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Brands and social media: what consumers think. Social media is an integral part of the online marketing plans for many brands, but few manage to get it right consistently.

Brands and social media: what consumers think

Instead of delivering targeted content that people engage with and want to share, too often brands seem to favour quantity over quality. To better understand how effectively (or not) social media is being used to deliver brand content, we carried out a research project (pdf) of 2,000 UK adults. It revealed a lot about how people are becoming frustrated by how brands approach and update them on social platforms. Quantity and relevance The number one cause of frustration among those surveyed was too many updates: an option selected by 29% of respondents. Having gone to the effort to develop communities across different social platforms, brands are still using a one-size-fits-all approach to content rather than tailoring activity to the various interests and behaviours specific to each platform.

Triviality Social channels Top tips. Fashion Week Beyond the Photo Shoots. What would the retail industry be without Fashion Week, the twice-a-year event series during which major designers launch their women’s ready-to-wear lines?

Fashion Week Beyond the Photo Shoots

What we see on the catwalk during this week highly influences consumer tastes – and sometimes behavior – in the coming season. Fashion Week began in 1943 and seventy years later the event has grown into a series lasting more than a week, across four global locations, with major sponsors, streamed live to the public. This year Fashion Week in the U.S. takes place September 10 – 17. Last year, there were more than 275 events in the U.S. and this year’s calendar is similarly packed. What most people know of Fashion Week they learn from pop culture. Last year the New York Times published an economic report on Fashion Week at home and abroad.

This year, U.S. Of course, we can’t leave this blog post without a note about how technology has changed the way people experience the retail world. The 20 Most Instagrammed Fashion Brands. These days, it's not uncommon for brands to devote major resources to Instagram — both to their own accounts and to inspiring consumers and fashion week show-goers to post about them.

The 20 Most Instagrammed Fashion Brands

Of course, some brands are doing this better than others. In a new interactive chart compiled by M by Macy's, we're seeing just which apparel companies are leading on the social media platform in both #hashtag mentions and followers, as well as overall engagement. The results, largely, should come as no surprise to those familiar with apparel companies, as many brands' Instagram engagement levels corresponds with their overall company size.

Nike, with $30.6 billion in annual revenue, tops both mentions and followers with 47.7 million and 18.7 million and, respectively. While Prada comes in second with mentions (18.7 million), it drops to tenth in followers (4.2 million). See the full rankings below, and head to for more on their methodology. Advertisement — Continue reading below. Model performance: The power of measurement and transparency in affiliate marketing. The UK performance, or affiliate, marketing industry is currently worth over £1bn a year, with advocates claiming it generates one in 10 sales.

Model performance: The power of measurement and transparency in affiliate marketing

However, despite being such a mature channel in terms of the sales figures it generates – £16bn plus a year – practitioners bemoan a widespread lack of quality attribution modeling in the sector . Add to this some of the historic distrust of performance marketing, and it’s apparent that some marketers are failing to make the most of the opportunity, plus arguably wasting their marketing budgets as well as endangering their relationship with consumers, although some are working to raise awareness of how things can change. Last-click Sarah Treliving, head of digital at GroupM media agency MediaCom, explains one of the principal reasons behind the poor application of performance marketing techniques is using a one-dimensional attribution strategy; namely last-click.

Multi-touch However, a more fundamental tactic can be employed by advertisers. Periscope is the it app for brands during Fashion Week. Fashion brands are going ga-ga for Periscope.

Periscope is the it app for brands during Fashion Week

According to SocialBakers, NYFW designers have shared 47 Periscope live streams since the start of the shows on Friday. So far, BCBG shared the most with 13 live streams so far, followed by Desigual with four — both brands had shows on the first day of Fashion Week. Tommy Hilfiger, Jeremy Scott and Carolina Herrera are among brands that are also Periscoping their runway shows. And Ralph Lauren is expecting 10 million people to tune in when it shows on Sept. 17. “The fashion community was one of the first to embrace Periscope when it launched, and now for fashion week, we’re seeing designers, fashion brands and models creating a multitude of engaging Periscope broadcasts to bring fashion closer to their fans,” said Rachel Dodes, head of fashion partnerships at Twitter, which has actively been working to get more haute couture brands active on Twitter and Periscope both.

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