SXSW 2019 kicks off tomorrow, and I couldn’t be more excited!
If there is one thing that can be said about marketing, is that it’s continually changing. This being said, if you want to go where your audience is, you need to be online. Digital marketing has been steadily growing and evolving since the late ’90s and this year brings with it its own set of changes and upgrades.
There was a time when people used social media to connect with friends and family. Not so much anymore! Today, social sites are all the rage when it comes to information gathering, product chatter, and forming communities. It’s little wonder then that every brand (and its sister concern) is rushing head first onto social media sites to promote their products.
There are a number of horror stories on social media haunting Amazon, and they’ve clearly had to deal with their fair share of flack in recent times. From poor wages and overtime violations to the real kicker – employees having to choose bottles over toilets to meet their targets! – the e-commerce giant even had to deal with a US senator circulating a petition urging the company to improve it’s working conditions. Naturally, they were willing to try anything to combat their growing negative image.
Social media has quickly moved on from what used to be a place to chit-chat with your friends and catch up on the latest gossip, to a thriving business place. One that has created a global market for everything that you can imagine.
Influencer marketing is quickly becoming an indispensable tactic in social media marketing. Paid influencers can indeed bring in quick results, as they have a ready following that is very receptive of what they say or “like” in the digital and social media world. Just Google the Kardashians’ earnings from such endorsements alone; that’ll show you the potential of influencer marketing.
Love her or hate her, there is just no denying the global dominance of pop icon Taylor Swift. In fact, she’s credited as one of the few artists to keep old school record sales afloat even in the digital age.
Social media plays a huge role in generating Buzz, otherwise known as some good ol’-fashioned word-of-mouth. With more than 3 billion people using social media, marketers have realized the worth of time and effort invested in running a successful social media campaign. Most have now made it an essential part of their marketing strategy. The brand in turn is bound to get its due by the increased online reach that social media provides.