A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media Paid Advertising: Part 1

June 27, 2017 / one comment

Why is Paid Advertising on Social Media Necessary?

If you’re a business owner or in the field of marketing or advertising, and you’re new to the world of social media paid advertising, this article is for you.

With more than 2 billion users across platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, social media has seen an unprecedented explosion in growth the past decade. Creating content that stands out from the clutter and capturing enough attention and interest to be shared by multiple people is the hardest challenge for any social media marketer.

Social media has almost infinite potential for reaching specific, targeted audiences. At this point, many marketers have already conceded to the fact that “boosting” a post or investing in paid ads is really the only way to get people to see your content outside of a handful of dedicated followers to your profile. Continue Reading…

Why Creativity Should Not Have One Single Definition

June 21, 2017 / 2 comments

 

If you work as a designer, musician, writer, photographer, or as any other artistic profession, you have probably been asked to “be creative.” But, what is meant by the word creative?

It means something completely different to each client, to each manager, and even to each artist. From “I want the same as my competitors but different” to “Give me the same as we’ve had for the last years, but not quite,” most clients want something that they recognize from previous experience, and very few will want something that they have never seen before. That is why it is fundamental to find out exactly what your client means by the word creative. It’s probably different from your definition. Continue Reading…

Four User-Generated Content Strategies that Worked

June 9, 2017 / no comments

User-Generated Content (UGC) is defined as any type of content that has been created and put out there by unpaid contributors or, using a better term, fans. It can refer to pictures, videos, testimonials, tweets, blog posts, and everything in between, and is the act of brand promotion by users rather than the brand itself[1]

Many companies are testing out different forms of UGC to build brand awareness and engage with their tribe. These campaigns don’t always succeed, but let’s take a look at four that have. Continue Reading…

The 6 “STEPPS” to Creating Digital Content that Goes Viral

May 11, 2017 / one comment

A few weeks back, Connor, a Brand & Mortar colleague, introduced me to a book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger. Connor’s recommendations—whether they’re lunch options, video games, or craft beer—are usually pretty solid. He hasn’t steered me wrong yet. So, when he told me about a marketing book that he swore would alter my preconceived notions about online advertising, I took his endorsement to heart. Little did I know that Connor’s persuasive word-of-mouth recommendation would have a lot to do with what I was about to read.

 

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Digital Communities are Modern-Day Convention Centres

April 13, 2017 / no comments

A Recognizable Marketing Scenario

The convention hall buzzes with the excited voices of eager attendees. Laneways are packed as vendors vie for the attention of thousands of passing strangers. The largest of the booths attracts droves of visitors as faces washed in neon gaze longingly at idealized works of plastic and innovation. Booth attendants skip between convention-goers, striking small conversations, collecting emails to add to their growing database. Days later, when the bright lights of the convention go dim for the final time, as bags of free merchandise pile in the empty halls, vendors scurry back to their desks and convention-goers begin to see emails appearing in their inboxes. Continue Reading…

The Pursuit of Excellence in Creative Advertising Campaigns

April 5, 2017 / no comments

The father of advertising, David Ogilvy, once said, “In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create.” He couldn’t be more right. At Brand & Mortar, we consider ourselves lucky for working at the intersection of creativity, business and technology, doing what we love the most: selling our client’s brand by creating original advertising campaigns and marketing strategies. Continue Reading…

Tell a Better Brand Story with Content Marketing & Social Media

February 10, 2017 / no comments

Let’s not kid ourselves. Telling a compelling story about your business or brand on social media is exceptionally difficult. Social media posts—with their character restrictions and limited screen real estate—are not ideal for expressing brand promises, values, and philosophies with any real detail or emotional impact. This is why many marketers supplement their social media strategies with a content marketing strategy as a means of including long-form content. Thankfully, the major social media platforms recognize that this issue exists, and have taken strides to incorporate content formats that are optimal for telling better brand stories. This article will discuss three such content types:

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How Brainstorming Improves Creative Problem Solving

January 18, 2017 / no comments

Brainstorming sessions are frequent happenings at marketing and advertising agencies. Poor brainstorming can lead to weak ideas and wasted time. Practicing proper brainstorming techniques is crucial for marketing agencies to produce top-of-the-line content and ideas for clients, and that is exactly what we do at Brand & Mortar.

In general, brainstorming is a creative problem-solving technique that requires the spontaneous contribution of ideas from all members of the participating group. There are three key factors that help the brainstorming session head in the right direction, which include:

  • A clearly defined question
  • The right resource group
  • Divergent and convergent thinking

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