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Boost Engagement with Influencer Marketing: 6 Examples of B2C Brands incl. SMB #ContentMarketing


When thinking of influencers, we are inclined to think about very visible opinion makers or celebrities. Well think again! Here are 6 real life stories, brought by Julius, about brands leveraging anonymous influencers that helped them get a real boost in engagement in B2C.

It’s always to me the best way to get to things: real life stories about what brands are doing successfully. There are even more learnings in failure by the way but they’re more shy to share these.

Feel free to post yours as a comment to this post.

Have a great day!

Source: Julius | 6 Examples of Brands that Boosted Engagement with Influencer Marketing

What a pivotal year in our industry! Mobile, Cloud and Social making new leaders


What a pivotal year in our industry! Let’s face it, IT has been attesting more evidences that its tectonic forces at work did let emerge new leaders and previous ones fade.

Combining this to Big Data and associated analytics to get a modern business insight, let’s attest we’re already in a new world. Get ready if you’re not already! CIO, CMO, CDO or CEOs, don’t let your competition harness these revolutions before you get a chance to compete or lead: initiate change now.

Week in review: Big Data’s impact on the world – Enterprise Apps gold rush to the cloud


Big Data is pursuing to bubble up as the topic of choice for the beginning of 2012, even during Davos. Not surprising when one can attest that the cloud computing model is making significant progress all over the planet and even in my home country, France, where skepticism used to be the attitude regarding it. In turn, leveraging the cloud leads to Big Data, in a business context as well, to try to extract from all sorts of data streams meaningful business insights.

Big Data’s Impact in the World
Steve Lohr, in the New York Times, develops some examples in various areas and highlights some interesting numbers.

I won’t come back on Facebook IPO as the entire planet just twitted and blogged about it. But let’s step back 5 years ago and remember how people where viewing Facebook back then. It changed big time, Facebook is no longer a youngster phenomena but a business eye opener. Amazing 180° view of the world for a company supposedly going to be valued more than $100B now. Don’t you think? We’re already in a new world. Social Media is now a reality to most businesses, Marketing cannot ignore it anymore and mobile devices are becoming rapidly the #1 entry point to it. By the way, what is the revenue Facebook is making on mobiles ;-)? (None for now, but stay tuned).

By the way, recently SAP acquired Successfactors for $3.4B, Salesforce.com did the same with Rypple and Oracle with Taleo for $1.9B and RightNow, check this out. The enterprise apps gold rush seems to be on the cloud.

As Larry Ellison said about cloud computing in 2008: “What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?” Not there yet apparently 😉

So are you ready for Big Data, cloud computing, social networks and mobile internet?

Best Internet Trends Presentation – Web 2.0 Summit


KPCB Internet Trends 2011

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As usual, Mary Meeker delivered this presentation during Web 2.0 summit and summarizes important trends in our industry with a lot of meaningful data.

Internet Trends 

  1. Globality – We Aren’t In Kansas Anymore… 
  2. Mobile – Early Innings Growth, Still… 
  3. User Interface – Text -> Graphical -> Touch / Sound / Move 
  4. Commerce – Fast / Easy / Fun / Savings = More Important Than Ever… 
  5. Advertising – Lookin’ Good… 
  6. Content Creation – Changed Forever 
  7. Technology / Mobile Leadership – Americans Should Be Proud 
  8. Mega-Trend of 21st Century = Empowerment of People via Connected Mobile Devices 
  9. Authentic Identity – The Good / Bad / Ugly. But Mostly Good? 
  10. Economy – Lots of Uncertainty 
  11. USA Inc. – Pay Attention!

Managing Customer Experience: the next big thing?


I am a big believer in management guru Peter Drucker saying “What gets measured gets managed“. When it gets down to tracking a company’s success, too many businesses tend to rely on market share, profitability, EPS growth or repeat purchases only. Don’t take me wrong, you still need to track these down, but as one brilliant Berkeley Marketing guru asked: “Do you think your partner is loyal only because he’s having diner every night at home? So, does the number of repeat sales indicates that your customer is loyal?” At least for the first one you must admit he’s got a point.

Nowadays, customer experience is one if not the main ingredient of customer loyalty which translates into market share — as loyal customers are the best brand advocates, profitability and EPS growth i.e. the way most businesses would define success. Then what are you doing about it?

If you’re still in doubt, take the coffee business as an example. Who has been insanely successful in this business? Starbucks and Nespresso success stories — follow the links for more — can attest about it.

As Shaun Smith, author of Managing Customer Experience, details in his post, there are 10 best practices to create real business value:

  1. Successful deployment requires the active and continuing involvement of leadership
  2. Ensuring cross-functional ownership is vital
  3. Focusing on your most strategically important customers
  4. Finding out what these customers truly value
  5. Being clear about what you stand for
  6. Delivering the promise at every touch point
  7. Providing branded training to ensure that employees understand the brand story
  8. Designing CEM before installing CRM systems
  9. Measuring the customer experience
  10. Aligning KPIs with the customer experience

This is heavy duty, but social media — as you can see in the Starbucks video in the link above — is becoming instrumental in that regard.

I’ll leave you with the five barriers to measuring customer experience, from mycustomer.com:

“Customer experience isn’t just about giving customers a good time. It’s about understanding just how good a time (or not) you are giving – and making adjustments”

  1. We rely on magic numbers
  2. We don’t really listen
  3. Measuring word of mouth is hard
  4. We have too much functional data – too little insight
  5. We don’t look beyond the obvious and the superficial

How to measure your brand’s online influence?


Several tools are emerging to help you do this, and Inc. touched on this in an interesting post about it and even providing in their opinion the 11 best web analytics tools. They come back on how Web Analytics 2.0 is defined:

  1. The analysis of qualitative and quantitative data from your website and the competition
  2. To drive a continual improvement of the online experience of your customers and prospects
  3. Which translates into your desired outcomes (online and offline)

Inc. concludes like this:

“Measuring online influence can be useful—and has potential to reinforce your social-media strategy (hey, it just feels cool when you get a high score)—particularly for growing brands looking to utilize technology to make their jobs easier and more effective. However, it’s not for everyone.” — Dave Smith, Inc.

Another post on GigaOm from Georgina Laidla highlights the 5 Ways Brands Influence Social Media Strategy:

“It’s not just the way organizations engage through social media that matters: the portrayal of a business brand in this space is affected by a range of factors.”

And the factors she lists

  1. Network & Tools – the tools and network you use say something about your brand
  2. Types of engagement
  3. Who’s making the update?
  4. Degree of integration with other offerings
  5. People your brand follows, friends and fans

preaching for an evolving approach.

At the end of the day, there is in my opinion no option for all of us to engage into measuring our brand’s influence online. We better get starting ASAP and make our plans on how to do it. This is what I am doing already for the brand I work for which faces an interesting challenge to do it with one voice globally. Your feedback and experiences are more than welcome on this blog.

Unhappy Customers Can Be Won Back via Social Media


According to a report (pdf) sponsored by RightNow, Social Media is an effective way to bring back unhappy customers. Marketing Charts reports about it as well here. The research present a number of facts to support this: 

– 68% of consumers who posted a complaint or negative review on a social networking after a negative holiday shopping experience got a response from a retailer.
– 18% of those turned into loyal customers, 33% turned around and posted a positive review and 34% deleted their original negative review
On top of it 50% of consumers say great customer service/experience influences their decision to buy from a specific online retailer and after a positive shopping experience 31% purchased more from this retailer.
Finally, 28% of consumers looking for information or support with online shopping researched what other customers said on social networking and reviews websites.
In many cases, the 32% of US consumers who posted a negative review of a holiday shopping experience in 2010 and were ignored by the retailer simply had a bad impression reinforced. Six in 10 (61%) of these consumers said they would have been shocked had the retailer contacted them.
So YES social media has a growing influence on your customers loyalty and you should be paying attention to it. Actually we all know that a happy customer is the most effective sales influencer when turned into an advocate.

According to the same research, for consumers who had a positive exeprience this holiday season online, 21% recommended the retailer to friends and13% posted a positive online review about the retailer.