Blog

Quick Updates

Double Zebra CEO Featured On SD Voyager

October 21, 2019

We are thrilled to share that our very own CEO Aaron W. has been featured on SD Voyager as part of the San Diego Inspiring Stories series. The interview talks about Double Zebra: our approach, perspective, and everything that distinguishes us from other marketing agencies. It’s great to be recognized in our San Diego, community and to know that the word is getting out about the work we’re doing. Thank you to SD Voyager for reaching out to us!

Check out the article with accompanying photos by the amazing True Photography.

Tips

How to Hire a Dynamite Content Marketer for Your Team

October 18, 2019
dynamite content marketing visual

Creating and executing the perfect content marketing strategy requires more than a goal. It depends on having the right people running your content program. Today’s business landscape demands high-quality content in order to be seen, and to stand out. However, hiring the perfect marketer can be a little challenging. The following list details some of the things to keep in mind when searching for your next content marketer.

Look for These Attributes

Everyone is different, which means you are going to see a variety of personalities when you begin to interview. According to TINYpulse, the best way to hire for the job is to understand which attributes you want in your content marketer. For example, a lot of content marketers and writers are introverts. Because of this, your candidates may not demonstrate leadership qualities in an interview setting.

Is this important? It may not be, unless you are hiring for a management position. Instead, focus on the specific needs of the content role. Seek someone who’s organized, has excellent communication skills, and who is honest. Look for an individual who can write snappy headlines and also long-form content. Narrow down to candidates who can effectively and concisely communicate your brand’s value with creative ideas and energy. This may sound simple, but these are the attributes that make all of the difference for a good long-term hire.

How to Identify Favorable Attributes in a Content Marketer Candidate

Learning about a person’s strengths is often impossible during one 5-minute interview. Therefore, we highly recommend implementing procedures that help you to get to know the potential employee, and vice versa. As The Hire Talent suggests, pre-employment tests can be used to measure a candidate’s behavior, personality, reasoning, competency, integrity, skills, and cognitive ability. These tests enable you to observe the candidate in action. They also ensure that you consider all qualified candidates equally, without inadvertent bias.

Specific Questions for the Content Marketer Position

There is no doubt that you will come across excellent candidates for the job. However, one of the most common mistakes made during the hiring process is choosing someone is not suited for the type of content you produce. Even if they are a strong writer, they may not understand the intricacies of your industry. Or, they may not be able to grasp the needs and pain points of your target audience.

Because of this, it is crucial to ask questions to determine the interest of the candidate. For example, do they like to research? Are they willing to dive into your company and industry to learn about the nuances? These types of questions will help determine their suitability for the position.

Whether you’re seeking to hire one or ten content marketers, the process will no doubt be challenging. However, by simply adhering to the list above, you will begin to lay down a solid foundation for your future interviews. And if you are looking for a high-caliber external marketing agency to take over your content marketing program, please reach out to us for a proposal.

Looking for more marketing tips? We recommend: 5 Tips for Being “Social” on Social Media.

Interviews

Of Likes and Lattes

July 30, 2019

It is a bleary-eyed morning, and far too early to be productive, let alone cognizant of the world around. Yet here we are at Communal Coffee in North Park, which holds the distinction of being both a coffee shop and a floral boutique. It’s the kind of spot that should appeal to the mysterious creator of the @cali_coffee Instagram feed. And of course, she already knows it well.

Thanks to her Instagram profile, @cali_coffee has become somewhat of a local coffee guru, amassing a dedicated and growing following who turn to her for the next “it” coffee shop. Her caffeine-fueled sojourns across San Diego County and beyond are well documented and artistically photographed, catapulting her over other similar feeds. The location we’re in is fitting, given that Communal Coffee’s own popular Instagram feed (36.5k followers to date) is itself a haven for coffee addicts.

Cali_coffee and I are two of the day’s first patrons, and likely the only ones here to chat about social media content. During our conversation, we talk about Instagram trends and the joys of social content creation. We also speculate about why a lovingly curated feed about San Diego coffee is outperforming many small businesses when it comes to likes and engagement. Fortunately, there is great coffee to guide our conversation (salted caramel latte), so we are buzzing in no time about the topics at hand.

Double Zebra: What was the initial inspiration behind your Instagram feed?

Cali_Coffee: Well, it just started in April of this year. Because I like trying a lot of different coffee shops, I would post pictures of them on my personal Instagram. And then, friends began asking me for coffee recommendations. And I realized that it was something cool, to have one place for all the best coffee shops in the area. Because I feel like they are always hard to find. So I started with pictures of coffee. And then I figured I’d put them all in one spot, and make them accessible.

DZ: Why did you select Instagram as your social media platform of choice?

CC: Because it’s so widely used, more than other social media platforms. And it’s easy to search, and it’s centered around pictures. I like photography, with the variety and angles and little elements you can incorporate. I like the artistic side of it.

images courtesy cali_coffee

DZ: You have more than 2k followers today on a relatively new feed. You consistently gain 2-4% more followers every time you post. People are turning to you as a coffee expert. Would you consider yourself an influencer, or micro influencer? Micro-micro influencer? Where does this designation even start?

CC: Oh, that’s a good question. I don’t think of myself like that at all. I never started it with the intention of becoming anything. It was just kind of a hobby of mine that turned into something.

DZ: Who do you tend to follow on Instagram?

CC: Other pages like mine that highlight places around San Diego, celebrities. A variety.

DZ: Has anything unexpected come from your Instagram activity?

CC: I mean, this interview is pretty unexpected (laughs). I think a lot of my posts were getting 40 to 50 likes, maybe like 30 to 40. And then one of them got 190-something one day. You don’t always know what will get attention, or why.

DZ: Have you experienced any negative reactions to something you’ve posted?

CC: Not really, I think everyone likes coffee. It’s one of those non-controversial topics. If you don’t like coffee, you probably wouldn’t be following me.

image courtesy cali_coffee

DZ: Your posts tend to be lighthearted, and you’re not afraid to break out a pun or two. Do you think Instagram, and social media in general, is taken too seriously?

CC: For sure. Social media brings a lot of good, but there are so many negative things that can happen in this age. I believe in putting something out there that is lighthearted and positive. So people remind themselves that life isn’t always so serious.

DZ: Our Double Zebra team works with clients on their social media strategy and impact. What would you say to a company that puts no effort into their social media, or they barely have a presence?

CC: I’d say they’re kind of asking to fail, because that’s where most people find companies and make decisions. Most of the time it’s through social media, looking at pictures that others have tagged. You can only find so much on Google. Usually, the first thing I do is go on Instagram, and look at photos and posts that match what I’m searching for.

DZ: What about companies that are trying their best, but still have low social engagement? What can they learn from your experiences so far?

CC: I think in order to have people engage with you, you have to engage with them. See what they have posted on their own pages. Get to know the content they are putting out. Then you can start creating content of your own that is meaningful and has value.

DZ: Instagram has recently announced fundamental changes, like hiding the number of public likes. What will the platform look like three years from now?

CC: I think Instagram will be different for sure. But it can’t change that much, because it’s already working pretty well, the way it is right now.

image courtesy cali_coffee

DZ: You’re on a self-proclaimed mission to drink all the coffee in California. Does this include bowling alleys and dive bars that have a coffee pot in the corner somewhere?

CC: Probably not my first choice. Maybe when I run out of all the other options. I never turn down a cup of coffee. So if I’m in a bowling alley, and I want coffee, then yes. Though I probably wouldn’t travel to a bowling alley for the coffee, unless it was really good.

DZ: That sounds incredibly hipster, a bowling alley becoming famous for its coffee.

CC: Yeah!

DZ: Is there a “holy grail” of coffee shops that you’re looking forward to visiting?

CC: I’m headed to Seattle soon, so I’d have to say Starbucks #1. That whole city is like a tribute to coffee shops!

Connect with Double Zebra to learn more about our team’s approach to social media engagement and content production for your business. And be sure to look for cali_coffee on her Instagram feed and at a coffee shop near you.

Quick Updates

Welcome To Our Blog

July 26, 2019

Welcome to the Official Blog of Double Zebra – the refreshingly modern marketing agency. Our blog will feature conversations with an eclectic variety of progressive marketers like us. We’ll be shining the spotlight on individuals and companies that make waves, love what they do, and have fun in the process. This includes content creators, technologists, niche specialists, and rising stars. We may introduce a collaborator of ours, showcase someone advancing their field, or just shine the spotlight on a person you will enjoy reading about.

This is also where you’ll find news and updates about all things Double Zebra. Be back soon!