How to Use Social Media to Boost Your Business

If you own a business or company and you are looking to improve your marketing and advertising, social media will soon be your best friend. If your business or company is not already on social media, you need to get there as soon as possible. Facebook and Instagram are good places to start, and you can also try Twitter if you’re up for it. Once you have social media accounts, you’ll want to use the following tips to help these platforms boost your business.

 

First, you can use your social media platforms to post about upcoming coupons and discounts for your customers and clients. In fact, this is an excellent way to gain new clients and customers. If you have a sale coming up, advertise this on your social media platforms, and be sure to include all of the relevant information.

 

Next, use your social media platforms to talk about updates in your company. Do you have a new employee? Are you opening a new branch? These are all things that warrant big announcements on social media. Make sure to post pictures and videos when you can as well because these are definitely things that your clients and customers will want to see. Fortunately, almost all social media platforms are extremely easy to use and manage, so uploading these types of media will be easy to do for anyone.

 

Finally, keep in mind that you’ll need to be updating your social media accounts on a regular basis. You simply cannot let your social media accounts sit there while you do nothing with them. The whole purpose of having these accounts is so that you can update them with news, pictures, coupons and other fun things. These will be special updates for your current and potential clients and customers.

 

Because updating your social media accounts on a regular basis is so important, you might want to consider hiring someone to do this part-time or even full-time, depending on the overall size of your business. Many businesses and companies employ a social media marketer who is in charge of sending out updates each and every day.

 

Snapchat Changes Its Name And Puts New Glasses On The Market

Snapchat is no longer called snapchat, although it’s new name, Snap Inc. is so similar that it will probably be continued to be referred to in its original name by the general public. According to Business Insider, the reason the company changed its name is because it branched out of simply a social media app to include a wider spectrum of online services. In addition, Snap Inc. is now selling something quite unique, a new pair of smart glasses to enhance the experience.

 

The glasses are only coming out in a limited distribution, so it may take a little time before they come to a store near you. But smart glasses are starting to become something more prevalent in today’s world, and perhaps with a little more promise than Apple’s smart watch. What users can do with these new Snap glasses is take photos, or shoot short 15-second videos when something catches their eye, and then send those videos to their phones to post on social media. Basically, Snap’s glasses are in an experimental phase to see whether or not they become a fashion-tech trend, or perhaps even a useful tool for everyday users. They will sell for about $129 and come in three colors.

 

What are the interesting dynamics that this new snap phenomena could bring? Well, the videos that users record with these glasses have a much broader view in a circular capture area, now accounting for more peripheral vision and a more 3D view, instead of simply a small area that traditional cameras have captured. But it’s interesting to think that a development that was once seen as purely science fiction, or perhaps linked to a James Bond gadget, may be on the verge of becoming mundane. It’s often said that now everyone has to be careful what they do because they don’t know who might be watching, well it just might be that the next average Joe you see walking by with a pair of sunglasses may not only be watching, but even recording through those lenses.

 

Patience, Value and Online Marketing Trends

New businesses struggle to gain traction online, which is why a solid online marketing strategy is essential. However, following marketing trends without any consistency places small businesses in a worse position than before they started. When it comes to low-cost online marketing trends like blogging, content marketing, email marketing and video tutorials, leaving consumers wanting more is not a good way to build a loyal following. Without patience and nurturing, or failing to provide relevant value, your online marketing presence will be dragged to the depths.

 

R.L. Adams, owner of Wanderlust Worker and Forbes contributor compiled an overview of seven low-cost online marketing trends for 2017. The trends he outlines are typical: blogging, content marketing, email marketing, video tutorials, social media marketing, SEO, content marketing and referral marketing. The factors that ring true across all of these channels is the need to provide the consumer with valuable content and to do so consistently. Then, after time, you will see results.

 

Adams fails to take several consumer trends into account. The first is consumer rejection of intrusive marketing. Recent data has shown that consumers do not appreciate ads on their social apps. They also do not like the feeling that their privacy has been invaded. Rather than focusing your energy, time and budget on social media marketing, it makes more sense to provide consumers with value. This leaves blogging, content marketing and video tutorials as an inexpensive way to build an online presence. The key, again, is making your content valuable and worth your potential customers’ time.

 

Strive to fill a gap in the online universe, or to find a weak spot and deliver stronger content to your potential customers than your competitors. In the end, time spent conducting marketing research could be worth more than time spent on social media.

 

The Digital Revolution is Here

The online marketing business is booming, and there are quite a few business leaders that are taking advantage of this type of advertising avenue. There is evidence that social media marketing is working so people have to be receptive to this type of marketing environment. There are bountiful opportunities for people to expand the exposure to their brand. They just have to be willing to stay consistent with the branding strategy that they are creating.

 

In some cases people that are marketing a business will start out with someone on Facebook. They will then move to another social media site like Twitter. Entrepreneurs may try two different types of things, but this is not a good idea. It is always a better idea to stay consistent across the different platforms. A business that is advertised in one way on Google+ or Snapchat should have the same type of consistency on Facebook or Twitter.

 

The great thing about using this type of environment is that it is free and it gets the attention of consumers much easier. There are tons of people that have cut their cable. They do not use any type of cable program so they never see any advertisements this way. More people are using smart phones, and that is why more entrepreneurs with businesses need to become familiar with all of the apps that allow them to market to customers in this new way.

 

The digital revolution is here right now, and the smart business man or woman is going to make sure that they can reach customers through alternate methods. At one time television was the best way to market products to consumers. There were big time spots where advertisers were paying ridiculous amounts of money for the 60 second spots. In the world of advertising today there are so many opportunities for people to reach customers without ever having any type of television advertising. There is not even any need for advertising through magazines. People can do everything that they need to do with social media and video websites like YouTube. This is the best way to reach customers that have abandoned their televisions for tablets and smartphones. Digital marketing is the best solution to building a loyal customer base.

Snapchat Changes Its Name And Puts New Glasses On The Market

Snapchat is no longer called snapchat, although it’s new name, Snap Inc. is so similar that it will probably be continued to be referred to in its original name by the general public. According to Business Insider, the reason the company changed its name is because it branched out of simply a social media app to include a wider spectrum of online services. In addition, Snap Inc. is now selling something quite unique, a new pair of smart glasses to enhance the experience.

The glasses are only coming out in a limited distribution, so it may take a little time before they come to a store near you. But smart glasses are starting to become something more prevalent in today’s world, and perhaps with a little more promise than Apple’s smart watch. What users can do with these new Snap glasses is take photos, or shoot short 15-second videos when something catches their eye, and then send those videos to their phones to post on social media. Basically, Snap’s glasses are in an experimental phase to see whether or not they become a fashion-tech trend, or perhaps even a useful tool for everyday users. They will sell for about $129 and come in three colors.

What are the interesting dynamics that this new snap phenomena could bring? Well, the videos that users record with these glasses have a much broader view in a circular capture area, now accounting for more peripheral vision and a more 3D view, instead of simply a small area that traditional cameras have captured. But it’s interesting to think that a development that was once seen as purely science fiction, or perhaps linked to a James Bond gadget, may be on the verge of becoming mundane. It’s often said that now everyone has to be careful what they do because they don’t know who might be watching, well it just might be that the next average Joe you see walking by with a pair of sunglasses may not only be watching, but even recording through those lenses.

Social Intelligence To Shape Hospitality Industry Marketing

 

Modern travelers do more than packing a suitcase when they want to travel. The travel review sites such as home sharing services and fare aggregator engines have become part of a travelers plan, experience, and a platform to evaluate their trips. Social media has become a critical part of each phase of the travel experience. For instance, consumers can share photos from their excursions, use social channels to seek advice on locations for honeymoon from people with previous experience, or voice comments about the five-star meal they enjoyed at a resort.

Social media is the ultimate forum for consumer opinions because it offers the users a wealth of unbiased insights to marketers on the different factors that influence consumers to travel decisions. Social media gives the hotel owners a clear idea about brand loyalty and the factors that would influence consumers to love a brand. Therefore, it is the task of hotel marketers and hospitality brands to understand customers’ opinions, affinities, conversations, and trends as expressed on social media to inform business strategies.

Recent reports show that there are three ways that hospitality industry players can use social media insights to shape hospitality marketing. One of the ways is to understand the travelers and what they like. It involves understanding the type of travelers your hotel attracts and ensuring on-target marketing efforts. Women’s social conversations focus on family-friendly travel which could encourage an extended stay.

Social media intelligence can help the hotel managers understand the guests compared to those of other competitors. For instance, marketers may use the affinities of consumers talking about particular brands to understand their key influencers for a specific audience. The second benefit of analyzing social media is to know where the right customers for the business are to reach them. Think about Flyertalk as a top forum for travelers’ comments. The site is a gold mine for marketers who need such information.

The third reason social media forums are important is that conversations on social media are about rewards, credit cards, and points. Travelers discuss the rewards programs, and the purpose of forums are to evaluate the rewards and decide whether to switch plans or get credit cards. Marketers can use these forums to uncover the feeling of customers about rewards programs.

Twitter Offers 70% To Creators For Video Ad Revenue

Facebook has time and time again proved to be the king of social media. The social media war between the biggest companies Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube has been in the form of acquiring the largest share of the market and generating revenue from advertising. Twitter currently offers creators 70% of the revenue from ads generated from their videos. The high percentage of the pay from Twitter was meant to attract video stars to help build its video business.

The Industry analysts are, however, raising eyebrows about the pay structure being used by Twitter to a product being offered by its larger rivals. Twitter’s strategy raises the question whether the advertisers will have to pay more for the ads than on Facebook and YouTube. Twitter opened the video ad program last year for publishers and on Tuesday, it extended the program to individual creators who want to make money from the program the same way people earn on YouTube and Facebook.

The strategy by Twitter will be similar to what Facebook and YouTube are offering. Twitter will place ads alongside creator’s videos, and the creators will benefit from the 70% of the ad revenue and Twitter will keep the remaining 30%. While Twitter is paying better than its rivals, this strategy might not end up making more money for the company than its competitors. Reports indicate that advertisers are pressing Twitter to lower its video rates.

YouTube and Facebook offer creators 55% of the revenue. The recent push by the advertisers to force Twitter to reduce its prices may impact negatively to Twitter’s revenue, and the company may be compelled to reduce the percentage given to the creators. There is also the number of people targeted by these videos. Facebook and YouTube have more users and hence more people are expected to watch the videos than Twitter. Creators may be forced to make a choice between going to Twitter for higher revenue or remain on Facebook and YouTube for a bigger number of clients.

Twitters strategy is still a big idea considering it is a platform that will offer a supplementary revenue stream for creators. Producers stand to benefit even more because they have the option to place the same videos to YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. It is yet another platform for diversification for creators which means more revenue for them.

Twitter Has Started Using Stickers On Ads For Brands

Twitter has introduced the use of promoted stickers for advertising other brands both on people’s content feeds and the actual content. While social media advertising primarily uses the strategy of brands placing adverts on people’s content feeds, Twitter has taken its model a step ahead to advertise brands into the actual content. Twitter is responding to what its competitors such as Snap-chat and Facebook are doing to increase their advertising revenue

Twitter is also considering introducing ads on the photos people post on its network. The ads are the branded version of the stickers that Twitter introduced in the mid-2016 for people to add to their photos. The new branded labels enable individuals to click on them to see photos made by other people in the category. Pepsi has already embraced the idea and it has already rolled out ads using Promoted Stickers on Twitter network. Recently, the company posted about fifty branded stickers to Twitter’s stickers library which were accessible in Russia, Mexico, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India, the United Arab Emirates and the US to promote user engagement with the branded stickers.

Twitter has now said that only certain brands with their sales reps on Twitter will be able to buy Promoted Stickers. Brands will have the choice to buy four or eight stickers which Twitter will display in its library. Twitter has not revealed the price of these Promoted Stickers which seems weird. However, it is proving to be an effective advertising strategy because if a brand pays for the sticker added to a photo, there are impressions created from the person’s followers. If on the other hand a brand has to pay for everyone who views the branded photo, it could be less of a deal.

For Twitter, the deal is increased sales assuming that people will embrace the idea and that brands are cool with its pricing structure. It is not the first attempt Twitter has tried this advertising strategy. Twitter had already unveiled the sponsored emojis which brands could also pay for. Earlier in the year, Twitter launched the conversational ad format that would be used by advertisers to enable people to tweet a branded message.

Snapchats New Approach To Business Marketing

Snapchat is ultimately one of the coolest apps that once had a bad reputation but eventually became social media’s hottest app. With filters and countless options almost daily to update your friends, along with some people becoming internationally famous because of their snaps like the Damn Daniel guys, there is no doubt that Snapchat is the future. With millions of users posting snaps daily to their stories, it’s becoming clearer to businesses and websites that advertising here is an effective way to grow.

When you jump onto Snapchat’s latest new feature which are the updates from DailyMail and Buzzfeed among many other sites, you will come to find that Snapchat is filled with ads. It is not huge in the world of advertising because only a few people are taking advantage of this, but you will come to find that businesses are jumping on this bandwagon. Snapchat is an enthralling new business that can open up the chance to grow and help you succeed by being seen by more and more people.

Snapchat is a very interesting platform because it opens the chance to grow as a marketing professional. It does take time to see progress, but the results are always developing and can definitely happen for those who want global marketing. Snapchat is an ever-growing business that will continuously make an impact on your brand in many ways if you are careful. The key is to utilize their marketing options as much as you can to get the most marketing as possible.

How To Know The Right

In the world of marketing, bloggers have established their name as the primary source of online marketing because of their following on blogging platforms. Their huge followings have proven to the world of advertisers as a place to advertise online. What’s interesting about the world of social media is that publishers, advertisers, and marketing agencies are looking to the new players of the world of the Internet; social media influencers.

These influencers built their following on platforms like YouTube, Vine, YouNow, Musically, among many other famous social networking apps and sites. It has proven through countless research that these entertainers have built a hefty following and quite an engaging audience that can showcase nearly any brand to millions and hoards of people in the course of a few minutes. Whether it’s a startup toy company wanting to reach out to a younger crowd or even a make up brand wanting to reach more growth, there is an influencer who can get your brand seen by the right people.

There area wide variety of people who tend to believe that influencers do not have the staying power in media. The truth is that there are many people who remain fans and loyal audiences for countless content creators. It requires a different approach to know how to work with these influencers because research beforehand must be done. Working with a random influencer to promote a random product won’t be organic and may end up causing the brand a loss of marketing. Knowing how to work with the right social media influencers can make a big difference.