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Summary: The Trump administration’s tougher stance on China will surely continue to curtail global trade.
Apple CEO Tim Cook’s letter to shareholders in 2019 blames weaker economies and trade tension for lower revenues.
What it all means for marketers, strategists, and investors.
Read #DrKPI’s 11 trends for 2019 and get the insight story!

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Creating buzz is of interest to any brand manager I have talked to recently, but it keeps getting harder and harder to get it right. In the recent past, social media was useful to reach certain client groups. But will it still work tomorrow?

Remember Second Life? In Spring 2008, Madagascar and Sweden each raced to open a virtual embassy on the platform. By 2012 Flickr was a popular photo sharing site. Today, Instagram has surpassed it.

BMW and others spent plenty to engage with users on Second Life. And today? The platform still exists, but most large brands have pretty much withdrawn from it. If that isn’t enough to convince you that putting your bet on one or two platforms is risky, Beebo was once a formidable Facebook competitor – and who remembers MySpace?

Our past predictions covered these changes with 78% accuracy.

For 2019, we again address the trends in marketing and business policy as we expect them to unfold and why this matters to investors.

Just click on the hyperlinked points below to read more.

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1. How things were…

One way to get more buzz, in theory, is getting customers involved. In the past, some companies like Starbucks did it on their Facebook page. A popular way to get more likes or comments was giving people free goodies or coupons to get their next cuppa for free.

Long before that became so boring, however, Fast Retailing in Japan invited clients and bloggers to produce their own short videos.

Sounds stale, but in summer 2007 this was innovative and a creative way to get buzz on social media. In particular, it got those target audiences involved – the same people that were supposed to flock to your outlets when the new line of apparel went on sale in your stores.

The company produced a whole series of videos that bloggers were invited to show on their own blogs.

What was innovative was that it produced plenty of content, including videos, photos, text, and so forth. Most important, it was easy for bloggers to embed such fan-produced content along with their own blog posts.

In 2007, shared content and using a press campaign to launch a new line of apparel got attention, but will it suffice 12 years later in 2019? Of course not!

Much has changed since then.

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Go back in time with UNIQLO new media promotion or view it on Fast Retailing’s webpage, where it is still shown (a very good thing). Or visit the Uniqlo international retailer website – no news is good news?. See also Fast Retailing cuts profit guidance for third time in 2016.

2. Broadcasting was, is, and continues to be… OUT

Private as well as corporate blogs have been with us for some time. But around 2011 many companies started to focus on social networks instead of corporate blogs. Since 2016, fast-growing and large companies seem to have rediscovered public-facing corporate blogs, however:

  • 55% of Inc. 500 – the fastest growing companies in the US – use blogs, the third yearly increase since 2015.
  • 53% of Fortune 500 companies use blogs, an 11% increase since 2017.
53% of Fortune 500 and 55% of Inc. 500 firms in the US have public-facing blogs. Source: Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

53% of Fortune 500 and 55% of Inc. 500 firms in the US have public-facing blogs. Source: Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

While blogs have regained momentum in the US, in Europe several companies and charities have orphaned their blogs (Caritas Zurich), or taken them down completely (e.g., Möbel-Pfister, Oxfam).

The primary reason may be a lack of understanding of how important blog content can be for branding, SEO (search engine optimisation), and getting increasing engagement from your target audience. Some had their budget reallocated or began re-focusing on their press releases.

Other misunderstandings about corporate blogs’ potential for getting your target audience’s attention can be:

  1. Believing your target audience cares about company events or new products, and
  2. thinking high-quality content requires neither time, investigation nor a writer that really understands the topic.

As well, the novelty of commenting on corporate blog sites, especially considering boring content, has long since worn off. As we know at DrKPI, it takes effort to get reader comments – i.e. engagement – for your corporate blogs.

When producing content like videos, for example, just ask these two questions:

  1. Why should your target reader view your content and spend time writing a comment?
  2. Are you answering these comments? If so, are you doing it in the right way? If you get comments, a thoughtful answer of each one is a must to show respect and appreciation for your reader or viewer.

So some people are falling back into behaviour from the lates 1990 and early 2000s: Broadcast and many will listen. Really? I don’t think so!

3. #Crowdsourcing can matter

Crowdsourcing can mean many things. One example is Patek Philippe and Beyer Chronometrie (the oldest watch shop in Switzerland). They invited the latter’s employees to create buzz and attention with customers.

35 submissions from Beyer Chronometrie employees were made in the contest for the best design. One employee’s design was chosen as the winner of this contest.

The winner’s design was then used to produce a luxury Dom-Pendulette of which Patek Philippe only produces a few each year. Unfortunately, whatever else the employee may have received and whether she did her designing during work hours at Beyer Chronometrie is not known.

In this case, Beyer Chronometrie did a write-up in its magazine that is available online. It was also mailed in print form to clients. (Picture taken from the Beyer magazine, Beyond, Nr. 22 / 2016 – page 50 shows the winner of the design contest with the completed Dom-Pendulette.)

Patek Philippe CEO Thierry Stern and René Beyer had the idea to get Beyer employees to design samples, with the winner used to create a luxury Dom-Pendulette. #Crowdsourcing to create #BrandBuzz (via print media, etc.).

Patek Philippe CEO Thierry Stern and René Beyer had the idea to get Beyer employees to design samples, with the winner used to create a luxury Dom-Pendulette.
#Crowdsourcing was used to create #BrandBuzz (via print media, etc.).

This is certainly an attractive approach for creating synergies between the manufacturer and the retailer. The latter’s employees may even create brand buzz, if they share their experience on the web.

However, it continues to be ever harder to stand out to your target audience. And even if you do, there’s no guarantee that they’ll spend time with your content.

Incidentally, micro-influencers such as employees or your customers are far more authentic and trustworthy to your target audience than people who sell their services as influencers.

4. The more things change, the more they stay the same

The video shown under point 1 above is just one of many options that companies were and still are using to get their customers involved in campaigns. In 2007, Uniqlo was able to get quite a lot of #brandbuzz for its Fall collection release.

But in 2019 this will not be good enough.

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What we know

a) Seen that, have the t-shirt

Many users are inundated with ads, content, news tickers, and so on. The content must be good enough so people want to share it.
Creating something that sticks in people’s minds is a challenge for any brand or company AND it is getting even tougher.

b) People always want more for less

Some younger consumers may not want to pay to attend an event that is being sponsored by a brand. And even if it is free, they may not be satisfied with what they get.

Incidentally, millennials (born 1981 – 1997) are not that different than the older generation when it comes to consumer habits. BUT they are the first generation since 1950 to be worse off than their parents (see OECD data).

c) Sharing economy grows as market domination is on the rise

Ever more people use AirBnB, Uber and many other services. As these companies try to optimize their tax bill, free-riding by companies avoiding taxes and social insurance contributions is increasing (see also point 8 and 9 below).

While consumers want the best deal from companies shirking their social responsibilities, they fight for secure jobs with lots of fringe benefits and lower gas taxes – France’s Yellow Shirt demonstrators. Oddly enough, consumers seem to be comfortable with these seemingly conflicting standpoints.

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Millennials in OECD countries have less real disposable income than their parents - by DrKPI

Millennials in OECD countries have less real disposable income than their parents – by DrKPI

As the above graphic indicates, real wages and therefore also real disposable income have hardly increased. This means millennials might be strapped for cash in some cities (e.g., New York, Paris or Munich), were apartment prices, public transport, as well as entertainment costs eat up much of the disposable earnings available. In turn, not having a car may be as much an economic decision as an evironmental one.

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TRENDS that we should take into consideration

4. 1990 was about webpage strategy, today a hashtag strategy is a must

In 1990 some early adopters started to add their URLs and email addresses to a business card or company stationary. Today a company needs to use hashtags in content, on social media posts, in blogs, and everywhere else.

Using a hashtag such as#ccTiM for Competence Circle Technology and Innovation Management, or #DrKPI for our own brand is a start. For starters, just using a hashtag in a print ad would suggest your c-suite fails to understand the digital economy and search marketing. Not a good thing – you’ve got some educating to do.

Actress Jane Fonda, the 1980s fitness queen made videos that millions of people purchased and used to stay fit. Nevertheless, she neither had a webpage nor a hashtag strategy.

A very different example is Kayla Itsines. She is neither called an actress nor a fitness trainer, but most experts and media call her an influencer. Nevertheless, she has built a virtual fitness conglomerate with more than 22 million fans, partly using social media. Hashtags are part of her marketing strategy, such as.

  • #DeathbyKayla are selfies posted by her fans after having done a strenuous training session, or
  • #KaylasArmy and #BBG (Bikini Body Guide), which are both about her fans’ training progress and successes.

More info: #MCLago – 2018 Hashtag strategy makes the difference

5. #Crowdsourcing must be carefully managed

We all want the crowd to help us, but morals and ethics must also play a part. For example, it is unhelpful if the public, customers or employees perceive the situation as exploiting one’s employees.

Getting the latter involved is one thing, but making their sharing of content on social media a must threatens the authenticity of your brand, an, in turn, the trust of your customers (see image below).

More info: #helpIlayda crowdfunding campagin: The interview

6. Experiential word-of-mouth marketing is critical to protect brands

Word-of-mouth is helpful for spreading the word about a position at your organisation. Of course, your employer appreciates if you love your brand, spread cheers, and maybe help raise awareness about it on your Instagram account.

But ever more important is that clients that have used or experienced your product, service, etc. talk about their great experience. Even if things go wrong, take care of the problem, learn from your mistakes – and talk / write about it!

Both Jane Fonda and Kayla Itsines are both successful in business. But Kayla uses Word-of-mouth (#WOM) marketing and #crowdsourcing (including hashtags #DeathbyKayla and #BBG) to spread her virtual fitness empire around the globe (see also point 4). She is called an influencer while Jane Fonda was ‘only’ an actress. But what’s the difference?

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Functionality helps improve client's trust in brand, loyalty to brand, and word-of-mouth about the brand - by DrKPI

Functionality helps improve client’s trust in brand, loyalty to brand, and word-of-mouth about the brand – by DrKPI

The above chart shows that building brand strength, trust, awareness, and loyalty can all benefit from word-of-mouth by your customers about how great your product is… such as value for money, innovation, great service. You know the drill.

By the way, just because media houses have rediscovered podcasts does not make this a trend we need to be concerned about. #DrKPI staff did podcasts starting in 2005 until about 2009, when it got a bit boring.

Welcome to the latecomers! And no, your customers or investors will rarely care about your corporate podcasts unless you are Apple’s Steve Cook announcing that you sold less or more than predicted for this quarter…

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What is just around the corner – watch out, beware, and take care

What Google, Apple, Facebook, or Amazon worry about are the things listed below.

7. Walk-out technology: Aldi, Amazon, BP, Shell, Wal-Mart

Will you shop at your favourite neighbourhood store next Christmas or will “Amazon Go” and stores using other walk-out technology get your hard-earned cash (oops cashless shopping)?

Cameras, sensors, and so on will continue to disrupt your shopping experience. Nevertheless, having a short chat with the cashier is still more enjoyable than scanning the products yourself.

Having purchased overpriced processed or pre-cooked / prepared food at Amazon Go or your gas station convenience store does not make me enjoy shopping. Does it do it for you?

8. 2019: #Blockchain will become boring

Many of the projects launched in 2017 are getting close to getting beyond the prototype. Smart contracts are being put in place to take real advantage of the blockchain (a system of distributed ledgers).

More info: Blockchain – protect your assets – what is a blockchain video

9. #GAFAtax: Nothing is free, and free-riding is out

The Google, Apple, Facebook, and Apple (GAFA) tax went into effect in France on January 1, 2019. The UK intends to follow in 2020 after EU-wide efforts stalled. The French government hopes to raise €500 million with GAFA.

France and other EU member states such as Germany want to tax companies according to where their digital users are based.

On a side note, the past few months have seen Apple’s share price take the sort of fall that would usually result in an Apple Watch calling for an ambulance.

10. People have to care about each other before they care about the environment

All of us, except maybe President Trump, are aware that climate change is causing increasingly severe problems with droughts and storms. Nevertheless, unless we care enough about each other, we will be unwilling to do our share to solve the problem.

Therefore, shopping trips to cities like London or New York, or weekend trips to far away places for adrenalin junkies will continue to increase in 2019.

11.  Google might collapse, Amazon could run the world and Apple?

Ever more people block mobile ads (e.g., with your iPhone) and an ever larger group in North America search for products on Amazon first, not Google.  Also, people have trained themselves to ignore online or mobile ads entirely, a phenomenon that is also called “banner blindness.”

2017 Amazon Web Services (AWS) dominated with a 33.8% global market share. Microsoft, Google and IBM together accounted for 30.8%…
In 2019 AWS is surely gonna account for about 63% of Amazon’s profits (growth continues).

Alexa does well and YouTube/Google are trying to get you to subscribe to all types of content including music and podcasts.
In 2019 Apple’s revenue from services like iMusic, iCloud, AppStore will account for about 20%, compared to today’s 15% of its revenues.

What is clear is that searching for new products are ever more happening on Amazon and more and more users are blocking ads. And while Apple is moving from a hardware provider over to become more of a service one, Google’s search for revenues beyond ads continues.

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By the way, regardless of what you do, interesting content is popular – but what is interesting? For instance, US teens care mostly about groups and online forums that have content regarding hobbies such as gaming (41%), humour (40%), pop culture, and sports (both 28%)… position 9 is politics (9%). (Pew Research, Nov. 2018)

5. Have your say – join the conversation

What is your opinion?

  • What important 2019 trends for marketers, strategists, and investors did we forget?
  • Know of other great blog entries on these topics? Provide a URL for our readers in the comments below!
  • When was the last time you shopped for a brand or stayed at a hotel because of your awareness of the brand or positive feelings toward the brand?

Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

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Summary: What went wrong with content marketing during 2015 and 2016?
What are the 3 critical things you must do to produce successful content that creates buzz for 2017?

This blog entry is part of the DrKPI #Trends2Watch Video Series for 2017.

The series’ main focus is trends, without giving you a checklist to solve everything. Instead, we point out what went wrong and what things we must change to succeed next year. In fact, it’s best if you start implementing these suggestions right now, while putting together content for your next blog post.

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1. What is Marketing?

Marketing is often misunderstood as being the same as sales. However, marketing focuses on the needs of the clients. Theodore Leavitt put it as follows:

Selling is preoccupied with the seller’s need to convert his product into cash; marketing with the idea of satisfying the needs of the customer by means of the product and the cluster of things associated with creating, delivering, and finally consuming it.” – Theodore Leavitt (see https://hbr.org/2004/07/marketing-myopia)

Thus marketers must learn their customers’ needs and how the company’s current products satisfy them.

In turn, gaps can be identified and with the help of R&D, for instance, new products can be developed. The product can then be sold because it solves another important problem your client may have.

2. What is Content Marketing?

The above indicates that content marketing is also often misunderstood. Thus people produce content that tries to sell their product or put it in the spotlight.

However, good content marketing supports our efforts in general marketing. That means the primary focus for content marketing must be helping us understand customers’ needs. While redundant at first glance, content marketing supports our efforts for better understanding of what the client needs as part of our overall marketing strategy.

Content marketing focuses on clients’ and prospective customers’ needs and problems. It tries to address these by providing content that answers questions clients need or want answered. Good content provides solutions or new insights to issues or problems that matter to our target audience.

There is a large group of customers that appreciate content that solves real or assumed problems. An example is:

How to do your make-up in 30 seconds every morning

Content marketing addresses the needs of clients. This may be as simple as:

“How do I build my own bookshelves?” or
“How should I organize may sales activities each month?”

Of course, if your blog focuses on sustainability and the blog entry talks about aquaculture, your content is a bit more complex than if you explain the make-up bit. But if that is what your target audience needs, that’s the kind of content you want to try to create.

3. Improving our Content Marketing for 2017

In a customer support forum it is perfectly all right to talk about how to better use our product. The same applies in a product blog, where we update readers. For instance, we may have power users share their insights and tricks with others. We may also report about upcoming product updates or possibly workshops being held nearby for users of our software.

While the above helps with current clients, it may fail to attract potential clients. The latter do not necessarily want to know about our product or updates. Instead, their focus is on solving their own problem(s), such as:

  • how to shop for clothes that make you look great,
  • the 10 best restaurants in Torino, Italy, and
  • how to show how my content marketing helped our bottom line.

Some of these issues and possible solutions I point out in the video below.

VIEW the 1-Minute Video below for more details
Download the slides used in the video (500 KB PDF).

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1. Avoid preparing generalised list content, such as “10 best tips…”.

Whatever it is, focus on providing added value or solving a problem that is of concern to your target audience. For instance, 3 points that help you make a better video than the one I made above. That will get my interest, guaranteed :-)

2. Talk with your clients.

  • What concerns do they have (“making sense of web analytics is tough”)?
  • What are their pain points (how to…) for which they would love to consume content (e.g., slides, video, blog entry)?

3. Get client feedback about your content.

You wrote about a problem, because of the input you got about the topic from clients (see point 2). After it is published, call your source and ask them for feedback about how useful the content is or what is missing. Even better, ask them to do so in the form of a comment on the post. You can then can reply to further help your audience.[/su_box]

4. Have your say – join the conversation

Source: 2017 trends: 3 rules for better content marketing

What is your opinion?

  • When was the last time you read interesting content on a corporate, fashion, music or hobby blog?
  • Do you like to get slides or checklists to download in a blog post?
  • What irks you the most when it comes to corporate blog content?

The author declares that he had no conflict of interest with respect to the content, authorship or publication of this blog entry (i.e. I neither own any of these brands’ products nor are they our clients).

Short content with little depth will not do

These days we are inundated with data on our newsfeed, social networks (e.g., Instagram images), YouTube, etc. Some of us even read newspapers in digital or, surprise, traditional format.

Here is a short video from 5 marketing influencers (how did they become marketing influencers?), that talks about the evolving content marketing trends for 2017.

Six minutes in length, of which only 1 minute by 1 person provides this viewer with some value. That is a recipe for failure in Content Marketing for 2017. It also means that those that supposedly know may not know that much more than you do. Pity.

If you have not already done so (of course you have!), please make sure your content for 2017 has added value for your clients :-)

 

Guess who says something that makes sense in the Content Marketing Trends Video for 2017.

If you watch this video and have the feeling that you now know what 2017 will bring (i.e. challenges or opportunities for those creating content), you are way ahead of me – so please share!

This post could also be called: Super Bowl by the Numbers. Throughout this post you get interesting statistics and this continues in this post’s comments

Just about a week ago we discussed how well WEF Davos manages do engage and dialogue with its audience on social media, such as its blog (WEF Davos 2016: Talk is cheap). Incidentally, we have had a bunch of posts about WEF Davos that you should check out.

Super Bowl 50 is just around the corner. Kick off is at 15:25 PST on February 7, 2016 in the Santa Clara, California. So it’s time to do an encore of our Best Football blogs.

1. Super Bowl: Show me the numbers

Social media is increasingly important for the NFL and the Super Bowl in particular.

For instance, Facebook launched Sports Stadium, an ad-free hub that pulls together scores, game information and posts from teams and publishers. With 1.59 billion users, Facebook will certainly soon introduce advertising to rake in the revenues via its new hub.

Tidbit 1: This year, Pepsi is the title sponsor of the halftime show. Doritos will run its tenth and final “Crash the Super Bowl” contest.

Tidbit 2: The halftime show – each year a big event – will feature British rock band Coldplay and singer Beyonce Knowles (see AP).

 

NFL and Blogging

NFL and Blogging

2. Top 100 football bloggers of 2014

We did a ranking back in 2014 and the winners were:

1. The Buffalo Bills, who already did very well in our 2013 rankings.
3. Richard Eisen, an American television journalist who works for the NFL Network.
4. Arizona Cardinals
5. Houston Texans
7. Green Bay Packers

None of the teams playing in Super Bowl 48 appeared in the top 10.

Top football blogs for 2014: DrKPI Benchmarks the NFL

Tidbit 3: Some estimate that 46 percent of people who watch the Super Bowl are female. And women also do most of the tweeting about the ads (Nielsen – Superbowl Halftime show and music consumption).

3. The 100 most interesting football blogs of 2015

Most importantly, the Buffallo Bills dropped precipitously from number 1 in 2014 to 13 for 2015. Plus, the Green Bay Packers moved up from seventh place in 2014 to third in 2015.

2015’s winners were:

1. The Bengals, who already did very well in the 2013 rankings.
2. Colts
3. Packers
4. Redskins
6. Arizona Cardinals

Tidbit 4: 20.9 million Super Bowl-related tweets were sent during 2015’s event. Nearly 30 percent were about the ads that aired during the game and halftime show.

NFL: Top 10 Blogs
Tidbit 5: Analysis of paid commercials shown during the game in 2015 show hashtags have overtaken URLs as the most popular call to action mechanism. In 2015, 57 percent of non-promo ads (34 of 60) contained a hashtag, and a bit less than half had a URL. Only 5 percent of ads mentioned Facebook.

See more at http://us.kantar.com/tech/tv/2016/historical-data-points-for-super-bowl-advertising/#sthash.XELbYRnA.dpuf

4. The 100 best American football blogs of 2016

CLICK on IMAGE - DrKPI - Top 100 #NFL #Football Blogs While social media is used extensively by NFL teams, blogging has slowed down. In other words, fewer teams have a blog where fans can enter a dialogue with the team.

Even if a blog or news site is published while commenting is enabled, barely anyone does so. Worst of all, if they do, they likely only hear their own echo, because they will not get an answer.

Engaging with fans was something NFL teams tried in 2013 and 2014. However, since 2015 that has been in decline and continues to get worse in 2016.

Below are the stats. More info about how the rankings are compiled can be found here: Making sense out of the rankings.
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Here is the complete list of the Top 100 American Football blogs from DrKPI.

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers (15 wins and 1 loss in the regular season) will take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos (12-4). Both teams were the top seeds in their respective conferences going into the playoffs.

So how do their team blogs stack up? The Panthers have many videos but basically no blog; just an Instagram presence and so forth. The Broncos do rank in the Top 100 NFL blogs but they have been hovering around position 60 for some time.

More details: Ranking the top NFL blogs for #SB50

CLICK on IMAGE - DrKPI - Top 100 #NFL #Football BlogsWe publish our DrKPI American Football BlogRank: Top 100 Blogs for Fans every year (find more on the website).

These numbers can be at your fingertips; just bookmark this entry, The best American Football Blogs, and you are all set.

Here are some more stats.

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Get these numbers explained here: Making sense out of the rankings.

Even better, sign up for the newsletter to get our next post AND those about NFL Super Bowl, NGOs, Soccer, Fashion, Luxury Brands… Here are the links you need:

1. Overall list – Best American Football Blogs – Denver Broncos
2. Details Mezzo Level – Best American Football Blogs – Buffalo Bills
3. Details – Content Strategy – Best American Football Blogs – Patriots
4. Details – Brand Image and Impact – Best American Football Blogs for fans – football outsiders
5. Details – Conversation and Social Sharing – Top American Football Blogs – Mile High Report – a Denver Broncos Community
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Tidbit 6: According to this year’s broadcaster CBS, the average cost of a 30-second ad slot during Super Bowl 50 has soared to US $5 million. That is an 11 percent price hike from the 2015 rates NBC charged for Super Bowl ads at US $4.5 million. In 2012 and 2013 the average price was ‘only’ US $4 million (see Fortune).

5. Bottom line – it is about listening intently!

Here are three trends regarding the best American Football blogs.

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1. Content marketing:  Private bloggers lead the pack

In the top 20 you can find several NFL team blogs, such as the Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, Buffallo Bills, and Arizona Cardinals.
You have to post regularly – but don’t overdo it. Keep your audience in mind. Fans love more content just before the Super Bowl. Nevertheless, there is a fine line between bla bla and content with added value for your readers and fans.

Less frequent posting with content that adds value is the only strategy. It saves work, time, and most importantly, gets our fans or readers back to our football blog.

2. NFL teams: These days it is back to the old habit of broadcasting

Before we had blogs and social media, a few were able to broadcast their message to a large audience. Then with Web 2.0 it supposedly turned to many broadcasting to many. And while Web 2.0 does not automatically mean that you reach many, today’s fans expect that you engage with them. Most NFL blogs from teams have become Web 1.0 broadcasters. Plus, engagement is very low or dialogue with fans is non-existent.

“Dialogue is not monologue: If nobody responds and comments, how do you know anybody cares about your content? If they do, respond politely, and ADD value.”
Quoted from WEF Davos 2015 100 top bloggers. And yes, getting comments is not easy (don’t I know it)!

3. Crossmedia strategy is fine, but dialogue with FANS must happen on your website

Private bloggers (yes you can call them Influence Bloggers) discovered a while back that the blog is my airport hub (e.g., Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta) or central station (e.g., Amsterdam Centraal). It starts there and should end there.

However, social plugins like Facebook or Google+, or tools like Disqus are far from ideal. First, using these plugins means the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) juice goes back to Facebook or Google+. Second, if the reader finds these comments while searching, the organic search result is likely to get them back to the platform to read the comment – such as Disqus – and not your blog or website.

Therefore, only using the blog’s commenting system ensures that we place better in organic search results (i.e. smart SEO strategy). In turn, the web user is more likely to return to our website to read the content.

We must be able to guide our Facebook fans or Twitter followers to the blog. Here they get in depth analysis and player statistics.

Final Point: For Super Bowl 50, hashtags will be even more important than they were in 2015. Examples are:

#GiveADamn (Budweiser), #MovinOnUp, #EveryDropCounts (Colgate), #CrashTheSuperBowl (Doritos), #AddPizzazz (Kia), #DefyLabels (BMW – Mini)…. (See the hashtags and view the commercials.)

Accordingly, using hashtags as part of your strategy in content marketing is a given. Think carefully and then use what relates to your campaign – not your brand. This can get us the desired social ripple on various platforms.

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Tidbit 7: With YouTube’s AdBlitz, the Google-owned company enables brands to release their Super Bowl ads before the game. It reports that marketers posting their ads in advance garner double the views and over three times the social shares, compared to the rest. Budweiser’s “Lost Dog” spot in 2015 got 18 million views before the Super Bowl even began.

What is your take?

– What is your favourite American football blog?
– Which blog do you feel fosters dialogue between readers and blogger(s) on the subject of football?
– How often do you visit your favourite team’s website, and what kind of content do you then look for?

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