I’m sure many of you already listen to podcasts daily or weekly. Some people listen to podcasts to make long commutes more bearable. Others see it as a way to stimulate their brain while waiting to see their doctor or motivate them while working out.
Podcasts are engaging, full of information, and convenient for listeners. That’s why podcasts have grown in popularity over the years. And the trend isn’t showing any signs of slowing down any time soon. In fact, studies suggest that 80 million Americans listen to podcasts every week. Even better, 26% of them are college graduates with a higher income bracket.
If you’re looking for a way to capture your audience’s attention, build brand awareness, and add value to your listener base, you might consider hopping on the podcast train.
Here are six tips for starting a business podcast.
Create an ideal listener avatar
For most people, the goal of starting a podcast is to spark conversation about a topic you’re passionate about. It would be impossible to do that if you have no idea who you’re trying to reach.
Now, sit down and imagine what your ideal listener looks like. Be as detailed as possible. List important details such as age, interests, level of education, passion, etc.
This simple exercise will help you decide what topics to cover on your podcasts and ensure they are tailored to your audience. Remember, your listeners need to gain something from each episode.
Choose a name
Now that you’ve identified your audience and probably have some ideas about the topics you’d focus on, it’s time to name your podcast.
The name you choose should give some indication of what your podcast is about. Now, consider the topics you’ll cover for your episodes and use them as a guide in naming your podcast.
Your podcast name should be catchy, concise, and enticing enough to capture your audience’s attention. Try to keep it as short as possible. Why? Because it’s easier to remember and say out loud.
Set up your equipment
You don’t need a professional studio with fancy equipment to start a podcast. All you need is a laptop, a microphone, headphones, and recording software.
For instance, a poor-quality mic will produce poor audio that will make your podcast seem amateurish. So if you’re serious about podcasting and have the budget, we highly recommend investing in your equipment. A condenser microphone and a pop filter can make a huge difference.
Invite guests to your podcast
Let’s face it. It isn’t easy to convince people to listen to your podcast, especially when you’re just starting out. So how do you make it easier? By inviting guests and interviewing them. If possible, get on their programs too.
This is a great way to market yourself and your podcast, attract listeners, and make waves within your industry.
When choosing guests for your podcast, find someone who already has a solid following and has the same listener avatar as you. If they liked your episode, they would likely come back for more. Now, the only thing you’ll need to do is to keep talking about a topic you’re passionate about and share your knowledge with your listeners.
Build a backlog of episodes
Some listeners aren’t convinced to subscribe after listening to just one episode. But some people would consume several episodes in one afternoon. That said, it is best to have at least three episodes in your backlog before you launch.
We understand that developing ideas for your podcast episodes can be challenging. But the last thing you want is to launch your first episode and then have no plan for the succeeding episodes.
Without new episodes to explore, listeners are less likely to be invested in your podcast and will probably forget about you.
Promote your podcast
You’ve already spent time listing topics and recording and editing your podcast, so why not repurpose your content and share them across multiple social media platforms?
Remember, though, that people expect different types of content for each platform. So make sure that you customize your content for each platform. For instance, if you record a video while podcasting, you can share it on Youtube. Or you can cut it into clips and share it on Facebook.
You can also reach out to other podcasters and ask to set up a cross-promotion. Or you can pitch yourself as a guest on their podcast.
If you’ve been thinking of starting a podcast for some time now, we encourage you to create one today.
Incorporating podcasts into your digital marketing strategy will help you cultivate a community of loyal listeners and position yourself as a thought leader in your industry.
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Podcasts are a powerful marketing tool. Over the years, it has garnered immense popularity, with more and more businesses discovering how it can benefit their company. If you still haven’t incorporated podcasting into your marketing campaign, then you’re losing out on a lot of business opportunities.
Here are 4 reasons why your business needs to be podcasting.
As mentioned above, podcasting is a powerful marketing tool. It can help you reach new audience, drive traffic to your site, and even build a community. By broadcasting podcasts regularly, it will help develop your company’s brand to make it a household name.
A lot of people are put off by the seemingly confusing technical aspects of recording a podcast. Producing a podcast is not as complicated as what most people think. You do not need a lot of money either to start a podcast.
To start, all you need is a microphone, a headset, a recording device, and editing software. A good wifi connection is also important for uploading the files.
Easy to consume
Humans have a very short attention span. In fact, an average person has an average attention span of 8 seconds. If you want to get your message across, then you need to make it easier for your audience to consume and understand what you’re trying to say. Podcasts can help you do that.
A 1,500-word article may provide your audience the information they need. However, not everyone will have the patience to read through the entire article. With podcasts, you can convey the message in a more interactive way. Plus, people can listen to podcasts during their commute or while doing other things at work or at home.
Build better relationship with your audience
Podcasts provides a more personal way of getting information. Instead of just reading content on your blog or email, they get to hear your voice through podcasts. This makes your brand more personable. Overtime, people will be more familiar of your voice and presentation style.
Building a relationship with your audience helps in building trust. Once you gain their trust, it would be easier for you to turn them into paying customers. After all, people are more likely to buy something from someone they trust.
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Tiktok and business may not seem like a good match. After all, the platform is mainly composed of teens showing off their dance moves, right? Not really. You’d be surprised to know that many brands, entrepreneurs, and service providers are on the platform.
In a leaked Tiktok for Business pitch deck, we learned that the average user spends 89 minutes per day on the platform. For businesses, 89 minutes gives you invaluable opportunities to get in on the action, capture your audience’s attention, and pique their interest.
If you’re new to the platform and wondering what type of content you should be doing, we got you covered.
In this blog post, we’ll go over some content ideas to help you gain more followers and boost your engagement rate. Let’s get started!
Tell your brand story
If you’re hoping to build a community on Tiktok, this would be a great way to introduce your brand. People are interested to learn about your story, and Tiktok would be the perfect platform to share your journey.
Share the meaning behind your brand name. Or you can share your brand’s mission and vision. It’s a compelling way to let your prospects know that they’re your priority. Plus, it humanizes your brand.
Create educational content
You can use Tiktok to share tips and answer questions your audience may have.
If you’re a financial advisor, you can share bite-sized information about building wealth or managing money. This encourages the younger generation to think differently about their finances and helps them reach their financial goals.
If you’re a healthcare provider, you can create videos that educate viewers about your specialty. Use the platform to dispel medical myths and talk to your audience about medical issues that may otherwise go unaddressed.
It’s an excellent way to provide information to people who need it and meet them where they are.
Tiktok is a great platform to highlight your product, explain what it is, and what problems it solves. When done right, a product video can persuade buyers who are still on the fence about buying your product.
If you’re an eCommerce brand owner, try shooting your video in a creative way to get people intrigued and mesmerized. Think of iPhone teasers that show us how sleek their products are. If you’re a SaaS founder, consider creating a video walk-through to show potential users how to use your app and what problems it solve. The goal is to convince people to buy your product.
Share your success story
Your content doesn’t always have to be about your products or services. You can also share business tips or life hacks with your audience.
There are a lot of aspiring business owners out there. While many dreams of starting their own business, some may not know how to start. You can share a story of how you began, mistakes you’ve made in the past, and obstacles you’ve overcome.
Success stories, when told authentically, will hook your audience and motivate those struggling to make their dreams come true.
Collaborate with influencers
Savvy brand owners leverage the power of Tikok collaborations. They partner with like-minded businesses and creators to reach new audiences, increase engagement, and boost sales.
For instance, Chipotle engaged famous Tiktok personalities like Zach King and Kombucha Girl to extend the viral reach of their Halloween #Boorito challenge. The said campaign offers discounts to customers who wear costumes while visiting its restaurant on Halloween.
The Boorito campaign brought in a whopping 3.9 billion views in 4 months.
With over 1 billion users worldwide, Tiktok has become advertising have for businesses. It can be your best bet to attract a wider audience and increase your conversion rate.
Keep in mind, though, that Tiktok isn’t a serious platform. You’ll need to show your fun and creative side to grow your following and capture the public’s attention. Fun, light-hearted, and audio-driven videos thrive the most on the platform.
Get in front of the camera and try the content ideas we shared to help you get started. Be sure to post content regularly. You may feel like your videos aren’t getting much attention initially, but don’t quit. With consistent effort, you’ll be able to succeed on the platform and eventually see the fruits of your hard work.
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You may have amazing products and provide great services. You also spend time creating good quality content. No matter how engaging or persuasive your content is, you won’t be able to achieve great results unless it reaches your target audience.
Most businesses use social media to engage with their fans and followers and even build a relationship with them. Considering there are several social media channels out there, do you ever wonder if you’re reaching the right audience?
Which social media channels fit your target audience? Keep reading to find out.
Twitter makes use of hashtags that allows businesses to target people who are talking about and engaging with topics related to their business. This social media platform is ideal for sharing real time information, timely trends or live events, and will result in high levels share and engagement.
Use this social networking platform if your target audience is young adults. 24% of internet users log in on their Twitter account on a daily basis. Younger, more educated crowds aged 18 to 29 uses Twitter. 29% of college grads use Twitter and lots of it.
Facebook is the biggest socal networking channel, with over 1.86 billion monthly users. Yes, Facebook is crowded, but it gives you the ability to narrow down that 1.86 billion users by gender, age, location, interests, marital status, employment, and income; thus, making it easier for you to reach the right audience.
Majority of the entire adult population is on Facebook. In fact, 88% of milennials and 62% of adults aged 65 and up use Facebook. As such, this would be a great place to start with your social media campaign.
Instagram is geared towards younger millennial users. A hefty 38% of female internet users use Instagram. To make the most out of your social media campaign, make sure that you provide attention grabbing photos and high quality videos to your audience. Remember, content is king on Instagram.
People tend to use LinkedIn for interacting with clients, influencers and other professionals. This is a great option for business whose products or services are highly specific to professionals. It is also ideal for B2B marketers.
Just like Facebook, LinkedIn allows you to target users based on gender, location and age. In addition, it also allows you to filter based on field of study, company industry, company size, degrees, job title etc.
So let’s say you find Instagram to be the way to market your business…
Tips for Writing the Perfect Instagram Caption
Instagram may be all about compelling visuals. When it comes to gaining followers, the quality of your photos will be the differentiating factor. But if you want to capture the attention of your target audience, you need the perfect Instagram captions. It can be the key to having your posts seen by more people. This will improve engagement and lead to more likes and comments. Plus, it will help you build a strong online presence.
Here are some tips for writing the perfect Instagram caption.
Brand voice is one of the most important parts of any good Instagram caption. If you are a small business owner, who is looking to engage with your audience on Instagram, we recommend that you develop a brand voice and use it on all your posts. Practice consistency. Your Instagram caption should sound and feel like the rest of your marketing channels.
Hashtags aren’t mandatory in your Instagram captions, but they do help. They provide an effective way of connecting with your followers, gain more Instagram followers and even build a relationship with them. Proper use of hashtags will make your posts more effective.
Think outside the box when adding hashtags. Instead of just saving the hashtags for the end, try incorporating them into the body of your caption. Also, use relevant hashtags to boost your engagement and get new eyes on your Instagram content.
Although Instagram have a caption character limit of 2,200 characters, followers will have the option to “view more” for longer captions. You should stay within 125 characters to ensure that your entire caption will display in your follower’s feeds with the image. Make sure that every word is integral to the message you’re trying to convey.
For longer tweets, make sure that the most important part of your message is at the beginning of the caption.
Always include a call-to-action
Your captions are a great way to inspire people to engage with your business. As such, we highly recommend that you include a call-to-action to your Instagram caption. You can encourage them to comment, answer questions, use your hashtags, click the link in your bio etc. Your followers will be happy to engage with your business, you just need to prompt them to do something. Inviting them to like or comment can go a long way towards driving more engagement to your posts.
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Most business owners think it’s impossible to generate sales without paid advertisements. This is why we often see startups spending a considerable chunk of their budget on ads.
But let’s face it. Small businesses don’t have a limitless marketing budget. In most cases, they need to think creatively to boost their sales. Increasing your sales with a limited marketing budget can be challenging, but it’s not impossible.
In this blog post, we’ll share five ways to pump up your sales without increasing your marketing budget. The best part? They can help you build a stronger relationship with your audience.
Leverage the power of social media
While not everyone on social media is interested to make a purchase, it’s one of the most cost-effective marketing channels. It gives you the chance to promote your products and get in front of your audience with very minimal effort.
When used correctly, it can help you generate more leads, build a relationship with your audience, and get them to buy your products later on. Plus, social media platforms have analytics, which allows you to monitor and track results.
Consistency is the key to social media success. Your audience value a steady presence, so make sure you post consistently. You don’t need necessarily need to post every day. If you can only post two to three times a week, then that’s fine. What’s important is that you stick to your posting schedule.
Keep your audience engaged with video marketing
Videos are one of the most popular choices for content consumption today. Believe it or not, videos can help you generate more sales. In fact, 80% of marketers claimed that video content helped them directly increase sales, and it can help you too.
One of the reasons why videos increase sales is because they tell your story more emotionally and dramatically as compared to photos and plain text.
People are more likely to share the video with their family and friends if they are interesting, informative, and entertaining. This helps you reach a massive audience. Even better, 84% of consumers say they’re convinced to buy a product after watching a brand’s video.
Nurture leads with email marketing
Email marketing may look complicated and intimidating if you haven’t done it before. But it’s not as complex as it seems. Plus, it’s a great way to build a relationship with your audience and turn them into brand enthusiasts.
You see, not all customers who visit your products will buy from you. Some are just looking. Others would actually add products to their cart and then abandon their carts for some reason. In fact, studies suggest that 7 out of 10 customers abandon their carts. It doesn’t matter how good your products are; this happens most of the time.
One of the most effective ways to turn prospects into customers is by nurturing them. You can educate them about your products. Let them know when you’re running a promotion. The goal is to establish trust and convince them to buy from you.
Another way to recover lost sales is by sending abandoned cart emails. It’s a follow-up email that is sent to customers who left your site without purchasing. The goal is to encourage customers to complete their purchases.
Generate leads with a strong SEO strategy
To boost sales, you need to have a strong digital presence. SEO is a great place to start.
Studies suggest that 89% of customers start their buying process with a quick Google search. They look up reviews for products they’re interested in. Or search for the best restaurants near their home.
SEO can help improve your online visibility and drive more traffic to your website, giving you more opportunities to convert leads into customers.
Implement a customer loyalty program
Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in converting leads to customers that you fail to realize that your best customers are right in front of you.
Existing customers are 67% more likely to purchase your products than new customers. Why? Because they already know how good your products are, how fast your delivery time is, and most importantly, they know that they can trust you. This is why it’s essential to maintain a relationship with your existing customers.
Loyalty programs play a huge role in retaining customers. They work because they make your customers feel more valued and appreciated.
It makes them more likely to choose you over the competition, which leads to repeat purchases, referrals, and more profits.
There is no denying that it’s possible to boost your sales with a tight marketing budget. Sure, you can focus on social media marketing, publish SEO-optimized content, or publish video content every week. All these can help you gain more exposure and eventually turn prospects into paying customers. However, relying solely on free marketing strategies will require a lot of time and effort on your part.
If you want quicker results, it is be best to re-invest a portion of your profits into your marketing and advertising budget. It will save you valuable time and provide a more scalable way for your company’s growth.
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Decades ago, small businesses only had a few ways to market their business. They would sponsor local events, put up bill boards or print out fliers. In today’s digital era, there are several marketing opportunities out there on the web.
The internet is teeming with marketing platforms. The good news is that you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on marketing. You just need to know where to look.
Listed below are 6 cost-effective ways to market your local business online. Use these tips to raise awareness of your products and business.
With the ever-prevading power of social media, you can easily reach a wide audience from across the globe. This can be done with just a few clicks of a button. But in order to make the most of your social media campaign, you need to build your fan base and target audience in your specific niche.
Determine which social media platform your target audience use the most, and build a strong presence there. Be active and engage with your audience. Make meaningful conversations with your fans and followers. Provide useful and relevant information. Offer advice and support. This will help you build your reputation and establish yourself as an expert in your field.
Get listed in local business sites
Before, people would look up businesses in Yellow Pages. Today, however, people will just bring out their smartphones and will find what they’re looking for in a matter of seconds. As such, it is important to have your business listed in multiple online directories. This will make it easier for potential customers to find you and increase traffic to your website.
USdirectory.com, Yellowbook, EZ Local,Yelp, and Google My Business are just some of the free listing sites your business should be on. Don’t forget to include your business name, address, phone number, email address, and website on the listing.
Have your business listed on online review sites
Local business reviews get higher rankings in search engine results. Encourage people to post authentic reviews based on their experiences with your company.
Take time to create a good listing. TripAdvisor is a great site if you’re in a travel-related field. If you’re selling services, why not list on Angie’s List? These sites give you the opportunity to reach an enormous audience of potential customers who are looking for products or services in your industry. Reading through reviews from past customers will be beneficial for consumers who are looking to make informed purchase decisions.
Create a blog
One of the best ways to promote your business online is by creating a blog. Posting high quality content on a regular basis will do wonders for your SEO efforts. Not only will it help you drive traffic to your site, but it can also help position yourself as an industry leader. If you can become an industry leader, then it would be easier for you to capture the attention of your target audience. The best part? It won’t require any investment on your part.
Keep in mind, though, that this is a long-term strategy. It may take a while before you see results, but all your efforts will be worth it in the end. If you consistently produce high quality content, you’ll start building authority and a solid online presence.
Optimize your website for local SEO
Word of mouth and local advertisements may be excellent ways to promote your local business. But online searches are more powerful. You see, most people would automatically turn to Google if they’re looking for specific products, services, etc. In fact, studies suggest that 97% of consumers use search engines to find local businesses.
People may be searching for “restaurants near me” or “salons near me”. If you want your content to be found online, the best way is to make sure that they rank on search engine results page. Optimizing your site for local SEO can help you enhance your online visibility in local searches and grow your business.
Leverage the power of influencers
These days, one of the most popular ways to promote your business is through influencer marketing. If you an avid Youtube user, then you might have noticed most content creators promoting certain products on their videos.
While this strategy may not be free, it can help you get your products in front of a wider audience quickly and easily. The key is to find a influencer who already has a following in your area and connect with them to see if they’re interested to promote your products.
You can also provide a promo code to the influencer to encourage their followers to purchase your products. Once they apply the promo code upon checkout, then they’ll get a discount. This strategy will not only entire people to purchase, but can also help you track which influencer is driving more sales.
There is a plethora of options when it comes to promoting your business online. You may not have a wad of cash to go full-on and promote your business as aggressively as the big players in the market, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t attract the attention of your target audience. With a clear goal and a solid marketing strategy in place, there is no doubt that you can grow your business over time.
Use the strategies we’ve outlined above to help you get started in promoting your business. But if you still feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, we’re here to help. Schedule you free consultation with us and we’ll help you build a solid marketing strategy to help you market your business and help you garner the attention it deserves.
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When given a chance to choose a type of content, most people would choose video. After all, they’re more engaging and easy to grasp. This is why more and more businesses are investing in video content.
But let’s face it. Creating videos can be time-consuming. From research to prep to production and distribution, you’ll need to dedicate a lot of time and resources to the process. Worse, some videos don’t get the attention they deserve.
But why let all those videos gather dust when you can get more mileage from them? This is where repurposing comes in.
Repurposing content not only helps you save time but also captures the attention of a wider audience than if you were to present the information in a single format.
Here are five clever ways to repurpose your video content.
Share the video on different social media platforms
From Instagram to Tiktok and Youtube, there are a variety of platforms where you can upload bite-sized video content.
The maximum length for IG Reels is 15 to 30 seconds, while Youtube shorts can be 60 seconds. Now, Tiktok allows users to upload videos that are 3 minutes long. That means you can add more of that valuable content to your video.
This gives you plenty of opportunities to repurpose your videos, use them to fill up your content calendar, and reach a wider audience.
Create short video snippets
Creating short, bite-sized videos can be used as a teaser. Think of them as video trailers for your content. They can capture your audience’s attention and pique their interest before you even publish the whole video.
For best results, focus on the most exciting parts of the video. Don’t forget to include a link to let people know where they can find the rest of the video.
Write a blog post
Of course, you can always publish an embedded video on your blog. But if you do, you won’t be able to maximize your video’s SEO potential. To do that, we highly recommend that you transcribe the video into text.
Believe it or not, one solid blog article can drive traffic to your site for years. Don’t worry. You don’t need to transcribe it manually. There are lots of software out there that provides you with a transcription of the video.
Turn video into a podcast episode
If you’ve thought of starting a podcast but can’t find the time to start, this would be the perfect opportunity to do so. In fact, you can easily convert your videos into an audio file. Now, all you have to do is to add an intro and outro, and your podcast is ready to go.
Turning your video into a podcast is one of the best ways to get your content in front of a wider audience without much extra work.
Turn it into a lead magnet
Are you looking to generate more leads for your business? Then why not turn your video into a lead magnet?
If you’ve just conducted a webinar, then you shouldn’t let it go to waste. It’s valuable, informative, and something most people can’t say no to. Plus, it can help you capture leads, and who knows… it may even help you convert visitors into paying clients.
Create a pop-up on your website and let visitors know they’ll get access to the webinar in exchange for their email address. Well, if you ask me, that would be a no-brainer. I’d hand in my email address, no questions asked.
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As a business owner, it is important to provide your audience with a steady supply of interesting and engaging content. But let’s face it. There will come a time when you’ll run out of ideas and don’t know what to write about. If you find yourself in this situation, then a content calendar may be just what you need.
Creating a content calendar allows you to plan your content in advance and schedule them across multiple channels at once. This allows business owners to come up with well-researched and valuable pieces of content and then schedule them on multiple platforms in one go. Plus, it will spare you the trouble of having to come up with a topic just before the deadline.
You may not realize it, but creating posts and content on the fly is more prone to mistakes and typos. With a content calendar, you’ll have enough time to write your content and proofread them before publishing.
Ready to create your own content calendar? Here are 4 tips to help you get started.
1. What content does your tribe want?
It is important to know what your audience is looking for before you just start posting. What do they like? What are they engaging on, sharing, talking about? Look at your past social media posts if you have them or your competitor’s posts and see what is working. One way to do this is looking at your social media analytics to get a good idea of what posts people have engaged in. What if you are just starting out and you don’t know what your audience is looking for yet? This is where your competition comes in, take a look at a good competitor and see what are they talking about, what type of posts are getting the most engagement?
Be sure to mix up your content, have posts with just text, articles, blogs, images, videos, gifs, to make sure you are grabbing their attention. Once you have a good idea of what type of content your tribe/audience likes then you can start creating!
2. How often should you be posting to each platform?
This is a question we get asked all the time! Each platform is different. As a business owner, you will have Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and maybe even more than that. It is important to keep your audience in mind when posting. Meaning, how often should you post and what times should you post. When you were doing your research in step one, also check out the times that people were engaging.
You do not want to bombard your audience by posting too much and you don’t want to post too little so they forget about you. It’s kinda like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, you don’t want your porridge to be too hot, too cold, but just perfect!
Here is the common rule of thumb for posting to the social media platforms:
Facebook: 1 time per day and 3 on the high-end
Twitter: 3 times a day on the low-end and 30 on the high-end
LinkedIn: 2-5 times per week
Google+: 3-5 times per week
Pinterest: 5-10 times per day
Instagram: at least once per day
Each platform is going to be different for you, some you will have more engagement so you can post more and some you will have less engagement so you may need to only post a few times per week.
Remember to use the analytics to look at the numbers and see what they are reflecting so you can stay top of mind to your tribe/audience!
3. Time to Create Your Content
Once you know what your tribe/audience is looking for and how often you should be posting, it is then time to create!
Remember to keep it fresh and mix it up. Here are a few different content ideas for you:
Create a custom image through Canva, WordSwag, Typorama, Prisma, etc.
Create a video through Ripl, iMovie, Videorama, Animoto
Post your blog post from your website to social media
Find outside sources, articles, other blogs and videos you like, that align with your brand to share
Gifs to increase engagement
Here are a few tools we use to help keep our outside sources organized:
Discover the best of the web, one click at a time.
4. Time to fill in your calendar
Now that you have put your plan together and figured out the type of content you are going to write, where you are posting it and how often, you can fill out your calendar.
We have found that there are a few tools to help you with that content calendar. Everyone is different, some people like more of a visual calendar and others like more of an excel type of calendar. We love creating the content calendar in Google Sheets then using Trello to write the content and copy from there to our platforms. Others like to use Google Calendar for their topics and then put the posts directly into Buffer or Hootsuite to schedule them at one time to the correct social media networks.
You have to explore each option to see which one resonates with you the best! So we wanted to give you some to choose from:
Trello is a project management tool that’s very popular with bloggers, marketers and social media managers. It’s a good way to keep track of your content ideas and even has an additional calendar add-on you can use to get a monthly view of your planned content.
If you want to keep it simple, you could always just create a new Google calendar for the process and invite everyone on the team to view it. Those teammates could also add all of their own posts and ideas to the same calendar.
Buffer is a new and smarter way to share what you want to share on Social Media. People have called it great names before, like your Social Media Assistant or the Siri of Social Media.
What it does is simple. Posts in your queue will be sent out automatically by Buffer, according to the posting schedule that you put in place.
Select the social account you’d like to customize the posting schedule for, select the Settings tab at the top, and then select Posting Schedule. From here, you can choose which timezone is best for this account and customize the days and times your posts should go out. Select the days you’d like to include and add the individual times you’d like your content to be shared.
Manage all your social media in one place. From finding prospects to serving customers, Hootsuite helps you do more with your social media. Save time by scheduling your social posts. Keep your social presence active 24/7 by automatically scheduling hundreds of social media posts at once, across your social accounts.
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Social media is an excellent platform for promoting your business and reaching your audience.
With billions of users logging in on their accounts almost every day, there is no doubt that social media can help you grow and scale your brand over time.
But the truth is that having an audience isn’t enough. If you want to grow a fanbase, you need to interact with your audience and keep them engaged. One of the best ways to get the conversation started is by asking questions.
Asking questions will not only help you genuinely connect with your audience, but it can also help you improve your organic reach.
But before we give you a list of social media questions, here are some tips to further pump up your engagement when asking questions.
Ask questions that are easy to answer
This is supposed to be a fun activity, so don’t let your audience think too hard. The easier it is for your audience to answer the questions, the more likely will they participate.
While some may not always engage, but fun and easy questions may encourage people to stop and be interested enough to read the comments.
Make use of visuals
Studies suggest that social media posts with images get 2.3 times more engagement than those without. So if you want to grab people’s attention, we highly suggest that you include a visually appealing image with it. But make sure that it is relevant to your content.
Post when your audience are most active
Just like any other social media content, you want to post the questions when your audience are actively engaging on the platform. Keep in mind, though, that the best time varies from platform to platform. So be sure to do some research.
Choose relevant and on-trend topics
If you’re struggling to find questions to ask your audience, just hop on to Google and do some research. There are also lots of tools available that can help you find trending topics in your industry.
Questions to ask on social media
Just for fun questions
Social media is a great place to ask just for fun question. The answers people give you aren’t really important. What matter most is that you’re
If you were planning a dream vacation where would you be going?
What movie would be the most fun to live in?
If you got offered a reset button for your life would you push it?
What movie have you watched more than five times?
If you could only have one snack for the rest of your life what would you pick?
If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three items would you bring?
What job would your pet have it was human?
What would the title of your autobiography be?.
What weird talent do you possess?
What shows are you binging on Netflix right now?
Asking business-related questions is not only a great way to engage your customers, but also helps you get insights from your customers.
If we gave you $100 to spend in our shop, which products or services would you stock up on?
Which do you prefer, [product A] or [product B]?
What kind of [industry] content would you like to learn about?
Do you prefer podcasts, videos, or blog posts?
What’s the #1 thing you struggle with when it comes to [industry]?
What’s one product/service you’d like us to start offering?
What deal would you prefer to get? 15% off or free shipping?
What’s the #1 thing you look for in a [your product or service]?
Would you be sad if we discontinued [product]?
What questions do you have about [product-related topic]?
People love food. In fact, most people enjoy taking a snap of their food and posting them on social media. Asking food-related question will surely get them talking.
What’s your favorite food?
What’s your specialty dish?
If you could only eat at one fast-food restaurant for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
If you could cook with any celebrity chef, who would it be?
What’s your favorite healthy snack/food?
What’s the most adventurous meal you’ve ever eaten?
What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If you could buy any type of food right now, what would you buy?
What was your favorite food as a kid?
Gratitude-related or motivation questions
More and more people are being drawn to the idea on reflecting on their lives. As such, people are more open to talking about what motivates them, what they’re grateful for, and other positive thoughts. Asking these types of questions are sure to boost your social media engagement.
What’s one thoughtful thing someone did for you recently?
What are you grateful for today?
What’s a difficult lesson that you were grateful to learn?
What’s the nicest thing someone has ever done for you? (Tag that person)
Who is someone that really listens when you talk? (Tag them below)
What was the last thing you got really excited about?
What’s one thing you hope to accomplish this week?
What’s your #1 goal for this year?
What kinds of things motivate you in life?
When was the last time you felt truly motivated
Would you rather questions
Would you rather questions are fun. They’re great for long road trips and are equally as good on social media. You can post them as regular content or post them as stories to drive engagement.
Would you rather be unable to use search engines or unable to use social media?
Would you rather live alone in a beautiful countryside or work hard and live in the city around the people you love?
Would you rather receive a free world tour opportunity or never have to pay for food at restaurants?
Would you rather know all of someone’s darkest secrets or have the ability to read minds
Would you rather travel to the past or travel to the future
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When Instagram stories were first introduced in 2016, a lot of people thought that it was nothing but a copycat of Snapchat. But with constant innovations and the addition of new features, people started to embrace it. Instagram is always adding new things to them to help make them, even more, user-friendly.
Years later, it seems to have taken momentum against Snapchat and has changed the way people share and consume content on social media.
In this blog, we will be discussing 6 reasons WHY you should be using Instagram Stories to market your business.
Instagram is owned by Facebook, which means their algorithm is going to be similar, the more you use their bells and whistle they offer the higher they rank you. Along with the more people engage in your posts they will see your posts more if you have common interests etc. Before the stories and posts would show up in chronological order, NOT anymore. Most social media platforms are following a similar algorithm to Facebook. They like to think they know who you are, based on interests, likes and engagement so they want to show you the stories and posts they think you will most like. Sometimes, it is crazy how spot-on they can be!
So let’s dive in . . .
#1 – Top of Mind – That is KEY!
We feel like one of the biggest reasons to use Instagram Stories is to be top of mind. It is the first thing people see when they open up their app. Once they see you once up there they are going to be looking for you even more. With Instagram Stories you can give value and keep your tribe coming back for more! The stories only stay up for 24 hours so it is a great way to increase engagement and get your message across. You want to keep your stories relevant and catchy!
Why is it important to stay top of mind? In today’s digital world people are being bombarded with thousands of different things daily, think of all the things you see on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, not to mention emails, texts, and good old fashion phone calls! If you are not consistent with your online marketing and sticking to a strict schedule you will get lost in the shuffle.
Each time you are posting a story you are giving your brand exposure, you are climbing the favorite list for your target market, and that’s what it is all about . . . being someones favorite, right?!?! Well, it kind of is with social media. People will start to notice that you are posting a story more regularly and that each story you are posting they are liking, they are engaging. They are excited to see what you have in store for them next!
#2 – Create a Strategy and Theme
People love when you are using all the components of Instagram. It’s important to keep your content fresh, get creative with it. Have a story that is a series of quick videos, images, a special offer, funny images. Get creative! One exciting way to use Instagram stories is to start creating a theme with them. Write down 10-15 different ideas for stories, be strategic about them. Maybe they are 10 tips and each story has 2-3 different components to it, like a static image with title, then short video and then call-to-action. you do this for 10 different stories each have your brand color, logo, and a video of you to build your brand.
Stories are real-time, so this is a great tool for your strategy. Stories tend to build engagement and help reach your target audience.
Think of using stories when you are at:
* Live Events
* Networking Groups
* Speaking Engagements
* Behind the Scenes
* Live Sale
Here is an example of what an AMAZING story would be, Forbes had an AARP event and they put together such a good story. They had branded images for each section of the event, such as Learn, Connect, and Health. They tied in still photos, branded photos, and videos of the event. They also branded the hashtags #DisruptAging. You can see in the first photo there are 15 little white lines, that means there are 15 slides to that story. You can have A LOT of images and videos to one story!
#3 – Let Your Creative Side Show
Instagram Stories are easy, quick and fun! It only takes a couple steps to get up your masterpiece. You can also share those stories on your Facebook page! I want to share a video with you that will show you how to create branded Instagram Templates. I know that everyone loves a pretty Instagram account when their images are all color coded, they have the same look and feel to them. It attracts people more to your feed. Well, why wouldn’t you do the same thing with Instagram Stories? We use Canva to create our brand templates:
Even though Instagram stories are made to be quick and easy you still want them to look good. By working ahead and creating your templates with Canva you are getting ahead of the game like we have said in previous posts, it is so important to be always working ahead. Create a “Story” list, what topics do you want to cover? Create the images ahead of time and save them on your phone, then you have them and can pop them right into Instagram.
#4 – Set Your Standards High
When people come to your Instagram account you want them to think . . . “Wow, they do an amazing job!” Your photos are all branded and you are giving amazing value, your engagement is high, and your stories are great! The only problem with doing stories is they ONLY stay up for 24 hours. Your photos and videos you post to your feed stay forever. That is where step #2 came in with the strategy and theme, once you have these stories and they are offering the value you can highlight them in your profile.
If your story is promoting a special offer like a one-time deal, or talking about an upcoming event that doesn’t repeat on a weekly or monthly basis, those stories are a good story to just leave in “story-land” and let them disappear in 24 hours. They stories like the 10 tips, stories about your products or services, the stories that give that value, those are the ones we want to highlight.
In this video below we will show you how to highlight a story and keep your brand consistent:
#5 – Adding Value to Your Business Profile
Think of your Instagram account as a mini website, people are going to Instagram all the time to research new products, services, and places before they buy. You want to make sure your business profile stands out. When people come to your profile they see who you are as a brand. What you do, who you are, why you do what you do. When you just put static posts up to your feed they may get lost with the new algorithm, they may not be seen as much as they should, especially if you have lower engagement. By using stories it allows you to keep bumping up in that algorithm, it’s like Instagram is giving you kudos for doing a job well done. You can’t just put a story up once, you have to be consistent. Some brands are putting stories up every day with multiple images and videos. Since you can ONLY have 1 story per 24 hours, each time you add an image or video to your story within those 24-hours it will go to the same story but then you can highlight the images you want from that story to certain highlighted storyboards.
Here are a few examples of brands that have gone above and beyond with Instagram:
#6- Connect with Your Tribe
If you build it they will come… Feild of dreams. You are building your brand to give value to your tribe, you want to give them just enough to keep bringing them back. With over 800 million people engaging in stories each and every day it is so important to use stories to engage with your audience. Get creative and maybe do a live story, have people ask questions and you can answer them with a live story.
There are two ways you can think of your stories:
1) Oh they only last 24 hours so it doesn’t matter on quality, they are quick and fast stories just to get something up every day
OR . . . .
2) Think of your stories as an opportunity to connect. Your stories can be providing value to your audience then you highlight that story. You will have a mix of stories the themed ones with your templates you created and then the live stories, behind the scenes and event stories, which are still important to have, remember it is your brand you are dealing it.
You want a brand that is raw, authentic and transparent! People want to do business with people they know, like and trust! Go to a deeper level with your Instagram account, get to know your audience.
Bonus . . . Topics you can do Instagram Stories On:
Showcase your products and/or services
FAQ – answer those questions your audience has asked
Exclusive Offers and Deals
Ask for people to sign-up for a Newsletter
Behind the scenes
Testimonials and Interviews
Spruce up Your Stories
Like I said, in the beginning, use the bells and whistles that Instagram offers the #hashtag stickers, location, dates, emojis, filters etc. Try out the different options they offer the Type, Live, Normal, Boomerang, Focus, Superzoom, Rewind, Hands-Free, and Stop-Motion. These are all cool ways to be creative with your brand. The markup capabilities they have to allow you to create eye-catching images that stick out!
Take advantage of tagging people in your stories as well. Once you reach 10,000 followers you can also add a link to your stories! I think by using Instagram stories it gives your brand more freedom. Instagram is always adding new features, remember to check them out. Here is what they are offering now:
The current time
Days of the week
Funny hats and sunglasses
What do all the Features Mean in Instagram Stories:
Text – Text is an option where you can tap to type, Instagram has4 different templates you can choose from as far as Modern, Neon, Typewriter, Stong. You can then tap the small circle color icon on the bottom lefthand corner to choose a different color.
Live – The live option is pretty obvious you are about to go LIVE on Instagram! You can have it in selfie mode or turn it around. Pretty plain Vanilla here.
Normal – You can upload a picture or video, also add filters to the pictures you take.
Boomerang – You can now access the “Boomerang” app through Instagram Stories, this is in a way making your own gif. If you take a picture of a high-five or walking your dog, yoga pose, etc it will have that quick segment play over and over.
Focus – This is the NEWEST Instagram story feature. This option allows you to focuses on a subject’s face while blurring the rest of the photo’s background, this helps create that professional look. Great for selfies or products, yup, you can use this feature for front and rear facing camera modes.
Superzoom – This allows you to ZOOM super close up to an object and then is shows that process of moving closer.
Rewind – This plays your story from back to front
Hands-Free – This is great if you are doing a quick video and you don’t want your phone moving because your hand is shaking. You are still holding your phone, but you don’t have to keep holding the button, you can just tap it. It is also fun to try out the filters!
Stop-Motion – Stop Motion allows you to take a series of photos, but you cannot edit them. Once you’re done snapping photos, you tap “done” to see your story-editing tools like stickers and text. From there, you can post the stop-motion GIF to your story.
As you can see there are many options and features to try out with Instagram Stories, you can get lost in the creativity alone with these stories. Have fun with it and take your brand to the next level! We would love to hear what stories have worked best for you and which stories you have highlighted! We invite you to follow us on our Instagram account, we ALWAYS follow everyone back that follows us!
We also invite you to check out our FREE Resource page, we offer a ton of checklists to make sure your social media profiles are always at 100%. There is also an Instagram Caption Checklist that can help you craft together those eye-catchy captions to attract your target audience.
Cheers to your Instagram success!
Interested in learning more? Take a look at these articles:
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