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Aw, Snap: Everything You Need to Know about Snapchat for Business #SMMW17

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:30:26 +0000

Snapchat is a platform seemingly designed to confuse people of a certain age. Let’s say those of us who were high school age or older when Bill Clinton was president. If you’re in that demographic, you probably didn’t immediately “get” Snapchat’s minimalist UI and self-destructing messages. Even if you’re one of the hip kids snapping [...]

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Creating Breakthrough Content: There Ain’t No Magic Feather #SMMW17

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:00:22 +0000

If you want to write amazing content like Ann Handley, don’t be a Dumbo.

Dumbo was convinced he could only fly while holding a “magic feather.” When he lost the feather mid-flight, he plummeted toward the ground. It wasn’t until he believed he could fly without the feather that he was able to take off again.

Too many would-be content creators are searching for their magic feather--the book, online course, or perfect antique typewriter that will make them a writer. And while they search, they can’t or won’t write.

So Ann began her session at Social Media Marketing World by asking us all to recite a pledge out loud:

“I don’t believe in unicorns, fairies, or Santa. There is no magic feather.”

Despite the slander against Mr. Claus (who I have on good authority is very real), it’s a crucial first step. You have to know that good writing is a learned skill, not something magically bestowed on those with the right talisman.

You can do it. You can get better at it.

Here are Ann Handley’s five tips for writing “ludicrously spectacular” content.

#1: It Starts with Not Writing

At least half of the writing process doesn’t look anything like writing. Now, you may be thinking, “frequently what I’m doing while I’m supposed to be writing is not writing.” That’s not quite what Ann means, though.

“Not writing” means being in idea-gathering mode all the time, when you’re out in the world, bingeing on Netflix, or just daydreaming at work. Writers should gather ideas like squirrels gather nuts--always on the lookout, never passing one up, and stashing them where we can get at them later.

The difference between a productive writing session and a frustrating hour staring at a blank screen is having a stash of ideas to go through. Whether you keep them in a notebook, or a service like Evernote or OneNote, commit to hoarding at least five ideas a day.

When you’re ready to write, snag an idea from your stash and, as Ann puts it, “explore the daylights out of it.” Use tools like BloomBerry, Board Reader, and Buzzsumo to see how people are talking about the idea, so you can develop your own approach.

#2: Write an Ugly First Draft

When you do start to write your first draft, silence your inner critic and focus on getting the words from your brain to the screen. Know that you will revise the work at least once--probably more--before you publish. It’s incredibly freeing to accept that your first draft will be bad.  As Ann puts it, “You can’t write well without first writing spectacularly badly.”

That first draft doesn’t have to be a fully-fleshed out draft, either. It could be a list of points you want to cover, a really informal summary of the piece, or even something you dictate into your phone. The point is to give yourself something you can build on. It’s a giant leap from nothing to something--anything you do after that first leap will be easier. So whatever it takes to get something on the page, go for it.

After you finish your ugly first draft, let it rest for a while. Give your brain a little time off and let the piece sit. You’ll be better equipped to edit if you have some distance.

#3: Screw & Do

It’s not as salacious as it sounds: first, identify the ‘screw,’ the one key point for your reader that your whole piece revolves around. Second, do the editing you need to get to the screw as quickly and compellingly as possible.

How do you find your screw? Develop pathological empathy for your reader. Ann recommends the “so what?” process. Start with the statement you want to make, then imagine your reader shouting “SO WHAT?” Keep asking “SO WHAT?” and refining your message, and you will find the purest version of what you want to say, expressed in terms of benefit to the reader.

For the editing process, start with a self-edit by chainsaw. Ann says, “make every paragraph earn its keep.” In the first pass you’re trying to carve out huge chunks of writing that, while they may be very pretty or witty, aren’t serving your screw. Seek to create momentum for the reader by cutting out the junk that slows them down.

Then break it down to the sentence level. Edit with your scalpel, making sure each sentence is earning its keep. Edit for voice--when you read it out loud, does it sound like a person with a point of view wrote it? As Ann says, “If the label fell off, would they know it’s you?”

After the content is in fighting trim, then you can edit for grammar, formatting, all the small stuff. But the grammar should be the last consideration. There’s no point in repainting a condemned house. Get it structurally sound first.

#4: Write a Killer First Line

“Your reader is always looking for reasons NOT to read,” Ann says. You know it’s true--we’re always looking for the next distraction. A boring first line does your reader a favor; it gives them permission to move on.

Your first line needs to captivate the reader. Always lead with something that can capture attention. It could be a funny line, a wild statistic, or even just a strong point of view. Don’t be afraid to evoke an emotion, whether it’s amusement, wonder, or even fear.

#5: It’s All about the Voice

Your voice--or brand voice--can be a major differentiator in a sea of same-y content. Your voice should express:

  • Who you are
  • Why you do what you do
  • What you are like to deal with

Which means, of course, you need to know the answer to these questions before you start.

Marketers are often encouraged to ask, “If your brand were a person, would you want to hang out with it?” When you’re writing brand content, you’re asking people to hang out with your brand. Not every brand needs to be the life of the party, but your voice should communicate why your brand is a worthy companion.

Take the Spectacular Writing Pledge

Even in the age of infographics and videos, good writing and great content excel. From landing pages to blog posts, eBooks to ad copy, let’s pledge to create ludicrously spectacular content.

Feel free to stand up wherever you are and repeat out loud Ann Handley’s pledge:

“I will collect & hoard 5 ideas a day. I will not hit backspace while writing a first draft. I will not go straight from writing to publishing. I will have pathological empathy for the reader. I will not sound like everyone else. And there ain’t no magic feather!”

And if you do stand up and say it out loud, please take a video and tag Ann @MarketingProfs when you post it.

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Online Marketing News: Millennial Micro Influencers, Apple Clips, Facebook Seasons

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:30:48 +0000

Infographic: Who Is the Millennial Female Micro Influencer?
Who is a millennial female micro influencer? How does she compare to your average social media user? She tends to have a larger following with more engagement, and posts about topics like travel, fashion and health and fitness. This infographic sums up who this person is and what her followers and habits are like. AdWeek

Apple introduces Clips: the fun, new way to create expressive videos on iOS
This week, Apple introduced Clips -- a new way to create expressive videos out of music, photos, video clips and more. These Clips also feature interactive titles that are based on your voice, and are easily posted directly to Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo or a variety of other platforms. Apple

New: Save Your Live Video to Your Phone
Late last week, Instagram announced the newest addition to its live videos - users can now save their live videos directly to their devices. However, these saved videos will not retain comments, number of views or interaction data. Instagram

52% Say Majority of Their Business Marketing Activity Is Digital [DATA]
Search Engine Journal reports: "According to a survey sent out to Search Engine Journal’s Twitter audience, 52% say majority of the overall marketing activity for their business is digital." Does this mean that brands are straying away from traditional advertising in favor of digital? According to a recent study by AdRoll, 65% of marketing decision makers spent more than half of their marketing budget on digital marketing. Search Engine Journal

Facebook rolls out seasonal greetings at the top of the News Feed
Facebook's Goodwill team -- the same folks that brought us Friend's Day videos -- have rolled out new animated media to announce the change of the season. In the northern hemisphere, users will see images of birds and flowers. In the southern hemisphere, users will see falling leaves. TechCrunch

New: LinkedIn’s Matched Audiences will target ads based on people’s web browsing, email addresses
According to Marketing Land, "Later this year LinkedIn will once again let businesses target the people who visit their websites with ads on the Microsoft-owned, business-centric social network. On top of re-adding website retargeting — which is already offered by Facebook, Google, Twitter and Pinterest — LinkedIn will also enable business to target ads based on people’s email addresses, as its aforementioned rivals already do." Marketing Land

How Much Instagram Influencers Charge to Post Sponsored Content
MarketingProfs reports: "Influencers charge $271, on average, to share a sponsored post on Instagram [...] Modeling influencers charge the most ($434, on average) per sponsored Instagram post. Music influencers charge the least ($201, on average). Modeling influencers also tend to have the largest audiences (141,563 followers, on average), and music influencers tend to have the smallest (26,403)." MarketingProfs

Google Admits Brand Safety Is a Global Problem
Prompted by recent events in the UK, where a media group paused all of its clients' display spending due to ads appearing next to questionable and/or unsafe content through Google's ad network, Google is reevaluating their practices around unsafe advertising. However, advertisers must also call themselves into account and ensure they understand where and how their ads are being placed. For brands to maintain safety, everyone needs to be watching. Ad Age

What were your top online marketing news stories this week?

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Superheroes of Social Media: Your Must-See Guide to #SMMW17

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:30:04 +0000

In a past life, I was a minor internet celebrity. One big perk to that dubious career was being a vendor at San Diego Comic Con for seven straight years. Our little indie booth saw visits from superheroes and celebrities alike. Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, DC & Marvel Comics: It’s truly a nerdy [...]

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B2B Marketers Are Way Behind on Influencer Marketing and Here’s the Solution

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:01:02 +0000

Influencer Marketing is a hot topic, but what is really working, what isn’t and what are the future trends for marketers? Those are the questions we set out to answer in the research report: Influence 2.0: The Future of Influencer Marketing. With analysis from Brian Solis of Altimeter and a research partnership between Traackr and my [...]

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12 Helpful Tips for Effectively Using Social Media at Events

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:30:51 +0000

From industry conferences to professional summits to intimate roundtables, most of us marketers have attended at least one real-world event to learn, be inspired, represent our brands, and network with one another. And after attending the 2016 MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum last fall, I can tell you one thing’s for sure: The face-to-face time you [...]

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50 Social Media Marketing Influencers to Follow in 2017 #SMMW17

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:01:21 +0000

The topic of Social Media Influence has really taken off since we first published this list. Many changes have happened in the social media marketing world ranging from the surprisingly close competition between SnapChat and Instagram stories to the acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft to the explosive growth of “creators” and micro-influencers. On top of all [...]

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Online Marketing News: Netflix Teaches B2B, Email Benchmarks & Facebook is a Copycat

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:30:11 +0000

What B2B marketers can learn from Netflix [Infographic]
What could B2B marketers possibly learn from Netflix? It turns out, quite a bit. Namely, that scheduled marketing needs to take a back seat to content that's packaged for consumption when your prospects are ready. LookBookHQ

Email Marketing Benchmarks: 4Q16 Average Open, Click, and Bounce Rates
A new study from Experian shows that email open and click metrics remained fairly stable year-over-year in 2016, but the average transaction-to-click rate grew by 10% and the average bounce rate increased by 11.8%. MarketingProfs

Facebook Messenger copies Facebook’s copy of Instagram’s copy of Snapchat Stories
Yes, you read that headline correctly. There is some truth behind all that sass. Last week, Facebook messenger rolled out it's copy of Facebook Stories -- a copy of the story feature owned first by Snapchat and later adopted by Instagram. They're calling Messenger Day. Marketing Land

U.S. Digital Advertising Will Make $83 Billion This Year, Says EMarketer
In 2017, eMarketer estimates that digital advertising revenues will grow to $83 billion. Leading that charge is Google with about 40% of that share of revenue, followed by Facebook with about 20%. Things are even closer when it comes to mobile revenue, with Google owning 32% of the market and Facebook owning 25%. AdWeek

Google’s Share of Search Ad Market Projected to Grow to 80% by 2019
Search Engine Journal reports: "According to research firm eMarketer, Google is projected to hold 80% of the search ad market by 2019. As of last year, Google held 75.8% of the search ad market and this year it is currently holding on to 77.8%." Search Engine Journal

Snapchat Receives Poor Grades From Marketers
Marketers are reporting seeing low return from advertising on Snapchat. According to a recent study, Snapchat was outperformed by Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Yahoo and YouTube. The media platform did, however, outperform AOL. Ad Age

Ad Exchange Launches, Aims To Transform Ad Inventory Into Standardized Securities
MediaPost reports: "There’s a new ad exchange, and it’s not programmatic. The NYIAX (New York Interactive Advertising Exchange), launched on Tuesday, aims to change ad inventory into standardized securities. The NYIAX will run on the Nasdaq’s technology infrastructure and be platform-agnostic." MediaPost

1055% higher share rate on Facebook native videos
Social media analytics provider quintly published a new study which found that users interact with Facebook videos at a 109.67% higher rate than they do YouTube videos, and that users are sharing Facebook videos at a 477.76% higher rate. quintly

What were your top online marketing news stories this week?

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Broad Vs. Niche Content: How to Find the Right Content Marketing Balance

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:30:22 +0000

“’Cause whether you’re high or low, you gotta tip on the tightrope.” –Janelle Monae Content marketing can sometimes feel like walking a tightrope through treacherous crosswinds. On one side, you have the need for brand recognition: Followers, likes, shares, all the metrics that make marketers feel good. On the other, there’s the need to prove [...]

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What CMOs Need to Know About Data Informed Content Marketing

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:30:35 +0000

Driven by trends in lower performing advertising and changing consumer behaviors, many marketers have embraced content with the majority of companies adopting the practice. According to CMI and MarketingProfs 2017 Content Marketing Benchmark report, the most successful B2B marketers spend an average of 39% of their marketing budget on content marketing and 39% plan on increasing [...]

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5 Key Insights from TrackMaven’s 2017 Digital Marketing Analytics Performance Report

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:30:26 +0000

In today’s changing digital landscape, marketers know that having good data and analytics are vital for understanding the impact of their digital marketing efforts. After all, in order to drive performance and prove ROI, you have to be able to measure what’s working and what’s not so you can address issues and capitalize on opportunities. [...]

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10 Conference Hacks to Help You Crush Marketing Event Attendance

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:30:24 +0000

In my career as a marketer, I have attended more events and conferences than I can count. Events (especially those that span multiple days) are filled with so much information and it can quickly become overwhelming. By the second day you may feel that your brain is bulging with new information and you can’t possibly [...]

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Online Marketing News: State of Digital Marketing, New Geostickers & Top B2B Channels

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:30:22 +0000

SEJ Annual Report: State of Digital Marketing 2017
Search Engine Journal conducted their annual study and found some fascinating statistics. For example, 42% of respondents allocate almost all of their digital budget to PPC and display advertising, and 62% of marketers surveyed listed Facebook as their preferred social platform. Search Engine Journal

New Geostickers in Instagram Stories for New York City and Jakarta
If you are using Instagram in New York or Jakarta, you may have noticed a new feature - Geostickers. When you take a photo, you can click on the sticker icon and the Geostickers will appear. This is coming from a long line of changes Instagram is making that look -- probably non-coincidentally -- a lot like Snapchat. Instagram

The Top Digital Channels for Generating B2B Leads
New research from DemandWave showed that 95% of B2B marketers are using social media, 93% are using email and 91% are using organic. Interestingly, 73% said email was their top driver of leads, followed by 70% who said organic and 55% that said social media. MarketingProfs

Facebook Is Giving All Advertisers Cross-Platform Stats in Its Latest Push for Transparency
Facebook's measurement department, comprised of some of the old Atlas team, has created a measurement dashboard that allows marketers to see cross-network stats to help them analyze their Facebook and Instagram campaigns, along with ads that run on Facebook's publisher partner sites. AdWeek

Prove Your Impact: The 2017 Digital Marketing Analytics Performance Report
A new study from TrackMaven shows insights into social network engagement and audiences, top-of-funnel blog content, PR performance, and overall website health by industry. TrackMaven

Google rolls out free Data Studio globally, improves filters & other features
Marketing Land reports: Google has now rolled out the free version of its reporting tool, Data Studio, globally and made several improvements to the tool, including filters and analytics segments." Marketing Land

Twitter Hears Advertisers: 'We Want to Buy Like We Do on TV'
According to Advertising Age, "Twitter is now offering some advertisers guarantees on video ads, a step of maturation for the company that makes its ad product similar to a TV-style buy." Pre-roll ads will be counted according to Media Ratings Council standards, and Integral Ad Science and third parties like it are confirming the results. Ad Age

A new Google tool actually lets you search videos for specific objects
Google released their new Cloud Video Intelligence tool that allows users to search one or more videos using keywords and get a list of results that detail where in the video you can find objects relevant to your search. Mashable

What were your top news stories of this week?

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How Marketers Can Thrive in the Post Digital World

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 11:09:50 +0000

When I first heard Eric Yale from Forrester suggest at the Digital Summit conference that we live in a post digital world, I have to admit. I thought he was a bit nuts. Or just being sensational. I was wrong. If you’re thinking the same thing, here’s a rundown of what Eric said to provide some [...]

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8 Important Questions Your Social Media Marketing Strategy Must Answer

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 11:30:11 +0000

Social media has become a necessary and important marketing tactic for nearly every business, helping brands and marketers build brand awareness, share and interact with customers and prospects, and create another vital touch point in the evolving customer journey. But as the social media landscape continues to evolve, competition for audience attention is stiff. In [...]

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Evolve or Die: The Role of Purpose & Authenticity in Marketing

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:15:42 +0000

In a world where the average U.S. consumer is confronted with 64GB of data per day, I think it’s safe to say that marketing requires a very different approach. Marketers all over the world are searching hard for silver bullets and ways to differentiate. And I think a lot of companies are wondering what it will [...]

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5 Digital Marketing Brain Training Exercises to Keep You Sharp

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 12:17:36 +0000

Over the years, we’ve all developed some bad habits as marketers. Some may be a result of our environment, while others have been self inflicted. As more and more bad habits enter our digital marketing routine, there is less room for healthy exercises to keep us strong. The most recent CMO Survey uncovered that CMOs [...]

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Online Marketing News: 139 Instagram Stats, Overweight Online Ads and Content Insights

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:30:16 +0000

139 Stats and Facts About Instagram [Infographic]
A new infographic has highlighted 139 fun facts and stats about Instagram. Notably, the network brought in an estimated $1.53 billion in advertising revenue and accounted for 8.4% of Facebook's total advertising revenue. Another fun tidbit - if Selena Gomez were a country, and her followers were a population, she'd be the 12th most populous country in the world. MarketingProfs

40% of Online Ads Are Found to Be Overweight and Slow Sites
A recent report showed that 40% of online ads are 'overweight' and are slow to load, causing advertisers' content to not show up to users. Publishers like Business Insider have taken measures to notify their advertisers that their ads need to be within a certain size to guarantee visibility. Ad Age

5 Research Insights to Drive Your Content Marketing
Content Marketing Institute and Marketing Profs' annual survey showed there are very specific drivers of content marketing success: Increased efficiency and quality, strategy development, adequate time allocation and management support, to name a few. Content Marketing Institute

Snapchat Is Growing Thanks to Older Americans, While Millennial Usage Declines
Snapchat grew to 70.4 million users this year, with 45-54 year-olds being the fastest growing demographic. However, those users still only account for 6.4% of all Snapchat users. AdWeek

YouTube viewers now consuming 1B hours of video content a day
Marketing Land reports: "YouTube says people around the world are now consuming a billion hours of video content per day on the site. According to the announcement, the milestone was reached last year, but YouTube only shared the news [Monday]." Marketing Land

Instagram now allows multi-photo posts and extended Carousel Ads
Instagram users are now allowed to share multiple photos and videos in one post, and the platform has increased carousel units to 10 different photos and videos. For advertisers, carousels can serve as visual storytelling for campaigns, increasing interest of the viewer and campaign awareness. ClickZ

Customer Brand Satisfaction Drives Email Engagement, Study Shows
A recent study shows that happy customers are more engaged in branded emails -- half of consumers surveyed said they often or always subscribe to a brand's email list if they're satisfied with their products or services. Conversely, only 23% of unsatisfied customers often or always subscribe to that brand's email list. MediaPost

Facebook's Rolling Out a New Page Inbox to Manage Page, Messenger and Instagram Comments in One Place
Social Media Today reports: "Facebook's rolling out an update for Pages that changes the standard "Messages" tab into a redesigned "Inbox". This Inbox will enable brands to manage their Messenger messages, Facebook posts, and Instagram comments in one centralized hub, reducing the need to log in on different platforms to manage communications." Social Media Today

What were your top online marketing news stories this week?

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Agency Life: My Top Tips for Thriving at a Bustling Digital Marketing Agency

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 12:06:15 +0000

When I tell people that I work for a digital marketing agency, I’m sure they envision a version of the scenarios below:

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Perception of what you do, versus what you actually do are two completely different things. For most of us, our time isn’t spent sipping martinis and developing large-scale ad campaigns for major B2C brands. Realistically, we’re all juggling many tasks and clients, trying to do the best work that we can.

While working for a top tier agency like TopRank Marketing is hard work, it also offers some incredibly rewarding opportunities. As someone that has been fully ingrained in agency life for many years, I’d like to shed a light on five lessons I’ve learned that have helped me not only survive but thrive in an agency environment.

#1 - Love What You Do

I really enjoy the work that I do. It’s exciting, challenging and ever changing. If you’re not passionate about your career, it can be incredibly difficult to get through the tough days. If the following apply to you, chances are you might love what you do and not even know it:

  • The work days fly by in an instant.
  • Even when you’re in the weeds, you can step back and remind yourself of the end goal.
  • You constantly push yourself to be better.
  • Recruiting friends and acquaintances to join your team is a no-brainer.
  • You take immense pride in your work.

#2 - Welcome Feedback

It doesn’t matter who you are, there is always more to learn. And while accepting critical feedback can sometimes be a challenge, it will make you a better marketer.

I am fortunate to work with a group of incredibly talented individuals, with varying skills. An essential part of growing is to accept feedback in stride, and even seek it out. By being open to different perspectives and approaches, you’ll begin evolving your approach and will find that your creativity and efficiency don't suffer, you'll actually become more thoughtful about the work that you do. 

#3 - Take an Interest in Your Teammates

We spend the vast majority of our waking hours at work surrounded by the people we work with. You’ll find that there are people you connect with more than others, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, make an effort to get to know something interesting about each person that you work with. By forming a connection you can better empathize with your teammates needs and identify the best way for you to work together either individually or in a group.

Many agencies offer personality assessments for their employees as a way to discover the best way to work as a team. These assessments can be incredibly helpful in understanding the perspective of other teammates.

There will undoubtedly be times where they need your help and you need theirs. There is no shortage of work to do at an agency and when it comes down to it, a strong relationship with your fellow employees can be the deciding factor in their willingness to help you out of a tough spot.

#4 - Know When to Ask for Help

Don’t ever let your pride get in the way of doing your best work. The truth is that we all experience times when we’re overwhelmed and feel that we have too much to do. And if you try to “do it all” important tasks eventually begin to fall through the cracks.

Asking for help doesn’t mean that you’ve failed, it actually is a sign that you’re aware of what’s on your plate and know that there is a distinct possibility that you won’t be able to deliver everything that you’ve been given. By stepping up and communicating to your supervisor or your team that you need help, you can reset expectations and focus on the most important aspects of your job.

#5 - Own Your Failures

We all make mistakes, it’s part of human nature. However, it can be difficult to admit defeat and own it. There is nothing wrong with admitting defeat as long as you can articulate what you learned from the experience.

Your failures can also be an incredible learning experience for the rest of the team. Discussions that might not have otherwise happened can occur and help the team problem solve and grow together.

Learn to Thrive in an Agency Environment

Everyone will have a slightly different mix of ways that they approach agency life. Personally, I have found that the steps above have made me a happier and more successful digital marketer.

Instead of getting overwhelmed by the mountains of work in front of you, consider incorporating the advice above to work your way toward thriving in your agency environment.

Now I wouldn’t be taking my own advice if I didn’t ask you (the readers) for your top tips on thriving in an agency environment. Please feel free to share in the comments below!

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7 Interactive Content Tools to Delight Your Audience

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:26:18 +0000

Your audience is reading your content on a device that is capable of wonders. Whether they’re using a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, it can do much more than display text. What’s more, they’re connected to the internet, with limitless potential for communication and conversation. In this context, interactive content makes a whole lot of sense. [...]

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Benefits of Using Instagram

13 Jun 2013 01:47:31 Z

Many business owners are unfamiliar with the benefits of using Instagram. This mobile social platform makes it easy to share photos of everything related to a company. It can be used to showcase products, company events, employees, and behind-the-scenes activities....

How to Segregate Personal from Business Social Media Accounts

18 May 2013 01:20:25 Z

There is much confusion about how to segregate personal from business social media accounts. Much of the uncertainty stems around setting up Facebook pages, but many people also use social venues such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. There are many...

Creating a Bullet Proof Marketing Strategy with OMDNA

13 May 2013 04:42:53 Z

Creating a bullet proof marketing strategy is essential for every business owner. In order to attract and retain customers, companies must develop a plan that aligns with their demographic market. To accomplish this necessitates having an understanding of the company's...

Understanding Lifetime Value of Customers

10 May 2013 03:20:37 Z

An essential aspect of marketing is understanding lifetime value of customers. Owners who take time to develop and maintain strong relationships can take their business to new heights with minimal expense. One of the greatest benefits of understanding lifetime value...

Why Video is Still Getting 70 Percent of All Internet Traffic

06 May 2013 23:42:03 Z

The topic of why video is still getting 70 percent of all Internet traffic was brought up in a recent mastermind meeting. Most people thought it was due to the popularity of YouTube, but videos can be published through many...

Hiring the Right SEO Company for Your Business

06 May 2013 22:19:01 Z

There is little doubt that hiring the right SEO company for your business can pay off handsomely. Skilled professionals can assess which online marketing strategies are best suited for your industry and overall goals. They can implement proven techniques to...

Building an Opt-In Email List

06 May 2013 22:01:13 Z

When it comes to building an opt-in email list, business owners ought to spend time developing a plan to ensure they maximize their efforts. As with all marketing endeavors there are some do's and don'ts that should be followed. One...

3 Cross Channel Marketing Tips

30 Apr 2013 00:02:36 Z

Cross channel marketing is one of the most powerful strategies business owners can use to maximize their online presence. Utilizing a variety of ad platforms, companies can tap into a larger base of consumers and expand brand recognition. Getting started...

How to Use Pinterest

24 Apr 2013 23:49:08 Z

Recently, there's been a lot of talk about how to use Pinterest to market a business. Many owners are uncertain of how this virtual bulletin board can be used to strengthen brand recognition or boost website traffic. Those who are...

LinkedIn Social Media Marketing

22 Feb 2013 06:12:45 Z

Regrettably, most business professionals aren't using LinkedIn social media marketing to the fullest. People tend to create their business profile, connect with colleagues, and leave it at that, but those who take the bull by the horns can reap many...

Twitter Vine

20 Feb 2013 21:13:14 Z

There's been a lot of talk about the launch of Twitter Vine mobile service that makes use of abbreviated videos. Just as Twitter abbreviates tweets, now users can integrate six second videos to showcase products and special events. Learning how...

Online Marketing Content

14 Jan 2013 23:52:41 Z

Everyone knows online marketing content is a necessary part of conducting business via the Internet. After all, search engines are designed to deliver websites containing the information searchers are looking for. Learning how to capitalize with online marketing content will...

Social Video Marketing

10 Jan 2013 20:58:22 Z

Business owners who take advantage of social video marketing can create a tremendous amount of brand buzz as long as videos are high quality and enjoyable to watch. Learning how to produce video ads and promote them in social networks...

Facebook Email Test

09 Jan 2013 21:24:39 Z

There is a lot of talk about the Facebook email test which was unveiled the end of December 2012. The experiment is aimed at generating new revenue for the popular social networking group by assessing a $1 fee to send...

Roofer Facebook Business Fanpage

04 Dec 2012 06:48:43 Z

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