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How Digital Television can Benefit Your Brand

Digital TV

 

A Nielsen report, Shifts in Viewing: The Cross Platform Report Q2 2014, reported an undeniable shift in television viewing habits amongst American consumers.  Although viewership on traditional television is reporting a decrease, the consumption of multimedia content continues to rise.  Millennials, generation x and baby boomers alike are increasing their viewing time on digital devices.  Digital viewership has also increased by two percent among Hispanics, eight percent among Blacks and ten percent among Asians.  This shift in television viewing habits gives brands a unique opportunity to connect with consumers on multiple platforms.

Digital advertising gives brands the ability to direct consumers to its landing page from an ad.   Brands can also engage in pop culture conversations online and share video links on online platforms.  For example, DiGiorno Pizza’s witty tweets during NBC’s Sound of Music Live garnered the brand publicity in a way unheard of over five years ago. Also, brands can create their own digital television programs for their audience’s enjoyment.  Chipotle developed a web series, Farmed and Dangerous, which stresses the importance of Chipotle’s stance on food safety and sustainable farming without placing a burrito in the show.  Denny’s recently launched a web series, “The Grand Slams” which will feature its favorite breakfast items and their stories.  According to Restaurant News, “the series targets millennials designed for viral social media play.”  Just like social media, brands that are innovators and early adopters in the digital television space will reap the benefits in the future.

 

 

Why Companies Should Invest in Sponsored Posts on Social Media

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According to comSource’s whitepaper, “The Power of Like: How Brands Reach and Influence Fans Through Social Media Marketing”, brands reach approximately 16% of fans with an organic post.  According to Twitter, brands who tweet two or three times a day can reach approximately 30% of their followers in a given week.  By sponsoring Facebook posts and promoting tweets, businesses can reach a larger audience and ensure their posts are seen by all of their followers.  Businesses can also choose the demographic they want to reach and set a budget based on their needs.

La Voz Marketing recommends sponsoring your posts or tweets based on your business goals and the campaign you are running.  As part of this, however, you want to make sure that the sponsored posts and tweets tell the brand story with a call to action that engages your audience.  An Adaptly and Facebook study confirmed that brands who told their brand story first, before prompting a call to action post, were more likely to have increased views on their landing page and and a larger increase in sales.

For more information about paid social media posts and how to develop a social media strategy, contact us at info@lavozmarketing.com.

 

How to Engage your Consumers in Brand Storytelling

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An Adaptly and Facebook study, called ‘The Science of Social Media Advertising’, found that campaigns that told a brand story before asking people to buy something were more effective.  The social media advertising technology firm noticed an 87% increase in people visiting the landing page and a 56% increase in subscription rates among the people exposed to the sequenced ads.

Since Adaptly and Facebook have reaffirmed the importance of storytelling in social media advertising, brands may wonder what is an engaging way to share its story.  LVM recommends structuring your story with a plot that is found throughout literature and all cultures.  Listed below are seven plot lines (and examples) that are found throughout literature, pop culture, and mentioned in the book The Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker.

1. Overcoming the Monster:  From David and Goliath to Harry Potter, this plot capitalizes on the story’s hero winning battles against dominant, more powerful characters.  It truly is the underdog story.

2. Rebirth:  A plot featuring second chances and renewal, characters receive a new beginning and learn from the past.  In the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast, the Beast receives his rebirth through Belle’s love and kiss.

3. Quest:  The main characters strive to reach from point A to point B and face obstacles along the way.  Monty Python and the Holy Grail best demonstrates this plot in a humorous way.

4. Journey and Return:  After the main character travels to a distant land and returns home, he or she will undergo a transformation of self-discovery.  Many people watched Dorothy undergo a transformation in the Wizard of Oz as she traveled Oz with her new friends and Toto.

5. Rags to Riches: As the struggle of poverty inspires hard work, the character manifests riches of wealth and prosperity.  Many fiction stories feature this plot line including Disney’s Cinderella.

6. Tragedy: Shakespeare is best known for telling the stories of humanity’s dark side and the vanity.  Stories such as Romeo and Juliet highlight the emotion and tragedy while telling an important message.

7. Comedy:  Everybody loves stories that make them laugh and showcase unusual solutions to solve a problem.

If you are interested in learning how brands have utilized these plots in their storytelling, LVM recommends you read this post in Ad Week. By telling your brand story with one of the plots listed above, you will identify an emotional trigger within your audience and turn them into buyers.

Media Relations Tips For Any Sized Business

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Media relations is beneficial for any business, no matter its size.  Journalists are always looking for story ideas that will benefit their readers and media placements can help showcase your business as an expert or resource.  Below are media relations tips for businesses that are looking to increase their awareness.

1) Monitor the News.  By reading or watching the news, you become aware of topics that journalists like to cover.  In addition, you may spot an opportunity to newsjack or insert a company opinion about a trending topic.  Google Alerts allow consumers to receive news alerts based on their chosen keyword and Google Trends showcases the latest searched topics.  These tools keep you proactive in finding a story to pitch.

2) Pitch a story idea based on a timely event of public interest.  If you track upcoming events or holidays occurring in your community, your business may find an opportunity to pitch a relevant story idea.  For example, around mid-August and early September, many back to school stories appear on the news.  If your company relates to this season, you can integrate your company in a back to school story idea.

3) Be the Journalist’s Assistant.  After the journalist confirms his or her interest in writing the story, assist the journalist by providing the information he or she needs and coordinating the interviews.  A journalist will remember the work you put in to help the story get published.

4) Show Gratitude. Thank the journalist for the story.  Let him/her know that you appreciate his or her work.  Gratitude goes a long way and journalists will remember you the next time you pitch a story.

 

What are you waiting for? Develop a Connection with Hispanic Millennials.

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Brands should invest marketing dollars in Hispanic Millennials.   A Telemundo Case Study called “Who is the New America” reveals that there are 50 million Hispanics in the United States that possess $1 trillion of disposable income in total.  They outspend Non-Hispanics in electronics, clothing, beauty products, CDs, and groceries.  Latino Millennials currently make up 46% of the Hispanic population and are members of the fastest growing demographic in the United States.

To connect with the Hispanic millennial, brands must understand how they like to communicate and their passion points. Approximately 64% of the Latino youth are Spanish dominant/bilingual and connect emotionally with Spanish or ‘Spanglish” messaging.  A Nielsen, Univision Communications and Starcom Media Vest Group study, “The Bilingual Brain”, found Spanish Ads to be more effective in driving emotional engagement and memory activation than their English counterparts.  The Hispanic millennials in the study were more engaged with a Spanglish Ad following English programming in comparison to Spanglish ads following Spanish programming.

When creating brand messaging, marketers need to look beyond simply translating an English message.  Instead, they should focus on the fact that historical context and cognitive abilities play an influential role in how Hispanics perceive an advertisement.

LVM provides insight to its clients on the Hispanic millennial ‘voz’ or voice and helps them identify brand-specific passion points that will engage this growing audience.  Through experience, we know that Hispanic millennials are receptive to brand messaging when communicated in the right way.

The Importance of Shopping Local

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Independent retailers in several countries continue to celebrate Independent Retailer Month.  Also known as ‘mom and pop’ shops, independent retailers encourage consumers to shop local through various in-store and online promotions.  They also educate consumers on how local shopping impacts the economy.  According to the American Express Open Independent Retailer Index, nearly half of the total retail sales in the U.S. come from independent businesses.  When a consumer spends a dollar at a locally owned store, it is spent six to 15 times before it leaves the community (reports the Independent Retailer Month).  LVM encourages consumers and business owners to support their local businesses year round.

Here are some social media marketing tips for local businesses who want to promote Independent Retailer Month.

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– Share statistics with your social media followers about shopping local and its effects on the economy

– Create a Check-In offer on Yelp

– Spread the love and showcase your favorite local retailers

– Connect with Independent Retail Month’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and join the conversation with the official hashtags: #indieretailusa and #shopindieretail

-Check out Independent Retailer Month’s Idea Bank for more ideas

LVM is excited to showcase some of its favorite independent retailers in the area:

– LVM’s Favorite Independent ‘Fashion Retailer’ – Bardot in Newport Beach.  Inspired by Brigitte Bardot, whose quintessential seaside style made her a fashion icon, Bardot of Newport Beach brings the latest in fun, flirty, and feminine fashion for the Bardot girl in all of us.

– LVM’s Favorite Independent ‘Wine Retailer’ – Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa. Since 1957, this boutique wine cellar has served Orange County with the best in California, French and world wines and always offers the best selection of wines from the beloved country of Argentina.

– LVM’s Favorite Independent ‘Family-Owned Retailer’ – Custom Comfort Mattress in Orange.  This family-owned company values the art of upholstery and designs/creates each mattress in its workshop.  After a long work day, you will appreciate an ‘honest, genuine piece of American craftsmanship that affords you a good night’s sleep!

– LVM’s Favorite Independent ‘Mercantile & Culinary Retailer’ – Fleur de Lys in Costa Mesa.  Fleur de Lys showcases a hand picked selection of items that cater to your home and lifestyle.  This is our ‘go-to’ shop for gifts for all occasions!

Next time you shop, we hope you will support (or continue to support) an independent retailer in your area!

 

Additional sources:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/nicoleleinbachreyhle/2014/07/03/celebrating-independent-retailers-their-strong-future/

http://www.pcr-online.biz/news/read/independent-retailer-month-aims-to-boost-local-businesses/034299

 

 

The Secret To Brand Identity

Does your brand ultimately require a competitive environment in order to be effective? According to Social Media Today, brands are intended to drive preference, encourage loyalty and therefore lift margin. In doing so they underpin and align a competitive and commercial business model with the people who believe in and buy from that organization.

Consider your brand asthe secret to building your brand it stands now. Is it recognized by your targeted clientele? Does it work to help customers make choices? The fundamental goal of a company’s brand is to stimulate recognition, preference and an overall loyalty that drives interaction and a focused sense of expectation and fulfillment. In order to achieve success, your customers must select your brand, over the other options and choices available to them.

Now suppose there were no other competition, and consumers have no alternate choices. Such as; Public health, Internal Revenue, regulators and airport security, to name a few. Such organizations must have specific and definable identities, that they are known for and familiarized with. What we find intriguing is that these companies are scrutinized on their ability to carry out a successful and effective performance, rather than generating profit by producing to a customer base.

What kind of identity does your brand have? How have you worked to shape and define the way it is recognized? Often times organizations focus on outselling their competitors and studying the moves of others, yet spend little time focusing on the more important matter of building their brand. Here at LVM we specialize in providing innovative solutions that translate across technology and cultures to establish brand identity. We achieve this by offering full-service marketing, public relations and social media capabilities, to enable your company to authentically participate in the conversation by furthering your exposure through content, placement strategies, and developing a meaningful, social relationship with your target audience. Connect with us to learn how we can help take your brand to the next level.

 

 

Healthcare Professionals Increase Use of Social Media

Earlier this year, we reported on a survey of major prescription drug and healthcare companies and their ]
integration of social media.  As a follow-up to that piece, we would like to highlight a recent survey conducted by AMN Healthcare that highlights healthcare professionals’ use of social media and mobile technology in their careers. Overall, the results show that a wide range of healthcare professionals are cultivating and increasing their use of social media and mobile technology in their personal and professional lives.

Source: AMN Healthcare

Source: AMN Healthcare

Reportedly 3 out of 4 healthcare professionals use smartphones and 40% of them are using smartphones to find jobs via social media.  But it doesn’t stop there. According to Ralph Henderson, President of Healthcare Staffing at AMN Healthcare, “…candidates are moving beyond job searching…you can use social media to find out what the culture and work environment is like before you apply.”  The fact that desirable candidates may pre-screen companies on social media before applying is impacting the way large healthcare companies view social media. Organizations looking to attract job applicants will want to assess their social media presence and ensure that it accurately reflects their brand and employes a strategy to recruit.

Also revealed, while Facebook was previously the first choice, LinkedIn is now the lead for professional networking. “Having a well-established LinkedIn profile is a good move for a job seeker,” noted Roger Bonds, Executive Director of the American Academy of Medical Management. “It shows that a person is technologically savvy, and it gives them a chance to show off their credentials and experience. It also gives a healthcare professional the chance to shape his or her own image online.”

Another interesting finding of the survey was that social media is less popular among physicians. “The most popular forms of social media don’t facilitate the type of communication that a physician may want to have with other physicians, due to privacy and security concerns,” said Harry Greenspun, MD, Senior Advisor for Healthcare Transformation and Technology for the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

For obvious reasons, doctors do not post details regarding patients or other aspects of work on Facebook. Other social media sites, such as Doximity and Sermo, address this need by offering a secure platform that is designed specifically for physician use. Sermo currently has 220,000 active users and is expected to grow.

Overall, research found that individuals in this specialized sector are actively growing their social media presence and use and incorporating it into their professional lives as well.

As a result, companies are taking a closer look at their marketing strategy and the influence that their online presence can have on their employee base and the image of their brand.

To learn more about ways to leverage social media in this unique sector, contact La Voz marketing. We can recommend useful and risk-adverse ways to build your online presence while maintaining brand integrity.

Determining your Social Media Strategy – What Will Work for your Business?

socialmedia4Social Media is a part of everyday life. Utilizing it for your business can be extremely worthwhile; yet deciding which network can benefit your business or organization, and how to use it most effectively, can be daunting. It is important to choose carefully.

An article published by the International Association of Business Communication, (IABC), clearly lays out the four major social networks and how they are best used. These general guidelines are a great resource for businesses seeking ways to improve their online presence.

Facebook – Being the most widely used social network, Facebook is an ideal platform for most businesses. The main factor in how businesses leverage Facebook is content. A B2B company should focus on becoming a resource for both professionals in their field and current and prospective customers. This involves posting timely and useful articles that pertain to target markets and topics that will interest and engage employees within the targeted fields. Smaller, local companies and B2C companies can do well by posting coupons, new products, or tips for using their products on Facebook.

Twitter – The micro-blogging platform, that entails much more frequent posting, is usually a better resource for B2C and B2B companies that aren’t strictly local. Maintaining a company Twitter account requires assigning an employee (or group of employees, for larger organizations) to monitor what users are tweeting about the brand. Those responsible must also be actively answering questions, providing customer support, and sharing content and information about an organization’s products and services. The main objective is to continuously participate in discussions about one’s given industry.

LinkedIn – Primarily a personal networking tool, utilizing LinkedIn as a company is more about leveraging individual employee profiles than continuously working on your organization’s page. It is important to update the company’s profile and to have employees share company blog posts, new product or service announcements, and occasional articles relevant to the industry on their personal pages. Generally, employees should be left to manage their own LinkedIn accounts, while of course keeping in mind that they represent the company.

Pinterest – Pinterest, a photo-sharing network, has experienced explosive growth since its start. However, the sector of organizations that should have a Pinterest profile remains relatively small. As a general rule, e-commerce companies will benefit greatly from having a Pinterest profile and “pinning” their products onto separate but relevant boards. Many B2B companies and blogs find this strategy successful as well. The main goal is to find balance between pinning company products, while also being a creative inspiration to others.

At La Voz Marketing, Social Media is one of our specialties! Let us enable your company to authentically participate in the social conversation by developing a customized social media strategy for you and developing a meaningful, social relationship with your target audience.