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How to organize your social media posts more thoughtfully to maximize your reach

(MARKETING) We all know that social media is a must for branding. Enhance your reach by implementing social media organization.

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While in the grand scheme of things, social media hasn’t been around for that long, it seems difficult to imagine a time before its existence. Now, actively utilizing all of the different platforms is make or break in terms of branding yourself or your business.

Even if you’re using all of the big platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn, to name a few), it may seem as if there is never enough time in the day to reach out to all of the audiences that come with these mediums.

This is why it can be beneficial at the start of each week to organize something of a social media calendar. Websites such as Facebook and Twitter make it easy to schedule posts for future times, and setting that all up at once is easier than trying to schedule or post as you go.

If you tend to post more on a whim, things are likely to fall through the cracks or not reach the appropriate audience at the right time.

Taking time out of your Sunday or even Monday morning can help alleviate this.

Start by asking yourself what you want to provide to your audience that week. Then determine what material you have and what platform it fits best with. After deciding all of this, take a few minutes to get everything scheduled.

By doing this, you save yourself time in the long run and give yourself that extra time to interact and engage with your audience. By posting things on the go and not utilizing enough time for interaction, you may be hurting your reach.

If it seems like too much is on your plate to schedule everything on one day, you could also try a method of daily dedications. For example, by assigning Facebook to Monday, Twitter to Tuesday, Instagram to Wednesday, Pinterest to Thursday, and LinkedIn to Friday, you can take a few minutes out of each day to schedule content for the next seven days.

Whichever route you take, the important thing is that it is giving you that extra time for thoughtful and beneficial content that will really reach your audience. Then you are better able to keep a rapport with your followers.

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Taylor is a Staff Writer at The American Genius and has a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Illinois State University. She is currently pursuing freelance writing and hopes to one day write for film and television.

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Quokka: Retargeting ads for people who ignored your email

(MARKETING) A new startup named after our favorite animal amplifies your ad efforts even after being ignored. Sweet!

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Potential customers who ignore your emails just aren’t the obstacle that they used to be. If you’re tired of sending out countless emails and receiving nothing in response, Quokka’s ad retargeting service may be the solution for you.

Aside from having the objectively cutest animal of all time as their namesake, Quokka allows you to follow up with people who don’t respond to your initial emails. Instead of firing off an additional email, however, Quokka’s response is a bit subtler: it shows retargeting ads to the offending customer. This method gives your product or service a second chance without giving the customer the opportunity to bin your follow-up email sans a read.

Quokka also provides you with statistics regarding how many emails were sent out, how many were opened, and how many customers are available for retargeting based on those numbers. This information is provided on an email-by-email basis in their easy-to-use interface.

Once you’ve allowed a certain amount of time to pass, you can plug your mailing list into Quokka and select a platform on which you want to display the retargeting ads. Quokka will determine who on your mailing list didn’t open the email and then show them your ad on your selected platform (e.g., Facebook). While social media ads haven’t been faring particularly well as of late, we may see Quokka find its niche in other marketing venues.

As it sits, Quokka plugs into your Facebook, MailChimp, and Campaign Monitor services. Based on comments from the platform’s founder, Quokka’s future includes additional integration with existing marketing platforms. Ideally, Quokka will eventually be usable with the bulk of mailing services and marketing automation, but getting the app to that point will undoubtedly take some time.

2018 marketing practices already look like they’re going to have to evolve away from some of the pre-established paradigms, and Quokka appears to be one appropriate answer to the underlying “How?” question here. As customers become more suspicious of ads in their inboxes and ad-blocking software use continues to grow, services such as Quokka may be viable solutions for those hoping to reach the most stubborn demographic.

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18 business card designs that will inspire you to redo yours

(MARKETING) First impressions count, and your business card can make a pretty boring first impression. Let’s fix that.

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Let’s face it, most business cards look the same- horizontal, primary colors, 1993 Glamour shot, alphabet soup, fax number, phone number, website, blog, twitter, facebook, broker, license number, weight, height, etc.

I exaggerate, but the point remains that the majority of all business cards are uninspired.

We’ve written on this topic for years and today, we continue by bringing you some eye candy and hopefully inspiration for your own business card upgrade. Think outside of the box!

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Can you really fight back when social media traffic returns are diminishing?

(MARKETING) Missing out on traffic because of antiquated practices isn’t the end of the world; if anything, it should be the beginning of a plethora of new practices for you and your company.

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Social media is a doubled edged sword -while its ubiquitous nature in the realm of marketing makes it impossible to avoid, a variety of caveats ranging from rising fees to government-imposed limitations on content have contributed to more than a few headaches.

The most recent entrant on the migraine list — a diminishing return on social media traffic — is sure to turn heads, but rest assured that you have some options at your disposal.

According to social media expert, Neil Patel, the bulk of social media advertising traffic (paid or otherwise) has seen a slight but consistent decline over the past few years. Chalk it up to whatever you like — consumer awareness, technophobia, a surplus of tinfoil hats — but the fact is that your social media ads are performing worse than they used to, and will continue to do so.

Fortunately, there are a few habits you can break in order to reverse this effect (if only temporarily).

The first thing you should realize is that common advertising trends which started out as successful strategies have become stale with age. These include things like constant video or photo uploads, frequent text posts, and links to your company’s blog; while these pieces of content should still appear on your social media accounts, they are no longer enough to keep your customers engaged.

“Engagement” is the key vocabulary word here. If your customers aren’t interacting with you or a member of your business in some format, they’ll be dissatisfied; even if the manner in which they interact is simply through an Instagram Live video or a Reddit AMA, you’ll notice an increase in traffic right away.

“But Jack, it’s completely asinine to expect a business owner to do a live Q&A session with any kind of frequency” you might say — and you’d be absolutely right.

To that end, using an automated chatbot to keep customers informed without tying up valuable assets in the meantime is probably your best approach. Most major social media platforms either have or support multiple chatbots, and Patel’s site shows a steady increase in the number of businesses using them anyway — don’t get left behind.

Naturally, you’ll need to keep uploading a variety of content, so letting customers see your beautiful face in a live video from time to time is still a good idea.

Other ways to increase customer engagement and conversion range from using SMS notifications to implementing social media platforms you wouldn’t usually consider (WhatsApp, anyone?), but the bottom line will always involve giving your customers a two-way avenue of communication.

Missing out on traffic because of antiquated practices isn’t the end of the world; if anything, it should be the beginning of a plethora of new practices for you and your company.

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