Thursday, 29 October 2009

How social media can bring your brand to the masses

We have been promoting our clients successfully through traditional media for the last ten years. Building strong reputations with press and clients alike. But we knew that things were changing and so we buried ourselves in social media, learning on our feet and integrating ourselves into this online community.


The social media buzz is being felt around the world as networks such as Twitter and Facebook show a growth above and beyond anyone’s wildest expectations.  For the first time many brands are able to actually connect with and speak to their end users as if they were simply chatting about what to have for tea. This modern social accessibility is something many brands can only dream of.


Social media can take many different forms, including Internet forums, weblogs, social blogs, wikis, podcasts, pictures and video. Technologies include: blogs, picture-sharing, vlogs, wall-postings, email, instant messaging, music-sharing, crowdsourcing, and voice over IP, to name a few. Examples of social media applications are Google Groups (reference, social networking), Wikipedia (reference), MySpace (social networking), Facebook (social networking), MouthShut.com yelp.com (product reviews), Youmeo (social network aggregation), Last.fm (personal music), YouTube (social networking and video sharing), Avatars United (social networking), Second Life (virtual reality), Flickr (photo sharing), Twitter (social networking and microblogging), Open Diary (blogging), and other microblogs such as Jaiku. Many of these social media services can be integrated via social network aggregation platforms like Mybloglog and Plaxo.


Phew, you may say. Do I want to know all of that? Do I need to know all of that? Is it going to help my business?
Answers: Maybe, not really, yes.


But where do you begin?
There are so many options that the danger is that you actually end up doing nothing because you don’t know where to start. Mistake - big one!
The real starting point begins we believe with asking yourself what it is that you want to achieve?
The usual answers of more sales, market share etc. can really be addressed in most cases by gaining more awareness of your brand - thus resulting in more visitors to your own web site.
But an effective social media strategy can achieve a whole lot more. Including improving brand loyalty and brand image whilst creating a loyal brand community.
That’s where we come in. Through a process of study and practice we have devised systems to drive more traffic to your website. We have this working for a range of customers varying in size and geographical location.
We will work with you to learn your core values and your business objectives and translate this into the message that we promote for you.


But what do we want achieve for you?
Increased traffic to your brand website.
Increased awareness of your brand.
Promote your products and services to identified target market.
To maximise brand mentions.
To offer review products to key influential bloggers.


Our social media service
Building of YouTube stream, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr groups that work to actively promote your brand.
Manage the above mentioned accounts.
Promote any blog or website that you currently utilise.
Cross tweet information across our well established Twitter accounts. We have a combined reach of over 13 million people. FYI, we have never used follow programs on Twitter. All of our followers have chosen to follow us and are receptive to our messages.
Act as the social media point of reference for all enquiries.


Why Us?
Well.... that’s quite simple really. We are early adopters and in social media that means everything. We are not saying that we have been there from the word dot....but we seem to be there 24/7 now (if you follow us you know that to be true!)

By early adopters we mean that social media has become a way of life for us. We are on line by hook or by crook - yes OK, we are addicts! That was one thing that Sian learned when over at the BlogHer conference earlier this year. That us social media geeks are all addicts. As much as we like to try to defend it - it is true. Our social media management does not stop when normal office hours cease. Much of our important social media networking is done in the evenings and weekends. Regular social media providers don’t offer this level of out of hour’s service.
We already run a number of highly effective social media accounts for our clients. Giving us an amazing potential reach of over 13 million people - which is way over ten times the combined circulation of every single printed parenting publication in the UK. This kind of puts things into perspective.
So that is us and what we do. We could go on wowing you with our success stories but quite frankly whilst we have been writing this we have been neglecting our Twitter feed. 
Whilst working with us cannot guarantee you more sales we can guarantee that we can build your brand and drive traffic to your site - and how do you think that could influence your sales?
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4 comments:

  1. I'd just like to add that you need to BE YOURSELF and the followers will follow you, for YOU and your brand. Being another persona will not last. BE YOURSELF. :)

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  2. golly, I'm a bit scared now! I'm selling my existing company and launching a new product in Feb, might have to get in touch with you :)

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  3. Thank you for the comments. mswonka - you are of course totally right, being yourself is everything.

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