Social Media Strategies to Show Off Your Company Culture

Most businesses are aware of the term ‘company culture’ but they find it a real challenge showcasing it to their advantage on their website and social media channels. Can your business afford to miss out on engaging and promoting your company to over a billion people using various social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and other social platforms? After all promoting your company culture can be a huge asset to your business especially when it comes to hiring top-notch candidates and also in attracting new clients.… Continue Reading

Surviving the Elections with the Right Media Mix

A couple weeks ago I commented on an article, Clinton v Trump: Why the 2016 Presidential Election will turn Social Media into a War Zone, regarding the presidential election and social media. As promised, here is the follow-up to my article that contains social media statistics you should be aware of as well as how to minimize risk during the election season or any other external factor that may influence the success of your campaigns.

Since we are ending the election season, I did use the presidential election as the main example throughout this article. However, the points made within and the tips are applicable to almost every if not every external factor that impacts consumer behavior.… Continue Reading

Clinton v Trump: Why the 2016 Presidential Election will turn Social Media into a War Zone

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated from a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, one of our Digital marketing strategist, Kim Figor, discusses the importance of understanding how social media is impacted by external factors and the role demographics plays.

Many advertisers have been making predictions for over a year on how social media will be impacted by the presidential elections and how the elections will influence social media. I too have been watching these trends closely for the past year. One of the best articles I have seen is Clinton v Trump: Why the 2016 Presidential Election will turn Social Media into a War Zone, by Erwen Zhu, Student at University of California, Berkeley as it talks directly about the cause as opposed to only the results.

In his article, Erwen Zhu breaks down the demographics behind social media users and compared … Continue Reading

Front and Center with Instagram Stories

Whether you have a marketing team or you’re a sole entrepreneur, by now you’ve heard the buzz around Instagram stories, the new rival to Snapchat. There are many blog articles out there that explain the pros and cons and the differences between the two. Yet, we are here to tell you why your business should be at the front and center of this newly released feature by Instagram.

Every industry is capable of performing well on a visually focused platform such as Instagram, many businesses make their presence on such a platform valuable to their consumers, which in turn becomes revenue generating.

Instagram is often used as a visual escape for most of its users. Users of this platform escape into other lives through the use of imagery. Whether the topic is travel, family, products, nature, children, etc – a user relishes in connecting and escaping with these curated images.… Continue Reading

LinkedIn’s New Feature – Native Video

From time to time LocalDirective team members will comment on a piece of content they see online. In this post, Erin Haynes discusses LinkedIn’s new native video and this article from Social Media Today that talks about the Tech Titans new roll out.

I know you must be familiar with YouTube and Facebook videos by now. People look up videos every day and can find endless amounts of entertainment and content.

On Tuesday, LinkedIn launched a new app so that its hand-selected group of Influencers can create and share short videos directly to the app’s news feed. It’s the first time LinkedIn has ever let users upload video directly to the service, something that’s been standard on other social sites for years. If you are not one of the company’s Influencers, you won’t be able to use the new app.

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Marketing Definitions 101

Do you experience a certain level of confusion when it comes to the myriad of marketing terms?  How about something as simple as the difference between the term ‘marketing’ and ‘advertising?’

You’re not alone. A good many use various related terms interchangeably. But, although they are similar, they refer to different actions.

It’s a good idea to distinguish the difference in order to communicate effectively with others in your organization and to better comprehend the nuances of your marketing strategies and activities.

While researching, I discovered the perfect analogy for this topic at Free Management Library. There, the writer cited a Reader’s Digest quote, which is the ultimate marketing alchemy and makes this subject very simple. I don’t know about you, but I like simple.

“… if the circus is coming to town and you paint a sign saying ‘Circus Coming to the Fairground Saturday’, that’s advertising. If … Continue Reading

How to Disrupt Customer Thinking For Greater Consideration and Higher Conversions

outside the box words on product boxWhat would you say if you knew that your potential customers were nearly 60% of the way through the purchase process before they ever engage with sales?  A study from CEB Marketing Leadership Council indicates just that.  Customers start their due diligence by looking at third party websites, referring to colleagues or other customers, and by using other sources other than the vendor’s website.  This begs the question: how do you disrupt customers who are already 60% of the way to their purchase decision in order to become an option in their consideration set?

There are really two ways to approach this quandary.  You could pull out all the bells and whistles when the buyer finally decides to engage with you and/or you can find a way to get out in front of them much earlier in the process before they are fully entrenched in their thinking.

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3 Essential Lessons Digital Marketers Can Learn From Corn

I’ll be the first to admit it is almost unfathomable to imagine any lesson can be learned from a corn stalk, yet lessons that could be describes as essential for digital marketers. None the less, it is true. Before, I discuss these three lessons, I will tell you my corn cob story.… Continue Reading

Manufacturers: Get Social With Millennials

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By now you must be asking yourself, how can I integrate these online platforms into our marketing, in order to reach my growing target audience, Millennials? Wonder no more. We’ll walk you through how to get social so you can focus more on the increase of your business.

As you’ve previously learned, in, what you need to know, it is extremely important to reach out and communicate with this Millennials demographic while they are still in their youth,  to help cement a connection that is certain to mature as they age. By establishing a brand advocacy now, you’ll help keep the business of tomorrow’s affluent consumer, Millennials.

Social media allows this generation to explore, create and share their interests with a growing network of friends, family and even strangers, and that’s an appeal that has kept this new communication platform a hot commodity.

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The Importance Of Handling Customer Reviews

From time to time, LocalDirective team members will share their views on a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, Vicki comments on an interview posted on the Marketing Sherpa Blog by Kayla Cobb, The Importance Of Handling Customer Reviews.

LocalDirective is a big supporter of and encourages our clients to gather as many reviews, stories and testimonials as possible from their customers and clients.  This interview conducted by Daniel Burstein, Marketing Sherpa’s Director of Editorial Content with Joseph Jaconi, General Manager of Tech Armor really resonated with me on the importance of listening to your customers and thoughtfully responding to build your brand and potentially transform your company into a much stronger competitor.

The interview focuses on the very competitive world of ecommerce, but this really applies and is a great practice for all businesses.  Gathering and responding to reviews is a wonderful form of public relations, Tech … Continue Reading