Isentia Blog - Australia

4 things to think about before running a social media competition

When faced with the numbers, even the most traditional PR managers are forced to recognise the importance of social platforms in the modern media landscape. Facebook is in pole position with an incredible 1.44 billion monthly active users (MAUs), Instagram boasts an impressive 300 million MAUs (an increase of around 100 million in nine months) and Twitter averages 236 million MAUs.  As they say, the numbers don't lie, and social media has swiftly revolutionised the way organisations interact with their audiences. Of course, quality content and sincere and timely communication are key ingredients in creating an effective... continue reading

Australian Federal Issues Report, 25 - 31 July

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Top five issues in the Australian media: 25-31 July, 2015

AFL Sydney Swans player and former Australian of the Year Adam Goodes will not play in his team’s upcoming match against the Adelaide Crows and has taken extended leave, after weeks of being booed at games following his performance of a war dance earlier in the season after being called an ape. Richmond has announced it will don its 2015 Dreamtime guernseys in Friday’s match against Hawthorn in support of Goodes, as 2GB’s Alan Jones told Channel 7’s Sunrise on Wednesday morning that Goodes is “playing the victim” and needs to “change his behaviour” if... continue reading

Crikey Political Index 23 - 29 July, 2015: All hands on deck as Labor hosts national conference

The national Labor Party conference over the past weekend got plenty of coverage, putting the Speaker Bronwyn Bishop’s woes at least partially in the shade, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten takes number one with a big lead in broadcast media, gaining his required wins, with the Conference backing the support of boat turn-backs despite deep criticism from many on the Left, including a few torn up memberships. He also achieved an odd compromise on marriage equality, with the issue staying a conscience vote until 2019. Shadow Immigration Minister Richard Marles enters the index at eighth place,... continue reading

Familiar feeling: Establishing a trustworthy brand voice on social

Trust is a key element in any relationship. For the partnerships that form between customers and brands, it is highly influential. After all, with the amount of information the average consumer is bombarded with, they rely on companies they are confident in. Ultimately, a well-established brand name can be one of the most valuable entities a company possesses. Twenty per cent of Asia-Pacific's consumers make the decision on a new product, service or offering based on whether the brand is familiar to them, according to research collated by Nielsen. With that in mind, what can companies do to... continue reading

Australian Federal Issues Report, 18 - 24 July

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Starting Out in Online Marketing

There are plenty of ways to market your brand and services online, but it is important for marketers to understand the differences between the two. A wise man once said “I do not fear those who practiced one thousand moves one time, but I fear those who practiced one move one thousand times” – specialisation, i.e. focused and targeted practice, is more effective for practitioners and ultimately your brand. In this article, we will introduce some of the top techniques in online marketing. Email Marketing: Choose any email marketing provider you feel comfortable with. I personally use MailChimp to... continue reading

Top five issues in the Australian media: 18-24 July, 2015

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop has been criticised in the media for claiming over $5,000 to catch a helicopter from Melbourne to Geelong and back for a Liberal Party fundraiser, drawing further scrutiny on her expenses and Parliamentary entitlements across the past few years, including trips to the opera and a gift of 48 bottles of alcohol. Bishop admitted an error of judgement, repaid the claimed entitlements and paid a $1,307 fine. PM Tony Abbott has placed Bishop on probation. Labor has referred the matter to the AFP, who previously investigated former Speaker Peter Slipper for the misuse of over... continue reading

2 problems with marketing automation (and how media monitoring can help)

The world of marketing has developed drastically in recent years, and today the number of digital platforms an organisation can use to connect with its audience is staggering. While there's clearly a strong potential to build relationships with customers, managing the various modes of communication and connecting clients to relevant content continues to prove challenging.   Automation marketing is forecast to help organisations rake in $2 billion in 2020. In recent years, marketing automation has emerged to help marketers address these very concerns, and it's no exaggeration to say it's taken the world by storm.... continue reading

Quality over quantity: Are you unlocking ROI from your social strategy?

The practice of generating 'buzz' around a product, service or offering is now a well trodden path that many companies choose to follow in the digital space. After all, Facebook, Twitter et al collectively cater to billions of consumers. However, are businesses doing enough to ensure return on investment (ROI) in campaigns centred on these now critical channels? Research collated by McKinsey & Company suggested the answer is, perhaps, a no. This is due to the fact that many businesses focus on either encouraging would-be customers to engage with their offerings, or inspire influencers to freely... continue reading