Does Your Content Have Superpowers?

Content marketing | Content Superpowers | PWB MarketingA few years ago, while serving on a social media panel during a presentation to a local entrepreneurial group, I casually remarked that, “Content is everything; social media is just plumbing.” In the years since then, I’ve seen this proven over and over both with clients and with brands I follow. In order to succeed, your content marketing needs superpowers.

This post examines some of the content marketing your brand needs to succeed.

Exceptional Audience Relevance

Social – more than any other medium – has to connect with what your customers and prospects want to learn. If it doesn’t, they’re on to the next thing. Too many marketers are pushing content that THEY want to tell customers, as opposed to information that customers are seeking.

Powerful Stickiness

Remember the old days of “sticky” web content? Where your reason for existence was to get customers to return to your web site? Sticky content and content marketing are essentially the same concept. According to a study by DDB Worldwide and Opinionway, 84% of a company’s fans are already customers.  Only relevant, interesting, and fresh content keeps people coming back.

Incredible Engagement

In his book SocialnomicsEric Qualman observes that social media marketing is, “More like Dale Carnegie than Mad Men. Less about selling and more about listening.” Social is a unique channel because of its allowance for real-time dialogue. Harness this ability with content that asks questions, solicits opinions, and takes other actions to encourage audience response.

Robust Adaptability

Successful content marketers generate content for use across multiple channels. A LinkedIn post might lead to a white paper on your web site, expanding on the post topic. A targeted Facebook ad might direct users to a a topic-specific landing page. Great content is great content – just be sure to recognize the unique nature of each channel and modify appropriately. For example, text on a web page won’t make a dynamic Pinterest post without adaptation.

Brand Power

What does your brand stand for? How are you positioned? What is your unique value proposition? Content marketing should clearly and consistently support your brand and values. If you don’t have a clearly defined set of brand values, we can help you with that.

These are but a few of the content marketing superpowers your brand needs. Want to know the others? Or put this to work? We should chat.

-Sean-

Social Media Image Size Guide [INFOGRAPHIC]

I have been updating a couple client social media sites recently and realized that it has been a while since we updated a social media image size guide. In fact, June 2013 was the last time I published information on correct sizing of images!

The size of social media images changes from time to time, so having the most current data available is paramount. Each social media profile has unique size specifications and failure to properly size images may result in misalignment, cutting off part of the image or simply not being able to post them. There is nothing more frustrating to me, than seeing a company that does not have consistent branding across all social media profiles, so please feel free to print and reference this social media image size guide.

This infographic is a great source to reference when creating the correct size images for your LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Having trouble managing your social media? Need assistance with analytics or even initially creating your social media presence? Perhaps a social media audit is necessary. Regardless of your need, PWB marketing can assist your company in getting the most from social media.  Call our office today at 734-995-5000 for your social media answers.

 

Social Media Tweetable Facts

social media facts 2014Social media statistics these days are all about big data, how companies are collecting (and using) the data, where this data comes from and how social media sites are used.  Do you know the recent B2B social media facts from fiction? Here are several of the latest Tweetable social media facts to consider – No matter how you look at it though, social media is changing faster than a blink of an eye.

Social Media Facts:

[FACT] Each day, Facebook devours 500x more data than the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter devours 12x more. TWEET THIS

[FACT] Although data mining poses a challenge to today’s marketers, 61% say big data will overhaul marketing practices for the better. TWEET THIS

[FACT] 71% of chief marketing officers feel their organization is not prepared to deal with the impending big data explosion.  TWEET THIS

[FACT] 70% of the Fortune 500 companies, have have a Facebook page. @CNET TWEET THIS

[FACT] 34% of Fortune 500 companies have a public facing blog. @CNET  TWEET THIS

[FACT] 47% of users indicate Facebook influences their purchase behavior. #B2C. TWEET THIS

[FACT] 33% of Facebook users use a mobile phone to primarily access Facebook. TWEET THIS

[FACT] 74% of online adults use social networking sites. @pewresearch TWEET THIS

Don’t “Blow” It – Plan Ahead on Your Marketing Campaign

Last month my shoes finally decided they were not providing enough stability. My knees were returning to having nightly pain. So I grabbed a pair of tennis shoes that I had purchased on clearance. They were a reputable brand but just didn’t seem to be cutting the mustard and I began to feel like the little pig who build his house of straw – Everything was being blown down. I’m wogging (Yes wogging – That is jog/walking) the Detroit Half Marathon at the end of next month though and I really need to make sure my feet and legs are prepared.

That is why I decided to hop over to Running Fit today at lunch. My knees had clearly reminded me what five months of physical therapy last fall taught me – Get good shoes! So jiggidy-jig-jig off I went to get a new pair of stability running shoes.

While I was checking out, I noticed this marketing campaign flier:

Being into social media, I thought it was an interesting idea. So I grabbed a copy to take back to the office.

The Shop Arbor Hills marketing campaign helped me ask lots of questions. Ultimately though I wondered, was this a well thought out campaign or simply a solution in search of a problem? Did their marketing team sit down with complete shopper demographic information, market research and a goal, or did they simply say, “Selfies are hot right now. This would be a great way to get some increased website traffic, improved awareness for the mall AND free publicity.”

When I got back to the office I did some research. I wanted to know – How old are most individuals that take selfies. I know I abhor them. As coincidence would have it, I found some information. According to a small study done by Selfie City, selfies remain largely the domain of young people. Statistically speaking, the median age of a selfie taker is 23.7.

Finding that information though prompted more questions. Was that information considered when starting the campaign? Does that demographic fit with those who shop in the mall? Did their marketing team figure out the percentage of people ages 25-34 or 35-44 that take selfies? Did that matter to them?

I checked out the Shop Arbor Hills Facebook page and also their Twitter feed. Since the start of the campaign I did not find any selfies. Nor did I find mention of their chosen hashtag on Twitter. It is still a very young marketing campaign though, so perhaps it’s not been seen by many. I will be interesting to see how it plays out in the market and who will participate. I’d sure like to know if it will give them their desired results.

This experience though reminded me of an old nursery tale, the Three Little Pigs. The last of the three little pigs knew best; Carefully choose the best materials for the strongest house, since anything less can be blown away quickly and easily by the big bad wolf! It is the same with any new marketing endeavor. For the best results, do your research, gather your information and prepare the foundation for your marketing campaign. Doing so will net you the strongest campaign with the best results.

Image Sizes for Social Media Branding [Infographic]

A week ago when I logged in to a clients YouTube channel to upload some video, I noticed a prompt that made me grown. I was notified that the channel layout was about to change. Again.

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“Upgrades” or changes often mean the creative needs to be edited when branding a social media site like YouTube.

What does this mean to me? It means that I will be busy for the next little while adding new creative to each client channel PWB manages. In this case it was alright though, since the client’s (Uniloy) YouTube channel needed new artwork anyway. What I discovered though is that as part of the process, you are “encouraged” to edit your Google+ page.For my personal reference, that is why I had one of our art directors create a new Social Media branding Infographic.

The changes to cover art sizing are frequent enough, and none of the channels – Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, Google+, YouTube – have the same size images. Heck, they don’t even have image sizes that can be easily scaled when branding your social media pages!

So please feel free to use this infographic for your reference when adding branding to any of the popular social media sites! The infographic will help you create the correct size images for your LinkedIn or Facebook cover photos, Google+ channel art or Twitter and YouTube header!

social media branding infographic

When editing social media sites, it is important to remember what size images are for creative branding! Use this infographic as a reference to understand what size images you will need for your LinkedIn or Facebook cover photo, Google+ channel art or YouTube and Twitter header image.

One word of caution. Although my art director created the exact size image for Google+, we needed to trick the system by adding a couple of pixels to the height and width. Otherwise the image would not load to the site!

More B2B Social Media Fact vs. Fiction

Updated 2013 stats – Know B2B social media facts from fiction. Fiction: Social media offers limited value to B2B marketers. Here are 8 Tweetable Facts bout how B2B companies are  using social media to generate leads, connect with customers, and reach business goals.

[FACT] B2B companies that blog generate 70% more leads/month than those who do not.  TWEET THIS

[FACT] Increasing blogging to 6-8x/month nearly doubles leads according to @Hubspot. TWEET THIS

[FACT] 83% of B2B marketers are using LinkedIn to distribute content. TWEET THIS

[FACT] B2B companies that blog 15x/month get 5X more traffic than companies that don’t blog according to @HubSpot. TWEET THIS

[FACT] 46% of marketers plan to increase their spend on content. @CMIContent  TWEET THIS

[FACT] B2C marketers use mobile and print more often than B2B. TWEET THIS

[FACT] 67% of B2C companies and 41% of B2B companies have acquired a customer from Facebook. TWEET THIS

[FACT] B2C marketers use LinkedIn much less frequently (51%) than their B2B peers (83%).  TWEET THIS

Great Example of Photos in Social Media [Infographic]

Sharing photos in social media often improves the chances that posts get views. It can also help improve user engagement. Hubspot recently reported that Facebook posts using photos received 53% more Likes.  In fact imagery is one of the major reasons for the Facebook News Feed redesign. Simply slapping images into posts onto Social Media sites, like Facebook or Twitter isn’t going to cut it. Want to see a great example of sharing photos in social media?

The Soup Facebook

Last week on Facebook, I noticed an image shared on The Soup Facebook Page.  It wasn’t simply loaded to the wall in the hopes that someone would see it, instead the photo featured a large yellow rectangle blocking the image. Viewers were then instructed to click-through to see the image, then come back to Facebook to comment  on the “Caption This” photo contest.

You may ask yourself, “Why is that important, or in the very least, why would that be noteworthy?” I would then argue that in posting an image with a good part of it blocked, the viewers are drawn in. They are drawn in by the yellow block but they also get the “what’s behind the curtain” feeling and want to peek. That my friends is user engagement. The Soup’s social media interns have just caused fans to take an action!

What makes this example even more special is that the contest wasn’t being run on entirely on The Soup Facebook Page. The post directed viewers to click-through to The Soup to see the image, then asked the viewers to come BACK to Facebook to post their comment. Pretty brilliant eh? Simplicity often is.

A week later The Soup posted the entire image to their Facebook Page which included the best caption. They also wrote a second blog post about the image and Caption This contest that included a second award for the comment with the “Most Likes.” Want to see if YOUR comment won the most likes? You created more user engagement by having fans click-through to the blog yet again.

Want to know something even more amazing? Between their website analytics and the basic analytics Facebook provides, The Soup should be able to guage the effectiveness of the contest, two Facebook posts and two blog posts! It must be working for them. There are more “Caption This” contests happening that include the yellow rectangle.

Now lets’ stop for a moment to consider the many social media sites. How can your business grab attention on each of them by posting photos? Are there things your company can do to improve user engagement acorss channels?  With millions of potential viewers and rapidly growing social media platforms this better be something your company is thinking about.

social media, photographs in socail media

Using photos on the many social media platforms often increases visibility. Are you using images to reach more readers? Does using photos improve user engagement?

Infographic Sources: Facebook, Hubspot, CNN

 

 

 

 

 

Social Media Censorship: Think Before Deleting Comments

social media censorship

Negative opinions and comments that you don’t like don’t merit immediate censorship – Think before hitting delete!

I was chatting with a friend the other day about a comment she didn’t like on a Facebook post. She told me “Well I didn’t like it, so I removed it.” I asked if the comment was especially negative, off-topic or otherwise offensive and she stated that no, she just didn’t like it.  This really struck a cord for me, and not in the most positive way.

For social media to be “social” there has to be dialog – Two way dialog. My policies often include never removing negative comments or “opinions” unless they are purposefully nasty to the blog author, advertise irrelevant products or are somehow derogatory in nature. Certainly this leaves room for interpretation, however I feel strongly that everyone has a voice and that voice should be heard so long as it is respectful of whatever policies are in place.

Simply removing a negative opinion often “fires up” the individual who made the comment. It’s like adding fuel to the fire and can cause you to get burnt in the long run. So my advice is to simply leave the comment where it is and respond directly to the post.

Here are a few brief things you can do to address a negative comment on your social media outlets.

  • Take control before things spin out-of-control and address comments head-on.
  • Be respectful to those posting the comments; Always take the high-road and be sincere in your response.
  • Address comments as quickly as possible – A good rule of thumb is to respond to Facebook or blog posts within 24-hours or to Twitter within a few hours.
  • Personalize how you respond using the individuals name if at all possible. Don’t use terms like “valued customer”. If the writer used an alias to hide their identity, use that name in your response.
  • Follow-up to the comment in other ways. Can you call the individual? Email them? Respond with a personal message on Facebook?
  • And most importantly don’t hide your head in the sand and hope it will go away. It won’t!

When considering social media censorship, remember to be proactive by creating a social media policy ahead of time to guide you and your team should a situation arise. At that point you can ensure discussions remain within the parameters you have set and can enforce the policy regarding offensive posts and comments.