Author: Dana Kilroy

Consumers want privacy, businesses want data -- here's how to make everyone happy As more and more consumer data is collected, with more frequency, and by ever-more-powerful computers, people are increasingly wary of sharing personal information. What data do you collect from your customers? I bet names and email addresses are at the top of the list,...

Promotional campaigns, including Facebook and Instagram contests, are a great way to engage existing customers, get in front of new customers, and to collect user-generated content and other useful marketing data. But do you know the most important Facebook and Instagram contest rules? Sponsoring such promotional campaigns comes with legal regulations and restrictions that can be confusing. Whether...

Unless you’re a brand everyone has heard of, chances are you’re using social media to engage with and learn about your fans and potential customers. Contests and promotions remain a fun way for people to interact with their favorite businesses. After all, who doesn’t love winning a prize? Yes, I could go buy myself a new t-shirt...

Instagram contests bring in followers – one industry study showed a +70% increase in followers for accounts using contests. We wanted to share some ideas that any business could try. In this post, we’ll look at a handful of Instagram contests, examine why they were successful, and identify key elements that drove their appeal. Examples of Inspiring Instagram...

Hashtags can help people discover brands, and help brands to connect with people who are searching for specific content, products and/or services. Hashtags are searchable and clickable, and people use them to find conversations and content relevant to their interests. The key to making your brand discoverable, especially on Twitter and Instagram, is using the right...

It’s been a number of years now since Facebook has updated the News Feed to clamp down on what they call "engagement baiting." This includes using contests to bait engagement and sharing. The changes don't mean you shouldn't be running Facebook contests. You just have to be more careful about how you share and promote them. In...