Qode Social Has Been Featured on Forbes.com

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in blog

Qode Social Has Been Featured on Forbes.com

Qode Social is proud to announce that we have been featured on Forbes.com with a post written by Kelly Samuel, the managing director of Qode Media and the social media director of Qode Social. Ms. Samuel discusses the crucial aspects of a social strategy in 2017 and why authenticity is so important. In order for a client to trust a brand, any company or business must have a strong branding and marketing strategy in place that can be extended to a social media platform. Authenticity must be built into the strategy and displayed for customers to trust the brand. Customers are now using social media sites to share their immediate thoughts and opinions with a company brand or with customer service in general. A company must have its own authentic voice to communicate with the feedback arriving from the customer and from others that get involved in the conversation on the site. Without an authentic brand voice, your comments will not make an impact on those that you are trying to connect with. It’s all about making your brand real and distinguishable to the marketplace and this is best done through real caring and sharing on social media sites. Your social media voice should reflect the essence of your business. For example, if you are real estate agent you should be maintaining a professional tone with your audience while at the same time keeping their interest and allowing them to be engaged. If you are running a bar and grill, you tone will be much different. It will be more of a social voice that you should be using to invite others to your establishment and to show them exactly what you have to offer. Different tones of voice also work better from one social media platform to the next. It’s important to understand the complexities and infrastructure of the media platforms as well as your target audience. An overall strategy takes a look at the market you want to target while also examining the user’s that are visiting the social media sites regularly. A well-rounded social media strategy incorporates a number of different factors but they all come down to a strong foundation of authenticity for 2017. Without it, your marketing efforts will be crushed. People that are visiting social sites able to determine what is sincere and what is just a surface-level and self-catering posts, tweets etc. in an instant. Make your brand come alive with authenticity in 2017 and reap the benefits. To find out more tips and suggestions offered by Ms. Samuel, please visit Forbes.com. To talk to Kelly Samuel directly about your current social media strategies please call 416-226-0563 or get in touch with Qode Social through our website at...

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What Are Instagram Direct Response Ads?

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in blog

What Are Instagram Direct Response Ads?

A direct response ad is a specific type of marketing that inspires a user to give an immediate response to an ad by doing the specific action requested in the ad. You can see these ads on Instagram frequently, and they are very effective when presented in the right manner. When you visit Instagram, you’ll see ads asking you to visit a specific website or to download a relevant application. These types of ads allow you to track the responses, and they are also measurable. You’ll be able to find out who responds to your ads and measure how effective they are. They are a perfect way to brand your company, products, and services in an original and creative way. Instagram direct response ads are fairly new to this social media platform. They have been around for approximately a year and recently changes have been made. Now, a viewer that is responding to one of your ads and clicking on the call-to-action button will also be able to see your Instagram profile page. This gives you amazing branding ability within a social media site that is followed by millions of users. With Instagram, you’ll be able to take advantage of branding along with marketing. Viewers will be able to see your profile page, click the link to your site or request a download through your direct response ad. Don’t underestimate the power of social media sites or Instagram in particular. While there are tons of people using Facebook and Twitter, Instagram is a powerful social site that millions also use on a day-to-day basis. This is one of the most popular sites for advertising and for building up a brand name. Additionally, many of the large global corporations recognize its power. They use Instagram as a strategic part of their marketing plans. At Qode Social, we are experts in direct response ads on Instagram and have successful stories to prove it. We create ads that will appeal to your company’s target market and measure the response. We will tweak the ad when necessary to make sure that you are getting a high volume of responses along that you are looking for. Please call us today at 647-556-3167 or visit qodesocial.com to find out more about services that can help your business boom. Any company that isn’t creating a social media presence online will lag behind its competitors and will have difficulty catching up...

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How to Advertise Your Business on Instagram

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in blog

How to Advertise Your Business on Instagram

Instagram is a highly immersive and engaged community.  With over 500 million active accounts and 95 million daily posts. It is no question that your business should capitalize on the platform with an Instagram business profile, and reap all the benefits that it has to offer. By advertising on Instagram, businesses can share creative content and allow consumers to see their business in a brand new light. Business Profiles With the new business profiles feature, businesses decide the means by which customers can get in contact with them: call, text, or even email with the simple tap of the contact button. Gone are the days of scrolling through comments to reply, now businesses and customers are given the option of direct communication. Insights Insights on Instagram are also a crucial aspect of marketing and reaching out to more customers. To access your Instagram insights, simply look at the top right of your new business profile, and you’ll find a bar graph icon, which brings you to your Instagram Insights. After posting on your business profile, you’ll get details of the impressions and reach from your posts, the days and times that are most effective to post, as well as the number of website clicks from your business profile. In order to study the breakdown of your followers by gender, age, range, location, and when they’re likely to be online, click the See More link under your Insights. With these insights and analytics, your business can have actionable information about its followers and also have a clearer idea of which posts truly add value and resonate with customers. Promote Now given the option to promote, you can turn well-performing posts into ads within the app to connect with even more customers. Similar to boosting a post from your Facebook page, all you need to do is select a post, and tap on the Promote link.  Next, you will have to choose your call to action and the link that will serve as your landing page. You can either select your target audience or allow Instagram to determine one for you, allowing your post to be promoted as an ad for the length of time that you desire. Once finished, you can review your promotion settings, add your payment method, and submit the promotion for review. To review the results of the promotion, you can go the post and click on View Insights Link. With the new business tools, your business can save valuable time responding to comments, tailor content to improve your marketing strategy, and even get more traffic into your business through the use of mobile ads. Of course, understanding your social media tools is essential to effectively promote your business. However, with constant changes being made to our social networks, it can be hard to keep up. That’s why you have Qode Social, the finest Toronto social media...

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5 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be Using LinkedIn

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Social Media Tips

5 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be Using LinkedIn

In a world of full social networks, one social network stands out for businesses! LinkedIn is a great platform for establishing your place within an industry and building strong corporate relationships. Below are five great ways to use the biggest social business platform to help take your company to the next level!   Assess Your Competitors As a Toronto Social Media Marketing Company, we know just how important data is for increasing your market share. We use it everyday to figure out which headlines will better connect with your target audience. LinkedIn does the same, it allows you to collect large information on your competitors. You can learn about whether your rival companies are shrinking since LinkedIn will show you a percentage of their company growth. Feel free to dig deep into their hiring practices and look into the job titles at those companies to see which direction they are taking. This can provide lots of insight on whether they will be beefing up their advertising or focusing on product development.   Build Your Network LinkedIn is all about creating and sustaining good business relationships. You should join the various groups and associations on the business platform to find old colleagues or look for new connections. Maybe you know someone who knows someone who can help build your company!   Get Educated Almost every company is trying to make themselves reputable on the social network by creating and sharing content. These companies and experts are putting themselves out there and there is no reason why you shouldn’t contact them. Ask a marketing manager for a few marketing tips. Contact a software engineer and ask about the industry. Not only do you learn, you also build stronger relationships on the platform.   Promote, Promote Qode Social knows all about Google, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat ads. As experts we know that LinkedIn is the perfect place for niche targeting, especially if you are in the business-to-business market. Go straight to the higher ups by targeting certain job titles like ‘CEO’ or ‘Head of Marketing’. You can also use the traditional demographic segments like age, geography, and lifestyle interests to promote to potential consumers and clients.   Calling All Great Employees If you are looking for someone with experience, you can surely find it on LinkedIn. The greatest feature about LinkedIn is being able to pinpoint someone with the exact skill set you are looking for. If you want to learn more about social media marketing, read one of our other blogs like Snapchat Tricks or The Best Facebook Image Sizes. If you know you can’t do it on your own, contact Qode Social, the best Toronto social media marketing company around, at (647)...

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Instagram’s Stories Allows Users to Post 24 Hour Content to Compete with Snapchat

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Social Media News

Instagram’s Stories Allows Users to Post 24 Hour Content to Compete with Snapchat

Instagram’s new Stories feature attempts to replicate Snapchat’s success by allowing users to add 24 hour photos and videos. Everyday, it seems like there is a new social network vying for your attention. As a business, it can get pretty difficult to know where to prioritize your content and how to interact with your audience. The latest update in the social media game was Instagram’s new feature: Instagram Stories. Stories works very similar to the feature pioneered by Snapchat. Here’s how Instagram is taking the world by storm with a few modern changes to their photo-sharing app:   Content Expiry Snapchat’s content is known for being available for a limited time.  Recently, the service added Memories, enabling its users to keep the snaps they wanted, in order to compete with other audio/visual sharing social networks. Instagram, has taken a page out of Snapchat’s handbook, and integrated limited shareable content available for 24 hours. Now, both services have permanent and temporary content.   A Comprehensive Platform One problem users may have with Snapchat is that in order to gain followers, they must post their Snapchat username on their various other social profiles. It would be more convenient to be able to build a community through the service itself, rather than taking to a third party platform. Stories eliminates the need for a 3rd party platform by integrating this 24 hour limited content. If you are a business with an Instagram account, Instagram’s Stories, benefits you by strengthening this relationship with your audience instead of having to go build the same audience on another platform.   Stories Grows Instagrams Demographics Stories can revolutionize the way brands communicate with their target audiences. 23% of Snapchat users are under the age of 18. The integration of Instagram’s Stories means that instagram will have better access to younger teens, and a large range of ad formats allowing your company to target your demographic better. The larger the range of ad formats and the larger the demographic, the more optimized your campaign can become.   User Experience The best websites have the lowest learning curves. This works the same in the app development market. Like many new platforms, Snapchat’s interface wasn’t the easiest to navigate. Facebook has taken Snapchat’s interface errors and integrated a more user-friendly approach with Instagram Stories. Expect to see lots of businesses using Stories to interact better with their consumers.   If you want to take your social listening and content creation to the next level, consider contacting Qode Social, the Toronto social media marketing company, to improve your social media marketing strategy. Your company will receive a dedicated account manager focused on establishing an online community dedicated to creating great brand ambassadors to drive your sales. For more information about our services contact 647-951-0763 or fill out our convenient online...

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