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Are You Looking at the Influencer Marketing Long Game?

Most savvy marketers don’t need to be sold on the value of influencer marketing. The evidence is all around us, as brands of every size partner with influencers to connect with their audiences. But though more brands each year are maintaining or expanding their investment in influencer marketing, many are still not making a significant,…

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What Marketers Should Know About Generation Z

The first generation of true digital natives is growing up – and marketers are paying attention to their priorities and habits. People in Generation Z – born after 2000, following millennials – are unique in that they have never known a time before technologies such as smartphones, social media platforms and streaming media services. And…

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Creative Ways Brands Are Using Snapchat

  Snapchat is a social media platform that poses both challenges and possibilities for marketers. It’s not as straightforward or intuitive as other social networks, but its flexibility offers enormous creative freedom and storytelling opportunities for brands that can think outside the news feed.   Here are a few examples of brands that are doing…

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How Chat & Messaging Apps Can Bolster Customer Service

How brands provide customer service is changing. For years, when consumers had questions or problems to address, their options were to pick up the phone or send an email. Now new tools, such as chat technology and messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, are offering retailers the opportunity to widen their scope of communication. Research from…

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Super Bowl Advertising: Is Snapchat the New TV?

The advertising buzz leading up to the Super Bowl is nothing new. Every year, we analyze the price tag for a 30-second spot during the game, pore over the list of brands purchasing ad time, and speculate on who the winners and losers will be. But traditional TV advertising is not the only option for…

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FTC Cheat Sheet

As sponsored influencer content becomes a more mainstream marketing strategy, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ramped up enforcement of their rules regarding sponsorship disclosure. We’ve compiled a quick overview of those FTC guidelines so that your marketing remains compliant. While the significant value that sponsored content could bring your brand is attractive and exciting,…

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How Brands Are Engaging Audiences with Snapcodes

No one can accuse Snapchat of being complacent. This past year, the company has been on a roll releasing new features, and amping up its efforts to engage both users and brands. And Snapchat isn’t satisfied with interactions remaining within the app; it’s crossing digital barriers to bring branded campaigns to users in the “real…

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How Brands Can Use Snapchat Memories

Over the past month, Snapchat has started to roll out one of its biggest changes to date. The app’s newest feature, Memories, allows users to save snaps in a private long-term collection within the app. This is a major shift from Snapchat’s defining characteristic – that snaps last only for a few seconds, or for…

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How to Make Great Videos for Your Business

These days, topnotch video content is considered key to successful online customer engagement. A great video spot is not only a surefire way to drive traffic to your website, it can help build brand awareness and set you apart from the competition. It can also help boost sales. Any content marketing strategist worth his or…

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Content is King: 12 trends marketers shouldn’t ignore

If you do content marketing for your business, don’t miss Pratik Dholakiya’s useful round up of 12 trends you can’t ignore, posted last week on Search Engine Watch. This timely piece discusses the many ways in which smart, substantive content marketing strategies have replaced pushy advertising campaigns as a way to effectively engage customers and…

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