Tristan Harris' thoughts on ethical design and time well spent

“How do you ethically shape the thoughts and actions that will appear in a billion people’s minds today?” That’s the question Tristan Harris, a former Design Ethicist at Google, is currently trying to figure out — or at least make everyone think about when it comes to designing technology, software, advertising, and apps ethically. Harris,…

Many business owners and entrepreneurs would probably agree that some weeks are much busier than others — and when they get too swamped with work and other responsibilities, social media tends to get tossed aside. If you typically brainstorm, write, and post content to your social profiles all on the same day, a random meeting…

how to choose the best social media platform for your brand

Imagine you’re starting your own business, and you decide it’s time to start promoting it on social media. You want to reach as many people as possible, so you create profiles on every social media channel you can think of — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, and LinkedIn. You plan to use a…

Creating a successful social media presence for your business involves more than simply posting to Facebook every now and then. While regular status updates can increase brand credibility in the minds of potential customers, being intentional with your social media strategy is the key to actually seeing results. However, this challenge is twofold: not only…

how to pick colors for social media on the Smarter Searches blog

Instagram is an excellent social media platform for showcasing visual content, but when you scroll through an individual’s profile, you find something more — you find that the people and businesses are telling a visual story. Here’s how you can, too. When scrolling through Instagram, one thing you might notice is that celebrities and Instagram-famous…

reasons why Facebook advertising should be in your social media marketing plan

With 81 percent of Americans on social media, it’s no secret that it is changing the landscape of marketing. Businesses know the importance of leveraging social to connect with audiences and promote their brands, and it’s pretty much essential for targeting millennials. None of this is news. However, social media platforms are constantly evolving. Just…

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