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The Communicator's Guide to Instagram Stories for Business Spin Sucks. 15 top sources for social media news, tips and advice. The State of Social Media Demographics: 2017 Benchmarks [Infographic] 10 Social Media Trends Giving Brands New Ways to Engage in 2017. The social media landscape continues to evolve in sometimes predictable, oftentimes surprising ways, as new technologies, platforms and methods of content delivery arise to grab hold of our imagination and continually alter how we communicate.

10 Social Media Trends Giving Brands New Ways to Engage in 2017

Savvy brands that stay ahead of these trends hold a huge strategic advantage by being well prepared as these shifts occur. Here are 10 social media trends for 2017 that brands should be well aware of as they seek to meaningfully reach–and interact with–new and existing customers. Facebook is very, very quickly becoming a video-centric platform: While Facebook Live and vertical video ads are relatively new on the scene, the formats are already seeing tremendous user popularly and success. How to reach each generation on social media. Whether you’re trying to communicate with Baby Boomers or seeking to engage Generations X, Y, Z or D (all of the above), this guide will tell you where to find them.

How to reach each generation on social media

By Kristin Piombino Long | Posted: December 14, 2016 As a communications professional, you keep up with industry trends and research. If you read too much, though, it’s easy to get overwhelmed: State of Content Marketing 2017: The 3 Traits That Will Make Brands Truly Successful. In 1956, a dust of mysterious plant spores blew into the town of Santa Mira, California.

State of Content Marketing 2017: The 3 Traits That Will Make Brands Truly Successful

That’s when things started getting weird. Big green pods started growing around town. Even stranger, local psychiatrists suddenly had an influx of visits from people who lived in the community. Each patient suffered from a condition called Capgras delusion—when you believe someone you know has been replaced by an impostor. Soon, the doctors started panicking too. Before long, an epidemic of mass hysteria broke out. By aliens. The plant spores had come from outer space, and the pods had consumed people while they slept, regenerating identical copies of them in the night. This story never actually happened. Why you should produce less blog content.

Corporate blogs are a great place to tell your organization's story, but social media and mobile content might be more effective at bringing in new customers.

Why you should produce less blog content

Here's why. By Kristin Piombino Long | Posted: September 29, 2016. How much data is shared online every minute? The amount of content we create and share through social media platforms is truly staggering.

How much data is shared online every minute?

This infographic highlights this growing and consuming trend. By Kevin J. Allen | Posted: July 27, 2016. How to Easily Create Your Own Video Show : Social Media Examiner. Looking for ways to position yourself as an industry expert?

How to Easily Create Your Own Video Show : Social Media Examiner

Have you considered using video to increase your visibility? Using video to give your own take on news and stories that are relevant to your industry can help you build influence with peers, prospects, and customers. In this article, you’ll discover how to use video to deliver value to your followers on social media. Discover how to increase visibility by easily creating your own video show. #1: Gather Relevant News and Stories. 26 Ways to Use Video for Your Social Media Marketing : Social Media Examiner. Do you want to add video to your social media marketing?

26 Ways to Use Video for Your Social Media Marketing : Social Media Examiner

The Mixology of Content Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC] Sometimes the best way to teach a person something is to present it within a familiar framework.

The Mixology of Content Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC]

Suppose you don’t understand fractions. Sure, we could try to teach you from a fourth-grader’s textbook or we could teach you with a pizza (or pie if you’re lactose intolerant). All of a sudden fractions aren’t so intimidating, and the information becomes (queue dad joke) digestible. 9 Time-Saving Tools for Social Media Marketers : Social Media Examiner.

Do you need to spend less time on repetitive social media tasks?

9 Time-Saving Tools for Social Media Marketers : Social Media Examiner

Are you looking for tools that let you balance automation with a personal touch? 6 ways to build a thriving Instagram following. What's the secret of a flourishing Instagram community?

6 ways to build a thriving Instagram following

There isn't an easy answer. I'm sure you follow an Instagram account with thousands—if not millions—of followers who interact with its every post. Six Things to Consider Before You Engage in PR Spin Sucks. By: Gini Dietrich | November 18, 2015 | Your 15 minutes of fame. Seeing your name in lights. The phone ringing off the hook after your industry publication ran a cover story about your business. All of your peers, competitors, and colleagues patting you on the back after a major national publication does an in-depth interview with you. This is something every business owner dreams about and every one of us thinks, “If that happens, we’ll have it made!”

INFOGRAPHICS: The Good and The Bad. 7 tips to create a killer podcast. Podcasting has a low barrier to entry, has proven distribution channels, and is increasing in popularity. Podcasts "are so easy and cheap," says "Freakanomics" author Stephen J. Dubner, "and because there's an infrastructure that's been built by other third parties, I can just be a free rider. I can make my content for very little cost as an experiment, distribute it freely and easily, and see if it works.

" Consider the true-crime podcast Serial, which was downloaded 68 million times and was popular enough to be parodied on "Saturday Night Live. " That's huge consumption for any medium, and it exemplifies the attainable reach in this channel. Download the free white paper, "Creating a Consistent Message," to discover how to keep your organization's message and voice on track across all your internal communications platforms. As further evidence of the popularity of podcasts, consider these facts: The medium itself is unduly given a lot of credit for podcasts' popularity, however. 1.

9 Common Social Media Marketing Mistakes. The content with the best ROI. Stop wasting time on content marketing tactics that don't bring results. This infographic reveals which types of content work best, and the metrics you should track. By Kristin Piombino | Posted: September 4, 2014 Only 27 percent of marketers effectively measure content marketing, an infographic from Captora says. But if more marketers would start, they would like what they'd find. The infographic explains why organizations should use content marketing, what type of content has the best return on investment (ROI), the metrics organizations should track and more. Stuck in the Visual Web: 6 Strategies for Winning Short-Form Video. Tessa Wegert | October 31, 2013 | 1 Comment inShare9 What makes your branded video worth watching? How can you create something that has marketing chops, both as a product of the Visual Web and a social ad?

Here are six strategies to help you out. When Instagram launched its video capabilities this past summer, users hurried to try their hand at creating a 15-second clip on the social networking site. Since then, more than 80 different brands have welcomed Instagram Video into their digital campaigns. Samsung, Nike, Disney, and Red Bull are among the brands generating online buzz, with MTV taking top honors as the "most shared brand.

" "Video on Instagram is already working for many brand marketers across the globe," says Richard Kosinski, US President of Unruly, "and I expect short-form video to appear on many more marketing plans over the coming months as brands embrace their role as a newsroom and look to embrace agile marketing. " Stuck in the Visual Web: 6 Strategies for Winning Short-Form Video. 5 Content Networks You Should Join ASAP. Is it time to take your content strategy to the next level? Start by using these 5 content networks to increase your reach and offer your audience more. August 09, 2013 I know you’re blogging and you’ve got a rocking email newsletter and, well, of course you have some great content on your social networks.

Now it's time to take your content strategy to the next level to include "content networks. " Content networks are popular sites, such as YouTube or Slideshare, where anyone with an account can publish, share, curate and, perhaps most important, embed the content easily on any site. If you're ready to do more with your content, create accounts for each of the following five content networks. 1. I’m guessing you’ve watched YouTube videos but haven’t set up your own channel.

Kaiser Permanente video blogs. While everyone loves video, there’s not a huge demand for perfect video. For Kaiser Permanente, this love of video content offered a great opportunity to show off the stories traditional advertising couldn’t tell and give people a great reason to check them out. So the company started a video blog. In his presentation at‘s BlogWell conference in Los Angeles, Kaiser Permanente’s director of digital media and syndication, Vince Golla, talked about how the company brought its fans’ genuine, unscripted stories to a bigger audience without hiring an expensive production company.

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Marketing your social media. Social media research and tips. Social media success. Facebook. Social media measurement tool box. Rob Stuart, who passed away recently and who was instrumental in the creation of the nonprofit technology movement always had a favorite question, “What tools are in your tool box?” It was always a terrific conversation starter with nonprofit techies because knowing the right tool for the job is important. As I’ve been working on “Measuring the Networked Nonprofit” with co-author KD Paine, we’ve come to the chapter on measurement tools.

I sent out a query nonprofit tech colleagues who are social media mavens and ask that age old question, “What’s in your social media measurement tool box?” Because specific tools come and go and always are changing, we wanted to avoid writing something that would be out of date as soon the book came out.

The important thing is to pick the right tool for the job — and that job is collecting data to measure progress towards a goal or objective. Why is that so hard? The Viral Nature of Social Media. From #SXSW: Thinking like a psychologist to measure social media efforts. Advertisers Struggle With ROI on Content Marketing. 2011's most popular social media stories. Ultimate Glossary: 120 Social Media Marketing Terms Explained.

For many people, posting a tweet, hashtagging an Instagram caption, and sending out an invite for a Facebook event on Facebook has become common practice. (In fact, if you're highly experienced, you probably do all three at once.) Social Media usage infographic.