Caliber Pulse

Trends, tips and data for your marketing, public relations and social media strategies written by the experts at The Caliber Group, a firm based in Tucson, Arizona that's specializing in building and maintaining successful brands, relationships and reputations

STUDY: The State of Social Marketing 2012 – 2013

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Social media exists in a state of constant change, which means community managers must evaluate and adapt their strategies often to achieve established goals. Implementing a stagnate social media plan can end up costing your company more than it benefits you. Simply because one tactic worked well when you first launched your social initiative does not guarantee that success will continue. It is imperative that social marketers are always learning and planning for the next wave of social media consumers.

In a recent survey by the Pivot Conference, 181 professional social marketers offered their opinions of the current state and future of social marketing. The results of this survey are always enlightening, and from 2012 to 2013, several trends emerged that warrant closer examination. Continue reading

June 13, 2013 Posted by | 1, Digital, Interactive, Interactive Trends, Internet Marketing, Marketing Trends, Measurement, Metrics, Return on Investment (ROI), Social Media, Strategies | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Are Your Releases Positioned to Reach Your Target Audience?

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What do you do when your company has exciting news that will likely meet with strong opposition by the exact target audience you are trying to reach? Preemptively planning and precisely positioning your message to best accommodate that specific demographic could be the best approach.

This is exactly what Yahoo! did in a press release announcing the company’s acquisition of Tumblr, a blogging website, by promising “not to screw it up.” Prior to the official announcement, Tumblr’s users (mostly made up of teenagers and those in their early 20s), reacted unfavorably to the idea. Continue reading

May 23, 2013 Posted by | 1, Crisis Communication, Customer Service, Digital, Interactive, Public Relations (PR), Social Media, Strategies | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Best iPad Apps: Business Edition

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In the fourth quarter of last year, 52.5 million tablets were sold worldwide, compared to a total of 66 million sold in 2011.  According to a recent report issued by Flurry Analytics, Americans spend 2:38 hours a day using tablets and smartphones. Just 20% of this time is spent surfing the Internet. The remaining 80% is consumed by app usage. In this fast-paced world, are you maximizing your “second screen” time by using the most efficient business apps? Continue reading

May 16, 2013 Posted by | 1, Business Development, Digital, Interactive | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Disney Bends to Social Media Grassroots Opposition

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Here in Arizona, we can’t help but find Disney’s efforts to trademark the holiday Dia de los Muertos surprising and, well, just weird. But what we find even more fascinating is how a grassroots effort via social media to stop Disney’s plan spread like a gasoline-fueled wildfire on a 100-plus-degree windy day.  Continue reading

May 9, 2013 Posted by | 1, Arizona, Crisis Communication, Public Relations (PR), Social Media | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Should Businesses Use Instagram?

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Like all social media platforms, Instagram allows brands to interact with the public in a social manner. Sharing the culture behind the brand can create a relationship and deepen brand loyalty when the lifestyle of the brand matches that of its customer.  If you think Instagram is like all the rest—just another social media tool—think again. It allows brands to express themselves to consumers in a unique, powerful way, and with more than 100 million users, it’s shouldn’t be ignored. Continue reading

May 2, 2013 Posted by | 1, Advertising, Branding, Interactive, Interactive Trends, Internet Marketing, Low-Cost Marketing, Marketing Trends, Mobile Marketing, Online advertising, Social Media | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment