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How to Make Use of Instagram’s “Layout App” for Business

Instagram recently launched another standalone app called Layout, where users can easily create photo collages for uploading on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media channels. Photo collage tools aren’t a new concept for some users, Instagram reported that 20% of their users, or approximately 60 million people, were already using third party tools to create collage posts.

These third party apps include: Pic Collage, InstaCollage, PhotoGrid, and others, but many were built around a freemium model and contained pop advertisements that users found intrusive. Enter Layout, Instagram’s second complimentary app to its flagship product that can help businesses and users better create engaging visuals for sharing on the channel without having to leave the Instagram ecosystem, one of the goals of the creation of this app. Its feature sets would have been too much to add to the existing Instagram app itself, which is why a standalone app was the best solution. Continue reading “How to Make Use of Instagram’s “Layout App” for Business”

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Smart Ways to Integrate Your Twitter and Pinterest Marketing

Over the past few years, Twitter and Pinterest have become essential channels for both business owners and marketers to build stronger brands and nurture customer relationships. With nearly 50 million active users on Pinterest and over 300 million monthly active users on Twitter, it’s clear that these social networks will continue to influence a large audience of people for years to come.

When it comes to integrating your efforts over each channel to create a more efficient approach to your content marketing, there are many key aspects to think about, such as keeping in mind the unique feature sets and habits of each channel’s user base. These considerations can often complicate your content strategies and make it more difficult to understand which tactics are most important to focus on.

From planning content specifically for each channel to repurposing your content between channels, learn how to properly integrate your Twitter and Pinterest marketing to become more agile when sharing content effectively on both networks. Continue reading “Smart Ways to Integrate Your Twitter and Pinterest Marketing”

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The Past, Present, and Future of SEO

Us SEO professionals can be compared to magicians, except instead of having people as our audience, we have search engines. And just like pulling white rabbits out of hats, we can trick search engines to rank on the first page of any search page. For instance, I have optimized this very article to appear number one for “insomnia cures”!

All jokes aside (this was actually called “Google Bombing” back in the day), we all know modern SEO is actually quite the opposite, and it’s been this way for a long time. Ever since the concept of basic information retrieval systems (e.g. Gerard Salton’s SMART informational retrieval system) has been invented – and the first web-based search engine “webcrawler” – search algorithms have been steadily improving. Instead of writing about current theory and practice, which is likely to be outdated by the time you read this, I’d like to talk about the past, present, and potential future of SEO.

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Translating Your Social Media Metrics Report

As a social media strategist and community manager, I am often asked about creating and optimizing social media strategies.

The amount of data and tools that are available is overwhelming and can cause some business owners, marketers, and even social media professionals to do minimal reporting to get by. We know a lot of you like to wing it on social media, but numbers are important for: Continue reading “Translating Your Social Media Metrics Report”

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6 Interesting Ways to Encourage User Generated Content on Instagram

Promoting and encouraging user generated content (UGC) can be a cost-effective tactic that yields a variety of benefits from enriching customer experiences to building a stronger community. According to Nielsen, 43% of consumers are more likely to purchase a product after learning about it on social media, a common distribution channel for user generated content.

While there are multiple social channels to promote user content, Instagram has been an increasingly popular platform for brands interested in visual storytelling and can be an effective network for both large and small businesses to encourage users to generate content.

From having an on-site photo booth in your retail stores to running a social contest or integrating Instagram photos in your web properties, there are many ways to encourage your customer base to take and share images of your products and offerings on Instagram.

Learn from the following strategies and how these brands promoted and drove unique user generated content campaigns on Instagram to expand their content’s organic reach, increase social proof, and create visually compelling stories. Continue reading “6 Interesting Ways to Encourage User Generated Content on Instagram”

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