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Why Bands & Singers should use Social Media

3 Feb

The internet has opened up endless possibilities and opportunities for promotion of individuals creativity, from painters to comedians and that is one of the main reasons bands and singers should use social media to promote new material, especially if it is being released commercially. This means creating a buzz, well in advance of the actual release date!

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Of course it may seem daunting, especially when you realise how much you can actually let your creativity flow, but social media gives you a chance to explore and experiment, try what works and see what doesn’t work.

If you were a singer or band in the 1970s or even in the 1980s you wouldn’t have needed to consider the internet, either to promote your songs, worry about “memes” or to release new material but now we are in the 21st century; cultures and expectations have changed and you need to use social media to promote yourself because it is what is expected. The music industry has changed beyond recognition with people becoming famous (& rich) purely from uploading 1 song on YouTube (Andie Case & Jason Derulo Car on Youtube).

Everyone is using at least one form of social media these day, it could be Facebook, Twitter or even Instagram and if you don’t use it it’s pretty much like you don’t exist. Social media is a fantastic marketing platform which is one of the reasons bands and singers really need to be using it.
Promoting new material via social media can be really easy, but most importantly you want to make sure you don’t make it a full on sales platform as that can be boring for your audience and you will lose your connections. Instead you need to aim for 80% of posts being conversational and funny with 20% of your updates being promotional.
The balance between keeping your social media promotional and conversational is tricky and yes you can do this yourself, but we would always say get some professional help. Some of the worst mistakes involve posts with spelling / grammar errors, no tags or back-links and over indulgent self-promoting. These can be really off-putting & that can affect sales / downloads & airtime!

So here are some quick tips from Rocoja

  • Copy anything you are going to post into a Word Doc before posting & run a Grammar & Spell check before posting it!
  • When you’re recording the new material why not share short video clips, show the gang eating lunch and maybe some back stage pictures too. These are all ‘conversational updates’ but they’re promoting your new material without being obvious about it and it’s updates like this that can work really well.
  • If you’re doing a tour before the release of the new material you can tweet about the different place you are but get the potential fans / consumers involved too, share photos you take on the day and get them to do the same.
  • Tell your fans where you are going on the promotional tour and where they can see you. If worded right this isn’t obvious it’s a promotional update, instead you’re letting fans know what’s going on and where they can see you, as a friendly update.
  • Make sure you insert back links to your download sites
  • Make sure you tag in friends in the industry, who may RT / Share your status’s & don’t be “me me me” Make sure you are sharing & RT’ing other peoples updates too.
  • DON’T buy followers of fans – Fake followers on any platform act in a negative way, sometimes even causing the accounts to be sanctioned by Twitter / Facebook /Instagram. Also your true fans will feel cheated.

The potential from Social media is endless, if you know how to maximize it…

Rocoja knows how to!

Contact us for some advice info@Rocoja.co.uk

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3) Quick Tips for your Social Media campaigns

19 Mar

You need a good Social Media strategy nowadays.

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With Consultants like us, creating great content for our clients; small businesses are now, more than ever needing to ensure their Social Media is relevant & engaging;

And while I will still maintain, employing a professional is a much better (& safer) option, here is some help for all you “go it aloners” out there.

 

1)         Pick Your platforms carefully – not every business needs to be on every social media platform.Logos

Some businesses should be on visually rich sites such as Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube, while others  are more suited to the text only “quick-info” style of Twitter. You MUST understand your audience, do some research, have a look at what they are interacting with, before making the plunge, as a badly managed Social Media account can be detrimental to how prospective clients / customers perceive you.

 

2)        Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should! aka – Avoid the hard sell!

The main thing I try to explain to my small businesses is that Social Media is not about selling.  Your followers & friends will not thank you for appearing in their timeline extolling the virtues of your business, time after time & they will “switch -off”. I know we are all proud of our business & want to shout it from the rooftops BUT your Twitter / Facebook is probably not the best place to do that over & over again. A little bit of self-promo is ok once in a while, but try to make your overall strategy about enhancing your followers experience, encouraging them to share out the information you are bringing to them. remember although you see a screen when you post your content, the recipients are human & want to be spoken to as such.

3)         Dont think its a free for all online!

This is by no means a “free” marketing tool. In fact Social media is expensive! Just ask those people or companies who have been sued or have been ruined because Tweets sent were deemed to be offensive. Some famous examples of a Social Media storm have included – Courtney Love , Marlon Wayans , US HighSchool & these cases. Be careful what you post, make sure you are being truthful.

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Some other great blogs around this subject are here:-

Is Bigger always Better?       Social Media – DIY?       The 4 Platforms I love!

Social media language.        Should I Auto It?

 

Or contact us for some advice

www.Rocoja.co.uk

We are here specifically for new and fledgling businesses.

                          

 

 

 

 

 

The language of Social Media

9 Mar

Personally, building a Social Media business means I spend as much time on my computer as many of my friends spend “at Work” in a “Proper Job”.

In fact I spend much more time now, as now instead of reaching for a milky drink when Insomnia hits at 3am, I reach for my trusty Toshiba Laptop & get online to see what’s happening & if I (or any of my clients) should be a part of it.

You see – social media NEVER sleeps… Luckily neither do I (OK, I do, but just 3 /4 hours a night).

I think my family & friends are probably a bit tired of hearing how passionate I am about Twitter, Pinterest & social media in general, however it’s very different to someone coming home from a day’s work, effervescing about the flowers in their shop, or the lovely people that came into their retail outlet. It’s different because is so hard to quantify what my job involves.

In plain terms, I write articles & blog posts, I tweet, I post updates, write reviews, in fact lately I’ve branched out into more of a “PR” role for some of my clients.

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But overall It’s  very difficult to explain how those things above translate to building a brand/clientele to someone who doesn’t understand social media yet. (Something I can help you understand if you wish).

Social media is vital for business development, marketing, customer service & building a brand!

So, I work as a “Social media consultant” – well at least that’s what the insurance company who insures me categorises it as. In my eyes I am an additional service to small businesses who want to utilise word of mouth to build their business; but have accepted that word of mouth has changed forever to “tweet & update”!

To that end I have become bi-lingual, I have to translate between two worlds — that of the social media culture and that of the people have little to no experience with it. This is exciting & frustrating at the same time, but extremely rewarding when a client gets to see their customer base increase & they themselves can understand how it’s finally happened.

This is why the Bi-lingual part of my role is so important.

My clients may be in unfamiliar territory when it comes to marketing per-se, let alone social media marketing. They may be uncomfortable with change & unable to ratify the making of on-line relationships to finding & retaining new business. Many of my clients are used to the tried & trusted way of building relationships, Trade shows, Networking meetings, Door-knocking, Telesales etc. The new language of social media is very foreign & it’s a massive bonus to be able to translate it into an easily understandable language.

Introducing social media to a small business brings me the challenge of getting people to imagine the possibilities of something they’ve never experienced & I love it.

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Social Media Mistakes

1 Mar

One of the things I come across a lot in my line of work, is the questioning of how a company can obtain actual results or return on investment (ROI) through social media marketing.

The truth is that in the start of the social media revolution; to “appear online” was just enough and there were few companies on Facebook (and even less on Twitter), so it was easy to get attention.

With the popular adoption of social media, it is now even harder to keep companies prominent in this social standing wave. Moreover, social media is very different from traditional marketing.

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These difficulties, adding to the fact that social media marketing is relatively new, cause small companies inevitable mistakes and costly missteps can happen.

Below there is a list of the top five mistakes (or gaffes) small companies can find themselves making..

Mistake 1: Speaking/Selling TO people instead of engaging with them

Many small companies see social media as another way to spread information, such as a website or news feed. Then they wonder why no one talks to them.

Example: “We continue following the people, but they do not follow us back! Why don’t they talk to us?”

The answer to this question in social networks is the same as the real world. Would you spend time with someone who just kept pushing their own agenda every time you met with them?

Start a conversation based on a mutual interest. You know that Just talking non stop about yourself, even if you move from group to group, will not engage people. They will become bored & “switch-off”.

Join the conversation, and add VALUE to the dialogues.

Instead of seeing social media as another place where you can disseminate promotional messages (offers, releases, new product announcements, etc.), businesses get better results by engaging with the online community by actively participating.

Mistake 2: The mentality of “If you build, they will come”.

Most small companies are excited when they enter Twitter and Facebook and then they look around and ask, “Where is everybody?”

Absolutely everyone is busy on the Internet connecting with friends, family and people who enjoy subjects of common interest. People do not have the time, interest, or simply ability to connect with each company or brand that tries to contact them.

As an example, consider that on average a person on Facebook is connected to 130 people and 80 pages, add to that groups and events. If each of these upload 5 publications in day, there will be more than 1,000 updates in one day to be seen by each individual.

Your company should have a plan to promote your accounts on social media with VALUE to those with whom you connect. Not simply create an account and consider that the world will interact!

Mistake 3: Obsession with having the largest number of fans / friends / followers.

A study done last July showed that only 3% to 7.5% of your Facebook fans actually see your posts.

Thus, rather than focusing on the amount of “likes” that your page has, you should focus on creating quality and relevant content so that you can build engagement with your followers.  Add to this, the new algorithms introduced by Facebook recently, aimed at enhancing the individuals experience by cutting down “spammy” advertising posts. You really have to know how to write & enhance your post.

Mistake 4: Not being prepared for questions or problems.

When small companies enter the world of social media, they should be prepared to answer basic questions from time to time. Consumers expect companies that are active in social networks to be able to respond as if they were a customer service desk; this means that if your company has constant problems, they are likely to appear on social networks.

This should not be a surprise to anyone, but unfortunately, many small companies are not prepared. Make a list of the 10 most frequently asked questions you are getting by phone or email and be prepared to deal with those in social networks.

Mistake 5: Lack of a clear plan.

The biggest root cause for not having satisfactory results in social networks is the lack of a plan. Since accounts on social media networks can be created free, it is common that most companies create and start publishing “things”.

The problem is that without a plan, some “things” that are posted are most likely to be of no interest to your target audience. Even if your audience is interested in “things” that you post, it may be difficult to create a link between social media interactions and the real value you are looking for. Example: engagement with the brand, brand building, brand association, orders, sales, conversions, etc. Without goals and a defined plan, it will be very difficult to measure any kind of success.

It may sound daunting – BUT Social Media is an absolute must for any business now.

However it doesn’t have to be difficult and you can have fun whilst using it but it is essential for every business to be using it effectively.

Just remember that your customers always come first and want to be made to feel special.

The way your business comes across on Social Media will give an instant impression of your business.

Make it a friendly, professional, consistent one.

Contact Rocoja Limited for help and advice.

We are here specifically for new and fledgling businesses.

                          

Social Media for your business?

15 Feb

You’ve been told over and over again that networking is the lifeblood of running your own business.

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You know that you have to build rapport and forge strong relationships with people in order to gain a trusted reputation within your business community and hope that you will be recommended to potential clients once this has been established. Yet, so often, you neglect the biggest networking opportunities that are constantly available via Social Media.

Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are the three most commonly used social media networks and it’s crucial for every business to use them regularly.

Creating an online brand – an identity for your business, is essential and that’s where the use of social media really comes into play. Everything you do on each of the social media networks is a glimpse into your business identity. It allows the people that interact with you to gain an image of you in their mind’s eye – everything from the logos and pictures you use, to the content shared and the way you speak; it’s all taken onboard and snap decisions made about whether they like you and want to interact with you further. It’s the interaction that takes your customer from potential to closed sale.

Twitter is perhaps the most effective social media site for gaining fresh, new customers. This is the personality driven network, the one that everyone is using and the best way of engaging quickly with large amounts of people. Interaction is the name of the game at Twitter, by sharing stories and content through tweets you can quickly identify yourself as an industry expert which builds trust amongst your audience – showing them that you know what you are talking about and therefore, must be good at what you do!

To use Twitter effectively you have to be consistent and just like at a real networking event; don’t sell to the room. People do business with people. So you want to encourage people to warm to you and trust you. Constantly selling and ignoring what others have to say will only encourage people to listen politely before walking away!

Being consistent with your posts makes you come across as reliable and being helpful will earn you instant kudos! The more you give; the more you receive. So don’t be afraid to advise people for free if you have the expertise to help them – they will remember you for it and come back to you in the future when they need your particular product or service.

Facebook is all about listening to and interacting with your audience. Facebook isn’t so much about gaining new customers, its more about keeping in touch with your existing followers / friends and showing your expertise and products, along with allowing a forum for customer service to shine through! Most page likes are from people who already know and like what you do. So treat your Facebook page as a small community built around your business – share content, special offers, ask questions, respond to feedback and learn what makes your customers tick. By understanding your customer better, you’ll instinctively adapt your business to meet their needs and requirements and thus, make more sales!

Social media doesn’t have to be difficult and you can have fun whilst using it but it is essential for every business to be using it effectively.

Just remember that your customers always come first and want to be made to feel special.

The way your business comes across on Social Media will give an instant impression of your business.

Make it a friendly, professional, consistent one.

Contact Rocoja Limited for help and advice.

We are here specifically for new and fledgling businesses.

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Facebook for Small Business is Changing

4 Feb

Have you started noticing that your Page posts aren’t showing up in friends and follower’s news feeds as much anymore?

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Has your company’s engagement levels decreased on your Facebook Page?

This is because Facebook has implemented a change in 2015 intended to improve the experience for personal users. (Their official stance).

According to the recent announcement on Facebook’s blog, they are reducing the number of overly promotional page posts in users’ News Feeds.

“As part of an ongoing survey we asked hundreds of thousands of people how they feel about the content in their News Feeds. People told us they wanted to see more stories from friends and Pages they care about, and less promotional content.”

Many of us who manage our own Facebook business pages & indeed other small business pages, are more of the opinion that it has more to do with moving towards a “proper” business versus personal format on their platform. Ensuring people have to promote their business pages correctly – via paid for ads & boosts, much the same as you would if you advertised on any other platform.

The main thing we have all seen is a huge decrease in organic views on business pages & this doesn’t even depend on the amount of followers / likes you have.

However good content is still getting out there – Facebook is initially targeting “salesy” small businesses – the type that show the following:-

  • Posts that solely push people to buy a product or install an app
  • Posts that push people to enter promotions and sweepstakes with no real context
  • Posts that reuse the exact same content from ad

So great & engaging content is important – Your customers will still be on Facebook – They are not going to move away just because Facebook decides to limit businesses from appearing… BUT Facebook ads & boosted posts are extremely important.

What do these changes mean for small businesses who are unsure about Facebook advertising?

You should be doing the following immediately

  1. Evaluate your Facebook marketing strategy and create content that will be engaging.  This type of content needs to provide value to your audience—content that they can learn from, share, and want to share out.
  2. Use the correct link format when posting links on your Facebook page instead of burying links in photo captions.
  3. Run a Facebook posting test to see what kind of posts gets the most engagement. For example, One of my clients is a Haulage company, so instead of posting general stuff like “Its Valentines soon – What are you planning to buy for your partner?”  I try to post content that contains valuable advice related to the clients followers; such as:  “Did you know that during Valentines week, small businesses transport costs can double due to …”
  4. Post images and videos on Instagram and cross-post to Facebook..
  5. Use a social media content calendar to organize posts on Facebook to coincide when your target demographic is online.

However all of the above takes time & is not a quick thing to learn how to do correctly – that’s where a Social Media company such as Rocoja Limited comes in.

Overall by targeting less ads strategically, you can achieve much greater efficiency than just posting lots of content after content, which will now not be sent out.

Businesses must start to use Facebook boosts & ads to target audiences in order to increase reach. Something Rocoja is perfectly able to help with.

 Going forward

There are things you as a Business owner can do to help reach & overall market value.

Get to know your Facebook audience

Data showing what ads are most successful is useful as it gives you insight about content that resonates the most with your audience and what communication style your audience responds to the best; Any Social media company worth its salt can get this information for you. (Have a read here) 

Don’t focus on selling on Facebook
One of the main reasons why Facebook is changing its algorithm is because more and more businesses are posting sales-driven content, as opposed to resourceful content that will provide value to their audience.

Post your best content on Facebook
Facebook wants people to see only the best content on their News Feed. Which means that in order for a business to see engagement on their posts, you have to be mindful of the type of content you are posting!

Just because it’s been successful on other platforms, it may not translate onto this new, much more selective Facebook. So do your homework. Content that has the most clicks and shares is important to you & is something the new algorithm is aiming for via the paid for boosts.

With all that in mind – Don’t be tempted to forget about your Page!

In October 2014 nearly a billion people visited Facebook Pages.

Of those visits, more than 750 million happened on mobile devices.

Many businesses also use Pages as a customer service channel.

Businesses should think about their Page as a cornerstone of their online identity, not simply as a publishing service.

The businesses that are doing this well understand the discovery and communication that happens when people come to their Page.

And it’s important to note that Facebook is increasing its investment in Pages also.

We have recently seen a “Contact us” button arrive at the top of some pages & a “Menu” list arrive on restaurant pages. So they are most definitely here to stay!

For any more help / advice or Small Business Tips & Tricks

Please contact us

Info@Rocoja.co.uk

Karin

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