Beyond the Feed: Why Instagram Stories are Powerful Ways to Connect with Your Audience

Beyond the Feed: Why Instagram Stories are Powerful Ways to Connect with Your Audience


When Instagram first rolled out their new Instagram Stories feature in 2016, many people (myself included) were very skeptical. These short videos seemed like a copycat version of what younger generations were already posting on Snapchat, the app everyone used for sharing snippets of their life. In addition, the added idea of saving them as “highlights” on a feed seemed like a desperate attempt to differentiate themselves from the popular competitor platform. I remember actively refraining from using this feature at the time to avoid falling prey to another social […]

How Often Should You Post to Social Media?

How Often Should You Post to Social Media?


Whether you use social media or not, there’s a good chance your target audience does and would be delighted to see you slide into their view. But don’t just go posting away here, there and everywhere. Learning where, when and how often to post can be the difference in being annoying or showing up at the right time and place. Before determining the frequency, you’ll need to identify the location or the social media platform on which your audience will most likely interact. And, to do this, you’ll need to […]

Back to Basics: Social Media and the Audience-Marketer Connection

Back to Basics: Social Media and the Audience-Marketer Connection


“Social media has truly caused a massive shift in the world of marketing.” I’m sure you’ve heard this same sentiment repeated a thousand different ways, so much so that you may even be tired of it. However, it’s stuck around because it still rings true: social media has become a staple of today’s marketing landscape and forever changed the way we communicate with our audiences. It’s given a voice to obscure brands, revolutionized the power held by consumers, and changed forever the way that marketers interact with and gather data […]

Apple Launches iOS 14 with New Privacy Mandates

Apple Launches iOS 14 with New Privacy Mandates


For the past several years, the concept of increasing consumer data privacy has been gaining momentum and has been slowly impacting how marketers use your data. GDPR and CCPA regulations have driven awareness of this movement, and big data collection companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple have been shifting to meet the increasing demand for more data privacy. Last summer, Apple made the announcement that their iOS 14 update would include significant privacy updates that will affect all apps. Starting this month, these privacy updates (called App Tracking Transparency) will […]

There’s a New Lead in Town: YouTube Lead Forms

There’s a New Lead in Town: YouTube Lead Forms


Acquiring leads can be difficult. Getting the right leads can be costly. And, getting them to come to you can be a slow process. So, go where they lead you. Go to YouTube.   Google has created a new feature for you to get leads while they are doing what they love—watching videos. This new feature is called YouTube lead forms. One of the great things about these lead forms is that the user doesn’t have to leave the video they are watching to visit your site or another landing […]

The Future of Ad Copy is Responsive

The Future of Ad Copy is Responsive


It’s hard to comprehend how small paid media ads used to be. My earliest working memories involve having to abbreviate company names to fit into a headline and split 70 characters evenly across two description fields with 35-character limits on some platform called Overture. The first Facebook ads I created had limited text and imagery so small you could barely make out what the product was (which didn’t stop me from buying a Denny Crane bobblehead from an ad).   Today, ad copy character limits have increased dramatically, allowing media […]

Social Media Business Mistakes to Avoid

Social Media Business Mistakes to Avoid


If you were of recent belief that social media is not the right platform for you or your demographic but are now seeking advice on what to do, and most importantly what not to do, then congrats! You’ve taken the right first step by seeking out advice on possible social media marketing mistakes.   Let’s dive right in with the first Oops, which you’ve already overcome—thinking social media is not the right platform for you.   This is actually a common misconception—thinking social media is only for Generation X. Based […]

A Guide to B2B Social Media Strategy: How to Get Started

A Guide to B2B Social Media Strategy: How to Get Started


Since the early 2000’s, social media has been a phenomenon that has been a major driving force for the rapid growth of internet adoption in the United States and around the world. As more people have flocked to social media, brands have constantly struggled with how to engage their customers without pushing them away. In this blog post, I will cover some high-level points on how to get started (or improve) your business’s utilization and engagement on social media. In future blog posts, we will cover more specific planning tools […]

How to Build a Products Page for Your LinkedIn Company Page

How to Build a Products Page for Your LinkedIn Company Page


For those of you still lamenting the retirement of the Products and Services tab from LinkedIn Business Pages in 2014, we have good news for you! LinkedIn is rolling out a new feature called Product Pages (and will soon be rolling out another feature called a Services Showcase Module, which you can learn more about here.). Some of you may already see the new Products tab on your company’s page in the Page Admin View, but if not, don’t panic—it isn’t available to everyone just yet. We’ve scoured the internet and can’t seem to find a timeline for when […]

Six Sales Benefits of LinkedIn Sales Navigator and Their Use Cases

Six Sales Benefits of LinkedIn Sales Navigator and Their Use Cases


What is LinkedIn Sales Navigator? LinkedIn Sales Navigator is a sales management tool designed specifically for lead generation and sales prospecting on the LinkedIn platform. Sales Navigator is available in three different versions, each with varying features, but each version allows users to search for, connect with, and save leads within their LinkedIn account while also offering integration with different CRM programs.   Why You Should Use LinkedIn Sales Navigator If you have a sales team, you probably already have multiple tools and technologies that your team uses every day. 74% of B2B sales teams say that LinkedIn products top their list of sales intelligence tools (LinkedIn). […]

Take Your Events Online with Facebook’s New Tool

Take Your Events Online with Facebook’s New Tool


2020 has been a challenging year for small businesses, to say the least. Let’s face it, every year is tough when you’re running a small business, but COVID has made 2020 even worse. Well, finally, there’s some good news for small business owners. Facebook has introduced a free tool called “Paid Online Events”.   What Is Facebook’s New Paid Online Events Tool? While there’s no doubt that they will profit from the tool in the future, Facebook says it will offer the new service for free for at least the […]

How to Promote Content through Social Media

How to Promote Content through Social Media


You’ve completed the content writing process after countless hours of research, analyzing, writing, and proofing to end up with a conversion generating masterpiece, but now how do you start driving traffic to your content, outside of organic search? The answer is social!   The promotion of each post on your social network is just as important as organic search. To help you get more from each social media post, here are some quick tips for promoting content on social media.   Draft a social media promotional schedule using all relevant channels Using social […]

Automated Lead Generation on Facebook Messenger

Automated Lead Generation on Facebook Messenger


In August 2019, Facebook released a new feature that makes it easier for businesses to chat with customers in Messenger. Facebook claims that their new lead generation in Messenger can assist businesses develop customer relationships.   According to Facebook, with Messenger you can: Reach the right prospects Ask the right questions Easily remind people to complete questions Nurture leads where they spend time Instantly close the loop with unqualified leads Integrate with your CRM   I don’t know about you, but that last bullet makes me incredibly happy as a […]

Instagram Shoppable Ads: What You Need to Know and How to Implement It

Instagram Shoppable Ads: What You Need to Know and How to Implement It


In March 2018, Instagram officially made life easier for the 70% of shopping enthusiasts – me included –who love social media and shopping online, by combining both interests into one platform and as a result, forever changing the way people shop by providing more than 130 million accounts (and counting) the ability grant their customers with the best shopping experience right from their social feed.   No longer do e-commerce brands that sell physical products have to depend solely on adding a link under their Instagram bio every time they want to […]

Using Paid Media During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Using Paid Media During the Coronavirus Pandemic


Writing this from my home in Prairie Village (Kansas) rather than the emfluence office in the Crossroads (Kansas City, Missouri), I can only muse that the old saying “the only constant in life is change” seems like a huge understatement. COVID-19 has certainly upended all of our lives, especially those in the service, healthcare, & hospitality industries. I’m left to reflect on how this crisis is affecting the Paid Media landscape, not because it’s the most important aspect of our lives, but because sometimes it’s good to focus on what […]

Social Media Content Guide: What You Can (and Can’t) Say on Social

Social Media Content Guide: What You Can (and Can’t) Say on Social


As marketers, we are all aware that there are restrictions when it comes to the types of content you can post and advertise on social media. However, it’s important to note that different social media platforms have different advertising restrictions and guidelines. So before you start posting content across all of your social media platforms, it is important to be familiar with all of the platforms guidelines because what is acceptable on one platform may not be allowed on another. Let’s take a look at some of the most prominent […]

WhatsApp Rolls Out Catalogs for Small Business

WhatsApp Rolls Out Catalogs for Small Business


In November, Facebook rolled out a new way for SMBs to support local discovery and ecommerce in a tool you probably didn’t expect: WhatsApp.   Long known as a communication tool for your friends living overseas, WhatsApp has taken on a new face of late as users of the Facebook-owned app have taken to chatting with businesses as well. With the addition of the new tool, called Catalogs for Small Business, business owners can link their WhatsApp for Business account followers to photos and product information without having to share […]

Put a Pin in it: A Guide to Advertising with Pinterest

Put a Pin in it: A Guide to Advertising with Pinterest


Looking for your next social media advertising opportunity? You might be surprised at the power of Pinterest—and how you can leverage it to boost your brand.   Pinterest is the land of interest. It’s an online, visual paradise. Unlike social media platforms with visual support like Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest is a search engine relying on images and video to capture the attention of its over 300 million monthly users.     Who is doing all this searching, and what are they searching?   Pinterest was once thought to be […]

Social Video Is Growing Massively

Social Video Is Growing Massively


Video is king…. or at least queen. If you haven’t started incorporating videos into your social media strategy already, now may be a good time to start thinking about it more seriously. According to SocialMediaToday, video is the best performing digital content type. Which honestly shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone at this point.   Let’s just quickly talk about how huge video content consumption is among consumers really quick.   78% of people watch online videos every week 55% watch online videos every day   Those are some […]

Tips for Facebook B2B Advertising for Beginners

Tips for Facebook B2B Advertising for Beginners


Let’s face it, you will not be the only skeptic reading this post.   Knowing that when it comes to multi-touch B2B marketing efforts – where some industries are faced with months-long sales cycles – finding your spot in a social platform designed for consumers may seem like a waste of media spend dollars.   But like a true marketer, you will continue reading to find out that social media is no longer a B2C-only playground and that it’s time for these business-to-consumer marketers to step aside and share the wealth with […]

What’s Not to Like: Measuring Social Media Success Beyond the Like

What’s Not to Like: Measuring Social Media Success Beyond the Like


If you’re basing your marketing successes on the number of likes your social posts receive, it’s long past time to rethink how you’re measuring success on social media.   In a recent update, a spokesperson from Facebook confirmed that the company is considering removing “Like” counts from posts on the social media platform. And Facebook isn’t the first—Instagram has been experimenting with a hidden Like count in seven countries (not yet in the U.S.) and even more recently, YouTube announced plans to phase out the exact number of public-facing subscribers […]

How to Integrate Your Email Marketing and Social Media Strategy

How to Integrate Your Email Marketing and Social Media Strategy


Email isn’t dead and it’s far from being dethroned as the most effective tactic for marketers. Despite social media being the newer, shinier tool for marketing, which may seem like the best way to build your brand awareness and capture new leads, convincing your social media followers to volunteer their email addresses is still the best way to own your audience.   How powerful would it be if both tools were integrated to work towards your overall marketing strategy? With both channels using different tactics, you can extend the reach […]

5 Steps for Handling Negative Reviews

5 Steps for Handling Negative Reviews


You’ve put together a solid review strategy to improve local SEO and build your online reputation, and now you’re seeing a few subpar reviews come in – don’t panic.   A few negative reviews are inevitable. According to research from TrustPilot, venting frustrations is among the top motivations for writing online reviews. People want to share a notably good or bad experience to feel empowered or help others make a better buying decision. Instead of feeling disappointment or frustration when a negative review comes in, try to see value in […]

Convincing Customers to Switch Banks with Digital Marketing

Convincing Customers to Switch Banks with Digital Marketing


Switching Banks is Hard. Luckily, it’s not impossible.   Switching. Banks. Is. Hard. Like – getting-a-toddler-to-sit-still, opening-a-pickle-jar-on-your-91st-birthday, changing-political-views-on-social-media hard. Yet as financial institutions, we all want to achieve that brass ring, to become their primary financial institution – with all the loan and share balances that come with that relationship.   So let’s take the hard and make it eas…OK. OK. Let’s take the hard and make it less hard.   It’s gonna take more than a banner ad Helping a potential customer switch to your place won’t happen with […]

No Industry Is Too Boring for Social Media: How to Get Innovative with Content

No Industry Is Too Boring for Social Media: How to Get Innovative with Content


There are certainly some industries ripe to produce the razzle dazzle social media content that we love to see in our newsfeeds—the beautiful models, game-winning statistics, new movie releases, breaking news headlines. While you might think the inspiration for content may come easier in a fast-paced, highly visible, large corporation or adorable, mission-based nonprofit, it doesn’t mean social media can’t be an effective player in your marketing line-up.   Let me start off by saying “boring” is a completely subjective judgement. There is no such business that will appeal to […]

Social Media Strategy for Multiple Location Businesses

Social Media Strategy for Multiple Location Businesses


The digital landscape for how you market your business and connect with customers at a local level is extremely important. As more local businesses create a stronger presence leveraging local search, reviews, and social media connections, it can become a more challenging task for businesses with multiple locations to manage. In order to compete with smaller businesses in all of your locations, you will need to create a concentrated and efficient local social media strategy.     Why is Localized Social Marketing So Important for Multi-Location Brands? In their latest […]

How to Turn Students into Influencers: A Higher Education Marketing Story

How to Turn Students into Influencers: A Higher Education Marketing Story


If you work in higher education marketing and your job requires any of the following: new student recruitment current student interactions graduate student communications   Then I am writing this blog post just for you (but wait – if you don’t work in higher education and your job doesn’t require any of the above, you’ll probably still get some great ideas from the rest of this blog. Stick around!).   We’re about to dive into the world of influencer marketing and how you can integrate this tactic into your own […]

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