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Under the Influence: Social Media Takeovers

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/22/18 5:30 AM

A commercial comes on, what do you do? Get up and walk away, fast forward because no one watches live TV anymore, or ignore it while you talk to your family or play on your phone. This is the problem all brands, regardless of size, are running into. How, then, do you reach your target audience in a way that won’t be easily tuned out?

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Snap to It: Three Snapchat Marketing Ideas

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/17/18 5:30 AM

There is no denying that with the younger generations Snapchat is the place to be. Facebook is something their parents use. Twitter is potentially headed to the proverbial “farm” to be with MySpace. LinkedIn has never had an appeal for students. Snapchat, though, is new, fresh and incriminating content ideally disappears in ten seconds. The temporary nature that makes the platform appealing to students, makes using it for marketing a challenge — but not impossible.

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Twitter Is Dead?

Posted by Liz Schulte on 5/10/18 5:30 AM

As an author, social media is a passion for me. It is the most direct connection I have to my readers. Because of that, I am widely available across many of the platforms and often wax poetic about the good old days of many of the sites. Remember when throwing a sheep at someone on Facebook was a gesture of friendship? Remember when people used to talk on Twitter?

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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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How to Get the Most Out of Your College Store's Social Media

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/8/18 5:30 AM

Building a fanbase for your college store 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 expands as friends influence each other’s choices. Platform, audience and variety of posts impact your reach and audience influence. Let’s break down how each of these aspects can be utilized to increase the number of students who see your posts.

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How to Refocus Your College Store’s Social Media Presence

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/15/18 5:30 AM

A new year is a great time to revamp your social media efforts. Maybe you have pages on multiple social media platforms, but are only interacting on one of them. Maybe you have fallen off on your posting consistency or tracking efforts. Now is a good time to hash out a new plan and stop doing what isn’t working.

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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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Easy and Timely Social Media Polls Produce Helpful Results

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/17/17 9:00 AM

Social media can serve many functions. It is a great tool to network with peers, it can strengthen your store’s brand, and it makes conversing with your customers easier. But, merely having a presence on social media isn’t enough to garner results. Finding new and creative ways to engage with your audience is an essential part of establishing a robust online presence.

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An Instagram Plan: Creating Content More People Want

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/6/17 5:30 AM

Social media marketing offers a variety of platforms to engage with customers, but with that comes a variety of challenges. On Facebook it is hard to be seen, on Twitter you are limited to 140 characters and on Snapchat you only get 10 seconds to make a lasting impression. Instagram is different. Your followers will see your posts, your caption can be as long as you need it to be and the images never go away. This is why Instagram dominates all social media when it comes to interactions per thousand followers.

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How to Optimize Your Social Media Reach

Posted by Liz Schulte on 11/3/17 5:30 AM

The intricacies of social media can make even the most stalwart of fans sigh. There is an art to figuring out how to craft a social media post that will sound genuine, yet still perform well in the algorithms that determine a post’s reach. Today, we’re going to discuss how to maximize your social media reach and engagement to drive more students into your store and build trust.

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