Busy executives and marketing managers simply don’t have enough hours and hands to attend to branding, blogging, social media management, sales and so on. What’s ironic, however, is that the same tasks that seem to take time can actually save time when implemented with the right tools and processes.
America’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent in September 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the lowest jobless rate in nearly 50 years bodes well for candidates and suggests that business is good, it presents challenges for employers.
Every business needs marketing, but not every business is able to staff and retain a full-time marketing team. Some will hire a marketing manager or coordinator, who will then need a team around them. Even large companies that do have their own marketing departments often turn to outsourcing.
Social media–Instagram, in particular–is one of the fastest-evolving tools in digital marketing. In 2016, Instagram sharply steered its algorithm in favor of engagement, meaning posts that receive likes, comments and shares are shown more prominently (which creates a snowball effect of more likes, comments and shares). Previously, posts were shown in chronological order. The shift challenged brands to make their content more relatable, rather than simply consumable. If you want to take that challenge, here’s how to come out ahead.
Sooner or later, most business owners or marketing managers decide they need marketing support. The next question is what form of help? Do I hire freelancers? Bring on someone full-time? Or partner with an agency?
Digital advertising and traditional advertising differ significantly, but that doesn’t mean they need to be kept in their separate corners. The most impactful advertising strategies incorporate a mix of both, with cohesive messaging and visuals from one medium to the next. Instead of approaching your advertising as digital vs. traditional, think of it as an interplay between the two.
Boom! The holiday season is upon us, so before you jump into year-end planning and budgeting, holiday parties and year-end reviews, It’s a great time for a strong marketing push in November and December. After all, you want to go into the New Year with momentum, not a rusty engine.