The Importance of Images in Social Media

the importance of images in social media | social media agency | asterisk creativeYou’ve heard the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.” As it turns out, the 2018 version may be “an image is worth a ton of engagement.” Thus the importance of images in social media.

By the latest statistics, people will only remember somewhere around 10-20% of what they read. If you include an image, though, that jumps to nearly 65% of the information being remembered. On social media, nearly half of users prefer posts with images. When it comes to Facebook, specifically, the posts with images received over 200% more engagement than posts without images. Since Facebook’s algorithm prioritizes posts getting engagement and accounts that have high rates of engagement, these numbers speak for themselves.

If we shift our focus to Twitter, tweets that included an image received over 150% more retweets than those without images.

And then there are outlets like Pinterest, Instagram, and Snapchat that are based on all posts having a visual component. Snapchat’s usership is up to 1.87 million. Pinterest surpassed 200 million active users in September. Instagram boasts 800 million monthly active users, with 500 million of them being active daily.

If images are good, videos are better. A full 78% of users watch video on Facebook live, according to research done by Livestream. YouTube says that nearly 5 billion videos are watched daily. Even Instagram is getting in on the video trend, saying recently that they’re looking at allowing videos of up to an hour in length to be posted.

At Asterisk Creative, we get these stats, and we work with our clients to capitalize on these opportunities. Between our graphic designers, our photographers, and our videographers, we offer multimedia solutions to make your social media rock. If you’re ready to make that happen, contact Asterisk Creative today.

How Often Should I Post?

How Often Should You Post? | Social Media and Blogging Tips | Southeast Marketing and Advertising Agency | Asterisk CreativeBased on the things we hear day in and day out, it would seem the biggest question in internet marketing is: How often should I post?

Sharing information that is relevant and interesting regarding you and your brand, whenever that comes up, is important. The caveat here is that some sort of consistency is important. Now that Facebook and Instagram in particular have algorithms dictating a lot of when and how your posts are shown to your audience – and potential followers – you really need to keep your message flowing.

As general guidelines, we typically suggest posting at least once per month on a blog, four to seven times per week on Facebook, at least once per week on LinkedIn, and at least once per day on Twitter and Instagram. Using this as a jumping off point, you can get a feel for whether your audience responds to this frequency or if they want more. You can also use the data provided by each of the outlets to determine what time of day is best for you, what days your audience is more engaged, and what topics your audience responds to more so you can make the most of all your posts, regardless of the outlet.

Need help with your internet marketing posting strategy? Contact Asterisk Creative today.

What is Interactive Marketing?

What is Interactive Marketing? | Asterisk Creative | Southeast Advertising AgencyAgencies throw around terms like interactive marketing as part of their daily jargon. But what is interactive marketing?

Interactive marketing is also known as event-driven marketing or trigger-based marketing. In this type of marketing strategy, an event or trigger (such as a post on a social media outlet) sets in motion a two-way interaction between a customer or potential customer and a company. This one-on-one communication usually happens in the form of comments on posts, and it is deeply dependent on a company’s content strategy and the content that is produced.

Interactive marketing tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, and other social media outlets allow these types of engagement and interactions with your audience. The challenges in interactive marketing come not just from creating content that will garner engagement from your audience, but also in the monitoring and maintenance needed to keep the conversation going as well as gathering and combining customer information that is typically siloed to get out the right message at the right time.

At Asterisk Creative, we use our knowledge and experience to help you pick the interactive marketing outlets that are ideal for your company and your audience, as well as to assist you with the content needed for these platforms. Contact Asterisk Creative to get your interactive marketing campaign started today.

What Does Engagement Mean?

What Does Engagement Mean?| Social Media | Asterisk CreativeIn the world of social media, there’s a lot of talk about engagement. But what does engagement mean?

At its very root, engagement is the act of someone interacting with your content. In terms of the big three: If you’re familiar with Facebook, it would be a like, share or comment. On Twitter, it would be a like, a retweet or a reply. Instagram engagement consists of likes and comments.

Engagement is important because it’s a large factor in your social media success. If your posts aren’t getting interactions on Facebook, the algorithm works against showing your posts in the future. Being responsive on Twitter shows users that you pay attention; a lack of response looks like you don’t care. So responsive companies are more likely to convert those people into leads or customers. Instagram is owned by Facebook, and its algorithm is constantly changing. But even now, the less interaction a post gets, the algorithm shows that post – and future posts – to fewer folks.

At Asterisk Creative, we’re pros at creating engaging content for social media outlets. If you need help, contact Asterisk Creative for your social media needs today.

What Social Media Outlets Should Your Business Be On?

social media outlets | social media | asterisk creativeAs we all know, there are a ton of social media outlets on the internet now. But should you try to be on all of them? Absolutely not! Here’s a quick look at how to choose.

A business owner should not spend time or money on any social media outlet that doesn’t benefit his or her business. Just like with any other marketing or advertising avenue that exists, if your audience isn’t there, it’s a waste of time and money for you to promote your business there.

Speaking specifically of social media outlets, though, there’s Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn and YouTube…and that’s just naming the most popular and well-known sites. Take the time to look at each of them individually. The intent, demographics and user generalities are very different from one to another. You may find that your audience is on two or three, but if you take the time to research who is using each outlet, you’ll quickly be able to single out which sites are the best fit for your business and which sites would be a total waste of your time and money.

At Asterisk Creative, we pride ourselves on effectively culling out the riff raff of the social media world for our clients. We work to make your social media presence fit seamlessly into the other branding and marketing working for your business – from going where your audience is to to the look, design and wording of your social media posts. If you need social media help, contact Asterisk Creative today.