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Catchy vs. Clickbait

Posted by Jasmine Lee on Dec 12, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Imagine you're scrolling through Facebook and you come across an online retailer that is selling a product you fall in love with. Not only do you love the product, but you see that it is half the price of others like it, sold at similar stores. You click on the ad (because you just can't resist) to see that this newly discovered retailer has terrible reviews and it will take 2-6 weeks for you to recieve any kind of order from them. This, my friend, is an example of clickbait. 

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Topics: Brand Marketing, Advertising

The Importance of Social Media Analytics

Posted by Don Crow on Dec 7, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Social Media has given individuals an unprecedented level of authority when it comes to shaping the business narrative. Even casual readers of the Verge Pipe Media blog over the past seven years know that we embrace using social media in all phases of the buyer's journey. New readers have no doubt noticed on their own the outbound marketing days meant the marketers were in charge, dictating what products and services we were exposed to through massive spends on TV, print, radio, spam, direct mail and telemarketing.

Those days are gone but not forgotten based on the number of organizations we still see spending money on dumb s&*t. But you don't have to be in that group! A great way to start leveling up is to take what you have from all of your social media and online platforms and understand the importance of social media analytics.

Photo by Burak Kebapci from Pexels 

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Topics: Social Media Strategy, social media analytics

Don't Take December Off: Starting the First Quarter Strong

Posted by Nikki Butler on Dec 5, 2017 12:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Inbound Marketing

How to Handle Negative Feedback on Social Media

Posted by Caroline Daley on Nov 30, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Imagine how nice it would be to live in a world where negative comments and "haters" didn't exist. As nice as that would be, it's unfortunately not our reality. There are countless benefits to having your business on social media, but the cold hard truth is that if you're on social media, you're going to recieve negative feedback at some point. It's important to know how to handle negative feedback on social media so that when it does happen, you'll know what to do. 

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Topics: Social Media, feedback, negative feedback, customer service

Social Media Influencers: Are They Worth It?

Posted by Jasmine Lee on Nov 28, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Influencers are defined as: "Individuals who have the power to affect purchase decisions of others because of their (real or perceived) authority, knowledge, position, or relationship..."  Online Business Dictionary. So what is a social media influencer, you may ask? A social media influencer is someone with a large following, typically thousands of people, who advertises your product or service on one or more of their social media platforms. 

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Topics: Social Media, influencers

Three Ways to Incorporate Chatbots in Higher Ed

Posted by Don Crow on Nov 14, 2017 12:00:00 AM

If you don't really know what a "chatbot" is, don't worry. Many people don't know them by that name, but chances are great that you've interacted with, or engaged in an online activity with a bot. If you do know what a chatbot is, but haven't considered it functional in Higher Ed just yet, I hate to tell you that you're already behind.

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Topics: higher ed, chatbots

What a Job in Inbound Marketing Can Teach You Regardless of Major

Posted by Melissa Cook on Nov 9, 2017 12:00:00 AM

As someone who has always answered the cliché “so what is your major” question with a sigh and a long explanation, I’m used to having to explain the value in having such an interdisciplinary major. For a little background on myself, I am studying Natural Resource Management, Communication, and Hunger Studies. (Which according to @CodyLunsford_ means I’m the mayor of Zootopia or a professional tree hugger with a few other things mixed in…) So where does marketing fit in? To most people, I would appear to be vastly underqualified to work in marketing as I have no formal education on it, but a job in social media and inbound marketing is about so much more than formal marketing education.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Internships

The Numbers Game: Attracting Students through Social Media

Posted by Nikki Butler on Nov 7, 2017 12:00:00 AM
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Topics: student engagement, university engagement

Benefits of a Facebook Group Versus a Facebook Page

Posted by Cody Lunsford on Nov 2, 2017 12:00:00 AM

 

When you’re scrolling through Facebook, you’re getting content from a variety of different sources on Facebook. Some of it, obviously, is coming from the people you are friends with. Other content comes from Facebook Groups or Facebook Pages. If you’re trying to reach an audience, which one should you use? What are the benefits of a Facebook Group versus a Facebook Page? It depends on what you’re trying to do with your audience. Let’s dive in.

Facebook Group

Facebook Groups were originally created so you could connect with people from your graduation class so you could plan your ten year reunion, but they have started to serve a different purpose. Podcasts primarily have started using Facebook Groups as a way to create a sense of community between listeners.

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Top 5 Must-Have Apps for College Students

Posted by Caroline Daley on Oct 31, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Recently we mentioned how convenience has changed the student experience through the use of apps and other technology. Students don't just want a convenient college experience, they expect it. The right apps can make college students' lives much easier and more convenient, so it's important to be aware of the helpful resources that are available to you. As a senior, I've used my fair share of apps during my college career, and I would like to think that I've narrowed down the apps that are worthy of taking up precious storage on your phone. So here are our picks for the top 5 must-have apps for college students:

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Topics: higher ed, student engagement

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