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What’s New in Marketing? Sept 2013

2 major changes within Google and Pinterest are the main platform developments

Each month we review the developments in digital marketing and share our alerts on what we see as the "must-know" developments across all the digital marketing platforms.

We also share some of our own advice for marketers. This month we start with two new free guides to help with marketing planning. Watch out for more advice on Planning and Strategy in the Autumn as we countdown to 2014 with our new #PlanToSucceed campaign.

Strategy and planning

  • 2014 Digital Marketing Trends briefing. Each year, I look ahead to review the latest trends in Digital Marketing to help define digital technologies and marketing techniques which give options for companies to grow their businesses. This year, I have identified 22 Digital Marketing techniques that demand attention and you can listen / download a free briefing I have recorded.
    We hope this trends roundup proves useful - do vote to let us know what you think is important - there are a few surprises and - thanks if you have voted or shared already.


  • The top 15 Classic marketing models? Marketing strategist Annmarie Hanlon and I have created a new guides showing 15 classic marketing models.

    Again, thank you if you voted or shares - the "wisdom of the crowd" has  selected a Top 5 most useful models that I certainly agree with. 


You can also download our free Essential Marketing Planning Models guide which explains how to use each model with examples.

Social media marketing

According to our readers, Content Marketing was the top priority for increased investment in 2013 and is likely to be in 2014 too. One of the best conferences covering CM is Content Marketing World. Geraint Holliman has a great post summarising 6 key insights from Content Marketing World.

Pinterest announced two new features - Susanne Colwyn summarised two more reasons for businesses to consider Pinterest.

Search marketing

BrightonSEO is now one of the most popular, if not THE most popular of the homegrown UK SEO conferences, we have two roundups from writers for Smart Insights readers who couldn’t make it. Michael Charalambous summarised what he felt were the 5 must useful talks summarising the latest thinking on SEO and Rhian Simms gave her 5 key SEO takeaways from BrightonSEO.

There were also two big changes in the Search world that marketers should be aware of in September.

  • 1. Google’s new Hummingbird algorithm - We don’t think this is such big news as other named Google algorithm changes. Rather it was an announcement of a query processing improvement to make Google work better with interactive, conversational queries which are increasingly used on mobile phones.

User experience, analytics and conversion optimisation

Email marketing and CRM

I hope the monthly roundup has shed some light on a development in marketing you need to take into account. Do share our roundup with a colleague if you think it could help them too.

By Dave Chaffey

Dave is CEO and co-founder of Smart Insights. He is editor of the 100 templates, ebooks and courses in the digital marketing resource library created by our team of 25+ Digital Marketing experts. Our resources used by our Expert members in more than 80 countries to Map, Plan and Manage their digital marketing. For my full profile, or to connect on LinkedIn or other social networks, see the About Dave Chaffey profile page on Smart Insights.

Dave is author of 5 bestselling books on digital marketing including Emarketing Excellence and Digital Marketing: Strategy, Implementation and Practice. In 2004 he was recognised by the Chartered Institute of Marketing as one of 50 marketing ‘gurus’ worldwide who have helped shape the future of marketing.

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