Digital Marketing

Welcome to the Digital Marketing pavilion. Below you will find leading vendors and/or their implementation partners in New Zealand. Click on any vendors of interest to see a showcase of their relevant local case studies, thought leadership articles, recent news stories, and product and industry insights. Use the advanced search facility in the menu bar to search for relevant content across the industries and solution types that you are researching. Also check the iStart event diary for local industry events. All vendors showcased have local representation and actively support clients in Australia, and so will be glad to assist with your enquiries.


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The proliferation of social media has defined the digital age, and has also created many options for businesses to engage with consumers via the internet, either through compelling content or through deliberate paid advertising.

For most companies, digital marketing starts with their own website and tailoring content, blogs, news and announcements that appeal to their audience, or specifically include the key search terms relevant for their customers and prospects.

Digital marketing is also accompanied by an incredible ability to report on and analyse behaviour through various channels. Metrics such as social shares and likes have joined click throughs and page views to measure the success of online campaigns.

This capability has spawned a huge range of tools to both advertise and track digital campaigns, and these are often integrated into CRM packages or into Sales and Marketing Automation systems.


Succeeding with online webinars

Guide to successful online events

research-articles |May 19, 2020 | iStart

(And the tech to support them…)

APIs killing your website

Excessive APIs are killing your website and app

opinion-article |July 2, 2019 | Will Barrera

How many API calls and microservices is too many?…

Is digital marketing in crisis?

feature-article |November 29, 2018 | Jonathan Cotton

Facebook and Google, Google and Facebook. What lies beyond the digital marketing duopoly?..

Improving Search for the next 20 years

opinion-article |September 26, 2018 | Ben Gomes

Google celebrated its 20th birthday this year with the company outlining its AI and neural Search plans…

Understanding social top tasks: what Cisco learnt

opinion-article |June 18, 2018 | Gerry McGovern

Gerry McGovern shares the story of an exercise he did with Cisco on why people used their social media pages across a number of platforms…

How chatbots are revolutionising marketing

opinion-article |February 7, 2018 | Aaron Everingham

Chatbots are making an impact on multiple industries, including marketing. Aaron Everingham explains how…

Good bot, bad bot: find the attributes that please

opinion-article |October 17, 2017 | Dan Ussher

As the hype around bots builds to a crescendo, Dan Ussher, Unit4 ANZ Sales Director, ponders good and evil, bad and better…

Attention Slackers: Don’t expect privacy around the digital watercooler

feature-article |July 27, 2017 | Jonathan Cotton

Report charts rise of office messaging tools, reveals troubling privacy assumptions…

Tech support demonstrates that visualisation rules

opinion-article |June 23, 2017 | Dr. Paul Duignan

Strategy visualisation specialist Paul Duignan finds it hard to take when people don’t get it…


Whitepaper: Ecommerce Conversion Killers

research-articles |March 10, 2017 | Sharron Martin

This research paper identifies the six culprits that result in high bounce rates and abandoned shopping carts on ecommerce websites…

Is email killing corporate productivity?

opinion-article |September 25, 2015 | David Oakley

The daily grind is draining more than our morale – it’s also killing corporate productivity and email is the culprit, writes David Oakley…

Building blocks: The case for a modular approach to technology services

feature-article |June 16, 2015 | Donovan Jackson

The free availability of an almost infinite range of services on the internet means entrepreneurs can create powerhouses by pulling together composites to fuel their business goals, as Donovan Jackson discovers …

Listen, learn and soar: Big data and the modern marketer

feature-article |June 11, 2015 | Clare Coulson

Marketing used to be a one-way conversation but new technologies have given the customer a voice and shifted the balance of power in their favour. Clare Coulson takes a look at the rise of the relevant customer experience…

Seven UI/UX principles to help create a fresh experience

opinion-article |January 28, 2015 | Jeff Dance

Subject matter expert Jeff Dance gives his top tips on designing a website that will get your users doing what you want…

Follow the fast fibre road

opinion-article |January 28, 2015 | Paul Budde

The internet of things may feel like it only uses wireless technology but in reality it relies on big pipes and banks of servers. Paul Budde explores what we need to do in order to arrive at the smart cities of the future…

Why IT must start with the digital human

opinion-article |January 28, 2015 | Peter Sondergaard

Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president and global head of research at Gartner, told more than 8500 CIOs and IT leaders that they must now design, resource and deploy for a world that’s digital-first…

Why customer convenience trumps experience

opinion-article |December 3, 2014 | Gerry McGovern

Usability expert Gerry McGovern says we should focus our online efforts on customer convenience and effort, not experience or satisfaction…

Zeald website

Q&A: How to get your website mobile-ready

opinion-article |June 11, 2014 | Zeald

Your prospective customers are already using mobile devices to search for the things that you sell. Is your door open when they come knocking? Or is your website a member of mobilus horribilus?…

Modern marketers guide

A modern marketer’s guide to technology

feature-article |June 11, 2014 | Clare Coulson

The arrival of new technologies has opened opportunities for marketing, but taking advantage of them requires a significant shift in modus operandi. Clare Coulson asked industry thought leaders how businesses should behave and where technology fits…[View as PDF]

Don’t be a twit: tweet

opinion-article |June 10, 2014 | Paul Brislen

Paul Brislen describes the moment Twitter started making sense and why he tries not to deal with companies that don’t tweet…

Getting rid of website bloat

opinion-article |April 11, 2014 | Gerry McGovern

Customer engagement specialist Gerry McGovern explains why the traditional distributed model of website management was a failure and what you should do instead…

People think ‘products’ when trying to solve problems online

opinion-article |February 25, 2014 | Gerry McGovern

Many customers think first about the product they have; even when they are looking for support for that product. Organisations can use this to their advantage when designing user-friendly websites, says Gerry McGovern…

What content farms teach us about content

opinion-article |January 16, 2014 | Gerry McGovern

Gerry McGovern says that on the web, content is the enabler…

Does marketing automation deliver on promises?

feature-article |September 19, 2013 | Anthony Doesburg

As the lines between marketing, sales and service blur ‘smarketing’ is the way forward. Anthony Doesburg investigates this blend of sales and marketing and asks if the tools are delivering on their promise, or are they just more marketing puffery?…

2013 iStart ICT Investment Intentions Survey

research-articles |September 9, 2013 | Hayden McCall

Mobilising management is the key objective of IT investment plans for 2013 says iStart’s annual investment survey. The mid-market is investing in mobile business intelligence while small business is doing more with less in the cloud.

The problem with silos on the web

opinion-article |July 17, 2013 | Gerry McGovern

No link is an island says Gerry McGovern who says there are no silos on the web…

Does social media suck for B2B?

feature-article |June 18, 2013 | Clare Coulson

In the last few years every business has jumped on the social media bandwagon. It has fragmented marketing budgets and sucked up time and money, but to what end?…

Six reasons to use LinkedIn for B2B

feature-article |June 18, 2013 | iStart

Earlier this year LinkedIn broke through the 200 million member barrier and is continuing to grow by two new members per second…

Algorithms vs people

Quality search requires quality people not just algorithms

opinion-article |March 28, 2013 | Gerry McGovern

On its own, search technology will not help us find the right things quickly. We need human expertise and human management…

Vaughan Rowsell

Point of Interest: Vaughan Rowsell founder of VEND

feature-article |March 13, 2012 | Jonathan Cotton

How a Kiwi start-up is revolutionising the retail payment industry with a clever cloud-based POS alternative that’s rapidly going global…

How to build mobile apps – tips and pitfalls from the experts

feature-article |May 10, 2011 | Belinda Simcox

The move from the desktop internet computing of the 90s to the new era of mobile internet is happening with unprecedented velocity – eight times as fast as the PC web was adopted…

eBook: Trends in m-Commerce

feature-article |September 10, 2010 | Belinda Simcox

The mobile phone is ubiquitous, personal and connected. that is why retailers, bankers and marketers want to use it for informing, enabling and transacting business. they are succeeding in global markets, but have been slower to make inroads locally…


Is your website content delivering you results?

opinion-article |November 7, 2006 | Rob Williams

Imagine you’re the owner of a successful car dealership but when your customers look at the cars listed on your website they notice that the cars are a month or so old or, even worse, they call you only to find out that that dream car they were looking at sold a week ago?…




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