Feed your life with live feed

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By: Michaela Bull

@michaela_lb

Feed your life with live feed

 

Social media has adopted the phenomenon of live video and it is spreading like crazy. Live video or live feed has been an exploding idea that few major networks are not taking advantage of. The idea of live video is to deliver the most authentic content possible with no edits or time to fix mistakes. Live video is raw and natural and makes the viewer feel as close to the situation as possible without actually being there. This phenomenon was first introduced through YouTube’s foundation, offering videos that capture real and unfiltered moments. As social media has taken it on, the possibilities and accessibility have spread like fire.

It has been overwhelmingly known at this point that millennial’s are a big advocate of video. The transition in popularity and attraction from pictures to video has been underway for some time now. The appeal of videos comes from the quick and engaging content that does not require a lengthy attention span. Millennial’s play a large role in the demand and success of live video and are the reason brands and public figures are jumping to utilize it as much as possible.

The spread of live video has created new opportunities for brands to connect with their consumers. The highly engaging factor of live video provides real time updates to consumers to feel as connected as possible with every change that occurs. Live video builds the relationship between brand and consumer and offers a chance for dialogue to develop.

Since the spread of live video has appeared in nearly every social platform, the opportunity for new technology has been able to form and expand with it. Innovations like disappearing media, lends filtering, augmented reality, and VR have been just a few of the next big features to develop on these social platforms that have connected with live video in some way.

 

 

References:

Friedman, L. (2016, December 29). 4 Millennial Social Media Trends To Watch In 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2017, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurenfriedman/2016/12/29/4-millennial-social-media-trends-to-watch-in-2017/2/#985bfa83dc16

Moreau, E. (2017, April 10). 10 Popular Tools That Let You Easily Set Up an Online Video Broadcast. Retrieved April 20, 2017, from https://www.lifewire.com/tools-for-broadcasting-live-video-3486110

Rohampton, J. (2017, January 04). 5 Social Media Trends That Will Dominate 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2017, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimmyrohampton/2017/01/03/5-social-media-trends-that-will-dominate-2017/#14bbafa56ffe

 

 

 

Instagrammable

By: Nathan Cooper

There has been some a new term floating around for awhile now: Instagrammable. Accord to Urban Dictionary, “instagrammable is a photo that is worth posting on Instagram”. (Urban dictionary, LJM1213). A lot of Instagram users have taken the app and turned it into an online portfolio of sorts. They showcase their photography skills and often times have an aesthetic that coincides with their profile. On the other hand there are others that use Instagram to post random content that often looks up looking like a hodge-podge aesthetically. A lot of people post content that would not be considered “instagrammable” by the average user and sometimes these people receive flack for doing so.

Some things that are usually considered “instagrammable” are trendy food or drink items such as the unicorn frappuccino from Starbucks. Food is a very popular topic to post about. A lot of times someone goes to a nice looking café and orders a coffee they might feel the need to snap a picture. The vibe of the environment might feel instagrammable so they put a nice little filter on their picture and come up with a  caption and boom it is uploaded. All of the sudden their followers are so captivated with the shop you’re at and feel the need to go there and get their own picture.

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The phrase is even popular enough that google can come up with some auto search results for it such as, “instagrammable places near me” or “instagrammable restaurants”. There are a lot of people who go out of their way to seek out places to take pictures that they feel will look nice and get attention on their personal accounts. Although the phrase has declined some in popularity it still floats around and is probably here to stay for awhile.

Sources:

  1. LJM1213. “Instagrammable.” Urban Dictionary. N.p., 19 May 2016. Web. 19 Apr. 2017.

How To Successfully Use Instagram for Marketing

By: Kayla Henson | @kayla_hensonn

Yes, you read that right.

Instagram, with over 500 million active monthly users, is one of the fastest growing social networks of this generation. What was once a site with servers consistently crashing has blossomed over the years into a vital website for any personal or professional brand to have.

Why?

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It’s simple. Instagram sets itself apart from other social networks by demanding highly visually pleasing images/videos to draw a large audience to the content.

While it is more challenging to grow an audience for your brand on Instagram as compared to sites like Twitter, it can most definitely still be accomplished.

Here are some good rules of thumb for {organically} growing your brand on Instagram. (For more great tips, read the full article from socialmediaexaminer.com)

  • Post high-quality pictures
    • You want to draw attention to your brand? The first step is to make your feed as aesthetically pleasing as possible. The good news? You don’t have to be a professional photographer to make this happen! Just make sure you’re shooting captivating shots with good lighting, and to shoot square photos.
  • Take advantage of tagging
    • Want to improve your business-to-business relationships? Instagram can be a perfect tool for that. Be generous in tagging each other, and be creative with it! An example of this would be a restaurant giving a quick S/O to their local brewery. This increases traffic for the local business, and increases recognition for the restaurant. Win-win!
    • Don’t be afraid to use this tactic for business-to-consumer relationships as well! Give your audience an incentive to tag your brand, like giving them a S/O by reposting and tagging them back. Let them know you appreciate the love! Ban.do does an amazing job at letting their Instagram audience feel the love.
  • Instagram influencers = your inside link to the consumers
    • Want endorsements for your brand but don’t have the cash to snag celebrities? No worries, that’s what influencers are here for. Influencers are people with a large, interactive follower base whose opinions are trusted by their audience. Let me make this as clear as possible; You absolutely need these people to grow your brand. How to get them? Reach out and even offer them compensation by sending samples of your products for them to try. You want these influencers to post about your product because it increases your brand’s growth. People want to hear about your brand from people they trust, and influencers are the bridge you need to reach that audience.

There are so many new tools (like the new Instagram stories and live video options) that are sending Instagram through the roof of potential in the marketing world. Your brand could easily benefit from this social network by investing in really communicating with your audience and putting out fun, thoughtful, and visually pleasing content.

References

Ban.do (2017). Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/BTCeeMiFzDJ/?hl=en

King, C. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/13-instagram-marketing-tips-from-the-experts/

Parkar, A. (2016). Retrieved from http://www.parkarbuzz.com/instagram-marketing/

Parker, S. (2016). Retrieved from https://blog.hootsuite.com/instagram-statistics/

Do Social Media like Denny’s Diner

By: Kalyn Baxter

It is commonly known throughout the business world that there are brands that should and should not be on a specific social media platform. The essential ones like Facebook or Twitter can be used by most but social media sites like Tumblr and Instagram might be riskier depending on the content and customer demographics. There is a company that I have recently noticed displaying content on a site that their consumers would not expect them to be on. Denny’s Diner is a company that surprised me when it comes to running a social media platform. I found out that Denny’s had a Tumblr account about a year ago, and its actually doing extremely well, as it has been for a while. tumblr_oobn3n3B3N1s46p8ao1_500Tumblr is a platform that thrives mostly on visual content, it has the social aspect of other sites like Facebook while allowing users to create a personalized blog at the same time. The graphics that Denny’s Diner creates are so visually appealing and creative that it does not make anyone regret to say they follow the restaurant. Denny’s usually gets the reputation of being a restaurant that is commonly occupied by more elder consumer rather than younger ones, but puts out great content that successfully attracts people of many age groups. Their Tumblr page is even in the running to being presented with a Webby Award in the Social, Food and Drink category. The Webby Awards will be on May 15th, 2017 and whether or not Denny’s Tumblr will win the award cannot be released until then. Along with their quick entertaining pictures their Denny’s Diner Instagram account has their unusual but great images on it. The social media accounts for Denny’s Diner has definitely shown how a restaurant can rotate between promoting a new menu item or special to posting humorous original images that are worth sharing.

Sources:

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/should-you-be-on-tumblr-seven-business-case-examples/

http://www.hngn.com/articles/224493/20170405/2017-webby-awards-nominees-announced-people-s-choice-voting-open-until-april-20.htm

https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2017/social/social-content-and-marketing/food-drink

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/230971

https://www.instagram.com/dennysdiner/

 

Memes Get a High Fashion Makeover

By: Shannon Williams

Memes have become one synonymous with internet and youth culture. They phenomenon has evolved into its own global language. Recently brands have taken to creating entire meme marketing campaigns on Instagram to connect with and reach digital native millennials. High fashion luxury brands are jumping on the bandwagon in order to be seen as more relatable and attainable to younger fashion conscious audiences.

Alexander Wang was one of the first to try out the trend to promote his upcoming show at New York Fashion Week. They were received well fashion audiences as they poked fun at the ridiculousness of the fashion industry and showed a humorous and fun side of it.

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Gucci was the most recent brand to venture into the new space and launched an entire marketing campaign to launch and promote the new Le Marché des Merveilles watch collection. They brand, which has had a recent resurgence under the direction of Alessandro Michele, has used the campaign to connect with younger audiences and be seen as more relatable.   Gucci partnered with a number of different famous artists and meme creators around the world to create branded memes.

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Some were new pop culture focuses, such as the starter pack meme, others had high fashion editorial imagery, while others incorporated historical paintings. They campaign was received extremely well and brought fun back into fashion. It made the brand seem much more relatable to younger generations and not quite as uptight and stuffy as it has seemed in the past. Over all it was well received by all audiences, generated excitement and buzz around the brand, and was shared all across social media.

House of Holland is the latest brand to try the meme marketing campaign and recently partnered with @Shitmodelmanagment, an account that makes fashion related memes, to promote their new collection.

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I am sure we will see more brands try this out in an effort to better connect with younger digital audiences.

Petrarca, E. (2017). That feeling when Gucci drops its own fire, high fashion memes. Retrieved from http://www.wmagazine.com/gallery/gucci-memes-watch-campaign/all

Petrarca, E. (2017) Alexander Wang brings back the art of fashion shade with amazing Instagram memes. Retrieved from http://www.wmagazine.com/story/alexander-wang-philipp-plein-instagram-memes

Tai, C. (2017) Gucci made hilarious, high fashion memes and we’re dying to share them. Retrieved from http://www.thefashionspot.com/runway-news/740509-gucci-memes/

Productivity on Instagram

Every social media manager wants to be proactive, save time and money when managing their social media networks and content. Every social platform has their unique special perk. Using the most effective and productive strategies to build your network is essential.

Surprisingly Instagram is doing well. To keep high productivity there are certain components that are highly recommended to put in place. Starting off with one of the main key strategy which is using Hashtags. Especially relatable hashtags to help reach a larger audience outside of your circle of followers. The more hashtags the more brand exposure you will have. It is KEY to have RELATABLE hashtags and understand the meaning of each to make sure the correct message is being portrayed.

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You want engagement with your audience. Keep communication with you them. You want to build a relationship with your followers and network. Read their comments and participate in a conversation. Keep comments positive and professional. You want to maintain a good presence of your page which people will be more inclined to trust your brand. Another note for high productivity on Instagram which I find VERY important is consistency. In Chris Preston’s interview with Influencive he said, “Be consistent with your posts and post multiple times per day. It might seem like a lot of work, but it will be worth it if you want to grow. The more you post, the more often you will be in your follower’s feeds. This will create more people liking and tagging their friends on your posts. The biggest thing is to think of growth like a marathon. Being consistent and continually giving quality content everyday will eventually compound over time.” As well all know, to be consistent with your content involves a lot of time. Time, you should invest to make sure your brand is being marketed properly. But remember that everything worth invest is worth gold in the end.

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Finally, utilizing the awesome Instagram stories and live features they have kindly added. Stories and live can be a very valuable if done correctly. People love seeing the daily live activities going on with your page, brand, and how all is involved. These two features also give them an inside scoop. Great for social media marketing and exclusive sneak peaks! Again, at the end of the day you want as much engagement with your followers. Feedbacks and hearing their comments are important!

Put in the work and take the time to build your page. One step at a time and things will start rolling! Best of luck!

http://www.influencive.com/growing-huge-instagram-following-simpler-think-chris-preston/

http://www.business2community.com/instagram/instagram-marketing-strategies-will-double-roi-01794718#kUjmtWvFg34Q1Y10.97

The Importance of Using Visual Content Marketing In All Forms of Social

By: Morgan McAnally

Twitter: @morganmcanally

Featured image: https://www.yotpo.com/blog/instagram-pics-better/

When it comes to posting to your social sites, often we find ourselves at odds with what may be the right content to post. In the age of Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, visual content is the most important aspect of gathering a higher audience. When you look at successful bloggers or Instagram sensations its because they know how to make their content look cohesive and relatable to their viewers.

Visual Content Marketing takes home the cake with the highest form of communication and highest engagement rates in terms of likes, follows, engagements like comments, and revenue. Visual Content Marketing is essential to building a following because we are visual people.

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Becca Fieler states some interesting statistics regarding Visual Content Marketing and those include:

  • 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual.
  • The brain processes visual information 60,000 times faster than text.
  • 40% of people respond better to an image than 1,000 words.
  • 46% say a website’s design is the Number 1 criterion for discerning a company’s credibility.
  • Posts with infographics grow traffic an average of 12% more than those without.
  • 700 YouTube videos are shared on Twitter every minute.
  • Pinterest generates more referral traffic than Google+, YouTube, and LinkedIn COMBINED.
  • Photos on Facebook garner more interaction than text, videos, and links.
  • Visitors spend 100% more time on pages that have videos on them.
  • Consumers who watch a product video are 85% more likely to purchase that product.

Not only are we more likely to retain visual information better but we are more likely to share it as well. Gone are the days where people share long posts just ranting about their lives, and here are the days where people want to show their creative side through visually appealing content. I have found that many brands and people that I follow on my social sites are primarily people who have a set theme for their content and make it relatable and easy to follow.

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Photo Source: Marianna Hewitt’s Instagram

Visual Content Marketing is very significant on Instagram and is an easy way to show your creative style for future audiences. Many people will follow you most of the time just because they love the way your Instagram feed looks. To build an audience through Visual Content Marketing there are some factors that you need first in order to gain the following that you want. These factors include finding a niche, posting regularly, use hashtags when appropriate, and cross-pollinate with your social networks. With these prerequisites, you will then be set up for future factors in order of quality, collaborating with influencers and profitability to your site. With these things in mind you will successfully gain the following that you desire and results of the goals that you have set for your personal brand or company.

Citations:

DeMers, J. (2016, March 03). 3 Ways To Build A Massive Instagram Following. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/jaysondemers/2016/03/03/3-ways-to-build-a-massive-instagram-following/2/#48e410666adb

Fieler, B. (2016, September 12). The Importance of Visual Content Marketing. Retrieved April 04, 2017, from https://tax.thomsonreuters.com/blog/the-importance-of-visual-content-marketing-infographic-2/