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Is Video Marketing Neccessary To Grow My Business?

Posted by James Bye on Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

Necessary? We can't say for sure because there's always "that one" situation. Suggested? Absolutely! It is no secret that video marketing is on the rise exponentially and taking over our content marketing platforms near and far. From social media networks and web pages to digital billboards and other displays, there has never been a time where video marketing has played such an impactful role in the way brands get messages to their audiences. YouTube is now the 2nd largest search engine in the world, next to Google. YouTube processes more than 3 billion searches a month and 100 hours of video are uploaded every minute (source). If your content marketing strategy does not include video, it's time to get filming, or if thats not your specialty, contact a CT Video Marketing Agency! Check out the infographic (source) below to see some more eye opening information regarding the impact that video marketing is playing in todays market.

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Tags: content marketing, CT Video Production, Video Marketing, Video Production, branding

4 Steps For Building An Organic Social Media Following

Posted by James Bye on Thu, May 18, 2017 @ 11:16 AM

Social media is undoubtedly one of the most powerful content marketing tools in the world that our brands currently exist in.  From crowdsourcing and campaigning to selling products and services, social media marketing allows you to reach people down the street or across the globe. Sure you can you get a "like", make someone laugh, and showoff your latest project, but with the right content strategy your social media channels can become a lead generating machine! How to get started? I'll be honest, unless you've got an incredible piece of viral content stored in your quiver, then social media success doesn't happen overnight. This is going to take some effort and consistency, but you can do it! To kick things off, check out these 4 steps for building an organic social media following.

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Tags: Social Media Marketing

Instagram Marketing Tips That Will Help Boost Your Following

Posted by James Bye on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 @ 07:00 AM
In 2012, Facebook purchased the service for $1 billion. According to Instagram, the social platform has more than 300 million daily active users and 500 million monthly users. - See more at: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7662-instagram-business-guide.html#sthash.czg7yzZh.dpuf
In 2012, Facebook purchased the service for $1 billion. According to Instagram, the social platform has more than 300 million daily active users and 500 million monthly users. - See more at: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7662-instagram-business-guide.html#sthash.czg7yzZh.dpuf
In 2012, Facebook purchased the service for $1 billion. According to Instagram, the social platform has more than 300 million daily active users and 500 million monthly users. - See more at: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7662-instagram-business-guide.html#sthash.czg7yzZh.dpuf

                                                            

It's no secret that Instagram has been making tidal waves in the world of social media marketing.  In 2012, Facebook purchased the service for $1 billion. According to Instagram, the social platform has "more than 300 million daily active users and 500 million monthly users." If your business is not using the platform to grow your brand, you're certainly missing out on a massive marketplace. How do I post? What do people want to see? Can I share other users content? Continue reading to learn some simple Instagram marketing tips to improve your strategy. 

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Tags: Social Media Marketing, Instagram, Brand Awareness

3 Important Steps To Include In Your Content Marketing Strategy

Posted by James Bye on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 @ 10:21 AM

What is a content marketing strategy? The Content Marketing Instutide defines content marketing as a "strategic marketing approach focused on  creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action" (Source). While there is no exact set of guidelines for creating your brand's content marketing strategy, there are certain things that by including them into your strategy, you are setting yourself and coworkers up to create a more successful campaign. Continue reading to learn about 3 important steps to include in your next content marketing strategy.

Land on the wrong place? Here's some other content creation info you can benefit from!

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Should I Use Snapchat For Marketing?

Posted by James Bye on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 12:18 PM

Currently over 150 million users make Snapchat even larger than Twitter and this social media powerhouse is going nowhere fast. With over 2.5 billion Snaps passing through the app per day, it's safe to say that there is a world of opportunity for your brand behind these yellow doors. If you're wondering if you should use Snapchat for marketing, you've come to the right place! The team at WebpageFX  put together the infographic below which highlights a handful of Snapchat opportunities and tactics your brand can use to increase reach and heighten engagement. 

Who would've thought that the same mobile app that has countless people taking puppy face selfies would also be one of the most powerful branding tools available!? Using Snapchat for marketing allows you to try out several different ad variations. Snapchat offers 3 different types of ads: Sponsored Lenses, Snap Ads, and Sponsored Geofilters. Below, you will learn about the impressive growth of Snapchat, the trends of it's users, and read encouraging success stories. 

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Tags: Social Media Marketing

Which 2017 Web Design Trends  Boost Conversion Rates? (Infographic)

Posted by James Bye on Fri, Mar 31, 2017 @ 12:45 PM

Each year we take time to look back at the the digital design trends of the previous year, and look forward to what's ahead. Whether its websites  and social media pages or sneakers and high fashion, the content and products that are being placed in front of consumers are all results of the an ever-shifting and rotating pallet of design trends to boost conversion rates. In an increasingly digital world, it's no secret that brands of all sizes both near and far, are constantly competing for consumer attention, support and loyalty.

Luckily for those brands and people like ourselves, the team over at Coastal Creative did some excellent research into the trending patterns of the year and provided an easy-to-digest infographic breakdown. We're almost 4 months into 2017 and they couldn't have been more accurate!

Continue reading to discover which secrets of success you may be missing. Take that old neon outfit out of the storage area, do not be afraid to be BOLD and be sure to always think with the highest level of customization and originality.  Although many of the color schemes may be reminding us of the 80s, the 2017 design trends to boost conversion rates are nothing but progressive.

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Tags: Web Design Trends, Boost Conversion Rates

3 Factors To Consider Before Creating A Facebook Ad

Posted by James Bye on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

With the vast amount of technology that has been spread among us, it is near impossible to spend much time in your day not being advertised to. From billboards and magazines to pop ups and mobile ads, companies of all sizes are regularly competing for attention. 

Ever since Facebook's infancy they have played a large part in the online advertising market. However, not until recently  was there such active involvement from the largest of global brands to the smallest of local "mom and pop" shops. When people approach me with questions about creating a Facebook ad, the first questions I am asked are, "how much should I spend?" or "how much is this going to cost me?" While these are normal concerns, here's my answer: "You're asking the wrong question."

Due to the many different sized companies that use Facebook for advertising, the ad platform has a system in place to allow advertisers of all budget ranges to take part in the action. Continue reading to learn more about three factors you should consider if you are a small business trying out Facebook Ads for the first time. 

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Tags: Social Media Marketing

How Should I Show Off A New Website Design?

Posted by James Bye on Thu, Mar 02, 2017 @ 10:13 AM

If your business or brand has recently gone through the process of implementing a new web design or website redesign, it's now your time to shine! Depending on the size of your design and the amount of planning and content creation that went into your project, this may be a long awaited day. Months of hard work deserves to be shown off and in this article, we'll provide you with 3 simple ways to show off your website redesign that will boost your traffic and help your business grow.

Not looking for web design help? You may find one of the blogs listed below helpful!

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Tags: CT web design

3 Free Social Media Management Tools To Improve Your Marketing

Posted by James Bye on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 @ 03:33 PM

 

Not all businesses have the luxury of an on-demand content creation, social media management, or design staff.  Attempting to manage and grow your company and it's employees on a daily basis is a large undertaking it itself, leaving many brands "social media dashboards" to sit and collect marketing cobwebs. (I hate spiders). More likely than not, you're now hearing on a regular basis about the importance of implementing a strong social media marketing strategy to expand your reach and convert new leads into customers. With the importance of organic social media growth at an all time high, and a cost-per-click amount most likely at the lowest we will ever see it, there is a vast number of opportunities for your business to capitalize on right now! In this blog, we're sharing 4 free social media management tools to improve your marketing efforts and simplify your strategy. 

Who is your ideal customer? If you haven't yet identified your Buyer Personas, click here

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Tags: Social Media Marketing

Visual Marketing Statistics Your Business Should Not Miss Out On

Posted by James Bye on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 @ 02:51 PM

Around our office, it seems as if the first couple weeks of the new year flew right by. We've certainly hit the ground running! Giving ourselves a minute to breathe, we reflected back on the year behind us and soaked in some of the top changes in content strategy in 2016 which led visual marketing to sit amoung our top 3 most important methods for growing your brand this year.  While networking on social media, we came across this excellent infographic put together by Venngage. These statistics give us excellent insite to the marketing world around us and  provide a plethura of knowledge and opportunity for your business. This could be your year! Look below to learn more about how businesses harnesseing visual marketing have met success:

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Tags: content marketing, Inbound Marketing, visual content