8 Marketing Lessons from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

July 22nd, 2015   •   3 comments   

Star Wars The Force Awakens

Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford reprise their roles in The Force Awakens (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

18 December 2015 is going to be a day to remember. For Star Wars fans around the world, it will be the day when Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is released in cinemas around the world.

Already touted as the movie event of the year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is part of an epic space opera film originally created by George Lucas. Directed by J. J. Abrams, the 7th installment in the episodic Star Wars film series will star John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, and the original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
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How to Optimize Your Content Marketing

July 16th, 2015   •   no comments   

Optimize - Attract Customers Through SEO, Social Media and Content Marketing

How do you incorporate Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Social Media, and Content Marketing into your marketing efforts?

Answer: Adopt a customer-centric content marketing strategy which incorporates search and social media optimization.
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Inbound Marketing 101: A Beginner’s Guide

June 18th, 2015   •   no comments   

Inbound Marketing

Do you know what Inbound Marketing is? Keen to use inbound marketing to improve your marketing ROI?

Pioneered by co-founders of HubSpot Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah, inbound marketing is a leading Business to Business (B2B) digital marketing strategy. The fact that HubSpot is a NASDAQ listed marketing automation company worth $1.24 billion in market capitalisation is a testimony to inbound marketing’s strengths.
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How Influencers Evolved in the Digital Age

June 9th, 2015   •   no comments   

How Influencers Evolved in the Digital Decades
Orginal image courtesy of The Drum

How have social influencers changed over the years? What impact does technology play on the evolution of influence?

I asked myself this question as I reflected on how much things have changed over the past two decades. 
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The 3 Ts of the Social Age

June 4th, 2015   •   no comments   

The 3Ts of the Social Age
Courtesy of Drew’s Marketing Minute

Truth. Transparency. Trust.

These 3 Ts are the cornerstones of business, leadership and management. They also make good business sense in the social age – one where reputation, authority and influence matters more than slick advertising or clever creatives.
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6 Linguistic Tricks that Stick

May 29th, 2015   •   no comments   

6 Linguistic Tricks That Stick

Can you guess what the above image is saying? (courtesy of Kritter5X)

Wonder why certain content dazzles and sparkles while others taste flatter than a day old beer?

The secret lies in how words are orchestrated to create a perfect symphony.
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8 Ways To Grow Your Social Influence

May 25th, 2015   •   2 comments   

Taylor Swift Social Influencer
How would Taylor Swift grow her social influence? (courtesy of Hypable)

Can anybody become a social influencer these days? What are the steps needed to build your personal brand online?

Well, the world isn’t quite the same as before.
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The Age of Antiheroes

May 1st, 2015   •   no comments   

The Age of Antiheroes - Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki’s movies are full of anti-heroes (courtesy of The Playlist)

Have you watched a Hayao Miyazaki movie like “Spirited Away”, “Howl’s Moving Castle” or “Princess Mononoke”?

If you did, you would have noticed something.

Miyazaki’s protagonists are anything but strong and heroic. On the contrary, they are often plagued by uncertainties, weaknesses and worries. However, we still love them! (Or at least I do)
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How to Master SEO for WordPress

April 28th, 2015   •   8 comments   

Wordpress SEO Success

For a long time, I thought I knew what Search Engine Optimization (SEO) was all about.

I mean, isn’t it about stuffing keywords in your website content? That is, incorporating them in the headlines, sub-headlines and body copy of your blog posts ad nauseum. And perhaps one should also stuff one’s web pages with numerous meta tags and descriptions?
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Social Physics – A New Science of Influence

April 20th, 2015   •   1 comment   

Social Physics Influencer Marketing
Sandy Pentland of MIT (courtesy of MIT)

Why do ideas spread from person to person? How do we marry the worlds of social influence, big data, and behavioural economics?

Enter Social Physics, a concept coined by MIT Professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland. Director of the Human Dynamics Laboratory, Pentland’s book Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread – The Lessons from New Science proposes a new theory of human social interaction.
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