Trends to Shape your 2017 Marketing Budget

by Diana Prodan

The end of 2016 is quickly approaching, and as marketers are starting to develop their 2017 marketing strategies we’d all love to have a crystal ball to help in the planning process. Unfortunately, we can’t predict the future, but we can definitely make some educated and informed predictions based on current trends within the industry. Below are some of our predictions on what marketers should be focusing on in 2017: Read more

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How to Conquer the Top Digital Marketing Challenges for Small Business

by Diana Prodan

According to the 2016 Small Business Marketing Trends Report, only about 37% of respondents believe that their current marketing efforts are effective. In the same study, 46.8% of participants said that they as the business owner are the ones who manage the marketing. For small businesses, this isn’t surprising. As a business owner, you have so many other tasks to worry about – management, budget, sales, etc., and marketing is often just another task on the long laundry list of things to do. Hiring additional help to run marketing costs significant money, so marketing often just doesn’t get as much attention as it should. Below is a list of some of the biggest digital marketing challenges that small businesses face, and a couple tips on how to conquer them. Read more


Using Social Media for Recruitment

By Mike Fagans

Like a single 30-something swiping through profiles on a dating website, recruiters are also finding their own connections through social media: job seekers. The most successful recruiters know that many professionals spend time scrolling through posts, and will make an effort to reach their audience where they are – online. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, workers devote about an hour of their work day on social media. Whether it’s for business or personal use, employees are on social media and recruiters are taking note. According to a Society for Human Resource Management Study, 84% of recruiters are already using social media as part of their recruiting process. When you compare that to 2011 when only 56% of employers used it, you can see the rapid acceptance in recent years.
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How to promote your nonprofit event on Facebook

By Elise Yahner

Events are a major part of nonprofit fundraising and awareness building. That’s why nonprofit professionals need to borrow strategies from event professionals. People who live and breathe event marketing use social media as a key point in their promotion plan. If your event isn’t being talked about on social, then it’s probably not being talked about many other places either. Outside of the event realm, nonprofits in general are seeing a huge return from social media marketing because it gives people the opportunity to share and discuss the causes that are important to them. What nonprofit you support is part of your identity, and social media is all about establishing a public identity. Read more

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Social Media Campaign Tips for Manufacturing

By Jason Plavic

Social media campaigns are tricky – networks continuously change their algorithms and analytics, which makes it difficult to set a long-term strategy. About 40% of marketers believe social media marketing has become more difficult in the last year due to all the changes that continue to occur within each social media platform. Although social media marketing is slightly challenging, it is of great value to businesses.  Close to 90% of all marketers say their social media efforts have generated more exposure for their businesses; increasing traffic was the second largest benefit of social media marketing. Social is not just for retail, it is for everyone, and can be especially valuable to manufacturing businesses. So how do you implement a social media campaign? Read more

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Why your Facebook ads aren’t working

By Elise Yahner

Facebook ads are a powerful marketing tool—if you use them correctly. Because you can get started with Facebook ads for as little as $5, and anyone can start running ads for their page at any time, there’s a lot of room for rookie mistakes. Before you start running Facebook ads, do your research. Take some Facebook Blueprint courses, speak with a Facebook advertising expert, or read some articles on Facebook advertising. But if you already started running Facebook ads and they aren’t performing as well as you’d like, these could be the causes. Read more

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Integrating Social Media into Your Manufacturing Event Marketing

By Jason Plavic

As manufacturing marketers, trade shows and conferences are pretty much the marketing standard. But as the manufacturing world continues to become more digital, it’s important to incorporate these strategies into your traditional marketing. In fact, 87% of B2Bs use social media to promote events, and social media is ranked as the second most effective channel for event promotion. We’ve outlined a few strategies that you can use across networks to help you integrate social media into your event marketing. Read more

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Great Marketing Resources from Our Team of Experts

Keeping up with digital marketing can be tough, but with the right resources, it’s doable. Below are the sites and tools that our team of experts uses to stay on top of industry trends. Read more

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How to schedule a Snapchat On Demand Geofilter

By Elise Yahner

Snapchat On Demand Geofilters—the geo-targeted image overlays—are the latest craze in social media marketing. They are very easy to implement and aren’t too expensive, so it’s a low risk tool to try. Check out my video guide on scheduling Snapchat Geofilters for your business, or keep scrolling for written step-by-step instructions. Read more

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How to Put Your Dealership’s Social Accounts in Drive

by Kelly Brickman

Automakers sold 17.5 million cars and light trucks in 2015, which was a record growth in sales, up 5.7% from 2014. While shopping on an auto lot, 63% of shoppers use their mobile device for research. To give some perspective, that means 11 million of the 2015 auto buyers researched on their mobile device while at the dealership. Read more