Posts tagged "Social Media"

What consumers want: relevant content, community & context

Paul Robson, Managing Director, Adobe Australia & New ZealandLinkedIn

The immense volume and variety of information on the Internet makes it easier than ever for consumers to form opinions about brands and make purchasing decisions. In such a heavily saturated media environment, marketers need to know what the most powerful factors in the purchasing process are, which methods are most valuable, and what Australian consumers want. New research suggests that the answers are: highly-relevant and personalised content, a strong community of peers and a unique social context that binds the community, content and company.

Marketing Myth Busters, a study conducted by Edelman Berland, in partnership with Adobe, shows most Australians are comfortable with online products and services that have been customised for them, but they don’t want to sacrifice their privacy to get it. The study also shows that most Australians prefer to look at traditional ads in magazines or on TV, rather than online. So does this mean digital marketers are failing consumers?

Relevancy and personalization are key to delivering successful digital marketing campaigns. Digital marketers are getting access to more information than ever before but unless they can use that data more effectively they will miss opportunities. At the same time, consumers need to consider how much of their personal information they are willing to share in order to receive products and services that are more relevant to them.

The Myth Busters research has also found that consumers believe the two most effective ways to encourage consideration of a product or brand is through recommendations from someone they trust (69%) and recommendations from consumer reviews (45%). This suggests that through social media, peers have become an influential factor in purchasing decisions.

Consumers are actively using social media to seek out information and reviews of products from peers, but they want content from brands to tell unique stories rather than simply ‘sell’. Their motivations for engaging with brands and products, as well as the types of content they wish to see, are very specific and this means advertisers need to re-consider how they construct their messages and content for social media. Simply mirroring the content or methods used in other media won’t produce results.

The Marketing Myth Busters study also found that:

  • Checking updates from friends is the primary function of social media for both consumers (32%) and marketers (40%)
  • 63% of consumers feel positive or neutral when a company customizes its products or services for them
  • 84% of consumers agree that companies collect too much information on consumers
  • 49% of consumers said they ‘like’ brands on social media that they buy regularly
  • 51% of consumers see the action of ‘liking’ a product or brand on social media equal to communicating tastes or interests, while 41% see it as recommending that product to friends or family
  • 51% of consumers answered “Yes, very much” when asked if they wished there was a ‘dislike’ button on social media sites
  • 75% of consumers believe advertisements should tell a unique story, and not sell.
  • Consumers and marketers prefer to look at ads in their favourite print magazine (consumers: 33%, marketers: 27%) or favourite TV show (marketers: 39%, consumers: 31%), compared to online media.

The consumer perception of marketing’s ineffectiveness may seem concerning, but the fact that consumers prefer to look at ads in printed magazines and on TV suggests they’re still receptive to advertising. Marketers should be more concerned with the context created by the messaging and positioning of content.

To create successful campaigns for the social and digital world, marketing content needs to be created and positioned in a context that is unique and relevant to the social community. But this can only be achieved by abandoning standardised messaging and direct calls to action in favor of content that; fosters community discussion about relevant topics between peers, provides unique brand or product-oriented experiences and leverages in-direct social calls to action.

Consumers want to be social. They want to be a part of a community, and they also want to be involved with brands and products that engage them with their peers in a bigger social context. Is your company creating this context for its consumers yet?

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To read the full findings of the Marketing Myth Busters report, click here.

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Benchmarking Asia Pacific: A Unique Region

Mark Phibbs from Adobe and Liz Miller from the CMO Council discuss the methodology behind the APAC Digital Marketing Performance Dashboard 2012 and how Asia Pacific is a unique region.

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The Top 5 Digital Marketing Priorities in APAC 2013

This infographic is based on the APAC Digital Marketing Performance Dashboard 2012, a joint research by CMO Council and Adobe measuring the state of digital marketing performance and maturity across APAC. Marketers in the APAC region were asked what areas of digital marketing will be their top priorities to execute in 2013.  The top 5 results are displayed below:

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Are you connecting the digital dots?

Umang Bedi, Managing Director – Adobe, South Asia LinkedIn

Mr Umang Bedi Adobe Systems India (189)The marketing world is undergoing a tsunami of change. This rate of change is compounded by the sheer quantum of data being generated from multiple sources be it CRM data, third party data, user preference data or the massive deluge of social data . The main struggle that marketers’ today face is how to get meaningful insights from this vast quantity of data. Additionally, today marketing is a boardroom conversation where marketers have added pressure to justify the ROI on marketing budgets which itself is just the tip of the ice berg.  An effective marketing organization needs to keep pace with these changes.  How does a marketer surface insight from the vast quantity of data and decide what step to take next? Marketers need to understand how campaigns are performing, which creative to use and how to deliver those campaigns and across which devices.  Additionally, this must happen whether the campaign is a search ad, mobile app, on a social platform, email, landing page or the entire web site which adds to the complexity of data mining to gather the right insights.

 

The Digital Self

This vast quantum of data, in all its forms, paints a picture of who your customer really is – the ‘Digital  Self’ which is a whole new source of intelligence and influence. Within this, lie the smaller, critical insights that will drive success for the marketer. It is this tremendous idea that whether you are an advertiser, marketer or publisher – it’s the small things that bring meaning to every digital interaction and experience. It is this that lets us rethink what’s possible; taking signals and creating something magical transforming it into an expression of a brand connecting with real people. Not people who reside in rows and columns of a database but real people who have wants, desires and needs. It is about taking the countless signals, the self-defining choices, and turning them into meaningful experiences. Not just for the 1.5 billion individuals who are online everyday but also for the next billion who are coming. The Digital Self reflects how individuals are represented online – their likes, friends, purchases, comments, and everything that is shared through digital channels. If we can learn how to take these signals and map the patterns in a way that helps create more meaningful digital experiences it will change the way we advertise, market and publish and the way we reach each other.

 

Data and Content – Two sides of the same coin

Data is at the very core of digital marketing. However, data isn’t actionable alone – it is simply the left hand of digital marketers. The right hand is content. Content is elemental, it is beautiful, expressive and what brings experiences to life. It is content that provides the substance and drives people to take action – knowing what you want, seeing what you want and getting what you want. As marketers, we are creating more content than ever before; it is exploding just as much as data is. While content drives people to action, data is the enabler that helps amplify the content in small yet profound ways. We have often relied on cumbersome and time-consuming processes that require crunching large quantities of data over months to identify high-value audiences. As marketers, we need information that paints a full picture of the business- creative designs, advertising and analytics in one easy-to-access spot. There is a huge need in the market to help sort through terabytes of data quickly, to uncover valuable audiences and in a timeframe that allows them to promptly identify audiences based on shared characteristics and to also predict the probability of them converting. Digital marketers that get this are ripping out antiquated systems that simply do not scale and re-platforming their digital infrastructure.  But, the real payoff is the optimization that brings together data and content. It is the intelligence that allows us to deliver unique experiences to consumers that speak to them and inspire them to act. Everyone who engages with digital is exposed to a message, and if those aren’t just generic messages but connections that are relevant and meaningful to one’s interests and life – that’s even better.

 

The Last Millisecond

Marketers are tasked with delivering experiences to consumers in a fractional space of time: between the action – every swipe, tag, drag and click – and the decision – to buy, to subscribe, to join, or to leave the page. This is a concept which we at Adobe define at the last millisecond. To deliver a quality, engaging, in-context experience in that last millisecond, marketers need to overcome not only technology barriers but also organizational ones. It is not only about the right tools but how to work better with them. It is about understanding your customer. What do you know about this visitor? Where has he come from – banner ads, facebook posts, mobile app; is he an existing customer or is he a new visitor? What are his interests? What is the value that I can offer him? The system must be able to track his behavior, preempt his need and give him something relevant. This involves assimilating all the information I have, filtering it as per the interests of the visitor, understanding his requirement and delivering that onto an omni channel environment including mobile devices, tablets, kiosks and smart TV has to happen in the last millisecond. For example, the CMO of a car rental company would like to maximize revenue from car rentals during the holiday season. To accomplish this, she needs to know which potential audiences would be most likely to respond to a holiday car rental campaign. Today using advanced analytical tools this is a reality that will help the CMO analyze terabytes of multichannel data to uncover previously unidentified, high-value audiences, perhaps families of five or more and retired couples etc. These audiences are then ranked by their likelihood of converting, which in this case is defined as the customer actually picking up the car they reserve. Going even deeper, solutions today empower marketers to tailor match the interests of the potential customers. For instance, a six-person family would be offered a minivan while the retired couple would be offered a comfortable sedan. It is this kind of optimization in the last millisecond that activates ROI.  It drives a better experience for the customer, allows for media dollars to be spent more wisely and makes the delivery of content as effective as possible.

Getting access to the data that will deliver the information we need to build the right experiences can itself be a big challenge. Marketers need to be empowered to access their data at any time in a simple and efficient manner. Where marketers can connect the digital dots to deliver in that last millisecond, is where the big results start to happen.

Lenovo Selects Adobe Digital and the Adobe Marketing Cloud to Optimise its Digital Marketing

Adam Goodman, Strategy Director, Adobe Digital – LinkedIn, @goodmanan

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Lenovo Australia, a leading global PC manufacturer, boosted the return of its online ad spend and tripled search engine marketing growth after introducing a new process based on Adobe Digital and the Adobe Marketing Cloud.

Lenovo’s goal is to engage with customers as they are making purchase decisions online, either via a laptop, tablet or mobile.

Adobe Media Optimiser along with Adobe Digital helped Lenovo Australia to manage search engine marketing campaigns, improve display advertising investment and maximize the reach of social campaigns all through one fully automated system. Adobe SiteCatalyst delivers real-time, detailed analytics and reporting that helps Lenovo measure, analyse and optimize their digital marketing spending. The combination of these solutions coupled with Adobe Digital’s consulting expertise, has helped Lenovo Australia to achieve impressive efficiency gains and increase ecommerce sales.

Below is an infographic on the results of Lenovo’s ad spend since partnering with Adobe Digital and Adobe Media Optimiser:

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Adobe is excited to be working with Lenovo Australia to help deliver the right tools for its social media and marketing team, and equipping this iconic brand with cutting edge capabilities to improve business outcomes and deliver better experience for customers.

Read the full press release here.

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