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THX 4 THE FOLLOW: OUR TEAM’S FAVE HANDLES PART 2 We’re back for round 2 and this week it’s all about Instagram. McBeard co-founder and leader, Alec McNayr, lets us in on his insta habits (spoiler alert: he’s a cool dad) and V.P. of Accounts, Jenn Fisher, shares how she can find magic, even in the mundane follows. Can we get a double tap? Alec McNayr –  Founder and Leader of McBeard Preferred Platform: I love Instagram for personal posting (read: easiest way to see photos of my kids) and Twitter for tracking up-to-the-minute news and of course, comedy jokes. I also love Medium for the long reads… so much […]

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THX 4 THE FOLLOW: OUR TEAM’S FAVE HANDLES PART 1 We are all social, all the time. And that means our leaders are too. For the next six weeks, we will profile a few influential leaders each week to learn who they are following, liking, and RTing –– on and off the clock. Two of our Vice Presidents of Accounts, Darnell Brisco and Caitlin Robertson share their favorite platforms and handles for getting up to speed industry news, know-how, and snark. Darnell Brisco, @Dbrisco “I spend the most time on Instagram and Twitter. They complement each other well in my consumption habits. Curated visuals/micro-videos vs a steady stream of constant news.” […]

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3 ways to make mobile count on Black Friday The biggest shopping day in the U.S.—Black Friday—has traditionally been known for overnight parking-lot campouts and aggressive in-store crowds. But Black Friday is gradually transitioning to a quieter affair as more consumers choose to spend their holiday budget online. How can your brand take advantage, especially when consumers are doing more and more shopping on mobile devices? Online shopping will likely make up 46% of holiday shopping this year. With mobile purchases increasing 41% last year, it’s more important than ever to make sure your Black Friday marketing strategy includes mobile. Keep these three tips in mind to reach mobile […]

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4 tips for your holiday marketing planning A constant barrage of back-to-school photos on Facebook means autumn is here. If you’re a marketer, your holiday budget has likely been set aside for many months. But trends are lightning fast nowadays, and our social audience behavior’s has changed since then. So keep in mind these four up-to-the-minute tips as you ramp up your holiday marketing planning into the fall and beyond. 1. Think beyond TV In the second quarter of 2015, the 13 largest pay TV providers in the US (which account for about 95% of the market) saw a net loss of 470,855 subscribers—the biggest quarterly drop ever. […]

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5 right-now trends in influencer marketing The buzz about working with influencers for brand campaigns seems to be everywhere—but how can your brand make the most of it? Check out these five hot trends on how to make the most of a brand collaboration with digital influencers. 1. Visuals rule The world of text-based content has rapidly given way to visuals. Content like videos, emojis, GIFs, infographics, digital stickers, and images is more universally understandable across the globe—and the data prove it.  Tweets that contain images receive 18% more clicks, 89% more favorites and 150% more retweets. And brands that post videos and photos as part of […]

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Branded content spotlight: Lipton #BeMoreTea Perhaps you caught stop-motion king PES collecting a few mussels on the beach recently? Or maybe it was Megan Batoon preparing her favorite summertime dish in her “Summertime TEAse” video? Both of these spots were preludes to a big creator collaboration video that showcased a real-life meet-up of social media stars coming together to enjoy a meal—all made possible by Lipton’s summertime #BeMoreTea campaign. In 2015, brands of all kinds have jumped in to branded content and influencer marketing. Today, let’s take a look at how this recent campaign came together with Lipton, Fullscreen, and several of today’s top social video creators. The […]

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Influencer marketing 101 for brands Influencer marketing. It’s one of the hottest buzzwords in business right now—but what does it really mean? And how should your brand get involved? Let’s take a quick look at where influencer marketing began, how it’s evolved recently, and how you can get started. What influencer marketing means In a nutshell, influencer marketing means identifying specific individuals who have a lot of sway over consumer perception and purchase decisions, then partnering with them to promote brands, products, or services. The idea of selling products by partnering with people who influence popular culture is nothing new. It dates as far back as the […]

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