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As the world becomes more digitally oriented, it’s easy to assume that print is dead and useless when it comes to marketing. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Even though digital marketing is an extremely successful way to market your business, you should consider a few things if you’re planning to cut print from your plan. Marketing is a balancing act and knowing where to invest can either spell out success or failure for your strategy.

When was the last time an engaging video captured your attention?

Maybe you watched one of your favorite chefs share a recipe by capturing the cooking or baking process ingredient by ingredient. Or you went on an adventure with a travel vlogger who had already been to the incredible place where you plan to vacation. No matter the case, video has a way of drawing us in so that we pay attention to the person, place, or product being showcased. Perhaps you’re aware of this and you’ve already created a great video for your business, but how have you used it for marketing?

Here are three ways to use video for marketing if you’ve been wondering how best to get it in front of as many eyes as possible:

Do you feel overwhelmed by all the noise going on in the marketing world? If so, you are not alone. The marketing industry has changed dramatically over the past decade and none of us can afford to remain uninformed of the new technologies and opportunities available in the marketplace. But with so many avenues available, how does one prioritize and keep up with current marketing activities?

The fact is, there are many more marketing opportunities available nowadays than there were a decade ago. It is hard enough for a full-time professional like me to keep track of it all – never mind if marketing is not your primary task, as may be the case for many small business owners.

With that in mind, here are a few suggestions to help you manage your marketing activities more effectively:

Proper business etiquette not only conveys expertise, professionalism, and confidence; it also helps set your company apart from the competition. Appropriate dress, direct eye contact, and a firm handshake all contribute to a successful representation of your brand – but these can all fall flat if they’re not reinforced by appropriate behavior.

To stand a better chance of success, businesses need to be carefully polished as well as highly engaging.

As I scrolled through Facebook prior to the Super Bowl, I noticed a common trend: a few of my friends mentioned they didn’t really care to watch the game and they were only tuning in so they could watch the commercials.

I don’t know about you, but the only time I’ve ever heard someone say they couldn’t wait to watch a commercial was during the Super Bowl. That got me thinking: what is it about these Super Bowl ads that are so popular? Other than being enjoyable to watch, these commercials also offer a valuable lesson for marketers. They can examine why the commercials that end up on the “best Super Bowl commercials” lists published by various news outlets after the Big Game end up there.

We’re not going to make a “best” list because, let’s face it, everyone has a different opinion when it comes to which was best, but we are going to look at three commercials that I’ve heard a lot of feedback about since the Super Bowl, and why they generated so much conversation. 

When was the last time you invested in training your employees? By investing, I don’t necessarily mean money. Maybe it requires time and effort, or simply diverting your attention from something that seems more important at the time. Investing in your employees may at first seem counterintuitive. If you train an employee or provide them with professional development opportunities and they take advantage of them, they may then leave your business to work somewhere else. 

Did you catch the first part of this story last week? If not, here’s a summary: the Facebook News Feed is changing, and the change means that businesses that use the platform for promoting their brand or advertising will have to rethink their strategy.

According to an article posted in the Facebook Newsroom by Adam Mosseri, Head of News Feed, Facebook will now “prioritize posts that spark conversations and meaningful interactions between people” and “will also prioritize posts from friends and family over public content.” He also wrote in the official Facebook statement that as the updates are made, “Pages may see their reach, video watch time and referral traffic decrease.”

Here’s a list of steps you can take to adjust to this change and make the most of Facebook for your business. 

On Jan. 11, Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Facebook, announced a Facebook News Feed change that will affect anyone who uses the platform. The News Feed, a collection of posts, photos, and videos from a Facebook user’s friends, family, and the pages they follow, will go through a significant change over the next few months. Zuckerberg wrote to the Facebook community that this change is meant to help Facebook users have more meaningful social interactions. 

With a new year comes new trends in the world of marketing. As time goes on we’ve seen incredible shifts in the marketing landscape that have been primarily due to technology. It’s important to stay up to date with what’s working and what’s not when it comes to marketing, which is why we’ve put together three marketing trends to watch in 2018: 

There’s a line snaking out the door, one of your employees called in sick at the last minute and there’s an angry customer asking to speak with the person in charge (that’s you). If you’re a small business owner, you’ve probably had days when it seems like nothing is going right. On days like this (and often others) marketing opportunities are such a low priority that they’re not even on your list. That’s completely understandable - as a small business, we recognize the challenges associated with making your own marketing plan come to fruition. 

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