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Virtual Reality: Relevant in Everyday Industry

Posted by Ally Arthur on Feb 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Prevalent in the technology of today, Virtual Reality began in the late 1860's with the creation of three-dimensional murals. Since then, Virtual Reality has evolved into mainstream technology by allowing users to be immersed into seemingly real environments or settings without having to change their surroundings. Although Virtual Reality has become increasingly popular within the past year, few people in every day industries are actually consumers of the technology, which is likely due to the esteem that Virtual Reality isn’t multi-purposeful. By refuting 3 myths that surround Virtual Reality, we find that it provides every day industries with the opportunity to increase innovation through interactive learning.

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Topics: Video Content, Technology

How to Make Your Content Unique

Posted by Catherine Andrews on Feb 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Can you think of the last time you searched a topic and there weren't numerous hits for it? Neither can I. Thanks to the internet, it seems like every single subject out there has been written about one way or another and released to the public. Of course it is a privilege to have such extensive information at our fingertips, but what does it mean for your company? We all know that a great way to build brand awareness is by creating content. Well, how are we supposed to expect people to find our content when there is most likely thousands of other articles about it out there already? The answer is by creating unique content. 

Now that you know what you need to do, let's take a minute to learn how to make your content unique.

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Topics: Content Marketing

Brands Crushing Social Media Storytelling

Posted by Melissa Cook on Feb 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, visual marketing has taken the social media world by storm. Information is shown in infographic form, short, witty videos are the norm, and social platforms are becoming exceedingly more visual.

Because of this tendency towards visuals, brands haven’t been shy about using personalized visual content to promote their unique stories. These brands are crushing it on various social media platforms and deserve a shout out for their creativity:

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Topics: Social Media, visual content

[Infographic] Brands Crushing Social Media Storytelling

Posted by Melissa Cook on Feb 8, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Want to learn more about how some brands are taking this information and implementing it into their visual marketing strategy? Read the full blog here!

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Topics: visual content

How to Use Social Media Data in Higher Ed

Posted by Don Crow on Feb 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

"Data" and "Social Media Data" are words and phrases showing up everywhere today. As a Higher Education marketing and communications specialist, you may find yourself asking, "There's data everywhere, how do I know what to pay attention to?"

You're literally swimming in data if you have email lists, social media profiles, and a website. Determining what to do with all that information can be overwhelming for Higher Ed professionals and your B2B peers as well. In addition to helping you determine which social media sites you should invest time in, we also want to help you with the all important, how to use social media data in higher ed.

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Topics: social media marketing, higher ed marketing

Tech Companies That Dominated Video Marketing in 2016

Posted by Cody Lunsford on Jan 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

How many videos have you watched in the past 24 hours? I'm not talking about TV shows or movies that you have made time for and sat down specifically to watch. I'm talking about videos from friends on Facebook, brands you follow, or entertainment pages. Some of these may be accidental and you find yourself watching the video without even realizing it. Other times, you may click on a video because it's not like fifteen seconds is that much time, right?

I personally find myself watching dozens of videos each day that aren't TV episodes or movies and a good portion of it is branded material. This isn't even counting other types of video chat services like Snapchat.

Online video has become an ever present component of daily life and while some video services like Vine have faltered,  online video as a whole continues to grow as a major focus of marketing. Hubspot's State of Inbound 2016 found that 48% of marketers planned to incorporate YouTube in their marketing efforts over the next six months and 39% planned to include Facebook Video as part of their strategy. Hubspot also found that 1/3 of ALL online activity is watching video. 

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Topics: Video Marketing

[Infographic] Tech Companies That Dominated Video Marketing

Posted by Cody Lunsford on Jan 25, 2017 5:00:00 AM



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Topics: Video Marketing

Did Higher Education Embrace Inbound Marketing in 2016?

Posted by Tod Meisner on Jan 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Higher education institutions continue to lead many industries in the size of their social media audiences. This potential reach makes social media an easy and natural way to spread various messages to prospective students, current students, parents, and alumni.

Social media is also a key component to a solid Inbound Marketing strategy. So, you may think that higher education institutions are a leading the way when it comes to Inbound Marketing. But did higher education embrace inbound marketing in 2016? You may be surprised to learn they still have some work to do.

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Topics: higher education, Inbound Marketing

Did Inbound Marketing Stumble in 2016?

Posted by Don Crow on Jan 11, 2017 9:01:00 AM

Even the most casual observer of Verge Pipe Media over the past six years would probably remark, "that team is ALL IN on Inbound Marketing." And that would be a very true and informed remark. Since I left the world of outbound marketing at AOL in 2006, I have made a point to build the agency I believed the marketing world, and even the consumer of today wants deserves.

But much like my Superhero man crush, Batman, I've come to learn that Inbound Marketing is the hero the social media - mobile connected world deserves, but not always the one it needs right now.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing

Top 3 Ways an Inbound Agency Adds Value

Posted by Tod Meisner on Jan 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM
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Topics: Inbound Marketing

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