Brands today simply don't have the luxury of sitting back and hoping that their brand identity will be enough to bring customers their way. Not only is transparency increasingly important in the modern world of marketing, but consumers today demand increased interaction - i f your brand is n' t able to deliver this type of interaction and transparency, it' s likely that you' ll fall behind the competition. And m ore often than not, the best way to meet such expectations is through content.
If you post on social media, you’re a writer. Being a writer is an important distinction to make. You’re a writer because you publish what you share online for public consumption. Once you press “post” the content is no longer in your hands. And even though you can delete your social media content, as long as someone took a screenshot or shared your content, it will continue to exist. When you begin to think of yourself as a writer, the social media landscape changes. No longer does it seem appropriate to slap content together and see what happens. No, every writer follows a style guide and those who write social media content should follow a stylebook as well.
The Social Shake-up is getting underway now. Those of from Falcon Social who are going are eagerly awaiting kickoff. We’ve already taken a look at some of the panels we’re the most excited for. Some of the most intriguing panels will look at topics that our team here at Falcon Social has been thinking about a lot—the importance of communities (Online Community is Bigger and Badder Than Ever), (The Porsche Story: Using Content & Technololgy to Build Passion for an Iconic Brand) and how all of this is happening across a broader mix of channels (From Pinterest and Instagram to Meerkat and Periscope: How to Engage Your Core Audience).
Game of Thrones is about to finish for another year, another nine months of waiting to learn the fate of our favourite heros and most-hated villains from Westeros. But why is Game of Thrones such a huge success? Are there any lessons we can take from it in a marketing sense?
You value social shares, right? Regardless of other factors, getting more followers has a positive effect and inspiring them to share your content is one of the big reasons to get involved in social media. Social shares are a form of word of mouth marketing, a most valuable commodity at the ultimate price point: free. Here's some notes on how to inspire and compel social sharing of your content.
Find your footage. Once you have an approved concept, track down in-the-can footage. There’s plenty of video out there available from stock houses. In our case – with the Cracker Jack’D “Fuel Stories” video series – we contacted Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus and purchased extreme sports clips from their arena events at a fraction of the cost of shooting it ourselves.
Immunize your content from sick-of-ads sentiment by making it even better. Update your blogs with new information. Make sure your content is still relevant, interesting, and give your customers and site visitors something useful to take away.
Simple, open stories with a clear hierarchy that is easy to follow. That’s all I want. Great content and content design drive repeat usage and greater engagement. It’s not rocket science, although it should be data-driven.