In The Headlights: August 21, 2019 Issue

In The Headlights

Don’t reinvent the wheel.

This is one of the most common cliches heard in conference rooms and team meetings in business. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Don’t duplicate effort. Don’t create something that already exists.

There’s a nuance to this cliche that we miss. Sometimes, reinventing the wheel is the only way to learn how a wheel works. A better example comes from cooking. Take the average cheese omelette. Seems like a straightforward dish, doesn’t it? Mix the eggs, put it in a pan, add cheese, fold, and boom, omelette, right?

Except.

Reading about it isn’t making it. Eating it isn’t making it (though an important part of understanding what the desired outcome is). Watching videos on YouTube isn’t making it. The only way to truly learn how to make omelettes is… to make omelettes. A lot of them. And to screw up more than a few times.

But omelettes exist! They’ve been done. Everyone knows how to make them. You can buy them pre-packaged in the frozen section of the grocery store, or go to a diner and have one made. All that is true, but if you want to truly understand the omelette, you have to make one. If you ran a breakfast cafe, you’d bet your diners want your omelettes, however good they are, compared to an awful frozen pre-made omelette.

Apply this advice to your content marketing, to your social media, to every aspect of your marketing. Any time that voice speaks up in your head that says, “But this blog topic already exists!” or “Other people have written about this, and much better!”, the answer to that voice is, yes, other people have. You haven’t. And your perspective, whatever it is, is unique and different as long as you focus on what you know, what you’ve learned, and what’s gone right – and wrong – for you in your journey.

It’s okay to reinvent the wheel in order to master how wheels work.

The Bright Idea

The Bright Idea

This week’s Bright Idea is a new Instant Insights download, showcasing the different kinds of problems machine learning and AI can solve. Download this PDF (no form fill required) to have a handy reference about problem types.

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Rear View Mirror Data

Rear View Mirror Data

In the rear view this week, we revisit our friend Instagram and look at account growth. In the last week (August 11-18), how did the different types of accounts and posts do when it came to gaining or losing followers?

Let’s first take a look at brands:

  • For organic, unpaid content, the average (arithmetic mean) number of followers gained for brands was 407 per post.
  • For paid, sponsored content, the average number of followers gained for brands was 519 per post.

Next, let’s look at influencers:

  • For organic, unpaid content, the average (arithmetic mean) number of followers gained for brands was 1,375 per post.
  • For paid, sponsored content, the average number of followers gained for brands was 643 per post.

What we conclude from this is that brands need to continue paying to be seen and attract attention and audience. For influencers, at first glance it appears that the sponsored posts are less appealing to their audiences than unpaid posts, which makes logical sense from a behavioral perspective. We follow influencers because we want to hear from them and see what they’re about, not what they’re shilling.

Methodology: For influencers, we tracked 3,167 influencers with audiences of at least 100 followers that posted in the last 10 days on Instagram using Facebook’s Crowdtangle software. The sample size of posts for influencers was 15,711 unique posts. For brands, we tracked 3,579 brands with audiences of at least 100 followers that posted in the last 10 days on Instagram using Facebook’s Crowdtangle software. The sample size of posts for brands was 32,685 unique posts. The timeframe of the study is August 11, 2019 to August 18, 2019. The last 3 days of the dataset were excluded (August 19-21) to allow for post engagements to mature, due to the Instagram feed algorithm. Stories of any kind are not included because analytics are not available in the Crowdtangle API for stories.

In Case You Missed It

In Case You Missed It

Shiny Objects

Shiny Objects

Shiny Objects is a roundup of the best content you and others have written and shared in the last week. It uses machine learning for the automated one-sentence summaries.

Social Media Marketing

Media Landscape

Tools, Machine Learning, and AI

Analytics, Stats, and Data Science

SEO, Google, and Paid Media

Business and Leadership

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Upcoming Events

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  • Content Marketing World, September 2019, Cleveland
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