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LinkedIn Updates Marketing Partner Program with New Specialty Categories

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LinkedIn has announced an update to its Marketing Partner Program, which is designed to make it easier for businesses to find the right experts to assist them with each element of their LinkedIn marketing and growth process.

As explained by LinkedIn:

Today we’re announcing updates to specialties – how you work with our partners – which will make it easier for you to find the right solutions for your marketing on LinkedIn. Whether you’re looking to create content, grow your brand, convert leads, or measure the impact of your investments, our LinkedIn marketing partners are here for you.”

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As you can see here, the new categories are split into three distinct areas of focus, with sub-topics beneath each.

LinkedIn now provides dedicated third-party support in:

Page Management — Marketing is perpetually under-resourced, especially now. Partners for page management can streamline activities across social channels, reducing the time and resources needed to maintain an effective publishing strategy. 

Content & Creative — From narratives, white papers and videos to individual posts, these experts will deliver you content and creative on time and in-budget. And, by mentioning the marketing partner community, you’ll get preferred rates. 

Audiences — Targeting is the key to improving the efficiency of your ad investments. Partners for audiences enable you to bring your data or a partner’s data into Campaign Manager to enhance LinkedIn’s native targeting facets. 

Campaign Management — There are endless opportunities for testing and optimizing LinkedIn ads. The right partner for campaign management will help you get started, scale efficiently, and improve the return on your spend. And, with self-service partners, you’ll gain functionality such as cross-channel management, rule-based management, and ABM. 

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Lead Generation — Adding a partner for lead generation to the mix may be the fastest and easiest way to get immediate value. These partners will automatically route leads to the platform of your choice, saving you time from manually downloading lists and enabling sales to follow up quickly. 

Reporting & ROI — It’s challenging to understand and optimize performance with disparate reporting. Partners for reporting & ROI build robust reporting for LinkedIn alongside all your other marketing programs to show a holistic view of campaign performance data and visualize return on investment.

Insights — It can be time intensive to surface the right content and audience insights for your marketing strategies and tactics. Partners for insights will uncover the information you need to build informed content and campaigns for LinkedIn. 

Tapping through on any the topics takes you to a listing of approved partners that can help you maximize your on-platform strategy, and get better results from your LinkedIn efforts.

Of course, for many, such assistance will be beyond the marketing budget, especially in 2020, but there could be significant benefits in gaining new insight if you are looking to improve your on-platform performance.

You can read more about LinkedIn’s Marketing Partner Program here.

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Brand creatives: The forgotten workers struggling with burnout

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Brand creatives: The forgotten workers struggling with burnout

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The demand for quality content continues to rise and this is putting an added stress on creators. Analysts are predicting this year to be the longest selling season seen for many years. This presents little reprieve for creators.

While businesses everywhere are focused on work/life balance, that’s a luxury most creators do not have. Recently, Digital Journal posted an article about ‘hustle culture’ and the dangers this presents to employees in the long-term. Central to these concerns was burnout. Yet burnout is also an issue for the sell-employed and within this category, those working in the creative arts standout.

Social Media Creatives are people who carve out creative posts which are intended to be shared by a brand on their social media platforms, designed to help the brand to reach out more fully to their target audience.

Creator burnout encroaches on creator wellness, which is not only a threat to the creator, but also to brands and ultimately the consumer.

The extent of the problem is captured by Awin, an affiliate and influencer marketing platform. The company conducted a survey on creator burnout and this uncovered some telling information.

For example, 66 percent of creators indicated that burnout is affecting their mental health . The likelihood of this is related to the platform used. Here, Instagram is the leading platform driving burnout with 71 percent of respondents experiencing at least some level of burnout.

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Another source of emotional strain is with constant platform changes. These were cited by the survey respondents as the leading cause of anxiety amongst 72 percent of respondents. Another area scoring high, with  64 percent of people, relates to a lack of quality and creativity. In turn this creates pressures, for 53 percent of the survey admitted their passion for content creation has decreased in the past year.

Pressure of work are manifest in the need to be only for prolonged periods of time. Hence other reasons for burnout included never turning off social media, the pressure of losing followers, and the pressure of earning a paycheck. These pressures are driving just under half (49 percent) of people to rely on alternative income streams to alleviate the stress and anxiety.

Although there are no ideal coping mechanisms, measures like dedicating specific times for posting and scheduling time off can help.

Commenting on the findings, Carissa Finders, Influencer Partnerships Manager, Awin Group tells Digital Journal: “There is a clear pattern of burnout among creators and many feel there is little support from social platforms to help them cope.”

This support, says Finders, should be led by brands, noting: “In order to combat the anxiety and burnout, brands will need to work closely with creators to develop the best resources for them to passionately create and engage their audiences. Our goal in working with our creators is to facilitate these brand partnerships to make sure the creation and execution of influencer campaigns continues to be as smooth as possible for both parties.”

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