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Your 5 Step Guide to Creating a Great Instagram Story

1. Plan ahead. Like all great stories, plan a beginning, an end, and most importantly, stick to the plot! The beginning posts of your IG story must be attention grabbing for your audience. This is when you announce you’re about to tell an amazing story and create a screen tapping hook that yells, “Hey, something…

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Is Snap Map More Helpful or Invasive?

Snapchat released its Snap Map feature in June, which allows users to submit Snaps to a public collection called Our Story. According to Snapchat, the value of the new function is being able to view Snaps from around the world, “including sporting events, celebrations, breaking news, and more.” A color-coded heatmap shows popular locations; blue…

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How to Avoid the “Fake Follower” Trap in Influencer Marketing

Finding the right influencers to partner with your brand is no simple feat. You have to make sure the people you select are authentic and engaging, who care about their followers and share your brand values. And, increasingly, you also have to verify that influencers – and their followers – are real. Fake Instagram accounts…

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Is Snapchat in danger? Or simply evolving?

In the nearly six months since its initial public offering, Snap Inc. has been closely monitored by the company’s investors, supporters and critics. The corporate parent of Snapchat is the subject of constant speculation, with some pointing to its young and highly engaged audience as markers of success, and others raising concerns over its failure…

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Voice AI & the Future of Brand Marketing

Alexa, how will marketers use voice search in the future?   Voice-assisted devices, powered by artificial intelligence, are gaining a strong foothold in households across the U.S. According to eMarketer, there are 45 million devices in use now, and that number will rise to 67 million by 2019. Google Home and Amazon Echo (famous for…

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Why 6 Seconds is Ideal for Video Ads

Short and sweet: that’s the recipe for success when creating video ads. While 30-second spots have long been the norm for TV, mobile and social media usage are changing the way brands think about ads. And the new standard is brief, punchy video ads that last only a few seconds, and stand out in a…

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Tips for Using Canva for Social Media Graphics

Whether you’re posting on Instagram, Facebook or another social network, your brand needs high-quality visuals to capture your audience’s attention. We’ve talked before about how you can take better photos, starting with the equipment you already have. But what about creating beautiful graphics? A striking graphic can do wonders to boost engagement, drive sales or…

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How Brands Can Use Instagram Location & Hashtag Stories

In May, Instagram released two new features to help people find Stories related to their interests. Through the Explore tab, users can now search by location or hashtag, and scroll through a compilation of Instagram Stories that have a particular location sticker, hashtag sticker, or hashtag in a caption. The Explore tab also features select…

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Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality: What You Need to Know

If new technology has taught us anything over the last few years, it’s that reality is not fixed. It’s adaptable, and it’s constantly surprising and delighting us. Both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are viewing experiences that allow us to explore new worlds. They’re areas of rapid growth in the tech space –…

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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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