2016 was a poor year for Twitter. From losing several high-ranking executives (including their CTO!) to their plummeting stock performance, this bird might not be singing forever. While we don't recommend marketers and businesses leave Twitter quite yet (the website boasted over 1.3 billion accounts created by the end of 2016 and traffic regularly increases as things in the world get a little bit crazier), it's a good idea to recognize a sinking ship when you see one.
Social media use by businesses has continued to expand in 2016. It’s becoming inevitable - in the age of advertising, every company will eventually take to social media. In fact, in the US, 88% of companies use some form of social media advertising, and the number is growing.
But not all companies do social media well. Even major brands struggle with these platforms. It’s about more than voice and verbiage (even though we have guidelines for those); it’s about fostering connections.
So how can a business use these platforms for effective social media campaigns?
We've talked before about customer engagement in a broad sense. It's all about forming connections with the person - not the buyer. Customers are people, too. Social media channels offer one of the easiest ways to communicate with customers, and there are proven ways of increasing social engagement using these tools.
Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn for $26.2 billion back in June has finally resulted in some changes to the social media platform. LinkedIn recently sent an email to many company page holders to inform them of new changes coming to the LinkedIn Company Pages.
Every small business wants their company to be the one consumers turn to when they need to make a special purchase or plan a special event. The holiday shopping season offers the best opportunities for retailers and service providers to make it to the top of shoppers’ lists.
When it comes to hosting an in-person event, whether it is a conference, a lunch and learn, a sponsorship, or whatever makes the most sense for your business, leveraging your digital marketing is a powerful way to generate interest in your event, drive attendance, and even create awareness and connection during the event.
Marketing online can be a very overwhelming task to undertake, as there are so many moving pieces of the puzzle that seemingly need to come together to create a coherent marketing picture. So while it may seem like a good idea to have a variety of campaigns that focus on the different online marketing initiatives your company may have, this is not always the best solution.
Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you probably know by now that Snapchat is currently the hottest social media platform around. Of course, it's been on the scene for quite some time now so it's not exactly new, but the team at Snapchat has been making improvements to the platform in order to encourage user interaction and create a strong, snapping community.
Social media is an important part of the buyer’s journey in this day and age. This change has created the need for a new position in the marketing department: the social media strategist. While the position may seem simple and self explanatory, it’s important that they are doing certain things to ensure that they are providing results for the business.
When it comes to your multi-family housing unit, social media can feel like a low priority, or an overhwelming aspect of your marketing that you simply don't have the time to deal with. All too often mutli-family complexes start a Facebook page or Twitter, to simply give up on it in a few months and allow it to slowly fall into disrepair.