How Travel Tech Startups Can Break PR Down to a Science

As a travel tech startup entrepreneur, there’s certainly no lack of tasks that need to be attended to. When you’re not busy fighting fires, you’re thinking of the next product development cycle, preparing for an industry event, or planning how to scale up your customer acquisition strategy.

In the midst of all the immediate chaos, public relations is something that demands your urgent attention. That being said, you probably feel like you don’t have the time, resources or budget to invest. On top of it all, the travel tech space already has some big players fighting for the spotlight.

So how do you gain the upper hand and increase exposure for your travel tech venture?

In this post (Part 1 of 2) we’re breaking it down into actionable steps your organization can take towards a successful press run. That being said, there’s good news and bad news.

The bad news is that in today’s world, where over 2,000 active travel and mobility tech startups have been founded globally, and over $31 billion has been invested by venture capitalists, PR is something a disruptive travel startup simply cannot afford to ignore.

Great PR has often resulted in a surge of new users, funding, hiring and sometimes even acquisitions, and is, therefore, a solid PR strategy is a must-have, even at the early stages.

The good news is that all experts seem to agree on one thing. Spending a ton of money on PR simply isn’t the right strategy, especially if you’re in the early stages of your startup.

All you really need is some expert guidance, and your PR strategy can create serious waves, regardless of your overall marketing budget.

Here are some proven strategies that we use at BIGINTRO, and have been used by other successful travel startups all over the world to crack the black box that is public relations.

CATEGORISE AND ORGANISE

The absolute best starting point is to think very carefully about what industry your startup would most resonate in. In other words, what is the area of interest in your startup?

You’re probably thinking: That’s easy, we’re in the travel or hospitality industry. But in most cases, you would be wrong.

Your starting point needs to be thought through from multiple perspectives, ideally as many as three. For example, say your startup includes an AI bot that understands what your user wants from travel on a psychological level, then you probably fall under three different categories.

  1. Technology
  2. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  3. Travel

Immediately this means you may interest two or three different types of journalists and that broadens your PR horizons.

This also means that your story or ‘pitch’ needs to include trends and highlights of those specific industries and how your solution helps solve some of the main challenges.

BE AWARE

Now that you have a general idea of the writers that would be interested in your story, the next step is finding out who they are. To crack this task, you can set up Google alerts to get updates about articles from your target categories. Another important tip we should mention is to create lists of various words and topics to keep track of within your industry. Think broadly about what keywords would be most relevant for your startup.

This immediately puts the top writers in these niches on your radar. Keep a close watch on the kinds of articles people are writing to give you an understanding of who would be a good fit for your startup and story. As an added bonus, this will also keep you updated on the latest trends and happenings in your sector so it’s a win-win.

REACH OUT

This one is fairly easy; but like all the other steps, needs a systematic and consistent approach. Some writers have their contact information in the article itself. In most cases, it’s an email if not there’s a twitter handle you can follow.

It’s always a good idea to actually build a relationship with journalists and media prior to pitching them a news story, as they will already have somewhat of an idea of who you are.

Create an excel sheet with all the journalists relevant to you. Categorise them based on their niche, size of the site (based on Alexa rank) and on why they are a good fit for your startup.

Once you have a distribution list ready to go, use it to create different email pitches introducing yourself and your startup for each category and style.

MailerLite or Mailchimp (free for initial use) are two of the best platforms to use if you’re thinking about reaching multiple journalists at once, however, in our personal experience, this isn’t the way to go. Creating a personalized email per contact will definitely be far more effective than cold mass emails.

If you don’t have a contact email, follow them on Twitter, try to get them to follow you back and then start a conversation. Linkedin shouldn’t be neglected either. We’re seeing more and more professionals spending time daily on LinkedIn, so you haven’t logged into LinkedIn in a while, now’s the time.

At this stage, the goal isn’t to get journalists to push them to publish anything. Your goal is to introduce yourself and your startup. The idea is to start building a media network and influencers whom you can leverage to your startup’s advantage at the right time.

We’ve talked about how to approach PR in terms of strategy and how to go about setting up a base and building your network.

In Part 2 of this series, we’ll talk about the what your PR story should be, how to project the most compelling picture for your company and how to time your press releases launch just right.

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Visual Content Marketing Strategies in 2018 – Here’s What You Need to Know.

There’s no denying that content marketing is the lifeblood of any online business today. Content, or more specifically words are an everyday part of our lives – text messages, social media, blogs, and media sites.

There are an estimated 1.5 billion individual pieces of content online, which makes it extremely difficult for the content you produce to truly stand out.

However, there is a way you can win.

Content coupled with the right visuals can significantly give you the upper hand.

Visual content marketing catches our attention, adds context, clearly illustrates a point and even adds emotion.

While content marketers have been optimizing readability and scannability for digital audiences for years, visual storytelling is now the benchmark all marketing professionals must meet.

Use more visual content in Social media marketing, here’s why.

People root for visuals

Humans are visual creatures by nature. Visual content is processed faster by the human brain than textual content. Also, the human brain retains up to 65% if data is paired with visuals as opposed to textual content for 10-20%.

More viewership

The chances of your social media post grabbing attention is increased tenfold if it comes with a picture. Posts with images are shared 150% more than those without. According to Forbes, content with visuals gets 94 percent more views. Regardless of what exact measure companies use to measure return on investment – conversions, leads or social shares – it all starts with page views, and content will never be successful if people don’t see it.

Engaging the audience

Social media content which includes visuals is likely to generate more engagement from the viewer, and in turn, an engaging visual is far more likely to elicit a response from viewers than plain textual content.

Conceptualize your content

Visuals add weight to the content and assist in relaying the message more clearly with less usage of words.

Videos have taken over

Videos consist of 80% of the internet traffic. Videos always trump written text. Four out of five would watch a video rather than read a text. Watching a product video can influence consumers in buying a product than reading a review by 90%.

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Visual Content Marketing Tools

Your photoshop, illustrator, premiere, or even Lightroom skills may be lacking. I get it. But don’t let that stop you.

There are plenty of services your disposal to create videos and photos. Applications and solutions such as Magisto, Moovly, RelayThat and Canva help you make eye-catching images, animated videos, templates, and even infographics with ease. And what more, these services are usually available for free.

Integrating video into your distribution strategies is also an important step.

LinkedIn videos, for example, were rolled out late last year and provide a more dynamic way to engage on the B2B-focused platform.

One simply needs to find the perfect balance between time, budget, and quality in visual content.

These three points act as the pillars of visual content strategy. Get them right, and you will be at the top of your game.

  1. TIME

Manage your time wisely. It is often due to lack of time that we miss out on adding the best visual content needed for our blogs or posts. With deadlines to meet or just pure laziness, we tend to skip the images or get on with low-quality ones, not putting in efforts to source out apt material.

  1. BUDGET

You need to constantly update your content, create blogs on a daily basis, and keep up with the race to make a mark. This means you will need new visual content on a daily basis. Subscriptions are the best solution to such issues as you can get away with having to pay a higher amount every day. Unlimited subscriptions are also a viable option as they go easy on the pocket.

No budget? No problem, here are three go to services to grab incredible free visuals to make your content pop.

Unsplash – Beautiful high-quality free images and photos you can download and use for any project. No attribution required.

Pexels – Free stock photos you can use everywhere.

Pixabay – Over 1300000 high-quality photos, illustrations, and vector graphics. Free for commercial use

  1. QUALITY

There has been a drastic shift in what is a quality image. Stock images used to have the high resolution and expensive looking surroundings, but they didn’t capture real experiences and the expectations of the audience shifted accordingly.

Image quality has shifted from capturing more realistic images that are practical rather than ideal stock images set in front of an expensive surrounding.

Whatever direction you’re going—and no matter what your budget allows, both B2B and B2C marketers should be asking this one simple question…

“Does this image help tell the right story?”

The trends in visual content are quickly changing. From stock photos to bespoke photography, the definition of a compelling image is evolving at a very rapid pace.

THE WRAP-UP

Hopefully, this post helped inspire and focus you towards working on your B2B Video Content Strategy. One thing’s for sure, it’s clear you need one! Talk to us, we’d love to help you get started.

Video Advertising Trends for 2018; What Lies Ahead

Last week I had the honor of hosting this year’s Video Trends 2018 event, held on December 12th at Habima Theater in Tel Aviv.

As the end of the year draws closer, experts from various marketing and video tech related industries gathered to discuss and contemplate what the “next big thing” in video marketing will be, or at the very least speculate what it may be.

The truth is, it’s almost impossible to narrow down the myriad of thoughts and insights into one post, let alone one or two top predictions on what exactly will shape the coming year, because there really isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ answer. However, this post will shed light on video marketing trends every business owner and content marketer needs to be aware of going into the new year.

WHY VIDEO CONTENT?

Before diving into next year’s top video advertising trends, these quick insights should give you a good idea as to why you can’t neglect video advertising.

  • 74% millennials reaching the brands through YouTube
  • 86% of business video views are obtained through Desktop
  • 48% millennials watch mobile video content
  • 46% of marketers’ plan to add Facebook video
  • 9% of marketing professionals name video as the type of content with the best ROI

MOBILE VIDEO ADVERTISING

Mobile already is and will continue to be the dominant force. No surprise here really, after all mobile devices remain the most demandable device today, and it’s quickly become the bulls-eye for the marketers and advertisers looking to reach a targeted and localized audience.

If you’re going to be serious about creating video content, you’ll want to keep in mind the audience’s short attention spans, who are usually consuming content on the go.

Which leads us to…

SHORT FORM VIDEOS CAPTURE ATTENTION

The vast majority of marketing campaigns focus on capturing attention, with the purpose of pulling the audience back for more, again and again. That’s exactly what short form video do. They deliver a short hit of content that’s visually interesting. Done right they’ll you hungry for more. Targeted videos, weather used on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube ads should be short and sweet which can be the snack-able content while watching longer form content that audience are actually tuning into.

LONG FORM VIDEOS CREATE AWARENESS

There is an advantage to creating the long form of video ads. Longer ads allow marketers to deliver build brand awareness.

By most measurements, mid-roll ads offer solid returns. Mid-roll ads enjoy a higher engagement and completion rate than both pre- and post-roll ads.

The reasoning behind this is that viewers have already watched some of the video content; If they’ve watch all the way to a mid-roll ad, they’re probably engaged through roughly half of the video.

Always is perfectly in tune with their audience when it comes to their advertising campaigns. Their #LikeAGirl campaign offers a perfect example of reaching a a younger demographic by raising a concerning question about the gender bias in emojis.


As an audience we’ve become accustomed to Mid-roll ads. They fit the general TV schedule we’ve all grown up with. We’re used to television shows that are interrupted midway through by advertisements. This doesn’t bother the viewer in the way other advertisements might

TODAY’S HOTTEST VIDEO PLATFORMS

Statistics on video marketing reveal that it is worth thinking outside the box when it comes to video dispersion. We already know that YouTube is the social network of videos par excellence and that video is becoming increasingly more important on Facebook.

But let’s quickly identify the 7 most popular platforms that Tubular has identified for video:

  • YouTube
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • ly
  • Verizon
  • Twitch

TRACKING VIDEO CONVERSIONS

Content marketing can help you make users move along the conversion funnel right down to the conversion itself. Video marketing used in conjunction with your traditional conversion funnels can put your conversion marketing tactics on steroids.

Especially for B2B, video content strategies such as, explainer videos, demos, pre-recorded webinars and case studies will be crucial to building credibility in the mind of prospects and marketing qualified leads. In fact, here are 6 Beautiful Examples of Corporate Videos that give you a great sense of how to create videos for business.

VIDEOS NEED TO ‘SUCK LESS’

One of the most interesting points made during the event came from Rafi Ton, CEO at NUVIAD who was part of the ‘Video Trends for 2018, What Lies Ahead’ panel, who suggested that short form videos, targeted to a specific audience, shown in the right context delivesr a prime opportunity to connect with their intended audience in a way that they’re much more receptive to.

NUVIAD’s goal is to make videos ‘suck less’ by being hyper-targeted to their audience, at the right place, and at the right time.

LIVE VIDEO ADS

Live is the buzz word right now, especially on the popular Social platforms. We’re starting to see more and more live video being featured on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook, which delivers an excellent opportunity to show a behind the scenes look at a company culture, or share live and timely information with your audience.

AI / MACHINE LEARNING VIDEO CONTENT WILL RISE

Advertisers have come to expect some level of digital ad fraud, but it’s getting out of hand. The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) found that 36 percent of ad web traffic is fraudulent. That’s a significant amount of an advertiser’s budget going down the drain.

AI and Machine learning will continue to evolve and become the essential tools to detect the fraud activities while launching video ads.  The marriage of  AI  and Machine Learning technologies will help create a fraud-fighting system that keeps campaigns on track and puts wasted ad dollars back into driving leads and conversions.

360 VIDEO AD TRENDS

Another interesting video trend already on the rise are 360 videos, which allows the viewer to control their perspective while watching the content. While virtual reality presents some really exciting potential, you don’t even need a fancy or expensive headset to create or engage with 360 video content. Videos like these are easily created and played on smartphones and are frequently used for advertising. 360 videos are immersive, without setting you back on hefty budget.

TAKEAWAYS FOR VIDEO MARKETERS

TAKEAWAY 1 – You have roughly 6 seconds to convince viewers to watch your video all the way through. That means you don’t need a long, animated intro or fancy logo. Video is about capturing the audience’s attention so you’ll want to engage people immediately.

TAKEAWAY 2 – Include a compelling call to action. Create an offer your target audience can’t resist. Don’t forget to track the links using unique URLs or another system so you know whether your video is effective.

TAKEAWAY 3 – Add captions to your video. Facebook will autoplay your video in the news feed. Add captions so your videos can be consumed with the sound off. Captions on Facebook video ads increase view time by an average of 12%

B2B VIDEO CONTENT STRATEGIES YOU NEED TO KNOW

Video content marketing; Literally every brand under the sun knows that they need to be utilizing video content as part of their marketing distribution strategy, and yet the vast majority of brands have no solid plan on how or where to start. On one hand, working with large-scale production teams may get expensive, while on the other hand creating something quick and easy may be perceived as cheap by your intended audience. But there are a few things you can do to make sure your video content strategy works, regardless of your budget.

For the rare few who are still wondering what the big deal is…

HERE ARE THE FACTS

Over 90 percent of the B2B customers love to watch online videos.

Over 40 percent B2B customers watch online videos reaching relevant products for business purposes

Nearly 76% of the smart marketers already include video content marketing as a major part of their overall marketing strategy

If those stats aren’t a sign of a serious marketing opportunity, then what is?

Basically YouTube video content works for one simple reason. It’s much more interesting and convenient to watch an informative video on a product or service than to read multiple pages of lengthy texts. If you produce an engaging video content in a professional way, you increase the chances of generating more business in the B2B industry. It’s really that simple.

I actually wrote two other posts about video content that shares more about why video content marketing is a crucial part of your marketing mix.

6 BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLES OF CORPORATE VIDEOS

POWERFUL CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGIES FOR 2018

Now, when you’re all set to deploy effective B2B video content marketing strategies, the main question that arises is what are the video content marketing strategies that will be most effective for your business? The answer to that usually starts with what are you trying to achieve? What’s your end game? Your goal? Are you aiming for an increase in sales, leads, new employees, or simply branding in the B2B industry? Identify your goal and work from there.

STORYTELLING NOT SELLING

Telling your brand story in a professional and articulate way can provide a lot of credibility to your brand. If you’re creating the first video for your brand, or your YouTube channel has been suffering from a serious lack of strategy, now would be a good time to start at the top. Create a video that tells the story of your business. Share its heritage and background with your customers. Push that ‘selling’ part of your brain aside for a moment, and focus on your creative, storyteller side. If you’re having trouble with this, hire someone (Side note: BIGINTRO would love to help with this).

A beautiful example of this is a video from General Electric which shows a child imagine what her Mom does at GE.  It marks the journey into the imagination of a child as to how she imagines all the amazing things created by her Mom working as GE employee.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR THEM?

Videos take up valuable time from your audience. Even the shortest minute and a half videos are still time you’re taking away from your viewer’s daily routine, so there better be some serious value in your content. whether that’s entertainment value, historical value, visual stimulation, or business related value, whatever it is, give your audiences something to reflect on, even after they’ve finished watching the video.

Before you start recording your first moment of footage, ask yourself these important questions:

  • Why would anyone want to watch this video?
  • Are we creating something unique?
  • Would I find value from this video?
  • Is this something the audience would want to share?

If you don’t have a solid answer or a resounding YES to these question, go back, refine the concept and come up with something you would personally find awesome.

Remember you’re not in a hurry. Take your time, get it right, and they’ll subscribe for more.

NEVER BE BORING

Thinking that B2B videos can’t be entertaining or funny is a huge misconception.

Zoom.us partnered with YouTube sensation Tripp and Tyler who are famous for producing videos of typical office pitfalls using a dry, simple, and sometimes controversial sense of humor to widen the video audience for B2B marketers.

Put it this way; with more than 900,000 views, the videos has generated an insanely wide reach and if only 10 percent of these viewers convert, a relatively inexpensive production budget will have generated a massive return.

Comedy in video content helps you connect with your audience, feeding off of the challenges they face, or sometimes silly corporate culture only they could associate with.

KEEP IT SHORT, SWEET, AND REPEAT

Statistics show that 94% of the online shopping customers watch videos and most of them commit that watching products explainer videos make them feel more confident to buy the product. Keep the videos short but should focus on the benefits of the clients.

One of my favorite personal favorite ways to start creating videos for clients is through the use of “How To” explainer videos. These short videos can be one of the most effective B2B marketing tools your sales team can have at their disposal.

They should focus on one aspect of your business or one specific target market, and deliver important information on how your business helps them solve a problem they’re having. SaaS businesses take note, your platform may have multiple features, each of those features can be showcased in its own video quickly and inexpensively.

ACTION WITH A CALL TO ACTION

Generating leads is the ultimate aim of video content marketing efforts, and yet we still see videos that are fantastic but fail to ‘seal the deal’ with a clear call to action at the end. It doesn’t have to be more complex than a URL to your website, or a unique URL specifically for your target audience. Make sure you guide your potential customer into taking the action you want. This can be done by done by adding an annotation to your video with a link to your website, a product landing page, a newsletter sign-up or another page URL triggering any action you choose. The last thing you want is to miss a huge opportunity of converting your audience into potential customers.

THE WRAP-UP

Hopefully, this post helped inspire and focus you towards working on your B2B Video Content Strategy. One thing’s for sure, it’s clear you need one! Talk to us, we’d love to help you get started.

YouTube Content Marketing

Going Big With Video Marketing in 2018

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about being a part of the digital marketing industry for the past 15 years it’s that the industry is in constant evolution. The tactics and strategies that may have worked just a few short years ago are completely different today. Yes, content marketing is still highly important, and for the most part, Google ranks you based on your content, and what’s being shared about you. But there’s so much more to it now, and time is limited, you can’t do it unless you either have a massive team behind you, or you outsource tasks.

I’m notoriously bad at outsourcing work, in fact, that’s one of the biggest goals I’ve set for myself in the year ahead, so if you know great content writers, hey, by all means, send them my way.

In the meantime, BIGINTRO’s NUMBER ONE main focus is creating incredible visual content marketing for our clients. To break it down a little more, I thought I’d drop a new vid to answer a few questions about my visual content creation agency and tell you more about why I’m betting BIG on Visual Content Marketing.

WHAT IS BIGINTRO AND WHY I’M BETTING BIG ON VIDEO CONTENT

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POWERFUL CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGIES FOR 2018

It’s almost 2018, do you know where your content marketing strategy is?

Whether you’re just starting out with a new content marketing strategy or you’ve been using the same tried and true strategies for a while, one thing’s for sure, you better have some fresh ideas up your sleeve for the year ahead.

Why? Well, to put it this way, competition is fierce!

Year after year, B2B and B2C marketers are increasingly creating more content, and on more platforms than the previous year. 70% of marketers surveyed in 2016 said they were planning on creating more content than they did in 2015, and this growth has only skyrocketed since!

HERE’S WHY A SOLID CONTENT MARKETING IS A MUST

Content marketing costs 62 percent less than outbound marketing while generating more than 300 percent more leads. And if that’s not enough, companies that adopt and execute a well-defined content marketing plan get six times higher conversion rates than their competitors. Kind of makes you wish you had started sooner doesn’t it?

These simple fact alone should cause you to drop whatever you’re doing and get serious about your brand’s content strategy.

Considering how crucial content marketing is, it’s surprising that marketing managers often fail to plan ahead with precise business objectives and goals.

The good news is that it’s never too late to put your content to work for you, and this post is really all about sharing my personal content marketing strategies, and how you can ‘borrow’ my ideas for 2018. Go ahead, It’s cool with me…

Before we deep dive into why you needed a content strategy yesterday, I do have to say this…

Following marketing trends will get you nowhere…

Trends may come and go, but building a fan base that deeply connects with your personality, value, and insights is something that can never be replicated. No matter how much content is published, or what medium it’s shared on.

People connect with content on a personal and human level. If visitors choose to consume your content, return to it, and share it, it’s because your personality shined through regardless of the information you supplied. Alternatively, if they zoned out, well guess what? It’s because you just couldn’t capture their attention long enough. It might sound a little harsh but trust me on this, it’s always personal.

Your tone of voice is your secret weapon.

I can’t emphasize this enough. Think of it this way. If you were sitting with your best friend right now, sharing something you’re extremely passionate about, would you throw a bunch of statistics and technical babble at them? Or would you explain exactly why something is so awesome and why they’re missing out? The latter right? So why would your content be any different?

Your content needs to be personal and charismatic if you’re going to have a fighting chance of getting it noticed. Got it?

Your personal identity is worth more than any quick fix, or marketing tactic. Keep that in mind as you define your content marketing strategy. That being said, creating content on your website, blog and through your visual content marketing channels such as YouTube that is truly well-executed and gives your audience valuable knowledge will make your marketing timeless.

CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGIES FOR 2018

FIND OUT WHAT’S HOT

As a general rule of thumb, prior to defining a content strategy whether it’s textual or visual content, I always start off by figuring out what’s hot in a particular industry I’m working on.

BIGINTRO currently has clients in the health, travel tech, AR, and media industry, so you can see why understanding what’s happening in these particular industries is always step 1.

To get Trend Data research done, I go straight to the granddaddy of search; Google.

Google provides tons of services but Google Trends is the best option out of them to find trending topics. You can search any topic and the volume it’s  receiving.

You can also make country-specific as well as sector-specific searches to make your results more targeted.

Another great option is searching Quora Topics for specific questions people are genuinely curious about. Here’s what’s being asked right now in ‘Travel Tech’.

 

Bonus tip – The answers shared will also help you write content that that’s intelligent and valuable.

DEFINE AND ORGANIZE IDEAS

Once you’ve got the key trends and topics covered, there are two services you should immediately utilize to optimize your topic titles and organize your ideas.

The first being CoSchedule’s Title Analyzer which will help you compare title ideas, and write killer headlines.

Here’s an example

  • CONTENT STRATEGIES FOR 2018 got a title score of 41
  • POWERFUL CONTENT STRATEGIES FOR 2018 got a title score of 58
  • POWERFUL CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGIES FOR 2018 got a title score of 62

Followed by Trello, which personally helps me organize my ideas in lists, with ideas, and topic titles that I plan on covering in a specific month.

 

Trello allows you to go all in with a bunch of details, and screenshots, or like me, keep it a light reference and avoid scribbling ideas all over the place. Sure there are plenty of other project planning and management solutions available, but Trello works for me.  

CREATE MAGICAL CONTENT IN 2018

VIDEO CONTENT MARKETING

Video marketing works. Period, end of story. You need to get serious about it. Whether you’re a novice or growing an existing program, now’s the time to put your video into the marketing spotlight.

I get it, shooting video, editing, publishing, and sharing video can be time-consuming, but with video sharing platforms like Facebook, and Instagram, marketers can now easily create and publish video content without little to no effort.

At its core, BIGINTRO is a visual content creation agency, with video being the driving force behind the content we create for our clients. By creating a series of videos, focused on keyword rich titles and descriptions, we generate more search exposure, leading visitors to our client’s videos, which always contain a call to action. 

These 6 Beautiful Examples of Corporate Videos are sure to spark up some creative ideas.

One of the big marketing channels that have been picking up steam in the past few years are micro-communities like Slack channels, WhatsApp, and Facebook groups.

I’ll be sharing my Go-To Marketing Micro-Communities in an upcoming post -> Subscribe to the BIGINTRO Newsletter to make sure you stay updated.

Another community that’s somewhat lesser known, but has been a hugely beneficial for me in the past few months is SILO, a micro-community of super talented and helpful individuals. In fact, I love it so much, I asked the founder to put my name on their homepage. It’s just THAT GOOD!

AMPLIFY YOUR CONTENT

So far we’ve looked at how to come up with great topics. How to optimize the titles. The importance of Micro-communities, now let’s supercharge your content reach, after all, what’s the point of spending all that time writing content if it isn’t getting the eyeballs it deserves?

Right off the bat, there are two services ALL marketers should know. The first being Zest – Their site’s tagline reads – ‘Where Marketers Share and Discover Stellar Marketing Content’ but it’s way more than that.

Zest is a great platform for sharing your marketing related posts while networking with the best in the marketing industry as well as educating yourself with the valuable manually curated articles.

Lastly (for now at least) is agorapulse which brings all of your hard work full circle. Agorapulse is a really cool service that lets you manage your social feeds and schedule your content across all social sites, under one neatly organized platforms. I’ve recently started using this social network management platform and I’m really loving the broad range of tools, ranging from Facebook applications, analytics, and content automation it delivers.

THE WRAP-UP

Hopefully, this post helped inspire and focus you towards preparing your content marketing strategy for 2018. One thing’s for sure, it’s clear you need one! Talk to us, we’d love to help you get started.

What are your content marketing strategies, tips, and tactics for the year ahead?

6 Beautiful Examples of Corporate Videos

If there’s one thing I take very seriously here at BIGINTRO it’s the production of corporate videos. Whether it’s a short explainer video or a more elaborate launch demo video, I’m constantly keeping my eyes open for captivating and inspiring corporate style videos to learn from, and up my video content creation skills.

Done right, corporate and brand videos have the power to keep your audience’s attention, empower your sales flow, deliver your company’s messaging, or help your HR team hire the right people. And trust me, getting it right is no easy task.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD CORPORATE VIDEO?

I recently discussed this topic with a friend (and colleague) of mine, when we tried to get to the bottom of why certain videos stick, while others are just as quickly forgotten.

You don’t have to look much further than Old Spice’s Muscle Music video to get a hint of what works. People generally love to laugh.

A little humor certainly goes a long way, but humor alone can be a tricky thing, as it depends greatly from one area to another, along with individual tastes.

So if there was one element or one factor that defines what makes a good corporate video, it would have to be ‘Heart’.

Videos that speak from the heart, and engage the viewer to take action are definitely the ones that stand out above the rest.

WHY ARE CORPORATE VIDEOS IMPORTANT?

One of the main goals of a corporate video is to successfully communicate company’s products, services or a company’s culture. There are TONS of statistics to prove that visual media is the most profitable way to do this. For example

  • Consumers remember 10% of what is heard.
  • Consumers remember 20% of what is seen.
  • They remember about 50% of what is heard and seen.
  • 82% of Twitter users watch video content on Twitter
  • Social video generates 1200% more shares than text and images combined!

Oh, by the way, did you know that…

  • 85% of Facebook videos are watched without sound!?

Ironically, there are still dozens of businesses today that fail to see the benefits of corporate video production.

For those who still need a little creative inspiration, here are great examples of corporate videos; each with a different approach that is specific to their business.

MINDSPACE DANCE BREAK
One minute can change your workday

FMC Technologies Frac Flowback – Recruitment Retention Film
Who knew that working in the oil industry could be so cool?

SQUATTYPOTTY
Yes, this is a real product, and their video is AMAZING!

PRACTICUS: ANOTHER WAY
There’s something incredibly simple, yet strangely hypnotic about this corporate video

STARBUCKS – A YEAR OF GOOD
Starbucks did a lot of good with their earnings last year. Here’s how they gave back.

GOOGLE ASSISTANT
A lot can be said with just a simple series of images, here’s how it’s done!

There you have it!

Some of my personal favorites and all around great examples of promotional videos pulled off really well, in a variety of ways, with incredible creative flair, and heart.

Hopefully, this list helped inspire you to get started on your corporate video. Come on, it’s clear you need one. Talk to us, we’d love to create your awesome corporate video.

Why Exceptional Visual Social Content Wins Every Time

As a marketer, I’ve always appreciated great design. The kind that captures my attention and pulls me in to discover more. From a consumer standpoint, the story remains the same. Great design wins every time. In fact, studies suggest that we don’t just admire great visuals, we engage with it more positively too.

So what makes ‘great visuals’ and how do we leverage them in a way that makes others want to engage and share them? Read on, as that is precisely what this post is all about!

THE MAGIC OF VISUAL CONTENT

65% of senior marketing executives believe that visual assets (photos, video, illustrations infographics, and more) are at the core to how their brand story is both perceived and communicated today.

Infographics for example are still a winning recipe for conveying a lot of information in a concise, visually pleasing package. But next time you find yourself lazily asking “can we put it this in an infographic?” consider the alternatives that are quicker to digest, and easier to share.

SlideShare for example has quickly become one of the the leading platform for discovering and publishing slide show decks; hosting your slide shows on SlideShare helps your content gain visibility, while keeping them super simple to consume and embed on platforms, especially LinkedIn.

Have a great video clip? YouTube is great, but Giphy makes it even easier to share on social. GIFs (which aren’t just for funny cats by the way) they’re also great for creating simple animations that illustrate changes over time.

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OK so maybe Cat videos are funny…

One more alternative to the standard visual elements, are using real people, or better yet, personas with a strong online reach within your intended audience. Reaching out to the right individuals adds a human element to your brand marketing tactics.

SUBSTANCE OVER NUMBER

As a general rule, It’s always preferable to use original images or ones taken by you, as we do here at BIGINTRO. This adds a much more desired personal touch to your brand. High-quality attractive images can tend to be expensive to purchase. Fortunately, with resources such as Canva, you can create unique, captivating images for free, or just a few dollars, using a simplistic drag-and-drop interface.

There are other alternatives that offer royalty free images on photo-sharing sites such as Flickr, Pixaby and Morguefile, but the free images you will find online tend to be very generic. That being said, due to the vast number of photos on these sites, it’s unlikely that other businesses within your niche will have used them already so it’s worth saving a few stand out images you discover online. Just make sure they fit with your overall brand and theme.

If I had to point towards one royalty free image provider it would have to be unsplash.com.

The featured photos on Unsplash (10 every 10 days) are chosen by notable creatives. Since the curators are from varied backgrounds, it brings a wide range of photographs and different styles to the featured photos. The free images are captivating and thought provoking to say the least.

FROM GUERRILLA TO MILLENNIAL MARKETING

Gureilla marketing has been all the rage over the past few years, but more recently, the rise of millennials & mobile content consumption has caused a perfect storm from a marketing stand point. The traditional rules of selling have given away to attracting, capturing and retaining your audience in a much more creative way, bound only by your creative imagination.

Millennials have been forced to become keen discriminators because of the thousands of ads that they are bombarded with every day. In order to make an impression on Millennials, marketers need to appeal to their unique values and interests, which requires identifying the target audiences and refining their messages to match them.

The upside to this challenge is that millennials are equally willing to share a brand’s content—especially visual content—with their friends when they find something they like, generating organic (free) exposure.experience-2

Online consumers today, especially millennials are looking for marketing with a message that appeals to their ideals, sense of justice, social interests, humor, etc. This makes visual social content the perfect weapon in your marketing arsenal. Unless, of course leaving money on the table is your sort of thing.

VISUAL CONTENT MARKETING TAKEAWAYS

  • Colored visuals increase people’s desire to read content by 80%.
  • Content with images increases a view rate by 94%.
  • Visuals generate more backlinks than any other form of content.
  • Posts with images produce 180% more engagement.
  • People are 85% more likely to buy your product after watching a video about it.

DON’T STOP HERE

Of course, there are many other types of visual content that you can produce for your blog, site or social channels to add a bit of variety into the mix, some that will work better for your niche than others. Consider this post as spark towards moving your creative marketing needle. I hope it serves as a bit of food for thought when planning future posts.

Need to give your marketing strategy a serious upgrade? Contact us, today. We’d love to talk.

Cold Truth: PR is Dead, Visual Content Is The New King

It’s nothing personal. It doesn’t  mean your news isn’t interesting. In fact, I’m sure it is. It’s just that most people don’t care enough to even notice your PR announcement.

For the vast majority of early-stage companies, working with a PR firm should constitute only a small component of a sensible marketing plan. In other words; If you’re in the early stages of building your brand, hiring a traditional PR firm may very well be a complete waste waste of your limited resources.

This doesn’t mean that the PR industry is going anywhere, but it does mean that if you are an early-stage company without a major story to share, or any significant milestone, you’re going to have to get a whole lot smarter, and much more interesting with your outreach strategy.

INFORMATION OVERLOAD

How do people consume content? We scan through it. We prioritize. We note what’s trending. We skim through social networks, and read what our friends are sharing.

People stir the content soup in myriad ways and, in doing so, your PR story gets lost in the content abyss.

Of course, knowing the right editor and reporter at TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Institutional Investor, Bloomberg, and other traditional media never hurts, but a good media mention will still only take care of one day out of the year. You still have 364 more days to worry about!

WHAT A VISUAL CONTENT STRATEGY CAN ACHIEVE

46% of marketers say photography is critical to their current marketing and storytelling strategies. This is in part due to the value and impact of visual content.

At it’s very core, visual content is about human emotions, in the same sense, marketing done right strikes an emotional chord, it gains attention, emotion and ultimately the trust of your audience. With time becoming an ever increasing valuable asset, visuals are essential because of the speed at which they are consumed, shared and elicit a response.

There are dozens of ways to create visual content for our audience.

You can read about some of the best tools available today:

3 Killer Visual Content Creation Platforms

5 Ways to Make your Visual Social Content Explode 

Putting the tools aside, the first thing any serious brand needs to do, is acquire a solid understanding for how the press talks about your industry.

Step 1 Head over to Google, run a visual search for your brand’s keywords, your competitors, your service or product. Spend time getting a good grasp of what people are talking about in your space. What are the big questions, controversies or trends? How do different publications approach these topics? What are people getting wrong? What are they missing? How can you help them visualize your offering?

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Step 2
Identify what information you can leverage to help your brand stand out. Share visual info, tips, or trends within your industry to connect with your followers. One solid piece of visual content gets shared 40x more than textual content.

A DEFINED STRATEGY IS ESSENTIAL 

Knowing that you need a visual content strategy is not enough. Defining your visual style, gathering your content and executing your strategy are all essential steps towards your success.

54% of B2B marketers and 50% of B2C marketers cite creating enough content for their marketing efforts as a top priority for their marketing initiatives. Don’t fall for the trap of thinking that having a social media presence is enough. Especially if you’re counting on Facebook likes. Those are worth close to ZERO, but I’ll get into that in a future post.

in the meantime, If you’re looking for more resources check out our previous posts on visual content marketing.

Need to give your visual content strategy a serious upgrade? Contact us, today. We’d love to talk.

5 Ways to Make your Visual Social Content Explode

According to recent statistics, people remember;

10 percent of what they hear,

20 percent of what they read,

and 80 percent of what they see and do.

If your business relies on customer acquisition, consider this post your wake up call. Don’t let your budget go to waste with ineffective (and expensive) marketing campaigns, instead of perfectly edited photo content.

In the previous posts I wrote about how to use platforms to create visual content like a pro, and measure the success of your visual content marketing.

With this post, I intended to give you an ‘unfair advantage’ with 5 fresh ideas and tips to make your visual social content blow up!

1 SHARE TIPS AND INSIGHT

As I mentioned above, people remember 80% of what they see. A really cool way to make your visual content pop is to overlay text on an image is by posting statistics that resonates with your audience.

Try using statistics from your own research, or finding some that are relevant to your message. Need a great resource for current statistics? Look no fuhrer than Statista.com – One of the leading statistics companies on the internet.

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2 REACH OUT TO YOUR AUDIENCE

The vast majority of Instagram users, or any social media marketers for that matter, simply spend their time creating content and publishing it out there into the great abyss hoping it gets discovered. Very rarely do you see marketers posting on other people’s content as it’s often seen as a waste of time. This in sharp contrast to the saying ‘Social Media is a Two Way Street’.

The best way to get others to share your content is to establish meaningful relationships with others in social media and participate in reciprocal behavior. You can’t expect others to always share and promote your content if you’re not returning the favor.

Sharing the work of others or simply commenting on their feed shows that you understand the social element of social media and respect other people’s work.

Because guess what, it isn’t just all about you.

3 LEARN FROM THE BEST

Instagram has been a huge part of our daily lives. There are tons of great photographers out there who post stunning images that are sure to get you hooked, but what I find more amazing is the fact that some people out there have managed to use Instagram for their purposes in a way that goes beyond just photos of daily life.

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Brands, influencers, and the everyday Instagrammer are stepping outside the 1080px by 1080px square box and pushing the boundaries on creativity. If you really want your account to stand out, you need to think creatively and learn from the best.

A few of my personal favorites includes:

AWWSAM, An Industrial Designer, Stylist & Donut Aficionado

Tal Spiegel, Loves shoes and pastries

Betsey Johnson The Official Instagram for all things girly

Vertu Handcrafted luxury mobile phones made in England

The list goes on. Find the feeds that inspire you the most within your industry and analyze what they’re doing right.

Pablo Picasso is widely quoted as having said that “Good artists borrow, great artists steal.” If it worked for Picaso, who are we to think otherwise?

4 BE CONSISTENT

Too many Instagram users lack focus — jumping from food pics to photos of cars to inspiring quotes with no apparent purpose. That could work for your personal account. But if you want to build a strong following on Instagram as a business, you need to define your mission & stick with it.

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If you stick to certain styles of photos, your followers will come to expect that & return to see what you post on Instagram.

5 LEVERAGE YOUR FANS

While the goal of Instagram is to create and post your own content, things don’t have to stop there. ASOS has a really cool approach: They repost Instagram content from their individual stylists, who function as brand lifestyle ambassadors with accounts specifically associated with ASOS, like @asos_megan and @asos_isabella.

Another beautiful example of this is the #SAMSUNGS7 hashtag which highlights the creativity of Samsung S7 owners, in a way that Samsung could never achieve on their own.

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Create the right hashtags for your brand and ask your fans to use them, so you can track their images and share their work.

Showing your fans a little respect goes a long way!

BONUS TIP – TRACK & ANALYZE

At the onset of any content marketing initiative, it is absolutely essential to determine your overall goals. Need a little assistance with your KPIs? Give our previous post a read: Measure Your Visual Content Marketing Like a Pro, to discover high level goals and analytics services to dive deeper into your social feed.

So there you have it, 5 ways to make your visual social content explode, and more importantly all you need to make it happen is patience and creativity.

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