Online marketing in today's world has become extremely competitive, indeed. This compels us to discover new methods to make what we have to offer, be it a product or service, standout from the crowd. Otherwise, rest assured we will find ourselves completely overwhelmed by digital voices that are enormously louder, more powerful and honestly, more attractive than what we may have to offer.
The digital revolution has caused seismic changes for brands - from the way they connect with their audiences, to the channels they can use to reach them. The way people are consuming news has been turned on its head, with more and more people accessing content from global sources, using multiple platforms and sharing huge volumes of self-produced content themselves.
There is an understanding across many young people that not every problem will be able to be solved in one go, therefore all they ask for in return is politicians who are pragmatic and honest, who answer a question that is given to them and are not intent on spinning said question to suit their agenda.
We didn't get to see the full contents of the business plans - it wouldn't make great viewing to be fair - but we were offered a sneak peak of some of them, including poor Soloman's, complete with two pages of brand logo concepts and not a lot else, to which he got totally annihilated by veteran Apprentice interviewer, Claude Littner.
Right now, brands are devoting significant resources to growing their social fan and follower counts, which are little more than vanity metrics. Social media is merely a referral tool, directing target audiences towards valuable content that you, as a publisher, have determined they need and most importantly, want.
It's misguided to simply drop the word 'advert' from the marketing lexicon, replace it with 'content', and then progress in just the same way, producing something that's as much a brand-centric message as it ever was. The undisputable, game-a-changing fact is this: all brands are now in the entertainment business.