MintTwist roundup: Top 15 blog articles in 2014

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Content marketing has become a key tactic in the digital marketer’s toolbox. At MintTwist it’s no different – we know our audience wants topical and useful guidance on new trends and techniques.

Looking back at our most popular articles from 2014, there’s been a definite shift this year towards measurement. Our blog ideas come from keeping our ears to the digital marketing ground, listening to contacts and clients, and reflecting on what we’re experiencing running campaigns. As more budget shifts to digital, it needs to prove its worth.

Have a look at our 5 top articles of 2020: 

Roundup of Google updates from September 2020

On this super roundup of Google updates, we unveiled some of the most recent updates:

  1. Word found is not a ranking factor, as not all pages need to be comprehensive.
  2. It is key to update existing articles to avoid duplicates, so you need to keep reviewing your old content to see if this an update or it is better for your SEO to be deleted.
  3. We discussed the new measures from Google to protect search results: the intelligence desk that monitors and finds information threats.
  4. The issue regarding articles on 'Top Stories'.

Read the Google updates from September here.

Molly-Mae's Louis Vuitton giveaway and what we can learn from it

With the unstoppable rise of influencers on social media, partnerships and collaborations are a must of most of them. This new word-of-mouth of marketing enables brands to promote their products in a way that creates a huge impact on their revenues. Hence, we decided to analyse how Molly-Mae Hague, celebrity and Instagram influencer managed to announce on the platform a contest for their followers, who had the change of winning up to £8,000 in products. Click here if you want to know more about her campaign.

Read Molly-Mae's Louis Vuitton giveaway and what we can learn from it here.

Battle of the brands: McDonald's vs Burger King

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As the two biggest fast-food giants, McDonald's and Burger King's marketing strategies differ most of the time. This is why we have put together on our article their most recent and decisive marketing plans. Are you ready for it?

Read Battle of the brand: McDonalds vs Burger King here

LinkedIn Advertising 2020: New features

On this new LinkedIn update, we share some insights regarding what is new on its Advertising platform. On one hand, the new format InMail helps you interact in a more personal way, enabling you to promote a real-time customer touch. On the other hand, other new features such as company growth rate and company targeting options show you new ways of building your audience. It is up to you to make the most of LinkedIn now!

Read LinkedIn advertising 2020: New features here.

Battle of the brands: Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video

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Already missing our Battle of the brands' chapter? Well, here is a very popular one. On this article, we analysed the two biggest video-on-demand services: how their beginnings were and which one has the most original content are some of the metrics that we have taken into consideration. Moreover, we also gathered relevant data from social media, as of how many people are talking about them.

Read Battle of the brands: Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video here

Predicting the Eurovision 2014 winner with social media

Colin Cheng’s annual foray into Europe and spreadsheets produced our most viewed article. We predicted three out of the top four winners (Austria, Sweden and Armenia) using social media. Social media now plays a vital role in TV events such as Eurovision, both in the run-up to and when it airs. Twitter has put itself at the forefront of this by encouraging users to #OwnTheMoment and launching a planner.

Read Predicting the Eurovision 2014 Winner with Social Media here.

Google Panda 4.0 in 2014 - what you need to know

No year is complete without a Google Algorithm update to send fear into every SEO heart. Over the last three years, we’ve seen Panda change the search engine landscape. Focusing on poor content and over-optimisation, it has forced SEO practitioners to develop and optimise for humans, not an algorithm.

Press release websites such as and saw rankings plummet overnight. eBay was also not immune to it losing almost 33% search visibility.


Read Google Panda 4.0 in 2014 here

Predicting the World Cup 2014 using social media

Following on from Colin’s success predictions, I attempted to apply it to football. I also unwittingly signed myself up to watching almost every single match…

Other companies such as Bloomberg and Goldman Sachs also attempted predictions and ultimately we all got it wrong (we all predicted Brazil). However, we were more successful than either at the group stage with a prediction rate of 50% (41% for Goldman Sachs and 46% for Bloomberg).

Our predictions fared better after this, or at least until the semi-final stage. It also did wonders for some team’s social media stats. Before the tournament, Argentina was notably lacking but during the tournament, they gained more traction on Facebook and Twitter.

Hey @luis16suarez. Next time you're hungry just grab a Snickers. #worldcup #luissuarez #EatASNICKERS

— SNICKERS® (@SNICKERS) June 24, 2014

Read Predicting the World Cup 2014 using social media here

Top 4 mistakes that are destroying your analytics

One of the most common mistakes we see is poorly set-up analytics accounts and focus on the wrong area of analytics.

Data is a valuable asset, especially your website’s. Spending time getting it right is important but neglected by some marketers.

As marketing budgets come under more scrutiny, proving digital’s worth can only happen with this data. Many of these issues can be resolved and be done without technical assistance.

Read Top 4 mistakes that are destroying your analytics here.

A quick guide to Twitter's analytics dashboard

This year Twitter allowed all users to access an analytics dashboard to understand the impact of tweets and their reach. Unless you were advertising on the platform, it was all a mystery.

The dashboard gives users a better understanding of how many followers are seeing tweets, what content is engaging them (beyond just clicking through to your website) and any tweets that are underexposed.

There are some good features such as the 28-day average trends and we expect to see Twitter expand the dashboard in 2015.


Read A quick guide to Twitter’s Analytics Dashboard here.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 - digital marketing case study

Since the Hunger Games film series was released, we’ve been impressed with their well-thought-out digital promotion.

A compelling part of the digital marketing strategy for the film has been dedicating almost half of the collateral to the Capital. This was used to break the fourth wall and create engagement with die-hard fans, as well as be more experiential.

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The Hunger Games is an excellent example of how to create imaginative content and distribute it to a particular demographic (in this case Millennials and the generation after them).

Read Mockingjay Part 1 - Digital Marketing Case Study here.

3 areas your digital budget MUST be invested in

Digital marketing budgets are set to rise again in 2015 but where should this extra money be spent?

Three key areas we identified are: measurement, mobile and content promotion. Marketers are under pressure to prove digital’s worth (partly because it’s such a measurable channel) and insight must go beyond just Google Analytics.

Mobile and content promotion are not new areas but ones that many companies are still weak in. Serving the right content in the right format is critical for satisfying new and existing customers.

Read 3 areas your digital budget MUST be invested in here.

Our ultimate local SEO guide

Location is increasingly becoming an important part of a user’s search, especially on mobile.

Our guide looks at user’s search behaviour and searches query tips, as well as giving our top local SEO tips and an ultimate list of citations.


Read Our ultimate local SEO guide here.

Email marketing platform: What one is right for you?

Email marketing is still one of the most popular and effective channels for maintaining relationships with customers.

There are many email marketing platforms on the market – how do you know which one is best for you? Well, we’ve saved you some time in answering this by looking at the market leaders and weighing up the pros and cons of each.

Read Email marketing platforms: What one is right for you? here.

7 steps to getting started with LinkedIn ads

LinkedIn’s ad platform is one of the best for targeting a B2B audience.

However, it’s often overlooked for more popular networks such as Google AdWords or Facebook. It requires a different set-up, but with the right method and template, you can get a campaign set up quickly.


We break this method down into 7 steps and even give you a handy template to download!

Read 7 steps to getting started with LinkedIn ads here.

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