- Muted Color Palettes
- Heavy but simple fonts
And Branded Animations: Creating a unique, branded GIF is an easy way to get ahead of your competitors in 2020. Not only will the GIF be completely unique to you – meaning no competitors can copy it – but it also helps build a better brand association.
5 Social Media Graphic Design Trends You Need To Know For 2020
Want to stand out on social media this year, or just create better social media graphics? Try tapping into these graphic design trends.
The pro’s and con’s of inhousing (June 2019)
Moving marketing in-house: More control and speed or not worth the hassle? – Digiday
Brands taking marketing in-house has turned into quite the movement over the last year.
Bayer saved at least $10 million after taking programmatic in-house – Digiday
Two years after Bayer began to bring programmatic buying in-house, the pharmaceutical marketer isn’t looking back. After stripping out the GroupM agency…
“reflecting a broader #trend in recent years where more #creative, #social media and #digital marketing operations are shifting away from agencies to #internal teams.”
Report: Why Nike, Mars and others are taking influencer marketing in-house
More brands are shunning third parties and creating internal teams to gain greater control over campaigns and talent, according to Digiday.
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“How the streaming giant presents itself as a TV and movie super fan and uses meme-able, self-aware social media content to keep us watching more.”
“two significant goals for 2019. The first is to engage more on Reddit, where its presence is scarcest. The second is to bring more of its meme-happy approach into the real world, to merge the social energy with unique, in-the-flesh experiences that can then be turned into more social content.”
“This week from the greatest hits, an issue we need to work on: caring less about what other people think of us.
This post introduces The Social Survival Mammoth—the primitive part of our brain that is obsessed with fitting in and being liked and terrified of being excluded, embarrassed, or talked badly about behind our backs.
In the first part of the post, we talk about the mammoth and how his booming voice in our heads drowns out another character who speaks more quietly: our Authentic Voice. In the second part of the post, we look at why the Mammoth is actually very dumb and how, with the right amount of self-awareness, he can be tamed.”
#genZ quits #social: “Largely because of the effect social media has on their mental health. The study states that sixty-four percent of Generation Z is taking a break from at least one social media platform, while thirty-four percent is leaving permanently.”
How to handle the changes in algorithms and what it means for your content
1. What’s going to go viral, will go viral: focus on creating high-quality content
2. Understand the full picture of personal sharing. Like we mentioned, only a fraction of shares will come from your Facebook Page. You need to understand the full scope of who is sharing your content, and when and where
3. Diversify. Other platforms are becoming ideal for distribution, like LinkedIn and messaging apps
4. Cultivate a community. Whether it’s through Facebook Groups, your social accounts, or online, and offline, you want your audience to both trust your content and come to you as part of their daily routine, rather than passively
5. Start a conversation. When we spoke to ATTN:’s co-founder, Matthew Segal, he told us, “We try to approach through a conversational viewpoint. We obsess over giving context to issues as opposed to just summarizing ‘here’s what happened today’, or giving a partisan viewpoint. What does this mean for you, why should you care, and how can we make this as entertaining as possible?”
6. Find the emotional threads. Social is inherently emotional. Find the stories that provoke strong feelings in your audience, and tease out those super-charged moments on social
- In the past year, 40 percent of YouTube users turned to the platform to learn more about a product before they bought it. – Google
- 52 percent of consumers are likely to switch brands if a company doesn’t make an effort to personalize communications to them. – Salesforce
- Within six months after an omnichannel shopping experience, customers logged 23 percent more repeat shopping trips to the retailer’s stores and were more likely to recommend the brand to family and friends more so than those who used a single channel. – Harvard Business Review
- In 2021, 53.9 percent of all retail e-commerce is expected to be generated via m-commerce (i.e., on mobile devices). – Statista
And when interacting with brands in between purchases, they’re looking to be inspired, entertained, and informed.
Fashion Content Marketing 2018: Top Trends + Leading Brands
HEINEKEN: FANS OF THE WORLD
Heineken has a huge online presence. But the truth was, it hasn’t always behaved on social media quite like the premium, cosmopolitan brand it was in real life. So a planner, an art director and a writer sat down with a bunch of blank cards. Which turned into content formats. Which turned into a global production machine that helped make the brand a little more relevant to the everyday (social) lives of its drinkers.
Great research on how to take a stand on social media as a brand. And the impact of the CEO on this subjects. (last half of the research)
- People want brands to take stands on important issues, and social media is the place for it. Two-thirds of consumers (66%) say it’s important for brands to take public stands on social and political issues, and more than half (58%) are open to this happening on social media – the top channel for consumer receptivity.
- Brands can’t change minds, but they can effect change. Sixty-six percent of respondents say posts from brands rarely or never influence their opinions on social issues. Rather, respondents believe brands are more effective on social media when they announce donations to specific causes (39%) and encourage followers to take specific steps to support causes (37%), such as participating in events or making their own donations.
- Liberals are galvanized by brands that take stands, while conservatives are indifferent. Seventy-eight percent of respondents who self-identify as liberal want brands to take a stand, while just about half (52%) of respondents who self-identify as conservative feel the same. Likewise, 82% of liberals feel brands are credible when taking stands, compared to just 46% of conservatives.
- Relevance is key to reception. Consumers say brands are most credible when an issue directly impacts their customers (47%), employees (40%) and business operations (31%).
- Brands face more reward than risk. Consumers’ most common emotional reactions to brands taking a stand on social were positive, with intrigued, impressed and engaged emerging as the top three consumer reactions. Likewise, when consumers’ personal beliefs align with what brands are saying, 28% will publicly praise a company. When individuals disagree with the brand’s stance, 20% will publicly criticize a company.