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Social media and content marketing were the most important tactics for startups in 2015, as revealed in a survey of 55 startups.

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58% of startups assign more than 75% of their yearly marketing budget to digital, according to the same survey

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A Salesforce survey of 5,000 companies showed that 70% of companies were increasing their spend on organic social media and content efforts this year.

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The Future of Digital Marketing; report from Mondo says that digital and social will be the highest demanded skills in the next 12-18 months. The same report predicted that the future digital marketing workforce will be a 50/50 mix of freelance to permanent workers.

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The evolution of work and how to grow your startup with freelancers

Companies have been allocating large budgets to agencies for decades. What they’re now realizing is that they can engage remote freelancers who they actually know and trust to work directly with them. The stigma around outsourcing is fading -- more companies are working with freelancers to achieve their business goals.

Working with freelancers allows companies to engage specialized talent on an as-needed basis. Engaging on-demand talent is especially helpful for startups who don't need to hire full time employees quite yet but have very specific work they need help accomplishing.