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The following was originally posted to the SwordFlameMedia blog.
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We Have Come to the World to Know
Developing your personal brand requires you to find your authentic voice. The process of creating one develops who you are — the unique you — the Me, Inc. When you find your voice, and your audiences start to react positively, that builds self-confidence and self-esteem and allows you to find yourself in a meaningful way.
Whether you are trying to build your business, find a job, get noticed by the press, impress vendors, attract influential contacts or simply make new successful friends, a powerful, attractive and visible brand is the key. And it’s also key to building your reputation, credibility and most importantly, being successful in your professional and personal life.
The social landscape is changing quickly. In order to win, social marketers need to listen and engage where their audience is. This takes a plan. Here’s some help to develop one.
Get to know your audience.
Get to know your target audience. Understand who your ideal audience is and what they care about it. Ask these questions:
- Who is your ideal audience following on social media?
- What topics are they discussing/posting about?
- What is their age group?
- Where are they (geographical location)?
- What type of content are they regularly interacting with?
Thoroughly research your audience. This ensures your social media marketing efforts are effective. To reach a wider audience, know the channels available.
Go where they are.
Focus on the channels your audience prefers. Take the initiative to explore the usage and demographics for each each platform. Pew Research looks at social media platforms. Look them up and do your research.
Maximize your ROI.
Be thoughtful and strategic about when and where you’ll maintain a social presence.
Here are some statistics to consider:
- 79% of internet users (68% of all U.S. adults) use Facebook. Pew Research
- Facebook is the most-used social media site by Americans 12 and up. Edison
- Posts with images see 2.3 times more engagement than those without images. Buzzsumo
- Facebook users engage – 76% log on daily, including 55% who do so several times a day. Pew
- Facebook sends 82% of social media traffic to longer stories and 84% of social traffic to shorter news articles. Pew
- Facebook Messenger has 1.2 billion monthly active users worldwide. Statista
- Twitter has 313 million monthly active users. Twitter
- 24% of internet users (21% of all U.S. adults) use Twitter. Pew
- 42% of Twitter users log on daily, including 23% who do several times a day. Pew
- There are 500 million Tweets per day or about 6,000 per second. InternetLiveStats
- Video is the fastest-growing media type on Twitter. Twitter
- LinkedIn has 106 million users. LinkedIn
- 29% of internet users (25% of all U.S. adults) use LinkedIn. LinkedIn
- 18% of LinkedIn users log on daily. Pew
- 92% of B2B marketers leverage LinkedIn over all other social platforms. LinkedIn
- Snapchat has over 100 million daily users. Snapchat
- 54% of Shapchat users log on daily. Adweek
- Snapchat users watch over 10 billion videos per day. Snapchat
- 400 million Snaps are sent daily. Adweek
- Instagram has 500 million monthly active users. Statista
- 51% of Instagram users log on daily. Pew
- 32% of internet users (28% of all U.S. adults) use Instagram. Instagram
- Over 95 million photos and videos are shared on Instagram every day. Instagram
- YouTube is the world’s second largest search engine and third most visited site after Google and Facebook. Pulse
- There are 3,25 billion hours of video watched each month. Statistic Brain
- The most viewed brand videos are on average 31 – 60 seconds long. Social Bakers
- Pinterest has 150 million users. Pinterest
- 31% of internet users (26% of all adults) use Pinterest. Pew
- 87% of Pinners have purchased something on Pinterest, while 93 % plan to do so. Pinterest
- WhatsApp has more than 1.3 billion monthly active users. Statista
- WhatsApp is most popular in markets outside the U.S. Statista
- WeChat has more than 938 million active users. eMarketer
- 50% of users use WeChat for at least 90 minutes a day. WeChat
- The average WeChat user sends 74 messages per day. WeChat
Be sure you’re focused where your target audience is.
Strive to engage with your audience to win.
For marketers, our timeless job is still the same: to communicate.
In other words, the written word matters more than ever. The written word isn’t dying, it’s evolving. The information is there. If only brands were set up for the written word.
Today, brands have an opportunity to be fast, to engage in real-time dialogue, to hear what they are getting right — and wrong.
Twitter serves as useful customer service. Facebook tells us if a movie is going to be a hit pretty much right away. Instagram lets us know what products people really, really love…and share.
For people to know about your business, you must tell them.
Online searching makes the process easier for potential customers to find you. Once you have a good setup you can start to market your business. Start with a blog on your website and a Twitter account. Blogs give you the ability to update regularly.
Search engines were developed to find the most relevant content about a particular search phrase. Blogs continually feed the search engines new and relevant content.
Delivering quality content to the search engines rewards the blog owners.
Your online presence is open 24/7.
To get started:
- Make a presence on Social Media
- Use the right geographic keywords
- Target your local area
- Sign up on local review websites
Start marketing online to beat your competitors to the punch. Once you are engaged in online marketing, you can expand your market. By providing a stream of positive information about your business via your blog, you’ll be in charge of the “buzz”.
You’ll benefit from online marketing. You’ll notice a huge difference in your own traffic and sales. Marketing online creates new and innovative marketing techniques.
Social Media Marketing is much more than simply being active in social networks.
Social Media Marketing is not only about what others do for you in Social Media. Once you get others to talk about you, you have half-way won. You need to make it easy for them and provide something they can talk about.
- Provide interesting content – people share content
- Make the content easy to share
- Provide messaging and social accounts
Without content your social media marketing is doomed to fail.
Do you have enough content to share on Social Media to keep visible? If you do not provide anything worth following you for, how can you expect people to follow you?
If your content is not shared, how can you expect to grow?
Search for and find your authentic voice.
This process develops who you are. You’ll build self-confidence and self-esteem.
A powerful, attractive, and visible brand is key to:
- Building a business
- Finding a job
- Getting noticed on Social Media
- Impressing vendors
- Attracting influencers and mentors
- Making friends
Branding “you” will lead to more opportunities.
While I was doing some stock and financial research, I came across an article that interested me. It was about Apple. Apple the company. In the past calendar year, Apple has been through ups and downs. Companies and people always go through peaks and valleys. Apple was no exception.
There were stories, from reliable sources, that blasted Apple’s market share and their lack of new products. If that wasn’t enough, here came news of Apple’s lack of innovation. Now, remember that this is while Apple is constructing their “mothership”. This is the nickname of their new research facility which resembles a big flying saucer. To me, Apple is always a model of innovation. Apparently, not everyone thought that way.
But while the negatives that were coming out on Apple, some major “players” were buying the stock like investment houses and hedge funds. Warren Buffet was a big buyer of Apple stock and always spoke highly about the company.
Well, the post I came across specifically mentioned Apple as being “antifragile”. As I read on, it was brought out that antifragile was incorrect as to describing Apple and should have mentioned Amazon as being antifragile. Antifragile is described as:
“Some things benefit from shocks. They thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it antifragile.”
This original definition is from Nassim Taleb. Antifragile is assigned to entities which are small companies, companies that can pivot, companies with embedded options, investments with open-ended outcomes and companies led by owners/operators and/or aggressive tinkerers.
“If the designation antifragile is rather vague and limited to specific sources of harm or volatility, and up to a certain range of exposure, it is no more and no less so than the designation fragile. Antifragility is relative to a given situation. A boxer might be robust, pale when it comes to his physical condition, and might improve from fight to fight, but he can easily be emotionally fragile and break into tears when dumped by his girlfriend.”
The term “antifragile” is vague. Perhaps it should not have been applied to Apple, but instead to Amazon.
Think of antifragility in terms of “a thing” and volatility. Antifragility isn’t what you should be under all circumstances. Sometimes you have to accept being on top and perhaps consequently vulnerable.
Apple: Antifragile it is Not was the source and inspiration for this post.
Is “the human factor” neglected in Social Media?
There are humans on the other side of the computer.
Too much automation? Think about real engagement. Think on this:
We talk about:
- the news
- weekend activities
- how our children are doing
You get the picture.
Even if we don’t reach the personal level, we discuss work in a much more casual way so that productivity does not suffer. This makes the work discussion more enjoyable.
On Social Media, we want to connect. We want to develop relationships by discussing topics in a casual way. This is the first step to building real engagement. Friendliness and warmth are essential for developing relationships and creativity confidence.
Get started. Take that step. Pave your way towards success.
Find someone who likes what you’re doing. They’ll support you.
BOLD WORDS. WHAT DO THEY MEAN?
They mean leaving our “comfort zone”. The safety of zones can be dangerous to our personal progress, individual success, and fulfillment of potential. We have to be willing to encounter the unknown.
When we become willing to take on the unknown, we’ll find our conviction about why this task is important to us. Sometimes we may have to fight through the fear to take the leap from our comfort zone.
We have the power to personalize our behavior outside our comfort zone. This personalization makes any surrounding more comfortable. We’ll connect with authenticity. To reach this goal, we’ll need to customize our approach to each appropriate situation.
This lifts the weight of fear from our beings. We no longer need be afraid of what could go wrong to focus on what we’ll do right.