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.
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.
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.
Stats are always fun to look at. Okay, well, for some people. It gives you an understanding of what is going on in the field with minimal effort. Besides, there is nothing like starting a new year with some solid numbers. So I've gathered some important, some weird, and some equally both important and weird social media numbers. Here they are.
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.