So people don’t trust brands – but what does that MEAN?
That they think you’re overcharging them?
That they’re worried you’ll lose their credit card information to hackers?
That they wouldn’t ask you to watch their cocker spaniel for the afternoon?
Mistrust comes from a disconnect between what you say and what you do.
A whopping 78% of people think that in general, brands are NOT open and honest. In fact, only 1 in 4 people thinks that brands actually do what they say they’re going to do – a level of mistrust typically reserved for badly behaved toddlers and black market organ dealers.
This doesn’t mean you or your business have necessarily made people feel misled – but it means you still have to work a lot harder to make up for the damaged caused by brands in general....
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When I choose someone new to follow, when I compose a new tweet, when I share and favorite an update, I seldom think about the why. My following sessions would probably seem haphazard to an outsider, and my favoriting technique comes and goes from one strategy to another.
Even so, the way I use Twitter is far less random than I thought. There is science and psychology behind the way we all tweet.
Researchers have discovered trends in the way that we perform every major action on Twitter—favoriting, updating, sharing, and following. And there's even an interesting bit of psychology behind what makes Twitter so attractive in the first place. Here's a look at the psychology of Twitter: what makes us follow, favorite, share and keep coming back for more....
Apple Insider reports: “A batch of Apple patent filings published on Thursday describe a system of interconnected sensors — some being wearable devices — that work with an iPhone hub to monitor activity levels, dynamically set or cancel alarms and manage push notification settings, among other automated tasks.” ...
Consumers are more influenced by word of mouth in buying decisions than by print media, TV and movies, brand websites and even social media. The six-month survey of 2,458 recent purchasers of auto vehicles, beauty products and smartphones found that word of mouth topped the influence list.
Top ten points of influence:
Word of mouth (74%)Retailers and store visits (69%)You Tube – how-to videos, product visualisation, entertainment (64%)Twitter (61%)Company/brand websites (59%)Facebook (56%)Pinterest (56%)Newspapers and magazines (55%)TV and movies (51%)Search (51%).
The study – revealed at the Google Beach Pavilion in Cannes – notes that consumers now make purchasing decisions in the same way they consume content – with the purpose of choosing brands that engage their passion and interests....
The marketers, who have learned to subjugate their ego to the reality of the markets, consistently experience remarkable successes.
Google introduced this term to describe the impact of online information, i.e. social media reputation, on the intent of a potential customer to engage with a brand. According to the research that influence, and consumer dependence on it, are growing very fast from year to year.
Consumers checked 10.4 sources of information to make a decision in 2011. This is a dramatic increase from the 5.3 sources
This more recent study found that positive consumer reviews increase both intent to purchase, and product value, by about 7%. An online share (customer review, Facebook share or tweet) has a value of between $0.33 for a brand or store recommended by a stranger, and $1.33 for brands recommended by friends or family....
As social media solidifies itself as a standard channel, marketers are increasingly expected to prove return on investment. For instance, whether the consumer purchase funnel for your product or service is linear or calls for a more complex conversion path, your chief financial officer is probably looking to you to show the impact your Facebook activity is having on sales.
Now, roughly 18 years since earmarking news releases for the public domain, it seems fair to say the commoditization of the news release is complete.
Given that journalists rarely write from news releases these days, why does the massive effort behind news releases – figure around 10 man hours per news release at $175 per hour translating into $3,078,082 of cost last year – continue?
Some say social media ROI is elusive. I say, only if you're doing it wrong. Here's some tips on how to do it right!What are you doing to leverage social media as a platform for driving leads into your sales pipeline?According to a new study by the CMO Council, social media is stimulating extensive auto-related conversations and content that create huge sales opportunities to identify likely buyers and engage them based on their individual preferences and purchase intent.Social media is currently influencing purchasing behaviors and smart marketers should be doing more to capitalize on their investments and efforts....
As brands pivot to becoming publishers, they need to master creating valuable content and measuring their impact.
The brand newsroom is becoming more common as companies realize the value of content. 76% of brands will rely on content marketing in 2016, in order to grow and engage their audience, and build trust and credibility.
But how to keep from just spewing out drivel that no one wants to engage with? The answer is to act like a publisher.
Last time, we went over the first three vital steps in this process. Finding our core themes, testing those themes and building our Universe, and, creating an actual physical space for our content magic to happen....
Many studies show us that our brains prefer storytelling to facts.When we read facts, only the language parts of our brains work to understand the meaning. When we read a story, the language parts of our brains and any other part of the brain that we would use if we were actually experiencing what we’re reading, light up.This means that it’s easier for us to remember stories than facts. Our brains can't make major distinctions between a story we’re reading about and something we are actually doing....
Unlike some other social networks, pins to your content will often send a consistent flow of traffic for months rather than a just a quick burst that lasts only a few days, and sometimes only a few hours.
I’ve been using Pinterest for about a year with a website in the photography industry and I’ve found it to be a great way to increase website visitors and also to get involved in the community. I was skeptical of Pinterest at first, but now I find it to be more useful and interesting than any other social network....
...The question then, becomes, “How do we market ourselves when it’s all just flotsam? When our competitors are just as qualified, just as committed, experienced, knowledgeable, expert?”And let’s face it folks, we may be better than some but most of us are exactly the same.The answer is: story.Keep reading to find out why storytelling for business matters, and stick around until the end for a special offer that will help you discover and tell your own....
Transparency can look different depending on the audience and the context. Find out which brands exemplify what it means to be transparent today.
Openness has never been more important in marketing and in business. Being transparent begins with knowing your customers—it requires having a relationship with your community of customers and engaging in ongoing dialogue, and many brands are increasingly turning to an online insight community to enable this type of deep engagement and learning.
As the examples below show, transparency can look different depending on the audience and the context. Here are 5 brands that provide examples of what it means to be transparent today....
They won't track you and it makes their searches better.Named after the playground game duck duck goose, the site is not just banking on the support of people paranoid about GCHQ and the NSA.
Its founder, Gabriel Weinberg, argues that privacy makes the web search better, not worse. Since it doesn't store your previous searches, it does not and cannot present personalized search results. That frees users from the filter bubble – the fear that, as search results are increasingly personalized, they are less likely to be presented with information that challenges their existing ideas....
...PR News: One of your seven principles of business brilliance is "know-how is good. "know-who is better." How would that apply to the work of PR pros and marketers?
Lewis Schiff: Much of the middle-class mentality focuses on the development of technical skills in order to succeed (lawyer, doctor, etc.). However, at the higher levels of wealth, we see that all of those "trades" can be hired for. The most successful among us build strong teams while they focus their energies on creating extremely effective networks. Depending on the task, an effective network can be five strong relationships or 5,000 thin relationships. However, for the most important strategic relationships, we see that very successful people have very deep relationships with just a few people.
For communicating, a large network is desirable. But for influencing strategy and crafting smart messaging, it probably makes more sense to cultivate fewer relationships where there is greater intimacy and support, rather than a "WAN" or wide-area network....
You should definitely begin the journey of learning how to use Instagram to promote your business by subscribing to the official Instagram for Business blog. It’s packed full of real life examples of how big brands are using photos and tiny videos to build their authority, readership and most of all: business.
Learning how big brands advertising on Instagram, and use their photo skills to capture attention and sales can be a great way to learn and observe, and even incorporate similar tactics into your own promotion strategies. It’s certainly not against the law, and it certainly does provide amazing results.
Photography doesn’t require words, itself it speaks thousands...
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.