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The not so complex side of Content Marketing

If you don’t get it right, your job as a Content Marketer can pose some serious questions. When you see those crazy number of comments on the “Great Ixigo Travel Quiz“, you are like I could have done that too or when you see Lonely Planet’s numbers skyrocketing on Social Media, you tell your buddy, it’s all because of the cult status of the brand. If that’s not enough, your mind says give me that ad-budget, I will show you how I can do a launch campaign like Yotel Singapore though viral content marketer Aashish Chopra strongly advocates not running after paid views.

Sometimes you hate content marketing to the core as your day job isn’t about those viral content pieces, the client (if you’re an agency) or the boss (if you’re on the brand-side) wants you to follow the content calendar, push the brand as he has got sales on his mind. You question yourself, question your content’s value and whether your efforts are doing any good for the brand.

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This brings us back to the game of “Content Marketing”. What really it is? Simon Kemp, recently wrote a great post on finding content ideas. He starts of by defining the key goal  for a content marketer i.e. Create content that delivers increased brand value.

I am lifting the below image directly from Simon’s blog where he has emphasized that you should maintain the balance between the needs of your audience and what your brand wants to say. Quite right, if you go on addressing your brand’s needs without considering what the audience want, there will be a big disconnect.

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Not being able to balance the needs of your audience is the key problem with most content marketers today. A lot of us are too obsessed with the brand – this is what our brand has to offer, this is how we can change the consumer experience. But seriously, are we thinking about what our consumer wants.

In a mobile-first world, where your content is competing for attention span in the news feed, think about why, just why would the audience really care about your message. What is the value you are delivering to them? If your audience consists of food connoisseurs, you might want to research about,  what they are searching for.

Start with Content Discovery

Using Answer the Public, you can find some great ideas on what the audience is actually searching for. Imagine, your hotel wants to promote the newly opened Chinese restaurant in its premises. As a content marketer might want to discover what do people want to people search for. Answer the Public, gives many combinations depending on user search queries and the below are just example search results.

Trends around What:

Trends around Why:

Break the Daily Content Routine

Fixed publishing schedule is one of the reasons why most content marketers cannot imagine contagious marketing ideas. You have daily goals for content and are under regular pressure to produce box office hits everyday. Instead, break the daily posting cycle and change it to an optimum frequency that’s most relevant for your brand and audience. Initially, it might require some convincing however if you can show the value, change can be brought in.

Provide useful information to your audience

Rendezvous Hotel Singapore does a great job of giving tips on nearby surroundings.

They also do a good job of linking customer testimonials with relevant images from within the hotel. In the below image, they have linked the wedding image with customer’s feedback message.

ParkRoyal SG is targeting the Instagram generation with its thematic series #parkroyalpicks. The question that they have to ask is who is their audience and whether they will go to Instagram for these backdrop shots.

Speak the language they understand

Wanderlust, a hotel in Little India is targeting the voyagers and millennial generation with its smart messaging and break the status quo content. The hotel seems to be targeting the travellers and not the tourists, the adventure theme of the hotel is well supported by relevant creatives/copy.

Quincy Hotel, another boutique hotel at Mt Elizabeth in Singapore is using a unique teddy toy to talk to its audience on Social Media.

The teddy is a cohesive part of the brand’s communication strategy on Social Media.

The above post is a part of multi-part series to examine the “Content Marketing” landscape in Singapore & India. While I have started with hospitality industry, going forward, we will be delving into other industries!

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Digital Innovation Asia is coming to Paris this January! Register now.

Our team at TravHQ is proud to partner with Digital Innovation Asia. The event has witnessed stupendous success in Bangkok and this is for the first-time it’s being hosted outside Thailand. It’s a great opportunity for all travel organizatios, marketers and DMOs in Europe to understand the travellers in this part of the world.

Re-posted from TravHQ.com’s story.

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Digital Innovation Asia, an online platform that promotes digital innovations in Asia-Pacific travel and tourism, will be hosting a 3-day programme for travel businesses interested in China and Asia outbound travel markets. It will take place in Paris on 15th, 16th and 17th January next year. On the last day of the event a fun travel discovery day will take place for the attendees.

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As the name suggests, ‘DIA – The Club 99’ will have 99 delegates who will get a chance to participate in 3 conferences, 6 creative bar-camps, 6 digital keynotes and 6 case studies from the Digital Innovation Asia Awards. The event will be focusing on 3 strategic points. They are:

  • To understand the market trends and how the top leaders are performing in the Asian travel market.
  • To find opportunities and mould the products and services observing the market trends.
  • To place the strategic game plan together online and offline with the lead players of the market.

Gracing this event, there will be 30 digital experts from Asia and China outbound travel markets. Being leaders of the field, they will share their knowledge and insights on how to further grow and expand the small travel businesses.

Sponsors promoting the event will enjoy multiple benefits:

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3 Common Problems Fixed With Elevator Maintenance

When someone thinks of an elevator breaking down, there are usually two very different scenarios that come to mind. One would be the scene from Tower of Terror where the elevator plummets thirteen stories causing the demise of everyone on board. The other scenario is much happier and has been portrayed in many television shows where two people are stuck in the elevator for hours and find that a new, passionate romance is blossoming between them. Both cases are far too dramatic and are extremely unlikely to happen in the little known, but extremely important, world of escalator and elevator maintenance specification. A trusted company will provide repair services for many common types of problems. No one wants to spend twenty minutes in the morning waiting for the elevator to take them from the twenty-third floor of their apartment building to the first. Long wait times are the most common complaint received. There are several possibilities as to what can be causing this. Defective relays and an old system are the two most likely culprits. An elevator system is much like a person: as it ages it no longer wants to climb up twenty-three flights. This should be when a building owner calls to have it replaced. The relays are the parts that instruct the elevator to go up and down and what floor to stop at. If it becomes old or damaged an elevator maintenance company can replace it with new ones that are guaranteed to help with the overall performance. Another problem is high energy costs. It takes something to power all of the elevators of the world, and electricity is usually what gets the job done. Just like an air conditioning unit, if the lift is too small or outdated, it will require more energy to power it, and, consequently, more money applied toward the electric bill. A company can repair and replace the motors and other parts of the system to help alleviate this costly problem. Overheating is the number one cause of a complete breakdown. The position of the control or mechanical system has much to do with this. Many are located outside of the buildings in which the lift is located. This can be a drastic problem when Mother Nature unleashes her fury. On warm days, it is extremely likely (since most mechanical rooms do not have central heating and air) that the system will become too hot and possibly cause someone to become stuck somewhere between floors. Having the company to relocate the mechanical system indoors in a room with adequate ventilation and humidity control will help decrease the amount of breakdowns from overheating tremendously. Elevator maintenance is a must for any building owner. It is extremely important in order to get everyone to the floor they need and, most importantly, it helps keep them safe whenever they are riding. With a trusted company doing the work, everyone’s minds can be at ease whenever those elevator doors close.

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SEOlympics: Top Marketing Blogs of India

Recently, Search Engine Journal decided to see what kind of content is being discussed and shared in India. Following several hours of research, they compiled a list of marketer blogs located in India based on subjective criteria like voice, content strategy, and quality.

I am glad to share with you that themarketingblog has made it to the list of Top Marketing Blogs in India published by Search Engine Journal. Considering that I haven’t been blogging regularly, the news comes across as a surprise to me. Perhaps, they would have also looked into the past content and conversations fueling from that.

I think the list includes some really good names, including a couple of blogs which are doing it for a living. Perhaps, the ranking comes as a wake-up call to rejig my blogging efforts.

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Panel Discussion at Social Media Week Bengaluru

This is coming in tad late, but I guess it’s still worth sharing 🙂

Earlier in February, I was invited by the Social Media Week team to curate few sessions on behalf of the Travel partner Lonely Planet India.

I curated 3 interesting sessions for the panel:

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The last session i.e. the Debate on Sponsored Content and its usage in Social Media was hosted by yours truly. I had the company of industry stalwarts for this session and it turned out to be an exciting one indeed.

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Vikram Ahuja from Byond Travels talked about how their travel start-up is using Social Media.

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Jackson Fernandez, MD of WeGo India had some interesting thoughts on why “Paid Marketing” holds forte in Social Media Marketing.

 

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Some iphone 5 Accessories for you :)

iPhone 5 is one of the most stunning phones in the market right now and a desire for many. While it boasts of cools specs and features, there’re some issues like low battery-life etc. Here are some iPhone accessories that help me to get more from this device.

Battery Love: Mophie Juice Pack

If you own an iPhone 5, you must be suffering from low battery woes. The battery really dies fast and if you’re on a 3G connection then it is even worse. I had read about juice packs that power your phone in in-flight magazines. However, I found out those juice-packs to be bulky and nothing less than a hassle for frequent usage. I thought someone somewhere would have made a juice pack which matches up with the iPhone 5 itself.

Thankfully there’s one in the form of Mophie juice pack. Unfortunately, these guys don’t ship to India so be prepared to shell-out some good money on shipping if you plan to own this one. As for me, a kind buddy Sandeep Oruganti was generous to ship it all the way to India and gift this pack to me 🙂

It does make the phone tall and bulky :)

It does make the phone tall and bulky 🙂

Mophie Juice Pack

Rear view of Mophie Juice Back: Those little dots are the LED indicators.

Camera Love: Lenses + Tripod from Photojojo

If you’re one of those amateur photography nerds and spend your time taking a lot of random pictures from food to coffee then there’re a couple of accessories that you might want to add to your iPhone kit.

Photojojo Lens for iPhone

They’ve got a bunch of iPhone 5 lenses in the form of Macros, Fisheye, Wide angle and Telephoto etc. I’m in love with #photojojomacro lens which enables you to take those super-close macro shots with an iPhone 5.

Off-course you can never compare its quality with a DSLR but it is still very good. The macro lens comes for 20$ but again be ready to pay for the shipping duty as these guys aren’t in India yet 🙂 I also have the telephoto lens from Photojojo but haven’t used it much as it just offers you a 2X zoom.

Some early morning shots taken in the neighbourhood park.

Some early morning shots taken in the neighbourhood park.

Photojojo flower shot

Photojojo flower shot

:) stunning no?

🙂 stunning no?

Test pictures with Photojojo Macro Lens

Test pictures with Photojojo Macro Lens

Gorillopod GripTight Tripod Stand

While taking those awesome pictures with buddies/family you feel that you could have been a part of them? Check this Gorillapod Stand then 🙂 It’s perfect for self portraits and group shots. Available at photojojo for 35$ and some more for the shipping cost.

Gorillapod Clamp Stand for iPhone 5

Gorillapod Clamp Stand for iPhone 5

Handy for your group shots and self portraits :)

Handy for your group shots and self portraits 🙂

Music Love: Fake Beats by Dr. Dre Bluetooth Speaker

Warning: Ignore this if you’re a brand loyalist at heart 🙂 I picked this ‘mini bluetooth speaker’ from the street market in Thailand. At the first sight, you’d be fooled by its looks since  it comes with the branding of the original Beats by Dr. Dre. The audio quality is quite good and for a speaker of this size the bass packs a considerable punch.

Give this speaker a shot before you put in big bucks to buy the real ones 🙂

Fake music!

Fake Beats Bluetooth speaker!

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10 Lessons of Entrepreneurship

I was recently invited by University School of Management Studies in Delhi to deliver a talk in their ongoing Entrepreneurship development program. It is always motivating to see young students pursue entrepreneurial dreams. Things have changed quite a bit compared to what they were about 5-6 years ago.

Here is the slide-deck from the day’s talk.

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