PwC predicts advertising market to lift, led by online

Source: Adnews

The PwC Entertainment and Media Outlook 2013-2017 has predicted the overall ad market to lift at an compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.7% to $13.18 billion.

Pay TV and digital will track the highest growth as online advertising is set to overtake free-to-air TV as the highest revenue-generating sector. Newspapers and consumer magazines will continue their downwards trajectory.

(click on each sector headline to read full details from Adnews)

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Do better email marketing with 99designs (plus free templates)

99design email templatesDid you know that small and medium-sized businesses now spend the biggest share of their marketing budgets on email campaigns – 15 percent on average according to an iContact study.

And it’s no wonder when you consider how valuable a good email database can be for your business. Its an important part of the inbound marketing process. There’s no point attracting all those visitors to your site if you aren’t going to maintain some dialogue with them. That’s what email marketing can do.

But with the flood of emails customers and prospects receive these days, it’s more important than ever for companies to deliver stand-out design to inboxes.

That’s why 99designs have decided it was time to give emails their own dedicated spot on their very popular design marketplace.

To celebrate the launch of their Email Design category, 99designs ran a contest asking designers to create three irresistible templates in four color options for our customers to download for FREE.

[Click here to download your free templates and get started!]

Check them out and start emailing.

And if you’d like to know more about inbound and email marketing, why don’t you sign up to the Sticky Marketing Tips newsletter? Its full of really useful info that you can use in your next email campaign.

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Selling Social: How Companies Are Connecting with Social Media [Infographic]

When it comes to selling online, not all social media platforms are created equal.

Have you noticed more ads lately on the social media sites  you use? There’s a good reason for that. Companies are trying to dip into the massive pool of social media users; what platforms are they using – and how is that likely to change?

This infographic – Selling Social: How Companies are Connecting with Social Media – explains which platforms companies are using, which they feel are most important, the reasons why they are using social media and what the future holds

Source: Social Media Examiner, “2013 Social Media Marketing Industry Report”

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Calling all innovators: Open Innovation Newcastle has $60,000 in grants for you in July

If you’re an entrepreneur/developer/designer/sales driver interested in being funded to develop innovative solutions to problems worth solving, then Open Innovation Newcastle is the event for you. With four $15,000 grants up for grabs you don’t want to miss this.

If you’re  interested in being funded to develop innovative solutions to problems worth solving then register your interest to come along to PwC’s Open Innovation Newcastle event on the weekend of the 27th/28th July 2013.

At the event you will have the opportunity to:

  • Engage with Newcastle’s largest businesses, mentors, startup advisors and other entrepreneurs.
  • Learn about Newcastle businesses and the innovation challenges they are looking to solve through open collaboration with the entrepreneurial community.
  • Develop prototype solutions and pitch direct to businesses and investors.

Through the Innovate NSW program, Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and the Department of Trade and Investment are providing $15,000 funding for each of the four most promising solutions to develop minimum viable products.

Visit the website to find out more.

The Open Innovation Newcastle event is proudly supported by Hunter DiGiT.


4 digital marketing trends in 2013

Digital marketing is evolving at an incredible pace. There is a wide range of effective tools, technologies and platforms delivering exciting changes to the digital marketing world this year.

The infographic, The Top 4 Digital Marketing Trends for 2013, provides a comprehensive analysis of tools and technologies defining the digital marketing landscape this year. It traces the impact of the digital revolution on consumer behavior and highlights key trends that marketers need to focus on in 2013.

It provides insights on optimally utilizing various elements of a digital marketing strategy like mobile marketing, social media, content marketing and author rank, to offer greater reach, better relevancy and higher customer engagement. Thanks to the team at DCI for this excellent piece.

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Levels of contact

The blogosphere can be a wonderful source of information. We all regularly trawl it looking for great ideas, inspiration and help.

The thing is, it is really only a starting point.

Most good bloggers are happy to share information, but they’re probably going to draw a line at sharing the really good stuff. And fair enough too. Most bloggers are in business and need to keep the very best ideas for their clients.

You see, good online marketers understand that there are levels of contact; social media, blogs, databases and clients. Accordingly, there are levels of information they are willing to share at each point of contact; general information, detailed information and high level / high value information.

It sort of looks like this very detailed graph I drew on a napkin:


Which leads me to this….

My team and I at Sticky have just launched a new Marketing Tips Newsletter. It is full of really useful online marketing information, much higher level than what I blog about here or over at GetSticky. Its not spammy and its not hard sell. Its the next step up as a level of contact for people interested in seriously improving their marketing results.

So, I invite you to subscribe via the form in the sidebar ———->

If you like the newsletter, keep on reading and tell your friends. If you don’t, then just unsubscribe. No harm done.

See you on the other side.

Infographic: The Growth of Social Advertising

As social networks grow and mature it has become inevitable that revenue streams such as advertising have become a key aspect of their long-term viability.

It is now predicted that social media ad revenues will to grow to $11 billion dollars by the year 2017 and so social advertising has become a huge topic of interest amongst marketers.  In fact, Facebook alone is expected to make close to $1 billion from its mobile ad revenue in 2013, according to the latest estimates.

As Salesforce Marketing Cloud VP Peter Goodman notes, “Social ads reach the audience in which you’ve invested a lot of money and time into nurturing.  You can see which audiences are engaging the most, so you can ensure that your ads are being bought correctly and you’re actually growing your fan base based on true data.”

This new infographic from Salesforce looks at the current state of the social ads ecosystem, including why you should consider using social ads.

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The DiG Festival is coming and you’re invited

I’m very proud to announce the launch of the DiG Festival. Its an idea that has been several years in the planning but is now officially underway.

For over two years I have been proposing a festival for Newcastle along the lines of SXSW Interactive in Austin,Texas. We’ve had some really good discussions about it at The Lunaticks Society events and Newcastle Coffee Mornings, as well as a “toe-in-the-water” event last year with Hunter DiGiT.

Now The DiG Festival (Design + Interactive + Green-tech) is becoming a reality and you’re invited to be an important part of it.

DiG will be held in Newcastle in the historic City Hall from 2-5 October 2013.

DiG will feature a series of Keynote Presentations, Panels, Performances and Workshops lead by international, national and local industry leaders. There will be a strong emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and ethical business.

DiG has also partnered with local tech accelerator Slingshot to conduct a Start-up Awards program during the event, with one company to receive up to $50,000 investment plus mentoring and professional advice by industry leaders.

We have already attracted several major speakers to anchor the event and ensure that it is seen as a truly national or international event and have many more on the way. Our aim is to create a vibrant social activity and fun with a Welcome Function, Awards Evening and Cocktail Evening as well as sponsor events that extend well beyond the conference venue.

How can you get involved?

A major event like DiG is only as good as the people and organisations involved. We’re looking for:

  • Attendees looking for inspiration ideas and great time
  • Start-ups to demo their ideas and compete for $50,000 in seed funding

The DiG Festival is designed to help the whole industry, not just in Newcastle, but around Australasia. Its success will require a major team effort. You’re invited to be part of that team. Get involved and lets create an amazing event.

Who’s behind the DiG Festival?

DiG will be run by Steph Hinds from Growthwise, Tracy McKelligott from Eclipse Media and Events and me and my team at Sticky. The event has the support of Newcastle City Council, Hunter DiGiT and Slingshot.


[Infographic] How the web and social media influence a purchasing decisions

What are the top 10 factors that influence a purchasing decision?

What are the most important store features?

How does the web impact shopping?

How does social media impact shopping?

The answers are all in this excellent infographic from BigCommerce.

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[Infographic] Why brands should be engaging with social influencers

Social influencers are possibly digital marketing’s most underutilised resource.

Let’s face it, we’ve always been influenced by people we admire or know. But online influence takes it to a whole other level. Buyers are listening to what their key online influencers are saying and sellers need to start paying attention.

I’m as guilty of this as anyone. When Tim Ferriss talks about a new product, book or brand I usually check it out and often buy it. Same for Chris Brogan, Chris Guillebeau or Gary Vaynerchuk. These guys know their stuff and I (and many others) tend to trust their opinions.

Technorati’s 2013 Digital Marketing Report revealed that brands spend the least on the outlets consumers trust the most: the word of mouth of their friends and those they follow.

The Word of Mouth Marketing Association defines a social media influencer as a person or group of people who possess greater than average potential to influence due to attributes such as frequency of communication, personal persuasiveness or size of and centrality to a social network, among others.

Yet fewer than half of social media influencers follow brands on Facebook (47%) or Twitter (38%) while well over half of the social media marketing budget goes toward those outlets. Why? Because they are being ignored by brands who would be better off engaging with them.

Here’s the bottom line:

– 74% of consumers rely on social media to influence their purchasing decisions.
– 81% of consumers are influenced by their friends’ posts on social media when making purchasing decisions.
– Facebook and Twitter are the top platforms used by bloggers and the top platforms for generating blog revenue.
– Facebook is the number one platform for mobilizing consumers to be brand advocates.

Marketers must start to invest in influencing the feeds of key influencers and bloggers.

Who do consumers trust when it comes to their purchasing decisions? This great infographic from MBA in Marketing explains all.

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