Engagement

It’s easy to get mesmerized by the Follower and Like numbers on your Instagram account, but learning how well you’re engaging is key.

I always remind my clients that while Social Media is in fact media (algorithms, numbers, ratios), it is very much a social platform. In the real world, social success in not rated by how many people said they were interested in a party, but how many actually showed up and actively engaged. Not how many people you know, but how many friends you feel you can actually call.

Most people are surprised to find that many 500K-2M follower Instagram accounts are averaging any where between 3%-9% engagement. It becomes a numbers game. You spend a lot of money on advertising hoping some will actually engage, increasing your ROI.

For years, Social Media “gurus” have preached that content is king. Well, it’s true, but people want a king that feels accessible. Delivering content that has both value and access is imperative on these platforms. Keep the narrative clear, offer valuable content, keep it as authentic as possible, and make sure it’s something your audience would want to share.

Of course, coupling this with effective boosts and promotions via Instagram and Facebook definitely helps. But that’s for a different day…

Morning Rant

Thoughts on Branding & Marketing. What makes you unique? What sets you a part? How are you telling that story to create a positive emotional response?

 

Experimenting with Facebook Live

Tim Oprah4Facebook Live is something that I’ve been experimenting with my client Tim Storey, who’s been a speaker, life coach, & author for over 30 years. After being on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday and speaking at Super Soul Sessions last year, his audience has grown by leaps and bounds. The strategy is evolving as we go along. The agenda…to reach and engage more people at one time at a low cost.

Earlier this month, we went Live, behind the scenes for 30 minutes, before The Study Hollywood, a unique evening in Hollywood, CA with emerging creatives, entrepreneurs, and dreamers…interviewing attendees, peeking in on sound checks, and expounding on the vision of the event. Then just this week, we experimented with an hour long World Shakers Summit Q&A, Live from Tim’s home office in LA.

The World Shakers Summit Q&A involved live Q&A with fans all over the world and will most likely become a weekly event. We had people from South Africa, Scandinavia, U.K., and throughout the United States. We had over 520,000 reached, over 15,000 views, and over 1,300 comments. We announced it about 8 hours prior to going live (and threw $100 towards boosting the post), with a quick reminder about 40 minutes prior. We had a couple hiccups minutes before going live while we attempted to use Telestream’s Wirecast studio software on an iMac with a NESSIE Blue Mic. Unfortunately, we could not get it to work properly, but because we had to go live, we just used an iPhone 6. We had two people (including myself) going through the live feed and pulling questions (via an LG phone and Macbook Air). To mix it up a bit, we invited a some guests to jump in and add insight and help answer some questions. We received tons of great feedback and had sign up for both his personal One on One Life Coaching, as well as his Visit Tim’s Facebook Page at https://Facebook.com/TimStoreyOfficial.

Although, it’s still fairly new, Facebook Live is going to change the game for brands, individuals, to reach and most importantly engage with a diverse audience…at a very lost cost.

 

Gary Vaynerchuk: Stop Storytelling Like it’s 2007

Please note: This talk contains adult language.

In a world with Vine, Snapchat, and Twitter, how can creatives capture attention to make their voices heard?

In this 99U talk, best-selling author and founder of VaynerMedia, Gary Vaynerchuk breaks down how our work can cut through our current “A.D.D. Culture” — one where we binge-watch entire television seasons in one sitting and prefer texting to phone calls.

“We’ve gotten to a point where everything is on our time,” says Vaynerchuk, “So why is everyone storytelling like it’s 2007 in a 2014 world?” The best digital storytellers, he says, use the social media to “hook” audiences in for the deeper stuff. We should give, give again, and give some more before ever asking for anything from our community. “We have to start respecting the nuances of every platform.”

0:39 no matter what you do, our job us to tell our story
1:44 storytelling in micro moments
4:05 storytelling on social
8:14 quality storytelling always wins
8:34 social networks = distribution
10:30 biggest asset: time
11:56 eyes and ears “attention is the only commodity”
12:58 “give, give, give, ask”
13:30 give people happy stories, make them laugh
14:51 we have to act human.

A Brand’s Narrative

Consumers are actively seeking out brands who tell stories. They want to believe in and be a part of something bigger than the brand. Here are some stats that illustrate the difference in traditional advertising vs. storytelling – from a consumer’s point of view.

StoryTelling

Infographic from PlayNetwork

The Humility of the Artist

I was reading Seth Godin’s blog post this morning and it profoundly hit the nail on the head. Here’s what he said,

It seems arrogant to say, “perhaps this isn’t for you.”

When the critic pans your work, or the prospect hears your offer but doesn’t buy, the artist responds, “that’s okay, it’s not for you.” She doesn’t wheedle or flip-flop or go into high pressure mode. She treats different people differently, understands that she is working to delight the weird, not please the masses, and walks away.

Isn’t that arrogant?

No. It’s arrogant to assume that you’ve made something so extraordinary that everyone everywhere should embrace it. Our best work can’t possibly appeal to the average masses, only our average work can.

Finding the humility to happily walk away from those that don’t get it unlocks our ability to do great work.

Knowing who you are and where you are going is branding. That is the brand, whether the brand is you, a product or service. Being confident in allowing your brand to be itself is not arrogantit is strategic. We must be artists, creators, innovators; we are all original.

I asked a client (singer/songwriter) the other day in a session, “Who was Michael Jackson like?” “What about Prince? Or Miles Davis?” The answer, obviously was no one. They were confident in being themselves and they created forms of music that no one before them had created. We don’t really consider musicians who followed in their footsteps to be legends. Being legendary requires being unique, different. It required these artists to be themselves, not attempting to please everyone, but pushing to have personal integrity and originality in their work.

Michael Jackson Prince Miles DavisNo one can be you. There is no competition to you. When you choose to be yourself and stay focused on a clear path, you don’t really compete with anyone. You now have something unique. Now all you have to do is market, effectively tell your story to a specific demographic. Branding and marketing…defining who you are, where you are going, and sharing that story effectively. 

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