May 28, 2015 6:37 am
The monthly #27Dinner was held in Johannesburg last night, which held a discussion on the topic of influencer marketing, specifically, whether influence can be bought. As a player in the industry evangelising the effective use of influencer marketing as a dissemination tactic for great content, we were asked to be part of the panel. Kirsty Sharman, our South African franchise CEO, weighed in on the conversation.
A big thank you to Cerebra for hosting a super event and including us in the conversation.
Below are some of the highlights.
Your thoughts? The industry, being new, is hotly discussed, so we’d appreciate your thoughts.
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February 12, 2015 7:42 am
For the second year in a row, Webfluential is excited to announce its partnership with the African Blogger Awards. Our platform is the official independent judging tool, used to determine the most influential blogger, Twitter account, Facebook page, YouTube channel, or Instagram account. Our unique algorithm ascertains the winners based on reach, resonance, and relevance. This allows for objective judging that is not tainted by human error or personal opinion.
A breakdown of the contributing factors below:
- Reach measures the size of an influencer’s audience (following) per social media network.
- Resonance is a measure of how widely the content that influencers share reaches outside of their own community.
- Relevance is a measure of the response from the influencer’s community in the form of likes, comments, retweets.
Entries to the 2015 African Blogger Awards are now open to bloggers, Instagrammers, Tweeters, Facebookers and YouTubers across Africa. Categories include Advice, Fashion and Beauty, Events and Nightlife, Education, Sports, Political, Technology and Gadgets, Youth Culture and many others.
Entries close on 9 April 2015 at midnight GMT+2. Results will be announced on in May 2015 via the competition’s Twitter profile, @African_Blogger. You can also follow the #ABA2015 hashtag.
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January 29, 2015 1:07 pm
Retailers, both online and IRL, often offer day of the week specials to boost sales on a historically slow sales day and to create an ongoing association with the brand and that day of the week. Traditional marketing on radio and television are great methods to raise awareness of these campaigns, but digital offers a means to turn interested customers into repeat customers, even moving them to spending on non-discounted retail days. Few brands have utilized tools on the web to maximize returns on their discount-day marketing efforts.
We provide a how-to on running a day of the week special on digital, assuming a lunch time meal special. Call it “Tempura Tuesdays.”
Plant the seed
Digital marketing platforms, particularly Adwords and Google Display Network, are ideal for serving ads at a specific time of day and very targeted location. The Tempura Tuesdays lunch special needs to penetrate the minds of an audience located within a ten minute drive of the restaurant while they’re working on their desktops in the office. Display banners on news and content sites plant the seed that appeals to the almost-hungry office worker. Subliminal awareness of the campaign – tick!
Secure the customer
As the target audience starts chatting about plans for lunch, checking in on social networks and are about to make a group decision, use digital to make it for them. The audience has already been served the awareness banners, now float the opportunity past them on Facebook and Twitter through promoted posts. Customers ordering Tempura on a Tuesday – tick!
Turn deal-hunters into loyal repeat customers
By using a combination of conversion tracking to your weekday-special webpage and audience retargeting, it’s then easy to create an aggregate audience that you can reach again, at lower cost and higher conversion rate, to bring their friends, offer coupons or upsell to attend killer profit-day events like Valentines Day or Mother/Fathers Day.
Who to target
These easy to follow tactics will work well for a brand in converting awareness to consideration and through to sales. Typically, the brand’s own social channels and fans will be targeted. But what about other, similar audiences that could be drawn in? Which single digital platform offers a golden thread through display, social and audience marketing? Well, the digital influencers speaking to your target market, with their channels linked to Webfluential. Their audiences trust in their endorsements and recommendations, and often span far wider groups of people than present in a brand’s owned social channels. They also offer the long term SEO benefit of the content living online and pointing back to the brand website.
To execute a day-of-the-week special on digital, contact us to speak to an account manager who can assist you.
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