Hummingbird’s Guide to Determining Your Media Budget

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media budgeting for your brand Because we work with many local businesses, one of the toughest concepts some clients try to tackle is determining their media budget. Although some marketing initiatives just require your time, like networking, asking for reviews, or asking for referrals, some require a financial investment– oftentimes a significant investment for a small business. From your online … Read More

IHOB: What This Means for IHOP’s Brand

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should we consider this campaign a hit or a miss? IHOP, also known as the International House of Pancakes, made a huge announcement June 4. For 60 pancakin’ years, we’ve been IHOP. Now, we’re flippin’ our name to IHOb. Find out what it could b on 6.11.18. #IHOb pic.twitter.com/evSxKV3QmT — IHOb (@IHOb) June 4, 2018 Over the course of a … Read More

Branding Tips for Real Estate

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more than just a pretty picture It takes more than just a catchy tagline and a beautiful logo to have a successful real estate brand. The real secret to a great real estate brand if the combination of a creative and consistent message and eye-catching visuals. It takes a strong traditional and digital media presence, valuable content and regular interaction … Read More

Fix Your Email Marketing

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Email newsletters are awesome. They’re a great way for your brand to interact with clients and followers, then can generate leads and sales, and they can help your overall marketing plan. According to My Content Co, The email newsletter is a great way to work in the core tenants of inbound marketing in just one piece: lead generating, lead nurturing, … Read More

Direct Traffic, Dark Social and More

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You’re checking out your Google Analytics, seeing where people are coming from. Referral, social, organic, paid, display. All pretty self-explanatory. But wait, what about the direct traffic? What does that even mean? When it comes to direct traffic in Analytics, there are two myths that need to be cleared up. The first myth is that direct traffic reads as people … Read More

6 Branding Lessons from Star Wars

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become a branding jedi In 1977, George Lucas brought to the screen a cultural phenomenon that would last for decades to come and cross generations. Star Wars, his epic space opera (a subgenre of science fiction) touched hearts and spawned comics and novels, prequels and sequels, anthologies and animations, and TV series and video games. The music is some of … Read More

Be Negative: Using Negative Reviews for Your Brand

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Other people’s personal experiences with a business or product have clearly become a trusted source of information for would-be customers. With 60 percent of people looking at online reviews during the research phase and 93 percent of those people saying reviews do affect their purchasing decisions, negative reviews can be a powerful detractor or ally for your brand. If a … Read More

The Instagram Shadowban

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There a rumors swirling around the Internet about an Instagram Shadowban. What’s an Instagram Shadowban? Has your brand been affected? How can you fix it if you have? The Instagram Shadowban was rumored to be Instagram rendering your hashtags “undiscoverable”. You can use your hashtags, but your photo won’t be seen by users outside your followers list. Your photo won’t … Read More

9 of the Best (and Worst!) April Fools’ Pranks from Brands

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It’s that time of year again when brand’s get rewarded for their humor: April Fools’ Day! April Fools’ Day falls on a Sunday this year– the same Sunday as Easter– which leaves brands wanting to roll out their pranks the Friday before. Some of the pranks are going to be amazing and have people talking about them for years to … Read More

3 Steps for Employee Involvement

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it’s as easy as 1-2-3 It’s a fact: engaged employees help create strong brands which makes employee involvement very important. Many companies focus all their branding efforts outside the office– advertising campaigns, packaging, social media ads, print ads and more. But there’s a powerful branding tool inside your walls. Regardless of your industry, building a strong brand requires that all … Read More