Ever since branded real-time social media posts started going viral, communicators have been on the lookout for the tweet that lays the golden egg.
While much has changed on Instagram since its launch in 2005, one thing that has remained constant is the platform’s use of hashtags—the all-important connectors that allow brands to tell their stories, associate themselves with trends and monitor campaigns.
Content discovery, a native ad unit recognized by the Interactive Advertising Bureau, occurs when an ad or paid content link is delivered via a “widget.” Steve Cody, CEO of Peppercomm, said even the best funded combinations of search discovery tools will fall flat “if the content itself is self-serving and intended to sell products and services.”
PR managers and directors may think that a robust social media strategy means having brand presence on every last social channel. Yet they may want to maximize their social strategy by being more selective.
These tips from Krisleigh Hoermann of the American Heart Association, and a presenter at PR News’ Big 4 Social Media Conference, will help you be smarter about the time you’re investing in Twitter on behalf of your organization.
The first step in proving the value of social media to the C-Suite is to measure your brand’s social media engagement.
Visual storytelling helps brands inspire and engage with their audiences better and faster than text-based messaging. The trajectory of social media has always been toward more visuals, and the platforms gaining the most popularity these days—Snapchat, Instagram and Periscope among them—are all based on sharing images and videos.