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Internet is full of guides on how to create a YouTube channel, but none of them helped me when our company had reached the point where we realized that one YouTube channel simply wasn’t enough. Whether you’re in the process of creating the first channel for your business, or maybe in similar situation that we were, it doesn’t matter, as this checklist will be suitable for you nevertheless.
When someone asks me, what is it exactly that I do for living, I tend to answer that I’m working with social media strategy. “Ah I see, you update Facebook”, tends to be the common reaction. And I don’t blame them, for a topic so intertwined with our everyday life such as social media, it can be difficult to see the bigger picture behind it all. I’ve read quite a bit about social media strategy, and most of those definitions seem to be bursting with marketing jargon and whatever buzzwords were trendy at the given time, so that’s why I was quite pleased when I came across the following piece of text.
I’ve heard and read people (especially those in Finnish #digitalist scene) saying that there are companies – even industries – out there who believe that digitalization doesn’t touch them. I always assumed that this was just part of the digitalization hype, sort of a half-truth, spread to make a case, because surely everyone would actually realize that digital age is here to stay. That was until I faced the first B2C company who didn’t think digital marketing was for them.
We, the social media marketers, are silly. At the same we keep preaching (and bragging) loudly how fast things and trends change in social media landscape, but on the other hand we’ve been declaring that “this is The Year of the Influencer” at least four years in a row now. However, very often even professionals seem to forget (or outright not know) that not all influencers have to be persons.
Especially on channels like Twitter and Instagram, accounts that are e.g. parodies (like in my case) or content curators, can have massive follower bases. These are my findings from a tweet that gained +850% more impressions and prompted almost +1000% more profile visits than my average 140-characters do.
“Content is king“, said Bill Gates in 1996. That incredibly foresighted statement still lives on today, but a sad fact is that no one will read your copy – no matter how unique and great the content is – if your headline blows. Traffic can vary up to 500% between headlines for the same content. That’s why every digital marketing agency has published at least one blog post telling how to write a killer headline. The problem is, if you’ve read one of those posts, you’ve pretty much read them all. 99% of time there’s always same few “tips & tricks” mentioned.
That’s why I decided to compile this guide for you and keep it updated whenever I stumble upon a new, fact-backed way of improving your headline. Note that this is not a list of headline types (which i.e. The CopyCure lists 12 different kinds!), but a list of best practices. So bookmark this and come back whenever you need; you’ll always find the best of the latest developments on the headline front!
Didn’t see that one coming. Or the fact that I would be writing about, *sigh*, emojis. Those funny yellow faces were cool maybe 10-15 years ago, when they were popularized by MSN Messenger. Sure they’ve been plaguing our text communications more recently too, mainly because of smartphones and IM platforms, but for some reason, a lot has been happening in the emoji-front in 2015. Let’s take a look: