The Key Component of Effective Social Media Campaigns

The Key Component of Effective Social Media Campaigns
by Frederika Angus

 

I love all things social. Apparently I have been a social butterfly since I made my grand entrance into the world. To this day, my mother would swear that after my first breath, instead of crying like “normal babies,” I looked around the room and said, “Who?” As if to ask, who invited all of you to my party! (Let’s just say that the account could be exaggerated by her extreme joy of my arrival after 18 hours of labor.) All that said, if it involves communication, both written and verbal, I am on it!

Last evening while managing my Facebook page, I noticed that I was invited to an event that started at 8:30pm. My first thought was who invites someone to an event 2 hours before it starts? Don’t they know I have to have the right outfit and right shoes?

Upon closer investigation, the invite came from someone who isn’t on my friend’s list and the event’s title was Congratulations** JetBlue Airlines Have Chosen You!

“Awesome!” I thought to myself. “I won! All have to do is click this link… but wait I don’t fly JetBlue, how would they know to choose me? And wait I don’t get to wear sparkly shoes to the party?!”

I recognized that the sneaky social media marketers where looking for unsuspecting users that would click the link, input their email addresses, so they could blast offers that have nothing to do with airlines or tickets.

As a marketer, I know having customer email addresses are extremely valuable. It allows you to connect with you with your ideal clients, both prospective and current. Obtaining those email addresses however must be done with integrity.

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Effective social media campaigns will seek first to serve, develop relation and then offer what their fans are asking for. Businesses that follow this model will see long-term brand loyalty.

Consumers have been trained to be skeptical of marketing tactics that are too good to be true. Unfortunately, some companies have not been ethical in how they generate their revenue and misuse marketing and positioning leaving customers jaded. While this may make it tougher for high-quality brands, it doesn’t make your marketing efforts impossible.

Your authenticity and integrity in marketing will boost your brand’s reputation and attract the right clientele. Ensure your social media marketing campaigns are focused on ethically showcasing your company. Doing so will allow your brand to shine!

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What is Pinterest and Why Businesses Should Be Paying Attention

 

What is Pinterest and Why Businesses Should Be Paying Attention

by Frederika Angus

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Pinterest. It’s social media’s newest fastest growing platform. It’s been around for almost 2 years and this past Tuesday reached 11.7 million monthly active users. If you have a business that requires you market to consumers, pay attention to what’s going with Pinterest.

The best part about Pinterest is that unlike using SEO techniques to rank highly in google search, this platform allows users to discover and experience your brand visually. And unlike Facebook and Twitter where the content visibility is limited to the time you post it, pinning content goes on and on as more people collaborate and share within the same interest.

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Get up to speed quickly on why your brand should care about this social media platform and how to get started right away.

Great article on the basics on Pinterest from Mashable
http://mashable.com/2011/12/26/pinterest-beginners-guide/

Tips on how to read your ideal customer’s mind using Pinterest
http://www.arealchange.com/blog/read-mind-pinterest

Very specific ways for your brand can leverage Pinterest
http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/12/five-ways-brands-can-leverage-pinterest/

Using Pinterest for Marketing
http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/31434/6-Compelling-Reasons-You-Should-Use-Pinterest-for-Marketing.aspx

9 Ways to capture the attention of ideal customers
http://www.inc.com/john-brandon/9-tips-boost-your-business-pinterest.html

Let me know what questions you have below.

Find me on Pinterest here and connect with me.

And if you’re convinced that Pinterest is the right platform to expand your brand and ready to get started but need an invite, go to my contact page here http://nextlevelvision.com/contact/. I’ll make sure you get an invite sent to you with 24-48 hours.

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Understanding Push and Pull Marketing Online for Brand Profitability

Understanding Push and Pull Marketing Online for Brand Profitability

by Frederika Angus

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Imagine your business as an open house. Your visual branding will cause your ideal customers to look and perhaps even stop out front. While branding causes people to look, the biggest question for business profitability is how do you get people in the door?

When it comes to marketing, in particular, digital marketing, two forms exist. Pull and push. Understanding the concept of push and pull marketing will help as you develop strategies to expand your brand’s products and services online.

Push Marketing

Push marketing is where the company is pushing messaging to create excitement or interest. The customer hasn’t asked about or for your services and products. In traditional advertising this is done in the form of commercials, and magazines or radio ads. Online, methods such as banner advertising, Pay-Per-Click ads and email marketing are used. This method allows your target market to know you exist and provide a solution they might need.

Pull marketing

Pull creates awareness and when done well, a demand. Pull marketing is about positioning your brand so that as your prospective customers are seeking information, you are who they find. Its intent is to attract ideal customers and is usually done more organically. Customers who are gathering information in your area of expertise are less likely to have their guard up as they would in an unsolicited sales pitch. Websites with blogs along with SEO (search engine optimization) and even your social media presence, allows customers to find you, develop relationship that can grow into profits for your business.

Both push and pull marketing help expand and elevate your brand and business online. The two types are not mutually exclusive, meaning; it’s not a decision to select either push or pull. Both push and pull marketing strategies should work together. Often times without the promotion of push, websites and blogs would never get off the ground.

Push and pull marketing works best in tandem to grow profits for your brand. It is important to find the balance of pushing on certain avenues such as email marketing and using social media. Especially because both are great ways to develop relationships that will result in long-term brand loyalty. Know where your prospective customers are looking for your products and services and position yourself to be the one they find.

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Stand Out From the Crowd with your Social Media Content

Stand Out From the Crowd with your Social Media Content

by Frederika Angus

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Social media can be overwhelming. Especially when you are using social media for your business and you want to be heard and stand out from the crowd.

At the end of 2011, Facebook had on average 483 million daily active users. Twitter had over 100 million active users. Google+ had more than 150 million active users. Those numbers are continuing to be on the rise.

That’s a lot of competition!

It’s like being a small fish in a small pond with millions of other small fish for small businesses.

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And at the rate that social media moves, your ideal customers can forget about you just as quickly as they found you. It’s like my mom always told me, “Out of sight. Out of mind.”

Your brand cannot afford to be out of sight from potential revenue generating opportunities nor out of the mind of your ideal clients. This is why your branding efforts on social media is critical for you to stand out. Social media branding is bigger than a great profile picture or background. While your brand strategy should incorporate visual elements, those visual elements should help support your overall brand message.

How do you expand your brand through social media in a stand out way?

Too often I see the “self-proclaimed experts” sharing the ideas and opinions of everyone else and very little of their own original content. It’s fine to share great articles and quotes that resonate with you from others … occasionally through out the day. The trouble starts when you begin to bombard your following with everyone else’s opinion.

This style of social media content distribution downgrades your expert credibility and leaves them with questions like:

If you are the expert, where’s your opinion? Why should I follow you if I can just follow the person whose content you’re always promoting?

It’s difficult to differentiate why you are different from the thousands of competitors you have on social media with this strategy. That’s why it is vital that your website has blog functionality attached to it or that it is completely built using a content management system like WordPress.

You have to be the creator of valuable content that your target market can’t wait to not only read, but consume.

3 Tips For Stand Out Content in Social Media

  1. Commit to writing at least twice a week. Yes, I understand you have work to do and you don’t need another thing on your plate. This is only recommended this to those who want to go beyond their current level of success. Your ideal customers are consuming the majority of their content in snippets of 140 characters and through article links on status updates. Get your brand in front of them consistently to avoid the out of sight, out of mind syndrome.
  2. Use current events as a way to attract into your niche. We are in a right now society. Content that is quickly consumed and shared via social media is relevant to what is going on in the world. After Steve Jobs died, the internet and social media platforms immediately had articles and graphics posted for others to consume from all different perspectives. Write content in your niche that people are currently searching and looking for.
  3. Share you! People recognize and respect authenticity. Don’t be afraid to be genuinely you as your write. It’s not necessary for you to write like a journalist for people to love and appreciate what your write. Ensure that your content sounds the same as if someone was talking to you across the table sharing coffee. The best way stand out in the conversation is to contribute content with your unique and fresh way of thinking.

Stand out brands are leaders in their industry. Social media is a great, cost-effective avenue to expand your brand quickly. Elevate your social media strategy by standing out with your content.

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The Power of Belief For Your Brand Growth and Profitable Business Success

The Power of Belief For Your Brand Growth and Profitable Business Success

by Frederika Angus

What do you believe?

“If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.” Denis Waitley

Businesses are built and grow based on your belief. Oftentimes people tell me that they would love to be a business owner. Being able to do work that you love and have a passion for, determining your schedule for greater freedom and flexibility, and having the ability to create a legacy and wealth for your future is appealing. Unfortunately, the next thing they say starts with a big BUT.

“But I just don’t think I am cut out to be an entrepreneur.” “But I don’t have the time.” “But I don’t think that this idea will work.”

Today I want to encourage you to Change Your BUT! I am not just talking about reciting some affirmations over and over again. I am talking about changing your mindset about what you believe is possible for you and your business.

Credible personal and expert branding is supported with your belief. If you know that you are an expert in your industry as a fashion stylist, chef, makeup artist, software developer, business strategist, whatever you have skill in, you will be treated and compensated as such.

As William James said “Belief creates the actual fact.” What facts are you creating in the marketplace for your brand based on your belief?

You see branding is more than design element or a necessary part of your overall marketing strategy. The power of branding lies in the mind. It is rooted in the perception that people have about you and your business. As the face of your company, you have the opportunity to shape that belief for your clients and customers by what it is you believe for yourself and the value your business has.

Start this process by asking and answering these 3 questions.

    1. What does your ideal client currently believe about you and your business? All brand strategies should begin with a clear idea of how you are being seen in the marketplace. Your client’s perception of you produces their reality and it is important in the development of a brand message.
    2. What do you believe about you/your business? If what you believe and what your customers believe to be true about you are not in agreement, your branding efforts have a huge disconnect. This is usually the point a brand strategy experts should be brought in to create or transform the brand message.
    3. What do you want people to believe about you and your company? Brainstorm the ideas that you want to leave people with. Every word that people read about you, every visual element they see, the voice and tone of every message, should reflect who you are and what you stand for.

How you and your clients perceive your business will make an impact in the expansion, growth and overall success of your branding efforts. “Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy.” Tony Robbins. Be mindful of your thoughts and the power they have on your brand.

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