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It’s a widely known fact that using hashtags in your social media posts is an important factor in social media marketing. However, since hashtag best practices differ on each social platform, it can sometimes be confusing for brands to navigate how to use hashtags effectively across platforms. This article will highlight some of the hashtag tips we’ve learned based on our own observations, experience, and research! ...

These days, the world isn’t just dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, which in itself has had a devastating impact on society. We are also dealing with the crisis of systemic racism and police brutality, an issue that was catalyzed by countless deaths of Black people by the hands of the police, but more recently coming to a head after the murder of George Floyd. With the extreme number of crises accumulating in 2020, how do brands and marketers navigate using social media for crisis management?...

As a result of stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures that have been put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, there has been an influx in people’s reliance on the digital space. As a digital marketing agency with a decade of experience, we will use our own expertise and observations to discuss how we think digital marketing services, best practices, and strategies are shifting due to the pandemic’s impact....

Julia’s continued success as a marketer and contributions to Spark Growth definitely caught the judges’ attention. Today, we’ll be talking about what makes Julia such an effective digital marketer, especially during the COVID-19 that has impacted businesses around the world. In elevating her clients during this crisis, Julia has shown that thinking outside the box combined with efficient pivoting can yield successful results....

Being thoughtful about your brand’s digital marketing strategy is even more crucial in the complicated landscape of franchise digital marketing. Spark Growth has witnessed franchises making the same mistakes in their social media marketing and digital advertising strategies over and over....

Having been involved in social media marketing since the early days, when brands first began to use the various platforms to grow brand awareness and engage with customers, we’ve seen a lot of change. From increased considerations for brands to shifts in who uses which platforms and how, to new (and obsolete) features and changes to the value of both paid and organic content, social platforms are in constant flux and marketers must have their finger on the pulse to keep their tactics and strategies relevant.   Facebook’s Cliff-Drop Decline Back in 2010, Facebook launched the ability for users to become a ‘Fan’ of a brand Facebook Page and the ability for brands to run contests and create specialized ‘tabs’ and apps through the platform. Later that same year they launched Storefronts and Ads. Facebook essentially served as a mini webpage, allowing...

Welcome to your weekly dose of social media updates! Twitter will soon list related hashtags to Trending Topics, Snapchat will allow Spectacles content to be exported to other platforms, Instagram is introducing Facebook-style reactions to its Stories, and much more! Read on for all the details. ...

The past year has been full of growth and change at Spark Growth: changes on our executive committee, additions to our leadership team, a satellite presence in Denver, new service offerings, amazing new clients, new work for our fabulous existing clients and, as of this past week, a whole lot of new trophies that we have to find a spot for in our new digs. The Stevie Awards recognized Spark Growth’s talented team, strategic client work and, as the name says, growth with 5 American Business Awards in 2018....

Every Halloween we take the opportunity to celebrate the spooky, the creepy and everything else that goes bump in the night. This time around though, we’re looking back on some downright eerie marketing stunts that left us in unpleasant bewilderment. Here are some of the past year’s scariest social media mistakes! What Were You Thinking?!? GIF from Inconvenientsequel GIFs   1. Dove’s Skin-Color Controversy Dove’s October campaign showing a black woman removing her shirt to reveal a white woman is still fresh in everyone’s minds. Despite allegedly positive intentions, the ad was perceived to be a tasteless allusion to the idea that dark skin is inferior to light, and unfortunately evoked an unsettling history of racist ads in the soap industry. Dove quickly issued an apology for the offense that was caused, and we hope they’ll look more critically at the potential negative connotations...