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      Top Video Marketing Trends of 2024

      Video is no longer optional for marketing teams, with 91% of businesses using it as a marketing tool and 88% describing video as an important part of their marketing strategy. Of those that don’t currently use video, two-thirds plan to start in 2024. But video isn’t a silver bullet. If you’re going to see success…

      10 Tips for Navigating Negativity on Social Media

      Unfortunately, negative comments are a fact of life for any brand with a social media presence because you can’t please everyone all the time. But, because we’re naturally optimistic people, we prefer to see it as an opportunity: handle those comments effectively, and your audience could even end up liking you more. In fact, 83%…

      10 YouTube Shorts Examples to Inspire You

      YouTube Shorts is YouTube’s answer to TikTok and Instagram Reels, featuring vertical videos of up to 60 seconds in length. Since launching in India in mid-2020, Shorts has seen rapid growth, with the number of monthly logged-in users climbing from 1.5 billion in summer 2022 to more than two billion a year later. If you’re…

      How to Run a Social Media Competitive Analysis

      Social media is a cut-throat world. The almighty algorithm makes it challenging to reach your followers — let alone get in front of new audiences. And even if you manage to figure that out, you’re still fighting for attention with other brands in your niche. But it’s not all bad news because those same rivals…

      How to Implement a Portfolio-Wide Social Media Strategy for Student Communications

      Higher education marketers and communications teams are constantly grappling with the sheer number of social media accounts across campus. When each unit, team, faculty, and degree has its own account, it’s near-impossible to figure out who’s sharing what and when. And creating a holistic social media strategy becomes a serious headache. It makes it hard…

      How “MeeMaw” Helped VDOT Northern Virginia Create a Highly-Engaged Social Media Community

      One of the biggest challenges for government agencies on social media is humanizing their communications. You want your audience to feel that you’re friendly, approachable, and genuinely care about their needs — not just another faceless public body. As part of our December 2023 Social Media Strategy Summit for Public Agencies & Government, Ellen Kamilakis…

      20 of the Best Examples of Brands Using Instagram Reels

      It’d be easy to dismiss Instagram Reels as a shameless TikTok clone. Whether it is or isn’t, that doesn’t change the fact that people like it. Since its launch in August 2020, search activity around Reels has caught and overtaken another of the platform’s video-based features, Instagram Stories: Not only that, but research conducted shortly…

      Your Complete Guide to Creating a Social Media Strategy

      It’s hard to remember when we weren’t all glued to social media. Yet the proportion of marketers using social media to reach new and existing audiences has risen every year since 2013: Image source With so much competition from other marketers, you must take the time to develop smart strategies for social media marketing to…

      10 Tips For Creating Branded Social Graphics

      Social media is visual media. And this is with good reason, as Dr John Medina mentions in his book Brain Rules: “If the information is presented orally, people remember about 10 percent, tested 72 hours after exposure. That figure goes up to 65 percent if you add a picture.” Even less ostensibly “aesthetic” social platforms…

      6 Principles That Drive B2C Content Marketing Success

      According to HubSpot’s latest State of Marketing Report, producing and publishing content is the marketing strategy with the highest potential ROI in 2023. And not just because content marketing offers a great way to reach, engage, and convert audiences (as well as nurture loyalty). But, more impressively, exceptional B2C content unlocks a natural way to…

      Navigating the Higher Ed Enrollment Cliff: How Social Media Managers Can Position Their Institutions for Success

      As a higher education marketer, you’ve probably heard about the so-called “enrollment cliff” and its potential impact on the higher ed landscape. But what can you actually do about that? One of the best people to answer this is Dr. Carrie Phillips, the Chief Communications and Marketing Officer of the University of Arkansas at Little…