Best Practices

I know what you’re wondering: Is there really a way to easily use Instagram for business? And can you really capture leads on Instagram? The answer to both questions is a resounding, yes. How? By running an Instagram promotion or contest. If your next question is: Are there tools that'll make it easy to collect and manage...

Marketing agencies, businesses and brands can always anticipate when their biggest marketing initiatives are going to happen every year. After all, major holiday dates are known well in advance and seasonal promotions are fairly predictable. It’s the times in between the big “events” that can be challenging. If you can effectively market your businesses during these periods,...

When looking to connect with new customers and win over potential leads with Instagram contests, a lot of small businesses rely on the “tag a friend!” strategy as a requirement to enter the contest. There are two problems with this. The first is that it actually goes against Instagram’s policies, and could potentially land your account in hot...

What’s it take to conduct successful social media contests? It starts with a good idea, but it also takes planning, design, promotion, fulfillment, and more. What does “more successful” even mean? Success, as I hope you'll agree, means achieving the marketing goals you had in mind from the get-go. What might those marketing goals be? I’m going out on a...

You think Instagram is hot? Kardashian gossip is hot. Those fidget spinner things are were hot.  Instagram is on fire. It’s enjoying gonzo growth, unmatched by any social media network ever. Smart Insights reports Instagram doubled its user base, to 800 million, during the past two years. Sprout Social reports 70% of US businesses use Instagram. ...

Facebook’s organic reach may be sinking, but that doesn’t mean that your Facebook contest results have to go down with the ship. We all want our next campaign to be the most profitable and best ever and following these seven Facebook giveaway rules will help make your next contest your most successful yet. 1. Set Measurable Goals for...

Advent Calendars, Countdown to Christmas Calendars, Multi-Day Giveaway Calendars -- whatever you call them, they are a much-loved marketing tool during the holidays. Customers enjoy them because they offer many chances to win and each day is a surprise; marketers love them because they encourage people to return to the campaign day after day, facilitating customer...

This post has been updated to reflect changes in Facebook/Instagram's policies, as announced on December 11, 2018 Instagram changed the way hashtag contests are run in December 2018. Now, Instagram hashtag contest entries must include both the contest hashtag(s) and an @mention of the Instagram Business Account running the contest. Learn more by reading Hashtag Contests &...

You already know you want to run a social media contest. Excellent! You even know when you want to run it, and you've decided on a couple of goals you'd like to meet. And now you have to choose a prize. Is this decision holding you up? Choosing a prize for your social media contest can be...

Almost all business owners know that they need to be on Facebook -- and increasingly, on Instagram -- and plenty are also focusing their time and effort on Pinterest. But what about YouTube? It’s one of the original social networks, and as the stats suggest, it has the most engaged followers. Actually, there’s only one stat that...