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Email Marketing: What Not to Do

Email Marketing What Not to Do

In our last post, we covered some basic tips for email marketing. When it comes to developing a successful email marketing strategy, it’s just as important to know what pitfalls to avoid. Knowing best practices is great (and crucial), but it’s also good to keep a running list of things not to do when you’re getting started with your email marketing and marketing automation efforts.

You guessed it…We’re here to help. Check out this list of what not to do when it comes to email marketing. Drumroll, please!

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Email Marketing: Do This

Email Marketing What You Should Be Doing

Email Marketing: What You Should Be Doing

Chances are you come into contact with email marketing on a daily basis, whether you’re a digital marketer firing off email blasts or a consumer receiving your daily email newsletters from Pottery Barn and Petco. Email marketing is everywhere.

While a commonly-used and widely-accepted tactic in today’s digital age, email marketing can be intimidating to professionals tasked with jumpstarting an organization’s marketing automation efforts. Have no fear. We are here with a few helpful, basic tips to keep in mind as you’re navigating through the world of email marketing. Here’s what you should be doing.

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The Story of Stories

The Story of Stories

The Story of Stories, or How to Use Stories for Social Marketing

Chapter 1: What is a Story?

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, a spunky little social media platform called Snapchat was born. Snapchat offered a great new social product: people who used Snapchat could send photos or short video messages to their friends privately. These messages could only be viewed once and disappeared in 24 hours, allowing people to document moments of their days and share them with a select group of people. Snapchat was also a lot of fun! Photos and videos could be enhanced with filters, geotags, text, drawings, and more. Users could even track who had seen their posts. Snapchat was completely different from Facebook (almost the Anti-Facebook) and gained popularity among the young folks very quickly.

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The Summer of Social

The Summer of Social

With the official beginning of summer for many local school children, most people’s minds are focused on fun in the sun, vacations, and relaxation. For social media managers, however, there’s always work to be done. Yes, you may find us enjoying an outdoor cafe or a day at the beach, but we’ll probably be checking our phones constantly, because social media never sleeps. In the spirit of refusing to slow down just because it’s summer break, the weather is beautiful, and we’d rather be sipping cocktails on the porch swing, we have some tips for keeping your social media marketing game strong all summer long. Let us spell it out for you…

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Social Media Marketing 101: Creating Effective Posts

social media marketing 101: creating effective posts

Social Media Marketing 101: Creating Effective Posts

When you’re just starting out with social media marketing, you may be tempted to fill your social media accounts with random content just to have posts. Perhaps you don’t have a background in marketing and aren’t sure what will make effective posts. Perhaps you aren’t sure what’s interesting enough about your company to post on social media. Perhaps you’re not much of a writer or photographer and don’t have much confidence when it comes to creating your own content. Today, we’re going to cover some of the basic concepts of content creation for social media marketing. We’ll cover content creation for blogs, video, email marketing, and white papers in future posts.

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The Art of Social Video

Art of Social Video

The Art of Social Video

Recently, Facebook updated to automatically play audio for videos, even if you don’t click on them. This means, when you’re scrolling through your feed, you get snippets of sound from video you have no interest in watching. It’s annoying and noisy and distracting to others in the room. No more scrolling discreetly through Facebook in bed or while you’re “watching” tv with others. Better hit that mute button, or better yet, disable the feature in your settings.

This change loudly highlights the omnipresence of video on social media platforms. It has been lauded as the must-have content for social media marketing for over a year. Facebook has been the platform most aggressively promoting it– doing everything it can to bring video to viewers, from creating new tools like Facebook Live to extending the reach of video posts.

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Managing Change

Managing Change with Social Media

Change is bound to happen in your organization. Whether it’s small changes, like a new employee or a new menu item, or big changes, such as a total restructuring of your business, change is an inevitable and unavoidable aspect of business (and life, for that matter). Tons of books have been written and research has been done by organizational psychologists and business experts on the the topic of change management. (See John Kotter’s book, Leading Change, for my personal favorite.) What you might not find in most of the literature, however, is how to manage your social media accounts during these changes. No need to read a whole book or find as many peer reviewed articles as you can on the subject. We’re here to give you a quick guide on getting the most out of your social media while undergoing organizational changes.

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Wendy’s Social Media Snark

Should You Mimic Wendy’s Social Media Snark?Wendys Tweet

Wendy’s fast-food chain has been the darling of the Twitter world this week. After a particularly salty reply (see what I did there?) to a troller, citizens of the Twittersphere have been begging Wendy’s to roast them, write their bios, throw memes at them, and respond to random questions — which Wendy’s is actually doing with humor and sass while still keeping up with its customer service and marketing duties.

We’ve written recently about how important it is to inject personality into your social media marketing. People want to know there are actual human beings behind the posts they see, and respond better to fresh, custom-created content. Dry marketing content is just boring, so the more you can let your personality shine through, the better.

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The Power of Personality in Social Media Marketing

The Power of Personality in Social Media Marketing

Every business and organization has an individual personality. This doesn’t mean a specific person’s nature, but the common voice and tone of your business as a whole. When you craft your brand, you also create the tone of how your business will present itself. This personality should be communicated in all your marketing – from your logo to your brochures to your social media posts. Are you a no-nonsense business, do you have a sense of playfulness, are you artistic, hip, down-to-earth, sophisticated, authoritative, community-focused, progressive, professional? Of course you may be many of these things in your own unique combination. If you don’t feel your business has its own vibe, tone, or voice, that’s an area you’ll want to address. It’s a crucial part of your branding and helps set you apart from the competition.

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