In the Modern Age bigger isn’t better, but effectiveness is. And we have the means to measure effectiveness down to the penny. We need to stop trying to “go viral” or somehow duplicate the Super Bowl Oreo tweet and spend that time creating content aimed at cultivating specific, high-quality audiences instead.
Facebook’s shift away from brand and publisher posts in our news feeds toward one-on-one peer interaction has left a lot of brand managers scratching their heads about staying relevant on the platform. The key – according to Social Media Insider Founder Michael Stelzner – will be unique and tailored content with the goal of prompting individuals to share with their peers. In other words, “being human at scale.”
The short answer is that there is no short answer. A simple Google search for “how much should I spend on social media advertising” will provide results that range from industry averages to advertising as a percentage of your overall social media marketing budget. The problem with those figures and averages is that they don’t consider your business’ unique needs and/or budget at this moment (or for the first quarter or first half of 2018). Here are some questions to consider as you think about social media advertising and your 2018 marketing budget:
As social media professionals and strategists, we’re constantly looking for new and fresh content. And frequently – as was the case with our Hand Hygiene campaign – we have half-baked ideas that cross our desks. The easy reaction is to pass them off as simply that – half-baked – and either discard the idea or produce something quick and simple. But that’s not how great content is made.
Given current user and content consumption statistics, incorporating additional video content into our integrated approach to digital marketing continues to be a growing need for our clients and their customers – so investing more resources in video is a no brainer.
There is a certain inherent viewer attraction to live video, even if the subject matter isn’t enhanced by the “live” factor. The problem with going live all of the time is eventually viewers will lose interest – or worse, individuals will mute or unfollow a brand/individual because “live video all the time” quickly becomes extremely uninteresting and/or annoying.