The Future of Marketing

The Future of Marketing

By: Kylie Stanley, PR Technician

When you put hundreds of marketing professionals together, what do you get? Content Entrepreneur Expo (CEX)! CEX is the in-person event for serious content creators interested in building and growing their content-first businesses.

Throughout the two days of CEX, the conference was filled with education on topics from AI, understanding your audience and the digital landscape. This was my first ever CEX, and the conference was a learning experience. Even though I’m not a content creator, the information is still valuable to our field of study and recognizing trends that we might want to participate in. In this blog post, I’m going to recap some of the knowledge I learned from CEX and how it affects the future of marketing.

AI

The big takeaway from the conference was AI! Almost all the speakers mentioned AI in some capacity. From all the speeches, AI took center stage, emphasizing its transformative impact on marketing strategies. AI has truly expanded over the last couple of years and now has many sites where you can get help with writing, video editing, podcasting and more. AI is no longer a distant concept but a substantial force reshaping the marketing world. AI can empower marketers to tailor their strategies for their audience and can drive growth and engagement. I thought it was very interesting to learn how we can have a relationship with AI to benefit our businesses and streamline our work. Since AI has truly grown over the last year, I’m sure we will see even more advancements by the end of the year.

Audience

Connecting with your audience in 2024 is crucial to driving results and building a strong relationship. In 2024, adapting to your audience needs is important in achieving your goals and gaining a platform. One of the key takeaways we learned was using an audience first mindset. This mindset focuses on building your strategy around your audience while leveraging key insights and metrics. Using this strategy can increase your added value and help you build trust with your audience instead of focusing on receiving attention.

Growing your Brand

Understanding where your brand is headed and the vision you’re trying to communicate is vital in creating goals to help grow your brand. First, look at all the platforms that your audience is on and how your brand can reach them. AI and connecting with your audience like I’ve mentioned before are two ways that can help grow your brand. At CEX, I learned that businesses for tomorrow are being built today, so we need to optimize our content. One way to optimize your content is using the repurposing pipeline. With all the different platforms like Instagram, YouTube Shorts, LinkedIn and more, it’s important to repurpose your content to fit on every platform. Your audience could be different on each of these platforms, so getting the message out about your brand is important.

Attending CEX was a fun experience that exceeded my expectations. Despite not being a content creator myself, the knowledge shared at the event was valuable for understanding the evolving landscape of marketing. From how the role of AI is revolutionizing marketing strategies to audience centered approaches and growing your brand. I’m excited to take what I learned from the conference and apply them within my work.

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Mastering the Art of Strategic Planning

Mastering the Art of Strategic Planning

Following is a guest post from our friends over at Long & Short of It, masters of ideation, customer insights and market research. They like to say they “dig and find lots of data and then turn it into actionable insights.” Following is their guest post. 

A well-crafted strategic plan is the roadmap that guides your organization from its current state to its desired future. But how do you ensure your plan is robust, actionable, and aligned with your vision? The key lies in a skillfully executed strategic planning session or series of sessions.

Whether you’re developing a new plan or refreshing an existing one, these sessions provide a structured framework for bringing diverse perspectives together, fostering open dialogue, and creating a shared understanding of your organization’s objectives, strategies, and tactics.

Bringing in someone outside the organization to facilitate allows everyone to participate and it ensures the sessions run smoothly, on time, and accomplish the goal of creating a plan. No side tracking here.

Whether you bring in someone or go it alone, here’s a step-by-step guide to mastering the art of strategic planning:

1. Define Your Objective

Begin by clearly articulating what you want to achieve. Is it increasing market share, launching a new product line, or expanding into untapped territories? This objective will serve as the North Star, guiding every subsequent discussion and decision. 

2. Gather Insights

Make sure the team has a deep understanding of the organization’s current state. This may involve analyzing financial performance, studying customer data, and evaluating the competitive landscape. These insights will inform the strategies and tactics.

3. Develop Strategies

With your objective and insights in hand, it’s time to map out your strategies – the “how” of achieving your goal. Craft broad yet clear strategies, each with a line of sight to the desired outcome.

4. Break It Down Into Tactics

Once your strategies are defined, break them down into actionable tactics. These are the tangible steps that will bring your plan to life, complete with assigned owners, timelines, and measurable key performance indicators (KPIs).

5. Align and Commit

Throughout the sessions, ensure everyone is on the same page, addressing any misalignments or concerns. By the end, your team should be fully committed to the plan, with a shared understanding of their roles and responsibilities.

6. Plan for Execution

But the plan isn’t complete without a clear plan for execution. Establish regular check-ins, accountability measures, and a process for monitoring progress and making necessary adjustments.

The true value of these strategic planning sessions lies in their ability to bring diverse perspectives together, foster open dialogue, and create a sense of ownership and buy-in from everyone involved.

So, gather your team, roll up your sleeves, and contact us to facilitate this transformative journey. With a well-crafted strategic plan in hand, you’ll be equipped to navigate challenges, seize opportunities, and propel your organization towards its vision of success. Let’s do this!

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Why Create Content Calendars?

Why Create Content Calendars?

By Kylie Stanley, PR Technician

In the fast-paced world of social media, staying organized and strategic is crucial for success. With countless platforms to manage, diverse content to create, and an ever-changing digital landscape to navigate, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed without a clear plan in place. A content calendar helps your content creation process, maximizing efficiency and driving results. In this blog, we’ll explore why you should create a content calendar and how it can benefit your business.

Consistency

One of the most significant benefits of a social media calendar is that it helps you maintain consistency in your posting schedule. By mapping out your content in advance, you can plan out the type of content you’ll be posting to keep your audience engaged. Consistent posting helps you stay on top for your brand and plan for future posts.

Strategic Planning and Alignment

A content calendar enables you to take a strategic approach to your content by planning out product posts, holidays and messaging in advance. By aligning your social media efforts with your overall goals, you can ensure that your content supports your objectives and drives results. Additionally, having a visual overview of your content calendar allows you to identify gaps, overlaps and opportunities for optimization.

Efficiency and Time Management

Creating a social media calendar allows you to optimize your time more effectively. By having an idea of what you’re posting each month, you can work more efficiently and avoid last-minute scrambling. This will free up valuable time needed and allows you to focus on other aspects of your business.

Adaptability and Flexibility

While a social media calendar provides structure and guidance, it also allows for flexibility and adaptability in response to audience feedback or product delays. Having a planned content calendar doesn’t mean you’re locked into the schedule or unable to pivot when necessary. Instead, it provides a framework that allows you to adjust and iterate based on changing circumstances, ensuring that your content remains relevant and responsive to your audience’s needs and interests.

Improved Collaboration and Communication

For teams or individuals working collaboratively on social media content, a calendar serves as a central hub for planning coordination and communication. By sharing a common calendar, team members can stay aligned on upcoming initiatives, track progress and collaborate more effectively. This fosters a sense of accountability, transparency and teamwork, leading to smoother execution and better outcomes.

Creating a content calendar is a smart investment of time and can benefit your overall goals. From maintaining consistency and strategic planning to improving efficiency and collaboration, a well-crafted calendar can be a game-changer for your social media efforts. So, if you haven’t already, it’s time to start planning and organizing a well-executed social media calendar.

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The Power of Using YouTube

The Power of Using YouTube

By Kylie Stanley, PR Technician

In today’s digital age, where attention spans are shorter than ever and competition is fierce, companies must continually seek innovative ways to connect with their audience. YouTube is an online video platform and a powerhouse for content creators and businesses alike. In this blog, we’ll explore why companies should embrace YouTube in their marketing strategy and how harnessing the power of video can drive success.

Massive Reach and Global Audience

With over two billion logged-in monthly users, YouTube has a massive and diverse audience spanning the globe. By establishing a presence on YouTube, companies can tap into this vast audience pool and reach potential customers wherever they may be. Especially within the trades, where users are constantly searching for how-tos and information on products.

Engagement and Interaction

Unlike traditional forms of advertising, YouTube offers unparalleled opportunities for engagement and interaction with its audiences. Through likes, comments, shares and subscriptions, companies can foster meaningful connections with viewers, cultivate brand loyalty and spark conversations around their products or services. Additionally, features like live streaming enable real-time engagement, allowing companies to connect with their audience in more dynamic and authentic ways.

Visual Storytelling and Brand Building

Video is a powerful medium for storytelling, enabling companies to convey their brand message and values in a visually compelling way. Whether through product demonstrations, behind-the-scenes glimpses or customer testimonials, companies can leverage YouTube to build awareness, inform their customers and differentiate themselves from competitors.

SEO Benefits and Increased Visibility

As the second largest search engine in the world (after Google, its parent company), YouTube offers significant SEO benefits for companies looking to increase their online visibility. By optimizing video titles, descriptions, tags and thumbnails with relevant keywords, companies can improve their rankings in YouTube search results and attract more organic traffic to their channel.

YouTube represents a dynamic tool for companies looking to elevate their marketing efforts and connect with consumers in meaningful ways. By leveraging the platform’s massive reach, engagement opportunities, visual storytelling capabilities and SEO benefits, companies can expand their brand presence, drive sales, and build lasting relationships with their audience.

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Hug a Plumber Day

Hug a Plumber Day

By: Kylie Stanley, PR Technician

Did you know that “Hug a Plumber Day” takes place on April 25? Every year, this day is a reminder to celebrate plumbers as they typically don’t receive enough credit for their work.

From late-night emergencies to routine maintenance, these professionals handle it with dedication and expertise. From tackling over-flowing toilets to stubborn clogs, they spare us from inconvenience and frustration.

Without plumbers, our world wouldn’t be sanitary or operating. At Sonnhalter, we are thankful for the hard work and commitment that plumbers have. We’ve had the opportunity to see plumbers at work and have heard their stories. Plumbers do so much more than unclog drains and fix leaky faucets. It’s plumbers who install the miles of piping that make hot, cold and process water and gas utilities possible.

As we celebrate Hug a Plumber Day, let’s remember that our appreciation extends beyond a single day. Let’s strive to recognize and honor the vital role plumbers play in our lives. To all the plumbers out there–Thank you. Together we shower you with gratitude.

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Understanding Social Media Analytics

Understanding Social Media Analytics

By Kylie Stanley, PR Technician

Understanding the importance of social media analytics is key to unlocking maximum success for your business. Every like, share and comment helps companies to leverage their content and gain valuable insights to their audience, content performance and overall strategy. In this blog, we will dive into social media analytics and why they’re crucial for maximizing impact and achieving your goals.

Understanding Your Audience

Social media analytics provide you with audience demographics and behaviors that can aid you in content creation. By knowing metrics such as age, gender, location and interests, you can have a deeper understanding of who your audience is and what resonates with them. This information will allow you to tailor your content to better meet their needs, increase engagement and build stronger relationships with your community.

Evaluating Content Performance

Analyzing your social media performance and engagement is essential to maximizing your content with your audience. By examining metrics such as shares, comments, link clicks and likes, you can identify trends and patterns in your content performance. For example, you can see when the best posting times are for your business and what type of content performs the best, like products, behind-the-scenes or company news. Knowing these insights will help you to refine your content strategy, focus on what works best and optimize future posts.

Monitoring Brand Awareness

Brand reputation is everything in 2024, and social media analytics allow you to monitor your brand awareness or also commonly called brand sentiment. You can track mentions, tagging and comments of what people are saying about your company or products. By listening to what people are saying about your brand online, you can address any issues or concerns in a timely manner and foster a positive brand image.

Making Strategic Decisions

Ultimately, social media analytics empower you to make informed strategic decisions that drive results. Adjusting your content strategy allows you to make confident decisions that are backed by real evidence. This approach to social media development ensures that your company is constantly improving and staying ahead of the curve of the ever-changing social media platforms.

In conclusion, social media analytics are not just numbers on a screen – they are powerful tools for driving growth, engagement and success. By leveraging analytics to understand your audience, evaluate content performance, monitor brand awareness and inform strategic decision-making, you can unlock the full potential of your social media presence and achieve your goals. So, don’t overlook the importance of social media analytics – dive in, explore, and let the data guide your journey to success.

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