Article | April 27, 2020
As we navigate our way through Covid-19 and the impact it has on marketing efforts, it’s time to step into a new normal by taking an approach that isn’t as new as you might think. The old saying “When one door closes, another one opens” comes to mind as we try to adapt to these unprecedented times. So, what happens when studio production closes and we’re unable to do business as usual? Well, as the saying goes – another door opens. We shift our focus towards a different path, one that includes adapting existing assets, animation, graphic design, and user generated content.
Article | August 26, 2020
The last 6 months have been a whirlwind and keeping up with customer expectations is almost impossible, let alone getting campaigns together in a timely manner. (You’re not alone, it’s been a tough slog.)
Consequently, most of the marketing community - not unlike the rest of the world - are exhausted and anxious to get their strategy back on track.
Here’s where we come in… Reuters Events: Strategic Marketing USA (Nov 5-6, Online & On-Demand) brings together 5000+ CMOs and marketers to set benchmarks, showcase innovation, and map the future of marketing – a future where brands are purpose-driven, campaigns are intelligently data-backed, and innovation drives growth.
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Strategic Marketing USA (Nov 5-6, Online & On-Demand) is another edition to Reuters Events strategic series of board level meetings. Rather than discussing the how to’s of marketing, this is the meeting place of the world’s most influential CMOs where news will break, benchmarks will be set, and marketing leaders attending will pioneer the way forward. With a huge focus on interactivity, this meeting is set to be a 2020 must-attend.
Four essential themes for 2020:
• CMO Strategy & Trends: CMOs share their plans for keeping brand relevancy in an ever-changing world, honing brand purpose, reinventing a legacy, and creating a culture of innovation.
• Customer Insights & Understanding New Consumer Behavior: Customer needs, wants and expectations have changed. It’s time to fully understand your customer and their journey to unlock data-driven personalized experiences.
• Agile Content & Creative: Cut through the noise with impactful interactions that inspire and create a lasting connection. Use this shared global experience to connect on an emotional level, telling stories that are hyper relevant, but grounded in brand.
• Digital, Social & Influencers: As we follow social-distancing guidelines, the channel of choice for many is social and influencers are at their most impactful. Video, influencers and the formula for social success.
Check out the detailed Strategic Marketing USA agenda here!
“Thinking it terms of functional boundaries – where marketing produces “traffic” and product drives “conversion” and customer service “saves” the experience, is very much outdated. The role of the CMO, or a chief growth officer, is to do everything it takes to drive the growth of the business – be it through advertising, PR, product, or customer service. We need to stop being functional specialists, often speaking about the brand most of the time, and become true business leaders, who are able to use a wide toolbox of functional expertise to grow the business.” - Alex Weinstein, Senior Vice President, Growth, Grubhub
CMOs and marketing leaders shaping the future of marketing weigh in as speakers, including:
Penny Baldwin, CMO, Qualcomm
Ira Rubenstein, CMO, PBS
Evan Jones, CMO, Fender
Leela Srinivasan, CMO, SurveyMonkey
Kevin Peck, SVP, Global Branding, AT&T
Andrew Strickman, Chief Creative Officer, com
Doug, Jensen, SVP, Estée Lauder
Alex Weinstein, SVP Growth, Grubhub
Connie Chan Wang, Director, Global Brand Marketing, LinkedIn
Erica Chan, Head of Brand and Marketing, com
View the full speaker line-up for Strategic Marketing USA!
“Brilliant brands, brilliant missions, and brilliant minds all in one place to share, listen, and learn from – it’s a collaborative, crowdsourced economy” – Alison Herzog, Director, Global Social Business & Digital Strategy, Dell
Reuters Events: Strategic Marketing USA will be live November 9-10th and available on-demand for a limited time after. Primarily made up of CMO case studies and panel discussions, the agenda will feature discussion streams and Q&A from the audience consistently throughout the two days. Additional workshops and roundtables will also be run sporadically throughout and following the summit. Attended by 5000+ marketing leaders, this is the must-attend meeting of 2020.
Registration is free for a limited time only, so check out the website here!
Article | March 13, 2021
Marketing is all about experimenting to see what works and what doesn’t. This can be frustrating for someone (ahem, me) who wants quick results. Unfortunately, you don’t know until you try.
Like a good marketer, I’ve different marketing campaigns and tactics over the years. Five completely failed: Doing live video (trolls suck), answering queries on HARO (zero results), offering free audits (note to self: people run from the word “audit”), advertising on LinkedIn (no need if you’re active on the platform) and using a social media dashboard (total time-suck).
Could those tactics work for you? Sure. But they didn’t work for me.
Marketing campaigns that have been successful
Marketing is a short-term expense and a long-term investment. You’ll know if a marketing campaign is working if you see a steady increase in results over six months. If you get to the six-month mark with nothing to show for your efforts, it’s OK to pull the plug and try something new.
On the other hand, something could work great for months or years – and then fall off a cliff (looking at you, Twitter chats). It’s so disappointing when that happens, but it happens – to all of us.
Around five years ago, my friend Nicole Krug floated the idea of creating videos together. We worked together all the time, got along famously and were (are) comfortable in front of the camera. “Why not?” I thought. “This could be fun.”
It still is, which you can clearly see when you watch any of our videos.
Five Business Rules is still a rather small YouTube channel, but man, the people who watch the videos LOVE them. And yes, it has brought us clients. (This proves that you don’t need to have a huge audience on social media. You only need to have an engaged audience.)
Actively using LinkedIn
My marketing agency is B2B, which makes LinkedIn the best social media channel for me. It’s where my current and potential clients hang out and, importantly, want to learn more about business-related topics.
Are they on Facebook and Instagram, too? Probably. But they don’t want to hear my thoughts on, say, how to measure your blog’s success when they’d rather watch a video of their cousin’s new baby or gape at over-styled charcuterie boards.
The key to LinkedIn marketing success is being social. At least once a week, I scroll through my feed. I react to or comment on what people are posting. I usually read other comments, and I might respond to what someone else posted.
If I really like what I read, I share it with my network.
When someone comments on my latest article or post, I thank them. I get a fair number of direct messages, and I always respond – even if the opportunity is not right for me. It’s just the polite thing to do, and it only takes five seconds.
I also use LinkedIn to grow my network. Whenever I reach out to someone, I include a note reminding them how we met or explaining why I’d like to connect.
And yes, it’s a great lead generation tool for me.
Sending a monthly email newsletter
A relevant, interesting and short email newsletter remains one of the best ways to stay in front of your audience. Even if someone doesn’t have time to read it this month, they’ll see your email and be reminded that you exist.
Since I’ve been emailing a newsletter for years, I have the process down. At the beginning of every month, I put together a newsletter that includes four things:
Two recent blog posts (title and short introduction only)
A recent Five Business Rules video (see above)
A funny meme (it usually involves wine)
The blog posts and video include links so if you’re interested, you can read the full post or watch the video.
My open and click rates average 30% and 4.3%, respectively, which is head and shoulders above the industry average (13.3% for opens and 1.7% for clicks). I attribute this success to three factors:
1. A/B testing subject lines
2. Writing eye-catching subject lines (last month, it was “Yes, alcohol can make you a better writer”)
3. Consistently delivering interesting, and oftentimes, entertaining content
Creating downloadable content
One of the best ways to generate leads is with a free giveaway. Your target market gives you their name and email in exchange for something valuable. For me, that’s in the form of downloadable guides: two ebooks, one checklist and two one-pagers of tips.
When someone opts-in to receive one of these free resources, an automated email campaign is triggered. The emails are short and customized and each one offers something new of value. Once they complete the campaign, we add them to our main newsletter list.
I don’t believe I’ve gotten a client directly from one of these resources, but they have definitely helped me grow my email list. Marketing is a long-term game, and I’m good with that.
Your turn: What marketing campaigns have been most successful for your business?
Article | June 11, 2021
What is OTT (over-the-top) marketing, and how is it molding the world? Why are marketers over-enthusiastic about executing it? Find out the ultimate guidance regarding OTT marketing.
There are several ways to receive a prodigious response for your business. Those are creative, technical, or economic methods that help grow your audience, find new leads, and so on. In the time of the pandemic, people cannot partake in outdoor activities the way they used to do. They are forced to be inside, and their medium of education, entertainment, or being aware is entirely different. One of the fastest-growing sectors is OTT which plays a significant role in making people's life entertaining and enthusiastic. It decreases the strain and gives them relaxation from their hectic life. Its market is currently valued at more than USD 101.42 billion, reaching approximately USD 223.7 billion by 2026.
Let’s have a look at OTT, OTT marketing in 2021, and the complete information about it, which makes it substantial.
OTT is a medium of providing television and film content over the internet. Nowadays, nearly everybody is streaming TV through OTT. There are various popular video streaming platforms like; Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney plus, Hotstar, etc. The video, music, podcast, and audio quality has been revamped remarkably by the OTT adoption.
What is OTT Marketing?
OTT advertising is the conveyance of promotions through online video streaming. This incorporates associated TV publicizing (or CTV promoting), which runs video advertisement interferences, banner ads, sponsored content, and more.
Here are some survey reports that state how OTT marketing is booming.
A report by Conviva, a streaming media research firm, informs that video streaming grew by 20% in March across the globe, which included a high 26% increase in the U.S.
In the OTT Video segment, the number of users is expected to amount to 300 million users by 2025.
The average revenue per user (ARPU) in the OTT video segment is projected to amount to US$275.49 in 2021.
User penetration will be 83.7% in 2021 and is expected to hit 88.1% by 2025.
The largest segment is OTT video advertising, with a market volume of US$40,641 million in 2021.
How OTT Marketing is Different From Traditional T.V Marketing
TV advertising has been everywhere for a long time. It has been a prevalent medium for marketers to allocate their advertisement financial plan. Nonetheless, it has been changing drastically for as far back as a couple of years with a huge shift from traditional cable TVs to over-the-top (OTT) devices like smart TVs, phones, tablets, and many streaming sticks (Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, AppleTV).Those are Internet-connected and can download videos from content delivery networks (CDN) and ads from online ad servers. The rise of online video utilization makes a massive inventory for video advertising.
However, focusing on alternatives was still exceptionally restricted and fundamental. Focusing at the individual level was unheard of. Many, if not all, viewers frequently watched similar advertisements on TV, paying little attention to their inclinations or interests. The viewers should turn on their TVs to a specified channel at a specific time to watch content and accompanying commercials. The advertisers could pick the station, program, and time based on ratings and audience data provided by a few significant research firms. This choice interaction had a few connections to the target audience hence;, it was not exact or quantifiable. There were a ton of evaluations, projections, and expectations for return on investment (ROI). The objective was essential to arrive at the majority, fundamentally whoever had their TV on. The location and engagement activities of viewers were not known or reported. These limits gave advanced OTT advertising numerous benefits.
Marketing Funnel for OTT Streaming Services
To be successful in OTT marketing strategy, it is essential to comprehend the buyer’s journey and to understand this; we need to focus on OTT marketing funnel that assists in visualizing where the buyer is from, how he became your user, and when he showed his experience into your brand. The funnel is divided into three parts:
TOFU (Top of the funnel)
MOFU (Middle of the funnel)
BOFU (Bottom of the funnel)
TOFU (Top of the funnel)-This is the first step where the user gets aware of your brand or services. You will find many leads, but it doesn’t mean that they will certainly buy from you. They are at the first stage, where they are figuring out their problems by doing research. Therefore, don’t come with too much information to resolve their issues. They will become annoyed therefore; you have to provide specific & concrete information to your leads.
MOFU (Middle of the funnel)-Once a lead passes, its first step enters the second step of funnel called middle of the funnel, where your leads express their interest towards your brand or services and consider using your product.
BOFU (Bottom of the funnel)-Finally, your leads entered the third step of the marketing funnel, where they decide to be your customer. In this stage, the content you are providing should be persuasive and readily available.
OTT Marketing Platforms
There are various dominant OTT streaming providers growing unstoppably. Netflix, Xumo, Starz, Sling, HBO, ESPN, Hulu, Showtime, Amazon Prime, Fubo, etc. are some of them.
Why Is OTT Marketing Booming?
Marketers are enthusiastic about OTT advertising because advertisement directly reaches viewers through streaming devices and services. They experience these ads on their devices like; connected TV, Smart TV, Laptop, etc.
OTT focuses on niche audiences, and when marketers run ads on OTT platforms, it automatically gives you those target audiences. So. marketers don’t need to cater broad audience unlike, traditional T.V broadcasting. Instead, ads are shown to your specific audience interested in your brand; therefore, it minimizes your ad spend.
OTT Marketing Strategy
2021 has changed the way of marketing entirely, especially when you are looking for a specific audience. Modernizing your advertising has become the imperative footstep to woo your audience.
Here are some meaningful steps that have been mentioned which can make your business profitable.
Search engine optimization is the effective medium to be seen. With the help of SEO, you can be seen high when your viewers search for videos. Therefore, SEO Implementation is indispensable in this competitive advertising world.
Millions of people are using social media such as; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Create your brand-specific pages and profiles and maintain daily posts to encourage your audience towards your services. In addition, you can approach your audience in a very innovative way by making polls & quizzes, interesting image-based posts, etc.
There is a considerable demand for memers across social media platforms. So, you can hire some famous memers to create engaging memes regarding one of your best video content.
Offers & promotions are always welcomed. It attracts audiences and raises their interest in your services. So approach them with attention-grabbing offers.
Display advertising is one of the best practices to persuade your target audience. In-display advertising, you should create some attractive, colorful graphical screen on the internet through logos, animations, videos, photographs, etc.
Users always try to find the website or landing page regarding your brand. If you are holding a website, you can easily convenience your niche audience to visit your uploaded content.
Push notifications have a 71% opt-in rate, an incredible opportunity to be adopted.
Email marketing is the result-oriented medium where your reach millions of people by saving your time.
Monitoring your analytics can give you the expected results. Numerous OTT platforms provide analytics. It helps to know about the ROI (return on investment) of your business.
OTT marketing is booming. It is now unstoppable. A study by Roku found viewers of streaming TV in the U.S. could exceed traditional pay-TV viewership in the next five years. The research predicts that 60 million families will watch content on their TV exclusively via streaming services by 2025, which would likely trump traditional TV viewership by then. It aids in providing personalized content for your niche audience. Most marketers are experiencing great ROI while investing in OTT.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is over-the-top marketing?
Over-the-top advertising is advertising delivered directly to viewers over the internet through streaming video services.
Q. How to do marketing on the OTT platform?
Implementing memers marketing, push notification, SEO, affiliate marketing, and tracking analytics are the best sources to do advertising on OTT platforms.
Q. What are the benefits of over the top?
It quickly provides your audience with an unparalleled experience that enhances your lead generation and gives desirable results.
Q. What are the OTT marketing examples?
Display marketing, affiliate marketing, and social media marketing, are the best example of OTT marketing.
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