On day three of Hubspot’s Inbound Conference 2012, it’s clear that content is king. Of 64 sessions, most were about using content; creating content, managing content, sharing content, or tracking content. There were many examples of content in the wild, most of it textbook-perfect material designed to appeal to customers and drive shares and inbound links. That’s the point.
By now you know the news: Samsung lost. Big. The company will have to pay Apple at least $1.05 Billion in royalties for infringing on iPhone patents, boosting Apple’s bank account by about 1%. But some other companies got caught in the crossfire, notably Google, maker of the Android operating system. Samsung is the largest maker of smartphones running the Android OS.
The Samsung devices affected are mostly older models like the Galaxy S II and Epic 4G. This pulls the rug out from under your smug friends who ran out to get those cool Android phones, because they were really just iPhones. Ha ha.
I’m on the train headed to the Hubspot Inbound Conference 2012 in Boston. After a big hiking weekend and a 5K run this morning to get the kinks out, I’m treating myself to a hazelnut coffee and a smoothie (I need 10K to earn a bagel), and of course I’m reading new articles about content marketing, e-learning and how to get more inbound links. All before the conference opens at 8AM.
What makes people respond to your content? Not everyone is inspired to act by text, but it’s been proven that photos and videos work better than words. ComScore reported that online video improves sales effectiveness when landing pages and e-commerce sites include them. In fact, social videos work better than television. What is it about video that drives inbound clicks?
Ever have an epiphany? Some days I have them several times, and some days nothing happens that warrants notice. Actually, I think the epiphanies still happen, I just don’t notice or have the wherewithal to record them.
The best ones, of course, are written down and acted upon later. Sometimes much later. Sometimes I’m sitting there, or doing something like running, and it just hits me unannounced. Sometimes I have to flex some mental muscle and force a thought into existence. It reminds me of the difference between Mozart and Beethoven.
Did you ever notice how much it helps to have a pen? You can write down your epiphany, or better yet, doodle it and make it a #PowerToThePen entry:
During the 2012 Olympics in London, between online streams of Gabby Douglas’ brilliant gymnastics performances, Kayla Harrison winning the US first-ever gold medal in Judo, and Usain Bolt’s blisteringly-fast 100m and 200m wins, web audiences were also wowed by clever marketing campaigns from Nike, Pepsi, Burger King, and Google. Consumers voted the four companies among their top 15 favorite Olympic brands, sharply illustrating the success of traditional event sponsorship.
Or does it?
Besides these four companies not actually being Olympic sponsors, there was one other thing they all had in common:
They all used social media or online video heavily, and often both.
Awhile back I wrote about whether viral video matters. For any company that needs to make a big splash in the social realm, it might. But for the rest of us, who stand a one-in-a-zillion chance of making a viral video by trying, what really matters is the success of our overall video strategy. Here’s a hint: it’s not measured in views.
But what criteria should we measure the success of a video campaign? I’ve talked about the 8 most important video metrics, too, and guess what? Views weren’t one of those, either. Instead, the measurements were about shares, conversions, playthroughs, social engagement, and search activity driven by your videos.