2018 started off pretty rough on social media, to be honest. In less than two months, people started eating Tide Pods (#SMH) and Facebook announced its algorithm update.
While the prior will hopefully fade as soon as humanly possible, the latter is only going to get worse. Brands’ organic reach on Facebook is slowly on the decline, and according to an AdAge article in 2014, Facebook representatives were quoted as saying that organic reach will eventually reach zero.
Continue reading There’s No Such Thing As Free Social Media
What were some of your favorite stories from childhood? We’re willing to bet there were some excellent life lessons hidden inside those tales. But … what about examples of how to be better at your marketing job?
Children’s literature is full of colorful characters, heroes and villains, mischief makers, and creative geniuses. It was pretty easy to think of fictional figures with some mad marketing skills.
Continue reading 8 Amazing Marketers from Your Favorite Children’s Books
Within the walls of Element, 2017 proved to be one heck of a great year! Not only did we celebrate our 14th year in business, welcome ten new team members, and promote three rock star employees … three of our teammates also welcomed new babies into their families and one got engaged!
And, while all that went down, we were here SLEIGHING AWAY at lead-generating social snippets, all-encompassing content marketing strategies, website overhauls, jaw-dropping design pieces, and astonishing public relations wins.
Continue reading 12 Marketing Projects that are Awesome AF
Our content marketing strategist, Kasey, has quite the way with words … that’s why we recently promoted him to director of content marketing! That’s a pretty big deal if you ask us.
A director of content marketing’s brain can sometimes be an … interesting place. To find out what type of language bounces around inside Kasey’s brain, we had him play a little game we like to call “What’s Inside Kasey’s Head?” (better known as word association).
Continue reading What’s Inside Kasey’s Head?
Ever been to the website BabyCenter.com? If you’ve had a baby in the last few years there’s a good chance you used it while looking for answers to parenting questions.
Did you catch that Q&A with Daniel Craig about being James Bond? It was on The Red Bulletin. Are you taking the kids to see the Lego Ninjago movie that’s based on the building sets and TV show and has tons of other merchandise?
Branded content is a way to produce advertising and marketing material that provides appropriate value to a target audience while raising brand awareness and promoting a brand, product, or service at the same time.
Continue reading Do You Need Branded Content or a Content Brand?
Element believes in supporting the local business community and developing actionable strategies that impact companies’ bottom lines. That’s why we were thrilled when asked to share ways Wisconsin manufacturers can strategize for success at the Manufacturing First Expo & Conference. The two-day event provided local companies with insights and trends on how to grow their businesses.
Continue reading Boost Your Business with Smarter B2B Social Media Marketing
That Your Customers Find Valuable
Infographics are great tools for top- or middle-of-the-funnel content. In other words, information that helps to compel or educate decision makers. They are an efficient way of sharing a mix of content, design, and data in an easily consumable piece. They are simple to scan, and with the brain processing images 60,000 times faster than it does text, it makes sense why they can be wildly effective.
We like to think of them as “tools to help buyers buy” (not sellers sell). Your infographics could be shared throughout the internet, posted to social channels, and exist as evergreen content on your company’s website. With 57 percent of purchase decisions occurring before a customer even contacts your company, it’s the perfect piece for your customers to discover.
Continue reading 9 Tips to Create Brilliant Infographics for Content Marketing
ABC recently announced that Arie Luyendyk will anchor the next season of The Bachelor, a choice that sparked some deep water-cooler talk here at Element. We determined that the world’s most dramatic reality show offers much more than yearlong entertainment and guilty pleasures.*
The Bachelor is a veritable treasure trove of professional development resources for HR professionals – and we’re about to prove it. By the time you’re done reading this article, you’ll understand how years of watching The Bachelor have subconsciously prepared you to recruit ideal candidates. It’s almost as if Chris Harrison has been the Mr. Miyagi to your Daniel-san all along [Millennial explanation here].
Continue reading The Journey to an Ideal Hire – How to Wow Like a Contestant on The Bachelor
I know it’s been done, and probably pretty cliché, but I originally wanted to call this blog post Fear and Loathing in Cleveland. I was so in love with the idea that I started writing the lede while standing in line to board my plane in Green Bay.
“I was somewhere in the air over Chicago when the antihistamine finally kicked in … “
My trip did start in a Hunter S. Thompson-esque fashion. Nursing a mild hangover from Labor Day weekend, running late after oversleeping, un-showered with bloodshot eyeballs thanks to the ragweed in the late summer air, I was leaving Wisconsin in a fog.
That wouldn’t last long.
Continue reading 7 Moments of Clarity from Content Marketing World 2017
If the internet is that crowded downtown bar, the chatter that fills it is often about marketing best practices. Frequently, it’s dedicated to defining the difference between inbound and outbound efforts. This hubbub applies opposing descriptors to inbound and outbound: old vs. new, imminent vs. fading. Unlike other sources, we believe that both inbound and outbound marketing have a rightful place in effective strategy, with two caveats: they must be well-balanced, and work together toward your brand’s objectives.
In other words, inbound is gin and outbound is dry vermouth. Apart they’re fine, but when they’re shaken or stirred? You craft the perfect mix.
Continue reading The Master Mixologist’s Guide to Inbound and Outbound Marketing