It's a lazy Saturday and I'm scrolling through my News Feed, past the people #FeelingTheBern and the latest Pinterest (fail) recipe, when I see a sponsored post that actually catches my eye. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine is running their annual dog photo contest. The terms are...

If your brand is now franchised, then your social media marketing efforts may have just gotten a bit more complex. First of all, let us be quite clear, we have found, through our own extensive experience, that having independent social media handles for each individual...

Developing good social content relies on having a strong understanding of your audience. Unfortunately, running an extensive audience analysis to help guide your social strategy can cost big bucks. Luckily, there are some free tools that can help you learn more about your audience and...

Considering most kids and college students aren’t even done with school yet, talking about Back to School campaigns may seem premature. However, it’ll be here before you know it and if you’re scrambling last minute, your campaign can suffer. Here are three tips to help...

Social media marketing audits. They can sound intimidating. How old is your current social media marketing strategy? When was the last time your brand evaluated performance at a large scale? If it's been a while, let me give you (at least) 22 reasons why you need a social...

Here’s a scenario that thousands face every day: you and your brand have a great message to share but you're unsure of with whom and where to share it. To determine that, it's time for a little internal Q&A: Who is my target audience? Where...

Way back in 2007,shortly after Ignite Social Media launched, our friends at Forrester Research were busy creating a new acronym for the best way to develop a social media marketing strategy. Josh Bernoff and Charlene Li, as part of their excellent book Groundswell, introduced POST...

Engagement is not dead. I repeat, engagement is not dead. Despite what you may hear from media buying agencies or even your Facebook rep, there’s still value for brands in garnering Likes (or Reactions), Comments, and Shares. While there is no concrete way to show the...

Although the school year doesn’t typically start until September, most back-to-school purchases are made months before. Most U.S. parents are making the majority of their back-to-school purchases in July and August, so brands need to make sure to have their paid media strategy on lockdown...

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