Patrick Foster: 6 Marketing Blunders Entrepreneurs Make When Starting Out In Ecommerce

The way we shop is changing. As consumers we are always looking for the next best thing when it comes to products, services and convenience. As online shopping continues to become more popular, with total online spending by New Zealanders in January up 16 percent compared to last year, smart ecommerce entrepreneurs need to be prepared to up their game. From SEO and A/B testing to web design and content marketing, there’s a lot that needs doing to ensure your online store stands out. Unfortunately, not everybody gets it right.

Here are 6 marketing mistakes you should avoid when launching your great ecommerce venture.

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Benedict Evans: Predictions For Mobile, Machine Learning, eCommerce & Cars

Its hard to predict what will happen in the future of tech and marketing and even harder to get it right but one of the best presentations that ive seen on the topic does a pretty good job. Benedict Evans works for a16z, a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley and presented “Mobile is eating the world” at its inaugural summit event. In it he covers the growth of tech as a whole on a scale never seen before, mobile smartphone users surpassing PC’s and showing no signs of stopping as we head towards 5 billion smartphones on earth, machine learning and the shift by companies to an “AI-first” approach and how this may affect the eCommerce & Car industries in the future.

If you’ve got thirty minutes, the presentation is definitely worth watching or you can read the full transcription below.

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Thomas Harding: 5 Steps to Snapchat™ Success

snapchat-appWith over 100 million daily users worldwide, it’s safe to say that Snapchat™ is here to stay. Since its launch in 2011, the popular photo and video sharing platform has overcome initial moral panics that labeled it a “sexting” app, and cemented its presence among the most used social networks. After a slower uptake, brands are now flocking to Snapchat™ in droves, seeking new ways to reach the elusive ‘Millennial’ audience who dominate its userbase. But tapping into that rich source of content isn’t always easy, given the constraints of the platform itself, and a general lack of comprehensive industry knowledge about best-practice.

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Joseph Hill: How To Use Word-of-Mouth To Increase Your Social Media ROI

According to a new study at least 72% of all internet users are now active on at least one social media platform, making it one of the most powerful tools in digital marketing today. But as brands continue to fight for the public’s attention, a McKinsey study has found that word-of-mouth generates 50% more sales than paid advertising.

This puts social sharing on a pedestal, and the closest of all social metrics to monetary gain. But with a lot of confusion about what generates social shares, marketers can often be left barking up the wrong tree. By analysing leading studies and successful campaigns, we take a look at exactly how brands are increasing their own social shares and making their campaigns a success.

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