The Future of Social Media

The Future of Social Media

Ah, the future. We all want to know it. We want to get a ‘jump on the competition’. We want to ‘be ready’. I get asked all the time, what’s the future of social media? Where is it headed? What will be the next big thing? I’ve been working in social media since social media was born, so I guess I’ve seen the way the tide works and I’m as qualified as anyone to look into the proverbial crystal ball. Right or wrong, here are my thoughts on where the future of social media is headed in the coming years.

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Boo! Does Shock Advertising Really Work?

shock advertisingWhen marketing products or services, sometimes advertisers turn to scare tactics or shock advertising. This is the practice of violating social, religious, or political norms and presenting it to an audience with the intention of eliciting an emotional response.

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initiate-it RoundUp: October 2017

 

Marketing techniques and trends are always evolving. From social to SEM, changes are consistently made to make marketing tactics more effective. These changes not only help the marketer but will also help create a better customer experience. Stay in the know each month with the initiate-it RoundUp. Below are the top 5 marketing trends and changes that occurred in October 2017.

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Is Your Spooky Landing Page Scaring Away Potential Leads?

Is Your Spooky Landing Page Scaring Away Potential Leads

In today’s marketing environment starting a campaign demands having a landing page. There is currently no better way to facilitate lead generation. Landing pages give people something they need and, in return, you get their information and the chance to create a relationship. While effective, landing pages can still be tricky because of today’s already-skeptical digital audience; people are hesitant to give out their information to just anyone. Is your landing page contributing to these fears? If you are utilizing too many graphics, dull copy and confusing calls to action, like the example above, you most likely are. To help you out, I have identified 5 best practices to adhere to when designing a landing page.

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Emoji Etiquette in Modern Marketing

Emoji Etiquette in Modern Marketing 1

In my personal messages, I typically leave emojis out. Emojis can be construed in several ways.  They display differently depending on the device. Also, at an elementary level, I believe emojis come across as childish. However, as my friends tease me, not using emojis can be perceived as being old or not hip. While I can handle a few jabs from my friends, I must be more careful when it comes to marketing.

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Cyclical Marketing: The Rise and Fall of the Digital Age

Cyclical Marketing: The Rise and Fall of the Digital Age

It’s time to release the Kraken and take a sledgehammer to your digital advertising efforts. That’s right, we’ve come to a tipping point. Just as Nina Simone’s sultry tones once gave way to Rhianna’s moist screeches, digital and social media marketing are soon to be replaced. Not by something new… but by something we’ve seen before.

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