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international literacy day

Being literate at one thing (or in general) is what sets apart those who simply immerse themselves and those who really understand the dangers and other possibilities. This goes the same with social media. With the advancement of technology, it is easier to get oneself drowned into the online world without getting to know the ins and outs of technology. That’s why this International Literacy Day, we want to focus on Social Media Literacy to help out netizens out there to be better social media users.

There are so many dangers in the social media world these days. One of the biggest issues we have is privacy. There’s always feeling that we are being watched and that our data will always be compromised. We can’t blame you for feeling that way, though. Through the years, there have been various data breaches especially on social media.

Another issue is on the spread of fake news. It is easy to replicate websites these days. Some of them can easily fool us for being real. And because of that, we fall prey into spreading them as if they’re real and legit news.

Social media bullying is another problem that seems to plague users online. We speak out our minds on issues but others just argue and dumbing you down by attacking you personally. It is never safe to converse or interact with people online.

These are just a few social media issues we’re facing right now. So, how do we make ourselves literate about these issues? How can we not fall victims with these predator-like problems?

To celebrate International Literacy Day, here are a few tips that might help you be more literate social media users.

student productivity apps

The student of today are so into technology. It’s like they can’t live without their gadgets especially their mobile phones. But while a student like you can get too many distractions from your mobile phones (social media, games, streaming, etc.), why not try to download productivity apps that can help you with your studies?

Your phone doesn’t have to be all about the fun. It’s also a powerful tool that can help you ease your work load. We gathered some of the best productivity apps that you could download to help you focus and organize your tasks to accomplish for school. We categorized them by functionality so you can choose one of each that suits you best.

It’s World Photo Day! Today, we celebrate the great art of photography by giving out a few tips and tricks on mobile photography.

But before we move forward, you might ask… why celebrate World Photo Day?

According to The Economic Times:

World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by Frenchmen Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1837.

On January 9, 1839, the French Academy of Sciences announced the Daguerreotype process. On August 19, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “free to the world”.

This day is not only dedicated to those who love the craft and are passionate about the craft, but those who are willing to learn about taking photographs, too. While there are a lot of DSLR enthusiasts nowadays but let’s face it – mobile photography is the new medium.

Our phones are very accessible and the latest innovations on mobile technology allowed this one single device to do almost everything. We own a phone, we have the world in our hands. Gone were the days that mobile phones are just for calls and texts. We can do almost everything on it. Even access our very computers remotely through our phones.

One feature that every new phone mobile always boasts about is the camera. It’s not just a battle of rear cameras anymore. Nor is it on front cameras to take better selfies. We have phones now with dual cameras with different functions and capacities.

Indeed, phone photography has become so wide, it seems like everyone wants to do it. And if you’ve only just begun learning the art, here are a few tips and tricks you can do to take better photos on your phones.

Are you trying to gain traction in acquiring more sales for your brand lately? Your marketing smarts would tell you that creating promotions that would attract your customers is the best way to go about it. One thing you can do is send out giveaways and other freebies that would entice your customer to buy your items.

You might ask: wouldn’t giving away free stuff more of a loss than something to gain for your company?

If you’re giving away anything for free without any

It’s Cheer Up The Lonely Day! And what a great opportunity to have a day dedicated to just making someone feel good.

The task of making someone smile or happy can be daunting. One factor is we could never know what makes a person smile. Sometimes, we think of something too grand that we end up spending too much yet our efforts get unappreciated. People also have different tastes with things. Others love surprises while others don’t; others like random gifts given by strangers, others just throw them away when you’re out of sight. Really, it matters what floats their boats.

Another factor is the hesitation to even try to make a person smile. Sure, we have lots of ideas but then we hesitate at the last minute. One can sometimes be too shy to even try or just really hesitate to give out a helping hand. Probably when their days are too bad, there’s no room for anything to change their mood. Just an assurance: if you try and they’re still all grumpy, it is not your fault.

Lastly, the things we see in social media sort of sets the bar high. People expect too much and we feel so pressured to spend for something to just brighten someone’s day. Random strangers giving out what street people need by ordering it online and have it delivered straight to the concerned person. But it’s rather rare that someone can be that rich and generous to the homeless, right? We easily equate having to cheer someone up as to spending too much when, in reality, it doesn’t have to be.

So how do you cheer up someone who’s down?

There are many ways you can do that and it doesn’t even have to cost a dime. We give you a few tips on how to do it so that this #CheerUpTheLonelyDay, you can draw more smiles on people’s faces – both on those who are close to you and strangers you get to meet.

Social media has been around for quite a while now. Little did we notice that it has been two decades since its rise (together with the rise of internet). Different social media platforms actually came to existence either to supplement what other platforms don’t have, or to be a platform’s competition.

According to First Page Digital, social media is “an online platform used for social networking, content creation, and microblogging.” But as technology evolved, so did the purpose and definition of social media. Currently, social media could be defined as “a marketing tool for brands to expand their reach” on top of being a tool for networking.

That being said, it is understandable why some social media platforms did not survive. Some had their glory days and took a peak for quite a while and eventually just faded in the background. Others just launched and barely made it and never had the chance to become popular.

One big reason could be because they could not keep up with the demands of their users. Hence, everybody just left and migrated to other thriving platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and even Tumblr.

In this blog, we try to name a few of the most popular social media platforms back then that just wasn’t able to keep up and finally ceased to exist.

New Snapchat Filters

The new Snapchat filters are taking social media by store. | Image credit: Liz Sommer of Stayhip.com

Ever noticed your news feed and stories lately? People are going crazy with the new Snapchat filters that’s taking social media by storm.

We’ve always known Snapchat to dish out cool and funny camera filters but this batch is one for the books.

People all over the globe – from celebrities to parents (who use the filters on their babies) – have used these filters to either poke fun at themselves or others, or to see and compare their faces with their siblings, friends, or significant other. Because the new filters are very much relatable to everyone.

Here are the few Snapchat filters that people are enjoying lately.

Photo by Wendy Wei from Pexels

Influencer marketing has been a buzz word long before 2018, but it was in that year that most companies started investing in them.

Different industries may choose different personalities as influencers. They may also have different campaign plans or techniques. But in the end, they all have the same goal and that is using an influencer to reach out to their target market more effectively.

But online marketers never had an easy job with influencer marketing mainly because they don’t know what their target audience likes. Especially if you want to tap into Generation Z.

Let’s try to get to know more about this generation, what they look for in an influencer, and how your company can tailor out your influencer marketing strategy for them.

Social media is crowded with information. Know what and what not to post.

In this time and age of social media, we are overwhelmed with information. We browse through our timelines and see lots of different posts. From news to memes, to status updates and photos of our friends. Indeed, it is crowded out there.

There are times that we feel that social media is becoming to be very toxic. Each post of each network of friends that you have seems to have the same undertones, blurred meanings, and what-not. Worse, we have friends who shares just about anything on our timelines including fake news.

Let us then be one less problem in the online world. It doesn’t mean that we have ‘free speech’ that we should always practice it online. The mere excuse of ‘this is my account so I can say anything I want here’ is just petty and pathetic.

Right now, what we need in the online world – especially in social media – is some responsibility, accountability, and critical thinking. Gone are the days that we can make endless excuses about what we post online. But this doesn’t mean that we are setting up ‘laws’ or ‘rules’ to restrict you.

Here are some guidelines on what not to post in your social media accounts to keep yourself (and others) safe, well-informed, and sensitive to the goings-on in the and out of the online world.

The world of business marketing and advertising have continually evolved for the past years and the news is… there’s no sign of it stopping.

We have seen how the entry of the internet changed the different approaches and strategies of marketing and advertising businesses. From traditional press releases or content generation for traditional media platforms, we have seen how the internet gave the chance for business owners to reach out directly through their clients.

Through social media, a layer or two of the advertising processes can be taken out of the situation. To illustrate this point, see illustration below:

Before: Business -> Advertising Agency -> Traditional Media Platform -> Audiences

Now: Business -> (Advertising Agency) -> Social Media Accounts -> Audiences  

Before, businesses used to tap the help of advertising agencies to create content for a certain media platform before it gets released to the public. For example, they would tap agencies to for the creation of a TV Commercial before it gets distributed to television stations. Therefore, you have to go through two third-party entities before you can reach your audiences.

But today, businesses can choose or choose not to work with advertising agencies in content creation. There is also no need for them to go through another third-party media platform because they can directly upload it in their own online platforms.

However, with the fast-evolving changes in the digital marketing landscape, it is difficult to take advertising agencies out of the equation. The digital developments this year might become obsolete a few years after so you need to be flexible and fast enough to adapt to these changes. If you are slow to cope with these changes, then you’ll surely be left behind.

This 2019, there will be new sets of digital trends that will revolutionize the field of advertising – again.

And the news is… there’s no sign of it stopping.

In this post, we will talk about the upcoming digital trends in 2019. This will help you set your expectations and adjust your marketing plan to keep up with the projected changes.

With more than 500 million active accounts worldwide and 80% of these accounts following a business profile, Instagram is surely a viable platform to advertise your business.

Just like other social media platforms, you need to exert effort in increasing your organic followers in order to convert them into sales.

Promoting your business in Instagram is more than just numbers. Yes, we want to brag about the high number of followers our account has but if these followers aren’t real ones then it will lose its purpose.

In an ever-changing landscape of business advertising where the internet now becomes the main platform of advertising, it is but necessary to know about the different ways to genuinely increase your Instagram following.

In this post, we will be giving you some tips on how to increase your IG followers.

Who are the ‘Generation Z’ and why should any brand be concerned about marketing to this specific audience?

The Generation Z-ers are those born in the 90’s up to the early 2000’s. They are today’s young ones – teenagers to young adults.

Unlike the generation before them, the Generation Z are more into the digital stuff. They were born into the world where technology was already vastly improved. Today, they are the market of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Crafting a social media marketing campaign for them is not as easy as your usual bread-and-butter, run-off-the-mill strategies. This generation is more particular with the brands they choose, the personalities they follow, and the campaigns that catch their attention.

So how do you craft a campaign at a generation that’s too critical?

It is the new year! And with the new year comes new trends in online marketing.

Most online marketing websites would suggest optimizing your social media accounts. And why not? Every platform is now a big thing in online marketing.

Instagram has grown and has become one of the most influential platforms to many users especially to generations X and Z.

Facebook is still in since most mobile users are on Facebook.

While Twitter has set a decline, LinkedIn is skyrocketing lately.

With this info in mind, what should you do for your online marketing efforts this 2018? Brace yourself for the new year and map out your social media marketing plan with these tips in mind.