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CenterTable @ SXSW 2017: Saturday Favorites

Yesterday it didn’t just rain – it poured on Austin. We didn’t lose any electronics to the downpour (Carissa met someone who had just lost their iPhone in a puddle…), but we did run from building to building and learned to bloom where we were planted. Here are the highlights:

Fried chicken w/the hot sauce, please.

Fried chicken w/the hot sauce, please.

Nomnom:

The fried chicken from Mr. P’s Electric Cock was just what the doctor ordered on a rainy day.

 

 

Piranha sushi's take on the Old Fashioned.

Piranha sushi’s take on the Old Fashioned.

Libations:

  • Jim started the week with an Old Fashioned, and nearly every restaurant we’ve eaten at has had one on the menu. So now we’re on the #OldFashionedTour

 

 

 

Hang Ten, bro.

Hang Ten, bro.

 

Grab Bag:

Surfing in downtown Austin as a part of a promotion for the TNT show Animal Kingdom.

 

 

 

Overheard:

  • “I put my feelings on Instagram” – an attendee explaining how not every man is always looking at women on Instagram
New socks from Richer Poorer!

New socks from Richer Poorer!

Free stuff:

Pretty cool when a speaker decides to have her “Oprah Moment” and give the entire room a pair of free socks!

Number of steps taken:

  • Jim – 11,200
  • Carissa – 10,000

Hours of sleep:

  • Jim – 6.5
  • Carissa – 6.5

Caffeinated beverages consumed:

  • Carissa – 1 (I’ll do better today!)
  • Jim – 4

Through the lens:

Yes, please.

Yes, please.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~ Carissa and Jim

CenterTable @ SXSW 2017: Saturday Sessions

Tons of great info on Saturday - including some audience targeting from Antiques Roadshow

Tons of great info on Saturday – including some audience targeting from Antiques Roadshow

It was a rainy day in Austin, but that didn’t slow the super strong lineup of speakers and events on a Saturday. Here are the most memorable takeaways from Day 2 of SXSW 2017:

Jim’s Take:

  • My first session of the day included representatives from Major League Baseball and the WWE discussing the future of providing content direct to consumers. It was interesting to hear how large brands are constantly working to push streaming/live content to their audiences, and how the target is constantly evolving based on audience needs. The most interesting comment was how consumers have built-in expectations about pricing and flexibility of the packages based on how they currently pay for Netflix or Hulu. The takeaway is knowing your audience and what their expectations are before working on a model that doesn’t meet their needs and, one that ultimately will fail because your customer’s expectations don’t align.

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Blogging For SEO

Last month we talked about whether or not an organization should blog. Knowing that timely, original, meaningful and well written blog content can be incredibly beneficial for SEO, it may very well be worth the investment.

For those of you who took the time to map out a blog strategy and have decided to move forward with launching a blog – congratulations on this exciting development! As you start developing blog content, there are many on-page SEO tactics you can implement to improve your chances of ranking well in search engine results.

How To Optimize A Blog Post For SEO

When developing blog content, keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Conduct some keyword research to ensure you’re talking about your topic in the same way your audience is.
  • Create an engaging blog post title incorporating targeted keyword terms.
  • Aim for 250-500 words per blog post.
  • Write all original content. Do not scrape (aka, steal) content from another website – or even from your own!
  • Be authentic and true to your brand and messaging.
  • Break the content into smaller, more digestible chunks using headers and bullet points.
  • Include at least one image with an optimized file name and image alt tag in the top right corner of the post.
  • Assign proper categories and tags to every post. If your blog were a book, the categories would be the table of contents and the tags would be the index.
  • Create internal links to related content, such as including “related posts” at the bottom of every blog post.

Video Strategy Beyond Social

video_message-512According to “Why we should embrace video in 2017,” a Regan’s Communication article by Kevin Allen and its accompanying Hubspot’s infographic, 52 percent of marketing professionals worldwide name video as content with the best ROI. And by 2017, online video will account for 74 percent of all web traffic.

“As we enter a new year, it’s a good opportunity to reassess your video marketing strategy. Technology is emerging with 360-degree video, virtual reality, livestreaming, drone footage and much more. We’re only at the beginning of this revolution, so smart marketers who haven’t already taken part should prepare to jump in with both feet,” Allen notes.

We can’t dispute the powerful engagement and brand metrics generated by video. It is here to stay. But what about beyond social? Read more after the jump…

Into the Future: Thinking about Gen Z

Millennials are a prized demographic for communicators – they’ve been analyzed and overanalyzed as companies adjust to millennials having more purchasing power than before or simply joining their workforce. But, it’s time to think about the next generation as they could be even more influential in changing the face of marketing communications.

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Why You Should Consider Progressive Web Apps

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Progressive Web Apps use modern web capabilities to deliver web content in an app-like user experience. They are defined by three main characteristics, namely:

  1. They are reliable.
  2. They are fast!
  3. They are engaging.

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First Things First

blogpic_firstthingsfirstThanksgiving has come and gone (hard to believe!), but I still feel compelled to dedicate this blog post to it as it happens to be my favorite holiday. Unfortunately, however, it tends to get short-shrifted every year as people tend to jump right from Halloween to Christmas. No sooner does Halloween end, then stores start putting out their holiday decorations (if they haven’t already done so), we are inundated with holiday catalogs, and radio stations start playing holiday music. To which I say – FIRST THINGS FIRST! Thanksgiving comes before the December holidays, and we should absolutely honor that. Goodness knows we should never overlook an opportunity to slow down and be thankful.
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“Four Email Subject Lines That Make Everyone Hate You”…Including Media

emailGiven reporters rarely respond to the first email, just about every PR-professional has had follow-up via email or a phone call.

I recently came across this Fast Company article that I think can also apply to emails you send reporters: “Four Email Subject Lines That Make Everyone Hate You.” Here are some of the lines that the article calls out as ones to avoid:

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Tips for Working In House with Clients

Source: Freepik

Source: Freepik

At GroundFloor Media, we often have team members work in house with clients to support crisis situations, provide interim solutions between new hires or to help cover maternity leaves. Sometimes it is just one day per week and other times it has been three plus days per week. I’ve had the opportunity to work in house for several clients over the years and what I like about being in house is not only learning about the products and services at a deeper level, but celebrating success on both sides. In addition, I believe it makes our agency team more aware and empathetic as to how to navigate the internal challenges our client contacts face everyday.

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Don’t Forget the Good News

superheroes“If it bleeds, it leads.” It’s the adage that the news has lived by for as long as I can remember. But I – and I know I’m not alone here – get so tired of hearing so much bad news. Yes, there are issues and crises going on in the world that we need to be aware of. Absolutely. But there are positive things happening out there that we need to know about as well.

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