For years, and certainly since Back to the Future II hit theaters, we’ve heard talk about virtual reality. Positioned to be the next big thing, its reputation is one of possibilities and excitement. But, reputation aside, it hasn’t reached its potential. Facebook hopes to change that. [Read more…]
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!
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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.
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…]
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.
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.
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 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…]
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…]
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…]
The pressure to create original, captivating, and shareable content is constantly growing. Your competition is pumping out incredible blogs, graphics, and videos, so staying ahead is a must! As you have probably realized by now, visual content is king – more people are likely to remember what they learn from appealing graphics than from plain text. You should be taking advantage of the power of infographics. [Read more…]
The traditional world of marketing has changed immensely, thanks to today’s average consumer. Your customers are becoming increasingly skilled at surfing the web and are more likely than ever to overlook classic advertisements. Because of this, marketers are finding more efficient ways of communicating with potential clients – through content marketing. [Read more…]
If you’re a small business owner, you know how important stylish and effective digital and/or print graphics can be in marketing. Luckily, it is possible to work on the look of your website or make your own eye-catching images without having to spend a lot of money on a professional designer. Here are the top five online resources that can help you with your graphic design needs: [Read more…]
Retweets are the backbone of the Twitter community, so theoretically, your content could be exposed to the millions of people who use Twitter daily, all through the power of this mechanism. The countless micro-communities are intertwined, so every user is connected somehow. There is an art to getting retweets, however. Just like with any other social network, it requires work on your end. [Read more…]
One of the challenging side effects to having an online presence for your business is dealing with negative feedback, especially since the Internet provides many open and accessible forums for customers to review or comment on your products or services. On websites like Yelp, or social media outlets like Facebook, dissatisfied folks have the opportunity to vent their frustrations even before contacting your company. While you can’t satisfy everyone or fix every problem, you can respond to public complaints in a professional matter. Here are five steps to follow when handling negative comments online: [Read more…]
When you post on social media, there are a few key factors you should take into consideration. First and foremost, the content you share should be relevant to your audience. You must ask yourself, “Will my followers appreciate or take away something from this?” If the answer is no, skip it. When it comes to your posting schedule, you should keep in mind that every social network has a different peak time. Let those time frames be your starting point, but make adjustments according to your particular audience. This will get you the highest amount of views, likes, and shares. Once you have a grasp on what and when to share, stay consistent and continue to make things interesting for your followers. Follow these tips and you will build a loyal following in no time! [Read more…]
Visual content is an incredible marketing tool. People are naturally attracted to images, they’re extremely shareable, and they have quickly become a huge part of social media. Pictures are much more likely to catch (and keep) your viewers’ attention than a huge wall of text. However you decide to incorporate visuals into your content, there are a few things you must remember to ensure that your brand gets the most out of them. This infographic goes over the 5 steps you can take to get the most viewer engagement out of your visual content. [Read more…]
SEO guidelines have been changing over the years. Now, the key to a successful website is less about utilizing keywords and more about relevant content. In fact, Google Panda, the search engine’s ranking algorithm, is designed to sift out websites with thin content. If you want your website to rank well on Google, you’ll need to post high quality content. [Read more…]
Hashtags…what are they? How many are you supposed to use? Where should you be using them?! Using hashtags is a great way to attract the right followers to your business. Your social media posts are shown to your current followers, but if you use hashtags correctly, they could be seen by the right people who could turn into your future customers! This infographic explains how you should be using hashtags to increase followers, views, and business! [Read more…]
Staying in touch with the ‘young people’ has always been extremely important for businesses to maintain relevancy within trends & keep pace for the future ones. And quite frankly, it’s getting harder and harder to escape the Millennial conversation as it is! Don’t ignore this conversation, Millennials are a huge buying force. Being part of the dot com era, businesses can learn a lot about leveraging technology in their marketing efforts by discovering how to connect with this generation. Spend time learning how to get your content to connect with Millennials to ensure you are appealing to the ‘spending’ masses now and well into the future!
Define, create, get social! Utilizing social media in your marketing plan is extremely beneficial, but it doesn’t have to be extremely hard. Once you understand the basics, you can develop an online presence and grow your business! But what is it that you need to understand, these ‘basics’?
This checklist is a great start for business owners, and just like any marketing plan you have to define ‘who’? Who is your target market? Some social media platforms even let you delve deeper than age, gender, and location, too, which can really help you zoom in on your potential customers.
The next big ‘basic’ is creating content that is interesting, beneficial, appealing and shareable! Once you determine the right platforms for you to use, you can share your content and start conversations that will generate leads! If you are interested in furthering your social media efforts and learning what the right social media channels are for you and are seeking original and creative content for your biz, contact us today! [Read more…]
When you first learn about a company, you ask if they have a Facebook page or you go online and search for it yourself. A Facebook page is a must for any and all businesses these days, as it serves as a platform for new or return customers to learn and keep up with you!
And from the cover photo to the ads, profile images to post images, visual content is king. While it may be easier to fix your pictures, resize, revamp or add new filters to your photos, it’s a lot easier to create an aesthetically appealing page if you know the right dimensions for each. This cheat sheet with help you understand the correct dimensions for your Facebook page and help you translate your images perfectly for mobile compatibility, as well! [Read more…]
A new year means a lot of things, including new trends for B2B marketing! From our small business to yours, we sincerely want to provide the most effective and up-to-date services. That means we are keeping up with the trends and incorporating them into our strategies and turning focus to those. By understanding the current trends and keeping in mind your brand’s needs and goals, we can develop a marketing plan for your business that yields positive results. So what can we expect to see in the new year? Here are the B2B content marketing trends for 2015. [Read more…]
Why is social media more important than ever? Social media pages are taken into account when search engines ‘tally’ up signals for SEO. They are creating a huge impact in how your pages can be ranked with the big search engines, which makes it hard to ignore. Do you know which platforms are the most effective at improving your SEO? What about authorship? Learn about all of this and how you can improve search engine optimization with social media in this infographic! [Read more…]
Also known as Hero Images, LinkedIn had previously allowed their premium account holders to use larger header images and are now working to release this feature to all users. Utilizing this header image feature allows business pages to further their branding strategy and increase their visibility among the other LinkedIn users. For reference, these header images will look and function similarly to the banner images on Facebook or Google+.
Inspired by a great article on 10 Shocking Facts About Content Marketing Today, we wanted to repost this information for our own readers. But first, let’s make sure we understand what is meant by the term “Content Marketing.” Content Marketing is simply using informative or valuable content to market a company or product. It is designed to attract a specific audience for the purpose of encouraging customer action. [Read more…]
As more and more businesses are turning to social media as a viable way of expanding their client base and broadening their reach, hashtags are becoming more important than ever. If you wish to brand your business through Twitter, it is important to know the dos and don’ts. Hashtags are one of the most improperly used tools on Twitter—in fact, most people may not even understand the actual purpose of the hashtag. [Read more…]
When you think of social media marketing, you probably think of the standard Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, or Linkedin options. Probably one of the most overlooked mediums is the podcast. This is unfortunate, as it is still a very real marketing avenue. There are about 250,000 podcasts in existence today. iTunes, one of the largest delivery services for podcasts, has reported more than 1 billion podcast subscribers. That is a very large, and possibly underserved, audience. [Read more…]
Facebook has made some changes to its advertising function that affects social media marketers and how they will build their campaigns. With different specifications, the focus on size, images, and text will differ for each type of ad you create and what you want to highlight. This Ampush infographic shows the best dimensions and aspects to use and what sizes will be most effective for your Facebook ad. Determine the technicalities of your next Facebook ad to help you create a successful advertising campaign below! [Read more…]
Twitter is a popular social networking option that revolves around the concept of short, 140-character messages, referred to as “tweets”. Created in 2006, it has grown exponentially with over 255 million active users posting approximately 500 million tweets each day. This is an exceptionally large audience for a business to connect with, especially if you are looking to market outside of the U.S. or create a mobile campaign as 77% of Twitter accounts are from outside the country and 78% of active users are logging in from their mobile devices. [Read more…]
How well do you know your consumers? Do you know which color will push frugal shoppers to actually make a purchase? Are the aesthetics of your site attracting customers, or pushing them away? The psychology of marketing is crucial for understanding your buyers, buying patterns, buying weaknesses, and the aspects of a business that help your product or service sell without pitching a thing. Colors, times, numbers, words- these things are crucial for a brand and ultimately, sales. Social media is a great way to express these things. Use these tactics to entice consumers and convert followers to buyers. Keep the science of sales in mind the next time you create a post or design an image to share with your followers and you may provoke an unexpected purchase. [Read more…]
Emerging trends are taking our social networks by storm. So what features should you be focusing on? What channels do you need to increase your efforts? Find out what businesses want to do more of, see less of, and get more interaction in, in this infographic! The tides are turning in the social media-sphere, make sure your efforts are where it counts. [Read more…]
Google+ is a powerful, business-friendly social media platform. Being active and engaging with other users and brands can improve SEO and search rankings, making it important to improve your profile and build an audience. Here are a few ways to grow your following and strengthen your presence on social media. [Read more…]
Instagram is an online social media service that allows its users to share photos and videos with their social networks. It integrates seamlessly with other social media websites, such as Facebook or Twitter. In fact, Instagram has surpassed those networks in terms of sharing. In a study of 2,500 brand posts, Instagram had 58x the engagement per follower than Facebook and 120x more per follower than Twitter. [Read more…]
It has become a hashtag world in the ‘social media sphere’. If used correctly this social pound-sign has such great influencing power and can get your content in front of not only more people, but the right people! In essence, this tool helps businesses hone in on their target market, but what are the rules? Here is how you should be using “#” to grow your social media presence on Google +. [Read more…]
Business owners today spend the majority of their marketing dollars and countless hours working to boost their business’s online presence. Many sites have spent years building killer content that grabs attention and delights the audience.
A website, whether for personal or business use, is a labor of love in today’s digital environment. It makes sense that business owners and webmasters want to make the fruits of their labor as visible as possible, not only for marketing purposes, but also because of a feeling of pride in the work they have produced. Thus, search engine optimization was born. [Read more…]
When thinking of on-page SEO, meta-tags and keywords seem to be the most talked about. However, there are many more strategies that can make a page optimized and bring in more traffic from search engines. [Read more…]