It used to be that major topics got discussed on social media. Now social media itself is a hotly debated topic. It's for good reason: older platforms are facing growing pains and controversy about their social and political responsibility. What does that mean for marketing? New social media platforms are always going to rise, but they're doing so in a fierce environment. What's the next big social media platform and how will marketing on them be different?Read >
Instagram shoppable posts make selling on Instagram much easier. It's especially important to learn how to use this feature now that Instagram is making things a bit more difficult for influencers by removing likes. Business marketing on Instagram will have to make some adjustments, and the shoppable posts feature provides a solid tool that continues to evolve the platform. If you don't know how to sell on Instagram, follow this guide:Read >
Conversational commerce has quietly grown into a major factor in digital marketing. It has been mentioned as an on-the-rise trend, but it's embracing its potential ahead of most expectations. It differs from chatbots by focusing on messaging apps instead of websites.Read >
For years there has been a great debate over where hashtags should be placed. Should they go in the posts' captions or in the comments? Due to the mystery surrounding exactly how the Instagram algorithm works, it has been difficult to paint a complete picture regarding which hashtag methods create the most engagement, reach, and new followers.Read >
We all remember when the digital world was under fire as a result of the recent Facebook data scandal. As the smoke cleared, Facebook was left with a tough choice in what to do to prove to people that the company is serious about data security and privacy. After all, if users don’t TRUST Facebook, then they won’t USE Facebook. And if users leave Facebook, there won't be anyone left to advertise to on Facebook.
Once again Facebook is taking action against discriminatory advertising by removing a large range of targeting capabilities for businesses that fall into the housing, employment and credit. When creating ad campaigns for these industries, you now must select the Special Ad Category field or your ads will be declined for non-compliance. This is not good news for the many brands in these categories, as the targeting parameters are much stricter. Special Ad Categories are no longer able to target by age, gender or zip code. They are also limited on the interest and behavior targeting audiences. However, all is not lost! There are still impactful ways to reach your target market with Facebook advertising.Read >
Instagram may not have as many users as its massive big brother Facebook, but it is a powerhouse when it comes to grabbing - and keeping - the attention of a target audience One thing that is extremely helpful when trying to stay ahead of the game on Instagram is keeping an eye on stats. While we must be careful and consider the source of said statistics, they can help us predict trends and isolate opportunities in the market to make an impact. The following Instagram statistics are extremely valuable when planning your social media marketing strategy for 2020. Check them out!Read >
Imagine a cocktail party, filled with all the colleagues, clients, associates, contacts, and connections you need to help you reach your business goals. Now, imagine that you’re late, and you insult some guests while ignoring others. You talk, loudly and endlessly, about your favorite topic: you. And, worst of all, you eat all the bacon-wrapped shrimp. How effective is that party in driving your career and company to new heights?Read >
When looking at Facebook ads and their results, it is helpful to have some context as to whether the numbers are good or bad. The social media giant is notoriously tight lipped when it comes to exact averages for cost per click (CPC), cost per thousand (CPM), or click-through rate (CTR). But this is critical information in determining, for example, whether you’re paying too much for an ad or what a good conversion rate is. Fortunately, AdStage has aggregated data from over 13 billion impressions and more than 209 million clicks to help establish some 2020 Facebook advertising benchmarks.Read >
2019 is drawing to a close, and you know what that means. Countdowns? Parties? Noise-makers? Champagne? No, it means it’s time to get serious about your 2020 social media advertising budget. Which is just as fun as parties. No, it’s not, but it is necessary, especially considering about half the world’s population has a social media account - and counting.
When creating a social media advertising strategy, one of the most frequently asked questions is how much to invest. This is always a fun exercise, because social media channels will ingest however much budget you are willing to pony up, so the issue is really about how much budget you are comfortable allocating. To reach your brand-building goals, spend must reflect social’s importance.Read >
2019 has been a busy year for Instagram. Updates and changes have evolved the platform and optimized the app experience for both users and brands. Changes have ranged from helping facilitate shopping in the app to taking steps to reduce social pressure on the platform. As we head into 2020, it can be hard to remember all the updates and changes that have been made throughout the year. To help refresh your memory, we have rounded up the five most important Instagram takeaways in 2019 for social media influencers and marketers.Read >