Amazing Earned Media Potential: Air New Zealand Staff Haka to Welcome Home All Blacks

After a gruelling two months on the road, nothing says you’re in New Zealand like a haka.

Air New Zealand staff weathered the Auckland rain to deliver a fierce performance for the All Blacks as they touched down on the tarmac.

Clad in yellow hi-viz vests, the staff performed the haka as NZ1 touched down on the tarmac at Auckland International Airport about 7am on Wednesday.

All Blacks could be seen filming the haka on their cellphones from inside the plane.


Earned Media Relations: Alive and Well — and Driving Influence | Jennifer Risi

Earned Media Relations: Alive and Well — and Driving Influence | Jennifer Risi.

Five years ago — during the height of the social media marketing revolution — many experts predicted the end of earned media — influence gained through non-paid channels.

Fast-forward to today and earned media is more important – far more influential — than ever before for brands — large and small. As we enter the mobile-first age, media is a constant companion for consumers and consumers are increasingly seeking authentic and original sources for news and content. Earned media is what customers tweet about [such as: “The best new product ever”], and it often receives myriad retweets and favorites. In another valuable form, earned media is consumed through tried and true traditional sources such as newspapers, broadcast and magazines read each and every day.

In 2015, social media networks will rapidly decrease the organic reach of a brands’ content — despite the number of fans, followers and engagement. Without an ad-buy, brands will become virtually invisible on these social platforms.

Against this backdrop, earned media is and will remain a key channel to influence others – informing, educating and driving decisions. The concept of “earned” media — however — no longer just applies to traditional media outlets — with a similar “active” approach required in effective social media engagement and content marketing.

Five years ago, Facebook and Twitter were the new vehicles to promote brand stories. In 2015 both channels will become paid publishing platforms — creating the age of Facebook Zero and Twitter Zero. Today, the organic reach of the branded-content published on these platforms will hit zero — making “earned media” more essential than ever.

In addition to driving influence, earned media activities can also help to drive business outcomes on behalf of our clients. But these days it has to work a little harder to make the “sale.” For example, in 1994, it took seven touch points to convert a prospect into a sale. In 2014, it took up to 20 touch points. Today, media relations generates impactful touch points, significantly increasing word of mouth, which is the highest converter of sales/action. Word-of-mouth recommendations from friends and family are still the most influential, as 84 percent of global respondents across 58 countries to a Nielsen online survey said this source was the most trustworthy.

Today’s modern media relations, defined
Multi-Platform Content is King. Video is the most valuable tool as people process video 60,000 times faster than text. Every media campaign today should focus on a strategic mix of traditional media, social media engagement and content [video, infographics] to drive influence, decisions and desired outcomes.

In conclusion, the more the art of media relations changes — the more it stays the same. Our industry also has become resourceful at mining and converting data into storytelling, and using multi-media content will create more impactful placements. While digital has provided challenges and opportunities for brands, one constant remains: Earned media is alive and well — and driving influence one story at a time.


Havas Earned Media : Publiek Creëren !

Havas Media Group België creëert Havas Media Earned in het kader van haar strategie die steunt op de drie pijlers van de organisatie: media, data en inhoud.

De missie van Havas Media Earned is om inhoud te creëren, op maat gemaakt en klaar om gedeeld te worden door influencers en fans van het merk.

De leiding van Havas Earned Media is toevertrouwd aan Françoise Raes (15 jaar redactionele ervaring voor onder andere La Libre Belgique, Marie-Claire en de RTBF).

Françoise Raes: « Influencers, consumenten, fans en journalisten zijn allemaal communicatiedragers die erg betrouwbaar zijn voor de opbouw van merken en de promotie rond hun producten en diensten ».

Havas Earned Media stelt merken voor om hun communicatiestrategie te ondersteunen met het beheer van sociale distributiekanalen bestemd voor professionelen en het grote publiek (identificatie van de influencers, conversatie op sociale media beheren, crisiscommunicatie management).

Via het concept van de Social Newsroom wil Havas Media Earned de sociale communicatie van merken in real time centraliseren en inhoud creëren die bestemd is om ‘right on time’ gedeeld te worden met een specifiek doelpubliek, ofwel tijdens belangrijke evenementen ofwel in een continue communicatiemanagement.

Hugues Rey (CEO Havas Media Group): « Het success van content management in real time hangt aan de ene kant af van zijn integratie in Paid-Owned-Earned waar wij al meer dan 4 jaar vertrouwd mee zijn, en aan de andere kant van een intelligent gebruik van de data om het publiek en de relevante momenten te identificeren. De Social Rating Point ontwikkeld door Havas Media is een perfecte illustratie ».

86% des premières marques mondiales sur Instagram | Viuz

86% des premières marques mondiales sur Instagram | Viuz.


D’après la dernière étude de Simply Measured , 86% des top marques mondiales du classement Interbrand sont aujourd’hui présentes sur Instagram contre 71% il y a un an. Le nombre d’engagement sur les marques a également doublé en un an.

Instagram compte désormais plus de 200 millions d’utilisateurs et 60 millions de photos postées quotidiennement.

Selon l’étude qui a analysé plus de 6000 posts de marques, 73% des marques postent au moins une photo et une vidéo par mois. Un chiffre en hausse de 35% depuis 2012.

En termes de fréquence La plupart des marques postent entre 10 et 20 fois par mois, qui est la catégorie de posting qui a connu la plus forte augmentation en 2014.

Hausse de l’engagement

L’engagement sur les posts de marques s’est également considérablement accru en deux ans. Il est passé de 3,648 likes et commentaires en 2012 à plus de 18,822 aujourd’hui.

Chaque post suscite en moyenne 216 commentaires (50% sont publiés dans les premières 6 heures et 75% dans les premières 48heures). L’étude précise que les posts les plus performants ont une durée plus longue et atteignent 50% du total de leurs commentaires au bout de 13 heures.

Handle et Hashtags les bonnes pratiques

L’étude note par ailleurs que les légendes de photo mentionnant un Handle (@mention) recevaient 56% d’engagement en plus même si seulement 32% des marques les utilisent. Par ailleurs 91% des marques utilisent les hashtags #. Ils procurent en moyenne 12,1% d’engagement en plus.

Autre enseignement de l’étude, les hashtags de Localisation utilisé dans les posts génèrent en moyenne 73% d’engagement en plus.

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Like2Buy: seamlessly allows Instagram users to make purchases items liked on your feeds.

Communications and sales channels are blurring – extract from CNBC:

Target, Nordstrom make Instagram shoppable.

Attention fashion lovers: It just got easier to shop on Instagram.

Both high-end department store Nordstrom and big-box retailer Targetare teaming up with Curalate, a visual marketing and analytics firm, to launch Like2Buy, a platform that seamlessly allows Instagram users to make purchases when they see an item they like on their feeds.

Nordstrom's Instagram page.

Source: Nordstrom’s | Instagram
Nordstrom’s Instagram page.

The concept is dangerously easy: By clicking on the retailers’ profile pages, users can bring up a gallery of shoppable Instagram photos, and click through to go directly to the retailer’s website. There, they can read product reviews and make a purchase through the retailer’s secure page.

Users can also use a function in the Instagram gallery, called “My Likes,” to save items for later.

“We connect with more than 500,000 customers on Instagram by posting items we hope they find inspirational, beautiful and fun,” said Bryan Galipeau, social media director at Nordstrom. “Like2Buy enhances the experience for customers who want to take the next step and learn more about the great fashion we’re featuring, to make a purchase or save items for another time.”

Apu Gupta, CEO and co-founder of Curalate, said Instagram is an “amazing” platform for engagement. He cited a recent study by Forrester Research, which found that the image-driven platform delivered brands 58 times more engagement per follower than Facebook, and 120 times more engagement per follower than Twitter.

“There’s an enormous audience here that is very engaged in what these brands are pushing out,” Gupta said, adding that it was frustrating for both marketers and shoppers when consumers couldn’t easily purchase an item they liked. “[Like2Buy] makes it very easy for consumers to engage with a product and buy quickly.”

Although many tout the importance of brands connecting with consumers over social media platforms, they have struggled to take off as a significant revenue stream for companies. According to a recent report by IBM, only about 1 percent of visitors arrive at retail sites from social media pages.

“I think that’s been the whole reason why we were so eager to do this,” Gupta said.

Last year, Curalate launched Fanreel, a product that allowed brands to incorporate user-generated images onto their websites and product pages. About 50 brands, including Urban Outfitters and Wet Seal, launched the product, and saw the rate at which traffic from Instagram turned into sales increase collectively by about 26 percent.

Like2Buy is available to the more than 450 brands that work with Curalate, including Gap and Neiman Marcus. The individual brands need to opt in to activate the service on their Instagram pages.

The product is already live on Nordstrom’s Instagram page. It will launch on Target’s page in the next few days, Gupta said.

—By CNBC’s Krystina Gustafson

Ikea built a website inside Instagram

Ikea built a website inside Instagram | The Verge.

To help push Ikea’s intensely odd PS 2014 collection, the furniture seller’s Russian division hired ad agency Instinct to build a marketing campaign within Instagram. Navigating to the Instagram account ikea_ps_2014 on your smartphone — it won’t format correctly in your browser — will open up a “website” within the app, consisting of 12 images. The account acts as an interactive catalog, divided into Benches, Tables, Storage, Light, Textiles, and Ideas. Clicking through to view either of these images brings up a variety of tags that link to separate pages with more information on each product, such as ps_side_tableand ps_laptop_station, all similarly arranged to resemble catalog pages. It’s one of the more novel uses of Instagram as a free promotional medium, and a fun way to browse Ikea’s collection.