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Social Media Posting | The Benefits of Using An Agency

It’s the end of the year and everyone is saying “Marketing budgets are tight.” So, should you still be working with an agency for social media posting on your behalf? The answer? Maybe. When considering whether or not to work with an agency, each business should consider four aspects of its business:

  • Time
  • Expertise
  • Desire
  • Money

Let’s break down each of the following to determine if hiring an agency to post on your behalf is the best decision for your business!

When Should an Agency Manage Social Media Posting

If your team doesn’t have the time, expertise, or desire to post content, it is time to invest in working with an agency. This lack of time, expertise, or desire will manifest itself in many ways. Many people think that paying someone to post on your behalf is an all-or-nothing solution. For some agencies, that is true, but it doesn’t have to be!

Start by asking yourself, “When was the last time someone on your team posted to your social media pages?” If it has been awhile, why?

Time

Sometimes, your team is too busy focused on the day-to-day requirements of running a business. This is especially true for small businesses where employees have cross-functional responsibilities. They may rock wearing multiple hats, but the social media hat has started to fall down and no one is there to catch it.

Expertise

Even if someone is posting content, if no one is engaging with it, it is as if no one is posting content. When looking at social media, average follower engagement is between .5% and 1%. If you are not seeing an average engagement in this range, your messaging needs improvement.

Some businesses have the time and desire to post content, but lack the expertise. In these situations, Innereactive crafts unique marketing strategies that outline a posting schedule. In some situations, we even design branded posting templates to allow the business to post.

Desire

In other situations, a business may love sharing posts that showcase the company’s personality and culture but don’t enjoy creating and sharing educational content about products, services, or promotions. Innereactive works with clients to create posting schedules that show when we will post educational content. This allows for a decreased investment from the business and still allows the business to engage its audience with personalized content.

When Should You Keep It Internal

There are a few key features when considering continuing to do your own posting.

  • If your posting schedule has a healthy balance of brand, educational, and promotional content.
  • Your audience is taking action on the posts requesting them to do so.
  • Your average follower engagement maintains 1% or better. Anything over 1% is considered exceptionally well.

However, even if all of these things are true, if your team feels like posting content is taking too much time or no longer has the desire to maintain it internally, an external agency can help.

Paying someone to post on your behalf has been a question that plagues business owners since businesses started creating Facebook accounts. It isn’t right for every business, but for those businesses where it makes sense, it is important to pick the right partner. One that gets to know your business so well, they are an extension of your business, not just a marketing agency. We look forward to being that agency for your business.


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How to Write Your Company History

Your business has a unique story to tell. Large or small. New or generational. Every business has a history to share. And more than ever, people are interested in hearing it. Writing your company history is an effective way to share insight with your potential and existing customers and employees.

Understand the Importance of Your History

In a world of endless options, it can be challenging to stand out to consumers. Especially as a small or new business, it can be difficult to keep up with larger competitors. The good news is you can use your company history as a tool to complete.

Connect With Your Customers

Consumers are interested in purchasing from businesses that align with their beliefs and values. Sharing your company history is a great way to connect with your audience and engage them to become brand loyalists. For example, share in your history if you built your brand on being inclusive, woman-owned, or sustainable.

Strengthen Your Brand

Your company history is a valuable part of your brand. Sharing the right details of your story strengthens your brand messaging. Psst! Don’t forget to share your history in your brand guidelines.

Showcase Your Expertise

Help your customers understand your journey! Even if you are a new business, you have expertise in the field of business you are opening. You can use your company history to share that expertise.

What Parts of Your Company History to Share

Don’t overshare and overwhelm the reader. Be strategic about the milestones you share and lean on your core values to determine what makes sense to share. A good company history will consider these aspects:

  • Why your company was established.
  • Values the company was founded on.
  • An overview or quote from the company president or founder.
  • Challenges the company has overcome.
  • Key events in the company’s existence (growth milestones or awards won).

Now, determine where to post your company history. The company history could be lengthier for some platforms, such as your website. You may have a character limit on others, like social media platforms or as part of a press release. Try to craft a story that matches the needs of each platform and its audience.

How to Share Your History

Keep your audience and platform in mind. Businesses often have many versions of their company history. However, all company histories should contain a similar story and messaging. When writing your company history, keep these platforms in mind:

For some platforms, such as your website, the company history could be lengthier. On others, like social media platforms or as part of a press release, you may have a character limit. It is important to determine where your company history will be shared, and craft a story that matches the needs of the platform and the audience that will view that platform.

Writing your own history will always be easier for you than it will be for an agency, no matter how good that agency is. However, we make an effort to truly become an extension of our customer’s businesses, getting to know the ins and outs of what makes them tick. This allows us to apply our marketing expertise when writing or proofing company messaging. If you need assistance telling your story, one of our experts is excited to help!


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Are Social Media Contests Right for Your Business?

A social media contest can increase excitement around your brand and offer an exciting opportunity for the participants to win something! Additionally, you are growing word-of-mouth advertising by inviting engagement and interaction on your page. So, is running a contest on social media right for your business? Yes, it most likely is!

The most critical step to launching a social contest is outlining your end goal. With every business and marketing decision you make, it’s important to be able to evaluate its success. To assess a contest’s success when it is over, you need to have a specific and measurable goal already defined. Common goals could include increased engagement, followers, leads, or brand awareness.

Keep Your Social Media Contest On-Brand

For a social media contest to be successful, it has to excite participants and logically connect to your brand.

Tie your contest in with your brand by both the type of contest you choose to run and the prize you offer. For example, you work at a car dealership and want to run a social media contest. Your goal might be to increase follower engagement. Try running a contest asking followers to comment with their top must-haves when purchasing a new vehicle. Using a simple question like this that talks about your product is a win-win gaining you more engagement and pushing your followers to think about making a purchase. 

Now the prize! Your prize should align with your brand and business, in this case, cars. Brainstorm different on-brand prizes that interest your audience in entering. If we are asking about a must-have in a car, maybe your prize is a gift card for accessories sold in your dealership. 

Tips for Running a Successful Social Media Contest

Now that you’ve laid the groundwork for your contest by deciding your goal and prize, it’s time to implement it! Here are some tips on how to create a successful social contest campaign.

Share Share Share!

Write your contest post with all the information necessary for followers to participate. Then share and keep your contest top of mind! You can do this by:

  • Pin your post to the top of your Facebook page so any new followers coming to your page can easily enter.
  • Share your post to your Facebook stories or on other social platforms.
  • Write another post remaining followers to enter before the contest ends!

Continue the Conversation

Your followers are engaging with your page, engage with them back! If you’re asking followers to comment on their favorite product from your business, comment back on their entry about why you think that is an awesome product too. Or something as simple as liking each entry or saying thank you to your followers for entering is a great way to continue that engagement. 

Stay Timely

Be sure to keep it timely and easy for participants to enter. If you have them “like this,” “comment this,” and then “submit this,” they will talk themselves out of putting in the effort for the prize. A good timeline to follow is 10-15 days for a contest entry period. If you do it longer, it could get lost in the algorithms, and people will forget about it. Causing a headache trying to get ahold of the prize winner.

Don’t Over Do It!

As much as you want to continuously increase your engagement and following, running a contest every other week can decrease the excitement and success of your posts. The hype won’t be there if people constantly see a contest running. As a result, most people will lose interest, and you won’t see an increase in your end goal. 

 

Ready to launch your first Facebook contest? We’d love to help you create your goal, think through the fine details, and implement your contest for success!


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Must Have Photos When Hiring a Professional Photographer

One of the most exciting things you can tell your marketing agency is, “we hired a professional photographer.” Receiving professional photographs to utilize on your website, social media, and marketing campaigns makes us more excited than a dancing puppy!

 

 

Find the Right Photographer

Remember not all photographers are the same! Review your options and hire a photographer that matches your personality. Decide the most aspects of a photographer and shape your questions around those aspects.

  • Have they ever taken product photos? (For example as an eye care practice you may want professional photos of some frames)
  • Have they worked with other similar businesses?
  • What is their pricing and payment structure?
  • Do they help with posing?
  • Do they have backups in case of illness, or will things be rescheduled?
  • Do they have an assistant that attends the shoots?
  • What is the image turnaround time?
  • Do they have insurance in the case of injuries?
  • What is the image ownership and permissions policy? This is usually outlined in a contract.

You want to make sure you own the photos and are allowed to use them on all of your marketing materials for as long as you want. Don’t forget to read their reviews and review their online portfolio!

Make it Worth Your Investment

Your Must Have Photos

Hiring a professional photographer and setting time aside for them to capture the necessary photos is an investment. The last thing anyone wants is to make the investment and realize you walked away missing a key shot. Think through all the aspects of your business you would like to promote and start making a list.

Products

Outline a list of products to photograph. This can be a specific item, a group of items, or both. If you own a bookstore, you may want a few long-term best sellers photographed, but you will also want book displays and bookshelves captured.

Equipment and Services

If you use any specific equipment, make sure the equipment is photographed on its own and while being used by a team member. In healthcare, this could include taking a picture of an exam lane and photos of the doctor “examining” a patient.

Building

If you are a brick-and-mortar business, create a sense of familiarity for first-time visitors by featuring photos of your building on your website and social media. The outside of the building, the sign, and all areas of the inside of the building are beneficial and can be used.

People

Determine who from your team will have photos taken and if they will be headshots or portraits. Providing professional headshots for all employees is a nice gesture of inclusion and signifies their importance to your business.

Think about what makes your company unique and build your list around that. This information is a jumping-off point, but when you work with our team, we get to know your brand identity and make customized recommendations to share with the photographer before their visit.


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Working With a Social Media Agency

A social media agency will never know your company as well as you do, but that doesn’t mean working with an agency isn’t the right decision. At Innereactive, we aim to become an extension of your business so the content we create captures your brand and your employees.

Getting to Know You

To successfully create a social media strategy for your company, an agency should first review your brand guidelines and get to know your employees. If your company does not have brand guidelines outlined, here are some ideas your agency might ask to help guide your social media strategy.

  • Does your brand have a defined color scheme?
  • What imagery preferences do you have?
  • Can you share your company culture, vision, and mission statements?
  • What goals do you have for your social media presence?

Seasonal Campaigns

One of the easiest places to build strategy and social media content is through seasonal campaigns or promotions. Understanding what promotions you have planned allows an agency to support your initiatives through social media posts strategically. Drawing attention to the products and services you are trying to promote across your platforms will lead to higher sales.

The People

Most important is understanding the people that keep your company running, your employees! People connect with companies because they like the service or product provided. However, if you only post about your services or products, you miss an opportunity to create a deeper sense of loyalty by creating human connections.

Determining What to Share

The right balance of content is a unique equation for each company. Generally, we encourage companies to focus on brand, promotional, educational, and shared content. A real estate agent might have a higher percentage of promotion content because each house listing they promote is considered promotional. However, a healthcare provider will more likely focus on educational content. Always include as many custom photos as possible, regardless of your industry, and avoid using stock photos.

Educational Content

Education content is the supporting content about your products or industry. Use this content to help consumers make an informed decision about their purchases.

Promotional Content

Promotional content ensures your customers know the benefits of being a customer. This content can include information on seasonal sales, reward programs, and soft-sell campaigns.

 

Brand Content

Brand content focuses on your company/employees and allows an opportunity to show your personality as well as how your company values align with your consumer’s values. More than ever before, consumers are interested in purchasing from a company with aligning values. We encourage all companies to be authentic about their values. Promoting unauthentic values results in greenwashingpinkwashing, or rainbow-washing claims.  

Shared Content

Tap into the Law of Reciprocity and demonstrate your commitment to and interest in your community or larger society. Look at the organizations you belong to and see if you can cross-promote an upcoming event or fundraiser.

Ready to start a beneficial relationship with Innereactive? Fill out the form below and talk with us about your social media goals and strategy, we’d love to help!


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What Should be Included in Your Brand Guidelines?

Brand guidelines are clearly defined standards showcasing how you and others should talk and present your company to the world. These guidelines are a physical or digital booklet to share internally with your entire team and with any vendors or partners.

What is it good for?

Absolutely nothing. Just kidding! By providing a guideline for your employees, vendors, and partners to follow when representing your company, you are establishing consistency. And consistency is no small feat. From your logo and colors to your mission and messaging, your brand guidelines provide direction allowing employees to establish an “on-brand” decision without always needing to consult upper-level management.

The Power of Consistency

Consistency breeds recognition. This recognition generates feelings of understanding and trust that help drive consumer brand loyalty. If you think about some iconic brands, can you recognize their ad campaigns without a logo? In a lot of cases, yes! This is because of their consistent brand elements and messaging. For example, can you recognize the saying “Just Do It?” Doritos took this concept even further and launched an ad campaign that didn’t show their logo or name, but still clearly represented their brand identity. These companies established that iconic recognition by presenting a consistent brand identity outlined in clear brand guidelines.

What should be included in brand guidelines?

What you include in your brand guidelines might differ slightly for each brand. However, as a general rule of thumb, you want to have anything that helps people understand your brand. Remember this document will help guide individuals inside and outside your company, so be sure to include information you assume is even basic company knowledge.

The Basics

No matter your industry, company size, or location, there are certain brand aspects that every brand guideline should include.

  • Company History | Your company story, including why you got started.
  • Logo | Variations of your logo, color options for your logo, and logo sizing and spacing.
  • Brand Colors | Colors you tend to use throughout your brand materials, including the HEX, RGB, and CMYK codes.
  • Fonts | Font variations and text sizing.
  • Imagery | Examples of photography, illustrations, and icons in the proper aesthetic (and ones to avoid).

Culture

All companies have a culture, but only some are intentional about creating one. If your company leans on your culture to help make business decisions, it is essential to include it in your brand guidelines.

  • Personality | Who you are or a list of adjectives that describe your brand.
  • Mission Statement | Why your company exists and what purpose you are serving.
  • Vision Statement | What your company aspires to be.
  • Core Values | Your company principles and beliefs.

Possible Additions to Your Brand Guidelines

Now is when your guidelines become individualized! Brand guidelines don’t have to be limited to the usual brand items. Think of your brand guidelines as a consistency handbook! If there is something you want to present in a specific way, no matter where it’s shared, include it!

  • Target Audience | Specify a target audience and why they need you.
  • Social Media Assets | Profile and cover image styles, team welcome, anniversary, or closure announcements, and company-specific or common hashtags.
  • Voice | Words and phrases your brand regularly uses (and ones to avoid).
  • Grammar | The grammar rules you follow and break. For example, does your company always use the oxford comma?

Brand guidelines are an important part of a brand identity. If you need help putting together a formal document to share with vendors, partners, and new hires, our team of professionals can help.


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Three Reasons to Create Unique Website Content

So, you’re ready to redesign your website and build a new site for your potential clients to navigate? That’s amazing! But before you get started, have you thought about how you will update your content as part of this design? Content unique to your specific business is essential to reach your audience effectively and stay on top of trends to ensure your website performs well and accomplishes its desired output. Here are the top three reasons we recommend unique website content.

Unique Website Content Improves User Experience

Before jumping into the design or content of your website, ask yourself, “why does a customer visit my website?” Most users visit a website to learn about your business and determine if they want to work with you. Stay true to your brand, vision statement, and core values to connect with your target consumer.

Brainstorm your messaging by asking yourself some of these questions. We love the Story Brand approach to exploring your brand and online presence.

  • What makes your business unique?
  • What information do consumers ask about?
  • What personal information do I want to share about my company’s journey?
  • What are the steps a customer will go through when working with us? – Share insight into the customer journey, highlighting what will make their experience with your business unique and spotlight the products and services your team specializes in.
  • Who on our team will customers interact with? – This is where compelling team bio’s come in handy!

Generate Sharable Content

Another benefit of unique content is sharing! The best content will resonate with your audience so much that they want to share it with their networks. Creating unique content increases your likelihood of conversion by allowing you to direct the sales journeys for potential customers with custom calls to action (CTAs) and landing pages. Personalized content equals a more personalized experience for potential clients.

Unique Website Content is Key to SEO

At the heart of every website is the need to be found! Effective Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is essential to make this happen! Ultimately, search engines aim to provide their users with the best results for their needs based on keywords and content! While many unknown algorithms determine what is shown or ranked on a search result page, the idea behind it is simple. When developing your content, put yourself in the mind of your consumer. What would you search online if you need your product or services? Try to use these ideas and keywords to develop content for your website.


Creating the perfect website can be a complicated process. However, one thing has remained consistent, visitors to your website want a clear understanding of who you are as a business. Contact our team today if you need help creating unique website content (and photos)!


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Writing a Bio You Will Want to Share with Others

It’s not uncommon for individuals to struggle with writing personal bios because it’s…awkward! Now is the time to shake off those feelings and prepare to toot your own horn! To make writing your bio a little easier, take our tips below!

Include the “Obvious”

In most professional settings, sharing your name, job title, educational and professional experience, accomplishments, future goals, and aspirations is appropriate. Write all your obvious facts in a list, and then pick the top five! Use those accomplishments to write a few sentences about yourself. 

Writing a bio for outside your company:

While most people find themselves writing a bio when beginning a new job, sometimes you need to write a bio for another professional setting or while pursuing personal goals. If you are representing your company at an event, include your company information in your bio so attendees can build context about you.

Writing a bio for personal endeavors:

Even in a personal setting, like volunteering, there are benefits to including the basic information mentioned above. However, we recommend mixing it up a little bit! Try to focus on accomplishments that are relevant to your endeavor and explain your personal mission statement. 

Get Personal 

Even in a professional setting, it is important to share personal information. You don’t have to jump into your religious or political views, but sharing information about your hobbies and causes you care about can be valuable. This information humanizes and increases the likelihood that readers will remember you! It allows the reader to relate to you and understand your motivations easily. 

Tie Company Bios Together 

If these bios are being added to a company website, consider a piece of information unique to your business and include it in all employee bios. If you work in food service, ask people for insight into their favorite item on the menu. A travel agency? Ask if you had to drop what you are doing right now and travel to one place, where would it be and why? If you ask an interesting question during your interview process, include it! 

Still struggling to get started? Download our list of questions below to start outlining your thoughts! Even when asked the right questions, connecting the answers in a meaningful way can be challenging. Our copy experts can create a bio that tells the story of your team members and encourages your clients to feel a personal connection to your team.


Ready to craft the perfect bio for your team? Download our bio template here!


Heather Morrison
Heather is the VP of Operations at Innereactive and we are lucky to have her. She has over five years of experience running an HR department and enjoys helping businesses like yours find solutions to their HR needs.

The Art of Ghostwriting

The Art of Ghostwriting

Do you have a sales training course you need to develop, a blog to write, or a website you’d like to update with some professional touches? We understand the challenge many people face when presented with a content-heavy project. If you are asking yourself a lot of these questions, ghostwriting with Innereactive may be the perfect solution for you

  • Where do I start?
  • What topics should I cover?
  • How long should the copy be?
  • How will I make time to complete this?

If you are looking for an expert in content development, strategy, and education, we can help! Let us be the expert behind the pen, give you all the credit, and let you focus on other important tasks.

How Ghostwriting Works | Woman Typing on ComputerHow Ghostwriting Works

One of our marketing experts will meet with you to understand your project goals and objectives. If you need any advice for a go-to-market strategy, education, or just product positioning, we’d love to share help you with your strategy as well. During this kickoff period, we would collect any resources on your topic and fully comprehend the message you’re trying to convey. This is where we ask you a lot of fun questions and allow you to pour out what excites and motivates you about this topic and why your target market needs to invest. This process, coupled with ample research, allows us to develop a comprehensive outline that organizes your message in an engaging and meaningful way. Plus, we’re really fun to work with. 🙂

The Final Product

Your Brand & Your Voice

We take pride in knowing that our clients trust us to write quality material for them. After working with you through the final editing and proofing of your project, you will have a strong, solid, high-quality, original product to call your own. And what’s great – it will reflect your brand and your voice.

Continuing education approval

If we’re helping write a continuing education training course, we can also get the course approved through credentialing organizations for you! One less thing to worry about. Our event manager has become an expert in opticianry and optometry CE in both the US and Canada. Having your custom course approved through credentialing organizations for live and virtual CE approved presentations will help increase your audience!

Sit back, relax, & let us ghostwrite for you!

If you’re someone looking for a ghost writer, chances are, you’re already very busy building your business. Course writing, sales training and promoting your products and services in an educational way is very time-consuming. If you’re wondering if someone can capture the true essence of your business even if they don’t work for you, look no further than Innereactive. We specialize in writing about topics like:

Optical:

  • Lens Technology
  • Frame Buying
  • Inventory Management
  • Dispensing to Patients

Marketing:

  • Social Media Post Content
  • Websites and blogs

Human Resources:

  • Business Operations
  • Company Culture
  • Leadership & Change
  • Practice Management
  • Staff Training

And More!


We are ready to help your launch your next educational training, a new website, or a blog with content built to drive results.


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The Importance of Setting Goals

How to Make a Plan and Stick to It

Taking the time to sit down and hash out a communication or marketing strategy plan takes a lot of focus and time. We get it! In fact, we do that sort of planning for a lot of our clients. If you’re considering making some changes this year, we’ve outlined a few steps to help you succeed.

  1. Be Intentional

Don’t set goals you think you’d like, but don’t actually want. In other words… be intentional about what you want to achieve. Don’t shotgun lofty ideas for the sake of writing something down and then expect to accomplish them. Your goals should be personally significant and you should feel a sense of ownership over them. Focus on a select few goals that are challenging, but also attainable and relevant.

  1. Be Realistic

One of the main reasons we see marketing plans fail is when people are unrealistic about their desired outcomes. Whether you’re developing short-term or long-term goals, it’s important to be honest with yourself about your company, and your capabilities. Take a moment to step back and critically look at your business, from where you are right now. Set goals based on where you are today, not where you’d like it to be today. Start with three realistic, attainable, and relevant goals and then set timeframes by which to achieve them.

  • Start broad and focus on your overall goals you want to accomplish for the year.
  • Focus on three-month increments by breaking your year into quarters.
  • Get a spreadsheet going to organize the who, what, where, when, and how.
  1. Identify Your Target

Your marketing strategy plan should define your target audience.  This provides direction and consistency of messaging across mediums as you move forward with your campaign(s). This may include blog topics and posting frequency, online ad and social media campaigns, and promotional materials. Remember, a good marketing plan will provide organization of a variety of marketing mediums and help them work together to achieve your final goals.

  1. Write Everything Down

While it seems simple, writing down your goals and your marketing strategy is important.  Having your strategy plan and goals in your head is not enough.  When you write them down, they become real. Outline like crazy. Add a calendar. Take big ideas and initiatives and break them down into smaller, bite-size tasks to accomplish by specific dates. Add color coding to organize topics and campaigns. Ask yourself, “Why do I want to accomplish this goal, and what are some specific ways I can go about achieving it?”

 

  1. Don’t Overdo It

It’s important to crawl before you walk, and walk before you run.  If you’re just getting started with marketing, or if it’s your first time with a formal strategy plan, be reasonable in the number of initiatives you include. If you include too much, it can be overwhelming and you risk burning yourself out. Start a spreadsheet and use these organizational tips to get started:

 

  • Organize your columns by month and rows by methods of communication.
  • Color coordinate each cell according to which campaign it’s a part of.
  • Be concise, bold topic names, and italicize supplemental information.

 

  1.  Stick With It

Once your marketing strategy plan is complete and you start implementation, you have to stick with it.  Just like any other job responsibility, marketing must remain a priority.  Only by consistently implementing a marketing plan will you experience consistent growth.