The Digital Marketing Podcast
An advert free, weekly digital marketing podcast with listeners in over 190 countries worldwide, The Digital Marketing Podcast combines interviews with global experts, together with the latest news, tools, strategies and techniques to give your digital marketing the edge. Perfect for your daily commute, the podcast aims to be both entertaining and informative. Produced by Target Internet and hosted by Digital Marketing and Ecommerce Expert, Ciaran Rogers and Award Winning Author and Speaker, Daniel Rowles. Find out more at TargetInternet.com
Exploring Instagram Influencers and Fake Social Influence Part 2Aug 6, 2019 34:43
Description:In a follow up to our last episode on fake social metrics and engagement, Ciaran speaks to Anders Ankarlid from A Good Company, whose original research into Influencer marketing sparked our interest in effective Influencer marketing measurement. Anders shares the full story behind his research and explains how his organisation have changed how they approach influencer marketing as a result of what they learned. Is your influencer marketing programme at risk of being gamed? Listen in and learn how one innovative startup is tackling the issue and seeking out genuine advocates, rather than just chasing gamed and fake influence. Useful Links:- You can read an original, in-depth article, "The 744 Million Influencer Marketing Scam" that we discuss the results from here. https://medium.com/@aa_88162/influencerstudy-agoodcom-4c7ac6c27fae A Good Company Hype Auditor tool Listen to Part 1 of our exploration of fake influence
Exploring Instagram Influencers and Fake social Influence Part 1Jul 25, 2019 29:14
Description:"Fake it till you make it" is how the old saying goes, but have too many social influencers taken that old adage too much to heart in the race to look as popular and as influential as possible? In the wake of some interesting in-depth research into levels of fakery on popular social media channels, Ciaran and Daniel explore fake social accounts and followers and fake interactions. We’ve spent some time investigating the dark side of Social media metrics so we can explore how they get gamed. Ever felt that the reach metrics of influencers don't quite tally with actual business results? Is your influencer marketing programme being scammed by influencers gaming social algorithms with fake followers and fake interactions? Listen in and learn how shady social media practices could be skewing your results and what you might do about it to correct course. Useful Links PRWeek Article https://www.prweek.com/article/1590362/majority-uk-instagram-influencers-engage-fakery-landmark-new-study More detailed write up of this research by Anders Arkalid. https://medium.com/@aa_88162/influencerstudy-agoodcom-4c7ac6c27fae Google Trends https://trends.google.com/trends Keywords Everywhere https://keywordseverywhere.com/ Google Keyword Planner Tool https://ads.google.com/intl/en_uk/home/tools/keyword-planner/ Hype Auditor Slide Deck https://www.slideshare.net/pmievents/influencer-marketing-without-the-proper-checks-transparency-will-not-work PR week Autumn research Endelbach https://www.prweek.com/article/1494118/influencer-campaigns-focus-social-proof-not-reach Instagram crackdown on fake accounts https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/19/instagram-fake-followers New York Times investigation into celebrities buying fake followers https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/27/technology/social-media-bots.html What is a click farm? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-30/farming-for-likes-fake-social-media-engagement/10944078 Spark Torro Twitter Follower check https://sparktoro.com/tools/fake-followers-audit Hype Auditor https://hypeauditor.com/en/ Fakecheck.co https://www.fakecheck.co Fakecheck worst offenders https://www.fakecheck.co/bot10-social-engagement#report Fakecheck 10 best accounts https://www.fakecheck.co/top10-social-engagement#report Moz Link Explorer https://moz.com/link-explorer Ubersuggest https://neilpatel.com/ubersuggest/
B2B Conversion OptimizationJul 15, 2019 32:12
Description:Discover how can you get the most out of the traffic you already have with effective CRO. To aid us with this task, we speak to Jeff White, a leading conversion optimization specialist from Kula Partners in Canada who focus their work helping B2B organisations and manufacturers. We explore what Conversion Optimization is, and what it can offer marketers brave enough to admit their website and content could be working much harder. If you are interested in learning more about Conversion Optimization and how to go about practising it effectively, Jeff provides a whole host of useful tips, tools and resources to help improve what you are measuring and to help you learn and improve your skills around conversions. Kula Partners https://kulapartners.com/ Kula Ring Podcast https://kulapartners.com/thekularing/ Google Analytics https://analytics.google.com/analytics/web/ Hotjar https://www.hotjar.com/ Optimizely https://www.optimizely.com/ VWO https://vwo.com/ Conversion XL - Peep Laja’s blog https://conversionxl.com/blog/ Conversion Rate Experts https://conversion-rate-experts.com Also as a bonus thank you for taking the trouble to read our podcast notes- Check out the full audio of their new book Making websites win which they are giving away for free at the moment as a podcast https://conversion-rate-experts.com/audiobook/
Heartificial EmpathyJul 6, 2019 25:57
Description:For any marketer with a heart who wants to connect with their audience, empathy in business has always been important. We explore with Author Minter Dial how empathy is effectively used in the workplace and how important it is as the marketing world embraces artificial intelligence. Are you hard baking enough empathy into the culture of your organisations? Are you exploring how you can work that into any chatbots or AI you may have already launched or are planning to start? Listen in and learn how and why to put heart into your marketing and A.I. Minter Dial's book Heartificial Empathy explores why empathy is essential and how it can be harnessed by businesses that embrace it. Listen in and learn how Minter has gone on his own empathetic journey to help fuel digital transformation projects he’s been involved with. What mistakes are companies trying to harness empathy making, and how can empathy be configured to supercharge the effectiveness of artificial intelligence where it’s deployed? Minter also shares with us his experimentation with an A.I. bot and how that ‘relationship’ radically changed his view on the power of mixing AI with empathy over five days. Useful Links Heartificial Empathy Book https://www.minterdial.com/books/heartificial-empathy/ Minter Dialogue Podcast https://www.minterdial.com/resources/podcasts/ Futureproof interview https://www.targetinternet.com/the-digital-marketing-podcast-episode-156-futureproof-how-to-get-your-business-ready-for-the-next-disruption/ Conversational AI Interview https://www.targetinternet.com/digital-marketing-podcast-episode-197-conversational-ai/
Exploring SEO Link Building TechniquesJun 28, 2019 32:28
Description:Daniel and Ciaran explore the slightly controversial subject of link building. Inspired by a post one of our LinkedIn group members wrote and shared we decided we should explore some the link building techniques we’ve come across and debate how useful they are in terms of adding value to what you do. In our opinion, effective link building is all about adding value around the content you link from and to. It shouldn't be about gaming algorithms, but as you will see, some of these techniques fall between those two objectives depending on how you approach them. We'd love to hear what you think good link building is about and which techniques you find work. Did we miss any good link building tactics and techniques? Any mentioned here you don't think we should have covered? Get in touch and let us know. We'd love to hear from you. Useful Links Omer's post on link building techniques https://omerilyasli.com/blog/link-building-techniques/ Target Internet Digital Marketing Benchmark https://www.targetinternet.com/benchmark-digital-marketing-skills-assessment/ Grafiti.io https://beta.grafiti.io/ Grammarly https://app.grammarly.com/ Quetext https://www.quetext.com/ TinyEYE https://www.tineye.com Answer The Public https://answerthepublic.com/ SEO Minion https://seominion.com/ Neil Patel’s -Ubersuggest https://app.neilpatel.com/en/ubersuggest/ Moz Link Explorer https://moz.com/link-explorer Moz Community account https://moz.com/community/q/moz-free-account Libsyn https://libsyn.com/ Ahrefs Blog post on LInk Reclamation. https://ahrefs.com/blog/link-reclamation/ Wayback Machine https://archive.org/web/ Ciaran's in-depth article on QR codes https://www.targetinternet.com/complete-marketing-guide-to-qr-codes-1
Personal Voice AssistantsJun 10, 2019 33:10
Description:Over the last few months, we've been taking a closer look at voice assistant devices like Amason Alexa and Google Assistant. In this episode, we share how we overcame our scepticism of their usefulness and explore how these devices are used. We also question what effect they might have on future marketing. Ciaran took up a challenge laid down by digital marketing author, speaker and podcast listener, Dr Geraint Evans. Geraint agreed to try and convince Ciaran of the voice assistant's value in an interview which we recorded back in December 2018. As you will hear, Ciaran wasn't having any of it back then, but since spending time with Geraint and playing with a Google Assistant that now lives permanently in his kitchen, he has come around and is a big fan. Daniel's journey with the devices started at Christmas when he obtained both an Alexa device and a Google Home device. Since being installed, he's explored and experimented with these in many ways, including getting them to talk to one another. The global growth in the popularity of voice assistant devices such as the Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant makes them potentially a new and impactful medium for anyone working in marketing. We found you need to own one to understand the effect they have on the user. If you haven't played with voice assistants, we'd recommend you get one and start playing. They are an interesting thing. Useful Links Get In touch with Dr Geraint Evans http://www.drgoevans.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/drgeraintevans/ What Was Google Wave? https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Wave Google Assistant App https://assistant.google.com/ Amazon Alexa App https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201602060 Learn how to build an Alexa Skill https://www.pluralsight.com/guides/amazon-alexa-skill-tutorial Interesting Voice Assistant SEO research recently published by SEMRush. https://www.semrush.com/blog/voice-search-study/
Nine Years of The Digital Marketing PodcastMay 24, 2019 27:24
Description:This week we are celebrating our 9th Birthday. 9 years ago this week we launched The Digital Marketing Podcast. We take a look at a couple of news events in the news that week nine years ago and to celebrate with you all we invite you to try out a whole suite of useful tips and tools to give presents to everyone. There are some games to play, ( Pac man is 39 years old this week so happy birthday to him- check the link below to play!) We also have some face changing video apps plus we explore some inspirational sources for display advertising, Security tools, and some new Search optimisation tips and tools for good measure. Ciaran also shares the somewhat misguided experiment he ran this week which proved Daniel's Dog 'Eddie the Beagle' does in fact look more competent, likeable and influential than Ciaran's social media mug shot. We also announce the winners of our book draw from our recent book launch episode. As part of our birthday Celebrations, we are inviting you all to leave us a review either on iTunes or Stitcher if you haven't done so already. Tell us your thoughts on the show, what you enjoy, and let us know how long you have been listening. Leave us a review in iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-digital-marketing-podcast/id373596600 Leave us a review on Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-digital-marketing-podcast Useful Links Play The Google Doodle Packman https://www.google.com/doodles/30th-anniversary-of-pac-man Google Natural language API Demo https://cloud.google.com/natural-language/ SEM Rush SEO Writing tool Demo http://bit.ly/2K1nWSe Web Page Test https://www.webpagetest.org Google's Rich Media Gallery https://www.richmediagallery.com/ AdEspresso Ad Examples https://adespresso.com/ads-examples/ Moat https://moat.com Personal Branding https://www.photofeeler.com Have I Been Pawned https://haveibeenpwned.com/ Wordfence https://www.wordfence.com/ One Password https://1password.com/ Mug Life https://www.muglife.com/ My Talking Pet IOS https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/my-talking-pet/id1427290424 Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=info.wobamedia.mytalkingpet.plus&hl=en_GB Caroline at Imbue Marketing https://imbue.marketing/
A Planning Masterclass with Peter MorvilleMay 15, 2019 34:51
Description:Daniel and Ciaran take a closer look at planning with an in-depth interview with Peter Morville, the father of information architecture and the author behind the book Planning for Everything: The Design Of Paths and Goals. Peter walks us through the principles and practices of great non-linear planning, which he uses to help both himself and his clients build a better future. In today's world, almost anything is possible, but to achieve it, you need to know how to plan and how to adjust the plan to fit the rapidly evolving landscape we all live and play within. If you hate planning, Peter would argue you're doing it wrong. Fortunately, planning is a skill, everyone from playful improviser to rigorous planner can significantly improve if they are ready to learn. Discover what better planning might do for you, and your organisation. Listen in and be inspired by learning, adjusting and refining how you approach planning and implementation of your plan. Peter's principles are an excellent springboard to take your ideas and future to a whole different level. Jump on board and see where they take you. Useful Links Semantic Studios https://semanticstudios.com Peter on Twitter:@morville Planning for Everything By Peter Morville https://www.amazon.co.uk/Planning-Everything-Design-Paths-Goals/dp/0692059954 Information Architecture By Peter Morville https://www.amazon.com/Information-Architecture-Beyond-Louis-Rosenfeld/dp/1491911689 Eric Ries: The Lean Startup http://theleanstartup.com/ Charles Snyder: The Psychology of Hope https://www.amazon.co.uk/Psychology-Hope-You-Here-There/dp/0743254449 Pema Chödrön https://shambhala.org/teachers/pema-chodron/ Peter Drucker https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Drucker W. Edwards Denning https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Edwards_Deming
Podcast Marketing StrategyMay 2, 2019 16:38
Description:In celebration of their book Podcast Marketing Strategy launching, Daniel and Ciaran explore some of the strategies that make podcasts such an effective content marketing vehicle for so many businesses. Listen in an discover what Podcasting could do for your business. We want to encourage more people to try podcasting. It's a lot easier than you think and the format is just so flexible. It's also a great way to build an engaged community of listeners in a way that other content mediums never achieve. We also share some of our findings and research compiled while writing the book and invite you to get in touch with your questions on podcasting and thoughts on which podcasts you listen to and why. Your Chance to Win a copy Get in touch and share with us which podcasts you listen to and why plus we'd love to hear about any podcasts you run or want to create. Everyone who joins in and gets in touch with questions or feedback before the 2nd of May will be entered into our free prize draw for your chance to win a copy of our book. Simply go to our contact us page to send us a message. Special Listener Offer Order our book with code DIGITALPODCAST20 from KoganPage and save 20% just go to https://www.koganpage.com/podcast-marketing Useful Links Target Internet Contact us page https://www.targetinternet.com/contact/ Purchase the Book https://www.amazon.com/Podcasting-Marketing-Strategy-Publishing-Monetizing/dp/0749486236/ LIBSYN Podcast Hosting https://www.libsyn.com/ BBC Podcasts https://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts Masters of Scale Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/sg/podcast/masters-of-scale-with-reid-hoffman/id1227971746 Kelvin Newman Brighton SEO Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/brightonseos-podcast/id1123307840 Ten Words Podcast by Jeremy Waite https://tenwords.libsyn.com/
Personalized MarketingApr 5, 2019 23:10
Description:Daniel makes a case for the importance of marketing personalization. A lot of this years trend reports have claimed personalization is a big focus for 2019. Daniel shares with us why he thinks this is more important than ever. So exactly how do we provide relevant, personalized content at every stage of our marketing funnel, and how do we take this process and perfect it beyond delivering emails? What systems can we use to provide an improved and more personalized marketing experience for our audiences? Daniel and Ciaran explore a few platforms they have worked with and give some tips on where to start your personalization development journey. Useful Links Building Digital Culture By Daniel Rowles and Thomas Brown Active Campaign CRM Agile CRM Salesforce.com CRM Hubspot CRM Our Recent Chatbots podcast with Larry Kim Podcast On Conversational design and Conversational AI Target Internet Guide to Digital Transformation Flybe App Easy Jet App
Larry Kim, Chat Marketing, Facebook Messenger Chatbots and MobileMonkeyMar 25, 2019 34:25
Description:We take another look at Chat Marketing with Special Guest Larry Kim, CEO of MobileMonkey. Ciaran and Daniel introduce this episode and share their journey with Chatbots and explore some of the scepticism surrounding them. If you are cynical about Chatbots and what they might offer your organisation have a listen to this episode and also catch up with our earlier episode on Conversational AI Larry Kim Anyone active in social media in the marketing space can’t have failed to have been influenced by Larry Kim. Famous for his use of Unicorns and Donkeys as a metaphor, Larry is a one-man powerhouse of great digital marketing tips. Always experimenting creatively with his digital marketing, what Larry learns he shares with the global audience who follow him. MobileMonkey and Facebook Messenger Since selling WordStream in May 2018 (which he founded in 2007), Larry has been busy building and refining an online chat marketing service called MobileMonkey. His view is that Chat marketing will be one of the next big opportunities for digital growth in marketing and his team is focussed on building the next generation of chat marketing tools. We speak to Larry about how he got interested in Chat marketing and chatbot services and pick his brains on how this new marketing medium and discipline differs from more traditional email marketing which so many businesses rely on for communicating with their customer audience. With engagement rates dropping on email as a channel for many marketers, could Chat marketing offer a viable alternative way to communicate with your online audiences? Larry thinks it will and is putting his reputation and focus behind that belief. Listen in and learn why he thinks that. Useful Links Conversational Design Digital Marketing Podcast episode MobileMonkey Tutorials MobileMonkey Island Facebook Group MobileMonkey Chatbot Samples Useful Links Conversational Design Digital Marketing Podcast episode MobileMonkey Tutorials MobileMonkey Island Facebook Group MobileMonkey Chatbot Samples
Discover ValuegraphicsFeb 27, 2019 27:17
Description:Are you looking for techniques and methodologies to further improve the effectiveness of your content marketing campaigns? This week's podcast guest may well rock your world and open your eyes. ( In a good way) After a successful career in marketing, developing ideas and concepts to engage stakeholders for several hundred organisations, David Allison recognised the need for a more scientific method to determine what influences a target audience. Like many of us, David realised that so many of the demographic and age-based stereotypes just don't work anymore. People of all ages are not conforming to traditionally held aged based groupings that so often are foundational to our marketing and campaign analysis. So David set about getting the data to explore what he was sensing but using big data. 'What We Value Determines What We Do' Working with a university-based social scientist for two years, David built the Valuegraphics Database. The whole process was guided by a fundamental principle of sociology, psychology and consumer behaviour: what we value determines what we do. The result is Valuegraphics, the first big data tool that gives organisations and industries the data they need to motivate a target audience using core human values, an approach the statistics have shown is as much as eight times more effective than using outdated demographic stereotypes. David shares with us how his model helps consultants, advisors, creative teams, marketers and brands use big data to inform their ideas and strategies. Armed with insights from the Valuegraphics database which David and his team continue to grow and expand, they identify the values that determine how people will behave in any given situation, and what will motivate them most. If you have ever been frustrated by the apparent weakness of traditional demographic and age profiling so commonly overused in marketing, we think Valuegraphics will provide you with a fresh alternative for analysing your customer and prospective customer data. Replacing guesswork and opinions with data; this is a methodology designed to help creative content marketers focus on making their best, most motivating work for the audiences that matter. If you want to find out more about Valuegraphics and how it can help you avoid basing your campaigns around outdated and inaccurate age-based stereotypes we highly recommend David's Book 'We Are All the Same Age Now: Valuegraphics, The End of Demographic Stereotypes'. You can find a link to below together with some other resources David shared with us to pass on to you all. Useful Links Buy the book https://amzn.to/2Nv5jWr Valuegraphics Web site: https://valuegraphics.com/ Follow David on Twitter: https://twitter.com/audiencevalues Find David on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidallisonadvisor A short TED-style talk: https://youtu.be/WHfNMt20aEY A recent live TV Interview with David: https://youtu.be/Q_hRbBuLn3c A short video about why Valuegraphics is important: https://youtu.be/Q0ipchiydnc
How To Create And Produce Great Brand VideoFeb 7, 2019 26:44
Description:Ciaran talks to Matt Green, the Founder and Executive Producer at Evo studios, a Los Angeles based creative content studio. Evo has been creating waves in the video content world since 2011. Their Creative team is trusted by many global brands to produce outstanding content, including Google, The BBC, Samsung, Jim Beam, Victoria's Secret, Reebok and Sky Sports. Matt and his team specialise in bringing first-class creative ideas to life, so we thought we would set him up with Ciaran to delve into how they go about doing that so we can share it all with you. Learn what the essential creative ingredients for producing great video are. What can you as a marketer do to aid the creative process of creating great video content? How should you go about coming up with ideas for your video content? Where can video production all go wrong? How do you stop getting in the way of your film's potential success? How you can work effectively with your creative teams to launch the next 'most talked about' video content sensation. Listen in and learn from Evo, how the magic happens. Useful Links https://www.evostudios.tv/ Evo's Film Showreel https://www.evostudios.tv/work Original Dollar Shave Club Ad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUG9qYTJMsI
How Secure Is Your Website?Jan 28, 2019 26:32
Description:Do you understand how secure your website is from hackers? If you have never looked into this, it might be a lot more vulnerable than you think! It's so easy to overlook Website security and to tell ourselves it is someone else's problem until the worst happens and you get hacked. At that point, you'll wish you had paid more attention and taken a proactive interest in keeping your site and content more secure. To help all our listeners understand website security and what you can do to improve it, we talk to Alycia Mitchell, Marketing Manager at Sucuri and explore how marketers should be rising to the ongoing challenge of keeping our websites and digital properties secure from unwanted intrusions and hacks. Listen in for some really practical advice on how hackers might size up or start probing your site, and what you can do to ensure you don't invite in unwanted guests with slack practice. Learn what you can do to stay safe and keep the website hackers at bay. Useful Links Get Sucuri guides on a whole host of website security issues and all the major website content platforms and online resources. https://sucuri.net/guides/ Run a free Sucuri Site check on your website Sitecheck.sucuri.net Read the latest updates from the Sucuri blog team blog.securi.net Bing Webmaster Tools https://www.bing.com/toolbox/webmaster Google Search Console https://search.google.com/search-console/about
The State of Content Marketing 2019Jan 15, 2019 27:12
Description:Daniel and Ciaran discuss the state of content marketing and the ever-changing relationship between content creators and search engine functionality. We also give Ciaran a few moments to explain why he is so rattled about recent video embed changes that have been happening on Youtube. We cover the issues of tracking surrounding dark social and ways to better track which social channels are driving shares that your analytics can't measure the source of accurately without a little help from you. Also under discussion are cookies and some of the issues around 3rd party and first-party cookies that have been going on recently due to changes in IOS and Mac Browser Safari. Useful Tools Brighton SEO talk by Rand Fishkin https://www.sitevisibility.co.uk/blog/2018/11/01/470-the-future-of-seo-is-on-the-serp-rand-fishkins-keynote-talk-from-brightonseo/ Neil Patel on Creating A Tool https://neilpatel.com/blog/why-are-tools-the-best-kind-of-content-for-driving-your-websites-growth/ Read our in-depth YouTube Video Embed Article https://www.targetinternet.com/how-to-embed-a-youtube-video-without-showing-related-videos/ Read more about Dark Social Sharing and how it works https://www.targetinternet.com/what-is-dark-social/ How to use Google URL builder https://www.targetinternet.com/digital-marketing-podcast-episode-84-google-campaign-and-social-media-tracking-guide/ Understanding First party and third party cookies https://www.targetinternet.com/a-marketers-guide-to-first-party-cookies/
Digital Marketing New Year Resolutions 2019Jan 9, 2019 35:53
Description:Ciaran and Daniel are back to kick the new year off on the podcast with the exciting announcement about our new Digital Marketing Podcast Awards. We want to hear about your favourite digital marketing tools and resources for our soon to be launched Digital Marketing tools and resources. Just head over to https://www.targetinternet.com/awards to nominate your favourite and most trusted tools. We also share some new year resolutions with a few changes we are making to the podcast which we hope will make things better and ensure that every week this year from this point on we have new podcast content for you. Have some feedback for us on the show? We'd love to hear from you. Please get in touch www.targetinternet.com/podcasts. Daniel discusses how he is attaining the utopian dream al marketers dream of 'Inbox Zero.' Find out the process he is using Sanebox and some email template tools to speed up dealing with email on a daily basis with a bit of automation, and finally making more use of task lists for anything that needs more than a couple of minutes to complete. Ciaran explores both his poor parenting skills and how social, 'social' media is all in the same story which has led him to question if he needs social media in his life. Daniel shares with us his ruthless Facebook culling of non-friends and creation of a more excellent digital social space. We also explore the overlap between email and social channels. Ciaran and Daniel also explore website middle age spread/muffin overhang when it comes to website image sizes. How many images is your website packing over 1mb in format and is it slowing things down for your website visitors? Find out what's slowing your site with the website speed testing tools in the show notes below. Once you've done that, Cut the image fat with Squoosh, a fab new web page based image compression app that will work wonders on image bloat on your site with a super visual and super easy to use Moz-jpeg compression utility. You can also check out our guide to using Squoosh published on Target internet today and discover some of the new and beautiful web image formats you can start to explore and make use of. https://www.targetinternet.com/a-complete-guide-to-squoosh-what-is-it-and-how-to-use-it/ Useful Links Digital Marketing Podcast Awards- Enter your favourite marketing tools and resources https://www.targetinternet.com/awards Sanebox (with a free $5 coupon to get you started) https://www.sanebox.com/signup/34d8f795f6 Daniel’s crafty tool for email replies by keyboard shortcut https://textexpander.com/ Watch Ciaran's personalised video from Wistia https://soapbox.wistia.com/videos/Z5WgnguYFg MailChimp industry email stats https://mailchimp.com/resources/email-marketing-benchmarks/ Feedly News Aggregator Tool https://feedly.com/ Tim Ferris's 5 Bullet Friday Email https://tim.blog/welcome-to-5-bullet-friday/ Submit your tools and Twitter accounts https://www.targetinternet.com/awards Gtmetrix https://gtmetrix.com/ Google Page speed check https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/ Squoosh https://squoosh.app/ Target Internet Squoosh User manual https://www.targetinternet.com/a-complete-guide-to-squoosh-what-is-it-and-how-to-use-it/
Does Content Marketing Convert?Dec 14, 2018 31:07
Description:Earlier this year, Ciaran got to talk with Oli Gardner from Unbounce, a Leading conversion rate optimisation tool. We explored a little of what Unbounce does but mainly focus on an exciting experiment that Oli ran earlier this year on blog content. The aim of Oli's experiment was to see what effect writing a storm of regular content to promote key features their platform offered would have on conversions and the bottom line. The challenge... create content that drives both product awareness and conversion rates through the roof. Being a conversion rate optimisation specialist, Oli was confident he could ace this mission and significantly 'move the needle' of success. However, as you will hear, nothing quite panned out as he expected it to but some fascinating lessons were learned along the way. Join us this week as we explore Oli's story and delve into the key learnings and insights from one man's mission to embark on a veritable marathon of content for conversion. Mr Men landing pages original article https://unbounce.com/funny/mr-men-guide-to-landing-pages-and-conversion/ Mr Men Landing Pages Podcast Episode https://www.targetinternet.com/digital-marketing-podcast-episode-73-the-mr-men-guide-to-great-landing-pages/ Unbounce Dynamic text replacement feature https://unbounce.com/features/dynamic-text-replacement/ Unbounce Landing page Analyzer https://unbounce.com/landing-page-analyzer/ Is Content Marketing a Waste of Time and Money? Data and Lessons Learned from 20 posts in 30 days https://unbounce.com/product-marketing/product-awareness-data-and-lessons-learned/ Find out all about Unbounce https://unbounce.com Follow Oli on Twitter https://twitter.com/oligardner
Advocates and InfluenceDec 5, 2018 23:47
Description:Daniel and Ciaran discuss the importance of advocates of your brand. How do you build advocacy? How do you keep your online connections genuine and still communicate at scale? We also explore how to deal with both positive or negative feedback while at the same time growing your influence. Are you promoting a purely commercial message or are you also building off the back of smaller steps to deeper engagement like asking for reviews and encouraging engagement and two-way conversations. If you are a fan of the podcast and would like to exercise your advocacy of what we do, please do get in touch with any comments or feedback or questions you have. You can also leave us a review in iTunes, or big up an episode you have enjoyed on your favourite social media channels ( this is a big help in terms of our content reaching more people so please do this if you think what we do is worth sharing) Useful Links Submit Review the Digital Marketing Podcast in iTunes ( choose open in iTunes option and go to reviews section) https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-digital-marketing-podcast/id373596600 Seggons the truck driving Vlogger https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbyguDltRq1QLK13R-w3lQQ Seth Godin’s 1000 true fans https://seths.blog/2008/03/1000-true-fans/ Our LinkedIn Group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2785308/ Target internet Content calendar template FollowerWonk https://followerwonk.com/ Twitter Analytics https://analytics.twitter.com
LinkedIn for Digital MarketingNov 29, 2018 22:24
Description:Daniel explores how digital marketers can make use of their own personal brand via LinkedIn profiles to full effect. Making your posts personal to you can make a massive difference in how others choose to interact with the content you share. LinkedIn is often a much-neglected channel for digital marketers but used correctly it can be so much more than merely sourcing your next career move. With individual engagement often higher than in other channels, mastering LinkedIn can make a real difference to your ability to communicate and network at scale. Daniel also explores social selling and how to approach selling on LinkedIn without being too pushy. We also discuss changes in LinkedIn Groups, privacy settings, birthday reminders and how others can read between the lines when you post the same content to multiple social networks without really considering what the norms and accepted conventions of each platform are. We’d love to hear how you are using LinkedIn, or what you think the best platform is for online discussion forums. Please get in touch with email@example.com or post to this week’s thread in our Linkedin Group for the podcast Useful Links If you would like to join in with our LinkedIn Group, please request to join here: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2785308/
Smorgasbord of Digital Marketing ToolsNov 22, 2018 20:22
Description:Daniel and Ciaran are back after a short break with a brand new tips and tools episode of tools we have been making use o fand loving recently. We have found a whole heap of tools that make use of artificial intelligence tools for helping you analyse your own Twitter feed, investigate recent news sources and links, and perform audio transcription on your video and Audio files. We also take a look at a couple of free digital marketing dashboarding tools which can help save you lots of time compiling stats and results from your marketing campaigns. We also take a look at Auphonic for levelling and polishing your audio levels, share an excellent persona development tool and big up Pixabay for royalty free images. If Facebook advertising is a key channel you will love Adespresso’s Facebook ad finder and for those of you wanting a reliable voice over IP video conferencing service we big up what we love about Zoom. IBM Watson Twitter analysis tool http://personality-insights-demo.ng.bluemix.net/ IBM Watson News explorer http://news-explorer.mybluemix.net/ Temi transcription service https://www.temi.com/ Klipfolio https://www.klipfolio.com/ Google Data studio https://datastudio.google.com/ Google Data studio templates for marketers http://blog.oribi.io/30-must-try-google-data-studio-templates/ Auphonic https://auphonic.com Social Bakers Persona Building Tool https://www.socialbakers.com/free-social-tools/create-your-persona/form Pixabay royalty free images https://pixabay.com/ Adespresso Facebook Ad finder https://adespresso.com/ads-examples/ Bonus Tool Zoom- video conferencing https://zoom.us/
Email OptimisationOct 25, 2018 25:30
Description:We speak to Philip Storey from Enchant Agency who specialise in helping brands to improve their email marketing. Philip walks us through the art of email optimisation, exploring some tried and tested techniques and frameworks that any email marketer will be able to take and apply to their own email activity to drive improved results. We explore the culture needed for optimisation to thrive in an organisation and gain a measure of the change getting that culture for optimisation can bring about. We also explore what can be learned from eye tracking studies and Philip shares with us a fab tool for simulating an eye-tracking study on your own emails and online content using advanced AI modelling. 3 Core Elements of Email Content Want to implement Philip’s 3 Core Elements of Content? To save you all playing that section through to capture what Philip said, here’s what you need to focus on for each content block of your email. 1) A short descriptive headline 2) A descriptive proposition that is either 1-2 lines of content, short and sweet and if relevant maybe 2-3 bullet points. 3) A descriptive call to action If you want to try this format, remember to test this it out against other blocks that don't use the format across a number of different emails to highlight and identify how well it works for your audiences. We were serious when we said you need to just start testing things out, so here is a great starter for ten. Develop your optimisation culture. Useful Links Enchant Agency: https://www.enchantagency.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @philipstorey Eyequant - AI-powered eye-tracking study simulator http://www.eyequant.com/
Should Your Brand Podcast?Oct 16, 2018 32:26
Description:Podcasting continues to go from strength to strength with international consumption of podcasts growing steadily. With such consistent growth in its consumer base, we thought it was time we explored podcasting as a marketing medium with great potential for anyone looking for a new and exciting way to build and engage with a loyal audience. In this Episode, Ciaran speaks to podcasting veteran and expert Rob Walch and VP of Podcasting Relations at Libsyn, the worlds largest podcasting network. An experienced podcaster, author and trainer on the medium, Rob has consulted and helped some of the biggest names in the industry including legendary author, speaker and podcaster Tim Ferris. We explore what it takes to create a hit podcast and get Rob’s take on what podcasting offers brands and marketers interested in making use of this creative audio medium. With an estimated ratio of 1200 active blogs to one podcast, podcasting offers marketers and brands a unique opportunity to create digital content that reaches and engages large audiences way beyond what blogged content can achieve. With a third of adults in the US now listening to podcasts on a regular basis, if you are looking for a way to engage with customer audiences in an entertaining and informational way, podcasts are hard to beat. Useful Links Libsyn Podcast Network https://www.libsyn.com/ The Feed Libsyn Podcast https://thefeed.libsyn.com/ Podcast 411 http://podcast411.libsyn.com/ Today in iOS Podcast http://tii.libsyn.com/ Lore Podcast https://www.lorepodcast.com/episodes/ Selling on Ebay http://sellingonebay.ebay.libsynpro.com/website Inside Trader Joe's Podcast https://www.traderjoes.com/digin/category/Podcast
Learn Affiliate MarketingOct 10, 2018 50:32
Description:Back in August, we met up with Bruce Clayton, co-founder of Optimus Performance Marketing, a multi-award-winning affiliate marketing agency dedicated to driving growth and sales for e-commerce business. Specialists in Affiliate marketing, operating across global territories, Bruce and his team have gained an industry-wide reputation for honesty and excellent results. In our first two-part interview in one episode, Ciaran explores with Bruce exactly what Affiliate marketing is and how it works in the first half and then goes on to explore effective tactics and techniques for getting more from your affiliate marketing activities. ( If you are already active in the Affiliate space and want to skip to the discussion on tactics and techniques then skip to 21 minutes in) Useful Links Optimus Performance Marketing https://www.optimus-pm.com/ Affiliate Networks Awin https://www.awin.com/ Commission Junction http://www.uk.cj.com/ Trade Doubler https://www.tradedoubler.com/ Webgains Network https://www.webgains.com Subnetwork examples Viglinks https://www.viglink.com/ Skimlinks https://skimlinks.com/ YieldKit https://yieldkit.com/ Aggregators example ShopStyle https://www.shopstyle.co.uk/
Yes, You Can InnovateOct 1, 2018 28:52
Description:Ciaran speaks to writer and CEO, Natalie Turner from The Entheo Network, a global leadership innovation company that provides consultancy and training services to help individuals and organisations create new products and services whilst building innovation skills, capabilities and culture. We discuss Natalie's book 'YES, YOU CAN INNOVATE', a practical how-to-guide to help you develop your innovation strengths. The book is designed to help people around the world get better at making new ideas happen in times of change and uncertainty and is packed full of insight and guidance on how to innovate effectively. The lessons and models that Natalie has put together can be used to innovate both in your personal life and for your work in organisations. We explore at a practical level, how can we find and nurture great ideas that will positively impact on our work. Anyone involved in creation and innovation can fine-tune their ability to make change happen in an efficient and effective way. It will be of particular interest to anyone embarking on a digital transformation project. We explore with Natalie her 'Six 'I's®' Model and include a visual outline of the Model here in the show notes so you can follow our discussions on it. Useful Links - View Natalie's 'Six 'I's®' model in the show notes https://www.targetinternet.com/podcasts Download a sample chapter of Natalie's book http://www.yesyoucaninnovate.com/ Follow Natalie on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalieturner1/ Find out more about The Entheo Network and their work http://www.entheo.com/ Discover the 6 'I's® of Innovation https://www.6-i-innovation.com
Understanding Conversational AISep 21, 2018 46:08
Description:Powered by artificial intelligence, chatbots are cutting-edge software applications capable of having highly personalised and engaging conversations with your customers in messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, on voice platforms like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri, or directly on your website or app. It’s easy to be sceptical about AI and Chatbots and how they have been implemented in a lot of cases which leads to a rather disappointing experience. The explosion of build it yourself chatbots has put powerful tools in the hands of thousands of marketers, without really teaching them the grammar and best practice of good conversational design. So is chatbot AI really as flawed as our experiences of it to date? In a rapidly developing and emerging field, we all need to take a fresh look at what is actually already possible. We talk with Henry Burton from Artelligen who specialise in creating conversational experiences for a range of different use cases. Henry walks us through the business of conversational design and how it helps to develop strong engagement with Ai powered chatbots when designed and implemented properly. Chatbots offer one of the best ways to get in front of the millions of people using messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, Slack, Telegram and Skype. Henry and Daniel explore how to go about designing a relevant and engaging experience for your customers. Listen in and learn about best practice for generating engagement through the effective use of conversational AI and explore what the future of chatbot and voice computing potentially offers marketers. Useful Links https://www.artelligen.com/ ManyChat https://manychat.com/ ChatFuel https://chatfuel.com/ IBM Waston https://www.ibm.com/watson/
Custom Audiences and RetargetingSep 7, 2018 16:56
Description:Do you properly target your display ad campaigns or do you follow more of a carpet bombing strategy? As marketers, it's easy to get hooked on showing adverts repeatedly to get results and argue how effective this is with your results data. However, given how much aggressively retargeted Ad campaigns are disliked universally it is no wonder that consumers and audiences are fighting back with ad blocking software. Research has shown that 11% of users globally have ad blockers installed on their browsers but for younger audiences, we have found the number is more like 70% plus. Great advertising has always been about reaching the right audience receptive to your message. It’s not about throwing as much content out into the web to beat customers into submission. In this episode, we explore more effective retargeting. Daniel shares with us how to build better audiences and target your campaign more effectively. Done well, effective targeting can greatly reduce your ad spend and massively increase your advert success and engagement rates so what's not to love. Listen in and start making your campaigns more efficient, and more targeted and loved by your customers. Note: Since we recorded this episode Google as you may be aware updated their Adwords product name under the new name Google Ads. Useful Links Google Display Network https://www.google.co.uk/ads/displaynetwork/ Analytics Audience Definitions https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/2611404?hl=en Target Internet Benchmark Report https://www.targetinternet.com/benchmark
195 Top Tips for Live Video BroadcastsAug 30, 2018 21:02
Description:If you listened to our recent podcast interview with Michelle Carvill called 'Get Social', you may well recognise this weeks guest. When Michelle and Ciaran caught up to talk about her Book “Get Social, they also talked about all sorts of other things, and one of them was Michelle’s experience working with facebook live broadcasts. It's always great when you get to meet up with other marketers who have learned how to make a new medium work for them through actually experimenting and using it. It's not a medium Ciaran has played with much, so he asked Michelle to share her learning and tips for the medium. With so many social media platforms now including the ability to broadcast live to your audience, we thought you might all enjoy her top tips, so we’ve compiled them into an episode. We’ve also included a summary of Michelle's tips in the show notes so if you don’t always look there, be sure to take a look at this episode just visit https://www.targetinternet.com/podcasts Useful Links View some of Michelle's Live Broadcasts https://www.youtube.com/user/michellecarvill/videos John Lesure T Mobile CEO Facebook channel - Slow Cooker Sunday https://www.facebook.com/pg/JohnJLegere/videos/
Awesome Competitor Benchmarking ToolsAug 19, 2018 23:28
Description:Daniel and Ciaran take an in-depth look at online tools to help you with any competitor benchmarking you might need to conduct. These tools are all ones we have tried and tested over the years and include a few which were never intended to be used that way but they work and do a good job if you understand what it is you are looking at. Some of them are paid for services but a lot of them are free and all of them are worth checking out. Have we missed any of your favourites? Drop us a line ( @target_insights on Twitter ) and let us know and we may well give you a shout in a follow-up episode. Useful Links We have a lot of links for this episode so please visit our show notes at https://www.targetinternet.com/digital-marketing-podcast-episode-194-competitor-benchmarking-tools-how-do-you-stack-up/
Get SocialAug 14, 2018 20:49
Ciaran talks to Michelle Carvill acclaimed author and founder of digital marketing and social media agency Carvill Creative. We explore Michelle's research for her recently published book " Get Social- Social Media Strategy & Tactics for Leaders." Wherever your business is based, and whatever it does, you can guarantee that your customers and competitors, your employees and stakeholders, your promoters and detractors live and breathe social media. Michelle argues that if you want to be an influential leader, you need to make an impact in the same space as your audience. Get Social demonstrates how leaders can use social media to drive effective business results, which we explore with Michelle in this interview. We also explore what digital marketers can learn from the book about leaders and how to influence them with an understanding driven strategy to gain support and backing for your transformation projects.
Effective Stakeholder ManagementAug 6, 2018 27:57
Increasingly as digital channels have more and more impact on the success of the overall business, marketers are being tasked with driving change within organisations as they seek to transform systems and processes so they are aligned with the fast-moving demands of customers in every marketplace. A key skill in bringing about transformation and change is stakeholder management. Daniel shares with us his own approach to stakeholder management with some simple, easy to follow guidance on how to go about managing the whole process.
Master a more strategic approach to managing the most challenging part of big change- managing all those who are affected by the proposed changes and getting enough support to ensure your project gets the go ahead. Learn how that's done so you can put more energy into your projects and less energy debating them
Want to find out more about stakeholder management? Sign up for a free trial of our online learning and get the in-depth course online and on-demand along with over 140 other in-depth modules all designed to increase your knowledge and skills as a marketer to boost your career. https://www.targetinternet.com/online-digital-marketing-elearning-courses/
Want to take your career and learning to the next level? Take a look at our CIM Digital Diploma in Professional Marketing, a Level 6 (Intermediate) qualification - Equivalent level to an undergraduate degree. Find out more here: https://www.targetinternet.com/cim-online-digital-marketing-qualification-certification/
Benchmarking and improving your digital marketing skillsJul 29, 2018 22:52
For a while now we have been doing the Digital marketing Skills Test which helps you to benchmark your marketing skills knowledge and provides you with content that will help you improve and master more subject areas.
Recently we launched a Digital Skills Benchmark Report together with the CIM ( Chartered Institute of Marketing) . This report pulls together a full report on data from thousands of these benchmark tests, breaking skills down by industry and seniority.
In this episode Daniel shares some of the insights the 2018 Digital Marketing Skills Benchmark Report has given on the state of marketing knowledge within the industry, sharing with us 8 key insights the data provided. How do marketers fair with email marketing? How well versed is the industry on every expert's favourite conference talking point- Content marketing? How aligned are the skills of junior marketers and those in more experienced senior marketing roles? How well do marketers understand SEO? How knowledgeable are you all on strategic content planning? How hot are your user design skills? How are your Stakeholder management skills? Answers to all this and more in this episode.
We also announce the launch of our exciting new Online Learning programme which enables you to train for the CIM Level 6 Digital Diploma in Professional Marketing in bite-size chunks. This is the first time this training is available purely online and is the perfect solution to ensuring you are thoroughly trained and skilled in essential marketing skills to boost both your career and marketing success. Do check it out if you are serious about maximising your career in marketing.
The 2018 Digital Marketing Skills Benchmark Report https://www.targetinternet.com/benchmark-digital-marketing-skills-assessment/
CIM 3 day digital marketing course
Find out more about our New CIM Level 6 Digital Diploma in Professional Marketing.
2018 YouTube SEO Guide for Brand MarketersJul 13, 2018 33:47
YouTube has for a long time been know as the world's second largest search engine but with over 50 years of content uploaded every day its easy for your video content to never really get found by the audience you made it for. Understanding how YouTuberanks the content it indexes is vital if your video content strategy is going to work. Ciaran talks to Rob Wilson, Video Spokesperson for VidIQ about their platform which helps you to view some great publically available metrics that YouTube doesn't show you by default. Using these metrics gives marketers a much broader view of how their videos are performing and helps to indicate why some videos are more successful than others. The toolset also enables brands to far more effectively benchmark competing videos in the content space and learn from them.
We explore with Rob what makes for an effective YouTube video, how to make good use of video tags, and how to leverage on trending topics. We also explore which metrics matter to YouTube algorithm. Packed full of examples and guidance on how to be more effective with your video channels, you won't want to miss this episode. Rob has years of experience getting the best out of YouTube, so listen in if you would like to discover how to make more from your investment in video content.
If you haven't checked out the VidIQ browser extension, you should. It's so good it caused Ciaran to forget to eat lunch ( a fact which we know will shock anyone who knows him.)
Get the VidIQ Browser plugin https://vidiq.com/apps/vision/ https://www.youtube.com/user/creatoracademy
100 ways vidIQ can help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t5F54zDGFE
1000 subscribers and 4k watch time hours: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxZQSO0AF0w
Also, check out VidIQ's new free tool that instantly 'audits' your channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOQ1h7xwYqw
And finally, take a look at how Rob reviews other channels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-SvMISux-w&list=PLTYbelo0OEJ6et8HVGBD3AZqWU4MFTaXD
The Joys of WordPressJul 4, 2018 17:49
Wordpress is one of the most popular content management systems with many businesses, both large and small, relying on it for managing their day to day website updates and online content. Daniel and Ciaran take a fresh look at WordPress warts and all. We discuss keeping WordPress updated, Wordpress security, Cheap shared WordPress hosting, plugin bloat, documenting customisations. We also look at Wordpress.com premium hosting. We also discuss WordPress themes both free and paid as well as customised themes. If you are just starting out, each of these theme approaches has its advantages and are worth understanding. Daniel talks about Shopify and its brilliant off the shelf features which are a great place to start your e-commerce journey but which are separate from WordPress. Ciaran bigs up Woo-commerce, a WordPress e-commerce plugin solution by the makers of WordPress that powers a WordPress based e-commerce environment for your website. We also discuss WordPress pages and post objects and how they can be customised.
Please visit our Show notes at https://www.targetinternet.com/the-digital-marketing-podcast-episode-189-the-joys-of-wordpress
The Death Of Content MarketingJun 20, 2018 21:31
For some time now marketers have noticed that content marketing is getting harder.
Are you focussing enough on promoting the content you are producing or are you in a rush to burn through as much material as you can to get through that week or month? We explore how to make more of the content you are producing and how to track its impact more effectively.
Social sharing appears to be an activity in decline, and dark sharing is becoming more and more common. We discuss dark sharing and more shareable content and what it might help users say about themselves. Also under discussion - best practice for social sharing. Are you differentiating your content for different audiences or have you fallen into the trap of great social scheduling software that makes it easy to share the same posts multiple times on multiple platforms?
Daniel shares his views on the negative aspects of growth hacking techniques which all too often encourage marketers to think about what they can do to their audiences for personal gain rather than what they can do for their audiences to help and add value to that relationship.
Please visit our Show notes for useful links related to this episode:-
Strategic Positioning And Brand PurposeJun 11, 2018 12:47
Daniel walks us through strategic positioning an brand purpose, breaking down what it actually means with some simple, practical guidance and examples of various brands who have set about achieving clarity on their positioning by putting a very clear and believable purpose behind all their activities. Is your positioning and brand purpose clearly behind all of your current marketing activities?
We also announce our new Target Internet Free Membership Resources. Sign up for free and access free E-learning modules, plus a host of free useful time-saving resources all designed to help you work smarter and achieve more with your marketing. If you have signed up for our benchmark skills test or have ever taken a free trial of our e-learning, you will already have access to the new membership resources. Just log in with your account details to access. At the end of June 2018, all members will be placed into a prize draw for a chance to win a free Copy of the 2nd edition of Daniel’s book 'Digital Branding.' Useful Links: Sign up / access for your free Target Internet membership account and free resources. https://www.targetinternet.com/membership Digital Branding By Daniel Rowles https://www.amazon.co.uk/Digital-Branding-Step-Step-Measurement/dp/0749481692/ Pepsi Refresh Case Study Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B84hVSSr4I Moz Brand Ethos https://moz.com/about/culture
What is Messenger Marketing?May 28, 2018 21:14
Digital Marketing Podcast listener Jayden Maharaj from Axis Marketing talks us through Facebook Messenger Marketing. What is it? How does it work? And how can it be used effectively to help drive one to one communication with your audience at scale? Based In Vancouver Canada, Jayden and his team have been assisting businesses to set up effective social media advertising programs designed to build more business and have been effectively harnessing Facebook Messenger for their clients over the last 12 months.
Making use of Facebook Messenger and automating a number of one to one conversations using Messenger Bot services like ManyChat or Chat Fuel can be a great way to introduce new customers to your product offerings. By combining the reach and demographic targeting of Facebook ads with the ultra high engagement rates seen within Messenger powered marketing campaigns, Jayden and his team have discovered a channel which when set up and configured correctly can really outperform your email campaigns. Listen in and find out how to harness the power of Facebook Messenger for your marketing.
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Influencer MarketingMay 19, 2018 15:32
Daniel and Ciaran discuss influencer marketing, warts and all. Ciaran shares why he finds influencers such hard work and in many cases such a poor ROI on the effort that goes into recruiting them. (We know they aren't all bad but the bigger they are the harder they are to deal with in Ciaran's experience) In today's celebrity sceptical world, we think advocates are a far more genuine way to get the most out of what is traditionally termed 'Influencer marketing' You get to give genuine fans of your brand a really unique experience that they can share with their audiences.
We also share with you all the sad news that Klout is shutting the doors on its social scoring platform and discuss a few alternatives.
For detailed show notes please visit https://www.targetinternet.com/podcasts
How To Start Building Effective Adwords CampaignsMay 8, 2018 23:41
Ciaran and Daniel walk us through how to go about planning and building an effective Adwords campaign using a process that is quick to do and gets excellent results. With a little bit of basic knowledge you can be getting targeted traffic to your website for a fraction of the cost your competitors may well be paying. The secret is to build highly focussed highly targeted ad-groups within your campaign and to follow a sensible and cautious bidding strategy that grows as your campaign achieves success and builds credibility in each keywords space within Google.
Ciaran walks us through an easy to follow process he has been employing which has been driving great results. If you have been wanting to get started out in Adwords but have become lost in the complexities of the interface Adwords offers, this starts out primer has been designed to help you get started. We also hope this primer might even help a few seasoned Adwords professionals make more of their budgets. From keyword planning through to Adwords keyword matching options and sound targeted landing pages, this episode will walk you through the basics to help get you started.
Social Media Process & PlanningApr 24, 2018 17:37
Social Media can be massively time consuming. Unless you have a robust process behind its management things can slip. In this episode, Daniel shares with us an effective way to approach social media to maximise the impact while minimising the amount of time you need to spend processing your social day to day tasks. Ciaran also has some practical tips on how to implement URL Google UTM code tracking in Google Analytics which for larger organisations can help to much more effectively know what traffic and conversions really originated from social channels.
For links and show notes please visit https://www.targetinternet.com/podcasts
10 Myths of E-commerce- Part IIApr 17, 2018 14:44
In part 2 of this interview, Jon Woodall, founder of Space48 and I continue our discussion on 10 e-commerce myths. We explore the widely held belief that every e-commerce business can become an overnight success. We also discuss some common mobile website conversion myths and explore the strategy of shooting from the hip and not needing a plan. We also discuss how to identify if you are the problem your business is facing.
10 Myths of E-commerceApr 16, 2018 28:51
Ciaran speaks to Jon Woodall, founder of Space 48, an award-winning eCommerce consultancy & Magento Solutions partner for forward-thinking retailers. With years of experience in e-commerce, creating websites that have gone on to be global successes for the brands they have worked with, Jon Woodall brings a massive wealth of insight into what makes a successful E-commerce site.
Jon believes that many a CEO, Head of e-commerce, project manager, developer, designer or marketer of an e-commerce website often make the wrong decisions based on some commonly believed e-commerce myths. They are therefore not taking the right approach to solving the problems and challenges that they – and you - face. Ciaran explores 10 e-commerce myths that Jon’s years of experience have highlighted.
If you have ever worked within the e-commerce space, we think you will find these myths both entertaining and just possibly a little close to what is often mistakenly taken as gospel truth in some marketing circles.
Digital DarwinismApr 10, 2018 24:59
In this episode, Ciaran talks to Tom Goodwin, the Executive Vice President and Head of Innovation at Zenith Media USA about his new book Digital Darwinism which launched this month. Tom has been voted a top 10 voice in Marketing by LinkedIn, one of 30 people to follow on Twitter by Business Insider, and a "must follow" by Fast Company.
Ciaran and Tom explore some of the themes of his new book including what we can learn from the mistakes of shifting industries of the past when trying to prepare for the digital wave of disruption forever present on today's new digital and real-world horizons. We explore Self-disruption and what it might offer leading businesses prepared to take the risk to stay at the cutting edge of their industries, and also explore why senior leaders interests and the interests of the business may not be as aligned as many people think. How ready is your team for the challenges and opportunities that the rapidly changing world around you present and are you ready to invest in your business medium to long-term future or are you just playing at investment without really committing to it?
Faced with disruptive technologies, new consumer expectations, and the advent of digital-first super-companies, your business will be left behind unless you act now. Digital Darwinism is your wake-up call that incremental change is not enough: adding technology at the edges and wrapping it in “innovation” just won’t work. We live in a world where thin interface companies like Uber, Airbnb, Alibaba, Amazon, Spotify, and Facebook have achieved unprecedented growth by exploiting gaps in the market left by large legacy corporations. Digital Darwinism takes a deep dive into what business leaders can do to thrive in the modern age. Will you reject complacency and establish a new perspective on not only how to think about change—but how to actually do something about it? An industry provocateur and commentator on the future of marketing and business, Tom is a columnist for TechCrunch and Forbes and frequent contributor to The Guardian, GQ, Ad Age, Wired, Ad Week, Inc, MediaPost & Digiday. What Tom has to share will resonate with anyone thinking about the path their business should tread to not only stay current but to stay ahead.
Find Tom Goodwin on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomfgoodwin/
Find out more about Tom's New Book Digital Darwinism. http://digitaldarwinismbook.com/
Creating Engaging Digital Advertising in 2018Apr 3, 2018 34:48
Ciaran speaks to Richard Jones, the CEO of Wayin, a platform that sets out to help marketers to easily configure engaging digital experiences that can be published to owned, earned and paid channels. We discuss why Richard started Wayin and explore some of the challenges marketers face when trying to connect with consumers in the fragmented digital landscape of 2018.
Faced with such a fragmented landscape, how should marketers and brands be connecting with consumers? Which platforms and technologies should you be harnessing and how can you create seamless campaigns which your audience can consume natively on the platforms and locations they are using? How can marketers build a better brand experience for Consumers and what levels of interaction can you expect if you embrace some of the new ways of brands are harnessing to develop not only an advertising experience but a useful consumer experience? All this and more are under discussion in this episode.
#NotesToStrangers - An interview with Street Artist, Andy LeekMar 26, 2018 47:59
This week we have a much longer episode than usual. If you have ever travelled around central London, you may well have come across a unique brand of self-help street art created by artist Andy Leek and branded under the now famous Instagram hashtag #NotesToStrangers
Through his spontaneous street art, artist Andy Leek has grown a loyal following of over 82,000 followers on Instagram who document and photograph his work when they find it posted randomly around the capital.
Earlier this month, Ciaran met up and spoke with #notestostrangers artist Andy Leek and spoke to him about his work as an artist and how the whole project which has now become a full-time job came about and took off. ( Since we recorded this episode 3 weeks ago his following has leapt by 10,000 followers!)
As an artist, Andy is committed to following his dreams and taking risks but he learned his craft as an advertising creative working on some frankly brilliant creative campaigns in top London Advertising agencies.
Following a period of ill health and a rather brutal firing from his chosen career in advertising, Andy picked himself up by working on raising others spirits. He not only dared to dream but dared to take a risk on that dream and doing that has taken him on some amazing journeys. He has single-handedly crafted a strong brand with a loyal following, and he continues to work to spread positive messages in a world so often overcast with negative news. We massively enjoyed meeting up with Andy and we hope you all will too.
5 Google Analytics Reports You Should Probably IgnoreMar 13, 2018 22:06
In this episode, we explore some of the commonly misunderstood Google Analytics reports and metrics and how to avoid misinterpreting them. When you are using Analytical data to tell a story, there is a real danger you will come to the wrong conclusions and tell a story that isn't really happening.
Single Customer View And How To Achieve itMar 6, 2018 17:16
Daniel and Ciaran explore the single customer view. What is it, how does it potentially work, and what benefits can it bring to your customer and your business in a progressively noisier and noisier marketplace. Sounds great right? But creating a single customer view is one of the most challenging IT headaches any organisation can face. In this episode, we explore some of the barriers to achieving this marketing utopia and give help and advice on steps you can take to move closer to it. We also touch on GDPR and how a single customer view can help you to be ready for this up and coming change to the laws governing data collection and communication.
User Journey MappingFeb 26, 2018 15:22
Daniel talks us through the process of User Journey Mapping, a simple method to get us all thinking very hard about what content we need and where to place it within your content marketing strategy. We talk through building effective persona’s and how to go about making use of those personas to aid building a compelling user journey into your digital strategy. We also explore how Persona’s fit into building your sales funnel model and talk about how to create content to engage with your target audience personas at different stages of your user journey. We also share our content Calendar Template.
How to Build Online CommunitiesFeb 26, 2018 30:42
Description:We speak with Arjun Jolly, COO and co-founder of adQuadrant, about how to go about building communities online. A veteran online community builder and participant, Arjun has many years experience of building active online communities for a variety of different brands both in the green products and gambling sectors. Ciaran and Arjun explore how communities form, and how marketers can go about building effective communities. How do you get started from scratch? What techniques can you use to drive rapid growth? What platforms offer the best user experience? Where do companies often go wrong with community building? Should you advertise to drive growth and adoption of any new communities? Do online communities need offline shadows? Arjun shares with us the techniques and tips he has seen effectively deployed to build strong online communities with purpose and drive. Useful Links: Find out more about adQuadrant Tools to build communities: Vbulletin and BuddyPress (community plugin for WordPress)
Effective Email MarketingFeb 13, 2018 24:23
How well integrated are your email programmes with the rest of your marketing communications? In this episode, Ciaran talks to Philip Storey from Enchant about email marketing and what marketers can do to further supercharge what is traditionally the most productive of the online communication channels.
Enchant is a specialist email marketing, CRM and marketing automation agency founded by Philip Storey in 2014. They specialise in helping marketers to access expert guidance and achieve maximum return on investment from CRM, email and marketing automation. We explore with Philip how email can be fully used at all the stages of the customer lifecycle. So many marketers focus on acquisition but miss opportunities post-conversion. Discover some of the lost opportunities post-conversion that your email programme may be lacking.
Philip also explores effective systems integration, the big barrier holding back a lot of marketers email programmes. Your email service provider is not a CRM system but how many brands still use their Email marketing service like a mini CRM? We also explore Philip’s top tips on how to leverage on valuable data most marketers have which they are not making full use of yet. Listen in and supercharge your best channel for even more success in 2018.
Effective Snapchat MarketingJan 30, 2018 38:39
Miri Qylafi from Social Influencer Agency Fanbytes talks to Ciaran about Snapchat. We discuss where marketers and big brands often go wrong when marketing on Snapchat and Miri shares what Fanbytes have found works well for an effective campaign on this youth focussed social media platform.
Whether you are using the platform for your own campaigns or have always wanted to just understand the Snapchat platform a little bit better than you do, this interview will help you to get a better understanding of how Snapchat and its users work.
As discussed in the interview, Fanbytes have also put together a free ebook with examples of what works and what doesn't which is rather useful. Be sure to click on the video examples in this document. They are both entertaining and instructional and bring the concepts the document teaches to life.
You can download Snapchat Hacks Every Marketer Should Know here.
Mistakes To Avoid When Building Your BusinessJan 20, 2018 28:45
This episode was recorded back in November, but we have been saving it for the new year as we felt it might well inspire the budding entrepreneurs among you.
We were invited to speak to an audience of tech entrepreneurs and App developers at the GDV Dev Fest Event, London. GDV DevFest is the largest free community-created tech conference in the UK and a joint event run by the Google Developer Group Community and University College London ( UCL).
The topic we were asked to talk about was Mistakes To Avoid When Building Your Business. What followed was a rather candid discussion between Daniel and Ciaran exploring some of the challenges any new start-up company faces and how we overcame them. Some of this, regular listeners to the podcast will be familiar with, but some of the insights are shared here for the first time and we hope you will find them useful and of interest.
In the discussion, Daniel shares:-What drives the company, Top tips on building and managing partnerships, Managing cash flow, Thoughts and downsides of Venture Capital Funding How companies are valued and how you can maximise value How our distributed team setup functions Unusual places we work
We also explore a number of keys to success that we have discovered along our 7-year journey with Target Internet as well as sharing the multiple benefits of producing a podcast.
Is Twitter Dead?Jan 13, 2018 21:48
In this episode of the podcast, as well as shamelessly attempting to get attention with a doom-mongering headline we are discussing all things Twitter. The platform has seen some significant shifts and changes over the last few months so we thought we would share our thoughts on some of the new features. For the record, we don't think its dead at all, but the demographics do appear to have shifted.
Under discussion in this episode: 280 character tweets, Twitter threads, Twitter assistant, Twitter Promote, Twitter Analytics, Twitter Audiences and demographic reports, Twitter videos beta reporting, The Twitter Tracking Pixel. Daniel also shares a tool which enables you to analyse the words from any Twitter account to give you a summary of the personality of the account. To demonstrate the power of the tool we set it to analysing The Pope’s Twitter account and conclude he is in the right job.
For Show notes and linked to resources please visit https://www.targetinternet.com/podcasts
Digital Marketing Predictions for 2018Jan 5, 2018 24:32
Daniel and Ciaran discuss the technologies they think will have the most significant impact on digital marketing over the coming year. Ciaran gets over excited and starts mixing his metaphors while Daniel thankfully takes a more level-headed approach and keeps discussions grounded in current reality.
We discuss machine learning and virtual reality and some of the exciting uses for it. we look at some of the exciting developments about to happen in virtual reality and what that might spell for the future with Facebook's soon to be released Oculus Go. Is virtual reality the new experience you won't be able to live without or just new tech hype that will pass?
We also explore voice search, augmented reality and virtual assistants and look beyond the hype as the industry gradually works out the most efficient use cases for this new technology.
Daniel predicts the rise of beacons which is a prediction he has been making for the last three years, but he shares with us why he believes 2018 will be a real growth year for this technology. Ciaran shares with us why he thinks quick response codes will become cool again. ( Yes we know, QR codes are something Ciaran has been predicting to be the next big thing since we started the podcast but hear him out as this angle is an interesting one however misguided. )
For links to content and resources discussed in this show please visit: http://www.targetinternet.com/podcasts
2018 Productivity Tips For Digital MarketersDec 22, 2017 19:52
Daniel and Ciaran take a look at some productivity tips to help you get things kicked off effectively in the New year. We've looked at some of the key lessons we have learned this year and share some of what worked and what didn't to take a view on how to do things better next year.
How To Be More Productive
Discover our top tips on producing better and more effective content that gets found, how to stay up to date, how to improve your keyword research and how to approach taming your email inbox throughout 2018.
What Makes An Effective Video Advertising Campaign?Dec 13, 2017 35:33
This episode has a bit of a backstory to it which we thought we would share with you. Ciaran was working on the podcast schedule when by chance he was contacted by another Ciaran Rogers on LinkedIn with a very simple message "Hey Ciaran, Great Name!" Out of curiosity he looked up the sender and saw his extensive background in advertising. They got chatting and the three days later recorded this episode over Skype. What started out as a bit of fun developed into a really interesting exploration of video advertising. ( Massively helped by the time and research which Ciaran G Rogers put into the project )
This time of year we are hit with a wave of seasonal must-see Ads. It would seem every big brand wants a flagship Ad that everyone is talking about and no expense is spared to dazzle. In this episode, we take a look at great work that works, not great work that works and ideas that seemed great that didn't work with video Ad examples from across the globe. Some of these advert examples we are sure you will be familiar with and some of which we hope are new to you. The object of the exercise was to boil what we can learn down into some vital ingredients that successful video advertising has. For show notes and links to videos please visit
Social Selling for B2B BusinessesDec 2, 2017 34:44
Ciaran talks to Margherita Maspero, from SoAmpli, about effective social selling for B2B businesses. We explore how to use different social channels with the right marketing materials and Margherita shares some practical tips they use within their own B2B sales and marketing teams to build strong and effective connections with a whole variety businesses. We also explore ways to break down the traditional barriers that often exist between sales and marketing team, so they work in close collaboration together.
Message MeNov 20, 2017 35:38
This week Ciaran talks with Joshua March, the founder and CEO of Conversocial, a leading social customer service solution used by hundreds of the world’s biggest brands to deliver enterprise-scale customer service through social media and mobile messaging platforms.
A renowned expert in social media and customer service, Joshua has been featured on Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox Business, and the BBC. We discuss Joshua's soon to be released book called "Message Me. The Future of Customer Service in the Era of Social Messaging and Artificial Intelligence" As the digital landscape rapidly changes beyond recognition, what does the future of customer care have in store? As an executive, what do you need to be doing today to ensure you're ready for tomorrow? Message Me is an incredible read and we really enjoyed reviewing it. Joshua explores the concept of effort in service and the growth of messaging as a service channel which delivers on the customers demand for instant communication without the hassle factor.
We discuss the role of Bots and AI in providing customer service and discuss how these new and developing technologies will impact on the future. Gartner predicts that, by 2019, requests for customer support through consumer messaging apps will exceed requests for customer support through public social media, and Messenger customer chat directly reflects this trend, offering an invaluable resource for brands catering to the next generation of consumers. Is your brand on board with this development? Listen in to this week's episode and discover a new, exciting and very scaleable vision of the future for your brand's customer service efforts. Useful Links. Message Me will be out in time for Christmas. If you would like to get notified of its publication date, please visit http:://www.joshuamarch.com and register your interest. Message Joshua: @joshuamarch For more information on Conversocial visit conversocial.com
Get To Know Your Visitors BetterNov 12, 2017 29:17
Ciaran talks to Joe Cotellese an experienced digital marketer and founder of the social media tool Sharey. Ciaran explores Joe’s experience in learning more about customers and uncovers how Joe came to better understand quantitative and qualitative data working in the apparel industry while measuring up customers in their underwear. We also explore what Joe learned about marketing personas as a result of failing a Ninja aptitude test.
Joe introduces us to the tool he has developed to leverage more from curating content on social channels. We think Sharey gives its users an interesting angle for sharing curated social content to your social audiences. It follows in the steps of a variety of tools and services like Flipboard and Pocket and even Google Search that curate content from third-party sources. The tool allows you to place curated content into a distraction-free environment that you can add your own call to action on and share via social channels.
Halloween Special: 5 Tenuously Spooky Digital Marketing ToolsOct 28, 2017 20:22
In this episode recorded while Ciaran and Daniel were touring the highlands of Scotland Ciaran has picked out some tenuously spookily named digital marketing tools we think are great. Nothing particularly scary happens in this episode, but Ciaran was keen to do a Halloween themed show, so we thought it best to let him get it out of his system. In this episode recorded while Ciaran and Daniel were touring the highlands of Scotland Ciaran has picked out some tenuously spookily named digital marketing tools we think are great. Nothing particularly scary happens in this episode, but Ciaran was keen to do a Halloween themed show, so we thought it best to let him get it out of his system. Useful Links Ghostery https://www.ghostery.com/ Ghost.org https://ghost.org/ Example Blog at http://unwritten.blog Neverware CloudReady: Home Edition https://www.neverware.com/freedownload Medium https://medium.com/ If Medium’s publications feature is something that interests you then check out this article from Writingcooperative.com on the subject. https://writingcooperative.com/what-you-should-know-about-medium-publications-956355b5cf33 More Information about Gutenberg Wordpress Editor https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/general-news/wordpress-responds-to-the-gutenberg-editor-a-review-roundup Drag https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/drag-to-do-task-list/kadokpknocdadnipihnphaaabanedjnb?hl=en
The GDPR InterviewOct 23, 2017 51:40
With the new GDPR legislation coming into force on 25th May 2018, most organisations are facing a genuine change to how they conduct their business and manage their data. GDPR is a significant evolution of the current law and a step change that brings greater accountability, transparency and consumer control. To comply with this new legislation, all organisations need to fully understand the new rights for consumers and citizens. To help, we went looking for an expert on the subject who can provide some real insight into how this legislation will translate into changes in how businesses operate and are managed. We speak to Michael Morrissey who shares with us some of the many changes this new legislation brings into force and provides some really practical advice on how
To help, we went looking for an expert on the subject who can provide some real insight into how this legislation will translate into changes in how businesses operate and are managed. We speak to Michael Morrissey who shares with us some of the many changes this new legislation brings into force and provides some really practical advice on how
We speak to Michael Morrissey who shares with us some of the many changes this new legislation brings into force and provides some really practical advice on how rise to the challenges this change creates. Michael is the Founder, Chief Commercial Officer and Certified Data Protection Practitioner at Sytorus. If you are looking for practical down to earth advice on GDPR and the steps you can take to embrace it within your business, then what Micheal shares with us will, we think, be an enormous help. Sytorus Ltd is a leading provider of a range of data protection services for organisations who wish to achieve and maintain a level of compliance with European Data Protection legislation. They also are the developer of Privacy Engine, a SaaS tool for Data Protection Officers to enable them to complete and record core tasks under the GDPR.
CIM Digital Summit Special 2017: Gimmicks Vs RealityOct 17, 2017 24:53
Daniel talks us through the reality behind some of the latest technologies grabbing the headlines in marketing circles and at conferences. It's always worth taking a look at gimmicks vs reality in digital marketing so you can gain a deeper insight into what is happening in between the headline-grabbing stories that are circulating. Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are often confused as the same thing, but actually, they refer to something much more straightforward than the Hollywood future vision of artificial intelligence that circulates in the movie story world. Daniel walks us through what these labels currently represent and why Machine learning is a much better description of the technologies currently being bought into play. We also explore some of interesting and also, sometimes dubious uses of this technology. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Virtual reality and augmented reality are another two technologies that are often lumped together and used interchangeably but again there is a clear distinction between the two technologies. Yet to be used in widespread marketing use, these techniques are starting to take off in the gaming world. Daniel explores some of the issues with the technology behind these technologies and looks to some of the implications that marketers need to start thinking about. These technologies look set to become mainstream with Augmented Reality leading the charge as operating systems begin supporting the development of the tech. Daniel talks through some examples of current platforms which we should look at in order to start thinking how we might make use of them in our marketing. QR codes Ciaran is a long time fan of the QR code which failed to take off as we all hoped they might. Ciaran explores some of the reasons why they failed and got such a bad reputation as well as some of the ways that some brands got them to work well. He lives in hope that one day the technology will come back, and who knows. Maybe it will.
Useful Links Google Cardboard https://vr.google.com/cardboard/
Microsoft Hololens https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/hololens
Chrome Experiments http://odem.chromeexperiments.com/
The-Raven-Tools-Story-Jon-Henshaw-interviewOct 9, 2017 41:38
This week we are bringing you an online story that as far as we know hasn't been told, and we think it's a good one. If you enjoyed last weeks episode on building faster websites [https://www.targetinternet.com/the-digital-marketing-podcast-episode-160-build-fast-websites/] this week's interviewee will be a familiar voice. When we caught up with Jon Henshaw, Raven Tools Co-founder, Ciaran couldn't help but ask Jon a whole heap of questions about Raven Tools and how it came into being. What followed was a fascinating insight into Jon's journey as an entrepreneur, from releasing a very early and free SEO tool over ten years ago and how that tool turned into one of the most used and respected tools and brands in the SEO world. Jon's journey was not without challenges and problems as you will hear. How Jon and his team rose to those challenges is an inspiration to anyone looking for online success with their business. For any of you on similar journey's or who aspire to achieve entrepreneurial success online, we hope this story will inspire and equip you to build your own success story through both the high points and low points of your journey. Since recording this interview back In September the changes and improvements Jon talks about in Raven Tools have been released so be sure to check them out. Useful Links Raven Tools https://raventools.com/ Pubcon https://www.pubcon.com/ Tapclicks https://www.tapclicks.com/
Build Faster WebsitesOct 4, 2017 31:06
Ciaran interviews Jon Henshaw, SEO expert and co-founder of Raven Tools. In this episode, we discuss AMP and How to make your website faster without needing to make use of AMP.What Is AMP?
AMP ( which stands for Accelerated Mobile pages) is a Google-backed project with the aim of speeding up the delivery of content through the use of stripped-down code known as AMP HTML. The idea behind the project was to make it easy for publishers to create mobile-friendly content once and have it load instantly everywhere.
It is proven that faster sites get a placement advantage in the Mobile Search engine results pages on Google and other Search engines. With mobile traffic now over half of the traffic most sites get it makes sense to improve the overall user experience of mobile device uses. So AMP Sounds like a great solution, right?Amp Issues
Jon shares some of the ways that the AMP user experience is failing to provide the improved user experience of publishers online content that was the project's original vision. Jon explains convincingly why he believes AMP is broken but if that is the case what is the alternative? Can you get the benefits of a fast site without resorting to AMP?
Jon argues you absolutely can if you follow his 5 top tips for making your site fast. It’s a compelling argument and one we hope will inspire you to consider some of these AMP free website building options for improving your site and results.Why is AMP Controversial?
Heralded as an open source project, Google has been championing AMP as the go-to easy solution to make your site faster for mobile users, providing a documented algorithmic boost to search engine results for sites that are making use of AMP. As you will learn from this interview, AMP is not without criticism online, and Jon is not the only one warning of some of the formats drawbacks. You can read more about some of the current criticisms of the AMP platform here.Useful Links
Social Media Listening Tools and StrategySep 24, 2017 30:06
Daniel and Ciaran discuss where social listening fits into your Digital Marketing Strategy. Social Media listening can help you to understand your market and how existing and potential customers are talking about your brand and products. Set up correctly a good social listening programme can provide excellent insight into how you can help and respond to customers and be a more efficient organisation. Are you using it to best effect to monitor your results and customers reactions to your online activity? Do you have it set up to help you avoid and manage any social media crisis management?
We started out looking for some free tools for social media listening and found the offerings available rather slim. However Undeterred we have put together a round up of listening tools from the top flight industry go tos right down to more reasonably priced offerings from multiple tool vendors.
Are your social media tools isolated in a team silo or are the insights being used by teams across your organisation? We walk you through some of the tools we have recently reviewed and the features they offer to help you understand what is on offer by each of these great tools.
We also explore Sentiment Analysis in Social listening tools and some of the shortcomings of machine understanding of context.
Radian 6 ( Now Salesforce Social Studio)
Test EverythingSep 17, 2017 23:05
Inspired by a podcast listener, Ciaran and Daniel explore the importance of testing everything in your Digital Marketing. We discuss both A/ B testing and Muti variate testing. If you start from the position that “You know nothing” it puts you in a good position to gain insights by testing and validating different variations of what you are doing. This technique can be incredibly insightful and because it doesn’t work on assumptions that can be wrong can very often surprise you. We also explore the new tool in the Google Suite for testing out different ideas and structures within your website, introducing you to Google Optimize.Listen to learn more about testing out your hypothesis and learning from the data that results.
We also speak to Digital Marketing Podcast Listener Kirtiman Kohli from India, who shares with us the insights he gained by employing Multivariate testing on his Facebook campaigns to quickly identify the best Ad headlines, and images for his content campaigns using https://adespresso.com to create all the variants. The technique drove 5x increase in the success of the campaigns by quickly identifying the best advert content combinations from hundreds of different variations. If you are interested in scaling up the reach of your Facebook campaigns without exponentially growing your budget to achieve this, Kirtiman’s experience and key learnings will be very insightful.
Is Your Ad Experience Good Enough For Your Customers?Sep 10, 2017 23:58
Daniel and Ciaran explore the importance of taking a good look at the experience your customers have of your brand or organisation when they experience your advertising online. What is it like to be on the receiving end of your brand advertising campaign?
In this episode, we explore some issues around online advertising tech and the user experience of Ads.
Banner advertising, in particular, has had a bit of a reputation of being forced upon users. Retargeting was supposed to help this but is often abused by marketers ( or their agencies) leading to a less than positive experience.
Daniel discusses programmatic advertising and some of the pitfalls of the technology. If you are using it, do you understand how it is impacting on your customer experience of your brand?
We also discuss the IAB’s self-regulatory initiative for online advertising. Is this the answer to ensuring consumers are not annoyed by over persistent online advertising?
For a long time now the Ad blocker debate has been raging between users who want to take control back of their online experience and Advertisers who want to ensure their all valuable content is paid for and monetised. Are micro payments the solution?
Over the last few months, we have noticed some interesting moves from Google who have taken some steps to try and encourage advertisers to re look at the advert experience and take action to improve it. For a long time now they have promoted a good match between users to search intent and the advertising displayed in search engine results through their innovative Ad quality score. Could we be seeing Google applying the same approach to encourage a win win advertising approach in display advertising with changes recently made on their Ad network and within Google Search Console reports? Is this real evidence that Ad experience will influence your Organic Search engine positions in the future? All of this and more is under discussion in this week’s episode.
Futureproof - How to get your business ready for the next disruptionSep 3, 2017 32:22
After a long and successful international career at L’Oreal, Minter Dial returned to his entrepreneurial roots to create The Myndset, a boutique agency designed to help senior management teams to adapt to the new exigencies of the Internet-enabled marketplace.
Minter’s newest book, co-written with Caleb Storkey, is Futureproof, How to get your business ready for the next disruption, published by Pearson, and will be coming out in September 2017. Futureproof paints a complete picture of the major disruptive forces currently facing us -defining them, mapping them out and putting them into context.
We jumped at the chance to interview Minter about the book and explore some of the mindsets that Minter argues are essential for both individuals and organisations to master if they are to grow and thrive in an increasingly disruptive and changing world.
All businesses find it challenging to plan for the unknown. Futureproof provides a fascinating insight into 16 areas of up coming disruption and combines this with practical steps every individual and organisation can take to not only cope but to embrace, enjoy and thrive throughout the rollercoaster of change that lays ahead of us all as we reach further into the 21st century.
A Beginners Guide To CrowdfundingAug 27, 2017 30:15
With crowdfunding successfully driving billions in revenue globally, crowdfunding continues to go from strength to strength as a viable source of funding and support for both business and personal endeavours.
We talk to crowdfunding expert Heather Delaney, a crowdfunding PR communications expert from Dynamo PR in San Francisco who specialise in helping companies build and execute successful crowdfunding campaigns. Heather launched the world's first crowdfunding division of a PR agency and is now a crowdfunding veteran with work on over 100 crowdfunding campaigns under her belt.
Listen in and find out more about effective crowdfunding strategies, how it works, and how you could make crowdfunding super effective as a viable means not only to fund your next product but also to supercharge your product development and market research. How do you balance PR with paid for advertising to get your campaign the stand out it needs? How to you make email marketing work for your crowdfunding campaign, and what do you do once your crowdfunding campaign has finished on your crowdfunding platform.
Curious about a 3d Pen? Take a look at 3 doodler who since launching on crowd funding have gone from strength to strength. But be warned. You will want one! http://the3doodler.com/
Follow Heather on Twitter:
Get in touch with Dynamo PR and be inspired by a few of the amazing products they have helped to launch on Crowdfunding platforms
Useful Links to the Crowd Funding Platforms Discussed
Crowd Cube https://www.crowdcube.com/
Go Fund Me https://gofundme.com
Top Tips for Managing Search Engine OptimisationAug 20, 2017 23:47
Get our top tips on managing SEO for your company. Whether you manage SEO via an agency or run your own in house programme, we have some top tips to help you with managing your search engine optimisation campaigns.
Daniel walks us through the processes required for an SEO programme from the initial technical audit through to translating any audit into actionable steps by your website content and development teams. We also explore themes in your SEO content and how that helps to generate material. We also tackle link building and how to engage with influencers, bloggers and news sites as well as your customer base to help build valuable link collateral.
Discover some practical steps to take to link your google search console and Google Analytics to get some valuable SEO insights. Learn how to automate your reporting on SEO from Analytics and how to leverage on the hero hub and hygiene approach to content generation when planning your oh so valuable hyper-linkable content.
We also advise you don't neglect your link reports in Google Search console for some valuable insights into what is driving links and impact on your search engine rankings.
Can your link building efforts make the world a better place? Listen in and find out why Ciaran thinks they can and should.
Useful Tools & Links
Top Collaboration ToolsAug 13, 2017 27:19
Are you struggling to stay on top of your email inbox? Is everyone else in your company in the same boat? Maybe it's time you reviewed the collaborative communication tools you provide your teams.
Target Internet is a distributed company, so we all work in different parts of the country. As we don't all get to meet every day we have found online collaboration tools essential to effective team work. In this episode, we are sharing with you some of our favourite team collaboration tools that help get stuff done and keep us together, whatever the distance. We find they often save a heap of time too. Daniel shares with us the best way to get in touch with him, and we share some great tools for communicating with others more effectively than by email. And… Ciaran shares with us his new love… ( …well one or two of them!)
Useful links and resources
Ciaran’s Post-it note planner ( visit Targetinternet.com
Video conferencing and screen sharing
The Science of Content MarketingAug 6, 2017 13:35
In a digital self-publishing world, it's become almost too easy to post out content in huge volumes. Blog posts, Video How To Guides, Social Media Status Updates, Live broadcasts, Webinars… They are all out there by the thousands. As a result, the level of noise in the content marketing space has become almost unbearable. So we think there are a few questions we should all be asking: - How good is our content and how effective is it at actually reaching your business goals? How much is our content getting shared? If you aren’t getting many shares then is your content outstanding enough?
There is lots to think about if you are employing content marketing tactics so how should we all rise to the challenge posed by an overcrowded content marketing space? When was the last time your organisation stopped producing all your content for a second to consider- Why exactly are we doing this? Where is this taking us?
Making your content marketing stand out
Learn how to rise above the overwhelming noise of content marketing currently being pushed out online with some key strategic approaches to what you are working. Daniel talks us through how to go about choosing and creating the best content marketing for your campaigns. What tools can help you refine your content targeting? How do you line up social media, launch email, guest blogging, and influencer outreach once your content is ready to launch? What should you do post launch as a follow up to optimise your historical content? Listen In and find out now...
Useful Tools and Links
Guide To Working With Digital AgenciesJul 30, 2017 24:28
Daniel and Ciaran talk us through the highs and lows of working with agencies to support you with your projects. A great agency relationship can make an enormous difference to what you can achieve, but these relationships rarely happen by accident. Listen in to get our recommendations on how to find the right agency for you. We also highlight some of the common digital agency contractual issues you will want to avoid.
We also share with you some of the challenges that agencies have managing clients and discuss ways we have found that are useful in building that relationship into a very natural and fruitful extension of your team. Check out our top tips for building a productive and harmonious relationship with your agencies. How many of these are you following? Are you your agencies favourite client or brand?
How To Develop Your Digital Marketing skillsJul 23, 2017 21:45
Daniel and Ciaran have an update on some changes happening at Target Internet which we hope you all our listeners will find of value.
As you may or may not know, Target Internet produces a whole host of different learning and training materials of which this podcast is just one part. We also publish regular articles in our Resources section which if you haven't dipped in and read recently we highly recommend.
You can also sign up for our email updates which are every fortnight, and we also have a digital marketing skills benchmark which will highlight areas you need to increase your knowledge on to be great at your job in digital marketing. Target Internet’s digital marketing skills benchmark assesses your digital skills in a variety of digital marketing disciplines against industry standards and best practice according to main job focus, level of seniority and industry sector. Anyone can take part and it only takes around 20 minutes to complete. At the end of it, you will be given an action plan of blog posts and podcasts and paid subscription-based modules which will help you with knowledge areas you need to improve on. You can take advantage of our paid for online training modules with a free two week trial for those you keen to give some of these online learning modules a go.
Daniel also talks us through formal accredited and non-accredited informal training and the pros and cons of both. We also share some of the ways we stay abreast of the learning workload everyone needs to embrace if they are to remain on top of the ever-changing digital space.
Target Internet resources
Skills test benchmark
2 week free trial of Target Internet Online Training
Interested in being a guest on the podcast? Have something valuable to share?
Get in touch Email: ciaran[at]targetinternet.com
9 Digital Marketing Psychology Tips & TechniquesJul 16, 2017 27:09
Daniel walks us through some rather clever marketing psychology techniques which can help you to secure more sales and improve your overall online sales results by making use of a number of cognitive biases. We discuss some of the ethical issues surrounding the use of psychological techniques and how they can apply to digital marketing.
Techniques covered include:
How to use Cognitive Biases
How to make use of Scarcity
How to use Social Proof
How to use Consistency
How to use Loss Aversion
How to use Confirmation Bias
How to use Anchoring
How to use the Decoy Effect
How to use Priming
Link to Cognitive Biases Article:
Italian driving licence Case study:
9 Useful Tools And A GDPR Email Marketing UpdateJul 9, 2017 17:27
This week Daniel and Ciaran have some more tips and tools for you. We start with a brief overview of the new GDPR EU legislation due to take effect in May 2018 and how it affects email marketers. We also discuss nine tools all focused on helping you to improve your website, monitor website downtime as it happens, improve your drawing, measure data in exciting and animated formats from multiple sources, plus we have a quick round-up of our favourite screen capture and video screen capture software.
Under discussion this week:-
Are you ready for GDPR?
Do you even know what it is? If you are involved with email marketing, and you send email to subscribers in the EU, then you need to know all about this new legislation which comes into effect in 2018 and how it affects what you need to be doing now.
Nothing to do with discovering magical or mystical objects, New Relic helps you to understand how the code is functioning on your website and flag up any slow code or errors on your web server.
Rubbish at drawing? Google Auto draw may be able to come to your aid with artificial intelligence to help your drawing, turning it into something recognisable.
Geek out on fun things your browser will do if you push the limits.
Google Data Studio
Now out of Beta and with the 3 report limit removed, Google data studio is well worth investing some time and effort into. An ideal wash boarding tool which you can link up to all sorts of data beyond what you have in Google Analytics. Check it out.
Awesome Screenshot and Evernote Skitch
Need to annotate a screenshot to illustrate a point? These two tools are just the ticket. Ideal for communicating visual things relating to your website to developers and co-workers.
If you have found some great tools you would like us to cover, please add them to the comments, with your thoughts on what makes the
Latest Digital Marketing Trends UpdateJul 4, 2017 28:37
Daniel and Ciaran are back this week with some of the latest Digital Trend updates. Under discussion are the new Snapchat location update and the geo-sharing privacy issues it highlights, as well as Snapchat streaks which is gamifying the use of the platform. Daniel also takes a look at the trend of stories migrating everywhere and making narrative journeys more interesting with stories now available in Instagram and Facebook. We also discuss some of the recent changes in Google Analytics reporting updates with the new homepage summary data visualisation insights and Intelligent reports allowing you to ask natural language questions which trigger custom reports.
Also under discussion is the trend to adopt faster mobile website technology and how your organisations structure impacts on your overall digital results. Is your organisation structurally set up for Omni-channel measurement and success? Are you ready to move beyond the Omni-channel experience?
What is PR Smith’s SOSTAC® Plan and why should you be using it?Jun 13, 2017 16:59
If you have ever studied marketing you will have come across PR Smith’s SOSTAC® Plan. But what is SOSTAC® and how can you use it to improve your results in a digital world?
Daniel walks us through this daddy of marketing planning systems with a specific focus on how it can be applied to define and improve your digital marketing campaign planning and processes.
Download the Target Internet Content Marketing Calendar
Useful books by PR Smith http://prsmith.org/books/
Digital Measurement And Why It's A Waste Of Time!May 28, 2017 18:20
OK, we know, its a controversial title but in this episode Ciaran and Daniel discuss digital measurement through analytics and look into attribution modelling. How can you best identify the channels and marketing activity which are driving the success of your business, and which factors should you be taking into account when it comes to the all important allocation of time and resources for your digital marketing campaigns?
Useful Links: https://www.kaushik.net/avinash/multi-channel-attribution-modeling-good-bad-ugly-models/
A Guide to Digital FailureMay 16, 2017 20:32
Daniel and Ciaran are back celebrating the podcasts 7th birthday and over 1 million downloads with an audio guide to digital failure. Daniel talks us through how to avoid failure by ensuring all your efforts are joined up and resourced properly using 10 key measurement points you can all review and Ciaran shares a soggy anecdote about his first business meeting with Daniel.
Find out how to grade your business’s digital capability
Show What You Do Online- The Swydo StoryApr 16, 2017 29:15
Over 5 years ago, a team of marketers at a boutique agency outside of Amsterdam came up with the idea for a digital marketing reporting tool that would save them a massive amount of time, and create customisable reports. Before long they were offering their tool to others looking to solve the same problems and a new start up was born. Ciaran talks with Swydo founder and CEO Jeroen Maljers about the soul-searching and research the company has undertaken to develop its reporting tool, and they take a look at what’s next for their promotion and development as they prepare to reach for an even larger international market.
Find out more about Sywdo: https://www.swydo.com/
(-; ʇsᴉʍʇ ɐ ɥʇᴉʍ slooʇ ⅋ sdᴉʇApr 7, 2017 19:00
Daniel is back with an exciting update for all our listeners who responded to our challenge for podcast reviews. Thank you all so much for your feedback. We have a little something for you. Daniel also walks us through a selection tips and tools he and Ciaran have been using over the last few months which we think you might find interesting, useful or just curiously entertaining. (Note: we used one of the tools to create the title for this podcast episode...Clever or annoying?- answers / complaints via Twitter to @ciaraniow please.) Tools covered in this episode Leadberry https://www.leadberry.com/ Youtube to gif convertor. https://makeagif.com/youtube-to-gif Answer the Public http://answerthepublic.com/ Turn text upside down http://www.upsidedowntext.com/ Website visit recorder https://fullstory.com/ Launch your digital nomad lifestyle https://nomadlist.com/ Target Internet Digital Skills Benchmark https://www.targetinternet.com/benchmark-digital-skills-assessment/
Mind the (Digital Skills) GapJan 12, 2017 14:57
Daniel talks about the digital skills gap which many senior marketeers and teams face with the rapid growth in digital marketing tools and technology. This episode introduces Target Internet’s digital marketing skills benchmark assessment. This free online tool gives you the opportunity to benchmark your digital skills in a variety of digital marketing mediums against industry standards and best practice according to your main job focus, level of seniority and industry sector.
Find out how you stack up and where your potential skills gaps are and get guidance on how to fill them. Get more details and take the assessment here:
Understanding Agile WorkingJan 9, 2017 18:20
With the launch of his new Book Building Digital Culture. Daniel walks us through the basics of Agile working methodology, a key working methodology for working in a fast changing environment. Learn how you could employ this development philosophy to enhance your digital projects and marketing practices.
You can see the book on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N6JRJTJ/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
...And you can buy with a 25% discount using the code ‘AFRIENDSOFDT’ on the publishers website: https://www.koganpage.com/product/building-digital-culture-9780749479657
You can see our detailed guide to Agile working here: https://www.targetinternet.com/an-introduction-to-agile-working/
The Rise and Growth of Direct TrafficDec 28, 2016 18:38
Have you found the direct to website traffic reported in your Analytics has grown and grown in recent months? Daniel and Ciaran discuss the growing trend in direct traffic growth being reported within Analytics and the reasons behind it. Daniel shares some practical steps everyone can take to more accurately measure results. Also under discussion are click through rates and display campaigns.
Google Search Console. Re-discoveredDec 9, 2016 19:03
Daniel and Ciaran take a fresh look at the service formerly known as Google Webmaster tools. Now rebadged up as Google Search Console, this free tool from Google is one to take a fresh look at if you haven't recently. We walk through some of the new reports and data tools which Search console offer, all of them designed to give you insights into how your website is performing in organic search, as well as some brilliantly useful website performance monitoring tools.
Digital Marketing News UpdateNov 13, 2016 31:46
Daniel and Ciaran are back after a short break with a news roundup of the biggest stories that have us excited in the digital marketing world this November. Under discussion are:- Gmail’s responsive design updates, Linked in Content search, Automatic Insights for Google Analytics, Facebook workplace and an update on Twitter.
Adobe Target - Automating Hot Tricks of Data ScienceSep 12, 2016 17:03
Ciaran talks to Kevin Lindsay from Adobe about data science and how it can bring valuable insights into how to achieve smart results and quick wins with your marketing and customer analytics. Find out how Adobe are bringing data science smarts to marketers everywhere with their innovative products that help tame your big data by doing a lot of the heavy lifting for you.
Find out more about Adobe’s marketing Suite at
Read the latest digital marketing insights from the team at Adobe at:
A local SEO question and a global SEO conferenceAug 25, 2016 26:03
Daniel and Ciaran pose a great local SEO question from one of our listeners to Kelvin Newman, founder and host of one of the world's largest SEO conferences "Brighton SEO" Join Kelvin and the cream of the UK SEO community at Brighton SEO next week for their training sessions on the 1st of September and the full conference on the 2nd of September. It's what weekends and your department's training budget were made for. But hurry, Tickets for this event sell out quickly.
Find out more at: http://www.brightonseo.com/
A Rather Surprising Twitter MythAug 1, 2016 13:10
Daniel exposes an interesting Twitter myth around URL shorteners, and Ciaran discovers that Twitter haven't been censoring and editing his posts on the platform, while also getting nostalgic about "you are the hero" books from his childhood. Get our top tips on making the most of your tweets with creative use of URL elements in your tweets.
Exploring Programatic Advertising at scale with AdobeJul 13, 2016 17:32
Ciaran talks to Pete Kluge from Adobe about Programatic Advertising and the movements and growth within the industry. With industry experts predicting 20 Billion spend on programatic, the industry is growing at a phenomenal rate. Pete walks us through how the industry is managing performance at scale using DSP’s (Demand Side Platforms) and Ad Exchanges. Discover what Adobe has to offer marketing teams keen to create intelligent and unique digital customer experiences at scale.
Adobe Media Optimiser which enables you to programatically manage all your Search, display and social media advertising is helping marketing teams to gain valuable attribution insights across different channels to help identify how channels are working to create paths to conversion for consumers in the market place.
You can find out more about Adobe’s digital marketing platform and latest thinking and developments from Adobe at https://blogs.adobe.com/digitalmarketing/
Bing: Why Should Marketers Care?May 26, 2016 18:10
No adverts - Ciaran talks to Simon Jacobson from Microsoft about how Bing is dramatically growing their share of the search market. Discover how they have set about integrating the search functionality they provide into peoples work flow and daily lives. With some impressive user growth statistics that will take you by surprise, we explore what bing has to offer the digital marketer and ask bing why we should care about what they are up to. Listen and learn a few things that might surprise you.
Bing’s brand new insights portal
Use this to research Bing Network search volume trends by industry in Europe, Research your target audience by demographics and industry in Europe, Search volume share by device-type and industry in Europe
View Bing Brighton SEO slides
Get in touch with Bing team via Twitter
@BingAds and @simonaldo
Or Email BingForSuccess@microsoft.com
Digital Marketing on a Zero BudgetMay 14, 2016 21:35
Following a question from Rick Toon, podcast listener on our LinkedIn group, Daniel talks us through how he’d approach the essentials of digital marketing in terms of services and essentials you should be using. Daniel also visits Keyword research and its relationship to Hygiene, Hub and Hero Content, Ciaran indulges in a spurious fishing analogy, and Daniel explores some interesting influencer outreach and content curation techniques.
Hosted Wordpress website for those of you wanting to get up and running with a website content hub.
Google Search Console
Great tool for understanding how Google search views your website and also gives you the keywords you think your website is about.
Google Adwords Keyword tool
Target Internet SEO tools comparison report
Ciaran’s Complete guide to QR codes
Create a pre written tweet button
Matthews on Marketing InterviewApr 4, 2016 27:19
Ciaran talks to US marketing author Tim Matthews about traditional marketing and its links and reach which goes deep into today’s digital marketing mix. We also talk about Tim’s brilliant book (and no we don't say that lightly- it really is a very good read) “The Professional Marketer” which is a custom written guide for anyone who finds themselves working in a marketing role who hasn't had the benefit of studying marketing theory and fundamentals. Get up to speed on developments, techniques and the giants of marketing thinking from the last 150 years while also skilling yourself up with all the essential marketing skills concepts and techniques you hear others talk about which you’ve never really understood. Raise your game and go get yourself a copy.
Conversion XL http://conversionxl.com/blog/ Ted talks https://www.ted.com/talks
Every David Ogilvy book ever written
UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/David-Ogilvy/e/B000APAF1O/
US - http://www.amazon.com/David-Ogilvy/e/B000APAF1O/
Being Direct - Lester Wonderman
Crazy Egg - website heatmaps
The Professional Marketer - Tim Matthews
Matthews on Marketing Blog
5 Essential Digital Marketing ToolsMar 18, 2016 16:06
Daniel and Ciaran are back with a selection of their favourite digital marketing tool discoveries for you to explore and evaluate.
English language reports on your Google Analytics. See how well tools can match your report writing prowess without getting tired.
Great multiple platform reporting and dash-boarding tool enables you to report on multiple sources of data including Adwords, Analytics, Bing Yahoo, Facebook Ads, Facebook Graph, Google Console,Google Page Speed, Call tracking, and an interface with Twitter Ads coming out soon.
A great tool for helping you build links from all the key respected online directories to help maximise your visibility relating to the physical location of your business. Currently only useful if you are in the US or UK.
Collaborative in the cloud mind mapping tool that Ciaran is clearly very enamoured with. check it out and tell us if its as exciting and useful as he thinks it is.
Online web based graphics platform that enables you to create easily editable templates for all your key placement and social networks. Super simple to use for non graphic people. We have found its a great help for workflow in larger teams particularly if you are not all in the same location.
#FaceTweetChallenge: How to Get Social Media Buy-in From Your OrganisationFeb 24, 2016 16:15
Daniel talks us through getting leadership buy-in to key digital transformation projects by answering some of the tough questions you might be asked. Ciaran gets a little over dramatic playing the role of a challenging senior team member asking tough questions which Daniel calmly and confidently walks us through.
Tough questions Daniel tackles:How to deal with negative conversations online How to minimise the chance that social team might say something embarrassing. How to deal with leakage of confidential information. How to deal with the disbelief that people we want to reach don't use social media. How to deal with the risk of law suits from Social Media activity. How to solve the time lag from your compliance team. How to spot potential errors or faux pas How to tie social channel to business results
Take a look at http://socialmediagovernance.com/ for some great resources that will further help you in this area.
Disruptive Ad Targeting TechniquesFeb 19, 2016 18:13
Daniel and Ciaran discuss some of the new targeting options available to marketers on Google Adwords, Facebook and other social platforms and the creative ways they can be used to reach the right audience for your business.
Facebook Custom Audiences
Google Adwords Customer Match https://support.google.com/adwords/answer/6276125?hl=en-GB
The Future of Email Marketing 2016 and Beyond?Jan 31, 2016 29:31
Ciaran talks to Kristin Naragon, Director of Email Solutions at Adobe, about their research into both consumer and marketing professionals use of email marketing and the interesting insights it provided. With email marketing continuing to be a channel of communication that consistently drives results, we also discuss Adobe’s vision of the tools email marketers need and discuss what their email marketing platform provides. Adobe isn't so well known as an email service provider, but if you have used and love Adobe’s creative suite or analytics platform then take a look at the email solutions Adobe provide. Designed for multi channel marketers keen to further drive performance through better integration of email into online communication strategies, Adobe’s email solutions offer a compelling alternative to better known and less integrated stand alone email platforms. If you are looking for ways to reach your customers with more relevant and effective email campaigns check out these resources:
Take Adobe’s free email maturity model online assessment and learn what your email strengths and priorities are:
Read more on Adobe’s email strategy and platforms
Discover Google Tag ManagerJan 22, 2016 11:57
Ciaran talks to Daniel about Google Tag Manager and provides us with an outline of what it does and how to use it, and we discuss some of the more advanced features and ways to make use of this fab free tool. If you looked at Tag Manager when it first came out we would encourage you to take a fresh look at the tool and investigate the new Google learning resources behind it which are rather good in our opinion. https://tagmanager.google.com
Digital Skills Gap HacksDec 28, 2015 16:23
How do you stay abreast of the constant and sometimes vast changes in the digital space thrown at us every week? Daniel and Ciaran share how they stay up to date with changes large and small in the digital world on a daily basis with some quick and easy to follow hacks from Daniel.
Have a trick, tip or hack that helps you keep your ears to the ground and your finger on the pulse? We would love to hear from you. Please share and get in touch. Email: email@example.com
What is Programmatic Advertising?Nov 27, 2015 17:44
Description:Daniel talks us through what Programmatic Advertising is and tells us how the technologies and three letter acronyms all work! Understand some of the latest advances and jargon used in display advertising on various advertising networks and learn how you can use whats on offer to boost your online visibility. We also discuss best practice with re-marketing and retargeting of adverts and how to use display for brand re-enforcement and content marketing placement.
Your Digital Marketing Questions AnsweredNov 7, 2015 23:17
Daniel and Ciaran discuss and answer some of your most recent questions to us in the first of an ongoing series of listener questions. We look at Analytic goals and their limitations, Google Analytics demographic data, dust off our favourite mac cheat sheets of yesteryear and discuss one of Daniel’s favourite topics: Gadgets and gear to go travelling with!
Mac cheat sheets? We found a few!
We want to make questions and answers a regular feature of the show so please send your questions to us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lessons from a New StartupOct 24, 2015 21:10
Daniel and Ciaran discuss Target Internet’s new digital e-learning training programme for individuals. With the launch of this subscription based flexible on demand training resource Daniel shares with us how Target Internet has developed and some of the key learnings from the journey we have been on in developing our own startup.
Find our new online relearning training for individuals here and sign up for free sample modules :-
How to Create #humdinger content that drives traffic for yearsSep 27, 2015 15:26
Daniel and Ciaran discuss ways they have used to create content that continues to drive traffic to their site month after month.Learn about the tools and sources of information they use to identify topics and phrases that are of interest to their audience and will help to impact positively on audience figures.
Bacon, SPAM & How to Radically Boost your Email PerformanceSep 14, 2015 21:13
Daniel talks us through SPAM, Bacon and how to radically boost your email lists performance by applying some clever basic segmentation techniques. Ciaran also quizzes Daniel on his new Apple watch to find out how well it fits into his daily life.
Email Segments discussed in case you missed them:
>Low open high click - stimulate open
>High open low click - stimulate click
>High both open high click - ( these are your email champions)
>Low open / low click - trigger a reactivation process.
How to Maximise Your Facebook ReachAug 11, 2015 14:28
Ciaran and Daniel share their top tips on how to increase the reach of your digital content in Facebook using some simple techniques and measuring what your audience really likes.
Controversial Content Marketing TechniquesJul 22, 2015 13:00
Daniel and Ciaran discuss a couple digital marketing tools that we think offer amazing functionality but which need to be used responsibly.
Email Marketing Best PracticeJul 13, 2015 16:16
Daniel and Ciaran discuss Email Marketing best practice and share their top tips for effective mass email communication with your highly valuable engaged email subscribers.
How to Guide: Setting up a YouTube ChannelJun 17, 2015 17:28
Daniel and Ciaran discuss setting up a YouTube Channel highlighting some of the key things they have learned while setting up various channels for Target Internet and Clients.
Find us on YouTube
Check out our resources to help you get your channel set up.
Discover Twitter's PeriscopeJun 12, 2015 12:12
Daniel introduces us to Periscope, a fab new tool from Twitter that enables you to broadcast video events live directly from your mobile. Not only do you now have the ability to stream live events, but you can also save the video to provide recordings of the events you cover. We also discuss similar app Meerkat, and some of the opportunities, implications and challenges that live streaming brings to those both covering and running live events and conferences.
Audience Hacker InterviewMay 22, 2015 38:46
Ciaran talks to Chicago based author and online publishing entrepreneur Jonny Andrews from Audience Hacker to learn how he advises building effective momentum behind any self published or traditionally published book. Whether you are looking to tell the story/ novel you have always dreamt is within you or are exploring how to engage and expand the online audience for your business, what Jonny has to share will definitely inspire you to try out some of these techniques for rapid online audience growth
Guide to Digital TransformationMay 8, 2015 15:30
Daniel and Ciaran discuss digital marketing transformation and capability. Lots is being talked about this at marketing conferences this year so we thought it would be good to take a down to earth approach to what it is, and how to best approach transformation projects within your organisation.
Does Your Content Marketing Annoy Its Audience?Apr 24, 2015 33:03
Ciaran speaks to Mark Pinnes ,Deputy Managing Director of Flagship Consulting, about some research they were involved with investigating the key things content marketers do which annoy their audiences. How guilty is your content marketing strategy?
The research was conducted by the Economist Group Content Solutions – which is part of the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Infographic and further reading on the Economist Intelligence Unit research can be found here:
Read Mark’s Linked in article mentioned in the podcast
Find out more about Flagship Consulting’s work at www.flagshipconsulting.co.uk
Social Media Insights - The Brandwatch InterviewApr 10, 2015 25:03
Daniel talks to Joel Windels, VP of Inbound Marketing at Brandwatch, about the company's rapid growth and their ethos and culture that underpins building a community of active global users. Joel also talks about what’s next for Brandwatch with some interesting predictions on what he believes will be driving change and development on social networks.
Find out more about Brandwatch by visiting their website
How Google Mobile Ready is Your Website?Mar 30, 2015 15:28
Daniel and Ciaran discuss Google’s recent announcement that from the 21st of April 2015 Google search engine results for mobile devices will give priority to online content which has been optimised to provide a great mobile experience. Is your website ready to take advantage of this change?
What's New for digital marketing in 2015?Feb 18, 2015 28:43
Daniel talks to bestselling digital marketing author, consultant and speaker Dave Chaffey from Smart Insights about what’s new in 2015 for digital marketers. What should our focus be over the next twelve months in the never ending search for growth, competitive advantage and improved results from our marketing campaigns? Listen to find out...
Links mentioned in discussionDigital Marketing 2015 research report - in association with TFM&A
2015 Digital Marketing Trends blog post and Slideshare including 30 tools for managing content marketing
Tools for benchmarking content marketing
Scott Brinker's 2015 Technology landscape infographic
Structuring Digital Marketing teams report
Digital Transformation - includes capability benchmarking grid
Digital Marketing CalendarsFeb 14, 2015 11:58
In this episode Daniel walks us through an effective content calendar and how to manage it, how to approach effective planning to ensure your content is scheduled and shared within social media. Target Internet have created their own calendar template which is available as a free download. Start your new year with a more effective plan on what you are publishing, who is responsible for producing it and where and when it is going to be published and shared.
Useful Web Project ToolsDec 29, 2014 14:58
Tools to help with your web projects
Ciaran walks us through a few of the online tools he has been making use of over the past 6 months to help with various online projects. Take some time out in the new year and have a play with a few of these.
also check out their cheatsheet fontawesome.github.io/Font-Awesome/cheatsheet
MOZ Tag Title Preview Tool
Load a web page in chrome, right click and select Inspect element, then click on the little mobile icon that shows up in the top left hand of the screen. Top bonus tip for all of you who read these notes! :-) If you change the device when viewing a page using the tool, be sure to hit refresh on your browser to ensure the page renders correctly.
Quick Guide to Effective Social Media OutreachDec 3, 2014 13:17
Daniel walks us through creating an effective social media outreach campaign online. Learn effective methods to leverage on one to one relationship building online to boost the consumption of all that great stuff you are all doing. Learn how to identify the most effective content being shared socially to guide you in your own content targeting and identify the top movers and shakers in that content area.
Google news search
Moz Open Site Explorer
Digital Marketing Tool Kit DownloadNov 20, 2014 07:58
Daniel introduces Target Internet’s new free resource, The Digital Marketing Toolkit which includes over 50 carefully chosen essential digital marketing tools and resources to help your digital marketing efforts. To get you in the mood we introduce you to a couple of the tools that feature in this fab collection
To get your copy of the report, simply sign up to our email list by following the instructions here: http://www.targetinternet.com/free-digital-marketing-toolkit/
Finding TwtrlandOct 20, 2014 18:17
Daniel talks to Guy Avigdor, one of the founders of the Twtrland about his journey building the team and platform that powers their fabulous Twtrland service. 3 years into this journey, Twtrland has scaled to support over 1.5 million users every month. Guy shares some great insights into how they built a service that was able to scale and adjust quickly to achieve such success in a highly competitive social media arena.
Discover how Twtrland helps millions of people around the world better discover and connect in the social web. http://twtrland.com/
Streamline Your Content Curation TechniquesAug 28, 2014 15:38
Daniel walks us through his workflow for quick and easy content curation for social media channels. Learn how to find great content to share with your social media followers. Learn how to work out the optimum number of tweets per day and we take a fresh look at Klout and social scoring.
Feedly Premium RSS Syndicator
Latest SEO UpdatesAug 23, 2014 20:43
Daniel and Ciaran discuss some of the latest changes in the world of Search Engine Optimisation. Discover what has changed and what we believe will be happening over the coming months in SEO. We also ponder if recent changes in Google Authorship and its importance to search engine rankings for brands could see the birth of the Digital Marketing Diva.
Around the World’s Social Media in 24 minutesJul 30, 2014 24:11
Phileas Fogg attempted to navigate the late victorian world in under 80 days. In homage to the great Jules Verne, Ciaran met up with Gemma Birch, Marketing and Events Manager at Webcertain, for an attempt to navigate 21 century global social media world in just 24 minutes but without a £20K wager, loyal french man servant or accusation we had robbed the Bank of England. Hang on to your hats….and don’t forget your toothbrush.
Ash Roots, Insurance, Peacocks & Penguins InterviewJul 23, 2014 12:02
Back in June Ciaran interviewed Ash Roots, Director of Digital at the Direct Line group to get his unique and innovative take on building the team, environment and culture to solve the challenges posed by the digital Insurance industry of tomorrow. Passionate about free-thinking, problem solving and transforming businesses through the creative and commercial potential of the web Ash and his team are busy transforming all of Direct Line Group’s digital properties.
6 Cool Digital Marketing Tools for a Hot JulyJul 14, 2014 16:47
Daniel and Ciaran introduce a new round up of hot tools to keep your digital marketing campaigns and online activities cool this July.
Internet in numbers dramatic visualisation
Youtube video captions made easy
Discover what a site is made of.
Uber suggest Keyword tool
Hello nomad power cables
How Honest is your Social Media?Jul 5, 2014 05:22
Anne Godfrey, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Marketing talks to Ciaran about the research the CIM released last month at the CIM Bloomberg Digital Summit. The Research looked at the gap between what consumers feel is acceptable in social medias vs what marketers feel is acceptable, unveiling some interesting gaps. Anne introduces the CIM’s Keep Social Honest Campaign as well as the CIM’s new website which provides further insights and an opportunity to benchmark how well your social media efforts match recommended best practice.
Get your copy of the CIM’s research and learn about Social Media best practice
Digital Branding update and a chance to win an Oculus RiftJun 27, 2014 11:46
Ciaran and Daniel talk about Daniel’s new book Digital Branding and share some of the things we learned while Daniel was writing it. In celebration of the book launching and winning an award, we invite you all to enter a prize draw to win a free copy of the book. One lucky participant will win our star prize an ‘Oculus Rift’ virtual reality headset. We also update you all on some of the things we are up to at Target Internet which we will be rolling out over the next few months.
To get free chapters and free supporting content, plus the ‘Share via Twitter’ button prize draw* details go to:-
*Prize Draw closes 31st July 2014
Discover more about Target internet by visiting our website at http://www.targetinternet.com
How to Keep up with the Ever Accelerating Pace of ChangeJun 20, 2014 12:58
Ciaran catches up with Stuart Easterbrook, Starcom MediaVest Group Europe’s Executive Director of Performance and Digital Development, to discuss the ever accelerating pace of change facing digital marketers today. Stuart shares with us his down to earth approach to the challenges Marketers face, providing some really interesting insights into how to win through a level headed approach to today's daunting digital challenges.
Recorded at the 2014 CIM/Bloomberg Digital Summit, London in partnership with the CIM
5 Tools to Improve Website PerformanceMay 29, 2014 12:53
Ciaran and Daniel are back with a new collection of digital tools to help you improve the quality of your website user experience, including a website spell checker, mobile device previewer, eye tracking and usability tests plus a handy little tool for Adwords advertisers who cannot stop checking to see how their own campaigns look on Google.
Essential App Marketing TechniquesApr 26, 2014 12:59
Fresh from his research into Mobile marketing for his recently released book on the subject, Daniel talks us through the essential techniques to get your app featured in App stores including App Store Optimisation and how to harness word of mouth marketing to full effect.
5 Digital Marketing Time-Saving Tools & TipsMar 24, 2014 18:36
Ciaran and Daniel share some of their favourite time saving applications for busy digital marketers. Tidy up your email, roll types of emails into a daily summary. Learn how to inject Google Analytics tracking code into your social media posts in Hootsuite, plus a whole heap of Hootsuite power tips. Ciaran shares his favourite screen sharing app join.me which doesn’t requite your participants to have an account! We also discuss automating reports and data from Google Analytics, plus we have a top tip for Evernote users.
3 Great Tools to Improve Your SEO, Analytics & Tag ManagementMar 10, 2014 12:19
Daniel talks us through how to link up Webmaster Tools with your Google Analytics to get better insights into the organic search phrases visitors are using to find your content. Ciaran talks us through Google Tag Manager and how to use it to more efficiently manage all your pieces of tracking code, which is specially useful for Wordpress sites. We also introduce you to the Google Tag Assistant Chrome plugin to check you have your tags and code set up correctly.
Google Tag Manager
Google Tag Assistant
Winning at Content on the WebFeb 22, 2014 32:58
Ciaran talks to Ahava Leibtag a content marketing strategist for Aha Media Group and author of The Digital Crown: Winning at Content on the Web. Ahava talks Ciaran through her top tips for creating a successful digital marketing strategy and content marketing team.
Find out more about Ahava and her work by visiting
You can also download a free sneak preview of her book here at http://www.ahamediagroup.com/thedigitalcrown/
Offshore outsourcing: A great way to lower your costs or a disaster waiting to happen?Jan 17, 2014 34:11
Can you effectively outsource your work with ease and confidence to a global job marketplace? Rob Rawson, a former medical doctor turned internet entrepreneur does and has built his business empire and globe trotting lifestyle on it. An expert in offshore development, Rob has been managing developers in the Philippines and Russia for many years. Now he is focussed on building his businesses TimeDoctor.com and Staff.com and talks to us about how to more effectively outsource your work and projects, and what pitfalls to avoid.
>Other staff outsourcing websites mentioned:
>Effective communication and collaborative work tools
Digital Marketing Smart Insights for 2014 Part 2Jan 10, 2014 19:14
Ciaran talks to Dave Chaffey from Smart Insights, a leading marketing advice website, to discover what their research into the digital trends that matter for 2014 uncovered. Find out what leading digital marketers consider their priorities and see if it matches your focus for 2014.
To learn more you can download this free report on managing digital marketing in 2014:-
or read this post giving Dave's 22 Digital Marketing trends for 2014 here
( Part 2 of a 2 part interview)
Digital Marketing Smart Insights for 2014 Part 1Jan 8, 2014 24:39
Ciaran talks to Dave Chaffey from Smart Insights, a leading marketing advice website, to discover what their research into the digital trends that matter for 2014 uncovered. Find out what leading digital marketers consider their priorities and see if it matches your focus for 2014.
To learn more you can download this free report on managing digital marketing in 2014:-
or read this post giving Dave's 22 Digital Marketing trends for 2014 here
( Part 1 of a 2 part interview)
5 things to get straight for great #socialmediaNov 15, 2013 26:03
Ciaran talks to Dowshan Humzah, Director (of Digital Development and Consulting) for The Worst Kept Secret, a leading UK social media agency providing audits, training, consulting and community management. Ciaran and Dowshan explore the key things brands and organisations get wrong when planning and implementing their social media campaigns
Mobile Marketing: An Exciting Quick Announcement...Nov 5, 2013 02:28
We are really excited to announce the launch of Daniel’s first book on Mobile Marketing.
Celebrate with us and grab the free resources including mobile strategy tips and a free chapter of the book here.
Three digital marketing tools, one tip… and a text-file bad boyOct 28, 2013 14:27
Daniel and Ciaran walk us through some more tools and tips that have grabbed their attention over the last few months. We explore a mind-mapping and diagram tool that's great for site maps, a great Google penalty checker tool, a free cloud based graphics editor and explore parallax websites.
Living in the Cloud - Life with just a Chrome BookSep 27, 2013 18:51
Chrome Books…Do they really offer a viable mobile computing platform?
Ciaran talks us through his 6 week experiment of living digitally with just a chrome book. Can you live and work effectively with such a simple and cost effective digital interface? What areas of work does a Chrome book excel at, and what are its limitations? Can you really go native and live your digital life in the cloud "Google style" Ciaran thinks you can and shares with us his journey.
Google campaign tracking guide: How do your campaigns measure up?Aug 31, 2013 14:58
Ciaran and Daniel talk through Google Analytics campaign tracking. What is it? How do you create the tracking codes? How can you create them on mass more effectively?! We also talk about effective tracking in social media campaigns using Hootsuite and introduce you to Hootsuite University - a paid for training programme designed to really supercharge your knowledge of Social media best practice and the Hootsuite platform.
Google Tracking URL Tool
Google UTM spreadsheet ( requires google login)
5 Great Digital Marketing Tools... and a very bad Winston Churchill impression.Aug 21, 2013 20:50
Daniel and Ciaran are back with another round up to fun digital marketing tools that they have come across in their online travels.
Google think insights
be more dog campaign
The State of Mobile MarketingJul 31, 2013 17:19
How Mobile ready are your digital assets? Fresh from resurfacing from the writing of his next book on mobile marketing, Daniel talks to Ciaran about Mobile, Apps, responsive design, User experience, the death of mobile as a stand alone category and how to do less but do it better. Are you ready for the continued growth in mobile user interactions on your website?
World Exclusive: CIM Social Media Benchmark Wave ThreeJun 10, 2013 15:37
Daniel talks to Thomas Brown, Associate Director of Research and Insights at the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) to get exclusive insights from the Social Media Benchmark which will be officially released on the 28th June. Listen in to hear what wave three of this invaluable research has revealed about the state of social media and digital marketing, and benchmark how your own efforts in social media compare. We also have details on how you can join in FREE online with this years CIM Digital Summit in London.
For more information visit www.cim-summit.com
Return to Planet RowlesJun 7, 2013 27:53
Episode 81 , Welcome back to part 2 of our interview with Daniel Rowles.
Two digital marketing MA students from Middlesex University, Daniel Augello and Sherene Perrier interrogate Target Internet’s Daniel Rowles to get his inside perspective on what makes him tick and learn how he got into digital marketing. They also explore what Daniel feels the future of digital marketing holds and explore his take on mobile and its’ importance in the digital mix. This is the second part of a 2 part interview.