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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. 

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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. 

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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: 

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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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As marketers, we’re often asked questions about various topics, from social media advertisements to blogging. A common question that seems to come up time and again spans a few subjects and generally follows these lines: “how often should I…?”

Determining how often you should post to Facebook, blog, or send out an email is tough. You don’t want to spam your customers, but you also don’t want to neglect them or miss out on potential opportunities to sell a product or service. Here are three questions we often get about how often to carry out a marketing tactic, and why that frequency is so important to your business. 

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According to CMO. by Adobe, total online sales for holiday 2016 were over $90 billion. Online shopping continues to grow, and if you’ve been toying with the idea of an online shopping option for your customers, you should make sure you can provide a few perks to ensure the experience is optimal.

According to Marketing Charts, there are a few things that are important to offer in addition to your online shopping options:

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As the end of the year approaches, you may be creating your 2018 marketing plan or even polishing up a final version to share with your employees. Whatever the case, using data from reliable marketing sources to create and/or refine your plan will ensure that you’re using the right platforms and methods to reach your target audience. Content marketing is one method to consider as you form your plan. Content marketing involves creating sharable content that doesn’t explicitly promote or sell a product, but promotes interest in a product or brand. Using content marketing in your marketing plan will help you provide customers with useful resources that position you as a reliable source of information when it comes to information about the product or service you provide.

Because content marketing is a useful marketing method, we visited Hubspot’s website to see what their research had to say about content marketing as we enter 2018. Here are five content marketing statistics to consider: 

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Starting your holiday marketing sooner rather than later is always a great idea, but if you’ve procrastinated a bit and hope to get your marketing started soon, there are still some generations that you might appeal to – that’s right, generations! 

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As we put Thanksgiving behind us and look toward December holidays and the new year, there are certain brands that are, once again, launching holiday marketing campaigns that lift our spirits.

Each year, I find myself watching Christmas movies in my spare time as I prepare to celebrate with family. Every so often, I’ll catch a spot-on Hallmark commercial that makes me smile, laugh, say “aww” or even shed a tear.

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Although we’re well into the month of November, there’s still time to optimize your website’s landing pages for the holiday season. If you sell products on your website or are running an online holiday promotion, take some time to review your landing pages to make sure your website is doing its job. Keep in mind that people could be coming to your website and landing on a number of your pages, not just the homepage or the ones you link to in your advertising.

When reviewing your website, here are a few landing page tips to remember:  

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