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Facebook and Instagram Updates: What You Need to Know

Facebook and Instagram Updates: What You Need to Know

Posted on Sep 12, 2017 by Anna Vehslage

Facebook and Instagram are constantly evolving platforms, therefore, the company continues to update algorithms in order to stay ahead of marketers needs. While these updates provide us with new ways to capture our audience, it is challenging to keep up with the latest capabilities and ensure we are capitalizing on every opportunity. This month, Facebook and Instagram are releasing game-changing updates—here’s what you need to know:

Facebook

Facebook Watch has officially launched, seeking to be the ultimate binge watching destination. With intent to rival YouTube, Facebook aims for “Watch to be a platform for all creators and publishers to find an audience, build a community of passionate fans and earn money for their work”. How does this affect your brand? Watch will incorporate ad breaks into their content, giving your brand the opportunity to be viewed by a heavily engaged audience. Facebook is very heavily populated, so advertising on Watch could be the perfect way to connect and expand your reach. Influencers have also become a hot topic in the world of marketing over the past couple of years, many of which have built their following on YouTube. With YouTube as a strong competitor, Facebook Watch offers influencers an innovative platform to reach a larger audience in addition to their current subscribers. While it is still in the testing phase, be on the lookout for ways you can utilize Facebook Watch as it continues to unfold.

Instagram

As Instagram continues to evolve as a successful marketing platform for businesses, it is important to stay informed on updates in order to take advantage of the best ways to build your brand visually. Bolster your brand with these three updates:

Targeting Options

Instagram now has the capability of targeting users by tracking their engagement on your business account. You can utilize this in two ways: first, you can create a custom audience of people who have viewed three seconds of your Instagram video, and then target and serve ads to that specific audience. Second, you can target users based on their activity on your business profile. This feature allows you to set a time frame for the designated conversion, and include or exclude certain audiences and activities. This update will allow you to target an audience that has already engaged with your brand, and ultimately increase your ROI.

Broadcast with friends

Instagram Live has already been extremely successful since its launch, and they are about to roll out new features that will allow marketers to continue connecting with their audience on a more intimate level with original content. Instagram is currently testing a new feature that will allow you to add and remove a “guest” to your live video. Brands will be able to hold interviews and broadcast testimonials with real customers live on their Instagram stories. With Instagram’s new capability to save the story to the camera roll, these videos can be posted at any time for users who missed the live broadcast. This new feature offers promise to brands engaged in event marketing tactics and promotions. This is an exciting opportunity for brands to showcase real conversations with their consumers while increasing their visibility and potential reach.

Banned Hashtags

Up until this update, you could hashtag anything—#Kansas, #Food, #HumpDay, #Hashtag. While this allows branded content to show up on different feeds, this has been problematic in keeping Instagram’s content appropriate. In order to start censoring content, Instagram has put a halt to certain hashtags in an effort to ban posts that violate community guidelines. What does this mean for your brand? No content will show up when you click on a banned hashtag. Don’t let your post be missed—review this list of banned hashtags.

Facebook and Instagram continue to revolutionize the way we connect with consumers, and it is imperative that we as marketers keep up with the latest capabilities in order to stay relevant on social media. Finding ways to utilize every function of Facebook and Instagram helps brands grow their social media presence and connect with a larger audience. Don’t get left behind, stay ahead of the trends.

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Four Ways to Utilize Print at Your Event

Four Ways to Utilize Print at Your Event

Posted on Sep 07, 2017 by Anna Vehslage

In today’s consumer centric world, it is imperative that businesses snatch every opportunity to build long-lasting relationships with their consumers and differentiate themselves in the overcrowded marketplace. A brand must interact and gain the trust of consumers on a personal, more intimate level. Events have become key to connecting brands with consumers on all levels. They have the power to create a connection between a brand and consumer on a very personal level, raise brand awareness, improve brand perception, and create long-lasting rapport with customers. With a variety of events gaining so much prominence in the marketing industry, it is crucial that we as professional marketers understand how to strategically plan events and utilize all aspects of marketing—including print.

As the digital age continues to rapidly accelerate, marketers often forget just how impactful print can be. Print often resonates with consumers on a deeper level because it is tangible, communicates the quality and credibility of a brand, and entices direct engagement. Here are four ways to incorporate print at your events:

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Eight Major Benefits of Work-Life Balance

Eight Major Benefits of Work-Life Balance

Posted on Aug 22, 2017 by Emily Ballard

According to Thrive Global, work-life balance is at the top of employee’s wish lists when it comes to overall happiness in the workplace. This study shows that people who have flexible schedules are more likely to keep their work schedule consistent and under control, as well as maintain a healthy home lifestyle. Ironically, the same study highlights the fact that even work-life experts struggle to sufficiently balance work and life.

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How To Stay Organized In A Busy Environment

How To Stay Organized In A Busy Environment

Posted on Aug 03, 2017 by Emily Ballard

Let’s be honest, life is hectic. Between work, home, kids (if you have them) and trying to have a social life, everything can blend together and it can become hard to stay organized. While work-life balance is important, work is a large contributor to our attitude, happiness and overall outlook on life. If you are one that wears many hats at work, here are five ways to relieve the stress of having what seems like one million things to do. Disclaimer: random tedious and sometimes unpleasant things are inevitably going to pop up, but turning these tips into habits will make it more bearable.

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Basics of Inbound Marketing

Basics of Inbound Marketing

Posted on Jul 25, 2017 by Emily Ballard

Optimizing your website’s keywords, call-to-actions, and landing pages are fundamental in search engine optimization and getting started with inbound marketing. It takes time to rank higher through organic SEO methods, but inbound marketing is one of the most cost-effective ways of capturing the attention of high-quality prospects. The second most important contributor to organic search engine optimization is producing blog content that is knowledgeable on topics within your industry and valuable to your ideal customer. Optimizing your website for conversion and creating content that that resonates with your readers will set you up for continuously bringing in high-quality leads.

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Is SEO Still Relevant in Marketing?

Is SEO Still Relevant in Marketing?

Posted on Jul 13, 2017 by Alyssa Zucker

The general concept is that higher value content achieves a higher ranking in search results, which ultimately increases visibility and drives website traffic. Search engine optimization (SEO) gives your site a fighting chance, by aligning its structure and content to the complex algorithms used by search engines. However, these algorithms and strategies are constantly changing, and have thus made it a struggle to keep up. In a quality-focused world of consumer choice, the question arises: is SEO is still relevant?

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