NEVER FORGET THE HUMAN SIDE OF DIGITAL MARKETING

When it comes to communicating with your target audience it is of course obvious that you will need to use digital media and social media platforms to connect with them. But how you connect is the most important part. Behind all the data, research, and insights is one important fact – you’re talking to humans. They are the ones looking at the communications your brand puts out into the marketplace, so it’s important to always communicate with them in an authentic manner, you need to earn their attention and that won’t happen if you don’t understand what they want to see, hear, or read.

 

EVERYONE LOVES A STORY

 

Since the dawn of time people have told stories and when they hear a good one they not only remember it they share it and tell others. This same basic principle applies to the stories that brands tell to their audiences. When developing a story you need to take a step back and ask yourself a few simple questions.

 

  1. Will it resonate?
  2. Is it worth sharing?
  3. Is it memorable?
  4. Will it create a moment?

 

A well told story should resonate with the audience it is aimed at, and if it does that it will be memorable and worth sharing. Moreover, it should create a moment in someone’s day and that moment will have your brand attached to it.

 

TELL IT LIKE IT IS

 

Ensure your story is well written and crafted, this may seem like an obvious point but all too often you see pieces of communications from brands that don’t seem to understand this one simple truth – a well told story is a memorable story.

 

GIVE YOUR STORY A PULSE

 

Make sure it has some life in it, you don’t want your story to have a short life span, it needs to be able to live and breathe long enough to still be relevant for the duration of your campaign. Your goal is to ensure that when it is shared by others that it is still pertinent and thus will still be effective.

 

GREAT STORIES GROW

 

All the best stories have chapters, some never stop. Once your story is launched you’ll need to support it with more ‘chapters’. Once people have heard about the initial story you’ll want to follow up with more to support it and keep it top of mind. There’s no point in having a launch that gets everyone’s attention and then suddenly going silent. Once you have piqued an audience’s interest you need to keep giving them more. If your story resonated with them at launch they’ll be happy to hear more about it…curiosity is yet another human trait.

 

There’s a reason we call ourselves here at Vivaldi the Human & Digital Public Relations Agency, that’s because we know one cannot succeed without the other.

 

Joseph Henry is the founder and CEO of Vivaldi Public Relation Agency.

He is an expert communicator and influencer who has been helping leading companies achieve their strategic objectives in Asia for the last 20 years.

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This just in: platforms come and go but it’s what you say that matters most. In a new report summarising the opinions of journalists, content quality topped the list of key KPIs, receiving one of every four votes. IT matters were also of concern to media-industry professionals, specifically meeting in-house goals of regularly publishing a particular number of original articles online, and the need to have and maintain a robust social media presence.

 

Please pass the press release

 

Most journalists agree that the most reliable sources for extracting information for the articles they write are press releases. PR agencies should take note and remember how their key products are being used if they are ever accused of being spin doctors. In an age with sources of veracity less clear and questions on authenticity on the rise, earning and maintaining a good reputation is a rarer commodity. Social media platforms are by comparison trusted as the best source of news by 10 per cent of the media.

 

Business as usual

 

In addition to the primary role of content, a lot of classic nuts and bolts of journalism remain in place, despite significant shifts in how information is presented and shared. Investigative research, in-depth interviews with and quotes from contacts already known and trusted by journalists remain highly valued. In terms of what’s being seen and consumed, also retaining high popularity are photos with a high resolution, videos and infographics. Journalists also value their own contacts with fellow members of the media. Even in an age of differentiated audiences and loss of advertising income, and beyond readership metrics, a classic, content-focused core remains most relevant to storytelling.

 

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YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA NEEDS TO HAVE AN ROI

RETURN ON INFLUENCE

 

There’s no denying the power and impact influencers can have for brands when it comes to a campaign on social media and other digital channels. They have the followers and they have the personalities to help get your brand, product, or service before the eyes of their loyal fans and followers. But before engaging an influencer you first have to assess who will be the perfect fit for your message. There is by no means a one size fits all situation, each person brings not only their own unique voice and presence to a campaign but of course a particular audience.

 

THE WHO’S WHO

 

First you need to do some research, and when it comes to a market like Thailand that’s where local knowledge becomes invaluable. There is an abundance of inspirational, motivational, exciting, interesting, media savvy, and entertaining influencers in this market and they include celebrities, sporting stars, entertainers, media personalities, entrepreneurs, chefs, models, business leaders, and so on. Identifying them and forging a relationship with them is critical when it comes to the success of any campaign. Not only do they need to be the right fit they also need to be motivated to be a part of your campaign. The more engaged they are the more successful your campaign will be.

 

AUTHENTICITY

 

You have to keep it real. Audiences can spot authenticity easily. So, it is critical for the success of your campaign to only have the right person or people involved, it is also essential that they are also fully vested in your message and believe in your brand, product, or service. Moreover, you need to ensure that their values and presence on social media suit your brand’s image and voice.

 

RELEVANCE

 

There’s no point having a race car driver talking about cooking utensils, unless of course they happen to be a very talented chef in their spare time. You need to match the influencer with your brand, product, or service. Selecting someone purely because you like them or because they have a lot of followers will not do your campaign any favors. Their followers follow them for a reason, those reasons need to be aligned with your campaign if you truly want results.

 

SIZE DOESN’T ALWAYS MATTER

 

When it comes to the audiences that particular influencers have big numbers do not always equate to a more successful campaign. For some it is best to engage with micro-influencers, ones who focus on a particular niche and as such attract a very loyal, albeit small fan-base. But don’t let the lower numbers deter you, these followers and fans are truly engaged in what these influencers share and talk about on their social media channels. It’s all about engagement, these are the numbers that matter. But, of course you cannot overlook those who have massive followings, they can do great things for the right campaigns. When you want and need to target a mass audience then the influencers who attract a large follower base are most likely the ones for you.

 

Whenever we are discussing a new PR campaign with a client and that campaign involves using social media influencers, we know how important all of the above is to make the campaign as successful as it can possibly be. We employ our local knowledge and relationships to ensure we engage the right people for the right projects. It is the best way to ensure your campaign gets a great Return in Influence.

 

Joseph Henry is the founder and CEO of Vivaldi Public Relation Agency.

He is an expert communicator and influencer who has been helping leading companies achieve their strategic objectives in Asia for the last 20 years.

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HOW CAN BRANDS TELL A STORY TO 49 MILLION PEOPLE IN THAILAND?

GET SOCIAL

 

Thailand has a population of 69 million people and 49 million of them are active social media users. That is a lot of people on the digital landscape and they are all looking at content in the palms of their hands. You have a captive audience hungry for stories and content as they scroll and swipe.

 

KNOW WHERE THEY ARE

 

With so many active social media users in Thailand you need to ensure your stories get in front of them as part of their day. So where can you find the majority of them? Facebook and Instagram lead the way with 50 million on Facebook and 13 million on Instagram.

 

STORIES WORTH STOPPING FOR

 

As people scroll through their feeds they won’t stop for content that doesn’t get their attention, they just keep on scrolling. So you need to ensure your stories either engage, inform, entertain, or educate them in some way. When you do that you can stop the scroll and capture their attention. These can be static stories or ones with video or both. Video on social media is growing exponentially and should always be considered.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LOVES STORIES

 

And stories love social media. It’s the perfect place to connect with a large audience and get immediate results because stories that resonate with someone have a much better chance of being shared, liked, and remembered.

 

LOCALS KNOW WHAT LOCALS WANT

 

To connect with a local audience your storytellers need to be locals as well, or at least have a deep understanding of the local market. Understanding the Thailand market is important if you want to ensure your stories are being told in the right way.

 

Joseph Henry is the founder and CEO of Vivaldi Public Relation Agency.

He is an expert communicator and influencer who has been helping leading companies achieve their strategic objectives in Asia for the last 20 years.

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The art and spin of financial PR

What’s a generally financially solid, reputable firm to do when the bottom line has bottomed out and your ROI has gone AWOL? Call in the financial PR pros. The good news is that there’s almost always some legitimately positive news that can come out of seemingly lesser numbers, and other numbers even more helpful that can be uncovered and spotlighted.

 

A numbers game

 

Monthly ups and downs often don’t fully account for a company’s long-term, less quantifiable real worth, let alone the next big thing in development, which will show R&D money spent – make that “investment” – and the profits expected to follow. Moreover, statistics on hand that fairly ‘tell things like they are’ need to be chosen carefully yet creatively, in order to put the most impressive stats first. There’s no sense of tapping big data and paying for algorithmic programs that analyze well, if you’re not going to fund a way to let digital marketers compellingly tell the story of a firm by selectively using the best available stats.

 

Angles are everything

 

Far from mere digits and decimals, numbers tell their own stories, depending on the way they are presented as part of an overall thematic. They are creative characters in a story. Many are not known, and would give a good impression if more widely known. So discover them. What’s the average length of an employee’s tenure at your company? What are wage hikes like? Is there a CSR component that demonstrates a certain return of profits to the community? These indicators of good health that can be told in conjunction and back up the more standard information shared regularly in reports with shareholders and stockholders.

 

Performance metrics and prudence

 

Not all statistics need to be shared. Not all information that is not shared is negative. Much good news remains unknown and untold. The future is uncertain. But not entirely. So speculate in a way that puts on the image you want to project, mindful of information that competitors are not tapping and exploiting. Optimism matters. While the value of numbers may be absolute, the beneficial ways in which they are presented are countless.

 

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How to attract the right PR talents

Today’s PR world is marked by disruption. The art of branding and storytelling for marketing purposes is in flux. The multifaceted skills needed to succeed in digital advertising these days – attention to the smallest details, and a strong sense of flexibility, for example – are just the starting points. Plummeting attention spans make it all the harder to succeed in this world of influential publicists. In looking for the right team to best address these needs, there are several factors that will help persuade prospective employees that your firm is the right place to work.

 

Company culture

 

PR firms that want to attract the best talents need to put their best foot forward. Chances are there are more perks for new hires than is spelled out. Agencies should prioritise putting together lists highlighting their key selling points. Beyond the usual perks regarding salary and benefits that are addressed during interviews, public relations agencies should make a point of emphasising the unique ways in which their employees form teams and work together, from collaborating on pitches and brainstorming sessions to fine-tuning key messages and final details on creating the products and events that will keep clients coming back for more of the same.

 

Take a look around

 

The best PR companies won’t need to struggle in playing up their assets. The fact that they offer a great place to work will be obvious from the details shared about the company culture, and future trends. One simple but important detail not to be overlooked or underestimated is offering prospective employees a tour of the workplace, which goes far in reinforcing all the right messages shared during the interview. A physical environment that is conducive to productivity in comfortable conditions can be meaningfully glimpsed in a walkthrough that backs up points made by the boss or HR team far beyond their words alone.

 

Dazzle with social media

 

An impressive company culture should be clearly evidenced online. A good PR firm’s values, success stories and latest projects should be reflected in their Internet presence, including the company website and social media platforms. This is how the top companies attract and retain clients, and should be obvious to any potential employee.

 

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Influence, or lack thereof

A rude denial was not what superinfluencer Amy Seder thought would be the response she would get receive after one recent request for free accommodation. But that’s exactly what one Italian hotel fed up with requests from influencers sent her. “Blogger infestation. Not interested,” was the specific retort. With influence pedaling reaching the point of no return, it’s easy to see why many hoteliers and restaurateurs are growing increasingly reluctant to splash out on self-proclaimed influencers who don’t live up to their hype.

 

When influencing becomes freeloading

 

This is not the first famous case of a hotel delivering a sharp rebuke to an influencer, nor an isolated incident. The ‘Will influence for free accommodation’ mantra has grown old in an age jam-packed by pundits claiming that profits and public awareness will be generated by their positive reviews of the institutions that pamper them. In another incident, a Philippine resort tired of receiving requests for comp from influencers sent out a tirade that criticized the nature of the profession, questioning the idea of what on the surface may look like getting something for nothing.

 

The future of influence

 

There’s no returning to the rather quaint world of just a few years ago before online advertising started to really come into its own and allow for the cultivation of the interactive social media platforms and digital marketing of today. While a vetting process and some regulatory measures may be needed, the future of advertising and influencing, shopping and negotiating will have a significant digital component that won’t be stopped by admonishments. Influencers are here to stay, although the nature of what’s said and how it’s said will no doubt continue evolving, as has always been the case.

 

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Influence, unregulated

The easy pull of influencer marketing via social media is undeniable. This simple, easy and free way to get to-the-point advice on a dizzying array of things you can buy online and in the real world is undeniable. But a lack of oversight and ways of verifying claims made makes the advice of these pundits questionable. Customers are ready to take away their support at a moment’s notice, creating an air of unpredictability in a system already marked by a lack of accountability.

 

Unignorably persuasive

 

Over three-fourths of Internet users have made a purchase of some kind based on the advice of influencers. Just under 60 per cent of these online shoppers claim to make it a habit of regularly following these influencers though, preferring to shop around in terms of where they get their advice from. The lack of loyalty additionally creates erratic conditions in the realm of online shopping, as key influencers battle it out to see who can gain a long-term reputation for consistently offering the best advice.

 

The authenticity thing

 

Too many influencers are seen as being insincere and less than fully knowledgeable about the products and services they promote and pan. Great majorities of online shoppers crave authenticity. Yet few influencers are seen as possessing it. Although the freedom of the Internet and free-wheeling atmosphere of influence peddling is attractive in many respects to both generators and receivers of influential news and reviews, without a more organised system for vouching for information, the nature of ideas shared online about things we want to buy is likely to remain awash with disruptions.

 

It’s who you know

 

Seven out of 10 people report trusting the opinions of influencers more than friends in real life. A veneer of trust and authority is afforded to those bold enough to tell us what they think about products and services we want. But it’s an easily broken bond, and one consumers are eager to replace with more reliable sources of information. If only we could determine and decide on what they are…

 

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Give the people what they want

More than four out of five Internet users have unfollowed a firm. The number one reason for the digital ostracisation, for two-thirds of those who have turned their backs on once favoured firms, is lack of compelling content. The challenge to e-marketers and the companies they represent couldn’t be clearer: know your audience.

 

That’s a lot of information

 

Big data makes it possible now for providers of any kind of product or service to know their customers well. Really well. Such info is not simply available from competent acquiring and using of data on buyers’ preferences, but also available through good, old-fashioned customer outreach, which is also aided and enabled by the Internet. There’s simply no excuse for companies to have a lack of connections to their customers, since their preferences directly impact ROI.

 

Social media, of course

 

The most effective strategies these days for staying in touch with, surveying for ideas from, and offering deals to customers involves a significant online competent, with a strong focus on social media sites. No matter whether this is taken care of in-house, at least partially, or subcontracted out to PR firms, the bottom line is that a digital presence is crucial. Without one, firms risk isolating themselves from the growing ranks of digital natives entering the e-marketplace, and older buyers becoming increasingly savvy at ordering things with their computer without needing to visit shops.

 

Shopping online

 

The technology and e-commerce websites making use of it are making shopping from home or work, or while commuting or on vacation, an increasingly viable and convenient option, for everything under the sun.

 

The customer is always right

 

This truism has taken on new currency, and not so much when there is a difference of opinion, but because now more than ever those opinions are knowable, accessible and sortable. The most in-the-know companies these days are those who can build and sustain unbreakable customer relations based on mutual satisfaction and happiness that fits to a T.

 

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INSTAGRAM IS STILL LIKEABLE

With Instagram’s recent decision to remove ‘likes’ many brands and their agencies are looking at how to best leverage effectiveness on the platform. But how can brands make sure they are getting value out of being on Instagram?

 

Ideas are a work of art

 

Respected marketing expert and author Seth Godin recently had a great insight about how brands can get the most out of social media.

 

“When your ideas are spreading, when your work is remarkable, when your organization has built a social ratchet that works, one of the side effects will be a significant social media presence. People will talk about you in ways that they like to talk… online. And worth noting: The Mona Lisa has a huge social media presence. Her picture is everywhere. But she doesn’t tweet. She’s big on social media because she’s an icon, but she’s not an icon because she’s big on social media.” Seth Godin

 

Get creative

 

So what can brands do to make the most of Instagram in the post-’like’ era? The answer is simple – be more creative. As Mr. Godin said – have remarkable ideas that are worth people talking about and sharing.

 

Pause the scroll

 

We live in a scrolling culture today, consumers are looking to be entertained, enlightened, and educated on their social media accounts, but to do that you need to be posting content that will not only get their attention but also stop them long enough to engage them with your message.

 

Don’t blend in

 

So when you’re planning a new campaign make sure it will get the attention it deserves. Think outside the box, have fresh ideas that will attract eyeballs and stop your audience long enough for you to tell your story.

 

Joseph Henry is the founder and CEO of Vivaldi Public Relation Agency.

He is an expert communicator and influencer who has been helping leading companies achieve their strategic objectives in Asia for the last 20 years.

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