Happy Mardi Gras!

Happy Mardi Gras!

Our greatest season is here once again, New Orleans. Officially, the Carnival season kicks off with Twelfth Night (Jan. 6th) and the subsequent balls in the Crescent City but it starts to go into overdrive as Krewe du Vieux and krewedelusion parade through the French Quarter Saturday.

After that it is a tour de force of parades down St. Charles in Uptown where 31 krewes will parade over the course of 12 days culminating on Mardi Gras Day Feb. 13th.

My goodness. Get ready New Orleans.

So, in honor of this glorious time of year, Seersucker Creative has made you and all of your friends out on the route a Mardi Gras playlist on Spotify to get everyone moving. We hope you enjoy it and wish you a safe and amazing Carnival season.

https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/xyzoycdjh1dg7veq6mjd0f46y/playlist/7hvlvjG8lKyBLTnlcb8f2C

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Best of 2017

Champagne flute at Emeril's DelmonicoWe would be remiss if we didn’t mark the end of 2017 with a toast.

It has been a big year for us as we brought the Seersucker Creative dream into reality. We appreciate all of the love from our family, friends, Romans, countrymen, volunteer organizationsand clients.

We look forward to bringing great energy to the New Orleans marketing scene and beyond. Our vision is true. Our mission is a positive one. We hope you come along for the ride.

So we raise a glass to you friends. Without you there would be no us.

Here’s to hoping you had a great 2017 and all of your dreams come true in the year to come.

 

Get Into The Online Game

IMG-5424It is vital for small businesses or individuals to employ an active social media presence and, better yet, a paid digital advertising campaign. Moreover, if you’re not taking online marketing seriously, you might as well start planning for your “Going out of business” sale.

Okay. That last part was just to shock you but the point remains the same. Facebook’s debut (February, 2004) was a long time ago and the days of not participating in the digital landscape are far behind us.

Online marketing and social media channels are the only arenas where your small business can go toe-to-toe with “the big boys.” So why, after opening your store, employing the best staff and dotting all of the I’s and crossing all of the T’s would you NOT participate in a relatively low-cost method of advertising that is literally at your — and most importantly your customers — fingertips? That’s akin to fumbling the football at the one-yard line or taking a called strike to end the game.

You’re in the game to win the game.

This game that we play is one where there are almost five billion Google searches a day and 1.15 billion mobile daily active Facebook users. That’s money literally circling around your digital doorstep. Don’t you want part of that action?

So for the sake of your business, do away with the following misguided thoughts—

Stop pretending that you’re business is untouchable.

Stop pretending that online advertising doesn’t work.

Stop pretending that you can post once a week to social media.

Stop pretending social media doesn’t make sense for your product/service.

Stop pretending that digital marketing costs too much.

OR

Watch your competition poach your customers.

Watch your competitors dictate trends in your marketplace.

Watch your old customers disappear.

Watch your new customers — do nothing — because they don’t know about you.

Watch customers walk right past your door.

Sounds harsh but so is losing your business. So, let’s work together and make 2018 a success for all of us.

What Is The Best Time to Post?

By Mark Patrick Spencer

IMG-6009While Google is an effective tool for many of life’s tasks it can also overwhelm and lead to analysis paralysis when it comes to the best paths to take in digital marketing and, more specifically, social media.

“Google it” isn’t just a saying — it’s basically a way of life these days.

Making a delicious stir-fry? Google it.
Changing a tire? Google it.
What is 113 times 8? Google it.

Google is also a seemingly endless stream (or ocean-sized conundrum?) when it comes to information on when is the best time for you to post on your social media channels.

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are all different animals and digging deeper into each channel reveals that factors such as your audience, locations and devices used are all variables that come in to play (just to name a few). A nice Hubspot write up gives us some solid data on when to post on each social media channel but, like the rest, always includes the proviso that you have to test and track your own metrics.

So, where does that leave your funny tweet about your mom’s Christmas ham fiasco?

We figure it out together.

Honestly, that is what every single article on when to post will boil down to. We figure it out.

Everyone’s audience is different. So, the Neil Patels and Hubspots of the world are only mere guide posts to keep us on track, but it is up to us to investigate and experiment, track results and act upon our research.

One of the most beautiful things in life is that we are all different. Why should social media be any different?

The most powerful weapon that digital marketing employs is its ability to track results and give us the information we need. After that, it’s all up to us.

5 Reasons Why Content Is Still King

By Mark Patrick Spencer

Mardi Gras King of ContentWe lived in Austin, Texas back in the early 2000s. After our social circles expanded significantly it was not uncommon to run into someone who had written a screenplay. I had written a screenplay (which I sold in 2013), my friends had all written screenplays, it turns out everyone in the city of Austin had written a screenplay.

The digital equivalent of the early 2000s Austin screenplay freakout would be the blog.

Everyone has a blog. You’re probably thinking about that awesome blog you were so committed to in 2005 to document your killer progress in your dedication to jogging. Remember? One gently used pair of shoes later and the blog became a ghost town. That’s fine. It’s tough to generate content on a frequent basis. Yet, it is absolutely necessary to do so for your website.

Here are five brief reasons why content is still king.

1. Google Ranking Factor

The Google algorithm, in some ways, is the most intriguing aspect of the internet. The company doesn’t publish the algorithm and only subtly hints that changes to the algorithm are either forthcoming or have already happened. The Google algorithm, itself, is an unknown. Its ranking factors, however, are not and content is considered one of the most vital factors for your site to rank well in Google search. Content was even ranked number one in a Search Engine Journal article published earlier this year.

Just remember — when you publish new content to your site the Google web crawlers “see” the fresh content and that is a good thing.

2. Exhibit Authority

This point is pretty self-explanatory. If I’m listening to a mechanic and the guy has no idea what he is talking about or seems vague and shady, I’m going to move on to the next shop. Accordingly, your content is a direct line of communication between you and your customers. Impress the customer and bask in the glory of them clicking thru your site heading for a sweet conversion.

3. Good Content is Green

We’re all for thinking “Earth First” here at Seersucker Creative but this has nothing to do with recycling. This is about how to use, and reuse, your content — in a way, making it evergreen.

Like mentioned earlier, content creation is not for the meek. It’s tough and necessary work.

A lot of clients make the big mistake of thinking every bit of content is a “one-off.” As in, they create an awesome story, send it out into the social media landscape and…that’s it. Brutal error.

Think of your content as an item to sell. If it sells once why create a new wheel? Keep selling what the crowd wants, as in, on your social media channels, you can repackage and reuse the same bit of content. You should never batter your audience by repeatedly shoving the same content down their throat in a short period of time but you can put it on a nice rotation, perhaps seasonal. For example, why only share your delicious recipe for cookies once when you can share them on Christmas, Easter and as a mid-summer party snack option?

4. Your Social Media Channels Love Content

Your social media channels are your front door to getting people into your home (website). But if you don’t have good, fresh content when they walk into your home, potential clients will click out of your site which will lead to an ugly bounce rate that will raise a red flag with our Google overlords.

5. Digging for Gold

Whether you’re a marketing company or handling your digital advertising on your own one of your main jobs is to create content, get it out into the world and track what hits and misses. Through tools such as Google Analytics you can see and measure the response every bit of content you create receives.

But before you track the results you have to have the content to attract the customer. You can write the greatest tweets and Facebook posts of all time but if the audience knows there’s no fresh content on your site they will eventually stop clicking through to your site.

This isn’t your jogging blog, this is your business and to succeed you have to create content.