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.
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…]
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?
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.
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 latest app to join the social media crowd, Periscope, is the next big social marketing tool. It came on the market a year ago, and Twitter quickly snapped it up because it saw the potential in live video streaming. Periscope was developed to let people see the world through other’s eyes and it certainly does that. Now, it’s time to use this live streaming technology to grow your business. [Read more…]
If you’re starting a small business, don’t assume that you can manage your online presence on your own. Social media marketing is not an easy task; Even the savviest business owners and most successful companies still require assistance from the experts. With search engines like Google and platforms like Facebook constantly evolving, hiring a skilled social media guru is a wise investment with long-term gains. Here are five ways your small business will benefit from a social media professional: [Read more…]
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…]
It’s nearly impossible to find a business that is not on at least one social network. Well, it’s for a reason. Social media provides a remarkable platform for marketing- and advertising, and public relations, and reputation management. It serves a huge purpose for businesses and is extremely beneficial for them, too. So how are small businesses leveraging social media marketing and what should you implement into your plan ASAP?
Social media marketing has become a huge industry and professionals spend a lot of time and money strategizing, posting, planning, promoting, and more for their clients. With all the work that goes into this, one should understand what is actually coming out of these efforts. Is all this work effective? The ROI of social media is astounding. Here is how to measure the results of this fruitful marketing. You are definitely getting out of it, what you put into it!
Hashtags on Google+ can be a very useful tool for directing more traffic to your posts. Google+’s hashtags work a little differently than Twitter’s or Facebook’s do, however. By learning the ins and outs of hashtags on Google+, you can reach more people from outside your circles and expand your overall visibility. [Read more…]
It’s hard to believe we are coming into the holiday season already! Well, ok, we aren’t exactly there quite yet but now is the time to start planning your business strategies for the holidays, which is a very big deal. Which networks do you need to spend the most time on? How is your current strategy going to change? Stay the same? These are a few things to think about when planning your social strategy this holiday season; here’s what else your business must consider: [Read more…]
Social media isn’t just good for business- it is business. Marketers work hard to generate leads, help develop the brand, create invaluable connections and showcase the value of their product. Social media has become the overlap between marketing, public relations, advertising, sales, and much more. In other words, it is extremely important for a business to have it. See why else social media is crucial for you business and what it is doing to help benefit you! [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…]
Social media is transforming our world in so many ways. For businesses, it has provided an astonishing platform for marketing, advertising, public relations, and so much more. So what exactly is social media shaping this year? How can it help you improve your strategy as a small business? Find out what trends are emerging and how they are taking shape in our society so you can be on the forefront of this industry! [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…]
Social media has become a large part of the modern day business plan. The internet itself has developed into an effective business tool and so many industries benefit from social media marketing efforts, including public relations, marketing and advertising. Social media can be used to help manage business images, customer relations, press releases and much, much more, but just a decade ago, public relations looked nothing like it does today. Whether you just have a moment to reflect on the history of this industry or are curious to see how social media affects public relations, this infographic will help you understand this bustling industry! [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…]
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…]
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…]
Once upon a time, businesses were not just a click away from billions of people to provide such an accessible customer relationship management experience. Now, with social media, businesses can be immediately connected to their patrons or unhappy customers. Online users can connect with their favorite brands and continue to show support via social media. On the other hand, when an issue arises or a bad experience takes place with a business or service, unsatisfied customers are sure to take to social media to make sure they let the whole (social media) world know. Companies can’t get away with poor experiences or products these days without hearing about it. By opening these lines of communication between businesses and consumers, social media has changed and is continuing to transform CRM. Here’s how: [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…]
Do you know the differences between boosting posts and promoting posts on Facebook? It’s important to understand the similarities and differences so you can choose which is right for your advertising budget and marketing efforts.
Social media trends are always evolving. It is essential to keep up with these changes as they can make a big difference in marketing strategies and how businesses target an audience. Here are a few new trends that could change your marketing strategy for the year. [Read more…]
There are so many different social media channels these days and with that, you see a variety of strategies for each one. With all of this, social media can seem complicated and overwhelming, especially if you are trying to run a business and their marketing accounts. Here is an infographic we found that will serve as a great tool (hint-bookmark it!), with social media basics for you to refer back to. Not only are these foundational tips for the top social media outlets, but they also are some of the best and basic tips for your business!
Recently, the fastest growing demographic on social media is adults aged 55 to 64. Since 2012, their Twitter presence has grown 79% and their Facebook and Google+ presences are growing rapidly as well. Although they are still a small group, they can be an integral part of a social media marketing plan as Baby Boomers have 70% of all US disposable income and are looking to spend it. [Read more…]
It was an exciting year for social trends where some new media channels rose to the top and others fizzled away. Here are some exciting facts to look back on in the world of social media which took businesses by storm in 2013! What exactly were we sharing last year?? Here is an ever popular infographic everyone used to share information to let you know! [Read more…]
Social media is an integral part of marketing for small and large businesses, but sometimes it can be confusing. Different channels can be used for different reasons and purposes- but if you don’t understand each social outlet it can be challenging to create the most effective marketing plan for your business. Check out the Navigating Social Media guide below to help familiarize yourself with the different social media channels and learn the best way to utilize them! [Read more…]
2013 has been an exciting and expansive year for social media. From personal use to small business or corporations, it has been growing and people are finding new uses for it and unique ways to use it! And no matter who you are these days, social media marketing has probably found its way into your business plan. Here is a look at how it has grown into our every day lives over the past year: [Read more…]
On November 12, Twitter announced the new custom timeline on Tweetdeck. This feature will allow users to organize tweets into groups that create a timeline based off of the topic. Twitter believes that this will help tweeters customize their experience on the site. The timelines can be shared on Twitter, blogs, and other platforms. [Read more…]
In the last year, Facebook has been testing star ratings through desktop and mobile “Local Search” as well as on content on Timeline. It has also randomly asked users to rate locations they had been to on the desktop site’s sidebar.
Now, Facebook is testing these ratings on Pages on their desktop site, allowing users to rate any place they want to. The ratings are then featured on the page. Currently, it is only available for a portion of Facebook’s user population. [Read more…]
Twitter has become an invaluable tool in marketing, for big and small businesses alike. While social media for personal purposes seems relatively simple, there are different strategies for small businesses to use. Check out the interactive flowchart below to help you get a grasp on how to benefit from this social media channel with the small business guide to Twitter. This guide can help you with a range of questions you may have about Twitter and your business, from simple to complex! [Read more…]
LinkedIn has recently released the use of mentions in status updates. Starting in April, the LinkedIn Mentions option has allowed users to link to another user, a feature very similar to that of Twitter or Facebook. Once the status is posted, the mentioned user gets a notification. Currently, this is only available for personal updates. [Read more…]
Hashtags have been widely used on many social platforms as they allow users to join conversations on a particular topic. In May, Google+ was the latest social media player to introduce hashtags. Recently, Google has announced that their search engine will feature these hashtags, meaning users will be able to search for hashtags shared on multiple social platforms.
Followers are crucial for expanding one’s reach on Pinterest. More followers results in more likes, re-pins, and comments. Companies who create their own Pinterest accounts do so with specific goals in mind. For a business specifically, having more followers means increased brand awareness, more revenue, and a more powerful outreach.
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Facebook Graph Search is a feature that can be used as a great marketing tool for any company using Facebook to promote themselves. Through Graph Search, businesses can learn more about their Facebook fans than ever before. Focused searches reveal results that are more accurate than ever, giving businesses previously untapped insight.
Following suit from social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram, Facebook has launched support for clickable hashtags. Get ready to see a lot more of the # symbol in your newsfeed, because this social networking site is about to start using the widely popular hashtag.
When browsing through Pinterest, have you ever found something you just had to buy? Or perhaps you find a recipe you’re just dying to make. However, when you click though, often times your product or recipe of interest leads to a dead link, with zero product information on how to make it or where to buy it. Well, those days of frustration are over.