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How to use social distancing in marketing

How to use social distancing in marketing

Anyone who’s watched a recently recorded TV show or sports event will see social distancing in place.  From screens showing people watching online and canned laughter to widely spaced out quiz contestants and presenters spread out around the CBeebies house, entertainment is having to adapt.  This now needs to be the case in your marketing, to show you’re adapting to the changing world of masks and 2 metre high fives.  Here’s some great examples of brands staying current in a pandemic world with social distancing in marketing.

COVID-19 marketing with Amazon

Amazon don’t always have the warm fuzzy feeling in their marketing, choosing to focus on speed and convenience.  Outbreaks in factories and warehouses make headlines, so Amazon are quick to show their team being taken care of.  Employees in masks, temperature checks and masks being transported around the world, to make sure they can keep going, shows the public they can order using Amazon safe in the knowledge that the people behind the delivery aren’t being put at risk.

Keep it real about social distancing marketing with Heineken

One of my personal favourites.  Let’s face it, communicating digitally doesn’t always go to plan.  Tech break downs, barking dogs, wifi connection issues, propping up your phone and embarrassing home life events in the background are all here, along with everyone’s favourite “you’re on mute, I can’t hear you” – they’re all here.  Heineken gives a nod to everyone staying safe at the expense of convenience in a humourous way, and it really works as a way of putting social distancing in marketing.

Masks in marketing with Vistaprint

There is information to show that people feel more positive about adverts with masks in, perhaps because it better reflects real life right now.  Vistaprint have made masks the key focal point of their advert, promoting masks as not something to hide behind, but a show of solidarity and resilience.  Print isn’t even mentioned here, but personally I remembered their name the next time I put my mask on.

Stay home with Dominos Pizza (it’s not all bad)

Launched at the start of the pandemic, this Dominos advert showed that while staying home can feel isolating, it’s also a chance to, well, dance around in your pants before a pizza arrives.  It’s not perfect as you see the pizza being handed over and no masks, but then this is perhaps before all of the processes kicked in.  And it’s still a fun way to look at staying home.

Social distancing in marketing for SMEs

For those that aren’t big enough to be doing massive TV adverts, these ideas can still be transferred to your marketing.  This is actually an opportunity to embrace video as more people are used to more raw video footage.  COVID-19 marketing for SMEs can be as simple as a screenshot of the online team talk as part of a social media marketing campaign, an altered strapline or logo to incorporate social distance or the use of masks, or a reassuring chain of email marketing to show how a business is not just surviving the pandemic, but working to be resilient and thrive.


(image from Subway)

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New social media features since COVID-19

COVID-19 changed the way that everyone marketed, very quickly and very extremely.  Overnight events were cancelled, shops were closed and face to face meetings died out.  More and more people were using digital methods to stay in touch and that included social media.

Social media networks were suddenly under pressure to help their users maintain relationships with their loved ones, and at the same time were looking to provide business tools that addressed all of the new challenges.

Many didn’t disappoint, and here are a selection of some of the tools and even tweaks that social media networks made as COVID-19 swept the world.

Facebook Rooms

Launched in May, Facebook’s newest videoconferencing feature – Messenger Rooms – allows up to 50 people to video chat at the same time, with no limit to how long you can talk for.  In addition, you don’t even need a Facebook account to join a room so it’s open to everyone.

For a B2C company that uses Facebook a lot, who were planning on holding a small event of around this number, Facebook Rooms made this an adaptable possibility.

A new reaction from LinkedIn

In the world of work, sharing information on LinkedIn has been a bit of a minefield.  People are having to share news of furlough, redundancies, temporary or permanent closures and product changes and delays.  A ‘like’ or a round of applause or even a sad face doesn’t seem appropriate when you’re trying to communicate ‘keep your chin up’.

It’s of little surprise that LinkedIn released a new reaction button which essentially means ‘sending you support’.  Messaging changes as times do and LinkedIn got this absolutely right.

Whatsapp catalogues

This actually came out a while ago but it was a relatively low key affair.  In a time where people can now not hand over a real life catalogue, the potential to send people a virtual catalogue on something as easy as Whatsapp has a big appeal.  It has become much more publicised and widely used as a result of COVID-19.

How it works is, a business owner gets a digital store using WhatsApp Business and inside the store, you can create any number of catalogues. You can put prices, descriptions, pictures and other ordering information. You can even add a website to each catalogue.

If you’re looking to use more social media marketing in the aftermath of COVID-19, get in touch. 

Facebook rolls out new ‘reactions’

When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hinted that Facebook was working on an upgrade to its famous Like button many suspected the launch of a “dislike” option. Instead, the clever minds at Facebook introduced a far more empathetic set of 6 ’emojis’ that best represent our most common emotions.

The new set of reactions includes love, laughter, happiness, shock, sadness and anger as well as the original thumbs up and is currently in its test phase in just two markets (Spain and Ireland) until they decide whether to tweak it and/or how to roll it out further.

Facebook has caught up with social networks like Path and sites like Buzzfeed, who already give users the ability to respond to posts with different reactions beyond simple likes and ‘faves’.

Users can find the new reactions on both mobile and desktop & on all news feed posts.

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Social media trends for 2016

Social media trends to consider in 2016…

If you’re planning your marketing strategy, these 7 key social media trends should be part of your thinking.

1.  Response works

According to Search Engine Watch, 70% of Twitter users expect a response from brands they reach out to (and 53% expect it in less than an hour. In 2014 consumers made complaints on social media 879 million times but in 2015 messages went unanswered by brnads  out of 8 times! Get social listening and automation tools so that you can respond quickly

2. Live streaming video

Live streaming video is considered to be the next big thing thanks to apps like Periscope and Meerkat. It reveals a much more authentic side of your business. Unedited, unfiltered and real. See a more in-depth breakdown of the apps.

3. Social commerce

The more you engage, the more social selling and revenue is possible. Look out for more apps and features to help in 2016, such as Twitters Buy button.

4. SEO

Content is still king. There’s a shift from text to media but optimizing your organic content is still important. And social content is becoming increasingly more visible in search results.

5. Reviews

We are a review led society. 88% of consumers are influenced by reviews and online comments. Make sure you are aware, responding and improving your reviews.

6. Mobile first

Mobile devices have become the primary (not secondary) screen for most social media users.  Over 80% of internet users own a smartphone. 14% of Millennials wouldn’t do business with a company that doesn’t have a mobile site or app.

7. Data-driven decisions

You have access to so much information about consumer preferences – use it to personalize your message and focus on building stronger loyalty and long-term engagement. Personalized, data-driven marketing plans are in. But beware, numbers shouldn’t replace creativity.

Colourful social media

Screen shot 2015-11-15 at 19.36.37D3 Marketing have a lot of clients who are exceptional at social media but we always love watching what Ultraviolet Flowers, a leading designer florist in Portsmouth, do because their photos are so beautiful. You can shop online through their facebook too.

Oh and they have the cutest dog, Enzo. What Enzo recommends has a huge following on instagram..

Get inspired with them

Facebook may be one of our biggest assets for business. It’s free, it’s easy and almost everyone is on it! Including your potential customers!

Learn how to utilise the social platform to reach more local people…

1. Use local video and images

When your local clients recognise the area, they’re more likely to visit your page and your business.

2. Post pictures of your customers and fans

Personal photos help your visibility with the friends of your customers. Encourage people to tag themselves in your photos.

3. Collaborate with other local businesses

Regularly interacting with other local businesses (i.e. commenting on or sharing their posts or tagging them in yours) will make you more visible to their audience.

4. Use reviews

Reviews show up prominently on mobile phones and recommendations can majorly benefit your business, so make sure you have your reviews tab set up.

5. Build your email list

Offer something as an incentive to get people to opt into your list.

6. Join local Facebook groups

Share a link to your page, promotions and information about your business if the group permits it.

7. Create local awareness ads

Reach people who are near your business with a local awareness ad. Create calls to action, such as Get directions, for each ad.

D3 Marketing – Portsmouth marketing; Portsmouth design; Portsmouth website.

Use Facebook to promote your other social media accounts.
1. Use your page description
Put links in your page description with calls to action (use to shorten links)
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2. Use your cover photo description
This is so under utilised but actually a great place for information you want people to have – like links!
3. Add social media tabs to your Facebook page 
People can easily follow you from the tab at the top of your page and see your activity in that platform.
Try these apps:
4. Create a photo album of social icons
  • Call it ‘Your brand name – Social network gallery’
  • Say ‘Our links to all your favourite social network platforms’
  • Put your links in the description (Twitter link on Twitter icon etc.)
  • Share the album on Facebook
  • Share the link across all your SM accounts later
A great, visual way to share your account links.
5. Auto-share your Instagram photos to your Facebook page
Instagram links to your personal Facebook profile by default.
Change the sharing destination to your page in the Instagram settings: Linked Accounts>Facebook>Your Page Name
Et voila – your photos will now auto share to Facebook!
6. Auto share your Facebook posts to Twitter
Link your accounts and all of your posts will be Tweeted. Just remember the 140 character allowance & use if you’re sharing links.

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