Welcome to 5 BY 5, the alpha | BRAVO blog.

In radio jargon, the term “five by five” affirms that a radioed transmission was received loud and clear. Each was rated 1 to 5 with the first for clearness, and the second for loudness. Whether we’re writing social media ads, managing a brand’s social media presence, or crafting a full-funnel social media strategy, our mission is to ensure that every message is received loud and clear. The 5 BY 5 blog covers insights, news, tips, and trends in social media marketing strategy, management, copywriting and design. Check in on the 5th of each month and join us on LinkedIn + Instagram for of-the-minute updates!

Social Media Marketing Myths "Barker"
Posted by Beth Newton | 05 June 2023| Blog
8 Social Media Marketing Myths

Social media marketing is a fast-moving target. As soon as you’ve got something figured out, whether it’s a platform’s algorithm, a paid media budget, or strategic hashtags, everything changes. Moving at the speed of social requires staying on top all the changes, tools and innovations constantly hitting the market. That’s tough to do for organizations...

Posted by Beth Newton | 05 May 2023| Blog
4 Ways to Optimize Content for Social Media

Is Your Content Optimized for Your Social Media Audience? A whopping 83% of companies are increasing their content production budgets. The number one reason? The exploding number of formats in which content is needed for social media profiles. The more you can cross over and share budgets, the more you’ll be able to stretch those...

SEO and Search Intent
Posted by Beth Newton | 05 April 2023| Blog
Social Media Marketing at the Intersection of SEO and Search Intent

The Intersection of SEO and Search Intent We’re at the tail-end of a three-month long bathroom remodel, and last week, I performed a Google search for 34” round brushed gold vanity mirrors in an attempt to find some options online. Wayfair’s site is optimized so that these keyword search terms triggered a first page result....

Posted by Beth Newton | 08 March 2023| Blog
Social Media AI: 11 Marketing Tasks to Delegate Now

Social media marketing is an integral part of any brand’s outreach, reputation, and community building efforts. As technology continues to advance, so do the tools and techniques we use to accomplish these goals. It's no longer enough to simply post content on a regular basis; you need to use innovative strategies and cutting-edge technologies for...

marketing plays
Posted by Beth Newton | 05 February 2023| Blog
5 Marketing Plays for a Recession-Sized Budget

A recession is coming, says everyone. Publications from NPR and USA Today to CNN and Forbes are reporting that the likelihood of an economic recession is about 65%. We’re seeing it in our social media feeds: comments from economists and CEOs alike, and a near avalanche of employees laid off amidst the uncertainty. Small businesses...

Bye Now button
Posted by Beth Newton | 05 January 2023| Blog
The 1 Feature LinkedIn Doesn’t Have + 5 LinkedIn Company Page Pro Tips

The LinkedIn platform doesn’t have a “buy now” button. The cost of services is too high. The decision-making process is too long. The number of people on the buying committees is too great. And if you push bottom-funnel messaging too soon, your prospects are more likely to say "bye, now." If you’re a marketing or...

Social Media Strategies 2023
Posted by Beth Newton | 05 December 2022| Blog
3 Hot Social Media Strategies for 2023

Be honest: Do you ever read the intro to a blog post? If you’re like most people, you probably skip right down to the bold subheadings or numbered lists. So, let’s avoid the preamble and jump right in to find out what social media strategies are coming in hot for the new year! Social Media...

LinkedIn engagement comment
Posted by Beth Newton | 03 November 2022| Blog
Step Away From The Repost Button: 6 Ways To Instantly Improve LinkedIn Engagement

As social media trends come and go and best practices are defined and refined, one thing that remains true is the idea that social media marketing is meant to spark conversations. It’s what separates social media from other forms of media (print, tv, radio) that are traditionally one-way communications. That opens the door to defining...

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Posted by Beth Newton | 05 October 2022| Blog
On Trends and Social Media: Take the Long View

Attention is the currency of social media, and many trends come about as influencers and early adopters look for new ways to capture that ever-elusive attention. There’s nothing wrong with incorporating trends into your social media strategy, in fact they can be quite beneficial. The key is knowing whether a trend works for your brand,...