Hello, it’s your favorite furry friend here, Canuck the Moosey Mascot, and today I’m on location in none other than our Neenah office. Back in December, you tuned in as our team duked it out over the divisive topic of hashtags. Today, our public relations pros are going gambling and playing a round of PR poker to decide the best and biggest industry trend for 2018.
Continue reading PR Poker: Element’s Experts Place Their Bets for 2018
To tag or not to tag? Element’s social media experts debate it out.
[2017 Hashtag Debate, Annotated] Greetings from the Element offices at 2081 Profit Place in De Pere. I’m Canuck J. Moose of noted mascot fame, and I welcome you to the inaugural hashtag debate. We came up with a debate-specific hashtag, but couldn’t decide if we should use it or not.
Our team has designed the format: unlimited heated answers to the big question …
Hashtags: Yea or nay?
Both campaigns have agreed to these rules. The audience has pinkie-promised to remain silent. No cheers, boos, expletives, or other interruptions will be permitted, particularly from former offenders named Mike.
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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
We’ve all received them: a stiff, impersonal invitation in black serif type on white letterhead. It’s the dreaded corporate event invite, an event you need to attend … but don’t necessarily want to attend.
If you’re planning to host a corporate event for your business, whether that be a ribbon cutting, product launch, or networking event, there are ways to flip that reaction on its head. Here are 11 tips for planning and hosting a seamless, successful, and measurable corporate event—one that guests will be clamoring to attend.
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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
Ten years ago, Bridget opened a yoga studio in her small, Midwestern hometown. Back then, yoga’s popularity was on the rise and she was among the first to introduce it to her community. Before long, she had a waiting list of students.
Flash forward to today …
There are dozens of yoga studios and other places to attend classes. Moms in yoga pants are everywhere you look, and Bridget is far from the only yogi in town. Lots of people saw the same opportunity, and even though the potential customer base for yoga has grown, her market is oversaturated. Bridget needs a way to differentiate her business from the competition.
I bet you think we’re about to suggest content marketing as the solution? Nope. In fact, digital content creators have the exact same problem as Bridget.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a coffee shop, commercial construction, or your content marketing plan, when you’re not the only player in the game, you need to find a way to stand out from the crowd.
Digital marketing strategies often fall flat because companies fail to analyze the competition’s efforts before jumping in. You must look for ways to add value and break through the noise. But how?
Continue reading How to Create Content that Cuts Through Clutter and Crushes the Competition
Picture this: you live in a small town where everyone knows everyone and nothing’s a secret. One day, Nancy has a bad experience with a clerk at the grocery store. Tales of the rogue clerk spread through book club and golf league like wildfire, and the grocer soon sees his sales plummet.
In this digital age, the web is much like that small town. Rumors take root on sites like Google Places, Yelp, and Angie’s List, and, if left unmanaged, spread and endure, damaging sales like Negative Nancy’s comment did to our poor grocer.
What to do? Some may tell you to ignore the haters and focus on what you do well. We’ll argue the opposite. The first step to effective online reputation management is embracing the negativity that comes with a digital presence.
Continue reading Online Brand Reputation Management: The Good, The Bad, and the Trolls