How to Build Your Network (When You Don't Know Anyone)

How to Build Your Network (When You Don’t Know Anyone)

Before my wife and I settled in Austin, TX last year, we lived in 12 apartments in nine cities over the last 10 years. And while the digital nature of my work means that much of my network is only a mouse-click away, it was definitely challenging to move to new cities like Minneapolis and Austin without knowing many people …

AI Could Help Community Managers Boost Engagement

AI Could Help Community Managers Boost Engagement

Community managers should leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to personalize content for their communities and foster relevant and engaging dialogue. That point was hammered home by Amith Nagarajan, CEO of Aptify, who spoke yesterday during webinar in honor of Community Manager Appreciation Day. Nagarajan, whose company provides enterprise software to membership organizations, was one of the interviewees in a …

5 Ways Your Social Media Posts Improve Your SEO

5 Ways Your Social Media Posts Improve Your SEO

Google has been particularly enigmatic about how, or even if, its rankings are influenced by social media. But the experience of industry professionals has been universal—highly engaged content has much greater SEO value than do less popular pages. And that makes sense. Google’s algorithm is designed—and is constantly being tweaked—to find and rank high-quality, useful content for each search query. …

Influencer marketing: where we’re headed in 2017

Influencer marketing: where we’re headed in 2017

Early in 2016, we promised that this would be the year that influencer marketing would become mainstream. We wrote about the progress that influencer marketing made in 2016, but as a marketer, you always need to be looking forward to be prepared for what the future holds. So what direction can we expect influencer marketing to take in 2017? We’ve …

6 Secrets to Getting a Social Influencer's Attention

6 Secrets to Getting a Social Influencer’s Attention

A recommendation could instantly net you some new followers and set you up for future opportunities (such as interviews and collaborative content) with that influencer. And that’s all good and well. However, if you’ve ever tried executing this strategy on a whim, you know it’s not that simple. Influencers generally have hundreds of thousands of followers, and getting their attention isn’t …

5 Ways to Integrate Social Media and Influencer Marketing

5 Ways to Integrate Social Media and Influencer Marketing

So you want to work with influencers to leverage your social media marketing campaign. But you’re not sure where to start, or what kind of content you should create. There are plenty of options for those who wish to integrate influencers into their social media marketing. Find out five strategies below, and learn how each can benefit your brand: Your …

How Not to Get Turned Down by Influencers

How Not to Get Turned Down by Influencers

As the face of communication changes to a widely digital spectrum, it’s important for businesses and brands to realize the importance and value of influencers in their marketing plan. What is an influencer? An influencer is an individual who has an impact on a niche market, audience or community. Influencers are not just individuals who can help your plan become …

Getting Your Community Involved In Your Purpose

Getting Your Community Involved In Your Purpose

Companies that want to be purpose driven have several challenges to contend with on their journey towards purpose. The first is to define what that purpose is, or why it is you do what you do? The second challenge you’ll face is engaging your community – all the people who serve or are served by that purpose – and getting …