Has Online Video Reached Its Peak?

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You’ve no doubt heard the statistics, here and elsewhere, that video is going to dominate everywhere online, any moment now.

We’ve seen (and published) online video stats like these:

The 2016 Nielsen New Zealand Multi-Screen Report, covering trends of Kiwi video viewing, reveals that around a quarter (26%) of New Zealanders watch TV content through other devices (not a TV set) in an average week. Besides the TV set, the most popular devices for watching video content across a week are desktops/laptops (39%), smartphones (27%) and tablets (18%).

Here are some more numbers that really matter to marketers, as compiled by HubSpot:

  • Video in an email leads to a 200-300% increase in click-through rate
  • YouTube reports that mobile video consumption rises 100% every year
  • 92% of mobile video consumers share videos with others
  • After watching a video, 64% of users are more likely to buy a product online
  • Real estate listings that include a video receive 403% more enquiries than those without
  • video on a landing page can increase conversion rates by 80%
  • This year, video ad spending is expected to reach US$5.4 Billion
  • Video ads make up 30% of total US online ad spending
  • Enjoyable video ads increase purchase intent by 97% and brand association by 139%

B2B marketers aren’t immune to the online video trend

  • 50% of executives look for more information after seeing a product/service in a video
  • 65% of executives visit the marketer’s webside and 39% call a vendor after viewing a video
  • And 96% of US B2B organisations use video in some capacity in their marketing campaigns (ReelSEO survey)

Remember the old cliche that a picture is worth a thousand words? According to an estimate by Dr James McQuivey of Forrester Research, one minute of video is equal to 1.8 million words.

Now, however, Ash Read (writing in PR Daily) dares to suggest that online video may be nearing its peak:

Five out of every six marketers said they’d like to create more video content [in 2017]. Also, 30 percent of marketers seek to focus specifically on Facebook video in 2017, with 28 percent looking to add YouTube to their marketing efforts.

Right now, video stands out in the Facebook News Feed. As video rises in popularity and more brands and individuals share it, getting noticed will become harder. Eventually, brands may have to pay for video reach, as many do for sponsored posts and ads.

The takeaway: 2017 could be a great time to grab attention before the video crush hits.

It’s a fair point. Whoever thought, once upon a year, that we’d have to pay to get our pages and posts noticed on Facebook?

Yes, it seems that we’re still a long way from video over-saturation here in New Zealand — but that won’t necessarily stop us from having to PAY to get our videos seen, once the Tipping-Over Point is reached in the US.

So what can marketers do?

Well, as Ash suggests (above), 2017 could be a great time to grab attention before the video crush hits.

Not comfortable with Online Video yet?

Good news — we have a course that can help:

Online Video Marketing - Short Course

Here’s what the course covers:

Lesson One: YouTube

There’s a bit more to YouTube than cat videos. It’s still the patriarch of online video (even though Facebook is pushing hard for prominence in that space).

In Lesson One, we review:

  • YouTube by the numbers (which are staggering. For example, 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute).
  • How to use Google AdWords for Video effectively
  • Viral Videos: the good, the bad and the very very ugly
  • The new rules of video marketing
  • NZ YouTube Channels – which brands are using YouTube, and how are they doing?

Lesson Two: Facebook

At the end of 2014 Facebook hosted approximately one billion video views per day. By the close of 2015, that figure had grown to over eight billion. While there’s still some debate about what qualifies as a video view (3 sec vs. 10 sec. vs. 30 secs?), the overall trajectory of Facebook video consumption is undeniable.

Video is central to Facebook’s vision for the future of the platform. In 2014 CEO Mark Zuckerberg was quoted as saying “In five years most of Facebook will be video”.

In this lesson, we feature:

  • five key statistics which show the vital importance of video on Facebook
  • why ‘native’ Facebook video ads are so more effective than embedded ads (and how to go native successfully)
  • how to get more engagement and drive more traffic with your Facebook videos
  • why silent autoplay can see your videos either soar or flop
  • what you absolutely must do if you want your Facebook video ads to be watched
  • Best practices for Facebook video creative
  • Inspiring online video ad creative
  • 20 ways that brands can make the most out of Facebook video
  • 10 quick wins for getting started fast with Facebook Video

Lesson Three: Live Video with Facebook Live, Periscope, Meerkat, Blab, YouTube

Live video has come from nowhere to represent a major development in online marketing. In Lesson Three we examine the key providers of live video services and show you how you can determine whether live video will meet your promotional needs.

We also cover:

  •     Facebook’s new Live Video API (so that more and more devices can send live feeds to Facebook)
  •     The surprising benefits of using live video within Facebook groups
  •     what you should and shouldn’t do with live video
  •     how marketers have already been using live video (examples and inspirations)
  •     What YouTube is doing in response
  •     Should you choose landscape or portrait mode for your videos?

Lesson Four: Video Tips, Techniques & Tools

We close out the course by considering some of the tools and techniques you should use for your online video marketing.

Along the way, we explore:

  • 11 steps to creating an effective video content strategy
  • Essential tips and techniques from the YouTube Creator Playbook
  • Video marketing tips from the experts
  • 30 practical tips to help you create the best live-streamed videos
  • The surprising legal ramifications of live content streaming (what you don’t know could cost you bigtime)

TIMING

This course begins on Monday 30 January, 2017.

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INVESTMENT

This four-part online training course is available for $397 +GST. However we offer an Early Bird Discount of $100 +GST — pay just $297+GST for bookings received by Monday 23 January, 2017.

Bookings are confirmed on receipt of payment, which can be by bank deposit or credit card. We can raise an invoice in advance if you need it.

To reserve your place in this course, please pay by credit card through PayPal by clicking here:

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If you would prefer to pay by bank deposit, or require an invoice, please send an email to bookings [at[ socialmedia.org.nz with your requirements.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

You’ll receive our emailed confirmation of your booking. Then on the first day of the course we’ll follow up with details of your Login and Password, along with an Enrolment Key for your online training course.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please email us at the address above.

Outstanding Facebook Engagement: Eco Wanaka Adventures

Hats off to Eco Wanaka Adventures for their outstanding Facebook performance last week, when this dazzling post achieved 377% Engagement (compared with last week’s average of 0.55% Engagement across all 23,860 NZ Facebook pages we monitor).

This was the post that attracted all the attention:

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The post attracted 6,600 reactions, 12 comments and 109 shares, more than enough to propel it into its preeminent position as perhaps the most engaging NZ post of the year so far.

Why Was This Facebook Post So Engaging?

Let’s face it, the photos are drop-dead amazing, so that helps.

Note the collection of hashtags, mostly themed around  the Hobbit and Middle Earth.

Also, in our view, a certain amount of paid promotion was involved.

How Do You Make Your Facebook Posts Engaging?

You might like to check out our online course on the topic:

Creating Effective Facebook Posts

How To Create Effective Facebook Posts

The biggest challenge for any business using Facebook pages these days? Creating Facebook posts that get noticed and get shared.

So we’ve created a four-part online training course that tackles this problem head on, identifies the secrets of effective Facebook posts and shows you exactly what you need to do to stand out on Facebook.

This short course covers:

Lesson One: The Changing Facebook Environment

Why do you need to change the way that you do business on Facebook? In this lesson we examine Facebook’s changes over the last several years and why they have direct implications for marketers.

We explore why those changes are actually good news.

We review Facebook’s latest guidelines for business pages.

And we learn what a 90-year-old book can teach us about effective social media posts.

Lesson Two: Best Practices for Facebook Posts

What exactly should you be talking about on Facebook? In this lesson we discuss best practices and share compelling examples of effective Facebook posts.

We examine the most engaging Facebook posts and discuss ideal lengths and formats.

We talk about Last Actor Engagement and what that means to you.

And we recommend how to shape effective Facebook posts.

Lesson Three: Viral Success Secrets

What really works on Facebook? We spell out the characteristics of successful Facebook posts. We identify 20 different posting formats that get noticed and get shared.

Then we review the types of posts worth sharing, accompanied by a wide range of examples, including:

  • The hotel chain that has twice as many people talking about it as the chain has followers
  • The radio station that has truly mastered the art of Facebook
  • Examples of posts that really tug at the heartstrings
  • The Facebook page that had 247,756 Facebook likes but managed to get 775,600 people talking and 160,000 people sharing
  • Practical posts that get people sharing

And many many more.

Lesson Four: Facebook Video

Did you know that Facebook loves live video – and gives it top priority when it comes to sharing?

Video is central to Facebook’s vision for the future of the platform. In 2014 CEO Mark Zuckerberg was quoted as saying “In five years most of Facebook will be video”. Facebook has been working hard in 2016 to cement that vision, especially in the areas of live video and VR.

In this lesson, we discuss exactly what you need to know about Facebook video, including:

  • How much more likely people are to watch live video on Facebook (compared to video which is not live)
  • The dramatically-increased performance of Facebook video posts compared with photo posts
  • Why live video matters to marketers
  • The perceived benefits (and barriers) of live-streaming video and how live streaming is currently being used by businesses
  • Ten effective ways in which live video can be used by marketers
  • Success secrets of online video – including the exploding watermelon video that reached more than 10 million people
  • The key steps you need to take to ensure you are making effective use of Facebook Live

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS COURSE

By the end of this course you will know how to create the most effective Facebook posts for your organisation.

TIMING

This course begins on Wednesday 01 February, 2017.

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INVESTMENT

This four-part online training course is available for $397 +GST. However we offer an Early Bird Discount of $100 +GST — pay just $297+GST for bookings received by Wednesday 25 January, 2017.

Bookings are confirmed on receipt of payment, which can be by bank deposit or credit card. We can raise an invoice in advance if you need it.

To reserve your place in this course, please pay by credit card through PayPal by clicking here:

Register Now for the next course

If you would prefer to pay by bank deposit, or require an invoice, please send an email to bookings@socialmedia.org.nz with your requirements.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

You’ll receive our emailed confirmation of your booking. Then on the first day of the course we’ll follow up with details of your Login and Password, along with an Enrolment Key for your online training course.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please email us at info@socialmedia.org.nz

MORE FACEBOOK TRAINING OPTIONS

Alternatively, if you feel you need more comprehensive Facebook training, check out these two courses:

Facebook Accelerator Programme
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So you have a few hundred (or a few thousand) followers on Facebook but now you want to know how to get to the next level? Our Facebook Accelerator seven-part online course will lead you through the steps necessary to supercharge your Facebook presence and get Kiwi consumers engaging with you and your brands.

For more details of the Facebook Accelerator programme, please click here.

The Complete Facebook Marketing Course
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For those who wish to master Facebook Marketing in its entirety, we’ve created a ten-week online training programme which will take you from absolute beginner on Facebook to highly effective Facebook communicator.

For more details of the Complete Facebook Marketing programme, please click here.

Snapchat Adopts Circular Video

Snapchat adopts circular video

#3 OF SEVEN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING IN 2017: SNAPCHAT CIRCULAR VIDEO

Snapchat is making sunglasses now. US$130 pairs of glasses with a camera inside, which takes ten-second video snaps of the world.

The clips can then be uploaded to Snapchat via an iPhone or Android phone paired through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Place the spectacles in the included case to recharge, AirPods-style.

Built into every pair of Snapchat Spectacles is a video camera with a 115-degree field of view. That’s almost exactly the same perspective you see with the human eye, and it gives the glasses the ability to capture circular video.

The benefit of this is that no matter what kind of device you play those snaps back on, you see them in full screen in any orientation. So you can turn your smartphone or tablet midway through, and the video automatically adjusts to provide a full screen image.

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Want to know more about Social Media Marketing in 2017? Check out our online training courses — right now you can SAVE $100 on any course with our Early Bird Rates

Here are the current courses (click on the links for more details about each course):

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING COURSES

Social Media Marketing Essentials

Social Media Marketing Essentials

Social media is an ever-changing environment and unless you’re involved on a day to day basis you’re unlikely to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the medium. So we’ve devised this social media marketing essentials course to capture the latest developments across the expanding world of social media for 2017.

For more details of the Social Media Essentials course, please click here.

 

Advanced Social Media Marketing course
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This course is designed to drill down into the specific details of the major Social Media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Google Plus and others.

For more details of the Advanced Social Media Marketing programme, please click here.

Facebook Accelerator Programme
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So you have a few hundred (or a few thousand) followers on Facebook but now you want to know how to get to the next level? Our Facebook Accelerator seven-part online course will lead you through the steps necessary to supercharge your Facebook presence and get Kiwi consumers engaging with you and your brands.

For more details of the Facebook Accelerator programme, please click here.

The Principles & Practice of Social Media Marketing
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This is a seven-part eCourse providing a comprehensive introduction to Social Media Marketing, from the Basics to detailed instructions on how to build and run a Social Media Marketing programme.

For more details of the Social Media Marketing online course, please click here.

The Complete Facebook Marketing Course
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For those who wish to master Facebook Marketing in its entirety, we’ve created a ten-week online training programme which will take you from absolute beginner on Facebook to highly effective Facebook communicator.

For more details of the Complete Facebook Marketing programme, please click here.

How to Prepare an Effective Social Media Brief
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Even if you don’t intend to become directly involved in social media yourself, you may still need to understand the principles, practices and opportunities of social media — for example, if you need to brief someone about running a social media campaign. This programme is designed to provide you with the insights necessary to prepare an effective brief.

For more details of the How to Prepare an Effective Social Media Brief programme, please click here.

How to Use LinkedIn Effectively – For Your Business And Your Career
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This is a seven-part online training eCourse providing a comprehensive introduction to LinkedIn, from the basics to detailed instructions on how to use LinkedIn to promote your organisation, build your personal reputation, find a job, recruit prospective employees and even make sales.

For more details of the How to Use LinkedIn Effectively programme, please click here.

How To Create Effective Facebook Posts

Creating Effective Facebook Posts

The biggest challenge for any business using Facebook pages these days? Creating Facebook posts that get noticed and get shared.

So we’ve created a four-part online training course for New Zealand organisations that tackles this problem head on, identifies the secrets of effective Facebook posts and shows you exactly what you need to do to stand out on Facebook.

For more details of the How To Create Effective Facebook Posts short course, please click here.

ONLINE VIDEO MARKETING COURSE

Online Video Marketing - Short Course

Online Video is no longer an “up-and-coming” marketing tactic — it’s here, and it’s a powerful way to communicate your brand story, explain your value proposition, and build relationships with your customers and prospects.

Remember the old cliche that a picture is worth a thousand words? According to an estimate by Dr James McQuivey of Forrester Research, one minute of video is equal to 1.8 million words.

So let’s cut to the chase.

It’s well past time for you to upskill yourself in online video marketing.

That’s why we’re launching our newest short course on the topic.

For more details of the Online Video Marketing course, please click here.

 

ECOMMERCE COURSES

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Our online course, “Mastering eCommerce”, tells you what you need to know about selling effectively online in a seven-week programme that steps you through the principles and practices of eCommerce in New Zealand.

For more details of the Mastering eCommerce programme, please click here.

Advanced Selling on Trade Me
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This is a seven-week eCourse providing a comprehensive masterclass on selling on Trade Me. The course presumes you are already familiar with the basics of selling on Trade Me.

For more details of the Advanced Selling on Trade Me programme, please click here.

MOBILE MARKETING

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Smartphone usage has hit the tipping point, in New Zealand as elsewhere. According to Google’s Consumer Barometer (July 2015), three-quarters of New Zealanders now have smartphones — and these devices are dramatically changing consumer behaviour, with significant implications for Kiwi businesses.To help you master this challenging mobile environment, we’ve created a dedicated online training course about Mobile Marketing.

For more details of the Principle & Practice of Mobile Marketing course, please click here.

 

New Year, Time To Upskill

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As New Zealand returns to work after the traditional Christmas/New Year break, it’s time to live up to the resolutions you made as the old year ticked away.

Yes, we all want to be healthier, wealthier and wiser this year. But how are you going to go about that?

To help you on your way (at least in terms of those wealthier and wiser attributes), allow us to point you towards our range of courses that offer continuing professional education in digital marketing.

Upskill Yourself in Digital Marketing for 2017 with our online training courses – and right now you can SAVE $100 on any course with our Early Bird Rates

Here are the current courses (click on the links for more details about each course):

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING COURSES

Social Media Marketing Essentials

Social Media Marketing Essentials

Social media is an ever-changing environment and unless you’re involved on a day to day basis you’re unlikely to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the medium. So we’ve devised this social media marketing essentials course to capture the latest developments across the expanding world of social media for 2017.

For more details of the Social Media Essentials course, please click here.

 

Advanced Social Media Marketing course
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This course is designed to drill down into the specific details of the major Social Media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Google Plus and others.

For more details of the Advanced Social Media Marketing programme, please click here.

Facebook Accelerator Programme
fba-banner

So you have a few hundred (or a few thousand) followers on Facebook but now you want to know how to get to the next level? Our Facebook Accelerator seven-part online course will lead you through the steps necessary to supercharge your Facebook presence and get Kiwi consumers engaging with you and your brands.

For more details of the Facebook Accelerator programme, please click here.

The Principles & Practice of Social Media Marketing
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This is a seven-part eCourse providing a comprehensive introduction to Social Media Marketing, from the Basics to detailed instructions on how to build and run a Social Media Marketing programme.

For more details of the Social Media Marketing online course, please click here.

The Complete Facebook Marketing Course
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For those who wish to master Facebook Marketing in its entirety, we’ve created a ten-week online training programme which will take you from absolute beginner on Facebook to highly effective Facebook communicator.

For more details of the Complete Facebook Marketing programme, please click here.

How to Prepare an Effective Social Media Brief
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Even if you don’t intend to become directly involved in social media yourself, you may still need to understand the principles, practices and opportunities of social media — for example, if you need to brief someone about running a social media campaign. This programme is designed to provide you with the insights necessary to prepare an effective brief.

For more details of the How to Prepare an Effective Social Media Brief programme, please click here.

How to Use LinkedIn Effectively – For Your Business And Your Career
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This is a seven-part online training eCourse providing a comprehensive introduction to LinkedIn, from the basics to detailed instructions on how to use LinkedIn to promote your organisation, build your personal reputation, find a job, recruit prospective employees and even make sales.

For more details of the How to Use LinkedIn Effectively programme, please click here.

How To Create Effective Facebook Posts

Creating Effective Facebook Posts

The biggest challenge for any business using Facebook pages these days? Creating Facebook posts that get noticed and get shared.

So we’ve created a four-part online training course for New Zealand organisations that tackles this problem head on, identifies the secrets of effective Facebook posts and shows you exactly what you need to do to stand out on Facebook.

For more details of the How To Create Effective Facebook Posts short course, please click here.

ONLINE VIDEO MARKETING COURSE

Online Video Marketing - Short Course

Online Video is no longer an “up-and-coming” marketing tactic — it’s here, and it’s a powerful way to communicate your brand story, explain your value proposition, and build relationships with your customers and prospects.

Remember the old cliche that a picture is worth a thousand words? According to an estimate by Dr James McQuivey of Forrester Research, one minute of video is equal to 1.8 million words.

So let’s cut to the chase.

It’s well past time for you to upskill yourself in online video marketing.

That’s why we’re launching our newest short course on the topic.

For more details of the Online Video Marketing course, please click here.

 

ECOMMERCE COURSES

ecommerce-banner

Our online course, “Mastering eCommerce”, tells you what you need to know about selling effectively online in a seven-week programme that steps you through the principles and practices of eCommerce in New Zealand.

For more details of the Mastering eCommerce programme, please click here.

Advanced Selling on Trade Me
trademe-banner

This is a seven-week eCourse providing a comprehensive masterclass on selling on Trade Me. The course presumes you are already familiar with the basics of selling on Trade Me.

For more details of the Advanced Selling on Trade Me programme, please click here.

MOBILE MARKETING

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Smartphone usage has hit the tipping point, in New Zealand as elsewhere. According to Google’s Consumer Barometer (July 2015), three-quarters of New Zealanders now have smartphones — and these devices are dramatically changing consumer behaviour, with significant implications for Kiwi businesses.To help you master this challenging mobile environment, we’ve created a dedicated online training course about Mobile Marketing.

For more details of the Principle & Practice of Mobile Marketing course, please click here.

 

 

Why It’s Now Vital for Marketers to Connect with Virtual Assistants

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The 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas was dominated by Virtual Assistants (and Amazon’s Alexa in particular).

As ComputerWorld reported:

Amazon’s virtual assistant, which first appeared more than two years ago on Amazon’s Echo smart speaker, seemed to be popping up everywhere at the annual International CES trade show in Las Vegas this week.

Amazon opened Alexa to third-party hardware developers in the summer of 2015. Now, a year and a half later, the number of devices that support Alexa are dizzying. (We also learned this week that Alexa now offers more than 7,000 “skills,” which is what Amazon calls apps or third-party capabilities.)

Appliance maker Whirlpool, for example, announced this week a new line of home appliances available in “early 2017” that respond to Alexa commands. They’ll let you change the temperature of your Whirlpool refrigerator by telling Alexa. And the virtual assistant will be able to tell you if your Whirlpool washer and dryer is running and how much time is left before the clothes are done.

Dish Network’s Hopper DVR boxes are getting Alexa control. As with Apple TV, you’ll be able to use voice commands and conversation to find shows and change the channel.

ADT Pulse also got Alexa support this week. After February, users will be able to arm and disarm their home alarm security systems and deadbolts by talking to Alexa. Access to the security system is granted when you speak a four-digit PIN code. Of course, when you speak a PIN code, others can hear it, then later use it from outside the house (if they yell loud enough) to disable the security system. Users should be careful with this one.

When virtual assistants are everywhere and always listening

Let’s be clear about what’s happening with virtual assistants. Within a few years, you will almost never be out of virtual assistant range. When you talk, they will hear you. You won’t even have to think about which device is serving you. Just ask a question and a voice will answer.

There are three ways to achieve this: The Apple way, the Amazon way and the Google way.

The Apple way is to serve up its Siri virtual assistant primarily as a feature on mobile devices like the iPhone and the Apple Watch (two exceptions are the stationary Apple TV and iMac). By choosing “Allow ‘Hey Siri’ ” in the settings of an iPhone, your phone is always listening for the “Hey Siri” command. Everywhere you go, Siri is listening, as long as you bring your iPhone.

The Amazon way is to offer Alexa Echo appliances for every room in the house and also open its virtual assistant to hardware developers so Amazon is built into every appliance, vehicle and object in the home and office.

The Google way, meanwhile, is to do both at the same time — get a virtual assistant into every phone, on every computer and also open to third parties.

Oh, and Microsoft has Cortana, which operates similarly.

So What’s the Big Deal for Marketers?

Consider this: if you aren’t the first choice of the AI behind the assistants, you may never be suggested when Echo, Siri, Cortana or Google Assistant is asked for a product or service in your category.

When your refrigerator runs out of milk and you’ve set it up to re-order all by itself, will it choose Anchor, Meadow Fresh, a house brand or what?

When you’re out of town and ask Google Assistant for a nearby restaurant, how many choices will it give you?

More importantly (from a marketer’s perspective), how will you introduce your product or service to this new breed of virtual gatekeepers? If they don’t know you, you simply won’t be suggested as an option.

Making a good impression with your new robot overlords never became so important.

[PS It’s probably a bit early to write a course about Making Virtual Friends and Influencing Virtual People, but if you’d be interested in such a course, email us and let us know.]

93% of Users Access Facebook via Mobile

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If you’re still questioning whether Mobile is taking over the world, wonder no more. According to the latest statistics collected by Expanded Ramblings (here and here), the world’s leading online destination, Facebook, now sees 93% of its monthly users access the site via mobile.

According to those stats (as at November 2016), 1.66 Billion Facebook Monthly Users (out of a total of 1.79 Billion Monthly Users) access the site via a mobile device.

Not only that, but more than one billion users ONLY access Facebook via Mobile.

So, if you’ve been wondering if you should devote a bit more attention to Mobile Marketing, the answer is YES.

Fortunately, we have some online training courses that can help you with both Facebook marketing and Mobile Marketing.

Upskill Yourself with Facebook and Mobile Marketing for 2017

Our online training courses cover a range of digital marketing topics, including:

Mobile Marketing course

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Smartphone usage has hit the tipping point, in New Zealand as elsewhere. According to Google’s Consumer Barometer, three-quarters of New Zealanders now have smartphones — and these devices are dramatically changing consumer behaviour, with significant implications for Kiwi businesses.To help you master this challenging mobile environment, we’ve created a dedicated online training course about Mobile Marketing for NZ organisations.

For more details of the Principle & Practice of Mobile Marketing course, please click here.

The Complete Facebook Marketing Course
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For those who wish to master Facebook Marketing in its entirety, we’ve created a ten-week online training programme which will take Kiwis from absolute beginners on Facebook to highly effective Facebook communicators.

For more details of the Complete Facebook Marketing programme, please click here.

Facebook Accelerator Programme
fba-banner

So you have a few hundred (or a few thousand) followers on Facebook but now you want to know how to get to the next level? Our Facebook Accelerator seven-part online course will lead you through the steps necessary to supercharge your Facebook presence and get Kiwi consumers engaging with you and your brand(s).

For more details of the Facebook Accelerator programme, please click here.

 

How To Create Effective Facebook Posts

Creating Effective Facebook Posts

The biggest challenge for any business using Facebook pages these days? Creating Facebook posts that get noticed and get shared.

So we’ve created a four-part online training course for New Zealand organisations that tackles this problem head on, identifies the secrets of effective Facebook posts and shows you exactly what you need to do to stand out on Facebook.

For more details of the How To Create Effective Facebook Posts short course, please click here.

Social Media Marketing Essentials

Social Media Marketing Essentials

Social media is an ever-changing environment and unless you’re involved on a day to day basis you’re unlikely to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the medium. So we’ve devised this social media marketing essentials course to capture the latest developments across the expanding world of social media for 2017, starting with Facebook but then expanding to consider all the social media channels that are relevant for NZ businesses.

For more details of the Social Media Essentials course, please click here.

Every Facebook Post Should Include an Image or a Video

Every Facebook Post should include either an image or a video

Seven Things You Should Know About Social Media Marketing in 2017

This is the first of seven articles about Social Media Marketing Essentials for 2017.

#1 Every Facebook Post Should Include Either an Image or a Video

In our Instant Gratification society, images allow people to communicate in the quickest and easiest way possible. Jess Loren and Ed Swiderski, in their book “Pinterest for Business” (Que, 2013), asked a psychotherapist (Dr Fran Walfish) and a psychologist (Dr Raphael Wald) why society is so drawn to visual images:

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The statistics support the good doctors’ point of view:

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It’s a generational thing, as well: younger audiences are more likely to interact with something that you’re promoting if it’s accompanied by visual media.

And then there’s video, which is now 135% more effective on Facebook than images alone:

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Upskill Yourself in Social Media Marketing for 2017

Those are just some of the facts and figures you need to know about social media marketing in 2017. Our online training courses cover much, much more:

Social Media Marketing Essentials

Social Media Marketing Essentials

Social media is an ever-changing environment and unless you’re involved on a day to day basis you’re unlikely to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the medium. So we’ve devised this social media marketing essentials course to capture the latest developments across the expanding world of social media for 2017.

For more details of the Social Media Essentials course, please click here.

 

Advanced Social Media Marketing course
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This course is designed to drill down into the specific details of the major Social Media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Google Plus and others.

For more details of the Advanced Social Media Marketing programme, please click here.

Facebook Accelerator Programme
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So you have a few hundred (or a few thousand) followers on Facebook but now you want to know how to get to the next level? Our Facebook Accelerator seven-part online course will lead you through the steps necessary to supercharge your Facebook presence and get Kiwi consumers engaging with you and your brands.

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The Principles & Practice of Social Media Marketing
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This is a seven-part eCourse providing a comprehensive introduction to Social Media Marketing, from the Basics to detailed instructions on how to build and run a Social Media Marketing programme.

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The Complete Facebook Marketing Course
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For those who wish to master Facebook Marketing in its entirety, we’ve created a ten-week online training programme which will take you from absolute beginner on Facebook to highly effective Facebook communicator.

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How to Prepare an Effective Social Media Brief
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Even if you don’t intend to become directly involved in social media yourself, you may still need to understand the principles, practices and opportunities of social media — for example, if you need to brief someone about running a social media campaign. This programme is designed to provide you with the insights necessary to prepare an effective brief.

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How to Use LinkedIn Effectively – For Your Business And Your Career
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This is a seven-part online training eCourse providing a comprehensive introduction to LinkedIn, from the basics to detailed instructions on how to use LinkedIn to promote your organisation, build your personal reputation, find a job, recruit prospective employees and even make sales.

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Upskill Yourself for 2017

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Upskill Yourself in Digital Marketing for 2017 with our online training courses – and Save $100 with our Early Bird Rates

 

Available Courses

Here are the current courses (click on the links for more details about each course):

(a). Seven-Part Courses ($497+GST, but save $100 with our Early Bird Rates and pay only $397+GST):

 

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Marketing Trends for 2017

Here are five more marketing trends to watch for in 2017 (drawn from our MARKETING INSIGHTS slide deck):

Digital Afterlife

1 DIGITAL AFTERLIFE

Perhaps the biggest technological delight of 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was the digital resurrection of Moff Tarkin, the villain played by the late Peter Cushing (2013-1994). It was the clearest example yet of today’s CGI capabilities, when long-deceased humans can be brought back to life on the big screen.

MARKETING IMPLICATIONS

We hesitate to mention the most obvious (and terrifying): that brands will be able to use famous-but-dead spokespeople to hustle on behalf of their brand. That didn’t work out so well for Fred Astaire, whose image was controversially licensed by his widow (ten years after his death) for Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner TV spots, featuring the star dancing with a cordless Broom Vac.

More usefully, however, as the technology improves and matures, there’s potential for commercial-makers and production houses to “fix” in post-production problems such as performances that were not quite right on the day.

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2 EPHEMERA

What gives Snapchat its appeal? The fact that the content disappears. Snapchat’s rampant rise in popularity did a lot more for the world of social media than just give users another platform to choose from. It showed the value of disappearing or short-lived content. This is a key attraction for Generation Z, the cohort famous for having an eight-second attention span, and that is why you should be integrating short-lived content into your content strategy. (Forbes)

MARKETING IMPLICATIONS

Short has never been so important.  According to Facebook, people spend an average of just 1.7 seconds with a piece of content on mobile. Every second matters.

In fact, it takes only 0.25 seconds of exposure for people to recall content they saw on their mobile feed. These initial seconds can make a profound impact.

If people watch the first three seconds of a Facebook video, 65% watch the next seven seconds, and 45% make it to the 30-second mark. It’s a rude awakening for those of us used to producing 30 second spots to get our message out.

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3 OMNICHANNEL

According to DMNews, 53 percent of consumers feel that it’s important for retailers to recognize them as the same person across all channels and devices used to shop, and 78 percent are also willing to allow retailers to use information from their in-store purchases to provide a more personalized experience. (AdWeek Social Times).

MARKETING IMPLICATIONS

Here are seven implications suggested by Mark Schaefer:

1. The best data miners win
Customers are going to leave a data trail on every level. The companies that can mine this stream will create powerful competitive advantage. That’s why, increasingly, marketing = math. Analytics is the key to the kingdom. For many retailers, data analysis may present the ONLY competitive advantage in a world of instant price comparisons and buy now buttons.

2. New resources, new skills
Not every customer will engage with you on every layer. That means your channel strategies are going to multiply, which means you need RESOURCES. Eighty percent of CMO’s say they are failing at OmniChannel marketing due to a lack of appropriate resources.

These new resources will also require a new outlook and new skills. Devin Wenig of eBay put it this way:

“Building engaging experiences across channels is incredibly important. Many retailers have spent their entire lives thinking about how to build an engaging experience in one channel, usually a store. But now, understanding how to connect with your core customers across every way they want to connect — not the way you want them to connect but the way they want to connect with you — is a different skill.”

“It requires design and product management. It requires understanding how to market in a digital world. There are still many instances that I see where it is old-school marketing. It’s still about major TV campaigns, get people into the stores. That’s still important, and that’s not going to go away.

“But understanding how to engage in a world of exploding social networks, how to use search, how to optimize, and how to engage—very different skills. I think that is going to become a core part of the playbook for retailers and merchants of all sizes around the world.”

3. Distinctive ubiquity
Standing out in an increasingly complex and cluttered world across all of these channels is not going to be easy — or cheap. If the experiences in each channel are not uniquely helpful, you risk annoying customers with repetitive ubiquity everywhere they turn.

While “multi-channel” may be losing its luster as the buzzword of choice, in fact you need to connect with consistent, but different, approaches by channel.

Your goal needs to be “Distinctive Ubiquity.”

4. Measurement wins
Like social media in general, measurement can be difficult. Ironically, the companies most likely to succeed and fund new initiatives are the ones best able to measure success. According to a recent study, 85% of CMOs are doing NO measurement of cross-channel efforts.

In this rudderless environment, how do you know how to invest in the marketing that works? Measurement can certainly be a source of competitive advantage.

5. Breaking down the silos
Retailers indicate their biggest challenge remains merging the digital and physical retail worlds into an easily understood and executed system. These consumer interactions are so complex and rapidly evolving that it is difficult to pin down a direction.

One large retailer I spoke to operates store merchandise marketing, media marketing and Internet marketing as completely different silos … and they all have different goals. This company is potentially years away from a consistent, integrated approach unless they can break down organizational silos, both internally and with their advertising partners.

6. Un-learning what we did best
I believe the single biggest hurdle to OmniChannel success wil be the cultural battle that will wage between a centuries-old mindset of “stack it high, move it fast” and exceeding quarterly numbers to re-orienting on the desire of customers to dictate the terms of a buying process based on the latest apps and social media buzz.

There are implications for the organizational structure, external partnerships, fulfillment, merchandising — almost every aspect of the process.

7. An overhaul of the fulfillment system
If retailers can break from this mindset (and I think they will), it presents a new dilemma — accurate fulfillment. Today, fulfillment is choreographed carefully between manufacturing, procurement, marketing, and distribution. Everything must work in harmony.

Planning for seasonal fashion changes or even an annual update to a furniture line can take more than a year of supply chain planning. Following the customer through an ever-changing digital buying cycle requires complex and potentially expensive new fulfillment models.

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4 DIGITAL TWINS

A digital twin is a virtual representation of a process, product or service. Using software on a cloud-based platform, digital twins pull together and analyze data that companies can use to monitor and head off repairs and other problems before they occur. They can look into the future, simulating scenarios to uncover new opportunities for delighting customers. The data is deep and broad, encompassing business content like the customer’s name, exact street location and service level agreements. Information is also contextual and of course, from sensors. (Gartner)

MARKETING IMPLICATIONS

As the Harvard Business Review observed (here and here), smart, connected products raise a new set of strategic choices related to:

  • how value is created and captured
  • how the prodigious amount of new (and sensitive) data they generate is utilized and managed
  • how relationships with traditional business partners such as channels are redefined; and
  • what role companies should play as industry boundaries are expanded.

Smart, connected products are emerging across all manufacturing sectors. In heavy machinery, Schindler’s PORT Technology reduces elevator wait times by as much as 50% by predicting elevator demand patterns, calculating the fastest time to destination, and assigning the appropriate elevator to move passengers quickly. In the energy sector, ABB’s smart grid technology enables utilities to analyze huge amounts of real-time data across a wide range of generating, transforming, and distribution equipment (manufactured by ABB as well as others), such as changes in the temperature of transformers and secondary substations. This alerts utility control centers to possible overload conditions, allowing adjustments that can prevent blackouts before they occur. In consumer goods, Big Ass ceiling fans sense and engage automatically when a person enters a room, regulate speed on the basis of temperature and humidity, and recognize individual user preferences and adjust accordingly.

[Digital Twin] infrastructure enables extraordinary new product capabilities. First, products can monitor and report on their own condition and environment, helping to generate previously unavailable insights into their performance and use. Second, complex product operations can be controlled by the users, through numerous remote-access options. That gives users the unprecedented ability to customize the function, performance, and interface of products and to operate them in hazardous or hard-to-reach environments.

Third, the combination of monitoring data and remote-control capability creates new opportunities for optimization. Algorithms can substantially improve product performance, utilization, and uptime, and how products work with related products in broader systems, such as smart buildings and smart farms. Fourth, the combination of monitoring data, remote control, and optimization algorithms allows autonomy. Products can learn, adapt to the environment and to user preferences, service themselves, and operate on their own.

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5 SMART TV

Convergence, threatened for years, is finally here. Television content is migrating everywhere and digital content is returning the favour, showing up on TVs (often at sizes and resolutions far greater than the content creators envisaged).

MARKETING IMPLICATIONS

Dan Calladine, head of media futures, Carat Global (quoted by the Daily Telegraph):

“Many people now have the ability to put video from the web on to the biggest screen in the home, thanks to devices such as Google’s Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV Stick.

“Big and small players can now easily get involved. Gaming company Toca Boca became a global kids’ TV channel overnight when it introduced video to its app. Twitter and Facebook have both made apps that allow users to put videos from their feeds on to the TV, including Twitter’s live NFL games.

“This new technology also brings a return path; Mr Porter has shoppable videos on Apple TV, and Facebook is experimenting in the US with putting ads, using its own targeting, on platforms such as Roku.”

Is YOUR digital content ready for the big-screen treatment?

 

Launch 2017 with a comprehensive presentation to your team or your clients

The Marketing Trends above are just a few of the many we cover in our NZ MARKETING INSIGHTS FOR 2017 presentation and slide deck, which is now available for you to present to your people or your customers.

Let’s have a little peek inside, at some of the marketing trends that will impact on Kiwi marketers in 2017.

Marketing Insights for 2017

The Big Picture

This first section of the presentation takes a look at what we can expect in 2017 from an economic and political perspective, post-John-Key, post-Brexit and post-Trump.

Who We Are

Then we review our demographic and behavioural profile, based on a recent consumer lifestyle study, update statistics about our ethnicity and age and take a closer look at what it means to be a Kiwi.

How We Browse

When and how we go online plays an important role in determining whether or not we are open to marketing messages. In this section we identify the best times to talk to prospects.

How We Shop

Our choice of supermarket says a lot about how often we go grocery shopping and how much we spend. We discuss Kiwi shopping behaviours and then take a closer look at foods we actively avoid eating. We also discuss the latest shopping developments, identify hot new retail arrivals and review the latest fashion colours and styles we can expect to see in store in 2017.

Marketing Trends

Next, we take a look at what’s new and different in television, including the latest statistics about where we spend our viewing time, and then take a sneak peak at some of the more notable upcoming television programs of 2017.

We then turn our attention to newspapers and take a closer look at the Fairfax/NZME merger — and in particular at the issues raised by the Commerce Commission.

The latest Out of Home developments come next, closely followed by what’s new in magazines.

Marketing Insights for 2017

Then we consider Cinema, evaluating movie attendance patterns that may change our thinking about how best to use the medium. We look at the top movies of the year and provide an extensive rundown of expected blockbusters in 2017.

Next on the list: radio and its ongoing move to Digital.

Then we turn our attention to Experiences, review their importance (especially for millennials) and run through upcoming major events for the year.

Then it’s time to turn our focus to digital.

We review some of the staggering statistics as a majority of New Zealand opts for unlimited data and consider the implications for NZ marketers now that Mobile dominates Internet usage.

We delve into the latest developments in Social Media, covering Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Google Plus.

Marketing Insights for 2017

We update the latest online video numbers and then dig deep into Messaging Apps.

A roundup of key marketing technology trends follows, including Personalisation, the Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, AI, Programmatic, Virtual Reality, Drones, Context Brokering, Blockchain and Wearables.

Marketing Insights for 2017

And we close with a brief look at Future Technology trends that will impact in later years.

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As we mentioned, our 340-plus-slides MARKETING INSIGHTS FOR 2017 presentation is NOW AVAILABLE. It’s unbranded, for you to present as you see fit to your clients.

This presentation looks ahead at what marketers should expect and plan for in 2017, across a wide variety of industries and technologies — based on local and global trends you may not yet have had the opportunity to examine — turning those forecasts into a comprehensive NZ MARKETING INSIGHTS FOR 2017 report & slide deck in PowerPoint format (with accompanying notes) – information that you can easily present to your team and your clients, bringing everyone up to speed on the latest New Zealand marketing insights as we accelerate towards 2017.

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Half of NZ Small Businesses Now Online

According to MYOB’s latest Business Monitor survey of more than 1,000 SMEs, half of all New Zealand’s small to medium sized businesses are now online.

We must admit that some SMEs (such as dairies and convenience stores) simply don’t have a business case for going online, at least not until smart fridges are present in large enough numbers to start replenishing milk and butter from the corner grocery store.

Too many SMEs, however, have simply missed the bus till now, usually because they perceive a web presence as too expensive or too hard.

So what advice should we give to an SME that’s finally bitten the bullet and taken itself online (typically with a brochureware website)?

Here are twelve tips from Annie Tsai’s book “The Small Business Online Marketing Handbook”, as channeled by Inc. Magazine:

1. Don’t panic. The whole idea of online marketing can seem daunting and unfamiliar at first, but in fact it’s really pretty simple.  Look, you’ve already done the difficult part: leaping into the unknown by starting or acquiring a business.  This stuff will be easy by comparison.

2. Commit some time. This is actually the hardest part of online marketing, especially for super-busy entrepreneurs.  Nevertheless, you’ll need to spend some time on this, but not as much as you might thing.  I recommend between about 2 to 4 hours a week. Schedule it!

3. Fix the skeletons. Even if you’ve only been in business for a while, some online business directories (like Google) have probably pulled your physical address and other info into a “skeleton profile.” Join those directories, “claim” the pages, and make corrections, as necessary.

4. Buy a Web Address. This part is simple.  Get on one of the numerous services [in NZ, try domainz.net.nz, discountdomains.co.nz or your own internet provider] and purchase an online name that fits with your business.  In most cases, you’ll need to personalize it in some way (like “JoesGreenPlumbing.com”) because all the easy URLs (“GreatPlumbing.com) are already owned.

5. Decide what technology to use. There are two ways to go.  You can build a traditional website using a website editing tool or a blog-style website using a blogging tool (like WordPress).  IMHO, the blog-style is the way to go until you can hire a professional.

6. Set up a simple storefront. When you’re just starting out, take a minimalistic approach.  Don’t try to cram the site with everything you might someday want.  Just make certain that the site is professional, accurate, has the “tone” of how you want your business to be perceived.

7. Insert significant keywords. Your customers will be better able to find your site if the pages contain the right keywords.  For example, if you own a heating and cooling repair company, sprinkle words and phrases like ‘central heating,’ ‘A/C repair,’ ‘HVAC,’ ‘broken heater,’ etc.

8. Put yourself on the map. Now that you’ve your website up, go back to online business directories and add material that matches whatever you put on the website.  Add photos and a business description that tells a story to potential buyers.  And a link to your site, of course.

9. Monitor your online reputation. Use Google Alerts to track when your business name, your name, or any other relevant search term is found on the web.  That way you’ll know whenever somebody is either praising or dissing you.

10. Handle bad reviews professionally. If you run across a bad review of your company, above all do NOT respond in anger, even if it’s entirely unfair. In whatever forum is available explain what you’ve done to address the problem.

11. Build a “social” presence. Use social media sites to present a more personal side to potential customers and create more awareness for your company.  Do NOT attempt to write a content-rich blog, though. If you do, you’ll peter out after a few posts.

12. When you grow, hire a pro. All of the above is fine when you’re starting out. However, when your business grows, you’ll probably want to hire somebody to take over your online marketing (and the rest of it, too.)