Struggling to set your 2017 SMB marketing budget? Many small businesses are grappling to keep up with the constant challenges and changes of digital marketing, and so are their budgets. The misconception that some marketing tactics — especially social media marketing — are free, only adds to the unrealistic expectations SMBs face when trying to calculate budgets. Here’s what our research indicates a healthy SMB marketing budget should be in 2017.
One of the best ways to boost the efforts of your creative team is to introduce employees to fresh ideas and perspectives. Although bringing on seasoned professionals is a fantastic way to build your leadership team and fill positions that require industry experience, sometimes the best and most cost effective way to bring new ideas to your team is to seek out young professionals looking to gain on-the-job experience. If you’re looking to jumpstart innovation, building a team of interns to support your creative team’s efforts could be something to consider for your 2017 hiring agenda.
Engagement rates have long be sought after when it comes to social media success. We need likes! We need more fans and followers! Let’s boost that for more reach! Pay for ALL the video views! But for plugged-in marketers, whisperings of engagement and engagement rates being “dead” are all around us. So what’s the deal? Should you be measuring engagement rates as part of your social media metrics? Here’s our stance.
I was stumped when I first heard the term Influencer Guide. In a bustling cafe in Newark, NJ, my digital friend and cohort Tamara MacDuff and I were meeting IRL (in real life) for the first time. When she called herself an Influencer Guide and explained what that means, I knew I needed to share this knowledge with other marketers and business owners. My interview with Tamara will help you understand why you need to find your own Influencer Guide and how this guide can boost your business dramatically!
Connecting with consumers can be a real challenge for marketers. In our media-obsessed, overstuffed online world, it can be difficult to determine how to build meaningful relationships. The first step? Connect with the right consumers. And if you’re not sure how to do that, this post is for you!