Armistice Day was originally observed to remember the soldiers who died in the line of duty during the First World War. As time passed, and thus more wars were fought, the tribute we pay to fallen soldiers expanded to include these more recent wars including World War II, the Korean War, Afghanistan, and all other conflicts in which members of the Canadian Forces have served. In time, Armistice Day came to be known as Remembrance Day.
For many other countries around the world, the specifics obviously differ slightly, but today is the day that we remember the ultimate sacrifice made by so many.
I’m clearly not a history buff, so my apologies for the surface-scratch of an explanation of the importance and meaning of this day. What is clear is that this is a serious day of observation, a day that we should be paying tribute to the men and women who have so bravely fought for us.
I know many of you know what Remembrance Day is, and why we observe it.
However, after browsing my Facebook Newsfeed today, it’s clear that there may be a few people out there who needed a reminder.
Nobody will be singled out, but what I came across today in my Newsfeed were several sponsored stories from businesses clearly exploiting Remembrance Day posts as bait for fan acquisition.
Frankly, this just seems like bad taste to me.
The observation of Remembrance Day shouldn’t be seen as a social media opportunity. If you want to pay tribute to the soldiers that have served your country on your organization’s social media properties, it is my recommendation to do it tastefully, in a tone that is appropriate for the day, and keep it solely focused on honouring those deserving of being honoured.
I am certain that the people in these organizations didn’t intentionally mean any disrespect by their posts, and subsequent paid promotion of their content, but it serves as a reminder to really think before publishing content on your social media communities to ensure what you’re posting is appropriate.
It’s a great feeling hitting ‘publish’ on a new blog post, but there is work to do yet.
Whether you’ve spent a couple of hours, or a couple of days working on your latest post, you’ll want to ensure you get as much as you can out of it.
Following is a post-publication action plan that you may want to consider the next time you publish a new blog post:
Share on social media
I know you know to do this, but give some thought to how you share your latest post on social media. Taking the easy route and typing the title of your post with a link is really underwhelming.
There is opportunity to optimize your messaging for each social media platform you share on. Consider things like the length of your message, use of hashtags, questions to spark engagement, accompanying images, and any other nuances that can optimize your social media content.
Moderate and reply to comments
When you’ve published a blog post, you owe it to yourself and your audience to support your content. If someone posts a comment on your piece, take time to think through a meaningful response.
If a spammer manages to sneak a ridiculous comment about the latest male enhancement miracle through your spam filter, delete it so your comments remain clean and on topic.
Maximize relevant impressions
Think about how you can position your content in front of as many relevant people as possible. If those views are on your blog, awesome. If you achieve this by publishing your content on a curation site or guest posting, fantastic. If it means paying a few dollars (if you have a few to spare) for some targeted ads to drive traffic, amazing.
Impressions aren’t everything, but for many businesses, targeted impressions can be important. So, if increasing impressions is a meaningful part of your objectives, then find ways to get them. And don’t forget that just because you may have created amazing content for your blog, doesn’t necessarily mean your audience is going to find it. It takes serious effort and a well thought-through plan to maximize relevant impressions on your content.
Monitor and propagate conversations on social media
If your audience is sharing your content on social media, chances are pretty good that there will also be chatter about it. Keep your ear to the ground and monitor these conversations so that when meaningful conversations emerge about your piece – interesting questions, thoughtful builds on your ideas, fresh perspective, etc. – then you can chime in and play a role in these conversations (if appropriate).
If you are able to have meaningful interactions, you might even be able to convert those who you interact with to being a loyal reader of your blog, subscribers to your social media networks, or better yet, consumers.
Creating and publishing valuable content on a regular and ongoing basis alone won’t yield the meaningful results you are hoping to achieve with your blog. You need to ensure you’re getting relevant eyeballs on your content for it to have any real influence. Also, supporting your content and having a meaningful dialogue with your audience is a great way to win you a targeted following, build loyalty, and increase the chance of converting readership to consumers.
What is your post-publication plan to get the most out of your blog posts?
It’d be great to hear from you in the comments, or on Twitter @RGBSocial
A well-executed live event can be an amazing way to place your brand in front of a targeted audience.
Interacting and engaging with your current and prospective consumers at events gives you opportunity to further prove your brand’s promise, build affinity and awareness, showcase your value proposition, humanize your brand, and much more.
Additionally, the proper utilization of social media can serve as an amazing support and amplification tool to optimize your results and ROI when running events.
Social media channels can be fantastic channels through which to pre-promote your brand’s participation in, or organization of, a live event. Let your audience know the basics such as when and where it is being held.
Also, let them know why they should be excited to get involved in the live event. Whether it’s an entertaining brand experience, free product or swag – or whatever – let them know why they need to be there.
Updating your social media properties live from your event with pictures, interviews, anecdotes, videos, or any other type of content, can be a great catalyst to get live participants involved in your social chatter and to serve as social validation that your event is a hit to your broader community.
Remember that people are increasingly turning to their mobile devices to interact and engage on social media, so don’t forget to encourage attendees to carry on the conversation about your event on social media, even when you are meeting them face-to-face.
It goes without saying that live events can be an incredibly rich opportunity for capturing content. Make sure you capture as many awesome photos and videos as possible.
To ensure no opportunity is missed, I recommend brainstorming in advance of your event to think of every opportunity for content capture that would be valuable. There’s nothing worse than your event wrapping and just at that moment realizing that you’d forgotten to capture something that would have been absolutely killer.
When your event ends, there is still more social media goodness to be had. Share content from your event with your social media community to give them the inside scoop as to how it all went down. They’ll appreciate being able to see how your brand behaves in the real world, and if your event was successful and can show it off online in a compelling fashion, it can help to further solidify their affinity for your brand.
Pre-promotion of next year’s event
Many organizations participate in and run iterations of the same event year after year for a number of reasons. If your organization does the same, content captured from one year’s event can be used as part of next year’s pre-sell campaign. By showing the success of last year’s event you can successfully build excitement and anticipation for this year’s event.
How do you promote events on social media?
How do you keep your social media audience engaged during events?
Do you have any tips for content capture during events?
Can you think of any businesses or brands who do a particularly good job of this that you’d like to share?
It would be great to hear from you in the comments, or on Twitter @RGBSocial
For some organizations, continually generating killer ideas for content creation can be a challenge.
I think it’s probably safe to say that at some point or another we’ve all run into the issue of having a difficult time thinking of great ideas for future content.
Have you ever encountered this block?
Fortunately, if you know where to look and who to talk to, there is a great deal of inspiration to be found for content creation, and it’s probably sitting right in front of you.
Here are 5 places to find inspiration for content ideas to keep things fresh and valuable for your targeted audience:
Have a chat with customer service to see if you can find some inspiration from them. Ask if there are any particular questions that are frequently asked, or common concerns that your customers have. If there are, you’re in luck. Create content to answer these questions or concerns, and as a side benefit, you might even save your customer service team some future calls.
By the nature of their job, your sales team likely spends a significant amount of time speaking with current and prospective customers. Perhaps there is interesting insight or stories that you can glean from them that will inspire your content. Alternatively, think about opportunities to capitalize on their frequent interfacing with customers to learn more about how they use your product, their favourite features, or pain points. All of these things can be crafted into meaningful content.
You’re probably already tightly connected to your marketing team, but do your best to stay as connected as possible. Find opportunities for content creation through the integration of social media and content in your marketing team’s broader communication platforms and the various initiatives that they pursue.
In most organizations, senior leadership serves as the compass of your organization. They have a unique perspective on your business, where it is going, and many other facets that a typical employee won’t have visibility to. Also, they frequently serve as the figureheads of your organization and carry some clout with admiring consumers. Sit them down for an interview, or ask them for some insight that will be of interest to your audience.
This one is simple; speak with your customers. And ask them about what content they’d like to see from your organization. The best part is that you can do this right on your various social media channels.
These are of course just a few ideas for where to find inspiration for original content, and depending on the structure of your organization, there are likely to be many more.
As a content creator, spend some time away from your desk talking to the people around you in search of content ideas and think about what will be meaningful to your audience. Even if these people don’t give you ideas directly, spend some time speaking with them anyway and try to extrapolate ideas from their daily experiences.
How do you tap your organization for content inspiration?
Where do you find the most ideas for original content?
Do you have any additional suggestions to share?
It would be great to hear your thoughts in the comments, or on Twitter @RGBSocial