Boosts, Facebook Ads, Conversion Ads, Oh My!
We went from Facebook to Instagram to Snapchat to Periscope. What we see here is a transition from words and images to just images to now video. With information at our fingertips, the attention span is getting shorter and shorter. Videos are getting more and more important. Some of your target market much rather watch a 30 second video about your business than to try to navigate your website to get a deeper knowledge of your business. Don't make them search for it.
Either have a video about your business or pick a few topics of your expertise that are interesting and make a video about it. This, of course, will depend on your industry. Be careful of talking heads and rambling. Have a plan, have an outline and execute it.
Don't just take my word for it.
By 2017, Online Video Will Make up Nearly 70% of Consumer Internet Traffic-Cisco
"Most of Facebook Will Soon Be Video. Twitter Is Launching Twitter Video, Periscope, and Vine. Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr, Etc. Have All Prioritized Video" Founder of EpicSignal, Brendan Gahan, predicts an already evident increase in videos on social media channels.
Largest sale in sports history
In 2014 former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer became the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Ballmer would pay a record $2 Billion for the NBA Franchise, most ever for any sport. In 2000 UFC was purchased for $2 million, and in 2016 is now sold for a record $4 Billion dollars. News of the record breaking sale was announced by William Morris Endeavor & International Management Group. The new owners make up a partnership of WME (William Morris Endeavor), IMG (International Management Group), MSD Capital, and KKR global investment firm.The Abu Dhabi government’s Flash Entertainment (Zuffa LLC) still owns 10 percent of UFC.
In the last decade UFC has become a global force in the sports world. Last year alone UFC generated an estimated $600 million in revenue while attracting a growing audience of millennials. Millennials make up the most coveted demographic advertisers and TV networks. UFC fights are shown in more than 156 countries and its events are the top sellers on pay-per-view TV.
Identify your target audience. Where do they go? Develop a relationship with them. In the same breath of relationships, value your customers feedback, positive or negative.
What is going on in the media?
Some may not have a problem with this one, but if you are like me, time is something very hard to find, and I have to make it a point to check out social media, exploring new events, offers and trending topics. You could find bloggers, reporters etc who write about specific industries. Who are they? Write them an email, invite them to one of your events, nurture these relationships.
Write about something interesting. Period.
As a business, it needs to stand out. Look at your logo. Your website. Does it stand out? Connect to your target audience, not only as a business, but as a person. Follow other companies, maybe not your competitors, but you get the idea.
What is working? What is not working?
Some techniques work for some businesses and some do not, always evaluate what is working and what is not working. If you are not going to hire a PR team, at least have a plan. Adjust what is working and what is not working and move on.