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14 July 2015

Style vs. substance: Do looks really matter in the digital age?

Garry Taylor, UK Art Director at Say Media, believes you should never judge a book entirely by its cover, but argues that online, first impressions really count.

Substance should always win out over style, right? However, in the digital world - where you have literally (milli) seconds to grab someone’s attention - first impressions still count. People make snap judgments all the time in daily life, forming lasting first impressions of people, places and products in an extraordinarily short period of time. You may make a final choice on a new perfume by testing it out with a little spray here or there, but how did you decide which perfumes to try on before you even smelt them?

When a reader lands on your website, it’s often their first interaction with your brand. That first impression your site’s design creates is crucial in grabbing users’ attention. Google research has confirmed that site visitors get an initial ‘gut feel’ for your site within 50 milliseconds of landing on it. By comparison, the average blink of an eye takes 100 to 400 milliseconds.

You can’t expect people to stick around if that first impression is dull or confusing. The quality of the content might be great, but what good is it if users get put off before ever reading a word?

First impressions not only count. They last.

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28 April 2015

Are apps all they’re cracked up to be or should we just embrace mobile web?

Mobile web adoption is growing eight times faster than desktop web adoption did in the 1990s and early 2000s. And this just goes to show how important it is to consider mobile experience when providing online content. Having a mobile optimised website therefore, is no longer an option - unless of course you want to lose a high percentage of your consumer base. In fact, a recent study showed that 57% of mobile users were found to abandon a website if it took more than 3 seconds to load.

So, if having a mobile optimised website is so important, why bother with an app? Well, we think that websites and apps offer different things to users. But rather than tell you what we think, why not read through this article, have a think about the questions we pose and decide for yourself.

App v web

It’s all about your audience

Where are your audience coming from? How do they want to consume your content and how would you like them to engage with it? These questions are key to deciding whether you should develop an app. If your audience is large and transient an optimised mobile website could be the answer. On the other hand, if you’re trying to attract a smaller (potentially more valuable) audience, or wanting to have your content available offline, an app would be a better fit. But it’s not all up to you - if developing an app, Newsstands and app stores can help to promote your content to new audiences and ultimately build your customer base. Combine this with engagement features like deep-linking push notifications, ‘Today’ widgets, badges and background loading, you can increase the chances that your audience keep checking the app and coming back for more.


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19 March 2015


snickers tweet a present to Jeremy Clarckson via twitter global social media marketing

Riding the media wave of “bad boy” TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension by the BBC – due to his alleged punching of a producer who served the wrong food after a long day of on-site shooting, referred to as a “fracas” by the broadcaster – Mars promptly sent him a box of 48 Snickers with the slogan “YOU’RE NOT YOU WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY”.

With a single light-hearted gesture and tweet, Mars taps into the popularity of a show had a weekly audience of 350 million people in 70 countries, and an online petition of over 800,000 followers.

Brands looking to successfully pull off such a stunt need to follow 3 simple rules:

  1. Be prepared for the unexpected, to leverage relevant events around the world as they happen.
  2. Stay 100% consistent with your brand values, tone and message.
  3. Have deep understanding of local culture,  to join the conversation at the with the right twist at the right time.


For the full story, read here.

For a conversation about how Textappeal Global Social Media Solutions can help your brand, email Sergio at sergio.arboledas@textappeal.com

18 February 2015

*Cute Ad Alert* Why we’re loving Android’s ‘Friends Furever’

I think it’s fair to say that by now we’ve all come to learn that content featuring animals – basically anything that’s cute or fluffy – is a big winner in the viral video stakes.

Most recently we’ve seen Budweiser leading the charge with its #BestBuds campaign, but remember back to Cadbury’s Gorilla ad? What about Guinness ‘Surfer’? Or Rolo’s Elephant TV ad? The list could go on…

Well now Google is joining in on the trend with its latest Android ad ‘Friends Furever’ featuring countless adorable animals aimed at showing the world how to “Be Together. Not the same.”

And to whoever says cute animals aren’t a sure fire way of ensuring your ad goes viral: Unruly’s Viral Video Chart has tracked a whopping 376,000+ shares of the ad so far* and the ad itself has racked up a whopping 9.2 million+ views on YouTube*.

Now we’re off to look up cats on BuzzFeed…

(*Figures correct at time of writing - things move so quickly in the online world that we can't always keep up!) 

04 February 2015

The right content holds the key to reaching millennials

If you want to market successfully to the current crop of 18 to 34-year-old Generation Y-ers – those all-important millennials - then content is king, but not just any content. As digital natives, who know their way around the internet and social media blindfolded, millennials don’t need or want brands to point them in a particular direction, they go exactly where they please. But give them the content they want, where they want it and they’ll show their love.

A recent survey of 100 millennial New Yorkers found that 81% had iPhones (not really surprising), 80% preferred reading books in print (quite surprising), while their most popular clothes outlet was a thrift store [to us Brits - a charity shop]. Instagram (73%) and Snapchat (56%) topped the social network popularity chart, with Twitter (44%), LinkedIn (39%) and Tumblr (31%) making up the top five.

If brands want to reach millennials they need to stop worrying about ‘having a presence on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram’ and start thinking about the types of conversation they want their brand to be part of at any given time, and then think about which influencer could best anchor that conversation.

Millennials are undoubtedly seeking engaging content and added value from brands, as revealed by the first Cassandra Report. It found that millennials are omnicultural, and want brands to tell great stories that are consistent across borders. They want to be treated as individuals, with brands tapping into their passions – not as a homogenous age group or nationality.

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26 January 2015

Harnessing the power of social to build virally aware sites

Social media isn’t everyone’s best friend, contrary to popular belief. It’s regarded as surprisingly ‘Marmite’ and is arguably both the biggest opportunity and the most troubling threat for marketers and publishers since the birth of the internet - perhaps even since the birth of the telephone.

Living so much of our lives online, we regular folk can now watch ads, enjoy editorial and comment on just about anything, all in real time. Once, we were blissfully passive consumers, willingly receiving a stream of messages brought to us via mass media; now, we have the power to make or break ads or content, simply by hitting a ‘like’ or ‘share’ button.

Anyone who doubts the power of social media to deliver a body blow to a brand only need look at some of the biggest marketing own goals of 2014 – like US pizza company DiGiorno, which contributed the comment “You had pizza” to #WhyIStayed, without stopping to think that the discussion was all about why women remained in abusive relationships.

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24 November 2014

Content + Brand = Where the magic happens


“So you see, the story is not quite as you were told.” – Maleficent

Every day thousands upon thousands of new articles, slides, infographics, opinion pieces, engagement pieces, and micro-blogs are published by countless publications, corporations, startups and small businesses. The Huffington Post produces at least 1,200 pieces of content a day, and Forbes produces 400 (with 1,000 contributors). Although completely accurate counts are hard to come by, around 92,000 articles are published daily. That’s roughly 64 articles a minute!

Content has truly become the fuel by which the business of the Internet runs.

But simply posting new, unique content regularly on your site is not enough. Content, by itself, can’t lead an organization to success. There is simply too much of it available. Moreover, more posts doesn’t necessarily equate to creating more value for your readers. In fact, and more often than not, it proves to be less valuable in the long run.

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17 November 2014

Top 5 trends in digital media for 2015


“May the odds be ever in your favour.” – The Hunger Games

Predicting the future is never easy, but it’s always interesting – regardless of whether you’re envisioning a chilling dystopia or a brave new world. 2015 is going to be a bit of both in Digital Media, the convergence of a brand’s website, social media, mobile marketing, games and apps. Smart publishers and marketers will anticipate industry changes and take advantage of new opportunities – before they become the standard.

Here are 5 trends you’ll see in Digital Media in 2015:

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