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Social media policy should extend outside the marketing department, as Bob Barker explains in this TV show.
So companies are just waking up to the fact that they need to leverage their employees.
There’s a terminology that says marketing is far too important to be left to the marketing department, and that is the terminology that’s becoming true now with social media.
So if you just do push only marketing you’re not you know, you’re back to your 2% response or less, or if you’ve just got that mind-set that is, it works but it’s not terribly efficient and people don’t trust that marketing anymore.
So what companies are beginning to realise is that the that sales people and individuals in the company represent a really good way of getting their content out there, the important content that people need to engage with, particularly in the business to business area.
And so people are beginning to realise that if their sales people and their key executives aren’t good online they need to do something about that because if they haven’t got. For example, if they’ve got ten people on LinkedIn and they’ve got no picture of them.
They may be brilliant, but anyone of a younger generation is gonna look them up and think well, I don’t want anything to do with them. They obviously don’t understand this new world.
So there’s the companies beginning to realise that. LinkedIn has gained huge momentum the last few years as a defacto platform for people connecting in business.
So companies are beginning to realise the power of LinkedIn, companies are beginning to realise the power of content and getting people to share that content through social channels.
And it’s very important that individuals are used to share that content. It’s much more easy these days.
You’ve got these share buttons on the bottom of all the content. But even people knowing that they can just click on that content and it will share it, people generally don’t know that.
So there is a big opportunity to educate people who haven’t had that education because nobody told you how to use a PC, nobody told you how to use social media to get that education and help the firm do its marketing.
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Connected marketing relies on well developed personal brands to share company content. Our latest video from Bob Barker explores the issue:
A lot of companies out there have been using traditional marketing mechanisms.
They’ve been using digital marketing, and what we see is that more and more marketing has got to rely on the individuals in the company to help get the messages out because it’s those individuals that are often the sales people and it’s the individuals who themselves have got networks.
So what we do a lot of is helping people to understand what their personal brand is all about and to make sure, for example, on LinkedIn that they’ve got a decent profile because Google’s going to find you on LinkedIn if somebody’s looking for you quicker than any other platform, so you need to look the part.
You need to be dressed well, and so on and so forth. And then there’s the whole thing about network maintenance, or understanding and managing your network.
So we’ve all built up contacts on our Outlook or whatever it is, and we’re beginning to build up more and more contact on LinkedIn as it becomes more the de facto business platform for business people connecting.
So we have to put time in and understand how we build and nurture our networks using something like that.
And then the other thing is that now we’ve got a brand and we understand our network, we’ve then got all this content that the company’s produced that might be relevant to what we’re talking about but nobody’s sharing it.
So a lot of companies are building all this content and people aren’t sharing it, like these videos.
We see in large companies, when you look at the shares, nothing’s going on, and so we help companies to understand.
We help the individuals in those companies to understand it’s their responsibility to help get this content out there because on the internet when people are researching companies and they’re looking for what people, you know, what companies are all about, they’re doing a lot of their research without the company knowing.
So unless that company’s got content out there and people are interfacing and being out there, and having their brand out there, they’re not going to be visible when companies are looking for who they want to do business with and who they might trust.
I mean traditionally you could commission a piece of research. You can go outside into a shopping centre and ask people. You can phone people up. But nowadays email, internet, social media again, these channels can potentially be used. And that helps back more to another point you recently made about how quick you can do that. So if you know someone bought a product as of yesterday, how impressive would it be if that company got back to you and actually said to you, “Well how was your customer journey? How do you think? You bought this product. They actually tell you what product that they bought. And then do that within a week back to your buyer, that’s quite impressive. You know, and it sounds relatively straightforward, and companies should be doing that. But again, because of technology and systems and integration and that kind of thing, not a lot of companies can do that."
I think the reality of shopper marketing is about understanding a) the product you're trying to sell and b) the consumers, and all consumers aren't the same, so, without being too much of a marketing geek, segmentation targeting and positioning is very much about finding your product, finding out who you're trying to sell it to and having personalised messages to the right segment that you're trying to actually offer that product to, then understanding their buying signals and their buying influences, and creating a marketing message that actually plays on those."
They need to have, for them, the right products in store and the right offering, but really when working with us it's being able to influence that consumer behaviour. One of the phrases we use at SP is 'being able to help our customers and our clients turn browsers into buyers.'
The reality is obviously the product and the offer needs to be right, but the way in which it's communicated needs to be very, very clear and concise. I think it needs to represent, particularly in retail and particularly in the large grocers, real value to the end user, so they need to be able to visualise the value to them, be it in it's either the cheapest or it's a better brand at an appropriate price."
AMANDA LING: "The services that we offer at Response One are fully integrated, so our data intelligence and insight service is integrated into our media planning approach and also into our data processing and print, and production. So that joined up process enables us to really help clients. The process is much faster, so the client will get their campaign out to market much more quickly, and the communication throughout that whole process is much, much better."
We help our clients to grow their customers, so we will analyse the customer engagement data and help them to identify the best products to sell to those consumers at the right time or the right product or sequence of products. Customers have an expectation when they share their data with brands that they trust that those brands will use that data to market to them appropriately, so with the right products, things they're interested about and at the right time. And we help our clients to do that and to optimise the customer engagement process."