Social Media

This post has been updated to reflect changes in Facebook/Instagram's policies, 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 & Instagram’s...

If you want to build a successful digital marketing campaign, you’ll need to step out of your comfort zone and think out of the box. I’m not talking about reinventing the wheel, but rather about finding the right inspiration, strategies, and twists to effectively communicate your messages to your unique audience. Big brands like Dollar Shave Club,...

Instagram is deprecating features necessary for running hashtag contests via its API on December 11, 2018. Online marketers — commence panic! Now take a deep breath. At ShortStack, our team of engineers updated our hashtag contest capabilities to ensure you still have access to the Instagram features you love. In this blog post, I explain Instagram’s...

Need inspiration for your online holiday marketing campaigns? Look no further. We have nine interactive marketing campaigns created by ShortStack users that will get you and your customers in the holiday spirit. Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand’s “12 Days of Christmas” Multi-Day Giveaway Calendar Multi-day giveaway calendars, also known as advent calendars, are popular during the holiday season...

Are you all prepped and ready for the holiday marketing season? Your customers will inevitably be searching far and wide for deals - at their local mall, in their inbox, and on social media. And as I’ve discussed previously, a “deal” is not always necessarily about discounting and devaluing your products but finding an exchange of value...

Can I reward participants for sharing my contest or giveaway on social media? It's a question we get on the daily. And I'm sorry to report, but for the most part, social media Share buttons are useless. Data shows that less than one percent of website visitors will click a Share button from a mobile device and even...

It’s time you started thinking about social media a little differently… As it stands, digital marketers are far too reliant on social media as a platform for lead generation. They’re obsessed with follower growth, page inquiries, and Facebook Messenger opt-ins. Didn’t we learn anything from Facebook’s algorithm overhaul that destroyed the organic reach of business pages? I guess not… [vc_row...

If you’re like most business owners, you’re probably using an integrated approach to your digital marketing efforts. Maybe Google and Facebook ad campaigns combined with social media posts across numerous platforms? Sprinkle a little bit of SEO and email marketing on top and you’ve got a fully baked digital marketing cake. But do your efforts always feel...

The War of 2018 is raging. The battleground is social media. If you want a fighting chance at surviving, you’re going to need weapons of mass engagement. In social media marketing, every brand seeks “engagement,” but only some achieve it. According to the definition of “engage,” snagged from an online dictionary, to engage is to occupy, attract, or involve...