The view from the B2B content creator’s perspective

“The best marketing doesn’t feel like marketing.”

– Tom Fishburne

Being responsible for coming up with ideas that help connect a brand to its prospective audience is at the heart of what any content creator does. Creating content for industrial companies and B2B brands, in general, requires an open mind and a willingness to be creative and try new things.

While creating content for industrial communications may seem intimidating on the surface, a deeper look reveals an exciting niche with a lot to offer. Not just in terms of the solution’s heavy equipment and the industrial engineering market has to offer, but the magic of the engineering that goes into creating different innovative solutions and the people behind the scenes making it all happen.    

When done correctly engineering content appeals not only to target audiences and future engineers but also to general audiences. As a content creator, creating this appeal is one of the main goals while also making sure the content produced directly taps into the needs of clients.

By breaking down and demystifying how complex machinery or processes work and highlighting the benefits, it links engineering and technology to the key influences they have on our daily lives.

As more industrial firms see the value in having a digital presence and sharing their expertise with others, they soon realise it’s something they should have jumped on board with a long time ago. Creating a digital presence allows industrial B2B companies to engage with people in a new way, amplifies their reach, and allows them to dig into the data in a way traditional marketing doesn’t.

One of my favorite aspects of creating content for these companies is helping them show their human side. Like any company, industrial brands are made up of passionate people working towards a common goal, and they often have rich histories which few know about. Helping them develop their online personality inline with their brand is always exciting.

Helping heavy industrial companies expand beyond just LinkedIn onto other social media networks also helps them develop a more complete social media strategy. Letting them benefit from the advantages platforms like Instagram and Twitter have to offer when it comes to sharing news, educating, and inspiring others.

Lastly, I believe it’s important for any content creator to look outside their comfort zones. Pushing yourself to try new things boosts creativity and helps you see problems in a new light, letting you create the best content you can in a digitally-driven world.

Is your business using social media’s full potential?

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The magic of B2B storytelling in marketing

In the modern world, impactful brand storytelling is about how to look your audience in the eye, digitally.

– Amelia Veale

When marketers seek to develop a deeper connection with their audience, whether to inspire, educate or influence them, they can tap into a fundamental aspect of being human, our love of stories.

Storytelling when done correctly has a profound effect on human emotions. Having a deeper understanding of these emotions and motivations allows companies to lay down their brand’s narrative helping them find common ground with their audience.

B2B brands have long had the problem of how to connect with their target buyers (decision-makers) at other companies. Knowing that these buyers are affected by and base some of their decisions on emotions like all humans, means connecting with them emotionally has a big impact on the success of building trust, forming relationships, and ultimately doing business with them.

The power of stories to create connections between people and ideas, to convey history and values is something world leaders have been doing for a long time to motivate people to take a certain action. When used by industrial companies and B2B’s it can help shift marketing efforts from salesy pitches and boring prospects with endless features and figures to captivating their attention and helping them create a connection to your business. Here’s how.

Stories can be used to highlight and address challenges that clients experience. By using storytelling to show customers that you understand their needs and concerns around a specific problem, or even one they were unaware of, helps them assess whether you are the right partner to solve their pain points.

Humanize your business through stories. Getting an audience to relate to your brand story can be difficult, by humanizing your business it breaks down the abstract side of the business. Humanizing your brand makes it real for your audience. B2B’s can do this by sharing stories about their own failures and successes, show off the people behind the scenes by giving employee’s a voice, showing gratitude, and being transparent.

Utilise case studies and customer success stories. This is a great storytelling technique because it is instantly relatable as a real-world example of success. Why are case studies so effective? It allows you to tell a story without being self-serving, highlights your expertise and the value your brand offers.

Let customers tell the story for you. By using customer testimonials in their marketing brands can leverage the powerful psychological effect a satisfied customer creates by helping build trust and credibility. Testimonial stories provide assurance about the quality and value of the service they received, one of the most important aspects of the buying decision making process.

Storytelling helps breath life into any type of business, and what business doesn’t want to drive connections and engagement in a truly human way.

Is your business using social media’s full potential?

At Brieffin we use our expertise to unlock everything social media has to offer your business or personal brand. We use our experience in content creation, strategy and planning, and social media management to help build consistency and deliver marketing success. Let’s talk.

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Coastline by Hollow Coves to get you into the storytelling mood. More to listen to on our Spotify Playlist.

Why B2B companies need to be on Instagram

81% of people use Instagram to help research products and services

– Instagram business statistics

Facebook is still undoubtedly at the top of the social media pyramid with more than 2.7 billion monthly active users. Together with LinkedIn, Facebook has become an integral part of most social media marketing strategies for industrial companies and B2Bs.

It’s easy to forget that Facebook owns four of the six social media platforms that boast over 1 billion users. One of these being Instagram which has around 1.2 billion monthly active users.

While Instagram initially started as a social network to share photos with friends and family, it has quickly evolved into a platform that allows brands to blur the lines between the personal (human) and professional sides of their business.

Unlike LinkedIn which is focused on professional networking and career development, Instagram is a mashup of pretty much everything; from travel to fashion and food. So why should industrial companies and B2Bs, in general, consider including Instagram in their organic marketing efforts?

While paid advertising has its place for targeting specific ‘short-term’ business objectives, organic posts have a more long-term effect on customer and prospective employee perceptions.

Though not impossible it’s becoming more difficult to reach users with organic content on Facebook and LinkedIn, this is where Instagram offers the biggest opportunity for B2B businesses.

Instagram is a great platform for building brand awareness, community, establishing credibility, and driving engagement all organically. Using a mix of user-generated content, behind the scenes insights, and appropriate hashtags B2Bs can achieve organic reach in ways they can’t on other platforms.

Because Instagram is essentially a visual search engine, brands can get creative with how they design and share visual content through curated posts, videos, carousels, and stories. It’s through these different types of content that B2B brands can connect with audiences on a more human level and showcase their values and personality.

Why is this type of organic reach such a big deal when paid advertising can generate a return on investment ‘fairly quickly’?

When done well a good organic social media strategy on Instagram can act as a place where potential customers, media members, and prospective employees can research, learn and directly engage with brands. More than that it directly impacts search engine results and lets you promote your products and services without being too direct.

Organic social media should be viewed as a long-term strategy that helps you connect with followers, and Instagram is just the platform to do it on.

Is your business using social media’s full potential?

At Brieffin we use our expertise to unlock everything social media has to offer your business or personal brand. We use our experience in content creation, strategy and planning, and social media management to help build consistency and deliver marketing success. Let’s talk.

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Live Well by Palace, sit back and relax. More to listen to on our Spotify Playlist.

Social Media Strategy Self Enquiry

“Ones vision is not a road map but a compass.”

– Peter Block

On the surface, building a thriving image with the help of social media looks fairly easy. There are, after all, thousands of examples of personal brands with excellent social media profiles full of great content in every type of niche.

But if you’ve ever tried (for an extended period of time) to run and manage a social media campaign, you would have noticed that to gain the type of following or garner the levels of engagement some successful personal brands do, takes a well thought out strategy and plan.

Without a well-defined roadmap, social media management quickly run into several common problems. Namely; content that doesn’t target their audience, content that varies in its purpose, and publishing content on an inconsistent basis. All this leads to poor results with lots of time, and probably money, invested.

So before diving into content creation, it’s always wise to take a step back and plan your approach. Whichever process you use to create your social media strategy the following points will help you not only define your vision but outline the steps it takes to get there.

What are my online communications goals?

While creating generic goals might be easy, creating specific and measurable goals that you can work towards is something every marketing expert will tell you to do. And they’re right. Document specific goals (and in what time frame) your personal brand would like to achieve them. This will allow you to narrow your focus and push forward with a clear direction. 

Who am I creating content for?

Every product or service has an idea of their ideal customer. By defining exactly who it is you are targeting you can better understand how to align your content with their needs.

You’ll be better able to answer the question, ‘Where will I find my customers and how should I engage with them?’. Having a clear notion of your ideal customer will help you find the right social media platforms suited to your personal brand and audience. Creating the right type of content for the right people is a sure way to get the attention of your target audience.

How will I get my message across?

At this point you have a clear image of who you’re sending your message to, next is deciding on the tone and voice to use in your marketing. Outlining your voice and the tone you use for different audiences and scenarios is what best shares your personality, image, and values.

Create engagement and get valuable feedback by sharing content that speaks to your audience in a format or channel they prefer.

Am I meeting my goals?

When it comes to getting insights into your social media analytics, there is no shortage of different KPIs, metrics, and reporting dashboards to review.

But knowing which ones to focus on, measure, and track is linked to your goals. Review the specific objectives you set yourself at the onset of creating your strategy and use the data that supports those targets.

Knowing when to review your goals or pivot your approach saves you time and money.

It’s important to remember that any social media strategy or content plan usually requires investment at the start. Whether it’s your time or money, the return is worth the resources. In a competitive environment, it could mean the difference between a struggling personal brand and a thriving one.

Knowing how your strategy is performing will help you make informed business decisions.

Are you using social media’s full potential?

At Brieffin we use our expertise to unlock everything social media has to offer your personal brand. We use our experience in content creation, strategy and planning, and social media management to help build consistency and deliver marketing success. Let’s talk.

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Personal branding is fun! This is why this 2006 “almost classic” song, “Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn and John created the perfect environment for a personal branding inspiration moment. This and more inspiring song moments are waiting on our Spotify playlist.


Oh, The Stories We Can Tell!

That’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again.

Walt Disney

Storytelling in marketing is nothing new, but so many brands continue to miss out on the unique capabilities that this type of communication tool can provide for their business.

Storytelling in business can be used to help break down or clarify a message that your customers will understand, remember, and possibly share with others.

That last point is especially important because a positive conversation about your brand from a trusted friend, family member, or colleague can hold a lot of weight and influence on how you view that company in the future.

Because humans are complex emotional beings, when it comes to marketing, appealing to logic and reason is in most cases only half the job. To try and create a level of trust (that grows over time with positive experience) brands can use storytelling as a way of building a relationship with their audience.

However, creating a real connection isn’t as easy as it sounds, people aren’t easily fooled by tall-tales and a questionable back story. So, it’s important to show your brand’s true colors and be authentic in the story you are telling.

As far back as we can remember people have been using stories to pass down information, but why use a story, surely, it’s just a longer route to saying what you actually want to say? While it might be longer, stories help us recall information that we may have otherwise forgotten, allowing us to piece together the underlying message and process how we feel about it.

For marketers, this is a great way for people to remember specific details about your products, services, or brand in general. Making it easier for them to recall those feelings when they see or interact with your brand.

Storytelling is about context and blending facts and feelings to hold a customer’s attention long enough to make an impression.

Creating a story that plays on the emotional side of our brains, allows brands a different way of marketing, one that shifts from a selling mindset to a connecting one and engages your audience in a way that your competitors might not be.

An important aspect to remember is that sometimes the best stories lie not with your business but with your customers and their experiences. By sharing stories that other customers will find relatable they subconsciously make a connection with your brand.

Storytelling isn’t just about words either, humans are undoubtedly visual creatures. With more and more businesses creating video content, it’s important for brands to cut through all the clutter. Creating engaging stories is the quickest way to connect, build trust, and ultimately drive sales, traffic, or interest in your business offerings.

Storytelling is also not limited to any one industry or type of business. Any brand no matter how small their niche can tell their story and capture the hearts and imaginations of their audience. With a thoughtful and consistent approach telling your story might be your best marketing weapon yet.

Our Moment of Bliss

Storytelling is not limited to anything. Music is one of the best sources of all types of stories. Today we focus on the electronic song “Over & Out (Delamare Remix)” by Sparrows, Delamare featured on our Spotify playlist.

 

Creating a Content Strategy for Awareness Success

Raise your awareness and share your uniqueness with the world.

Amit Ray

It’s time to talk about “Content”.

Surely you’ve heard about content calendars, content strategies, content creators, content schedulers, and the list goes on. With all the buzz around social media and digital content, it’s important to take a look behind the curtain to see what goes into making great content. 

So, what is content then?

Content by definition is any information (imagery, audio, blogs, videos) that have been created for a specific purpose either to entertain, educate or persuade a target audience. 

Reviewing your current content creation process is important because it’s not just one thing that makes great content stand out from the rest, it’s the culmination of a lot of smaller steps that lead to making content people love and find valuable. 

To make great content you need to first have a proper strategy in place, to help define your goals, create customer personas and understand how your target audience consumes, saves or shares information on each platform. Once you know how a target audience is likely to interact with different content, you can start the content creation process.    

A good content creation process asks questions. Once you know who you intend to make content for, you need to know why you are creating it; is it for customer education, to show off your expertise, or other marketing efforts? Researching what your customers want to know about a specific topic and then creating content for them is a smart way to draw their attention to your content.

Enhancing your content through good Design & Copywriting

Basic human biology isn’t difficult to understand, we are all visual individuals. The neurons in our brains responsible for visual processing far outnumber some of our other senses. It would make sense then that good design should be a priority when it comes to creating content.   

We’ve all spent time on social media, scrolling through our feeds, as our attention jumps from one post to another. It’s our job as marketers (whether you’re a brand or a personal account) to design content that makes the viewer pause and take note of what they’re looking at. 

Design is about more than just color and typography. It’s about understanding the impact that a consistent and well thought out theme will have across an overall online presence. Good design invokes a sense of professionalism or trust in a brand. 

Using good graphics, contrasts, scale, balance and generally keeping it as simple as possible while still adding enough of an impact to make someone stop and say “I’d like to know more”. 

Once you have a great design that has been optimized for social media, it’s time to turn your attention to an equally important piece of the content puzzle: Effective and thoughtful copywriting can make a campaign successful, drive traffic or even boost brand engagement. 

A brand’s tone should reflect their values, personality and convey their overall image. Paying close attention to what you are saying and how your target audience might receive your message, is a powerful strategy in driving customer behavior and turning your content into more than just “another post”. 

At Brieffin we take our experience in content design and copywriting to tell your story and showcase your expertise. Optimizing every piece of content for each network. If you feel like creating content is an uphill battle get in touch to see how we can help you stand out and get noticed. 

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 Safe” – Bay Ledges

“Yeah, we got magic in our hands,
We play in the stars when the sun comes up”.

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Digital Marketing: Springboard to Success

“You can never go wrong by investing in communities and the human beings within them.” 

Pam Moore

To be competitive in today’s digital market place, it’s now more important than ever to understand the impact effective social media and digital marketing campaigns can have on your brand’s growth and attracting the right customers. 

Getting Started

To be effective on social media it’s vital to understand where to begin. We’ll take a look at a bird’s eye view of the main topics to consider when outlining a social media strategy. 

Before creating an account or spending money on sponsored ads, you should ask yourself:

What is my goal and why do I want to achieve it?

These may sound like unimportant questions, but giving detailed answers, will aide in helping you successfully create your social media strategy. 

Answering these and other questions upfront will make it easier to decide which direction to go when creating and scheduling content, by knowing exactly what you want your customer to think and believe about your brand, how they perceive your brand values and what action you want them to take when viewing you on social platforms, streamlines your creation process, puts you in control and delivers the best results.

Measuring Your Impact

But how to measure these results?

For some, this doesn’t always mean making a sale. Your goal could be to grow your following, drive traffic to your website or create leads for your sales team to follow up on. To fully understand how your content is performing you must set up and track various key performance indicators (KPIs).

It’s through these statistics that you will be able to see which content is yielding the best results, where your followers are coming from, what their preferences are and how they are engaging with you. Success is a moving target and KPIs keep you on the right path.

When, Where and How to Post

Deciding when, where and how often to post your content takes a bit of trial and error to find the perfect recipe. 

Why? 

Because much like getting started with digital marketing, creating a winning content schedule requires a closer look at your audience and then asking where are they from, which platforms are they using, how do they digest content (also known as audience behavior) and most importantly what time they most likely to be active. 

These behaviors will dictate how we interact with each platform. Optimizing strategies and content to reach the widest audience available to us at the right time. Your goals and audience will determine what times and how often to post on each platform. 

With the rise of social media, many content management tools have been developed to help users manage and review their content and profiles, all in one place. These tools help businesses be consistent with their content, something most audiences have come to expect. 

Budget

In recent years social media has turned the marketing world on its head. By being able to target a specific audience exactly where they are spending their time online has allowed businesses and brands of all sizes the opportunity to tap into their desired markets for far less expense than traditional marketing methods.  

While there is no perfect budget to use on social media platforms, with the right approach even a small investment can yield surprisingly big results. 

Setting the right goals, optimizing your content and sticking to budget is a sure way to succeed and make the most out of social media. At Brieffin we use our experience to help our clients navigate each of these steps, creating content and schedules that raise brand awareness through storytelling, good design, and a focused social media management approach.

For more information about how we can help your brand make the most of digital and social media marketing, contact us at connect@brieffin.com.

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 Sleepy Head” – Passion Pit

Take time off to smell the flowers… or listen to some creatively curated music on our Spotify playlist.

The Power Of Content For Connections in online Communication

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.


William A. Foster

Let’s begin by understanding two important terms, Intention & Follow-through, for the purpose of this article.

Intention:
a thing intended;
an aim or plan.

Follow-through:
the continuing of an action or task to its conclusion.

Digital marketing has been around for about three decades now since the first appearance of this concept with the launch of “Archie”, the first-ever search engine. Nowadays, we don’t find people or brands asking what it is, or how to use it technically-wise, but the challenge lies in what (to create), where (to share), when (in time), and how (in purpose) of content strategy.

All the main social media sites have strengthened and while in the beginning, the intention was on “personal” connections, the last few years of marketing and advertisement overflow on these platforms have left users asking to return to that more personal approach, but this time around… with the brands.

The growth of entrepreneurship around the globe has triggered an even larger rise in this behavior, making it easier to reach out to our professional connections, family, and friends to promote that which we are committed to. Digital marketing, and social media more specifically, have made possible the creation of integrated advertising campaigns at all levels, merging the personal and the professional worlds.

We’re all in this together. People and Brands.

In this stage and age in which almost every user has developed knowledge about how social media works and what it is about, the improvement in content quality haunts us all. The relevance of doing-it-right. Content has been gaining even more importance with the over-producing and over-sharing of graphic and written media and the limitless demands placed on all these social platforms by the users globally. Demands that are placed lastly on the content producers.

Random content without intent for the sake of awareness is now seen as spam, memes have lost their humor, and videos of cats… oh well, they’re still fun to watch! But the point is that either visual or text-wise, people and brands that really commit and consider social media as a valuable tool for awareness, and connection, are working harder on their intention to deliver content that communities look forward to seeing, watching and reading.

However, the overflow of options can lead to confusion and this why the follow-through of those intentions set by digital marketing and social media strategists is even more important today.

From both a user and a marketer perspective, content purposefully delivered can help us all to make better choices. To make sure that our needs are met in our consumerist society, online and offline, at all levels.

For those times in which you feel directionless of how a social media plan could work for you and your brand, contact us and we’ll be happy to show you what our Content Creation and Scheduling packages are all about.

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A Shock of Heart .” – StéLouse

A powerful thought: We can change the world if we change our words and the way in which we deliver those words.

Take a moment off to doodle your next communication plan while listening to a carefully catered collection of inspiring songs from our crew on our playlist on Spotify.

Using Analytics to Improve Your Social Media Presence

The goal is to turn data into information and information into insight.

Carly Fiorina

When you think of number-crunching, you might picture accountants, data scientists, or auditors. Now, think about the smartphone that’s undoubtedly sitting not-too-far-out-of-reach. What about social media? Your social media apps are home to valuable information that can be tapped into. To provide insights to your past activity and guidance for your future campaigns.

And yes, there are people out there who are social media number crunchers. (Like us!) Your posts you’ve shared and the engagement you’ve received from your followers all work together to give a comprehensive overview of your digital activity. Working with someone who knows how to use this information can be extremely beneficial to your social media success.

So how do social media analytics help?

1. Understand your audience

Have you ever posted something on social media and hoped that no one would see it? Of course not. The purpose of social media is to share information with your network. But if you’re sharing updates during times when your audience isn’t active, what good is that doing you?

Social media analytics can give you information about your audience to better help you target them appropriately. Maybe they’re most active around 7:15pm, so that would be a better time to post than at 5pm when they’re heading home from work. Analytics can even tell you about your audience’s demographics – age, gender, location – to help you connect with them further.

2. Create better content

It’s likely that your brand utilizes multiple social media channels – maybe Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Remember that each type of social platform is used in a slightly different way. Instagram, for example, is much more visually focused than the others. And Twitter is used for short, catchy thoughts with a limited number of characters.

When looking at each platform, analytics can help determine which types of posts are performing the best so you know what to focus on. Maybe you find that one particular social platform isn’t driving engagement quite as much as the others. It could be better to let it go and give more attention to the higher performers.

3. Adjust your strategy accordingly

Some posts are better received than others. Some are more popular, and some stimulate more engagement. But it’s unlikely that your very first posts were the very best. In social media content creation – as in life – we rarely get it right the first time. We continue learning, growing, changing, and evolving into something better.

Using numbers and metrics give us concrete data about the results of the content and campaign strategies. And when you notice posts that aren’t performing as well as you hope, you know that it’s time to make a change. Back to the drawing board, or maybe a pivot back to a more successful strategy. When you have numbers backing you up, you can feel confident in the decisions you make.

If you’re looking to bolster your social media analytics strategy – or start from scratch – we at Brieffin are here to partner with you through the process. We have 8+ years of experience and are enthusiastic about sharing our knowledge with our clients as we work together.

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“You belong to the cause – come on, believe.” – Laura Gibson (The Cause from Empire Builder)

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3 Things To Know About SEO

Having an open mind is the most important precondition for creating new ideas.

Eraldo Banovic

Search Engine Optimization – often known as SEO – is something that has become increasingly in the forefront of digital marketing over the past years. You likely have an idea already about what SEO is. Put simply, it’s the way that your content ranks when someone performs a search using a search engine. You might even have heard a little bit about how the “algorithms” work, which what everyone wants: to understand the algorithm and use it to their advantage.

Since the digital world changes so quickly, it’s important to keep an open mind to the new changes if you’re interested in adapting the best practices. Here are a few things you may not know about SEO for your brand or business.

1. It’s more than just keywords

Keywords are probably the first thing that comes to mind regarding SEO, but it’s far from the only thing. Another way to make your page rank is by utilizing “snippets,” which are small text boxes that display under search results. Not only does this help your page rank higher, but it also makes it more enticing for potential customers. They get a little preview of your content, which could make them more likely to click through to your page if they want to learn more.

And, applying your target keywords to your snippet helps to reinforce the search algorithm. Add a photo for even more SEO power!

2. Optimize photos and videos… and more

Speaking of photos… did you know they can be optimized as well? The same is true for videos and other types of media. Just because it isn’t text doesn’t mean it can’t be optimized! Captions, alternative text, descriptions, and even file names can be strategically populated with your target keywords to further bolster your content’s SEO position.

3. Don’t forget about mobile

Having a mobile-responsive website is more than just about aesthetics and ease of use for consumers in an increasingly mobile-dependent society. In fact, Google recently changed its SEO algorithm to prioritize mobile results. And considering that 58% of Google searches take place on mobile devices – and 87% of smartphone users conduct at least one search daily – this isn’t surprising.

Mobile technologies are solidifying their role in the future, and the search engine algorithms will adjust accordingly. It’s all about streamlining the user experience.

If all this information about SEO makes your head spin a little bit, don’t worry. Whether you feel like an SEO expert already or you’re just getting started – or you’re somewhere in between – Brieffin can help. We have all the tools you need to revolutionize your social media, digital marketing, and SEO strategy.

After 8 years, we know how much and how quickly things change. But we’ve committed ourselves to the challenge of staying on top of it all and sharing that knowledge with others.

Reach out to us, and let’s get started. Together.

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“The first time I realized I was living in this world, I was probably looking at the sky.” – Fruit Bats (Humbug Mountain Song from Absolute Loser)

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The Value of Simplicity

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo da Vinci

As children, one of the first things we learn is the concept of opposites. Yes and No. Up and Down. Young and Old. Short and Tall. Easy and Difficult. Soft and Hard. Simple and… Complex.

In the technology age, we tend to think complex is better. Last week, the newest models for the iPhone were announced – the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. One of them has THREE cameras. And even though the phones aren’t officially launched for a few more days, and even though the vast majority of us have 1-2 year-old phones that work perfectly fine, the pre-orders for the new models are rolling in.

Why? Is it really because we feel a deep need in our souls for our phones to have three cameras? For a few people, maybe. But for many others, it’s more about having the latest and greatest. It’s about saving ourselves from possible FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). It could even be about the perceived status associated with having such a fancy, complicated technological gadget. The answers might be different for everyone.

In some ways, it might be logical to come to the conclusion that complex is better than simple. Think back to your first mobile phone. If it was like mine, it could only make basic phone calls. Now, each of us is the owner of a tiny, powerful computer that fits in our back pocket. And it may or may not have THREE cameras. It seems like everything is trending toward complexity.

However, simplicity and complexity don’t necessarily need to be opposites – at least, I don’t think we need to pick one or the other.

Think about the reason why certain complexities exist: it’s because we want life to be simpler for ourselves. The complexity exists because we want to do less work – making our own jobs simpler. The iPhone 11 Pro has three cameras because we want to have professional-quality photos without becoming professional photographers.

It’s worth bearing in mind: Simple doesn’t always mean basic, and complex doesn’t always mean advanced.

When thinking about consumers, studies have shown that people actually want simplicity. There’s a lot of value in simplifying your messaging, especially as the online space becomes more crowded with more competing voices.

According to research  by design consultancy firm Siegel+Gale in their 2017 Global Brand Simplicity Index, “brands that embrace simplicity tend to enjoy increased revenue, brand advocacy and engagement.”

They found that 64% of consumers would pay more for a simple experience, while 61% would recommend a brand which has a clear proposition that saves them time.

“Simplicity, in these terms, refers to the entire customer experience and can mean anything from providing concise product information, intuitive website navigation or a quick and easy transaction process.” (Medium)

It’s not about offering less, but making what’s offered more accessible, more intuitive, and more user-friendly. So, when it comes to your brand – regardless of your industry – how are you able to accomplish these directives?

Consider these topics when simplifying your brand:

1. Visual identity

Take stock of all your visual communication assets. What fonts, colors, shapes, icons, textures, logos are you using? Then ask yourself whether they’re all truly necessary. By identifying the assets that truly represent your brand the best, you can increase harmony and decrease the disconnect.

2. Portfolio/services

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Jack of all trades, master of none”? It basically means someone who knows something about a lot of different topics but isn’t an expert at any of them. Another opportunity for simplification in a business is in portfolio/services. Maybe your brand has evolved from where it was when you first started, or maybe you now focus on a specific product offering. By discarding the extras, you’re able to streamline your brand and attract customers who know exactly what they can expect from you.

3. Content/campaign strategy

While it might be tempting to throw ideas against the wall and see what sticks, it’s not your best bet for brand simplification. Instead of trying to cater different campaigns or strategies to different audiences, focus your approach and concentrate on your strongest option. The same goes for your brand’s values, attributes, personality, and other features. Decide on the essentials and focus on those – think not about everything you could do, but what you should do that fits with your desired brand image.

Simplicity has become increasingly desirable in our oversaturated digital world, but it’s perfectly achievable along with a bit of hard work. By taking inventory of your brand image, you can identify the essentials and streamline your identity to simplify. Your customers will thank you.

As always, we at Brieffin are here to help if you need any assistance in the brand-identity-designing process. Just reach out to us, and we’d love to partner with you to achieve your brand goals.

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“Where’s your heart? Play your favorite record and maybe we can relate more.” – Kitten (Memphis from Memphis)

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Personalizing Your Digital Marketing Strategy

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes.

Marcel Proust

No matter our stories, no matter our life experiences, there’s one thing most of us have in common: we’ve all had someone play the role of a coach in our lives.

Maybe it was an actual coach, like for a sports team. (Personally, I played soccer and basketball growing up.) Maybe it was a teacher or some sort of special instructor. Or maybe it was your parents, grandparents, or even an older sibling. The role of a coach, regardless of the official title, is someone who provides guidance. Who cheers you on. Who wants to help you succeed.

Here’s what the dictionary has to say:

Coach (noun): someone who helps you identify and focus on what’s important; someone who trains you to achieve your goals.

Even as we grow older and move into professional careers, we often identify someone in our workplace or industry to act as a mentor. Through this person’s lens of experience, they share their knowledge to help us achieve more than we could alone.

But sometimes, we may need coaching in another area. It might be something that’s totally foreign to us. Or maybe, though we’re already experts on a given topic, we may be looking for an outside perspective.

The best coaches I’ve had in my life were ones who challenged me in a way that I wasn’t expecting. When I showed up to the soccer field, or to band practice, or to my professor’s office, I often walked in feeling confident in myself. Like I knew what I needed to do. But several times, they asked me to totally re-think what I thought I knew. And that’s not always a comfortable feeling.

But without the change in perspective, our ability to grow is limited. In some cases, we even have to unlearn the things we thought we knew, that we took to be completely, unequivocally true, to reach our full potential. Long story short – change isn’t easy, but we rely on coaches to help us uncover more than we thought possible.

So, speaking of coaching… if you’ve seen our social media lately, you may have seen that we at Brieffin are offering something we’re really excited about: personalized social media workshops. Whatever your story is, and whatever you’re hoping to gain, we want to help spark your creativity and share inspiration to revitalize your digital marketing strategy.

We know that the digital marketing landscape is constantly changing. Sometimes, it seems like if you blink, you’ll miss a new trend that’s taking over the online world. It can truly be exhausting to try to keep track of everything.

With our personalized workshops, we’ll sit down with you to help identify your business goals and start from the very beginning to create a custom strategy for you.

A few of the topics we’ll cover include:

Strategy & Purpose | Audience Targeting & KPIs | Frequency & Timeline | Budget | Content | Social Networks | Engagement Flow & Protocol | Advertising | Content Type | Copywriting Tone | Design | Monitoring | Brand Reputation | Analytics

Most of all, we want our clients to know that this is not a presentation – it’s a conversation. While we may be the coach in this case, we want our clients to take an active, participating role. One common theme of our workshops is the HANDS-ON approach, and this is the only way the end result can be the very best it can be.

If you want to learn more about our personalized social media workshops, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We’d love to connect with you.

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“Close my eyes for a while again, everything will be all right.” – Human Resources (Bad News from Pizza Dreams)

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5 Ways Your Brand Can Create Content

There’s no good idea that cannot be improved on.

Michael Eisner

In last week’s blog post, we discussed some different “buzzwords” that are often associated with digital marketing. One of these words – content creation – is maybe seen as the biggest enigma. It’s such a broad term, that it can be difficult to pin down exactly what it means.

Put simply, content creation is anything that an audience can consume or interact with. Providing this content to your customers gives them a reason to come to you, so relationship between brand and consumer becomes mutually beneficial.

That being said, if the content isn’t very good, it’s not going to attract anyone. So maybe you know you need to focus on creating quality content, but you’re not sure where to start.

Here are 5 different types of content your brand can create to share with your audience.

1. Blog posts

According to a study by HubSpot, businesses with blogs can expect 55% more visitors than their competitors without websites. In fact, most website visitors are expecting to find a blog when they click on your site. A blog can also help establish your brand as trustworthy to your consumers. You can show that you’re an industry leader, writing about relevant topics and topics that are important to you and your audience.

Not to mention, blogs are a great way to bring organic traffic to your site by ranking for SEO.

2. Social media

With social media, you’re meeting your audience where they are – online. Without being overbearing or “spamming,” brands should find the social platforms that work best for them and focus on creating meaningful content. Share news with your followers to distribute information to a large group. Promote your existing content by repurposing it into something smaller and more digestible for a social audience. Answer questions or engage in conversation with anyone who engages with you. Tell a story to cut through the noise and chaos of an increasingly digital world.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Snapchat, YouTube, Tik Tok… find your platform(s), and find your people.

3. Videos

Videos have become increasingly important over the past few years, and it’s clear that trend isn’t going to die any time soon. The statistics about videos speak for themselves:

  • 43% of people want to see more video content from marketers. (HubSpot)
  • Almost 50% of Internet users look for videos related to a product or service before visiting a store. (Google)
  • Product videos can increase purchases by 144%. (Neil Patel)

Whether it’s creating a new YouTube channel for product demos, or incorporating “story” videos into your brand’s social profiles, consumers want to see more – just make sure you’re producing content that’s truly valuable to them.

4. Infographics

Who doesn’t love a good statistic? Similarly, who doesn’t love a great piece of design?

Put them together, and you have the infographic.

However, infographics are so much more than the sum of their parts. By using aesthetic appeal and useful information, they are a great way to attract a target audience – easily. When creating infographics, ask yourself this question: what does your target audience care about and want to learn about? It’s another chance to show yourself off as the expert on a given topic, and it positions you to share why your audience would benefit from using your product or service.

5. How-to articles or checklists

Creating great content always comes down to providing something useful. It might not always be explicitly – or even implicitly – advertising your product or service. Sometimes, it might just be showing your industry authority and associating yourself and your brand name with that industry.

That’s where content such as how-to articles or checklists come in. Consider topics related to your industry that consumers have common questions about. By writing an article that breaks down that topic step-by-step, you establish yourself as a leader and an expert. The same goes for creating any kind of checklist that your consumers might need. Give the consumer what they need right now, and they will remember you later.

Content creation. It’s so much more than just a buzzword; these 15 letters convey so much of the way that digital marketing is moving in the future. Less shouting into the void, less spamming – more conversation, more focus, more value.

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The Art of Social Media

Art is a step in the known toward the unknown.

Kahlil Gibran

As the technological landscape continuously changes, there are more and more voices participating in the social space. Anyone with an internet connection can write and publish anything at any time.

With this, social media has evolved from its original purpose. It’s more than just a place for friends and families to stay in touch. Instead, individuals and brands alike have the opportunity to share content. But with more voices comes more noise. Social media is sometimes seen as the void that internet users are shouting into. Everyone is saying something, but is anyone listening?

For this reason, social media sometimes gets a reputation for being superficial. But here at Brieffin, since we manage social channels for our industrial clients, we make a special effort to practice mindful social media. To us, this means designing and writing content with purpose. Purpose that meets our clients’ needs while also providing value to our audience.

In each of our Brieffin blog posts, we include a song at the bottom: our moment of bliss. Last week, I heard a song for the first time that really made me stop and think. Of course, it’s included at the bottom of this week’s post. But let me explain why I found it so interesting.

The song is called “Blood,” by the band ANIMA!. Its lyrics talk about the process of creating art and the struggle behind it. It made me think: the writing process that we go through when writing social media is similar. By that definition, does it mean that mindful social media is art?

Let’s take a look at some of the lyrics and see if/how that pertains to social media.

“Art is a mean meditation, staring at a blank screen
In between what we mean and the things we say.”

In general, I think that most types of writing qualify as art. It’s a creative practice. Anyone who has ever written something they cared deeply about has had the experience of staring at that blank screen or blank page trying to find the right words. Whether it’s poetry or social media, we often write with intention, but that doesn’t always mean writing plainly. There’s a careful strategy to everything.

“So I try to put a little piece of myself in
Keep the pretty people listening.”

This first line relates very closely to what we firmly believe at Brieffin: that personality is an indispensable ingredient to any type of brand or social media strategy. Putting a piece of yourself into your message helps to humanize it, therefore connecting with your audience in an authentic way.

The second line refers to the nature of performance when it comes to art. Painting, sculpture, music, theater, dance, or social media – all are generally meant to be public, made by varying degrees for audience consumption. For some of these, such as social media, they wouldn’t really exist without that audience. Keeping that audience in mind is crucial when creating that art form.

“Too many sides to a story, all these colors and shapes
I’m afraid if I love it they won’t agree.”

When sitting down to create, design, or write, there’s a decision to be made about the art’s creative direction. With so many options, choosing the most meaningful and impactful way to tell the story can be overwhelming. Along with that, especially when you’re working with your audience in mind – whether that’s your client, the consumers, or both – you have to remember that it’s possible they won’t like what you came up with. It’s opening yourself up to be in that vulnerable position.

“Art is love, love is work
It hurts to give yourself to it.”

Writing has always been something I’ve loved doing. From the time I was young, I was always writing – from stories and journal entries as a kid, to articles and campaign strategy books as I got older. These days, I spend more time writing blog posts and social media. But there are times that I work on a social campaign and feel totally spent afterwards. Just because it may be a 280-character Tweet or an Instagram post with emojis and hashtags, doesn’t mean that it wasn’t carefully thought out, written with intention.

These are only a few of the lyrics from this song, but just from these ones, I’ve personally come to the conclusion that social media – mindful social media – can be art.

If your business is looking for mindful social media content creation, or to take a more hands-on approach to your marketing strategy, get in touch with us. We’ll be here to help you however you need, to help you create social media art of your own.

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“Art is work, work is love, reminding us why we do it.” – ANIMA! (Blood from Art:Work)

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