What’s Up in Social Media? (July 2018 Edition)

Periodically, it’s important to check in with the social media world and take stock. So every now and then, we stop and regroup with a post covering the latest changes. Are there new tools for marketers? New regulations? Changes in algorithms to be aware of? We evaluate the headlines, review the information and curate the most important news marketers need.

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard that Facebook stock tanked last week and that Twitter purged its rolls to eliminate bots causing some users to lose many followers, but there’s a lot more going on. Let’s take a look: Continue reading “What’s Up in Social Media? (July 2018 Edition)”

A Word about Data and Data Privacy

We marketers love data. It helps us find the audiences who most closely match with our product or service offerings. In theory, using data to target the right people saves time, saves money and provides customers with better experiences because they are getting information that is relevant to them instead of having anything and everything thrown at them.

But, using data means people must give up certain information about themselves, either willingly or by circumstance. Learning that Cambridge Analytica was able to access the data of 87 million people on Facebook and use it to manipulate their thinking is alarming. It feels like a huge breach of trust that has left each of us exposed. Continue reading “A Word about Data and Data Privacy”

Are Facebook Groups the Next Marketing Frontier?

In case you missed it, marketers have been freaking out ever since Facebook announced an algorithm change that will all but eliminate business pages’ organic (free) reach in January. It’s an issue on which I’m torn, on the one hand, I’m a Facebook user and I’d prefer to see more content from people that I know vs another article Real Simple shared on their page. But, on the other hand, as a marketer, I think people follow pages and brands because they might just be interested in their content!

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Events: Are Your Marketing Visuals Telling a Good Story?

Trade show and event planners, let’s talk about visual promotion for a quick second. How big is your photo and video budget? How specifically do you plan the photos and videos you want taken during the event? When was the last time you made any changes to either of these areas?

For many planners, the focus is on the here and now, getting everything together for the current event. I get it. There’s a lot going on. But it’s time to put more thought into the visuals you’ll use for promotion of the next event. Too often, I hear, “we have photos, but they aren’t great” or “video would be nice, but we didn’t shoot any”. Why? At this point, there are few more important marketing expenses.

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Is Writing Long-Form Blogs Good Strategy?

For years we’ve accepted blog posts need to be short—grab attention immediately and get the message across quickly, because, well, people are pressed for time, have short (8 second) attention spans and have a lot of other choices (aka clutter) of things to read. BUT, lately, I’ve noticed more and more blog posts that are long—thousands of words long—and provide a lot of detailed information on a specific topic. Why the change? Continue reading “Is Writing Long-Form Blogs Good Strategy?”

2018 Outlook: Big Changes Predicted in Content Marketing & Social Media

Tis’ the season to look ahead and from the recent onslaught of trends articles it seems like big changes are ahead for content marketing.

Spoiler Alert: Video is HUGE; original content is now king, dark social, augmented reality and AI (artificial intelligence) come into play in the industry and influencer marketing will get more attention. Continue reading “2018 Outlook: Big Changes Predicted in Content Marketing & Social Media”

3 Myths about Facebook Advertising

After conducting dozens of paid advertising campaigns on Facebook for clients in a range of industries, I can attest that they can offer a range of benefits for marketers, including detailed targeting, near real-time tracking and ad monitoring, the ability to make changes to targeting or ad creative at any point and affordable pricing. Still, some marketers are leery to test the platform for their audiences.

I’ve compiled the top three concerns I hear when discussing Facebook advertising and offer explanations to quell those concerns so that more marketers can feel confident testing the platform’s paid advertising opportunities.     Continue reading “3 Myths about Facebook Advertising”

Change Your Perspective: A 3-Point Test to Ensure You Think Like Your Audience

When was the last time your read a press release that started with “XYZ Corporation announced today…”? Now, when was the last time you read an article published by a media outlet that led with the organization first? It’s very common within organizations to look at messaging from the inside out. But, organizations that are truly in tune with their customers look at their messaging from outside in. And this change in perspective is critically important in content marketing and social media. Continue reading “Change Your Perspective: A 3-Point Test to Ensure You Think Like Your Audience”