The Social Lights x Hot Tea Installation

We collaborated with Hot Tea (Eric Rieger) a Minneapolis-based contemporary artist who uses yarn and non-destructive materials in public and private spaces, to commission this custom, jaw-dropping installation in our North Loop Minneapolis office. From London to Berlin, New York to Los Angeles, Hot Tea has gained widespread recognition for his innovative use of brightly colored yarn strands as a […]

Q&A With Our 2018 Summer Interns

Each summer, we welcome an intern (or two!) into the fold. Under our Training Manager’s tutelage, they explore the world of social media. Who better to answer questions about the internship program than the interns themselves?

3 Overlooked Ways to Improve Your Social Listening

There’s a lot of noise on social media. We know you hear it, but are you listening? By tuning in and listening to your audience, you can start to get a better sense of what they relate to and, in turn, how to relate to them. It sounds daunting, but being able to hone in […]

4 Ways Brands Can Stay Relevant on Social Media

By Fatin Omerabi Things are ever-changing in the social media landscape. It seems as though the only constant is change. The struggle for brands to capitalize on the vast audiences spread across numerous platforms directly stems from the pace of change. Social media evolves as quickly as it expands. Blink and you’ll miss the newest […]

What the Instagram API Changes Mean for Every Social Media Marketer

By Gina Vo Let’s start by reminiscing about Spring 2016. Crying Jordan got photoshopped onto just about anyone suffering a great roast, Beyoncé served us Lemonade, and many were enjoying Drake’s Views. An API apocalypse was also approaching. Hitting the social world like a ton of bricks, Instagram announced that they planned to implement an algorithm […]

The Complete Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Brand’s Social Media Presence

By Jessi Russell Let’s dust off your profiles, assess your goals, and refresh your content strategy. Yep. Even your social media accounts need a dose of spring cleaning. So, what the heck is spring cleaning for social media (and why should you care)? Like with your personal life, spring cleaning on social media is about […]

5 Ways Travel Brands Are Taking Off On Social

Admit it: no matter the time of year, your social media feed flows with friends posting about their recent vacations, dragging out travel photos with the caption “take me back.” The travel bug never ceases to bite, and several travel brands learned how to keep fans coming back, or rather leaving again, for more. But […]

Engaging with Gen Z on Social Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

How do you connect with those darned Gen Z’ers? Working with teen-facing brands, we hear that question a lot. While we don’t have a magic spell, it’s a lot simpler than you’ve been led to believe. As Millennials, we understand what it’s like to feel misunderstood as a generation. We don’t all expect participation trophies […]

Social Listening for Live Events: Aim for Agility

By Alli Kahle In early 2018, The Social Lights’ office transformed into the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee’s Social Media Command Center (SMCC). A team of 70+ social media-savvy volunteers lined up to monitor the Host Committee’s social channels for the ten days leading up to Super Bowl 52. The goal? Ensure that each Super […]

7 Ways to Show Your Followers a Little Love

All You Need is Love Can you feel it? There! That warm feeling coming from your computer. No, that’s not just the heat from your MacBook trying to handle the 34 tabs you have open in Chrome. It’s the love of your superfans on social media. The ones who like and comment on every post. […]