When clients come to us and express their want and need for a social presence we are ecstatic however, we do ask them what their goals are and give a forewarning. For companies who are interested in diving into social media there is a lot to consider. Creating a social media presence for your company can be a valuable asset, but it can also be time consuming and confusing if you’re not using a trusted advisor or you’re not all that socially savvy yourself.
Each year, organizations pay millions in marketing efforts. Whether it’s content marketing, video, outdoor, print ads, social media campaigns,etc., it’s clear to brands that it’s more important than ever to mold and maintain their audience’s perception. While “branding” is defined as what your audience collectively thinks of you, it’s up to the organization to provide brand messaging and create experiences or your audience will run amok. Through the internet and social media, consumers can investigate anything and everything about your brand, and they will. This is why brands who are transparent are the ones that will thrive.
Those of you who know me and are familiar with my role and responsibilities as “Principal of Practicality” at Insight180 will chuckle at how NOT surprising it is I would coin the phrase or espouse the concept of “Practicality Marketing.” (Well, some things should be predictable in life, shouldn’t they?)
Remember all those times you posted a great article or image on your Facebook company page and you wanted to like or comment on it as yourself but couldn’t? Thanks to Facebook’s latest change you can now like and comment on page posts as yourself and other pages you admin. With the ability to interact with a page post as yourself, opportunities to start or continue a blossoming conversation arise. If you post an article on your organization’s page, you could then comment as yourself detailing what you think is good and/or bad about it. When your friends and others who like your page see your comment, this could spur a conversation. While you’ve always been able to comment on page posts, commenting as yourself brings a new facet.
Here’s the scenario: You’ve put your heart and soul into your website design and content. You’ve reflected on your true customer and identified him or her accurately, you’re speaking his or her language and addressing his or her needs, and you’re writing regular content that’s relevant and useful. Great.
I was honored to participate in Scribble Live’s chat, “Newsjacking Strategies, Pitfalls & tips.” Some awesome marketing experts gave their advice on the subject. See the thread below!
If you send a newsletter, you’ve experienced it. Email that gets blocked by an overzealous spam filter. It can feel downright rejecting. After all, you’re not a spammer. You have legitimate opt-in permission from each and every recipient on your list. What are you to do?
You are not alone.
American entrepreneurs may have a well-earned reputation for risk taking, but once we have a modicum of success, we tend to turn into a timid bunch—or maybe the better term is reluctant. We’ve figured out what works on our own for initial growth, so we start relying on that status quo experience, often refusing to recognize changes appearing on the horizon, reluctant to see what’s right in front of us.
There aren’t many organizations where the leader is just as famous as the brand itself. Sir Richard Branson, the Founder of Virgin Group, a collection of more than 400 companies, the most notable of which: Virgin Records, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America, has created an energy and excitement around the Virgin Brand that is unparalleled. Virgin Group has created more billion-dollar companies in more sectors than any other company.
Is Your Message Being Received By Your Audience?
We are living in a real-time world. If you’re sitting down to read the morning paper, that’s yesterday’s news. The internet and the instant gratification it brings has changed how we receive everything from a news story to a brand message. So how do companies hold the attention of people who only pay attention when a message is valuable to them? By being in the right place at the right time and giving your audience valuable content.