Instagram Stories OR Snapchat Stories? Or Both? Casey Neistat YouTube Fun!

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I seen it coming! This all new update is a brilliant move by Instagram for several reasons! Being that Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook offered to purchase snapchat and was snubbed ultimately led to this. With Facebook’s current database of 1.5 billion and counting and Instagram with 500 million plus, this makes marketers, companies and people who have a substancial following on Instagram that much more drawm to use the platform.

What is Instagram Stories and How Does It Work?

In a nutshell, it allows you to take snapshots of your everyday activities and use emoji’s and various text to animate and have fun! Again, just like snapchat stories, they last 24 hours. To get a detailed description click here as Instagram beautiful lays out how stories works.

Now, first thing I thought was “good grief, another platform to keep up with and when in a live moment I want to share, how do I choose?” Well, after spending some good time I must admit I load up my live stories into Instagram and then download onto my Iphone Camera roll and syndicate through my camera roll onward to Snapchat memories. Some would call this a “snapchat sell-out” but for me, time is valuable, but I still want to maintain a presence on both.

Being a marketer and marketing agency owner, it is my opinion that Instagram stories is a massive opportunity to connect with your customers and friends in a much more intimate and authentic way ultimately increasing the bottom line. That being said, we cannot ignore how big Snapchat is and the young demographic that represents so much of our beautiful millennials.

To close this post, I suggest companies and people use both and figure out a good balance in your social selling strategy.

Come say hi on Instagram to me here and tell me what you think!

3 Reasons To Snapchat While Traveling | Amalfi Coast (Positano), Italy

Using Snapchat while traveling is a must! Recently, I was in the Amalfi Coast, Italy and had several people message me telling me certain places to visit and see. It really gave me a custom experience in my travels throughout Europe!

3 Snapchat tips:

1. Snapchat first thing in the morning telling people what your day looks like.
2. Ask your snapchat following a question like: “Where have you traveled?”
3. Try to add Geo-filters to the snapchat because it really authenticates where you have been!
4. Bonus tip: just follow me @RyanHoltz1

Overall, the beauty of snapchat is you can really get a different experience overall rather than just going somewhere. I had over 5,000 messages and snaps of people telling me where and what to experience. What ultimately was great, was local business in Europe that were locked into snapchat beefed up the experience tremendously!

Marketing Gap Between The Best And The Rest is Widening For Businesses…..Including Car Dealerships, Jewelry Stores and Realtors!

Amazing! In the last month I have had client acquisitions and so many great conversations with brilliant minds. We have noticed that customers and clients have educated themselves even more! The playing field for business and audience is completely level, so much that the prospective client is choosing whether or not to allow access. On demand, on time and on point is the expectation. What I love is the client is now the auditor of performance, which it always should have been. Clients are keeping their marketing team honest and to a high standard!

Whether you are a car dealership, jewelry store owner or Realtor, the field is dead even and the deciding factor is held all within the client’s control.

My questions to you is: What are you doing to get better OR How are you taking advantage of this amazing opportunity to reach so many people with a few clicks!

Talk to me here or text me 780.218.5899 – I would love to hear your thoughts!

My Interview On 401 Radio’s Biz Talk With Corrine Dayman Talking About Feet, Social Media And How People And Businesses Are Communicating Via Web, All in Toronto!

So refreshing is the words I would use to describe my most recent radio interview while I was in Toronto to speak at The Canadian Jewellery Expos and Canadian Jewellery group shows. Corrine Dayman had opened up the show by telling me how she came across my article in the Canadian Jewellery Magazine.

We talked about how social media needs to be sexy and fun. In 2015, the way humans are communicating both personally and professionally has changed immensely, therefore the way we market our business has to match the context in which we communicate. I absolutely love what former CEO of Burberry Angela Ahrendts does with brands allowing their story to be told through digital mediums, it is quite amazing actually. Owners of businesses, whether they be jewellery store owners or car dealership owners are all struggling to find that grasp on how to properly tell their story with good content in a digital context.

Some advice I would give to business owners is to take your time and before making the first move, figure out what your current story is and most of all, who your current customer is.

Ex: If I am selling cars and I figure out that my current car buyer is shopping heavy using digital and third party websites to do their research, I would then try and match that path to purchase by gently tapping them through my digital arm whether it be Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram or whatever!

We are mobile, we are on the move, we have less time, we have more choices, therefore if we are in business, we must keep up with our customers or risk not being there when they need us. Remember, the customer is in complete control, not us!

Need some help with your online marketing? Need a website or app? Need some staff training in personal branding? Maybe just need to chat? Either way, reach out to me here :)

Sexy, Sophisticated, Innovative Are A Few Words To Describe Tesla! My First In-Person Peek In Toronto Was Great! This Car Is An Auto Marketer’s Dream!

   

 
Well, I was in Toronto on business to speak at The Canadian Jewellery Expo and a little bit of pleasure and stopped into Yorkdale mall. This was the first time I seen the Tesla store. I had to take a step inside and check it out! Clean, minimalistic and sexy is my first impression of the store and the car.
   

   
Having a chat with the Tesla consultant we talked about how I thought Tesla was great, but confusing as a company. Being a stock day trader enthusiast I am constantly following the shares closely as one day, I might add Tesla to my portfolio. Anyhow, the sales rep and I both agreed that the automotive industry in the world and specifically in Canada needs to innovate and involve which it has. A company like Tesla is all about innovation and raising the bar so this is exciting as it just might be that steroid that the automotive sector! Being a automotive marketer who is based in Edmonton but has dealership clients across Canada I see the struggles and pain that dealers are enduring to shift into 2015 digital.

     
For all you Tesla lovers and haters, I would love to know your take on this extremely advanced and unique vehicle!

Ta ta for now!

aSK ME Episode 1: How Do I Market My Small Business Or Auto Dealership With No Money?

I get asked this question ALL the time! It is a great question, small businesses are to small to be big and to big to be small which puts you in that small tiny lonely place! The good news is that there are so many FREE ways to get the word out online about your product or service. Many business owners number one struggle is time management. The number one question is “Ryan where do I find time to manage all my social media and online assets and still keep my customers happy?!” My answer is:

This comes with the territory of owning any kind of business in 2015 with the internet and social media revolution. Even auto dealerships which are million dollar entities struggle with finding skilled staff to be responsible for social media, video marketing and website management that includes search engine marketing and search engine optimization.

Here are a few tips:

1. Start small, open up a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram account.
2. Get familiar with each social platform prior to creating or calling me to activate a kick ass online marketing strategy!
3. If you have any staff, try to decipher if any of them have the skills to help you with your online reputation management
4. Seek training and education, you can contact me HERE to see when my next online social media marketing workshop is. Additionally I can provide your team with hands on training mixed with corporate and a ton of fun team building!
5. Start posting some content such as local weather, jokes, questions, educational articles to get your customers attention

I am going to cut the post here and hedge my bet to have you watch the above video.

What is YOUR question? Ask me and I would love to answer!

Internet Marketing And Cooking Make The Perfect Couple!

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With cooking, we all have taste buds that chefs capitalize on by using ingredients that will ignite emotion, reaction and taste! When you sit down to have a nice meal, you are anxious for that plate to come. The first subconscious emotion that is ignited is what you see. Presentation such as the food layout on the plate allows your senses to organize and give focus to each one. The second emotion that ignites is smell, sometimes this may come before the vision, but you get my drift.

As humans we do judge a book by it’s cover and perception is reality in some cases. Even though that food may have an incredible taste, if it looks like garbage and laid out all over the place, we will often dismiss it and be totally turned off.

Marketing is no different in that whatever we are trying to “market” not only should be clear, beautifully laid out, but also be of substance and a clear message. It is simple, we are trying to get the attention of a person and therefore need to first understand what that person wants and sometimes try and figure their wants before they do. This is a science of psychology and should be thought about before we get into the kitchen whether it be to create a palette dripping worthy plate or an amazing remarkable specific marketing campaign.

What wets your palette? Would love to know!

aSK ME Any Questions About Marketing or Social Media AND I will Answer! Helping you gain momentum with your business digital marketing goals!

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Hey! Glad you stopped by and hope you have a question to ASK ME! I love what I do as the proud owner of my company. Furthermore, I love helping and educating people who own businesses or simply looking to brand themselves. Yes, it is true that I have found a niche within the automotive marketing and dealership community, however I have clients ranging from ice cream shops to jewellery trade shows and everything in between. THIS IS NOT intended to be an advertisement to get new business but rather a fun resource to put your questions out there and get some great answers!

Why am I encouraging to you to ASK ME? Happy you asked, the answer is quite simple, I literally get 100′s of questions through text, email or social media from business owners or entrepreneurial hopefuls ranging from basic to very advanced questions. As a result of this, I want to open it up to the general public with simple and casual context to literally ask your questions!

Need some inspiration on what to ask? See below for the top 18 digital marketing questions that I get asked on a daily basis, don’t be shy and remember, just ask!

Top 18 Questions:

1. Why is it important to gauge my website metrics in the first place?
2. How can I connect Google Analytics to my website?
3. What are Google Analytics ‘Goals’ and why should I use them?
4. Does Social Media Really Sell Stuff?
5. Who should I task with my social media accounts?
6. Should I hire an outside social media or digital marketing agency?
7. Which social media platforms should I be on for my business?
8. Where do I find time to post and generate content?
9. How many times a day should I post?
10. How important is video marketing and should I be doing this?
11. How big is mobile advertising and is it very expensive?
12. What kind of content should I be creating?
13. What is a content calendar?
14. What is website mobile optimization?
15. What is search engine optimization? (SEO)
16. How much should I be spending on my digital advertising?
17. Is Traditional marketing dead?
18. Who can I trust with my online store front?

By now your mind should be warming up with all kinds of questions ranging from pay per click advertising to YouTube video advertising and everything in between. Don’t get me wrong, I do this all day everyday and consensus with clients and peers is that much of this has happened so fast and is quite overwhelming to take in! Think about the smart phone and how it has totally consumed our life and in a very short time. Think about the blackberry a few years back all the way to Android and Iphone most recently. The good news is that we are in a revolution of change, literally how we communicate as human beings has changes at unimaginable lengths. If we are a business and trying to market a product or service to a potential customer, we must figure out how they like to communicate and then create a message in the context in which THEY want to digest it. Something to think about!

I am going to wrap up this post with a couple key digital marketing statistics below, ASK ME a question and I will answer :)

Digital Marketing Appetizers To Get Your Pallet Wet:

1. 54% of B2B marketers said they have generated leads from social media.
2. Among the largest social media sites, YouTube drives the most highly engaged website traffic (with visitors overall spending on average nearly four minutes and visiting three pages on target sites), followed in order by Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter. Reddit and StumbleUpon drive the least engaged visitors.
3. Just 18% of consumers trust posts by brands or companies on social sites like Facebook and Twitter.
4. For the first time, marketers spent more to advertise on the Internet (a total of $42.8 billion) than they did for broadcast television in 2013.
5. There is 50% crossover of members on Instagram and Twitter.
6. Facebook posts with less than 250 characters get 60% more engagement.
7. YouTube reaches more U.S. adults 18-24 years old than any cable network.

Search Marketing For Your 2015 Auto Dealership Digital Marketing Strategy…Grab a Coffee And Enjoy!

  

Touch ID, swipe to Google and enter your long tail search all of course from your smart phone. These are the first actions a car buyer takes on their “discovery” journey to find that perfect vehicle for their needs.

Depending on the research stage that the car buyer is in, often depends how deep they are searching. For example, if I am the customer and have recently decided that I am in the market for a car, I may do a “fat head” search like Toyota and then proceed to check out different models and options that Toyota offers. Now, assuming I am the same customer, I may have progressed in my reasearch and “discovery” stages and now am doing a long tail search like ”Toyota Rav 4 Edmonton” or “Chevrolet Silverado Double Cab Calgary”. It is imperative that as an auto dealer, you are understanding what your customers are searching and better yet, understanding that your   customers are getting much more sophisticated and detailed in their search. So many auto dealers are allocating huge budgets into purchasing “fat head” keywords like “Edmonton Ford” or “Calgary Toyota”. The reason these are so high in price is that you are competing with your competitors for these same words and is no different then a used car manager going to the auction and bidding on a unit and lands up paying too much because the bid went so high. Supply and demand.

Here are some tips to help you maximize your search marketing efforts to make sure your potential car buyer can find you for a price that does not break your bank:

Tips:

1. Pick a monthly budget that you want to spend.

2. Assign your search marketing efforts to a staff member who has knowledge in this subject OR hire a consultant such as myself ;) (Honestly though, you will save yourself money and see much better results if you have someone who is educated in this field.)

3. Use a keyword tool, you can google “keyword tools” and there are plenty of free options out there along with Google’s own in house tool. This is a great tip especially when writing content rich copy to help with your seo and organic search results.

4. Monitor your search marketing and pay per click campaign progress weekly and atleast monthly as you will constantly be making tweaks and changes to your strategy.

5. Actually take action on this and make valid effort to incorporate this as part of your auto dealership digital marketing strategy.

I am going to stop this blog here and I will be back with a much more in depth post about search marketing and how you can kill it with your dealership efforts! For now, this will help provoke some thought.

Questions or need help? Reach out to me here. 

(Video) What Time Is It? Time For The “Watch” Industry To Watch Out!

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Now, everyone knows I LOVE watches, both ladies and men’s. As a man I think of a watch as the perfect accessory to my fashion arsenal. When I travel to Toronto or Montreal and even here in Edmonton and Calgary, I love going to little boutique jewellery stores and seeing what all the watch designers have came out with.

Now, as a marketing company owner and a true marketer at heart, I am quite astonished as to how most of the luxury brands have really not adjusted to the digital marketing playing field.

Scott Galloway, marketing professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business talks about how the launch of the Apple watch could be a huge disruption in the luxury brand category in this video.

As Scott mentions, imagine if 10% of Apple’s IPhone customers bought the new watch? This would roughly equate to 30 million watches sold making Apple the number one selling brand of watches in their first year of sales. HUGE! I thought Apple was a computer company?! Keep your eyes open and “watch out!”

What do you think about the way watch brands are marketing? Is it sexy?

Tell me what you think here.