Reading the iPaper's piece today about the rise of Slack I had to raise a small smile; the diminishing value and relevance of email has long been something of a cause célèbre when advising clients on their ongoing Comms strategy.
At 3B we find ourselves increasingly guiding clients - existing and prospective - towards taking a broader and more holistic overview of their marketing strategies; looking less for a clear ROI on each and every ad investment and more towards attributing each potential “touch-point” along the consumer’s journey to conversion with a value according to that event’s perceived or actual influence upon the transaction.
According to Boston Consulting Group the “web economy” in G20 countries is set to double by 2016. The study, commissioned by Google, assumes that in the next 4 years around 3 billion people with be using the Internet – nearly 50% of the world’s population, and asserts that the UK is one of the most advanced ecommerce economies.
“Do I need a website at all?”
It seems as though it was a hundred years ago that companies, new or established, were asking that question when considering their digital options. These days businesses no longer need to be persuaded since they know that their “digital presence” is as essential as their need for computing power. That said, the conversation continues as to how best to use the available platforms. Social Marketing, Newsletters, Video, News feeds, and perhaps most importantly, Search all form part of a wider, more comprehensive approach to Online Marketing.
The 3B team have just returned from this year’s sensational Joomla Convention, “J and Beyond” – a 4 day celebratory geek-fest of all that is wonderful in the world of Open Source. This is the second year that Jack Bremer & I have attended, and this year we took along our Lead Developer, Jordan Worner, and our Head of Search, Hugh Williams.
Many of the brands we manage have a presence on popular social networking platforms, namely Facebook and Twitter. Recently, one of our strategies centred around a competition for Facebook Fans to win tickets to see P!NK live in concert and runners up to win goody bags provided by Marshall Arts. The Facebook Fan Page this competition ran on was already popular with music fans, with the admin regularly posting out information and engaging in conversations with fans.
The Internet has always been used for communication, and with the development of social networking sites, the way in which media is shared and people stay in touch has been transformed. Web users can easily send messages to each other, share photographs or post events with sites such as Facebook and Twitter, which has sparked their boom in popularity.