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Digital Marketing: Inbound Marketing Via Content Hub To Gain Competitive Advantage

MI Digital Creates New Content Marketing Hub for Managing Consumer Engagement For SDE.com

Developing relationships over a long-term with today’s consumers is now complex, now more than ever before. The powerful web search, with publishing on social and social networks along with tools for filtering capabilities have placed very powerful tools in the hands of consumers. The buyer’s journey today is non-linear – as shown by this graph below:

Customer journey Cap Gemini

Consumers today can easily find information, compare pricing across multiple retailers and read up on social recommendations about a large number of competitors immediately and from the comfort of their home.

Thus today’s consumers are now savvier – they are researchers, publishers, a reviewer, a vocal influence, and ultimately the final authority and expert on any manner of product or service. This “ease” by which information can be shared across the web, including mobile and social touch points, has required enterprises to try to influence consumer behavior by increasing the amount of content.

SDE (Staff Development Educators) is one such company whom MI Digital helped to launch its content hub targetting educators and experts.

SDE believs that “educators have the most important job in the world” which is why SDE is dedicated to empowering extraordinary educators with research-based, innovative, and rigorous professional development that’s practical, motivating, and fun.

Their goal is to “help create extraordinary classrooms that prepare students for the demands of the 21st century.”

Inbound marketing, social media marketing or content marketing is the process of creating quality content, which is than well published and later on promoted across the channels. The idea is to drive the inbound benefit through sharing and search /link-building and gain social signals for search engine optimisation.

SDE as an objective wanted to unearth their Knowledge Base and build up the brand via a content hub targetting teachers, academics, principals and stake holders.

The solution devised by MI Digital included:

  1. Supports videos from YouTube
  2. Featured a rating system for reviewing books.
  3. It uses the best SEO practices
  4. The admin panel is fast, simple, and easy to use.
  5. Flexible layouts for every template
  6. Advanced block system
  7. Popular posts
  8. Unique article system which ensured that the same article was not listed twice in the home page.
  9. Pagination of articles.
  10. Social counters to track the shares and comments on the site and off the site.
  11. Special templates for posts and pages.
  12. Youtube / Vimeo Video Playlists.
  13. Customizable Side Bars

and more.

 

Edited by the experts at SDE, the content will comprise of written articles, posts, videos, infographics, book reviews, latest events and even small tips and reports. SDE’s content hub will feature up-to-date insights from experts in the industry including promoting their events and covering them as well.

The content hub strategy is is part of a growing industry trend for organisations to create and publish own content, using their latent knowledge and expertise to shape reputation and brand building.

Vern Nicholson, Director of MI Digital, USA, said: “We’re not the first to launch a publishing platform, but we believe we’ve created a look and feel that grabs people’s attention. SDE’s Content Hub is all about generating content which our audience is interested in, and to engage people in conversation.”

SDE’s content hub is fully responsive and built for smartphones and tablets. MI Digital has always recognised that content with strategy is the lifeblood of all digital marketing and today’s inbound solution’s launch of the hub enables us to let our client’s continue to connect to their customers in a fresh and relevant way.

An understanding of the content marketing hub is below:

in bound marketing process

Web design and development

Web Design & Development – Tapal Ice Tea Web Design and Development.

Tapal Tea launched Ice Tea Branded Portal With Chillkaro.com website.

One of the earliest web designs that MI Digital did was for Tapal Ice Tea. The site called Chillkaro.com was amongst the first branded portals in Pakistan, playing with content (music files and rounding up local musicians) marketing much before it was ‘Content Marketing’. The can too was interactive (mouse over would move the can in rotation), whilst a small button would switch the site from Peach to Lemon Colors in an instant.

Web design and development
This wasn’t the actual page but the wireframe that we tested. Unfortunately the actual page has been lost to the archives of history.

 

tapal tea lemon website

 

 

Tapal was also first to Facebook experimenting with Facebook and gated pages (remember: “Like To Unlock”) to access content.

 

Tapal Iea Facebook Like

 

 

This was the Tapal Ice Tea Can that was a failure in the market.

 

 

Tapal Ice Tea Can