EIG was great fun. I had the honour of introducing the 1st of 2 keynote speakers for the event – John Palfrey.
John Palfrey - keynote
He co-wrote a book called born digital which goes into how the youth of today have particular habits that will affect the whole of the internet in years to come. (I’ve appended the text below)
Essentially it ties in with a big theme of mine around social proof and how young people are far more likely to go out looking for this than their forebearers.
As a marketeer my job is to find opportunity in this. And it’ss to manipulate search results to show the stuff your potential customers want to see. Of course if there is a lot of negative stuff about your brand, then its going to be pretty hard to hide that, however on the whole brands just don’t say enoguh good stuff about themselves online – and especially around brand search phrases.
Here is a very informal interview with me and
Joakim Nilsson, Head of Social Media, Betclic Everest Group
Razmus Svenningson , Head of Social Media Strategies and Operations, Betsson Group
Joakim led this and because he knows what hes talking about, he asked some very good questions!
And…. here is the presentation I did for EIG with Joakim and Razmus – here is my segment:
It’s a short round up for how to do social media monitoring for free using various tools out there. I also cover organising and archiving data, which is really important if you want to go back and look at something retrospectively.
He is Professor of Law and a Vice Dean at Harvard Law School.
He is a faculty director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
He has published extensively on the Internet’s relationship to Intellectual Property, international governance, and democracy.
He chairs the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, made up of leading Internet service companies and nonprofit groups focused on children’s safety.
He’s regularly comentating on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, NPR and BBC.
He has testified before the United States Congress on issues relating to child safety in a digital era.
His co-authored book on youth and their use of technology, Born Digital, has been called “a landmark sociological study of today’s early adults.”
Library Journal named Born Digital as one of its top Science and Technology books for 2008, the only computer science book named to the prestigious list.
Nicholas Negroponte, author of Being Digital
“Born Digital offers an excellent primer on what it means to live digitally. It should be required reading for adults trying to understand the next generation.”
The Guardian Newspaper
‘(A) serious and engaging study of how “digital natives” (people who grew up with the Internet) actually behave online.’
The Independent newspaper
‘Born Digital a diligent attempt to chart the lifestyle of `millenials’”
“satisfyingly comprehensive in its coverage of the social and civic movements enabled by the Net.’
The main theses of Born Digital:
The desire to post personal information
The dangers of lifelong “dossiers” of medical, legal, and purchase data
The problems of children viewing obscene and violent content
Copyright violations and copyright holder over-reactions
Online harassment and stalking
Young people’s predilection toward sampling content, whether in music, news, or education
The urge to create and to collaborate
Online political activism
Initially this would not appear to have much to do with iGaming, but when you dig in deeper into the root theme of this book it’s about digital literacy,
Increasing digital literacy has fundamental implications for our whole industry.
iGaming is in its infancy and the born digital are, our new customers.
In other words about 90% of all gaming is done offline in Europe.
It means there are emerging generations of individuals won’t understand the strange concept of, forinstance:
Travelling to a building
So they can place a bet on odds far inferior to an online gaming website.
iGaming will only grow, as these ‘born digital’ citizens emerge as adult consumers.
Our greatest challenge is to communicate effectively with the ‘born digital’.
If we assume the ‘born digital’ generation began life from 1980,
By 1997 when the internet became properly commercial, they were 17 years old.
By the time they were 24, broadband was widely available
Now in their 30’s they’re our core demographic.
But bear in mind, these people remember a time before the Internet.
We’ve yet to meet those first born into the broadband age. They are 12 years old now.
Apart from the on-site changes that will emerge with the event of ‘web 3.0’ and more effective CRM, the other immediate to-do is marketing.
Now… the Internet is ‘first nature’ to a growing block of consumers.
i.e. instinctive, rather than learnt.
Those who are ‘born digital’ understand the subtle signals that help them find
the best operators
with the best service,
the best experience
and best odds.
They sense the difference between one operator and another, driving up market expectations and weeding out poor offerings.
This understanding of what to look for, where to go and how to feedback to others online has driven the emergence of social proof online. It is a marketing game changer and is only here because of how the ‘born digital’ natively communicate and feedback on the online space.
The ‘Born Digital’ book gives us all a wake up call, on who is coming and what they care about.
When (you) iGaming operators intuitively understand the ‘born digital’ you will
You will create online experiences the ‘born digital’ love
And you will communicate with them in a way they natively feel comfortable
You will also manage the threat from emergent companies like Zynga
And so hopefully you’ll go on to thrive in the decades to come.
I had the pleasure of speaking at the Barcelona affiliate conference over the weekend and I did 2 sessions:
This was about how for gaming companies Facebook ‘social marketing’ is more or less a waste of time for acquisition. It’s important to break out acquisition from brand marketing. Essentially if you’re in my situation, it’s all about the directly attributable sale. Branding is lovely, but its difficult to track and so its hard to get budget for unless you are the branding person! So here i run through why Facebook does’nt work in this case and then offer a set of suggestions around ZMOT – the zero moment of truth.
What’s this you may ask.. well, here are 4 stages in the buying cycle:
Social Proof / word of mouth / review, also known as the zero moment of truth
The checkout / Cart
Feedback positive or negative, which gets recycled and made prominent by Google (search engines) when users research online.
This presentation then wraps up with some ideas on how to work ZMOT to help make that sale!
The second presentation is a lighter one about protecting brand from affiliates. I did this with Paul Reilly of Media Skunkworks an SEO agency who specialises in iGaming clients. (Someone who I have a high opinion of) We both took opposing stances, me of the operator and Paul of the Affiliate and argued our respective cases. We then put 2 questions to the floor:
Is it ethical to profit from ranking on an operators brand? (about 55% said… no! )
Will operators be able to keep affiliates out of their rankings (about 60% also said no! )
So the consensus was that affiliates will rank on brand despite it being seen as unethical.
Personally I see affiliates as commission only salespeople who make money off the inefficiencies of operators, so if they rank on brand its because operators hav’nt done a good enough job on their own marketing. And yes I am on the case with Unibet
Its just a very quick post to say that I’ve uploaded my most technical and advanced seo presentation to date on slideshare. I have gone to a lot of trouble to get my facts straight and to make this a genuinely useful reference for anyone who wants to extend themselves in SEO using wordpress.
To make the presentation more interesting, I have also threaded in a cautionary tale about a guy who went from Mr White Hat all the way to Mr Black Hat, where his activities finally catch up with him
I have been working on a lot of online PR stuff recently and one of the statements that comes up too often is ‘ I can’t think of a good story to write about!’ So as a Sunday morning task I thought it would be useful to aggregate some of the best meme trackers (what’s a meme tracker? | what’s a meme?) and trending topics tools out there and point my online PR people at this post, so they get some inspirational ideas on what to ‘PR up’ next.
The important thing about hot topics of course is that as social animals, we are very tuned into memes and subtle social signals. So much like with surfing, the idea is to wait for the right meme to come along and surf it by spinning up your angle on something everyone is already interested in.
IMHO there are 3 main categories of meme trackers:
The raw flow on consciousness (Twitter)
Filtered sources like Digg and Reddit where content is submitted and the community elect the top stories
Sources that are driven by utility like most popular tags or most bookmarked on Delicious
1st group….finding the underlying ‘raw’ ideas that people care about now:
Twitter - the ultimate meme finder
Twitter… is an amazing source of trending topics because so many people use it and because its so easy to just write something. Here are a few of my favourite trending topics tools
Twitscoop: It’s a top trending twitter topics tool. There is a lot of noise here, but with some persistence you will find interesting ideas to work some more.
2nd group: seeing how these raw ideas manifest themselves within communities and main stream media
Newsmap: Its like a tag cloud of headlines that are aggregated from places like Google News. It’s a great way to zone in on what subjects are getting the most attention right now. Here is one for the UK
Reddit: I love reddit. I’ve even bought the Reddit tee shirt. But as a way of watching memes build, its only OK. It tends to drift off into the preferences of this rather ‘left’ community, which is fine if you want to appeal to this group.
Mag.Ma is a meme aggregator for video. It’s very interesting to see what’s hot here, but with video, if you see something really ‘cooking’ its gong to be a challenge to get a meme surfing video in a hurry, so for me, its about taking these hot videos and writing stuff about them, rather than produce something to compete with them.
3rd group: seeing the popular vote work in places that aren’t entirely news driven.
Wikipedia Traffic Stats
Wikipedia: It ranks highly across the internet and its reasonable to say that when there is a hot subject and you want unbiased background information on a given subject, its a place to go. So some clever people have set up a tool to monitor Wikipedia’s traffic. Here for instance is their top 1000 list of most viewed pages.
Google Keyword Tool: it tells you where the competition for phrases is. If there is a lot of volume and or commercial competition, then obviously there is a hot meme around there.
Google Trends: Its the best tool I know of in the way it can give you long term growth or decline on a phrase and thus its popularity.
Yahoo Answers: I had never really thought about yahoo answers until I had read the post from Viper Chill and on setting up a search, I can see how its actually a very good source for picking up on stuff people want to learn more about and for what is on peoples minds. I did this search for new filtered by ‘most answers’ and ‘most popular’. I think its very current and topical. As of writing If I wanted to surf a good meme, I would write something on your rights if you were burgled i.e. can you fight back without being imprisoned yourself?
SEOMoz Most popoular: As a means for identifying memes in order of importance, its not great, but it does give you a general overview of whats of note.
Delicious most popular tags: As you will remember, Delicious is a bookmarking service, so the hot tags will reflect the subjects users are most interested in
With more time, I’m sure I could find a load of other tools, but this gives you a flavour for what is out there. We are lucky today to have so many places to reach into the minds of the masses and if you pay attention to these flows of consciousnesses, it will only be a matter of time before you get a feel for the kinds of topics that will propel your spinned piece to prominence
Social has been heating up recently in my neighborhood. I’m spending a reasonable amount of time working on how my employers (Unibet) use social more effectively within the organization.
A couple of months ago I did a session for a Marketing Week conference where i talked about how social helps generate interest in something, acts as an honest reference point to others seeing the ‘conversation’. I then tied in SEO, explaining how SEO is one of the mechanisms by which this content gets exposed.
Broadly the areas im interested in are
- Refer a friend (mine the social graph)
- Influencing the businesses technical architecture to make our content more easy to navigate to and get a hold of (fuel for conversations & mindshare)
- Making our content easier to navigate around (if you’re interested in us, were going to be easier to reach into)
- CRM infrastructure to externalize our help content (social isn’t just Facebook, its happy users, so help them)
- Portability of data (where you are, we can be there too with content you might want in a widget/mobile/embedded on a page)
- Building a blog infrastructures, leading onto a content framework I.e the web sites then the writers
My main thesis is
- Social isn’t just Facebook and twitter, its people communicating together anywhere
- Social is about being authentic, helpful, entertaining, engaging
- Social is part of the DNA of a business, so that means getting the technology, staff incentives and staff freedoms right.
- Make our content accessible and portable
- Be worth engaging with anywhere i.e. forums, Facebook, twitter, other sites… and your own site
- Its ambient like brand, its the fuel that propels word of mouth acquisition – that 50% of all your new business you don’t know how to track