MARKETING AND SALES STRATEGIES

IHOP, #IHOb, And Lying To Your Fans As A Marketing Strategy

Posted by David Meerman Scott 11:43 AM on June 12, 2018

Social media exploded with the news, released June 4, that IHOP (International House of Pancakes) was to change their name  to “IHOb”. Yesterday they announced they aren’t really changing their name. They were lying. It was just a marketing ploy. Ugh.

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Expert Witnesses Find New Business By Newsjacking

Newsjacking – the art and science of injecting your ideas into a breaking news story to generate tons of media coverage, get sales leads, and grow business – is all about providing value. The content you create via a blog post, video, or tweet with a hashtag must have a direct tie to the news story, it must be timely, and it should provide a take on the story that helps journalists and others to put the story in context. Newsjacking is powerful when done right.

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KFC Runs Out of Chicken in UK, Apologizes with Clever Adverts and Timely Content

It’s a #KFCCrisis. A chicken restaurant without any chicken! KFC in the UK changed logistics companies and the new provider fouled up the fowl deliveries. FCK! But the company has done a wonderful job communicating on social networks and via advertisements.

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Power Outage at CES Brings Irony, Newsjacking, and Attention to Puerto Rico

Posted by David Meerman Scott 04:11 AM on January 11, 2018

CES blackout.jpgThe massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas experienced a power outage. Crazy, right? All those gadgets and games gone dark! Ha. You can’t make this stuff up. This, of course, was fodder for real-time commentary, newsjacking, and powerful thoughts about the people in Puerto Rico who have been without power for months.

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Oxford Dictionaries Shortlists 'Newsjacking' As Word Of The Year For 2017

Posted by David Meerman Scott 12:05 PM on December 16, 2017

Oxford Dictionaries announced the shortlist and winner of the Word of the Year for 2017 and I’m stunned that newsjacking, a marketing strategy I popularized, is on the list. Youthquake was selected as this year’s Word of the Year and the shortlist includes Antifa , Broflake, Gorpcore, Kompromat, Milkshake Duck, Newsjacking, Unicorn, and White fragility.

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Periodic Table of Link Building Includes Newsjacking

Indago Digital, an Australia digital marketing agency, recently reviewed the various ways to build inbound links and put them into a clever Periodic Table of Link Building. The company says: “Our goal with the Periodic Table of Link Building is to help publishers focus on the fundamentals needed to achieve success by engaging with contextually relevant websites.” I’m pleased to see that Newsjacking, a concept I pioneered, is one of most important elements in the table.

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Newsjacking: The Longhairs Community Stands With Boys Facing Hair Discrimination

Posted by David Meerman Scott 08:00 AM on September 14, 2017

“No child should be denied their education due to the length of their hair,” says Chris Healy, co-founder of The Longhairs. As back to school season kicked in, Chris learned of several boys who were told to cut their hair based on school dress codes. This was just the sort of thing that The Longhairs community advocates for and is an excellent opportunity for newsjacking.

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Carbon Black Seizes The Moment When Expertise Is In High Demand

Last month’s massive WannaCry global coordinated ransomware attack affected thousands of business around the globe. At the time, the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Center issued warning about the possibility of another attack: “…it is important to understand that the way these attacks work means that compromises of machines and networks that have already occurred may not yet have been detected, and that existing infections from the malware can spread within networks.”

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Marketing Mindfulness

Most marketers are focused way too much on the future. They’re only developing marketing plans and creating programs for next week, next month, and next year. The problem is that these people aren’t taking advantage of what’s happening right now, today, this moment. We need to develop some Marketing Mindfulness to reach buyers when they’re ready.

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Test Your Ability to Identify Fake News

Posted by David Meerman Scott 11:19 PM on April 10, 2017

Fake news - the deliberate creation of misinformation in order to influence politics or to grow business - is everywhere. While the term “fake news” has become popular recently, the concept goes back centuries. For example, advertisements for Snake Oil often read like legitimate news stories.

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