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Why and How to use Videos in your Social Media Strategy

September 14th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Why and How to use Videos in your Social Media Strategy”

It’s no secret that video content is on the rise on Social Media. Videos have a way of educating and storytelling in a way that’s less time-consuming and more creative for the person receiving the message. Think about the evolution of memes to GIFs… Memes are great but we can all agree that GIFs just hit the nail on the head when it comes to helping you express how you feel! 

 

Pictures are still very effective as a part of your social media strategy! Think of pictures as the “what” and videos as the “how” when educating your target audience on your offerings. Pictures can serve as a catalogue while videos can show customers how to use your products and services. 

 

Why you should use videos in your social media marketing strategy as a business:

 

  1. Personify your business 

Your brand’s personality really gets to show up in video format. No matter how long or short a video is, you have the ability to entertain and drive conversations from your content. Customers are people, and they LOVE to be entertained and to feel like they can relate to the brand itself. It’s not all about selling, storytelling helps humans connect to brands and stay loyal to them. 

 

2. Grab attention in a few seconds

 

With customers spending so much time online in this day and age, concentration spans continue to decline. If your potential customer is not hooked from the first sentence of your post’s caption, the chances of converting them into a client are slim to none. Videos get people interested because of more than just the words – the colours, theme and energy of the video also help grab the attention of the viewer. 

 

3. Encourages social shares

 

Remember the last post that made you laugh until you cried, or moved you so much emotionally that you shared it on your WhatsApp or Instagram status for your friends and family to see… It was probably a video. Videos are better to share because they don’t require context, they provide enough information because it’s not just words, there are visuals too. 

 

How to use videos in your social media strategy to grow your brand:

 

  1. Stories

Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp stories don’t need to be fancy, the more relatable and casual they are the better. A story can be as simple as a ‘behind-the-scenes’ snippet of you preparing your baked treats in your kitchen as a bakery owner or even just announcing specials you have running for the day. 

 

2. Short Videos – Reels

 

Short videos such as Instagram reels have been receiving a lot of engagement in 2021. The algorithm currently favours and assists pages that post videos in this format to be discovered by a wider audience in a shorter period of time. Businesses can also use these short videos to educate clients on how to use their products and services. 

 

3. Video Ads

 

Alternate between pictures and video adverts on social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. These video ads don’t need to be long, but they definitely need to tell customers what you’re selling and how they’ll benefit from purchasing your products. Videos take longer to produce and that can cost you more time and resources but the return on investment is the increased traffic to your site.

 

At The Social Lamb, we want to be more than just an outsourcing company for your Social Media Marketing, we want to “belong” to your business, be part of the team, help you navigate the digital world and be an honest partner in your business strategy. We’re here to provide the creative assistance your brand needs. Click here to find out more about who we are and what we do. 

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Social Media Trends 2021

February 4th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Social Media Trends 2021”
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Social Media Trends 2021

2020 was a year of big changes and transformation. As we entered lockdown, we became increasingly reliant on social media and digital platforms to run our businesses, connect with family and friends, do our shopping, help others in need and have fun. With more businesses and customers on social media, it can be difficult to stand out and engage with your audience. This is where a social media strategy comes in. Knowing current social media trends and incorporating them into your strategy can fuel your marketing and help you to stand out online.

 

Video Continues to Rise

 

Video is one of the most engaging forms of marketing content, and its use will only continue to increase. Social media platforms are placing greater emphasis on video content, and one of these examples is Instagram Reels. Reels are an exciting way to create 15 to 30 second long video clips. What makes them fun and engaging is that you can add music and text to these videos too!

 

Social Commerce

 

As we adapted to the new normal, businesses had to pivot to drive sales through online platforms. Facebook and Instagram Shopping have revolutionized the shopping experience, allowing customers to purchase products they have seen in a post without having to leave the app. This is not only convenient for customers, but it also provides businesses without an eCommerce store the capabilities to effectively sell products online. With more customers preferring contactless shopping, we are going to see more marketers and business owners turning to these platforms to drive sales.

 

Humanise Your Brand

 

As the world has faced many challenges over this past year, customers have also been mindful of the messaging and conversations that brands are having around world events. People value authenticity and transparency in the brands that they support. Humanising your brand in what it stands for and having thoughtful and meaningful conversations with your audience, is key to building their trust and increasing your brand awareness as a company that cares about people. This year, we can expect more customers to choose brands based on authenticity and transparency, and to hold brands accountable to what they stand for.

 

Going Live

 

Unable to host in-person events, many businesses were forced to take their conferences and events online. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter give your business the opportunity to host and stream live events, Q&A sessions, interviews, tutorials and other types of content. Not only has live streaming enabled businesses to continue hosting events, but it has kept audiences engaged with brands and helped to broaden the reach by bringing events to followers who otherwise may not be able to attend.

 

Revolutionising Customer Experience

 

What made your customer experience unique? Perhaps it was ambient music and lighting in your store? Or a free cup of coffee? All of these elements that have helped to shape customer experiences may not be feasible anymore, which means that businesses are turning to social media to create unique and personalized experiences and to improve customer service. How businesses interact with their customers online and how they respond to their queries and complaints, will shape customer experience and perception.

 

While the list of social media trends goes on, it is important to recognise what is best for your business. Take the time to do research and understand your customers’ online behaviour and social media data, this will help you to determine which trends to prioritise and include in your strategy.

 

If you need help navigating these new trends or wrapping your head around social media, The Lambs have got your back!