Happy Summer Holidays! Offices Closed July 4-6, 2018

We are quickly approaching the first day of summer – and the 4th of July holiday!

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Since Independence Day falls on a Wednesday this year, The Social Campfire office will be closed July 4-6, 2018.

We will resume regular operational hours on Monday, July, 9, 2018.

Please feel free to contact us at social@thesocialcampfire.com if you have any questions in the meantime!

We hope you enjoy your summer holiday. -Team TSC

How to Ignite Your Digital Marketing Strategy in 2018

The ways we interact with and engage our customers are constantly evolving. In today’s consumer landscape, the start of a new year is always the perfect time to re-evaluate and recharge your digital marketing strategy. Whether you are looking to improve your social media marketing efforts, content marketing quality, or simply don’t know where to begin, The Social Campfire can help. Read the best ways to improve and ignite your marketing in 2018.

2018 Digital Marketing Tips

Harness the Power of Big Data

You don’t need a system that costs thousands of dollars to harness the power of big data and artificial intelligence. Social media platforms and analytics technology providers are constantly creating ways to make engaging with your customers and understanding what they want easier. Chatbots, in-depth conversion data, and better client data services are making it easier than ever to design and adjust your marketing strategy. Talk with a reputable, remote digital marketing provider if you need assistance obtaining the software or gathering valuable information.

Utilize App Technology

Today, there’s an app for everything. Capitalize off app technology by learning how your brand and customers can make the most of them. Some companies will benefit from creating their own app in 2018, while others will choose to focus on advertising within apps or leveraging partner apps to provide better services. Meet with your marketing and executive teams to discuss your goals for the year and how applications can meet those needs.

Write Effective Native Ad Copy

Native ads are those that match the natural form and function of the platform they appear on. When you see sponsored posts on LinkedIn and Facebook or polls on Twitter, the company has paid for native advertising. With this trend comes the need for impeccable, engaging ad copy. Hiring a copywriter on a project or part-time basis can provide you with the marketing knowledge and writing prowess your business needs to make the most of your digital ad spend.

Capitalize On Micro-Moments

Micro-moments are defined by digital marketers as snippets of time where brands are interacting with their audience on the fly. Is your CEO getting ready for a keynote at your industry’s top tradeshow? What tips does your company president have for packing for a big trip? Teaching them to create micro-moments on Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook can build trust and transform your engagement rates. If you are an administrative professional, executive, or marketing director looking for these types of educational and instructive services, contact The Social Campfire for affordable online or face to face (Central Florida) social media classes that will help your team gain the skills you need to stand out.

No matter what you need to accomplish for your brand or business this year, there is a social media marketing, copywriting, or content marketing strategy to make it happen. Whether you need to define your strategy for the new year or receive help for a certain tactic, The Social Campfire can help. Call CEO Jess Dawkins at (321) 574-3854 or email us anytime at social@thesocialcampfire.com. You can also schedule a free consultation with Jess on Setmore

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New Year’s Hours of Operation

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year from The Social Campfire!

As we prepare for a brand new year, I’d like to share with you the remainder of our holiday business hours:

  • Friday, December 29: Office closes at 2:00 PM ET 
  • Monday, January 1: Office Closed 
  • Tuesday, January 2: Business hours return to normal 

Please feel free to email us on New Year’s Day at social@thesocialcampfire.com and we’ll return an answer for you on January 2. If you have any questions about partnering with us in 2018, or to receive a custom quote, you can also call us during normal business hours at (321) 574-3854.

Have a wonderful new year’s eve and a prosperous 2018!

-Jess & the TSC team 

 

Christmas Hours of Operation

Merry Christmas, Social Campers!

As we quickly approach Christmas this weekend, I’d like to share with you our holiday hours. 

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Please note the following hours for this coming week: 

  • Friday, December 22: Office closes at 12 noon ET
  • Office Closed: Monday, December 25 and Tuesday, December 26

We will be open again as usual on Wednesday, December 27. We will also update our New Year’s hours during the business days of 12/27-12/29.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and enjoy your time with family and friends! If you want to get started with your marketing strategy for 2018, call the office at (321) 574-3854 or email anytime at social@thesocialcampfire.com. 

 

The Top 10 Social Media Marketing Resources for Christmas 2017

The Christmas season is all about giving. Extend the gifts of the season to your social media audience by using the most festive and helpful holiday social media marketing tools. I’ve curated The Social Campfire‘s favorite Christmas marketing resources. Which is your favorite?

Best Christmas Social Media Marketing Tools

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1. Freepik Christmas Vectors 

This website has tens of thousands of free Christmas vectors for personal and commercial use. Download them in .AI or .EPS format to create a custom graphic for your Facebook, Twitter, G+, or LinkedIn profile. You can also use them to design a header for your holiday email newsletter.

2. Canva 

Canva is a creative app that inspires users to create beautiful social media graphics, blog headers, infographics, and more. It’s also extremely easy to use, even if you are not a designer. Use their free or paid art – or upload your business logo, stock photos, or vectors to finish your custom holiday project. I personally like using it to create festive social media graphics and cover images.

3. GIPHY

Add a little Christmas fun to your December social media posts. GIFs are one of the most popular ways to bring tidings of joy this holiday season and are perfect for direct to consumer or retail businesses. GIPHY is my favorite royalty-free GIF platform and has both beautiful and funny GIFs available. Pair them with a couple lines of creative written copy to delight your followers.

4. Facebook Advertising 

If you have a holiday sale going on at your store or want to share your Christmas blogs with a larger following, Facebook advertising is a great way to meet your goal. For a modest budget, you can promote your post to touch potential customers that are not already part of your follower count. Specify the age, geographic region, or interests of your potential customer and run the ad for a time span that works for your needs. You can also reach an Instagram audience with Facebook ads.

5. Christmas Pinterest Boards

Christmas themed Pinterest boards are fun to create and help you meet your business goals. If your store sells stocking stuffers or White Elephant gifts, create a board that showcases the best things to buy. If you are a B2B company, you can pin anything from articles that share Christmas money saving tips to holiday infographics and educational blogs about nutrition and health.

6. Instagram Contests 

If your company has time to plan a giveaway for Christmas, Instagram is a great place to hold the contest. Post a photo of the giveaway item and tell your followers how they can win it. Ideas include gift cards to your shop or restaurant, festive goodie baskets, and tickets to Christmas plays and events. Be sure to spell out the rules and details carefully, either in the post copy or at the bottom of your graphic.

7. Christmas Clip Art 

If you need holiday clip art, The Balance has over 3,800 free Christmas resources for you. From trees to reindeers to Santa hats, there is something for every brand and function. Use these images to craft your social media posts, cover photos, and advertisements.

8. Holiday Hashtags 

Reach a wider audience with your holiday posts. Hashtags are essential in making it possible. Our company analytics tool Sprout Social provides a full guide to each holiday. Be sure to include the basics like #Christmas and #Christmas2017. You may find an additional view gems in the link that apply to your business.

9. Pixabay 

Pixabay is one of the largest and most useful royalty free image databases on the Internet. Click the link above to find themed photos that will add a merry feeling to your social media posts, advertisements, and profiles. Find everything from vectors to natural-looking photos with people in them.

10. Punchbowl 

If you need a quick way to directly reach your most important followers and customers, Punchbowl will allow you to design and distribute fun Christmas greetings without spending a dime. It is perfect for a small list of people you want to reach to thank or wish a Merry Christmas. Simply pull names or contacts from your social media profiles and write a custom greeting that will really stand out. This is an especially helpful tool for companies who do not yet have an email marketing plan.

There are so many easy ways to make your Christmas social media marketing strategy stand out. Use one or more of the tools above to make your festive holiday marketing plan happen! If you need assistance with seasonal marketing for Christmas and beyond, The Social Campfire can do everything from writing impactful copy to managing your social media profiles. To learn more about working with a remote social media specialist, call The Social Campfire in Orlando, FL, at (321) 574-3854. For information about the company social media marketing services, visit us online

5 (More!) Frightening Social Media Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

If you read Part One of this two-part frightening social media mistakes series, you know there is plenty you can do to make your Halloween engagement and sales soar – and much you should avoid. Design and create a spectacular fall social media engagement plan with my tips below.

Steer Clear of These Spooky Social Media Marketing Mistakes

Avoid these common social media marketing mistakes…

Forgetting to Post Halloween Photos/Updates  social-media-marketing-orlando

This Halloween, don’t forget to post what you are doing in-office and in-store. Are you decorating your staff cubicles? Dressing up in costumes as a team? Snap a photo! Pair it with a couple lines of copy about what is happening in the picture and how your company is getting festive. Failure to post these photos on social media is a missed opportunity to engage. Don’t forget to use hashtags like #Halloween and #Halloween2017.

Sharing/Posting Too Much

Some of us absolutely love Halloween. However, there is such a thing as posting too much. Stick to one Facebook or LinkedIn post to celebrate 10/31 – and make it count. You can share a few times on Halloween if you’re on Twitter or Instagram.

Getting Too Creepy

For some businesses, there is such a thing as too creepy. Don’t forget, you and/or your social media marketing partner know your brand better than anyone. If gory Halloween graphics or frightening videos don’t sit well with your type of customers, don’t post it. For example, professional services brands may opt for a classier autumn look (think pumpkins and fall leaves), while companies catering to children may post cute or funny graphics instead (laughing pumpkins or other kids in costumes).  While Halloween is a holiday of ghouls and goblins, consider who you are sharing your posts with.

Forcing Your Posts

If you don’t have much to say about Halloween, don’t worry about it. There’s nothing worse than feigning enthusiasm or trying too hard to celebrate in your tweets. Focus on being authentic. If it’s not your favorite holiday or you don’t have much going on in the office, consider a simple “Happy Halloween” greeting with a photo of Jack o’ lanterns or a bowl of colorful candy.

Attorneys and educational brands can remind their followers to be safe and watch out for children “trick or treating”, while boutiques and consulting firms can ask their followers to tell them what they enjoy doing on Halloween or their favorite October 31 memory. While I recommend posting something that day, you don’t have to be cookie cutter. Think outside the box.

Ignoring Curation Possibilities

Strapped for time? Don’t forget curation! Your colleague may have an event going on that you want to help promote – or you may find a funny GIF you can take off GIPHY. Introduce your followers (and customers) to your brand’s favorite Halloween articles, animations, and videos by sharing them straight from Facebook or re-posting them on Instagram. There is no harm with a few RTs or mentions on Twitter, either. If you wrote a blog last Halloween or think some of your content applies to the holiday, re-post it on social media.


I want you to succeed in your fall social media marketing strategy! If you haven’t already, be sure to read my blog about avoiding 4 more social media mistakes for business. You can also follow me and The Social Campfire brand on Facebook to stay updated on the latest social media tips all year long.