Social Network User Predictions 2016

One of the keys to success in social media marketing, is to know where your audience hangs out.

This handy InfoGraphic, published by Adweek, based on predictions by eMarketer, gives you insight as to where to invest your social time and dollars in 2016 based on social network and age groups. Some key insights:

Facebook continues to be the largest social network

As has been the trend for the past couple of years, those 35+  are the largest Facebook demographic and 65+ is expected to increase

Those 18 – 24 year old love Instagram

Where do your peeps hang out?

Look Out Clios – Here Come the Facebook Studio Awards

Many agencies live and die by the awards they win for their creative. Judged by people who work in the advertising, marketing communications and digital worlds, some favoured awards competitions are:

Now we have the Facebook Studio Awards .  Anyone, not just those who work in the industry, may vote. OK, so it’s not as glamorous or prestigious as the others and it’s Facebook centric. Still, I like that we commoners can have a say about what is the best.

How Facebook Studio Works
Recently launched by Facebook, Facebook Studio lets agencies enter their campaigns to the Gallery. Friends, family and groupies Like the campaigns. If your campaign receives enough Likes, it may advance to what Facebook terms the Spotlight.

The Spotlight is  work voted “the best” by Facebook viewers based on the number of Likes it receives. Once in the Spotlight, your campaign is eligible for the Facebook Award. As an added bonus, your agency is listed in the Agency Directory.

Bigger Isn’t Always Better
At this point the big guys, like BMW, Coke and their agencies, dominate the entries. I say, if you have a small agency, don’t let this stop you from entering. You may find yourself with a winning Facebook Studio award.

When you enter don’t forget to tell your friends!

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The QT on QR Codes

Have you seen these strange symbols yet?

QR Code for Preston Creative

Scan This!

Are you wondering what they are? They are Quick Response codes, or QR Codes. No big secret in Asia and Europe, until now, QR Codes have been on the QT in North America.

However, with the proliferation of mobile devices in North America, QR Codes are becoming de rigueur as a marketing tool.

They are a 2 dimensional code scanned by QR Readers. Readers are available on most smart phones now. You can also download from iTunes, or from service providers. Invented by Denso-Wave in 1994, they were originally used to track vehicle parts, but are now used different ways.

QR codes appear in art by the artist, Fabrice de Nola , and there is a comic book designed entirely from QR Codes.

QR Codes in Marketing Promotions

As a marketing tool, they’ve been used in both traditional and online campaigns. They are an interactive tool you can use in print, such as on business cards, newspaper ads, direct mail response campaigns, trade show displays, posters and menus. They can also be used in online campaigns, and placed on websites and emails.

QR code used in newspaper ad

I found this QR Code in the Help Wanted section of a newspaper

Once scanned, your QR Code can lead  your audience to:

Or they can simply be a way to communicate your contact information.

You can capture information by providing:

  • A mobile page with a contest entry form
  • Newsletter sign-up form
  • A survey

You could also look into a service provider that provides the Code and tracking information. Some providers you may want to investigate are:

These companies also supply the QR Readers.

If you want to generate a simple, free QR Code, like mine, you can go to http://createqrcode.appspot.com/

To learn more about QR Codes:

Give QR Codes a try in your next marketing campaign.

What do you think about QR Codes? Share your musings in the comments area.

Social Media Marketing: Restaurants

The first in a series of posts about Social Media Marketing for Restaurants

By day, I work for a marketing communications company. The clients are primarily franchises, and they are mainly restaurants.

Though using Social Media is catching on in restaurant marketing, I notice that many clients are hesitant to use Social Media Marketing in their marketing mix. Their reasons:

  • Their customers don’t use Social Media
  • They don’t understand it or how it can help their business
  • It’s overwhelming and don’t have the  time to plan and implement campaigns

Social Media is  Just for Kids

In conversations I’ve had with various clients, one misconception is that the “social web” is just for  kids.  This is not true. Take a look at the stats:

  • The September/October 2010 edition of Canadian Restaurant News, reported that 50% of restaurant patrons are between the ages of  25 – 54, and that 52% of patrons are female.
  • The average age of a Twitter user is 39.  The average age of those on  Facebook is 38 (Source: Royal Pingdom).
  • 42 million women in the USA engaged in social media networking at least once a week (Small Business Trends).

Clearly the average restaurant customer does use  Social Media in one form or another, whether that form is Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, YouTube or a combination of these and other Web 2.0 applications.

Whether you serve kids or middle aged adults, integrating Social Media into your marketing mix is something that you shouldn’t ignore.

Need help with  your Social Media Marketing? Want a custom Facebook Business Page Designed? Contact me at ginaprestonmarketing@gmail.com

Develop Your Social Media Marketing Strategy

If you’re new to social media, and want to use it to help market your business, one of the biggest challenges is the development of your strategy.

Book cover imageThe most useful tool I’ve found, to date, is a Marketing Strategy Template developed by David Meerman Scott, author of The New Rules of Marketing and PR.

The Template helps you to determine the “who, what, why, where, when and how” of your Social Media Marketing Strategy. It also helps you determine what social media tools are best suited to your goals.

Do you think this template is useful? Feel free to post your opinion about the template in the comments area.

Fun with YouTube-Creating a Custom Video Player

The other day I placed a video on my gardening hobby blog, The Bloomin’ Blog. I noticed that the video player was too large for the blog’s template.

Book cover

YouTube & Video Marketing An Hour A D

Ever the intrepid, sometime web geek, I had to find out how to correct this problem. What I discovered is that you have to change the video embed code’s object width and height.  I discovered this nugget of information in the book, YouTube & Video Marketing an Hour a Day.

This lead me to learn about how to go one step further and create a custom video player from YouTube. There are certain benefits to going through with this exercise, rather than just embedding the code per video:

1) You can create visual standards for the the videos that you embed in your website or blog, including sizing and colours. These remain for all YouTube videos you may post. For branding purposes this is a bonus.

2) Viewers have the option to select other videos you may have posted or “faved” on YouTube allowing more opportunities for your videos to be viewed.

You can watch a short tutorial below (another thing I taught myself how to do today-forgive the low quality!):

Facebook or Linkedin: Which one is right for your business?

Linkedin

Linkedin is a professional networking social site. It allows job searchers, independent contractors and other vendors to post information about themselves and/or their companies.

Linkedin Benefits

Connect with other professionals: Exposure to 60 million professionals, including all Fortune 500 companies

Build your brand: By including recommendations in your profile and answering questions, you are able to build credibility and promote your expertise

Research potential employers, prospects and competition: You can find and conduct research into potential clients, partners and service providers

Facebook

As of  March 17, 2010, Facebook is the most visited website, by North Americans, eclipsing  even Google, now in second place. With more than 400 million active users of various demographics, from all walks of life, Facebook provides an effective social networking medium to add to your marketing mix. From a marketing perspective, Facebook is most effective at reaching consumers and households, versus businesses.

Facebook Benefits

Creates opportunities for branding – you have the ability to build relationships with existing and potential customers. You can place your logo, photos, videos and other visual branding elements within your Fan Page site, or even create a custom fan page to further enhance your branding efforts. The “voice” that you’ve created for your brand can be carried through in the style of writing for status updates, notes, blogs and other resources.

Customer Engagement: using contests, promotions, Facebook apps, posting helpful information and encouraging feedback, you will build relationships with your customer fans

Lead generation: by encouraging people to contact you, you have great potential to generate many qualified leads.

You can visit a couple of  Pages I’ve setup and maintain here:

If you’re looking to enhance your personal or company brand with professionals, then Linkedin is the place to be. If you wish to connect with individual consumers, then Facebook would be your best option.