Brand marketing

Instagram never stops to surprise us, and users have complained about its updates for a long time now. In today's blog, we explore the latest updates about Instagram.
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Why are brands getting serious about gaming? It's all about advertising, engagement, and trends.
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Take a look at the differences between an influencer and a Content Creator.
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Meta hosted a pretty great and insightful webinar last week, Culture Codes: How Platform Native Advertising Builds Brands with Humanity and I wanted to take a moment to go through it a little bit and share some of my thoughts.
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YouTube has announced a new milestone earlier this week of reaching 5 million subscribers in the past five years. YouTube TV originally launched back in 2017 in five US markets and is now available in ‘over 99.5% of households in the United States’, providing an alternative to traditional paid television…
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Discover some of the basic social media tips you need to know to succeed in today’s crowded, high-noise social media landscape.
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Discover these 8 easy steps that will allow you to create an effective Social Media Strategy.
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We have a look at some shows all marketers should watch to be better at our work.
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Learn what is t average customer satisfaction rate by the industry and what are the main drivers of sentiment
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Hulu lets independent artists and studios go wild with their logos for truly outstanding idents.
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With so much variety by way of content, designs, products, and services in today’s marketing world, it takes a lot of work for brands to create a seamless experience for customers. Maintaining brand consistency – from visuals to tone and voice – is essential for the authenticity of your company.
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I thought it would be fun to look at campaigns from the past that have stuck with us over the years. No introductions needed… WASSUUUUPPPP This *really* resonated with people, you couldn’t go 5 mins without hearing someone shouting “wassup” and everyone else joining in. It permeated the ✨…
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Do you create content that aligns with what your sales team’s expectations and needs are? In many cases marketing and sales teams happen to not line up their activities which can lead to a disconnect in what the brand is communicating with them. A recent study by…
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There’s no doubt that engaging an agency to support on your social media efforts can have countless positive effects on your business – you can tap into subject matter experts, leverage a team of experienced creatives, and deliver thumb stopping campaigns (to name a few). But finding a…
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The first thing you want to do is to create a cool animated gif!  If you’re anything like me, you love a good bit of animated text.  All those colours and fonts and sparkles and… Sorry, where was I?  Ah yes, creating your own animated stickers for Instagram. …
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Social media is everywhere and it has become one of the primary marketing channels over the last two decades. We are looking at StatusBrew which has shared significant social media stats that marketers should know in 2022. Facebook Statistics 2022 With over 2.8 billion monthly…
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TikTok is no longer a platform just for young people looking to have fun or to find a new dance challenge. It has now become the place where, every day, millions of people decide to make a purchase. It is proven that this social media channel is one…
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There’s been a lot of chatter lately around employee branding on social and rightly so! As we moved out of the crazy times caused by the pandemic, companies within the marketing space are booming, looking for new hires, whilst individuals are looking for their new ventures. And where do they…
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Are you getting questions from the boardroom around the impact and value of social media? Are you being challenged on your reporting? In today’s blog, we’re discussing again how to prove the value of social media to your organisation, taking you deeper into the subject and exploring the…
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It’s that time, once again, I chat to you about design and give you some (hopefully) useful tips to help your work stand out in a sea of creatives. Are you ready? Let’s go!! BE BOLD Kind of an easy one to start with, however, being bold with…
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Crunching the data and turning it into insight is what we’re all about – BUT… you’ll be failing if that’s all you focus on. Proving the value of social back to your organisation can be challenging – we’ve got some ideas about how you can best do this.
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Brands in the food industry, are you still relying on recipe content and fancy photos of your food to generate engagement? This is especially important if your marketing strategy needs to encompass B2C as well as B2B – we’re here to remind you that you’ll need to do…
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Social media has evolved and will continue developing throughout the years.  So, let’s talk about some of the social media trends we expect to see making waves in 2022: The “creator economy” Over the past decade, big online platforms such as Facebook, Snap, TikTok…
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With 2022 just around the corner, who knows what we will see, but before that happens, I thought it was worth remembering those brand campaigns that made us laugh and will still be talking in the new year. This year business has gone all out with their marketing campaigns.
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The rise in popularity of social media networks like Facebook and Twitter made the customer more connected than ever before. As a result, if someone has a positive or negative experience with a brand, it can be shared with millions of people online. According to researchers, marketers, and…
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Ho-ho-ho…It’s nearly that time of the year! There is no doubt that festive seasons are a perfect time to take advantage of social media and create some awesome marketing campaigns to remember.   Here are a few ideas on how to make a Christmas campaign that will capture…
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Trusting the process… what is it? And what does it mean for designers and social media? Earlier this year, IF’s digital designers, Ollie Farnden and Chantal El Bikai sat down to answer exactly that. We describe the process as a day-by-day series of steps, like making a cup…
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  Here at immediate future, we are always testing new and exciting things to help us continue breaking the social boring. Recently, the design team stumbled across a design platform called Figma. A platform that enables users to work on a single document at the same time, working seamlessly…
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The Covid-19 pandemic fundamentally reshaped consumer habits. To remain competitive, CPG and retail brands have to stay ahead of trends and proactively adapt to changing customer needs. In today’s blog, we wanted to discuss how eating habits have changed and what trends could…
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There are two important steps you need to take before building your brand from a starting point. The first is to gather as much information and input from key stakeholders as possible. Start with the ‘Why’ – ask questions like: ‘Why your products or offerings great?’ ‘What problem…
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Just a few months ago, TikTok had over 2.6 billion downloads worldwide and about 700 million monthly users. Including the IFers, where we share our monthly social snapshot roundups and occasionally people running around in dinosaur outfits. TikTok being so big, lots of brands want to figure out…
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  As I am sure many of you know, Facebook suffered a major outage yesterday (Nearly 6 hours to be exact!). With chaos on the streets, many users fled to the safety of other platforms such as Twitter, Linkedin and, of course, Tiktok. Problems were reported across the world,…
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Are you sober curious? Perhaps you’re just curious as to what that even means? Well, this trend is rising quicker than you can pull a pint. In short, being sober curious is all about being more intentional about how, when and why you drink – not to be mistaken…
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For many years organic traffic was everything you needed for successful content distribution. However, as the competition for the search terms and audience attention grows, other elements of content distribution and promotion must be considered. In today’s blog, I wanted to discuss 4 important steps you need to…
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  Trends are fickle things. They can come from nothing and be the hot new thing to post on social media. On TikTok, we see this more now than ever with different sounds or dancers for users to use or copy. The trend we will be focusing on today…
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  Designers know more about ‘trusting the process’ than anyone else. Though what we all need to understand is, there is a process to everything that we do and without trust and patience, we can falter at the first hurdle. When it comes to ‘Trusting the Process’ on social…
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  On average, users post 6,000 Tweets every second on Twitter. As a Social Media Designer, standing out from the pack is crucial, and you probably dedicate a huge amount of your time to researching competitors, trawling through Facebook design groups for inspiration, or looking at the work of…
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Employee advocacy has moved centre stage in social marketing. It is accelerating as a program, pushing out its messaging in all new ways and putting employees at the forefront of business promotions and campaigns. What is driving this rapid increase in employee advocacy across social media, and what…
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No brand is a stranger to the realm of social media likes, but it seems like 2021 will be the year to kick them to the curb. While introduced to help relieve social pressure and improve mental health for its users, it’s difficult to ignore how this impacts…
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Moments make social. They fill our personal feeds with memories to look back on. From the family reunion after lockdown to our pets doing something adorable. The achievements we’re proud of to the moments of calamity our dear friends captured. Moments make social media. For a brand to make…
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  A few weeks ago we talked about the brand refresh, in which we touched on creative reasonings and processes. In this blog, I want us to delve a little deeper into designing with social media in mind. What it entails and how best to…
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Do you want to have more reach on Instagram? Do you want to understand how Instagram ranks feed posts? Then you should know how the Instagram algorithm works in 2021. Now, what is the Instagram algorithm? In short, the Instagram algorithm is a mechanism that classifies content according…
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Last week saw the launch of our Technology CMO Outlook Report. Alongside Copy House, we put the flesh on the bones of the normal benchmark reports and brought to you in-depth interviews from the CMOs of some of the biggest names in tech. On Friday, we were live with…
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  Who doesn’t love a refresh? Be it a new hairdo or a colourful wardrobe? In this case, I’ll be talking about our brand refresh – a labour of love for almost 8 (yes, e i g h t) months. Taking what we already had, simplifying it, and…
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Brands, we hear your plea… you want better engagement and higher conversions, right? What’s the secret [BBQ] sauce? It’s the consumer data. In social, there are billions of consumers chatting about everything under the sun, so you just need to listen, interpret the data and use it to…
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Building a relationship between you and your design team is imperative to creating social content that leaps off the screen and becomes ingrained in users’ minds. You should trust your designers to know what they are doing and keep the clients’ best interests in mind.  In…
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  We live in a digital era and there are billions of internet users worldwide. That means there are lots of opportunities for brands to engage with their audience and achieve business growth. One of the most effective methods for spreading brand awareness and attracting new customers is…
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Why isn’t anyone advocating storytelling reporting to your own boardroom? As we emerge from COVID-19, boardrooms are scrutinising their post-COVID recovery plans. Budgets and ROIs are being assessed to determine if they’re investing in the right areas to deliver the required business impact, at the speed needed. There…
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Hashtags remain one of the most effective ways to generate engagement on your Instagram posts in 2021. A report says that a post with at least one hashtag averages 12.6% more engagement than posts without any. So, it’s worth including them in your content strategy.
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A few weeks ago, we wrote a piece on when it was best to stand out from the crowd, and if done right, can create some truly engaging content that sees other brands jumping on your bandwagon. The most recent occurrence…
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Influencer marketing: a form of social media marketing that helps bridge the gap between businesses and consumers, offering insights into products to help inform decision making and ultimately influence audiences. Of course. What started as a hobby and changed into a career in 2009, influencers have taken the social…
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It’s no secret that the last 12 months has thrown out some challenging moments for every single brand and organisation across the globe. Recently, Katy Howell (CEO, immediate Future) and Belle Lawrence (Associate Director, Immediate Future) sat down with a group of experienced marketers in the FMCG world…
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  There are new social media marketing tactics popping up every day. When first getting started in social, it can be tough to define which ones are right for your brand and audience.   Influencer partnerships can have a huge impact on boosting your…
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  As we move towards a more hopeful outlook to the opening of the world’s door’s, we should remember that our time in this horrible, horrible pandemic has changed the digital landscape for the foreseeable future. This new mindset will change how we host events/talks even past this…
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On social, its crucial for brands and identities to sometimes stand out from the crowd, to create content that engages users and makes an impact.   Making the same content as others can appear stale and overdone, so there is a lot of pressure to create content that can…
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It’s that time of the week again – time for your social snapshot! We’ve got a round-up for all of the latest happenings on social media. So grab a coffee and get up to speed    Facebook announces new features for IWD With International Women’s Day coming…
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With 20.33 million daily active users, TikTok is fast becoming the place to be. What started as a platform viewed for the younger audience, the demographics of users have broadened (popularity increased during 2020), and more and more brands are exploring this new venture. But how should brands approach…
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With so much change, disruption, and discussion around what’s next all around the world, it can be difficult to stay in touch with what really matters at the moment. For a brand on social, if you aren’t on top of key trends, how people are feeling and why…
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Let’s get real, most of the content you’re scrolling through on social right now is BORING. Social feeds are a sea of pointless pictures, yawn-inducing infographics, and videos that would send an insomniac to sleep! BUT then… you’re stopped in your tracks by something stand-out, thumb-stopping, and exciting!…
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Last week we informed you that Facebook was looking to cash in on creating a rival product to the widely popular Clubhouse. While this is true, it seems that Instagram is still trying to catch up with other social networks and enable users to have more than two…
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Reactive social media is something we’ve seen a lot of recently and was considered a growing trend in 2020 after everyone turned to social at the start of the pandemic. When done well, this type of content can really pay off, but it doesn’t come without its risks.
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Social media marketing is an excellent tool that bridges the gap between businesses and consumers. When used strategically and a clear understanding has been met, great outcomes can be achieved. So there’s no doubt why we’ve seen so many companies flood to social channels over the past year.
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Social media trends are quite often fleeting. Some find ways to adapt and evolve and stay relevant. Others are gone with the click of the fingers. One thing that is here to stay is influencer marketing. In 2021 brands are well aware that connecting with the consumers is…
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To save you a long read if you are not here for the why: there isn’t really a best time to post on social media, or rather, if there is one, it can change overnight, depends on a lot of factors, and ultimately, doesn’t really matter. Let’s explore.
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For many people working outside of our industry, social media marketing seems easy. Wrong. What they don’t know is how much effort and hard work goes on behind the scenes. And it’s not just down to one person. To be successful in social media marketing, you need to collaborate –…
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It’s that time of the week again – time for your social snapshot! We’ve got a round-up for all of the latest happenings on social media. So, sit back, enjoy, and take it all in!   TikTok Launches it’s first LiDAR-enabled AR effect With AR set to be…
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New year, new… well, nothing? If you’re feeling like nothing has changed and the world of social media is as exhausting as ever, we’ve collated a few best-practice thoughts for you – you’re stronger than you think! Be agile, not fragile Change is the only constant… who said…
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In recent days, gamers have swarmed social media to show their disappointment in the launch of the highly anticipated video game, ‘Cyberpunk 2077’, some of which have been waiting over ten years for its release. To the dismay of many, the game released to platforms in an unplayable state, making…
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Let’s face it Covid restrictions have transformed trends, behaviours and shaped the way we live our everyday lives. And when it comes to shopping, things are very different from what they were seven months ago. Ever-changing consumer habits have forced many companies to re-think their retail and distribution models,…
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Over the years, as social media has become the be-all and end-all of where online content is consumed, the quality and style of creative imagery have continued to advance and achieve a wide range of results. As social is an ever-evolving landscape, trends and fads come and go from…
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The new normal, post-Covid world, or whatever you may call it, is going to change everything. From the way we work to the way consumers behave. If we look to the future, it’s looking pretty bleak – we can’t sugar-coat that. Brexit, the continuation of covid, a potential recession…
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  2020… what else is there left to say? A soul-sapping, up and down rollercoaster of emotions that has forced some to do the unthinkable. Yes, that’s right people. Christmas trees are sprouting up in front-rooms across the UK as families and friends alike look to ’light up…
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  I am always a bit shocked when I discover there is no strategy behind marketing – how on earth do you know if it works if you don’t know where you’re going? So, when I heard that somewhere between 50-60% of branded communities have no strategy or…
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Supporting businesses, Christmas and a few new platform announcements – it’s social snapshot time, so let’s just jump right in!   Twitter offers Christmas insights Like all of 2020, Christmas is going to be different this year. So, to help marketers prepare for the unusual festivities, Twitter has shared…
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Can you quite believe that we are a mere few weeks from the end of 2020! For many, it can’t end quick enough, but for brand marketers, we KNOW there’s never quite enough time to plan for the year ahead. We’ve just launched our…
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In this day and age, almost everybody and every business are on social media. For us individuals, it’s a great way to keep in touch with family and friends, and occasionally show off something we’re proud of. But for businesses, it’s an important aspect that should be included in your…
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Cross-app communication, Instagram’s 10th birthday and Facebook’s new Groups feature – it’s been a busy week, so let’s dig in today’s Social Snapshot:   Facebook introduces cross-app communication between Messenger and Instagram Facebook announced it will begin rolling out new functionality, allowing Instagram and Messenger users to communicate…
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Entrepreneurs rightly state that employees are our biggest and most valuable resource. Yet many businesses are not unlocking the potent potential presented by social media. As business leaders start to scale the upper echelons of industry, they understand the importance of having an inside-out voice. Thought leadership or opinion…
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Our purpose at IF is to break the social boring – what does that take? Bravery. Courage. AND preparation. The campaigns you see out in social which tackle taboos or hit a topic head-on – and then succeed – they’ve taken time to prepare, to look at what…
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