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Facebook Ads or Boosted Posts? Choosing the Right Strategy For Your Business.

Facebook Ads vs Boosted Posts.

Choosing a Facebook advertising strategy that fits your business.

For businesses, Facebook has provided a network for consumers to discover brands they would have never known existed. Home to over a billion active users, you might be wondering how to sift through all of the noise to let your brand be heard. That’s where Facebook advertising becomes an essential component of a marketer’s toolbox.

With several available options for advertising on Facebook, it can seem like a daunting task for business professionals to initially launch a Facebook campaign. You might have even contemplated if paid Facebook advertising will truly be an effective marketing approach for your business. If this sounds like you, here are some tips to getting started on successfully managing Facebook Ads!

What is the difference between Boosting Posts and creating a Facebook Ad?

Boosted Posts.

Boosting a Facebook post is when you pay Facebook to sponsor your content to reach more users. With boosted Facebook posts, you simply select a target audience and the amount of money you are willing to spend during a selected period of time, and Facebook presents your post based on these factors. This strategy is a practical way to increase your posts reach, or the number of people viewing your content, yet it does not provide you with many targeting options. Boosting posts is a quick and easy way to advertise, but if you have a specific marketing goal, such as increasing page likes, then creating a Facebook Ad in Ads Manager is a more effective approach.

Facebook Ads Manager. 

Facebook Ads that are created in Ads Manager have more options you can customize. Unlike boosted posts, Ads Manager allows you to create campaigns that deliver specific outcomes. If the goal of your ad is to drive traffic to your website or get users to install your mobile app, Facebook Ads Manager will perform based on these objectives.

With Ads Manager you can select a target audience based off of their location, interests, and age, as well as where your ad will be placed, such as on Facebook Messenger or Instagram (owned by Facebook). Once you have customized these options, Facebook provides a projection of how well your ad will do based off of these details so that you can ensure that you are maximizing a strategy that suits your business’s needs.

You can also create several different posts within the same campaign, which is beneficial for analyzing how one post outperforms a similar post with different text and image.

Depending on your marketing objective, you will customize the features of your ad that supports your business’s goals. The more specific you get, the better!

Which advertising method is better for my business?

Boosted posts are quick and easy. 

Perhaps you want to quickly run an ad that increases engagement and brand awareness; boosting a post is an effective marketing strategy. If you have an existing post that is performing well, boosting an organic post is also an effective strategy in comparison to creating a completely new ad in Facebook Ads Manager.

Facebook Ads are more customizable.

If your goal is to create a campaign that will be delivered to a distinctive group of consumers with a set of similar interests to achieve a marketing objective, then Facebook Ads will work best for your business. Facebook will guide you along the way so that you can maximize your budget to produce measurable results. The key is to equip yourself with the knowledge of who your target audience is and the type of content they are attracted to. A sound social media strategy will assist in this process.

You can create your own social media strategy to attain new and existing customers with the proper training from Pearl Marketing Academy. Sign up for the Social Media Course and start forming a strategy that will enhance your brand!

Why should I implement a paid Facebook advertising strategy?

Get your brand noticed.

Creating appealing content to distribute on social media helps you convey your brand’s messages to your audience so that they can better understand what your business has to offer. Getting to the point where you have a loyal following takes time, however. The first month you create a social media page, you most likely aren’t going to gain thousands of followers.

Yet you still need to maintain your business to generate consistent revenue. This is where paid advertising on Facebook and Instagram becomes a useful tool for getting your brand recognized. It presents your content directly to target user’s newsfeeds so that you do not have to rely solely on users finding your posts on their own. Consumers are increasingly turning to social media to try new brands and through sponsored content, they are being connected with brands who meet their demands… and this could be YOU!

Calculate measurable results. 

Facebook Ads will also allow you to track the performance of your ads so that you can measure conversion rates to calculate the return on your investment.

How can I get the most out of my marketing budget from Facebook Ads?

Create quality content. 

Don’t go into Facebook advertising with the notion that the more money you spend the better results you will receive. Facebook determines ad placement on several other factors in addition to your budget, such as the quality of your ad and the relevance it will have on consumers. If your ad targets users who are interested in skiing, but your ad focuses on snowboarding, an ad with a lower budget could have their ad placed more frequently than yours.

Spend your money wisely. 

Select a marketing budget that you are comfortable with. Start small at first and increase your budget as you become more savvy with Facebook Ads. If you create useful content that consumers will want to engage with, Facebook Ads will be worth your investment.

Utilizing the best practices to create, plan and develop your social media strategy can be attained with in-depth training from industry experts. Pearl Marketing Academy is the ultimate virtual learning experience that will provide you with the skills to implement a social media strategy that best fits your business. To sign up, visit PearlMarketingAcademy.com!

Don’t let paying the same website you use to connect with long lost friends intimidate you from expanding your business. Facebook is a marketplace for you to leverage new revenue opportunities. Your future customers are waiting to find you. Get your brand noticed NOW

At Pearl Marketing, our goal is to educate and inspire business professionals. Our team of marketing experts works closely with clients to customize strategies that reflect the unique personality and value of a business. At the core of success is a collaboration between Pearl and your company to develop and execute strategies to reach and retain your ideal customers. Let Pearl help bring your brand to life with our consulting services and one-on-one coaching. Call 603-732-9070 or email info@pearlmarketing.com!

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5 Tips For Reaching The iGeneration

5 Tips For Reaching The iGeneration


Generation Z is a force to be reckoned with.

This demographic, consisting of anyone born after 1996, has a powerful influence on the way brands are marketing their businesses. Unlike millennials and generations before, Generation Z was born into the digital age, where life without the internet and e-commerce is unknown. While the iGeneration is still young, the oldest being barely in their 20s, they have a prominent impact on spending in the U.S., accounting for $143 billion in spending power. Tapping into this market is attainable with these 5 marketing strategies!

1. Analyze their buying behaviors

If Generation Z is an audience that fits the profile as your ideal customer, or perhaps you are looking to expand your audience to a younger demographic, you must first analyze their buying habits and behaviors to successfully sell them. Unlike their successors, they grew up on social media, which has a great influence on their purchase decisions. Producing content that will appeal to Gen Z demands incorporating trending topics on relevant platforms to increase the likelihood that this audience will become future customers.

Pearl Marketing Academy’s social media course can provide you with expert training on how to engage your target audience on various social media platforms.

2. Make your business accessible

iGen grew up on having the ability to purchase anything online with the click of a button. Going to a store to buy the next big thing to hit the shelves isn’t their norm. They demand fast and easy access to products and don’t need to put in much effort to achieve that.

You must ensure that consumers can easily access your website to find the information they need, such as what your business has to offer and how you can be contacted. Your website design plays a crucial role in the buying process. If your website isn’t user-friendly and well-designed, users will leave your website faster than they found it.

If you have an e-commerce business, ensure that the checkout process is smooth and easy. Offer fast shipping at a low cost to keep pace with your competitors.

3. Invest in influencer marketing

Post-millennials see brands on social media being promoted by their favorite celebrities, athletes, and bloggers, and are instinctively drawn to the brands they endorse. This reflects the lead generation process for this market, where capturing their attention relies heavily on influencer marketing. When an influencer with a large or niche social media following tells their followers to check out a brand, they are contributing to the process of generating more leads for a business that will translate into future sales. Investing in someone that has an influence on your brand to promote your business is a powerful way to attract Gen Z.

4. Utilize paid social media advertising

Engaging Gen Zers to spark their interest in your brand and encourage them to complete an action towards a sale, you have to ensure that your content appears right before their eyes on the social media channels they occupy the most. This is achieved best when brands use paid social media advertising to sponsor their content so that their posts are presented directly on user’s social media feeds.

Pearl Marketing Academy’s social media course provides expert training on relevant social media practices to apply to your marketing strategy. We will coach you through the process of implementing paid social media advertising to better reach your target audience. Visit pearlmarketingacademy.com to learn more!

5. Convey your brand’s core values.

Increasing brand awareness is an effective way to attract post-millennials to your brand because they look to purchase from brands with a purpose. A large population of Generation Z is passionate about social issues and protecting the earth. They gravitate towards ethical companies who demonstrate social responsibility, environmental awareness, and equality. Being able to convey your brand’s values is essential.

A brand audit can help reassess the current needs and demands of a business’s target audience, to determine if they need to shift their focus on a new marketing strategy to better reach this audience. If this is applicable to your business, conduct a brand audit with Pearl Marketing!

Your target audience could be expanding. Considering a shift in your marketing strategy could benefit your business by bringing in new revenue opportunities. Pearl Marketing can assist you in strengthening your brand strategy so that you can make informed marketing decisions to reach more potential customers. From one-on-one coaching to seminars and speaking engagements, our promise is to educate and inspire business professionals to bring their brand to life.

Call 603-732-9070 or email info@pearlmarketing.com and unlock your brand’s potential!

Looking to improve your marketing efforts on your own? Pearl Marketing Academy provides business professionals with the necessary tools and resources to implement the latest marketing strategies so that they can successfully manage their own marketing plan. From social media, to lead generation and corporate branding, Pearl Marketing Academy empowers professionals to learn the latest marketing trends at their own time and pace with a unique virtual learning experience. Visit PearlMarketingAcademy.com to select your courses!

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How to Market Without Breaking Your Budget

Marketing on a strict budget? We’ve got you covered!

Investing in marketing efforts might initially seem like a costly venture. If you are on a tight budget, you might even be thinking about skipping out on these costs altogether. Having a solid marketing strategy will achieve more than gaining exposure; it will increase your brand awareness, expand your audience, and attract more loyal customers to your business.

Businesses should never completely cut their marketing budgets. Instead, they should shift their focus on more cost-effective solutions to allocate their budget. The goal is to receive the highest ROI (Return On Investment), which can be accomplished using these inexpensive marketing tips!

Distinguish your target consumer.

To reduce unnecessary costs from your marketing plan, take the time to discover your target consumer, the top candidate who would be interested in what you can offer them. Identify your ideal customer’s habits and interests, and deliver your sales pitch in the areas that they will be most likely to see them.

Network.

Volunteer your time and get to know the people in your community who could be interested in your product or service.

Consumers demand the assurance that they are spending their money at businesses with a mission and purpose. Networking is a valuable way to convey your brand image to consumers. This fosters strong, trusting relationships that will turn new customers into devoted ones.

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Maximize social media channels that fit your business.

Select the right social media channels based off of your audience and the commodity you sell. Determining your audience will assist in selecting the right social media platforms to utilize.

Younger audiences are most active on Twitter and Instagram. If you have a broader audience, Facebook is the perfect place to target both men and women of all ages. LinkedIn is where you will find business professionals, who can be targeted by the industry that they work in, and their job titles.

Choosing the right channel will help you focus your energy on users who will be more apt to engage with your posts. This economical approach will decrease the amount of time you spend targeting your audience… and time is money!

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Join the #conversation.

Just as important as selecting the right channel is the content you produce. The goal of social media marketing is to create content that will generate leads. Enticing content will influence consumers purchase decisions, without having to break your budget.

Attracting social media users without paying to sponsor your posts can be attained by creating a conversation or joining an existing one. Sparking conversation with your audience about a trending topic followed by a hashtag will get your post reach and engagement, and drive traffic to your page.

Micro-Influencers.

Rather than paying social media sites to promote your product, invest in micro-influencers (influencers with a niche following) who have followers that would be interested in your product. Influencer marketing is on the rise and is statistically proven to deliver higher ROI than other forms of marketing. Micro-influencers are a more cost-efficient means of influencer marketing because they will expect smaller payment for their contribution.

Reach out and offer free services in exchange for a review or shout-out on their social media or blog. This strategy can be effective if you select the right influencers because they have already established a fanbase of individuals who trust their word. When these influencers promote brands, their fans are confident that the influencer is sending them to the right place.

DIY your SEO.

Great content and marketing methods are worthless if you do not maximize your search engine optimization (SEO). If your website or blog isn’t on the first page of a search engine result page, consumers are not going to recognize that you exist.

Instead of hiring someone to do your SEO, try doing it yourself. Ensure that you have a strong SEO strategy by assigning relevant keywords to your web content and proper meta descriptions that will allow search engines to recognize the purpose of your website. Think about the keywords and phrases that your ideal customer would search for in relation to your website. Embedding these words and phrases into your site will solidify your spot on the top of search engine results.

The readability of your site is another important element that you need to ensure works well on both desktops and mobile devices. If users cannot easily view your website, they will leave before continuing to read your content.

With proper training, you can be a marketing expert on your own!

At Pearl Marketing, we provide training and seminars to business professionals who want to learn the latest and greatest marketing tools and techniques. We work one-on-one with marketing DIYers to coach them on marketing strategies that will enhance their brand and attract more customers for their business. Our goal is to leave clients feeling empowered to manage their own marketing strategies that will drive their businesses future success.

Let us help you bring your brand to life! Call 603-732-9070 or email info@pearlmarketing.com 

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Say Goodbye to Google+

Revamping Your Social Media Marketing Strategy After Google+

Google recently announced that it will be closing down its consumer version of Google+, set to take effect April 2019. If you employed Google+ as your social media marketing strategy, you might be wondering… Now What? Rest assured, Pearl Marketing has several ways you can redirect your social media marketing strategy to boost your online presence.

What’s Happening to Google+?

Google’s decision to shut down Google+ occurred after reports of data breaches that exposed user’s information to unauthorized parties. In addition to the data breaches, the number of users engaging on the platform was relatively low. If you did utilize Google+ however, you will have the opportunity to export and save information from your Google+ account through Google Takeout.

What Should I Do Now?

Now that you have the data from your Google+ account, you might be looking for ways to utilize this information on a different channel. Or, perhaps you are left to shift your focus from Google+ to another social networking site. Luckily, there are several social media platforms that are flourishing with active users looking for engaging content to interact with.

Maximize Your Social Media Strategy

As a result of low engagement on Google+, you likely weren’t receiving the best social media potential for your brand. Instead, you will want to refocus your attention on a platform that has active users who will be more apt to read your content, and in turn, like, comment and share your posts.

The more people that reference your brand and cite the information you have published, the better your search engine optimization (SEO) will be. Improving your SEO is crucial, as it allows your website and social media pages to appear at the top of users’ Google searches.

Search Engine Optimization

Improve Search Engine Optimization

Google rates its search engine rankings based off of metadata, bounce rate, and levels of engagement. When users spend time reading your content for example, it reduces your bounce rate, indicating that people are viewing pages on your website for longer periods of time. This prioritizes your content, placing it higher in search engine results, which increases the probability of having your content viewed by others. The more people viewing and discussing your content, the better!

Creating content that is enticing will assist in this process, prompting high levels of engagement from eye-catching posts. You can achieve this best with visual content that grabs the audience’s attention through images or video.

YouTube is a video-sharing network owned by Google that houses a thriving community of content creators. Publishing videos to your YouTube channel is an effective way to capture your audience’s attention quickly. These videos can also be linked to your other social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. This will increase your online exposure, by driving traffic to your website and social media.

Need More Assistance?

Pearl Marketing can help you strengthen your social media marketing strategy! If you are interested in setting up a consultation, call us at (603) 732-9070, email info@pearlmarketing.com, or visit us at https://www.pearlmarketing.com. Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube

How to Protect Your Facebook Account Amidst Another Data Breach

Another cyber-attack. Another breach.

You probably have heard in recent news that there has been another Facebook data breach, which has compromised 50 million Facebook users’ information. This latest breach has left people questioning (more than ever) the Facebook company’s intention on protecting its users’ and wondering how safe their private information really is.

What happened?

It’s important to understand what happened. Hackers were able to find a way into the code associated with the “View As” privacy tool, which allows users to see how their profile looks to others viewing their page. This allowed the hackers access to user information.

Were you affected?

As soon as the breach was realized by a team at Facebook, the company responded by logging all compromised users out. In a statement by Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, the compromised users would receive a message at the top of their newsfeed about the breach.

Has the problem been fixed?

The answer is yes! There has been confirmation that vulnerability with the code has been patched and fixed and those that were compromised are safe to sign back in to their account. The problems, however, have just begun for Facebook, as they must come up with ways to gain the trust back of and assure more security to their users.

Pearl Marketing’s Cyber Safety Recommendations in the wake of this latest breach…

Facebook is so tied in to the fabric of today’s digital marketing world as well as being one of the most popular social media networks. It’s hard to make a decision to stop using Facebook overnight, so as we mull this over and watch the fallout, Pearl Marketing recommends the following safety measures to help protect your Facebook information online.

  1. Change your password!
  • Especially if you know your account was compromised, changing your password is the easiest and “no brainer” option for protecting your account.
  1. Don’t stay logged in to your account.
  • Many people, especially on their phones, choose to stay logged in to their account to make it easier to check their Facebook notifications when they’d like. In other words, they don’t want to deal with the hassle of logging in and out, so they stay logged in 24/7. Don’t do this to give yourself a little more protection. Take the time to log in and out.
  1. Activate Two-Factor Authentication
  • This is another layer of security that will help thwart hackers to your account and will keep you better informed about something fishy going on with your account.

To receive expert marketing coaching and consulting that will help guide you in the best reaction & approach to matters like these and all things marketing, contact Pearl Marketing at 603-732-9070, or email info@pearlmarketing.com. Visit our website at www.pearlmarketing.com.

Why Hire a Marketing Consultant | Pearl Marketing Design

If you have stumbled upon this article, you might be deciding whether your business should invest in hiring an independent marketing consultant. There are many different factors that contribute to whether a company should hire a contract marketing agency to help evolve their marketing strategies. In a competitive online world of getting your brand recognized, sometimes help from a specialist might be the best option. Here are 5 advantages to hiring a marketing consultant.

If you have no marketing team or want to strengthen your current marketing team.

Marketing consultants are great resources for those who currently have no marketing strategy and are not currently looking to build out a team within the company. On the other hand, if you think your marketing team is losing a sense of direction, hiring a marketing agency could be a great solution. Often times agencies can provide unique insights and ideas that the team can run with. This can add a huge rate of return directly to your company and marketing team.

No fear of losing staff mid-way through projects.

Marketing consultants are hired on a contract basis, so there is no fear about losing staff throughout the year. Losing a member of a team during important projects or right before a large event, could take a massive toll on your company’s future financial health and success. Hiring a marketing consultant can take the edge off of that worry due to the contract they sign, agreeing to be committed to your business for a certain amount of time. This also allows your company to be flexible and decide after the contract ends whether you might want to build your own marketing team instead.

No on-board training.

Marketing professionals can immediately give you advice and tend to have experience in many industries. This will save on time and cost that a new marketing hire would have to go through with their on boarding training. The advantage to this cost savings can go directly back into areas of your marketing needs such as website development, promotional content, and other projects your consultant might recommend.

Team of experts costs less than you think.

You would think that a team of marketing professionals would induce costly expenses. Marketing agencies are formed as a team of strong professionals who have 10+ years of experience in various industries. The cost of hiring a marketing agency to place you with one of their advanced consultants will almost always cost less than hiring a whole team. This is especially important if your company is just starting to build upon their marketing developments.

Ability to ‘Shop Around’ to find the right fit. 

Every marketing consultant has a different expertise, this allows your company to research and meet with whomever could be the best fit. When researching various agencies it is important to ask yourself some questions. Does this firm’s functionality match the unmet needs we have? Is the price range flexible and can meet your company’s budget? What efficiencies are you looking for and do you think the team/consultant is the right fit to work with your company? Do you need local knowledge or a consultant that strictly specializes in one field? All of the questions answered can lead you to the best consultant to form your marketing strategy.

Marketing consultants bring a lot of knowledge to companies who need more focus. Sometimes a company might need an external perspective to figure out how to improve their marketing strategy. And in some cases, companies might have too many ideas in which they ultimately spread themselves too thin. A marketing consultant can use their expertise to ultimately determine which ideas to put into action for your company for maximum brand recognition. If you or your company identifies with one or more of these statements above, meeting with a marketing consultant could be the next step.

At Pearl Marketing, companies hire us for objective advice and marketing strategies related to launching a new product, service, or business idea. We have a combined 55 yeas of experience in various industries and can effectively penetrate target markets. Primary consultant and CEO, Amanda Schneck has over 13+ years of marketing and social media experience and over 12+ years of being a marketing professor at one of the top business universities in the country. Contact us today to see how we can help your company!

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Top 10 Marketing Trends for 2018

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With 2018 upon us, now is the time to think about marketing strategies and tactics for sales campaigns in the coming year. Read this list to learn which trends will be most popular, and where you should focus your time and budget. Here are 2018’s top 10 marketing trends:

1. Instagram > Facebook

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Growing at an incredible rate, Instagram is set to overtake Facebook in 2018. Approximately 800 MILLION people use the platform each month! Due to excellent advertising controls and better engagement than any other platform, Instagram will become the top channel for social media marketing.

2. Voice-optimized Content

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In 2016, 20% of searches made online were done so through voice search using mobile devices and smart home controllers like Amazon Echo and Google Home. That figure is expected to increase to 50% in the next two years. To meet this growing trend, marketers will have to optimize content for voice search. Voice searches are characteristically longer than text searches, for example, and marketing will have to adapt to keep up.

 3. Influencer Marketing

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Tapping into influencers and their networks will be an effective strategy in 2018. Influencers create compelling content and share it to their networks of followers on behalf of brands. This is especially helpful at targeting younger consumers, who feel that the content is more organic, natural, and relatable.

 4. Video Content is Here to Stay

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Today, 55% of people consume video content on a daily basis. By 2020, videos will account for more than 80% of all consumer Internet traffic! Companies are adapting their marketing strategies to meet this tremendous rise in consumer demand for video content. Companies who haven’t used video yet can start small and still make a significant impact.

 5. Next-level Personalization

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Look for significantly more personalized content and marketing campaigns in the New Year. Marketers are seeing success by learning more about their customers, such as their lifestyle, tastes, and buying habits, and using that data to make personalized, real-time offers.

 6. Improved AI for Chat Services

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Thanks to an improvement in artificial intelligence, marketers can use AI-powered chat bots to communicate with their customers. This delights the customer with easier and better customer service without the usual hassle of having to go through the various prompts on a telephone answering service.

 7. Blogging for Brands

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One way companies can take control of their content is my creating their own blogs. Companies can cultivate their brands and content by publishing posts on topics like company updates, relevant business or industry trends, engaging customer stories, and featured guest posts. This will encourage two-way conversation and allow brands to connect with customers while keeping the interactions on their own website.

 8. IoT is Taking Content Off Screen

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The Internet of Things (IoT) — connected devices and the programs that support them — makes content available in all formats. Gone are the days that marketers have to optimize content for just desktop and mobile. Customers are consuming content in a variety of ways, and marketers need to develop content with that in mind.

 9. Distribution is Key

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With all of the different marketing channels and mediums available today, cutting through the noise to reach consumers is essential. To get the attention of even a small percentage of the 2.789 billion active social media users, marketers must adopt strategic distribution to more effectively develop multi-channel and social distribution plans.

10. Live Streaming is Taking Over

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Consumers are more likely to tune into a live video than read a blog post or social media posts. Successful marketers utilize live streaming capabilities on social media to deliver a human connection behind the brand. A Facebook video averages 135% more organic reach than images. The time to go live is NOW!

 As marketing evolves and more diverse tactics become available, marketers are challenged to examine their strategy. With these trends in hand, there’s no doubt that 2018 will be one of the most exciting years for marketing.

 

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