Profile of Matt Lodge - Digital Marketing Analyst

Matt Lodge: Digital Marketing Analyst

WHO AM I?

I am a Digital Marketing Analyst at Seafoam Media. It’s my job to convert measurable data into actionable results for our clients.

MY MISSION AT SEAFOAM:

I want to ensure that our clients have every advantage possible in a competitive digital landscape. My mission is to use data-driven approaches to create a seamless marketing plan that grabs customers, no matter how they’re searching or browsing.

WHY I LOVE WHAT I DO:

I’ve always loved solving problems. Diving into data and numbers to find ways to move the needle for our clients creates unique challenges and gives me the opportunity to find new solutions to age-old problems.

MY QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

Prior to joining Seafoam Media, I worked at a direct marketing agency in New York City for 4 years. I learned classic methods for reaching customers and growing brands.

I also worked for the largest online chess website, Chess.com, for 4 years. I worked extensively on growing our online presence along with managing our analytics for our streaming video content.

IN MY FREE TIME…

I play a lot of chess, despite being deeply mediocre at it. I’m in a bowling league, despite being deeply mediocre at that, as well. I love spending time with my fiance and my dog, which I am fantastic at.

Lauren Kruczyk: Client Success Manager

WHO AM I?

I build & maintain relationships with my clients while keeping the team organized and timely with their tasks. I make sure my clients are well taken care of and are always "surprised and delighted" by my team. 

MY MISSION AT SEAFOAM:

To maintain a graceful and professional presence while going above and beyond to both make clients happy and collaborate with the team in a positive manner. Basically, to be awesome at my job and continue learning throughout this journey I have been lucky to embark upon.

WHY I LOVE WHAT I DO:

I love interacting with people, understanding the dynamics between clients' and Seafoam's ultimate goals, and managing team tasks so that we are all working together to adhere to the philosophies set in place by Seafoam. I want to be the bridge that helps lead everyone safely to the other side. :-)

MY QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

I have experience in digital marketing, content writing, coding, and client relations. I believe my plethora of experience is vital in working to be a successful and vital addition to my clients' teams.

IN MY FREE TIME…

I spend time with my puppy Piper, Roku & chill, cook spicy things, write "stuff," read memoirs, watch horror movies, hike when I am lucky enough to be in the mountains, travel (ultimate goal: Machu Picchu in 1 year + Belize!), and enjoy being an "amateur photographer."

Rachel Sipes

Rachel Sipes: Digital Marketing Analyst

WHO AM I?

I am one our team's Digital Marketing Analysts! I love digging into the numbers and watching my hard work in PPC and SEO pay off for our clients.

MY MISSION AT SEAFOAM:

To learn and test.  I want to learn as much about the digital space as possible so I can become a better strategist, analyst, and business partner.  I want to know more about your business and tell you what I know will help you achieve your goals.

WHY I LOVE WHAT I DO:

The media industry is ever changing.  Something new is being rolled out everyday; something that could help my clients soar.

MY QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

I started my career 4 years ago in paid media and have been learning about new trends and methods ever since!

WHY I LOVE WORKING AT SEAFOAM:

I'm excited to work for a company who has a relaxed, trusting, hungry, and dedicated atmosphere.

IN MY FREE TIME…

I love to re-watch my favorite tv shows.  Sometimes while I do this, you will find me tapping into my creative side with some acrylic paints or mimicking some drawings on sketchpad.

Social Media Branding; Choosing Your Platform, Wisely

By Holly Sinclair
Industry Insights

Have you ever seen the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? If not, stop what you are doing and go directly to Netflix. It’s a great film. There is a scene (and for the three people who have never seen the movie this is a HUGE SPOILER ALERT) at the end of the movie where Indiana Jones must find the holy grail. Countless cups and chalices are surrounding him, and he must choose the one that will save them all. In this cave of wonders sits an ancient knight, passing judgment on those who are looking for the sacred cup. This scene always comes to mind when I talk about social media branding. Businesses are faced with a myriad of choices, but must choose wisely, for those who try to tackle every social media platform are doomed to fail in their quest. Today we offer some things to think about regarding social media branding for your business. Hopefully, we can guide you on your journey and help you to choose wisely.

Questions To Ask About Your Social Media Branding

In the past decade, social media has become a force to be reckoned with, changing the way brands communicate and interact with their customers. Social media is no fad, and now countless business articles are pointing to the value of these platforms; pushing companies to join. From Facebook to Linkedin and Twitter to Pinterest, it is easy to want to jump on the bandwagon and sign up, especially since the majority of these platforms are free! There are a couple of fundamental questions that any business person should ask themselves before they try to implement any social media branding. Failure to do so would represent a bad choice indeed.

You must chose your social media branding wisely.

GIF courtesy People Magazine:

 

  1. Who is my brand’s audience?
    This seems like a straightforward answer, but it isn’t always. Your brand’s audience apparently includes the people that purchase your goods or services. Your core customers are your top priority, so who are they? Are they a broad target, like mothers who buy household goods? Or do you have a niche audience? In addition to your core consumer, do you have other stakeholders that you want to engage on social media? For example, do you have a large staff spread across the country? Do you work with distributors or vendors? To whom are you trying to communicate your company’s core message? They need to be included in your audience.
  2. How does this audience want to engage with my brand?
    This is a trickier question to answer, but an important one. How do you communicate with your stakeholders? What do they want to know? Is your product or service very technical or could you sell to the average consumer? Remember that this is social media, where the emphasis is on the word social. What do your clients want to know when they talk WITH you. These are not one-way communications, so how can you create a dialog with your stakeholders?
    Find brand ambassadors in your social media branding strategy

    Look for your adoring fans. These are the ones that will help promote your brand.
    GIF Courtesy :Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Often, we encourage companies to look beyond the technical and sales aspects of their business and offer the human side of things; a look into the culture of the business not just what the company sells. Ultimately you want to find your biggest fans online and find a way to turn them into ambassadors for your organization. These will be the people that comment on your photos and will share your posts with their friends. What do they want to talk about?
  3. Where is my brand’s audience?
    At this point, you have answered the who and the what of understanding social media branding. Now you have to ask yourself where are these types of conversations taking place. You may be surprised to learn that Facebook, despite being the biggest social media player, is not the right fit for your company. Businesses that sell highly specialized products or services to other firms have a hard time making a dent on Facebook simply because that platform is not where hyper-business-centric conversations happen. Linkedin is often a great platform for B2B business, given the tone and seriousness of the platform. Pinterest, in contrast, has a far more significant female demographic than men and so companies must take that into account. Complex brands may have a hard time communicating sophisticated messages 140 characters at a time, although that is not always the case. Meanwhile, even serious brands can succeed in unlikely places by understanding who and what each platform can offer and how to communicate on the social platforms.
  4. What kind of time does my brand have to spend on social media?
    The world of social media is vast. Social media platforms aren’t just limited to the top five players; anywhere consumers can engage with the brand should be considered a social media opportunity. Sites like Yelp, Foursquare, and Youtube all fall under the header of social media platforms. Any of these sites have the ability to drive awareness, engagement and sales to your business but only if you make a commitment to monitoring and cultivating online relationships there.
    Does managing your social platforms make you want to run away? We can help. GIF courtesy People Magazine: http://bit.ly/1QFwTIO

    Does managing your social platforms make you want to run away?                                                               GIF courtesy People Magazine

    Often this is far too daunting of a task in conjunction with the daily duties of running your business. Social media, when done well can be a boon to your business. When done poorly or infrequently it can make your company look out of touch or even out of business.  This doesn’t mean that your business has to miss the boat on social media. It may only mean you can’t do it by yourself.

That’s where companies like Seafoam Media come in. We can help answer all of these questions and more, helping you to get back to the business of running your business. If you don’t know where to begin with your social media branding, contact Seafoam Media today. We can offer a free audit to determine your best practices to finding the holy grail of your social media strategy and engagement. Let us help you on your quest to grow your business digitally.

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