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Hey Brands - These Summer Food + Beverage Days Are Popular!

Since January 2019, The AMP Agency SEO team has been tracking the top three most searched queries, as reported by Google Trends, on a daily basis. Over this time, we noticed that national days of celebration have been popular drivers of search behavior. Some of these national days have been dedicated to food or beverages. Because we have been recording and tracking these phrases over the last 2+ years, we’ve gotten a taste of what national days may be popular in the future. For this article, we are focusing on a few food and beverage “holidays” that occur in the summer. Over the last several years, these days have been gaining popularity in search interest. This year, the stars are aligning for these days to reach peak popularity. AMP Agency believes that this type of data (trending search queries) attached to brand-friendly topics (National Celebration Days) can be a powerful tool for our clients and prospects in planning their marketing activities.   Now there are many National Celebration Days during the year. It seems every day is a holiday for something, if you look at the right calendars. The issue is that not all days are as popular as others. Below are three National Days that have captured the imaginations of a large group of the populace and are primed for a cultural explosion this summer.   National Doughnut or Donut Day  This national day is celebrated in the United States and in some other countries on the first Friday of June of each year. Here’s a chart from Google Trends that shows the search interest in this holiday over the last 5 years. AMP Agency pulled data based on Trends’ categorization of this query as a “Celebration”, which compiles data of related queries and displays them in one chart. As you can see, there is a small spike in interest during the month of November. From our research, we learned there is a less popular competing National Doughnut day that occurs on November 5th.  Because of behavioral changes caused by the pandemic, the interest in the June observation of this holiday was not as large as in prior years. AMP believes that this popularity will rebound in 2021 as more people get vaccinated and donut lovers will feel more free to enjoy a treat on June 4th. National Ice Cream Day  National Ice Cream Month is celebrated each year in July, and in the United States, National Ice Cream Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in July. This chart from Google Trends shows the search interest in the holiday since 2016: This day of celebration has some real clout – it was signed into law back in July of 1984 by President Reagan. Although the search interest waned a bit in July of 2020, July 18th of this year should prove to be a wonderful day of honoring and consuming ice cream!  National Tequila Day  The only fixed date of the bunch, every July 24th is the day that Americans can set aside time to celebrate National Tequila Day. This Google Trends chart conveys the rising popularity of this National celebration day: Many of the websites we reviewed when researching this holiday stated that its origin is unknown. Looking at the all-time Google Trends data, National Tequila Day became a measurable search term in 2007 and gained its first spike of search query activity in July of 2009. With a return to social gatherings this summer, the popularity of this day could see new heights. How Can Brands Prepare There’s a bigger takeaway from this article than just the fact that people have interests in days that celebrate donuts, ice cream, and tequila. Clearly these are not traditional holidays – and the public’s interest in them is fueled by free giveaways and brand promotions. Brands have the ability to capitalize on national days of celebration and it seems like most days in the calendar have been designated already to be a special day set aside to celebrate something. Not all national days of celebration are popular, but they have the potential to be. Brands can own these days with proper planning. With AMP’s Search Listening platform, we’re able to predict what days are gaining interest and can instruct brands on the search terms they are using when seeking information about the special day. This data can be used to create a marketing campaign to reach and engage your target audience. So, work with us and we can set a plan together. Is there a National Day of Celebration that makes sense for your brand? Does your audience know about it already? Is there an opportunity to add to the momentum or do we need to build it up from scratch? Additionally, if your brand is in either the Doughnut/Donut, Ice Cream, or Tequila industry, contact us right away!

The Intersection of Relationships and Empathy in PR and Influencer Marketing

The Intersection of Relationships and Empathy in PR and Influencer Marketing The nature of the job for public relations professional and influencer is to inform, drive and capitalize upon trends and insights, but the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the tumultuous political landscape in 2020 resulted in a re-evaluation of how we approach important conversations and relationships with media contacts, influencer partners and all of their respective audiences, and that is bleeding into how we march forward in 2021. Understanding the intersection of new and continued relationships and cognitive empathy will drive success in 2021 across all marketing disciplines, especially within the public relations and influencer marketing world. Here are five important pillars that reflect what we learned and applied throughout the course of last year, and how it can help move brands forward: Build Solid Foundations for Trust Whether it’s in developing trust with new press contacts or influencer partners, the first step to truly building a solid foundation for trust is demonstrating an understanding of workload and being transparent surrounding your goals or those of your clients. This can be accomplished from the very beginning by developing a thought-out program brief outlining everything from content usage and timeline requirements or even priority storylines to help streamline any work that needs to be completed on the partners’ end. These first steps serve as a kicking off point for continued conversations and a mutual understanding that their time is valuable, ultimately gaining points and trust with any type of partner. Utilize Shared Experiences and Values While it can be difficult to break through to new contacts, what better way to get someone’s attention than to start up a conversation about a shared experience or value you may hold? Perhaps you recently saw an article pointing to a product or service you chose to try thanks to the very media contact you’re reaching out to, then mention that. Or maybe you saw the influencer you’re working to secure visited that donut shop you’ve been meaning to try—use that as a starting point for your potential relationship. Utilizing shared experiences and values is an approach that can humanize the person behind the email and show a media contact or influencer that you took the time to be thoughtful in your engagement with them. Prioritize Personalized Communications In 2020, it became blatantly clear that pitching products or generically conducting outreach to influencers just wasn’t enough anymore, not when there was so much noise to break through across all industries. On top of that, media newsrooms shrunk dramatically, making it more difficult, and even more important, to prioritize personalized communication. Dedicating time to researching each and every media contact and influencer, followed by tailored outreach, is a sure way to balance the messaging you’re trying to get across while also remaining human and showing that you’ve paid attention. An example would be to put yourself in the shoes of an influencer partner you’re trying to reach who you know just recently had a new baby. How would you approach communication with someone that likely has a lot on their plate but would benefit from a partnership with the brand you’re representing? Prioritize a hyper-personalized note that will mutually help you gain perspective on their current situation while also educating them on how you’re here to potentially help make their every day easier. Understand Transparency Openness, clear communication and accountability all factor into understanding transparency, and ensuring this pillar is a part of all relationships you curate is paramount. When it comes to any media or influencer relationship, being up front and clear about your goals, expectations and preferred outcomes helps guide conversations and educates both you and your contact. As it pertains to influencers, we found it was particularly important to be in tune with upcoming local and national events to appropriately communicate any needs to shift posting dates. Being empathetic and mindful of the larger cultural atmosphere ensures that both the brand and the partner do not risk coming off as tone deaf during a sensitive time. Develop Genuine Long-Term Humanized Relationships Once a solid foundation is built and trust has been established, development of that genuine long-term humanized relationship isn’t as difficult as it might seem. At the end of the day, behind every screen is a person, just like you, curious and happy to be asked about their day or their recommendation for a fun at-home activity they recently enjoyed. Staying in tune to what is happening in the media or influencer’s life can be a great way to do this, i.e. sending flowers for an engagement or sharing condolences on a recent loss. Authentic and continued empathy is the key to developing genuine long-term humanized relationships. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that people like to be acknowledged for their work and capabilities, but through a humanized lens. Finding the right intersection between new and current relationships and cognitive empathy has the legs to make anyone a great communicator, not just a skilled public relations or influencer marketer. When we put people at the center of our business we are all better together and can prioritize a listening first approach to further foster unconventional ideas that will grow brands.

AMPlifier - Social Media Industry Update - Week of March 15, 2021

Welcome to the AMPlifier – a spotlight on the latest and greatest industry updates. Whether you want to learn more about this week’s marketing trends, the newest updates to your favorite social media platforms, or simply what meme is currently taking the internet by storm, then read on. You never know what you might learn. INSTAGRAM TESTS NEW AUTO-CAPTIONS OPTION FOR INSTAGRAM STORIES This would be a welcome addition for many social media managers. Instagram's currently testing out a new 'Closed Captions' sticker for IG Stories, which generates automated captions for your Stories clips in a range of text formats. Read More FACEBOOK OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES TEST OF OPTION TO SHARE INSTAGRAM REELS TO FACEBOOK Facebook has been working to quell the app's growth where it can, and stop both Facebook and Instagram users from migrating across to the short video app. Read More   TWITTER IS TESTING A NEW, FULL-IMAGE DISPLAY IN TWEET TIMELINES, SUPPORT FOR 4K IMAGES Twitter is testing a new way to display images in tweet timelines, which would see full images shown in tweets, as opposed to cropped previews. Read More   That’s a wrap on this week’s feed. Stay tuned to see what happens next.

Google Search Trends Insights February 2021

In our continuing series of examining Google Search Trends to gain insights into the top keywords queried in the USA, we present our findings for February 2021. Every day, we capture the top three keyword phrases in terms of search volume as reported by Google Trends (US Only). Each term has an estimated query volume attached to it, which we also record. The number scale tops out at 10,000,000+ with a lower limit of 200,000+. After the conclusion of the month, we look at the phrases we collected along with their volumes to get an understanding of what drove queries for the month. What Drove People To Search In February 2021 With record cold in parts of the country and a pandemic still raging on, it was clear from Google Trends that we were staying home and watching TV. Looking back at the month, we saw many of the phrases that made the daily top 3 were geared towards learning more about programming on our home screens. Bookended by the Super Bowl and the Golden Globes, there was a large percentage of phrases in our collection that were categorized as Entertainment keywords.  Sure, there were some phrases related to holidays, politics, and stocks, but it was mostly about what we wanted to watch or had just watched.  Here are the top Google Trends keywords of February 2021, as analyzed by AMP Agency. The Ten Million Plus Club The number of phrases that drove over 10 million queries was more modest in February as compared to January 2021.  Super Bowl 2021 - 2/6/2021 - 10,000,000+ queries NFL - 2/7/2021 - 10,000,000+ queries Valentine’s Day - 2/13/2021 - 10,000,000+ queries Tiger Woods - 2/23/2021 - 10,000,000+ queries As is typical for any year, the Super Bowl drives a large amount of search activity. The first two phrases in the list occurred during the weekend of the big game. We’ll examine the rest of the phrases that made the top 3 that were related to that sporting event in the next section. Google posted a Doodle for Valentine’s Day and every click on it was recorded as a query of “Valentine’s Day”. As we have seen before, the dates sometimes shift for holidays/Doodle due to how Google Trends reports the data. Lastly, Tiger Woods was in a car accident and people sought more information about it. Let’s hope for a quick recovery.  Super Bowl Weekend and The Popularity of The NFL When we first started collecting Google Trends data on a daily basis back in 2019, we noticed early on that the Super Bowl was a topic that garnered a large number of queries. Most of the interest was about the game itself, but there’s also search volume for related events like the halftime show. Outside of the phrase that made the 10 million plus club, these are the top queries from Super Bowl weekend in the order they were reported. Super Bowl time - 2/5/2021 - 500,000+ queries Puppy Bowl 2021 - 2/5/2021 - 200,000+ queries Shailene Woodley - 2/6/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Aaron Rodgers - 2/6/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries The Weeknd - 2/7/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries CBS - 2/7/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries Although the game has been played at the same time for as long as we can remember, people do search to make sure it hasn’t changed. Certainly the Puppy Bowl is very important to learn more about as the query volume shows. We’re taking a little bit of liberty with the inclusion of Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers in this list since they weren’t a part of the “Big Game”, but after Aaron thanked his fiancée in his NFL MVP award acceptance speech, Google search was set afire. We’re not sure if the announcement of his engagement was planned to be a part of his speech, but Aaron’s good about being a part of the conversation during Super Bowl weekend even if he isn’t playing in the game. Finally, on the day of the game, people sought more information about The Weeknd because of his performance during the halftime show and, for some reason, the network that carried the game. Now that the NFL season is over, we thought we’d look at the search popularity of the league as compared to previous years. The pandemic reduced the sports audience’s search interest in all major sports leagues, but the NFL seemingly fared the best based on what we see in these charts: In the 5 year timeframe view, the 2020-2021 season looks more like the 2018-2019 in terms of search volume. In the 16+ year view, you can see that the peaks are different. With no pre-season, the buzz was dampened at the beginning of the season, but the playoffs drove a slightly larger peak of search volume as compared to the one seen in early 2019.   The Other February Holidays Besides Valentine’s Day, there were other holidays in February that people were compelled to use Google to conduct searches. Groundhog Day - 2/1/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Groundhog Day 2021 - 2/2/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Lunar New Year - 2/11/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries Ash Wednesday 2021- 2/16/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries Clearly, a large number of searchers believe that a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil can really predict the weather as seen by the 2 day query volumes. Lunar New Year showcased as  a Google Doodle this year (Happy Year of the Ox) and Ash Wednesday 2021 made the top three on Fat Tuesday. Impeachment Trial and Politics-Related Keywords January 2021 had more keywords related to politics with the Capitol riot and the Inauguration being the biggest drivers. We still had an impeachment trial and a weather emergency to stoke search interest in February:  Liz Cheney - 2/3/2021 - 200,000+ queries Impeachment trial - 2/8/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries Ron Wright - 2/8/2021 - 200,000+ queries Stacey Plaskett - 2/9/2021 - 500,000+ queries Stacey Plaskett - 2/10/2021 - 500,000+ queries Ted Cruz - 2/18/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Liz Cheney and Stacey Plaskett were queried because of their involvement in the Impeachment trial. Ron Wright, the US representative from Texas, died of COVID-19 and Ted Cruz, a senator from that state, made the news because of his trip to Mexico while the majority of his constituents were dealing with a power outage and freezing temperatures.  More Stock Market Phrases With the meme stock movement that hit a peak last month, AMP has started a new keyword category called “Stocks”. Here are the 3 most popular terms from last month: Tilray stock - 2/9/2021 - 200,000+ queries Bumble stock - 2/11/2021 - 500,000+ queries GME - 2/24/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Tilray is a Canadian pharmaceutical and cannabis company that got a boost in its stock price with the deal to import and distribute medical cannabis in the UK. The company behind the dating app Bumble went public and GameStock was back in the top 3 most queried terms on the 24th with more support from Reddit users.  Stay Home and Watch Something During the pandemic, the number of phrases making the daily top 3 that are related to television shows and movies increased. February 2021 had a long list of phrases:    Firefly Lane - 2/3/2021 - 500,000+ queries Malcom and Marie - 2/5/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries Britney Spears documentary - 2/8/2021 - 500,000+ queries To All The Boys I Loved Before 3 - 2/11/2021 - 500,000+ queries Judas and the Black Messiah - 2/12/2021 - 500,000+ queries Cruella - 2/16/2021 - 200,000+ queries Nomadland - 2/19/2021 - 200,000+ queries Spider-Man: No Way Home - 2/23/2021 - 200,000+ queries Golden Globes 2021 - 2/26/2021 - 500,000+ queries Tom and Jerry - 2/26/2021 - 500,000+ queries Golden Globes 2021 - 2/28/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries The AMP team wholeheartedly believes the popularity and financial success of a TV or Film production can be predicted by its search interest. Did any of the shows or movies that you streamed last month make this list? Are you excited about any of the upcoming films that had a trailer drop (Cruella) or a title revealed (Spider-Man: No Way Home)? If so, you’re part of a large group.   Phrases related to a particular Disney+ show made the daily top 3 numerous times in February.  Due to the show’s mysterious nature, it was a good fit for Google as viewers went to the search engine to learn more (Warning: spoiler-ish phrases ahead). WandaVision episode 5 - 2/4/2021 - 200,000+ queries Agatha Harkness - 2/18/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries Scarlet Witch - 2/25/2021 - 500,000+ queries Hopefully soon, we won’t be cooped up in the house too much longer. Warmer weather and a larger vaccinated population should help. Thanks for reading. If you liked this article, we invite you to learn more about our SEO services. Until next month.  

AMPlifier - Social Media Industry Update - Week of March 8, 2021

Welcome to the AMPlifier – a spotlight on the latest and greatest industry updates. Whether you want to learn more about this week’s marketing trends, the newest updates to your favorite social media platforms, or simply what meme is currently taking the internet by storm, then read on. You never know what you might learn. PINTEREST ANNOUNCES NEW MARKETING TOOLS, INCLUDING 'PINTEREST PREMIERE' VIDEO ADS As part of its first-ever Pinterest Presents' marketing and advertising summit, Pinterest has today announced several new ad tools to provide more insight into campaign performance, and enhanced opportunity to reach the right audience. Read More TIKTOK'S NEW TV-CONNECTION OPTION COMES TO US HOMES Get ready to watch more TikTok, on a much bigger screen. Back in December, Samsung announced a new deal with TikTok to enable Samsung Smart TV owners in Europe to watch TikTok clips on their TV sets. Now, the company has confirmed that the same capacity is coming to the US, with most of its 2021 smart TVs able to access the TikTok-connected app Read More TWITTER EXPANDS TEST POOL FOR SPACES, PREVIEWS NEW SCHEDULING FEATURES Twitter is working fast to develop its Spaces option as it seeks to ride the wave of popularity of the new audio social trend. Over the last week, Twitter has continued with that push, expanding Spaces access to more users and testing out new features, like Space scheduling and labeling tools, to give users more options with their audio chats. Read More   That’s a wrap on this week’s feed. Stay tuned to see what happens next.

Predicting the 2020 Console War Winner With Google Trends

Console wars were back in late 2020 with the release of the next gen systems. Although one console was the clear winner, both Xbox Series X and PS5 saw record numbers for units sold. We looked to Google search trends to see which console would come out on top. As we continuously look at search trends throughout the year, we noticed that one console stood out over the other. We wanted to see if we could use this data to predict which console would sell more units. Major Date Announcements On September 9th, Microsoft announced that the Xbox Series X would release November 10th. Microsoft also announced the price of both editions, $499 for the Xbox Series X and $299 for the all-digital Xbox Series S. Pre-orders were announced to go live September 22nd. Sony did not release their pre-order or release date info for another week. During the PlayStation Showcase on September 16th, Sony announced the PS5 would release November 12th and would cost $499 ($399 for the all-digital). Sony then ended the event with a surprise announcement that pre orders would go live the following day, September 17th. Pre Orders Google searches for both Xbox Series X and PS5 skyrocketed after the announcements. The search queries with the highest increase in volume were queries related pre orders, price, release date, and retailer availability. Comparing exact match queries, PS5 had almost 4 times as many searches as Xbox Series X for pre orders, price, and release date. According to search trends, the most popular retailer to pre-order an Xbox from was Amazon, and for PS5 was Walmart. Xbox searches September 2020: Xbox series x pre order – 1,800,000+ queries    Xbox series x price – 550,000+ queries    Xbox series x release date – 370,000+ queries Xbox series x pre order amazon – 110,000+ queries PS5 searches September 2020: PS5 pre order – 7,500,000+ queries PS5 price – 1,800,000+ queries PS5 release date – 1,500,000+ queries PS5 pre order Walmart – 300,000+ queries Post Launch According to Google trends, search interest for the PS5 pre orders was double that of Xbox Series X pre orders. The sales numbers confirmed these trends. Through the first 4 weeks of sales, the PS5 sold 1.5 times more units than the Xbox, both globally and in the US. Consoles sold globally through first 4 weeks: PS5 Global sales – 3,368,098 units Xbox Series X global sales – 1,817,303 units Consoles sold domestically through first 4 weeks: PS5 US sales: 1,389,963 units Xbox Series X US sales: 988,641 units After launch, we saw “restock” queries skyrocket as retailers everywhere were completely sold out. We saw similar trends here as we did with pre order queries, with PS5 restock queries outnumbering Xbox Series X queries almost 4 to 1. “Restock” searches November 2020: PS5 restock – 2,200,000+ queries Xbox series x restock – 500,000+ queries “Restock” searches December 2020: PS5 restock – 5,000,000+ queries Xbox series x restock – 800,000+ queries Overwhelming Demand Crashes Retailer Websites Both consoles saw an unprecedented demand online due to COVID-19 restrictions at physical retail locations. This caused retail websites to struggle to keep up with the demand. In some cases, the demand was too much, and the websites went down temporarily. When these sites were down, consumers turned to Google search for answers. During the month of September, the Best Buy website went down multiple times. The queries “is best buy website down” and “best buy site down” had the most volume during that time. “is best buy website down – 5,400+ queries “best buy site down – 2,400+ queries During November, the Walmart website went down on multiple occasions. The queries “Walmart website down” and “Walmart site crash” had the most volume during that time. “Walmart website down” – 6,600+ queries “Walmart site crash” - 5,400+ queries As we continued to track search interest daily, we found there was more buzz for the PS5 over the Xbox Series X. When we compared the most popular keywords for each, PS5 queries had over twice as much volume as Xbox queries. We were able to accurately predict that PS5 would outsell the Xbox Series X, as the search trend data directly correlated to sales. All brands should be paying attention to search trends in order to have a better understanding of the marketplace, their own brand health, and the search interest in their competition. If you liked this article, we invite you to learn more about our SEO services.

Google Search Trends Insights January 2021 - AMP Agency

In our continuing series of examining Google Search Trends to gain insights into the top keywords queried in the USA, we present our findings for January 2021. Every day, we capture the top three keyword phrases in terms of search volume as reported by Google Trends (US Only). Each term has an estimated query volume attached to it, which we also record. The number scale tops out at 10,000,000+ with a lower limit of 200,000+. After the conclusion of the month, we look at the phrases we collected along with their volumes to get an understanding of what drove queries for the month. The First Month of 2021 Well, we’re off to quite a start in 2021. There was a notion that with the flip of the calendar year the entire world would improve automatically. Now, we should all realize that years are a human construct and large changes to society don’t happen overnight. With that stated, we saw many historical developments in the month of January and the phrases we collected from Google Trends reflected those changes. One of the biggest shifts was related to how we categorized the search terms. We had to create a category called “Stocks” because of actions that people wanted to know more about that occurred in the later half of the month.  Here’s is the month that was by top Google Trends keywords, as analyzed by AMP Agency. January’s Top Queried Phrases There were a good number of phrases that were queried more that 10 million times over the course of a day in January.  Not all of them were driven by Google Doodles, most were driven by the need to know more about an event. Georgia Senate race - 1/4/2021 - 10,000,000+ queries Georgia election - 1/5/2021 - 10,000,000+ queries James Naismith - 1/14/2021 - 10,000,000+ queries Patrick Mahomes - 1/16/2021 - 10,000,000+ queries Martin Luther King Day - 1/17/2021 - 10,000,000+ queries Conor McGregor - 1/23/2021 - 10,000,000+ queries GameStop stock - 1/27/2021 - 10,000,000+ queries The first two keywords in our list are related to the United States Senate special election that was held in Georgia on January 5th.  These phrases were the most queried of all the politics-related keywords of the month, although there were a large group of them driven by political events that are examined in the next two sections.  The two Google Doodle driven keywords were James Naismith, the inventor of the game of basketball, and Martin Luther King Day, which celebrated the national holiday and day of service that honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  There were two sports-related keywords with over 10 million queries: Patrick Mahomes suffered a concussion in a NFL playoff game and Conor McGregor got knocked out during his bout at UFC 257. The world of sports was a main driver of search interest in January and we’ll explore the keywords that drove over 5 million queries in a section below. Lastly, actions in the US stock market drove more search volume in January 2021 than any other month since the beginning of 2019. The top query was GameStop stock on the 27th, but there were several others that piqued the interest of users trying to learn more and understand why certain stock prices were soaring. The End Of One  Presidency... The Georgia special election keywords were the most popular and they were a precursor to the keywords queried related to political events that happened in the last days of Trump’s Presidency. The following list presents the phrases of what people were searching before, during, and after the storming of the United States Capitol. Trump - 1/5/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries 25th Amendment - 1/6/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries Capitol - 1/6/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries News - 1/6/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries Brian Sicknick - 1/7/2021 - 500,000+ queries Parler - 1/8/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Insurrection Act - 1/10/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries Trump impeachment - 1/11/2021 - 500,000+ queries 25th Amendment - 1/11/2021 - 500,000+ queries Impeachment - 1/12/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries The one interesting note from a search keyword/Google Trends reporting standpoint is the phrase of “News” from the 6th of January.  It’s as if we didn’t have any words to help guide our search. ...And The Beginning Of Another. With the new administration getting sworn in, there was increased search volume around the new President and Vice President and the Inauguration. Garth Brooks - 1/18/2021 - 500,000+ queries Inauguration - 1/19/2021 - 5,000,000 + queries Amanda Gorman - 1/19/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Joe Biden - 1/19/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Kamala Harris - 1/20/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Poet Laureate - 1/20/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries Lady Gaga - 1/20/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries Jill Biden - 1/21/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries With all respect to Garth Brooks and Lady Gaga, the real big star coming out of the Inauguration was Amanda Gorman according to Google Trends. Fanatical About Finances As we stated in the beginning of this post, we had to create a new category for our keyword collections because of the number of keywords related to stocks. The highest queried phrase was “GameStop stock” on the 27th with over 10 million queries but here are the other stock-related keywords that made the daily top 3: GameStop - 1/21/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries GameStop stock - 1/25/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries GME - 1/25/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries GameStop stock price - 1/28/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries American Airlines stock - 1/28/2021 - 200,000+ queries Robinhood - 1/27/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries AMC Stock - 1/31/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries Along with the GameStop inquiries, the other companies mentioned are American Airlines and AMC. Certainly Reddit and Robinhood have changed the game of individual stock trading. Another financial topic that has been rising in search interest over the past few months is Cryptocurrency.  Here are the top terms from January 2021:  Bitcoin price - 1/2/2021 - 500,000+ queries Bitcoin - 1/11/2021 - 500,000+ queries Dogecoin - 1/27/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries Bitcoin’s price hit new highs twice in January along with Dogecoin, which is another cryptocurrency that was introduced in 2013, saw its price skyrocket as Reddit members and Elon Musk brought attention to it amid the GameStop short squeeze.  Lastly, many people were also interested in making a lot of money for low effort the old fashioned way - the Lottery: Mega Millions - 1/12/2021 - 2,000,000+ queries Powerball - 1/13/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries Mega Millions drawing - 1/15/2021 - 1,000,000+ queries Mega Millions - 1/22/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries With prizes ranging from 100s of millions to 1 billion dollars, users were very interested in the results of these lotteries. GridIron Football Dominates When we looked past the 10 million plus queries that were sports-related, we found that the 5 million plus queries were all North American football-related (not to be confused with football that we call soccer. People search for that type of football a lot in the USA), Ohio State Football - 1/1/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries Steelers - 1/9/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries Drew Brees - 1/17/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries Green Bay Packers - 1/24/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries Chiefs - 1/24/2021 - 5,000,000+ queries Ohio State won the College National Championship game this year as the Steelers took an early exit in the playoffs.  Drew Brees called it a career and the Green Bay Packers lost to Tom Brady’s Buccaneers.  Lastly, the Kansas City Chief made their way to the SuperBowl for the second year in a row. Next month, we’ll showcase how the major sports leagues fared in the times of COVID-19.  We’ll have a 12 month sample set by the time we’re writing up the February 2021 post. 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AMPlifier - Social Media Industry Update - Week of February 22, 2021

Welcome to the AMPlifier – a spotlight on the latest and greatest industry updates. Whether you want to learn more about this week’s marketing trends, the newest updates to your favorite social media platforms, or simply what meme is currently taking the internet by storm, then read on. You never know what you might learn. IS CLUBHOUSE THE NEXT BIG SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM FOR BRANDS? If you’ve been spending much time on social media lately you’re probably seeing some of the online buzz about the emerging new social audio platform Clubhouse, and more recently, the Twitter-backed competitor, Spaces, which has just launched in Beta. Read More TWITTER CONTINUES TO QUICKLY EVOLVE ITS CLUBHOUSE COMPETITOR 'SPACES As audio social platform Clubhouse continues to gain momentum, Twitter is working to quickly evolve and roll-out its own version of the same, with Twitter Spaces gradually trickling out to more users, and getting new feature upgrades in line with user response. Read More NANO INFLUENCERS: WHO ARE THEY AND HOW TO WORK WITH THEM [INFOGRAPHIC] When mapping out your influencer marketing strategy, the most common approach is to go for the biggest names, who'll offer you the biggest audience reach, and thus, the best return on your ad spend. But don't overlook the value of those with smaller, but more engaged, communities, who can also help connect you with the people who are increasingly more likely to buy from your brand. Read More That’s a wrap on this week’s feed. Stay tuned to see what happens next.

Top 10 Takeaways From The 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer

2021 Edelman Trust Barometer Reveals Brand Leaders Expected to Take Lead on Social Issues Each year, global communications firm Edelman releases its Trust Barometer — a survey-driven report of how trusted governments, NGOs, businesses, and media are around the world. The 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer draws on survey responses from 33,000 individuals in 28 countries. It reveals insights about both the general population (ages 18+) and informed public (college-educated, ages 25-64, in the top 25% of household income in their country’s age group). This year’s Edelman Trust Barometer notably uncovers a growing distrust of government in the U.S. and China, and increased expectations for business leaders. Here are 10 key takeaways for brands, marketers, and advertisers: Business is more trusted than government, NGOs, and media in 18 of 27 countries surveyed. Community organizations, local leaders, and scientists are more trusted than government leaders, religious leaders, journalists, and CEOs. CEO credibility has dramatically declined in India, Brazil, Indonesia, Argentina, Russia, France, and Japan during the past year. Trust in search engines, traditional media, owned media, and social media has declined. People are placing more importance on information literacy. 68% of those surveyed believe CEOs should step in when the government does not fix societal problems. 66% think CEOs should take the lead on change rather than waiting for the government to impose change on them. 65% believe CEOs should hold themselves accountable to the public and not just to the board of directors or stockholders. 86% expect CEOs to speak out publicly about one or more of these societal changes: pandemic impact, job automation, societal issues, and local community issues. 68% agree that consumers should have the power to force corporations to change. So what does this mean for your brand? With consumer trust in business and expectations for brand leaders steadily rising, it is essential that you understand how to build trust with your audience. Read on to learn how you can inspire confidence and loyalty among your current and potential customers.   Get involved with grassroots organizations that your community cares about. Partner with local non-profits, small businesses, and community leaders to engage with social causes that matter to your audience. Make sure you’re reaching out to organizations and influencers who can authentically connect with your brand. For example, during International Women’s Month,  AMP helped create PUMA’s “Do You” campaign, which sparks conversation around female empowerment. The campaign features professional basketball player Skylar Diggins-Smith and New York City Ballet principal dancer Lauren Lovette, athletes who volunteer with programs that uplift young women. When you have a great brand-cause and brand-influencer fit like this, authenticity is sure to follow. Invest in influencer partnerships. According to Business Insider, brands are projected to spend $15 billion on influencer marketing by 2022. And that’s no surprise given that 1 in 5 Gen Zers and millennials in the U.S. and UK makes purchases inspired by influencer or celebrity social media posts, as evidenced by a 2019 survey from GlobalWebIndex. Influencer partnerships are so much more than the stereotypical pastel aesthetics and travel photos we often associate them with. They are powerful resources that can humanize a brand and give your company access to a devoted, loyal fanbase. And fortunately, influencers are not one size fits all. Smaller companies might consider micro influencers (1K to 100K followers) or nano-influencers (under 1K followers), who have the power to attract niche audiences on a lower budget. You don’t need a Hadid sister to make a splash in this industry!  Be transparent and hold your brand accountable. It is no longer enough for brands to exclusively talk about their products and services. Consumers want to know that the companies they buy from have values that resonate with their own. In fact, up to 83% of millennials say it’s important to them to buy from companies that align with their beliefs and values, per the 5W PR’s 2020 Consumer Culture Report. When you’re planning your marketing strategy for the 2021-2022 year, consider how and where your brand might appropriately express its values. Which social media platforms are your customers most present on? Which current events are they following? Keep in mind that what matters to the average Gen Z customer may be different from what the average baby boomer cares about. Research and relevancy are essential. Diversify your workforce. Representation among brand leadership teams has been a hot topic this past year. A new Instagram account called True Colors highlights the lack of diversity among top brand leadership by re-imagining logos based on the whiteness of their leadership teams. Beyond enriching your brand with new ideas, skills, and perspectives, diversifying your workforce can also improve your standing with consumers. In fact, 38% of consumers are more likely to trust brands that do well with showing diversity in their ads, according to a 2019 Adobe research report. Creating nuanced, inclusive representation in your marketing requires diverse leadership and supporting teams. Consider who your audience is and who is creating their ads. It may take time to increase diversity among your brand’s teams, but it’s an effort well worth making. Click here to discover more insights from the 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer. And remember, with great brand, comes great responsibility.

AMPlifier - Social Media Industry Update - Week of February 15, 2021

Welcome to the AMPlifier – a spotlight on the latest and greatest industry updates. Whether you want to learn more about this week’s marketing trends, the newest updates to your favorite social media platforms, or simply what meme is currently taking the internet by storm, then read on. You never know what you might learn. INSIGHTS FROM 22 MILLION BUSINESS POSTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA IN 2020 [INFOGRAPHIC] The team from Socialinsider recently conducted a new social media industry benchmark study in which they analyzed over 22 million business posts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, covering brands from 35 different industries. Read More FACEBOOK IS REPORTEDLY DEVELOPING ITS OWN CLUBHOUSE CLONE "In news that will surprise absolutely no one, Facebook is reportedly now in the process of developing its own Clubhouse clone, as it looks to nullify the rapid growth of the audio social app." Read More SHOPIFY EXPANDS ITS 'SHOP PAY' IN-STREAM PAYMENT PROCESS TO FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM SHOPS Shopify has announced a new integration with Facebook which will enable Shopify users to purchase items via its 'Shopify Pay' payment system when buying in Facebook and Instagram Shops. Read More That’s a wrap on this week’s feed. Stay tuned to see what happens next.

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