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Archivable Instagrams: What It Means For Your Brand In the era of crafting your personal online brand, Instagram has become the go-to vehicle through which people curate their ideal selves. Unfortunately, as a result, it is difficult for brands to encourage users to organically share their branded content on Instagram. Users are hesitant to disrupt their online identity branded content, especially when they aren’t getting those #SPON and #ad dollars. Consumers obsess over their representation via Instagram profiles, so how can brands tap into user generated content without being invasive? Two recent updates to the platform may have the answer: Interactive Stories and Archivable Posts. First of all, […]

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THX 4 THE FOLLOW: OUR TEAM’S FAVE HANDLES PART 3 In round 3, Lauren Dubinsky, V.P Social Strategy, and, Video Labs Director, Jordan Benedict, open up about their social habits. This week, we’re talking about re-framing the perception of women, keeping up with the latest entertainment news, and learning the truth about how hard it is to actually take care of that succulent. Lauren Dubinsky – VP, Social Strategy Preferred platform: I am most active on Twitter and Instagram. I can’t pick a favorite. That’s like being asked which of my two cats is my favorite. Favorite Handles: Young women are still misunderstood by brands and marketing teams, and love.watts and […]

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THX 4 THE FOLLOW: OUR TEAM’S FAVE HANDLES PART 2 We’re back for round 2 and this week it’s all about Instagram. McBeard co-founder and leader, Alec McNayr, lets us in on his insta habits (spoiler alert: he’s a cool dad) and V.P. of Accounts, Jenn Fisher, shares how she can find magic, even in the mundane follows. Can we get a double tap? Alec McNayr –  Founder and Leader of McBeard Preferred Platform: I love Instagram for personal posting (read: easiest way to see photos of my kids) and Twitter for tracking up-to-the-minute news and of course, comedy jokes. I also love Medium for the long reads… so much […]

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THX 4 THE FOLLOW: OUR TEAM’S FAVE HANDLES PART 1 We are all social, all the time. And that means our leaders are too. For the next six weeks, we will profile a few influential leaders each week to learn who they are following, liking, and RTing –– on and off the clock. Two of our Vice Presidents of Accounts, Darnell Brisco and Caitlin Robertson share their favorite platforms and handles for getting up to speed industry news, know-how, and snark. Darnell Brisco, @Dbrisco “I spend the most time on Instagram and Twitter. They complement each other well in my consumption habits. Curated visuals/micro-videos vs a steady stream of constant news.” […]

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Facebook video for brands 101 Native video has expanded across a number of different platforms recently, and one of the most significant developments was Facebook‘s release of a native video player in 2014. Facebook native videos now look much better in the News Feed than embedded links to external videos do, which has discouraged brands from publishing such embedded links on their Facebook pages. This change has disrupted the traditional model of distributing YouTube videos to Facebook, forcing brands to develop strategic cross-platform approaches. Why Facebook video? With 1.4 billion monthly active users, Facebook is a huge force. And its release of a native video […]

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4 ways your brand can use Snapchat We live in the era of personal broadcasting. We use Facebook to share articles; Instagram to advertise our breakfast; Twitter to publicize our thoughts. Snapchat combines all three and is fast becoming the key medium for brands to reach younger audiences. How brands can use Snapchat Snapchat is a one-to-one and one-to-many messaging service that boasts 30 million monthly active users, with more than 750 million snaps sent every day. In fact, 55% of monthly users use Snapchat daily—an opportunity for brands to reach 16.5 million people every day. What originally appeared to be a short-lived experiment has exploded into […]

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How to write, design, and schedule a YouTube episode So you’re an online video creator. After thinking about and deciding on what your YouTube “brand” will be, it’s time to pick up the camera and start filming, right? Not quite yet! Chances are you should do a little more prep beforehand: first, by writing what the content of each video, or episode, will be. Plot out your episode Unless your video is a short film (or animated short), a traditional “script” probably won’t apply. But the concept of storytelling does still apply. Whether your focus is fitness, gaming, music, or something else, think of each video you make as […]

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Developing your YouTube brand Coke. Gap. Taco Bell. All well-known brands with well-known products—but what does that mean for a YouTube creator? Creating a brand is part of creating original content. Your brand is your identity—what you show the world with your YouTube channel. Let’s say a girl named Tina watches a variety of YouTube videos daily: from fitness and health to fashion and vlogs to comedy/pranks and music. She decides, “I want to make my own channel too!” How does she begin? The urge to pick up the camera and make it up as you go along is an easy, tempting road to […]

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The well-traveled YouTube [infographic] In search of adventure and advice, potential travelers are flocking to YouTube to watch travel content. According to a recent study by Google, travel content viewership is at an all-time high, increasing 118% year over year. But how has travel content viewership skyrocketed? Traveling curiosity Two-thirds of U.S. consumers watch travel content when considering and planning travel, so YouTube is prime destination for travel brands to connect with potential customers. When searching for travel content, consumers focus on destinations, attractions, or travel research—these make up 88% of all travel searches. The most successful travel content, surprisingly, is not user-generated content—it’s […]

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