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Emerging Social Platforms

When a new social media platform comes out, there’s usually a mad rush to be the first on the platform. But using new social media platforms has advantages and disadvantages. Don’t rush into new platforms until you’re sure you can utilize them effectively. Wait, why shouldn’t you stampede to the hot, new social thing? Companies…

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Why Your Brand Should Be on Tumblr

You’ve heard of Twitter’s little blue bird, but what about Tumblr’s little white T? Tumblr is an emerging content platform that’s a blog/social media hybrid. You can post text, photos, quotes, links, music and videos – like many other social platforms. What separates Tumblr from the rest of the pack, and why should your brand…

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SHIFT Archives: The Best of Q3 2015

As each year comes to a close, we like to sneak a peek into the SHIFT archives to see our content hits and misses. When devising a content strategy for a new year, it’s important to take note of what worked (and why) to plan what’s to come next year. Want to see how to…

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Should Your Brand Be On Vine?

Vine is like the Twitter of YouTube. Both have restrictions on what used to be long-form mediums – in Twitter’s case, it’s character limit; in Vine’s case, it’s the number of seconds your video is allowed to be (it’s six, by the way). You may be wondering what these little video snippets can do for…

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5 Tips on Creating an Extraordinary YouTube Channel for Your Brand

Ah, YouTube. Seldom mentioned with major social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, yet still a household name. Many brands don’t leverage YouTube to its fullest extent – which can mean a major missed opportunity. The site boasts approximately 1 billion unique visitors each month and 6 billion hours of video watched. From a survey of…

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National Flex Day: SHIFTers Share Why They Flex

When you think of October, you probably think of falling leaves and Halloween. But October is also the month that hosts National Flex Day, a day created to motivate employers and employees to unite behind the need for more flexibility in the workplace. That day is today, October 20! According to a recent article, eighty…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Use Pinterest as a Marketing Tool

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are typically the “big three” social channels a marketer has to look for when crafting a social media strategy. But as the social media landscape changes and evolves, these may no longer be enough. Here’s the case for why you, a savvy marketer/social media manager, should add Pinterest to your company’s…

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6 Compelling Reasons Why Your Business Should Use Instagram for Marketing

As a marketer, you may feel like you’re riding a two-headed dragon by managing social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Why add another fire-breathing head like Instagram into the mix? Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all present their own unique challenges, but here’s why you should implement Instagram as a marketing tool, even if you’re already…

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Putting Your Blog to Work: 4 Milestones to Hit Before Trying to Turn Your Blog into Your Business

Blogs are like opinions — nowadays, it seems like everyone has one. College study abroad students, aspiring fashionistas, and even mothers of my friends are all people I have recently encountered who have assumed the mantle of “the blogger.” So, say you have a blog, but you want to take it to the next level…

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3 Reasons Why Social Media is One of the Most Important Marketing Tools

“Follow me on Instagram!” read the text. “Amber __ added you on Facebook!” said the notification. Years ago, those sentences would have been meaningless, but today, in our personal lives, social media has become a vital part of how we connect with others. The same is true for brands trying to market themselves on social…

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