Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Social Media Marketing and Start-Ups [Part - 1]

Social Media is a great tool for starting any given marketing activity both for veteran organizations and completely new start-ups. While big organizations do not have great financial constraints to enter any given marketing platform, Social Media is a powerful tool to give startups a chance to advertise their products on an equal footing with the big fishes out there due to its cost effectiveness.

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However, just a mere presence on social media is never enough to drive results. To have a real chance of competing with the big brands, start-ups need to have a calculated plan to carefully enter the market – which is the social space, then penetrating these markets – meaning building an identity on different platforms, and finally promoting their products. So, Social Media is to be used judiciously and strategically to produce desired results. Crafting a real Social Media Marketing Plan is not a cup of tea, but that doesn’t make it rocket science either. Consider the following tips to frame your own strategy without having to pay for an expert.
Creating Strong Social Profiles
A strong, detailed and complete profile is the first step towards a good Marketing program. A profile picture with an aptly fitting logo and branded cover pages must be added to all your social media accounts considering the requirements of the platform used. Always match the dimensions according to the platform. Add your company website to your profiles in the description box. And do not start promoting the page unless you have posted at least 10 interesting updates that resonate with your brand and make people interested in it.
Curate Quality Content
Research and create exciting forms of content that would sell. However, a rule to remember while you create content is to make content that sells, and always keep away from making a sales elevator pitch. You need to talk about things that interest people and not talk about your offerings. For example a Tour Operator might talk about the different winter sports that take place in his city and a shoes manufacturer may talk about the history of shoe making. You may also opt to write something that is completely different from your offering as long as you are hitting the right audience and making them like your content. By content we do not only mean written content. Content can take various shapes and forms, like it being a video, a melody, an image, a photo or an info-graphic. All of this is content and if you get the right content half your task is accomplished.
The Blog Shall Continue … 

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

The New Rules of PR

Although Traditional PR and the third party ink will always remain highly important for any given business until the newspapers go out of print, yet adopting the newer form of PR approaches has become inevitable.  The online world has grown as never before and being invisible on the digital platform may make you invisible to opportunities.  
The concept of making other influencing channels talk about you to derive benefit for your brand image is core methodology of PR, but the tactics to achieve this have changed. The role of the journalists has been taken over by bloggers and influencers. Subject matter expects are the new luminaries. And this modern trend has been capitalized upon well by smart marketers. 
It is probably very wise to say that a lot of businesses have an online presence, but is that presence really worthwhile? Unless, the mediums are used well, and strategies are conceived properly, no benefits can be sought from this presence. The presence of you company on the web can be viewed from three angles; Owned Media, Earned Media and the Paid Media.  Out of these three, the Earned Media is what we are more interested in from the PR perspective. 
After you set up your digital destinations across channels, which forms your owned media, it is not of use unless people are directed to it. Search engines play an important role in getting traffic, but to really make an appeal to the consumer, something different is needed. The audience will not listen to you speak about yourself. People would need other bloggers, influencers and critics speak about you. Now to motivate them is the real deal!
Your Public Relations activities should revolve around strategizing communications that would interest bloggers and influencers who are not interested in cold e-mailed press releases pitching to cover your brands and products.   Bloggers often times do not write about what doesn’t interest them, so unless you are able to create that interest and sensation around your company or events, modern day PR might not be your cup of tea. In that case most of the marketers cover their inefficiency by asking influencers and bloggers to cover them by paying hefty amounts of money, and in such cases it is not PR despite getting a 3rd party endorser. 

Saturday, 15 October 2016

The Colors of Brands

Last week while going down through my LinkedIn profile, I found an informative post by Oglivy. The post was about brands and colors. It associated different colors that brands have used over a period of time, to the creation of certain feelings around them. I wondered if that really was the case. For me personally, brand is a perception on its own. Whatever associates with it, is associated with the initial feelings about the brand. So, feelings about the brands may not be influenced by the colors, but the feelings about a certain color may be changed or rather manipulated by their association with these brands. 

Well, my perception about the brand might not be as is yours, but there is a certain general perception that would be very similar. With this in mind, I would agree with the post to some extent and say that, yes to a certain degree a color may influence a brand image. For me products make and crush brands and products create the feel of a brand.  Well whatever be the case; let’s see what Oligvy believe are the colors that are used for creating certain emotions.

Red: They are used by brands to create a sense of urgency. Brands that want to present them as powerful, passionate and exciting use this color.

Blue: Calm, honest, caring, trustworthy and logical are the strings attached to this color. Brands seem to have capitalized well on the feelings it pushes forth.

Yellow: When a brand is fun, friendly, optimistic and confident, they opt for the color yellow. It is also used to grab attention or to warn.

Green:  It is shown to portray youthfulness, refreshment, care for the environment, and growth. Sometimes it is also used as a call to action.

Orange: Do you want to energize your audience, go orange! It is also used to create a sense of haste and seem affordable.

Pink: From sweetness to sexiness, you can depict various emotions all depending on the shade used.

Brown: It depicts warmth and dependability.

Purple: Create feelings of warmth, richness, luxury, creativity as well as producing nostalgic feelings.

Black: This signifies luxury, exclusivity, sophistication, authority and encourages impulse based purchases.

White: Constantly used to signify purity, cleanliness, simplicity and freedom.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

How to Begin Your Social Media Marketing

Social Media has given giant sized MNCs and small SMEs an equal footing to compete in encouraging the buyers to purchase their respective products. People dislike being told, but enjoy being communicated to, and that is what brands are doing today. They are engaging their customers in conversations and if they get it right, success is not far away.

Social Media Marketing is a type of marketing which focuses on a company's communication and branding goals. Text, images, graphics, videos and info-graphics all have a part to play in this game. It is all about sending the right message, to the right people at the right time, and the above are just the tools to do it.
Apparently, using Facebook, Twitter and other Social Platforms is fun and easy, but it is not so when all your sales and image depend on it. You cannot just assign a random person at office the job of updating your social media and sit back believing that your brand is competing with the giants out there. The first thing you need to focus on is your social media plan. Unless you have a well thought out and documented plan, you are not on track!
Understanding your goals and your target audience well, serve as the beginning of your Social Media Program. Your target messaging and the predicted outcome follow the initial brainstorming. Keyword research follows just after and a list of words is generated around which the content is to be curated. Digital Marketing Services
The content created is what matters more than anything else. Content is the King of any modern day internet marketing campaign. Your content needs to be interesting and informative. There should be a huge value attached to your messages. When writing your messages, a consistent brand tone has to be adopted that would then be used across different social media platforms. All your social media accounts should speak in one unique tone. This is instrumental in developing your brand image.
Go on and get blogging! Blogging is a great way for social media marketers to discuss their brand and their products. You can showcase your efforts, your campaigns or talk about anything interesting. Storytelling is the new game; you need to tell fascinating brand stories to engage your audience. With these basic things done right, you are geared up to enter a new marketing space.