Should Small Businesses Utilize Emojis in Online Marketing?


NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Many small businesses have resolved to increase their online marketing efforts in 2016 in order to build awareness and boost their brand’s profile. From creating a company blog to establishing a presence on social media, there are several strategies to explore when determining the best approach to take.  For small businesses in the pursuit of higher levels of audience engagement, one tactic worth exploring is the use of emojis in their online marketing messages.

Marketing Director for Pubsoft, Heather Wied, discusses the benefits of an emoji marketing strategy and provides tips on when best to use them. In her most recent article posted to the PR Toolkit, “Embrace Emojis in Your Online Marketing,” Wied delves into the following:

  • Step 1: Know your emojis.  Emojis that seem innocuous can carry a different meaning than what is explicitly pictured and Wied suggests familiarizing yourself with the meanings of each before jumping on the emoji bandwagon. Sites like help provide further context and meaning.
  • Step 2: Cadence. Treat this tactic as you do others, and ensure your cadence doesn’t impact the overall effectiveness of your efforts. Wied suggests reserving emoji usage for lighter marketing messages in order to emphasize a particular point.
  • Step 3: Alignment. Ensure this concept aligns with your other marketing tactics. Messaging and audience fit is a must. Social platforms like Twitter are a great way to embrace emojis and take simplistic messages to the next level.

For further discussion on the benefits of emoji marketing and tips to incorporate them into your overall strategy, read Wied’s posthere.

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