According to Pew Research Center, 70 percent of the nation uses social media to engage with people they know, read content, share information, and – certainly – procrastinate from work. It’s a major avenue for advertising – logging off is missing out. [Read more…]
Once upon a time, advertising was different – in the olden days of the 1980s, we walked uphill both ways through blizzards just to look at billboards. Now, in modern times, full-print ads, TV commercials, and radio spots no longer dominate. As a business owner, you’re well aware of this – you’ve adapted to the times and replaced traditional marketing, at least in part, with digital marketing. But, is that enough? [Read more…]
It’s fair to say that Facebook has impacted many of our lives. It’s kept us in touch with friends and family, it’s allowed us to discuss topical issues, it’s given us a forum for self-expression. It’s even acted as a news station, informing us of everything going on in the world. Thanks to Facebook, we all know more than we’ve ever wanted to know about pregnant giraffes. [Read more…]
There were 2.8 billion active users on social media as of January 2017. This number may be hard to swallow, but it’s easy to believe when you consider just how significant social media and the internet are in today’s society. As a business owner embarking on the social media marketing journey, this is great news. However, it’s important to remember that not all of the nearly 3 billion people are using the same networks. The tricky part is figuring out what platforms work best for your business and your target demographic. [Read more…]
With the popularity of sites like Instagram and Snapchat, many people assume that Twitter is on its final leg; it’s allegedly “dying” of the same disease that killed Myspace and Friendster: disinterest. However, while more novel sites certainly have the attention of certain demographics, Twitter isn’t obsolete. In fact, there are several elements that attest to Twitter’s longevity. So, if you’re thinking of logging off, think again. Tweeting isn’t over yet, and here are a few reasons why: [Read more…]
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…]
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.
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.
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.
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…]
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!
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.
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.
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.
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…]
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…]
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…]
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 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.
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]