How to Set – and Reach – Your Company’s Social Media Marketing Goals

Posted by on Aug 21, 2019 in Social Media Marketing |

According to statistics, social media claims 30% of all the time people spend online. For teens, make that nine hours a day. Which is why social media ad spending is expected to top $32 billion in 2019.  In short, if you want to reach your target prospects, you have to go where they are spending most of their time – which is on social media. But this requires an intentional strategy with clear, achievable and measurable goals. Here is how to set goals for a high-yielding social media marketing strategy: Establish a Starting Point There is a chance you are already on social media? But, that you have until now just been posting randomly without a strategy. To formulate a strategy with clear goals, there is a need to carry out a thorough social media audit.  Most social media sites have analytics tools from which you can pull data to measure both your historical and current performance. The audit will expose your least and best performing social channels, holes that need plugging, wins to build on and insights on what is achievable as well as what a feasible time frame will be. Define Your Objectives The audit you have just done, and a bit of competitor analysis, should show you what marketing opportunities there are on social media. Importantly, it will help you spell out what your immediate and long term goals should be. These could be to: Increase engagement on your target social channels,  Drive traffic to your website, Increase brand awareness, Generate new leads, or  To boost SEO. Know the Right Metrics to Track Goals must have timed targets. For example, to generate 100 leads per month. But to meet your targets you need a set of metrics to track and guide you. For your search engine optimisation strategy, these will likely be backlinks, SERPs rankings growth and traffic to your site. Social media metrics you can track include mentions, likes or shares/pins/retweets per post or per given time period. Remembering, too, that some are vanity metrics that aren’t worth tracking. You can look at this as breaking your goals down to shorter-term objectives and key results (OKRs). Use these to flag parts of your strategy to tweak for better results as well as to highlight high-performing posts and assets that you may boost to maximise benefit. Establish a Measuring and Reporting Framework Tracking specific metrics to keep your social media goals in focus is important. But so is clearly spelling out how to measure each campaign’s effectiveness, when to report progress and which tools to use. Weekly is a good frequency to measure and note campaign progress, with a strategy meeting at the end of the...

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5 must-have content scheduling tools

Posted by on Aug 16, 2019 in Social Media Marketing |

With the sheer volume of material you need to post to social media on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, it can become quite an ungainly task to manage. Thankfully there are many excellent tools and apps available that can make the task much easier. Here are our five favourites: Hootsuite It’s become the standard scheduling tool out there and it’s easy to see why. It’s user friendly, it works across platforms, it’s scalable – enabling you to add accounts and account managers as you need to, and, with its excellent training platform, it’s easy to learn. IFTTT “If this then that” is an extremely useful social media management tool that not only helps you schedule your posts, it also automates the process with its trigger-action processes, which can be set up to instantly perform an action in response to a trigger you perform. Say you post a blog, this then triggers the app to perform an action such as create a Facebook post. This means that you don’t even have to create the post or tweet, you simply upload the blog and the app does the rest. Sprout Social This is rapidly becoming a favourite among online content creators. You can schedule posts in advance, make use of the feedback tools to check the success of your campaigns and monitor your mentions on social media. SocialFlow This takes content scheduling up a notch. Social Flow analyses the behaviour of social media users and then predicts the optimum time for each of your posts to be published. This can really help you make the most of your social media platforms by ensuring that you hit exactly the right target market at the perfect time.  Iconosquare This one’s specifically for Instagram users. The apps ever-expanding and improving analytical tools help you make the most of the platform. Plus, of course, you can still schedule your posts and manage multiple accounts.  Contact WSI to assist you in creating a great, easily-manageable social media strategy. Please follow and like...

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What You Need to Know About Influencer Marketing as a Key Digital Advertising Option

Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in Social Media Marketing |

In the past, brands used to rely on celebrities to gain recognition, and in fact, they do it today.  However, not all brands are able to use the services of celebrities as influencers for their brand and only giant businesses can tap that resource. Today, influencer marketing takes a different face with the rise of social media channels like Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. These channels are propelling increased demand in specialised content expertise. That being said, there are things you need to know about influence marketing in digital advertising including the visual focus, content creators, rules of the channels used by influencers and the cost of influencers.    There Is a Lot of Visual Focus The reason social media channels like Instagram have created an increased need for influencer services is because of the visual focus. Having an effective Instagram content will require that you understand how the tools of the platform work and the skills needed to post content. This way, you will be able to create content that stands out. If your visuals cannot stand out, you will have difficulties in gaining traction in the channel and your brand won’t surface.   It Requires Skilled Creators Influencer marketing requires you to have skilled creators behind your brand. Brands may try winging it, but without skilled content creators that will tell your story, it will be difficult for you to survive in those highly competitive channels. That is the reason you need to establish followings with influencers. People want to hear what the influencers are saying and the stories they are giving about brands.    There is Confusion in Finding the Right Influencers Since influencer marketing is uncontrolled and unregulated, it makes it hard for brands to find the right individuals to choose as influencers. Influencer marketing is relatively new in digital advertising so no rules have been set yet on how to go about it. This has led to a lot of confusion and most brands cannot find the right influencers. Also, there are no reliable numbers or data points that brands can trust. And, it is difficult to know how much to pay an influencer to post something about your service or product.   Niche, Nano-Influencers Have More Appeal A report from Klear has tried to provide some transparency about influencer marketing.  Klear surveyed in excess of 2 500 types of influencers from three major social networks, namely Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Klear wanted to gain perspective on what these influencers charge for sponsored content. Nano-influencers are not only highly connected with particular online communities, but they do charge less compared to celebrities. YouTube appears to be the most expensive channel for influencer campaigns having average...

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Landscape Videos in Instagram

Posted by on Jul 12, 2019 in Instagram, Social Media Marketing |

Following the news in mid-2018 that they would be enabling longer-form content, Instagram hit 1 billion monthly users. While still less than Facebook, the steep increase in user growth and engagement were in sharp contrast to the stagnant growth rates of Snapchat and Facebook. This impressive growth means that Instagram cannot be ignored as part of your digital marketing strategy.   What is IGTV?  On their blog, Facebook-owned Instagram explains that IGTV is “a new app for watching long-form, vertical video from your favourite Instagram creators. While there is a stand-alone IGTV app, you will also be able to watch from within the Instagram app so that the entire community of one billion can use it from the very start.” Originally, the thinking was that being an app which was designed for mobile use, IGTV was “built for how you actually use your phone, so videos are full screen and vertical.” However, two factors came into play which made Instagram relook at their new app: IGTV was slow in taking off. Those who share videos did not want to reformat each of their YouTube videos.   Recent Changes to IGTV The result of this reassessment is that it is now possible for horizontal format videos to be uploaded. “We’ve heard from creators who want to upload landscape videos for IGTV. Similarly, we’ve heard from viewers who come across landscape videos in IGTV but want to watch them in a more natural way. That’s why we’re announcing support for landscape videos in addition to vertical.” Kudos to Instagram for listening to their users and adjusting their product accordingly.   Learn More  Would you like to garner new leads or enhance your reputation through digital marketing? Then contact WSI OMS for social media marketing, website design and SEO services today. Please follow and like...

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What You Need to Know About Influencer Marketing in 2019

Posted by on Jul 10, 2019 in Social Media Marketing |

Influencer marketing is the hottest trend in digital marketing right now – with a benchmark report seeing a whopping 1 500% increase in web searches for “influencer marketing” since 2016. As the concept evolves, so your strategy needs to keep up to date. Here is what you need to know to have your finger on the digital pulse:     What Are Influencers?  Social media users who create content that gains them a loyal following of hundreds to even millions of followers are known as influencers, and they have taken over the role of trusted confidant, friend or mentor – so much so that global surveys have found that 61% of people interact with an influencer at least once a day. Their appeal is in the trust they have built with their authenticity; 25% of influencers have declared that they would reject partnerships that are too restrictive. It follows, then, that they can sway the purchasing decisions of their highly engaged audience. As many as 87% of consumers have admitted to having bought something on the suggestion of an influencer.   What Is Influencer Marketing? With the ability to wield such power, social media influencers are ideal brand ambassadors if they like what you have to offer. Up to 84% of marketers are reportedly confident that partnering with influencers is an effective marketing solution. Although it is expected that the field of influencer marketing will reach between $5 and $10 billion (R75 – 150 billion) by 2022, it should be money well spent. The reported media value returns are as much as an impressive 18:1. In other words, for every rand you spend on influencer marketing, you can get up to R18’s worth of media value. Not that influencer marketing likes to focus on money. When it comes to selecting an influencer with which to collaborate, their audience relationships are the key. Think of influencer marketing as your secret weapon in locker rooms and book clubs across the country.   WSI  Need help with your social media campaign? Then contact WSI OMS today. Please follow and like...

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The 6 Biggest Benefits of Facebook Advertising

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in Facebook, Social Media Marketing |

If you have a Facebook page for your business, chances are good that you need to use Facebook ads to grow your following and sell more. Here’s why: Your Organic Reach Is Getting Smaller Facebook is decreasing the organic reach of your posts, in other words, they are only showing your posts to a very small percentage of your fans. To increase the number of people who see your posts, you need to consider boosted Facebook posts or promoted posts. Inexpensive It is one of the most inexpensive ways to advertise. You can start with only $5 and only increase your Facebook marketing budget when you get a clear indication that you are getting the results you wanted. It Is Easy Creating a Facebook ad is very simple as you only need an image and a few lines of text.  Instant Feedback It is a great way to get instant feedback. If you are unsure about whether there is a market for your business idea or whether your product will sell, you can test your idea before you spend money. Instead of investing a considerable amount of money in product stock, for example, you can see what the interest is before you start selling. Detailed Targeting Options You can target people based on their job title, marital status, the mobile device they use, the people they follow and so much more. You can target people who are your ideal customers simply by using Facebook’s targeting options. Retargeting Options You are now able to remarket to people who have followed a specific action and have prequalified themselves for remarketing from you. Need help with your social media marketing or digital marketing campaigns? Then contact WSI OMS today. Please follow and like...

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