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Don’t believe all the hype you hear in SMO. Last year one of the most hyped successes in Social Media Marketing (SMM) was the Stormhoek Case study. Hey – that’s a CNN link, so it MUST have been great huh?
Well I was with a prospective client yesterday who has been a wine merchant in the UK for well over 100 years. they are not the kind of company to jump onto web 2.0 ideas in gay abandon, so I mentioned the Stormhoek case study with an air of caution as something that had been tried – but also as something that came with risks.
I am so glad I did. They may not know SEO and SEM, but after 100 years in the industry, they certainly know their wine companies. Stormhoek’s parent – Orbit Wines – went bust a few weeks ago and they are lining up bail out buyers.
I find it very hard to find case studies on so many areas of Internet Marketing and I think case studies are increasingly important in weeding out the “wheat from the chaff” and this one – prima facie – was one of the better ones.
The day before I was with one of the world’s largest Internet travel companies, talking to their SEO Manager. He said that he was having trouble finding a decent link building case study. I had trouble believing that, so went to my usual suspects… Sempo, E-consultancy.com and even Eric Ward’s site and guess what? nothing that I could honestly put in front of a blue chip marketing analyst and say “There you are. We did X. People linked to us. This resulted in Y.”
I posted on Webmasterworld in the hope that I was missing the obvious case study, but it appears not so far.