Holidays and tentpole events are the perfect ways to start conversations, providing interesting ways to engage with others through digital marketing, social media, email marketing, and more. It’s also a great place to start for some eCommerce strategy! Here is a robust list of National Holidays, Social Media Holidays and other tentpole events that occur in 2022; be sure to bookmark this page so you can come back throughout the year!
Influencer marketing has quickly become a key part of many businesses’ marketing strategies and the ever-evolving industry shows no signs of slowing down. At ChuckJoe, we love to offer both paid and organic influencer marketing services to our natural food brand clients as it helps grow brand awareness, boost social media following, and increase sales.
However, there’s one invaluable effect organic influencer marketing specifically can have on a brand, which is sometimes overlooked: it helps grow real love for a brand. Read on to find out why organic influencer marketing works to foster a community of loyal consumers.
1. Low-Cost Option
It’s no secret that influencers can be expensive and often come with steep fees for sharing a product or brand with their following. If this has deterred your natural food brand from experimenting with influencer marketing in the past, you’re not alone.
However, organic influencer marketing offers a more feasible and low-cost approach to getting your brand in front of thousands of people on social media. The idea with organic marketing is to capitalize on influencers who are already genuine fans of your brand, so that they continue to share your product naturally with their audience because they just can’t get over how awesome it is. At the end of the day, influencers are usually seen as gurus or experts in their industry and want to share their best finds/tips with their following.
Another reason why organic marketing works so well for brands is that it feels unforced and authentic to both the influencer receiving the product and the person consuming the influencer’s content. Because influencer marketing is so prevalent in the digital space, all the #ad/#sponsored content can feel overwhelming and like we’re constantly being sold to (because, well, we are!)
Organic marketing works to counteract this in a couple of different ways. It shows the influencer who receives your product that you are not requesting anything from them, but genuinely just thought they might enjoy your brand’s product. For influencers, this comes as a breath of fresh air as they are constantly being approached by brands and people looking to profit off of their community.
On the flip side, if the influencer does happen to share your brand’s product through social media, the person who is consuming the content (the “follower”) feels like they can trust the influencer’s recommendation since they see that they were not paid to share the product. This increases their likelihood to believe what the influencer is saying, and may lead to an eventual product purchase down the line.
3. Creates Relationships
Organic influencer marketing, when executed correctly, can also help to create valuable relationships. Influencers are bound to take notice when a brand approaches them in an organic and unpressured manner, especially if the relationship between the brand and influencer continues over a longer period of time. This creates a feeling of “closeness” for the influencer and brand, which pushes them to share their love and speak to the authenticity of a brand/product. This relationship can also open the door to future partnerships down the line (like a giveaway), which is an influencer is more likely to engage in with a brand they are already a super-fan of.
Additionally, the consumers of an influencer’s content (the “follower”) feel a certain type of connection to the influencer when they try a product they recommended and love it. This can oftentimes result in consumers sharing the brand/product on their own and tagging the influencer who originally introduced them to the brand.
For example, last year Eva Chen (a mega influencer with over 1 million followers) organically started organically posting about Sumo Citrus, one of ChuckJoe’s clients, on Instagram. Because of Eva’s organic approach to sharing things she loves with her engaged following, many people tried Sumo Citrus out for themselves and shared it on their personal social media channels, with a nod to Eva for sharing the deliciousness with them. This year, on behalf of Sumo Citrus, we delivered a personalized Sumo Citrus crate to Eva Chen to reciprocate the love. This simple gesture led to her posting about the gift and helped Sumo Citrus gain even further brand awareness. This type of interaction shows the various relationships being formed, which are all a result of organic influencer marketing.
Hopefully, you can now see the various benefits of organic influencer marketing and why your natural food brand should be using it in your strategy. When in doubt, focus your organic influencer marketing efforts around authenticity, and you’ll most likely be successful.
As a food company, you have a big advantage over most other industries—people need to consume food and drink constantly to sustain life, and that’s nonnegotiable. But how do you stand out from everyone else in the food and beverage industry? And how do you make people love you?
Highlight Your Unique Selling Proposition
What makes you different from that other company that sells almost the same thing? Do you use better quality ingredients? Are you big on doing good for the world? Does your brand emanate a warm and fuzzy feeling that consumers just don’t get with other brands? Whatever it is, make it obvious and take pride in it. Differentiate yourself and attract the people who love what makes you unique. As Aristotle said (and Taylor Swift later reiterated), “a friend to all is a friend to none,” so focus on your core group of fans and cater to them.
Create special deals or hold events when certain dates roll around. From Mother’s Day to National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (find more dates here) to your brand’s 5 year anniversary, choose any day (or week) and provide a reason to get excited about your company. This is a great opportunity to advertise (and attract new customers), and you might even get some media coverage out of it.
Partner With Other Brands
Another great thing about food? The endless food combinations. Partner with brands that sell complementary products to reach new audiences and perhaps help consumers find their new favorite way of eating your food. Maybe next time they reach for another type of food, they’ll think of you too.
You can also reach out to companies that sell subscription boxes and have them include your product(s) in a box or two. This way, you can expose your brand to relevant audiences who may have been previously unaware of or who have never gotten to try your product(s).
Social Media Contests
Run contests where you have fans post photos or videos of them enjoying your product(s). Better yet, have them come up with new recipes that incorporate your product(s). This will increase engagement and attract the attention of your consumer’s friends, and since the people posting will most likely already love your product(s), they now have a new opportunity to rave about your product(s) to their followers. You’ll also get some beautiful new images/videos and mouth-watering recipes you can repost.
Another option is to crowdsource ideas. This will bring in loads of fresh concepts and make consumers feel more connected to the brand, generating a buzz that will keep your brand top-of-mind. Lay’s has successfully done this with their “Do Us a Flavor” campaign, and Starbucks has seen beautiful new cup designs thanks to their White Cup Contest.
Combine With All Other Forms Of Marketing
Of course, do all this in conjunction with other forms of marketing. Create a blog. Have social media platforms where you post craving-inducing photos and videos of your product(s). Partner with influencers to spread the word. Email recipes and possibly nutrition tips (these are also great ways to get consumers to sign up for your email list). Hold giveaways. Give loyal fans the occasional special deal or other privileges. Advertise. The possibilities are endless.
Holidays, both major and silly, are great ways to start conversations, providing interesting ways to engage with others through digital marketing, social media, email marketing, and more. Here is a list of some that occur in 2021; be sure to bookmark this page so you can come back throughout the year!
Touching on silly social media holidays to major tentpole holidays are easy wins for your digital marketing, social media, email marketing, and more. We have compiled a robust calendar of these events and the dates that they will occur in 2020! Be sure to bookmark this page for reference throughout the year
National Blood Donor Month
National Thank You Month
National Hobby Month
National Tea Month
Girl Scout Cookie Season Begins
January 14-20 – Hunt For Happiness Week
January 15-19 – Sugar Awareness Week
January 22-26 – Clean Out Your Inbox Week
January 22-26 – National School Choice Week
January 28-February 2 – Meat Week
January 1. New Year’s Day #NewYearsDay
January 2. Science Fiction Day #ScienceFictionDay
January 4. National Trivia Day #NationalTriviaDay
January 5. Golden Globe Awards #GoldenGlobes
January 9. Bubble Bath Day #BubbleBathDay
January 14. Clean Off Your Desk Day #CleanOffYourDeskDay
January 15. Hat Day #HatDay
January 16. Get To Know Your Customers Day
January 18. Winnie The Poo Day #WinnieThePooDay
January 20. Cheese Lovers Day #CheeseLoversDay
January 20. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day #MLKDay
January 20. Blue Monday, Jr. Day #BlueMonday
January 23. National Pie Day #PieDay
January 24. National Compliment Day #NationalComplimentDay
January 25. Year Of The Rat #YearOfTheRat
January 28. Data Privacy Day #PrivacyAware
January 31. Backwards Day #BackwardsDay
January 31. Hot Chocolate Day #HotChocolateDay
Black History Month
American Heart Month
National Heart Month
National Weddings Month
National Cherry Month
February 1-7 Eating Disorder Awareness Week
February 6-13 – New York Fashion Week
February 10-16 – Freelance Writers Appreciation Week
February 13-19 – International Flirting Week
February 14-21 – Condom Week
February 14-20 – Random Acts of Kindness Week
February 14-18 – London Fashion Week
February 18-24 – Milan Fashion Week
February 24-March 4 – Paris Fashion Week
February 1. Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day #IceCreamForBreakfastDay
February 1. Bubblegum Day #BubblegumDay
February 2. Groundhog Day #GroundhogDay
February 2. Super Bowl LIII #SBLIII
February 4. World Cancer Day #WorldCancerDay
February 5. National Singing Day #SingingDay
February 5. World Nutella Day
February 5. National Weather Persons Day
February 7. Wear Red Day #WearRed
February 6. Chopsticks Day #ChopsticksDay
February 9. Oscars Ceremony
February 9. National Pizza Day #NationalPizzaDay
February 11. Make A Friend Day #MakeAFriendDay
February 14. Valentine’s Day #ValentinesDay
February 17. Random Acts Of Kindness Day #RandomActsOfKindnessDay
February 17. Presidents Day #PresidentsDay
February 18. Drink Wine Day #DrinkWineDay
February 20. Love Your Pet Day #LoveYourPetDay
February 21. Sticky Bun Day #StickyBunDay
February 22. Be Humble Day #BeHumbleDay
February 22. Be Humble Day #BeHumbleDay
February 22. Be Humble Day #BeHumbleDay
February 24. 91st Academy Awards #AcademyAwards
February 26. Pistachio Day #PistachioDay
February 27. No Brainer Day #NoBrainerDay
Women’s History Month
Music in Our Schools Month
Irish Heritage Month
American Red Cross Month
March for Meals
The Great American Cleanup
March 23-28 – National Sleep Awareness Week
March 12-17 – Girl Scout Week
March 12-17 – Campfire Birthday Week
March 26-31 – National Cleaning Week
March 2. Peanut Butter Lovers Day #ILovePeanutButter #PeanutButterLover
March 2. Old Stuff Day #OldStuffDay
March 3. World Wildlife Day #WorldWildlifeDay
March 4. Grammar Day #GrammarDay
March 6. National Employee Appreciation Day #EmployeeAppreciationDay
March 7. National Be Heard Day #NationalBeHeardDay
March 8. International Women’s Day #BeBoldForChange
March 8. Daylight Saving Time begins #DaylightSaving
March 10. Pack Your Lunch Day #PackYourLunchDay
March 12. Girl Scouts Day #GirlScoutsDay
March 14.Popcorn Lover’s Day #PopcornLoversDay
March 15. World Consumer Rights Day #WCRD2020
March 16. Freedom Of Information Day #FreedomOfInformationDay
March 17. St. Patrick’s Day #StPatricksDay
March 18. Awkward Moments Day #NationalAwkwardMomentsDay
March 19. Spring Equinox -First Day of Spring #FirstDayofSpring #SpringEquinox
March 20. Proposal Day #ProposalDay
March 21. World Poetry Day #WorldPoetryDay
March 23. Puppy Day #PuppyDay
March 28. Weed Appreciation Day
March 31. World Back Up Day #WorldBackupDay
National Volunteer Month
National Autism Awareness Month
Keep America Beautiful Month
National Garden Month
Stress Awareness Month
National Poetry Month
April 15-22 – National Volunteer Week
April 16-22- Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week
April 23-29 – Administrative Professionals Week
April 22-28 – Every Kid Healthy Week
April 22-28 – National Princess Week
April 1. April Fools Day #AprilFools
April 2. World Autism Awareness Day #WAAD
April 3. National Walking Day #NationalWalkingDay
April 4. Hug a Newsperson Day #HugANewsperson
April 10. National Siblings Day #NationalSiblingsDay
April 11. National Pet Day #NationalPetDay
April 16. National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day #PJDay
April 18. National High-Five Day #NH5D
April 19. Good Friday #GoodFriday
April 20. National Look-Alike Day #NationalLookAlikeDay
April 21. Easter #HappyEaster
April 22. Earth Day #EarthDay2019
April 24. Denim Day #DenimDay
April 25. World Malaria Day #EndMalariaForGood
April 26. Arbor Day #ArborDay
April 28. Pay It Forward Day #PayItForward
April 29. International Dance Day #InternationalDanceDay
April 30. National Honesty Day #NationalHonestyDay
National Celiac Disease Awareness Month
Clean Air Month
Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
National Barbecue Month
National Bike Month
National Hamburger Month
National Salad Month
National Photograph Month
Gifts from the Garden Month
Lupus Awareness Month
Military Family Appreciation Month
Food Allergy Awareness Week (second full week of May)
April 30-May 4 – National Tourism Week
April 30-May 4 – Drinking Water Week
April 30-May 4 – National Pet Week
May 7-11 – Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6- 12 – Nurse’s Week
May 1. May Day #MayDay
May 2. World Password Day #WorldPasswordDay
May 3. Space Day #SpaceDay
May 4. Star Wars Day #StarWarsDay & #Maythe4thBeWithYou
May 5. Cinco de Mayo #CincoDeMayo
May 6. National Nurses Day #NursesDay
May 7. Thank a Teacher Day #ThankATeacher
May 10. Mother’s Day #MothersDay
May 12. National Limerick Day #NationalLimerickDay
May 13. Mother’s Day #MothersDay
May 15. International Day of Families #FamilyDay
May 17.National Bike to Work Day #BTWD
May 21. National Memo Day #NationalMemoDay
May 24. National Scavenger Hunt Day #NationalScavengerHuntDay
May 25. Memorial Day #MemorialDay #MDW
May 28. Hamburger Day #NationalHamburgerDay
May 29. Paperclip Day #PaperclipDay
May 31. World No-Tobacco Day #NoTobacco
Men’s Health Month
National Safety Month
Acne Awareness Month
LGBTQ Pride Month
National Adopt a Cat Month
June 4-10 – Pet Appreciation Week
June 12-18 – Men’s Health Week
June 1. National Say Something Nice Day #SaySomethingNice
June 1. International Children’s Day #ChildrensDay
June 2. National Cancer Survivor’s Day #NCSD2019
June 3. Leave The Office Early Day #LeaveTheOfficeEarlyDay
June 5. World Environment Day #WorldEnvironmentDay
June 5. National Donut Day #NationalDonutDay
June 6. Higher Education Day #HigherEducationDay
June 7. National Donut Day #NationalDonutDay
June 8. Best Friends Day #BestFriendsDay
June 14. World Blood Donor Day #GiveBlood
June 16. Father’s Day #FathersDay
June 20. First Day of Summer #SummerSolstice
June 20. World Refugee Day #WithRefugees
June 21. National Selfie Day #NationalSelfieDay
June 21. Father’s Day #FathersDay
June 27. National Sunglasses Day #NationalSunglassesDay
June 30. Social Media Day #SMDay
Ice Cream Month
National Grilling Month
National Picnic Month
National Independent Retailer Month
National Blueberry Month
July 15-21 – Capture the Sunset Week
July 16-22 – Independent Retailers Week
July 1. National Postal Worker Day #NationalPostalWorkerDay
July 2. World UFO Day #WorldUFODay
July 4. Independence Day (United States)
July 7. World Chocolate Day #WorldChocolateDay
July 11. Cheer Up the Lonely Day #CheerUpTheLonelyDay
July 12. Malala Day #MalalaDay
July 15. Give Something Away Day #GiveSomethingAwayDay
July 17. World Emoji Day #WorldEmojiDay
July 18. Nelson Mandela International Day #MandelaDay
July 26. Talk in an Elevator Day #TalkInAnElevatorDay
July 30. International Day of Friendship #DayOfFriendship
Back to School Month
National Golf Month
National Breastfeeding Month
Family Fun Month
August 6-12 – National Farmers’ Market Week
August 13-19 – National Motorcycle Week
August 13-19 – Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week
August 1. Respect for Parents Day #RespectForParentsDay
August 2. National Coloring Book Day #NationalColoringBookDay
August 8. International Cat Day #InternationalCatDay
August 9. National Book Lovers Day #NationalBookLoversDay
August 10. National Lazy Day #LazyDay
August 11. National Sons and Daughters Day #SonsAndDaughtersDay
August 12. International Youth Day #YouthDay
August 13. International Lefthanders Day #LefthandersDay
August 15. National Relaxation Day #NationalRelaxationDay
August 16. National Tell a Joke Day #NationalTellAJokeDay
August 19. World Photo Day #WorldPhotoDay
August 20. National Lemonade Day #NationalLemonadeDay
August 26. National Dog Day #NationalDogDay
August 26. National Women’s Equality Day #WomensEqualityDay
National Preparedness Month
National Food Safety Education Month
Fruit and Veggies—More Matters Month
National Yoga Awareness Month
Whole Grains Month
Hispanic Heritage Month
Little League Month
Better Breakfast Month
September 9-15 – National Suicide Prevention Week
September 18-24 – Pollution Prevention Week
September 17-23 – National Indoor Plant Week
September 24-30 – National Dog Week
September 2. Labor Day #LaborDay
September 4. National Wildlife Day #NationalWildlifeDay
September 5. International Day of Charity #CharityDay
September 6. Read a Book Day #ReadABookDay
September 8. International Literacy Day #LiteracyDay
September 11. National Day of Service and Remembrance #911Day
September 12. National Video Games Day #NationalVideoGamesDay
September 13. Stand Up To Cancer Day #KissCancerGoodbye
September 19. Talk Like a Pirate Day #TalkLikeAPirateDay
September 21. International Day of Peace #PeaceDay
September 22. Car-Free Day #CarFreeDay
September 23. First Day of Fall
September 25. National Women’s Health and Fitness Day #FitnessDay
September 26. European Day of Languages #EDL2019
September 27. World Tourism Day #WTD2019
September 28. World Rabies Day #WorldRabiesDay
September 30. International Podcast Day #InternationalPodcastDay
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
AIDS Awareness Month
Bully Prevention Month
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
Celiac Disease Awareness Month
Financial Planning Month
National Pizza Month
Allergy Appreciation Month
October 1-7 – Great Books Week
October 1-7 – National Work From Home Week
October 15-21 – Mediation Week
October 15-21 – National Business Women’s Week
October 22-28 – National Red Ribbon Week
October 1. World Vegetarian Day #WorldVegetarianDay
October 2. International Day of Nonviolence #InternationalDayOfNonviolence
October 3. National Techies Day #TechiesDay
October 4. World Smile Day #WorldSmileDay
October 5. World Teachers Day #WorldTeachersDay
October 7. World Habitat Day #WorldHabitatDay
October 10. World Mental Health Day #WorldMentalHeathDay
October 11. International Day of the Girl #DayOfTheGirl
October 13. National Train Your Brain Day #TrainYourBrainDay
October 14. National Dessert Day #DessertDay
October 15. Global Handwashing Day #GlobalHandwashingDay
October 16. World Food Day #FoodDay
October 17. International Day for Eradication of Poverty #EndPoverty
October 20. World Statistics Day #StatisticsDay
October 21. Reptile Awareness Day #ReptileAwarenessDay
October 24. United Nations Day #UNDay
October 25. Greasy Foods Day #GreasyFoodsDay
October 30. Checklist Day #ChecklistDay
October 31. Halloween #Halloween
National Healthy Skin Month
Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month
National Adoption Month
National Gratitude Month
Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month
National Diabetes Awareness Month
November 13-19 – World Kindness Week
November 13-17 – American Education Week
November 1. World Vegan Day #WorldVeganDay
November 3.National Sandwich Day #NationalSandwichDay
November 4. National Candy Day #NationalCandyDay
November 8. National Cappuccino Day #CappuccinoDay
November 11. Veterans Day #VeteransDay
November 13. World Kindness Day #WKD
November 14. World Diabetes Day #WDD
November 15. America Recycles Day #BeRecycled
November 16. International Day for Tolerance #ToleranceDay
November 17. International Students Day #InternationalStudentsDay
November 19. International Men’s Day #InternationalMensDay
November 20. Universal Children’s Day #UNChildrensDay
November 21. World Hello Day #WorldHelloDay
November 26. National Cake Day #NationalCakeDay
November 28. Thanksgiving Day #Thanksgiving
November 29. Black Friday #BlackFriday
November 30. Computer Security Day #ComputerSecurityDay
National Human Rights Month
Operation Santa Paws
December 2-10 – Chanukah
December 26-January 1 – Kwanzaa
December 1. World AIDS Day #WAD2019
December 2. Cyber Monday #CyberMonday
December 3. International Day of Persons with Disabilities #IDPWD
December 4. National Cookie Day #NationalCookieDay
December 5. World Soil Day #WorldSoilDay
December 6. Microwave Oven Day #MicrowaveOvenDay
December 8. Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day #PretendToBeATimeTravelerDay
December 10. Human Rights Day #HumanRightsDay
December 11. International Mountain Day #InternationalMountainDay
December 13. National Salesperson Day #SalespersonDay
December 21. First Day of Winter #WinterSolstice
December 24. Christmas Eve #ChristmasEve
December 25. Christmas Day #ChristmasDay
December 26. Boxing Day #BoxingDay
December 30. No Interruptions Day – Last Work Day of the Year
Copywriting ads for food brands involves channeling your imagination, using the right CTAs, and having the perfect combination of a certain amount of words. Crafting exceptional food ad copy on the other hand, involves all of the above AND adding different layers of flavor (every pun intended)! Depending on the type of food brand you’re working with, you may select descriptors that create an image in the customer’s mind, choose words that evoke their sensations, or focus on the nutritional benefits.
At ChuckJoe, we are passionate about the conscious food space and have created organic and paid evergreen content for many clients. With our expertise in the ever evolving digital landscape mixed with our years of experience, we’ve curated 5 tips to help you write copy for food ads like a pro!
1. Define Your Goals
Determine the most relevant ad objective for your business before you even draft a word! Perhaps you have a new fruit coming out next season, in this case you’ll want to increase brand awareness and reach. Or you have a new cooking demo on your website, instead you’ll need to drive traffic to your page. Knowing your goals can help develop copy that will guide your target audiences to take the specific actions that you want. Ad objectives will also determine which Call-To-Action will be the most appropriate for that ad. Don’t assume the reader will know what action you want them to take, so remember to choose a clear objective-based CTA.
2. Do Your Due Diligence
When you’re starting a new campaign, the best thing you can do as a copywriter is to… research, research, research! There’s no doubt that you’re a skilled and excellent writer, however familiarizing yourself with your client’s brand voice is the key. Research the nutritional facts, the pain points, target audiences, and learn all the minuscule details. Gather enough details to the extent where it feels like you can be their brand ambassador!
Learn how to adapt your writing style based on the food brand’s tone and personality. This technique will help your copy resonate with your current or potential audiences. This means that you don’t need to completely reinvent the cheese wheel! Chances are, the brand has already done the nitty gritty work of finding keyword differentiators that make them stand out. Take advantage of those keywords and use them as the base of your copy.
3. Avoid Writer’s Block
Once you’ve done your due diligence, start drafting copy right away! The hardest part about writing ads is starting the first sentence. There’s a famous saying, “write without fear, edit without mercy.” That still holds as great advice today. Don’t get caught up trying to create the perfect copy in the first attempt. Great ads takes writing, reading, more writing, and re-reading a couple more times until it can’t be revised any further.
Some additional steps that you can take to prevent getting stumped on words is to develop copywriting pathways, curate a collection of food adjectives, and focus on food benefits. Pull adjective inspiration from menus you’ve encountered at restaurants. Remember that consumers are attracted to products that can improve their lives. Highlighting benefits that they’ll receive by purchasing your product is the best course to take!
4. Ditch The Clickbait
Generally, clickbait has been a profitable marketing technique since the beginning of advertising for every industry. Though the times are changing and our millennial consumers are shifting more of their dollars towards conscious brands. You may be tempted to reel readers in with bait, but remember that it can damage your brand image and it can also break trust with consumers. Believe in your clever or out-of-the-box thinking, and you’ll be sure to come up with catchy copy that resonates better with your readers. Additional reasons why you should avoid click bait or engagement bait can be found on Facebook’s tips on how to avoid low-quality ads.
5. Quality Assurance
The last step is the most important of all, review your work! Even if you’ve won first place in your 5th grade spelling bee, it’s a best practice to QA your work. Grammarly is one of the best free tools on the web and can save your brand from losing its credibility. Another tried, true, and trusted tip is to read your copy out loud. If it doesn’t sound natural, there’s still revisions that need to be made.
When all is read out loud and done, your ad copy variations are ready to be tested! Whether you’re testing shorter or longer ads, this benefit or that benefit, there will most likely be a better performer of the bunch. Be sure to optimize towards your best food ad and never stop testing!
A top objective for any social presence is to stand out and be remembered. This can be accomplished with stellar content, spectacular visuals, spot on formatting, and more. The one aspect that regularly gets overlooked is voice
Finding the right voice for your social avenues can be more complicated for a multitude of reasons, especially on accounts where more than one person curates content and copy. Not to mention, a tone or voice that works really well for one company may be the completely wrong voice for another. So while you might love how Wendy’s interacts with other fast food restaurants, it might not be the best tactic for your non-profit organization.
It’s important to define and refine your voice. How do you want your customers to perceive you? Are you a silly company? Funny? Serious? Edgy? Remember, the behavior consumers MOST want from any brand on social is HONESTY.
How do you choose a voice for your brand?
1. Cast a Critical Eye on Your Current Content
Gather together a wide variety of the content you already have. Videos, web pages, social calendar, email blasts – and take a long look at what you’ve already got. Which of these are so generic they could be from your competitors? The idea is to narrow them down to pieces that are unique to your brand. These are the examples of the brand voice you want to embody.
2. Create a Life for Your Voice
Look over the pieces you singled out in step one, and find the common themes across all the content.
If your brand was a person, how would you describe its personality? It’s also a good idea to discuss how one would describe your competitors personality as well. Are they forceful? Jovial or serious? An optimist or realist? President of the pep-squad? Then decide how your brands traits make you different?
Break it down even farther by deciding how these traits show up while communicating with your audience.
Go as far as naming this persona! Give it life! This makes it easier to “get into character” when creating content. A few name suggestions to get you going: Maisy, Annabelle, Blaze, Freya, Gertrude, Darrius, Captain Thunder…
3. Make a Voice Chart
Now that you have a general definition of your brand’s voice, demonstrate how it will appear in real life branded content. This chart will be an important point of reference to visit over and over as your team changes and as time goes on.
4. Instruct Your Writers
Make sure your team is ready to put your brands defined voice into action by meeting with team members who may be creating content or communicates with the public via social channels. Walk them through your new Voice Chart.
Create some examples to show them the intentions of the chart, and demonstrate how you would change some other content to better fit the newly defined voice.
Be sure to give them access to, and encourage them to use the Voice Chart for a quick reference.
5. Think of the Voice Chart as a Living Document
It is imperative to revisit and revise the brand chart as the company changes over time. Don’t think that just because you’ve created this chart it has to be this way until the end of time. A company’s voice can change and adjust depending on the growth and direction of the company itself.
It’s also important to update the chart with common writing problems your team comes across.
Once the voice chart is established, consider writing a more in depth document that details the specificities of certain situations. Some companies have been known to have voice reference documents that are over 100 pages long!
Have questions? We’d love to hear them. Reply in the comments below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you need to put together a social media calendar for your business and don’t know where to start? Perhaps you’ve tried generating content before or maybe it’s your first time giving it a go. Either way, we have a quick and simple 3 day method to help you get your social media content drafted and scheduled.
Day 1: Map Out Your Content
Content planning may seem overwhelming at first, but it’s easier than you think! Here are a list of questions to help you get started.
What is your desired post frequency? In other words, how often do you post (or would like to post) to your social media accounts? Is it 3x per week? 5x per week? As long as you’re able to post on a consistent basis, you’ll be able to establish social proof and maintain a steady social presence.
What types of content do you need for each social media platform? Generally photos and videos perform great on Instagram and SnapChat. Article links and YouTube videos tend to perform better on Facebook and Twitter. Figuring out which types of content you’ll need for each platform can help you determine the rest of your content criteria necessities for content planning.
What are your content themes for the month? Depending on your business or brand, you’ll want to source a variety of themes such as lifestyle, product, news, UGC (user generated content), social media holidays, etc.
By the end of day 1, you should have a content plan that resembles something like this:
Let’s say we have a post frequency of 3x posts per week, which totals 12 posts per month. Of those 12 hypothetical posts, the types of content we can select per platform could be a mix of 3 articles for Facebook, 1 blog post for Pinterest, 3 photos for Twitter, 2 videos and 3 photos for Instagram. Then you can apply your content themes to each of those types of content. Perhaps you’d like 1 lifestyle photo and 2 product photos for Instagram and so forth. Voilà! Now you have created a theme for each type of post for your content plan!
Day 2: Establish Your Process
Day 2 is all about spending time researching content and finding your groove. Finding quality content that your users will resonate with is the key to a successful social media strategy. A quick brainstorm of websites and social media accounts that you can source content from can go a long way.
In most social media schedulers, there is a section dedicated to sourcing content. In Sprout Social, there is a “Find Content” section where you can sort through suggested content provided by the scheduler. In Buffer, they offer a customizable “Buffer Feed” where you can add your go-to websites to generate a big feed of useable content.
Using your scheduler’s content feature can be a huge time saver, but make sure to add a good ole’ Google Search to your research method! Google News and Trends can help you find topical and recent content to keep your social media accounts fresh and relevant.
The next step of Day 2 will be to establish a research and drafting process that works best for you! Maybe you like to read your content and draft captions right after you read them so you don’t forget. Or maybe you’d like to read your content that you deem worthy and add it to your drafts section to caption it later. Whichever order works best for you, remember to do a combination of the following:
Make a checklist of each post you need from your content plan (how many posts, types, and themes) then check them off once you find them.
When researching content, read the full articles, watch the full videos, and inspect the quality of your photos. This will help you determine if the content aligns with your branding efforts and will allow you to write a wholesome caption.
Upload your content to the drafts section, draft your captions, and add hashtags.
Day 3: Review and Schedule
After doing most of the heavy lifting on the first couple of days, day 3 is all about reviewing and scheduling your content. When scheduling your content to the publisher section of your scheduling platform, make sure to review the following:
Read your captions out loud and make sure that each message is clear, concise, and easy to read.
Look for grammar, spelling, and spacing errors.
Review your content plan and make sure the content reflects the exact type of post and theme you planned for.
Reevaluate your video quality, double check your links, and make sure photos upload correctly. Select an aesthetically pleasing thumbnail cover for your videos.
Lastly, schedule your perfected drafts based on your post frequency from your plan. Now sit back, relax, and let your scheduler handle the rest!
Social media is constantly evolving and so are the audiences who use it. If you read these mistakes and realize you are guilty of a few, don’t be upset! Your flub will likely be forgotten once you get into the swing of things on social media.
After reading these no-no’s, you’re bound to have a better experience constructing a plan of action moving forward.
1. Thinking Social Marketing Isn’t for You
Social marketing is for everyone. It is a key component to marketing and will be a positive addition to almost every department.
It’s benefits include, but are not limited to:
Lower Marketing Costs
Connect with Potential Customers/New Hires
Address Questions and Comments Directly
Improved Brand Image
There’s not much debate anymore about the importance of social media marketing. If you’re not sure if social media marketing is right for your business, or you are sure and you’re ready to get started, feel free to CONTACT US
2. Thinking All Social Platforms are the Same
There are many social platforms out there, and the more you’re a part of, the better your overall reach. So just post the same exact thing across each social platform, right? WRONG! Every social network is going to have its own customs, language, audience, and type of content. For your posts to be most effective, you need to account for these differences.
3. Not Creating a Social Media Marketing Plan
Your social media marketing plan should build on your presence and not let it dwindle. Decide what your goal is in using social media. Do you hope to gain likes and followers? Are you hoping to create a new source of sales/leads? Are you trying to solidify your brands authority? Without a goal, your social marketing efforts will go nowhere. Here’s what you need to iron out if you want to succeed:
Predetermined and Measurable
All the effort in the world won’t help if you don’t know where to aim it
Know who you’re talking to and how they communicate
Set an amount you’re willing to give to social media and adhere to this time frame
Part of setting up your social goals is also making sure you’re able to track those goals. This will allow you to make strategic changes in your campaign and target audiences in real time. This way, you can stop ads or campaigns that aren’t performing and keep you from throwing your money away. Reassess your goals through tracking regularly. No need to continue with something if it’s not working for you. Tracking allows you to try new avenues.
5. Ignoring Your Audience
Being on social media means connecting with your audience on a much more personal level. They will likely ask questions, comment, and interact with your postings. A very common mistake is to ignore or choose not to interact with them.
Your audience is there to interact with your brand. So interact! It will be almost impossible to keep their attention if they are ignored, which means they may not care what you post about in the future.
Comment back! Like back! Answer questions! Engage with their content! It’s that simple. This may seem like a small gesture, but it goes a long way with the relationship with your audience.
Let them know you take feedback very seriously (and you really should…)
Stay away from getting defensive. This makes you look worse, even if it’s true.
Attempt to make it right if possible
Think of negative feedback as a way to improve the quality of your services and to build a trusting relationship with your audience. Take these comments seriously and try to resolve the issue the customer is facing. Engage with them initially on the thread then try to move the conversation to private channels and handle it more discreetly. But remember… Screen shots are easy to take and share, so make sure to adhere to these rules in private channels as well.
7. Sounding Like a Robot
Social media lets brands and organizations break down the wall between them and their customers. This allows you to get personal and have a human interaction with your audience. Being real and behaving like a human will let you connect in a much stronger way.
Social media is for socializing. Use it to show your audience that your brand is a social creature just like them – it’s an effective way to build trust.
8. Over-Posting/Under Posting
Your audience wants to hear from you and they want updates on what your doing. But don’t bombard them with content. No need to over do it.
That being said, make sure you also don’t under-do it either. Out of sight out of mind is a real thing. Once you start posting consistently, not posting for even one day can affect your impressions and engagement rates and put a wrench in your marketing efforts.
A great solution is to sign up with a management platform that allows you to schedule your posts ahead of time and get posted automatically when they’re supposed to.
Hopefully the above helps you double check your own social accounts or think more about how social can play into your business strategies moving forward.