Social media promised to connect us, but made us isolated and tribal instead

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A psychologist who studies anxiety and stress explains how to cope during an increasingly divisive time. About a year ago I began to follow my interest in health and fitness on Instagram. Soon I began to see more and more fitness-related accounts, groups, posts, and ads. I kept clicking and following, and eventually my Instagram became all about fit people, fitness and motivational material, and advertisements. Does this sound familiar? Read Full Story

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I tried every major direct-to-consumer bra company. Here’s what I found

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I tested bras from Third Love, Cuup, True & Co., Lively, and Negative Underwear in my search for the best fit, style, and quality. “Let’s talk about boobs!” is just about one of the best icebreakers I’ve heard. That’s how my fitting with DTC bra company Cuup started, and my search for the best bras began. After spending a few months in quarantine (and, like most people, gaining a few pounds), I became determined over the summer to find the perfect new bra that I could get delivered to my door. I met with multiple sales reps to talk about the fit and functions I needed, and tested multiple styles from Cuup, Lively, Third Love, Negative Underwear, and True & Co. Read Full Story

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How to Find Instagram Influencers

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It’s hard to believe Instagram started in 2010. It has turned into a marketing powerhouse . There are 1 billion monthly active Instagram users , and more than half of them use the platform every day. US businesses also love the social channel, and about 71% use it to connect with their market. While Instagram isn’t the biggest social media platform (that spot belongs to Facebook ), it’s still the most impactful influencer marketing channel . There’s just no denying the power of Instagram in this social media age. As the site continues to grow exponentially, businesses and brands everywhere are also leveraging the social network by working with Instagram influencers . So, how do you go about finding the best Instagram influencers for your marketing campaigns? Why You Need Instagram Influencers To appreciate how powerful Instagram is, you first need to understand what engagement rates are and what they …

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19 Strategies That’ll Help You Become an Influencer

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Interest in influencer marketing has skyrocketed 90x since 2013 . And I hesitate to pat myself on the back, but I’m recognized as an influencer in the digital marketing space. But how? Why? In this article, we’ll go over how I became one and how to become an influencer in your own field. 1. Start by Becoming an Influencer in a Niche Field The reason you need a niche is to start out as a micro influencer in your particular niche. Micro influencers create powerful word of mouth to small groups. They don’t have the followings of a Kardashian, but they’re much cheaper and can still reach enough people to make a difference in product sales. What’s more: research shows they generate double the sales of paid ads and with a 37% higher customer retention rate. It’s not enough to just pick the field you want to influence. Take my …

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The New Way to Blog

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Blogging has changed over the years. When I first started blogging, it wasn’t that competitive. You write an article… on pretty much anything… and you get some social shares. And then you would try to build links, but even if you weren’t great at link building you would still naturally generate more backlinks overtime. Just take a look at one of my first blog posts that I wrote on August 31, 2005. Here are the first few paragraphs… SEO Made Easy The hardest thing for any site owner these days is getting the search engines to properly list their website. Making a site search engine friendly is the key to the success of search engine optimization. A site must be written in a language that the search engine will recognize such as HTML. In addition, the site must have defined keywords that are going to be used in classifying the …

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How to Grow Your Instagram Following: Strategy for Businesses

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Want more followers on Instagram? Wondering how to find and engage with the right people? To explore how to grow your Instagram following, I interview Tyler J. McCall on the Social Media Marketing Podcast. Tyler is an Instagram marketing expert and founder of the Follower to Fan Society. He’s host of the Online Business Show, […] The post How to Grow Your Instagram Following: Strategy for Businesses appeared first on Social Media Examiner | Social Media Marketing .

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How to Get More User-Generated Content on Instagram

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Want to share more user-generated content (UGC) on Instagram? Wondering how to encourage your Instagram following to tag you in their content? In this article, you’ll discover how to get more people to create content about your products or services on Instagram. #1: Encourage Your Instagram Followers to Contribute UGC UGC is a potential goldmine […] The post How to Get More User-Generated Content on Instagram appeared first on Social Media Examiner | Social Media Marketing .

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You Can Have My Old Business That Makes $381,722 a Month

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I was talking with my friend who works at Keap (formally known as Infusionsoft) and he was breaking down how people still make millions of dollars selling info products and ebooks. Now, I don’t sell info products as heavily as I used to, but when I focused on it 100% of the time, my numbers were great. Just look at the screenshot above. It’s my revenue on a bad month of selling info products. So today, I thought I would do something different. Instead of just blogging about marketing tactics, I thought I would share my old business model with you and give you the exact emails, power points, and everything you need so that way you can replicate my results. Are you ready? Step #1: Figure out what you want to sell Don’t worry about traffic. Instead, I want you to figure out what you want to sell. Whatever …

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How to Get Verified on Social Media

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Getting verified on social media is one of the first steps to building a successful social media marketing strategy. Whether it’s your personal account, your business account, or both, getting that little checkmark next to the profile name is massively important. And not so that you look like one of the ‘cool kids.’ A verified social media account provides instant social proof and credibility when anyone looks up to you or your company online. Verification can also help with networking and push your company to your industry’s forefront as a trusted option. Getting verified on social media can be a challenge, and it might take some time, but it is definitely worth it. But maybe you’ve already tried to become verified, and you were rejected. Or perhaps you don’t know where to start. Unless you’ve got a huge following like Beyonce , becoming a verified account takes some commitment and …

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What the Stackie Awards can teach us about the perfect martech stack

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30-second summary: The Stackie Awards are presented each year at the annual MarTech Conference, a conference series put on by Chiefmartec.com, Third Door Media, and MarTech Today. There were 48 entries in the 2019 Stackies, with five winners. We reviewed all entries to glean some insights from how all entrants (not just the winneres) visualize their martech stack. There is no perfect martech stack. Each stack is custom fit to match a company’s industry sector, marketing approach, and unique needs. The Stackies don’t require entrants to stick with specific categories, but most included variations of the following: planning/strategy, Creative, Engagement/Marketing, Customer, and Measurement/Analytics. The Stackie Awards are presented each year at the annual MarTech Conference, a vendor-agnostic conference series put on by Chiefmartec.com, Third Door Media, and MarTech Today. The Stackies challenge entrants to visualize the tools in their martech stack, illustrating how each marketing category is connected. This helps …

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How amika uses an AI platform to drive online sales and build trust

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30-second summary: amika is a Brooklyn-based hair care company that had a very popular live chat platform, but the brand didn’t have the human resources to reply instantly and offer a personalized hair care consultation to each visitor. amika wanted a chatbot solution that could provide customers with immediate and accurate product recommendations, all while fostering an intimate connection between the brand and its customers. So Automat created ace (for a conversational experience on amika’s website), the ultimate AI hair advisor, which spoke in amika’s brand voice and knew its product line and applications inside and out. Within just a few months, amika was reporting KPIs of 3x conversion, 4x average revenue per customer, and 90% satisfaction. The partnership came in at a crucial moment for amika. After COVID-19 hit, their traditional distribution channel went down and they had to prioritize DTC ecommerce. Automat directly generated 30% of additional online …

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