Superior sales and distribution by itself can create a monopoly, even with no product differentiation.

“Superior sales and distribution by itself can create a monopoly, even with no product differentiation. The converse is not true. No matter how strong your product-even if it easily fits into already established habits and anybody who tries it likes it immediately-you must still support it with a strong distribution plan.” -Peter Thiel

Industry leaders don’t always have the best product, but they do always have the best brand awareness and distribution. 

You cannot have a successful business without a strong marketing and distribution strategy. It doesn’t matter how innovative and unique your product is. If you can’t capture users, then it simply will not sell.

As Milan Kundera says, “business has only two functions - marketing and innovation”.

Don’t overlook the importance of marketing!

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Building Brand Loyalty and Trust on Social Media

The key to a strong business is strong relationships. People do business with people they know and trust. It’s as simple as that. 

The problem is you can only physically know so many people.

So if you want to grow beyond that limit, you have to figure out a way to build these relationships on a scalable level.

That’s where social media comes in!

Social media is arguably the most powerful marketing tool available to businesses today. However, that’s only true when it’s used strategically and effectively.

The businesses who are using social media effectively and reaping the benefits of it are the ones who are using these platforms to create and cultivate a meaningful, authentic, and lasting community with their followers.

If you’re not seeing the results, growth, engagement, sales, or conversion rates that you hope for, it’s probably because you’re focusing more is on selling a product than on creating a community.

So don’t be a sales pitch. We, as consumers, are bombarded by advertisements everywhere we go. No one wants to follow an account that shamelessly promotes themselves/their products each and everyday. 

Instead aim to be a resource. Provide value and information to your followers. Educate them on your industry and what you personally love about it. Take the time to actually engage with them and create that trusting relationship.

This is how you build a loyal following that will actually want to do business with you! 

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There are two parts to a successful social media strategy:

1. Content - you must have high quality, meaningful, and relevant content AND you must be consistent. This means posting at least 5 days a week and staying in within your interest group/industry. For example: If you are an interior designer and the majority of what you post is home related then the following you have grown knows and expects that from you. So, if all the sudden you switch and start posting about food, many of your followers will be disappointed. They followed you because they want to see interior design. As a result, you’ll most likely see your following decrease and your engagement go down. This is not to say that you can never change your mind but if you’re looking to grow, then it is important to do your best to stay consistent and stay on brand - (If you absolutely know that you want to transition your account into a new industry then there are some ways to ease this transition - I’ll talk more about that later this week)

2. Marketing - it is NOT enough to just post good content everyday. To be successful on social media and to grow your following, you must be social!! This means you have to engage with other users on a daily basis. By engagement I mean: liking, commenting, following, sharing and messaging. <— these are the currency 💰 of social media. And guess what... you have an endless supply of it! So give it out freely! - everyday you should be liking, commenting, etc. on not only your followers content but also on new accounts! This is how you capture the attention of new followers and really grow your influence!

Sound like a lot of work? I’m not gonna lie, it is! 

So if your feeling overwhelmed or discouraged then start slow. Set aside 1 hour everyday (15 min to post, 45 min to engage!) and work your way up from there. 

If you simply don’t have the time or just don’t want the added responsibility, then a full service management agency like @amr_digital might be the way to go!

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If you play it safe now, you’re going to sell yourself short in the end. 

We’ve all heard the saying, If you are the smartest person in the room, find a different room. 

Why? Smart people make you smarter. It’s as simple as that. Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer has an anecdote that sums up why.

She says, “Laura Beckman was the daughter of my piano teacher and a great volleyball player. was given the choice of joining the varsity team, where she would sit on the bench for the year, or junior varsity, where she would start every game.

“Laura shocked everyone and chose varsity. The next year she came back as a senior, made varsity again and was a starter. The rest of the players who had been on junior varsity were benched for their entire senior year. 

I asked Laura: ‘How did you know to pick varsity?’ Laura told me: ‘I just knew if I got to practice and play alongside the best players every day, it would make me better. And that’s exactly what happened.’ The same thing happens in the professional workplace.”

The road to success is NOT a straight path. You can climb the corporate ladder but in the end you’re going to come in second to someone like Laura.

So take Laura’s approach. Think long term and think strategy! 

Be humble. No one in their 20s has truly made it. If you think you’ve peaked, it’s time to find another mountain. Your 20s are the time to learn and grow. Don’t think money, think strategy. Work for free, ask for guidance, build your network, surround yourself with successful people who inspire you to up your game, do whatever it takes to gather as much knowledge and experience as you possibly can. 

If you play it safe now, you’re going to sell yourself short in the end. 

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Words of Wisdom from Garyvee

This is the difference between branding and selling. Gary Vaynerchuk says it best,

“I’m building for the long term, because I think it’s about brand. So many of you are in it for the quick sale, and you are going to be forgotten. I build trust by giving away all of my content for free and then every three years or so, I write a book, and ask if your interested to buy it.

The difference between branding and sales is simple. Are you trying to convert or are you trying to create an experience? The latter always wins.

The reality is, the greatest companies in the world don’t sell. They brand. Think of Apple as a prime example… When, if ever, have you received an advertisement from Apple telling you to BUY their product? It never happens. Apple focuses on building a relationship that will last by deploying all of their energy into branding and showcasing how your life will change once you switch to iPhone. Their ads are about sharing an experience, about the simplicity and ease of use of their products. About how great it is to use the Mac. It’s all about branding.”

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5 benefits to outsourcing social media management versus hiring in house.

1. Cuts costs almost 50% - outsourcing this role will save you money, time and headache. We live and breath social media and it shows. We are fast, efficient and effective. Because of this we can charge almost HALF THE COST of an entry level social media manager (with 10x the experience) and we don’t require salary, benefits, healthcare, bonuses, mentoring, management, etc. Sounds like a pretty good deal right?!

2. Streamlined processes - we know all the ins and outs of every social platform, support tool, analytics app, affiliate marketing program, etc. The social media landscape is always changing. Whether it be new platforms and algorithms or changes in industry trends or consumer behavior, it’s our job to know, prepare and adjust for these things so that you don’t have to!

3. Industry expertise - We are experts in a field dominated by beginners (social media manager is not typically a high level job). This is the competitive edge that you need to create lasting influence in your industry! We are ready to hit the ground running whenever you are! No training, no learning curve, no management needed. And the quality of work is always guaranteed!

4. Results! - you can have the best content in the world but if you’re not consistently driving new traffic to your page then you won’t see the results you want. Our strategists handle all outreach and growth. We can deliver up to 1,000 new, authentic and targeted followers every single month without the use of bots! 

5. Passive income - growing a targeted following is more valuable than you know. This a loyal audience that will stay with you forever. We can also set you up with affiliate marketing programs and brand collaborations to transform your social media into a source of passive income! 

Interested in learning more? Contact us today to request a free consultation call today!

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Must Read Books/How to Master a Skill

How often are you actively investing in furthering your education? How often are you scheduling out time in your day to listen to a podcast, take an online course, read a book, attend a conference or panels, meet with a mentor, etc. 

Take a moment and think about it. When was the last time that you set aside time to invest in your education and actually learn something new. And no, mandatory events and workshops from your work do not count.

If it’s been more than a week since you did this, then this ones for you!

You should be setting time aside every single week to learn something new. If you want to stand out and be truly successful, you have to develop a specialized skill set and not just develop it but seek to master it. 

Mastery doesn’t happen by chance. It is the result of intentionally and consistently investing time, effort and dedication.

If you feel like you genuinely don’t have time during the week. Then Sunday is a great day to dedicate to this. And it shouldn’t feel like a chore. In fact, this is a time that I genuinely look forward to every week.

So, if you’re looking for a new book and/or if this dedication sounds anything like you, then I highly recommend you check out @garyvee newest book - Crushing It. I’m sure most of you already know/follow @garyvee but for anyone who doesn’t, this guy is truly impressive and inspiring!

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Meet the Owner!

I feel like I’ve been seeing a lot of new faces around here lately so I thought it’d be fun to take a moment and properly introduce ourselves!

I’m Analiese Ross. I founded @amr_digitalabout a year and a half ago really as a passion project. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to transform my passion into a full-blown and thriving business! I absolutely love what I do and I love sharing it with all of you!

Beyond what I do for work, I am an avid traveler ✈️ , a fitness/health freak 🤸🏽‍♀️, a philanthropist ❣️, a dog mom 🐶, a foodie 🥗 , and visionary 👓 

I have been so beyond blessed to find a career that lets me indulge in all of these passions on a daily basis! 

As with many great things, I could not have built this alone. I have an incredible support system of family, friends, mentors, advisors, and of course all of you in this amazing Instagram community. And for that I am eternally grateful! 🙏🏼

As many of you already know, I LOVE connecting with you!! So please don’t be shy to shoot me an email, message, comment, you name it! 

AND take a minute to introduce yourself here. Let me know who you are, what you do, what you love, and where you’re going!!

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What type of business is Instagram for?

Instagram is for almost EVERYONE in almost ANY INDUSTRY.

We all know (and probably follow ) some
of the big @instagram industries: food, fashion, fitness, memes, cute puppies/animals, photographers, etc.

These are the categories that are overflowing with influencers. Their products are mostly visual which makes @instagraman obvious platform for them!

So what about everyone else? What if your industry is not particularly visual? What if you’re a service based company? What if you already have more business than you can handle? Or what if you’re just one individual looking for a community of like-minded people?

If you fall into any of these categories, then Instagram IS still for you. And here’s a couple reasons why:

Communication is key in both business and community building. The more directly you easily you can connect/communicate with potential customers the better. They say a pictures worth a thousand words, and in the advertising world - a thousand words is worth serious money!! _
So what if you don’t have the content (aka photos) to post on Instagram. If you are a service based company or simply don’t have enough photos, you have to improvise. And it’s not that hard - you can either pull from stock photography and add your own wisdom/personality into the caption, you can create your own content (quotes, photos, drawings, graphics), you can even use user-generated content from your current clients/customers!The point is that there are many way to create/gather content and it does not have to be time consuming or expensive.

Beyond the visual aspect, what makes Instagram SO powerful is that it gives you the ability to locate and connect with your IDEAL client/customer/community. It doesn’t matter if your business is small, large, local, global, in need of more business, or overly busy - all businesses benefit from finding the RIGHT clients/customers. These are the people you started your businesses for, the ones you love to serve and the ones who identify with and are loyal to your brand. Instagram is the BEST tool for finding and connecting with these people!

This same technique can be used by individuals also. Let’s say you’re passionate about mountain climbing, or maybe you are advocating for a particular political movement. Instagram gives you the ability target and connect with likeminded individuals or organizations both your area and around the world.The opportunities really are endless.

So whether you’re a large global company, a mom and pop shop, a doctor, a therapist, a convenience store, a contractor, a freelancer, a job hunter, or just a passionate individual with a message to share - Instagram is for YOU!

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The Biggest Marketing Mistake Small Businesses Make

I tell this to my clients all the time. The power of social media is that it levels the playing field for businesses. You no longer need a huge corporate advertising budget to reach the masses.

Social media gives you the power to build your own audience for little to no cost. 

There are 3 parts to building an effective social media strategy for a business. 
1. Number of followers
2. Quality of followers
3. The content you are posting

When you see your account start to grow it’s easy to get caught up in the number of followers and neglect the other two components. The reason this is dangerous is because the power of your social media lies in the loyalty of your audience NOT the size of it. 

So how do you build and measure the loyalty of your audience. In the social media world we call this statistic: Engagement. This is a measurement of the percentage of your following that is actively engaging with your content and taking steps to learn more about your products and brand. These people have entered the first step of your sales funnel and are on their way to becoming paying customers. This is arguably the most important statistic for businesses to focus on when measuring a successful social media strategy or campaign.

The last but definitely not least component is content. Having a large and engaged audience means nothing if you’re not conveying a clear message! 

The content you post on your social media is not the same as what you would post in a traditional advertisement. Meaning it is not a sales pitch. I tell my clients to think of this content as their gift of free education to their audience. You want to teach your followers about your brand, who you are, what you stand for, and what you have to offer. The goal is not a quick sale. The goal is to build trusting and lasting relationships. These relationships create loyal customers.

The great news is that any business can do this and it’s free! So if you are a small business, an entrepreneur or even a soloprenuer it’s time to STOP THINKING SMALL! The tools are technology are here, so get on board and take advantage of it!

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High Performance Habits with Brendon Bruchard

I’ve been listening to @brendonburchard ebook podcast, High Performance Habits, and he references this quote from Howard Thurman. 

It resonated with me because as business owners and entrepreneurs I feel like we are always pushing ourselves to solve consumer problems with new and innovative solutions. This is important, but it’s not the key to success. I truly believe that the key to success is passion! Passion drives motivation, innovation and dedication. All of these are essential to achieving and maintaining high performance and lasting success! 

How many of you have listened to or read High Performance Habbits??

If you haven’t, I highly recommend it. I love @brendonburchard I think his teaching style is incredible and his story is so inspiring! (And he recently released the book on the podcasts app for free!) Check it out and let me know what you think! 😆

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Marketing Should be an Even Exchange

I LOVE how marketing is becoming more about educating and less about selling. 

Marketing should be an even exchange. As marketers, it is our job to give consumers VALUE! We should always be focused more on giving than taking.

There is no place for deception, misrepresentation or dishonesty in modern marketing. Furthermore, if your intentions are one-sided, you will loose in today’s market.

AMR’s strategic marketing approach is all about creating honest and lasting relationships. Our job is to connect consumers with products or services that fulfill a specific need they have and will ultimately add value to their lives. We are, in a way, match makers. We are two entities searching for a meaningful and lasting connection and the best way to do this is to be AUTHENTIC and REAL!

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Social media isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. That’s a fact. ☑️

However, the individual platforms that users prefer are always changing and amidst all of the Facebook controversy, many people are wondering if Facebook is on its way out.

It’s scary to think that you can invest tons of time and money into building an audience on one specific platform and then a scandal can happen or user trends can shift and all of the sudden that platform is no longer relevant (flash back to the good old days of Myspace). 😉

So how do you protect yourself from loosing the community you’ve worked so hard to build?

The answer is simple. Focus on cultivating genuine, authentic and engaged relationships with your followers.

For businesses, you must create a connection with your followers that goes beyond what you are selling. So that even if they don’t need what your selling at this moment they can still connect with your content and build a relationship with your brand.

If your audience is engaged with your content and feels a genuine connection to your brand then they will follow you no matter where you go or what social media platform you use. Trust me on this.

And for the record, I don’t think that Facebook is dying (that’s just my opinion) but if it is, I’m not worried! 💕

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The Introverts Guide to Fearless Networking

We all know networking is important but as an introvert it honestly can suck and cause major anxiety. So, if that’s you, how do you conquer this skill? Here’s my top tips that have and continue to help me throughout my career. 

1. Firm hand shake, eye contact, no gum! - self explanatory

2. Know your sh*t - when you know what your talking about it inside and out it is soooo much easier to present it when you’re put on the spot! 

3. Take control of the convo - ask the questions! When you are leading the conversation and asking the questions you don’t have to worry about what’s coming next. Instead you can relax and focus on being present! 

4. Ask them questions about themselves - people love to talk about themselves and it actually makes the conversation more memorable to them. Plus it takes the pressure off of you! win/win


5. Be yourself - don’t try to be the chattiest person in the room if that’s not your personality! Be confident in who you are and what you bring to the table. Chances are the real you is pretty great so let that shine! 

6. Always be gracious. Please and thank you are not just something you learn as a kid. Manners matter! Especially when it comes to making a first impression.

7. BE BRAVE! When it comes to networking nobody is too important or too high up for you to introduce yourself too. Take a deep breath, fix your hair (if you have hair), and march yourself over to them and say hello.

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The Best Time to Start Advertising on Social Media was 10 Years Ago!

With a net worth of over $100 billion dollar, we all know that instagram is huge. But as a business owner do you really know how much potential you are sitting on with this platform? 

An estimated 71% of businesses worldwide use Instagram. This number has nearly doubled from last years (48.8%) and is projected to continue at this rate into 2019!

Of the 800 million active monthly users on the platform, 80% of them follow a Business on Instagram. 

Additionally, Social Networks Influence 74% of Consumers’ Buying Decisions, so it makes perfect sense that 70.7% of U.S. companies are now using Instagram for marketing, edging out Twitter for the first time in historty!

With this demand, it's no surprise that the Global Instagram influencer market is also on the rise. The industry is now worth approximately 1.6 billion dollars. A number that is projected to rise to 2.38 billion by 2019.

AMAZING right?! Social media marketing and influencer marketing are the present and future of Digital Marketing. 

Why? Because it's CRAZY EFFECTIVE! Businesses are making an average of $6.50 for every $1 spent on influencer marketing.

If you're not taking advantage of Instagram marketing, you are BEHIND!

Like the Chinese proverb says, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now"

The best time to get a social media strategy was 20 years ago, the second best time is NOW! Contact us today to get started

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Is Job Loyalty Dead?

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life. And the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs

As an employer we all want to hire the people who believe the work we are doing is great work. 

So how do you find these people?! And once we do find them, how do we nurture and develop them so that they continue to feel empowered, invested and motivated? 

The number one thing you can do for your employees is to add value and meaning to their work. Hire the best people you possibly can and then get out of their way! Give them the power to make the job their own and do it in their own way. Genuine satisfaction comes from accomplishment and the feeling that we have completed something difficult and important. So if you want to keep your employees satisfied you must consistently give them harder and more meaningful work!

It seems so intuitive but unfortunately more and more company’s are straying away from this model. They assume that job loyalty is dead and therefore investing time or resources into growing and retaining employees is a waste. It’s a vicious cycle because the less company’s invest in their people, the more employees feel the need to leave in order to grow and progress their careers. 

The downside to this is that for employees: the working conditions are quickly decreasing, and so the level of responsibility and the meaningfulness of their work. For employers: the quality of work and motivation of their employees is also decreasing. It’s a loose, loose situation for both sides!!

Before starting AMR, I worked for several companies where this was the standard. And as a low level employee it totally sucked! I felt discouraged, lost, unmotivated and replaceable every day.

As AMR continues to grow and as all of your businesses do the same, we have the power to stop this cycle. We have the ability to bring loyalty and satisfaction back into the workplace! We can choose to invest in our employees and empower them!

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Small Business Appriciation

To all my clients, I have personally done a big happy dance for each and every one of you. So thank you!!


As a client based company the caliber of my business is a direct reflection of the caliber of my clients. 

I feel so thankful to have the opportunity to work with so many incredible and inspiring entrepreneurs and businesses across the country!

So to all my clients and to all of you who choose to buy from and support small businesses thank you!! 🖤 

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The Future is Remote

I believe that the future of the working world is remote!

@nasdaq predicts that 43% of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers by 2020.

Especially for those of us who work in creative industries, we need inspiration! And no matter how modern or cool your office space is, nothing compares to the natural beauties and wonders of the world!

This photo is from Claude Monet’s personal garden in Giverny, France. Monet was an incredibly talented artist, there’s no doubt about that. But also, when you see these gardens he worked in everyday it makes totally sense!! This place is magical and inspiring beyond belief! This is the type of environment that creative minds thrive in!!

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Doing Business Without Advertising is like Winking at Someone in the Dark (Pointless)

Ever heard the expression, “if a tree falls in the middle of the forrest and no one is there to hear it, does it really make a sound?”

The same is true in business. If you open a business or launch a new product but no one knows about it, did it really happen? 

You can create an amazing business or product but if you can’t connect with the right people, your business will fail! 

Don’t let that happen!! Big marketing is no longer just for big businesses with hefty marketing budgets. Everything you need to build a viral campaign and take your business to the next level is available for FREE on social media. The key to leveraging this tool is strategy!! That’s where I come in, I’m here to show you the ins and outs of these incredible platforms and help you build your own audience that will be with you forever for FREE! 

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A Tribute to Millennials

The Millennial generation receives tons of criticism. People say we’re lazy, not hard working, entitled, etc.

There’s so much negative talk that our successes are often overlooked.

We may appear lazy to older generations, but it’s because we have learned to take advantage of the technology we have that makes our lives easier in so many ways. We may not work as hard, but that’s because we’ve learned to work smarter. We value efficiency and convenience. We’re resourceful. We’re forward thinkers. Millennials are exclusive with their time. We work fast and are driven by progress. We may seem entitled but it’s only because we see a world of potential ahead of us. We have big dreams and ambitions and we value fulfillment over stability. We were born into a day and age where travel is for everyone and location does not limit communication. It’s pretty freaking incredible when you really think about it! 

So yes, the millennial generation is different but it’s because the world is different!

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