How to make sure you are keeping your readers awake!

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How to successfully blog and make sure you are keeping
your readers awake!

First thing’s first; are YOU interested in what you are going to be blogging about? If you aren’t, chances are your readers won’t be either! So make sure to pick something fun and interesting, that is relevant for you and your target market and of course, reflects the values of your business.

Have a good headline/title! You will need something short and sweet that truly captures the attention of your audience – whether it is being posted on Facebook, shared on LinkedIn, mentioned on Twitter or Instagram, or just being uploaded to your website, it needs to be simple and grab the reader’s attention.

Pair your blog text with some great visual media. Lots of interesting high resolution imagery or graphics will inspire the reader to keep reading. Use these images to break up your text, so it doesn’t appear as just one big overwhelming lump of words, but rather a flowing blog piece that includes both interesting info and some “wow” imagery and media.

Where relevant, include some cool and interesting stats and facts, which back up what your blog piece is saying. Here is an example:


53% of marketers say blogging is their top content marketing priority. (HubSpot)


Most people LOVE statistics, and everyone loves a captivating fact! And if you can, use graphics to demonstrate these. Whether you have put he graphic together in-house, or sourced and credited something from the internet, make it POP!

Here us an example of showing the latency of blog content views:

Be consistent, so that your readers know they can count on you for content. Pick specific times that your blog pieces will be uploaded, e.g. every Monday and Thursday mornings. Make sure to regularly block out bits of time on your schedule to create content for your blog and then time to promote it after you have hit that publish button. Writing and publishing the blog is just half of the picture!

Share the blog piece to all your social platforms, and make sure you do this at the right times – e.g. Thursday nights at 8pm might be the best time to share a blog on your Facebook page, but 4pm might be better for your LinkedIn audience! Mention and tag other pages and people where applicable and add relevant hashtags for maximum reach. Feel free to reshare the blog on each social platform a few times, with different imagery and different headlines.

Happy blogging!

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Should your business be using Emojis?

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Should your business be using Emojis when posting on your social media platforms?

Probably, yes! Whether or not you decide to jump on the bandwagon of the ‘millennial emojis’, you need to think about what type of business you have, and who your target market is. They can definitely make your brand seem more personable, but it is also easy to misuse them, overuse them or use them with the wrong crowd, on the wrong post.

Social media is meant to be fun, and your accounts should be an accurate representation of who you are as a business and the values you hold. It is just another method of communication after all, and nowadays a very important way for a business to connect and communicate with their target market and customers. Emojis have recently become an optional part of that communication (however nowadays, used more often than not), and they add that little bit of spirit, fun and humour. People buy from people, after all, not businesses, so if using emojis makes your brand seem more personable, go for it!

Emojis can definitely make your tone clearer. By their very nature emojis express emotion and tone. I often feel when I am writing an email to a client that they might think my passive voice is too stern, I then either compensate by being overly verbose or overly sycophantic, when a simple smile or thumbs up might do the trick. We lose so much without visual cues or intonation of voice in the written word – but it is still considered, by some, poor form to include an emoji in an email.

Throw some emojis in when you want to make your content a little more relatable, such as when posting a fun photo with a quirky caption. Example: Happy Friday! (insert beer or glass of wine emoji – everyone loves a drink on a Friday night, after all)!

Find a set of emojis which suit your brand the best, and go to town with these! Not on every post though, and only a couple per post – don’t over do it or you might look too casual and silly. As a general rule of thumb, we tend to keep it to 3 or less per post for anything that has target age above 25 – less often depending on the tech savviness of the group you are aiming at. Example; for a travel company, you might use different animals and trees (e.g. fish, sea creatures and palm trees when posting tropical/beach pics), planes, boats and landmark emojis, such as the super cute little island emoji’s or the Statue of Liberty (probably only for pics of New York though…).

You don’t have to add emojis to every post, and typically they are used more on Instagram than they are on Facebook.

BUT, know and understand your demographic. If your brand is trying to communicate with older customers, then emojis might not suit, as they may be uncomfortable with emojis, and may not even know what they mean (or interpret them the wrong way, which can be awkward)!

Anecdotally, my parents use emojis in text now, not often but they are there which is something for two septuagenarians. The usage is often just to convey tone (😊😘😉) rather than to let me know they are at the airport 🛫 or about to get lit🔥.

It’s interesting to note that they will use correct punctuation in text and were never taken in by the acronyms which makes the case for emoji adoption even stronger.

If you are on social media and have a strong presence, chances are you are trying to engage with a young/younger audience, and if they use emojis, you should too!

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Should your business be using LinkedIn?

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Should your business be using LinkedIn?

Should my business use linkedin
 
LinkedIn is the world’s most extensive professional network with more than 467 million users in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and therefore is obviously of great importance for all B2B businesses – just as important as Facebook and Instagram, believe it or not! For these B2B businesses, it can be a real game changer, and we are going to tell you why.
 
A recent industry report showed that LinkedIn has recently overtaken Facebook as the #1 most important social platform for all B2B marketers. 41% put it at the top of their list, compared to just 30% of people who said Facebook was the most important.
 
Another recent marketing report showed that LinkedIn is the third most commonly used social network for all business owners, with 62% reporting that they use the platform, and an additional 22% reporting that they intend to begin to utilise it within the next year.
 
In terms of conversion rates, did you know that LinkedIn has an average conversion rate of 2.74%, compared to Facebook’s .77% and Twitter’s .69%? This is HUGE! 50% of B2B buyers use LinkedIn when making purchasing decisions; LinkedIn is built for social selling after all.
 
As LinkedIn explains, “With over 467 million members, LinkedIn is at the forefront of connecting B2B buyers and sellers. One of the most important sales techniques is to understand how your buyer behaves—making prospecting easier with greater success.”
 
LinkedIn:
1.      Heavily supports your external website and other social platforms.
2.      Improves your brand’s credibility, as you are able to share relevant and rich content to your market, which demonstrates your expertise and thought leadership within the market.
3.      Allows you to significantly grow your reach, as you successfully target other businesses which may be interested in the services you provide.
 

Moral of the story? Get your business on LinkedIn! If utilised correctly, it will do wonders for your business! Of course feel free to reach out to us if you would like some help in this space.

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5 tips for your Instagram feed

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5 tips on how to curate a beautiful and flowing Instagram feed

So, everyone wants authentic Instagram followers, right? This is why your Instagram feed is very important. When people click on your profile, they don’t see your individual posts first. They see your feed first, which is why it’s super important to plan and carefully curate how your feed looks, and to make sure it accurately represents your brand’s story, so people form the right impression of your brand straight away.

Here are 5 tips that will help you make sure your feed always looks great!
1. Research – Find a couple of Instagram accounts that you love and think look REALLY good, and take note of WHY they look so good. Most of them will follow the below tips.

2. Choose a grid layout – A grid layout is how your posts are positioned on your account. It helps you know what photo to put next to another photo. A layout makes it easy to start (and stick to) a consistent Instagram theme. Create your layout by using an app such as “Plann”, “Later” or “Schedugram”. You can use these apps to make sure your feed flows nicely, which means that all photos sit nicely next to each other! If you are not going to use a specific layout, you need to make sure your feed is balanced.
3. Choose a colour scheme – what kind of filters are you going to put on each photo, if you wish to use filters? Do you have a colour scheme you want to stick to? What kind of posts are you going to be posting? Keep it consistent, use the same filter on each pic!
4. NATURAL LIGHTING! Natural lighting means higher quality and more detailed photos, giving your feed a clean and consistent feel. Photos taken in natural light are also easier to edit with filters.
5. Have Standards – Posting only good quality photos is key. A high quality photo looks clean and inviting. A blurry photo is the first thing people will see when they head to your profile, and does not invite lots of likes or followers! You don’t need to use a professional camera – smartphone cameras are good enough these days!

Have some more questions – hit me up – social@remembercreative.com.

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Hashtags hashtags hashtags!

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Hashtags hashtags hashtags!

So it’s 2018, and most people have a bit of an idea about what hashtags are and how to use them! However, very few people know how to use them WELL, and using hashtags poorly can actually have a pretty detrimental impact on your business’s social media success. Essentially, hashtags are used to categorize content, meaning that searching for relevant content is a lot easier to do, so businesses have a pretty huge opportunity here to maximize their content’s reach and therefore their page’s reach. And social media for business’s is all about converting that reach into brand awareness and then into sales, right?

So here are a few ways to make sure you are absolutely maximizing your opportunity for reach, through your use of hashtags.

 

Less is more and more is less!

On Twitter and Facebook, less is more. Posts with 1 hashtag tend to receive far more engagement than posts with 4 or 5 hashtags. But on Instagram, it’s a very different story, and the more hashtags you use, the better. However, after using over approximately 8 hashtags, your engagement will typically drop. It’s a pretty fine line!

 

Don’t over-complicate it!

Don’t hashtag every word on your post, and try not to use long hashtags. And definitely don’t have more hashtags than words. Keep it simple!

Be specific

Hone in on who you are trying to attract and find hashtags that help you target them. Do your research; there are lots of hashtag searches and apps out there that will help you find the best and most effective, trending hashtags: Ritetag and Hashtagify are some good ones.

 

Happy hashtagging, and good luck!

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