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Social Media Travel Marketing: 3 Ways to Stand Out

Posted by Allie Farnen on January 16, 2019 at 8:55 AM

Thanks to Facebook and Instagram, you don't have to ask your friends about their vacations anymore. You probably know where they went and stayed, and maybe even what they ate for dinner.

The tie between vacations and the urge to post on social is so strong that, according to a WeSwap study, 29 percent of travelers wouldn't choose a destination if they weren't able to post on social during the trip. The tendency toward posting travel details online presents some interesting opportunities to travel marketers, as long as they can avoid a few pitfalls unique to social media travel marketing.

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Topics: social media, Social Media Marketing

Audience Targeting on Pinterest

Posted by Apryl Pilolli on December 20, 2018 at 10:17 AM

Pinterest is often overlooked as an advertising platform, but the virtual pinboard has 250 million active monthly users. It is hugely popular for people seeking inspiration for weddings, cooking, fashion, home renovation and more.

Given its widespread use in sparking creativity among users, Pinterest is perfect for promoting new brands, products and ideas.

Lifestyle brands not advertising on the platform are missing opportunities for customer acquisition.

Today we wrap up our Social Audience Targeting series looking at how to best create a social campaign within Pinterest.

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Topics: social media, Social Media Marketing, target audience

Audience Targeting on Twitter

Posted by Apryl Pilolli on December 19, 2018 at 10:27 AM

Twitter has 328 million monthly active users with over 500 million tweets sent each day. It offers a plethora of targeting options that are similar to Facebook's ad platform, but also has the ability to do keyword, event, and TV targeting. In today's Audience Targeting Social series, we're looking at how to capitalize on the enormous activity to capture ROI.

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Topics: social media, Social Media Marketing, target audience

Audience Targeting on LinkedIn

Posted by Apryl Pilolli on December 18, 2018 at 10:26 AM

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network with 260 million monthly active members and 8 million business pages. This is where B2B companies can shine. The network is designed specifically for business networking and is a great place to advertise business solutions, higher education and recruitment. LinkedIn reports that four out of five of its members drive business decisions.

As we continue in our Social Audience Targeting series, we're sharing the building blocks for LinkedIn social campaigns that can deliver results for your business.

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Topics: social media, Social Media Marketing, target audience

Audience Targeting on Facebook, Instagram and Messenger

Posted by Apryl Pilolli on December 17, 2018 at 11:53 AM

Facebook has more than two billion active users every month Instagram and Messenger each have more than one billion monthly active users. With so many active users across social platforms, it means there is something for everyone. Facebook owns Instagram and Messenger, so the targeting capabilities are very similar, and brands can run fairly seamlessly across both.

However, to truly get traction with your social marketing plan, you'll need to understand how to best leverage the targeting options and ad formats available.

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Topics: social media, Social Media Marketing, target audience

Are Food Trends (For the Sake of Instagram) the Future of Food and Beverage?

Posted by Allie Farnen on November 30, 2018 at 10:26 AM

Instagram has revolutionized the way the food and beverage industry does marketing and advertising — putting an emphasis not just on creating photo-worthy dishes and food trends, but also on building a following that translates to a loyal customer base.

No one said 'gramming is easy, but the platform and the food trends it inspires are here to stay for the foreseeable future. Why not take advantage? An engaged social media following keeps you top of mind for your audience, but that's not all. Your restaurant becomes visible to second- and even third-degree connections whenever someone likes or comments on a post, helping you reach an exponential number of people with each new follower.

The best benefit of all? Unless you want to run Insta ads, using the platform is totally free. If you're not taking advantage of available networks, you're leaving money on the table.

So, how do you achieve success on Instagram in the age of never-ending food trends? A few expert tips (and a little team effort) can go a long way. Read on, then prepare your camera for some activity.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Social Media Marketing

Local Business Marketing: Why You Need a Mobile Social Strategy

Posted by Apryl Pilolli on November 26, 2018 at 10:07 AM

For those thinking about local business marketing, social media and mobile optimization might not be the first strategies that come to mind, as they're often associated with large corporations.

But marketers who don't think about mobile-first connections may be missing out on an effective way to grow a customer base and build loyalty, according to recent research from Facebook.

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Topics: Social Media Marketing

3 Social Advertising Don'ts You Can't Ignore

Posted by Apryl Pilolli on October 12, 2018 at 11:16 AM

When it comes to the world of advertising, the only constant is change. Wildly successful ads from the 1960s are often laughable by today's standards. But while we poke fun at the old campaigns' massive blocks of text and questionable art choices, modern trends are changing at breakneck speeds — especially when it comes to Facebook advertising.

Here are a few things you'll want to keep in mind to ensure your campaigns are relevant, engaging and drive enough return on ad spend (ROAS) to make your efforts worthwhile.

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Topics: facebook, Social Media Marketing

New Social Video Trend: How Brands Can Benefit From Instagram TV

Posted by Ashley Williams on September 6, 2018 at 11:12 AM

Given the rapid adoption of social video by organizations of all sizes, it's safe to say video marketing is no longer "a trend," but a powerful strategy that connects brands and audiences like never before. A staggering 97 percent of marketers reported video helped them increase understanding of their product or service, according to HubSpot.

But while you may have focused the majority of your social video efforts on Facebook and YouTube, it may be time to add a third platform to the mix. The brand-new Instagram TV (IGTV) launched in summer 2018 and gives brands the ability to upload full-screen videos 15 seconds to 60 minutes in length — a powerful way to engage with your audience in a place where they're already likely spending a lot of time.

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Topics: Social Media Marketing

Competitive Intelligence on Facebook: How It Could Set You Apart

Posted by Apryl Pilolli on August 30, 2018 at 1:19 PM

Gaining competitive intelligence on social media is perhaps the single best way for brands to gauge the industry landscape and cull insights about consumer sentiments, needs and behaviors.

The information you can get from social is instantaneous; you can gain the most up-to-date data and findings. Indeed, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like are treasure troves of valuable competitive insights, so how can businesses use them to their fullest extent?

For starters, Facebook is making competitive intelligence on social a little easier by allowing users to view the ads being run by a page. The move is meant to provide transparency into the social network's ad platform, but it also provides a whole new window for marketers to view ads other businesses are running.

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Topics: Social Media Marketing

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