Taylor Swift Teaches Us All a Valuable Social Media Lesson

OK, let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way. Yes, this is the second post I have written about Taylor Swift in a little over a month. I promise, while I do find some of her tunes catchy, I am not a super fan—she just keeps making news related to content marketing!

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Without going into too much detail, Swift made news this past week when she reacted to a tweet by hip hop artist Nicki Minaj. The pop singer thought the tweet was aimed at her and quickly fired back a civil, yet pointed rebuttal. The problem, however, was that Swift was not the intended target of the original tweet. After a quick back-and-forth squabble, Swift apologized on Twitter, which seems to have resolved the feud, at least for now.

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Don’t Let Social Trends Scare You: Start Using Them to Your Advantage

shutterstock_285775508As more and more people turn to social networking sites as an all-inclusive location for their news, sports and entertainment, it has become more important than ever for marketers to be constantly plugged in to the trends of social media.

At first glance, the idea of constantly keeping up with the giant wealth of ever-changing information present on social networks seems incredibly daunting, especially for smaller businesses without the aid of a full marketing team. In reality, however, businesses with any size and capability can capitalize on social media trends to spread awareness of their brand.

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How Do I Find My Audience on Social Media?

photo 1 (8)Last week, we finished up our Content Marketing Crash Course, designed to bring marketing awareness to the local community, at our Content Boost office (recaps available here and here!). It was a great day filled with interesting dialogue.

One question that seemed to come up a lot was, “How do I find my audience on social media?” It’s an interesting question and one that doesn’t have a particularly short answer. Continue reading “How Do I Find My Audience on Social Media?”

The Do’s and Don’ts of Blogger Outreach

You’ve launched your amazing new product or brand awareness campaign. You’ve used the tried and true, traditional routes: email marketing, print, social media, blogging, PPC. But you still need that extra push to put you over the edge. That’s where a blogger outreach campaign comes in. business-person-writing4

In every industry, there are successful bloggers who boast a significant, loyal following and serious influence over their readers. But getting the attention of these influencers isn’t always as simple as you may think. Their inboxes are flooded each day with brands just like yours hoping to catch their attention. So how do you stand out in a sea of pitch letters?

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The No. 1 Reason Your Customers are Avoiding You

shutterstock_223060006Like many people, I hate, loathe, detest when my inbox is full of emails from companies that I’ve never even heard of, or visited only once. So, I’ve admittedly resorted to giving away my dear friend’s email address (whose name I will not mentioned for fear she will disown me) to avoid being flooded by spam messages. Call me a bad friend, a creative genius or what have you, but I simply can’t stand junk email.

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5 Social Media Mistakes to Ditch in 2015

Let’s face it: we’ve all made some mistakes on social media. But somehow it still surprises me when the basics are thrown by the wayside. This year, make an early New Year’s resolution to finally ditch the following social media mistakes once and for all. social media UNSIZED

Spelling & grammatical errors: You proof read your emails before you send them out, your press release before it gets distributed, and your banner ads before they get posted. Get into the habit of doing the same with your social media posts. Yes, it’s more of a casual atmosphere than some other forms of business communication, but you’ll make yourself look like a fool if you don’t know the difference between “your” and “you’re”. Remember the old saying, “measure twice, cut once?” Apply the same principal to your social posts and re-read it twice, post once.

Inappropriate posts: In my very honest opinion, we live in an excessively sensitive world. You may view your joke as harmless, but your neighbor may see it as the most offensive thing they’ve heard. If a post seems like it could be on the verge of inappropriate or offensive, skip it altogether. Keep your brand’s personality and humor alive, but keep it tasteful. Continue reading “5 Social Media Mistakes to Ditch in 2015”

Social Media Contests: Good or Bad Idea?

photo 2A few months ago, I entered a contest on Twitter to win a free spa getaway at the lovely Mayflower Grace in Washington, Connecticut. Excited and shocked to learn I was the winner, (I rarely win things) I immediately shared my excitement on social media.

When we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by friendly staff, and escorted to our beautiful room with a breath-taking garden view. Everything was exquisite, from the delicious food to the out-of-this world spa. At dinner that night, we were asked by our waiter what we did to deserve to win such a great prize. “I think I entered my email address and retweeted something,” I responded. The waiter looked less than impressed, expecting my answer to be a bit more long-winded and involved. His response got me thinking – what is the true value of a contest on social media? Continue reading “Social Media Contests: Good or Bad Idea?”