5 Social Media Trends to Watch in 2016
If there’s one constant in social media, it’s change. So as this year comes to a close, we’re taking a look at some of the social media trends we think will affect what we all Pin, Tweet, post, and hashtag in 2016.
1. Twitter in transition
This year was hardly smooth sailing for Twitter. In October, co-founder Jack Dorsey returned as CEO to a company that was in a “new state of disarray” (in the words of The New York Times) and dealing with membership numbers that seemed all but stuck. Changes have started happening, and …
The Visual Web, Episode 5: Brendan Schneider, Sewickly Academy
What is a school to do with students who spend all day on social media? Join them, of course.
That is part of a strategy that has proved successful for Brendan Schneider, the Head of Advancement of Sewickly Academy, a private school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Brendan and his team are using Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram to engage both current, former, and prospective students, as well as their parents. This strategy has helped them increase interest in their school and maintain alumni loyalty.
In this episode of The Visual Web Brendan shared with us how he got started using social media marketing, …
How I Do Social Media: Kellie Hemmerly, Food Blogger at The Suburban Soapbox
What does it take to succeed on social media? Some Viraltag users with serious social mojo are taking us behind-the-scenes of their daily routines. Today we meet Kellie Hemmerly, a food blogger based in the Philadelphia suburbs.
It’s one of the biggest skills any food blogger needs to master: creating unforgettable photos.
You know the kind we mean. Photos that leap out of followers’ social media feeds and entice them to click on your links. Photos that inspire readers to try your recipes and to keep coming back for more.
Kellie Hemmerly, creator of …
The Visual Web, Episode 4: Crystal Schreiner, Instagram Consultant
Visual marketing starts with understanding your visual style. What is your signature visual style?
In this episode of The Visual Web creative director and Instagram pro Crystal Schreiner tells us how brands can begin to find their visual voice.
“It takes some deep work to find the meaning behind your brand,” she told us. “Brands aren’t built on logos or products they’re built on emotions and human connections. Understanding which pictures trigger emotions in people’s minds will create the most value for your business.”
Listen to the full interview here.
Crystal got her start on Instagram at New York Fashion Week. Today with over 33,000 …
How I Do Social Media: Maxwell Christen, Social Media Consultant
What does it take to succeed on social media? Some Viraltag users with serious social mojo are taking us behind-the-scenes of their daily routines. Today we meet Maxwell Christen, a freelance social media consultant based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Maxwell Christen helps clients ranging from a jewelry company to a car dealership to advocacy groups tell their stories.
But as different as his clients are, he tells Viraltag there are definitely some constants when it comes to creating social media success.
“The visual part of it is the biggest part for me,” Maxwell said. From his analytics, he reported that posts with photos …
An Interview With Instagram Expert Jenn Herman – Visual Web Podcast Episode 2
Instagram is not only a place for pictures of your morning coffee and new haircut, it’s a powerful channel for businesses looking to attract new customers.
Instagram expert and consultant Jenn Herman knows how to do it. She helps consumer brands, news organizations, and B2B businesses create and implement marketing strategies for Instagram.
In our second episode of our new podcast, The Visual Web, we spoke with Jenn Herman about how businesses can get started and be successful marketing on Instagram. She also shared some of her best tips on optimizing photos, improving your caption writing, and how to use the right hashtags.
Listen the the …
5 Brands That Are Scary Good at Halloween Social Media
Some people start buying (and nibbling) Halloween candy early. But we start scouting early for the sweetest Halloween social media ideas. In this roundup, you’ll find Halloween campaigns that are making their mark, as well as some spookily spectacular social hits from years past. You can use these ideas to scare up your own social media successes this Halloween, or let them inspire your holiday season social media campaigns. Let’s learn some tricks of the trade — it’s our treat.
HarlowandSage + Albertsons & Safeway: #HairyNScary
Albertsons and Safeway have teamed up with …
The Top Social Media Stories from Fashion Weeks 2015
Sure, we may never find ourselves on the front row of a fashion show making small talk with Beyonce or Anna Wintour. But thanks to social media, we can see all the styles from the runways of New York, London, Milan, and Paris almost as soon as those front-row VIPs do. But social media channels, especially Instagram, are not just making Fashion Week shows more widely seen. They’re also changing the nature of the shows themselves. According to Vogue, “the shows are less and less an insular, insiders-only experience.” With that in mind, we’re rounding up the …
10 Statistics To Get You More From Your Photos On Social Media
by Mitt Ray
Are visuals a part of your social media strategy? Would you like some tips to create better social media images?
After realizing that visuals drive the highest engagement on social media, more and more marketers and businesses are focusing on creating quality visual content. According to Social Media Examiner’s, 2015 Social Media Marketing Industry Report, 71% of marketers use visual assets in their social media marketing. The report also found that 73% of marketers plan to use more images in 2015.
Do you know what this means?
There is a massive amount of competition (for images) on social media. The …
5 Shows That Deserve Emmys for Social Media Marketing
The 69th Emmy Awards happen on Sunday, Sept. 17. Nominees will be honored in categories from acting to writing to sound mixing, but we also wanted to give some love to the shows and stars who use social media to keep us watching— and talking about — them. Here are five ideas to borrow from some of TV’s top stars in social media marketing.
1. Go behind the scenes.
Somehow, between executive producing, writing for, and starring in “The Mindy Project,” creator Mindy Kaling still has time to make her social media followers feel like …
Introducing our new Podcast: The Visual Web — Building Brands on Instagram, Tumblr, & Pinterest
We have been building tools for brands on the visual web for two years now. We’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t. The biggest lessons have come from the amazing entrepreneurs and social media managers leading the way.
Those conversations sparked this podcast.
In the coming months we’ll talk to people building powerful brands on Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest about how they found their voice, their engagement strategy, and how building a presence on the visual web changed their business. Listen for inspiration, strategic advice, and quick tips and hacks you can implement today to grow your business …
Back To School on Social Media: 5 Accounts To Follow To Learn Something New
Did buying the kids’ school supplies and liking everyone’s back-to-school pictures on Facebook get you in the mood to learn something new yourself?
Picking up new knowledge and skills doesn’t take a trip to campus anymore, thanks to websites like Lynda, Coursera, and Skillshare.
You can also find ways to learn that don’t even require you to leave your social media feeds. Follow the five social media accounts in this story and you’ll discover some new ways to enrich your mind even when you have only a few minutes between meetings or while waiting in line.
And you’ll also gaining some ideas …