Hot Service: Social Media Calendars

Social Media Calendars can help your team plan efficiently & market better on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

Do you have Social Media profiles for your business, but aren’t sure what to post and when? Are you drawing a blank when it comes to social media strategy, or would like more control over your social marketing success?

Let social media experts produce your monthly calendars ahead of time.

The process is easy:
  • Hire The Social Campfire to do your monthly Social Media Calendars.
  • Determine with TSC what platforms you will need a calendar for and what makes your brand and business tick.
  • Let The Social Campfire help you with your social strategy by providing monthly post copy, links, and images for you.
  • Review the calendar and post your one of a kind content. Each calendar is custom tailored with hashtags, customer relevant campaigns and more.

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Why Your Business Should be Using Instagram Stories

Should your business be using Instagram’s new Stories feature?

Why your business should be using Instagram Stories

In August, Instagram rolled out a dynamic new feature called Instagram Stories. Insta-stories are ultimately a copy of Snapchat’s “here today, gone tomorrow” interface, but without quite as many bells and filters as its ghostly friend.

This new feature may be a game-changer for small businesses. Here’s why:

Instagram vs. Snapchat

Gone are the days when Instagram was the spontaneous social platform. Instagram is a lot of things, but instant is no longer one of them.

Instagram is polished.

Successful Instagrammers know that their profile needs to have top-notch photography and expert editing. Insta-profiles are carefully curated portfolios, showcasing the best of the best of your brand. Business accounts on Instagram have to stay cohesive and never go off theme. Crafting an impeccable account involves an excessive amount of work and hours can go into perfecting a single picture.

Snapchat is messy.

Snapchat is sloppy in the best sense of the word. Its casual and behind-the-scenes atmosphere lends a sorely-missing sense of authenticity to the world of social media. Snapchat is the opposite of Instagram. It’s off-the-cuff, unfiltered, and doesn’t need the approving double tap of strangers. However, its careless and impermanent nature has kept many business owners from investing the time and energy into embracing the popular app.

Why your business should be using Instagram Stories

The Benefits of Using Instagram Stories for Business

Instagram stories are the breath of fresh air that Instagram has needed for a long time. Its allows businesses to harness the power of both worlds, the spontaneous and the professional.

A Personal Touch

Stories allow you to introduce followers to a more intimate and casual encounter with your product or team while keeping your account refined and specialized. Whereas your profile may have glam images with flawless lighting of your finished product, your story can be a bit grittier, giving your customers a glimpse behind-the-scenes at a work in progress.

Share more

One of the cardinal sins of Instagram is oversharing. Stories let you share a great deal more content with your followers without cluttering their feed and annoying potential customers. This is a big deal, as abiding by normal social media etiquette can be hindering.

Stay on top

When Instagram’s new algorithm was announced in early 2016, users were not happy. One of the redeeming qualities of Instagram, previously, was that your posts weren’t lost in an incomprehensible popularity equation. Thankfully, Stories offers a new solution to this dilemma. All Stories are positioned above the normal insta-feed, bringing some of that missing visibility back to your business.

Why your business should be using Instagram Stories

Try Instagram Stories for Your Business

There’s really no downside to utilizing Instagram’s new Stories feature for your business and if you haven’t begun exploring the new feature, you really should. Sharing candid, unfiltered pics of your process and workspace humanizes your business. Sharing more often and taking advantage of Story feeds displaying at the top of Instagram gives your brand more exposure.

Get out there and share your Stories! Questions about how to use Instagram for Business? Call our office today to speak with an Instagram expert: (321) 574-3854 or email us: social@thesocialcampfire.com.

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LinkedIn courts users in emerging markets with LinkedIn Lite, online job placement tests — TechCrunch

As LinkedIn continues to wait for the close of its $26.2 billion acquisition by Microsoft, it continues to build out its business, with the latest developments on the international front. Last week, LinkedIn announced that it had hit 100 million users in Asia Pacific, and today at an event in Delhi, India, it unveiled three new…

via LinkedIn courts users in emerging markets with LinkedIn Lite, online job placement tests — TechCrunch

How the Summer Olympics Won and Lost on Social Media

How the Summer Olympics Won and Lost on Social Media_What Can Be Learned

Forget the Super Bowl: the Summer Olympics are the world’s largest marketing event. The London 2012 Olympics generated $1.3 billion in advertising spending. The potential to amplify a company’s message is huge with an audience spanning across borders and demographics. For an Olympics marketer, the ability to capitalize on the 1-plus billion voices conversing on social platforms about the Olympics is a must.

Not everything about the Rio 2016 Olympics was a social media success. Savvy content professionals can learn quite a bit about audience engagement from the Olympics’ social wins and losses.

Winning the Social Games

lifeguard meme

This popular meme circulated shortly after swimming heats began during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

1) Meme-volution. One of the best qualities of the Olympics is its ability to create cultural phenomenons thanks to stand out performances. Think gymnast Nadia Comenaci’s perfect 10 or former world record holder sprinter Michael Johnson.

Fast forward to the modern age. Now conversation trends involve more than a stunning Olympic performance. The winter Sochi games created the memorable #sochiproblems. Rio 2016 inspired a collection of viral memes. Michael Phelps’ death stare, Usain Bolt’s cheeky smile, the bored lifeguard in the background of Olympics swimming: the audience took these snapshots and were able to interact with the event by making them relatable to their lives. That’s the value of memes: to capture something humorous or ironic that speaks to a greater audience.

2) Social Platform for Justice. The most powerful use of social media is to inspire thoughtful conversation on important social issues and become an engine for change. Very early in this Olympic cycle, conversation erupted around sexism in sports using hashtags like #everydaysexism and #mansplaining. The social community was enraged by the Chicago Tribune’s article of Olympic shooter Corey Cogdell-Unrein that focused on her husband’s football career, the broadcaster declaring a husband “the person responsible for her performance” after a Hungarian swimmer’s gold medal, and announcers calling Katie Ledecky “the male Michael Phelps.”

Lists tracking sexist coverage appeared across news feeds. The story drew national attention to how society and the media addresses the performance of athletic women. Reporters and news outlets issued apologies and ran corrections. Some news outlets continued to slip-up, but by the end of Olympics coverage there were fewer gaffes, showing social’s power to influence the greater conversation.

3) Rio 2016 organizers partnering with social. The International Olympics Committee recognized the power of social media to share the stories of the Olympics Games. It recent years, it created outlets on platforms like Facebook, Youtube and Twitter. Perhaps the best indicator of the IOC jumping on the social bandwagon would be its new partnerships. Twitter launched hundreds of Olympic-specific emojis and projected live tweets on Rio’s Arcos da Lapa aqueduct. Airbnb became the first “alternative accommodations” official sponsor of the Rio Olympics. The company took advantage of the unique partnership with a #StayWithMe campaign and with special call-to-actions on reservation pages. NBC brought in a dozen Buzzfeed staffers to create viral social content like the women’s wrestling team smashing watermelons and the Snapchat story “8 Problems Tall People Have” with Olympic swimmer Townley Haas. By embracing partnerships, event organizers generated early enthusiasm and kept the audiences entertained throughout the 15 days.

Losing the Social Games

NBC brokered an exclusive multi-billion dollar coverage rights deal with the IOC lasting until 2032. Their marketing promised comprehensive coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

1) Tight restrictions on live video and streaming. The top complaint about this year’s Olympics concerned event coverage. One of several coverage complaints focused on accessibility. The inability to live stream this Olympics caused significant issues. Fewer 18-to-45-year-olds tuned in. While NBC claims it’s because the audience watched on other channels within the NBC family, the social conversation paints a different picture. For various reasons, users strugglers to watch events live when they wished. By the time the events were shown, in their highly packaged and edited format, the audience knew the results thanks to social sharing. Why watch a 45-second clip four hours later when you already know the outcome?

Furthermore, live videos posted by on-location members of the spectating public were quickly removed. Rower Meghan O’Leary’s post-closing ceremony video, which she thought would not violate Rule 40–more on that below–was quickly deleted from Instagram. Today’s consumers are accustomed to being involved with the action as it happens. By severely limiting on-demand access, users felt less engaged and let down by the Rio Olympics.

2) Pesky IOC Rule 40. This is comprehensive rule concerning Olympic marketing and sponsorships. A very basic summary of the social media implications of the rule is thus: non-sponsor brands can’t use a reference to Olympic results, can’t retweet or repost from official Olympic accounts, or use Olympic pictures. The restriction includes using social hashtags like #Rio2016, #TeamUSA, and #RoadtoRio. The United States Olympic Committee enforces Rule 40 under Code Chapter 2205. The rule is intended to prevent non-sponsors from violating intellectual property rights, but the rule is both confusing and restrictive. It’s as though the USOC is saying don’t discuss the largest event of the year unless you’ve paid for it. This notion goes completely against the nature of social media. People are going to discuss the Olympics and restricting the conversation is against the nature of free speech. There must be way to honor sponsorships and encourage national conversation. Some non-sponsor brands (like Adidas) did find a way around Rule 40 to launch successful marketing campaigns tagging off Olympic coverage.

The Olympic Lessons

Remember the driving force behind social media success is the public must own the conversation. That’s why unexpected, unmanufactured moments go viral. Embracing the power of social media partnerships allows marketers to reach new audiences. Welcoming the audience to take part in the event or conversation by providing easy, on-demand access is critical to social success. Hopefully the lessons from Rio will be learned in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

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5 Must-Read Marketing Articles for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs know that there is no quitting: learning and growth are a daily rite to remain competitive and lead in the marketplace. With that said, here are 5 must-read marketing articles for today’s driven entrepreneur, CEO, CMO, or VP of Marketing. No matter who you are – marketing matters to you – and getting a handle on what is proven, and what’s just buzz, can get you to growth and ROI much quicker.

Here are The Social Campfire’s five picks for this week: 

Fix Your Social Media Strategy by Taking it Back to Basics

Harvard Business Review forecasts that marketers plan to double their spending on social media in the next five years. However, a report by IBM indicates that  nearly half of CMOs believe they are not prepared to manage the challenges of social media. This disparity highlights an important, and potentially costly, problem: Marketers continue to increase social media spending, yet many are still uncertain about management, strategies, and integration.

Explore how to go back to basics – with social media and marketing in general – to define your social strategy now and in the future in a way that creates impact – and ROI – to go along with that budget.

Are you Experienced? The Final Frontier of Content Marketing is all about You. 

First it was television, then came the constant bombardment of social media but now, marketing has found a new place right back where it started: the human experience. Experiential marketing is the best way to get your content exactly where you want it – with the people.

It’s important to note that at time when most people mistrust advertising, we are beginning to use real people to tell brand stories for us. The ability to be authentic and credible through real-world experiences is integral for brand trust. Great brands should be eager to create unfiltered engagements with their audiences, and experiential approaches to their marketing strategies do just that. Read more above.

Google’s Smart Bidding will soon include ability to set Target CPA by device in AdWords

Smart Bidding reporting is getting more robust, and the bid automation tool will continue to take more conversion signals into account, says Google. Powered by machine learning, Smart Bidding can factor in millions of signals to determine the optimal bid, and it continually refines models of your conversion performance at different bid levels.

Just a couple of days ago, Google introduced Smart Bidding, a new umbrella name for automated bidding strategies including Target CPA, Target ROAS and Enhanced CPC in AdWords and DoubleClick Search. Coming soon is the ability to set different Target CPA goals by device in search and display campaigns. This will roll out to all advertisers in the next few weeks. Learn more about Smart Bidding in the article above.

Giving Your B2B Buyer Personas a Makeover 

You’ve spent the time, effort and sweat equity to build B2B buyer personas. But, when you look at them, you’re not quite sure what to use them for or how to do it. Perhaps it’s time to assess your personas and give them a makeover to strengthen their contribution to content marketing performance. This article explains how to go about it.

Storytelling 301: Site Content as a Story 

Feel like you’re already over the term “storytelling” without ever really having understood how you can successfully apply it to your writing? You aren’t alone. Like so much jargon, this amazingly powerful and useful word is in serious danger of being consigned to LinkedIn profiles and marketing parody.

Read this article to get real – applying the logic of storytelling to site content in a way that really makes sense for your brand and business – which is more than just buzzwords or trendy tactics.

Curious about any of the marketing fundamentals and thought leadership in these articles? Give us a call at (321) 574-3854 or email us at content@thesocialcampfire.com to learn more today. 

 

 

The iPhone is being used to study rheumatoid arthritis — Quartz

Since its launch in March 2015, many have believed Apple’s ResearchKit could revolutionize medical research. So far, universities and hospitals have dabbled with the open source software framework, which was designed to help doctors and scientists gather data from participants using iPhone apps. Now, global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is coming on board to run…

via The iPhone is being used to study rheumatoid arthritis — Quartz