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Autumn Book Competition

This Autumn we are offering two copies of Confident Digital Content by Adam Waters. As we are doing more hands-on courses, like the Mobile Video for Social Media course, we thought it would be a great idea to offer a book which had practical tips on how to create/craft digital content like text, images and video.

Here''s an overview of what to expect from the book:

Confident Digital Content teaches you valuable hard skills, including how to create and upload great video content, graphic design, photography for social media, community management, digital strategy and metrics, and helps you learn them through practical exercises in every chapter. It also provides insightful guidance on how to boost your career and employability by honing your leadership, creativity and entrepreneurial skills in the world of digital. Case studies from inspiring individuals at organizations including CNN International, Mumsnet, Bunster's Hot Sauce, HuffPost UK, and Crocstar Media show you real world examples of excellent digital content in practice.

This book is your ultimate guide to achieving the technical proficiency and confidence to start an inspiring digital career path, whether your ambition is to rise to the top of your chosen industry, be a successful freelancer or become an entrepreneur.

How to enter?

Just fill out your details below and we will enter you into the book completion. The draw takes place on the 26th October at 12.00 pm and the two lucky winners will receive a copy of this book.

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Social media tips straight from the horse’s mouth

Whenever you decide to write a blog article you always have the theme/idea in mind about what you are going to write and, more often than not, during the course of your research you will end up either going to trusted sources or using Google to discover new ones. If I'm writing a social media article, I often visit sites like Social Media Examiner, Social Media Today or Hubspot, either looking for stats or the latest news or simply to just get ideas. Other sources for ideas would include , Mashable, Wired or Techcrunch.  As you can see these are all news sites/blogs but if you want information from the company's perspective on new products, tips or upgrades, you might be better off taking a look at their blog sections.

So, with this in mind, I thought I'd identify for you some of the blog sections of the most popular social media platforms and also to highlight some articles which you might find of use/interest.

LinkedIn blog

Unlike many of the blogs you may visit the LinkedIn blog is bang-up-to-date - actually appearing to blog on a daily basis. Also, unlike many other blogs of a similar nature, it has a fresh and colourful luck feel about it. The articles are varied and just don't look at the tips and tools of LinkedIn but also, broadly, look at the other aspects of digital marketing. These are some of the articles that caught my eye on LinkedIn blog:

Instagram business blog

Instagram don't blog as frequently as LinkedIn - in fact the last blog article that they wrote was in July. However, it's always worthwhile to check out their blog every so often as they will highlight the latest product announcements and tips on how to use some of their latest product features. What's also pretty useful is that each of the articles includes links to either the business section or help section of LinkedIn, so that you can get more information.

Twitter Business Outlook

Twitter does have a blog on its website, which covers a number of important issues such as user safety and mental health and updates. However, I thought it would be more useful to point you in the direction of Twitter Business Outlook, which offers advice on how to get the most out of twitter for your business. The site is nicely set up in a 'tiled' fashion and articles are broken down according to categories like inspiration, trends & insights and updates.

Facebook for Business

Facebook has a Facebook media blog which has some very interesting articles but they tend to be purely focused on media. If you're looking at the advice, tips, latest information on Facebook, and Then the Facebook Business section is where you want to be headed. Its new stories are categorised according to Ads, Pages, Inspiration and Success Stories and I'm sure it will give you lots of ideas on how to further develop your Facebook business presence. You may want to check out these articles:

Articles of Interest


21 stats to convince your boss that Social Video is worth investing in

Social Video is IMPORTANT and getting even MORE IMPORTANT. And with your Smartphone cameras having ever more advanced hardware and great (free) applications, there is no reason why most organisations can't take advantage of this important medium. Whether it's testimonials, interviews, product demos, how-to's or much more video is the perfect medium and so we have compiled some stats and facts below that should help to convince you or your boss that it's time to invest in it!

  1. Video marketers get 66% more qualified leads per year (Aberdeen Group)
  2. Video marketers achieve a 54% increase in brand awareness (Aberdeen Group)
  3. Viewers retain 95% of a message when they watch it in a video compared to 10% when reading it in text (Insivia)
  4. Social video generates 1200% more shares than text and images combined (SmallBizTrends)
  5. 90% of users say that product videos are helpful in the decision process (HubSpot)
  6. People spend 3 times longer watching a live social video compared to prerecorded video (Social Media Today)
  7. Video posts have 135% greater organic reach than photo posts (Social Media Today)
  8. 83% of those using video think it gives them a good ROI; 82% think it’s a key part of their strategy (2017 State of Video Marketing)
  9. Of those that aren’t using video, 73% have bought a product after watching a video (2017 State of Video Marketing)
  10. 97% of businesses using explainer videos say it helps users understand their business better (2017 State of Video Marketing)
  11. 94% of businesses see video as an effective tool (2017 State of Video Marketing)
  12. 81% saw an increase in sales and 53% said support calls were reduced (2017 State of Video Marketing)
  13. As many as 93% of video views that happen on Twitter happen on a mobile device (Twitter)
  14. Tweets with videos are 6x more likely to be Retweeted than Tweets with photos (Twitter)
  15. Embedded video on Twitter seen as more relevant, less intrusive and drives higher favourability (Twitter)
  16. 78% of businesses that have used Facebook Live, said it was an effective marketing tool (2017 State of Video Marketing)
  17. 62% of B2B marketers have rated video as an effective content marketing tactic (Content Marketing Institute)
  18. One minute of video is worth 1.8 million words (Forrester Research)
  19. 59% of executives say they would rather watch a video than read text (Wordstream)
  20. Facebook videos receive 135% more organic reach on average than a Facebook photo (Socialbakers)
  21. 82% of Twitter users watch video content on Twitter (Twitter)

Related Courses

Social Media Course London (or Cardiff)
Mobile Video For Social Media Course


Congratulations to our CIM and CAM students

We are pleased to announce that ALL of our students have passed the exams/assessments they sat in July. Students sat the CIM Level 3, Level 4 and CAM Diploma courses. Many of the Level 3 and 4 students have now completed all modules and have gained, respectively, the CIM Foundation Certificate in Marketing and the CIM Professional Certificate in Marketing. Quite a few of our students started their CIM Level 3/4 courses in January and February and completed all modules in 6 months - something that is possible with our teaching approach and which they should be, justly, proud.

The students who submitted their CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing assignments were the last to do so (as this was the last exam board for the course) and they all passed and achieved their Diplomas.

Well done to all you. We know you have all worked hard and deserve your qualifications!


Social Media Spotlight on Fitbit

With the summer holidays over there's a good chance that you will want to shed all those excess pounds that you have gained over the last couple months. And this means, undoubtedly, that you will start looking for fitness accessories: trainers, shorts, tops and, quite possibly, a fitness tracker. If you're looking for a fitness tracker, there is every chance that you will evaluate one of the top 3 in terms of sales volume - Fitbit. So, what is this company doing in terms of social media activity?

In terms of social media Fitbit uses a number of platforms. As we can see below they are using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and a blog. The first two even have dedicated UK accounts. What I aim to do now this offer an overview of how Fitbit is using each of these platforms hopefully this will give you some ideas and inspiration for managing and maintaining your own social media channels.

Fitbit Blog

As you can see from the headers at the top of the screenshot, blog articles are categorised according to whether they fall into the topics of Get Moving, Eat Well, Feel Good, Be Inspired or Fitbit News. You could say the first four sections are focused on your health and well-being, whilst the last section offers you a glimpse of the latest products and apps, events and media coverage of Fitbit. A rudimentary search on Google indicates that there are over 3000 articles written on this blog (the blog has been around product launched in 2007).

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Mobile Video for Social Media Workshops

We are REALLY excited to announce that from July we are are going to be running a Mobile Video for Social Media Marketing Workshop. Marketing Tom has teamed up with experienced mobile video trainer, Anna Brees, whose cv includes being a successful Broadcast Journalist working as a reporter and presenter for ITV and the BBC, a facilitator with the National Union of Journalists and who has been successfully running training courses for the past 9 months.

>> Check out dates and booking information <<


We plan to deliver these workshops on a regular basis from September. However, before that we are looking to run a ‘pilot’ session (or two) to see the dynamics of Anna's delivery mixed with some of our own digital marketing/social media approaches (Anna has already delivered around 30 workshops and worked with Arriva Trains and Admiral). It will very much be hands-on with plenty of time for creating and editing your own videos and will focus on creating video for social media through your mobile phone be it an iPhone, Samsung or pretty much any mobile/tablet device.

Workshop Overview

You will learn the following:

  • Advanced filming and editing skills using the native camera app and KineMaster
  • Simple animation graphic apps like Animoto and Flyr
  • Where to find free to use music, video and images
  • How to turn your phone into an autocue so you never forget what to say
  • Apps that create timelapse footage
  • How to do chroma key, green screen

The plan is to have a mixed group of people of - probably no more than 10.

Cost

We are going to slash the price from our usual £195 to £115 per delegate or 2 for £185 for this pilot course. London prices will be £215 and £345 for 2 delegates.

>> Check out dates and booking information <<


Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2018

Every year Mary Meeker delivers one of the most anticipated presentations on Internet trends. This year it was delivered at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The slides below cover all aspects of Internet trends relating to smartphones, time spent on the Internet, mobile payments, voice-controled applications, e-commerce sales, and offer insights into both companies (like Amazon and Google) and countries (such as China). It runs out to 294 slides and here are some interesting points:

  • 3.6 billion people or half the world is on the Internet
  • eCommerce revenue was up 16% in 2017 in the U.S. versus 14% the previous year
  • Often when people start out in eCommerce they go to companies like Shopify and take payments through companies like Square
  • People's product searches begin either with Amazon (49%) or with search engines like Google (36%)
  • But discovery is emerging as a way to find products, especially on platforms like Facebook and Instagram
  • Social media is enabling more efficient product discovery in commerce
  • eCommerce referrals from social media, are at 6% versus 2% in 2015
  • 45% of Spotify's monthly active users are subscribers versus 0% when they launched the subscription product 10 years ago
  • 79% of US consumers are willing to share 'Personal data' for 'Clear Personal Benefit'

There is a lot of very useful data here which can give you an insight into where the Internet is heading and, possibly, where your focus as an organisation should be. China and AI are worth particular attention on this slide deck.

Here's the video presentation of the Internet Trends:

And here is the slide deck:


Social Media Cheat Sheet: Hashtags, Image Sizes and More

I delivered a social media marketing training course in London yesterday to a group of attendees from a diverse range of organisations. As with every social media course run we had a good range of questions regarding Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and blogging. And so I thought I'd share some of the subjects that came up (along with others on recent social media courses) and offer you links to different sources where you will find the answers.

Character Length and Number of Hashtags

As with every social media course the question of the optimal amount of characters for writing blogs, Facebook updates, Twitter updates and the correct number of hashtags for Instagram and Twitter always comes up. In an article I wrote last month - 21 awesome social media hacks - I point out that 2 hashtags or Twitter and 11 for Instagram seem to be acceptable (both stats come from CoSchedule).

If you're looking for a comprehensive guide to write numbers of characters and hashtags for all of the social media the Platforms, can I suggest you take a look at the Know Your Limit: The Ideal Length of Every Social Media Post article from Spout Social. (more…)


21 Awesome Social Media Hacks for Digital Marketers

Before looking at some of the hacks you can use within social media, it is worth considering some of the stats. Did you know there are 3.03 billion active social media across the globe. 91% of retail brands use 2 or more social media channels, whilst 81% of all small and medium businesses use some kind of social platform. And according to Social Media Today Customers Spend 20-40% More On Companies Who Engage With Them On Social Media? So, with all of this going on, it is so critical that you are armed with the tools to help you succeed. And, with that in mind, here are 21 Social Media hacks you can implement today! (more…)