With 2016 fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking of your PR strategy for the coming year.
Starting an eCommerce store requires effort, and it is pertinent to start off this eCommerce venture by chalking out a systematic business plan, and then moving forth in a step-by-step fashion. A holistic and practical business plan should encompass necessary facets, such as a good team that one can easily work along with, a time frame required for the start-up venture to flourish, the investment needed etc. Moreover, it is extremely important to jot down the various risk factors involved when starting up an online store, and different solutions to counter these factors.
Social media accounts have become as important as email when it comes to communicating. And that has made it a common target in hacking schemes. It’s not just celebrities that have their accounts compromised. Hackers can steal sensitive information and photos from businesses and personal accounts, too. Some just want to take control of your account and use it for their own purposes.
Want an unhackable account? It’s almost impossible. You have to be careful about how you use your passwords, allow outside access, and use third party apps. It’s a daunting task but its worth it to get as close as possible.
Siri; it’s a name you’ve probably heard before, even if you’re not an iPhone user.
The digitized voice that almost seems to live in modern-day iPhones, Siri is designed for the purpose of helping smartphone users with various tasks. Do you want to know where the nearest Chinese food place is? Siri will be able to locate it. Are you hazy on the exact day Halloween falls on? Siri has you covered. To say the least, she’s a capable feature that Apple has been able to integrate into its devices. Unfortunately, those who aren’t tech-savvy may find themselves struggling to utilize her services.
Business Insider recently posted an article that went into detail about how a Facebook phone may be created with the help of Samsung. The story said that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg met with the vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, Lee Jay-yong. While reports like these do not necessarily confirm that Samsung will help Facebook create a phone of its own, the reports in question certainly do not make this story any less legitimate. If anything, this particular story might indicate positive news for not only Facebook but a strong portion of its user base as well.
For those who are social media savvy, it goes without saying that Google Plus has struggled. In comparison to some of the biggest social networks, with Facebook being something of a model example, it seemed as though Google’s own channel has not secured the scope of audience it desired. However, the company still sees value in the brand. The best way that this can be illustrated, in recent memory, is through its purchase of Polar.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past half a decade, you probably already understand how important social media marketing is to your business – it can play a vital role in both generating new leads and building a relationship with your current prospects and customers.
Still, in order to be able to maintain a strong social media presence, you have to stay in touch with the current trends that are developing in the social media world, and in the online world everything does change very quickly.
So for those who want to stay on top of their game and are looking for something new to build their social media campaigns around, here are some of the main trends that are currently seen in the world of social media:
If you are an app developer, you’re going to want to make sure that everyone knows about your program. The best way to do this is to hit the marketplace and see about getting your app hosted on various locations. Perhaps the most popular – and I am sure that any Internet marketing company can agree – is the App Store, operated by Apple. The many different apps on this particular marketplace are evidence of that.
However, as someone who has not only made an app but possesses the desire to get it onto a broad marketplace, you’re going to want to make sure that it goes through the approval system beforehand. In order for this to be done, here is a list of 5 guidelines you should be aware of.
Reviewing and reinforcing strong media relationships should be an important part of every PR professional’s standard routine. Connecting with media professionals is vital for anyone in a press relations role. In order to remain effective, PR professionals must constantly evaluate and re-evaluate tactics and follow guidelines for being tactful. Here are 15 tips for building strong media relationships:
Many of us are guilty of relying on our smartphones for just about everything. Sometimes they are needed, such as for those instances when you are lost and require directions in order to get back on the road; a favorite feature of mine, to put it mildly, as a driver with a poor sense of direction. However, there are many times when smartphones have become borderline addictive, as if we could not live without them. Since parents may be understandably concerned about how much their children are using their mobile devices, a mother from Houston, Texas took action.
In today’s multi-device, micro-content frenzy, there aren’t many opportunities for your audience to become thoroughly acquainted with your brand; an opportunity to really explain where you came from, and what you’re about, so when one comes along you take it with both hands.
Your About Us page is this opportunity. Maybe it’s a personal habit but whenever I come across a new website, a new potential provider for whichever service or product I’m after, I gravitate towards the About Us page. Nothing irritates me more than a site without one. It’s like finally securing a meeting with a potential client but failing to introduce yourself upon their arrival. Not only does it clarify precisely what your business offers, but for many visitors their first impression of your brand will be formed upon reading this page. Make yours count following these five points.
Either you have a small business already and haven’t done any real market research yet, or you are looking to start a new small business and want to make sure you are making the right decisions. You may not be able to afford doing interviews, focus groups, and surveys, so here are some simple and mostly free ways to do market research for your small business.
There are certain apps which push you to ask the question, “What’s the point?”
For many, this has been the case for a particular app called Yo. It’s not hard to see why, since it was originally declined from the App Store on Apple devices because of how it seemed to lack substance. In addition, it became a program that many people either criticized or made fun of; Stephen Colbert is an example of Yo being made light of.
No one can deny that Yo, in and of itself, is a very simple program. It’s functionality is as basic as messaging programs can get: all you can do is send the word, “Yo,” to friends on your mobile device. Life Before Us, the company behind Yo, stated that it could be used in order to address individuals in many situations. With App Store descriptions like, “It’s that simple. Yo,” it’s clear that the program doesn’t take itself too seriously. With only word that can be used, though, it’s apparent that many individuals have simply written off the app as nothing but a waste of space.
Is it possible that there is more potential to be had with Yo than what it’s been given credit for?
Social media is undeniably an integral part of our daily routine and brings huge benefits to both our business and personal lives. As these benefits become more apparent, an increasing number of brands and businesses are integrating social media into their overall marketing strategies. These platforms give brands a free and invaluable way to connect with clients (both current and potential), spread brand warmth, monitor competitors, manage customer service, gain customer insights and drive website traffic….so what’s not to love?
Yet, many brands are jumping feet first into the social media realm without truly understanding the basics; mainly, how to post content. This seems like a no-brainer to some people, yet many brands still don’t know the most basic and fundamental ‘rules’ of social media. Yes, social media is integral to your brand, but going out all guns blazing with no planning or strategy may in fact do more harm than good.
As of late, I’ve started to get more and more into podcasts. Even though they have been around for quite a few years, it wasn’t until recently that I started to truly understand why so many people have invested time in them. For those who don’t know what podcasts entail, think talk shows that are focused on particular interests. What this means is that if you go online and perform a search, you can find shows focused on anything from sports to social media.
With such a tremendous amount of popularity attached to podcasts, it’s obvious as to why many an Internet marketing company supports podcasts as their own separate media platforms. While social media is a great way to raise awareness, methods focused on audio shouldn’t be ignored, either. However, for those who aren’t entirely sold on the matter, here are 4 of the greatest benefits to be attained from starting a podcast of your own.
A number of months back, I went through a kick of watching nothing but Vine videos. It was easy enough to do, given the fact that each video does not even reach the ten-second mark, and I found myself impressed by the sheer creativity in many of them. It seemed like if there was any social platform that forced its users to make the most of what they had – keep in mind that it wasn’t much – it was Vine. Today, it’s hard to meet someone who hasn’t, at the very least, heard of Vine.
Never would I have thought I’d say, “Kim Kardashian’s app is closing in on $200 million.”
It’s hard to say what helps to make a mobile app popular. Whether it’s through platforms associated with Apple, Google or what have you, it’s apparent that certain programs are able to attain success easier than others. It’s what separates the “Angry Birds” of the world from the latest uninspired match-three puzzle games. What is it that helped to propel “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” to the top of the charts of iTunes? Why has it reached similar success on the Google Play store?
In order to better understand why “Kim Kardashian Hollywood” has made its way into several social existences, and gain the attention of many an Internet marketing company, a few talking points should be considered.