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National Smile Week

As Annie would say, “you’re never fully dressed without a smile”. This week is National Smile Week and Team CEA is wondering what makes you crack a smile or grin from ear to ear everyday. Different things make different people smile, check out what makes us at CEA Marketing Group show off our pearly whites:

 

John: High tech micro processing coupled with a super high resolution IPS led display, and densely packed dpi. I love my phone!

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Natasha: Squishing my toes in the sand at the beach.

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Dave: Curling up with a good book on a rainy weekend evening.

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Eric: Family, the thing that gives me the biggest smiles and the happiest tears are my wife and two sons!

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Diana: My cat makes me smile because she’s always happy to see me, even if her favorite way of playing is biting my feet.

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Brittany: Family, friends and college football!

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Jennifer: Every day at 5:30 when I get to pour a glass of wine

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Kelly: Closing a deal with a new client definitely makes me smile!

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Tweet us at @CEA_Marketing and SHARE what makes you smile!

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Annual Excel Awards Recognizes CEA Marketing

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August 1, 2014 – Orlando, Fla. – CEA Marketing Group, a full-service marketing and advertising company earned seven awards during the Excel Awards at the Southeast Building Conference. The awards recognize top professionals from around the state for marketing and advertising initiatives and were presented at the Orange County Convention Center.

CEA Marketing was recognized for: Best Direct Mail Piece, K Hovnanian Homes; Best Online Marketing Campaign, WCI Communities; Best Consumer Promotion, Taylor Morrison; Best TV Commercial, WCI Communities; Best YouTube Type Video, WCI Communities; Best Radio Commercial, K Hovnanian Homes; Best Website, Tampa Bay Builders Association.

“This has been a great year for CEA,” says president Kelly Bosetti. “ Winning over 11 awards this year is very special to us and helps us know our award winning creative is helping our clients drive sales.”

Specializing in advertising for the real estate industry, CEA Marketing has garnered clients from across the nation marketing for luxury condominiums, insurance companies, warranty groups, college bowl games, national organizations, remodelers, credit unions, national homebuilders, hotels and more.

Founded in 1998, CEA Marketing has been recognized with hundreds of awards locally, state-wide, and nationally for their excellent advertising and marketing work. Other awards received include Sand Dollar Awards, Awards of Excellence, Prism Awards, Tampa Bay Business Journal Awards and more.

Additional information can be found by visiting ceamarketing.com or by calling 727.523.8044.

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You May Think You Know Facebook, But You Have No Idea.

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One of the many things we hear when training companies on social media strategy is “I know how to run Facebook, so I’m not sure how much more you can teach me.” We never doubt the person saying this doesn’t know Facebook. Everyone knows Facebook. The issue lies in the difference of running a personal Facebook page versus a business page.

 

Here are 5 things you may not know about Facebook business pages:

  1. Insights. A business page allows the admins to access all kinds of data. From geo-targeted results from LIKES to how many users not only engaged with your post, but also blindly engaged (a click through that can only be seen by someone managing the page). Without analytics, how do you know if your strategy is working?
  2. Promoted Posts. You may hate this part. No one wants to pay Facebook to get the word out. But there is no denying; this is how it has to be. When you log on to Facebook, you have the opportunity to see up to 1,500 posts per visit. How does Facebook choose which posts you see? Promotion.
  3. Limitless Followers. A personal page only allows up to 5,000 friends. A business page on the other hand allows you to continue your growth until you’ve added everyone and their mothers.
  4. Scheduling. Social media is a full time job. I know this because it is my full time job. One of the greatest things about a business page, is the ability to schedule. Maybe Monday’s are slow days for you. Get all your posts set up on Monday and just let them post themselves throughout the week! (You can even boost while scheduling!)
  5. Credibility. This last one has nothing to do with a rule that Facebook set up. Its just plain and simple knowledge. By setting up a business page for your business you are telling people you are legit. It shows consumers that you know what you are doing; therefore you must know what you are doing with the product you are selling.

 

If your fear is that you are losing followers by starting from scratch, it’s not true! Just because someone is a friend with you on Facebook does not make him or her a perfect brand ambassador for you. Let us show you how to gain new LIKES on your business page based on geographic and demographic targets. Make your followers count!

 

Would you like to know more about Facebook? Give us a call TODAY. 727.523.8044.

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Live and Learn: 5 Things I’ve Learned from Working in Advertising

 

Graduation season is upon us. This blog is dedicated to those looking to land their first real job in the exciting world of advertising.

 

I landed my first “big girl job” at a large corporation at age 24 working in the marketing department. I went through four years of schooling yet nothing prepared me for the world of advertising like the experience itself.  Here are 5 lessons I learned that you should learn now.

 

Warning- What you are about to read is the cold hard truth.

 

1. Education is power.

If you think that just because you graduated you never have to take another class, read another book, or learn a new skill, you are mistaken. Things change quickly in this industry and if you don’t stay on top of these trends, you will be run over.

 

2. Work hard play hard.

It’s easy to find yourself staying late, coming in early, or skipping lunch to finish the work you are accountable for. What I learned the hard way was this brings a quicker burn out rate and higher stress level. No matter how busy you are, remember to take the time to balance your personal life and squeeze in things you love.

 

3. When you work in marketing, everyone thinks they can do your job better than you can.

Everyone, and I do mean everyone, thinks they have a better way to say something, a more creative approach, or a better strategy than you. Remind yourself that you are educated, you keep up on the latest trends and you have experience to know what works and what doesn’t.

 

4. As my former manager used to tell me, “we aren’t saving babies.”

You need tough skin to work in this industry. Do not let every nasty email, bad result, spelling error, or missed email eat you alive. Shake it off and promise yourself to do better the next time.

 

5. When you feel like giving up, remember why you started.

Yes it’s a tough job at times, but it’s also a job that allows you to be creative, think outside of the box, stay on top of trends and challenge yourself daily. You don’t know what you are capable of until you are challenged.

 

Congrats to all the grads and welcome to this crazy, exciting, challenging, and creative world of advertising.

 

Written by: Kristy Roeser

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3 TECHINQUES TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MARKETING AGENCY

 

So you hire a marketing agency to help you rebrand your image and design a modern website. You’re not entirely sure which direction you’d like your project to go and find it easier to simply leave the decisions up to the marketing experts, giving only a vague description along with creative freedom.

Have you ever been in this scenario? Then you know how this is likely going to end up.

The project has started and you’re excited! You have the perfect idea and just gained a team of dedicated experts to bring it to fruition! What could possibly go wrong? In concept, this truly is as close to the perfect recipe as one could get, yet time and again we have seen this perfect synergy somehow fail.

Luckily, I have been in the position of a client, where I commissioned a fellow graphic designer to rebrand my own personal website, but also have my own experience as a Web Designer here at CEA. Thanks to this duality, I have some unique insight to offer to this conundrum. Here are 3 insights that may help to smoothen the process between conceptualizing an idea and bringing it to light.

 

1. Develop A Creative Brief: It’s necessary

  • Outline the scope of work and give as many details as you can to avoid multiple revisions and driving up cost. This will save you a great deal of development time and thusly a great deal of money.

 

  • Provide as much detail and direction as possible to avoid ambiguity. Left with little direction or given absolute creative freedom, you may end up disappointed with the end result. Why? One man’s vision is another mans nightmare.

 

  • Communicate your ideas to the artists and web developers behind the scenes to ensure everyone involved on the project is on the same page.

 

2. Keep Ongoing Communication: It’s Important

  • The responsibility of being a happy client does not rest solely on the shoulders of the marketing agency. In fact, a great deal of responsibility lies with the client themselves.

 

  • It is vitally important to designate a key decision maker within your organization to manage conflicting opinions and keep in constant contact with the marketing firm.

 

  • This individual manages change in the account including charges. It is best to address changes early on, and keep all parties “in the know” as to the current status of the project, and whether or not these issues have caused the scope to change.

 

  • Ongoing communication helps to meet target dates and to keep the project going with a clear goal in mind. I cannot tell you how often I’ve had to wait and wait for hours, sometimes days, even weeks for a client to get back to me. As you can imagine, this lack of steady communication greatly impacts the project.

 

3. Determine Your Resources: Who & What Is Needed?

  • As a web developer, I cannot stress this enough. Client, it is your responsibility to provide a means to access the required resources necessary for the project. Take for example, if you were commissioning an agency to create for you an e-commerce website.

 

  • Web developers will require content to fully put this website together. Do you have a means to provide product images and organized product details for the item you are marketing? How about informational content for pages, or rather, SEO optimized copy for your new website?

 

  • Details such as these are vital to the well being of the project and you will need to designate people responsible for the individual pieces of the project.

 

I understand this may seem like a lot to ask of a client. Your time is valuable, and that’s why I believe the above tips will help you to better interact with an agency, and create higher quality creative. Take my word for it; you will save time, money, and effort in the long run!

 

Challenge yourself! Put these 3 techniques into practice with your next project and reap the rewards!

 

Want some more advice?

Visit www.ceamarketing.com or follow us on Twitter @kbosetti for Social Media & Marketing tips & tricks!

 

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Beginner or Pro, 6 Facebook Answers You Need To Know

 

 

Come take a seat with our Social Media Expert and Facebook Queen Kari Lochamy as she answers 6 valuable and important Facebook questions.

 

1. How does social media play a role in the sales cycle?

With such easy access to online consumer reviews, customers are no longer heading straight to the store to purchase your product. Right from their mobile device they are researching your company and what people are saying about that product. Where do they find this information? A multitude of places can hold online opinions, but the most common place is through social media. 1 in 3 people who use social media prefer interacting with companies via Twitter, Facebook or another network rather than via phone. If people are complaining, the proof is visible for everyone to see. More so, if people are complaining, how is the company handling it? Things will inevitably go wrong and customers just want to know the company they are purchasing from has their back. Word of mouth is now digital. 92% of individuals trust the messages/recommendations they receive from friends. Where are their friends talking about their new favorite place to shop? Social Media.

 

2. What is the difference between Facebook Ads & Facebook Promoted Posts?

Facebook Ads are used to target people who do not already “Like” your page and convert them into “Followers”. Facebook Promoted Posts are status updates or posts that are pushed out by setting a daily budget towards promotion. Both of these techniques are necessary because Facebook is now considered a “Pay to Play” platform. Without a Facebook Ad budget, few will know your page even exists. Without a Promoted Post budget, less than 6% of your followers will see your status updates or posts.

 

3. How can you target your audience through Facebook Ads?

Through Facebook Ads you are able to target audiences based upon not only age and location but also by gender, interests, connection to your Page and more.

 

4. What makes a GREAT Facebook Ad?

A good Facebook Ad can be defined by many things from audience targeting to engaging creative. A GREAT Facebook Ad digs deep to understand what your customers truly want. Note that your image is going to be what gets them to read the content. Think about what your customers are looking for when they search for your product and incorporate that in the creative. People want easy and straightforward information. Engage them by asking a question that you already know the answer or by mentioning an obvious statement (ex: “Do you like the beach?” or “You deserve to live in luxury.”) Set a strong budget and let it run long enough to achieve results. A combination of all of these tips will ensure a GREAT Facebook Ad.

 

5. What is an effective budget for Facebook Ads and Promoted Posts?

Before you can create an effective budget, you have to set a goal. How quickly would you like to see your page grow and how often will you be posting? The obvious answer would be “fast” and “every day” but your goal needs to be achievable. Social media presence is extremely important and if you are a new Page, think bigger when it comes to planning your budget. Get your name out there and as brand recognition grows, you can reevaluate your Ad budget. Although, keep in mind, as Facebook continues to change and grow, your Promoted Post budget will have to do the same.

 

6. What is my social media ROI?

ROI is “Return On Investment”. For many this means, “How many sales have I gained from the money I’ve spent?” But with Facebook, sales shouldn’t be your number one goal. Social media is all about engaging with customers, relating to your consumers and customer service. When checking your return on investment for social media, it is important to thoroughly investigate your posts’ analytics. Even if people are not visibly engaging with your posts by Liking, Sharing or Commenting, they may be clicking through to your site or clicking on the post itself. This is ROI. You’re providing information your audience needs and wants and they will recognize your brand as a reputable source.

 

Would you *LIKE* to know more? LIKE CEA Marketing Group’s Facebook Page for updates on what’s happening and updating in the social media world.

 

Was this helpful? *Comment* below and *share* your thoughts on the topic!

 

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How to Explain a Hashtag to Grandpa

 

At a recent family gathering, we were sitting around the dinner table discussing the good old days. One of my cousins commented on Throwback Thursday and asked if #TBT was Twitter’s most widely used hashtag. That’s when Grandpa spoke up. “What the heck is a hashtag anyway? Why do you need one?’

 

Well, Grandpa, you’ve come to the right place to learn.

 

What is a hashtag?

  • A hashtag is a keyword preceded by a pound sign (#).
  • The pound sign turns any word or group of words that directly follows into a searchable link.
  • Hashtags allow you to organize content and track discussion topics based on those keywords.

 

Although they may seem confusing and unnecessary, they are very important to the way we communicate online, and it’s important to know how to use them.

 

Why do I need a hashtag?

 

  • A hashtag expands the reach of your tweet beyond those who follow you to those who are searching for like content.
  • Anyone sharing content on a relevant topic can include a hashtag. That content then becomes a searchable link to your tweet.
  • Tweets with hashtags get twice the engagement than tweets without hashtags and are twice as likely to be retweeted.

 

Three key tips for all #users:

1. Be specific: If you’re using a hashtag to join a conversation, make sure the hashtag is specific and relevant to your topic. If you’re talking about Mother’s Day, use #InspiredByMom instead of simply #Mom. A vague or generic hashtag like #gifts or #flowers isn’t as effective either.

2. Make it simple: Hashtags, like links, look like spam if they are used too often. Three hashtags should be the maximum on Twitter and Facebook, but you can get away with more hashtags on Instagram and Vine.

3. Give context: A tweet that contains only hashtags is confusing and boring. If your tweet simply reads, “#angry,” your followers won’t know what you’re talking about. Similarly, if you tweet, “#TheVoice is #awesome,” you’re not really adding much to the conversation.

 

So, Grandpa, if you want to look on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and reminisce, search Throwback Thursday with #TBT and entertain the young‘uns for hours.  I hope this helps, and remember #iloveyou.

Written by: Gayle Hannah Hill

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3 Simple Steps to Choosing the Perfect Image

 

When I landed my first internship I was ecstatic. My mind was filled with ideas of all the exciting and challenging projects I would work on, the designs I would make, and what I would learn.

My first exciting task was to search for perfect stock images. Woohoo. I remember spending hours poring through the stock image website trying to find various images that captured a certain spirit or feeling for a client’s website.  My entire first week was pulling as many stock images as I could that fit the requirements, and it was about exciting as it sounds. However, bored as I was, I did learn a few tricks of the trade for finding just the right image for a project.

 

1. Take Your Time

  • Now, this isn’t an excuse to spend a whole day browsing your favorite stock photography site, but it does mean you should spend more than a few minutes searching for the right image. Depending on which site you’re using, you should be able to shorten your search through a variety of filters including:
    • Size-There’s nothing like finding the right image for your print ad only to see it’s only for web.
    • Format-landscape, portrait, vector, photo, icons, the list goes on and on
    • Image content-Maybe you’re looking for a photo with people, but only families. Wait, only families with two children, but they both have to be under 12. Oh, and they should have a dog. Starting to get the picture? Don’t get too specific or you’ll end up with no images at all.

2. Avoid Clichés

  • You’re searching for that perfect image that symbolizes agreement, commitment, and dedication. Suddenly you see it: two hands shaking in agreement of a job well done. Perfect, right? Before you click download, ask yourself this:
    • Does this photo look familiar?
    • Have I seen it a million times before?
    • Is my ad/blog/website going to look as bland as the multitude of others using the same clichéd image?
  • If you answered ‘yes’, then you should find a better image.
  • With such a variety of images available from a multitude of sites, there’s no reason to use the same old images that your consumers are already used to. This goes back to the first step: take some time to find an image that sets you apart.

3. Keep It Legal

  • It’s easy to search Google images and pull the best picture you find, but it’s also not necessarily legal. Sure, some photographers and artists put their work online for free usage or free usage with proper accreditation, but they are not the majority. Before you start pulling all those great photos, check to see whom they belong to, what the license agreement is and if you’re allowed to use them. If not, you could end up with a cease-and-desist letter or a lawsuit.

 

Finding the perfect image for your project can be difficult, but with these simple steps you’ll find the right one in no time. Here are some great websites for pulling ‘legal’ stock images for you or your clients:

  • Istockphoto.com
  • Thinkstock.com
  • Shutterstock.com

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4 Ingredients for Twitter Success

Just like the ice cream flavor of the week, social media is constantly changing. From custom timelines to tagging photos there is always something new to learn. As a social media content creator and trainer I always find that before I can preach about the latest trends, I need to teach the basics.

What is your goal? Most of our clients’ goals are to build brand awareness, gain followers and turn followers into customers. Before you can feast on success try starting with these 4 basic ingredients.

4 Ingredients to Build Your Twitter

1. Attract a Targeted, Engaged Following

  • Two words to live by: be useful – become your followers one stop shop for all their answers in your specialization.
  • Focus: remember your passion – you don’t have to be the jack of all trades

2.  Build a Community

  • Listen Up: follow your timeline and what your community is saying and reply!
  • Numbers aren’t everything: it’s not all about how many followers you have. It’s more about the quality of followers or potential clients you can gain
  • Show your love: follow your followers back, giving them a shout out on #FF ‘Follow Friday’ and notice their engagement
  • Connect with influencers: try out HootSuite

3.  Develop Relationships

  • Hard way or the highway: it might take more time, but give your followers compliments, don’t just press ‘ReTweet’.
  • Sharing an article? Tag the author or news source!

4. Keep Up with the Trends

  • Partake in Twitter trends: before you know it followers will be waiting for your #MotivationalMonday tweet to get them through the week.
    • Motivational Monday
    • Twitter Tuesday
    • Would If Wednesday
    • TBT (Throwback Thursday)
    • FF (Follow Friday)

Now put them all in one Twitter account for 100 degrees and wait for your Twitter success!

Need more? Call me, tweet me if you wanna reach me @doyleb08 #TeamCEA

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Create BUZZ For Your Next Event!


A new product offering, grand opening or book launch is in your near future. Is the day it takes place the first time anyone is aware of it? Here’s a more effective strategy to building a relationship with your target audience which will engage them every step of the way. Your target audience may even help you promote it!

When to begin? Start as early as 90 days before the event. Begin to create buzz by using social media for engaging posts that lead up to the big day to include:

  • Timeline photos
  • Photos of shipments arriving, partial product teaser shots
  • Offer a beta trial, free chapter download, etc.
  • Conduct a contest for social postings to a designated hashtag and award the top posters
  • Post questions that encourage discussion around the positive

On the day of the big event, your community of social followers have been through your journey with you and are already involved and excited. Now they’ll be ready to spread the word so create live postings to continue the social buzz!

 

Happy Eventing!

 

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