How to handle the changes in algorithms and what it means for your content
1. What’s going to go viral, will go viral: focus on creating high-quality content
2. Understand the full picture of personal sharing. Like we mentioned, only a fraction of shares will come from your Facebook Page. You need to understand the full scope of who is sharing your content, and when and where
3. Diversify. Other platforms are becoming ideal for distribution, like LinkedIn and messaging apps
4. Cultivate a community. Whether it’s through Facebook Groups, your social accounts, or online, and offline, you want your audience to both trust your content and come to you as part of their daily routine, rather than passively
5. Start a conversation. When we spoke to ATTN:’s co-founder, Matthew Segal, he told us, “We try to approach through a conversational viewpoint. We obsess over giving context to issues as opposed to just summarizing ‘here’s what happened today’, or giving a partisan viewpoint. What does this mean for you, why should you care, and how can we make this as entertaining as possible?”
6. Find the emotional threads. Social is inherently emotional. Find the stories that provoke strong feelings in your audience, and tease out those super-charged moments on social
- In the past year, 40 percent of YouTube users turned to the platform to learn more about a product before they bought it. – Google
- 52 percent of consumers are likely to switch brands if a company doesn’t make an effort to personalize communications to them. – Salesforce
- Within six months after an omnichannel shopping experience, customers logged 23 percent more repeat shopping trips to the retailer’s stores and were more likely to recommend the brand to family and friends more so than those who used a single channel. – Harvard Business Review
- In 2021, 53.9 percent of all retail e-commerce is expected to be generated via m-commerce (i.e., on mobile devices). – Statista
And when interacting with brands in between purchases, they’re looking to be inspired, entertained, and informed.
Fashion Content Marketing 2018: Top Trends + Leading Brands
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HEINEKEN: FANS OF THE WORLD
Heineken has a huge online presence. But the truth was, it hasn’t always behaved on social media quite like the premium, cosmopolitan brand it was in real life. So a planner, an art director and a writer sat down with a bunch of blank cards. Which turned into content formats. Which turned into a global production machine that helped make the brand a little more relevant to the everyday (social) lives of its drinkers.
Great research on how to take a stand on social media as a brand. And the impact of the CEO on this subjects. (last half of the research)
- People want brands to take stands on important issues, and social media is the place for it. Two-thirds of consumers (66%) say it’s important for brands to take public stands on social and political issues, and more than half (58%) are open to this happening on social media – the top channel for consumer receptivity.
- Brands can’t change minds, but they can effect change. Sixty-six percent of respondents say posts from brands rarely or never influence their opinions on social issues. Rather, respondents believe brands are more effective on social media when they announce donations to specific causes (39%) and encourage followers to take specific steps to support causes (37%), such as participating in events or making their own donations.
- Liberals are galvanized by brands that take stands, while conservatives are indifferent. Seventy-eight percent of respondents who self-identify as liberal want brands to take a stand, while just about half (52%) of respondents who self-identify as conservative feel the same. Likewise, 82% of liberals feel brands are credible when taking stands, compared to just 46% of conservatives.
- Relevance is key to reception. Consumers say brands are most credible when an issue directly impacts their customers (47%), employees (40%) and business operations (31%).
- Brands face more reward than risk. Consumers’ most common emotional reactions to brands taking a stand on social were positive, with intrigued, impressed and engaged emerging as the top three consumer reactions. Likewise, when consumers’ personal beliefs align with what brands are saying, 28% will publicly praise a company. When individuals disagree with the brand’s stance, 20% will publicly criticize a company.
#instagram #lessons from The Guardian: nearly 860,000 followers, up 57% from a year ago. More interestingly, 60% of those who follow links to the Guardian’s site are new to the publisher.
“The content is a mix of original content made specifically for Instagram and existing assets — many of which are images pulled from major news stories and compiled into galleries to help tell the story in images.”
How the Guardian’s Instagram strategy is winning new readers
“Most business owners can’t #survive without these channels, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a draining centerpiece of your #strategy. Here are three reasons to consider doing #less on social media.”
How to sanitize your #social #strategy. Nothing to add… just read it
- overestimate community
- no advertising
- distracted by flashy tactics
- do not use or understand data
- you act like a big brand and you are not
long read on bots, social media, fake accounts and stolen accounts
“reflecting a broader #trend in recent years where more #creative, #social media and #digital marketing operations are shifting away from agencies to #internal teams.”
WoW… “51% of consumers turn to Facebook for trusted #recommendations related to major events, such as when searching for a wedding photographer.”