SS Digital Media Heads to Social Media Day Detroit

SS Digital Media Heads to Social Media Day Detroit

What better way to ring in the holiday weekend than with an insightful look into the world of social media. Last Friday, June 30, myself and one of our accounts interns headed down to Detroit to learn what’s new and exciting in social media at The Atheneum Hotel.

The event, hosted by the Social Media Association of Michigan, featured six speakers, with topics ranging from storytelling on social media all the way to integrative marketing tactics. Check out our favorite takeaways from the event, here:

 

Elise_HubelElise: It’s hard for me to pick just one favorite moment from #SMDayDetroit. There were so many small tidbits of information that were so helpful to what I do each day. During each speaker’s session, I kept thinking wow, I could use that for a client!

If I had to pick one piece of information that I found the most helpful, it would probably be from Michelle Gilbert, the VP Public Relations and Social Media for the Heartland Region at Comcast. Gilbert was asked how she manages social media for her region while working with such a large, national brand. Her response: Geo-targeted Social Posts! That way, location specific content only shows up to users in the area where they’re relevant.

 

drew-forrestDrew: What I found most interesting was the topic of data collecting. Jason Falls, founder of Conservation Research Institute, is using programs to search for hot-button words in online conversations. This allows companies to “hack into” these conversations and find groups of people interested in their products.

Social Media Day Detroit reminded me that the world of digital marketing is always changing and staying on top of that change is the goal.

 

Overall, I’d say Social Media Day Detroit was a great success. I look forward to seeing what other exciting events the Social Media Association of Michigan will put on in the future.

Protect Your Data & Privacy Settings on Social Media

Protect Your Data & Privacy Settings on Social Media

It is pretty common knowledge that Facebook and other social media platforms (SMP) are capturing your behavior on their sites and selling it as data (anonymously of course) to the highest bidding agencies. Naturally, the question of privacy is bound to come up. Of course, Facebook or any other SMP offers a multitude of options to keep certain things hidden from your timelines or limit who can see what actions and posts. However, do you ever wonder what information is available to the public or even what the data about you being sold looks like on the other side of things? With the help of tools like Data Selfie and Stalkscan we can now have a glimpse behind the proverbial curtain.

These two tools do a couple of things that a person might find useful:

1. Data Selfie is more geared toward helping you see how a company could interpret your data and associate it with you as an anonymous individual. A weird concept to think about, but what is becoming more and more prevalent to advertisers are your habits, your age, where you live and who your friends are. They want to know your political views, what you’re saying about candidates, whose posts are you liking, how long exactly are you looking at that stranger you hardly know, Facebook’s page. If anything, these things won’t stop people from creeping on your profile, but at least you will know what they are looking at or what they can find out about you.

2. Now, a tool like Stalkscan will at least make you aware of the fact that you maybe need to adjust your privacy settings. This platform gives you a bit more of a comprehensive look at what the public can see about you.  

The moral of all this is that knowledge is power and you should want to know how things work. Take the reigns of your digital footprint as much as possible. We all know that digital privacy concerns are a hot topic and an ever growing concern but studies continue to show us that the majority of users online don’t even bother to touch the privacy settings they have available on social media platforms. It’s not always about hiding your data but rather understanding what can be deduced about you through that data.

A Full Recap of the Digital Marketing Bootcamp

A Full Recap of the Digital Marketing Bootcamp

On Feb. 15, our creative director, Michael Taylor, headed downtown to the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Digital Marketing Bootcamp. Here, he and fellow panel members discussed tips and trends for improving your digital marketing strategies. Panelists discussed the evolution of social media and how not to be a robot in your social media communications.

A few key takeaways from the event include:

  • Many brands spend too much time crafting their social media posts and lose the human element.
  • Spend less time editing social content and more time focusing on what your audience wants.
  • Before starting social media efforts, determine which platforms make the most sense for your audience.
  • Apps and tools exist to help you with your social media. Some of our favorites are Buffer and Slack.
  • Gary Vaynerchuk liked one of our tweets! Thanks Gary!

February has been full of fun opportunities for SS Digital Media. We can’t wait to see what else 2017 has in store for us!

Top Digital Trends and Predictions For 2017

Top Digital Trends and Predictions For 2017

Happy new year! SS Digital Media is continuously growing and evolving as an organization to stay at the forefront of digital marketing and advertising. Check out what you can expect to see in the new year with these top digital trends and predictions for 2017.

1. Messages Catered To Specific Devices

The digital world has infiltrated all facets of daily activity. Even televisions are starting to incorporate interactive advertisements. Electronic devices allow for constant connection between advertisers and consumers.

Moving into 2017, this connection is going to continue to grow. In order to successful in this ever growing digital realm, it is important to cater messages to specific devices. For example, mobile web pages and advertisements should provide only the key information needed by a user while content for laptops and desktops can be more in depth.

2. Transition From Macro-Influencers to Micro-Influencers

User generated content on social media has continuously grown as a tool for advertising and marketing. Social media users with large fan bases have become an essential method for brands to get their messages heard. In the upcoming year, this type of marketing is shifting to focus on smaller, micro-influencers as opposed to their larger counterparts.

This is due to a change in trust by consumers. With this type of influencer branding becoming more popular, consumers are beginning to mistrust posts created by large social media accounts. Believing these messages to be insincere, followers are listening less and less to influencer’s opinions. Shifting toward smaller influencers will allow a brand to reach an influencer’s followers with the message still seeming genuine.

3. Survival of the Fittest Advertising

Google Adwords has been using artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to connect user search queries with advertiser keywords for some time now. In 2017, these AI algorithms are going to evolve beyond just words to incorporate other creative components for real-time customer feedback. Google Adwords will rank content based on continuous consumer reactions. Considering factors include:

  • Colors
  • Font
  • Layout and copy

RELATED: Don’t Set It and Forget It: Google AdWords Management

These are just a few of the trends and predictions for the upcoming year. As with everything these days, digital marketing and advertising is continuously changing. All of us at SS Digital Media are excited to see how our field evolves and grows this upcoming year.

DSDET: Day 2 Morning Speakers

After a great first day, we hit the ground running on so much great information. Here are the recaps from our morning sessions:

Snapchat for Business

By Carlos Gil, Head of Global Social Media, BMC Software

With more than 60% of smartphone users between the ages of 13-34 on Snapchat and over 8 billion daily video views, it’s safe to say that the platform is here to stay. If you haven’t jumped on board yet, we’ll get you up to speed on how to use Snapchat for your business.

Takeaways:

Snapchat has become a big business, it’s a legitimate marketing channel. If you’re still thinking it might not be, just ask Gatorade. Gatorade spent $500,000 on a one day ad during the Super Bowl for animated lenses. They saw more engagements and impressions than the amount of people who watched the Super Bowl.

Demographics Rule – When it comes to choosing which social media channels are right for you, you should be where your customers are. And if your customers are between 18-35, Snapchat could be great for you. On that same topic, if your audiences are old, it might not be for you. Snapchat reaches 41% of millennials!

Why Snapchat matters?

  • 200 million users and 10 billion video views daily
  • Most active social network behind Facebook
  • Brand adoption exceeding Twitter and LinkedInsnapchat_logo

Understanding the Basics

  • Mobile app for micro-content storytelling
  • Photo and video is 1 to 10 seconds long
  • Content posted disappears within 24 hours

Snapchat is Twitter meets Youtube

  • It’s micro content

Creating Content as a brand, it must be:

  • Fun
  • Creative
  • Informative
  • Engaging

Geofilters & Business: You don’t have to be on Snapchat with Geofilters as a business. This is a great tool for event marketing.  

Converting and measurement

  • Great for flash sales
  • Make sure you implement Bitly URLs for proper tracking

The future of Snapchat:

  • It’s definitely growing
  • It’s working on better ad platforms
  • Looking to go public in the next year
  • Looking to sell more than a billion dollars in ad revenue

Using Intent Signals to Understand, Develop and Measure Audiences

By Mike Clarke, Head of Brand Measurement, Google

In this session, attendees will learn about some of the ways we can use search data to accomplish all of this.

Google emphasizes the meaning of moments, and how can you be there during these moments. Here is the breakout of these moments:

  • I-Want-To-Know Moments = Two thirds of question-related searched “what, when, where, how, why, who” are happening on mobile.
  • I-Want-To-Go Moments – 90% of searches for “what time does ____ open/close” are happening on mobile.
  • I-Want-To-Do – Two thirds of “how-to” searches on YouTube are on mobile devices.
  • I-Want-To-Buy – Mobile phones saw 115% year over year in shopping ads.
  • I-Want-To-Watch-What-I’m-Into – The number of hours people spent watching videos on mobiles is up 100% year over year.

Intentions help unlock insights

  • What types of insights can Google help you with?
    • Consumer
    • Category
    • Brand
    • Zeitgeist – Culture
  • Google Predict – Google searches are getting intimate and a lot of it is happening on a mobile device.
  • Google Trends & Google Correlate – Search terms over time and in relation to one another.
  • Google Consumer Surveys

Make sure you are testing out the free tools that Google offers to help increase performance and tracking.

Death to Boring B2B Marketing: How Design Thinking Drives Success

death-to-boring-b2b-marketingBy Cliff Seal, Lead UX Engineer, Salesforce

Today’s Lineup:

  • The issue
  • The solution
  • The plan of action

B2B Marketing is hard. Why?

  • You’re selling to opaque audiences
  • You get complacent or end up doing what works, or what everyone is saying what works.

“What is the biggest problem marketers face?”

“How to keep up with trends to drive higher quality leads.”

Keeping up with Twitter is not following the trends. Maybe you’re bored. Trends aren’t challenging. Vendor balancing isn’t interesting. Ridgid tools aren’t supportive.

#B2BProblems – Just own it

  1. Grow into its own creative potential
  2. Put data in its place
  3. Compete in relevancy not volume

Teach the business owner something new about their needs and challenges.

Design thinking lets the best ideas float to the top. Your ideas don’t necessarily mean your own, but helping facilitate good ideas. Think past the obvious and start asking the right questions is the first step.

Here’s how to start:

  • Redefining goals – What is it that I am trying to enable my customer?
  • Knowing and embracing your constraints – Frame your creativity by defining what the boundaries are.
  • Identify the contexts that can accept failure.
  • Start talking to actual people to get insights.

Click the link below to see Cliff’s presentation:

Death to Boring B2B Marketing: How Applying Design Thinking Drives Success

As the morning comes to a close we are extremely excited for the last half of the day, and definitely ready for some lunch!

Digital Summit Detroit: Day 1 Afternoon Summary

It has been an exciting afternoon here at Digital Summit Detroit! We started out the afternoon with Michael King, Founder & Digital Marketing Consultant for iPullRank, then a roundtable discussion on social media and ended Day 1 learning about landing pages with Oli Gardner, Co-Founder at Unbounce.

Futureproofing your SEO by Michael King, Founder & Digital Marketing Consultant, iPullRank

It takes a content effort to do effective white hat link building. Most of the time, client’s don’t want to do that, until Google holds an algorithmic gun to your head. There’s a lot of misinformation about SEO like:

  • SEO is just make upDSDET
  • SEO is not technical

@audette “SEO should be invisible”

New stuff:

  • Accelerated mobile pages (AMP)
  • Mobile-friendly updates
  • Feature snippets
  • Structured markup for voice search

What’s the future?

  • Local, quick, fast and when you need it.

Rankings are not the right measure, it does not show how SEO impacts your business. Success metrics: Leads and conversions.

For those who are even measuring rankings, how are you even reporting on actual rankings? It’s not really possible.

The big shops, just source out the SEO to small shops.

Find the right SEO partner:

  • Make effective business cases – Speak in terms of money based on recommendations.

Tools:

Roundtable: Key 2016 Trends in Search and Social

  1. Matthew Capala – Founder & Managing Director, Alphametic, Author
  2.  John Colucci – Director of Social Media, Sinclair Broadcast Group
  3. Leslie Drate – US Consumer Print Social Media Marketing, HP
  4. Jason Drove – Senior VP of Sales, SocialCentiv

Roundtable Discussion:

Programmatic: Testing different segments against tRT_DSDhe creative for ultimate results.

Social Media: Facebook has shown the best results for HP.

Instagram: Not as much CTR because of the medium.

Facebook: At work messenger.

Twitter: Has seen better days…everyone agrees.

Discussion about Salesforce acquiring Twitter and how that may affect marketing on Twitter: If you’re looking at acquisition, might not be good for marketers. They are putting more focus on live and on sports.

  • Twitter needs to figure out a way for your to find what you’re looking for easier. Feed curation may negatively affect the engagement, and be more pay-to-play.
  • Salesforce and Twitter may be a good match when considering customer satisfaction and customer care. It could turn Twitter into a different tool.
  • Currently debates are the largest thing on Twitter. It is also the current police scanner. It’s the most real-time, up-to-date information. Facebook is not as current, not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s just a different medium.

Discussion:

  • Instagram algorithms are amazing, crazy accurate and personalized.
  • Google + does not correlate to rankings, but it does rank by itself.
  • Google indexes Twitter.
  • Put copy over your videos on Instagram and Facebook – Not a lot of people are viewing the content with sound.
    • People view videos for :30 or longer with no sound
  • Snapchat has officially transformed into the Instagram for Stories.
  • Snapchat is winning with millennials and geofencing.
  • Experts say: not the best results with LinkedIn campaigns.

Frankenpage: Using A Million Little Pieces of Data to Reverse Engineer the Perfect Landing Page by Oli Gardner, Co-Founder, Unbounce

If you’re going to do ads, you better have specific pages for them on your website.

  • Links that are ok:
    • Anchor Navigation
    • Terms & Conditions
    • Privacy Policy
    • Just make sure everything keeps you on the same page.
  • Immediacy:
    • Can people understand your value proposition within 5 seconds?  – IF the answer is no you’re failing.
  • Visual Identification:
    • Can people figure out what you offer right away? Do they understand what the page is about?
    • Take away the copy, can you get it the point of the page? If the answer is no, you’re failing.
    • Running experiments with limited creative resources?
  • Discussion on designing forms:
    • But how many form fields? 4 and 7 have over 7% conversion rates so you might as well get more information!
    • Top performing forms are in zone 3 – top fold.
    • Encourage hunting by moving call to action lower on the page as well.
    • What’s the most persuasive word in the english language? It’s because 
      • Conversion rates increase 25% when you add it to your landing page!
      • Free vs. non free verbiage on a landing page – Word free decreases conversions— say what?!? 

In closing, there were some excellent speakers today, Seth Godin was absolutely fantastic. We may have to go and read all of his books, after today. Meeting Siri, was amazing and we had a blast seeing lots of familiar faces. We look forward to another day of digital marketing tomorrow!