Make the Most Out of Video in Social Media Marketing

The current trend for social media sites is to make business pages less like a static, boring old newspaper and more like an robust, engaging video channel. Check out this example of video as it’s featured on the ABC News Page. The video section on Facebook is becoming more in-your-face and this format is rolling out to Pages soon. Facebook isn’t the first or only social media site to take notice.

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Major Social Media Sites Highlighting Videos

The idea of adding videos to Facebook Pages is transforming with current user behavior. As you might know, a majority of Facebook users don’t actually go to business Pages anymore. They consume posts directly from what they see updated from their Feed, without ever going to the actual page itself. And even with the individual post activity, that visibility is dwindling to single digit percentages when compared to the total number of fans.

Ideal Length

The ideal length of an effective video depends on the business and target audience. On average, effective videos on YouTube are around 3 minutes long. Some say that more informative tutorial videos typically hit the 6 minute mark. Others argue that the average consumer doesn’t have that much time to spend and will only be willing to watch videos that are anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute & 30 seconds long.

If you’re interested in more options for your business, check out our reel to see what different options are available.

Increase Engagement by Boosting Consumption

Videos give consumers something to look at and provide businesses with more content to work with on social media. This visual content serves the purpose of growing and maintaining a relationship with customers. Video can be used effectively even in the most “old-school” of social media tactics: email marketing. With the rise of HTML5, quick loading videos can be used in email blasts to establish authority, provide entertainment and increase conversions.

Embrace Video

Throughout the rest of this year, expect the use of native video marketing to increase. If you need help or interesting ideas for video marketing for your business, call us today for a free consultation. We have different options including: green screen, product, bio, product videos and more.

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Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Integrating Instagram Ads into Social Media Marketing

KIEV UKRAINE - APRIL 30 2015: Hand holds Instagram logoIn terms of social media networks, Instagram is one of the fastest-growing and widely used platforms around the world. It has experienced a meteoric rise since its $1 billion purchase by Facebook three years ago and the network now has 400 million active users making it a high ranking industry giant. Instagram can help maximize your impact with social media marketing and increase your search rank along with high quality content. With a new ad format that was recently introduced to advertisers, Instagram now offers us the chance to more frequently integrate the platform into a social media strategy. With a relatively young audience of 53 percent under the age of 29 it represents a premier opportunity for brands to expand their reach to millennials. Currently 32.5 percent of U.S. companies now use Instagram for marketing purposes and that number is expected to reach over 70 percent by 2017, eventually passing Twitter.

Increasing Your Presence

For companies already using Instagram as a marketing tool, they may know how to use the platform as a kind of digital photo album to increase brand awareness through images and hashtags. High quality images that look natural and less like an advertisement usually get the best response especially for more visual brands. Hashtags can also increase engagement with the photos, allowing you the chance to utilize popular and trending hashtags which can increase your search rank. While this approach is valuable, using the new ad format can add much more to a marketing strategy and help expand awareness of your company. There are now three types of Instagram ads available to marketers- image ads, video ads and carousel ads. These types of ads are closely related to their Facebook counterparts being that the platform is now owned by Facebook.

Using the Ad Format

Image ads are similar to Facebook link ads but have a heavier emphasis on the visual. These provide the ability to add a call-to-action button to an ad to help drive web visits and while still raising brand awareness. Carousel ads allow you to add multiple images within the same ad to showcase more pictures and calls to action with a single targeting option. With video ads you can add up to 30 seconds of moving images; however call-to-action buttons are not yet available for that type of ad. With the new ad format Instagram can be seamlessly integrated with Facebook so that marketers can take advantage of numerous advanced targeting methods. Integrating both platforms with the new Power editor can ensure that you can reach your target audience through a variety of channels. Utilizing Instagram and especially the new ad capabilities can be a huge boost to your social media marketing strategy. If you are looking to enhance your presence and spread awareness of your brand these new ads could be the right choice.

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

What Valentine’s Day Card Fits Your Social Media Personality?

Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day, there’s sure to be a card that’s just right for you and your significant other. Take a look at some picks below and let us know what you think. Feel free to share your cool/sweet/funny finds too!

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You’re a sucker for retro and vintage design. What’s old is new again! There’s no shame in liking all things cute and simple. When it comes to social media, you’re well prepared for big events and have the perfect options planned out and ready to share.

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Romance? Who needs it? You like to tell it how it is and love a good deal. What’s better than enjoying a date with someone you really care about? How about… if it’s 70% off? Check, please!

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Twitter is your best friend and you want everyone to know how in love you are. You don’t care about the PDA and mushy picture over shares. You want all your followers to know what’s really on your mind and in your heart. Note: you might want to tone it down a notch before make us nauseous.

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You have a sense of humor and love playing video games. You’re also probably a person who fills their Facebook and Instagram feeds with your latest, high Flappy Bird score 😉 Remember, there is more to life than tapping a screen and don’t forget to enjoy it.

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You’re a bit of a search geek but you love a clever Valentine’s Day card. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the average drugstore greeting card, but you like to be different and unique.

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Web or graphic design fanatic? You love a good Valentine’s Day message but it also has to look good and clean. After all, that’s the look you’re going for, even if it’s just posting pictures to your social media feeds.

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Some Valentine’s Day cards are just timeless. Check out this classic from the Simpsons. Whether it’s a romantic love or love for a friend, you want to find the perfect card for someone who can appreciate it. You’re probably a fan of participating in #TBT (Throwback Thursday) and love sharing nostalgic memories.

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Bah humbug. Let’s be honest, Valentine’s Day is one of the more commercialized holidays out there. If you really love and care about someone, why do you only have to show it 1 day of out the year? How about being a decent person the rest of the year? Sign.. not everyone understands you. But at least there will always be bacon.

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Pop culture references are your best friend. You love fitting them in however you can, especially if it has to do with marketing and/or Breaking Bad. Because, I mean, how can you not love Breaking Bad? Enjoy your “Blue Sky” themed Valentine’s Day candies!

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

How Does Google Hummingbird Affect Social Media?

Since the idea of Google Hummingbird has been introduced, there was no doubt that it would profoundly change organic SEO and search results. Another important aspect to explore is how this algorithm change has affected social media by better analyzing and processing social signals.
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As we all know, social media (namely Google+ shares) do not have a direct impact on ranking. But there has been hints that Google is slowly working on a way to better count these social signals as a part of their ranking algorithm. The most difficult aspect of this is that although social votes count as a trust signal, social profiles are hard to index because of their non-static nature.

What Does the Future Hold?

Google is not heavily pushing the use of Google+ for no reason! According to many experts, being active and relevant on Google+ will be a crucial role in social media, if not already. Regardless of what Google decides to do with these social signals, your participation on Google+ (and other top social networks) can only work to your advantage in building a trustworthy reputation and gaining name/brand recognition.

Hummingbird’s Ties to Smart Devices

In a way, Google Hummingbird can be seen as a response to Apple’s Siri. Not only are conversational queries targeted, but content written in that manner has been rewarded. Google has also been experimenting with displaying results based on a user’s location, which will play a strong role on smart phones. Check out our related post: Google Rolls Out Carousel for Local Search Results.

Why Social Media Marketers Should Care About Hummingbird

HOW DOES GOOGLE HUMMINGBIRD AFFECT SOCIAL MEDIA?

At the end of the day, everything from content creation to what users find will end up being connected and shared through social media. Whether it’s Google Authorship on your website or query friendly posts on your blog, social sharing is the middle man that makes all the difference. This is, and will continue to be, an important method of how your relevant content will be crawled and found.

Social media is important because it introduces the factors of freshness, authority, relevance and interest, all rolled into one With keeping that in mind, it’s no wonder that such emphasis will be placed on social media as Google Hummingbird continues to impact search results.

So, before you dismiss social media as NOT being related to organic optimization (especially for Google Hummingbird), you should be reminding yourself of how important it is!

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Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Social Media Infographic Breakdown

This weekend, we review some helpful takeaways from a few social media infographics:

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Advertising on Facebook

This infographic gives useful tips on how to grow your Facebook Likes. Some examples include cross promoting to make more connections, sharing original content, being active and hosting a contest. This specific portion of the infographic gives a great breakdown of exactly what type of advertising you can do to generate more Likes. Take a hint and don’t forget to split test to maximize your campaign’s effectiveness!

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Twitter Words

The instant and quick nature of Twitter presses you to condense information into short, easy-to-consume Tweets. This means choosing your words wisely in order to make a “lasting” impression and to capture that click or RT. On Twitter, it comes to attention grabbing headlines that mentions words like these: free, top, follow, plrease, great, post, how to, help, check it out, new blog post. Although they sound mundane and not so special on their own, it’s about adding your own twist to these attention grabbing prompts.

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The State of Social Business

Although ROI on social media is often seen as an intangible asset, about 1 in 2 companies said that social media marketing has improved their business and 1 in 4 found that it has increased their revenue. For most businesses, social media is in it’s early stanges and many have a long way to go in order to build a stronger foundation. About a quarter (26%) of the companies reavled that they are using social media as a cross-enterprise level strategy.

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Push to Pull Marketing Strategy

Gone are the days where consumers are pushed around like sheep. In today’s world, pull marketing is all the rage. This means that outbound marketing (newspapers, magazines, radio, tv) is being used less. While inbound marketing (social media and search engines) is growing. The change in the marketing world isn’t going to be an easy one. And it’s still important to have a healthy mix of both. But the truth is that companies are unhappy with their current marketing, in terms of effectiveness, and looking for more ways to reap benefits that they can accurately measure.

Share Your Own Thoughts

Thoughts about any of these tips? And if you haven’t seen our social media infographic yet, check it out today!

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Happy Holidays from Emarketed!

Merry Christmas!
Happy Hanukkah!
Happy Kwanzaa!
Celebrate Winter Solstice!
Happy, Happy Holidays!

Enjoy your time with loved ones and appreciate what you have! Wishing you all the very best this holiday season.

– the Emarketed Team

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Diaspora – Your Next Alternative to Social Networking?

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Privacy concerns about Facebook and Google+ are growing. Just check out this infographic about Facebook security. As Facebook announced its new Timeline, many people feel that these features are too stalker-ish. Do you really need or want to know your friends’ timeline of events from the day that they were born? New privacy features enable all friends to see all your activity – this means your boss, client, mom, professor or whoever else you happen to be friends with. Although Mark Zuckerberg made it seem so good, this “frictionless sharing” is what a lot of people are afraid of. This problem also carries on over to Google+ accounts, which seems to made even more for public search than Facebook.

While Facebook and Google + seem to want you to open up more to the public, it’s hard to see how you can socialize AND keep your privacy. But the answer you’re looking for may come in the form of Diaspora. The selling point of this relatively new social network is that it is secure – you can share WHAT you want, with WHOM you want. Another great thing is that you own the pictures you upload. There’s none of this nonsense where you give the company consent to use your pictures however they please, ahem.. Twitpic.

I admit that I’ve had my Diaspora account for sometime, I haven’t been making full use of it. I’m pretty sure that my non-internet marketing friends and family are even aware of what Diaspora is. Which is part of their problem… some early reviews say that the profiles are too plain and that there needs to be more features. Also, Diaspora needs a helping hand when it comes to monetary funds and have been asking for donations to help further their project. Sometimes, simplicity is best and I’d like to see where Diaspora takes things.

What do you think? Are you worried about social networking privacy features of other mainstream sites and would you look into using alternatives like Diaspora?

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Would You Pay With a Tweet?

Would you post a Tweet in exchange for a whitepaper, ebook, song or any other digital good? That’s the exact idea behind Pay With a Tweet. With this “social payment” system, consumers “purchase” by tweeting about a certain “product”. By doing so, they create more buzz surround their purchase amongst their personal social network. If others are interested, they will do the same and further spread the promotion of your business. It’s a win/win situation for both parties!

So, does this really work and why would people click links anyway? A recent article by Dan Zarrella shows that accounts that tweet a lot of links are correlated with a high number of followers. And more links = more chances of clicks, which will help bring you more traffic. It’s no wonder that viral marketing comes to mind with this type of promotion. People will go click-happy over free things, especially if what you’re selling is good.

How exactly? The band, The Teenagers, have used this to start their own viral promotion of a new single by asking fans to pay with a tweet. Who doesn’t like free music?! But this service is also works outside the entertainment industry. Besides selling content, you can also get creative, as the site suggests: trial runs of your service, a sneak peak of an ad, or even samples your portfolio.

Pay With a Tweet also works with Facebook so you can pay with a Facebook update. What do you think and have you tried this free service yet?

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Carmageddon & More for Your Targeted Email Campaign

If you live in or around Los Angeles, CONGRATS – you’ve survived Carmageddon! All weeklong, businesses big and small tried to capitalize on this event, from JetBlue’s limited $4 flights to local Pasadena eateries advertising $4.05 specials.

This email above from Amazon is just another example of a retailer trying to solve a problem customers faced this weekend: finding a source of entertainment. They are also doing a clever job of targeting by relating to the customer and relevant events that are happening around the. It makes sense that most people would try to avoid the freeways this weekend so retailers tried to entice them to do other things that didn’t involve traveling far. Or in Amazon’s case, involving any travel at all!

Why Choose Email?
Email has been and continues to be a strong source of marketing for businesses. Studies show that since last year: more emails are being sent, email unsubscribe rates have dropped and bounce rates have also declined.

Take a look at column one in this chart and you’ll see why other small business owners use email marketing campaigns: owners felt that email marketing was cost effective and that it had a high rate of response and sales in comparison to other marketing methods.

The Goal of Targeted Emails
In the end, you’ll want to remind customers that you have a solution to their problem. Establish a clear message (the shorter, the better) and make it easy for the customer to respond or take action.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of email marketing for your small business, make sure to contact us today!

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.