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What marketers struggle with: Multichannel, influencers, video.
As for that last challenge, we know a good Social Suite marketers should look into.
You’ve probably heard of this strange phenomenon of moving pictures used in marketing at this point, but how you do you Start Smart, Scale Up, and Stand Out With Video? Robert Rose takes on these challenges for Content Marketing Institute:
- How do businesses empower themselves to create videos (cost effectively) in the first place?
- Once businesses are creating videos, how do they scale this ability across the business?
- Once businesses have a functional process for creating videos, how do they use this new skill to differentiate the content they’re producing?
Click through to read the whole piece and see what themes address successful video creation and more.
Working with a social influencer is one of the best ways to boost reach across a target audience, but that doesn’t mean it’s free of challenges and Ayaz Nanji takes this on in Marketers’ Biggest Challenges With Social Influencers:
We would add one very important caveat: Be sure the partnership matches brand values on both sides. Throughly vet anyone you decide to partner with, be it brand or personal brand/influencer; that goes a long way toward “predicting behavior”.
The platform-specific info you need.
Heard about the Twitter Q2 announcements but weren’t sure what to make of them? SHIFT Comm has a great breakdown from Chris Penn: State of Social Media 2Q 2015: Twitter Users Plateau. The best takeaway?
“Should marketers be concerned with Twitter’s lack of growth? Perhaps, but that’s a determination marketers will need to make on an individual basis. Look in your web analytics at Twitter’s traffic over a multi-year period. Here’s an example:
In this particular instance, while Twitter’s overall membership may not have increased, Twitter’s ability to drive traffic to a desired web destination has improved substantially in very recent times.”
Last but not least, Jay Baer is laying down 5 Reasons You Don’t Buy Likes with Facebook Advertising over at Convince and Convert. The bottom line?
“Remember: clicks first, fans second.”
So what’s the best thing you’ve read this week?
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