Three Essential Content Tactics for Travel Industry Marketing

If there is one thing I’ve learned about content marketing it’s that not all digital channels are ideally suited for every industry. Before you get started, you should first take into consideration the types of channels your audience uses the most as well as the ones capable of encapsulating your voice most effectively.

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Marketing Lessons Learned From the New York Yankee Mustaches

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Editors note: This blog post originally appeared on the Mad Marketer website and was re-posted here with the permission of the author and Mad Marketer team.

Recently, the New York Yankees, formerly noted for their traditional team uniforms and specific grooming code, which since the early ’70s has included a no facial hair policy, have started loosening up their upper lips. That is, they’ve joined the #stachesquad, an Instagram hashtag that has gone viral after prominent Yankees players started posting pictures of their newly grown whiskers.

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Expedia’s #tbt Campaign Is a Lesson for All Marketers

Every Thursday, people across the Web take to social media networks to take part in #tbt, or Throwback Thursday, when they post old photos that usually blow their peers’ minds as they’re reminded of what Little Timmy looked like in the sixth grade.

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Seeking to capitalize on Throwback Thursday, Expedia, a travel company, recently partnered with 180LA to launch a #tbt-inspired campaign of its own called “Thrown Back Thursdays.” Seeking to recreate photos from the past, the new strategy calls for one of its lucky fans to be able to recreate a memory from the past—well sort of.

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Something Needs to Be Done about MLB’s Instagram Strategy

When I first started following Major League Baseball on Instagram, I’ll admit I was pretty excited. At my age, you can’t exactly pull out a pack of baseball cards and browse through them leisurely. But for some reason you can do it on a smartphone without drawing any strange stares.

BabeRuthGoudeycard3Unfortunately, what I’ve seen so far from MLB on Instagram has been surprising. First of all, it’s posting way too much. Yesterday for instance MLB posted 35 pictures in one day. And 18 of them were of Clayton Kershaw. Granted, he did throw one of the greatest games of all time on Wednesday, a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts. But the smart thing to do would be to post a few pictures and offer a link to a gallery with more of them. After all, the Instagram news feed can only feature one photo at a time. I haven’t seen pictures of my friends in days due to the constant flood of images from MLB. Continue reading “Something Needs to Be Done about MLB’s Instagram Strategy”

Marketing ‘Without Walls’: Using Social Media to Engage Customers

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On average, people check their smartphone over 150 times each day. Just think about how often you refresh your email at work or glance at your Twitter feed for the latest news. How can your brand use this to its advantage? Simple: by getting users to advertise for you.

The clothing brand, Without Walls, is a great example of how social media can be used to spread brand awareness and increase consumer engagement. The trendy athletic wear website has launched a social media crusade to get its customers up and active in its clothing. Continue reading “Marketing ‘Without Walls’: Using Social Media to Engage Customers”

Mercedes-Benz Shakes Up Its Marketing Strategy to Target Youth

mercWhen you think of Mercedes-Benz what comes to mind? Luxury, success, sophistication, wealth… youthfulness? If you’re wondering if that’s a typo, it’s not. The renowned car brand recently revamped its marketing strategy to target a younger audience.

According to Mercedes-Benz’s Nathan Tan, a supervisor of advertising, bringing in younger consumers has been a company goal for some time. However, stereotypes of the cars have made it difficult to break into a younger demographic. Young customers tend to view the vehicles as “stuffy” and “more for their fathers than for themselves,” Tan said.

So what did Mercedes do? It took to social media using several platforms, including Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook, to get their new, more “youthful” messaging out. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz Shakes Up Its Marketing Strategy to Target Youth”

Ready to do Some Content Marketing Spring Cleaning This Year?

If you’re anything like me, then you’ve been counting down the hours—not days, but hours—until spring comes rolling along. And now that it’s just around the corner (only 10 days away!) it’s time to start thinking about everything spring: birds chirping once again; buggies buzzing around; the soon-to-be beach weather; and the 2014 MLB and NCAA seasons if you’re a sports lover.

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Quick Social Media Reminders for the Small Business

social mediaBy now, everyone is aware of the crucial role that social media plays in content marketing. From Twitter to Facebook to Instrgram, placing social media front and center has proven to be a golden content marketing strategy, not to mention it holds the power to significantly increase return on investment. In fact, a new HootSuite infographic displaying the results of a recent LinkedIn study shows that 89 percent of small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) find social media to be effective for their content marketing strategy.

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What’s the Secret to Instagram’s Success?

instagram-logo-bnThere’s no disputing the fact that Instagram has become one of the world’s most popular apps. With over 150 million users across the globe, the photo-sharing app has become the marketing engine of some of today’s hottest brands from Nike to Ben and Jerry’s to Red Bull. But how did the brainchild of two graduates from Stanford University rise to billion dollar success in just under three years? One word: demographics. Continue reading “What’s the Secret to Instagram’s Success?”

What Exactly is Good Content Marketing?

As a business manager, you have probably come across the same content marketing tips repeatedly. While some of these slivers of advice are helpful, others are so vague that they are a waste of everybody’s time. One tip that tends to pop up fairly often is to make sure to produce quality content. The phrasing may change slightly from article to article, but the message is generally the same. CM_Underline

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