Posts tagged ‘marketing’

August 23rd, 2012

The day I’ve launched a digital agency in London

by Laurent François

Dear readers,

as you’ve noticed, I did not write much this year on this blog. Not because I had any fatigue or that I was bored, because in our attention economy, there’s a key raw material: TIME.

So, French Ideas, a boutique digital agency, was born few weeks ago, in Silicon Roundabout, London. 3 main activities are implemented:

  • social journey planning: as digital channels are very deeply changing the rules of influence, strategic planning and definition of personae have never been as important as now. Social journey planning requires strong capabilities in digital analysis, social media monitoring, and influencers’ mapping + knowledge in sociology, arts etc. We’ve already sold some projects for creative agencies: do not hesitate to pitch us!
  • digital strategy: once you have a better idea of how your users think and which “moments of truth” rock, well, you need to establish a roadmap, both editorial and UX. That’s the trickiest point, that you need to shape with creatives in a wider extent: data analysts, CRM and so on :)
  • early-stage marketing: you’re launching a brand? A festival? A start-up? Well, it’s not only Social Media but more general marketing. And we’re here to help…

We also have some publishing / fashion activities on Hit Bag.

It’s still new and our partners are extremely interesting people; it’s a brand new approach for me to set up some strategies with a wide diversity of talents; feel free to pitch us :)

In the meantime, I’ve tried to arrange all my previous posts on Pearltrees. You can check it here:

 
French Ideas Digital Agency and Services / French Ideas Social Media Opinion in Laurent François (lilzeon)

 

December 24th, 2011

150+ marketing predictions for 2012

by Laurent François

Every year, Joe Pulizzi consolidates content marketers’ views for next year. I’ve also contributed (slide 49) and again this year, ideas are great. Happy X-Mas!

December 22nd, 2011

A new targetting approach: activability at stake!

by Laurent François

In a world where call to action is key, there are new manners to “target” groups of people. An idea can be to focus on activability of people. If you read French, go on Marketing Etudiant to read my article 😉

December 19th, 2011

Agency model: does it go against innovation?

by Laurent François

Funny enough: 2 times this week, for 2 differnt brands, we’ve implemented some new programmes.And funny enough, their media agencies were really freaking out.

Not because we were competing against them, but because it was a kind of reengineering of classic old organization models. It’s really irritating, as agencies’ speeches are around innovation, creativity. But when it comes from an an external player, it’s not really well perceived.

Not all agencies react like that; but for these agencies, there should be a quick move: innovation is not a threat; it can be an extension of their daily businesses.

 

 

November 20th, 2011

A new Social Marketing Approach: Hyphenated Marketing

by Laurent François

There’s a big controversy these days in Social Media Marketing between the huge business opportunities and the fact that the more consumers are digitally empowered, the less they want to release their personal data and privacy to third parties.

TNS Digital confirms this trend, demonstrating that not so many Social Networks users are open to brands.

In this attention economy, the competition has never been that strong. A competition that not only happens in a virtual world but truly in real life: local stores are progessively implementing Social Media tactics; mash-ups are now in-store (see H&M + Lanvin former collection).

Marc Menesguen, Managing Director of Strategic Marketing for L’Oréal has recently declared for Cap Gemini that “The difference between the traditional model and the new one that is emerging, is a difference between positioning and movement.Today it’s not enough to think about brand positioning (…) the consumer
is even more central to our strategy. Whereas in the mass media model, typically centered on television, everyone received the same message, with digital media we can design much more targeted marketing”
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Consistency, tiny groups, dynamic story instead of static positioning, fusion of online + “offline” contact areas…there are inferred new practices that also reveal a new marketing paradigm. The goal is no longer to make a consumer enter a classic marketing funnel. The idea is first to be relevant enough to shape a weak link, a real “hyphen” between the brand and the consumer.

Because the consumer is the real shareholder of a company’s reputation, live-growing or live-dismantling it, there’s a need to analyze and develop an hyphenated approach of marketing.

This is the aim of this white-paper called “The H-Word: towards a new social marketing approach”. It’s not a final doctrine nor a comprehensive methodology. It’s more a call to conversation, sharing-knowledge, debate. Feel free to engage the debate.

 

 

Hyphenated Marketing, A New Social Media Marketing Approach