By now you can’t go anywhere without hearing something about the #IceBucketChallenge – it’s on the TV, it’s in newspapers, and it’s definitely on your Facebook and Instagram news feeds. Everyone, from athletes and celebs, to politicians and executives are taking part in the mega-viral social media phenomenon to help bring awareness to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Maybe even you have participated yourself, heck I did. The idea of challenging someone in the name … Continue reading
Social Media in Marketing
It’s not unheard of, in the early stages of a conversation with a prospective client, to find myself answering the question: “How much does social media cost?” Most of us expect to use social media for free. Of course there are exceptions, such as premium accounts on LinkedIn and the trend towards paid amplification becoming the norm. By and large, however, the barrier to entry in social media isn’t the cost of the tools themselves, but the resources that are … Continue reading
Recently when presenting a social media marketing strategy to a new client, the head of the organization admitted that she just “didn’t get this social media stuff.” I came up with an analogy that I knew really worked because afterwards, she said, “Ahh, I get it now. We do need to do this.” Have you had trouble explaining why social media marketing and engagement is important to your management team or to clients? I wanted to share the analogy I … Continue reading
Being Social vs. Being Promotional #usDragons are big advocates of the 80/20 rule. For those who haven’t heard of this handy little guideline, it represents balancing the amount of conversational, passion point-focused content that should be posted, such as ‘how to’ videos, industry tips, news, conversations around the passion points behind the products, etc (80%) vs. the amount of promotional content a brand should post on social media, such as “check out our new product” (20%). Based on the understanding that social media … Continue reading
As digital marketers, #usDragons are always learning. We have to be. This field is constantly shifting and the rules are always changing. And so we have to keep advancing our knowledge base.
With the increasing emphasis on the role of social media and search engines on marketing at large, many companies who are planning their 2014 marketing budgets are asking themselves: “Should we continue to focus our efforts on email marketing?” The answer is definitely “YES!”
Kevin Mullett Guest Speaking at DragonSearch Kevin Mullett is super passionate about SEO and digital marketing. He has a true dragon spirit which is why #usDragons immediately connected with him. Going beyond sharing his impressive knowledge and experience, Kevin set out to inspire each one of us with his interactive presentation. And that he certainly did!
A new martial arts student usually has this initial question: What do I have to do to receive a black belt, and how long will it take? There are many anecdotes of a Sensei responding by reaching into the closet and handing the inquiring person a black belt right then and there. This displays clearly that the belt itself – is relatively meaningless. The necessary knowledge and training needs to be acquired through hard work and dedication within a continuous … Continue reading
The allure of social media marketing is that you can communicate, one-on-one, to your customers. Hogwash! To be effective, you need to be speaking to customer influencers. We take a look at how to find them. Continue reading
Months of preparation. Dozens of social media messages. Invitations to connect with other attendees and guest speakers. Workshop development. Collateral design and printing. Brainstorming creative booth elements. Flight, ground transportation, hotel and meal coordination. Scheduling conference session attendance. And one plan for 18-holes at a KISS themed mini-golf course!