Celebrities aren't the only influencers worth their salt. YouTube stars, Instagram success stories and popular Vine users can have just as much, if not more, appeal to digital natives.
Call it the modern day word of mouth. Social influencer marketing is proving its worth in a world where consumers are dubious of conspicuous marketing and brands are raring to get their attention. Last week marked the launch of a new social influencer marketplace – aptly named The Influential Network – that aims to partner celebrities popular on social sites with agencies and brands. According to VentureBeat, 25 companies are already on board.
If you want to positively influence the online conversation about your company, you need dedicated brand advocates who can participate in social media on your behalf. Advocates are invested in your success, aligned with your objectives and willing to defend your company. But where can you find them? Don't look far. Your best potential social advocates are actually your own employees! But your message has to be unified and there are ground rules that should be followed.
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If you can get all of your regular customers to come into your restaurant just one more time a year, and spend a little more for just one more meal, it will make a big difference in your business. That’s why getting your regular customers involved in your social media strategy is the key to success, according to Katrina Padron, CEO of Padron Social Marketing.
Padron offered tips on how to strengthen your fan base and attract new guests via social channels during a webinar Wednesday sponsored by the National Restaurant Association.
While we often get caught up in the ‘now’ of digital marketing, it’s worth also considering the future, and where you should be paying attention to in the years to come. And while virtual reality is the answer most would revert to when thinking about the future of social, what’s equally important is how we’ll get there, and what, practically, the evolution to these next stages of social communication will mean for you and your business.
Looking at the latest apps and developments, the future of social is currently moving most clearly towards two distinct fronts – taking over television as we know it, and into augmented reality. Virtual reality is the extension of AR, and it’ll take a while to get there, but while AR and VR are very different, the development of the two is closely linked, and will likely evolve in line.
This TV-centric week, brands tweeted about the Red Nose Day charity event as well as The Late Show with David Letterman and Mad Men, both of which aired their final episodes.
As this week kicked off, Twitter was buzzing about Sunday's Mad Menfinale. Trending several days after the episode aired, Mad Mengarnered thousands of tweets, one of which came from Coca-Cola, thanking Don Draper the shout out at the end of the series.
Brands typically steer clear of the hard news trending on Twitter, preferring to use the platform to celebrate things like National Dog Day... or snarkily shut down peace offerings from competitors.
This has been a busy week for news, resulting in hundreds of thousands of Tweets around Monday's stock market crash and the Virginia gunman shooting a reporter and photographer on-air. Neither of those are exactly conversation candy for brands, who generally prefer to go the light and irreverant route on social media.
The season finale of #TheBachelorAU and #VideoGamesDay kept things light on Twitter during a week of heavy news.
Shortly after 14-year old inventor Ahmed Mohamed was arrested because his homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb, #IStandWithAhmed began trending on Twitter. Talkwalker data shows the hashtag generated almost 1 million mentions mid-week. One Tweet from President Barack Obama garnered more than 400,000 retweets alone.
This week, Twitter went to the U.S. Open, unveiled McDonald's latest plan for serving breakfast, and hosted big sales for the Star Wars franchise.
Twitter had a packed social calendar this week: it started with conversations around the 2015 U.S. Open Tennis Championships, it then rolled into chatter about McDonald's #AllDayBreakfast plan, and ended with lots of tweeting around the eagerly awaited movie Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.
In 2015, U.S. Twitter employees are still predominantly white men. Since last year Twitter has managed to increase the number of women in its workforce by four percent, with women now comprising 34 percent of its U.S. workforce. Ladies represent only 13 percent of the company’s tech department and 22 percent of its leadership.
When Twitter presents its earnings on Tuesday to Wall Street for the third time as a public company, it may be a long chat.
The company had a busy second quarter. It shed, then reshuffled, several top executives; it bought a fleet of ad-tech companies; and it intensely watched a World Cup. Twitter has also been prepping new metrics for investors that it believes capture the value of its content beyond its own platform, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Twitter’s chief executive, Dick Costolo, is stepping down but will remain on the company’s board of directors. Costolo and Twitter’s investor relations Twitter account confirmed the news in tweets today.
Jack Dorsey, a cofounder of Twitter, will be Costolo’s interim replacement. Dorsey will simultaneously continue to work as chief executive of payment company Square, according to a statement from Twitter.
Twitter has unveiled new changes designed to enhance your microblogging experience.
Revealed in a two-part tweet posted Wednesday, Twitter announced an updated web font intended to improve "speed and readability," more color options on user profiles, and new buttons on profile pages to send tweets or direct messages to another user.
Twitter Inc rolled out three new products for its direct response advertising on Wednesday, two months after the company said weak demand for the product had lowered its revenue forecast for the year.
A select group of advertisers that Twitter declined to name is now testing the products, which are aimed at improving user engagement with direct response ads, intended to encourage actions such as clicking on a link or downloading an app.
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User generated content (UGC) works best for brands on Instagram, according to a new insight report from digital think tank L2.
The report found that across all ages, 55 percent of consumers trust UGC over other forms of marketing; 49 percent said the same of brand websites, and only 19 percent of people trust banner ads above all else. At 64 percent, only professional industry reviews were ranked higher.
Just like anything else in life, social media has a definite life cycle. That life cycle has several critical elements and one feeds off of the other. It goes around and when the life cycle has reached its end, it starts all over again. Your responsibility is to understand how it works and to maintain the momentum indefinitely.
The cycle and how it works
From everything you have read and everything you have experienced, social media works because it involves human beings who interact with each other and each person reacts in some way on an emotional/human level. Additionally, the goal is to compel your target audience members to take the content that you are sharing with them and share it with other people whom they know and trust. Interestingly, you are the only person who holds no credibilitywhen it comes to singing the praises of your content. If you talk about how wonderful and valuable your content is, it means nothing. On the other hand, if someone else (anyone else) does the same thing, you can get a great deal of mileage from it.
The skies – and the Twitterverse – haven’t exactly been friendly for United Airlines recently.
Just two weeks after an uproar about whether leggings are appropriate attire for a plane ride (turns out they are, unless you're traveling as a guest of an employee), United once again caused a social media backlash when a video surfaced of a man being forcibly removed from a Sunday evening flight.
In both cases, United appeared to exacerbate the public’s outcry with its responses.
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Vine's latest update introduced a ton of new features, the biggest of which is probably video import. iOS users can now upload any video from their camera roll directly into the app, and trim longer ones down to the six-second limit.
This, of course, does not mean the good ol' days of #AllNaturalVines are over — anything but! Vine allows a combination of outside videos and footage shot in-app, so really, it opens up doors to collaboration and more creativity.
Donald Trump may get most of the media coverage, but let’s be real: Allof the 2016 presidential candidates are expert brand builders. To run for president, you need to possess a certain je ne sais quoiwhen it comes to communicating messages that can provoke people to take action.
Will Ello's closed, data-protected model mean changes for the social advertising landscape?
Here's the great question among marketers these days: What happens when paid social media is the only way to reliably reach your prospects? What does this mean for consumers, and what does this mean for advertisers?
As the owner of a digital marketing firm, it’s important to me that my employees, whom I will refer to throughout this article as “team members,” are active on social media, especially Twitter. But some of them aren’t, and I know some of the reasons why. The feedback I hear ranges from “I don’t have the time,” “It’s too confusing,” to “I just don’t get it, what’s the point?” I understand all these concerns because I’ve been there.
Just because it’s trending doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. In our recent hangout, our digital experts weighed in on everything from hashtags to how to capitalize on tragedies. Spoiler alert: Don’t try to capitalize on tragedies.
Every time a highly-anticipated tech gadget comes out, it’s customary for the company to ooh and aah over all its high-tech features and say lots of cool acronyms. At the iPhone X launch event, Apple did all that, and the features of the phone are nice.
But they also did something else with this iPhone announcement that they haven’t done too much of in the past.
Social media is all about sharing, right? Sharing ideas, information, pictures, jokes, gossip and, of course – questions – based on the premise that the wisdom of the crowd will inevitably lead to the best answer.
Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time. I can’t do that. But sometimes I feel just as skilled when I can manage the multiple arms of content marketing.
The process requires so much: coming up with ideas, drafting concepts, editing to perfection, designing the visuals, publishing, promoting and measuring success.
Promotion is just one part of the process, but it’s a complex machine of its own. Learning when, how and where to promote on social media takes knowledge, skill and testing. Or, at the very least, a well-crafted article explaining things to you.
Whether you're promoting a business, showcasing your talent, or just an Average Joe trying to go viral, you'll need to choose a video platform to share your content.
So how do you know which video platform is best?
YouTube's by far the most popular platform, with users watching hundreds of millions of hours of content on the platform daily, however it may not be the right option for you, depending on the goals you're trying to achieve.
You’ve read a million list posts on how to do Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and (insert another social media network here) for your business. In search of faster growth, more engagement and that elusive return on engagement, you’ve tried tactic after tactic and tool after tool but it’s just not working the way you’d hoped.
Tactics can be great. And tools can save you time. But if you lose sight of this one simple principle, it’ll be all for naught: Social media at its core is social. It’s about real relationships with real people.
Social media is no longer the new kid on the marketing block. And, it has firmly assumed the rank of an essential channel for B2C and B2B marketers alike.
One of the biggest changes in social media marketing this past year has been its emergence as a major player for advertising dollars. Where social media was once seen as almost a performance-metric free zone that marketers engaged with almost out of a fear of missing out, it’s now a marketing channel that delivers highly targeted audiences, innovative ad formats and a wide range of measurements depending on the social venue serving the ad.
But why is social media attractive for advertising?
I believe U.S. schools have been hesitant and even neglectful when it comes to how they discuss social media with students, and it’s time for this to change. Social media is a very real and ongoing aspect of our everyday lives: It no longer makes sense that, in 2014, several states still teach cursive writing when many students can text much faster on their smart devices. We need to be educating students on applicable skills for the world that they will interact with, and that means providing them with an understanding of how social media can affect their future. The gaping generational chasm between teachers who grew up before smartphones existed and students who were raised on them has resulted in a trial-and-error model of internet education and exploration, which could potentially wreak havoc on a student’s future. The internet is written in pen, not pencil.
Though the slogan works for marketing diamonds, perhaps it’s more accurate to say that the Internet is forever. Your Livejournal from 2002 can still be found, and so can the picture of you from that one night you can’t remember (even though you took it off Facebook).
Now, every tweet ever made public, starting with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s first tweet in 2006, is subject to scrutiny by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Laboratory for Social Machines, which aspires to have a better understanding of how information gets disseminated through social media platforms like Twitter. The Wall Street Journalreports that the university “plans to build data visualizations, mobile apps and other tools to ‘create new forms of public communication and social organization.’”
As an educator having an online presence presents an opportunity to share your scholarly activity with others and there is much to gain. Digital connectedness provides opportunities for shared learning and potential collaborations. Reaching out to develop and make new connections has been made so much easier through communicating via social media channels.
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Portal Seeking $10,000-Per-Campaign Commitments for Early Inventory Access Yahoo is trying to lure back advertisers who have curtailed their spending on the portal's higher-priced ads. How? By making it easier to buy some of the company's most lucrative ads and target them using the Yahoo's audience data.
Yahoo is planning to introduce a self-serve version of its automated premium ad-buying tool, Yahoo Ad Manager Plus, in September, according to people briefed on the matter. A Yahoo spokeswoman said the company doesn't comment on products that aren't in the market yet.
To get a sense of how it works, we spoke to Yahoo’s Arjun Sethi (formerly co-founder and CEO of MessageMe). He and I even had a short little Livetext session. Sethi also explained the opportunity he sees in taking the audio out of video messaging.