In today’s virtual world, social media presence is a major component for any successful marketing campaign. From Facebook and Instagram to YouTube and Pinterest, consumers can be broadly influenced toward one product or another given their respective social media presence. As such, a vital part of recognizing how to run your own company’s social media comes from examining that of the competition’s. [Read more…]
Social media is a powerful tool for companies to reach out to customers, but that goes both ways. As we have mentioned many times, your online reputation is a vital part of your company’s success. A whopping 60% of customers who complain on social media expect a response within the hour, so it’s crucial that you nurture those relationships and provide a positive experience for those who might be dissatisfied.
The fast-paced and vast nature of social media makes it incredibly easy to make mistakes, but staying mindful of your actions will keep you from slipping up. Everyone has a different strategy and every brand has specific needs and goals, but there are certain things everyone should steer clear of.
Do you have a unique product that people love to talk about on social media? If so, you could be turning those conversations into profit. In our post on Instagram analytics, we mentioned Pixlee, an awesome tool for retailers to promote their products and increase sales using their customer’s photos and videos. [Read more…]
If you aren’t paying attention to mobile, now is the time! Possibly one of the most significant reasons mobile has transformed marketing is the new and unlimited accessibility. With a phone in their pocket, your customers can find anything and everything they’re searching for in a matter of seconds. Do you know what they’re looking for?
While the quality of your product or services certainly plays a part in attracting customers, visual marketing is a crucial component for establishing your identity and reputation! A logo is more than just an attractive graphic; it’s essentially the face of your company. This is why you should give it plenty of thought before finalizing your design.
Instagram has improved significantly since its start as a photo sharing application, after going from an unknown startup to the social media behemoth that it is today. In December 2016, the Instagram blog reported that the platform had surpassed 600 million users, after adding the last 100 million Instagrammers within the previous six months. That’s an increase of almost 20 percent. [Read more…]
Of the millions of current internet users in the United States, a large majority of them are online shoppers. With that in mind, it’s obviously extremely important that you monitor your online reputation to ensure your business remains in good standing with your target audience. If you’re just getting started on monitoring your online presence, the first step is a quick Google search to find out if you are already being reviewed on websites like Yelp, Angie’s List or TripAdvisor.
As one of the largest professional social media networks, LinkedIn is an excellent tool for growing your personal brand and building your network. However, if you’re serious about marketing yourself or your business on this platform, it’s crucial that your profile is refined and easily accessible. You’re competing with many professionals in your field, so ensuring that you have an “all-star” profile is imperative.
The most successful marketing campaigns are those that connect with audiences on a human level. Customers don’t want to be told what to buy; they want to know the story of your brand. That is, what makes your product or service unique? A content marketing strategy can help your business reach the hearts and minds of consumers. In 2017, the best strategies will take advantage of new technology, like virtual reality systems, and capitalize on the latest social media trends.
Twitter is an excellent place for your company to raise brand awareness, increase conversions, and build relationships with your customers. Not only is it beneficial for big name companies, but it has also become a necessity for building your personal brand and growing your professional network. Ultimately, it is a powerful tool that any company and entrepreneur should be utilizing!
Search engine optimization has become a primary focus for many businesses in recent years. Companies large and small are relying on SEO in order to increase their web presence and stay updated on Google’s ever changing algorithms. In a field so rapidly evolving and complex, it’s only natural that mistakes are made. [Read more…]
Mobile marketing is more relevant than ever, as we live in an increasingly connected world. More people are using their mobile devices to do Google searches and interact on social media than on desktop; this incredible shift happened fast! In fact, we even have mobile devices to thank for 40% of the population having access to the internet.
With more than 450 million users worldwide, LinkedIn is a very powerful tool for B2B marketing. Leverage your own profile, LinkedIn group membership, published content, and company pages to help your B2B business grow. Below, we’ll share some tips for making new connections, finding leads, and growing sales. [Read more…]
Incorporating the right balance of digital and traditional marketing is key for the success of your campaign and, as we’ve said before, social media has become a staple for success. That being said, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and misled by the numerous platforms to market your brand. For many businesses, Pinterest is an excellent tool (and it’s FREE) for reaching their target demographic. Why Pinterest, though?
It’s a well known fact that WordPress is the largest content management and blogging platform, but there’s so much more to it. WordPress is free to use, edit, and redistribute, and is incredibly versatile. The reason we, and many others, love to use WordPress is the platform’s flexibility to create any type of website. When you’re ready to get started, the steps are easily laid out and a brand new website is within your reach!
With so much competition in your industry, local or nationwide, being visible to your market is crucial. That’s why we put so much emphasis on the importance of search engine optimization, or SEO. Specifically, small businesses should take certain measures to ensure optimized visibility in front of their local target market. This growing importance of local SEO has even caught the attention of Google, who has given increased focus on personalized search results!
Is your eCommerce business advertising on social media? If your answer is no, then you’re missing out on a prime opportunity to showcase products, build your brand, gain new customers, and engage in communities that are full of people who are interested in your products or services. Businesses who have fallen behind marketing trends shouldn’t worry; it’s never too late to begin. This guide will help you get started building a presence on social media in no time. [Read more…]
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.