Content Is King, But Brand Is Key

Content Is King, But Brand Is Key

Introduction 

As a Brand Consultant and a Brand Manager, I’d be lying if I said I don’t find the current social media landscape slightly unnerving at times.

While many brands out there are still committed to sharing their story with an authentic voice, some are caught up in what seems to be the daily grind for social exposure.
 
Some brands are showing true innovation with the new tools social media has given them while some have sidelined their story in favour of posting 10 or more reels a day and other brands are merely lost in the middle not sure what to do.
 

 

Why Brand Is Key When Creating Content 

 There are many reasons why Brand should be a key consideration when it comes to creating your content.

– A strong Brand helps you stand out in a noisy and crowed social landscape.

– A solid Brand helps keep your content consistent and gives it structure in which to follow.

– A clear Brand Strategy helps you build trust with your customers and employees.

– An engaging Brand gives your business and content a personality.

– An effective Brand gives your content an emotional spark which helps create a memorable impression with your audience.

 

5 Ways To EnSure Your Social Media Content Represents Your Brand  

There are many important things to remember in this current landscape.

Number 1 – Share Your Story

Share your Brand Story - Laura MacSweeny Brand & Marketing

The rules may have changed but the game hasn’t. Social media still presents a huge opportunity for you to share your story while building a loyal and engaged following.

 

Number 2- Don’t Loose Sight Of Your Audience 

Don't loose sight of your audience - Laura MacSweeny Brand & Marketing Next week there will be more new trends and more algorithms. It’s important to keep up to date but do not loose sight of your brand or the audience you are targeting.

 

Number 3 – Keep Your Brand Strategy In Mind 

Keep Your Brand Strategy in mind- Laura MacSweeny Brand and Marketing Don’t let the noise overwhelm you. Keep your overall brand strategy in mind. Build your content calendar around expressing things like your values and your vision and keep it focused on the things that are important to your brand.

 

Number 4- Remember Your Brand’s Personality

Remember your Brand's personality

When you are creating content, remember your brand’s tone of voice, its personality, its purpose. This will allow you to make sure your content stays consistent as well as relevant and reduce the need for content for the sake of content.

 

Number 5 – Be Innovative With Social Media Trends 

Be innovative with social media trends

Remember your brand is what makes you stand out from the crowd and what makes your business memorable. Have fun being innovative with the different social media trends to bring your brand’s unique selling points to life.

 

Conclusion

There are numerous ways to make sure your social media content represents your brand. Let me know what your thoughts and challenges are in relation to this topic and if you found this blog post helpful ?

Marketing For A New World

Marketing For A New World

The Role Of Technology In A New World

As I am sure many of you will agree, there has not been a more apt time to discuss this topic as the global pandemic has made the impact of technology on all our lives more relevant than ever before.

Never in a million years did I think that a series about the royal family or a Mexican drug cartel would dominate the main topic of conversation between me and my friends, that I would be forced to stare at my own reflection for hours on end during online meetings or that downward dog would replace my morning latte but here we are in 2021…. if I had 3 words to literally sum up the past year, they would have to be Netflix, Zoom and Namaste!

So while the impact that technology has made on our lives over the last year especially has been pretty dramatic, it has actually been a wave that has been rising really gradually for decades now.

 

The Evolution Of The Internet

Since the birth of the internet in 1983, the online platform has grown exponentially in the last two decades with;

  • 5,053 millions of users worldwide at the end of 2020 compared to just
  • 1, 018 in 2005.

 

The Growth Of Digital Devices

We now use devices that we never even conceived imaginable with;

  • 60% of people using what we now know as the smartphone to connect to the internet,
  • only 16% of people using laptops and portable computers,
  • and just 12 % of people using tablets.

 

The Acceleration Of Digital Channels

Did we ever think that we would be using Google to find out about the latest advancements in orthopedic mattresses for example, (yes that’s what I was bust googling last night) or that we would be using Facebook to look for a local Plumber but these are the tools we use when we want information on buying a product or service with;

  • 89% of consumers begin the buying process with search engines such as google or yahoo and
  • 75% of consumers say they use social media as part of the buying process

 

The Inflation Of Digital Necessity

Did we ever imagine that we would be using the internet to buy simple things like our children’s socks, or to deliver a cooked meal…

Well in Britain last year;

  • over 50% of online goods purchased included shoes, clothing and accessories
  • and over 30% included deliveries for restaurants,fast food or catering.
 

The Rise Of Video

 All this research suggests that buying goods and services online supports the lifestyle of a modern day consumer but what it also suggests is that the modern consumer is now more comfortable and confident in buying online than ever before.

The Impact of Video On The Consumer

This leads me on to one of the biggest impact’s technology has had on our lives as consumers and that is the rising trend of video content!

  • Video is now the number 1 source of information for 66% of people
  • More than 75% of Video comes from mobile devices
  • More video content gets uploaded within 30 days than the major US Television networks have broadcast in 30 years.

 

The Impact Of Video On Businesses

There is also some huge opportunities for businesses in there with

  • 93% of businesses gaining new customers as a direct result of posting branded video content to social media platforms.

 

How Consumer Behavior Has Impacted Technology

I think while it’s important to recognise that technological advancements have been a driver in our lives as consumers, there’s also been a big aspect of consumer behavior driving technology.

In 2018, some of the top consumer trends included the call out culture online spurning the need for brands to be more accountable to their audiences. Similarly, the rise of adaptive entrepreneurs and millennials seeking alternative ways to earn a living has undoubtedly led to an abundance of new and inspirational online goods and services across the globe.

And most recently in 2021, we have the growth of the stay at home economy which has driven the rise of streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, and the shift towards e-commence platforms such as Amazon. Similarly the sudden stress of the pandemic on all our lives, unarguably made the ‘minding myself mentality’ more relevant than ever before with an increase of online meditation platforms like the App, Calm as well as other wellbeing programmes and lifestyle accessories.

This brings me to the close of my discussion as I summarise the main impact that technology has made on our lives as consumers.

 

The Real Impact Of Technology On The Life Of The Consumer

Technology has given us more ways of researching the information we need through the use of social media and video marketing. It has given us more choice of goods and services, more convenient ways of purchasing and more accessibility to those goods and services we desire.

Technology has created the modern-day consumer, an assertive, empowered and savy shopper in all of us. For businesses, there is increasing challenges to adapt to this new consumer, new technology, new trends, new ways of marketing and selling but if they do it effectively, evidence has proved that there are perhaps more opportunities than ever before. While technology has certainly impacted our lives as consumers, our lives continue to impact on technology as the two feed of each other and create a cycle of new innovations and online consumer experiences as we have seen from the new trends which have emerged in the last number of years.

If there is one thing for sure, the impact of technology will keep advancing our consumers habits however we as human beings and the world we live in today will continue to shape the technology of tomorrow.

 

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