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10 Things Marketers Need to Know About Voice in 2020

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Every decade since the 1980s seems to have ushered in a new technology that changes the game. The 1980s saw the rise of the personal computer in the form of the Apple II and the Commodore. The 1990s saw the introduction of the internet that swiftly changed the way we share information.

Every pastor should use social media: here’s why

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The power and presence of social media continues to increase daily amongst the lives of Americans. A 2019 study by Pew Research found that 72% of U.S adults used at least one social media site. The study found that 90% of Americans ages 19-29 use at least one form of social media. .

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Interview with SMSsummit speaker Brendan Gahan of Mekanism

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SMSsummit speaker Brendan Gahan. Brendan Gahan is Partner & Chief Social Officer at independent creative agency Mekanism, leading the agency’s social division.

SMSsummit Interviews the Founders of Canvas+Co

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In 2015, Charlene Tassinari + Carly Potock founded YouTube’s first brand strategy team for small-to-medium businesses.

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Social Media Automation 101

A beginner's guide to social media automation tools and getting automation right.

10 COMMANDMENTS EVERY RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION MUST FOLLOW WHEN CREATING A YouTube CHANNEL

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Around ¾ of U.S adults, or 73%, say they use Youtube according to a 2019 survey from Pew Research Center. People use Youtube to listen to music, watch their favorite influencers, get answers to questions or help with things like recipes, hacks and more.

How to Create An Effective B2B Social Media Strategy

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Social media is an essential component of the marketing strategy of your business. But the way you design your social media strategy might vary depending on the type of business you have, e.g. business to consumer (B2C) or business to business (B2B).

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Interview with Influencer Summit Emcee and Speaker, Jim Tobin, CEO of Carusele

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The Influencer Summit team had the chance to sit down with Jim Tobin, president and founder of Carusele , the leading influencer marketing company for consumer brands and retailers. We asked him a few questions about what makes an influencer campaign work, how to create a meaningful influencer marketing strategy, and what he wishes influencers would stop doing. How did you end up in marketing? What draws you to it, and specifically, Influencer marketing? Why do you love it?

4 Emerging Social Media Trends to Watch in 2020

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We don’t have to tell you that social media is an industry that changes almost daily. At any given moment, there are new tools, platform updates, improved tracking, and several 2020 social media trends are emerging now that point to our industry being one of constant movement. Now that we’re two full months into 2020, we are starting to see which trends and platforms will fade into the background – and which will shape our strategies this year.

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4 Emerging Social Media Platforms To Watch In 2019

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In the midst of 4th quarter marketing campaigns and the race to end 2018 with a bang, marketers should also start looking ahead to the new year. It’s a good time to take stock of your social media marketing strategies to assess what’s working and where you have room to improve. There is a lot of chatter about emerging social media sites, and where brands should make investments in 2019. Unfortunately, no one has a crystal ball to see who is going to be the next Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat.

Top 8 Viral Social Campaigns of the Year

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As we ring in 2020 we enter not just a new year, but also a new decade. The past several years have seen huge shifts in the social media landscape and this year is sure to continue that trend. Social Media has truly grown into its maturity as a marketing channel. Social now dominates the way people communicate, shop and interact with brands.

The Content Marketing Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Wilds of Social Media

Use this guide to inspire your creativity and ignite more successful and sustainable social media conversations.

14 Tips That Will Help You Master Instagram Live

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Although Instagram is best known as a platform to share your most beautiful photographs, video is becoming a bigger and bigger part of the popular platform. With the launch of IG Live in 2016 and IG TV in 2018, the platform (and it’s users) are embracing both ephemeral and long-form video. If you don’t currently have a video strategy on Instagram, there is good data to support creating one: videos on Instagram get 21.2% more interactions than single images and 18.6%

10 of the best brand storytelling campaigns of 2018

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Storytelling is the process of building a narrative to communicate something to an audience. The concept of storytelling in marketing is not a new one, but as content continues to grow as a central tenet of a solid marketing strategy, storytelling has grown in popularity among brands. Stories forge deeper connections with an audience, and by tapping into the audience’s emotions, can make a brand feel more human.

The Top 9 Social Media Trends of 2019

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2018 was a year of lasting impacts on the social media industry. The year began with a post from Mark Zuckerberg announcing the biggest algorithm update Facebook had ever seen. Then, news of the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke and the GDPR went into effect. There were positive changes for marketers as well. With the expansion of shoppable Instagram, huge growth of the Stories format and the launch of IGTV, marketers had more ways than ever to connect and engage with consumers.

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Here’s What To Do With Your Live Video Once It’s Over

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In April 2016, Facebook launched Facebook Live and the response from marketers was initially very positive. 25% of brands posted a live video that year ( Buffer ). Since then, the popular video medium has grown and been adopted by Instagram (IG Live), Twitter (Periscope), YouTube and Twitch among others. And customers have followed suit, with 82% reporting that they prefer to watch live video overseeing a social post and 63% of people aged 18-34 watch live streaming content regularly.

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Top B2B Brands on Social Media

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With its ability to get in front of a wide array of consumers, social media may be the darling of retail and B2C brands, but it is increasingly difficult for ANY business to ignore the power of social media marketing. For B2B brands, social media is growing in importance: 66% of B2B marketers report that LinkedIn is effective, 66% say they plan to boost their organic usage of Instagram, and 56% rate YouTube as important to overall brands success ( Articulate ).

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Social Media Marketing GPS

SMGPS will tell you the why & how to use social media for marketing, 1 tweet at a time. You'll learn essentials in digestible little spoonfuls.

7 Brands Achieving Killer Results on Facebook

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There is no shortage of reasons for brands to move away from the social media giant, Facebook. From the algorithm changes to the fake news stories that plagued the 2016 election and the ever-increasing cost of advertising , the environment on Facebook seems to get more challenging every day. But despite all of these reasons to move away from Facebook, there is no denying the influence the platform still holds. According to a recent Pew Research study, 69% of adults report using Facebook.

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10 Impressive Examples of AI in Marketing

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Today’s marketers are all looking for new ways to find and attract their ideal audience. But in the fast-paced and ever-evolving digital marketing landscape, it’s getting harder and harder to reach your people and get results. Enter AI in marketing. What is artificial intelligence marketing? Artificial intelligence marketing (AI Marketing) is a method of leveraging customer data and AI concepts like machine learning to anticipate your customer’s next move and improve the customer journey.

Best Brands on YouTube: Our Top 10 of 2019

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Video is a highly effective form of content. For marketers, it is an easy way to communicate their value proposition and engage their audience. And as social media and social advertising has become more important in marketing, the need for video as part of a content strategy has only increased. According to a recent report by Smart Insights, 83% of marketers believe that video is becoming more important.

5 KPIs to Measure Your Influencer Marketing Program

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Influencer programs are a shed load of work. Part of what makes them more complex compared to other marketing tactics is the same thing that makes them interesting and effective: human relationships. It’s this factor, the human factor, that leads marketers to feel unsure about how they can evaluate an influencer program’s success relative to the business goals they are working towards. So let’s talk about that. How do we know if we’re doing a good job?

How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

Learn the 10 worst social media marketing mistakes and how to avoid them.

8 of This Year’s Best Holiday Marketing Campaigns

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For many consumer brands, the holiday season marks the beginning of a make-it-or-break-it period where every engagement, customer interaction, and the sale can mean the difference between profit and loss. In fact, some retailers report that holiday sales make up 30% of their total revenue for the year. Luckily, there is no shortage of opportunities for businesses to win a sale during the 4th quarter.

What You Need To Know About Programmatic Advertising For 2019 And Beyond

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Programmatic advertising channels are rapidly becoming the most important medium for US advertisers and the world at large. In 2019, US advertisers are expected to spend nearly $60 billion on programmatic advertising. And that number is expected to grow: by 2021, almost 88% of all US digital display ad dollars will transact programmatically. Programmatic Display Ad Spending. Source: eMarketer.

Nailed It: The 5 Best Brands on Snapchat

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Once considered a niche platform for the young, Snapchat has grown to control a considerable piece of the social advertising pie. In 2019, second-quarter revenue increased 48% to $388 million. This accelerated from 39% growth in the previous quarter and from 36% in the prior quarter. According to the platform, user activity is up as well. Snapchat reached 190 million daily users in Q1 of 2019.

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Top 10 Brands Killing It on Instagram

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2018 was a big year for Instagram. In April, the platform saw changes to its API that resulted in the death of Instagram bots, apps that help brands analyze their followers and limitations on the ability to repost UGC. The platform also rolled out a new algorithm , focusing on serving its users content based on three primary factors: interests, timeliness, and relationship.

8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO

Discover just how easy it is to boost SEO with social media.

What Is Omnichannel Marketing and How Are Brands Leveraging It?

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Omnichannel Marketing vs. Multichannel Marketing. Omnichannel refers to the multichannel marketing approach that provides the customer with an integrated shopping experience. The customer can be shopping online from a desktop or mobile device, via phone, in a brick-and-mortar store, or a combination of all of these channels, and the experience will be seamless.

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5 Examples of How AI Chatbots Can Boost Your Marketing Power

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Although the idea of chatbots has been around for quite some time (see: A Visual History of Chatbots ), it has only been over the past several years that they have really come into the mainstream. Businesses like Pizza Hut, Sephora, Starbucks, and many others have used chatbots to streamline their customer service, reinforce brand awareness and personalize the customer experience. In fact, chatbots have already changed the way many marketers think about reaching and engaging customers.

Interview with SMSsummit Speaker Ronda Scholting of West Metro Fire Rescue

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We had the honor of interviewing Ronda Scholting , Public Information Officer for West Metro Fire Rescue , headquartered in Lakewood, Colorado. Ronda will be speaking at our upcoming Social Media Strategies Summit for First Responders, where she’ll share how those working in public safety can use storytelling to build better media relationships. In her interview, Ronda shares insights about her role as a PIO and how she has translated her years of experience on TV to her current position.

The Next Big Thing in Social: Top 7 Brands Embracing TikTok

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By now, you’ve probably heard of the emerging social media site, TikTok. Launched in 2016, the platform now boasts 500 million active users worldwide. TikTok was also downloaded 1 billion times in 2018 , eclipsing Instagram’s 444 million downloads. Source: SensorTower. So What Exactly is TikTok? TikTok is a social media app that allows users to post short-form lip-synced, music, talent, or comedy focused mobile videos. TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video.

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Interview with Influencer Summit Speaker, Joel Beckett, CEO of The Outloud Group

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The Influencer Summit team had the change to talk with Joel Beckett, CEO of The Outloud Group , a Detroit-based influencer marketing agency, about the value of influencer marketing, the opportunity it presents for brands, and how brands should think about influencer marketing as a full-funnel strategy. Tell us more about how your educational background led you to launch The Outloud Group.

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9 Critical Components of a Successful Social Media Strategy

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According to a 2018 industry report by Social Media Examiner , 87% of all marketers indicated that their social media efforts generated more exposure for their businesses and 78% reported increased traffic to sites. Perhaps most importantly, more than half of marketers who’ve been using social media for more than 2 years reported it helped them improve sales.

8 Important Steps to Running a Successful Email Campaign

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Email may not be a new marketing tactic (the first marketing email was reportedly sent in 1978 and resulted in $13 million in sales), but it remains one of the most highly used and effective marketing channels to date. But with great results comes increased competition: individuals receive approximately 121 emails each day. This is creating a battle among brands to get campaigns opened and to win the attention of subscribers.

10 Great Examples of How Brands are Leveraging Micro-Influencers

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These days, influencer marketing is just about everywhere. It’s difficult to go onto Instagram or YouTube without being inundated with examples of brands using influencers to tap into a new audience. Why is this marketing tactic so popular? Because it works. According to the 2019 State of Influencer Marketing, 57% of marketers reported that influencer content outperformed their brand-created content.

How-To Guide for Calculating Influencer Marketing ROI

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Influencer Marketing is a growing industry: it is expected to reach $10 billion by 2020. Marketers have already seen an increase in competition and costs as a result of the marketing strategy’s popularity. According to the 2019 Influencer Marketing Benchmark Report , nearly two-thirds of marketers surveyed intend to increase their spending over the next 12 months. . However, 57% of respondents have faced obstacles when justifying their spending to management.

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How to Integrate Email Marketing into Your Social Media Efforts

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For years, marketers have debated the benefits of social media versus email marketing. However, in today’s multichannel and omnichannel environment, the reality is that brands must use both to engage and retain their audiences. According to the Marketing Rule of 7 , consumers need to “hear” a message at least 7 times before taking the desired action.

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10 Best in Class Brands on LinkedIn

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With over 610 million members , LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional networking site. As LinkedIn has matured, it has become a cohesive platform that offers professionals the ability to seamlessly connect with one another, build their networks and identify new opportunities. But LinkedIn isn’t just about finding a new job (or new talent).

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Interview with SMSsummit Speaker Danielle Wiley of Sway Group

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SMSsummit producer Breanna Jacobs had the honor of meeting with Danielle Sway, CEO of Sway Group , an influencer marketing agency with offices in San Francisco, Chicago, and Dallas. In her interview, Danielle shares about how Sway Group started, how they work with their network of influencers, and what she’ll be speaking about at our upcoming Social Media Strategies Summit in New York City. You were at Edelman for a number of years before starting your own agency.

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10 of the Best Email Newsletter Templates We’ve Seen

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By 2021, the total number of business and consumer emails sent is expected to reach 319.6 billion. That number is based on an expected annual growth rate of 4.4% since 2017. The reason for this growth is simple: email has a median ROI of 122%. That’s over 4x greater than any other marketing channel. It’s definitely not a secret that email marketing is a powerful tool for brands to reach their consumers directly and motivate them to purchase.

Interview with SMSsummit speaker Lauren Brommer of Cisco

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Lauren Brommer is an experienced digital marketer with a passion for social media. Currently at Cisco , Lauren leads the US social media strategy where she works cross-functionally to ensure customers are met with engaging content on Cisco’s social channels, insights from social listening inform the go-to-market strategy, and the power of a live event is multiplied through social reach.

Interview with SMSsummit Anaheim Keynote Melinda Byerley of TimeShare CMO

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We’re gearing up for the Social Media Strategies Summit in Anaheim next month! In this interview with opening keynote speaker Melinda Byerley , serial entrepreneur and the founder of Timeshare CMO , she shares insight on how 20 years in tech has shaped her marketing philosophy, her work on #DVDNation , and some common misconceptions on influencer marketing strategy.