In 2010, branded content was one the largest trends among retailers and brands. In 2011, branded content shifted to branded entertainment. Now, in 2012, we’ll look toward content cultivation and aggregation.
By creatively using Pinterest and Tumblr, brands are becoming enthralled with consumer curation, primarily because these types of curated sites create non-linear paths to purchases.
First, retailers post visually appealing images and ideas that are accessible to the online user/consumer. Then, consumers post those images to curated sites. From there, retailers can build brand awareness by directly linking to product pages and encouraging purchase conversions.
“We’re demonstrating the power of peer-to-peer shopping search,” says Buyosphere’s Tara Hunt. “Algorithms are a long way off from picking up nuances that a person can. And personal taste is full of nuance.”
The future of ecommerce, search and social marketing is now tied to personality-influenced consumer curation. Here are 10 product discovery and sharing sites worth paying attention to.
Carat Manchester @CaratManchester has been appointed to Pizza Hut's media planning and buying business. The £11m media account now moves from incumbent Starcom Mediavest, however Starcom will continue to hold responsibility for the group's takeaway business. Carat Manchester will work on all promotions regarding the dine-in menu and regional campaigns.
MEC @MECideas has been appointed to BGL Group's £110m media planning and buying account. The business was won following a head-to-head pitch against incumbent ZenithOptimedia.
Even though you want tweets to look effortless, each one of them should be well thought-out. You want to look at a Twitter campaign from every possible angle and get the opinions of others before it goes live. The following companies may have had the best of intentions, but their tweets will forever be known as some of the most epic social media fails.
An executive had to get rid of one member of his staff. He couldn't decide between Mary and Jack: both had equal seniority and qualifications. Unable to choose, he finally decided that whoever used the water fountain first would be let go.