If email marketing and social media battled it out, who would win? Social media allows businesses to meet the consumer where they are but engagement and reach are quickly dwindling. Email marketing, however, has the reach, but only if you have a large, loyal list. The truth of the matter is, combining the two provides businesses with optimal results. Here’s how to combine email marketing and social media in 2018.
I’ll let you in on a little secret: DIY social media marketing is not productive. You may be doing a great job. But you also may be wasting time (or money!). In short, we business owners are often too busy to realize that self-service jobs are likely stealing from our bottom line (rather than saving us money). Here are the reasons your DIY social media marketing may be costing you.
Is your social media strategy 2018 proof? The Pew Research Center reports social media traffic increased from 5% in 2005 to 69% by 2011 — and that number has likely increased since then. If you own a business, the stat might not impress you much. But it should. Use the following information to help you decide where and how to spend your time on social media.
Every major social media channel now offers video as a built-in feature of their platform – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & (just recently) Linkedin. HubSpot found that 43% of people want to see more video content from marketers & almost 52% of marketing professionals worldwide name video as the type of content with the best ROI. “But a video is so expensive, and I don’t know how to make it look good! I’ll have to hire a professional and it’s going to take so long,” you might be thinking. Yet, the majority of successful, viral videos were filmed on a cell phone & required zero prep time. It’s time to shift your mindset when it comes to using video in your professional marketing efforts. So, get out your cell phone or webcam – let’s walk through some ways to use video with social.
It’s there every time you open your newsfeed. It’s in every headline talking about the latest and greatest thing. Artificial Intelligence, or AI, as it’s lovingly referred to, is here to stay. AI is the machine learning that powers the science behind all of your smart devices. These smart devices connect to the internet and transmit data to make your life easier. This process makes up the “Internet of Things” (the IoT). And, the IoT has been one of the biggest buzzwords this year. So, what’s the difference between AI (the machine learning) and IoT (the connected gadgets)?