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Here is What’s New in Social Media This Summer

It’s time once again for a social media news roundup! Here is a summary of the biggest moves being made in the social media world this summer, and how they could impact your business.InstagramThe image-sharing platform has long tried to make it easy for users to toggle back and forth between accounts. But now, Instagram is simplifying things even more for those with multiple accounts by allowing them to connect them all and use one login for all those accounts with the same password. This...

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Industry News Accounts You Should Be Following on Twitter

One part of my role as AAMA’s Communications Coordinator is to monitor a range of industry news sites for information that may be worth sharing with our members. I do this by subscribing to a number of industry newsletters, signing up for Google Alerts for key terms and checking out their websites regularly. And luckily, most of those sites have excellent, frequently updated Twitter accounts, too. I follow several industry news accounts on Twitter so I can scan AAMA’s Twitter feed with ease to see what’s new.

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Reach Millennials by Adding Podcast Advertising to Your Marketing Budget

A couple years ago, I wrote about how advertising on podcasts can help companies reach a new audience. I wanted to revisit this topic, with a focus on reaching a market of relatively newer homeowners: Millennials.According to Edison Research, in 2016, 38 percent of millennials aged 18-34 listen to podcasts. Considering my fellow Millennials are a generation of cord cutters, traditional advertising on TV, local markets or national, isn’t the best way to reach out anymore. We’re paying for the ad-free version of Hulu and...

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Share Window Safety Resources on Social Media This Spring

This is an updated version of a blog post that originally ran in April 2017.They say March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb – we are still in the lion days, but at least it is almost spring. This change of seasons means it’s almost time for warm weather and open windows letting in fresh air. It also means it is time to brush up on some window safety tips, since open windows can be dangerous for young children who are...

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7 Digital Marketing Trends (and How to Make Them Work for the Fenestration Industry)

A new report about digital marketing trends that will rule in 2019 was released by Venngage recently, and the biggest takeaways seem to be that content with images is key, and that customer-generated content promoting your brand is a big asset. I can see these two trends sticking around for the foreseeable future, so here are some ways to make them work in your company’s favor.Content marketing is still the dominant digital marketing technique: The report interprets this by suggesting companies stop focusing on paid...

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Lay Out Social Media Plans Now for Success in 2019

A previous version of this post ran on the Socially Speaking blog in December 2016.Now that 2018 has passed, it’s time to begin planning for the new year. While companies probably have 2019 budget plans worked out, it’s not a bad idea to give an organization’s social media presence a little extra attention, too. Here are some ideas for content you can create and share, as well as some tips for how to make sure your social media plans get off on the right foot...

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How to Launch a Video Campaign on Social Media

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about video lately, and the growing popularity of tools like Facebook Live and Instagram Stories are probably why. For a while, AAMA was shooting interviews at conferences to build an inventory of video clips and interviews, but at our most recent conference, we tried something different. We went in with a clear vision of a short video we wanted to produce, one that would be easy to share, and we carried out member interviews to make it happen....

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Make a Plan for Getting Your Message Across on Multiple Platforms with November 6 Webinar

For the last four AAMA conferences, I’ve offered social media workshops on a range of topics. It was great to see several of you who participated in those sessions. So far, members have learned how to make the most out of using LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. During the Q&A section of a recent workshop, I got a great question: Which platform is BEST?As I’ve written before, there’s no simple answer to this question. But it got me thinking about why we choose some platforms over...

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AAMA Members Use Twitter to Show Off During GlassBuild

During GlassBuild America last month, many AAMA members took up real estate on the tradeshow floor, showing off what they’ve been innovating in 2018. Several AAMA staff were in Las Vegas, either working in the association’s booth or meeting with industry leaders on the floor and at networking events. I worked behind the scenes to find and share updates from AAMA members posting about the show on Twitter, using the hashtag #GlassBuild. Here are some highlights AAMA members were sharing.Kicking Off the ShowNetworking and Demos    Last...

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How to Use Twitter During Live Events Like GlassBuild

Two big industry events are happening soon, and both are great opportunities to use Twitter to your advantage when it comes to networking and getting the latest information live. Even if you can’t attend GlassBuild America next week or next month’s AAMA Fall Conference, you can still get the scoop in real time by following each event’s hashtag. Here are some tips to get the most out of an in-person event’s Twitter presence, even if you’re not there.Tip 1: Find out the official hashtag. In...

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