Snapchat vs. TikTok: What Marketers Need to Know

Snapchat vs. TikTok: What Marketers Need to Know

Remember Vine? Despite its huge initial growth, the six-second looping video app was discontinued by Twitter in 2016 — only four years after its launch. Since then, we’ve seen apps like Snapchat and TikTok fill Vine’s void. They both allow users to express their creativity while embracing short mobile videos and have attracted Gen Z and millennial audiences. They also feel more niche and non-traditional than older platforms, like Facebook or Twitter. Snapchat, which launched in 2011, allows users to create video-based stories about their lives and send video or image-based messages to their friends. Unlike most other apps, Snapchat content expires either immediately or after 24 hours. This platform […]

What Is Market Share & How Do You Calculate It?

What Is Market Share & How Do You Calculate It?

Growing up, I used to play “grocery store” with my sister. We’d go into our pantry, take out all the food, and set up a grocery store in our living room. I would typically “buy” goldfish. You might be thinking, “What does this have to do with market share?” Well, let’s say that I bought 10 bags of goldfish from various “companies” that my sister, mom, and dad owned. If three of those bags were my sister’s goldfish, that would mean that she had a 30% market share of my goldfish. Put simply, that is market share. But how does that impact marketers? As marketers, it’s important to understand market […]

Audience Targeting: What It Is and Why You Need It

Audience Targeting: What It Is and Why You Need It

Do you ever feel like your favorite companies just get you sometimes? For instance, I really enjoy how Netflix has different Twitter and Instagram accounts dedicated to their popular categories like Netflix Is A Joke (Comedy) and Strong Black Lead (African American audiences). Netflix’s comedy account is my favorite — it incorporates memes and updates about new stand-up specials, comedy series, and employs user-generated content (UGC) to engage with Netflix followers. And I think it’s hilarious. These social media accounts demonstrate that Netflix knows its audiences to the point where they can target them based on themes and market accordingly. Ultimately, it’s a fantastic way to integrate audience targeting in […]

The 6 Stages of the Product Life Cycle

The 6 Stages of the Product Life Cycle

When I was 12 years old, I used to look through my older cousin’s CD collection, a little confused. I didn’t understand the need to have CDs when I could go on my iTunes and listen to all my favorite songs. Then, when I was in middle school, I got my first hand-me-down iPod shuffle. This is a great example of the product life cycle (PLC) in action. CDs were in the decline stage while the iPod was in the growth stage – more on the stages below. Overall, the concept of the product life cycle is to help businesses make decisions on how to mature and grow in the […]

Social Media Demographics for Marketers in 2020

Social Media Demographics for Marketers in 2020

We get it, fellow marketers —sometimes, you just need the numbers. The new year means a lot of things: new life changes, new opportunities, chances to change lives, and, for marketers, new campaigns to plan. The juggernaut known as social media only gets bigger with every new year, and because of that, demographics shift with it. And, ultimately, keeping on top of important numbers before your social media campaigns can help you with ROI in the long run. Here, we’ve compiled the state of social media demographics, optimized with the most important data you need to know about your audience and shaping your personas for 2020, including everything from Instagram […]

How to Make a Dramatic Career Shift, According to a Freelancer Who Made $3 Million

For many of us, New Years Resolutions likely include less social media, more time with friends, or a renewed focus on health and wellness (which is probably why my gym is packed throughout the month of January … ). And, as it turns out, there’s another popular New Years Resolution for many people in 2020 — a career shift. In fact, a new study from Fiverr and YouGov shows over half of American workers (59%) want to make changes to their careers in the new year. Among other things, these changes include location shifts, industry shifts, the ability to work remote, or a desire to pursue a passion. If you’re […]

12 Best Screen Recorders to Use for Collaboration

12 Best Screen Recorders to Use for Collaboration

During my HubSpot on-boarding, marketing new hires had to watch recorded product demonstrations to learn the platform. These videos typically included a screen recording, webcam footage, and narrated audio to go along with it. Those training videos were recorded using screen recording software, which can be used to record a portion or the entirety of your computer screen. These recordings often include audio and cursor movements. For your team, screen recorders can be used for several reasons — from creating tutorials for your website to recording a recurring tech issue to sending your marketing team a quick note instead of an email. Plus, we can’t forget about product demos and […]

What is Local Advertising and How Does it Work? [+ Examples]

What is Local Advertising and How Does it Work? [+ Examples]

A couple of years ago, I ran to every grocery store and convenience store in my area, looking for one specific thing. I wasn’t going to rest until I found it, and it took months upon months of searching high and low, almost every week, until finally, my eyes settled on the slender, enticing beauty in front of me, right there in my local grocery store. A bottle of Coke with my name on it. Finally, I could indulge in a drink I don’t even prefer, just because my name was on it. This is the effect of the Share A Coke campaign: a global company taking steps to localize […]

5 Examples of Sensory Branding in Retail

5 Examples of Sensory Branding in Retail

When I was in middle school, the coolest place to shop was Abercrombie & Fitch. I loved going in and picking out my favorite jeans and hoodies. The issue was that my mom — who I depended on to drive me to the mall — couldn’t stand going into the store. Why? Long story short, she referred to her experiences at the Abercrombie store as “sensory overload”. Now, I don’t know if you’ve been in an Abercrombie & Fitch store before, but it’s quite dark due to their dim lighting. They also spray their identifiable and unique perfumes and colognes everywhere — on, above, below, and around all of their […]

8 Examples of Influencer Marketing on TikTok

8 Examples of Influencer Marketing on TikTok

Since TikTok launched in 2017, marketers have been trying to wrap their minds around the odd-ball video platform. Now, many are realizing that the key to brand awareness might involve sponsoring influencer content on the app. Why does this strategy make sense? There are a few great reasons why influencer marketing can be beneficial on a new or niche app like TikTok. First of all, rather than spending weeks or months analyzing the app and its audiences to determine what content will be interesting, you can work with an influencer who has a decent following, videos with high engagements, and a visible track record of reaching the TikTok audience. Additionally, […]