Live streaming is on the rise, especially since Facebook Live was released to all users this year. More and more people are beginning to use this feature, so now is a better time than any to get ahead on this growing trend! Not only is live streaming considered to be a more authentic way to engage with your audience, but your followers are more likely to comment on your video! Increased engagement can lead to brand awareness and recognition, so you have a lot to gain from sharing this type of content. However, successful live streaming isn’t as simple as clicking “broadcast”.
There are 286,942,362 internet users in the United States. Of that group, users who are online shoppers spent an estimated $1,804 per person on ecommerce purchases in 2015. Consider the same data for 2016, and you will find that we nearly surpassed $100 Million in retail ecommerce for the second quarter alone. There’s no question that you need to keep your business in front of the right audience in order to drive sales, which makes it mandatory to cultivate a strong online presence. However, regardless of what you may have heard, not all publicity is good publicity. A basic understanding of online brand reputation management can help preserve your company’s image, as well as its bottom line. [Read more…]
One of the most important elements of posting on social media is getting shares. The logic is simple: the more eyes you get on your content, the more likely you are to see an increased return on investment. Shares are also an excellent indicator of what resonates with your audience. With that in mind, it’s important to know what platform will give you the best results, in terms of sharing.
The photo and idea-sharing platform, Pinterest, has recently launched promoted video pins in order to stay relevant in the eyes of businesses that have joined in social media’s shift towards video marketing. While the platform’s video ads are only available to businesses working with a Pinterest account team, recent success has the platform’s newest ad unit primed for an eventual push into the small business sector. If promoted video pins sound like an attractive advertising option for your business, here are a few key points to keep in mind before you begin. [Read more…]
Facebook advertising is extensive, to say the least. The countless targeting options may seem overwhelming if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking at, but learning to navigate them is crucial. As we’ve mentioned many times before, reaching the right audience is a major step in successful advertising and, according to Facebook, 1.09 billion people are active on the site in an average day. Chances are, your customers are on Facebook – you just have to get in front of the right people.
If you’re on the internet or send text messages regularly, you’ve probably noticed that emojis are incredibly popular among people, young and old. Ever since Apple’s decision to add emoji support to the iPhone in 2011, these little faces and symbols have quickly embedded themselves in mainstream culture all over the world. Needless to say, many brands have taken notice and have started using emojis in their marketing campaigns.
Reaching the right demographic at the right time is a crucial part of running ads. Custom Facebook audiences allow you to do just that, as long as you know the tips and tricks for optimizing your reach. To determine who your best audience may be, you must first ask yourself, “Who would get the most from my product or services?” From there, you can narrow or broaden your demographic as you see fit, and you’ll be pleased to find that Facebook audiences gives you plenty of options. [Read more…]
If you’re reading this blog post, you’re probably already aware that producing high quality content for your business blog is one of the best ways to increase your search ranking and forge a connection with customers. It sounds easy enough, but it’s not uncommon for businesses to struggle with producing content that consumers care about. It’s actually not all that surprising. People get sucked into scenarios like, “Well, we sell shoeshine. There’s not anything remotely interesting about shoeshine, so no wonder our view counts are low.” But that’s a self-defeating opinion. There is something interesting about everything, so long as a market exists for it. The key then, is to properly engage that market. We must discern what type of content people want to read. [Read more…]
If you haven’t noticed by now, 2016 is most certainly the year of video! As communicators and business owners, it’s important that you take note of the upcoming trends in the many facets of marketing. Video is taking the world by storm and it’s becoming hard to ignore. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: it’s going to take much more than an active Facebook page to really stand out in the competitive nature of social media.
With Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and the like having taken off in terms of social media marketing, everyone seems to have their hand in the proverbial cookie jar. In fact, running a business without the status quo Facebook page is becoming increasingly difficult, if not impossible, as millennials seem to be turning ever more to social media when researching a product or service. All in all, social media is becoming less of a way to stand out and more of an expected avenue of marketing. So, you’ll need to go above and beyond the usual daily posts if you want to be sure your message reaches your potential customers. Video is a great way to accomplish that, and for optimal search engine traffic, we’re recommending YouTube. After all, the video-sharing powerhouse is owned by the world’s most powerful search engine. [Read more…]
Businesses of all sizes are nearing the tipping point where internet marketing becomes the best way to reach their audience. The driving force behind this change? Millennials. By 2025, 44 percent of the workforce will be millennials, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Millennials on the older end of the generational spectrum will start moving into upper management positions and yielding more money. Those on the younger end will graduate college and enter the workforce, further increasing the earning potential of the entire generation. With more money comes more purchasing power and a resulting shift in the dominant consumer base. This means that having a strong web presence will become vital in targeting those with the highest potential to spend money, millennials. [Read more…]
The world of marketing has come a long way in the last several years, but one thing remains true: email marketing has always been and still is an effective medium! It can be a primary driver of traffic to your website if you know how to maximize the potential. Not only does email marketing have high conversion rates, but as you grow your contact list, you can continue to monetize it by promoting several of your products and services.
Social media has become a booming business, with companies like Facebook and Twitter being valued into the billions, yes billions, of dollars. The sheer scope of users available to target have made these platforms a can’t-miss opportunity for marketing and branding. So it should come as no surprise that yet another new social platform is starting to attract the attention of marketers everywhere: Snapchat. According to Comscore, the millennial-focused platform boasts a 32.9 percent penetration rate for the age group 18-34, and a 50 percent rate for the age group 18-24. These numbers alone make it an undisputed gold mine for tapping into the millennial market, but it’s Snapchat’s ability to engage users in a real time format that gives it true potential. [Read more…]
As we recently mentioned, Twitter is changing basically everything. Twitter recently announced an update that will truly change the way marketers, business owners, and everyday users engage on the platform. If you’ve ever tried to condense a lengthy message into 140 characters, you know first-hand just how aggravating this limitation can be. Another frustration that many users have faced is that when you reply to someone’s tweet, it doesn’t appear in your followers’ newsfeed.
Social media platforms are constantly evolving, and as a business owner, it’s crucial to stay on top of the latest capabilities to ensure you’re using them to maximize your ROI. We’re here to help you decode how these changes can help your business grow. Here are the latest updates to keep in mind from Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Google: [Read more…]
With so many diverse social media platforms, posting your content across the web can get confusing, to say the least. As a marketer or business owner trying to make the most of the tools at your fingertips, keeping your marketing strategy fine-tuned should be a priority. With that in mind, a crucial (yet often overlooked) detail to give thought to is the length of each your posts.
Web presence is a huge part of running a successful business. People no longer use a phone book to find businesses; instead they do a simple Google search. Ensuring your company ranks high on search engines can turn a moderate success into an astounding one. If you’ve come to our website, chances are you already know this, and are ready to make your mark on the web. A step in the right direction to a strong web presence is Google’s Search Console (most commonly known as Google Webmaster Tools). [Read more…]
If you aren’t familiar with the term, social recruiting is the practice of recruiting candidates by using social media platforms as talent databases or for advertising job positions. One popular platform you might be familiar with for social recruiting is LinkedIn, but there are recruiting opportunities on many other social networks as well. This strategy has grown to be more common among small businesses and large corporations alike, and with the extent to which social media has grown, this should come as no surprise.
The key to successful advertising is reaching your audience, and not many platforms provide a larger audience than Facebook. Every day 1.09 billion users log into Facebook, making it the 3rd most viewed website in the world, and the perfect advertising platform. Last year the company took notice and launched Facebook lead ads. If you haven’t started already, utilizing lead ads can significantly improve your business. [Read more…]
Getting tons of online recognition for your brand may seem impossible, but with time, dedication, and strategy, you can growth hack your social media engagement. By having an understanding of your target demographic and the various opportunities at your fingertips, you can broaden your audience and in turn boost your ROI. [Read more…]
The new Facebook Instant Article feature, which launched on April 12, is making it easier and faster for publishers to deliver content to their intended audience, and perhaps even keep them engaged longer. By posting a version of your content on the Facebook platform, instead of linking to a specific webpage, there may generally be less friction when opening articles. The intent of Instant Articles is to increase speed by loading content 10 times faster than standard mobile web articles. The post must first be published on your own website or app, then converted to an Instant Article. When a reader sees your Instant Article in their newsfeed, they are shown a preview of the content. [Read more…]
When you invest your time and money into anything, you want to be sure you’re covering all bases. With that in mind, it only makes sense that you should always keep an eye on the latest social media trends and statistics. In the last 5 years alone, social media has grown immensely. It’s not slowing down anytime soon, so do your best to prepare for changes as they come!
As a business owner, you understand that most aspects of your company require careful monitoring. When something is not performing the way it should, you want to make whatever adjustments that are necessary to improve your ROI. This is the kind of engagement that allows our businesses to grow and thrive, even in a saturated marketplace. Whether you’re counting the number of likes you earn on a post or actual inventory turnover, it all comes down to the need for listening and responding to what your current and future customers want or need. Here are three Instagram analytics services that will help you be a better listener: [Read more…]
As we’ve stated before, social media has a huge impact on customers’ buying and shopping habits. While it only accounts for a small part of retail sales, business owners are starting to realize how crucial it is to maintain a social media presence. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest have taken an active role in e-commerce, so if you aren’t taking advantage of these features, now’s the time to do so.
You may or may not have heard of Medium by now, but its slow and steady rise to popularity tells us that it has the potential for longevity. That’s saying a lot when you’re talking about social media, a dynamic environment that seems to change by the minute. Only time will tell how things will go for Medium, but for now, we’re saying it’s worth learning about. So, let’s dive right in. [Read more…]
Creating well-written and relevant blog posts is a huge factor in reaching your target market, but that’s only half the battle. With so much other content and competition on the web, you have to really set yourself apart if you want to get noticed. While your writing style depends on your personality and goals, there are certain ingredients that every great blog post needs.
If you’re looking for a way to make a big first impression with your audience, Facebook Canvas is something you definitely want to look into. This is a new way of serving ads that has been designed entirely for use on mobile devices, and its designers promise higher click-through rates and more conversions. If this sounds exactly like what you’ve been looking for, you’re not alone. Canvas is Facebook’s response to everything that businesses have been saying about the hurdles they face in reaching their current and prospective customers. Don’t miss out on this exciting new way of communicating with all of your favorite people. Here’s everything you need to know about Facebook Canvas: [Read more…]
As we’ve stated before, 2015 was a pivotal year for digital marketing. With the way things are going, it’s safe to say that 2016 (and beyond) will be huge for video marketing. The increase in connected customers has led to innovations in platforms and a growing preference for video marketing.
Between April 2015 and September 2015 alone, daily Facebook video views increased by a staggering 4 million views, and it hasn’t slowed down one bit. It might just be time for you to focus a little bit of your attention to creating videos and sharing them on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, and similar platforms. In the infographic below, you can see just how important it is to get started on your video marketing strategy.
Things are never boring in the realm of search engine marketing. When it comes to search engine optimization for Google, in particular, you just never know what will happen from one day to the next. Throughout the 4th quarter of 2015, the tech and marketing industries were buzzing with speculation over proposed algorithm updates, anticipated features, and the general behavior of Googlers around the globe. Those expected changes came earlier than we thought they would, and search engine marketers everywhere are wondering what could possibly happen next. [Read more…]
One of the greatest, and arguably most challenging aspects of social media is that it’s constantly evolving. In 2015, we saw a huge leap from desktop to mobile, the rise of Instagram, and so much more. Based on the growth last year, one thing we can say for certain is that mobile use, and in turn mobile advertising, will explode in 2016.
If you plan to grow your social media presence, you should be paying attention to past, current, and predicted future trends. In the infographic below, you’ll see the trends that have shaped social media at the end of 2015 and the start of 2016. If you have any questions or would like to get started on your social media marketing strategy, contact one of our team members to schedule a consultation!
The term “online marketing” encompasses everything from pay-per-click advertising to reputation management and even the most complicated email drip campaigns, and that is not even the tip of the iceberg. One thing that all methods of digital marketing have in common, though, is that they are all about your image and the relationships you form (…or fail to form, as the case may be). In the modern world, whether you are a multi-million dollar corporation or a single freelancer, you will be expected to constantly prove your worth and expertise. Here’s how blog commenting can help you accomplish that: [Read more…]
A little bit of organization can do you a lot of good, which is why every social media manager should create and follow an editorial calendar. If the concept is foreign to you, a social media calendar is a way to plan topics, set goals, and stay on task with the content you share on your various channels. [Read more…]
When Instagram was launched just over five years ago, nobody expected it to turn into the mobile giant that it is today. Now, at 400 million users (and growing), it is installed on just about every mobile device out there, including the one being carried around by your future customer. What a powerful way to connect with your audience! You should take advantage of the opportunity that is right in front of you, but in order to do that, you’ll need to learn what works and what doesn’t. Here are a few Instagram best practices for business: [Read more…]
As we’ve mentioned time and time again, visual content is crucial to your marketing strategy. With that in mind, it only makes sense that Instagram is a vital tool for reaching a larger audience and maintaining a strong reputation online. In addition to the rise in necessity of visual content, you should also consider that more and more people are starting to rely solely on their smart phones and other mobile devices to access the internet. [Read more…]
Since its launch in 2003, LinkedIn has grown to be one of the most widely used and respected professional networks. By the end of its first month in operation, the platform had approximately 4,500 members across the globe. Today, LinkedIn has over 400 Million users, and it is undoubtedly the most important available resource for professional networking. Despite all of this, there has been one facet of the LinkedIn user experience that has been just a bit disappointing. [Read more…]
Most business owners have started to realize just how important it is to maintain their reputation on social media. However, it’s easy to lose sight of how valuable it can be for creating sales and reaching new potential customers. [Read more…]
When it comes to mass communications, email marketing is one of the most effective ways to market a business. With the ability to use sophisticated segmentation methods, this strategy is great for capitalizing on leads and generating additional touch points. There is one catch, however. In order for your message to get across, people must first actually open the email that you are sending. Without a strong subject line, your efforts may be completely ignored. It’s amazing how important a few words can really be. A great subject intrigues the reader and makes them want to learn more. It should be a one line sentence that is both upfront and engaging. [Read more…]
If you’re new to using social media for business, it can definitely be overwhelming. With so many platforms and a constantly evolving industry, you will quickly find that it’s difficult for a new social media manager to keep up and balance their workload in a way that is effective and efficient. [Read more…]
Do you ever wonder if your Facebook ads are reaching the right people? You spend so much time researching your customers and trying to craft just the right message for your advertisements. With the aim that business will soon be booming, you finally start a campaign, then hope for the best. “Maybe I’ll get some likes,” you think to yourself. You assume that the ad will drive the right visitors to your business; maybe they will even buy your products. Unfortunately, in spite of all the in-depth analytic tools that Facebook has given us over the years, it has been difficult to evaluate whether or not your ads were actually delivering those desired results. However, all of that is about to change. [Read more…]
The majority of companies today understand the need for a strong social media presence, but for many of them, the definition of success in this space still remains a bit hazy. Many organizations aren’t sure of the goals they should be setting, which creates challenges when it comes time to measure their performance. From generating leads, to establishing thought leadership, there’s a lot that can be achieved using this medium. A great rule to live by is that whenever there’s a tough decision to make, you should look at the experiences of those who have done it before. In a recent study performed by Social Media Examiner, almost 4,000 marketers were surveyed, and it was easy to see certain patterns in the way that businesses are using social media and how they are benefitting from it. [Read more…]
You’ve probably heard marketing professionals mention the phrase “search engine optimization“, or SEO, at some point in time, but what exactly does it mean? Even for the most tech-savvy of people, the process may seem complex and confusing. Nevertheless, SEO is an important part of marketing your product or services online. Whether you’re brand new to the concept or interested in brushing up on your knowledge, there are some important facts you should keep in mind before delving into your own website’s SEO. [Read more…]
Over the years, social media has become one of the fastest developing industries for marketers everywhere. In the beginning, many companies had trouble seeing the value of hiring a social media manager. Today, however, new platforms continue to sprout and employers are scrambling to find specialists who can keep their companies up to date. Every year, we find a handful of organizations that want to remain on the cutting edge when it comes to their social media presence. As always, this year is sure to have its fair share of innovation that will help take us to the next phase of the digital age. [Read more…]
A well laid-out digital strategy is important for any organization looking to appear on the first page of results for online search engines. Without a plan of action, many businesses fall to the wayside as well-optimized ones begin to take up the top spots in search rankings. While it may seem difficult at first, there’s actually a lot you can do as a business owner to improve the exposure your website has on sites like Google and Bing. It all begins with a solid keyword strategy. [Read more…]
Now that Instagram ads are available to businesses, you’ve probably considered getting in on the action and creating your own. Instagram has over 300 million users and is backed by Facebook, so now is as good a time as any to see how your business can benefit from them. Getting started can be tricky to navigate, so we’ve laid out the process. All you have to do is take some ad-worthy photos! [Read more…]
Social media has undoubtedly become a universal part of our daily lives, and it has come a long way over the years. It has truly changed the world, far more than we could have ever imagined. As of this year, there are over 2 billion active users! That being said, the importance of staying up-to-date on the way your customers are reading and sharing content is constantly growing. Are you aware of just how much online content can shape your readers’ opinions and buying habits? [Read more…]