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Social Media Evolution

Instagram user photo

Instagram user photo

In my last post, I talked about the use of calls-to-action in social media. Instagram was not on my short list of social networks where CTAs can be effective, but new research suggests it has solid potential. Patricia Redsicker summarizes the latest user data from Pew Research in her Social Media Examiner post, “Instagram Platform Ripe for Marketers Shows New Research.” She includes some good examples of how you can make the most of your brand’s presence on the photo sharing site.

Instagram

On any social platform, whether you are using calls-to-action or just sharing informative or entertaining content with your community of followers, it’s important to know the demographics of your audience and how the nuances of the network can support your overall brand and business objectives. In social, it’s always evolving, too. What worked last year may not be the best approach anymore. It’s a happy new year, in deed.

What Marketing Pros Can Learn From Ben Affleck

Roll out the red carpet. It’s time for Hollywood’s biggest night. Shiny Oscars will be awarded to films and almost every imaginable element of their production. Folks at home will watch and many, like me, will find the live tweets in their Twitter stream more entertaining than the broadcast itself. (The snarkier the better, Tweeps.)

In thinking about the upcoming Academy Awards, I see a few parallels to how modern marketing is changing the role of creative professionals. Ben Affleck, for example, has redeemed his career directing, producing and acting in Argo, the favorite to win Best Picture by many accounts. Although his work on the film did not garner (no pun intended) individual nominations from the Academy, he’s received numerous other awards. Back in 1997, it was his writing that won him an Oscar for Good Will Hunting. I think Ben’s versatility is what they’d call wicked good in Boston.

Like Ben Affleck, those of us who write or create marketing content have to become more flexible, wearing many different hats to execute the great creative work that engages our clients’ target audiences. Good writing will always be essential to communication, but now writers are also expected to think beyond the text on the page or screen. Video especially has exploded as a medium for businesses and organizations to tell their story and reach potential customers. So yesterday’s press release and article writers must be today’s script writers, directors, and in some cases on-screen talent. Photography, social media skills, and an understanding of search engine optimization (SEO) are a must, too.

With mobile technology continually changing, the types of content and digital assets that we’ll be called on to produce in the future will keep changing, as well. (Hello, Google Glass)

I’m ready for the challenge. Now if I could only sing like Adele.