How these Brands Make Billions By “Shocking” Users

Shock Marketing

Consumers in 2019 are deadly.  They’re skeptic, ask a lot of questions, and have a zero-tolerance policy for bullshit.

What’s more, the competition is intense, so you’ll have to go above and beyond to reach your target market.

Enter: Shockvertising, a creative marketing tactic that deliberately violates the norm to create a trendy “buzz” effect. The goal is to break the status quo and instead “shock” the target audience—but in the right way.

But this is easier said than done.

Shockvertising is a powerful marketing strategy, but leveraging controversial topics is no easy feat. That can go wrong than right (more on this later).

In this article, I share my insights on shock advertising and furthermore, talk about brands that have successfully shockvertised their target audience.

So, let’s get started!

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5 Early Warning Signs of a Brand Crisis You Need to Act On Immediately

Brand Crisis

It’s a competitive business world out there, and you cannot afford your brand to take a hit or to fall behind. That said, it’s only natural for every brand to reach a certain point in its lifespan when making a radical change, or simply evolving, becomes imperative.

Fail to evolve with the times, the prevailing trends, and the values of your demographic, and you will lose brand trust and loyalty. And boy, are there a lot of trends that demand of global brands to make a positive change.

Unfortunately, though, even the most experienced business leaders can miss some of the early warning signs of a brand crisis, whether it’s a lack of brand awareness, a shift in the company’s culture, diminished lead generation, negative customer sentiment, or other.

With all of that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the warning signs you need to act on as quickly as you can.

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6 Brilliant Examples of Video Marketing from Successful Marketers

Examples of Video Marketing

The idea of brands requiring a video marketing strategy is not a new one; what has changed is the importance of it on every channel and platform. Today, videos are not just another part of a marketing plan. Instead, they are the central focus of campaigns, especially the ones that include social media strategies.

Marketers, today, understand how crucial videos are for a successful marketing campaign. According to a survey, an average business publishes 18 videos a month, and the content they provide is accepted and supported by their consumers.

The world we live in is a visual one, which is why more than 87 percent of people respond to seeing more video content from brands in 2019. It proves that the adoption of video marketing is increasing every day, as more businesses are investing in improving their video marketing strategies.  

Here are six ways of how video marketing can add to the success of your business, along with examples of some of the best successful marketers.

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Macro vs Micro: Which Influencer Type is Best for Your Business

Macro Vs Micro Influencers

Businesses have long looked for the best strategies to push their businesses on social media. Long gone, for many companies, is solely relying on their social media accounts to promote their products and services – in comes the social media influencer. 

A social media influencer is a user who has reliable traction amongst their audience. Generally, their followers (audience) engage with them regularly and value their opinion. Marketers love to leverage the fact that they can use an influencer to promote to a target market, while users are influenced by someone they can relate and look up to.

Influencer Marketing Global Spend & ROI

According to Mediakix’s influencer marketing spend study, the influencer marketing global spend is projected to increase to $10 billion by 2020!

Influencer Marketing

Also, according to a survey conducted in 2017 by Celebrity Intelligence, for every USD 1.27 spent on an influencer, their ROI per influencer was USD 11.15! 

So, based on Mediakix and Celebrity Intelligence’s data, you can see how much money is being dished out by influencer marketers and how much return they are getting for their investment. 

For you marketers looking to implement influencer marketing, it is the right time to do so! 

Now, before we get into the nitty-gritty of which type of influencer is best for your business, we will explain the two different types of influencer – a micro-influencer and a macro-influencer.

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4 Tips for Building Brand Authenticity in a World Full of Distrust

We’re in the midst of a consumer trust crisis. Between data hacks and manipulative advertising, mistakes on the parts of businesses have left consumers reluctant to trust. In the eyes of many, businesses are out to make money at the expense of their customers’ faith and safety. 

According to research by Salesforce, roughly 59 percent of customers believe their personal information is vulnerable to security breaches, and about 54 percent don’t believe that companies have their best interests at heart. That said, trust in businesses these days is lower than ever before. 

Businesses aren’t the only ones losing consumers’ faith. Marketers, social media stars, and bloggers aren’t always trusted, either. In general, the public is turning to friends and family above all else in an effort to seek out recommendations they can truly trust.

Brand Authenticity

The question is, how can we, as brands, build relationships with consumers who have lost all faith in marketing? The answer lies in becoming a transparent, authentic company. Here’s how you can do it.

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How Branded Content and Native Advertising are Different?

Branded Content and Native Advertising

Preferences of today’s generation are no longer the same. They have changed over the period. As a result of this changing preference, marketing has changed too. Traditional ways of advertising are no longer in use as the millennials don’t like intensive selling techniques. They are more attracted to a pleasant experience with brands. Based on their skills, they build a relationship with them. It is more about relevant and meaningful connections than just buying something and forgetting at the end.

Brands do just like that using branded content. It’s an era when the audience is blocking the 24*7 advertisement chase using ad blockers; branded content has become a saviour that has a positive impact on people.

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Takeaways From Google Quality Rating Guidelines That Affect Your Website

Google Quality Rating

Google is king of the Internet search and that’s an undeniable fact. It channels a staggering 89% of all search engine traffic in the world. This means that if you want your website to be found on Google, you play by Google rules.

Building a website is much more than merely slapping together a few web pages and calling it a day’s work done. There are so many details you need to consider, from choosing the best web hosting available all the way to working on your SEO for search ranking.

The problem is that there are literally thousands of websites on the Internet claiming to be able to teach you how to do so. Some are legit, some might be halfway, and some might be outright scams. To work around this issue, let’s talk about Google’s Quality Rating Guideline.

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How to Drive High-Quality Leads with LinkedIn Ads?

Linkedin Ads

Do you think to have a great product will drive in leads by itself?  No, I’d rather say marketing your product is the most important thing to generate traffic.

Advertising platforms are capable of connecting you to the right people for your marketing messages. 

But, reaching the right audience can be difficult. Instead of spending time thinking “how to attract more audience or reach the right professionals?” you must advertise yourself.

And what could be a better platform than LinkedIn? 

Stats says – “LinkedIn’s lead conversions rate is 3 times higher than any other major ad platform. Also, LinkedIn’s audience has 2 times the buying power that of an average web audience.” 

The other hard part when advertising yourself is reaching the audience that fits your ideal customer profile who would be interested in your business.

LinkedIn offers new ways to easily target the right audience – lookalike audiences, audience templates, and the interest targeting product. These measures will help you scale your marketing efforts and improve your ROI.  

  • Lookalike Audience – This trait of LinkedIn combines the rich members of LinkedIn & company data with the search attributes of your ideal customer to find a new professional audience similar to your existing ones.
  • Audience Template – This trait of LinkedIn is for those who are advertising for the first time. LinkedIn has some predefined 20 B2B audiences that could prove worthy of your business.
  • Interested Targeting – Recently released by LinkedIn, this trait is a new way to reach members that match their professional interests. With more than 200 professional interest categories you can target a highly specific audience.

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The 6-Step Digital Marketing Routine For Busy Entrepreneurs

Digital Marketing Routine For Busy Entrepreneurs

The most successful entrepreneurs follow a set routine every single day. Sounds ludicrous, right?

You’ve probably seen advertisements all over the place (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, the WWW) that talks about people working from home for just an hour a day making $100,000 or more.

Are those guys following a routine every single day?

A-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y!

Well, at least the ones that are making money are — the successful ones.

So, what are the successful entrepreneurs doing that you aren’t?

And what can you do to be successful like them?

For starters, you need to create a routine that works. One that keeps you focused and pushes you to be successful. Successful entrepreneurs get up early, put in a lot of work (especially in the beginning), and they don’t give up when things get difficult. By following a routine, they already know what to expect for the day. And when you follow a routine, you’ll know what to expect too. So, we’ve looked at several routines from successful digital marketers and we’ve come up with a 6-step approach that we feel will keep you moving in the right direction.

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Staying Small to Make it Big: How to Be a Micro-Influencer

An influencer is to Instagram, as fish is to water; nowadays, celebrities and marketers alike live and thrive on the photo-sharing social media platform better than any other place online. 

And this really comes to no surprise. Over the years, Instagram has become home to a section of individuals who’ve figured out how to monetize content, attracting big brand and small businesses, and virtually everything and everyone in between.

How to Be a Micro-Influencer

In fact, recent statistics show that the buying decision of as much as 70% of millennial consumers is affected by the recommendations of their peers. The same survey shows that 30% of consumers across different age segments are more likely to purchase products recommended by non-celebrity bloggers because they feel they can relate more to these influencers than their more popular counterparts.

The numbers really do say it all: the Instagram influencer game used to be dominated by those with high follower counts, but such doesn’t seem to be the case these days. People are starting to turn to their peers for opinions, seeking insight and reviews from influencers who are low-key enough to be real and relatable.

These people, in social media speak, are micro-influencers.

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