5 ways to improve how you use Twitter for business

5 ways to improve how you use Twitter for business

The latest blog from Cardiff media buying agency, The Media Angels. The final blog in our series, how can you improve the way you use Twitter for business? 1. What do you want to get out of Twitter? Is it for more light-hearted posts, industry news… What do you want your Twitter presence to ‘feel’ like? Is your Twitter page a chance for your business to be a bit more informal and playful or is it for sharing blogs and industry news? By deciding what you want to get out of Twitter you can start to get an idea of the type of content you need to be creating and sharing. 2. Follow industry leaders, clients – re-tweet their news. We use Twitter to follow influential people in our industry but also to interact with our clients. We can stay updated on their news and share it, we also like posting images of our recent work and tagging the client in the image. Use Twitter as another way to create a conversation with your client! 3. Showcase your own news – post your new blog etc. We also use Twitter to link to our recent blogs, otherwise nobody would know we’ve uploaded one! By using hashtags we can be seen on relevant Twitter feeds too. We find our own news does really well on Twitter, especially if we’re tagging clients in the post too. 4. Use analytics – what do your followers like, what events are coming up, recurring hashtags It’s analytics again! Twitter’s analytics are helpful as youcan see what other topics your followers are interested in. You...
Improve the way you use Facebook for business

Improve the way you use Facebook for business

The latest blog from Cardiff media consultants, The Media Angels. This week, we’re looking at how you can improve the way you’re business uses Facebook. 1. Add information to your page – opening times, what you do, contact details, website address Facebook is probably the most customisable platforms you can use for your business. In settings, there are many templates you can choose from which suggest different features to highlight in order to get the most out of your page. You can modify your homepage to show a custom button, it could be “Visit our website” or “Book now”, depending on your business. You can also set a photo reel to show at the top of your page, and pin important posts to the top of your timeline. Your cover photo is also an important feature, unlike in LinkedIn, you get quite a lot of space to use and so it’s important to make the most of it. We try and change ours depending on events or the seasons. 2. Use analytics – see when your followers are most active, what posts generate the most interest As with most social media platforms, it’s important to utilise analytics. Facebook’s are quite in-depth and you are able to see; page views, post reach and how recent posts have performed. This is helpful as it let’s you see which post format works the best for your page. Are they it photos, polls, blogs? You can also see an overview of your competitor’s pages, allowing you to see how their pages are performing in comparison. 3. Check out your competitors – what do...
Improve the way you use Instagram for business

Improve the way you use Instagram for business

The latest blog from Cardiff media agency, The Media Angels. How can you improve the way you use Instagram to market your business? 1. Personal or business account?   There are two different types of Instagram account; personal and business. With a business account, you can get analytics into your followers and posts, promote Instagram posts and have a more professional profile. You can also link your Instagram profile to your Facebook page, allowing you to quickly post photos onto Facebook. Your Instagram business profile also has a “Contact” button, here you can choose to include directions, a phone number, or an email address. Most of the advantage of switching to a business profile is the ability to learn about your followers. Here you can see what posts work best, generate the best interaction, where your followers are and when they’re online. 2. Using Instagram scheduling There are a lot of mobile apps available which allow you to schedule Instagram posts, like how you can schedule posts on Facebook. We use Apphi for our account. It’s easy to set-up and link your account, and from the app you can set filters, hashtags and a caption before setting a time and date to post. We find this app helpful as our analytics show our followers are most active during the evening, when we’re out of the office. By using a scheduling app we can make sure our posts reach our followers at the right time. 3. Which posts generate the best reactions? This is all about trial and error. Have a quick look through your Instagram analytics and you can...
Improve the way you use LinkedIn for business

Improve the way you use LinkedIn for business

The latest blog from Cardiff marketing agency, The Media Angels. In the first post of our new blog series, how can you improve the way you use LinkedIn for business? 1. Post blog articles, written by you or relevant to your industry This is a great way to involve your other social media channels. You could link to your recent blog articles, try captioning with an open question and tag relevant pages. If you don’t have a blog, you can link to other news articles relevant to your business. LinkedIn isn’t as advanced as other social media in that you can’t ‘like’ or ‘share’ another page’s posts. But by creating your own content, it helps keep your followers involved. 2. Keep your information up to date; website address, phone number, email etc As LinkedIn is quite a limited platform for a business. It’s important to make sure that the information which is on there, is correct! If you change address, phone number or contact email make sure to keep it updated on your LinkedIn page too. We use our “About Us” section to tell people who we are and what we do. It’s a chance to get your brand’s personality across. You could also use this section to detail services your business provides. 3. Create a cover photo to add colour and more information Like other social media sites, on LinkedIn you can create a cover photo for your page. It’s quite narrow, so make sure all your information is shown! This is a good way to add some personality to your business page. 4. Analytics, analytics, analytics! Most...
The countdown has begun!

The countdown has begun!

It’s that time of year when the Christmas advert competition begins to heat up, and here are some of the contestants so far. Aldi – Kevin the Carrot 2018’s Aldi Christmas advert sees the return of Kevin the Carrot, but this year he’s driving a truck that looks a lot like the iconic Coca-Cola lorry. The advert ends on a cliffhanger (literally), and it looks we’ll have to wait for a second advert will reveal Kevin’s fate. While we think Kevin is a sweet character, the use of the Coca-Cola truck seems as odd choice. Argos – Christmas Fool Another brand employing a character for their festive advert is Argos. Their gremlin-like creature causes chaos around the house, until the Argos delivery man shows up and splats him. We can all relate to the carnage the character causes, and Argos’ same-day delivery is definitely appealing! Amazon – Can you Feel It? This ad features singing boxes, similar to a style they used earlier in the year. We think the singing boxes don’t feel very festive to us, perhaps because the song isn’t a Christmas classic? What do you think? Tesco – However you do Christmas Another brand sticking to a similar style is Tesco with their “Food Love Stories” campaign. It features families saying what Christmas means to them; chocolate, sprouts, staying in, going out etc… Similar to the Amazon advert, we think Tesco could have done more than using a tried and tested style.  Debenhams – Do a bit of Debenhams There’s no better feeling than when you’ve really nailed your gift choice! The Debenhams advert taps into...
Facebook announces WhatsApp adverts

Facebook announces WhatsApp adverts

It’s currently a free platform enjoyed by nearly two billion people. But users can expect a significant change in their experience of WhatsApp, next year – when Facebook bosses plan to flood it with adverts. The Android and iOS chat app, which was originally released in 2009, will start to embed paid-for content in the app’s Status feature from 2019.  It comes five years after Mark Zuckerberg’s company bought the platform from co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton for a whopping £22billion. Both Koum and Acton later quit Facebook, citing differences with the social media company. Insiders believe they were unhappy that their beloved product – which was originally marketed as advert-free and end-to-end encrypted – would soon host commercial content at the expense of users’ privacy.   Specifically, although the latter will remain unchanged, the men were unhappy that Facebook wanted to share data across platforms in order to customise the adverts. Source: The Daily Mail  What do you think about the prospect of advertising on...