Category Archives: Social Media

Video Content Marketing Opportunities with Meerkat and Periscope

Meerkat & Periscope logos

Meerkat and Periscope. By now you must have heard of them, so I will dispense with nutshell introductions of what they are. Well, just this: both apps facilitate real-time video streaming on Twitter.

I will also avoid predicting which app is going to win this particular social media horse race. I suspect it will be Periscope, but I could be completely wrong. And it doesn’t matter, at least not for the purposes of this article, which aims only to explore the possibilities of video content marketing with either app.

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Content Marketing Means Marketing Your Content

Publish and pray, fingers crossed

You’ve heard the saying "publish and pray"? Basically, it’s an admonishment to brands who produce content, publish it on their website, and then sit back and hope for results.

Unfortunately, "build it and they will come" only works for Apple or Nike. Content marketing for the rest of us requires additional effort.

Lately, I’ve been on a roll writing marketing case studies, and this post will be no exception. In this article I present a content marketing strategy that achieved results only because the content itself was actively marketed. This marketing strategy was executed for a career center that served job seekers in a particular Illinois county. And the content in question were jobs that were posted on the organization’s home-grown jobs board.

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Event Marketing: Online Marketing for Your Offline Event

brick & mortar online marketing

Even though the focus of this blog is online marketing, few brands can survive with a strictly online marketing strategy. Often, there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned "brick-and-mortar" event. Events may even be a key aspect of a brand’s existence, and marketing these events is a necessity.

This article, while not strictly a case study, aims to be something along those lines. It illustrates an effective online marketing strategy that was conducted to promote an event held by a career center.

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Is Google+ Dying With It’s Boots On?

Google+ logo with bootsLate in 2014, Wordstream founder Larry Kim predicted the demise of Google+ in this article published on the Powered by Search blog. Two things he said really stuck with me: “in 2015 Google+ will die a slow death” and “G+ engagement will fade over time”. I must say, my reaction to both statements was, “What do you mean will?”

To the best of my recollection, I’ve never heard anyone say, “G+ is awesome” or “Yeah, we get tons of referrals from G+.” Ever. Continue reading the article »

Analysis of Facebook Content Marketing for a Non-Profit

man overwhelmed by social media

This article is part of a larger and ongoing collection of articles about content marketing for a non-profit organization. I invite you to read the “parent” article, Content Marketing Strategy for a Non-Profit: A Case Study.

"You simply must be on social media!" This has been said so often, by so many people, with such varying levels of expertise, that it has become something of a cliché. Snarkliy, perhaps, I have come to refer to such statements as social media cheerleading: "Rah, rah, sis boom bah! Social media to the rescue!"

Of course, that statement contains truth. Brands, including non-profits, do need to be present and active on social media. But a social media strategy is a little easier said than done. And, one of more difficult aspects of social media marketing is evaluating the effectiveness of your campaign.

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The Social-Mobile Web, Marketing, and Lead Generation

R.I.P. lead generation?Two new surveys caught my eye this week, each portending trends for 2015.

The first was a survey of B2B marketers, conducted by the Information Technology Services Marketing Association. Results from the survey were published on the blog of eMarketers, in a post (hyperbolically?) titled Is This the End of B2B Marketing as We Know It?

This survey showed the shifting priorities of B2B marketers, with survey respondents indicating their top priorities for 2014 and 2016. In 2014, the top priorities had been:

  1. brand positioning
  2. lead generation, and
  3. brand communications.

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Content Marketing Strategy for a Non-Profit: A Case Study

questions about content marketingContent marketing success stories get loudly trumpeted, and rightly so, yet many (most?) marketers have something of a love-hate relationship with content marketing. The evolution of content marketing appears to be an ongoing struggle for online marketers, especially on these two fronts:

  1. identifying and producing content that will engage prospective customers and,
  2. measuring the effectiveness of your content strategy.

Marketers for non-profit organizations are no exception. A recent survey conducted by the Content Marketing Institute demonstrates the difficulties that non-profit marketers are experiencing with content marketing.

With the hope of assisting other marketers in developing their own content strategy, here is a case study of a content marketing strategy executed for a non-profit organization.
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New Twitter Features Will Raise the Bar for Content Quality

twitter-wants-you-backIn the realm of social media, Twitter’s unique value proposition has always been it’s real-time quality. Because of this, Twitter became a platform of choice for breaking news in journalism, and it probably also gave birth to real time marketing (for better and/or worse). In the Twitterverse, time has been of the essence.

However, Twitter recently announced a number of planned changes and upgrades that will change the nature of users’ experience on the platform. These features are intended to attract new users and boost engagement with logged-out users. Among these planned changes are native video uploads and an upgrade to direct messaging.
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Social Media for Small Business: A Pragmatic Approach

small business pragmatismA recent survey conducted by Inc. Magazine and Vocus (maker of marketing software) showed that social media is the #2 most used marketing tactic for small businesses, second only to websites. The survey also showed that social media marketing holds the #2 spot for being considered most effective by small business marketers.

According to another recent survey conducted by Social Media Examiner, 86% of SMB marketers indicated that social media is important for their businesses in 2013.

And, yet a third recent survey, conducted by email marketing giant Constant Contact, showed that since 2008 there has been a nearly 800% increase in the use of social media by small businesses.
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Instagram Video versus Vine: How much difference can 9 seconds make?

Video on InstagramThis past Friday, Instagram rolled out their rumored video feature, in what seems a pretty clear swipe at Vine. For it’s video debut, Instagram has added a few features that Vine lacks – notably filters, image stabilization and a 15 second time limit – that should make internet marketers pleased as Christmas punch…in July. (Yeah, that didn’t work.)
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