As a graphic designer, I often find myself in meetings with clients who have trouble articulating exactly what they want or need. Though it’s a designer’s job to translate his client’s vision, it’s sometimes impossible to decode what they’re trying to express. I usually run into this issue with clients who are unfamiliar with basic, design-related terms that could help them better articulate their goals. Even if you think you’re fairly well-versed in design lingo, it’s best to offer up visual examples to avoid confusion. I love it when a client shows me specific examples of what they like and dislike.
Finding the right mix of prominent influencers and influencers you can afford is a marketing tightrope. Anyone who has an ongoing influencer relations effort in place is all-too-familiar with that balance, and this past week we’ve come across two great articles that discuss the advent of the “Micro-Influencer.” Twitter is also testing two new analytics features we’re excited to see come to fruition. And: Are you listening? Podcasts are coming back in a big way.
SmartBrief:How to Work with (or Become) a Micro-Influencer It’s not necessarily a brand new idea, but the concept of “micro-influencers” – those who aren’t full-fledged influencers with hundreds of thousands of followers and require five-digit product mentions – is something that nearly every brand should consider. These individuals with followers ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 tend to be more authentic, more uniquely engaging, and drive interest in a real-world manner. Read more after the jump…
This week there were some product announcements that sound pretty dull. New branded content tools and verified domains – Wooo! They really are interesting though, especially if you rewrite the headlines. “Branded Content Tools” becomes, “Many Influencers are Lawbreakers” and Instagram is Helping them Become Law Abiding.” We won’t tell you to “READ MORE NOW!” because data analysis tells us urgency doesn’t convert, but we’ll give you the satisfaction of sounding smarter to your colleagues when you’ve skimmed our summaries of what’s happening this week in the world of digital and social media.
The way we interact online is constantly evolving. For brands, we’re finding new ways to connect with consumers – and it is becoming even easier for those consumers to tell the world about their experiences with brands. This week, we take a look at some new opportunities – and risks – to consider when we’re building connections out in the digital space.
Website Magazine:User Reviews Are King Online reviews can either make or break your business. Twenty-two percent of users will not buy after reading just ONE negative review, and consumers are likely to spend 31 percent more on a business with excellent reviews. This handy infographic explores how valuable – or potentially damaging – an online review, and your response, can be for your business. Read more after the jump…
It seems you can’t even take a couple of days off to celebrate America’s independence without missing new updates to nearly every social media platform. When Instagram zigs, Snapchat seems to zag – the latest in big updates to each platform are listed in this week’s reads below.
CNBC: Snap Now Lets Users Add Links to Snaps It’s been a long time coming, but Snapchat users can now add links to their snaps via the new feature they’re calling “Paperclip.” The feature moves Snapchat ahead of rival Instagram when it comes to flexibility in driving traffic to outside sources, which of course has a ton of traffic/conversion potential. Read more after the jump…
Just because you’re not an Olympic weight lifter, doesn’t mean you can’t still pick up a five pound weight a few times and benefit from it. Similarly, brands who aren’t necessarily multinational behemoths can still learn lessons from those who are. That’s why it’s worth keeping an eye on what works and what doesn’t – RIP Yik Yak – in the digital space.
The Guardian: That Heineken ad: brewer tackles how to talk to your political opposite A Heineken UK ad has been getting a lot of attention for the way it brought people of differing social and political opinions together over a beer. This is part of a broader trend that’s likely to stay for a while – brands connecting with customers over deeper topics. Your budget might not equal Heineken’s but you can still use the basic content strategy of making your audience feel something by telling compelling stories.
It’s hard to believe, but we’re only weeks away from the end of the first quarter of 2017! Now that we’re well on our way into the “New Year”, how are your social media plans going? Have you tried something new? If so, how are you measuring for success? We might be early in the year, but if you’re hoping to track trends now is the time to capture metrics from January and February before the details slip away from you. And if you need help, your friends at CenterTable are at the ready! In the meantime, we’ve pulled together some highlights in social media news this week. Read more after the jump…
With the election season safely behind us, we can now turn our attention to the quickly approaching holiday season. I know, I know…it may be too soon for stores to break out the Christmas music and Santa décor. But with Thanksgiving just a couple short weeks away, now is the time to gear up for your holiday campaigns. As you’ve probably noticed, some have already started! Amazon launched its 2016 Black Friday deals on the first of November.
This week’s rundown includes insider tips and tricks to unwrap the holiday digital marketing landscape and get ahead of the holidaze that is sure to ensue.
Social Times: 9 Things to Note Before Launching a Facebook Coupon Offers Campaign
Given that social media campaigns are 60 percent more effective than traditional advertising campaigns, Facebook Offers campaigns can be a great way to promote your products and services. This article outlines how to use coupon codes from Facebook to yield results this holiday shopping season.
Social Media Today:Twitter Provides Stats on Holiday Shopping Usage [Infographic]
Although slow to add new users these days, Twitter is still a great platform to reach consumers and it’s worth considering how you can use tweets within your holiday marketing plan. According to Twitter, 73% percent of Twitter shoppers follow businesses to find special deals. Find out just how many of those are likely to actually visit a store after seeing such deal on the platform.
Ok, we admit it – we’re slightly addicted to Instagram. If we’re enjoying a nice meal, hitting the slopes, going out with friends or traveling to a client meeting, odds are we have our iPhones handy to snap a few pics highlighting the journey. From there, we harness our inner creative talents to manipulate our images with our favorite Instagram filters before sending it out to “the internets” to share with our friends.
It’s no surprise that the social web is becoming more and more visual as it matures – and with it, tools like Instagram are exploding (the image-sharing community now boasts 100 million active users and sees 40 million photos uploaded per day).
In fact, research shows that using visuals in your social media content strategy results in higher engagement and “stickiness” of your message. For instance, a recent HubSpot study cites that photos on Facebook Pages receive 53 percent more Likes than the average post.