Join The Social Campfire on Social Media

We hope you’re having an excellent start to the holiday ecommerce and marketing season! To stay on top of our latest content marketing, content writing, and social media marketing tips, we would like to invite you to join us on our social media profiles.

You can find us on Facebook at The Social Campfire, where we share content marketing tips, inspirational quotes, and information on how to make content writing and social media marketing a part of your business plan.

We are also on Instagram, where The Social Campfire offers you a visual representation of how to market online, what’s motivating and engaging in the world of content, and what we are doing to grow businesses and marketing agencies like yours.

If you like to Tweet, you will also find us on Twitter. The Social Campfire Twitter page is all about the latest trends in content writing and content marketing. You will also learn some holiday marketing tips, ecommerce advice, and see RTs from thought leadership in the digital marketing space.

There are so many ways to join us. We look forward to seeing you on your favorite social media community.

-Jessica and Team TSC

5 Ways to Avoid Brand Distraction & Market Your Business Effectively

If you are feeling dizzy from a daily overdose of information, you are not alone. According to the Nielsen Total Audience Report, consumers and digital marketing specialists alike spend nearly 11 hours per day consuming media.

While ad and article fatigue are common, so is brand envy. Many executives and their social media teams fill their feed with competitors, professional lifestyle accounts, and leading entrepreneurs. The constant comparisons and pressure to perform at 110% would have anyone stressed about their strategy.

Some CEOs and their marketers think they need to be everything and do it all. However, perfection is not possible. Instead of worrying what you aren’t, start focusing on what you are. Follow these tips to block out the noise and deliver your unique brand proposition to your customers:

Tips for Showcasing Your Unique Brand & Igniting Business

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Tone Down the Browsing

Commit to spending a little less time scrolling through motivational quotes and browsing others’ Facebook company pages — and more time working on your marketing strategy. Schedule a brief competitive review session once per week and record your findings. You can ask certain members of your team to do the same. Hold a monthly meeting to review insights.

Define Your Value Proposition

Clearly determine what makes your products or services better than the competition. Be sure to focus on your brand’s unique attributes without comparing them to others. Whether you offer personalized and efficient customer service or natural, healthy ingredients, it is important to succinctly illustrate and share why clients/consumers should work with you or buy from you.

Think of a few words or emotions that describe your company. Many consulting firms want to show they are trustworthy, professional, and insightful, while restaurants may prefer to appear enthused, joyful, and family-oriented.

Illustrate Value Creatively

Once you define your company’s unique attributes, it is time to show them off to current clients and potential customers. Professional services brands can share and write about news stories that pertain to their clients or advice consumers may not know about. They can also post team photos and tips to build trust and a stronger digital relationship. Healthcare practices could provide helpful information about medical conditions, tell families when to see their primary care physician and provide updates about illnesses in the news, like the flu.

Think about what you offer to customers and what they need from you. Match your strategy with beautiful, colorful images, requests for engagement, and informative knowledge guides.

Commit to Your Value

Post and engage with your audience regularly. Keep your value proposition in mind each time you schedule a post or reply to a customer. Every cover photo, infographic, and video you create should keep the uniqueness of your brand in mind. Ask yourself each week, “Am I communicating our value effectively?”

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Evaluate Your Results

Stay committed to your marketing strategy by measuring the efficacy of your posts, articles, and digital ads with analytics. You can also ask customers for their feedback while offering them a creative incentive. Meet with your marketing team regularly to discuss how your branding strategy is working. Ensure this conversation is separate from your chat about the competition.

While scoping out the competition is still important, it’s important to remember that the other isn’t everything. Balance your analysis of like-minded brands with a clear and focused marketing strategy that defines who you are and what makes your company (or products) unique. This approach will help you and your team relax and focus on improving your marketing strategy and helping your customer.

Does your business need assistance with branding, content marketing, or social media strategy? We’re here to help. Call us at (321) 574-3854 or email social@thesocialcampfire.com

 

NASCAR Revamps its Marketing Team; Melds Edit & Content Marketing

Last summer, NASCAR created a new 40-person content strategy group to oversee the league’s editorial and content marketing operations. Previously, NASCAR had separate teams dedicated to its website, social pages, video production, creative design, advertising partners and entertainment marketing efforts. These were individual business units, with their own, often overlapping goals, which created natural inefficiencies with how NASCAR created and distributed videos and other content across platforms.

The new group, which is overseen by Parker, was created to oversee all of NASCAR’s digital and social content and marketing efforts. It consists of the previous teams as well as six new digital content producers with backgrounds in writing and video production and editing. NASCAR’s TV production team and entertainment marketing team still exist as separate units, but have several staffers embedded within the content strategy group and participate in the group’s daily meetings every morning, Parker said.

Click the link to read more about NASCAR’s latest marketing moves and innovative strategies.

Notice Something Different? The Twitter Character Count Doubles to 280

Does your Twitter seem different?

A big change is here. As of this morning, every Roman alphabet user across the world will have 280 Twitter characters to play with; doubling the original 140 limit.

Will you need 280 to get your point across? Probably not. In fact, most testers admitted they didn’t use the full 280. However, it will be interesting over time to see if Twitter users find the switch beneficial. Social media critics are also waiting to discover if it provides additional value to win over millennial Snapchat users and Facebook purists.

Here at The Social Campfire – copywriting rules. Saying big things in small spaces is my specialty. I’m not necessarily excited or affected by the change. However, I do expect the development to be beneficial for instances where users require longer explanations. If the rollout happened earlier, stories shared with #MeToo may have been able to fit in the text box instead of displayed in a graphic. In addition, marketers can fit more tags, mentions, and links with their copy.

To learn more about the news, visit the Ars Technica website.

Your Turn: What do you think about doubling the Twitter character count to 280? Do you like the change? Comment below! 

5 (More!) Frightening Social Media Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

If you read Part One of this two-part frightening social media mistakes series, you know there is plenty you can do to make your Halloween engagement and sales soar – and much you should avoid. Design and create a spectacular fall social media engagement plan with my tips below.

Steer Clear of These Spooky Social Media Marketing Mistakes

Avoid these common social media marketing mistakes…

Forgetting to Post Halloween Photos/Updates  social-media-marketing-orlando

This Halloween, don’t forget to post what you are doing in-office and in-store. Are you decorating your staff cubicles? Dressing up in costumes as a team? Snap a photo! Pair it with a couple lines of copy about what is happening in the picture and how your company is getting festive. Failure to post these photos on social media is a missed opportunity to engage. Don’t forget to use hashtags like #Halloween and #Halloween2017.

Sharing/Posting Too Much

Some of us absolutely love Halloween. However, there is such a thing as posting too much. Stick to one Facebook or LinkedIn post to celebrate 10/31 – and make it count. You can share a few times on Halloween if you’re on Twitter or Instagram.

Getting Too Creepy

For some businesses, there is such a thing as too creepy. Don’t forget, you and/or your social media marketing partner know your brand better than anyone. If gory Halloween graphics or frightening videos don’t sit well with your type of customers, don’t post it. For example, professional services brands may opt for a classier autumn look (think pumpkins and fall leaves), while companies catering to children may post cute or funny graphics instead (laughing pumpkins or other kids in costumes).  While Halloween is a holiday of ghouls and goblins, consider who you are sharing your posts with.

Forcing Your Posts

If you don’t have much to say about Halloween, don’t worry about it. There’s nothing worse than feigning enthusiasm or trying too hard to celebrate in your tweets. Focus on being authentic. If it’s not your favorite holiday or you don’t have much going on in the office, consider a simple “Happy Halloween” greeting with a photo of Jack o’ lanterns or a bowl of colorful candy.

Attorneys and educational brands can remind their followers to be safe and watch out for children “trick or treating”, while boutiques and consulting firms can ask their followers to tell them what they enjoy doing on Halloween or their favorite October 31 memory. While I recommend posting something that day, you don’t have to be cookie cutter. Think outside the box.

Ignoring Curation Possibilities

Strapped for time? Don’t forget curation! Your colleague may have an event going on that you want to help promote – or you may find a funny GIF you can take off GIPHY. Introduce your followers (and customers) to your brand’s favorite Halloween articles, animations, and videos by sharing them straight from Facebook or re-posting them on Instagram. There is no harm with a few RTs or mentions on Twitter, either. If you wrote a blog last Halloween or think some of your content applies to the holiday, re-post it on social media.


I want you to succeed in your fall social media marketing strategy! If you haven’t already, be sure to read my blog about avoiding 4 more social media mistakes for business. You can also follow me and The Social Campfire brand on Facebook to stay updated on the latest social media tips all year long. 

5 Engaging Social Media Events to Celebrate in September

Can you believe it? Summer is nearly over, Labor Day is almost here, and we’re putting together our September content calendars. It’s time to get ready for another month of engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and your clients’ favorite social media platforms. If you need help planning posts and blogs for September 2017, here are a few ideas from our staff:

September Social Media Events

Self Improvement Month

Each year, Self Improvement Month is held in September. Since we all can do a little to improve ourselves, no matter who our customers are or what industry we are in, this theme can easily apply to any company. If you are in personal fitness, chiropractic care, cosmetic dentistry, or higher education, September is a great time to create an entire content calendar around improving oneself and how your brand can help your customers achieve their goals.

Try creating 3 posts a week about ways that your business can help your customers improve themselves. You can also add inspirational and motivational quotes about self improvement to your content calendar. Finally, consider offering a self improvement September special, where you provide 20% off teeth whitening or $50 off a month of personal training. A modest Facebook ad budget can help you boost your call to action.

Hispanic Heritage Month

September is Hispanic Heritage Month! Engage your social community by celebrating the Hispanic heritage in your neighborhood and company. Create social posts that showcase Hispanic leaders in your town or over the course of history. Add an image of the person with a few lines of biographical information. You can also highlight Hispanic-led organizations in your area, share amazing books authored by Hispanic writers, and share facts about Hispanic heritage and culture. You can learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 and how to celebrate here.

Autumn Equinox/First Day of Fall

The first day of Fall 2017 is September 22. There are so many ways to highlight the Autumnal Equinox and fall season on social media! On 9/22, share a “Happy First Day of Fall” greeting on your pages. You can also use the theme all month long to share fall recipes, keep your followers abreast of fall festivals in your area, and share facts about the autumn season. You can also run fall specials, give away autumn-themed prizes, and help your followers get excited for Oktoberfest, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.

Create autumn cover photos for your social media pages to celebrate. You can also share beautiful fall photos like changing leaves and warm fall pies with quotes about the season. How can certain industries make the most of the Autumnal Equinox? Pest control companies can write blogs about how to prevent pests from entering the home in fall, educational institutions can share facts about the history of the equinox and autumn season, and home health agencies can help clients think of fall safety considerations for their parents.

Talk Like a Pirate Day

International Talk Like a Pirate Day is on September 19 and is one of the most popular events on social media each year. This is because the day is pure fun! This is the chance to let your inner pirate out – talk like a pirate on Twitter and Snapchat, or have your staff dress like pirates to take a group photo to share on LinkedIn! If you want to be really wacky, you could interview your CEO or marketing manager in pure pirate speak and go on Facebook live – or if you are feeling a bit milder, instruct your followers how to say a few words in “pirate.”

Business Women’s Day

Here at woman-owned The Social Campfire, we are big on Business Women’s Day! It is held every year on September 22, the same day as the Autumnal Equinox, and has its roots in the 1940s, when American men were off fighting in World War II and women entered the workforce. You can celebrate Business Women’s Day by highlighting your woman-owned business, female CEO, or female staff. Take an individual or group photo and thank them publicly on social media for all they do. You can also showcase famous female businesswomen or share quotes from female leaders on your LinkedIn and Facebook. Whatever way you choose to celebrate women business leaders, say it loud and proud!

By next month, we’ll be getting ready for Halloween, holiday shopping, and Breast Cancer Awareness month. Stay tuned for our October 2017 content ideas, which will include tips for these events and more. In the meantime, email us at social@thesocialcampfire.com for questions about your social media strategy or to receive a free quote for our services. For more even social media tips, follow our blog.

Don’t Believe in Social Media Advertising? You May Be Doing It Wrong.

This week, I was browsing the Alignable community site when I came upon local reviews for LinkedIn and Facebook advertising. The ratings were abysmally low; between 1.5-2.5 stars out of 5 stars total. This is not how I view these successful business tools, so I started to think more about what is behind it.

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Why Aren’t Your Social Media Ads Working?

The answer is simple – the people who don’t like Facebook and LinkedIn ads haven’t been able to enjoy their success. Part of this lies in trying to do it yourself, instead of partnering with an experienced social media marketer who can apply best practices and focus on results to take your ads to the next level.

Here are a few common reasons why social media advertising doesn’t work for your company:

  • You’re using the wrong platform. If you’re a medical device company or financial consulting firm, there is a chance that your Facebook ads will fall on deaf ears. Likewise, pizza shops or florists may not see any results on LinkedIn. Work with a social media expert to decide which platforms are best for your target demographic, so you don’t waste money on the wrong site.
  • Your ads aren’t engaging enough. Whether you are a graphic design firm or construction company, you won’t gain any traction with social ads if they aren’t compelling. This is where a copywriter comes in. While you provide your industry expertise, let your professional writers and marketers craft quality content that will engage potential customers.
  • You’re talking about the wrong thing. Many companies try to create ads that are too advanced for their marketing strategy. Pay attention to where your social media followers are in your marketing funnel and create a plan accordingly. A social media consultant can help you with this.
  • Your budget is off. Be as realistic about your social media advertising budget as any other area in marketing. You won’t be able to spend a mere $10 on Facebook advertising and find 20 lifetime customers in 2 days. It just doesn’t work like that. All advertising takes planning and patience. A social media team can tell you what type of budget is appropriate for the people you are trying to target and what kind of results you can expect.

While social media advertising isn’t as easy as it sounds, it can provide a host of branding and lead generation benefits for your company. To learn more about how social media ads on Facebook and LinkedIn can work for you, please contact me.