How Broadcast Journalism Helped Me Pivot to Social Media Management

How Broadcast Journalism Helped Me Pivot to Social Media Management

Pivoting from a career in broadcast journalism was a big decision for me. I loved everything about a newsroom environment: the breaking news, researching topics, identifying sources for stories, and feeling like I had a pulse on trends and issues taking place in the world. I was successful at it, too. In fact, I worked at some of the biggest news corporations in the world, including CNN, ABC News, CBSLA and others. However, at some point — because I was spending so much time on social media listening for breaking news and looking for story ideas — my interest in social media evolved. I knew I wanted to make a […]

Lights, Camera, Action: How to Record a Webinar Worth Replaying

Lights, Camera, Action: How to Record a Webinar Worth Replaying

A few short months ago, I discovered the beauty of webinars. I love to learn more about the marketing industry. Every chance I get, I’m on LinkedIn searching for engaging content that teaches me something new about social media or content creation. And my favorite way to learn is by watching a webinar. By taking an hour out of my day, I can gain valuable insights from industry experts about virtually any topic. In most cases, I’m introduced to a new thought leader in the space, as well. The only downside to webinars is that a lot of them are live events. Most of the time, my schedule doesn’t allow […]

Upstream vs. Downstream Marketing, Explained

Upstream vs. Downstream Marketing, Explained

How many times have you seen a term for something you already knew about? This probably happens a lot, right? For example, before I took marketing classes in college, I had no idea that there was a term for making sure your content has a better chance of ranking highly on search engines. (Hint: This is search engine optimization, or SEO). You may already know about upstream and downstream marketing. When I learned what these two terms meant, I found myself saying, “Oh, so that’s what it’s called!” You’re probably here for the same reason. So, let’s talk about the difference between these two terms and how they work together. […]

What Is Co-Marketing? A Guide to Co-Branding Marketing Campaigns

What Is Co-Marketing? A Guide to Co-Branding Marketing Campaigns

As marketers, we are always looking for new ways to get more bang for our buck. Co-marketing allows you to do just that — the process involves two or more companies working together to reap the benefits of their combined efforts. We’ve compiled the co-marketing tips and tricks below to help you create a successful co-marketing campaign and relationship, from start to finish. Partner companies typically collaborate on promotional efforts for a co-branded offer. In a co-marketing partnership, both companies promote a piece of content or product, and share the results of that promotion. By levering the relationship and reach of a partner, co-marketing campaigns are designed to deliver more […]

Reach and Delight (The Right) Customers with Cooperative Marketing

Reach and Delight (The Right) Customers with Cooperative Marketing

Let’s say you’re buying a new phone. You probably also have to buy a screen protector and case. But, never fear — The phone store has an array of both from different companies. They are bundled with the phone for a lower price. A phone store that bundles their products with complementary ones is an example of cooperative marketing. This offer takes advantage of products you’d already need to invest in when buying a phone, and uses that to entice you into purchasing. That way, instead of spending time and money to make a campaign about the phones a screen protector is great for, the cooperative partnership drives leads and […]

6 Stats that Prove the Importance of Product Videos for Ecommerce

6 Stats that Prove the Importance of Product Videos for Ecommerce

Producing quality videos for your ecommerce site is hard, we know. Equipment is expensive, and specialists who know how to use that equipment cost even more. For that very reason, many ecommerce businesses will settle for photos and graphics just to get the job done. These video marketing statistics show that video might just be an investment worth making. Sure, you’ll have to dig a little deeper into those pockets at first, but the results will return more than you dreamed. Product Video Stats Marketers Need to Know 1. Video is the #1 content type used by marketers to sell products and services. In our Not Another State of Marketing Report, […]

16 Awesome Email Marketing Campaigns & How to Run Your Own

16 Awesome Email Marketing Campaigns & How to Run Your Own

Consumers love connecting with brands via email, and it’s a channel that continues to provide ROI. In fact, for every $1 spent on email marketing, marketers receive an average of $42 in return (HubSpot State of Marketing 2020). Not only is email not dead, but 78% of marketers have seen an increase in engagement on this channel over the course of the last year. As we strive to connect with our prospects and customers and provide them with value, our email marketing campaigns must resonate. What Is an Email Marketing Campaign? An email marketing campaign is a series of emails a business uses to communicate with current and potentials customers. […]

From Coffee Shops to Cat Videos: 13 Unexpected Productivity Hacks That Actually Work

From Coffee Shops to Cat Videos: 13 Unexpected Productivity Hacks That Actually Work

Recently, a friend of mine asked me how my day was. “Busy, but productive,” I replied. But what did that even mean? I suppose what I’d really meant was that all I did was work: I got to work early, worked through lunch, broke for dinner, and then proceeded to sign back online to wrap a few things up after that. And now that I think about it, I barely even moved. Many of us have this distorted idea of productivity where the more hours you put in, the more work you put out. The less you socialize during the day, the more work you put out. The less you move during the day, the […]

A Brief History of Productivity: How Getting Stuff Done Became an Industry

A Brief History of Productivity: How Getting Stuff Done Became an Industry

Anyone who’s ever been a teenager is likely familiar with the question, “Why aren’t you doing something productive?” If only I knew, as an angsty 15-year-old, what I know after conducting the research for this article. If only I could respond to my parents with the brilliant retort, “You know, the idea of productivity actually dates back to before the 1800s.” If only I could ask, “Do you mean ‘productive’ in an economic or modern context?” Back then, I would have been sent to my room for “acting smart.” But today, I’m a nerdy adult who is curious to know where today’s widespread fascination with productivity comes from. There are endless […]

16 Important Ways to Use Case Studies in Your Marketing

16 Important Ways to Use Case Studies in Your Marketing

When you’re thinking about investing in a product or service, what’s the first thing you do? Usually, it’s one or both of the following: You’ll likely ask your friends whether they’ve tried the product or service, and if they have, whether they would recommend it. You’ll also probably do some online research to see what others are saying about said product or service. Nowadays, 90% of consumers used the internet to find a local business in the last year, and 82% of consumers read online reviews. This shows that the majority of people are looking to peers to make a purchasing decision.Most customers know that a little online research could spare them from a bad experience […]