Posts in Social Media category

Smart(er) Cookies.

Smart(er) Cookies.

When a local Girl Scout council asks you to help sell a million boxes of Girl Scout cookies, you say yes. The Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana set this goal every cookie season, and this year they surpassed it by 200,000 boxes. Asher enjoyed creating and executing a social media strategy just as much as eating the “samples” of the new S’mores cookie. We helped GSNI-M reach over 338,000 potential customers on Facebook, an increase in audience reach of 306% over last year. Through backend analytics we gained insight into what type of user engages with GSNI-M and what type of content triggers engagement. The campaign’s success translated into more cookies sold and a few lessons learned.

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Setting Your Brand Apart: Four Steps to Content Marketing Success

Setting Your Brand Apart: Four Steps to Content Marketing Success

When I started my career, brands primarily told their stories via mass media channels: running ads on TV, pitching stories to print outlets, and putting up billboards. While these tactics are very much still part of the marketing mix, significant shifts during the past decade have presented new opportunities and challenges. In short, due to the rise of peer-to-peer sharing and the fragmentation of the consumer audience, brands now have the potential to become media channels of their own—or become irrelevant if they remain inert. The most successful brands are responding to this new reality by developing robust content marketing strategies—the means by which they harness and tell their best stories in a way that’s aligned with overarching strategic goals.
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Worth a Thousand Words: The Rise of the Visual Internet

Worth a Thousand Words: The Rise of the Visual Internet

For four years, I worked for the nation’s second largest hardware store co-op, with 3,600 stores around the world. As e-commerce manager, it was my job to build and maintain each store’s online identity and work with owners and managers to tell their stories online. When I would ask them to share what made them different, I usually heard long, detailed accounts of their history—how, for example, their father’s father started a business that survived for 30, 40, or 50 years. While all these stories were great, they did little to nothing to increase sales or bring people into the store.

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Use Twitter to Tighten Up Your Writing

Use Twitter to Tighten Up Your Writing

A consultant once told me that “tighter is righter.” A handful of well-chosen words provides so much more power than paragraphs that endlessly spool on and on and dilute themselves.

As a guy who writes advertising slogans and headlines, I’ll tell you right away that a powerful one-line headline trumps anything I can do in the descriptive copy to follow. If I can’t punch through the clutter and noise and commandeer your attention with a three-word statement, then whatever wonderful language I employ in describing the product is moot, because you’ve already moved on. Luckily for me (and the many others who make a living by churning out words) modern social media is a perfect whetstone to sharpen our verbal tools.

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