National Intern Day

National Intern Day

With today being National Intern Day, we saw it as the perfect opportunity to introduce our summer flight crew additions: Julia, Graydon, and Fletcher. All three bring different skills, fresh insights, and an exciting energy to the agency, and they have experienced firsthand what it truly means to make penguins fly with us!

Meet Julia
  1. Full Name: Julia Nehrings
  2. Age: 21
  3. Where do you go to school? Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
  4. What are you aspiring to be in your advertising career? A copywriter and future creative director.
  5. What is one thing that working at Vision has taught you? There is no such thing as just having “one job” in an agency. The best advertising professionals wear many hats. Collaborating with those in other areas is not just the key to being part of a team, but the key to being part of success.
  6. What’s one piece of advice you would share with future advertising interns? Don’t be afraid to push the envelope. This business was built on crazy, creative ideas and thinking out of the box is a part of every department every day!

Meet Graydon
  1. Full Name: Graydon Rogers
  2. Age: 22
  3. Where do you go to school? Elizabethtown College.
  4. What are you aspiring to be in your advertising career? A digital marketer, not sure what role just yet
  5. What is one thing that working at Vision has shown you? This is a very fast-paced industry, and you have to keep up, but it is doable.
  6. What’s one thing you would tell future advertising interns? This kind of work is a lot of fun!

Meet Fletcher
  1. Full Name: Fletcher Ewing
  2. Age: 22
  3. Where do you go to school? Clemson University.
  4. What are you aspiring to be in your advertising career? I want to work in digital marketing, preferably in sports or automotive or at an agency that handles clients of that type.
  5. What is one thing that working at Vision has taught you? Always be ready to change your perspective and adjust to circumstances, business is a fluid thing and a one-track approach won’t often work.
  6. What’s one thing you would tell future advertising interns? Expect to work as a full-time employee. You might feel inexperienced and not ready, but get involved and engaged and you’ll learn so much more from your time.

Why Video is the Most Effective Marketing Tool Right Now

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National Intern Day

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Digital Trends to Embrace in 2019

Digital Trends to Embrace in 2019

Digital Trends to Embrace in 2019

The constantly changing landscape of the digital world demands an ever-changing ability to adapt and grow with what digital users are consuming and how. Several trends that have grown exponentially in the last five years are still in the running but have changed in favor of what consumers demand. With 2018 coming to an end rather quickly, we took a dive into some of the most popular digital trends for 2019 and what they mean for marketers.

Influencer Marketing

This effective marketing tool has exploded due to the growing saturation of social media in consumers’ lives. Popular people on Instagram and YouTube became celebrities and both the content they posted and the volume of followers they had determined if they would be an influencer worth the budget spend.

Though influencer marketing started with using Instagram or YouTube celebrities to promote businesses and/or products, it has since started to take a turn. People tend to trust consumer opinions rather than a corporate spokesperson or celebrity, so influencer marketing is shifting its focus to a new community: micro-influencers. Micro-influencers have a moderate following on social media and niche audiences with whom they have established trust. Because they can be found in almost any sector, micro-influencers are proving to be a dedicated community worth looking at when researching your next influencer marketing campaign.

Personalization

More and more, consumers are bombarded with content. Cutting through the white noise of generalized content is an important (and necessary) step towards connecting with your target audience. Businesses that are built on subscription-based models are already capitalizing on personalization. And thriving. Netflix, for example, shows a banner, carousels and search related content that is all personalized once you’ve logged into your account. Adopting this approach to marketing in content, products and emails can markedly affect the advancement of customer relationships. A study conducted by Marketo shows that personalized emails that are triggered based on behavior perform three times better than (generic) batch emails. Making your target audience members feel special could be the deciding factor for them to choose your brand over another.

 

“Personalization and authenticity will separate successful marketers from those who just contribute to noise.” 

Forbes 

 

Micro-Moments

Google has termed a new “consumer behavior” and it is changing the way brands have to work in order to capture consumers’ attention. According to Google, micro-moments deliver your marketing message clearly and concisely in a way that is of interest to the consumer within a span of seconds. These moments occur when people need to learn something, do something, discover something, watch something or buy something.

 

(Source: Think with Google)

 

People spend an average of 3-1/2 hours on their smartphones every day and with mobile devices becoming the medium that gets the most minutes in 2019, these micro-moments are occurring when people turn to a device.

The ability to find whatever someone is looking for on their smartphone has consumers expecting that brands will deliver exactly what they want when they want it. This short span of attention coupled with consumers’ desire for immediate satisfaction demands that brands understand consumers’ needs in micro-moments and meet those needs. In order to capitalize on micro-moments, being where people search for information at a moment’s notice (Google, Amazon, YouTube, etc.) is imperative.

Video Marketing

While video has been around for years and integrating it into a digital marketing strategy isn’t a new idea, the statistics showing the importance of utilizing video are staggering. For example, 70% of consumers say they have shared a brand’s video. Not only is that garnering a stronger connection with the consumer who shared the video, but the video’s reach is now being increased as well as brand awareness. Despite YouTube still being the top-of-mind platform for video, other social platforms are gaining traction with businesses via live video. In an effort to showcase “behind the scenes” footage, product demos and company culture, businesses are turning to live video and limited-availability sharing (via 24-hour Stories) in order to capitalize on FOMO and create a sense of urgency.

Visual Search

This is a game-changer that is still flying under the radar. Google allows users to upload an image to conduct a search to garner more specific results, but they’re not the only platform. Pinterest, which had 250 million active monthly users in 2018, came out with a new visual search tool that will likely change online shopping in the coming year. Users can take a photo of an item and search for where to buy it online, search for similar products or view pinboards of related items. This visual search capability could expedite a shopper’s journey and enhance the shopper experience.

Google Lens is currently available on Pixel phones and certain Android devices, but its visual search engine capabilities warrant a mention. It recognizes objects, landmarks and other things through a camera app. For example, if you take a photo of a landmark or a painting in a museum, you could get details about it. Its integration capability with the rest of your smartphone is also very user-centric. If you take a photo of a business card, you can save the phone number or address to a contact.

(Source: Android Authority)

The growing number of visual search platforms means that there will likely be a shift in focus for users who may have been previously searching keywords. Brands will need to focus on the visual content they have available that could help them appear in visual searches while also looking at the additional opportunities for social media and ad placement.

Sources: SingleGrain, Forbes, NY Times, Think with Google

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The Age of Artificial Influencers

The Age of Artificial Influencers

The Age of Artificial Influencers

In 2018, it seems like there’s a social media influencer for just about every industry. Influencers are intriguing to the fans that follow them and the potential brands who want to collaborate with them because influencers do exactly what their name says…they influence. Users on social media follow influencers because they feel like they have gotten to know them on a personal level and trust their opinions on products and/or services. Brands love to work with influencers because they can receive a ton of exposure working with those who have a fan base that the brand wants to target. Influencers love what they do because they get paid to simply be themselves and review a product and/or service. So, win/win/win, right?

With the number of influencers growing at a massive rate, it should come as no surprise that we’ve reached the age of artificial or CGI created influencers. It started in 2016 with user Lil Miquela (@lilmiquela), who currently has 1.4M followers on Instagram, and has expanded to others who have been working with high profile brands spanning the fashion and music industries. Lil Miquela was created by a company called Brud, “a Los Angeles-based startup that specializes in robotics, artificial intelligence and their applications to media businesses” (via Wired.com). The CGI “model” has her own personality, friends (both real and CGI created), life storyline, and fashion gigs with high-end brands such as Prada, Diesel, and Moncler.

(Source: Instagram @lilmiquela for Diesel’s knock-off “Deisel” campaign in February)

Another CGI “model” named Shudu, who was created by fashion photographer Cameron-James Wilson, went viral on Instagram after Rihanna’s beauty company, Fenty Beauty, reposted a “photo” of Shudu “wearing” one of their lipsticks. And most recently, luxury fashion brand Balmain recruited Shudu along with two other CGI “models” named Margo and Zhi for their 2018 Fall/Winter campaign.

(Source: Instagram @shudu.gram)

(Source: Instagram @balmain)

With CGI “models” and influencers popularity on the rise in luxury brands, there has been a lot of mixed reviews on the use of these fabricated beings and its potential negative messaging. From a social media influencer perspective, users are critical of the use of CGI influencers for a few reasons. First and foremost, some followers may not be aware that this account is actually completely fabricated, from their personalities to their fashion choices to where they are and what they do. So, how can users trust their opinions if they aren’t real but in fact paid for by certain brands? Adam Ribietz, co-founder and CSO of #paid, an influencer marketing company said, “Virtual influencers aren’t trying on a clothing brand. They can’t tell you, ‘This shirt is softer than another and that’s one of the reasons you should buy it.’ They’re not real people, so they can’t give a totally authentic endorsement.” However, brands are looking at it like these influencers are much easier to control.

Staying authentic on social media is something that influencers, celebrities, and even the regular users like you and me tend to struggle with. How many times do people try to get the perfect shot, use different filter apps to manipulate their photos, or even Photoshop them? It’s certainly a topic of conversation but these new CGI “models” are also posing a new legal issue. The Federal Trade Commission currently has guidelines for human social media influencers and how they can legally endorse on social media. However, this needs to be updated to include CGI users too. This means that their social media posts would have to include a disclosure such as “#ad” or “#sponsored” if they are getting paid to promote something and also make clear if they receive products for free for the promotion. Either way, any type of brand promotional post should be clearly labeled as such.

What are your thoughts on the rise of CGI influencers?

 

Sources: CNNtech, Wired, Vogue, The New Daily

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What to Post on Social Media in February

What to Post on Social Media in February

What to Post on Social Media in February

It’s that time again! Here are our picks for the holidays to make the most out of for your February content calendar.

Ground Hog Day – February 2

Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow or not? This annual event is certainly one to note on social media. We recommend a post prepare for both situations. If you have a company mascot, maybe they see their shadow (or not) on Groundhog Day!

Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day – February 3

Well, this is one to celebrate! If you have a food-related business, might we suggest waffles with ice cream on top? Asking your community how they are celebrating, what their favorite flavor is, a cool recipe, etc., are all good ways to write a fun piece of content for the day.

Superbowl Sunday – February 4

When appropriate, especially food brands, should participate in Superbowl Sunday prep. We do want to note, however, you should refer to the Superbowl as “the big game” unless you have licensing rights. Yes, the NFL does pay attention to see if someone is saying “Superbowl” when they are not a licensed sponsor of the event.

National Pizza Day – February 9

What a great day to serve pizza to the whole office! Share photos on your social channels as a company culture moment.

Make a Friend Day – February 11

We like the idea of bringing your social communities together. Ask a question that prompts people to answer and find their twin. For example, asking users to share their birth date and month and find their birthday buddy is a fun way to get people engaging on your content.

Clean out Your Computer Day – February 12

Have a tip to keep your computer organized and clean? Share it with your users!

Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday – February 13

Share tips to a Mardi Gras celebration with your users! Help them bring New Orleans home and prep for the Lenten season.

Valentine’s Day – February 14

Write a Valentine to your users! If you have the time and budget, record one!

Chinese New Years – February 16

If your business is impacted by the Chinese New Year or would benefit from sharing information about the Chinese New Year, share it! You also may want to post a few times leading up to the day. PS – this year is the Year of the Dog!

Random Acts of Kindness Day – February 17

This is a great date to give people ideas of Random Acts of Kindness and ask them to complete one (maybe complete one to be entered to win?!) and share their experience.

National Drink Wine Day – February 18

Wine pairings? How to have an at-home wine tasting? The best wines for your product? If it is a natural fit, showcase National Drink Wine Day on your social channels!

President’s Day – February 19

So many sales, so little time. Prep your audience ahead of time, letting them know of any President’s Day sales. Or go a Patriotic route – the choice is yours!

Love Your Pet Day – February 20

Let’s see those pet photos! Everyone who owns a pet has more than 1(000) photos of their furry friends on their phone. Ask your followers to share their best photos. It could be a good day to have dogs in the office, share photos of that with your community, too!

National Tortilla Chip Day – February 24

Have a fresh twist on classic nachos? Great recipe for tortilla soup? Share share share!

What wacky holidays will you be celebrating this month?

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7 Tips to Awesome Influencer Marketing

7 Tips to Awesome Influencer Marketing

7 Tips to Awesome Influencer Marketing

One of our all time favorite ways to leverage social media for your business is through influencer marketing. 92% of consumers trust an influencer more than a brand (source). We’ll let that sink in for a minute.

Let’s define an influencer:

  • An influencer is an individual who has the power to affect purchase decisions of others because of his/her authority, knowledge, position or relationship with his/her audience.
  • An individual who has a following in a particular niche, which they actively engage with. The size of the following depends on the size of the niche.

An influencer can be an incredibly powerful asset for your brand, not just in social media, but in your overall broader communication efforts. It’s important to remember the 3 A’s when you are getting into influencer marketing: audience, aesthetic and authenticity. You want influencers that can deliver on all three of those in a way that suits your brand, product or business.

Here are our 7 tips to executing an awesome influencer marketing campaign for your brand.

  1. Know what result you are looking for. Do you need to drive users to a specific link? You’ll want to make sure you have bloggers with good traffic and high click through rates (ask for their media kit). Do you need to showcase your product in a beautiful, fresh way? You’ll want to get Instagram influencers that can take great photos and who has a high engagement rate. Do you need a compelling story told about your brand or product? Make sure you like the influencer’s writing style.
  2. Know your budget. Budget determines everything: how many influencers you will work with, the quality of influencer, the number of posts. If you average $500-$2,000 per post (depending on your niche), you’ll have a head start on figuring out how big your list needs to be.
  3. Tier your list. Let’s say you want to work with 10 influencers. Have your list of top 10, then tier down from there and have at least 20 back up influencers (a list of 30 total). Remember, follower count isn’t everything. You also want to make sure your influencers’ have engaged communities. Ensure that their blog posts have comments/shares, their Instagram posts have comments/likes, etc.
  4. Negotiate. Reach out to your top ten all at the same time. Find out what they charge and you’ll be able to see how your budget comes together. Negotiate the budget and the terms – make sure you get permission to use their content if need be. For example, make sure you can use the post for a promoted post on your channels if you needed to, or use their recipe on your website for a set amount of time.
  5. Give your influencers loose guidelines & creative freedom. Show some examples about what you want to see and then let the influencer run with it. You picked these influencers because of their audience, aesthetic and ability to create something authentic for your brand. Let them be themselves and create something authentic for their audience.
  6. Be clear about expectations. Make sure your influencer knows what you expect in terms of keywords in the captions (try not to over do it), features of your product discussed, hashtags, account tagging, URLs, etc. Also, be especially clear on the expectation of posting on certain dates.
  7. Amplify influencers’ posts. You will have gotten permission to use the influencers’ content how you wanted to in the negotiation phase. Make sure you share their content to your social channels, blog, website, etc. Remember, you can share the pieces of content more than once or twice!
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Friday Five

Friday Five

Friday Five

Every week, we share our favorite links from across the world wide web. Find something you want us to see? Share it in the comments section!

Five things you cannot miss this week:

Add GIFs to your Facebook polls for an exciting new way to to engage.

Reddit has a lot to say about net neutrality.

Our guide to December “holidays” will help you build out your content calendar for the month.

Just how many characters, hashtags and emojis should you use in your social media?

Get ready for Social Media, 2018.

 

 

 

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Why Video is the Most Effective Marketing Tool Right Now

Why Video is the Most Effective Marketing Tool Right Now

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National Intern Day

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