Hilary Topper, President of HJMT Public Relations and author of Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Social Media gives us the inside scoop on conducting successful influencer marketing campaigns. Along with her successful PR practice, Topper teaches Media Studies, Journalism, and Public Relations at Hofstra University. A prolific content marketer, she also curates two successful blogs – NY Lifestyle and A Triathlete’s Diary – and records her podcast “Hilary Topper on Air”. In the latest Wax Q&A, Hilary providers her insights on one of the hottest marketing trends right now: influencer marketing. Wax: Why do you think influencer marketing has become so popular in the last couple of years? HT: Influencer Marketing has always been popular. In recent years, the phrase has been coined but since the earliest public relations campaigns, PR professionals have used celebrities, experts, sports figures, etc. to build brand awareness. Just recently, the “average” person who has lots of followers have been targeted to help in the mission.
Digital voice assistants are takingoffe off. From Amazon’s Alexa to the Google Home, it seems like it won’t be long before a digital voice assistant is going to be a crucial piece in everyone’s home and office. Marketing with voice technology is not far behind. According to a study from Pew Research Center, 46% of US adults say they use some type of voice technology to interact with devices, and that percentage is only going to grow. With more people integrating digital assistants into their everyday lives, marketers can now leverage the technology in voice app development to raise brand awareness and create new, personalized experiences.
Google+ is Google’s social networking platform that launched in 2011. As of November 2016 Google+ had 440 million active monthly users. Although it’s sometimes forgotten by marketers there are several ways to boost search wiht Google+ . Google has always denied any correlation between Google+ activity and Google search rankings. But many marketers claim that Google+ engagement seems to result in better rankings on Google. Let’s take a look at 7 of the best ways to optimize your Google+ page and improve your search engine rankings: 1. Post Valuable Content Consistently Google always rewards the relevancy of content. Therefore, consistently posting useful content for your followers is of the utmost importance for improving your search engine rankings. But be careful not to overshare your content as Google considers too much sharing as spam. Share only your best posts with appropriate and attractive images. Make sure they are posted to public as well as shared with your existing circles.
Live Stream Marketing and Your Integrated Marketing Plan Live stream marketing is growing in popularity in all different areas. Sports teams can now broadcast their games across the internet, bands can reach a bigger crowd online and companies can market to their unique audiences. Multiple social media platforms now offer users live streaming marketing capabilities too. Whether you want to use Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or even Twitch, there’s a platform for everyone. Due to the multi-channel accessibility lives streaming provides, businesses can reach bigger audiences than ever before. According to Marketing Week, live stream marketing is the key to building authenticity with younger generations. Sara Carter, an experienced tech expert at Enlightened Digital, agrees. “Live stream marketing is going to be most efficient when trying to reach millennials and Generation Z,” Carter says. “With the ever-growing importance of finding ways to differentiate your brand, live stream marketing just might be a good strategy to add when trying to reach these demographics.” 4 Big Ways to Use Live Stream Marketing Live Stream Interviews Customers want the inside scoop that’s happening NOW. Conducting “get to know me” interviews with different employees and creators can be a great way to do that. It will […]
Twitter can be an effective marketing platform when used correctly. Allowing you to easily connect with strangers around the world, it’s the perfect tool for building more leads and creating more brand awareness. You may have already tried Twitter and had few results – with so many people around the world sending so many tweets per minute, it’s easy for your voice to get drowned out. By learning the art of tweeting, you can create more engaging content. Here are just a few pro tweeting tips.
Between new technologies and intense competition, the world is changing fast. To stay relevant you need to be learning and adapting all the time. We realize however it can be hard to spend time learning when you’re trying to build and run a business. With so many digital marketing podcasts out there, it’s hard to know which ones are worth your time. Raj Jana is a successful e-commerce entrepreneur. He recommends the following 7 marketing podcasts as a great way to turn your morning coffee or commute into a classroom. This Old Marketing What sets this podcast apart from the rest is its attention to current cultural trends. Hosts John Pullizi and Robert Rose do a great job of tying in current news with what’s happening in the marketing industry. They end each show with a segment of the same title, which gives listeners some real-world examples of what’s been discussed. This is really a great resource for anyone looking to understanding the marketing industry and how to succeed in it.
Encouraging user generated content (UGC) is one of the most important things you can do for your brand. It’s not that brand generated content isn’t important and doesn’t have a place. UGC just brings something fresh to the table. “It’s one thing for us to serve up a reference or a case study, but buyers intuitively know that those are all coming from specific satisfied customers, versus the wisdom of their collective peers.” ~ Julie Perino, Senior Director of Customer Marketing at Marketo User generated content is still the bedrock of online engagement and the sales cycle. Content that comes from a source outside of the brand most naturally builds confidence in potential customers — whether they are conscious of it or not. User generated content builds trust better Focusing on UGC still matters today for one important reason – your target audience is most likely looking for it. User content, like authentic customer reviews, is a crucial element of the sales element. For example, a poll of nearly 700 TrustRadius users revealed just how much customers use reviews as UGC in their search, evaluation and selection of new software products. This graph shows that 76% of customers use reviews for the […]
AI is everywhere these days. It powers our personal assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Google Home, prevents credit card fraud, and even successfully overturns parking fines. With each passing month, AI becomes ever more integral to our world. Last week we learned how AI is changing the job of designers. But the impact goes further than that. Advertising and marketing are at the fore in terms of partnering with digital creative agencies to find unique uses for the technology. In fact, AI is transforming digital marketing in many ways from machine learning to building custom content. AI is a relatively broad term that encompasses a number of approaches to building computer systems that can ‘think’ and perform tasks as well as, or in some cases better, than humans. Here’s a look at five of the applications for AI that are already revolutionizing digital marketing.
Artificial intelligence (AI) used to be a concept for science fiction. Now, it’s a part of everyday life. It has become so widely integrated into basic technology that it seems it will eventually take human jobs. While that may sound alarming, there’s actually a lot of opportunities here, especially for web designers. Artificial intelligence has taken on a role quite like J.A.R.V.I.S. in the Iron Man movies — as an assistant. With the help of AI, web designers can achieve layouts and include tech that isn’t only beautiful, but functional as well. Artificial intelligence is actively changing the role of designers by shifting their thought processes. If AI is doing all the groundwork for designers, it allows designers to think beyond the basic. It gives them the freedom to think about what’s next. These next five points will help you understand how artificial intelligence is changing the roles and responsibilities of a web designer. Let’s dive in!
A brand reputation is an extremely fragile concept. As Warren Buffett said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” We all make mistakes, and even some of the greatest and most popular brands have had their own share of disasters, with Volkswagen’s cheating on emission tests, as well as the Coca Cola’s MagiCan campaign are just two that come to mind. Despite suffering significant reputational setbacks, these companies managed to put things straight. Of course, this process can be more challenging for smaller brands but with a good strategy, it’s possible to fix your brand reputation. Own your mistakes