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Successful Social Media Campaigns

28 Jul

Stop being boring and copying everyone else on Social Media, if you want to be ignored then your wish is granted if you lack creativity. You need to stand out in social media. Posting quotes or articles from other blogs is not enough to increase brand awareness. Read below for examples of successful social media campaigns.

Campaigns that react to the needs of online followers and/or customers usually results in massive brand awareness. All are examples of social media campaigns that infuse creativity to shift people into action. Motivating people to action is one goal of using social media for your brand.

Maes Beer

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Maes Beer was motivated to increase their market share that lead them to think of a creative social media strategy.  They wanted to incorporate two powerful forces into their strategy – family and social media.

They offered a free barrel of their beer to everyone with the last name ‘Maes’ on one condition…they had to share with 20 of their closest friends.

Naturally this took off like…well, like free beer often does.

The result?

More than 7,000 people changed their last names to Maes on Facebook.  Maes Beer received over 75,000 Facebook likes in a single day…and 500,000 visits to their Facebook page in six weeks.

Sevenly

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Sevenly uses social influence to raise awareness for charities and nonprofits while also raising awareness for the Sevenly brand.

People naturally want to help when it’s for a good cause, but not everyone can donate money.

Sevenly understands this, so instead, they ask people to donate to the cause by sharing via social media.

The brand also has another way of leveraging its community for support. Every week Sevenly teams up with a new charity for 7 days.  They create a brand new design promoting the charity, slap it on a T-shirt and then sell it from the website.

For every shirt they sell, Sevenly gives $7 to the charity.

Ushuaia

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The Ushuaia Tower is setting the standard for technology in the hotel industry.

During the summer of 2013, the Ushuaia Hotel merged technology and social media to allow guests to have a one of a kind experience that they could share with friends and loved ones. Guests receive a free RFID wristband upon entrance to the hotel.

They use this bracelet by swiping it at a number of designated areas throughout the property called ‘FaceBook Pillars.’  Once logged in, guests can like an event, take a photo or check in.

From their rooms, guests can also use the bracelet  to play games, chat, create personal play lists and enter the hotel’s DJ contest.

Uniqlo

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Uniqlo wanted to raise awareness for their new ‘Dry mesh T-shirts’ they had to do something totally different to overcome the noise of online fashion in social media.

Pinterest was the obvious platform of choice. However, pinners seem to scroll aimlessly through boards until something grabs their attention.

Well, Uniqlo came up with an idea to do just that.

With about 100 users simultaneously pinning, Uniqlo essentially hijacked the streams of every pinner that was logged on at the time. Users that were scrolling aimlessly got an awakening experience by seeing Uniqlo’s T-shirts turning, flipping and changing colors as they scrolled.

Hijacking Pinterest gained them about 55 million impressions, used no paid media and generated more than 6,000 mentions on Twitter.

Plated

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Plated gives its customers chef quality recipes and delivers the ingredients that make them.  Plated uses its YouTube channel to show customers and other viewers how to make mouth watering recipes that inspire them to have Plated deliver the ingredients.

Follow their Twitter account and you’ll learn about everything from creating a five star meal, to how to photograph the meals from different angles.

Plated aspires to be utilitarian – and that almost always gets attention from social media.

Tippex

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With a clever use of annotations, Tippex created a 30 second YouTube video entitled “Hunter shoots a bear” in which viewers can choose the ending. (Don’t worry, no bears were harmed during the making of this video.)

Instead, the hunter reaches out of the frame to grab a tippex and whites out the word ‘shoot’ – leaving the field blank for viewers to decide what happens next by typing in whatever they want.

It’s kind of  addicting which is probably why the clip has received more than 21 million views.

Folly Theater

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Wanting to reach a younger audience, the Folly Theater in Kansas City Missouri decided to do something most theaters would never even consider.  They began allowing audience members to keep phones on during the show. In fact, they encouraged it.

Using an app, the audience members are encouraged to help direct the show.  The audience can vote on everything that happens during the show basically creating their own interactive experience.

Theater goers vote on everything from which props and costumes the cast uses to which songs they should sing. Audience members even vote on how much clothing the burlesque dancers should wear.

Everything during the show is shareable which creates an immediate buzz for the theater.

Burger Revolution

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There’s a revolution going on in Ontario…a Burger Revolution.  Burger Revolution have created quite the local uprising with their presence on social media.

Burger revolution’s tactics are simple but effective.  They keep fans informed on the number of remaining burgers for the day.  This highlights specific burgers and creates a sense of urgency.

They also like to post a “comment of the day” which is simply a picture they took of a user’s comment.  This has become a tradition the fans love.

The burger joint’s FaceBook page now has more than 2,000 likes.

Airbnb

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Since its inception, ‘Vine’ has received lots of attention from not only marketers but from millennials too.  Creative six second videos are becoming more and more popular.

And among them is Airbnb’s short film “Hollywood and Vines.”

Airbnb reached out on Twitter for six days by tweeting a ‘shot list’ and asking users to shoot one of the shots in the list.  Users would follow the director’s instructions for a given shot and then share it.

For shots that were chosen, Airbnb offered $100.  There were more than 750 submissions of which, about 100 were used in the short film.

It was the first short film directed via Twitter.  It got wide exposure – even gaining the attention (and more importantly the retweets) of actors like Adam Goldberg and Ashton Kutcher.

Tweet-a-Beer

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In 2012, Waggener Edstrom wanted to hit SXSW with something new. Instead of using typical marketing tactics and broadcasting how great they are, Waggener Edstrom, decided to just be useful.

And when you’re at SXSW there’s nothing more useful than a frosty brew.  So they teamed up with ‘chirpify’ to develop an app that would allow you to buy your buds’ a beer via Twitter.

The tweet-a-Beer app connected your Twitter account to your Paypal and allowed you to send $5 to any twitter handle you chose.  Since beer is the social lubricant, the app resulted in countless face to face meet-ups that might’ve otherwise never happened.

The app instantly gained massive national attention and was covered by numerous mainstream media outlets.

Baublebar

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Online Jewelry store BaubleBar has recently opened two locations in New York City where they’ve combined real world shopping with all the qualities of the Web.

Shoppers can interact with any piece of jewelry they choose from BaubleBar’s unique display cases.  When a customer chooses a piece of jewelry, the display case offers information from the website, such as, how to wear the jewelry and more.

But they’ve also integrated social media.

In addition to the information from BaubleBar.com, customers can see pictures of other women wearing the jewlery. Most images are pulled from Instagram using special hashtags so the images are from other customers, not models.

JustBought.it

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Looking to take social recommendations to the next level, JustBought.it uses Twitter to show purchase activity.

Justbought.it encourages its users to tweet every time they make a purchase so that other users will see the purchase and can then ask and receive general information about the product. Tweets include a picture of the purchased item and a location. The information is then served up to users and sorted by category, location and date.

JustBought.it is currently integrated with Shopify, Microsoft.net, Magento and more.

The Quechua Experiment

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Wanting to raise awareness for their outdoor hiking gear, Quechua took to their FaceBook timeline to create a memorable experience for fans.

Quechua posted more than 300 sequential images of a man hiking up a hillside to a special FaceBook page.

Fans could scroll through the timeline to experience the man getting prepared for his hike by sleeping, tying his boots and then hiking the hill. The timeline essentially works as a stop motion commercial.

Sidecar

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With ride sharing apps becoming more and more popular, Sidecar started looking for a way to stand out.  They teamed up with popular bloggers, designers and fashionistas to have them take over and decorate three sidecars.

Commuters who are lucky enough to end up in one of the three cars will be greeted with drinks, plush pillows, and signs that say things like, “Hey good lookin’ need a ride?”

In addition to these fun signs, there are instructions for the rider which explain how to win sidecar’s contest called, “#TasteMakerTakeover.”

Riders must take a photo of themselves in the sidecar and share it to Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #tastemakertakeover and they could win one month of free rides worth $1,000.

Burger Records

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An independent record label and self proclaimed fun loving Burger Records is inviting fans to throw shows all over the world. All you have to do is setup a show and Burger Records will promote it.

The only stipulation is…well there really isn’t any, except that it has to be fun and it has to involve music.

Fans without means to set up a show can instead throw a record listening party. In 2013, Burger records did 70+ shows.  This year they’re on schedule to do even more – from China to Denver. The shows have gained Burger some nice exposure with fans.

They currently have over 34,000 Facebook fans, more than 20,000 Twitter followers and almost 18,000 on Instagram.

Body Form

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You can plan.  You can strategize.  But sometimes situations present themselves.  By rising to the occasion you can create a viral campaign without even trying.

Body Form received a comment on FaceBook from a disappointed follower, Richard Neil.  Neil explained that he was angry because Body Form had been lying to him for years about what he calls…

“that wonderful time of the month that the female gets to enjoy so many things like bike riding, rollercoasters, dancing, parachuting, blue water’ and wings.”

Of course Richard was joking (kinda), but the comment got lots of attention.  Body Form decided to rise to the occasion by releasing a video response to the comment.

The video has seen more than 5 million views.  Neil’s comment has more than 104,000 likes and almost 5,000 replies.

Sensu

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Small marketing and film agency Sensu was tasked with promoting recording artist Ben Howard’s next music video. But since Ben is no Bieber, Sensu had their work cut out for them.

Instead of using traditional marketing, Sensu created a FaceBook event page and told everyone there was going to be a free concert with free beer.  With a little help from the local media, they quickly drew a crowd of more than 500 people.

Sensu essentially created a flash mob.  Since the local media was already involved, the event was covered in newspapers, radio shows and blogs. The video has gotten more than 1 million views and almost 8,000 likes on YouTube.

Tweet Bra

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Wanting to raise awareness about breast cancer, Ogilvyone created the Tweet bra.  And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. The Tweet bra tweets every time its unclasped.

Tweets include various serious and funny reminders to women that they should get monthly breast exams.

PODZEMKA

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Marketing to younger audiences can be tricky, especially when you’re marketing a bar or pub.  Most people don’t trust standard advertising anymore and the younger generation is practically immune to it.

But PODZEMKA was determined to bring in younger customers with advertising that spoke to them.

Their answer was user generated content.  They set up a page on their website where customers could upload photos of themselves using templates and pre-written slogans. This allowed party goers to create their own unique ads to share with friends.

The ads were also automatically shared through social media and were quickly seen everywhere.  PODZEMKA noted a 50% increase in traffic to their website.

In total, there were 1,000 new advertisements created.

Razorfish

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Wanting to show off their creativity, digital agency RazorFish created the#UseMeLeaveMe campaign.  Bicycles, GPS, Twitter and a few free rides are about all there is to it.

In total, 20 bikes were available to ride for free at the annual SXSW festival in Austin.  Each bike had its own personality and it’s own Twitter account.  The bikes shared location information while riders made their way around the event creating considerable buzz in the process.

Thinkable Digital

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Social media contests are a great way to increase engagement quickly.  One contest created by marketing agency Thinkable Digital was somewhat unique.

The “Guess the Campaign” contest ran on Thinkable Digital’s FaceBook page and required fans to identify the brands behind various popular social media campaigns.

The winner of the contest was to receive a full social media evaluation.  Runner up would get a Twitter evaluation from the company, and third place would be featured on the Thinkable Digital FaceBook page.

Threshers

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Sometimes considerable social buzz can be created by a simple mistake. After sending a sales voucher for 40% off to its customers, Threshers started to notice a loss.

The company then came out publicly to say that it was sent out “accidentally” and that the sales voucher was for suppliers use only. Naturally, this made the frenzy bigger and created quite the local buzz for Threshers.

Blendtec

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Will it blend?  That’s how Blendtec’s CEO Tom Dickson started every video in this highly successful campaign. Everything from hockey pucks to rake handles were shoved into a blender and pureed.

For obvious reasons, the the “Will it blend” campaign gained millions of views on YouTube and quickly became one of the most memorable viral campaigns in social media. It spawned countless immitators too like “Will it drift” and “Will it burn.”

Recruit Military

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Recruit Military works with veterans from all branches when making the transition back into civilian life. The company’s FaceBook page is the hub of all their social media activity.

They create FaceBook events that function as job fairs and are used to find work for military veterans.  Every week they run the oh so clever ‘Find a job Friday.’

Each Friday, they ask fans to post the type of job they want and Recruit Military replies with thousands of matches from their job board.

The engagement they get on the FaceBook page is admirable with each post getting an average of 10 or more comments.  Recruit Military currently has more than 68,000 likes.

Canadian Tire

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Wanting to stay relevant, Canadian Tire set out to create something new.  They put together “The Canadian Way,” a digital catalog which highlights their products with user generated content.

By reaching out to Canadians and asking for their stories, Canadian Tire received overwhelming response.  They got countless stories from Facebook and other popular social media platforms. What they ended up with was something containing all the ingredients of the  most successful social media campaigns.

The company’s catalog is interactive and uses engagement with ‘everyday people’ who use the company’s products.

As of now, The Canadian Way has received more than 3 million page views with 15 pages viewed (on average) by each visitor.

Tourism Australia

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While promoting Australia as a holiday destination, Tourism Australia created the famous “Best Job in the World” campaign. Over the course of the campaign, the company offered dream jobs — a 6 month salary worth $100,000 each — to six lucky people.

Dream jobs included such titles as chief funster and lifestyle photographer.

To enter, applicants were asked to make a short video explaining why they were the best choice for the job. The contest quickly went viral and received more than 330,000 entries from 196 countries.

Tourism Australia’s FaceBook page grew from 400,000 to its current status of 5.5 million in the process.

SmartBear

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Wanting to show the people behind their testing and development tools, SmartBear decided to get a little playful. They created a game called “Where’s Dain” which is the developer’s equivalent of ‘Where’s Waldo.’

Visitors were asked to find and click on Dain (a SmartBear developer) who was hidden in various spots throughout SmartBear.com.

Once they found him, a Twitter box appeared asking users to enter to win a T-shirt by tweeting the message which included @SmartBear and a special hashtag.

The campaign is said to have doubled the @SmartBear mentions and increased traffic by more than 120%.

Optimal Run

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Great running shoes aren’t cheap, so buying a nice pair online is sometimes scary.  The team over at Optimal Run understands this and they’ve gone the extra mile to make buyers feel more comfortable about their purchases.

Using their YouTube Channel , Optimal Run creates a personalized video for each shoe.  They answer common questions that come from their Facebook page and website. The videos also offer an overview of the shoe, best usage and other information visitors want to know. You can get one of the best running shoes at ShoeFinale .

This is a great example of using social media for customer service.  The videos have increased traffic to Optimal Run’s website by more than 150%.

Cloak

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Cloak is a location-based app for the iPhone operating system.  It’s a clever use of social media for the socially awkward.

Cloak allows you to see if any of your friends are nearby by using the information from your social networks.  The idea is to avoid those accidental run-ins with the people you like a little less than the others.

Currently, Cloak only works with friends you’ve connected with on Instagram and foursquare. (Cloak is one of many apps we’re seeing with the recent rise in anti-social networking apps.)

Morton’s Steakhouse

Morton’s steakhouse has a long history of great customer service.  But, just a few years ago they exceeded that reputation when they responded to a tweet from entrepreneur Peter Shankman:

After a long day of traveling, Shankman jokingly tweeted that he’d like Morton’s to bring him a porterhouse steak once he landed in Newark. Because Morton’s monitors their twitter account closely, they saw Shankman’s tweet and decided to make his wish come true.

They sent someone to the Newark airport which was 24 miles away with a 24 ounce porterhouse steak, colossal shrimp and a side of potatoes. This, of course, involved more than simply making a meal and delivering it.

They also had to..

  • Find the correct plane.
  • Cook the meal.
  • Get permission from the higher-ups.
  • Wait at the Newark airport.

It was a simple use of twitter but it gained Morton’s steakhouse tons of exposure and even more trust. Shankman immediately shared the story on his blog which has since gotten more than 6,700 tweets and 10,000 shares on Facebook.

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Creativity is gold, videos are effective in social media marketing, and listening to your online followers is essential in developing your social media strategy.

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How Much Does a Marketing Consultant Cost?

24 Jun

how much does a marketing consultant costHow much does it cost to hire a marketing consultant and what we do for your business?

Consultant’s fees vary depending on the experience of the consultant and what type of marketing services you need.

Common Marketing Services:

1. Community Management & Social Media

You need help getting started and creating a strategy, or you already have a presence on social networks but your staff lack the time and expertise to stay on top of things. This happens all the time!

Hiring a marketing consultant to take charge of your online community and/or social media accounts should feel as if someone on your staff is doing it.

A consultant will make posts, start conversations, respond to your customers, share company news, information and photos of interest to your followers.

Before hiring a consultant, please make sure you know exactly what you’re getting, and what types of posts he or she will be making on your behalf.

 

2. Inbound Marketing

A consultant can optimize your website to increase traffic and drive leads, set up and manage your company blog, create a lead-capture plan, write and post fresh content and provide detailed reporting.

3. Strategic Marketing Advice

If your company has a challenge related to marketing, a consultant can be brought in to offer insight and ideas.

Expanding into new markets? Not sure the best way to reach your ideal customers? Need to increase sales per year from current customers? These are all challenges a marketing consultant can help you solve.

 

4. General Marketing Support

A consultant can work with your company just as a hired Marketing Manager and help your company by providing advice and direction.

He or she can also create your marketing strategy and execute some, or all of it, so you and your staff can get back to focusing on what you do best.

 

How Much Does a Marketing Consultant Cost?

As with any other service provider, each marketing consultant will have their own fee structure. The most common are:

1. Hourly Rate

Some consultants charge by the hour to complete a project.

Based on my research, in Canada (including the Saint John, New Brunswick area) you’ll probably pay $75 – $150 per hour to hire a marketing consultant.

You might also pay more, depending on the specialization of the company you work with, location, or their years of experience.

 

2. Flat Rate/Project-based Fee

For a one-time project the price may be quoted as a flat rate.

 

3. Monthly Fee/Retainer

If your company needs certain marketing services on an ongoing basis, a set monthly fee for those services is the way to go. Like a flat rate, you’ll know your investment up front and be able to budget for it.

This type of arrangement also guarantees you’ll receive the services you need each month and the consultant will ensure they have those hours available to serve you.

A monthly retainer can be anywhere from $1000 to tens of thousands of dollars per month depending on the level of services your company needs.

Here are some example retainer packages. We found these by looking at the websites of marketing agencies in Canada and the United States who have their rates posted online.

Social Media:

$1000 per month is the starting point we found for social media management of one network for a small business (such as managing your Facebook Page). The cost will increase depending on the size of your follower base and frequency of posting.

Inbound Marketing:

A basic inbound marketing package, including weekly blog posts, SEO, social sharing, lead capture and reporting will start in the range of $2500 to $3500 per month.

A more comprehensive inbound marketing package that also includes advanced content creation (ex. downloadable eBooks and white papers), more frequent blog posts, lead nurturing emails and detailed reporting starts at about $3500 to $5000 per month or more.

According to an SEOmoz survey of 34 agencies in 2011, the most common monthly retainers of inbound/online marketing firms in Canada are: $1000-$1500, $1500-$2500 and $251 – $500. We have no way of knowing what exact services these included.

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How Companies Generate Revenue From Social Media Marketing

20 Apr

Social Media is how consumers are discovering new products, engage with brands, see how current customers are enjoying their products or services. So how does all these contests, posts and tweets turn into revenue, you ask?

According to research compiled by MobStac in 2013, 78 percent of consumers rely on social media to guide their purchases, proving that your social media is either attracting more customers to you or making you unattractive to potential customers, you lost the chance to engage with by not having a strong social media presence.

brands who do not implement a strong social media strategy will be ignored. Brands who are solely relying on newspaper, magazine, TV and Radio ads are ignored along with millions of other brands blasting their message on bus signs and TV ads. Successful brands know when using traditional advertising to drive viewers to their social media. 

The primary goal in using social media is driving traffic back to your website to track customer activities. You need to be unique and creative when designing a social media campaign that is efficient and user-friendly. 

You have to create a excitement strategy to motivate and excite viewers to engage with your Facebook page to then visit your website for a free offer or contest. 

Case Study #1: JustFab.com

E-commerce company, JustFab used a creative strategy to tie social media to their website in a campaign called #JustFabWish. JustFab informed its online viewers and subscribers to look at their online collections and Tweet their wishlist link with the hashtag #JustFabWish for a chance to win their products.

The company created exposure for the campaign with an email blast sent to millions of current members and leads. JustFab marketers also promoted the campaign through banner ads onsite, and on Twitter and Facebook.

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Result: When compared to the prior month, JustFab registered a 140 percent increase in web traffic and a 240 percent increase in revenue from Twitter. The campaign out-performed their second most successful effort by more than 50 percent. Now that is awesome! 

The campaign required that participants go to the website to submit their entry. Once on the website, potential customers were already browsing products, and one click away from making an online purchase.

 

Case Study #2: Gilt.com

Gilt.com paired digital Ad buys with a giveaway to boost web traffic and partnered with Hanky Panky, a popular retailer of women’s underwear, for a giveaway campaign that highlighted Hanky Panky’s main product on the Gilt.com website.

As the entries increased, daily content increased and ads promoting the referral contest, more and more people saw the product therefore, more people wanted the product.

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Result: More than 45,000 people visited the sweepstakes page during the two-week contest and 21,000 people participated. Gilt.com added 3,000 new social fans that would continue to see their products and be driven back to the point to purchase them. There was more than just one winner in that contest; Hanky Panky earned exposure for a product directly from the retail site.

Case Study #3: Lilly Pulitzer

Fashion retailer Lilly Pulitzer decided to tempt online viewers with an Exclusive Offer. They used the power of exclusivity to launch a campaign that granted early access to online sales for those that opted into their newsletter. Their social sign-up program helped create a massive buzz around the launch of the sale.

By the time the early birds had their carts filled, there was another group of fans clamoring to get in on the regular launch. The campaign made their social audience excited to get on their website and actually buy product.

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Result: Lily Pulitzer ended up collecting thousands of email addresses of potential customers, doubling the size of their email database and giving the brand a lasting connection with a new customer base. The social teasers and following email campaign translated into measurable revenue during the online sale.

Combining Social Media sites and tools are ingredients for a successful social media campaign, such as: email campaigns, Facebook landing pages, Hashtags and contests, is instrumental for brands to increase revenue during and after a social marketing campaign.

 

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Writing Content That Sells

9 Apr

ImageWhat made Google the #1 search engine on the planet?? It provided the most effective solutions to people’s problems- You have a problem, or question you Google it. It has become apart of our way of life to Google our problems and questions about anything in our lives from parenting to business solutions.

You need to be the number one solution to your target market’s problem or need/want. You can accomplish this by creating high quality content that offers solutions that is easy and fun to read. This can be in the form of:

*Blog Posts

*E-zine articles

*Facebook Posts

*Tweets

*Webinars

*Videos distributed on social media sites

*Email Newsletters

*Reports/E-Books

*Teleconference

*Podcasts

Ensure your content is GOOD and JUICY! Provide the benefits of implementing your solutions, include proof->statistics, testimonials, and case studies. If it is a new problem that has arisen in your industry make sure you are the first one to distribute your content to solve the problem. People will praise you, and see you as to the go to expert or business. You need to be on your A-GAME when it comes to content, stay on top of news in your industry. Make Google your best friend. Google away and write your own articles based on what you read out there.

CONTENT PROMOTION

To ensure you get a lot of eyeballs on your content, you need to PROMOTE, PROMOTE, PROMOTE your content. Email your list about your content, distribute it on your social media sites, events, Pay Per Click Ads such as Facebook Ads, and Banner Ads. Develop relationships with influential bloggers, analysts, press, and other influencers of your target market so they can share it to their followers on their email lists, blogs, and social media sites. You can also create a press release, especially if the content is in hot demand right now.

HOT QUALITY CONTENT TRANSLATES TO CUSTOMERS

When you are offering free high value content such as, a E-book or report install a opt-in form that captures people’s names and emails in exchange for the free report or e-book. This will put your prospects in your email database to follow up with them, with more content that you post on your blog or website. The result is they remember you and continue to follow you. The goal here is that your prospects will keep your business in mind when they need your services or product. You will be seen as to the go to business because they have been educated and entertained by your business. We all know people do business with people they know, like and trust. Delivering free high quality content accomplishes this. KUDOS for the internet and Social Media Sites!

One Last tip ensure your content is Search Engine Optimized so Google picks it up on the first page of search results of the topic you write about. It’s all about the Google! 🙂 Enjoy writing your content! Let me know how your content writing and distributing goes! 🙂

Warning Using SEO to Hide Negative Comments about your BIZ is not the solution!

22 Jan

People have asked me, “how do I deal with negative comments about my business online?” More businesses are now concerned about Negative complaints on forum sites or somewhere else on the Internet. SEO or Reputation Management companies may claim to be able to hide them. I want to warn you that hiring an SEO company to “hide” or “bury” your online complaints may be one of the worst mistakes you can make. I was at a business event engaging in a conversation with a fellow business owner addressing her concerns with me, while I was providing her with solutions she and her team could do to address the negative exposure a SEO consultant aggressively claimed he could hide it and not bother running a social campaign to address it. It inspired me to write this post to warn business owners the reality of using this strategy.

This strategy usually involves creating positive profiles on social networking and other sites to rank high in search engines such as Google (NOTE – you can do this yourself for free).   These companies may even claim that for a $995 up-front fee and $100-500 or more per month they can “remove” negative information from the Google search results.

SEO or “reputation management” companies create positive web pages that will show up before the negative ones, this pushes the negative results lower on Google’s search results.   The negative pages are never removed, they are just a little harder to find. This is a temporary band aid effect—a negative complaint can be shown on perhaps the third or fourth page of Google results for a few days or weeks, but can pop back up to the top of the results putting you back at square one. 64881_153010728071360_115958188443281_258525_3085931_s

The best solution is to deal with the complaints online. Create a social media campaign in response to what has been said about your company. After all, this is what social media is all about a two way conversation between consumers and businesses. The days of one way marketing communication are over. So step up to the plate, write PR articles, make YouTube videos, FB/Blog posts, tweets etc… stating what you have done to address the negative complaint, and if it was not valid compliant then address it and try reaching out to the person who made the. You may be pleasantly surprised that person may turn out to be a raving fan of your business in the end. Clear communication and improvement processes are key. The public knows no one is perfect, if you admit that you are human and care enough to take actions to ensure the problem does not happen again, people will respect you more for it. I am a firm believer that all publicity is good. It’s all about your reactions that matter.

Integrity is Key! It’s all about Progress- Love how Social Media is a reflection of human progress! If you think this will help your fellow peers and friends, please share this on your Facebook, and Twitter! Also, let me know your thoughts on this and your experiences and observations! 🙂

Exciting Time To Get An Inexpensive Competitve Advantage!!!!

28 Aug

Today is the time to get your business presence in social media! Our times are changing at a rapid rate than ever before in human evolution, so is the world of marketing! This evolutionary change is exciting, the days of interrupting potential customers with “in your face” marketing are coming to an end. People have tuned out the millions of marketing messages around them while getting through their busy day. People want control, the power to make an informed decision about who they do business with to avoid disappointment. The most powerful aspect of marketing, “word of mouth” or “social proof” has now turned to online social networking sites like: Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, YouTube etc…. People want to connect, want social proof to make a decision to go to a particular restaurant, dentist, contractor, law office, hotel, spa etc…. Facebook will soon become the next Google search engine. I am here to help you get started and build your online presence before all your competitors beat you to it. Facebook marketing is a game changer, we have all seen big corporations use TV commercials to advertise their Facebook pages. Timing is everything! Don’t get left behind.

One thing you should do right now is link your personal profile page to your Facebook fan page simply by hitting edit on your work info section and type in the name of your fan page as your employer name. This will create a link to your Facebook page which makes it easy for people to discover and engage with your Facebook page from your personal profile.

Another Hot Tip- > Do a search on Social Mention! It’s a FREE meta social search engine! Everyone get one! You can create and place a real time widget on your blog to show your site audience who is talking about you. Also, go to twitter.search.com to discover what is being said about your brand and industry on twitter.

Stay tuned for my upcoming blog posts discussing some strategies for your Facebook page!

Comment your experiences with Facebook Pages or any questions you have! I am always here to answer them 🙂

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