Quora is a community-fueled question-and-answer site. It's as straightforward as it gets: after registering a profile, anyone can ask a question and anyone can answer one. Questions range from relationship advice to feminists of the Second World War and have everything in-between. How can it be useful for us marketers?
Let's find out.
Marketing is no longer about the stuff you make, but the stories you tell. The world of marketing has changed. Companies like Snapchat and Instagram have risen to prominence. Social storytelling has become the new brand marketing.
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Instagram marketing is a trendy topic. You can see why: the app has 500 million daily active users. It's more interactive and more fashionable than Facebook, it's the single most engaged platform out there, and a strong favorite of younger people. Nearly 50 percent of brands use Instagram. In this post, I'll talk about Instagram Stories - a relatively new feature of Instagram (and Facebook, for that matter) that marketers often overlook. And yet they shouldn't.
Amanda Palmer was the first artist ever to get nearly $1,2m for her Kickstarter campaign, although the goal was $100, 000. This remains to be one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns of all time. Amanda is the one to encourage downloading, torrenting, and sharing music for free on sites like Soundcloud. While huge musicians condemn free art of all sorts as the biggest evil in the world; while shops like HMV are experiencing crisis after crisis after crisis, she gets a million by simply asking and proclaims that that’s the future of music. What’s the secret? According to Amanda Palmer, it’s social media.
For some companies, the holiday season ends at New Years. They pack away pumpkin candies, Christmas trees, Santa Clauses, breath in, breath out, and get back to normal, everyday marketing. The closer it gets to February 14th, another great commercialised holiday, the more they feel like they’re missing out. But for one reason or another, these brands can’t simply paint their store pink, give out candies, or start selling jewellery out of nowhere. And what’s left?
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.