4 Predictions Marketing Experts Got Wrong About Social Media in 2020

4 Predictions Marketing Experts Got Wrong About Social Media in 2020

As a marketer, reading trending predictions or industry forecasts is the norm. But sometimes you just want to pull a Regina George and say, “Stop trying to make fetch happen. It’s not going to happen.” We’ve all been there, especially with social media predictions. Although we’re always trying to forecast what the future holds so we can run successful campaigns and strategize for the future, things don’t always go as planned. Sometimes we even get it wrong. In this post, we’re going to look at the top social media predictions that marketing experts got wrong. Bad Social Media Predictions 1. Google would have a successful social media platform. Google has […]

The Ultimate Guide to Pinterest Marketing

The Ultimate Guide to Pinterest Marketing

When I open up Pinterest, I’m in trouble. That’s because I know I could potentially sit there for hours on end browsing pictures and videos beautiful decor for my apartment, fun new workouts to try, outfits I want to buy, and much more. In the past, I’ve purchased items directly from Pinterest. I’ve also pinned content to my boards so I can refer to them in the future, use them as inspiration, or share them with my friends. Marketers target Pinterest users by sharing content that’s too irresistible for us to pass up. And with over 250 million people on Pinterest, why wouldn’t marketers want to be on the platform? […]

How to Run a Social Media Contest That Gets Tons of Engagement (11 Contest Ideas)

How to Run a Social Media Contest That Gets Tons of Engagement (11 Contest Ideas)

There are so many rules and guidelines and so much planning and preparation involved. A contest could be the best tactic you’ve ever introduced to grow your reach, drive site traffic, and generate leads, but you want to ensure you’re doing it right. Here’s how you can set yourself up for success with contests on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. How to Run a Contest on Facebook Facebook is the most widely used social media platform, so running a contest on Facebook makes sense. After all, your prospects most likely hang out here. Here are some best practices: Follow the Rules Before you start your Facebook contest, make sure you […]

The Plain-English Guide to Local PPC

For the last few weeks, my husband and I have been ordering more takeout than ever. As we were trying to find a restaurant to order from, we came across an online ad for one of our favorite local restaurants that just started offering delivery. We were so excited and immediately placed an order. That’s why local pay-per-click (PPC) can be a great option for local businesses. Even when budgets are tight, a local PPC campaign can improve the efficiency of your local marketing as it allows you to get in front of the right audience. Below, let’s review the benefits and top strategies for implementing a successful PPC campaign. […]

Does Your Blog Need Its Own Social Media Channels?

Does Your Blog Need Its Own Social Media Channels?

If you were to take a quick scroll down my Instagram feed, you’d see the three types of accounts I follow: reality TV stars, musicians, and food bloggers. Yes, you read that right: food bloggers. And, while it might sound a little out of the ordinary that blogs are popping up on social media channels, like Instagram, it’s not an out of the ordinary practice. Blog owners can see great success on social media. They can engage with followers, use hashtags to find new ones and expand reach, and promote their posts. For instance, one of the bloggers I follow, Sweet Simple Vegan, has over 200,000 followers and posts new […]

How 5 Brands Use WhatsApp For Marketing

How 5 Brands Use WhatsApp For Marketing

In 2019, WhatsApp reached 2 billion global users and solidified itself as the most popular mobile messaging app worldwide. When the app launched in 2009, it was just a basic SMS platform that allowed you to log on, text message friends, send photos or videos, and make voice calls globally using Wi-Fi. The app became popular as an alternative to paying costly phone bills to communicate with loved ones around the world. As one of WhatsApp’s earlier adopters, I discovered the app when studying abroad in Ireland. After blowing up my U.S. cell phone bill with roaming fees and spending countless euros just to text my roommate on pay-as-you-go Irish […]

What Is Twitch? How Do Brands Use It?

What Is Twitch? How Do Brands Use It?

I am an avid player of The Sims video games. For over a decade, I’ve been a dedicated fan, buying each new release and playing them over and over again. Eventually, my interest in the simulation game led me to find a community of others who feel the same way. So, I started watching YouTube videos of people playing the Sims. Most of the YouTubers promoted their Twitch accounts, where they would broadcast live play-throughs. I didn’t pay attention to Twitch at first, but eventually, curiosity got the best of me and I decided to check it out one day. Warning: Twitch can get highly addicting. The first time I […]

9 Ways to Deal With Imposter Syndrome Before It Hinders Your Success

“I got lucky.” “I don’t belong here.” “I’m a fraud, and it’s just a matter of time before everyone finds out.” Sound familiar? Most of us have experienced feelings of doubt and unworthiness at some point in our lives. But when your accomplishments are a result of your own knowledge, hard work, and preparation and you still feel inadequate … you’re probably suffering from impostor syndrome. People who suffer from this syndrome often feel like frauds — despite being smart, skilled, capable professionals who actually deserve whatever commendations and praise they’re given. Rather than celebrating their accomplishments, they worry that they’ve somehow tricked people into thinking they’re good enough. As […]

Email Analytics: The 8 Email Marketing Metrics & KPIs You Should Be Tracking

Email Analytics: The 8 Email Marketing Metrics & KPIs You Should Be Tracking

There’s a lot to say when it comes to how to do email marketing well. We could talk for days about the most critical components of an optimized email, common email marketing mistakes you might be making, and examples of brilliant email marketing that will inspire you. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how optimized your emails are if you can’t see the results of your efforts — not to mention measure whether email is helping you hit your goals. So before sending your next email, pause for a few minutes and ask yourself: What is the goal of my email marketing? Is it to grow my subscriber […]

Are Amazon ‘Sponsored Products’ Ads Worth It?

Are Amazon ‘Sponsored Products’ Ads Worth It?

Say you’re in the market for a new pair of headphones or a new guitar tuner. Where would you start your search? Google, right? Not so fast. Amazon came away with nearly 40% of the US ecommerce market in 2018. Google still remains the top search tool for B2B purchases and services and informational queries that lead to purchases, but Amazon is the dominant front runner in ecommerce. Need help getting started with inbound ads on Amazon, Google, LinkedIn, or Facebook? Book a free meeting with The Center for Inbound Advertising here. So what does this mean for you? When you’re thinking about your online advertising strategy, you want to […]