Four tips to stand out on social media

Photo by Marina Claire Photography courtesy of Modern CLE.

Photo by Marina Claire Photography courtesy of Modern CLE.

The old saying “if you build it, they will come,” may have once been pertinent to a business strategy before the internet, but when it comes to scaling in 2019, it couldn’t be farther from reality. In the decade or so since social media for businesses has mainstreamed, most of us have come to discover that to do it well and to see it affect your bottom line positively, you have to make consistent, dedicated, and strategic effort.

Now with hundreds of millions of users – even billions on Facebook – the social space is more congested than ever. How do you get your brand to stand out amongst the crowd? Here are a few guidelines you can implement right now that I shared with the audience at Behind the Story with Modern CLE to help get you started.

Four tips to stand out on social media

1.) Have a strong sense of brand.

This is beyond just a logo, but who you are, what you look like, what you are trying to say and how you say it. Standing out on social media is an art and a science, and your brand falls into the art category. What does that look like? Beyond just a logo, have a website to capture leads and emails beyond your social media followers. Make sure that website like your social channels has a consistent voice, the same color palettes,

A brilliant way to help you illustrate your brand is to have quality photography. Quality content is often Save the amateur photos and videos for your Instagram Stories, and view your feed as more of a portfolio or catalog. Schedule a quarterly photo shoot and capture three months worth of high-quality images and video for your social media channels. The rest of your posts can be filled in with user-generated content, your own social media graphics you’ve designed, and so forth. You’ll want to create an aesthetic that is true to your brand as well as shows a rhythm that your audience can anticipate. A great way to do this is stick with a handful of conversation topics (I’d suggest no more than five). For example, on the FACTEUR feed, we focus primarily on 1. offering tips, 2. featuring our clients, 3. sharing behind-the-scenes content of our studio, 4. revealing the latest marketing news, 5. sharing content we find to be inspirational to us in the moment. You won’t see a curveball post of what we are having for lunch, unless it ties back to one of these topics (like lunch at a client’s restaurant, behind-the-scenes of a team meeting, etc).

2. Make a date with your audience.

This next tip is more behind-the-scenes, but it’s one of the most important: be consistent on the platforms you choose to communicate. Spend time every week to schedule content for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Be sure are you are scheduling at the optimal time based on your analytics, and try to always sign off with a call to action. Be sure the times that you are scheduling are times you are available to engage, as well. Algorithms favor responsiveness, so don’t just post and disappear. In general, people are on social media during hours outside of the work day, but not the weekend. So think lunchtime and evenings, but check your own analytics to determine when your audience is most likely to see your content and engage with it to help you stand out. Every Monday at @facteurpr on Instagram, we do a Monday Q+A on Stories. Our followers have come to expect this dialogue from us, and if we miss a Monday or post late, we now hear about it! Need some ideas on what to post? Check out our content calendar workbooks.

Instagram business accounts that posted up to 10 segments on Stories each day earned twice as many impressions than those that didn’t post on Stories at all.
— Forbes

3. Be real.

The best place I can tell you to exercise this is on Stories. Forbes recently revealed that Instagram business accounts that posted up to 10 segments on Stories each day earned twice as many impressions than those that didn’t post on Stories at all.Furthermore, engagement is higher on Stories than the news feed, meaning brands are more likely to see action taken – likes, emoji drops, or DMs – if they post on Stories v. the newsfeed. (Stories alone has 400 million daily users!) Being at the top of the news feed with your Stories is prime real estate, and you want to keep it, so try to post on Stories often. Plus, video is the most consumed content type and this trend isn’t going away anytime soon. I think we’re going to see more for IGTV, too. Better yet, make a date with your audience and do an IGTV or Stories the same time each day or week. Similarly, show your face on Stories and on your feed as often as able. People want to know who you are, not just what you are selling. Plus photos of faces are 40% more liked than photos without faces. Audiences like relatability and vulnerability, and it’s great to do that in your photos as well as captions.

4.) Spend your money wisely.

Social media is becoming more pay-to-play, and even with Instagram’s latest algorithm shift back to a more chronological feed, we’re still finding only about 5% of anyone’s followers seeing the content that they post. My favorite avenue to advertise on is Instagram Stories. We already know the engagement rate is higher there, and with an ad, you get the coveted Swipe Up button. This is a great way to spend any quarterly ad dollars.

Another great way to spend any quarterly ad dollars is to partner with micro influencers and community members over a period of time vs. for a singular post. View these collaborations as long-lasting relationships versus simply “sponsored” opportunities. This is a great way to build an influential ambassadorship, support other business owners, and really see the long-term value of your efforts.

What do you think of these tips? Any you’d like to share? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Hot off the presses: recent client news

recent client news

It's been a busy winter season here at FACTEUR - and for good reason! From USA Today to Food & Wine, we've been helping our clients land stories in national, regional, and local outlets. All together, that's 73 million eyeballs -- not counting social media hits! -- on FACTEUR client brands and businesses in one month alone. Take a look at the list below! 

Client: The Flying Fig
Industry: Food & Drink, Restaurants
Story: "50 Female Chefs in 50 States"
Outlet: USA Today
Timing: March 2018
Impressions: 1 million each day
Preview: Chef Karen Small has owned Cleveland's The Flying Fig for almost two decades, infusing sustainable agriculture from small farms and local food artisans into her menu. Read the full story.

Client: Oak & Honey Events
Industry: Weddings, Event Planning
Story: "5 Wedding Professionals Using Sustainable Practices"
Outlet: Brides.com
Timing: March 2018
Impressions: 4 million each month
Preview: Melanie Tindell, founder of Oak + Honey, is an expert in sustainable event planning practices. “I was working as an interior designer and doing some non-profit event planning on the side...During her first few years as a wedding planner, she was shocked by how much waste she was seeing. Read the full story.

Client: Heidi Robb
Industry: Food & Drink, Styling
Story: "How to Become a Food Stylist"
Outlet: Food & Wine
Timing: February 2018
Impressions: 27 million each month
Preview: According to Heidi Robb, a food stylist who got her start with Food Network star Michael Symon, food styling requires more than an eye for aesthetics. “A stylist needs to be well-versed in the manner with which food and ingredients behave in all stages, from sourcing raw ingredients to preparation techniques to how foods will hold and for how long to preserve maximum freshness and beauty,” she says. Read the full story.

Client: Oak & Honey Events
Industry: Weddings, Event Planning
Story: "25 Interactive Food Station Ideas"
Outlet: Bridal Guide
Timing: February 2018
Impressions: 4 million each month
Preview: Pretzels with dipping sauces – like mustard, nacho cheese, and caramel – are sure to delight your guests. It's also super easy to create an eye-catching display; event planner Oak & Honey Events created this simple display with plywood, copper pipes, and metal hooks. Read the full story.

Client: The Flying Fig
Industry: Food & Drink, Restaurants
Story: "Midwest Traveler: Northeast Ohio's Old and New Taste Traditions"
Outlet: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Timing: February 2018
Impressions: 3 million each month
Preview: Karen Small is the godmother of the Cleveland farm-to-table scene, using lessons learned from her Italian immigrant grandparents and the decade she spent raising sheep and cows and canning for the winter on a back-to-the-land homestead. Read the full story.

Client: Oak & Honey Events
Industry: Weddings, Event Planning
Story: "11 Creative Ways to Give Your Wedding a Personal Touch"
Outlet: Cleveland.com
Timing: February 2018
Impressions: 5 million each month
Preview: Northeast Ohio event planner Melanie Tindell wants everyone to walk away from a wedding thinking about how it perfectly encapsulates exactly what makes each couple special. As the owner of Oak and Honey Events, she’s always looking for ways to add one-of-a-kind elements to every big day. And often times, it’s the smallest details that make the biggest impact. Read the full story.

 

New Instagram Stories features, Pinterest rolls out hashtags, and e-commerce tips to build customer loyalty

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Welcome to the 12th edition of Three on Thursdays, a series here on our blog devoted to sharing a few of latest marketing and PR insights and tips to help grow your brand and business. Every week, we'll handpick three good-to-know tips or resources that can help educate and inspire your own efforts. Be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter below to get these and other tips delivered to your inbox every month!

Here are this week's highlights:

1.) Instagram releases three new Stories features.

Instagram has unveiled three new features for Stories this week: a sticker to poll your followers, plus a color picker for text and brushes and an alignment tool for text and stickers. Learn more on the Instagram blog

Related: Check out our five tips for using Instagram stories to build your brand or business.

2.) Pinterest rolls out hashtags.

While you could have always hashtagged your Pinterest posts, it was just recently that hashtags became clickable and searchable as a feed on the platform. This is huge for the platform which has long been used for its search capabilities. Pinterest is recommending not more than 20 hashtags per post at this time. Read more on the Pinterest blog.

3.) Eight e-commerce trends brands need to incorporate to ensure customer loyalty

Here at FACTEUR, we are big fans of PR Couture. Currently we're reading this article on e-commerce trends, which actually sound less like trends and more like actionable advice to us! It's all about the sensory and simplicity. Read on!

Related: PR Couture features FACTEUR PR


FACTEUR PR is a boutique integrated marketing and communications studio based in Cleveland, Ohio. We work alongside independent businesses, nonprofits, creative brands, and agencies in making the most of their public relations, social media, content marketing, creative projects, and more. Get in touch to learn more!

The benefits of content marketing, Instagram reveals new comment features, PR spending on the rise

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Welcome to the 11th edition of Three on Thursdays, a series here on our blog devoted to sharing a few of latest marketing and PR insights and tips to help grow your brand and business. Every week, we'll handpick three good-to-know tips or resources that can help educate and inspire your own efforts. Be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter below to get these and other tips delivered to your inbox every month!

Here are this week's highlights:

1.) The measurable benefits of content marketing.

The Content Marketing Institute just released survey results from its recent study on content marketing habits and results. The survey showed that 65% of content marketing programs in 2017 were more successful than in 2016? What is credited for this success? A documented content marketing plan, commitment and delivery, for starters. 

Related: Learn more about our content marketing services.

2.) Instagram announces new comment controls.

Instagram just announced two new ways to control the comments on your posts, whether your account is public or private. This will be particular of use for your business account in helping to block spam bots from posting unrelated or self-promoting comments on your photos and videos.

Related: Check out our five tips for using Instagram stories to build your brand or business.

3.) PR spending will be on the rise for the next five years.

Adweek just reported that based on a recent study, PR and marketing will not only become more closely joined together, but that PR spending will specifically increase over the next five years. Read more.

Related: What is PR, and how can it help your brand or business?

Compiled by Reena Goodwin, Anna Huff, and Julie Hong.


FACTEUR PR is a boutique integrated marketing and communications studio based in Cleveland, Ohio. We work alongside independent businesses, nonprofits, creative brands, and agencies in making the most of their public relations, social media, content marketing, creative projects, and more. Get in touch to learn more!

Changes to Instagram and Twitter, plus a Netflix PR win we can all learn from

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We're back! Welcome to the 10th edition of Three on Thursdays, a series here on our blog devoted to sharing a few of latest marketing and PR insights and tips to help grow your brand and business. Every week, we'll handpick three good-to-know tips or resources that can help educate and inspire your own efforts. Be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter below to get these and other tips delivered to your inbox every month!

Here are this week's highlights:

1.) Twitter announces new 280-character limit.

A select few Twitter accounts now have the ability to tweet up to 280 characters, double-that of its historic 140 character limit. But you can enable the increased word count on your account now

2.) Instagram is allegedly adding one more photo across to your grid.

This one has us scratching our heads a bit. Many of us know all too well how our grids are part art, part science. This would change things. Have you seen four-across grids pop up on the platform yet?

Related: Check out our five tips for using Instagram stories to build your brand or business.

3.) How to legally defend your brand while scoring a PR win.

We are currently loving how Netflix handled a recent legal matter concerning a Stranger Things licensing issue. Talk about staying true to your brand voice!

Compiled by Reena Goodwin, Anna Huff, and Julie Hong.


FACTEUR PR is a boutique integrated marketing and communications studio based in Cleveland, Ohio. We work alongside independent businesses, nonprofits, creative brands, and agencies in making the most of their public relations, social media, content marketing, creative projects, and more. Get in touch to learn more!

Three on Thursdays: Instagram Stories introduces ads, Facebook launches Journalism Project, and more

Welcome to the ninth edition of Three on Thursdays, our new blog series where you'll find a few of latest marketing and PR insights and tips to help grow your brand and business. Every week, we'll handpick three good-to-know tips or resources that can help educate and inspire your own efforts. Be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter below to get these and other tips delivered to your inbox every month!

Here are this weeks highlights from FACTEUR PR:

1.) Instagram Stories is introducing ads.

Instagram announced yesterday that it will begin adding videos ads and more analytics features to its Stories feature. Since its launch over the summer, Stories has an audience of 150 million people using it every day (watch out, Spapchat, whose growth has been surpassed in speed by Instagram). Keep on eye on GM, Nike, and Airbnb, who are just some of the brands that will be testing the new advertising feature before it's unveiled more widely. (Full story from Mashable)

Related: Check out our five tips for using Instagram stories to build your brand or business.

2.) Facebook's "Journalism Project" launching to improve storytelling for media brands.

In an ongoing effort to strengthen ties with news organizations to showcase content in a more user friendly format, numerous stories at a time. Using Instant Articles, Facebook says it will set a feature with 10 media outlets - like Refinery29, USA Today, and more - to present readers with multiple, packaged stories. Time.com has the full story.

3.) How to target generation-specific audiences on social media.

With the rise (rise? more like conquering!) of mobile, it's no surprise that Americans check social media approximately 17 times a day. But who are they, what are they doing, and where are they logging in? This useful infographic courtesy of PR Daily explains more. 

FACTEUR PR is a boutique integrated marketing and communications firm based in Cleveland, Ohio. We work alongside independent businesses, nonprofits, creative brands, and agencies in making the most of their public relations, social media, content marketing, creative projects, and more.