In a globalized economy and a world where customer relationships are
everything, businesses are finding that “branding socially” is still the
most effective means of retaining valuable customers and in acquiring
Traditionally, high ranking sales professionals found that they did
well by keeping in regular contact with those in their Rolodex or their
top-secret black book. To keep in contact with hundreds of people on a
daily basis — holding one on one conversation with everyone in that
Rolodex – was a difficult and even impossible task to carry out. As the
digital world exploded, this all changed.
Now, we can keep thousands of people in the loop at once. We can
interact as a group, and short conversations are now the norm. With
social media, we can carry many short, private conversations at once.
The downfall is, however, that many traditional business models aren’t
up to speed and they’re throwing thousands of dollars away just to find
no return on their marketing investments.
Social media influences our lives, whether we want to admit it or
not. It can influence us for the better. It can influence us for the
worse. It can simply be our entertainment. But, it definitely changes
our ways of thought.
Chris Sewell, Creative Director and Chief Strategist of Chris Sewell
Digital Media in Brooklyn, New York, pulled this concept into the work
of cosmetic surgery. He recently released a video for plastic surgeons,
breaking down the cold hard facts of marketing in the digital world. In
this video, he discusses the reasons some surgeons are reporting a 40%
decrease in customer retention and how they are ultimately throwing
money into the garbage through their current marketing strategies.
Sure, billboards, for example, are powerful marketing tools. The
problem, however, is that most target markets have become spoiled and
want everything instantaneously. They have also become so distracted
that every time they return to the billboard to grab the details, they
either forget that they meant to take down the information or it just so
happens to be that moment that their Facebook just got a notification.
Consumers want to access information immediately after it cross their
No one uses the yellow pages anymore, because it’s not personal enough. We want to see visuals, check out pricelists and even reach out semi-anonymously at 3 a.m. AdWords is effective, but only if the company knows what they are doing. With Google’s recent removal of sidebar advertisements, SEM advertising has to take advantage of the correct criteria to find themselves ahead. Trust is a major factor in this process.
We want to see what experiences others had with this company, before
we waste any of our precious time contacting them. We don’t want to risk
being put into the spam or scam loop, either. We’re frightened to give
our phone numbers to just anyone anymore… We don’t want to be haunted
for months to years later.
With many companies now paying people to leave biased reviews,
personal experiences are more valuable than ever. Interactions with
brands and businesses continue to be more meaningful and impactful. We
are able to evaluate the caliber of business we are dealing with, as
well gauge the people within their walls.
In the case of life-altering industries, such as Plastic Surgery,
almost 50% of patients surveyed admit that that their influence was,
indeed, social media. Peer pressure was a major contributor, as selfies
have made us take a deeper look at the flaws we want to perfect.
Likewise, it is the actual media content being shared by social savvy
clinics that have caused patients to travel hundreds of miles to take
advantage of their services. Photos, videos, client testimonials… these
all influenced the decision for patients to take advantage of certain
treatments at specific facilities. We can blame it all on Facebook and
With YouTube’s monetized video platform, more videos from local businesses are being seen on a regular basis. They are low cost advertising, and the younger generations are okay with consuming them before watching a video that interests them. For this, videos on social media channels are equally disruptive. The days of SEM and SEO are more numbered than you think. While they are the basis for more impactful and more aggressive marketing efforts, it’s going to take more – way more – for most businesses to not just be seen but to also be adopted.
You’re in between projects. Now is the time to beef up your own Social Presences. You are so used to putting your own projects to the side while working on client material…most of which are your own ideas. But, when it comes to your own presence, your own content, your own projects… NOTHING.
You try, you try, you try and still — you come up with nothing. Content block!
It’s a Marketer’s Nightmare, and we all surely go through it! It’s like you work on these amazing projects for others. Many of which, we can’t show anyone due to Non-Disclosure Agreements, and we feel the need to go above and beyond THAT when it comes to our own projects. We become so caught up in it, perfectionists even, that we either never finish or we struggle, trying to create the next masterpiece. There is hope!
Try these simple but POWERFUL steps in jogging the mind into the proper direction. If you’re like me, you hate idle time that will never come back. Use these activities to benefit your Social Presence and help find direction and an insight to what your audience is even “in the mood” for.
Afterall, we MARKET not ADVERTISE… Let’s make them REALIZE the NEED not TRICK them into WANTING something useless.
In taking part in an activity or two, your mind should be clear. You should have some fresh content that you can use on your own projects or that of future clients. Your content delivery being noticed by audiences has benefited your brand. SEO, through your content, has enhanced your efforts, and you now have new ideas to work with to ensure the evolution of a successful and healthy brand! In whatever you do, good luck doing it!
1. Brainstorm Session
A good ol’ brainstorm session! Write down ideas, search your mind. Get a team and make it all the better! What you don’t use now, you can use later. Make sure you type up all ideas and elaborate upon the ones you select. These ideas will help you with a plethora of future events. Cherish this moment and have much fun! Never let your ideas intimidate you! No idea is too big. And, nothing is impossible!
We have all seen them on Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. They grab the attention of audiences through advice, tips, tricks, ideas, jokes, inspirations, etc. Why not create a few of your own? Grab hold of new audiences and gain new likes and boosts in SEO capabilities for your related presence. Due to shares, your direct page should be shared by onlookers everywhere. Have those Memes marked with your web address, as well, and gain the attention of curious minds immediately!
3. Fun with Trends
This is one of my favorite things to do! I love getting involved in conversation and seeing how many “retweets,” “favorites” and replies I get from it! More importantly, I love the followers who begin asking questions about my company and the ROI from it. No investment other than time, but traffic, backlinks, referrals and BUSINESS in return!
And, I mean, how hard is it? Creating jokes and interesting statements based upon trends and relating it to your business? This is definitely a worthwhile “brainwarmer” and stress reliever to get you in mode for some heavy duty business…
4. Self-Education on Unrelated Topics
Have you ever caught yourself working on
a project and stuck on what would make that brand unique? Sometimes, a
theme and an in-depth knowledge of a theme gives us an awesome outcome,
especially if it is related to a specific archetype!
As an Internet Marketer, you probably have been a Consultant for many
clients and are always the one doing the teaching. Why don’t you sit
back and let someone else teach you? Watch Youtube videos, read
conspiracy reports, learn something weird, check out the news! These
things may just jog some ideas that will get you back on track …and
benefit future client projects, as well!
Don’t forget to write down your ideas and get others captivated in your findings. Show them that you are not just a business, but your brand is a persona and you are human with real-life interests. You may just find niche markets and leaders that can pave the way to new approaches and ways of doing things.
5. Network and Get Out!
Networking and enjoying an adventure or
two will lead you into so many new directions and develop your mind to
understand public interests, as the World is always changing. You
experience new things. You can meet new people that will spark new
interests for you. New ideas can generate through collaboration. Doors
can be opened for new possibilities and in taking barriers from your
life. What is even better, you can enjoy yourself.
You get to de-stress. You can free your mind and clear it to start from scratch. Did you ever think that maybe these “blockage” periods force us into just laying around, watching TV and ultimately clearing our minds without a second thought? Because once your client puts that need in your face, ideas are pumping through your veins! So, get out! Conversate. Have fun!
6. Landing Pages
Truly who likes creating Landing Pages? But, guess what?! They are the keys to our success. They are also ways we can do things a little different with our brand, especially if linking into a corporate site. So, why not have fun with it?
You want to build something new, exciting, maybe innovative as well, right? Then, go ahead… design away! And, make it useful. The impact of each campaign depends on it.
7. New Ways to Monetize
We are constantly finding new ways to
monetize when we are working with clientele, whether it is through
products and services that we create or through research in finding ways
to promote their products. There are so many ways to monetize items
through free distribution that it is almost ridiculous!
People want free. If you give them free, they will find it worthwhile to take a peek!
This is one way to convert a consumer into a customer and be paid for it. How are we paid for it? The answer isn’t always easy, but a few ways to do it are through sponsors, advertisements, cross-promotions, etc.
Do some research, find some new methods of monetization that haven’t been touched yet. Implement your findings into your own brand. Make money… and give me some of it!
8. Spy on Competition and Fortune 500 Companies
I don’t mean to literally spy, although if you’re bold enough… How I mean to spy is to look into the Web, Social and Referral Presences of your competition. Look at their Marketing, their Design, their SEO. What can you do better than they can? What are they doing better? Can you implement it and fine-tune it to fulfill your brand’s needs in advancing in the marketplace?
9. Get Inspired
Read articles. Read books. Heck, read Memes! Go outside and smell the fresh air, taste a new cuisine. Whatever you do, embrace it. Find inspiration.
Keep your mind pumping and ideas sprouting in your mind.
Each and everything you experience, you must learn to make it your own. How can you incorporate enjoyable details into your brand in creating fresh content?
10. Backlinks and Other SEO
You have time. You can’t think of anything fresh. Anything you may create through forced creativity may end up very unaesthetic and unappealing to the eye. It may seem rushed if it is a text deliverable.
So, go ahead. Go to work. Create backlinks.
Point people in the direction of your brand’s presence and web site. You have nothing to lose! Maybe you will see something on your mission that allows you new insight!
11. Research New Tools and Trends
All that you have to do is to research new tools and trends for your Industry or niche….. This is pretty much self-explanatory…
…AND NOW, ONTO THE NEXT!
12. Ask an “Elder (not necessarily in the same industry)”
Ask a Veteran in the World of Marketing
or the Business World, in general, what they have done and have
accomplished in their career. Ask how they did it. Learn from them.
Bounce ideas off of them. Speak to them on the topics of life and
people. Then talk to your elders.
These people may not even be in-tune
with the World of Business. But, ask them about their likes and
dislikes. Ask them things that attracted their attention to brands over
the years and converted them into customers. Ask their favorite brands,
why they like the brands and how they were attracted to them. This is a
Allow an elder to shine through you. They know what they are talking about. They give a perspective that not many consider valuable. It might not be a “fresh” outlook, but it isn’t an every-day-run-of-the-mill practice, either! They might even have some ideas, but they feel they need a “fresher” face to produce it for them. You never know until you ASK!
Ever been on the phone or in a class and led to doodle random thoughts, phrases and imagery? Try it now that you are older and have a brand to grow!
Call someone that you haven’t spoken to in a long time. Catch up!
Enjoy yourself, and let yourself become clear-minded and reconnect with an old friend or family member at the same time. At the end of that phone call, look at your notepad. Your subconscious mind just told you what your next project was going to be about. It’s all about you to decipher it!
14. Engage in Conversation
Make your Social Presence personal!
Conversate with your audience. Find out their likes and dislikes, wants,
needs, thoughts. Get them involved in the brand’s future. Keep them
talking to and about your brand. As interesting as this is, I actually
get more business through my “personal” pages than my business pages.
The trick is to be personal without being too personal at all! Show life
and that you are human!
Create chemistry It’s all about relationships, so build! Bring that empire to life. And, allow those who support you make history at your side!
15. Speak to your Camera
We can never find time to make these Vlogs (Video Blogs) that everyone would rather watch than read information on. To boot, we aren’t always in our best shape. Let’s take advantage of this time.
Go in your closet, pull out some nice clothes. Get dressed and “made” up. Sit down at your computer, and hit record!
Speak about your journey, your successes, tips and tricks, ventures, clients, projects, ANYTHING. Inform your audience, entertain them… show them the face behind the brand… behind the movement! Then, use these videos to keep audiences captivated and interested in what your brand has to offer them!
16. Fun with Photos
As Marketers who write, create mood boards, need backgrounds, create content, need to get our point across, we always need photos… the more unique, the better. The less we have to pay for royalties, the better.
So, let’s get on a jacket, grab a book bag, fill it with goodies and a camera with extra batteries… and start shooting!
Take pictures of every and anything.
Keep in mind your audiences, and try to create content that will be
shared or liked! Don’t forget to take pictures of architecture, events
and people. Memories are everything. Nostalgia is in demand. And
people… they love looking at themselves. So, click away and tag them
Don’t forget to take pictures of architecture, events and people. Memories are everything. Nostalgia is in demand. And people… they love looking at themselves. So, click away and tag them later!
17. Mood “Boreds”
I know, it’s “mood board,” but you can do this if you are bored! Go out! Collect actual fabrics, textures, objects, colors. Cut out newspaper and magazine clippings. Get out your crayons, pastels, watercolors and do some exploration. Come up with a Rebranding Strategy, a Campaign, a Facelift, or some cool ideas for future projects!
Mood Boards are fun. They unlock the inner youth… our innocence… our imaginations. Open your mind, and unblock that brain!
18. Start a “Spin-Off”
You have found many new ways to capitalize from and monetize your content. You have found something in common. Is it time for a “Spin-Off” brand? How does it help your current brand?
Link Wheels are now generating spokes that will now build their own Link Pyramids under them! You can create backlinks to each other, cross-promote each other amongst audiences, draw together totally different audiences and recycle cool content!
Maximize your potential through this chance to start a spin-off. After all, wasn’t it your dream, growing up, to in some way take over the World? Why not start now to build your empire? The content created will link two-ways, or three, or four, in generating ongoing interest, positive SEO efforts, and give more content to each brand!
19. Write About Your Experiences and Knowledge
Whether creating a website, blog, resume, autobiography for use on various platforms or even writing for an Online periodical, make sure you are recording your experiences. You can always create content. But, who is recording your footprint upon the earth for your legacy and future generations?
On another note, it builds your expertise in the eyes of audiences. It shows you know what you are talking about. It gives you credibility. Who is selling you to new and future clientele?
Recommendations are everything, especially if a finger can be pointed on a point of interest… especially if you are a marketer who does a lot of work under Non-Disclosure. If you have already done so, go back and read it. Pay attention to your growth and create new goals for the future!
20. Fine-tune and Enhance Current Content
What better time than now to go back and
enhance, reorganize and fine-tune your current content database? Make
your content work for you. Analyze each piece and find out what works
and doesn’t work for it. Shoot, you might just find a better way to do
your current daily practice amongst your own presence and that of