Social Beat at the NASSCOM Content Marketing Masterclass

Social Beat was proud to be part of the NASSCOM Content Marketing Masterclass which took place at Holiday Inn, OMR, on the 16th of November, 2017. The session was led by David Appasamy, head of Branding and Strategy at Social Beat and provided insight on how content marketing can be effective for lead generation in the B2B sector. The session introduced the attendees to the strategic imperative of marketing and highlighted the importance of content marketing in the digital space.

Social Beat at the NASSCOM Content Marketing Masterclass

The insightful session threw light on how content marketing builds credibility, confidence, and preference by establishing thought leadership and helps win attention, engage with and convert prospects into customers. It also focused on the ways in which this marketing strategy enhances and amplifies other marketing initiatives such as Social Media Marketing, digital advertising, and lead generation.

Social Beat at the NASSCOM Content Marketing Masterclass

The Masterclass included a workshop to provide insights into:

  • Where organizations stand with respect to the Marketing function
  • An organisation’s level of Marketing evolution to launch a Content Marketing initiative
  • What it takes to launch a Content Marketing initiative and sustain it
  • The level of expertise and budgets required

You can view the presentation from the workshop below:

Advertising Week New York and Google Partner Summit 2017 – Key Takeaways

The Advertising Week 2017, held in the fast-paced city of New York, was as insightful event throwing light on the relevant, upcoming trends in the advertising and marketing world. Held during the last week of September, the conference had a series of seminars, discussions and workshops hosted by the pioneers in marketing and advertising from around the globe. Read on to get a closer insight into the keynotes we took back home from the eventful week and how they can be utilized to build a successful brand.

Advertising week NY

Learning how to build the brands from the ones who already have

Howard Schulz of Starbucks, Jessica Alba of Honest Company, Neil from Warby Parker and more – there were so many amazing brand creators who shared their insights on how they conceptualized the brand and how they built it step by step into successful brands. These inspiring stories do instil confidence on how amazing product combined with honest and creative advertising can build brands.

Data combined with Creativity

One of the central themes that were discussed at the Ad Week was how creativity is enhanced with the power of data and analytics. Using consumer behaviour data and analytics from advertising campaigns it’s possible to create more powerful brand campaigns. For example, Dominoes presented how they listened to their consumers and realized that many of them were not happy with the way the pizza was reaching them because there was a huge discrepancy on how pizza brand videos were made and how it actually looked. So Dominoes did a series of video which shows how food photography and food videography can be deceptive. Then decided to crowdsource images from customers to see how they received their pizzas and about 25,000 customers submitted their pizzas to “Show Us Your Pizza”. While most of them were happy with their pizzas, some weren’t. So their CEO apologised to the customers and started implementing internal processes to avoid it again. Moreover, they gave a refund a free pizza to unsatisfied customers. Their honesty in advertising combined with the creative campaign helped them tremendously with growth in market share in the USA.

ChatBots & Artificial Intelligence

ChatBots have already begun creating a rage in the digital marketing space and Advertising Week 2017 left no stone unturned in letting us know that. The Facebook Messenger Bot leads the bot universe with advanced customer service that helps consumers reach the solution faster. This, in turn, helps in an enhanced lead generation. Furthermore, experts have also noticed an emerging trend of voice-based devices entering the digital market.

It is said that interacting with a bot is sometimes more effective than visiting a mobile site as it provides more customised and personalised engagement. For example, the bot designed by KLM Airlines can address numerous queries from travel information to a flight change. This makes the entire digital experience of the consumer more convenient and hassle-free. However, it is advisable to use existing apps, like the Facebook Messenger, to reach your target group instead of building native apps.

With Google Home, Alexa and others launching intelligent assistants it’s become an exciting space to watch out from an advertising perspective. With 40% of searches in the USA being voice searches, it is likely to change the fundamental business model of Google. While assistants still have slow adoption in India it’s a space to watch out for.

Smarter Attribution

With users accessing websites, apps and content from multiple devices and some devices with no screens (i.e. assistants like Google Home), attribution is getting harder. The initial days of Advertising Week 2017 introduced us to the concept of split funnel advertising to help measure attribution for enhanced sales and lead generation. The model helped us understand consumer behaviour and figure out which touch points of the consumer need attribution. To begin with, the seminars held on smart attribution made us familiar to the fact that most funnel models highlight which channel is the most useful to increase conversions but do not explain why the consumer converted in the first place. It also helped us understand that consumer behaviour is critical to attribution and the only way we can understand consumers is by adding a twist of creativity to the marketing funnel.

Additionally, the workshop focused on how the marketing funnel model can be made even more efficient by gathering data from different fields and adding in multiple channels that generate guaranteed results. To achieve this, it is important to figure out which channel generates long-term revenue. Channels that add a lifetime value to the marketing funnel have the potential to change the attribution piece completely, especially when complex channels like that of TV and other non-digital aspects are involved.

Google recently launched a new tool called Attribution, which allows for data-driven attribution powered by Google’s AI. It brings your marketing data together to give you a complete view of your performance and insights you can use to optimize your marketing across channels and across devices. It will allow you to:

  • See the entire customer journey
  • Measure the impact of each marketing touchpoint
  • Get insights faster
  • Take decisions and action

We just started testing it out and will share more insights shortly.

Digital Out of Home (OOH)

Digital out-of-home taps the concept of traditional advertising by adding a digital twist to it. It utilizes the conventional channel of outdoor banners, billboards and digital screens in public spaces to showcase a product to consumers. Since people are noted to be outside their homes 70% of the time, this mode of advertising helps in a more integrated targeting.

Viewers are not interrupted by digital ads on their personal screens but on the screens, they are exposed to on a daily basis. Additionally, digital out-of-home ads cannot be fast-forwarded, skipped or blocked, giving brands the added edge of reaching out to their audience. Apart from merely detecting the GPS location and retargeting consumers, these ads can also be triggered by other factors, like weather conditions, to showcase a refreshing product on the screens during a hot sunny day. Furthermore, digital out-of-home ads can also be customized for security cameras located up to 1000 feet away, making it a clear channel for providing data.

This digital OOH is still in a very nascent stage in India, the convergence of the physical and digital world is indeed exciting.

Google product updates at the Google Partner Summit 2017

The Advertising Week was coupled with the Google Partner Summit held on September 28th, 2017. The summit presented us with an array of interesting Google product updates to fuel the branding and advertising industry for the upcoming year, apart from the basic digital marketing trends to expect in 2017. Listed below are few of the key product updates that are guaranteed to create a huge positive impact on your firm’s digital marketing plans.

AMP for Adwords landing pages: Gone are the days when AMP was available only for content-heavy sites. Google has noticed the importance of an ad to load faster for higher lead generation and introduced AMP for landing pages. While AMP has already been an important SEO factor, we have now started leveraging it even for paid advertising.

In-market audiences for search: Google has introduced in-market audiences for the search engine so brands can now showcase their products to those who are actively searching for it.

Brand Planner: Though still in the development stage, Google is planning to introduce Brand Planner – a tool similar to Google Trends – to track audience insights and to give brands more actionable insights.

Location extensions for TrueView ads: Brands can now showcase their location in YouTube TrueView ads to increase traffic to their showrooms.

YouTube Ad Sequencing: Brands can also sequence their ads on YouTube as per the viewing of the visitors.

Consumer patterns and life events in Gmail ads: Gmail Ads can be customised based on consumer data like marriage, graduation and birth.

YouTube Insights for search: Viewers can now watch ads that are customized based on the content consumed by them.

Local inventory listed on Google: Brands can get their inventories listed on Google Maps for increased footfall. They can also retrieve the data of the number of people who have visited their stores through these listings from across 19 countries and get a better understanding of how mobile search can help offline retailers in India.

Cross-device data for analytics: Brands can study consumer behaviour through data from advanced social media analytics retrieved from all digital devices – from a handy smartphone to a smart TV.

After getting enlisted as a premier Google partner and attending the Google Partner Summit 2016 in San Francisco, Advertising Week 2017 was a much-anticipated event for us. It provided us with glorious insights and practices of the international digital marketing industry. It is time you start implying these practices in your marketing strategies to take your business to the next level. We know we are!

Social Beat heads out for Diwali lunch

With Diwali around the corner, it was time for some festive celebrations at Social Beat. On a Friday morning, the office was lit up with people dressed in their ethnic attire be it Anarkalis, saris or the traditional kurtas and dhotis. Getting our work done for the day and shooting photos with our mates, we didn’t know how time flew.

No festivities are ever complete without some great food, right? To enjoy a delicious meal, we headed to Bombay Brasserie in Nungambakkam for a team lunch. It is one of the finest restaurants in the city, known for its authentic North Indian food and its ambience. From Dal Makhni to Garlic Naan and Punjabi lassis, we relished it all. After a hearty meal, we gathered as a team to take a happy team picture.

It was indeed a memorable day for all of us at Social Beat, as it was not just fun-filled but also improved the team’s bonding.

On behalf of the entire team from Social Beat, we wish you a Happy Diwali!

Social Beat & Notion Press featured in Social Samosa Year book 2017

Social Beat is proud to be featured in the Social Samosa Yearbook 2017 for our spectacular campaign executed for our client, Notion Press. Our featured campaign is listed under the Media and Entertainment category. The objective of the campaign was to create a buzz about the launch of the book, The Great Indian Obsession by Adhitya Iyer. The book is an interesting read on how Indians are obsessed with Engineering with a twist of humour. The campaign too, was a reflection of the book, with a funny hand-drawn cartoon sketch. Titled as Bizzare Engineering Facts, it took a light-hearted approach in showcasing quotes from the book, throwing light on hypocrisy in education. The campaign was exclusively posted on Facebook and Twitter and clocked a reach of half a million, with 21k likes and 986 shares. Its relatable context made it an instant hit amongst the target audience and eventually landed us with a feature in the much-awaited Yearbook of Social Media Campaigns 2017.

Our client Notion Press featured in the Social Samosa Yearbook 2017

The updated 2017 version of the book is packed from cover to cover with over 60 eye-catching social media campaigns which are guaranteed to inspire you. These campaigns have created a stir in the digital space and are the best performing campaigns of the year.

Apart from mind-blowing campaigns, the yearbook also features a foreword by Kunal Jeswani – CEO, Ogilvy India – and expert insights from social media biggies like Umang Bedi , Managing Director, Facebook India and South Asia, Taranjeet Singh, Country Director, Twitter India and Rajesh Ghatge, CEO, Indigo Consulting. Grab your copy today for an awe-inspiring read.

Vikas Chawla featured in Times of India

There is no doubt that digital technology has engulfed our world with a blanket of convenience. There is an app in our phones for literally every day-to-day activity, from booking a cab to ordering pizza. However, the lack of storage space and increased consumption of mobile data and time has led to stagnation in the number of app-users worldwide.

To address this issue, websites are now being re-designed with app-like behaviour. Frequent visits to these websites will lead to a pop-up in your phone prompting you to add a direct shortcut to the website in your main menu. The progressive functions of these app-like websites have led to the emergence of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs). This new technology has taken the digital world by storm and is here to stay. Social Beat is one of the few digital marketing agencies who has incorporated this technology in our website. Following is an article from Times of India in which Vikas Chawla, our co-founder, has given us a closer insight into the benefits of Progressive Web Apps and their impact on the consumers.

Vikas Chawla featured in TOI

Vikas part of the top 100 Digital Marketers in India

We, at Social Beat, are proud to announce that our co-founder, Vikas Chawla, has been listed as part of the prestigious Pluralsight Digi100 List powered by Paul Writer. The objective of this list is to recognize the top 100 Digital Marketers in India and it’s an honour to be enlisted in it. Last year, Vikas was also awarded As One of The Most Influential Digital Marketing Leaders in India.

The list was unveiled during the Futurist Business Conclave on August 18, 2017, at the Leela Ambience, Gurgaon. Apart from revealing the reputed list, the event also featured the master class – The Futurist Marketer – hosted by the CEO of Paul Writer, Jessie Paul. The day-long event was concluded with the revelation of the CX100 and Content 100 lists, along with a keynote delivered by Jaspreet Bindra, Vice President, Digital Transformation, Mahindra and Malcolm Frank, EVP, CSO and CMO at Cognizant and Co-Author of What to Do When Machines Do Everything.

For a closer insight into the listing, please visit the Pluralsight Digi100 List Powered by Paul Writer and get inspired!

Vikas part of the top 100 Digital Marketers in India

Google awards Social Beat for Innovation in Digital Marketing

Since becoming a Google Premier Partner a year ago, we have constantly pushed the bar up to leverage Google AdWords and other advertising channels to deliver the best ROI. We are happy to announce that Social Beat has been awarded for Innovation in Display Advertising at the recently concluded Google Premier Partner awards in Mumbai. We were the only agency in India shortlisted for both Search Innovation & Display Innovation category.

Social Beat wins the Display Innovation Award from Google Premier Partners in India

The award is a testimony to the fabulous team at Social beat, which constantly pushes the bar to deliver results for clients. There are only 65 Google Premier Partners in India of which 13 were shortlisted for the awards and 5 won them.

Above is a picture  of Vikas Chawla collecting the award on behalf of the team, from Rajan Anand, Vice President, South East Asia and India of ‎Google India and below is a picture of the team that made it happen.

To learn about the innovation we do for our clients, please visit our blog showcasing the case studies.

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Social Beat Now Part of the Facebook Agency Directory

We are delighted to announce that Social Beat is now part of the Facebook Agency Directory. This is a recent initiative by Facebook to showcase the top digital marketing companies in each region of the world. This will allow FB to drive brands and advertisers towards certified Facebook marketing experts. 

 

Since its inception, Facebook has become central to all things social media and has also pioneered the move towards social media being used as a marketing tool for both small and large brands. Last year, Facebook India launched their SME India Council and Vikas Chawla is now a part of the Council which works closely with the platform to transform feedback from clients into working features and marketing products.

Do stay updated on Our Facebook Marketing Blog to see what’s the latest (as and when Facebook announces its new feature launches).

You may also find it interesting to read our Facebook Marketing Trends For 2017.

Social Beat Nominated for Search & Display Innovation 2017 by Google

Since becoming a Google Premier Partner a year ago, we have constantly pushed the bar up to leverage Google AdWords and other advertising channels to deliver the best ROI. We are happy to announce that Social Beat is the only agency in India that is shortlisted for the Google Premier Partner awards for both Search Innovation & Display Innovation category. Below are two case studies showcasing some of the work we have done.

Success in Search Innovation for India’s leading self-publishing company

We work with Notionpress, India’s leading self-publishing company and our goal was to increase the number of leads by reaching out to potential and budding authors. The publishing space is an extremely competitive space, we used Google Search campaigns a key channel to achieve this goal. Right from creating a structured AdWords campaign to daily optimisation of the campaigns, we experimented with every feature that Google offers such as

RLSA & IF function

Understanding that the people who already know us and have interacted with us through the website have the highest potential to convert as a lead, we used the RSLA feature to do just that. This feature helped us target the website visitors to convert them into potential leads. This audience, however, was from different categories and their search queries were different and we couldn’t show them the same ad.  The messaging needed to change and utilising the “IF Function”, we were able to dynamically change ad copies to RLSA audiences where we created a sense of urgency, which helped in increasing the conversion numbers.

Keywords of different match types to expand the audience

The self-publishing industry in India is not only a competitive one but also a fairly new industry. In order to understand the market and deliver the best results, we had to constantly think of something new and experiment with different strategies. As part of this strategy, we used keywords of different match types to engage with our target audiences to the maximum extent. This process gave us a broad list of keywords to target and understand what exactly people are searching for and gave us a 3X increase in lead flow.

Managing negative keywords

When we tried out keywords of different match types, not only did we identify many more keywords to target but also found certain irrelevant ones. These keywords were not ideal for our client so we constantly managed and added them to the negative keywords list so that it does not affect the quality of our leads. Over 6000 such words were identified and managed and this list continues to grow every day.

Use of dynamic keyword insertion to show relevant ads to the target audience

Targeting a wide variety of keywords from different categories meant that the ad copies cannot be constant. It needed change depending on what people are searching for. Using the dynamic keywords insertion, we were able to dynamically change the ad copies based on the search query and connect with our target audiences very well, thus contributing to increase in conversions.

Leveraging CPA bidding option

We explored the CPA bidding mode to optimise the bids automatically and moved most of the campaigns to this. We started focussing on other aspects such as changing the bids based on devices, hour, time and day of the week and so on.

Leveraging Dynamic Search Ads

We used Dynamic Search Ads, which is normally used for e-commerce business as DSA provides additional text on the headlines which is not possible through the expanded text ads. This unique method helped us expand our keyword base, thereby helping us get more conversions.

We also worked on creative writing and focused on engaging ad copies in increasing the number of leads.

Results

With the help of search campaigns, we were able to achieve a whopping 561% increase in the number of conversions, and 154% increase in CTR with optimal CPA. We also had a weekly check in with the client on the quality of leads. With this effort, we were able to reduce the % of qualified leads and improved the final conversion of leads to sales.

Success in Display Innovation for South India’s leading real estate company

Casa Grande, a leader in the real estate space in South India, came to us with the objective of driving sales to their properties through Google Display advertising. With the help of every functionality that Google offers, such as responsive ads, similar audiences and smart display ads, we were able to drastically increase the number of site visits and conversions for the brand.

Tapping vernacular content

In India, vernacular content via digital has been growing at a fast pace in India. Of the literate 74%, only 10% read English while the rest consume content in the vernacular medium. In fact, according to statistics, Hindi Internet users (at 201 million) are said to outnumber those accessing the web in English at 199 million by 2021. Keeping this in mind, we used vernacular language as part of our advertising strategy as well as a part of our overall digital media strategy. For a real estate company such as Casa Grande, the audience is spread across Tier I, II and III cities and are not just restricted to the metro cities. It is also true that some of the metro city audiences are more comfortable with the regional language.

Purchasing a property not only involves a lot of money but is also an emotional decision so it is highly essential to talk to them in a language they are comfortable in. We tried out display ads in Tamil, which not only helped us reach a varied set of target audience but also played a substantial role in generating high-quality leads.

Doubleclick Bid manager

When Google Adwords stopped language targeting in Tamil, we quickly turned to Doubleclick and got a license to use the platform. With the help of Doubleclick Bid Manager, we were able to explore placements outside of Hindi language, which helped us achieve great success for Casa Grande, whose target audience is predominantly non-Hindi speakers.

Smart Display Campaigns

In order to always keep a track of the latest trends in advertising, we contacted our Google support team to get us whitelisted and try out new features in the beta stage itself. Our client was delighted with the huge jump in ROI generated with a visible increase in conversions.

Similar Audiences

When the concept of similar audiences was introduced, we immediately tried it out for some of our clients and realised the huge potential it has. We’ve also executed new features such as similar audiences to generate sales and help our clients broaden their reach.

Common Strategies used for both Search & Display

Proprietary CRM for better attribution

Knowing the source of the leads generated from various platforms is highly essential. This helps us to identify which campaigns, placements, topics, and audiences are driving qualified leads in order to improve our quality and quantity of leads. Using this, we are able to understand which platform and source are working better, thereby knowing exactly where to put our money to achieve better results.

A/B Testing to understand consumer behaviour

 No advertising works well without knowing what the target audience exactly wants. Keeping this in mind, we constantly test and refine our landing pages in order to improve the % and quality of conversions that we get. We use Crazy Egg, Zarget and Optimizely for the same. From the designs to the call to action, our team proactively uses heat maps and test various permutations and combinations to understand the consumer better and give them exactly what they want. For example, we did this exercise for our Casa Grande and understood that most of the target audience is looking for floor plans and brochures when they click on the ad. So, the landing pages were optimised to give them just that. This increased our lead flow massively.

Competitor Tracking

The publishing industry being a highly competitive one with reputed and well-established players such as Amazon, we not only need to keep trying something new but also keep a track on the competitors. We use SEMRush and Ahrefs to explore the activities of our competitors to stay ahead of them in our campaigns. We also get new Campaign/Ad Group/Keyword ideas by analysing the competition.

Scripts and Third Party tool to automate smaller tasks

As a team, we are constantly on the lookout to do more in less time and deliver big for our clients. In order to automate the day to day tasks, we use scripts and third party tools, to expand and optimise the campaigns. This process saves us a lot of time and cuts down monitoring simple monotonous processes, which in turn helps us focus on other aspects of optimizing the ad campaigns. It also helps in keeping a close track of the Google Adwords Account Health Score to optimise the campaigns.

Effectively leveraging Google Analytics and Audience Insights

We use advanced audience insights to understand our customer and target them. It also helps us with creating smart remarketing lists and use it for RLSA to get better conversions and results out of our advertising efforts.

One of the key reasons that we were able to produce such results is due to our ROI driven focus. To ensure that we push our boundaries and achieve the set targets for our clients, our team relies heavily on knowledge sharing and staying up to date on the new trends. We look forward to continuing pushing boundaries for our clients.

Social Beat launches book on Digital Marketing Insights for 2017

Since our inception in 2012, we have posted more than 200 blog posts around digital marketing, which have received cumulative page views of over a million. In 2017, we have taken one more step towards sharing our knowledge and learnings and launched our first book titled ‘Digital Marketing Insights 2017’. As the name suggests, the book provides its readers with a close understanding of the tips and tricks involved in digital marketing, with deep insights on its diverse platforms.

‘Digital Marketing Insights 2017’ was launched during the second edition of the Facebook Digital Marketing Masterclass conducted in Mumbai. The workshop focused on how to approach digital marketing to build a brand and to acquire quality sales or leads. This insightful session was aptly concluded with the book launch as we presented the first copy to Meera Parthasarathy from Facebook.

The book deals with the various aspects of digital marketing and the methods marketers use to leverage the medium to grow their sales and revenue. It also provides readers with a better understanding of the digital marketing trends you must watch out for in 2017 and insights from key areas of digital marketing such as social media, content and SEO, video, digital advertising, mobile app marketing and user experience design. If you are unable to get the right business results via your digital marketing efforts, then this book can provide you insights on how to make the most of Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat and Pinterest. Insights in the book have been compiled with contributions from digital marketing experts from across India. Kudos to the team at NotionPress (India’s largest self publishing company) for editing, designing, publishing and distributing the book in record time.

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You can buy the e-book through Amazon. You can also find a hard copy at all leading online retail stores such as Amazon, Infibeam and Flipkart. We look forward to receiving your feedback on the book so please do share your comments below!

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