The Truth About Innovation, with IPG Media Lab

IPG Media Lab works with some of the world’s largest brands to drive innovation in media, marketing, and business models. As the dedicated innovation initiative of the UM family of agencies, they’ve worked with companies of all sizes, across numerous verticals. Chad Stoller and Adam Simon of IPG Media Lab discussed the types of conversations they have with marketers around innovation, gave us a behind-the-scenes look at how IPG Media stays innovative, and asked whether one can truly measure innovation success.

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SEO in 2021: To Keyword Clusters, and Beyond!

SEO was a lot simpler in a less-crowded marketplace; you could optimize by keyword for your product, industry, or customer demographics and watch your traffic grow. In 2021, however, not only is the online space left with little metaphorical keyword elbow room, but search engines have gotten smarter to keep up with consumer demand. People search more conversationally due to voice assistants like Alexa and Siri, and AI-powered chatbots learn more as they’re being searched, which also contributes to a natural semantic search style. If marketers want to make sure their SEO efforts are being noticed, there are several ways to do this, all of which embrace this more casual way of searching consumers are employing – “long-tail keywords,” those with fewer search results but a higher conversion rate; “keyword clusters,” which group product identifiers that can single out your brand; “natural language processing (or NLP)” which rely on qualifiers like “what” and “where” to make a search less-robotic, and the overall conversational style that voice search and chatbots have made more prominent as of late.

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Pulse Issue 27

Is This Club Cool Enough for Marketers to Join? Looking at Clubhouse's Potential for Brands

March 2021

By Josch Chodakowsky, Senior Manager, Research & Innovation at Ask the Expert
By Josch Chodakowsky, Research Manager at Ask the Expert
The hottest current iPhone app is Clubhouse, an invite-only social network that allows users to drop into audio-only “rooms” that can connect them with friends, followers, or the general public. It doesn’t have a specific focus, so every topic under the sun can be found—which means that in its nascent state moderation will be more than necessary. Clubhouse offers an opportunity for users to learn from others and forge deeper, authentic connections that open up the possibility for brands and marketing experts to earn credibility and trust through candid conversations. It also reveals a greater trend of social audio communities first seeded by the Podcast boom, and likely an unintended consequence of Zoom meeting fatigue; audio allows users to relax and listen, rather than be in an “always on” presenting mode. Other larger names will be hopping on this trend (Twitter's Spaces is already one), but the cool kid in the room right now is Clubhouse, and the resources here explore the app’s ins and outs, growth, and viability for marketers and brands.
Until a few months ago, Clubhouse was a platform where big-name celebrities, company leaders, Silicon Valley investors, and some of the web's top global influencers could have uncensored audio group chats about their lives, hobbies, work, or industries. Now, as the invite-only Clubhouse continues to gain media coverage and a growing pool of non-celebrity users, you might be wondering, “What the heck is it? And, how do I get in on the action?” Here HubSpot explains where Clubhouse came from, what it actually is, and the pros and cons of using it in your marketing strategy.
Users have described the Clubhouse experience as a combination of networking opportunities, panel discussions, and live podcasts. If you're looking for hard, fast facts about Clubhouse, the Influencer Marketing Hub has pulled together information on Clubhouse users and revenue, as well as a few tips to help you make the most of your time on the platform.
Clubhouse is the latest trending social media platform. But is it all just hype, or can Clubhouse be the hottest new marketing channel for your business? So, what’s the buzz all about? In this report, Databox takes a closer look at Clubhouse’s origins, how to (and who can) download it, and whether or not it’ll be a viable channel for marketing strategies as time goes on. Databox also conducted a survey to get a feel for Clubhouse’s marketing viability, and some of the results include:
In this podcast eMarketer discussed the audio social network movement: the advantages, disadvantages, key players, and what marketers should consider. Tune in below to hear the discussion with eMarketer principal analysts Debra Aho Williamson and Jeremy Goldman, and forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Peter Vahle:
Clubhouse is the hot new social app of the moment, sparking buzzy chatter among social influencers and a raft of FOMO-inducing tweets of Clubhouse conversation highlights. The app has been praised for its simplicity, and its capacity to facilitate real community and discussion – but the question for digital marketers is ‘should this platform be on our radar?’ Is there marketing potential within the many rooms of the Clubhouse app? The answer to that largely depends on your business, and what you’re looking to achieve, but to give you an idea, here’s an overview of the ins and outs of Clubhouse, how it works, and what its potential for your business may be.
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