What is Social Listening and Why it is Important?

Listen before you speak. This phrase is something you heard when you were younger. Back then, it may not have made much sense but as you got older, this phrase has probably come to mind more than once, particularly after you’ve said something that came out the wrong way. Continue reading “What is Social Listening and Why it is Important?”

The Top Social Media Analytics Tools Your Company Needs in 2018

Social media marketing has opened up new channels and tools to disseminate targeted messages in order to promote businesses and various offers. But do you know what’s trending or what your target audience is looking for in terms of content, what is the best time to schedule your posts for your target group or even how your content is performing in comparison to that of your competitors? To fully reap the benefits of your social media marketing efforts, marketers have to keep a finger on the pulse of the audience so that they can focus on the right social media goals and choose the right metrics to measure success. In order to efficiently prove ROI, marketers need access to the right tools and that is where social media analytics comes in handy.

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Benefits Of Adding Social Media To Your Marketing Automation Mix

With new digital marketing tools becoming more powerful and accessible thanks to the B2B software-as-a-service revolution, not just large enterprises but SMBs can also use resources like business intelligence data platforms, mobile app development, etc. And there is no better game changing digital marketing tool for businesses engaged in the digital spaces as marketing automation.

A marketing automation platform allows marketers to score, nurture, and attribute leads by analyzing digital footprint trails that users leave behind them when browsing the Internet. A report by Emailmonday confirms that more than half the B2B companies (58%) plan to use marketing automation technology. According to Oktopost, companies that utilize marketing automation on average enjoy a 68% increase in customer engagement and a 77% increase in conversions.

Bet you have already figured out how best to utilize the marketing automation platform and understand the nitty-gritty’s of approaching potential customers by sending automated direct … Continue reading

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.

Though many businesses have been slow to adapt and utilize the power of social media because they did not see any benefit to business, there has been a vast shift of perception in the last few years. Big brands, like Google, Coca Cola, Apple and more, have led the way in using company culture as a social media marketing tool and small business … 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.

Over the last several weeks, I’m experiencing drastic changes in social media performance, mostly in Facebook. Although I was prepared for some change in performance, honestly, the degree to which this happened on … 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.

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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.

So where do you come in?

Businesses have such a great advantage online these days. In a world where consumers crave relatability, transparency, and human connection, you are encouraged to bring your brand directly to your target audience in a way that just wasn’t possible a decade ago. Continue reading “Front and Center with Instagram Stories”

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 you put the sign on the back of an elephant and walk it into town, that’s promotion. If the elephant walks through the mayor’s flower bed, that’s publicity. And if you get the mayor to laugh about it, that’s public relations.” If the town’s citizens go to the circus, you show them the many entertainment booths, explain how much fun they’ll have spending money at the booths, answer their questions and ultimately, they spend a lot at the circus, that’s sales.”    M. Booth and Associates, Inc.
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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.

Bells and Whistles

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