How Voice Search Will Impact Digital Marketing in 2019

| August 21, 2018

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With such a rapid increase in use, analysts predict that voice search will have a massive effect on digital marketing before 2020 even hits. That’s why businesses need to research now, and not later, how voice search will impact their digital marketing in 2019.

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6 Effective Ways to Stay Ahead of Your Competition Using Social AI

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MarketsandMarkets forecasts that by 2023, AI in the social media market will be worth $2,197.1 million. Why is this? Because the adoption of AI technology in the social media sector has increased. A growing number of marketers are using it to scale up their social media efforts. With so many businesses using social media today, it’s hard to stand out. It has also become tougher to connect with social media audiences. Social media marketing activities are also no longer restricted to just posting content and responding to comments and messages. Brands also need to keep up with customer service, marketing, ecommerce, and so many other things on social media.

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How to transition an influencer into a brand ambassador in 2021

Article | December 24, 2020

The effects of this year have seen the influencer marketing industry ramp up, and by a significant amount, too. Our Instagram feeds are filled with more ADs than before and the battle is on for brands to secure long-lasting, authentic collaborations with their favourite influencers. But how can brands transition influencers into ambassadors for 2021? Amelia Neate, Senior Manager at agency Influencer Matchmaker, explains how brands should be looking to consider ambassadors as part of their influencer marketing strategy for the new year. The rise of influencer marketing Fast approaching a market size of $10 billion, the influencer marketing industry has seen an estimated growth of at least 50% each year since 2016. And over the last year alone, the industry has increased by approximately $3 billion. The coronavirus pandemic has simply sped up changes that were already underway and has allowed creators and agencies within the industry to understand the need to adapt to consumer needs. And if this year has taught us anything, it’s that trust, and authenticity are pivotal. So, with that being said, we believe that brands should be looking to transition influencers into ambassadors in order to promote collaborative, long-term partnerships. One-off campaigns vs long-term partnerships This is not a case of one being better than the other. They both offer incredible benefits to brands, however here at Influencer Matchmaker, we wanted to inform brands how they can turn the influencers they work with into ambassadors and long-term partners. Influencers are a great way for brands to reach a brand-new audience, providing them with the ability to target potential consumers. With large and loyal followings, influencers are able to promote a brand, along with their products and services, creating rather impactful results, however many influencer relationships are short-term. And whilst this is incredibly effective, some brands may prefer to work with influencers as part of an ambassadorship and work on a number of campaigns with them over a longer period of time. Influencers, as part of both short-term and long-term campaigns, will create and share content about the brand and its products. However, brand ambassadors will actively and regularly use the products and will share the same values as both the brand and their target audience. This, in turn, creates an authentic and honest relationship between the ambassador and their following. Consider an ambassador a cheerleader for your brand. They become a representative and maintain an ongoing relationship, earning the trust and loyalty of their followers. Often, when brands form a partnership with an ambassador, they can post a variety of content, as opposed to one-off posts or stand-alone images. They are able to get involved in press events, offer discount codes and so much more. Long-term collaborations and ambassadorships usually take part over the course of three months or longer. How to transition an influencer into an ambassador Brands should look for influencers who are already fans of their brand and products, and actively uses them. This may seem odd - why pay somebody to promote your brand when they already talk about it to their audience? If an influencer already uses your product or has previously discussed your brand, then they already have an audience that is interested and engaged, meaning they are likely to receive any long-term campaigns and collaborations extremely well. This also increases the level of trust between the brand, the influencer and the target audience. The audience will recognise the authenticity of the collaboration, resulting in a greater return on investment (ROI) for the brand. As well as this, more recently, brands have been collaborating with ambassadors in a different way and one that is proving to be extremely effective. Ambassadors have been creating their very own collections with brands, as well as selecting their own edits. This has allowed brands to collaborate with ambassadors in a much more personal manner, creating an even deeper connection with their audience and potential consumers. Popular influencers have been collaborating with well-known retailors to do exactly that. Victoria Magrath, founder of InTheFrow, recently teamed up with luxury jewellery brand Edge of Ember to create her very own collection. And fellow luxury fashion influencer Lydia Millen has also partnered with Karen Millen. Similarly, Emma Willis and Marvin Humes have formed a long-term partnership with well-known high-street brand, Next. They both create seasonal fashion edits and collections, which are incredibly well-received by their audiences. In The Style is an online retailer which is recognised for its long-term collaborations with a number of successful social media influencers. Getting the likes of Jacqueline Jossa, Olivia Bowen and Billie Shepherd on board to create their very own clothing ranges has made the brand one of the most successful online fashion stores. Transitioning an influencer into an ambassador is a sure-fire way to create successful campaigns. And now more than ever, consumers are seeking creative and authentic partnerships, and what better way to do that than with a brand ambassador?

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Article | March 8, 2020

"Marketing ROI is far from an exact science," says Ashley Schuetz, vice president of marketing at Massage Heights. "It needs to be looked at holistically because it is so challenging to attribute one specific marketing vehicle to an overall conversion." Franchise brands must know their core customer and the value of that customer to decide on marketing and measurement tactics and strategies - and then be ready to adjust and measure again and again. The right data can help brands select key performance indicators (KPIs) that correlate with the company's strategic goals. These can include increasing sales or conversions, raising brand awareness, or boosting website traffic, for example. Once that is decided, the next task is to craft strategies to target the right customer with the right message at the right time - and find ways to measure and analyze the results.

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The Agile Path to Engagement: Solving the Personalization Challenge with AI

Article | August 12, 2020

The depth of customer engagement depends, in large part, on how personalized the shopping experience is. If a customer feels like a brand knows them as an individual among thousands of other customers, they will purchase more from that brand, more often, and remain loyal. The path to 1:1 marketing is paved with personalization, and while there are many personalization tools out on the market, it’s hard to understand which one(s) to pick. This can become particularly challenging when distracted by a shiny UI — though usability is, of course, vitally important to the marketing teams who desperately need personalization tools.

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