There are many things I love about Oprah. She’s an accomplished businesswoman, a generous human being, and her life’s goal is to make the world a better place than she left it. She is an extreme example, but nevertheless, she is an individual who is the definition of what a modern brand should look like. Not because of the content she shares and the products she endorses, but because every layer of her brand is authentic. People watch her shows and buy her products because it’s genuine to who she is and what she stands for. If she endorses something, it’s meaningful. Her brand is reliable, recognizable, and comes with a standard of quality. She herself has said: “Let excellence be your brand. When you are excellent, you become unforgettable. Doing the right thing, even when nobody knows you’re doing the right thing will always bring the right thing to you.” Whether you’re a fan of Oprah or not, this advice is powerful. Transparency and authenticity are more important than ever. Brands need to stand for something, and many are beginning to align themselves with social and political issues. Below, we’ll dig into why branding today is about doing the right.
Does it feel like social media “best practices” are changing all the time? That’s because they are. Social media marketing tactics have been nothing less than a rollercoaster in recent years. As social media platforms have matured, so has our profession and competition. As new apps come and go every day, people shift between which platforms are the most engaging, user-friendly, and trustworthy. It’s difficult for social media marketers to keep up with all of these shifts. So how can we know the best social media channels and best practices for distributing content when the platforms are in constant flux? Below we’ll discuss why quitting outdated practices and embracing new opportunities will help your brand remain at the top of its game.
While chatbots are the current marketing craze, it’s unwise to jump into using this form of marketing AI without a chatbot strategy. There are many things to think about. Your marketing/business goals Laws and legality of chatbots Scripting and content style of your chatbot Building a chatbot & chatbot tools And the list goes on and on. If you’re still figuring out how to formulate your chatbot strategy, use our guide for getting you from A to B with ease.
Have you ever wondered how much hashtags actually matter when it comes to content? Social media marketers everywhere are often asking themselves, and each other, this same thing. Should we use them? And if we do, how many? Hashtags have been a part of social media for years, making an impact on Twitter and Instagram and eventually making their way to Facebook and LinkedIn. Even though hashtags are commonplace both professionally, and personally, (#SundayFunday, anyone?) it’s important to ask ourselves, “what’s the purpose?” Are they actually expanding the reach of our content? Our friends at Trust Insights recently put out a report breaking down the impact of hashtags and we all know data doesn’t lie! Below we’ll review the findings from their report and share some hashtag best practices.
Stories are a fun, dynamic way for brands to connect with their followers. Instagram has a variety of features that let you show off your creative skills and increase the chances of your social media content going viral. But if you don’t know how to make your Instagram Stories stand out against the rest, fret no further. Read on for some handy tips on how to make your Instagram Stories more creative.