Marketing

#NZSOMO 2017

A huge thanks to the team at Conferenz for asking me to speak on Social Media and VR/AR. I had a great time and was impressed with the wide variety of speakers. I particularly found it interesting the different views on brand personas verse brand stories. 

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The rise of the Influencer

I was having a chat with a UK based VC firm about the rise of influencers and their impact on the world of advertising. And it inspired this post on influencer marketing and what it actually means. It’s essentially a return to the core values of organic social marketing, the days of old when algorithms weren’t in control of who got to see what. But what really is influencer marketing and how is it successfully implemented into brand marketing?

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Outsource or in-house? What’s right for social media content production.

Content production for social media channels is made up of a variety of different inputs in its attempts to be engaging and relevant. What’s interesting about trying to keep content sustainable is the balance of strategic content vs original content, and whether this content is generated in-house or by an agency.

In a world where User Generated Content (UGC) is becoming more and more prevalent, we’ve seen that brands need to produce content that is authentic and original, and often this is strongest when it comes directly from the company themselves.

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The future of the internet; goodbye to desktops.

I’m often asked where the internet will be in 5 years.

Ultimately, I believe the internet will become more integrated with our daily lives. Phones are already a natural extension of our hands, or at least never too far from them. 

But really, where do I see the internet? Here, I look to the giants of the industry: Google and Facebook. It seems they, like most, are going nuts over Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality so it makes sense to assume that whatever the internet turns into, it will be an immersive environment. 

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Integrating traditional and social marketing

Product placement on TV shows isn’t a new concept, but combining it with social opens up new opportunities.Brand or product placement on TV can easily be supported by digital content that is disseminated through social at the very same time the audience is watching the TV show. After all, people are no longer watching the commercials but reaching for their smart devices during the ad break. In most cases, they are using both whilst watching the large screen in the living room (yes, by this I’m including people watching Netflix and other streaming options on the old TV).

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Collider opening event – Tom Reidy

Some of my thoughts on collaboration and innovation captured in an interview at the Collider Wellington opening in 2015.

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Why your CEO should get social

If you fear your CEO is erring on the side of the dark ages, and you’re trying to introduce them to the benefits of social media, read on.

They may sit up and take notice when they realise that some of the most successful and dynamic CEOs from a variety of some of the globe’s most innovative organisations are avid and savvy users of social media.

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