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With people watching videos online more than ever before, it only makes sense for businesses to tap into that audience with video content of their own. Social media is one of the biggest platforms for sharing branded video content as these stats prove:

  • Around 100 million hours of video are watched every day on Facebook
  • Views of branded video content have increased by 258% on Facebook between 2016 and 2017
  • A video tweet is 6x more likely to be retweeted on Twitter than a photo tweet.

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The holidays are coming up – can you believe it? With spending on the minds of most consumers, now is a great time to start planning your holiday-themed marketing plan. One of the best ways to directly reach your customers is through an email marketing campaign. Here are some ideas to consider:

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Website hosting is a service that allows your website to be accessible via the world wide web aka the internet. A hosting provider, like Addison Clark, provides the technology and service needed for the website to be viewed on the internet. The hosting location is where all of the files for your website lives.

Websites are stored on servers, which are special computers that are accessed whenever someone types in your web address in their browser. Your web address is also called your domain. The domain is also associated with your IP address, which is a series of numbers, that does not show to the public.

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Instagram
Instagram recently rolled out a "nametag" feature — essentially a QR code that users can scan to instantly find and follow an account. If it sounds familiar, it's because Snapchat has been utilizing this feature for some time. Instagram allows you to customize your nametag with colors and emojis to make it more personalized. 

Our Take: While it seems like an easy way to share your handle, the feature seems redundant to the search feature that already exists. This is just a prettier, more customizable way to find someone or have someone find you. It's another move on Instagram's part to foster community and connection on their platform. 

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The holidays are right around the corner — is your business ready? It may seem early to start thinking about your holiday plan, but its best to get ahead of the game! Here are six things to start thinking about before the holidays:

1. Your website. Online holiday shopping peaks between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but even before those days arrive shoppers are browsing online and researching different products and brands. It is important that your website is prepared for the influx of visitors with a user-friendly experience and up-to-date content.

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Web video has been on the rise for some time now. Brands like it because it is a great way to cut through the clutter of online information. Consumers like it because it is a much easier way to digest content. In 2015, it was reported that adults in the United States watched over five hours of video per day. This stat is expected to be the same in 2019 with the exception that over an hour of that time will be spent watching web video on a mobile device. 

One particular area where video is extremely effective is online shopping. New data from Google reveals that more consumers are turning to video to research products before they buy them. Savvy shoppers have always looked for more information about the products they're shopping for and, these days, they're turning to web video to find it. Whether they're just browsing, looking for product reviews, or trying to learn how to use a product, video offers the content they need in an easy-to-digest format.

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Google+
After many years of unsuccessful growth, Google is shutting down their social network platform Google+. The news came after the discovery of data threat that left Google+ users' profile data exposed. 

Our Take: This move won't affect many people, because not many people were using Google+ as a social platform. If you were using Google+, you may want to check any accounts that were connected to the platform to make sure they are secure. 

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Your brand is the identity of your business. When it comes to marketing the products or services you offer, you need to make sure your brand is easily identifiable in the marketplace. It has to have reach — and in order to achieve that brand awareness, you'll need to consider a variety of marketing channels. 

Here are some ways to increase your brand visibility:

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LinkedIn is one of the best tools for making B2B connections. It is the most popular social network with Fortune 500 CEOs and 79% of B2B marketers use LinkedIn for lead generation. However, simply having a LinkedIn profile is no longer enough. You need to stand out among the masses. 

Here are 3 tips for completing your LinkedIn profile and being seen:

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Establishing a brand is an important step for any marketing strategy. After all, your brand not only includes your visual identity but many other aspects, like company values, personality, and much more. It should build awareness and develop loyalty with your customers. As you create assets to market your business, it's important to keep your brand top of mind to promote consistency.

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