The rise of Influencer Marketing 2.0. At the recent Wave 2017 conference thought leaders like Brian Solis laid out why we must more to a new model for influence and advocacy and how to make the most out of your "people channel". We summarise the main talking points and look at what best practice influencer marketing should look like in 2018.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, or rather Christmas shopping and the retail frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Originating in the States immediately after Thanksgiving (which is on the third Thursday of November), it’s become a regular shopping event across the world, with brands knocking down prices to thwart competitors, and sharp-elbowed customers grabbing those deals fast. Sleep and you weep: in the past, some High Street shops have found they should’ve drafted in more staff and, online, surging traffic has caused some unprepared e-retail sites to wobble and crash; unforgivable errors that many customers don’t forget. How ready is your business and how stable your holiday marketing strategy?
The General Data Protection Regulation coming into force next May will create new rules to keep data safe. But it is causing concern for companies aiming to ensure the data they hold stays within that new law. Panic has spread rumours and now there are many GDPR myths circulating. Sam Reed explores five of the biggest myths around GDPR and discusses its impact.
Rakuten Marketing research has found that UK marketers are willing to pay large sums to social stars and ‘influencers’ – but 86% of marketers admit they aren’t entirely sure how the fees are calculated and 38% don’t know if that layout is actually driving sales. Despite this, spend on influencer marketing is on the rise. James Collins studies the stats behind this latest trend in celebrity marketing and tots up the value.