Talking Lead Gen With Our Lead, Jennifer Smiga

Posted by Julia Zapcic
Photo by Design Influencers Conference

When we want to talk about lead generation (we’re a bunch of marketing nerds who love talking about this stuff), we go to ultraviolet founder and creative director Jennifer Smiga. Jen isn’t just our esteemed leader, she’s a marketing mastermind and was asked to share her expertise at next week’s Design Influencers Conference. The whole ultraviolet team will be there: we’re sponsoring the Genius Bar where we’ll host appointments with brand reps seeking to improve their online presence and serve up sparkling rosé at our Mingle & Matchmaking event.

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Topics: blogging, digital marketing, social media, content marketing, Lead generation, interior design, influencer marketing

When Words and Pics Alone Don’t Cut It: Our ❤️ For Video Marketing

Posted by Jessica Perillo

Every brand needs a video marketing strategy. It’s 2020: Video isn’t just one piece of your overall marketing plan, it should be a central part of every outreach and every campaign. Video has become increasingly important on every platform and channel, but it’s especially dominating social media. According to a recent HubSpot report, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are among the top platforms where consumers are watching videos.

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Topics: digital marketing, social media, content marketing, visuals, Adaptive reuse, video marketing

Marketing Stats Got Us Fired Up. Jumping Into 2020 Like…

Posted by Julia Zapcic

 

The world of content marketing, much like your average pop star, is always evolving. It’s critical for your business that you stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry. It can be an exhausting task if you don’t know where to look. One of our favorite ways to stay on top of marketing trends is to keep an eye on yearly statistics.

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Topics: social media tricks, blogging, digital marketing, social media, Email marketing, content marketing, Instagram, Twitter

Social Climbing: Why Partnering With the Right Influencer Matters

Posted by Jennifer Smiga

As an agency that works with both brands and influencers, we’re always striving for authenticity in partnership building. We want our brands and influencer partners to align so seamlessly that one seems a natural extension of the other.

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Topics: social media, content marketing, Co-marketing, Strategic Partnerships, Design, Brand ambassadors, interior design, influencer marketing

How to Get Your Design and Remodeling Business Noticed on Instagram

Posted by Shannon Winning

With an eye for design and a steady stream of likable images, architects, remodelers and home builders have emerged as strong players on Instagram, using the platform to drive traffic to their websites and create a buzz where they live and work.

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Topics: social media tricks, digital marketing, social media, Instagram, Design

Interior Designers, Bloggers Get Honest About Tech at #WNWN

Posted by Julia Zapcic

 

So, what do some of the most hard-charging, passionate, successful interior designers really think about social media tools and how tech impacts their business?

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Topics: social PR, social media, Tech, Design, Brand ambassadors, interior design

What is a tweet chat? One Hour of Killer Lead Gen. Don’t Miss It.

Posted by Jennifer Smiga

What is a tweet chat? One of my favorite social media tools and an exciting way to discover new people, products, partners and… prospects.

These are live Twitter events focused around a general topic and often scheduled for the same time and day, and held weekly or monthly. They’re about an hour long.

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Topics: social PR, social media, Lead generation, Twitter, Tweet chats

The Publicist's Essential Guide To Meeting Brand Ambassadors on Social

Posted by Jennifer Smiga

Ten years ago my answer to the cocktail party question, “What do you do?” was as easy as two letters: PR.

These days that answer is: I help companies in the design and build industry connect with their targets through social media, content marketing, public relations and strategic partnerships (say that after two cocktails). The PR job has changed dramatically in the last decade. The press release, once king of the PR world, has ceded the throne to the much younger, much more persuasive heir, social media and her loyal advisor the brand ambassador.

2016 PR is social PR.

 

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Topics: social PR, social media, PR

6 Photography Tips to Pump Up Your Social Media at Events

Posted by Jennifer Smiga

You’ve seen them. Straight on selfie head shots (or dead shots). Pics that do nothing to compel people to engage.

Let’s be real, a pic needs to be different, colorful and engaging to earn a like, regram or share from your followers. And at events, it can be even harder to have your social media post stand out among the flutter of party pics, unless you’re deliberate in capturing and sharing images that resonate.

My favorite piece of advice on how to make images interesting comes from Caitlin Winner, Facebook’s design manager and part time painter… “Start with Heart”

Pay attention to what excites you. Is it the shape of the thing? Is it the color relationships? Is it the way the light is casting shadows? If you make an image in service of what is interesting to you, others will find it interesting, too.

Follow Caitlin’s advice and these five tips from Marketing Rival, and you’ll have no problem amplifying your social reach at your next event —  from expo to meetup.

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Topics: social PR, social media tricks, digital marketing, social media

5 Not Terrifying Social Media Updates For Your Brand

There have been a ton of changes to social media in recent months, and many of those changes will actually make our job in marketing easier. (Yay! And we thought it was just going to be nasty algorithm changes...)

From direct connections on Pinterest to more characters in a Tweet, small changes on top channels are helping brands tell their stories and engage more naturally with their consumers.

And without a big learning curve.

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Topics: social media tricks, social media