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How to Reward Your Social Media Fans

1 Aug

social media marketing, social media managementSocial media marketing is a two way street. With some companies still trying to understand exactly what kind of content they should create for their fans, rewarding them sometimes gets overlooked. We understand that one of your main goals might be to get as many Likes or followers as you can, but how good is having a fan that feels unnoticed or unappreciated? It is important to make sure that you give back to your supporters, and not just receive their affection towards your brand.

If you are an adamant reader of our blog, you should know that giveaways, coupons, discounts and responding to all of your fans comments and questions are all extremely important. But these strategies are becoming ordinary in terms of how fans are being rewarded. It’s time to step up your reward game and think outside of the box.

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A Social Media Bubble?

10 Jun

Is there a social media bubble?Just like when anything has a rise in popularity, those sticking to their guns on the sidelines always have to raise controversy. So now that social media is the newest and hottest form of marketing and advertising, that must mean there is a bubble? A social media bubble you say? Like the dot-com bubble, right? Wrong. I mean, everyone is entitled to their own opinions on the validity or effectiveness of using social media. Most common arguments claim you can’t measure ROI, or that social media relationships are fake, or whatever people will say to negate the power of social media. The arguments are a dime a dozen and rarely backed with any good juicy information. I also read an article about this “social media bubble” on the Harvard Business Review, stating social media is creating artificial connections. This article is to those skeptics who see no true value in social media and or claim there is a “bubble” inflating…

Now I am not trying to call out this one article in particular, it is very well written with great points. The writer may just lack further insight into social media as a whole, as most of his arguments are based on opinion. Continue reading

Social Media Spotlight: Swipes Lovin Wipes

1 Jun

Progressive Media Concepts - Social Media Marketing and Management This week’s featured company for our Social Media Spotlight is Swipes Lovin Wipes. An eco-friendly company owned by women, Swipes is dedicated to providing safe and natural wipes specifically designed for use before or after intimate moments. To purchase Swipes Lovin Wipes you can visit www.Swipes.com or visit www.Spencersonline.com.  We had the pleasure of speaking with Anthony Scott, Director of Business Development for Swipes Lovin Wipes, and here is what he had to say:

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Social Media Enters the Workplace. A Positive or Negative?

13 May

Progressive Media Concepts - Social Media Marketing and Management Social media in the workplace seems to be controversial at times, as the opposite view points on this matter can be both backed by valid arguments. If you are the CEO, manager or bottom shelf employee working your way up the corporate ladder, chances are you have used social media during work hours. Whether it’s on your phone, tablet or computer, admit it, you at least sneak a few peeks per day on your social networks. But let’s take a deeper look into whether allowing social media for personal use leads to increased or decreased productivity by employees.

Social media was once primarily used for personal social interaction, as there wasn’t much to offer businesses on a marketing standpoint. But over time, these social networks have integrated more and more ways for businesses in a broad range of industries to market their products to consumers. From a business owner’s viewpoint, I can see how using social media to market and engage your consumer is a positive aspect of these social networks. We have steered away from outsourced phone calls and emails that take weeks to get a response and shifted towards direct and sometimes immediate responses. Whether it is a positive or negative remark, comment or question, managers of these social platforms are always connected to these sites thanks to modern technology. Continue reading…

The Don’ts of Social Media Marketing

9 May

Progressive Media Concepts - Social Media Marketing and Management There are so many blog posts out there explaining what you should do when using social media to market and expand your business, and yes, we are also guilty of that. But have you ever stopped to think about the things that you SHOULD NOT be doing when using social networks to build brand awareness? Let’s go over the top 5 what-not-to-do strategies.

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A Social Media Easter Egg Hunt

22 Apr

Progressive Media Concepts - Social Media Marketing and Management We can all agree that the best part of Easter is going on the Easter egg hunts for hidden treasures or candy. Usually your competitors are your siblings, and or cousins, who are just as eager to get cavities as you are. But what happens when the competition goes from just a few people to thousands of people? The fashion label DKNY has embarked on just that – a scavenger hunt for eggs that enlists thousands of people as participants. Based out of their London and New York City locations, DKNY is using Twitter to send clues to their fan base on the whereabouts of chocolate goodies and other treats.

Clue number 8: “I’m a kitten but I don’t purr.”

Clue number 8 led a participant into the London store where a chocolate bunny rabbit was resting on a pair of black kitten heels. Continue reading…

Creative Social Media Contests That Generate Viral Buzz

25 Feb

Creating a way to stir up buzz about your company and/or product these days seems to be a relatively easy task. Whether it’s to start controversy during major sporting events, like a Sleepy’s mattress commercial did, or to create consumer interaction to make one of the funniest Doritos commercials of the year, each and every idea is different. So what have companies been doing to increase their viral presence within their consumer base?

Skittles, for starters, has long since surpassed expectations on a well thought out viral campaign. MOB The Rainbow, their social media campaign, has engaged millions of Skittles fans worldwide. This campaign alone nearly quadrupled their Facebook fan base to over 15 million people. These campaigns are primarily a collaboration of all Skittles fans to achieve a common goal. The video below is an actual MOB event that created some serious viral buzz for the Skittles’ brand back in early 2010.
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The Interactivity of Social Media Marketing

19 Jan

Progressive Media Concepts - Social Media Marketing and Management In a world where Internet is king, questions continue to arise regarding the advantages of using social media as a marketing tool. The view of many is that social media remains a novel idea, with little potential to reach a substantial consumer audience. The overwhelming truth is, however, that social media’s application as a marketing tool for small and large businesses alike is growing nearly exponentially. Companies continue to adopt social media as one of their main marketing tools, and are seeing some incredible results. The advantage of social media in this case is, its innate interactivity.

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Driving Sales vs. Building Brand Loyalty Through Social Media

17 Jan

What does your company use social media outlets for? Are you trying to obtain a larger fan base than your competitors in the social sphere, jumping on the band-wagon to keep up, or simply trying to increase your sales? If any of these options are your company’s driving factor to having a social media presence, you are going to have to reevaluate your goals. At the end of the day, we all know the main objective is to produce more money for your business. However, social media should be used in a way that will engage your consumers to a point where they will become loyal to your brand. Brand loyalty is more valuable than any one-time sale you made through a tweet or a promotional blog post.

How could a Facebook page produce this thing called brand loyalty? It all comes down to the content you create for your social media sites. By constantly posting discount information, links to your company sites, or blogs about your product, you are overlooking the most important substance: engagement.

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