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Get SMART on Social Media

by Wanjiru Mwoka Social Media Marketing Manager on June 26, 2019 No comments

Get S.M.A.R.T on Social Media

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” – Peter Drucker

So you’ve set up your firm’s social media profiles and you’re all fired up to get posting. However, you now realize that it’s not just about posting that ‘Instagram-worthy’ image, you need to consider why you are putting out content in the first place. Well, stick around and let us share with you a thing or two about setting brilliant goals for your social media strategy.

Goals are vital in helping you track your progress and keeping your digital marketing efforts focused. Putting down a detailed plan on how you intend to live a healthier lifestyle will aid you in keeping score on your workout sessions and figure out whether the daily nyama choma indulgence is holding you back from eating cleaner. In the same way, optimizing your social media presence requires a well thought-out blueprint to increase the chances of achieving your ultimate objective as a brand.

 

The S.M.A.R.T Goal Framework

Several self-help and entrepreneurial reading material have recommended using the S.M.A.R.T framework to set goals that are – specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely.

  • Specific

Growing your social media audience is a great goal but pretty vague. How many followers are you looking to gain? Which social media platforms are you targeting? Clarity makes it easier for you to determine what exactly you are forging towards.

  • Measurable

The ability or inability to measure a goal determines how specific it is and whether it is making a contribution towards attaining the firm’s objectives. Perhaps you want to use social to monitor brand awareness, how will you know how many people are familiar with your brand? The number of impressions per posts? How many profile views you get monthly? The value of numbers cannot be overstated as you are able to figure out how far or close you are to achieving your aim.

  • Attainable

You definitely want to steer clear of being overambitious. Looking to jump from an engagement rate of 1% to 8% within a few months is quite a stretch and will have you and your team scrambling to hit a poorly chosen target. While a “go big or go home” perspective can get you motivated, a realistic approach to goal-setting may be gradual but fruitful in the long run.

  • Relevant

Just like investing in a credit card terminal may not be suitable for your “2 bob per page” photocopy services, putting lots of effort into content that will be irrelevant to your objective is a waste of time and resources. Looking to drive traffic to a website’s landing page? Then adding a link to your captions will be more effective compared to just uploading a glossy image for your posts.

  • Timely

Procrastination…the feeling that you have an entire lifetime to get things done. Putting down due dates on various tasks gives you and your team that extra push to make sure you stay on top of things.

You can now warm your cup of coffee, take out your notebook and begin goal-setting! Hello #SocialMediaGoals.

 

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Wanjiru Mwoka Social Media Marketing ManagerGet SMART on Social Media

A History of Disruptive Innovation

by Mathew Muraya Head of Strategy on June 18, 2019 Comments Off on A History of Disruptive Innovation

Disruptive innovation is simply a paradigm shift brought about by innovation that changes the way we look at a certain field or industry. Okay, I may have lost you at thee words paradigm shift but bear with me a little.

Digital marketing is admittedly one of the fields where the term “paradigm shift” is common vocabulary, but that’s not because we are trying to sound smarter than we are. Digital Marketing is a landscape built on and in an everchanging environment of disruptive innovation, where of advancements and innovative ideas change the entire landscape almost overnight.

Let me break this down a little. It is impossible to discuss digital marketing without Facebook coming up in the conversation. A little over 15 years ago this was just a way for nerdy Harvard students to chat, today it is a multi-billion dollar monster of a business that is almost as essential to any marketer as a good website. Facebook has irreversibly changed the way people communicate. Facebook created a platform (for better or worse) where people can share larger and more intimate aspects of their lives. Their experiences, thoughts, ideas, likes and dislikes.

YouTube begun as way for amateur video makers sharing their content with friends, 1 years later, there are over 400hours of videos uploaded to the site every minute. YouTube has become a hub for all video content from DIY tutorials and daily Vlogs (video blogs) to large production movies. YouTube changed the way video content is consumed. Studies show that as of 2017, more hours of YouTube videos exist than all the television broadcasts since the television was invented in the 1920s. YouTube made video publication and distribution available to the public creating a platform for more intimate videos that catered to a wider range of niche markets.

This disruptive nature of the digital marketing industry creates for a tenuous environment where one has to be ready to adapt or fall into obscurity. From 2004 to 2009, Myspace was the largest social networking site, however as Facebook came to the forefront, it steadily declined. As of 2108 (yes it still exists), Myspace is ranked 4,153rd by total web traffic. A far cry from its days at the top.

Sometimes however, adaptation is not enough to keep a company afloat, the relatively young Snapchat (founded in 2006) burst on the scene with a bang reaching peak popularity in 2015/2016 with over 10billion daily views. Snapchat fought tooth and nail against giants Instagram, Facebook and Twitter carving out for itself a respectable market share. In a bid to slow Snapchat’s growth which was largely based on the disappearing videos feature. In 2017, Facebook and Instagram both introduced similar feature greatly stunting Snapchat’s growth. Snapchat remained popular with its core demographic, but this was not the end, in 2018 Snapchat published an ad quiz created by a 3rd party meant to engage users with pop culture references.  One of the questions in the quiz made insensitive reference to a domestic abuse incident between pop culture icons Chris Brown and Rihanna. Outraged by this incident, Rihanna made a statement in which she asked her millions of followers to remove the app. Within 24hrs, the Snap Inc. (Snapchat’s parent company) stock had dropped by 4 % costing the company almost 1 billion dollars.

What does this mean for you as a marketer?

  1. Do your research. Stay ahead of the trend by keeping abreast of what is going on in the industry.
  2. Have a contingency plan. Never put you eggs in one basket. Platforms will come and go and you need to be ready to adapt when one platform fails.
  3. Think outside the box. Yes, I know that’s a very cliché statement, but in an industry that knows no norms, be the innovative change. Be the disruption that changes the world.

Are you ready to be the disruption? What’s next for digital marketing? Is Vero the next big social network? Tell us what you think in the comments.

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Mathew Muraya Head of StrategyA History of Disruptive Innovation