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Twitter beats the drum for native advertising

By | Native advertising, Social Media

Good advertising has always entailed matching the message to the medium; classy photography was always largely wasted on newsprint; radio invented the ubiquitous jingle to overcome the fact that there was nothing to see, and direct mail tended to be a production compromise because most of it went in the bin. It’s all part of the incredible human ability to both adapt to new circumstances and also, to adapt anything we have to our needs. We live in worlds that are constantly changing, both the real world with our development of technologies to meet challenges such as global warming; and in the virtual world where we are moving our window onto that world from our large screen computers to our smart phones.

For an internet company such as Twitter the use of smart phones is quite a major issue; more than 80% of tweets are sent from or viewed on mobile phones. Generating advertising revenue from a small platform that is probably on the move, or being accessed while the owner is also doing half a dozen other things at the same time, is always going to be a challenge. That may be one reason why Twitter’s UK MD, Bruce Daisley, recently said that native advertising is ‘potentially the next saviour of internet business’.  Read More

Has LinkedIn just gone native or has native advertising just found a new best friend?

By | Company News, Native advertising, Social Media

When you’ve hit on a formula that works, as LinkedIn did so well with their ‘B2B people’ social network, there does inevitably come a time when you reach that strategic cross-roads and say – ok, where next?

Of course, once you start seriously monetising your products and services, especially when you have a pack of growth hungry investors on board, the options you consider will inevitably be driven by ROI, even if that does imply a change of course.

No doubt LinkedIn will continue to build on their original huge success linking up HR professionals and taking that through to Marketing, Finance and other specialist groups, creating a lot of revenue opportunities along the way; but what they really need is something that embeds them with the very people they are linking together.

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Jessops tweets its way to the top

By | Photography, Social Media

Camera retailer Jessops is back from the brink following its relaunch last week, with a Twitter campaign from its new chairman and CEO Peter Jones proving extremely popular.

The Easter Twitter challenge, #4daysofJessops, which encouraged people to tweet Jessops their Easter wishes and photos, trended worldwide on Monday.

Its official hashtag #ImageisEverything topped trending on the social media site ahead of Olly Murs, Justin Bieber and Easter Monday, much to the delight of entrepreneur and Dragon Mr Jones.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the upbeat public response to the Jessops relaunch, both on the High Street and over Twitter,” he said.

“We’ve been inundated with messages of support and entries for #4daysofJessops. To see Jessops’ new slogan “Image is Everything” trending worldwide was amazing.

“I’ve been very touched by the great British public who have got behind me since I purchased Jessops. It’s great to see such an iconic high street brand come back alive so quickly.”

So far, nine lucky tweeters have won top of the range camera equipment. Three Nikon Digital SLR cameras, each worth £1300, are up for grabs on Tuesday – the final day of the campaign.

It marks a monumental revival for the iconic camera retailer, which fell into administration in January.

Six Jessops stores opened their doors over the course of the Easter Weekend, with up to 30 more set to follow throughout April.

Mr Jones is very positive about the future of the business, predicting sales of more than £80 million in its first year. He also expects to take some 15% of the digital SLR camera market in the UK, as well as creating 500 jobs in the process.

As part of the relaunch, all new Jessops stores will feature areas that allow customers to try out products before buying. Consumers will also be able to create photo albums and take photography courses through the Jessops Academy.

Mr Jones said companies such as Apple had proved that customers would spend in a welcoming environment with quality staff in busy locations. “It is very Apple-ish. We have learnt from other retailers,” he told the Financial Times.

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