Almost daily I come into contact with a business that is using a gmail address. Occasionally I even still see Hotmail or AOL. Yikes. If you have a website and you are not using a branded email for that domain, you are making a big mistake. What is a branded email? It’s an email address that is domain specific. For example let’s use Macy’s department store. What would you think if they sent you an email from email@example.com instead of firstname.lastname@example.org?
Curious as to what exactly Vine is? Vine is a video-sharing application which allows people to create, share, and publish six-second videos. Founded by Dom Hofmann, Rus Yusupov, and Colin Kroll in June 2012, the app was created for the purpose of allowing individuals to capture casual moments in their daily lives to share with their friends. These videos played on a continuous loop and allowed users to edit their videos on the spot. Initially created as a standalone company, Vine was later purchased in October 2012 by the famous social media platform Twitter. After launching in January of 2013 for iOS devices, Vine was instantaneously a hit. It quickly became the most downloaded free app and the most used app for sharing video content online.
Social media has become a mainstay in society, and can no longer be deemed as a passing phase or trend. Anyone who believes the current social media craze will curtail or suddenly disappear is obviously oblivious to modern society and millennials. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter garner the majority of our attention, resulting in businesses developing extensive social media strategies.
The digital world is constantly evolving, especially social outlets. The ever-changing platforms are always releasing new (sometimes not always improved) features, while businesses continue to develop strategies that encourage people to interact. Providing existing or potential customers with an incentive to engage with your brand can prove to be difficult, but certain practices help improve engagement. Businesses can no longer ignore certain trends, as it will only hinder their success. Here are some trends that definitely can’t be ignored.