Being a digital marketer means always staying up-to-date with the new and upcoming trends. Changes happen fast. New SEO rules, new social media advertising costs, new tools that transform the life of a marketer. Sometimes, almost unpredictable things happen, like the appearance of a new super-cool social media platform that simply wasn’t there yesterday. But sometimes the trends rise and fall relatively slowly. It’s important to pay attention to them, see how they progress from year to year, stick to them whenever it makes sense and abandon them whenever the hype or the usefulness has decreased or is about to. This post is mostly about the second type.
From work meetings and project deadlines to family time, your schedule and plan all the important things in your day. A plan helps you make the most of your time, stay organized, and accomplish important tasks. Without structure and a schedule, you may miss appointments and find yourself unable to juggle all your responsibilities. The same thing is true for social media.
Taco Bell exists on every major social media platform, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google Plus, Tumblr, Pinterest, Reddit, Snapchat and even Vine. They post regularly on every network, engage with customers, receive and reply to complaints, and have fun as if social media is all that matters in this world. So what underlies their strategy? How did they get to have the brand pages they have and what can we do to be a bit more like Taco Bell?
We like to think we’re rational creatures. But as Robert A. Heinlein once put it, “Man is not a rational animal, he is a rationalizing animal.” Emotions drive the decisions we make in more ways than we like to think, and play a far greater role in decision making than reason. All of that suggests that emotional marketing has to be more effective than purely rational campaigns. But before we move on to look at the emotions that have been proven to work in ads, campaigns, and long-term marketing strategies, let’s first look at how emotional persuasion works, and which goals it can help you achieve.
This post is for Social Media Managers, digital marketers that are responsible for social media as well as other forms of marketing, and small business owners that have to deal with social media on their own (my sympathies). I won’t cover expensive tools that are aimed at large businesses with full social media teams. The tools on this list are all affordable, aimed at small- or medium-sized businesses, with a quick learning curve and no coding involved. Some of them are also mutually exclusive, so in no way using all of them will simplify your life. Choosing the ones that work for you out of this list, however, will. Let’s get to it.
Trending content is invaluable in the field of marketing. Getting noticed alongside something that's already a hit is most likely to bring you traffic. Do it right, and it will bring you the right kind of traffic - the one that'll turn into leads. So how do you identify trending content just in time to get the most out of it? Let's find out.
There are so many marketing tools on the market. How to pick the right ones? Well, we've asked the experts. Successful marketers with various backgrounds and multiple responsibilities were asked what their most praised marketing software is. Here's what they answered.