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12 Ways The 'Stories' Format Could Shape The Future Of Content

Instagram Stories are now used by more than 400 million people each day. As such, it might come as no surprise that other platforms, like Facebook, have begun adopting this content format. But even Google has announced that it's started to leverage stories in its search results. For example, if you do a mobile search on Google for "Giada De Laurentiis," a story with her life and career highlights appears for searchers to click on.

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10 Tips For Improving Your Storytelling Craft

Storytelling is a critical skill for marketers. A good story, well told, can draw an audience in and give them a sense of personal connection with the teller. The ability to spin a good yarn often sets high-achieving marketers apart from their peers. Many people are natural storytellers, but even those who aren’t can learn this important skill.

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11 Tips For Creating Authentically Diverse Marketing Campaigns

From Kendall Jenner's highly controversial 2017 Pepsi "protest" ad to Jack in the Box's recent spot featuring genital jokes in the workplace, ad agencies have, over the years, made a lot of tone-deaf blunders. Today's socially conscious consumers expect authentically diverse experiences portrayed in the media, and they're becoming less and less forgiving when brands rely on stereotypes or offensive humor to sell their products.

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12 Strategies That Will Improve Your Account-Based Marketing Efforts

Marketing was once viewed as a "one size fits all" activity, where businesses broadcast the same message to every single customer. In recent years, marketers have gained access to a wealth of individual consumer data and insights, making it easier to personalize their efforts for maximum effectiveness.

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Nine Ways To Grow A More Authentic Follower Base On Instagram

Getting legitimate followers on social media -- especially Instagram -- is a tough thing to do. It often requires tools, patience and a lot of monitoring and resources. This helps preserve the account while making sure it doesn't fall victim to an army of follower bots.

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12 Ways To Encourage More Diversity In The Agency World

There's been a lot of industry talk recently around diversity and inclusion. And rightfully so: Having a diverse team is important for many reasons, including the ability to envision, discuss and brainstorm ideas or campaigns from many different perspectives. But there's more work that needs to be done to balance out the playing field.

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14 Apps Recommended By PR Professionals

Apps were created to make our lives easier and more organized, and in many ways they do. Apps help to make work more efficient, and this is especially true for public relations, where there's a constant juggling of clients, clips and collaboration.

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15 Clues That A Client May Not Be A Great Fit

Aside from colleagues, clients are some of the people you spend a significant amount of time with. After all, you're in business to serve your customer base. However, depending on the relationship between you and the client, sometimes the time and money aren't worth it. Since these relationships are not one-size-fits-all, you have to be careful about which clients you choose to work with in order to maximize results.

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Want To Prevent A Full-Blown PR Crisis? Follow These 12 Agency-Recommended Rules

No brand wants to get bad press, but sooner or later, some negative feedback is bound to pop up. It might be a disgruntled customer complaining on social media or a review website, or a litigious employee suing the company for a perceived injustice. Either way, it's easy for an isolated incident like this to gather steam and explode into a full-blown public relations crisis.

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When Faced With A PR Crisis, Follow These Tips From Agency Pros

Every company must be prepared for the possibility of a public relations crisis. Whether it's a data breach, an executive scandal or just a bad piece of press, any negative event connected to your brand requires a swift and carefully crafted response if you want to keep your reputation intact.

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Won An Award? 12 Ways To Publicize It (Without Bragging)

Winning a business award is an exciting achievement. It feels good to have your team's hard work and dedication recognized by a prestigious organization. Even more important is the fact that this award can serve as a great marketing tool if properly publicized.

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12 Strategies For Local Brands To Stay Relevant On Facebook

The social media giant has vowed to make local news a priority, making your ability to reach your local customer base through the platform a little more difficult in the future. You need to be proactive in your approach and consider that you have news to present as well. Keeping your posts about information that is locally concentrated and topical for your community can ensure you get the results you are looking for with Facebook without abandoning for another medium.

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Four Things To Consider Before Putting Up Your Price Tag

Most business owners get into business to make money, profit-seeking business owners welcome cost-based pricing for its straightforward path to calculating profit. All they need to focus on is targeting a sales price that is a markup over cost. Some business owners, however, possess a price sensitivity that leads them to assume their customers share in that trait. Combining price sensitivity with a desperate need to succeed, lead some to the misconception that they need to charge just enough to turn a profit. In either case, the problem is: there is more to pricing than just cost.

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10 SEO Trends That Will Influence Digital Marketing

As digital marketing has grown in importance for today's businesses, so has the role of search engine optimization. SEO plays a huge role in getting people to your website, blog post, guest articles and other content assets. And if you don't play by Google's rules, you'll see your web traffic plummet.

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14 Strategies To Cut Through The Noise And Boost Brand Loyalty

Today's consumers are constantly bombarded with marketing messages on every single device they use. With this ad overload, it's become increasingly difficult for brands to stand out in a sea of competitors with similar offerings. Even if you manage to rise above the noise and reach a customer, you then face the challenge of building brand loyalty.

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11 Ways To Refresh Your Company's Image Without A Full Rebrand

When a company makes a significant change to its core product offering, it may make sense to launch a rebranding campaign to let existing customers — and the new ones it's targeting — know about its new focus. However, a full-on rebrand takes a lot of time, effort and resources, and your business may not have the bandwidth or desire for this massive undertaking.

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12 Ways To Expand An Influencer's Relationship With Your Brand

Leveraging influencers is a popular option for brands to develop a fanbase for their products and services. While these influencers are an excellent way to reach out to consumers via social media, social platforms aren't the only way to work with an influencer to promote your brand. Collaborative areas, including joint events and contests, are excellent options for reaching out, as is allowing influencers to share "behind the scenes" moments related to your organization or services.

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13 Agency Pros Share The Most Important Career Lesson They've Learned

The wisest people know that no matter how experienced they are, they're never done learning. Some learning is formal, like earning a degree, taking an online course or participating in a training workshop. Other learning happens as you reflect on your day-to-day life, and it can sometimes teach you the most valuable lessons of all.

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15 Best Practices For Your New Company Blog

By now, most brands know that content marketing is an essential part of a company's overall strategy. A company blog presents a huge opportunity to establish your industry expertise and extend your audience reach through social sharing. You might even see some ROI on your blog posts if you do it right.

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Need To Let A Client Go? Here's How To Do It Professionally

It can happen to even the best agencies: You sign a client only to discover that your working relationship is less than ideal. Whether the client is demanding and difficult or you're simply exhausted by the projects you have to do for them, you can see that it's no longer worth your time and energy to continue working together.

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How To Craft The Ideal User Persona For Your Brand

Creating personas for the different users or customers interested in — and buying — your products can be a beneficial way to understand and recognize the likes and dislikes of a consumer group. Every company should take the time to evaluate who its typical (and atypical) customers are and what needs you should target to get their business.

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12 SEO Trends Heating Up 2018

If your business isn't taking advantage of using SEO strategies on its website, blogs and social media pages, you're missing the boat in terms of ranking your business in internet searches. SEO is one of the most effective ways to ensure your customers find your business and buy your products.

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15 Ways To Increase Brand Loyalty And Retain Your Customer Base

Developing your company brand is key to driving customers to your business. The more a consumer resonates with your brand, the more likely they are to buy from you again. Creating this loyal following of customers can ensure continued success and help drive sales of your company’s products and services forward.

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