Why do I want TRUMPIA in MY LIFE? — Increase sales, awareness and participation

Trumpia Mobile Marketing | OmniMarketing Campaigns

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It is projected that mobile will be nearly the number one means of Internet connection in 2013. Whether a mobile phone or a tablet device, it is expected that top companies alone will be spending $4.6 Billion dollars in just Mobile Marketing alone.

Previously, it is estimated that top companies, combined with small businesses, have only put .9% of their stock into mobile marketing, while nearly 16% of all 4 Billion global users show conversions through Mobile Marketing. The interesting fact in this equation is that a majority of these people will never and have never seen any form of Mobile Marketing ever, can you imagine if they have?

“Jumping on the bandwagon” now might not be a bad thing — at least before Mobile Marketing becomes overly saturated like MySpace once was.

Truthfully, Internet Marketing will always live on, as long as we are “always connected.” Social Branding will always be around, as long as digital products can be shared and consumed and people feel the need for a personal connection with their most beloved brands. Events will always need to be marketed, as long as people are looking for something to do. So, let’s bring all of these elements together as one into an action plan.

I have recently partnered with Trumpia. It’s not that I am biased to Trumpia. I just love Trumpia. I have been using them for a while now and think they are an excellent choice for any size business or brand. They have high profile products and plans, as well as ones set for low budgets, starting at $25 a month!

Let me interject on the topic of Trumpia before going into detail about this Mobile Marketing.

If you sign up today for a free 30-day trial (which can be cancelled before the month is up), you will get all kinds of benefits from the company that I am sure you will grow to expect. But, the best part is that whatever you are getting, you are getting double that because I know you are going to use the promo code: BRANDSOCIAL. My special little treat to you… NOW, back to the regularly scheduled post.

Why do I support what Trumpia is doing? What do I even like about their platform? Why do I continue using it?

I don’t know if you guys remember SayNow.com. This company was acquired by Google and is no longer alive. Soulja Boy was one to make it famous due to his “Kiss Me Through The Phone” song.

Basically, if you called or text that number, you were automatically made part of the SayNow Network. You could cancel at any time. But, you could expect brand updates via text, voice, e-mail and so on. Picture messages and videos could be traded. Live calls and voice messages could be connected and so much more.

To me, Trumpia is the “grown up” version of SayNow with very beneficial features for businesses (large and small), venues, events, doctors offices, schools, artists, studios, actors, authors and more! There are data collection features that prove very invaluable to a brand. Personalization is present and even reaches consumers on a very personal level!

Short codes are given for simple text campaigns, as well as QR (Quick Response) Codes. There are apps and widgets available to users. Coupons can be sent to brand loyalists, along with e-Card options (for Viral efforts). Appointments can also be set and reminded of through the platform. These are only a few of the reasons I am loving Trumpia in all of its glory!

Can you see now how a business professional could take advantage of this option? Now, let me get back to Mobile Marketing. Mobile Marketing allows for instant access in private. Individuals have been clocked to check their cell phones for text messages every three minutes. They do this out of fear that they have missed a text, double checking before and after gaming, out of boredom, while answering and sending other texts, and in between app usage — including Social Networks!

To be blunt, “hit them where it counts.” That’s the mission! that’s the goal! That’s what will take a brand to conversion!

For a full Mobile Marketing campaign to see success in maturation, there are other things that can be done by a firm or agency, like Shorty Produkshins, that will treat your Mobile Marketing efforts as if they were the only option, knowing that there are indeed other options out there.

Treating Mobile Marketing, as an Internet Marketing campaign, with mobile targets, app creation, mobile advertisements, mobile sites and more are only the beginning. We have to paint the picture for the brand. We have to brand the brand. Branding it socially has just now become more personal and the user is always “DIRECTLY connected” to a brand!

Consumers and brands are always within reach. Constant-but-not-so-spammy contact is available to engage consumers in conversation. Brands can poll the consumers directly and know who THEY are specifically. By doing this, less money can be spent on research, as consumers tend to answer “more truthfully” in private, especially on personal mobile devices!

By knowing what your consumer wants and needs, you are able to cater to them specifically and give them EXACTLY what they desire. You listened to them. They will never forget it. Loyalty, virality and Word of Mouth have now been set into motion!

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Event Marketing: Raw TRUTH and how so many are doing THAT wrong!

Event Marketing | How to Promote

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Thousands of events take place each week. Millions take place over the course of a year. A lot of these events, especially in the smaller arena, are only in attendance by a few people — usually part of the “camp” throwing the event — that are non-paying parties. Venue owners want to make their money and are not affiliated with your event. So, they are becoming even pickier on who they allow to use their venue or who they hire to promote events at that venue. 

Ironically, many of these events are awesome! Unfortunately, it usually boils down to how the event was marketed. Awesome events cost money and time for planning and execution. Lack of attendance can lead to lost funds.

This is a borderline topic for me to cover. Normally, I wouldn’t cover an article in the first person or with such a non-traditional writing format. But, this topic is extremely complex and needs to be explained in conversational terms. This is a topic that my infamous “Trade Secret, you will never know” line comes into play. I’m going to try to cover it without giving away my tricks to packing venues. And, I also would like to remind you that you are not paying for consultation at the moment. So, there will be valuable information withheld in the mix.

For those readers who do not know me, I have been involved in the Entertainment Business and Internet Marketing worlds for many years, am extremely experienced and well-studied in the field and practice Social Branding and Event Marketing on a daily basis.

Please understand that this information is based on reality and science. If you sense a bit of sarcasm in the mix, this is due to the tedious nature of each task that must be completed just to get to the next step.

A few important elements of successful Event Marketing are as follows:

  • Anticipation
  • Street Teams
  • Event Sites
  • Support
  • Participation
  • Flyers
  • Gain
  • Time Span
  • Press /Media Release
  • SEO
  • Branding
  • ANTICIPATION

NOW, LET’S BREAK THIS SCIENCE DOWN:

Anticipation

I have this one listed twice, because number ONE you guys aren’t building up enough anticipation for your event — no matter how much anticipation is being built up. You aren’t getting people excited about the event. You aren’t giving them time to take part in creating the buzz through Word of Mouth for your event. The best way to get someone to come to your event is to make someone WANT IT so bad that they are anticipating the date that it comes

To build anticipation, you have to sell your product. Your product is your event. How do you sell it and get people anxious to attend? Make sure you are hitting all of the other elements in successful Event Marketing just right. Once you do that, they almost can’t wait for that event to take place! Think of the anticipation built around video games. Think of the anticipation built around movies. Shoot, we all have waited for almost 10-years for “The Hobbit” to come out! Whether it was actually what we expected or not, we all couldn’t wait to see it! Street thug and nerd, alike, we all were dying to see it! Build this anticipation for your event!

Participation

Whether it’s a site created for the brand, a Twitter account, Facebook page or whatever other venues of marketing you are taking into your hands,

MAKE SURE YOU ENCOURAGE ATTENDEE AND POTENTIAL ATTENDEE PARTICIPATION.

If it is an ongoing event, make sure you have a way to keep people interested in your Online presence, whether through contest or event photos being placed on the page.

In writing this, I am assuming that you are not the person putting on the event. Even if the event is a horrible one, you can still keep people interested in the event or at least ones you are affiliated with by creating interaction between the event and the attendee.

You can keep your audience informed on “what went wrong,” and they will support you even more! But if you are, make sure you actually put on a good show in order to keep people talking! That is one way to drag them back with friends and friends of friends every time.

Participation in the discussion about the event or through media gets people interested, passing media virally and makes them talk about “how cool the event is going to be” to friends, colleagues and coworkers. It helps to keep up the momentum of anticipation and almost makes the attendee feel like they know the brand inside and out. They are a “friend” to the brand. They have also participated so much that they now also feel obligated to make it… NO MATTER WHAT!

Street Teams

Street Teams are a two-way street. People like interaction and personalization. They all want to be a part of something. Include those that you KNOW want to be part of something as part of a team. Allow them special privileges in exchange for doing minor Word of Mouth work for you. Some members would actually be honored to work with you — rewards or not!

Online street teams have endless opportunity. They build Klout in a brand. They build followers and likes, because a recommendation from a REAL FRIEND has been set into motion. Knowing a person on a personal level actually creates a reality that marketing, itself, could never do. Additionally, content will be distributed and redistributed consistently, increasing the SEO results.

Physical street teams are always a plus in doing Event Marketing on the physical level. While your role as an Event Marketer on the Online Platform is separate from that of the physical Promoter, it still may be in your possible interests to get a physical street team started. Allow them to promote the event, and make sure they are promoting the Online Presence of that event at the same time! The deeper you get into these elements, you will understand more!

Flyers

I have mixed emotions about actual “event flyers.” It really depends on who is distributing these, how they are distributing these, when and to whom. Often times, people get a flyer and either drop it (lose it), forget about it or throw it away before the event. This is just wasted paper and effort. Yes, it should still be an effort, though.

Interactive and e-flyers still need to be designed and identical to any physically distributed flyer. They need to be created for Online platforms. This includes event sites, Social Network and application presences, websites, landing pages, releases, MMS/SMS distribution and e-mail distribution to attract potential attendees to the event. These must be detailed about the event and highlighted in a description. One must also surround any e-flyer with SEO opportunity, because they will be appearing in search engines and sites that recommend related searches. You might as well take advantage of this.

Finally, flyers help build a vision of the product… the event. We are able to brand much easier with a flyer. The consumer has a better understanding of crowd and essence before attending. They can also associate this event with your brand and venue choice. They can differentiate it amongst other events that are happening on or around the date of your event.

Stand out from the competition. But, remember, competition also brings out the crowd. So, is there any way that you guys can implement each other into the flyer? People club and bar hop. If you can partner up and trade off flyers, you don’t want 50 different flyers distributed for the same event. Have one official flyer and you will see results!

Event Sites

I hate to say it, but these event sites are the Holy Grail to Event Marketing. While listings alone will not cut it, they work such wonders I am going to have to applaud them with standing ovation.

There are so many event sites out there. Sites like Eventbrite sell tickets directly on the site. Others are just text listing. I love the ones that are 100% customizable and can be built like a Social Media Release.

Sites like Eventful will allow you to literally tag artist and venue profiles to the event. This comes in handy when marketing a party or festival. Many sites even feed into large corporate sites, website widgets and mobile applications.

One thing I love about most event sites is that they help SEO endeavors. Not only is it beneficial to the event — but if done properly, it can benefit the brand, venue, and/or website attached to the event! Backlinking and other possibilities are endless!

Support

In being in the business of Marketing Events, you need to be sure that you have a support team. This is the support of the community, local businesses, business professionals, venues, other promoters, local acts and so on. The relationships that you build can allow you to do things that are almost impossible for an outsider. Barriers to entry are simply invisible.

Through a support team, all parties benefit by helping each other succeed and in creating a promotions web. Shared and Cross Promotion makes the impossible possible.

Expansion into new and target markets through trusted brand affiliates gains new interest in your own brand. Shared crowds ensure that events will be attended, whether attendees stay for the whole event or not, whether they leave and return or return towards the end of the night… THEY WILL ATTEND at some point.

Gain

What do they have to gain from attending this event? Okay, you might not be able to give free drinks or even free products. But, you can work it out where a discount is given for signing up Online for VIP or for the first 50 attendees on the “friendslist” gets will get in free.

How does a contest sound? A sponsorship? A theme?

Maybe you do have pull in getting free drinks or giving out free merchandise. Whatever you can do, make sure you find a way to do it. Not only will these people NOT question why they’re not going to your event, but they will also remember. Look forward to their attendance at your next event!

Timespace

PROMOTIONS TIP OF THE DAY: Give yourself a late start of AT LEAST three weeks to promote your event.

Why? It will take a solid week of hardcore promotion and then a week of personalized promotion, in addition to “Word of Mouth Marketing,” the MOST EFFECTIVE form of marketing to take place.

People like to plan ahead, especially if they work nights and have children (Those that will have the most money to spend, since they are in need of entertainment at ANY cost).

If you are in a major city, business people and tourists like to plan at least 2 weeks ahead and often change their schedule. You need to convince them this is a BIG DEAL! They don’t know your city so marketing is EVERYTHING. Oh, and they are also the ones, who have put money aside to “Get loose” or who are doing it on the company credit card. Think about it.

This was the inspiration for this post. This was a status message that I put on Facebook in transitioning into my Shorty Produkshins Event Marketing Services for discussion on Facebook. I left it untouched, because sometimes it’s these conversational pieces that teach the most in the least amount of words.

Press & Media Releases

Press may seem old fashion to many who question the reliability of the media. I mean, who reads newspapers in 2013, right?!

WRONG!

So many STILL read print. It’s better on the eyes that electronic media. It can be found in almost any location, including in transit on public bus lines, doctors’ offices, diners, libraries and government buildings (to name only a few locations). The reach is limitless and likely to be taken into the electronic realm, because almost every established media firm has an Online Presence available to the audience. Again backlinks, page views, content shares and information awareness is made available to the masses.

Through Press and Social Media Press Release, the press is brought to the attention of your brand and what your brand is doing. A story may be written on the events or products that are being released by your brand, or the brand itself may be the center of media attention.

Whether product or brand, attention will be brought to future events and products through articles and content that never disappear! Trust gained through viewer loyalty will lead to trust in your brand with automatic “want” to be part of your brand, as well.

Again, the possibilities are endless… especially if it is a niche event or event that the community can and will be able to support!

SEO:

We are not going to cover this topic in too much detail here. But, I do want to make this statement: “Take ADVANTAGE of EVERY possibility for SEO, WHENEVER YOU CAN.” Events give you unique opportunities for legit SEO effort where competitors may not necessarily be making use of it.

Events should be treated as products. Products should be treated as brands. Brands represent a company, affiliate, sponsor and so on.

Take advantage of keywords, backlinks, embeds, and so on. That is all that I am going to say. SEO is a science all on its own!

BRANDING:

Websites and Landing Pages
Creating a full website based around the event and content related to that event may be in the greatest interest of an event. The more time planned and given to the event’s arrival, the more the website will benefit the brand.

The more anticipation and virality the content will gain for the event. Information can be given on the event’s entertainment, amenities, causes, pricing, schedule, directions and ticketing. Public forum can be linked to these websites, as well. This will build attendee participation in anticipation of the event.

Single page websites and landing pages are also great for bringing notice to the brand, collecting attendee data for this and future events, to redirect traffic around web presences and to take advantage of two way SEO options. This topic will not be elaborated upon. But, I am sure you have caught on already.

Applications and Widgets
Participation, interaction, virality, Word of Mouth, engagement, and on and on and on. This is self-explanatory. You have read my blogs on Mobile Marketing and on Social Media, I am sure. If you haven’t, you should.

Incorporating these elements into your Event Marketing campaign is of the best interest of your brand, especially if you can incorporate GPS capabilities into the applications being created. Location-based information can engage participants in interactivity during the event and to locals who have not yet decided if they would like to attend the event but are nearby.

Creating “the life of the party” where everyone can be part of it is so important in encouraging others to join in and those participating to continue having fun, because they are, indeed, having fun together and encouraging local audiences to join in the fun.

If it is before the event, they will encourage “the hype” surrounding the event. If it is post-event, they will rub it in the faces of NON-attendees of how much fun that was had. In the future, non-attendees will be more likely to participate.

The goal of applications and widgets that appear cross-platform is to keep audiences captivated in the upcoming event, feed them with information and updates surrounding the event and to keep them reminded of the event.

We don’t want them to forget the event is happening and when it is happening. There is nothing worse than getting people interested in the event and then they miss it because they mix up the date and time of this event. Reminders may even be set to keep user participation ensured.

Blogs
Blogs work similar to web presences, sites and landing pages. They also function with the capabilities of adding widgets and other content to the body of each post. Their focus will be to support the event and all elements related to the event.

If there will be entertainment at the event, articles about the entertainment may take place. This could include press releases, news, biographies, video, picture content, audio and more.

Similarly, information related to the venue and other focal points of this event may be included. Blogs are frequently added into application and website feeds, while being shared across Social Media platforms around the net!

Event Invites
I am going to be very honest here. As the trend continues, event invites are more often becoming ignored. While one should always create one and try to get users to participate in this feature, please do not count on it.

There are many of us who ignore and even block this feature from ever coming into our awareness. While I promote events, I admit to rarely opening an event invite.

The truth is, many people misuse this platform for reasons other than for promoting events. They even use it too frequently. It almost becomes SPAM and often is the reason that people will not even check their notifications on platforms like Facebook.

On the contrary, I see these event invites work often. Depending on the frequency of the poster and the subject of interest, I have seen participation in these events where users share cross-platform, post content about and to, embed and event connect them to their iCal and Google Calendars, viewable on the wallpaper or widgets of their mobile devices! So, never leave event invites out as an option, but never depend on them as your only option.

In closing this topic off with what little I am willing to share in blog form, I would like to remind you that data collection is key in providing your audiences with the form of marketing that works best for THEM.

In allowing user form submissions, one will be able to survey the best form of marketing for a specific user or to survey the overall reach of viewer trends as related to your brands initiative. While immediate response would be best for this event, be reminded that it will benefit future events to already have this information available.

Some people do not check their Facebook every day but check their text messages every three minutes. Some people don’t even have text capabilities on their mobile device but live on Twitter. There are some who shiver at the thought of technology and you will never know exist until you see them at an event that was broadcasted through the local newspaper. So, please make sure to include all press, Online and Offline in your marketing scope.

Last but not least, enjoy the event that you have promoted. Mingle with your audiences. Find out how they found out about your event. You just may be shocked. Get to know your audiences, and find out your future events will do nothing but ROCK!

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Lack of Social: So Many Businesses are STILL Doing it Wrong!

Shorty Produksins is Internet Marketing Orlando. Brand Social.

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According for the Center for Media Research and The Chief Marketing Officer Council in its latest release of industry information: “When asked what elements in the media mix were being localized to address local market segments or better drive interactions at the local level, marketers are focused on localizing strategy, segmentation and messaging (68%) and direct mail and emails (53%). However, fewer than 50% of respondents are focusing on localized media buys, social media interactions, website or even adjusting sales literature or collateral.” Those targeted in the first two groups are based on an already established client base and list of potential consumers collected by businesses on the local level.

If you notice, everything related to actual Internet Marketing and Social Media Marketing is grouped into one item. To boot, there isn’t much of a budget or energy set aside to really take advantage of such powerful tools. In essence, they’re spending money on the strategy and messaging to be compelling, but not using it where it is most effective! This is when they complain that “SOCIAL” simply does not work.

A job done half mass will be a job done “half-_______ed.” Let that resonate the next time you’re involved in a marketing plan. So many put only little effort into their Social Branding and realize that it’s going nowhere.

In reality, they have a stagnant Facebook Like Page that only Brand Loyalists are stumbling upon and liking. Likewise, the brand’s Twitter account is doing just as well while following 500+ “tweeters” and gaining less than 50 actual followers.

Their mistake is the lack of engagement. After all, what good is messaging with no conversation? If there is no interesting content to be shared or repeated, no one will share or repeat it. It’s as easy as that and nothing less to be said.

The Center for Media Research also reported that “despite 59% of national marketers noting that local demand generation was essential to their business growth, only 7% feel they have highly evolved campaigns and measures in place that can activate consumers at a local level.” It’s obvious that some get it. But, it’s sadly pathetic how so many simply do not.

Not to burst any bubbles, but hiring a High School Student or College Freshman isn’t enough either. There needs to be some type of strategy set in line. True, “fresh ideas” are wonderful to have on the team for ideas and content distribution. But, there has to be a strategic call to action set in line. What is the message needed to get across time and time again? What is being sold? How will we convince others to do what we want them to?

We spoke of Internet Marketing as separate from “SOCIAL” earlier. It truly is. Let’s address this now:

Internet Marketing is a broad categorization of multiple marketing channels and styles done within the world of the Internet. There, of course, are subcategories that also branch out into other realms of the marketing mix. Internet Marketing can be summed up as “content and content placement.” Words can be consumed as content. In essence, they are exactly that. Videos, pictures and audio are all the same — content. Where and how it is placed and displayed for awareness is also part of Internet Marketing.

Some people don’t understand the scientifics behind Internet Marketing. All content is a plausible cause for SEO tactic. Defend your placement in search engines and bring awareness to your brand by naming your content, using search terms within your copy and in finding organic results. Organic results happen automatically. However, paid results are just as important. These also help your placement in search engines. Yes, it is all one large algorithm… One that must be understood.

Backlinks, link pyramids, link wheels, blogs, tags, and many other Internet Marketing elements all help a brand’s presence on the net. These are like hand grenades, gutting knives, and darts in defending against and combatting competition on the net!

The littlest things can and will matter. These things MUST be implemented into Social Branding, as well as within company websites, Youtube channels and so on.

There must be consistency. In fact, the Law of Consistency, as explained by authors Al and Laura Ries in “The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding,” is very important to branding as a marketing strategy on any platform — Online or off. Don’t think for one minute that Google hasn’t been programmed to understand this.

There are many reasons why more of a budget needs to be set aside for Internet Marketing and Social Branding in separate categories. Again, hiring students to complete work for the company’s Social Presence is a great idea. But, there must also be professionals on the team getting their hands dirty if a social garden is expected to thrive.

If you are going to invest a dollar into your branding, what is an extra fifty cents if it triples your return and leaves a lasting impression on your consumers? Think about it.

Speaking of consumers, let’s address them real fast. How much of a budget are you putting aside for customer relationship building and customer service? Do you have any particular way of communications with them available around the clock?

The world of media has changed the way we do business. “Always On” culture has changed the way we seek customer service and retain those customers seeking our servicing.

It’s safe to assume that our business hours aren’t always convenient for our consumers who may also be working or busy with children in those hours. After hours may be the only time they have available to reach us. E-mail correspondences, while easily accessible, may take days to address simple fixes, and not always will someone be able to answer the phone to answer hard to ask questions.

Did you know, in customer service and technical support, the same questions are addressed over and over again? So, why not plan for this in the marketing mix? Hiring and training students to work after hours (when many will be wide awake and available), might be one way to cut back on “social” costs because they are only needed on demand but very important in customer retention.

ddressing customer relations in a social forum, while keeping private conversations private, content is created and a solution has been addressed to unexpected and common problems encountered with our servicing and platforms.

Being brutally honest, some consumers will be too lazy or proud to reach out for help. Let’s use monitoring tools to find out their difficulties with our services and products and reach out to them!

Let’s get involved in their conversations and sway negative conversations into testimonies and positive reviews. After all, Word of Mouth Marketing is always going to be the most effective form of marketing. The reason behind this is Brand Loyalty of our trusted friends and family will gain our interests over some advertisement thrown in our face to sell us something.

Similarly, dampening negative conversation about our brand helps dramatically, because negative feedback is twice as damaging as no feedback at all!

Let’s find out true opinions based on customer experience and find out what isn’t working for our brand, why they aren’t “funneling correctly,” and why they are dissatisfied with our products — and listen to them. Making changes surrounding the concerns of our customers is the way to go. After all, the goal is bringing them an end product that they can’t live without. This is how a brand will endure the tough times that every business battles when the economy slows down.

Understanding that social means interaction and keeping our consumer bases (potential and existing) are key to thriving in today’s overly saturated markets, it is mind-boggling that only 28% percent of marketers are event implementing their consumers’ opinions and needs into the marketing mix! This includes monitoring, conversation, customers support and aggregation!

Furthermore, only 6% are actually including IT and engineers into their strategy. Do they not understand the importance of SEO, customer reporting and analysis of data!? True, some data will never be able to be collected in a full spectrum due to the restraints of Cross-Platform Technologies and privacy laws, but there are some things in business that risks are worth taking — especially if you know it is needed.

So, why isn’t more collaboration taking effect? Why are dollars being wasted outsourcing for data analysis and research when it is already available at our fingertips? Why aren’t we splurging areas of our budgeting on Social Media Marketing and Internet Marketing necessities where we stand to see most of our return on investment? Why don’t we allow our existing Social Branding efforts to coexist as customer retention, conversation and support?

Re-adjusting budgets in 2013 and forward is a must! Not only will funding expand to broaden our possibilities, but funding can be set aside to implement Mobile Marketing Strategies to take effect immediately.

Mobile Marketing is social at our fingertips. It is more personal than any other form of marketing out there! But, guess what: Very few brands have begun to take advantage of this, and that is where many are falling behind. “Brand Socially” and see how much of the conversation takes place mobilly.

So, you don’t have a mobile app. But, Facebook does. Twitter does. LinkedIn does. Google is the default for mobile Android browsers. Take advantage of this… NOW! Don’t be a faulty statistic. Make social work for you!

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BrandYourself: A cool, novice tool for ‘owning your name’ in cyberspace

Brand Yourself | Control your own search results.

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Have you ever “Googled” yourself only to find websites that have nothing to do with you? Mugshots of criminals? Reviews about businesses not even in the same state as you?

Would you like to dominate the first few pages of Google with your search results? Aside from in-depth SEO-work by a professional, there is a basic tool available to novice users everywhere.

A few months ago, I discovered a site called BrandYourself.com. Apparently, I was a little over a year behind this knowledge, because this site has been around since the earlier parts of 2012 from what I am understanding.

The site was created in efforts to keep “same” people together in search results, separating successful business people from arrest records of convicts that include mugshots, both of which share the same name and possibly same city of residence.

BrandYourself.com has the common goal of helping you rise within the search rankings using your name as personal leverage. It keeps your websites, portfolios, social network profiles and more attached to this central hub.

This hub acts as a link wheel and builds the connection between a user on Facebook to the handle on Twitter that everyone is following, while linking to professional and personal web spaces and biographies.

As an active user since my discovery of this site, I have been a little impressed. I use a basic accountm because this is one of my areas of expertise and a paid account would be a waste of money to me. However, it would be a good investment for someone who does not have this knowledge.

While the site, itself, does not rank high in search engines (even with a PageRank score of 6), it does indeed boost the PageRank of your sites through authoritative linking and through acting as a central hub. It also keeps you up to date on tips and tricks of basic SEO (Search Engine Optimization) strategies if you subscribe to their newsletter.

BrandYourself.com is very good at communicating with users almost immediately. One of my URLs were not listed on the BrandYourself profile I created with them. When it appeared in the top results, I was emailed by BrandYourself to tattle-tale on the “Unidentified Link.” It gave me tips on how to battle the site and regain territory. It also told me how many people viewed my page by telling on them as soon as they visited the page!

While I do not have a premium account, I am impressed overall. To be honest, there are more efficient and effective ways of doing this. But, as I have stated earlier: For someone to have no experience in the field of SEO or Internet Marketing, this is an awesome tool for them to use and to find ownership in the most valuable keyword they will ever own — their name!

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Event marketing? Two words: Brand socially

Shorty Produkshins is #InternetMarketingOrlando. Social Branding, Digital Marketing and Public Relations.

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“Brand social,” this is the tagline of an Orlando-based Internet marketing company, known as Shorty Produkshins. Branding socially should be a common marketing objective found amongst industries around the globe. Through Web 3.0 and the “always on” culture that we encounter each day, social branding attributes to the evolution of how we successfully market our brands and do business in this new age.

According to HQSocialMedia.com, “80% of the top 100 fortune companies are using at least one social media profile to engage with their customers.”

Many of these companies are even including their own social communities within their pre-existing sites or link to an independent social network of brand enthusiasts. There are many benefits for this, especially if you own a company that is known for hosting events.

Taking social branding to a specific niche, event branding has become a necessity for venues, promoters and organizations as time decides our marketing destinies. The difference between a static website and an actual social network is far and many.

There are a few reasons that event branding is important:

  • To market the event, of course.
  • Calendar of Events and Schedules
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • Link Wheels
  • Link Pyramids
  • Backlinks
  • Changes in time/location
  • Personalization & Interactivity
  • Information & Content Collection and Distribution
  • Investors & Sponsors
  • Updates
  • Connecting Event Goers
  • Converting Event Goers
  • Reminders
  • E-mail/SMS Lists
  • Blogs
  • Participation
  • Professionalism
  • Innovative
  • Invites through performers and event goers
  • Projections
  • Builds suspense and enthusiasm.
  • Testimonials
  • Brand Monitoring

In marketing the event, there are of course many items of importance. There are items that must take place regardless of a social presence or not. These items include but are not limited to press releases, event listings, article placements and supporters. In today’s world, a website is a must. If you don’t have this, people will forget about the site or remain confused as to what the event is or if they would like to participate.

Professionalism through a site is important. You must give the consumer an impressive first impression of the brand and event. The better the site looks, the better. The more innovative the site, the more likely your brand awareness will lead to brand interest and possibly brand loyalty.

Through a social network, especially one that users are able to connect through social logins (a simple connect to their Facebook and/or Twitter accounts), users are able to “become part of the event.”

Social networks give users a sense of personalization and interactivity. They are able to add and consume content, while simultaneously giving the brand feedback almost immediately about this content. It is also a way to monitor the brand’s reputation and to address any issues one may have about the brand.

The brand automatically has a street team intact on the online platform, because people tend to invite friends and family. Additionally, when they add this content, it will more than likely stay on the site, even if the user isn’t active. If this content is related to the event or brand, this strengthens the brand’s presence for this and future events. They can share this content within the site or offline through Twitter and Facebook. Videos and audio of performers and venue locations will attract brand interest.

Those commenting on content with statements like, “Oh, my goodness! That event was sooooo fun!” or “I love this artist!” could bring brand trust to new and existing consumers, because this institutes as a testimonial. Testimonials are very important to a brand and brand products. It shows demand and love for a brand. This helps build trust and a need to experience it on an individual basis.

Through constant updates, clicks, constant content additions, linking in, within and outside of the site, the infamous “Google Spyder” knows to check this site more frequently than it would a static site. This is the same reason that having a blog on a business site is often advised to business owners. These updates keep the site fresh, interactive and important to keeping users returning for more content.

This ensures their presence at your event, because they are reminded of the event, have gained high anticipation and curiosity, have been peer pressured into attending and have met others that will be — just in case they would have attended by themselves.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is very important, especially when “competing” with other events and brands that throw events on a regular basis. Through SEO, we raise our website in the rankings and hold higher visibility to the rest of the world. The higher we rise, the more our site is viewed with quality and trust.

Any links attached to this site will also gain trust by search engines and will be crawled, as well. Link Wheels and Link Pyramids are now formed through one-way, two-way and hierarchy backlinks. These are very important in dealing with quality scores and things of this nature. The more Link Wheels and Pyramids that can be built will lead to higher placement and, obviously, more traffic!

Another important item in successful SEO is “time spent on site” and “return vs. new visitors.” If a user returns to the site, that means they can trust the site. In turn, the engine can trust it a bit more. In returning, these users show loyalty. The more they become active on the site and the more time they spend on each page, the better the impact on SEO efforts!

A social network will rank higher due to the time spent consuming content on each page! That means your site will rise organically and that less money will have to be spent with Pay-Per-Click advertising through search engine marketing.

Often is the case that people want to attend events but have no one to attend with. This also solves that problem. It even convinces people to come that really didn’t think that wanted to or were able to attend. Carpooling is another benefit in saving gas, helping transport those who do not drive and economical reasons. At this point, people feel privileged in attending, because it has become a 24/7 community that projects itself into real life.

People want to meet the other people at the event that they have been speaking with Online! Through their planning and conversation, projections are able to be made based on pre-sale tickets and planning within the site itself!

Other reasons to use event branding via social networking as a source of marketing is that it is very efficient in communicating with your users. They feel that their opinion matters. They thank you for considering their opinions. They become curious if their opinions will be implemented into your brand. Furthermore, your site can be updated regularly and additions can be made immediately to audiences.

Changes in date, time and/or location can immediately be addressed. SMS (text messages) and E-mails can be sent to all users directly from the platform to inform them of changes, simultaneously. Reminders can also be sent. The “journey” can be recorded through blogs in creating a Brand Story for future accords. Calendars can also inform users of upcoming events or deadlines.

Finally, and one of the most important reasons for branding your event socially — investors, sponsors and investors! We all want an additional revenue stream, don’t we? Well, sponsors want to know where they’re going to be presented to the public’s eye. They want to know that their money will buy them placement for awareness of their own and that people will actually see this placement.

Vendors may take advantage of selling or advertising within your site, a site where you can make money allowing them to do so. And last but not least — investors, they want to know that their money will produce a return. This means more than just providing these “angels” with a business plan. Higher funding can and will be obtained through this online portfolio and Brand Loyalists to prove there will be a positive return on investment that will benefit all parties involved.

After gaining such a deep insight on event branding, it would be foolish not to try to implement it into your business structure and marketing plan. From Search Engine Optimization to investment opportunities, creation of such a platform will ensure success for your brand’s events for years to come. Whether your brand throws parties or holds weekly or annual events, this is something that is almost becoming a standard to early adopters. Act now and “brand socially” today!

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Internet Marketing in Action: “The Sabir Bey Show” Season Premiere on October 1

Jessica N. Abraham was the Producer and Director of Marketing and Design for The Sabir Bey Show through to five successful seasons. The show had 8M viewers a week and was filmed at the LA Talk Live studio in Los Angeles, California.

Internet Marketing comes in many formats. There are many means of marketing on the web. There isn’t just one specific way. There isn’t even a specific reason that things are marketed on the web. People want Brand Awareness, Viral Sharing of Content, Content Consumption, Monetary Value, List Building, Views, Likes and … even executing Educational Missions.

Today, there are simultaneous feeds of Live Events to the Internet through live video streams. Some people charge for consumption, while others do not. Webinars are surely replacing live seminars due to convenience, usually servicing business people and students. These are usually for a fee, but some are free in order to market a product or service through them. And even so, more and more people are still turning to the Net for their Entertainment, Education and Business needs. This is why many Social TV Programs and Studios have been “popping up” in the last few years. And, there are many reasons for this.

Niche communities are able to find programming meant specifically for them, minus censorships and the “watering down” of very beneficial and insightful information. They are the ones who control what topics will be covered during a live show. They are able to interact with other viewers around the World, interact with the programming or even come into contact with the creators, themselves. Content is usually recorded once it goes live, becomes viral through Social Shares. Niche Sponsors and Advertisers will help to continue the process by “paying the bills” through audience member purchases. The audience member now becomes part of the Brand Story and part of the success that came about in the process.

October 1, 2013, marks the Season Premiere of The Sabir Bey Show on LA Talk Live! “The Sabir Bey Show is ‘Pure EDU-TAINMENT’ tackling issues within the community and on the topics of Law, History, Culture, Politics, Religion, Society, and Health by incorporating TRUE Hip Hop and Urban Music in bringing together a full circle of understanding with current culture and society conflicts. The Sabir Bey Show includes guest appearances by award-winning celebrities and respected elders of the Moorish Nation and Pan Africanism.” The Sabir Bey Show has the mission of bringing “Pure Edu-tainment” to the lives of many by introducing truths, new concepts, currents events and History through Entertainment.

The Host of the show is Sabir Bey, known for over 15-years in the “Conscious Community,” for his lectures and classes on Civics, Hip Hop, Nationality, History and Etymology. He has toured with Dr. Kaba Kamene, Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Dr. Jose Pimienta-Bey, and multiple figures in the Entertainment Industry. Sabir also appeared in a 2011 film, Hidden Colors, where he speaks on many topics as related to the Moorish origins of today’s population. He appears in many other documentaries and films circulating around the web and businesses throughout the country. He continues to bring education to the masses through the web, using LA Talk Live’s fall lineup to do so. The Producer of the show is Actor, Mel Jackson (“Soul Food”); and the Program Director is Mr. Richard Karr, the owner of LA Talk Live.

Sabir has a team of individuals working with him on a daily basis to create Awareness of his mission, Lectures, Appearances and shows and to accelerate all Internet Marketing efforts. Not surprisingly, however, many of his works have gone viral on their own, as audience members share this content with those that they associate themselves with, whether friends, family, colleagues, or classmates. This information is very informative and educational, so they are passing along something very valuable and meaningful in the process.

The Sabir Bey Show is currently undergoing construction of the Official Website. But, many already access this site regularly, as it is a Social Network dedicated to the show. The site includes a U-Stream Video Player hosted by LA Talk Live and hosts a library of past episodes, including special guests, KRS-One, Tommy Davidson, Mel Jackson, Taj Tarik Bey, Dr. Kaba Kamene, Hawthorne James, Chico Benymon and more! There are photos of the show, itself, as well as Sabir’s travels and experiences in the public while on tour or giving lectures. The site gives information about the show, including news, blogs and upcoming events.

What Sabir is doing at TheSabirBeyShow.com is very critical in today’s World of Social TV. The show, while also accessible at LATalkLive.com, is given its own “channel” to help aid in Awareness, Brand Monitoring, SEO Efforts, Viral Campaigns, and Consumer Interaction in bringing important information to the lives of those who have lost their true identity in a ever-growing Commercial World. He encourages people to call into the show to prove him wrong, while reminding people that he may just be! “Bring a pen, tell a friend… But, don’t take my word for it… Study it yourself, and tell me if I’m wrong.” With a team of experts behind him, we can guarantee his Internet Marketing efforts won’t be wrong. Tune into his show, Tuesdays at 3:00 PM (PST) | 6:00 PM (EST) on LATalkLive.com

Website: http://www.TheSabirBeyShow.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thesabirbeyshow and http://ww.facebook.com/sabir.bey
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thesabirbeyshow

DISCLAIMER: Jessica N. Abraham is no longer affiliated with the show or any creative assets, thereof. Since 2016, the site and all assets have been under new ownership. All designs, edits and administration to the official websites are no longer controlled by Jessica N. Abraham or Shorty Produkshins.

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