Last week, a business colleague told me about a new social media management tool I have to try. It was casual conversation, but for brands, there’s power in that recommendation. Humans crowdsource by habit. We regularly seek others’ opinions, advice and ideas when making purchases both in our personal and professional lives. Many, many decades ago, when marketers recognized the power of word of mouth and figured out how to create that one-on-one feeling within mass marketing, the testimonial was born. Continue reading “The Evolution of Testimonials in Marketing and Their Power Today”
The pace of change in the marketing industry did not slow down in 2018. Last year we posted a blog that curated experts’ prediction for 2018 and many of them held true. Influencer marketing exploded. AI continued to insert itself into the industry through chatbots and more. Video marketing hit a new high. So looking into the crystal ball…where will the industry go in 2019? Will influencer marketing continue to climb? Will marketers put more efforts into content? Digital strategies? Social? And will social as we know it change? Continue reading “2019 Outlook: Content Marketing Goes Long”
Email campaigns good. Digital and paid social campaigns are great. Content marketing campaigns are essential. But there are five things that event marketers should do to keep their strategies at the top of their game. This infographic identifies the additional marketing activities your team should be working on to make the biggest impact with your target audiences.
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)”
While there’s a lot of room for creativity, most events follow a specific, basic model. A slate of educational programming, a trade show floor featuring everything new in the industry and opportunities to network. Mix in a slew of pre-event marketing emails to tell people about it and you have the standard trade show framework. Fortunately, events are increasingly using technology to break out of the mold and create a unique experience for their attendees, starting with the marketing.
I’m honored and excited to announce that I’ll be the guest moderator on Wednesday, May 2nd’s #expochat. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to lead a discussion on the event industry’s premier Twitterchat. Sponsored by TSNN.com and held every Wednesday at 1pm ET, #expochat brings members of the trade show and event industry together for an hour to collaborate on a wide variety of topics.
This week’s topic will focus on influencer marketing. A once limited tactic, influencer marketing has grown enormously with brands using it to expand their reach to new audiences as well as add credibility and authenticity to their content. We’ll be talking about how this trendy marketing tactic can be applied in the trade show event space to increase brand awareness and grow attendance.
Excited to get in on the action? Preview the chat, “Integrating Influencers Marketing into Event Strategies”, and get tips for participating in a Twitterchat. Plus, prepare for the chat by reading my recent article, “Planners Give Events a Megaphone with Influencer Marketing”, which offers expert insights into influencer marketing in events.
See you on Twitter Wednesday, May 2 at 1pm ET — follow #expochat to join the conversation.
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”