Status Update: Recapping Social Media in Q1

Social media platforms came out firing in Q1 with major announcements that are sure to make waves across social media over the coming months. From Facebook launching copycat features in its ongoing quest to be everything for its users, to the marketing world converging on social media, marketers will (or at least should) start reevaluating […]

Beyond The Platform: Shortcuts to Social Media Success

Best practices are ever-changing. Tweet with an image to increase engagement. Instagram now lets you post 16:9 photos, so fill the screen. Don’t ask for likes on Facebook. Vertical video performs better than horizontal on mobile. The weekly and monthly updates are a constant barrage that, in all honesty, aren’t always worth keeping up on. […]

Social Media Trends: Q4 | 2016

The 2016 calendar year ended with a flurry of updates from around the social sphere, with the majority of the conversation centered around community care and live video. These moves align with platforms’ consistent efforts to create a positive, authentic, and immersive experience for their users. The following is a birds-eye view of the evolving […]

A (Better) Look Ahead at Social Media in 2017

The new year brings inspiration towards self-betterment, aspirations of bucket list goals, and self-evaluations of what could be. What’s next? What do I want? Where do I want to be? How do I get there? Individuals and businesses take stock of where they’ve been and where they want to go. The same is true in […]

How to Make Instagram Shoppable

Many marketers think of Instagram as only a window gallery for their products or services, leaving sales to Facebook or AdWords. Due to Instagram not allowing clickable hyperlinks in comments or the post description, it’s an easy assumption to make, though a wrong one. Savvy marketers have figured out how to make Instagram a profitable […]

Explore the Best of Minneapolis With Minnstagram Bingo

What happens when you combine Summer 2016, Instagram enthusiasts and the beautiful city of Minneapolis? Minnstagram Bingo™, of course! The Social Lights recently launched their Summer 2016 Instagram contest, Minnstagram Bingo, to inspire Minnstagrammers to capture the most ♡-worthy photos of their beautiful city. Oh, and did we mention the winner will receive a custom […]

How to Create a Highly Entertaining Snapchat Story

Snapchat’s popularity is booming. The video and photo sharing app currently has an estimated 150 million daily users, compared to Twitter’s 140 million. And with Snapchat being the number one free app (or not far from it) in the App Store for the last few months, I’d bet that number will only rise in the […]

How Brands are Using Snapchat

  Snapchat’s growth is staggering. From May 2015 to May 2016, Snapchat video views grew from 2 billion a day to 10 billion. This tops Facebook’s 8 billion daily video views, despite Snapchat having far fewer active users. Snapchat recently surpassed Twitter with a reported 150 million daily active users compared to Twitter’s 140 million. As I […]

2016 Social Media Trends You Should Know About

Lucky for you, we’ve sorted through the digital noise to produce the 2016 Social Media Trend Report which describes the major social media updates from Q1 2016 and what they mean for your business. [slideshare id=61208607&doc=tsl2016socialmediatrendreport-160421200427] What Are the Themes From the Quarterly Trend Report? New Video Features From longer Instagram videos to the rise […]

3-Emoji Review: Giving + Blocking + Clapping

Fueling Good Is All About Giving Back Now, you can dine out AND put money towards a good cause. Yes, that means you don’t need to feel guilty about eating the whole burger. Blue Plate Gives has launched at Longfellow Grill with their own Fuel Good Machine. If you dine with Longfellow, you will receive a Blue Chip to […]