Location, location, location

Instagram is my personal favorite social media platform. I spend far too much time on it. And because of my frequent use and the fact that our phones are always listening, I get targeted with a lot of specific, relevant ads. And when one piques my interest enough for me to view the profile or…
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SXSW Takeaways

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending South by Southwest (SXSW). SXSW is a marketing mecca full of industry superstars willing to share their knowledge with the masses. After sifting through pages and pages of notes from all of the various sessions, I’ve narrowed down my top five takeaways from the…
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Going viral

One of the definitions of “viral” – well, at least that pertains to what I’m about to write – is “quickly and widely spread or popularized especially by person-to-person electronic communication.” I hear about videos or photos “going viral” on “The Today Show” and referred to in casual conversation, but it’s always something that has…
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Instagram success

Social media success comes in all shapes

I recently attended the tail end of Premiere Orlando, one of the larger hair and beauty industry shows of the year. While I was there, I kept overhearing (okay, eavesdropping on) snippets of conversations from hairdressers about social media. There seemed to be two schools of thought: those who use it well and those who…
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Do you really need social media?

If you own or manage a business or nonprofit, are you on social media? If you answered yes, ask yourself why. Chances are it’s because you think you need to have a social media presence in this day and age, or you think it’s a good way to promote your business, or you figure since…
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Learning from @redlobster’s #Formation big game weekend fumble

All good in-house PR pros have extensively played out any number of what-if scenarios their brands might encounter – both good and bad – and should also have a lengthy crisis communication plan chock-full of approved potential tweets, press releases, Facebook posts and more at the ready. But what do you do if something that’s…
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Social media doesn’t influence people; people influence people

When I am looking for a new restaurant, dentist or even a mechanic, I often find myself relying on Facebook to help me find the best places in town. Now the reality is, Facebook is the platform, and it’s the power of my network I am truly seeking. Facebook and all the other social media…
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