Digital Marketing

The Death of Eureka; just show me the money!

From the time I started this journey of becoming a Digital Marketer, I had to ask a very personal question: what’s the most desired skill of a contemporary Digital Marketer?

Looking from a junior role perspective, I was always asking myself this question again and again for almost a year. Determined to end my anguish, I turned the question into the subject of my dissertation.

The research was carried out in 2012 and though it may sound like long time ago, especially due to the changing nature of the digital field, I’ve realised recently the shocking relevance of my findings two years ago.

Since January, I started the time-consuming task of finding a job in Digital Marketing. I created a checklist of what I wanted in a role and my career goals in order to choose wisely. This is a milestone in my professional life and a huge step to get me closer to my dreams so I carefully evaluated agency-side or client-side roles, company size, location, organisational culture etc.

Well after the “theoretical” part came the hard work:
a) Where do I start looking?
b) How should I sell myself? And especially
c) What types of roles should I apply for? What am I good at?

For the first question, and following my husband’s advice, I identified the recruitment agencies who specialised in Digital Marketing roles in London. I called them, introduced myself and asked them Question C. Most of them were very professional and after assessing my experience, background and studies, they started to direct me into the fields they thought I should think about applying for e.g. PPC, SEO, Account Management, Social Media and Media Planning & Buying.

And here comes the “flashback” of my dissertation findings:

Skills digital marketers

After analysing 250 online candidate specifications for Digital Marketing posts in the major Recruitment Job Boards in the UK, this is the answer to the question “What is the MOST required skill for Digital Marketers?”

Not only is it a big coincidence that my new job is in SEO but also if you see all the skills mentioned above, (copywriting and web design), they all have an analytical, data-driven nature and believe me when I say employers are really looking for numerical people in Digital Marketing.

I had Excel tests, logical reasoning tests and algebra problems in all of my interviews but one! So when applying for jobs and reading role requirements like:

• Highly numerate
• Analytical – ability to work with large data sets in excel
• Good head for numbers
• Meticulous attention to detail
• Superior analytical skills
• Highly data driven

Prepare in advance for some sort of maths test and try to show not only that you know the answer (if you do), but if you don’t, try to find a way to show you’ve tried and you gave it some thought.

Finally, and after this job hunting period, I’ve comprehended the amazing evolution of marketing roles. A couple of decades ago, it was all about the “Eureka” myth and coming up with creative and unique ideas to reach more customers. I’m not saying creativity is dead but definitely KPIs and especially ROI are pretty much everything a company boardroom, and your boss, want to see.

Social Media, Technology

Personalisation: The good, the bad and the ugly

Personalisation should be relevant, unique and convenient and it’s proven to be mutually beneficial for customers and businesses. Nevertheless, issues such as users’ privacy or data concerns and companies’ lack of experience and knowledge constitute the main barriers to executing personalisation effectively.

And as Blondie might say: “In this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend”…Those with a clear personalisation strategy and those who have no idea how to do it. Which kind are you?

The Good

An astonishing 94% of companies agree that personalisation is critical to current and future success but unfortunately just half of them are personalising the web experience for visitors.

The benefits are clear: companies who are personalising web experiences are seeing, on average, a 19% uplift in sales. Some companies are stating that they’re seeing up to a 25% uplift. And customers seem to be more than happy to share data if that means targeted offers and a better experience for them; 63% even say they would spend more money with a company that uses their data to create relevant offers and a good shopping experience.

Here some other stats for different digital channels:

– Personalised emails improve click-through rates by 14% and conversion rates by 10%
– Campaigns that used location targeting are twice as effective, with 80% of mobile internet users preferring ads relevant to them locally
– Social retargeting gets 21x higher CTR over web retargeting and CPC reduced 79%
– 32% reduction in channel tune away at ad breaks when people were shown addressable TV advertising

The Bad

Worryingly, 75% of marketers say personalisation across all channels in the organisation is still in the planning stages and it faces several barriers; the main ones being:

– Lack of knowledge (54%)
– Inability to translate data into action (51%)
– Lack of budget (44%)
– Lack of staff (44%)

In conclusion, there is still a skill gap within the companies to carry out effective personalisation across all channels and even in some cases e.g. TV, there is not enough market base to profitable targetable ads campaigns (there are not enough households that are enabled with Addressable TV, then companies won’t be able to make much of an impact).

The Ugly

Targetable ads imply big data and data is a sensitive subject. Consumer online privacy concerns are growing with six in ten internet users more concerned about their privacy online. 69% consider it creepy the way brands use their personal data and 36% would prefer it if their website activity wasn’t tracked.

61% of consumers say that if a company they deal with continually sends them irrelevant communications that do not take into account information that it should have, they would probably stop purchasing from that firm.

Moreover, nearly two-thirds of online consumers in the U.K. feel that they are targeted by excessive digital advertising and promotions, bringing a big challenge for marketers who understand the importance of personalisation but who really need to find a clever way to do it across all channels without being impertinent, stalking and making the customer experience another creepy unavoidable process.

Since the mainstream popularity of the internet at the turn of the century, it’s become inextricably linked with advertising and year on year a higher percentage of companies’ advertising budgets are spent on digital media, last year in the UK £6bn were spent on digital media advertising, where more than £1 in £4 of ad budgets were spent online. The Good of personalisation embraces this inevitability and helps ensure content is relevant to us all. The Bad of personalisation means that because it’s a still-developing tool, it may be some time before people really see consistently relevant content and companies may spend billions in a scattergun approach before getting it right. The Ugly of personalisation still leaves people unsettled as it’s one step a bit too closer to an Orwellian state of consumerism where privacy is no longer sacred.

So for you, today, is personalisation Good, Bad or just a bit Ugly?


What would Don Draper do? #intuition #MadMen #insights #mathmen #dualprocess /∞

The duality of the Modern Marketer: madmen vs mathmen!

kaymackgee | digital inbound content engagement


When presented with a problem, there is an intuitive solution that comes to mind for Don Draper, its normally the most immediate and easiest resolve to this problem. But for better engagement and group buy in, what normally happens is that he taps into the observations, perceptions & memories of Charles Whitman and reveals them. We actually see two different characters that you really get to know while watching the series MadMen.

Don Draper and Charles Whitman are clearly identifiable, they have their own beliefs, they make choices. As shown in this clip, both a #system1 and a #system2 thought process is revealed during this Hersey pitch. You can see in just under 4 minutes the audience experiences an unexpected joy or inspiration, followed closely with the painful experiences and very similar automatic association of painful tales of Charles Whitmans childhood.

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sharing economy

Would you share your husband?

Sometimes called the sharing economy, the Collaborative Economy is an economic model where ownership and access are shared between people, startups, and corporations.

Due to 3 main drivers or market forces impacting the way people access and consume products:

1. Societal Drivers (increasing population density, sustainability, communities and altruism),
2. Economic Drivers (idle resources, financial flexibility, access vs ownership, and funding), and
3. Technology Drivers (social networking, mobile devices, and payment systems).

Some examples:
• Car sharing with companies like Lyft, RelayRides and Carpooling. In fact, Easy group is rolling out its new car-sharing business today in the UK. Based not only on the idea of idle resources, sustainability and access vs ownership but also with the boost of mobile apps and geo-targeting features in different devices, making all possible.
• Product rental or exchanges like 99dresses and, ToySwap allow people to rent and exchange products making it easier when decided if its worth buying it at the beginning, what a great idea for brides-to-be!
• Hired-on demand or freelancing, like oDesk, where you can find from virtual assistants to SEO experts. And TaskRabbit where you can find a cleaner, handyman or a personal assistant!

The most common examples are office-sharing, flat-sharing and peer-to-peer lending; companies already very well-known in this category like Airbnb and Kickstarter and very successful in this niche.

But here a some of the weirdest examples for me:

Rent a friend for social/family events, rent a pet for a day, never eat alone with Grubwitus, Park on my Drive, and even share your husband!! I’m just kidding with the last one but in the near future I can see much more going on this subject, who knows what’s next!

CV evolution
Social Media, Technology

How is technology changing the way we get a job?

Well, from LinkedIn recommendations, infographic-CVs, QR Codes as Business cards, MeVies, video interviews and Social media job ads, the Recruitment industry is evolving within digital marketing.

There are even several sites that will help you to build a dynamic, digital and stand-out-from-the-crowd CV or video. Some recruitment agencies specialised in marketing won’t even look at your CV unless you attach a link with your video presentation. The world is changing and the Millennials are happy, comfortable and excited about it! What better time to show your future employer your skills at posting, editing and blogging than from the very beginning?

In general, all sectors are including digital tools when recruiting. According to Video Interviewing Market Trends 2013, 38% of companies had used some form of video in the hiring process (that number jumped to 42% for senior executives, management and entry level job functions in 2011). Moreover, the use of video interviewing has risen 49% since 2011 with a staggering 6 out of 10 HR managers using it.

And Mobile?

According to Matt Alder, Digital Social and Mobile Strategist at MetaShift, 63% of candidates have searched for a job and 48% had applied for a job on their mobile. carried out a survey in August 2013 and found that Mobile users not only click on 60% more job postings, but also they spend 27% longer looking at those jobs, 25% longer on the site and view 25% more jobs.

Also, 40% of mobile candidates abandon non-mobile application forms and surprisingly the quality of mobile applications is actually higher with a larger proportion making it through to interview.

Some examples that show the importance of mobile traffic for job sites are:
• Jobsite’s traffic is 10% from mobile
• Indeed’s mobile device traffic has more than doubled over the past year and a third of its searches are coming via mobile
• Simply Hired reported 30% of its job search traffic came from mobile devices and it expects this number to rise to 50% by the end of 2015.


The main areas in this field are social advertising, social job distribution, referrals, communities and brand reputation. Although is not extensively used, a study carried out by the Institute for Employment Studies found out that 45% of HR decision makers said they were already using social media tools in recruitment.

A clear example of how social media can leverage recruitment is UPS, which made 14,000 trackable hires using their social media channels.


Last but not least, we have Search with an outstanding 37,200,000 monthly searches in Google and search partners for the term “Jobs”, 12,100 for “digital marketing job” and 49,500 for “social media jobs”. What more can you say?!

This statistic is so striking that some scholars in the US have suggested using an internet job search indicator (Google Index, GI) to predict the US unemployment rate.

So what’s next?

What else could we expect to influence the recruitment landscape? Here are some ideas:

• Wearable technology like Google Glass: alerting you of new jobs when you are next to them and making application by just saying “OK glass, apply for the job”
• Pay-per-appointment model for Search ads: with the recruiter paying only when a person is actually appointed from the jobs board

What do you think? How do you see tech and digital tools changing the tech-shy world of recruitment?

Digital Detox
Social Media, Uncategorized

Are you detoxing in January?

The Holiday season is definitely over and for many it was not just a period for seeing family, friends and presents but also the time for “Digital Detox”.

In my case, although it wasn’t my choice, the experience of being in a hotel in Cuba can mean being completely “unplugged”. I must say, it was very enjoyable missing out on Tweets, Likes and emails for four days! It’s what some call “JOMO” (Joy Of Missing Out).

On the way home, I found a nice article in Wired magazine entitled “Wired World in 2014” and what a surprise! Digital Detox is categorized as one of the 52 need-to-know trends:

Anti-digital addiction apps like Pause, Human Mode will help Digital Detoxers kick their social media habit and “Nomophobia” (no mobile phone phobia).

I echo the question from last years Wired’ article “Is it Time for a Digital Detox?”.

Jeff Barak proposed that the Digital Detox bandwagon is beginning to roll and perhaps marketing-savvy service providers should find ways to jump onboard and turn it to their advantage.

What a great idea! What if mobile providers offer you a Detox Day free of charge! Well, it could be mutually beneficial in a way: people will have their lives back for 24 hours, unwind from repetitive emails and checking feeds. Companies could pride themselves on being socially responsible and why not? It could seem like a special offer for holiday seasons, allowing people to save some cash from their days off. It could also give them a competitive advantage as it can be seen by customers as a form of cash back which they can collect on days that suit them.

Finally, here I leave some tips from different magazines I’ve been reading for this research:
1. Detox together (do it with your partner, colleagues or closest friends in order to work)
2. Do it at least once a year
3. Switch off mode one hour before bed (helping you to get sleep quality)
4. Set free-devices zones at home or when socializing (like at meal times)

Try it out! Even if your mobile phone provider doesn’t give you cash back on it, the rewards are obvious!