Did you know that 81 percent of Americans had a social media profile in 2017—a five percent growth over the previous year? According to Statista, the number of worldwide social media users is expected to grow from 1.96 billion in 2017 to some 2.5 billion this year. These impressive numbers explain why social media has experienced a features explosion over the past year—with no signs of stopping. Facebook continues to dominate with its continually evolving platform, while Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter follow close behind. If you don’t already devote a… Continue Reading My Top 5 Social Media Marketing Trends for 2018
I founded aka Media Marketing several years ago to help small businesses build brand awareness and connect with their audiences through online platforms. I firmly believe that relationships are the key to business growth, and that’s why I think every business—no matter how small—should have a healthy social media presence. Now, I realize that social media can be intimidating for some small business owners, especially if you don’t have the budget to hire a consulting firm like mine. So, I wanted to create a simple guide that anyone could use to get… Continue Reading Socially Awkward? I Have a Book for That!
Do you have a marketing plan for the holidays? Prime shopping season is upon us, and this is the ideal time to boost your sales using social. Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving, aka the biggest shopping day of the year) is now celebrated by one in three people in the world. And according to Statista, Cyber Monday 2016 (the Monday after Thanksgiving) became the biggest U.S. online shopping day ever, with close to $2.67 billion in online spending. Cyber Monday has become the largest U.S. online shopping day of the… Continue Reading 4 Action Items to Boost Your Holiday Sales Using Social
Did that headline make you do a double take? “Chat bots” sound a little too futuristic, right? Don’t worry, I’m not talking about Terminator-esque cyborgs. Chat bots are simply computer programs that use artificial intelligence (AI) to mimic conversation with people. When you visit a website for a consumer brand like Amazon and a messaging box pops up with a friendly greeting, you’re usually not talking to a real person – you’re talking to a messenger chat bot. And when you press the home button on your iPhone to ask … Continue Reading Messenger Chat Bots: What They Are & Why You Need One
Blogging is never easy, but it’s well worth the time and effort – especially for small businesses. A blog gives you the opportunity to share your knowledge with a larger audience, and thus becomes an ideal pipeline for bringing in new customers. However, a blog is only as good as its content. In order to keep readers coming back, you must continually add value. Your audience is bored! Here are four tried-and-true suggestions for keeping your blog content fresh and your audience entertained: Find something small you can regularly cover. I love this suggestion from Continue Reading Your Audience is Bored! 4 Ways to Keep Your Content Fresh
By Angie Dunnigan Do you have an email subscriber list for your small business? Do you send out emails to your customers on a regular basis? If not, you’re leaving money on the table! "People aren’t going to buy something just because you say so. They’ll only listen if you can prove you’re a credible source of information. The best way to do this is by building a relationship via email. Therefore building an email list becomes an essential part of your credibility when you use it properly." ~Continue Reading My 10 Go-To List Building Ideas
When you’re scrolling through your social media feed, what catches your eye? Most likely, it’s a colorful or interesting image. That’s probably why the majority of posts on social media include photos (and why we now have entire platforms devoted to sharing images, like Instagram). But not all of us are graphic designers. I know I’m not, and when I first started my business, creating professional-looking graphics was something I really struggled with. Fortunately, I found a whole slew of tools that made it easy for me. Now, the one I use… Continue Reading Why I Love Canva: My Non-Compensated Review
These days, it’s not enough just to post content on social media; you have to curate that content. “Content curation” is the art of sharing quality content on a particular topic. If you do it right, you’ll build an audience of people who look to you for interesting, credible information. So, how do you know what content is “shareable” and what isn’t? I go by a very simple rule: Story first, social second. Your content should always convey a story and a clear message. For instance, if you’re… Continue Reading Story First, Social Second
Do you have a social media presence for your business? Do you devote quality time each week to your social media efforts? If you answered no to either of these questions, it’s time to amp up your social media strategy for 2017! Now more than ever, social media is far too valuable to ignore. Just look at the stats from Social Media Examiner’s 2016 Social Media Marketing Industry Report. In surveying 5,000 marketers, they found that with as little as six hours per week, the vast majority (92 percent)… Continue Reading Ready to Amp Up Your Social Media in 2017? Here’s How!