Today Daniel Bianchini will be live blogging and tweeting from the RIMC conference over in Iceland. To make things easier we have organised the sessions by topic so that you can click on the internal anchor below.
We will be updating throughout the day, although we are one hour behind the UK.
Content & Social
Speaker: Theo Cooper – Untold Agency – Emotional landscapes: the importance of storytelling and content in the travel industry
A lot of lip service is currently being paid to storytelling in marketing but it’s time for the marketing world to put its money where its mouth is. Charting a course through a diverse set of reference points including personal experience, ancient history and the latest statistics this is about looking for the emotional heart of storytelling in an increasingly data driven world.
- Story telling isn’t new, it has always been here, it has just become more of a buzzword.
- Tell relevant, emotional stories.
- We have been blind sided by technology – Story telling is catching up.
- The medium doesn’t replace the message.
- Stories are how we communicate, it’s not content.
- A combination of technology and emotion is how you tell a story. It’s not always just about twitter or facebook.
- “Agencies say they want funny, but they don’t pick up the phne to me..” – Jimmy Carr. If you want a great joke get a comedian, if you want a great story hire a story teller.
- Build trust by being authoriative, using the best story tellers and resources.
- Content that works online is those that teach, which is seen across all verticals.
- Show don’t tell, render it visible and catch the essence of the story.
- Use your content to create experiences, not just describe.
- Take your time. Content strategy doesn’t happen overnight.
- A genuine content strategy looks beyond just the product, but encompasses what works. It takes time, and you need to get buy in from those brands.
- Don’t try to be too descriptive, and lose the story that you are telling.
- Brands are not being bold enough to make content strategy work.
- If the data is telling you the story, then don’t fight it.
Takin Kroop recorded this video with Theo Cooper.
Speakers: Meri Sørgaard & Kim Herlung – SMFB Engine – The consumer’s decision is always on!
It is all about engaging the right people, for the right reasons, at the right time with relevant content and never loosing eyesight’s of the KPI’s that you set.
During this session, we want to illustrate that creativity is a force multiplier in a digital world. It is contagious; it communicates and yields fantastic results
- Provide the right content at the right time, in the right place.
- You should be “Think[ing] less like an advertiser and more like a publisher”
- “Every customer is different, every working relations need to be tailor made”
- Communication, cooperation, dedication and appreciation ensure the client gets what they need from the campaign.
- “Unique process for every single costomer requires equal interest fomr all sides”
- Success is not always about a number, but hitting the business objectives
Speaker: Emma Lundgren – Unruly – The ten commandments of social video
Want to hit that social sweet spot? Follow the ten commandments of social video! Unruly guides you through the do’s and don’ts of content creation, distribution and helps you navigate through the digital djungle.
- 22.6% of all views are on YouTube, but there is a further 70%+ that is not utilised
- %of videos continue to increase on YouTube, but views are on the decline
- Unruly has been monitoring social video shares since 2006 monitoring 1.3 trillion video views
- Focus on emotions not creative devices.
- Brands are so in love with their own content that they just want to get it out there.
- In 2013, 25% of all shares occured in the first three days, however, in 2014 it had risen to 42%.
- The best day to launch your video is on a Wednesday.
Speaker: Takin Kroop – The New Customer Journey
With the emergence of the social networks, businesses are now possible to talk and interact with their target group on a new level. Takin Kroop will take us through how the Facebook has changed the customer journey – and how you can leverage it to make it work for you.
- Organic reach on Facebook is down to 2%
- We check facebook on average 14 times a day
- Great content will still prevail even though you will have to pay a little for it.
- Let your data define your audience, not your CMO
- Landing pages are now relevant more than ever, as you need to send your ads to something.
- Pixelate your life, but don’t be an Adhole!
- Don’t overanalyse things. Do more of what works.
Speaker: Alex Moss – FireCask – Search track The Other Side of Optimisation – Internal Productivity & Efficiency
Whilst some talks at RIMC will focus on SEO strategy itself, any project is hindered without the correct management. My presentation will focus on how to best use online tools in order to manage your client or in-house projects in a more efficient and collaborative manner. As well as this, improving your own businesses’ productivity will produce better quality work within shorter timescales.
- Everyone in general is on a device all the time. Whether it be a phone, laptop and/or smart watch
- Always being on means that you build relationships and a community.
- Use @feedly to control noise pollution, but use RSS Bot and Squirt.io to help you read quicker.
- For leads, you can use Salesforce or Capsule, but Gmail and Chrome is much easier!
- Use Mighty Text to send text messages directly from your inbox
- Use mail track app to track email delivery like What’s App
- Remember the Milk is a great tool for keeping your to-do list organised.
- Use Rapportive to get more information about the person you’re emailing & Boomerang for automation of email.
- Use Slack to improve internal communication. It is easy to create channels, private groups, and to manage.
- You could use Excel for Project management but Alex recommends either Trello or Wrike.
- For transfer large files you should be using We Transfer or Infinit.
- To manage your code better use Sublime Text, BitBucket and SourceTree from Atlassian
Alex’s slides are below, where all the tools he mentioned are.
Michael added unroll.me as a tool that combines all your newsletters into one and provides a single email at the end of each day.
Speaker: Sante Achille – Achille – Structured Data: Using Schema.org Markup To Take your Website to the Next Level
Learn how to markup correctly any website using schema and go far beyond traditional Rich Snippets. See real life examples in a number of fields (travel,
legal, the arts) and how content (not only items) can be marked up and offer to search engines detailed information on structure and shed light on semantic interconnections. Gain strategic insights and key takeaways on how to implement schema markup within an existing design and avoid “breaking it”.
- Entities can interact with other entities, which then means they can become linked. By telling a search engine what these entities are, it can become even more powerful.
- You should be using microdata to provide the search engines with more of an understanding of what the page is communicating.
- Use Schema.org to find the right mark-up for your business
- You can test your implementation using Google’s testing tool https://developers.google.com/structured-data/testing-tool/
- Make sure you are constantly testing your data types.
- Use schema-creator.org to have build your mark-up.
Speaker: Peter Handley – theMediaFlow – Stay on Top of your Tech SEO
Peter Handley, Director of theMediaFlow, will be letting you into the trade secrets of technical brilliance at RIMC 2015 to help you master the ability to drive traffic and conversions. His talk will give an insight into all the top tools and tips you need from start to finish to keep the technical SEO of your website optimal
- Technical audits are not the last time you should be checking the technical aspects of your SEO.
- Use ScreamingFrog when crawling websites.
- Make sure that page integrity is maintained. If you have broken links, then fix it. If you have internal redirects, then update your links.
- Check your duplicate content through www. vs non-www, forwards slash vs non-forward slash. Use copyscape.
- You should be checking GWT regularly and actioning any issues identified.
- For checking pagespeed use Pingdom, Web Page Test and Google Pagespeed Insights.
- If you are taking your site down for maintenance then make sure you return a 503 status code.
Speakers: Tejal Patel & Collette Easton – Microsoft/Linkdex – Consumer Status: Complicated!
Users search using a variety of language. Microsoft Mobile have a comprehensive and sophisticated view of this market through the large scale data analysis that Linkdex provides. This aggregated analysis helps Microsoft Mobile understand the most visible pages, people and publishers; the value of each and how much influence each has over those consumer experiences. This session will explore how.
Speaker: Lukasz Zelezny – uSwitch – Making Sense Of Your Analytics
Failures to interpret data can often create missed opportunities when brands become unable to make well-informed, insight driven actions. This session will show you how to develop best practices for data analysis; utilising analytics strategies and tactics that can better equip your brand to meet business objectives and develop effective future strategic actions.
- The fear of bounce rate & effective visits – you cannot control all keywords you rank for, so can’t control bounce – @ismepete
- Use effective visits as it represents a real quality of traffic and it’s value
- Use effiect visits because it reflects on page optimisation
- Undersatnd your business goals and KPIs before you are able report accurately.
Google & Mobile
Speaker: Gary Illyes – Google – Wearables, Mobile, and the Internet as we Know it
“When I ask my phone what are the top attractions in Iceland, it talks back to me and amongst others, it suggests the Golden Circle. Driving around I use Google Maps to navigate which also tells me in real time which roads are inaccessible, and when we are at Gullfoss, looking for information about the waterfall I specifically look for results that lead to pages optimised for my mobile device. The internet is changing, it’s changing fast, and you must be prepared.”
- “Would you leave your home without your mobile phone” – Only one person said yes!
- Google have been preaching for 7 years to have a mobile optimised website.
- On the 21st April, Google will be making the biggest update to their algorithm since Panda and Penguin by updating their stance on Mobile.
- Any pages that are not mobile friendly on the 21st April will be demoted within the SERPs
- This is a real-time algorithm update and when a change is made, it will be instant once re-crawled.
- Google will be creating an FAQs for Mobile, but this is not ready yet.
Search & Display
Speaker: Christopher Engman – Vendemore – What is Account Based Marketing and why is it growing so fast?
Experiences from 100+ Fortune 500 companies in 6 continents How do you combine Account Based Marketing, Marketing Automation and Content Marketing? Which are the top KPIs used to evaluate marketing supporting complex B2B sales?
- Customer memory is short and unreliable which makes relying on internal selling risky.
- The customers memory dwindles throughout the sales process.
- Account based marketing is for those that have long decision proicess – Months to years
- Account based marketing is for those that have 40 to several hundred stakeholders
- Account based marketing is for those that have high risk in the decision
- Companies isolated in media by IP-numbers
Speaker: Russell McAthy – BlueGlass – Buzzwords Suck! Attribution, Performance Reporting and Competitor Analysis under the microscope
The world of digital business is changing and the ability to understand how consumers are finding, engaging and purchasing from your brand is difficult.
The digital landscape allows us to track many things – however buzzwords are making things complicated not simpler.
In this session Russell will discuss a few buzzwords that we come across in a digital marketing world and how to action change in your organisation to make data led decisions. Attribution, Performance Reporting and Competitor/Market Analysis will come under the microscope and you will leave with 3 key takeaways to go back to the office with insights not just data.
- When you are logged in, you can start to connect your sessions.
- Attribution gets interesting when you apply it post sale so that you can try and find more of those sales
- Analytics is never 100% right, you need to use it spot trends
- The key issue is that people are not asking the right questions, and this is where attribution helps.
And that’s a wrap. RIMC has been a great day, with some truly great speakers. Hopefully you have found todays live blogging useful.
It would be great to hear your thoughts on the above either in the comments or over on twitter @danielbianchini
Featured Image – State of Digital