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Sales Lead Management Association Radio

13
Jan 2015

Images and Graphics for Marketing: Which format works best and WHY?

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Images done right – What’s the difference? png? jpeg? gif?
 
It is hammered into your head that EVERY blog post, every article and update needs an image.
We know those posts generally get the most activity – but only if they are quality and interesting images. But what about the format of those images and graphics, especially when they need to be LARGE such as on Google+ and Pinterest? There are several formats for online images: jpg/jpeg, gif and the current favorite, png.
 
Instagram allows 15 second marketing videos, Pinterest allows you to pin all images, some videos and animated graphics - but what makes the most sense to get your message out there?
 
What’s the difference?
How do we know which we want?
Can we simply rename an image?
What about saving as, a save as after saving as?
 
A copy of a copy of a copy – even digitally – begins to lose quality. We’ll give you tips on how to avoid that issue and keep your images as crisp, clear and lovely as possible.
 
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Helps:
Here is the link to Stackoverflows site, nicely describing differences:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2336522/png-vs-gif-vs-jpeg-when-best-to-use

And for crazy nerds, Google Developers "Image Optimization":
https://developers.google.com/web/fundamentals/performance/optimizing-content-efficiency/image-optimization
 
Free programs to edit images:
PicMonkey, Canva
 
Apps to edit images on your phone or tablet:
A Beautiful Mess!, Photoshop Express
 
Tips highlighted:
Start with the largest possible image and use SAVE AS to create variations and other formats. Name them all the same at the front and add: _500-lowres, _1200-highres, etc. so when you sort them they stay in a group and are easier to find.
 
Just because you can animate things, doesn't mean you should. Let's go back to that gooey baby from 1992!
 
Comment from event attendee, Brian Shea:
For those going back to the old days of dial-up in the 90's, keeping file size small was one of the most important lessons, as we had to upload those images via 28.8/56k.  So, we quickly understood and appreciated filesize.  When broadband came in, and digital cameras, all the new designers thought nothing of using photos directly out of the cameras.
Yes, I've seen 4mb files being used on websites.
Even for some old timers, they didn't get the concept that even though 'everyone' has broadband, the images still need to be optimized.  It wasn't until they got hit with major mobile data charges that they realized that filesize is not just about performance and speed. It's also costly.
9
Dec 2014

Why would you want to convert your audio podcast to video and visa versa?

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So you made a video show or tip or guide, but you want to turn it into a podcast. You can do that as a video – depending on your hosting account set up for your podcast station, or you can convert it to audio.
 
Which is a reminder, that not everyone sits watching you like they would The Voice. They may just want to listen. Don’t rely on screen shares and visuals if you want your content to be more versatile. But also, don't miss the opportunity to expose your video or audio content to a new audience easily.
 
What if you were a guest on a radio show and want to turn that content into video for YouTube? There are simple steps, including making sure you have permission from the original source to re-purpose the content. We will cover steps and ideas of how to best turn your content around to give you more options to get it out there.
10
Nov 2014

Vaccinate your marketing team against social media overwhelm

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As the director of marketing, Erika Goldwater manages the strategy and execution of the demand generation, communications, social media and content marketing programs for ANNUITAS. She has extensive experience in several companies and has learned a lot about bringing the team along the social media map and schedule.
 
Know your team, where they gained their knowledge and experience so you are able to bring them into your vision.
  1. Present a plan and show the full strategy.
  2. Baby steps to explain the steps of what they are, why they need them and how they can implement them.
  3. There is regular cadence, ground rules. Those need to be known - a guidebook they can refer to when you are not right with them.

"After those first couple of tweets, they feel more comfortable and are usually good to go." - Erika Goldwater

"Meeting a tweet quota is not social media engagement." - Susan Finch

Determine, what are the strategic goals of the company? Don't spend the time peppering venues where your buyers don't usually engage.
 

The goals: 

Engagement & Trust
Further your brand
Share information value to your customers.
 
If you aren't going to do that, please don't start social media.
 
It's social dialogue in real time.
You have to be dedicated to it. If you don't have a team willing to back you up, 
Teams have to be aligned with the activity - there has to be a commitment to it.
One tweet, one post - isn't enough.
 
Erika Goldwater drilling down social media to basics:

"Social media - be gracious. If you find something worth sharing, DO IT and give credit to the person who created or originally shared it with you."

 
Be careful about re-tweeting blindly without actually checking and READING the linked article. Same with pinning - where did it originate? Did you read it all the way through? You may get bitten in the fanny if you don't.