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You know how they say, “Someone’s always watching.”? Well, that same idiom goes for social media and online marketing. And that person “always watching” is me (along with the rest of Team Exakt)! I wanted to put together a list of my top social media pet peeves so anyone out there who is also watching and perhaps, exploring and evolving can take a step back to look at their brand on social media.

  1. Unresponsive Brands- If you have someone capable of tweeting or scheduling tweets, Screen shot 2013-09-19 at 1.19.43 PMthey should be able to respond or at the very least, throw me a ‘favorite’. Push notifications make Twitter very user friendly! Red Bull Tampa rocks on social media.
  2. Untimely Brand Posts- If I’m checking my social media accounts in the morning (as I always do… morning routines FTW) and I see your happy hour specials at 7 a.m., I’m uninterested. Let’s see those specials 1 hour or less before they start. Like many others, I have a lot going on each day and I’m going to forget about your specials or event postings if they come earlier than your business even opens. Plus, those awesome happy hour specials that you’re posting will get lost in the abyss that is the news feed.
  3. Facebook Links on Twitter- You may have, at one point in time, scratched your head and thought, “My Facebook fans are much different than my Twitter followers.” And you thought right! Connecting your Facebook to Twitter may seem convenient but it is not attractive in the least. Facebook allows you to bare your soul and be as descriptive as possible with your posts while Twitter does not (140 characters or bust, baby). Twitter users are kind of like Jimmy Johns customers, they like it fast. Get your message out there and put a creative brain behind it so it sounds awesome and you can rack up those retweets! I solemnly swear to never click a Facebook link on Twitter, who’s with me??
  4. Automated Direct Messages on Twitter- I truly dread seeing a direct message notification pop up because 80% of the time it’s a spambot telling me how they lost 15 pounds (by the way, I report you!) and the other 20% it’s from an account that has a populated Followers list. Either way, I don’t care about that message and I know there are others who support the idea that this technique of thanking your followers is an annoyance. You know what will really say, “Thank you for following me, we think you’re awesome too!”? An interaction.
  5. Brands Stealing Photos- I know at this point in the Internet’s life, all photos seem “up for grabs” but something just makes me want to hide when I see a brand using a photo that isn’t theirs. First of all, copyrights do still exist. Second, many a time I see these photos they’re not even good quality or they’re in poor taste. Be honest: Did that stolen meme or “someecards” image really sell a bottle of wine at your restaurant the day of posting? I get that for some business owners who are also running their social media, it’s important to get your personality across so your brand doesn’t look dull. I just think there are better ways to accomplish that and social media is after all, a form of restaurant marketing.

I hope that these social media pet peeves have helped you or at the very least entertained you! If you think I’m way off or have a bigger pet peeve to share, let’s tweet about it.

P.S.- Red Bull Tampa Bay did end up bringing Red Bull to the office! Thanks again!

As the popularity of social media continues to skyrocket in 2013, more and more companies are joining in. If you are the owner of a company, a social media presence can be a great opportunity for you to get in touch with customers. Being on social media sites means much more than simply having a page. During my time as a Social Media Marketing Intern at Exakt Marketing, I have learned crucial strategies we use so our clients can harvest the benefits of social media while avoiding social media flops. Here are three strategies that Exakt uses to make our clients’ social media presence blossom:

1.      Stay True to You: Every brand, like an individual, is unique with its own personality and tone. This is reflected in a brand’s audience. Something that customers of one company get excited about could seem dull to another company’s audience. We take a strong look at each client’s followers, determine who we are talking to and figure out what would interest them. It is important in social media to be authentic when managing a brand’s personality. For some clients it is appropriate to make jokes or talk about pop culture while others can be more professional. No matter who the client is, knowing who their audience is and what will draw their attention is a must.

2.      Make Conversation: Social media is a different experience than traditional media like television or radio because it is inherently interactive. This is why many people enjoy social media; they know that they can avoid advertisements. In order to not seem pushy, we make sure to use a conversational approach with our clients’ customers. We are able to engage customers by providing them with information as well as responding to comments and posts. Making conversation with customers illustrates that the brand is likeable and approachable.

3.      Keep It Interesting: If what you posting isn’t interesting, it will get lost in your audience’s news feed. In a worst-case scenario, people who at one time chose to follow your posts would “un-like” and move on. One of the first things I learned at Exakt was to put my posts through a ‘why would I care?’ test before sending them to the Internet. While our clients are on social media to promote their brand, we recognize that it is important not to bombard your audience with ad-like posts. If I know a certain audience is interested in television or music, I can catch their attention through common interests and engage them rather than commanding them to buy a product.

Think your company’s social media could use some revamping? Contact Exakt Marketing and find out exactly what we can do for you!

As a senior in college, and a current intern at Exakt I know first hand the pressures of the competitive job market and the stresses of trying to get a foot in the door. With over a thousand students graduating from my university this year alone, the biggest question on my mind is: How do I make myself stand out? Just having a degree in hand no longer seems like enough. I believe the answer to this question lies in creativity and personal branding, which might be able to take a resume from the middle of the stack to the top of the pile.

With the modern explosion of social media outlets such as LinkedIn and Twitter, there are more opportunities then ever before to get in direct contact with potential employers. Some innovative individuals are using these opportunities to break away from the conventional resume and cover letter in order to get themselves hired.

One great example is Philippe Dubost, a Web Product Manager from France who was interested in finding new career opportunities abroad. He made himself stand out by turning his online resume into a strikingly accurate mock Amazon webpage, which allows potential employers to read his ‘ratings and reviews’ or contact him by clicking ‘add to cart.’ This resume speaks for itself as it bursts with creative potential and expresses Dubost’s unique personality. Rather then being dull and overlooked, his resume went viral and resulted in more then 1,000,000 page views and over 100 job offers throughout Europe and Asia.

Another creative job seeking effort comes from Steven Severn who used social media to go after his dream job at Saatchi & Saatchi. Severn used Facebook advertisements titled ‘Saatchi Hire me!’ to promote his personal LinkedIn page and targeted the advertisements to show up on current Saatchi & Saatchi employee’s newsfeeds. Spending only $3.43 in advertising costs, the technique scored Severn an interview with his dream company.

It seems that in order to compete with the high number of people searching for jobs today, one may need to think outside the traditional resume and cover letter box to get noticed. With interactive social media and other new developing technologies, the possibilities for inspiration seem endless. Especially when looking to work in a creative field it may be helpful to let your resume truly showcase your talents and personality.

Have you seen any interesting, creative or outlandish resumes? Would you hire someone who used a creative approach or do you believe traditional methods still reign supreme? Leave a reply and let us hear your opinion!

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