. Marketing smart watch apps will be a different ball game

Apps for smart watches will have to take into account different functionalities (e.g heart sensors) and screen sizes. Apps for smart watches also need to convey information without needing keypad input and long form content. At the moment, owners of an Apple Watch must have an Apple iPhone so this allows for complementary apps for the smaller smart watch screen. In the future, digital marketers may have to find ways to market stand alone apps made just for the smart watch format.

4. Digital marketers must find tactile ways to get attention

The taptic engine used in Apple Watch allows alerts to be felt by wearers. At the moment, digital marketing relies on visual, textual and audio content. The future of digital marketing may involve more tactile ways to convey information.

virtual reality technology is transforming the way retailers can market to consumers

Virtual Reality Technology in Retail

Virtual Reality Technology Changes The Shopping Experience

Virtual reality (VR) technology has had great press coverage thanks to Facebook’s $2bn acquisition of Oculus VR company in 2014. Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement of this acquisition on Facebook explained why he believed so strongly in VR technology for the future: 
you enter a completely immersive computer-generated environment, like a game or a movie scene or a place far away. The incredible thing about the technology is that you feel like you’re actually present in another place with other people. People who try it say it’s different from anything they’ve ever experienced in their lives.
And,
This is really a new communication platform. By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures.
Many people have heard of virtual reality technology but have not experienced the immersive environment that Zuckerberg talks about. That is, until now.
An industry that thrives on great customer experience and shared feedback/reviews, retail is a hot target for virtual reality. This was tested at London’s Westfield this March and April when shoppers were invited to put on an Oculus Rift virtual headset and see themselves as avatars on an interactive screen. Westfield partnered with Inition to create this experience for shoppers and many were able to create styleboards and browse the latest fashion styles in 3D. 

Virtual reality technology coming to a high street near you

Virtual reality is here to stay and retail stores are adapting to this new technology. Stores such as Debenhams and TopShop have already ventured into digital realms. Topshop in Oxford Street staged a Topshop virtual reality catwalk show at their store in 2014 and Debenhams allowed shoppers at select stores to change their outfits on an app as far back as 2011! The purpose of the virtual reality catwalk show was to engage potential consumers in a way that videos can never achieve. Upmarket fashion has an exclusive audience at their catwalk shows but the emergence of virtual reality technology may make this more accessible to everyone without the fashion connections. From a sales point of view, virtual reality is effective in making customers remember the brands and has potential for better lead nurturing.

7 for all Mankind embraces virtual reality technology

For their Spring 2015 campaign, 7 For All Mankind will be sending DoDoCase cardboard VR viewers to customers in order to view their ‘Visions of California’ on Android devices. The stunning VR campaign (produced by VR company Jaunt) will feature palm trees, sounds of the sea of visions of beautiful models in 7 For All Mankind Apparel. Traditional forms of fashion campaigns would feature 2D models with a static pose. The VR fashion campaign allows fashion designers to showcase their new collection in a more memorable and impactful way. Viewers can connect better with the model and buy into the story of the product.

 
Marketing Lessons we can learn from the HBO series Game of Thrones

Marketing Lessons From The Game of Thrones

Game Of Marketing

The Fifth Season of Game of Thrones is airing in the US and UK this April 2015 and millions of viewers will tune in for this popular HBO TV Series. The Season 4 Finale alone attracted more than 7 million viewers, and this coincided with effective digital marketing efforts that grew from Season 3. What is the secret of Game of Throne’s online digital marketing, and what marketing lessons can we learn from this mighty TV Show?

Marketing Lessons from a Premium Satellite Television Network

1. Let your viewers become your marketers

Whether it is letting viewers upload videos on Youtube, dress up for Game of Thrones Cosplay or submit fanfiction, artwork, gifs, blogs and other creative contents online, Game of Throne understands the power of their viewers as marketers. Much of the content produced by Game of Thrones viewers are shareable and able to reach even wider audiences.

2. Produce fresh and informative content for fans

Some of the Game of Thrones content generated online are purely targeted at fans and movie buffs. Interviews, behind the scenes and even exclusive videos from Game of Thrones Youtube page deliver interesting and informative that would whet fans appetite to know more. There are other websites such as Winter is Coming which serves as sources of news for upcoming seasons and any behind the scenes gossip. The effect of such fresh content is building viewer’s anticipation and also in creating content that is relevant to the entire Game of Thrones Series. Viewers love to research and read about such content and Game of Thrones marketers have nailed this.

3. Allow viewers to participate in Social Media

Game of Thrones Twitter page allows fans to interact via social media

Social media is a big part of Game of Thrones marketing from the 3rd Season onwards. Social media marketing is fantastic for reaching wider audiences and for interactions between viewers and the Game of Thrones entity. Social Media platforms such as Game of Thrones Twitter, Game of Thrones Instagram, Game of Thrones Tumblr and Game of Thrones Vine focus on viewer interactions and producing shareable content in the form of tweets, quotes, gifs, photos, and videos.

4. Focus on the end goal

Every marketing effort needs an end goal and the Game of Thrones is very successful at achieving theirs: reaching wider audiences and converting them into viewers. It is a valuable marketing lesson to always keep focused on the end goal and find ways to deliver value to existing viewers at the same time.

5. Use cross channel marketing 

Game of Thrones use cross channel marketing to reach wider audiences

The Game of Thrones marketers know how to engage viewers through different channels of marketing. The content delivered across these channels, whether it is a 2.0 site, social media or the HBO’s own Game of Thrones landing page are mostly consistent, cohesive and content centric. Game of Thrones may appear on many channels of marketing but they exploit the uniqueness of each channel and do not post the same things. For instance, Game of Thrones Instagram feature playful character dolls whereas the Youtube channel features interviews and behind the scenes snippets from the sho

Alvomedia Marketing Agency offers digital marketing solutions for long term results

Alvomedia Marketing Agency of the Future

Reliable Digital Marketing Agency

When you mention marketing, the first thing that should come to your mind is how to build a strong relationship between the brand and potential customers. The way to do this is so simple in theory but hard to execute for many marketing experts. Building a great relationship requires integrity, delivering value and offering content that is always relevant and fresh.

In this day and age of smartphones, tablets and smart watches, access to information overwhelms us with choices. The best information must cut through the noise and give potential customers what they are looking for. Have you noticed how quick readers are to dismiss information that are found even on the first pages of Google? People are becoming increasingly selective about the quality of content they read and businesses have to take note of this in their future marketing efforts.

Increase your future brand equity with Alvomedia Marketing Agency

The world of marketing is changing so quickly on a daily basis. The change is brought about by different technologies, social media platforms, consumer behaviour and other disruptive events. A successful long term marketing strategy will require the following components:

  • Flexible Marketing experts that can adapt quickly to change
  • Marketing strategies that evolve fast with emerging technology, softwares and consumer behaviours
  • Focus on nurturing the leads
  • Focus on building strong customer relationships
  • Focus on building a brand equity that withstands tests of political, economic and social change

People are often confused by the different services offered by a digital marketing agency. If you can boil everything down to one goal of any marketing agency, it is to build your brand equity.

The world of digital marketing is changing fast, and here are some predictions that you should take account of now when looking for a marketing agency and strategy.

1. Search Engines of the future will become harder to manipulate

Let me advise you on one thing. If you want to fight dirty in marketing, then forget about long term gains in leads and conversions. The major search engines are becoming smarter about unethical marketing practices and websites that try to exploit loopholes for fast results will be destroyed.

In 2015, Google is still the most powerful search engine in the world and the different algorithms it has implemented suggest that it intends to stay for a while longer. Gone are the days of keyword stuffing, black hat SEO, spammy back links and negative SEO. Google’s Penguin, Panda and Pigeon updates took care of that.

Any future marketing strategy must be ethical and work with the search engines as opposed to against it. Many unethical marketing agencies will try to manipulate search engines for fast ranking but these agencies have no longevity for the future.

2. Ingenious Inbound Marketing methods will take over

Good inbound marketing takes time but they will convert more customers in the long run. The future of marketing favours thorough and ethical methods that literally bring targeted customers to a business website. The business will become an authority of the best information. Already, businesses are starting to create information rich blogs and videos that takes content creation to the next level.

3. Targeted Lead Nurturing will replace mass untargeted marketing

Gone are the days of sending masses of email to everyone who happens to be in your subscription list. First, inbound marketing will draw customers in using great content and then businesses can nurture a lead by providing great advice and services. Again, nurturing a lead takes time and the results are significant in the long run. Nothing beats great client referrals, testimonials and customer loyalty.

4. Responsive and adaptable web designs

A website’s landing page has seconds to make an impression. It is worth investing more time and money in designing a beautiful website that is optimised for every new technology in the future. From 21st April 2015, mobile optimised websites will become a factor in the Google page ranking algorithm. Emerging technology such as the smart watch will no doubt change the format of websites again. Always remember that a user friendly website has the ability to convert visitors, so make it worth their while.

5. Ranking Metrics will change all the time

When choosing a digital marketing agency for your long term marketing, it is imperative to see how versatile and adaptable they are to change. For example, a marketing agency that only specialises in SEO is no good for your long term marketing plans because we all know that Google change their ranking metrics. Using the right <h2>, backlinks and keywords may have less say in the ranking metrics as social media or content creation in the future. A marketing agency that uses ethical methods to improve brand image should be hired.

Alvomedia Marketing Agency Offers Bespoke Long Term Marketing Solutions

If you are a business that is serious about your image in the long run, then a marketing agency that focuses on inbound marketing, high quality content creation and moving forward with the times should be your choice. Marketing is a marathon effort and the brand equity that comes a long term and ethical marketing plan is well worth it. Adapt or let your competitors win the long game.

Meerkat app is a great way to broadcast informally from twitter social media platform

Lets Talk About Meerkat App

New Meerkat App

The Meerkat app for Twitter is getting a lot of attention recently. If you have not heard about this clever live video streaming platform then you should read on!

Meerkat app links to your Twitter account and you can broadcast yourself using live streams. The concept of Meerkat is not original, like all great app ideas, it is a streamlined version of another app that didn’t take off as well. Anyone remember Yevvo?

Live streaming is brilliant because it allows you to connect with your audience in a way that words, pictures and non live video cannot. You can schedule your video stream or stream instantly with the Meerkat app, and your audience will get notifications when it is done. Simples!

Meerkat app will not be the only Twitter live streaming app

Twitter have acquired the purchasing rights to Periscope, Meerkat app’s main competitor. Periscope is in the beta version now but it will be eventually be tightly integrated with Twitter. Who knows what the future holds for the Meerkat app, but we know that live video streaming is where it is at!

Funky Facts about Meerkat App

The Meerket app gained 120,000 users in its second week of launching. The name: Meerkat means a small carnivorous mongoose from the Kalahari desert. The Meerkat app is free from iOS apps. The founding team said that they inspired by the ephemeral nature of Snapchat, a popular photo messaging app.