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What’s the Deal With Live Streaming?

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/28/18 5:30 AM

Live streaming is an addiction. It provides glimpses into the lives of others that evoke feelings of sameness between strangers. Last’s year’s top viewed live video was the lady sitting in her car wearing a Chewbacca mask while she laughed. Her video alone had over 160 million views, and she didn’t do anything but share her joy over a child’s toy. Businesses, big and small, have used live videos to give companies a human voice. Nearly every major social media platform now has a way connect with your customers live, but which one is the best?

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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Social Media and the Smartphone Camera

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/14/18 5:30 AM

“Brevity is the soul of wit,” the loquacious Polonius famously spouted in Hamlet. This statement, originally fraught with irony, has been increasingly embraced by social media. Blog-like post length wasn’t uncommon on MySpace, Facebook favors shorter statuses but didn’t limit users, Twitter cut people off at 140 characters, and now pictures and videos often speak for themselves. Image dominance is evident not only in post engagement but also in the current race to win users’ smartphone cameras.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Facebook Marketing for Businesses

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/7/18 5:30 AM

Many of us have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. It’s easy to use and it seems like everyone is on it, but it has become increasingly difficult for a business to get noticed.

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Why Your Facebook Reach Is Down

Posted by Liz Schulte on 1/19/18 5:30 AM

Have you noticed that your store’s Facebook reach has gone down? This isn’t necessarily a reflection of what you are or are not doing on your page to drive engagement. Facebook is making changes to what users see in their newsfeed. Find out how the changes affect your page.

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Social Media Looks to Capitalize on Businesses’ Increased Digital Marketing Budgets

Posted by Liz Schulte on 10/27/17 5:30 AM

Major social media platforms, from Facebook to Snapchat, are looking at ways to attract business advertisers. While Facebook has been offering advertising solutions for years, Snapchat is new to the game. Both companies, however, have recently made announcements about new opportunities for businesses on their platform. Here’s what you need to know.

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Social Media Spectacular Part One

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/23/17 5:30 AM

Building a fanbase on social media isn’t as hard as you think. It boils down to knowing how the platforms work, understanding your audience and offering a variety of content. Once you master these elements, apply consistently. Your posts can experience what I call the web effect — a reach that builds itself as friends influence each other’s choices. Over the next three Fridays, we’re going break down how each of these aspects — platforms, audience, variety — should influence what you do on a day-to-day basis.

Welcome to the social media spectacular!

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Facebook Pixels

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/31/17 5:30 AM

As the world’s largest social media site, Facebook may be the hub of your online platform. With more than a billion active users on Facebook, it is a natural place to look when setting up online advertisements, but how do you ensure you are reaching your specific market? With the declining organic reach, it is increasingly difficult to reach loyal fans of your page, let alone engage with new ones. Advertising and boosting your posts are the next logical steps, but with such a large base, defining your audience is essential. You can choose to do it through keywords, regions, countries, pixels, etc. However, at the end of the day, if you aren’t using Facebook Pixels, you are ignoring Facebook’s greatest targeted advertising tool.

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Facebook Ideas Made Easy

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 12/8/16 3:18 PM

Finding creative ways to interact with your students on Facebook isn't easy. To help, we've compiled a list of quick strategies you can implement that others have found successful.

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Facebook's Ad Changes, and What They Mean for Your Store

Posted by Dean Asher on 8/25/16 5:00 AM

Is your store utilizing Facebook ads? They can be an effective way to ensure your message is reaching the right demographics near your school, but recent changes to Facebook's ad system could change that if you're not careful.

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A Beginner's Guide to Facebook Live

Posted by Joe Clarkin on 5/23/16 11:00 PM

Facebook remains the most popular social network in the world and the number one place for stores like yours to connect with customers outside of your brick-and-mortar location. One new feature they've recently rolled out is Facebook Live, which, much like Periscope, allows you to stream live video to reach your customers in real-time. If you're looking for a new way to get your message out there, Facebook Live is a great new thing to try.

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