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Your bedroom floor isn't the only thing you should be cleaning this spring season. Social media needs yearly management, monitoring, and organization to keep both you and your business persona looking professional and appealing to visitors. It’s hard to keep up with every single post, comment, and photo added to profiles, which means while you’re avoiding dusting your furniture this April, sit down and give your social media a thorough spring cleaning instead.
When you finally sit down to clean out the ole profiles, here are a few pointers for brushing up your digital presence:
1. Photo Cleanse
There’s no way you caught every single inappropriate or unflattering social media photo post this year. You’re only human. Now is the time, however, to do some damage control and check your tagged and public photos on all of your social media profiles – yes, all of them.
2. Delete Accounts
If you have a ton of social profiles you barely use anymore, consider deleting them. The more profiles you own, the greater your risk of identity theft. If you haven’t posted on that business Google Plus page in a year, you’re not going to. Stop kidding yourself.
3. Security Settings
If you’re a social media pioneer, chances are you made your profiles before all of the fancy security and privacy settings were added. You could be unknowingly publicly exposed on Facebook because you never took the time to check out your security settings. Please, go check them out.
4. Search Engine Test
It doesn’t get simpler than this: type your name in Google and search the results. If you’re already squirming and the results aren’t even loaded, that definitely means your social media needs a cleanse. Check out the results. If you hate the photos you see, delete the source images.
It’s as easy as that! Give your social media persona a little tender-love-and-care this spring season. You’ll be happy you did.
Companies and entrepreneurs get obsessive with the official rollout of their first website – but, after a year or two, fail to reflect on its layout, design, and content for a much-needed update. Chances are, it was stressful and expensive enough to get the thing completed. Having to tend to it every single year just doesn’t seem feasible.
Though web design and development can be a total nightmare for many business entities, here are 5 reasons why you need to update your website regularly, despite your distaste for it.
1. Visual Appeal
When people visit your site, they’re immediately presented with a reflection of your organization. The first thing they’re going to notice is pictures, colors, and the overall aesthetic. The standard for visual appeal changes rapidly today. After one year, your site will definitely need to adhere to the present aesthetic standards.
Industries are constantly changing and new services are always being created and developed. In order to stay competitive, you need to be offering what your competitors are offering. That starts with the right written content conveying your repertoire to your potential clients.
3. Mobile Friendly
If your website isn’t optimized for mobile usage yet – it needs to be ASAP. More people peruse the Internet from their phones than from laptops today. If your website doesn’t look good on a phone, you can bet the user will close it out immediately.
Google, Facebook, Instagram, etc. are always changing their search engine rankings and programmed algorithms. What once contributed to good SEO may not get the job done anymore. Stay current with tagging and coding that’ll help your company ranking.
Stock photos used to be “somewhat” acceptable on websites when they were still new. Today, everyone has a website, and everyone has seen those same 5 stock photos so many times that they can’t stand it anymore. You really want to consider incorporating original photography. It’ll not only make your platform look professional, it will also make it unique.
Is it time for you to update your website? Trust us, we know it’s a pain, but be nice to your brand and give it the regular web update it deserves.
Sure, you know at this point that your business needs social media, consistent posting, and proper spelling and grammar, but have you ever considered the bad social media management habits you may be channeling into your daily posting? Social media is an art form of its own, and as such, has many ways for you to help, and hurt, your business in the process.
Here are 5 bad social media habits you should DEFINITELY drop this year:
1. Not engaging your followers
If you’re going to spend all this time developing social media content and posting it, then you better be engaging with the responses as well. People want to be seen and heard. If they have something to say about your post, they want a response from you. Whether it’s a good or bad response, make sure you let your followers know they have been heard either way.
If I see another Instagram picture posted to Facebook through account linking, I may lose it. No one likes to see “recycled” content on social media. People are on a platform specifically looking at you and your brand for natively uploaded and developed content. Get creative, and be sure to upload everything originally on the respective platform.
3. Taking yourself too seriously
Social media is full of enough cynicism and over-the-top seriousness as it is today. Don’t add to it. Have fun with your page! It’s ok to post something that is less-than-serious every so often. Show your followers that you’re a human being with humor. Funny posts always do better than intimidating, informational ones.
This is a hard one for business owners to manage. As a business owner, you have a lot of responsibilities. Making sure a Facebook post is queued up for every day of the week isn’t at the top of your list. The problem is that prospective brand followers expect consistent posting from you, or else they’ll drift off to another brand that does get the job done. Try and queue posts up every Sunday when you’re home relaxing (if not, this is where firms like ours come in for helping with this consistency).
5. Spreading yourself too thin
Many business owners today are under the misconception that they need to be on 10 social media platforms every single day. By spreading your social media presence too thin, you’re going to dilute your content. People will be able to tell. Channel your energy into the 1-2 platforms where your online communities thrive.
For us and for everyone on social media, kick these 5 bad social media habits in 2017. As always, we know it’s easier said than done, which is why we offer Content Calendars and Social Media Training for a step-by-step approach to social media success.
The New Year is here! You’re probably busy chasing those resolutions, revamping the dietary plan, and avoiding unnecessary after work drinks. We are, too. That’s the beauty of January.
With the arrival of 2017 comes a whole new outlook on content marketing for digital advertisement and awareness. Now is the time to sit down and plan the content marketing strategy for the year ahead – what parts of your brand do you want to emphasize? Do you have a new kind of consumer you want to invite into your marketing circle? Do you need to reformulate your ideal Buyer Personas?
It’s important to not only ask yourselves these questions, but to also answer them via the content you’re putting out online.
Here are the top 4 content marketing trends to follow in 2017:
1. App Development
Mobile applications used to just be those things we used for accessing Facebook quickly or booking a last-minute Uber out. This year, we’re going to see a massive increase in the use of apps for everyday businesses looking to directly reach out to consumers through geographic pinging, increased product deals and discounts, and information-retrieval based on app usage.
2. Visual stimulation
Visuals are everything. People don’t have time to skim 3-page articles anymore to get what they want out of a brand – if they can get what they want by looking at a beautiful photo with one or two sentences of text overlaying it, that’s what they’re going to do. Cater to the average consumer today by translating your brand principles into visuals and easy-to-watch videos.
3. Personalized messaging
People expect a lot out of a brand today. Most businesses understand they need social media profiles and digital advertising to reach today’s consumers. In order to outshine the competition, you’re going to want to consider targeted, personalized messaging that is catered specifically to your ideal consumer. Who is your ideal consumer? Their age, gender, and interests? You want content that directly reaches and communicates with this individual.
4. Technological implementation
Technological development had a great year in 2016. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being implemented in just about every industry as we speak, businesses are placing chatbots on their websites for immediate consumer answers, and companies like Google found a way into our homes via the Amazon Echo. It’s incredibly important now more than ever to be receptive to these technological advancements. Technology is our future, and your business may want to consider chatbots online and AI learning capabilities down the line for content development.
If any of this sounds overwhelming or time consuming, that’s ok, we can help. Your content is the branded face of your business. It’s important. We have specially crafted Content Calendars available for any business in any industry. Plan ahead. Invest in your digital presence for 2017.
This past year was a very, very good year for the short-attention span social media platform of Snapchat. A fairly new social media app compared to the Facebooks and YouTubes of the world, Snapchat hit the scene with a brand new concept of fleeting picture and video sharing that lessens the pressure of posting quality. Its revolutionary platform idea has proved to be a massive success – and a great place for businesses to get in some one-on-one interaction with prospective consumers.
To prove how good 2016 was to Snapchat, we’re going to breakdown some significant statistics proving that the video-sharing mobile application is the place to be in 2017:
· Snapchat awareness this year grew from 60% to 71% among Americans 12 years of age and older.
· Snapchat has more users now than LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter.
· Total percent of Americans using Snapchat grew from 17% to 23% just this year.
· Snapchat is now the country’s second favorite social media platform.
· Young Americans (12 to 24 years old) using Snapchat grew to 26% in 2016, outpacing Instagram at 17%.
Those are just some of the impressive Snapchat stats garnered throughout the past year. The company is expected to be valued at $25 billion at its IPO early in 2017, and the platform expects to close out 2016 with a whopping 150 million active daily users.
You as a business owner, individual, or entrepreneur should absolutely take Snapchat seriously as part of your 2017 business plan moving forward. Clearly, the app is not going anywhere any time soon, and the amount of daily users is expected to surpass 200 million this year.
Though Snapchat is a world of its own, centered on quit wit, clever videos, and intriguing content, anyone can learn to conquer its appeal by whipping out their phone and snapping a picture or video of daily business operations.
Consumers are all about direct connection and interaction with you today, and Snapchat is the perfect place to give them it – free of charge to you!
The past year hasn’t exactly been kind to Twitter. Shares dropped nearly 400%, the company laid off thousands of workers, and its little video project, Vine, was officially killed. Twitter has its work cutout in 2017 for climbing back up the relevancy ladder, and that is going to start by adopting some of the other “hot” features championed by Instagram and Snapchat today.
I am personally a fan of Twitter, and I find it to be the most effective place to source breaking news before its skewed by the media narrative. I also find it to be a fun place to fire out some sarcastic remarks I am too scared to post on Facebook. That being said, Twitter needs to make serious innovative moves in 2017 to appeal to the larger base of social media users. Though I know the founders of Twitter probably won’t read this, here are my recommendations for giving the platform a facelift:
1. Live Video
Live Video is everything today. Periscope used to be the place to do it, but other platforms found a way to integrate their Live Video Marketing directly. Twitter needs to develop a “Live Video Tweet” option in which users can not only “Go Live” for other Tweeters to watch, they can also Tweet segments from the Live Video after it’s done.
2. More Ad Options
Businesses are flocking to Instagram for the advertising and influencing opportunities today. Twitter isn’t exactly ad-friendly. They need to create an easier and more effective way to get advertisements in the face of their desired users. It’s all about expanded branded awareness, and Twitter needs to cater to that.
3. Keep Character Limit
Twitter has toyed with the idea of expanding their character limit and I’m here to say: DON’T DO IT! Clearly, the world is becoming more and more scatterbrained, drifting to platforms like Instagram and Snapchat that rely on simply a picture or 10-second video. People don’t like to read. Keep the Tweets to 140 characters. It’s what makes them so funny, clever, and quick in the first place.
Hopefully the executives at Twitter are already going over these three tips right now; but if they’re not, we may continue to see a drop in the relevancy of Twitter in 2017.
Let’s say a prayer that’s not the case.
It’s only fitting we start off our 2017 Social Media Trends series with the King of 2016: Live Video.
Live Video managed to go from being slightly relevant on Periscope in 2015, to the dominant marketing force of 2016. How did Live Video explode into such a driving sales force and why are social media marketing platforms so high on it?
Let’s start from the beginning. YouTube changed the game for content marketers and videographers back in 2004 when it provided a free channel for posting and sharing videos. As YouTube grew in popularity, new social media platforms started to pop up and include some kind of video posting capability. People love watching a video instead of reading an article; so naturally, video became more and more popular, accessible on all major social media marketing platforms by 2015.
In 2014, Snapchat changed the video marketing game by creating a platform that caters to quick, funny, and highly engaging video clips that were filmed “live” with no editing. Though it wasn’t real-time, it was the next best thing – and people LOVED it.
Fast-forward to now, and every platform can’t get their hands on Live Video fast enough. Facebook incorporated Live Video as part of their algorithm changes to favor high-quality content over chronological posting. If you get on Facebook and start a Facebook Live recording, they actually fetch followers for you. And if that’s not enough, they send all of your friends a notification – right to their mobile devices – when you go live. It’s a marketers dream.
Instagram wanted to be part of the revolution, too, and this year rolled out an Instagram Stories feature for enabling brands to post 24-hour shelf-life videos of maximum 10 seconds – JUST like Snapchat.
The Future of Live Video
As 2016 comes to a close, Live Video hasn’t even hit its peak, setting the stage for Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and maybe even the peripheral platforms like LinkedIn and Pinterest, to incorporate a Live Video component. With all of the digital noise out there today, Live Video is the best way for a brand to break through it and showcase personality, accessibility, and entertainment to followers.
Haven’t used Facebook Live for your business platform yet? You better reevaluate for 2017.
Active Snapchat users probably noticed a significant change in their friend’s Snap Stories this past week. Snapchat has made monumental steps in the direction of visual virtual reality for its users, and are transplanting what were once Selfie Lenses into World Lenses.
This past week, Snapchat updated for iOS and Android to introduce their World Lenses, a filter that enables users to change their surroundings. So those dog ears and flower crowns you keep using to make yourself look cuter can now be planted into the surroundings you capture. Neat right?
Snapchat didn’t just stop there. They thought they’d repay the copying favor Instagram unveiled last month, and are now allowing users to rewind watched snaps. Before the update, users had to dig back through the entire Snap Story to get to the clip they wanted to re-watch. With the new update, users can tap on the left hand side of the screen to rewind one snap, and swipe left to go back to the start of the Story they’re watching.
Better yet – once you find a Story you love, you can share it with your Snapchat friends. The update is a way for Snapchat to combat the growing influence of popular marketers on Instagram. With no “trending” top user feed on Snapchat, they want there to be a way for awesome snaps to be shared with individuals who may not necessarily follow the account.
Snapchat vs. Instagram
Will the Snapchat vs. Instagram war continue? Probably. The good news is: it just pushes each of them to rollout better features for users, which makes you life that much easier!