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Mark Henshall

Mark Henshall
Mark is our Head of Content. He is an award-winning content strategist, travel writer and editor with more than 15 years’ experience in travel. Mark has a very rounded and integrated approach that combines his expertise in editorial and content (confident handling large and complex ventures) with his experience in online PR, SEO, social, conversion, UX and PPC for headline clients.
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Brand marketing as you know it is dead: why dark social demands a new approach

[fa icon="calendar'] 23/01/19 17:22 / by Mark Henshall posted in advocate marketing, employee advocacy, employee advocacy programme, employee advocacy platform, employee advocacy tool, employees sharing, messenger, messenger apps, dark social

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Marketing is undergoing a transformation in 2019 that is set to be one of the biggest seismic changes we’ve seen since social media first landed. In the last two years, the social landscape has been shifting to people communicating on dark social, directly one-to-one on their private messaging apps.

As more consumers transition to this private networking, brands are waking up to the reality that they can’t continue to run their digital marketing as they have been. At Qubist, we are hearing from more and more businesses as they seek to evolve new engagement strategies that allow them to reach and engage customers and crucially to track conversations and links on these messaging apps.

The stats on messaging app usage is compelling - messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram Direct Message now have more than 5 billion monthly active users worldwide according to HubSpot.

If you want your messaging to be heard on social in the coming year, you have to start to do things differently. At Qubist, we have 20 years experience as content marketers and social media consultants before we built the Qubist employee advocacy app. Employees are now a powerful influential group and, when empowered with the right advocacy tech tool, will drive personal and relevant engagement with customers that you can measure.

Qubist powers global brands. Get in touch for a demo.

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#LifeatSky: How Sky has driven recruitment through employee advocacy

[fa icon="calendar'] 17/07/18 15:12 / by Mark Henshall posted in advocate marketing, employee advocacy, employee advocacy programme, employee advocacy platform, employee advocacy tool, employees sharing, social media sharing, Sky, recruitment, Talent acquisition

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Take a look at the #LifeatSky hashtag and you’ll see a very active feed with employees busily tweeting across a huge range of topics from volunteering at beach cleans and women sharing their experiences on the Engineer Training Programme to snapshots of workplace gardens, teams attending award dinners and updates from presenters and correspondents such as Kay Burley, Sarah Jane Mee and Beth Rigby.

What comes across is authentic enthusiasm from staff who have been empowered to share their experiences and tell their own stories in a natural way through an employee advocacy programme. #LifeatSky reflects Sky’s vision and values and, importantly, its trust in its colleagues to speak for themselves with passion and integrity.

Qubist powers global brands. Get in touch for a demo.

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Do employees mind being asked to share content on their personal networks?

[fa icon="calendar'] 13/07/18 11:42 / by Mark Henshall posted in advocate marketing, employee advocacy, employee advocacy programme, employee advocacy platform, employee advocacy tool, employees sharing, social media sharing

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We are often asked, will employees want to share brand content to their own personal networks?

Having successfully guided global companies through this process to roll out their employee advocacy programmes, below we look at the key reasons your staff will want to get on board and share your content in the long-term.

Qubist powers global brands. Get in touch for a demo.

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Beyond Paid Media: How Employee Advocacy drives ROI

[fa icon="calendar'] 27/06/18 15:41 / by Mark Henshall posted in advocate marketing, employee advocacy, employee advocacy programme, employee advocacy platform, employee advocacy tool, paid media, Advertising, Digital advertising, ROI

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Paid advertising is suffering huge spending cuts as marketers question its relevance and effectiveness for today’s consumer. P&G has cut its agency spend by $750m in the past three years and plans to increase that figure to $1.2bn by 2021.

The exponential rise in ad blockers demonstrates consumers are voting with their feet to experience content in ad-free environments. In an age of transparency and fake news, mass advertising feels ham-fisted and just doesn’t cut it any more. To compound this, paid costs are rising sharply as platforms reach maximum ad load. Facebook CPMs increased by 171% during the first half of 2017 alone according to adstage.

Employee advocacy has gained traction for CMOs as a more direct approach to consumers, which delivers stronger ROI. Below we take a look at how it delivers on the bottom line.

 See 'How employee advocacy increases marketing reach and engagement'

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Our employees share already - why will an advocacy tech platform help?

[fa icon="calendar'] 09/05/18 15:59 / by Mark Henshall posted in advocate marketing, employee advocacy, recruit advocates, employee advocacy programme, employee advocacy platform, employee advocacy tool, influencer marketing, employee engagement, brand advocacy, content sharing

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If your company’s employees are already sharing brand content organically, it’s a great indicator of a good cultural fit for a more structured advocacy programme in your company. The value in rolling out a formal programme is to use the tech and methodology that sits behind it to scale up, measure results and build a sustainable approach.

Candidates are 40% more likely to put in an application if they are familiar with the company brand according to a recent Glassdoor report, so for talent acquisition getting an employee advocacy programme in place will have huge benefits. Here are some reasons to get started from Qubist’s experience working with the UK’s leading brands.

Qubist powers global brands. Get in touch for a demo.

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Sign up now for webinar with Brian Solis: Employee Advocacy - why now is the time to empower your team (3 May)

[fa icon="calendar'] 25/04/18 13:02 / by Mark Henshall posted in advocate marketing, employee advocacy, recruit advocates, employee advocacy programme, employee advocacy platform, employee advocacy tool, influencer marketing, employee engagement, brand advocacy, webinar, Brian Solis, Andrew Seel

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Don't miss out next week on our live webinar with Brian Solis, Principal Analyst, Altimeter and best-selling author and Andrew Seel, CEO at Qubist to discuss how to build the business case for employee advocacy. 

Leading brands such as Dell, Mastercard, General Electric, ASOS, Sky, Unilever, L'Oréal and Benefit Cosmetics are embracing employee advocacy to gain a competitive advantage. Find out more at the live webinar ‘Employee advocacy and influence: why now is the time to empower your team’ takes place on 3 May 2018, 4pm (BST), 8am (PT).  If you can't make it on the day, sign up and we'll send you a recording straight after.

Sign up here to attend the webinar

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Qubist launches new white paper – 'Employee Advocacy: The Talent Acquisition Revolution'

[fa icon="calendar'] 25/04/18 11:09 / by Mark Henshall posted in advocate marketing, employee advocacy, recruit advocates, employee advocacy programme, employee advocacy platform, employee advocacy tool, influencer marketing, employee engagement, brand advocacy, Talent acquisition, recruitment

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We’ve just released a new White Paper ‘Employee Advocacy: The Talent Acquisition Revolution’.

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Recruitment is undergoing a seismic change as innovative brands embrace employee advocacy to support talent acquisition and employee retention through activating authentic word-of-mouth on social media.

In the new paper, we look at how new tech platforms are driving radical transformation in HR, why employee advocacy is so powerful, and how eight leading brands are working with their best asset: their people.

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How employee advocacy drives talent acquisition

[fa icon="calendar'] 20/04/18 12:55 / by Mark Henshall posted in advocate marketing, employee advocacy, recruit advocates, employee advocacy programme, employee advocacy platform, employee advocacy tool, onboarding advocates, influencer marketing, employee engagement, brand advocacy, Talent acquisition, recruitment

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Attracting and retaining talent has never been more competitive. We're talking to more and more companies looking to create localised strategies to find new ways to win the brightest minds and drive down recruitment costs.

Employee advocacy is an approach that offers a major opportunity. It enables enterprise level businesses to distribute employer branding more authentically.  Based on our experience working with leading global brands on employee advocacy, here are key takeaways on how to empower your employees to attract and refer brilliant candidates to join your company.

Qubist powers global brands. Get in touch for a demo.

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Webinar: Employee Advocacy - why now is the time to empower your team

[fa icon="calendar'] 20/04/18 10:47 / by Mark Henshall posted in advocate marketing, employee advocacy, recruit advocates, employee advocacy programme, employee advocacy platform, employee advocacy tool, influencer marketing, employee engagement, brand advocacy, webinar, Brian Solis, Andrew Seel

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We're delighted that in our next webinar Brian Solis, Principal Analyst, Altimeter and best-selling author will join Andrew Seel, CEO at Qubist to discuss how to build the business case for employee advocacy. 

The live webinar ‘Employee advocacy and influence: why now is the time to empower your team’ takes place on 3 May 2018, 4pm (BST), 8am (PT). 

This webinar will discuss the importance of employee advocacy in a digital and social economy and why now is the time for enterprise businesses to tap into the potential of their employees to influence at scale.

To attend the webinar, register your interest here

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Employee advocacy success: Who to recruit as your first advocates?

[fa icon="calendar'] 26/03/18 10:04 / by Mark Henshall posted in advocate marketing, employee advocacy, recruit advocates, employee advocacy programme, employee advocacy platform, employee advocacy tool, onboarding advocates, influencer marketing, employee engagement, brand advocacy

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Selecting and recruiting the first advocates for your employee advocacy programme will ensure it gets off to a successful start, but how do you know who to pick and how do you get them on board smoothly?

Having launched multiple successful employee advocacy programmes, here’s some key tips that will have colleagues sharing content on a regular basis through the advocacy programme. 

Qubist powers global brands. Get in touch for a demo.

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