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October 14, 2016

New Promotions From Live Nation, Gore-Tex and Fujifilm

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We know you love to see live examples of campaigns that are using Heyo’s technology, since they are the easiest way to understand how our platform works. They’re also great for inspiration as you start planning YOUR next campaign! So without further ado, here are some new campaigns from Live Nation, Gore-Tex and Fujifilm that are using Heyo’s platform technology.


Live Nation’s House of Blues Ticket Giveaway Sweepstakes

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Sweepstakes are a great way to grow your marketing database and drive awareness for your brand. Since they usually only require users to complete a quick registration form in order to enter, their barrier to entry is low, which means your chances of engagement are high. In this campaign, Live Nation is promoting the Grand Opening of a new House of Blues property by inviting people to enter for a chance to win 2 VIP tickets to the event. By promoting it across a variety of social channels, they’re driving campaign awareness while collecting email addresses at the same time! This sweepstakes was built on Heyo’s Self-Serve Platform and features mobile responsive design and social sharing.


Gore-Tex’s “Bad Weather, Good Day” #Hashtag Photo Contest 

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We’re seeing a lot of campaigns making use of #hashtag entry methods these days. They’re a great way to engage fans that are hanging out on Instagram or Twitter, and with Heyo’s Platform, you can build a campaign hub to serve as a home for all the content that is submitted for entry. In this promotion, Gore-Tex is inviting their fans to share photos using the hashtag #goretexday in order to be entered to win some Gore-Tex gear. No matter which way someone enters, their entry will appear in the gallery that lives on the brand’s Facebook page. Also built using Heyo’s Self-Serve Platform, this campaign features both direct and hashtag entry, mobile responsive design, and photo content moderation.


Fujifilm’s “Greatest American Roadtrip” Essay Contest

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Essay contests are a great way to gather valuable insights from your audience that you can use in future marketing efforts. They’re also a great way to bring your fans into the conversation for your brand.  In this campaign, Fujifilm is inviting their fans to share what they love about our country’s National Parks, for a chance to win a brand new camera! The entries give Fujifilm great information about their audience, which is always useful from a marketing standpoint. This campaign was also built using Heyo’s Self-Serve Platform and features mobile responsive design, essay content moderation and viral referral functionality.


Want to learn more about our products and services, or brainstorm with a member of our team on your next promotion? Click here to schedule a live demo with an Account Representative.

Jen Drumm

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October 6, 2016

Heyo’s Parent Company Votigo & Sprout Social Team Up in Exciting New Webinar :: Save Your Spot Today!

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Save your spot today for this (free) webinar on October 13th!

Social media contests and sweepstakes are a great way to grow your email list and social followers while engaging and activating the followers you already have. They’re easy to launch and with the right call-to-action, are a super easy way to get your audience to participate in your brand’s conversation.

That’s why Votigo & Sprout Social have teamed up to present this webinar, to help you plan your next Social Media Contest or Sweepstakes. You’ll learn:

  • How contests and sweepstakes benefit both your brand and your consumer
  • Which kinds of promotions are best for different campaign objectives (ex: drive leads or curate content)
  • How to launch a new social media campaign
  • Best practices for promoting your contest or sweepstakes

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We’re looking forward to ‘seeing’ you there!

-The Votigo Team

Andy Bell

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October 3, 2016

7 Social Media Marketing Success Tips for Your Business

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The role of social media in our lives is no longer limited to just sharing your story and life events to everyone or getting in touch with your long-lost relatives or forgotten classmates from high school. Social media has extended its importance into the business industry. If you want to be successful with your business, social media plays a very important role in achieving this goal.

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Social Media serves as an easy and accessible platform where you can market your business, get potential new customers, keep in touch with your local supporters and advertise your brand. For a small entrepreneur who has only started with their own business, it would be wise to dive into the world of social media and use its power to your full advantage.

Here are some tips on how to maximize social media as a marketing tool for your business:

  1. Be consistent – When you market your company, it is important that your brand voice is clear and consistent. Brand consistency plays a vital role in social media, as you want your company’s image to be consistent and similar throughout the multi-platform social media experience. Being consistent with the content of your social media posts strengthens recall of your brand name. You want your product to be easily identified by a specific tag-line or personality. An inability to maintain consistency in your social media accounts puts you at risk for losing the interest of your avid supporters, because they get confused with the content of your product or might find it unappealing.

  2. Social Media Marketing is Going Mobile–Almost all people use their smartphones when using social media. We live in a world where we can easily share events in real. Consumers can get access to products conveniently by just flipping through their smartphones. Use this channel as a marketing strategy to reach out to your current supporters and gain new customers.

  3. Engage with Social Media Influencers and Bloggers – Social media influencers and bloggers are people that have an established online reputation and have gained a large amount of followers. Once you have identified your social media influencers, it’s time to connect with them and start a conversation through the content that they are sharing. It is also important that you maintain your relationship with them by constantly following and engaging with them through the content that they share. Being constantly engaged with social media influencers and bloggers can increase the awareness of your brand, increase your reputation and popularity online and increase awareness or improve SEO traffic.

  1. Analyze Past Content to Improve Posts – Social media is an affordable platform where you can advertise your brand or product without having to spend a lot of money. To attract more followers though, the content of your social media should be engaging and interesting. Take time to review your previous posts in order to see what has and hasn’t worked, so that you can use that information to inform how you market yourself moving forward. Analyze what is missing on historic posts and use this as an opportunity to get more followers on your future posts. Maybe that post would have gotten more likes if you incorporated an interesting photo or video? Use trial and error to understand what will resonate the most with your followers.

  2. Use Social Updates to Write Blog Posts – A large number of business owners today have turned to blogging as another platform to market their brand or product. Blogging is worth your investment, since original online content is very important in creating your digital footprint and building your brand. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms are important channels for your marketing strategy. Your blog posts can reach a large portion of your online audience through the use of viral tools like such as liking and sharing of posts through social media. In order to get unlimited mileage online, your blog should be well-written and include relatable content.

  3. Start an Employee Advocacy Program – Employees are known to be the biggest marketing asset your brand can have. Employee advocacy refers to the exposure that your employees generate for brands using their own online assets. This might include chat, email, forums, discussion, boards and of course, social media. The reach of your employees could possibly be beyond your own brand’s reach and beyond the platforms that you are currently on. To get more employees to promote your product through social media, you can give out incentives or perks that will reward them for being an ambassador of your brand.

  4. Find a balance between popularity and business–In order for your business to gain major followers, the content that you share on social media should be something that consumers can easily relate to in order to engage their interest. Make sure that your posts include a well-balanced blend of entertainment and business-oriented content. Keep things interesting and always make sure that you are consistent with your brand voice.

You do not need to be an expert of all the ins and outs of social media to be able to use it to its full potential as you promote your. Just follow some or all of the tips above and you will be able to maximize the social media channels to your brand’s advantage.

 

About the Author:  Andy Bell is an internet marketer, blogger and automation geek. He has reviewed various email automation services and other software, which you can find on his website.

 

Kristen Vanstrom

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September 29, 2016

6 Social Boo Boos That Limit Your Personal Brand

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If you want to make a living off your personal brand, you must cultivate digital authority. Naturally, you need to own the blogging and social sphere, as this is where most influencers live. You must have a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. You should also have a home for all your unique content (cough, cough: blog.) Failure to master these platforms will stunt your digital growth.

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In addition, the following social media boo boos will have you taking one step forward, three steps back. What’s the point of having a personal brand if you’re not making the most of every opportunity to engage? Run through this six point checklist, and make sure your efforts coincide.

1. Your ‘about me’ is comatose.

Keep it short and sweet. Be interesting, but don’t tell your life story. Remember, the thesaurus is your friend. Spice up your bio with unexpected verbiage or a tongue in cheek anecdote. For example, instead of calling yourself a “marketing specialist,” give “marketing groupie” a try. You want your brand to stand out. If your about me is blah, you’ll easily get lost in the mix. The words “specialist, guru, and consultant” are boring and overused.

2. Your profile photo is unrecognizable.

Stop trying to be someone you’re not. Here’s a great rule to follow when snapping a new profile pic. Would your friends and family immediately recognize that as you? If your mother was scrolling through Facebook, and saw that photo, would she instantly be like “There’s my son/daughter!” If your own mother thinks the photo is unrecognizable, everyone will.

Even on LinkedIn, your profile photo shouldn’t look stuffy. (Unless, for some reason, stuffy is your brand. In that case, rock the serious face.) Smile. Showcase your most natural self. Bottom line: make sure your mom knows it’s you. Don’t confuse your brand by using heavily filtered/altered pics.

3. You’ve got friends in low places.

If you went to my Facebook profile, and saw I was friends with one of America’s Most Wanted, you’d judge me. Don’t say you wouldn’t. In fact you might not want to do business with me — or even be my friend. Most people would avoid someone with an association like that. And, if they’re not  … might want to reconsider that friendship. On the other hand, if you’re aligning with key influencers, you’ll be considered an expert by association. Obviously it takes more than one social shout out, but if you constantly get retweeted by Seth Godin, you’re on the right track. More often than not, associate with digital thought leaders who will heighten your brand reputation.

4. You don’t know where your fans are.

Are you spending all your time on Twitter when Facebook boasts better engagement? Think carefully about how you divvy up your hours. Let’s be honest. You can’t equally commit 8 hours a day to each social platform. In fact, two might be pushing it. For this reason alone, know your audience. Where do they “live,” in a digital sense? In addition, find out what platform gives the best return. If thousands of your followers migrate to Instagram, but there’s no real way to quantify referral traffic or income from this source, look for an alternative. I recommend maintaining a primary social presence on one of the top platforms; and then maintaining 1-2 other sources.

5. You regurgitate content.

Do you always share blog posts that aren’t your own? Are you re-gramming like a fiend? Although it’s always good to spread the love, you still need to create your own unique content. The digital world needs your voice. Contribute original content on a weekly basis; at the very least. Keep your content marketing efforts fresh. On top of that, use social media to build a marketing web of communication. Promote your email marketing list on Twitter. Run a Facebook ad to grow your text marketing list. If all your channels are working together in one uniformed fashion, your efforts to grow your digital community will offer an exponential return.

6. You don’t follow 2-3 consistent brand themes.

If people know you as a personal trainer, but you regularly post about politics … might not be the best course of action. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but if you want to build a strong brand, you need to pick content themes. No one person can be an expert on 300 different topics. Attempting this does nothing for building authority. Do some soul searching. Ask yourself, “Where can I offer the most insight?” Pick 2-3 topics that showcase your talent and experience. Generally speaking, make sure these topics align or connect in some way. For example, I might pick branding, content marketing, and entrepreneurship as my three. Each one relates to the other. Don’t be too random. For example, if you’re trying to brand yourself as a cake decorating, oil changing, opera singing expert … you might have a hard time pulling off that trifecta.


Now here’s a question. Why social media? How do these digital platforms boost your personal brand?

  • You can engage in real time. Bonus: Some channels now allow you to go live with your content. This is yet another reason to use social media for brand building.
  • It’s like a “you” museum. Fans can get to know you at their own leisure.
  • The analytics are advanced. With Facebook specifically, you can see where your top followers live, how old they are, and what content they enjoy engaging with.
  • You can add and remove content as you please. Feel like an old post doesn’t represent you or your brand anymore? Go ahead and hit “delete.”

Remember, owning the internet doesn’t have to be difficult. But, if you’re not giving social communities a solid effort, you won’t ever build an engaged and loyal following. You’ll experience low brand interest. People won’t care about what you have to say, and your message most likely won’t be consistent. Your social community is counting on you for an above average effort; don’t let them down. Whip your social media prowess into shape by avoiding those six boo boos.

Jen Drumm

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September 28, 2016

4 New Live Examples To Get Inspired By

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This week, we’ve got a handful of new promotions to share with you from brands that are located all over the world who are using Heyo’s Promotions Platform. As you’re starting to plan your next contest or sweepstakes, take a look at these ones to get inspired!


 

Spartan Race – Landing Page with Video 

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Healthy HabitRandom Draw Sweepstakes in Greek.

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Purity Organic  – Random Draw Sweepstakes With Countdown Clock.

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Butcher Block Co  Random Draw Sweepstakes With Countdown Clock.

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Want to learn more about our products and services, or brainstorm with a member of our team on your next promotion? Click here to schedule a live demo with an Account Representative.

Jen Drumm

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September 22, 2016

Unique New Promotions from Bahama Breeze and Air Canada

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It’s always fun to see how brands bring their campaigns to life in new and exciting ways. This week, we launched a few promotions with Bahama Breeze and Air Canada that do a great job of engaging their audiences with interesting user experiences.


Bahama Breeze: Rumtoberfest Instant Win Sweepstakes

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To promote the restaurant’s month-long Rumtoberfest celebration, Bahama Breeze launched a fun and engaging Instant Win Sweepstakes to drive awareness. This promotion was built using Heyo’s Self-Serve Platform, and also features a custom CRM integration, which creates a seamless database management solution for the brand.


Bahama Breeze: Pirate Personality Quiz

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To create an additional engagement opportunity for their audience and drive more awareness of the Rumtoberfest event, Bahama Breeze leveraged Heyo’s Personality Quiz App, also available on our Self-Serve Platform, to give their customers a fun and unique way to participate in the restaurant’s brand conversation.


Bahama Breeze: Rumtoberfest Photo Sweepstakes

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To round out its social marketing efforts in support of the Rumtoberfest celebration, Bahama Breeze also launched a photo sweepstakes for a chance to win a week-long Caribbean cruise. This promotion was also built using Votigo’s Self-Serve Platform and features #Hashtag entry, mobile responsive design, content moderation and social sharing. The combination of all three promotional experiences should do a great job at driving awareness of and participation in Rumtoberfest!


Air Canada Trivia Sweepstakes 

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Air Canada launched their ’14 Days to Win’ promotion  as a way to engage with and incentivize travel agents to book travel with the airline. The promotion was built by Votigo’s talented Full-Service Development Team and features multi-language display, custom trivia questions after registration, daily rotating prizes in the header, and dynamic message display based on the user’s answers.


Want to learn more about our products and services, or brainstorm with a member of our team on your next promotion? Click here to schedule a live demo with an Account Representative.

Scott Ragin

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September 20, 2016

5 Tips To Make Your Content Worth Sharing

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Did you know that every day, more than 2 million pieces of content are published on the Internet? From blog posts, articles, and reviews all the way to e-books, white papers, and special reports – content marketers are busting their chops to get noticed amongst the internet clutter.

This fact is surprising in and of itself, but what’s truly shocking is that most of those content marketers actually have no idea what they’re doing. Recent research done by Moz and Hubspot reveals that 75 % of randomly selected posts and articles found on the Internet have zero links and shares – they are completely off the grid.

Basically, they are totally irrelevant in the grander scheme of things. They’re usefulness in terms of SEO, establishing the company as a thought-leader in the industry, or exposure is seriously crippled.

The same study reveals that nearly 85 % of published content is redundant – rehash after rehash of the same old information that hasn’t been built on or added to in any significant way to make it more appealing to readers.

In order to avoid these pitfalls and start creating content that is shareable and that attracts links it is important to stick to some proven and tested methods of content creation.

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Not surprisingly, originality doesn’t play a huge part here. It’s very difficult to come up with something completely new on a daily basis. However, content presentation, format, and style, and emotional triggers do play a large part in getting those shares you want so badly.

Following these 5 simple rules will ensure that your content gets picked up more readily on social media networks or anywhere else on the Internet and can be a ticket to your content going viral:

  1. WHENEVER POSSIBLE, WRITE LISTS

Visual content gets easily devoured, especially when it’s good. However, sometimes it’s not possible to do an infographic, a video or a presentation and you just have to sit down and write something.

When that happens, try to find an angle that allows you to present your information in the form of a list. Lists are easy on the eyes; the content is broken up into chewable pieces that are more palatable and people know what to expect the moment they see the title.

Lists present information in a way that is easier for people to comprehend. If you can’t write up your article as a list at least try adding some bullet points whenever you have to write stringy sentences that might be difficult to comprehend or would require the readers go through them more than once – people simply don’t have the time to make the effort.

  1. EVOKE EMOTIONS

Your content should aim at four specific emotions:

  • Awe-inspiring
  • Surprising
  • Elating
  • Amusing/positive

People tend not to share sad or outrageous content – most of us don’t want other people to experience the same negative emotion we did.

On the other hand, everyone likes to be amused or surprised, or inspired by something – that is why content that evokes those types of positive emotions gets picked up and shared more easily.

Bottom line: if a piece of content makes you feel something while you’re reading or watching it, there’s a good chance that other people will feel it too. Always try to spice things up a bit through good storytelling and emotional triggers.

  1. KNOW YOUR READERS

A lot of times a piece of content falls flat on its face because content creators forget the audience they are writing for. People respond better to content that is in sync with who they are and what they want to accomplish. In most cases, people share content that confirms an image of themselves they want to project outwards.

People want to be seen as caring, fun, smart, rich, inspiring, clever – and a whole bunch of other things. Create a persona of your average reader (or create 5 if your target audiences are diverse) and find out what is the image of their ideal self that they are projecting to the public. Use that to create great content and watch those share numbers skyrocket!

  1. BE USEFUL

Useful content gets shared – period. It’s how most people are wired; they see something helpful and they want other people to see it too. It might be out of the goodness of their heart or they want to appear more knowledgeable than their friends – it really doesn’t matter, shares are shares.

What matters here is that your content is the most helpful they can find on the given subject. Make your how-to articles most detailed and your tutorial videos packed with easy-to-follow information and you will be able to get all the shares you need.

  1. PLAY THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE

Whenever there is a hot topic on the internet, content creators flock to it in an effort to drive some traffic to their blogs, media sites, or social media platforms. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that except that after a while everything becomes a blur and all those articles or videos start looking like boring copies of each other.

A better approach to this is to invest some time in studying the topic and creating something that has a different angle. Don’t be afraid to swim against the current sometimes – taking a controversial stance on something differentiates you and it’s guaranteed to spark a debate.