Advice from an Agency: How to Know When It’s Time for a Rebrand

By Jaci Schreckengost

Of course you’ve heard of rebrands and seen them happen — but how do you know when it’s time to rebrand your own company? 

Here are some of the times we’ve noticed that it might be time to consider rebranding. 

Do you feel out of place in the market? 

Have you noticed that the brands around you seem more in-touch with their clients than you feel like you are? 

If your branding stands out in a way that you think might be negative, it’s likely time for a rebrand. 

If you’re not sure where you stand in the social media market, 270M has a social media audit that can help. This audit can help you see how your social media channels can be revamped. After our review, we will craft a plan on how to best move forward. 

Read also: Should My Business be on Pinterest? 

Do you feel like you’re losing clients?

If you feel like people in your audience are more attracted to your competitors than you, this could mean it’s time to look at rebranding your company.

If your competitors seem to be updated and more in touch with the customers you’re both trying to market to, it’s likely this is because of marketing. Maybe your website just needs a new look or you need to completely rework your brand’s strategy. Either way, 270M’s services are here to help. 

Do you feel like your branding looks too similar to your competitors? 

This can be another big issue in the market. If your brand looks so similar to your competitors, you may lose clients because of very small differences. 

This is also a large issue on social media. If you and one or more competitors have similar logos, this can cause confusion among your current and potential customers. 

You want your brand to stand out enough that your customers know they have found your social media pages

How do I start rebranding my business? 

No matter how big or small the project is, you’ll want to brainstorm a lot. There are also many questions you’ll want to ask yourself and your team, including, but of course not limited to: What do you want your new brand to look like? Do you have colors in mind? What about a logo? Do you need to redo your website? 

Using an agency to help with your rebranding is a way to make sure that your project is completed on time and exactly how you really want it. 

The good news? 270M is here to help through the whole process. Visit our website to see all of our services. 


Political Ads on Facebook & Instagram: What You Need to Know

By Jaci Schreckengost

Especially in an election year, but always, social media platforms aim to increase the transparency of their political ads

Since Facebook and Instagram are two of the biggest platforms — especially for campaigning — it’s important to understand the rules and regulations around the ads. Whether you’re a candidate, a voter, or a social media manager for a campaign, this can help you sort everything out. 

Want to add an agency to your campaign strategy? 270M is here to help. 

What is a political ad? 

Facebook defines “ads about social issues, elections or politics are made by, on behalf of, or about a candidate for public office, a political figure, a political party or advocates for the outcome of an election to public office; or about any election, referendum, or ballot initiative, including “go out and vote” or election campaigns; or about social issues in any place where the ad is being placed; or regulated as political advertising.” 

Why is transparency so important in these ads

The need for transparency in political ads has swiftly increased. Many voters and constituents feel that they are being misled by politicians who prioritize their campaign over the truth. 

Social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, have implemented authorization processes because of this. Before any ad that is considered political is posted to Facebook, it is sent through an authorization process to ensure it is true. 

Read also: What is SEO? An Agency’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization

How do I run political ads on Facebook and Instagram?

After reading this, it may seem a little daunting, but as long as you follow the guidelines, you’ll be good to go. 

There is an authorization process that all political ads must go through before they can be published on any of the platforms. Every ad must also state who paid for the ad, which can help show viewers underlying intentions. 

There are different types of regulations for each country. Facebook created a great chart to show what types of posts do and do not require authorization and disclaimer. This chart can be very beneficial if you’re not sure if your post will be considered political or not. 

Political advertisements can be great for your campaign, but it’s important to be sure you’re following all regulations to increase transparency and the number of viewers that see your ad. 

270M is here to help with advertisements, community management, and more. See all of our available services here. 


Advice from an Agency: Building a Transparent Cannabis Company

By Jaci Schreckengost

Building trust is an important component of every business, but it’s especially critical when building a cannabis company. 

Why is trust so important in cannabis companies?

The products your customers use are often used for their well-being and are often being ingested. Trust is a huge factor in which brands they purchase from. 

Whether they’re using CBD tinctures from companies like New Highs and Cannasté, flower products from companies such as Autumn Brands, or CBD lubes from companies like TOCA, they want to make sure the products are the highest quality possible. 

How can I be transparent with my customers? 

Transparency is critical when it comes to creating any brand that customers trust, and that is especially true for one with consumable products. 

Third-party testing is a great way to show transparency in your brand. New Highs CBD is a great example of a company that is entirely transparent. Their third-party test results are located on the front page of their website for all customers to see. 

TOCA also has their Certificate of Analysis, or COA, available on their website. 

Showing the harvesting process is another great way to show transparency. On Autumn Brands’ website, they tell their customers, “All of our flowers are hand selected, hang dried and hand trimmed allowing for the most potent strains of cannabis and the cleanest experience.” 

How do I make sure I build trust correctly? 

We know this can be a difficult process, which is why we’re here to help. 270M has brand identity to make sure your brand stands out in the market and make sure your brand is properly conveyed to your customers. 

Once your brand itself is built, 270M has social media services to help build trust within the communities that you are marketing to. Community management is a great way to build brand awareness and trust. Especially if you’re answering difficult questions or customer complaints, customers may be able to see your brand in a positive light, if you’re resolving situations well. 

Read also: Advice from an Agency: Responding to Negative Comments 

Trust is critical for consumers overall, but especially for cannabis brands. There are tons of brands available, so it is important to make sure consumers know why they should pick yours. 

270M is here to help with services in brand identity, social media, and more. Visit our website to see everything we have available to help make your brand stand out through transparency and trust. 


What is Influencer Marketing and Why Does it Work?

By Jaci Schreckengost

Influencer marketing is a great way to showcase your product and market to a large number of potential customers.

Influencers are popular on all social media platforms, from YouTube to Instagram to TikTok. 

What is influencer marketing

Influencer marketing is when an influencer promotes a product or service to their followers. Often, this happens in the form of Instagram posts or stories, Pinterest pins, YouTube videos, or other social media posts. It can also occur within blog posts. 

An example of this is Courtney Swan’s work with Autumn Brands. In her posts, she keeps her branding while integrating Autumn Brands’ products, which also go along with her brand and what she supports.  

It allows followers to relate to someone who they can trust. 

Why is influencer marketing so popular? 

Influencers are critical for today’s digital marketing. Like stated earlier, they are everywhere. There are influencers on every social media platform with followings of all sizes. 

Followers look to influencers for advice on products, brands, services, entertainment, recipes, and so much more. No matter what your company does, there is an influencer who would be able to perfectly market your product to their audience. 

Read also: Increasing Your Following and Views on YouTube

What makes influencer marketing work well? 

Authenticity is one of the most important components of influencer marketing. If followers know they can trust and believe what the influencer is telling them, they’re more likely to engage with the influencer and your brand. 

A continuity of the influencer’s brand is also important, however this is a component of authenticity. If an influencer is supporting something that goes against their brand, this can be problematic. The followers will likely know that this is not genuinely something that the influencer supports. 

How do I start using influencers in my marketing

You’ll want influencers who fit in with your brand, and vice versa. As influencers are their brand, you’ll be able to tell pretty quickly who will and will not be a good fit for your company.

A great way to get started with influencer marketing is by using an agency. Agencies, like 270M, have existing relationships with influencers, know their brand, and will get to know your brand. We’ll be able to quickly figure out which influencers would be best for your brand and your budget. 

270M provides many services for influencer marketing, including loyalty programming, wrangling and identification, product seeding, and more. 

Influencer marketing is a great way to market your brand and products to a new following of current and potential customers.

See all of 270M’s services here, including blogging, social media, and organic multimedia. 

Advice from an Agency: Getting to Know Your Audience

By Jaci Schreckengost

Getting to know your audience is important for every aspect of your company. From marketing to product design, your understanding of your audience can help you better optimize your brand

Why do I need to know my audience?

It’s easier to reach them. When you know your audience, you can cater things directly to them. 

When you know the people who are most interested in your brand, you can find them and then other people like them. This can help you engage with the right people on social media, find other people who like similar things, and compare yourself to other brands in the market. 

Read also: How to Increase Engagement with Newsletters

Don’t I want everyone to be in my audience?

Of course we want our brands to reach as many people as possible, but when we optimize who we’re trying to reach, we’re more likely to reach them. Sending out broad messages without an intent to reach a specific audience can leave the messages floating in the digital market. 

Your intended audience is important, because once you know who you want to reach, you can take the proper steps to reach them. 

If you’re not sure how to best engage with your audience on social media, 270M is here to help. 

How do I get to know my audience? 

It’s important to know a lot about your audience, which can make it difficult to get to know them well. 

If you don’t yet have a following, you’re essentially starting with a blank slate. This is great — but can be overwhelming. 

This is an opportunity to take a look at who can use your brand. Here are some questions to ask yourself to get started: What is my product? Who is likely to enjoy my product? Who uses products similar to mine? What are those people interested in? Do they live in a certain geographic area? Are they generally a certain age?

 If you already have a following, review who follows and engages with your company’s social media platforms. What are their age groups? What do they enjoy doing? What do they have in common? 

Do you have your followers signed up for email marketing from you? If so, you could send out a survey to get to know your audience better. 

Will my audience change? 

Absolutely. Your audience, the people in your audience, and the world around us changes every single day. 

You know your brand best, so keep an eye out. If you think your audience is changing and you’re not reaching as many people as normal, it’s likely time to reevaluate your intended audience. 

Knowing your audience gives you the opportunity to engage and create relationships with them. 

See all the ways 270M can help optimize your brand. 


The Importance of Organic Multimedia in Marketing

By Jaci Schreckengost

Multimedia is an important part of your business’ appearance in the digital world. Photos and videos can show what your brand is talking about before anything has been said. 

Multimedia is important to branding and relationships with your customers. Below are some of the reasons why viewers prefer to see organic multimedia rather than stock footage. 

Brand identity

Having organic multimedia represents your brand the best. Sure, you can use stock photos that come close, but they don’t represent your brand directly. Organic photos, however, are spot-on, because they capture your brand perfectly. 

Branding can help your customers know they’re engaging with your content, even before they see your company’s name. This is a huge benefit no matter what your company does or what social platforms you use. You want your brand to be identifiable. 

Organic content can help make sure your viewers know your content across platforms. If a follower only watches your YouTube videos, but happens to stumble across your Instagram, you want them to be able to know it’s your content immediately.


Your consumers want to get to know you. They don’t want a stock photo of a random person with your information next to it — they want to see you. 

They want to see who you are, what you’re doing, and what you care about. 

Customers are incredibly conscious with where they’re spending their money. Organic multimedia can help create a one-on-one relationship with your customers that can help increase the level of trust they have toward your brand. 

How do I get organic multimedia

Organic multimedia can be difficult to create on your own, but that’s why agencies are here to help. 

At 270M, we provide photo and video services to help show off your brand in the best light. Your clients will have a great idea of your company across LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and anywhere else they may encounter your brand. 

We use our industry connections to create branded multimedia that is ideal for your brand’s needs across the digital sphere. 

Organic photos and videos make sure your company stands out against the competition. Check out all of 270M’s services to see what we can do for your brand


Advice from an Agency: Responding to Negative Comments

By Jaci Schreckengost

While we may not want to respond to those negative comments, it’s sometimes even more important than responding to the positive comments.  

Why do I need to respond? 

First, it’s important to know this rule does not apply to comments that are clearly spam. Those can be easily deleted and ignored. 

When it’s an issue with your product, a complaint, or a way someone thinks your company can improve, it’s important to respond well and in a timely manner. Whether the situation is a misunderstanding or a genuine issue, your company can grow from it. 

Ultimately, you have the possibility to turn around the way your brand looks to someone. 

Read also: How to Increase Engagement with Newsletters

Why does community management matter? 

Community management is how you build relationships with your customers and potential customers. 

By responding to that negative feedback, that person knows that you care about your brand, how that person feels about your brand, and, most importantly, that person overall. 

How do I make the best out of a bad situation? 

Often, negative comments are issues that can be resolved. This helps turn these people into customers once again. A great customer service experience can change a person’s mindset about a company entirely. 

This can also be said for a bad customer service experience, which is why getting it right is so important. 

Read also: Why Do I Need a Website? 

How do I respond correctly?

Of course, each situation is different, and you know your company best. Not every company will want to respond to these situations in the same way. 

It’s important for each company to have a protocol in place for responding to negative comments. Will you handle the situation entirely in social media direct messaging? Or, will you have the customer email their issue to a designated customer service inbox? 

Either way, you should respond to the person in the comment thread in addition to however else you reach out to them. If this person feels like they were ignored, they will likely remember that about your brand in the future.

It can also affect potential future purchases by other people who discover your brand on social media. Potential customers may see another person’s ignored question, comment, or complaint and steer away from your company. Customers are very selective about where they spend their money. They don’t want to purchase from a brand that will ignore their questions and feedback. 

What are the benefits of using an agency for community management

Using an agency to handle your community management is a great way to not only take items off your to-do list, but also to make sure these issues are handled correctly. 

Agencies, including 270M, utilize the talent of people with extensive customer experience to help resolve these situations. They also ensure that relationships are built between your brand and your individual customers. 

While it may not always be easy, responding to negative comments can improve your customers’ experiences and your company overall — and 270M is always here to help. 

See all the ways 270M can help improve your brand’s social media presence. 

Increasing Your Following and Views on YouTube

By Jaci Schreckengost

If you don’t feel your videos are getting enough traction with your followers, we have some ideas on how to increase your YouTube subscribers. 

YouTube is a great way to reach your customers. Even if you’re not a video-based company, or don’t feel that videos could be relevant, there’s always something you can share. 

Know your audience

In order to get your followers to watch your content on YouTube, you have to know your current and intended audience.

 It’s important to know as much as you can about your intended audience. What are they interested in? What do they do? What do they like? 

It’s also important to see if your current audience is the same demographic as your intended audience. If not, you will want to reexamine who you think your audience should be. It’s important to regularly check your audience and social media engagement. 

Once you know your audience, you can give them content on YouTube they actually want to watch. 

Entertain and inform

Make sure your videos are engaging to your audience. 

Give them content that you know will entertain and inform them. This will ensure that they watch and share your videos and subscribe to your channel. 

Always make sure to include at least one call to action that’s available for your viewers. Even if it’s just subscribing to your channel, a call to action reminds your viewers to interact with your brand


Advertising on YouTube is a great way to grow your following. 

Ads are shown to viewers based on their viewing preferences. Your ads will be shown to people who are interested in your content. 

When setting up an ad the advertiser is able to choose where the ad appears. YouTube currently has 6 different types of ads, each which can be placed to suit the viewer. Ads are also placed within the platform based on the device the viewer is using to watch videos. 

YouTube ads are crafted to the viewer, which increases the likelihood they will watch and interact with the content. 


Share your YouTube videos across your other social media channels. Scheduling a Tweet or Facebook post with a link to your video can help you reach more of your audience. If one of your followers shares it, you might even be able to reach a new group of people.

If you send out a newsletter, be sure to include it.  

Read also: How to Increase Engagement with Newsletters

Use Keywords 

Research what keywords are used in videos and on YouTube channels similar to yours. What are the words that can help you reach your intended audience? 

In your video’s title and description, make sure you’re using keywords that provide viewers and users with an accurate and enticing description. You want your content to be 

If your YouTube content is about a workout that you’re hosting at your gym, maybe think about using words such as “wellness,” “health,” and “fitness.” These are all terms that will drive the right people to your videos — and your company. 

Read also: What is SEO? An Agency’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization

YouTube is a great way to engage with your audience and provide them with content in a new format. 

Visit our website for more information on 270M’s social media services. 

What is SEO? An Agency’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization

By Jaci Schreckengost

Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is a term we all hear often. But, what exactly is it and how do you effectively use it to increase traffic to your business? 

SEO is the process of growing your audience by getting visitors to your website through specific terms on search engines. It’s exactly what it sounds like — optimizing key terms relevant to your business so you show up more frequently on search engines. 

The goal is not only to grow your audience, but to grow your audience with people who are genuinely interested in your business. 

Who is your audience?

First, it’s important to know your audience. It’s important to know who they are and what they’re looking for when they’re using the internet. 

It’s important to know what age group they’re a part of, what they like to do, what they are typically shopping for, and more. Essentially, you want to learn as much about your audience as you can. 

These key points of information are important to know about your audience. Once you know these, you can begin to target your content and make it relevant to them. 

Read also: Should My Business be on Pinterest? Social Media Agency Services for Pinterest

What search terms are they using? 

What are they looking for when they use search engines? What terms are they using to find the content they want? 

It’s important to research this and to know how to include it in your content. Keywords in your title and throughout your content can help improve your SEO

Research the keywords that companies comparable to yours are using. What words are they using to reach their audience? 

It’s important to make sure you don’t want to fall into a void of using the exact same terms that a large number of businesses are using. This is why doing research is so imporSimilar keywords will help you hone in on your audience. 

Should I use multimedia? 

Absolutely. Multimedia, like GIFs, photos, and videos help drive more traffic to your content. 

This content should be relevant to your company and branding. Organic multimedia can help drive even more traffic — and show more about your business. 

SEO can help drive the people to your business to help increase relevant views and, of course, revenue. 

See how 270M can help with your brand’s SEO or listing your business on Google My Business


What is Expected Media Agency Business Etiquette in 2020?

By Jaci Schreckengost

Business etiquette in 2020, especially during the pandemic, looks different than it ever has before. 

As the world, businesses, and people change, so do the expectations of business etiquette. 

Here are some ways to make sure you’re meeting the 2020 expectations. 

Be authentic

Your company’s brand identity is often one of the first ways a client sees what your company does and cares about. 

It’s important that when they see this, they know you care about them. Customers want to feel valued and treated with respect and honesty. 

Right now, most people understand the issues that you or your company are going through. 

Read also: Connecting with Customers During COVID

Be respectful

There are a number of vital conversations happening in 2020. You may encounter a situation where you feel uncomfortable or uneducated about something. 

It’s really important to listen and give everyone the same respect you expect to receive. If you don’t know something that you would like to know, it’s okay to say so, and learn more about the topic on your own or from the other person, but only if they offer. 

Whether you’re the CEO or the intern, you should feel you receive the same amount of respect from those around you. Respect is key to a healthy environment between coworkers and between the client and company. 

Communicate clearly (and frequently) 

Another way customers, coworkers, and other people know you care is through effective communication. 

Since most people are working away from each other and have extra duties to manage right now, it’s important to communicate with intention. 

Whether on social media, through a messaging system your team uses, or via email it’s important to communicate well. Make sure you’re making clear points, asking any follow-up questions you may have, and providing feedback that is motivating and respectful. 

See how 270M can help you improve your social media presence. 


Of course, you know your team and clients better than anyone, but in many cases it’s safe to be a little more laidback than before. 

For most companies, you probably shouldn’t be throwing curse words around like they’re commas, but in terms of communication and attire, it’s okay to relax a bit. 

It’s okay to throw in an emoji or a GIF in an email, when appropriate. If you’re heading out for Friday afternoon or sending a happy birthday email, don’t be afraid to include the party horn emoji. 

Check out 270M’s digital media services here. 

Business etiquette is changing and will continue to — but we can always do our best to learn and adapt.