New Course: Digital Marketing 101

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Too many NZ businesses still aren’t online (47% of small businesses, according to a recent MYOB “State of the Digital Nation” Special Report). And even those who are online have only a limited understanding of Digital Marketing and how they can promote their business through digital activities.

That’s unfortunate, because Digital Marketing is now New Zealand’s most important advertising medium.

According to the NZ Interactive Advertising Bureau, New Zealand digital advertising revenue generated $890.86m for the full year in 2016, leapfrogging expenditure levels for traditional media.

Most dramatic growth was seen in the following digital categories:

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In other words, Digital Marketing is now the most important skill to master.

So we’ve drawn on our (gulp!) 30 years of online experience to introduce our first ongoing course, DIGITAL MARKETING 101, to take participants from a standing start (knowing very little about Digital Marketing) through to more advanced topics building on earlier lessons.

DIGITAL MARKETING 101 runs weekly across six months, and covers:

  1. Introduction to digital marketing
    The basics of Digital Marketing and what you need to know to promote your organisation and your brand online. In this lesson, we cover Digital Marketing Options available in the NZ marketplace and discuss which are the most important (based on your target market and your brand objectives).
  2. Developing a web presence
    In Lesson Two we discuss the various ways in which you can build your presence online (we assume that, like most NZ businesses, you’re operating on a shoestring so mostly we talk about free or low-cost options). We also look at the key online elements you should claim to ensure that you own your brand identity online.
  3. Claiming your Google My Business page
    In Lesson Three we cover the strategic importance of your Google My Business page — it’s how you tell Google your key information — and exactly what you need to do to claim that page.
  4. Understanding the customer journey
    The customer journey (also Customer Journey Experience, Customer Engagement Cycle) refers to the stages customers travel through in their relationship with a specific brand (as defined by DJS Research). In this lesson, we step you through what you need to know to map out your brand’s customer journey and market accordingly.
  5. Creating a digital marketing calendar
    As you market online, you’ll quickly realise that you constantly need to create fresh content, to feed your web pages, your emails, your social media posts, press releases and other online information — Google loves fresh and so do your customers. But what can you talk about (you can’t only talk about yourself, as you’ll soon discover). In this lesson, we talk about how to create a digital marketing calendar (and what to talk about).
  6. Secrets of effective outsourcing
    If you don’t already have existing arrangements with marketing suppliers, don’t miss Lesson Six. In this lesson, we talk about where you can turn for effective (and cost-efficient) marketing assistance, how to choose reliable suppliers and exactly what you should outsource to propel your business forward.
  7. Mastering email marketing
    It’s the oldest digital marketing tool of all, but it’s still the most effective for most target audiences. In this lesson we talk about email marketing strategies and best practices, and the tools you should use to promote your business as effectively as possible through email.
  8. Lead generation principles
    Generally speaking, as a business marketing online, you either want online buyers, online followers or online leads (those prospects who will convert into buyers later). In this lesson, we listen to highly-experienced digital marketers and draw on their collective wisdom to understand the best ways to generate leads (and turn them into buyers, consistently and efficiently).
  9. Search engine optimisation (SEO)
    Turns out that there’s quite a science to being found online (and an industry has grown up around the challenges of what’s now known as Search Engine Optimisation). In essence, if you want your prospects to find your web pages, those pages need to contain content that prospects are looking for. In Lesson Nine, we explore the How, What, When, Where & Why of SEO.
  10. Pay per click search advertising
    Not every page can be Number One on Google. So if you want to hit the top of the search engine rankings (especially for the most popular search phrases), sometimes you have to pay. In this lesson, we talk in detail about AdWords and other Pay Per Click advertising tools.
  11. Social media marketing explained
    Once upon a time — up until about 2012 — if you had a Facebook page and posted content to that page, all of your followers would see it. Sorry, not any more. In this lesson we explore exactly what you need to do to build an effective presence in social media.
  12. Creating effective Facebook posts
    What really works on Facebook these days? We spell out the characteristics of successful Facebook posts and identify 20 different posting formats that get noticed and get shared. Then we review the types of posts worth sharing, accompanied by a wide range of examples.
  13. Conversion optimisation
    In Lesson Eight, we talked about Lead Generation. In this lesson, we focus on what you need to do to convert those leads into sales. Every little improvement turns into extra dollars, so it’s definitely worth the effort optimising your conversion rates.
  14. What you need to know about Content Marketing
    According to the Content Marketing Institute, content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action. It’s particularly relevant to B2B marketers, but it’s important for B2C as well. In this lesson we explore the principles of content marketing, including Creation, Curation and Content Pillars.
  15. Finding Kiwi influencers to promote your products
    Influencer Marketing has come from nowhere to become a hot buzzword these days, as more and more businesses turn to “influencers” — those who have already developed their own followers, especially in social media — and sponsor posts to promote their products. In this lesson, we explore the Dos & Don’ts of Influencer Marketing, and how to find Kiwi Influencers.

  16. What you need to know when writing for the web
    Writing online copy has become more important than ever — but there are processes to follow, and structures and formats that are forced on us by the various digital media channels. This lesson covers the key facts that you need to know when writing for the web, including the seven deadly sins you need to avoid.
  17. Mastering Visual Marketing
    Images and visual concepts are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text, according to 3M Corporation research. Add in our seven-second attention span (shorter than goldfish now) and it’s quickly obvious why visual marketing has become so important online. In this lesson, we explore how you can use visuals to multiply the effectiveness of your online content (and free and low-cost tools you can use).
  18. The basics of video marketing
    Online Video is no longer an “up-and-coming” marketing tactic — it’s here, and it’s a powerful way to communicate your brand story, explain your value proposition, and build relationships with your customers and prospects. This lesson introduces you to the basic principles and explores some of the available tools.
  19. Moving to Mobile First
    In his book “The Third Screen“, Chuck Martin points out that “the world gone mobile is not a simple story of technological change, it is a story of fundamental shifts in consumer behaviour that are forever changing the practice of marketing and how you should view its application with your business”. In this lesson, we talk about why “Mobile First” — ensuring that your content looks good on mobile devices, even before you see how it looks on a desktop device — is now essential.
  20. The principles of selling online
    More than half of New Zealand (58%) now buys products online! Seven out of ten Kiwi internet users aged 25-44 purchase online — and 94% of NZ web users who research products and services online (even if they eventually buy the products offline). In this lesson, we introduce you to the principles and practices of effective ecommerce.
  21. Mastering Google Analytics
    It’s free, and it’s packed full with information that can transform your digital marketing efforts. We’re talking Google Analytics, and a great many online marketers use the free Analytics service to track the performance of their digital marketing. In this lesson, you’ll discover exactly what you can learn from Google Analytics and how to master it (even if you hate maths and stats).
  22. Considering native advertising
    The technology known as Adblocking can cause havoc for digital marketers, with ads stripped from web pages before users can see them. Native advertising — ads that mimic the editorial format of the pages on which they appear — is one of the more powerful ways to combat Adblocking. Of course, it’s not new. In the old days, we would have called it Advertorial. But these days it’s more prevalent, and more valuable, than ever.
  23. Marketing through messaging apps
    Messaging Apps, also known as Dark Social, have gone from strength to strength in recent years, with Facebook’s own Messenger and WhatsApp leading the way. In this lesson, we explore Messaging Apps and tell you what you need to know to use them effectively for marketing purposes.

  24. The new importance of consumer reviews
    The customer has gone from being always right to now always having an opinion — and, through social media and specialist services such as TripAdvisor, Yelp and even Trade Me, now having a direct and powerful influence on their peers. Look no further than Amazon.com, where one-star and two-star reviews can quickly kill a product. In this lesson, we look at customer input, how you should monitor it and what you can do about negative ratings.
  25. When to use marketing automation
    Marketing Automation — software tools designed to handle repetitive tasks such as emails and web actions — can improve your efficiency and even (if used effectively) enable you to take actions that would otherwise not be possible. In this lesson, we explore the capabilities of marketing automation platforms and consider if and how you might use them in your business.
  26. Key new marketing technologies
    In this lesson, we peek into the digital marketing technologies of today and tomorrow, including such topics as programmatic advertising, voice search, chatbots & Artificial Intelligence. The digital tools are getting smarter and smarter, and you need to keep track of what’s possible (and what’s inevitable).

Please note: all materials are online and can be accessed anytime 24/7, so you don’t have to make yourself available at a specific time to take this course.

At the end of DIGITAL MARKETING 101, you’ll be given the opportunity to move on to DIGITAL MARKETING 201, which covers even more advanced topics.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE

Any NZ marketer or business owner who needs to understand and master Digital Marketing.

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WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT OUR COURSES

Here’s a sampling of the feedback we’ve received from those who’ve taken our courses:

  • Thanks for an informative and interesting [Facebook Accelerator] course. Your presentation held a good balance of theoretical and practical information and was clear and simple enough for a non IT Facebook novice like me to follow. There are many ideas that I have gained that I will attempt to incorporate in the overall marketing plan my team is currently developing for our brand. Facebook can offer so much more than I thought as a medium for communicating with our current and prospective customers. Julie D
  • I found this course fantastic, i started off knowing very little about facebook (just how to run my own personal page) to now having a thorough understanding of ALL the things you can (and there is a lot). The course format was great and allowed knowledge to be built up over time. Course length was great and this will definetly be something i come back to constantly as we develop our facebook pages more within my company. Aleisha H
  • I have really enjoyed the course and the way it was structured. It was informative and interesting – liked the way you incorporated slide-shows, video, statistics and different forms of media to provide information. Lisa C

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COURSE CREATION AND TUTORING
This course has been created and is tutored by Michael Carney.

Michael is a veteran marketer with an insatiable passion for whatever’s new, different, exciting or interesting in the world of communications (and especially in the digital space). Michael has been in the marketing game since 1971, online since 1987 — and can be variously described as a digital marketing trainer, adman, media director, strategist, researcher, copywriter, consultant, playwright and dad.

He is probably best known for his many years as Media Director of a number of leading NZ advertising agencies, including MDA Mackay King (now Saatchi & Saatchi) and HKM Rialto (since merged with Colenso BBDO). More recently he worked in strategic roles with MediaCom New Zealand and Grey Worldwide and was Strategic Planning Director for the Media Counsel before setting up Netmarketing Services Limited.

Michael is also the author of “Trade Me Success Secrets: How To Buy and Sell Effectively on NZ’s Favourite Auction Site”, now in its second edition.

Michael was chairman of the NZ Marketing Association’s Network of Digital Marketers from 2009 until March 2013.

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TIMING

This course begins on Wednesday 05 July, 2017.

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INVESTMENT

This ongoing online training course is available for $397 +GST per month (and you can cancel at any point). However we offer an EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT of $100 +GST — pay just $297+GST ($341.55 including GST per month) for bookings received by the end of Wednesday 28 June, 2017.

Bookings are confirmed on receipt of payment. We can raise an invoice in advance if you need it.

To reserve your place in this course, please pay by credit card through PayPal by clicking here:

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Your credit card will be billed monthly by PayPal for six months.

If you require an invoice, please send an email to [email protected] with your requirements.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

You’ll receive our emailed confirmation of your booking. Then on the first day of the course we’ll follow up with details of your Login and Password, along with an Enrolment Key for the Digital Marketing 101 online training course.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]

Writing for the Web – new online training course

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It has been apparent for some time that effective writing has become an absolutely core competency when communicating online. We’ve moved away from the pseudo-words beloved of text messaging and are now at a stage where true wordcraft is vital to communication.

Not just any writing, however. Different media require different approaches. The headline that might have looked wonderful in the newspaper probably won’t fit within the constraints of Facebook or Instagram character counts.

And the few seconds that represent the average time-on-site for typical web browsers means that we simply don’t have the luxury of indulging in long paragraphs.

Yes, writing for the web requires a whole different approach — and you can either learn that the hard way, by discovering it for yourself, or learn from us.

A couple of years ago, in response to this need, we developed a popular half day workshop to take marketers through the requirements of writing for the web.

Now, in response to demand from New Zealand businesses, we have repurposed that workshop as a full-blown online training course, complete with content that’s been refreshed and updated to reflect today’s needs.

Writing for the Web – online training course

Here’s what the course covers:

Introduction

Why writing for the web requires different approaches to writing for traditional media (and how this course takes you through the key elements you need to know).

Lesson One: Understanding the Essentials

1. WHO
Who are You Writing To? Before you create a single sentence, you need to understand your target consumers — otherwise your words may be wasted.

In this part of Lesson One, we cover:

  • Profiling your ideal customers
  • Determining their motivations and attitudes
  • Reviewing their media habits
  • Understanding their preferred communications formats
  • Determining their needs & wants
  • Identifying their concerns, goals & challenges
  • Shaping your solutions accordingly

2. WHAT
What are you writing about? Take a closer look at your self and your organisation, so that your communications reflect exactly who you are. We review:

  • Understanding your brand personality
  • Staying true to your brand values
  • The importance of authenticity and credibility

3. WHERE
Where should you promote your products and services? Not all digital media are alike. For every Trade Me that has more than 700,000 visitors a day, there are a million websites that have 1 visitor or less. Don’t waste your time putting your content where no-one will see it. Instead, take a look at this section of the course, where we discuss:

  • Selecting the most appropriate digital media vehicles
  • Reviewing the performance of your own digital assets
  • Evaluating traditional media website offerings
  • Determining the most appropriate social media options

4. WHEN
When are consumers most likely to be exposed to your messages? With consumers bombarded by messages all day every day, you need to know exactly when your followers are online and most likely to see what you’ve written.

In this section, we show you:

  • What you should know about your email open rates, by day and by time
  • How to identify when your Facebook followers are online
  • How to determine the most appropriate times to use messaging apps

5. HOW
What format(s) should you use for your messages? Not every format is equally popular. We explore which formats are right for your followers, and identify:

  • Average shares by content type
  • The most popular content formats
  • the importance of pictures
  • The runaway popularity of video

 

Lesson Two: The Content Formula

What should you talk about online? Too many organisations are too busy talking about themselves to even notice that their followers just aren’t bothering with them anymore.

In Lesson Two, we share:

  • The content sweet spot
  • The seven attributes of effective content
  • Google’s Zero Moment of Truth formula and why it matters to marketers
  • The new importance of listening
  • Seven consumer comment types and what they mean

Lesson Three: Keywords

How can you make your writing insanely popular? The answer, as you’ve probably guessed from the title of this lesson, is Keywords.

But not just any keywords. There’s an Art and a Science to effective keyword usage, and in Lesson Three, we’re going to tell you:

  • What you need to know about keyword search patterns
  • The importance of longtail keywords
  • The hotlist of buyer keywords
  • The essential knowledge that you can learn from the Google Keywords Planner

 

Lesson Four: SEO

How can you shape your content so that Google will notice that you exist — and will give you priority over your competitors?

Lesson Four tackles Search Engine Optimisation — more popularly known as SEO — from a writer’s perspective, and tells you:

  • How to analyse your competitors’ keywords
  • Best practices for optimising your content for search engines
  • Headline length, keyword density, using alternative wording and other key strategies to get noticed by Google

 

Lesson Five: Seducing Your Digital Visitors

How can you best lure visitors to your content? In this Lesson, we discuss the gentle practice of luring interested prospects to you, which involves:

  • Crafting an effective description
  • Teasing your story
  • Capturing the essence of your offering
  • Placing keyword phrases as effectively as possible
  • Avoiding duplication
  • Developing unique descriptions
  • Using SEO plug-ins

 

Lesson Six: Sharing

How can you get people to share your content?

In this lesson we explore the types of content that people love — and love to share. You’ll learn about:

  • Why people share
  • The 20 types of sharing styles that are most effective in social media
  • Finding and using hash tags effectively
  • How you can help your content travel

 

Lesson Seven: Content Structure

How can you best plan out your content so that you don’t end up staring at a blank page and wondering what to write about?

In Lesson Seven, we cover:

  • How to create an effective content calendar
  • Optimal sizes and word lengths, by medium
  • Most popular lengths for blog & social media posts
  • What you need to know about email subject lines

 

Lesson Eight: Online Advertising

What should you know about online advertising now that it’s become New Zealand’s most popular advertising medium?

All these and more:

  • How to create an effective AdWords advertisement
  • The secrets of dynamic ads
  • What you need to know about Facebook advertising
  • All about Pinterest Promoted Pins
  • Video advertising explored and explained

 

Lesson Nine: Content Curation

Much of your online activity can, and often should, involve sharing other people’s content. So how do you find and share that content?

In Lesson Nine, we reveal:

  • Curation tools you can use
  • Where to find trending topics
  • How best to share

 

Epilogue

We close with a warning, as we reveal the seven deadly sins of writing for the web.

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WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS COURSE?
Every organisation and every person who needs to prepare online content, whether for your website, for your blog, for social media or for video.

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WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT OUR COURSES

Here’s a sampling of the feedback we’ve received from those who’ve taken our courses:

  • Thanks for an informative and interesting [Facebook Accelerator] course. Your presentation held a good balance of theoretical and practical information and was clear and simple enough for a non IT Facebook novice like me to follow. There are many ideas that I have gained that I will attempt to incorporate in the overall marketing plan my team is currently developing for our brand. Facebook can offer so much more than I thought as a medium for communicating with our current and prospective customers. Julie D
  • I found this course fantastic, i started off knowing very little about facebook (just how to run my own personal page) to now having a thorough understanding of ALL the things you can (and there is a lot). The course format was great and allowed knowledge to be built up over time. Course length was great and this will definetly be something i come back to constantly as we develop our facebook pages more within my company. Aleisha H
  • I have really enjoyed the course and the way it was structured. It was informative and interesting – liked the way you incorporated slide-shows, video, statistics and different forms of media to provide information. Lisa C

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TIMING

This course begins on Wednesday 05 July, 2017.

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INVESTMENT

This nine-part online training course is available for $597 +GST. However we offer an EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT of $100 +GST — pay just $497+GST for bookings received by the end of Wednesday 28 June, 2017.

Bookings are confirmed on receipt of payment, which can be by bank deposit or credit card. We can raise an invoice in advance if you need it.

To reserve your place in this course, please pay by credit card through PayPal by clicking here.

Register Now for the next course

If you would prefer to pay by bank deposit, or require an invoice, please send an email to [email protected] with your requirements.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

You’ll receive our emailed confirmation of your booking. Then on the first day of the course we’ll follow up with details of your Login and Password, along with an Enrolment Key for the Writing for the Web online training course.

 

Hottest Facebook Categories: NZ April 2017

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As we do from time to time, we’ve taken a deep dive into our database of 24,836 New Zealand Facebook pages to see what we can learn.

This time, we’ve sliced and diced by category to determine which are the most popular Kiwi categories on Facebook.

CAVEAT

There are a couple of cautions we wish to issue before we get into the details, however, just so you know why some of your favourite categories aren’t represented in these top 20 lists.

Firstly, you should know that before we started any number-crunching we removed most of the top 50 “most liked” NZ Facebook pages. That’s because those pages, typically NZ variants of international brands such as McDonald’s, KFC, Walt Disney, Nivea, Nissan, Cadbury and even Facebook itself, are displaying cumulative global likes rather than merely local numbers. As a result, total likes are somewhat out of alignment with local performances. It’s great that Facebook has 186 million likes, but such numbers tend to skew the averages.

For example, if we leave the global data in place, the average New Zealand Facebook page is rated as having 39,037 followers — a number that’s only surpassed by the top 500 or so Kiwi Facebook pages (out of our nearly 25,000 total).

Once we’ve stripped out most of the global pages, however, we arrive at a far more realistic and attainable average of 5,075 likes.

In the last seven days, just 146 people were talking about the average NZ Facebook page, an engagement percentage of 2.88%.

CAUTION: STATISTICAL ANOMALIES MAY LIE AHEAD

Secondly, we did want to point out the statistical dangers involved once we drill down into individual categories.

For this report, we have separated our database into the 700 different categories that Facebook offers (all of which are self-selected choices when a business creates a page).

As a result, more than a third of the available categories feature only one or two businesses — which, as you would imagine, means that the success or failure of the category depends on the performance of individual Facebook pages.

So, for example, if we look at the category “automotive storage facility“, that category tops the list of best performing Facebook pages in terms of engagement.

That category, however, represents a single business: Storage King Riccarton, which had a blinder of a pre-Easter promotion (requiring likes and comments to win a box of Easter treats).

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So, with those warnings in place, let’s take a look at some numbers.

1 Facebook Likes

Firstly, let’s look at the categories that have attracted the most overall likes:

NZ FACEBOOK PAGES BY CATEGORY: AVERAGE LIKES APRIL 2017

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The top category, “Society/Culture Website”, is again skewed by a single page, for Oh! Baby — but, in this case, the page’s performance is steady across multiple posts and reflects effective use of Facebook. Take a look at the Oh! Baby page and see what you can learn for yourself.

2 Facebook Talks

Our second view of our category averages is by talks — the average number of people talking about pages in the category over the last seven days.

Results are very similar to likes:

NZ FACEBOOK PAGES BY CATEGORY: AVERAGE TALKS APRIL 2017

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3 Facebook Engagement

Finally, if we examine the Facebook page categories by Engagement (which we define as the number of talks compared to the total number of likes, expressed as a percentage), we see quite a different picture:

NZ FACEBOOK PAGES BY CATEGORY: MOST ENGAGEMENT APRIL 2017

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Again, as we noted above, the results will be skewed by individual page performances (and we don’t have time to dig much deeper right now). Still, the results give us an interesting perspective when we consider that:

  • dry cleaners are more interesting than government organizations
  • car dealers get a better rap than the public service
  • dog walkers are more popular than psychics (who should have seen that coming

(Of course, if you’d like to know more about Facebook, and how to perform as well as some of these marketers, check out our courses):

Facebook Accelerator Programme
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So you have a few hundred (or a few thousand) followers on Facebook but now you want to know how to get to the next level? Our Facebook Accelerator seven-part online course will lead you through the steps necessary to supercharge your Facebook presence and get Kiwi consumers engaging with you and your brands.

For more details of the Facebook Accelerator programme, please click here.

The Complete Facebook Marketing Course
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For those who wish to master Facebook Marketing in its entirety, we’ve created a ten-week online training programme which will take you from absolute beginner on Facebook to highly effective Facebook communicator.

For more details of the Complete Facebook Marketing programme, please click here.

If you want to improve your performance beyond Facebook, check out our Social Media Marketing Essentials course:

Social Media Marketing Essentials

Social Media Marketing Essentials

Social media is an ever-changing environment and unless you’re involved on a day to day basis you’re unlikely to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the medium. So we’ve devised this social media marketing essentials course to capture the latest developments across the expanding world of social media for 2017.

For more details of the Social Media Essentials course, please click here.

Professional Mentoring to Accelerate Your Marketing Success

Struggling to make sense of your marketing options and opportunities?

Marketing these days is more complicated than ever. How do you make sense of it all?

We can help, with professional mentoring from a highly-skilled marketer with more than forty years’ experience in New Zealand advertising and marketing.

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INDIVIDUAL, ONE-TO-ONE MENTORING

Here’s our offer (and it’s not complicated): we offer you an individual mentoring phone call of up to an hour’s duration, during which you can discuss your marketing issues and concerns on a private and confidential basis with Michael Carney, CEO of Netmarketing Services Limited.

You can either sign up to receive a mentoring call on a fortnightly basis (for just $297+GST a month) or on a weekly basis (for $497+GST a month).

FORTNIGHTLY CALLS

The Fortnightly Advanced Mentoring Program can be yours for just $297+GST per month ($341.55 including GST). Use the button immediately below (or click here) to sign up via PayPal, using your credit or debit card.

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WEEKLY CALLS

The Weekly Advanced Mentoring Program can be yours for just $497+GST per month ($571.55 including GST). Use the button immediately below (or click here) to sign up via PayPal, using your credit or debit card.

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NB You will be billed monthly for whichever Advanced Mentoring Program you choose, but you’re not making a long-term commitment, you can cancel at any time and you’ll pay no more.

ABOUT US

The Advanced Mentoring Program has been created and is administered by Michael Carney, Managing Director of Netmarketing Services Limited.

Michael is a longtime NZ marketer. Michael has been employed in various marketing roles since 1971, online since 1987, involved with digital marketing since the mid-90s. He has been creating and tutoring online training courses since 2010. You’ll find Michael’s profile at http://linkedin.com/in/michaelcarney

From 2009 to 2013, Michael was Chairman of the Network of Digital Marketers, the digital special interest group of the NZ Marketing Association.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

Once you sign up for the weekly or fortnightly Advanced Mentoring Program, you’ll be sent a short questionnaire to answer, so that Michael can begin to understand the challenges you’re seeking to overcome. Then he will schedule your first mentoring session at a mutually-convenient time, via either Skype or telephone.

The Council and the Redback Spider

As we’ve mentioned a time or two on this blog before, we regularly monitor around 25,000 New Zealand Facebook pages, taking particular note of the pages getting most talked about.

Over the last week, the Northland Regional Council‘s Facebook page has popped up on our radar, achieving 9,312 Engagements (what Facebook calls “People Talking About“) despite having just 3,840 followers.

What, we wondered, was all the fuss about?

Turns out that it’s Redback Spiders. Here’s the post that got most of the attention, talking about an Australian illegal immigrant:

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Apart from the 2,855 shares and 842 likes/reactions, the post also attracted 725 comments, many asking about the Council’s observation that “there are established red back populations in New Zealand”.  (Yes, notes the Council, “Red back spiders have been recorded as established in New Zealand since the 1980’s. There are populations in Otago, New Plymouth and most recently, Taupo.“)

Congrats, Northland Regional Council, for getting so much attention to your post. An important public service message (though we wish the topic wasn’t quite so disturbing).

Other Popular NZ Facebook Pages

Other high-performing Kiwi Facebook pages at the moment include:

AGI Education, celebrating the official opening of AGI’s new Epsom campus (9,012 Engagement, 2,240 followers):

AGI Education

Hossack Station Trophy Hunting (2,641 Engagement, 1,987 followers):

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Zero to Five Baby Quality Baby and Kids Gear (5266 Engaged, 4916 followers)

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(Sadly, this post also fell into the Public Service category, for the worst of reasons).

If you’d like to improve the performance of your Facebook posts, check out our Facebook Accelerator course:

So you have a few hundred (or a few thousand) followers on Facebook but now you want to know how to get to the next level and make this social sensation really work for you?

Introducing our Facebook Accelerator seven-part online course that will lead you through the steps necessary to supercharge your Facebook presence. Through this Facebook course you’ll learn:

  • how to take a cold, hard look at what you’ve achieved on Facebook so far (warning, icy water and a brisk dose of reality may lie ahead!)
  • how to pick yourself up, reboot your (brand) personality online and (it may be necessary!) give your Facebook outpost an urgent and extreme makeover
  • the importance of Facebook’s algorithms (what?) and how they shape your posts and comments
  • why consumers really bother engaging with brands — and the Number One most important secret you need to know to connect with them effectively
  • smart thinking (stolen from others’ successes!) that will help you reach out to key influencers and tap into the magic of viral
  • how a blend of old media habits and new social strategies can work wonders for you
  • the growing importance of social gaming — and how you can start to cash in as Facebook rolls out new tricks
  • selling stuff on Facebook directly — can you do it, should you do it and how can you do it?
  • why social shopping is so influential and how you can tap into this latest craze (without discounting the shirt off your back)
  • going social outside Facebook – and why it matters

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS FACEBOOK COURSE?

Anyone who’s already developed a presence on Facebook and wants to make it grow.

COURSE CREATION AND TUTORING

This Facebook course has been created and will be tutored by Michael Carney. Michael is a veteran marketer with an insatiable passion for whatever’s new, different, exciting or interesting in the world of communications — and particularly in the social media marketing space.

COURSE CONTENTS

LESSON ONE: AUDIT AND MAKEOVER

In this first lesson we invite you to audit your current Facebook presence. Who have you attracted so far to your Facebook page, how much are they interacting with you and what do they get to see when they arrive at your Facebook Fan Page anyway? Then we show you some of the ways that leading brands and organisations have set themselves up on Facebook and identify the key elements you’ll need to include if you want to increase your success on Facebook. You may even find yourself rethinking your current Facebook activity entirely.

LESSON TWO: ENGAGEMENT

Know anything about Facebook’s algorithms? These not-very-well-known formulae determine exactly how visible you are on Facebook, especially to those who say they like you. We peek under the covers and show you exactly what you need to do to prosper under the algorithms — and how important it is to engage in particular ways with your fans and followers. A word of advice: don’t post anything more to Facebook until you’ve completed Lesson Two.

LESSON THREE: PLANTING VIRAL SEEDS

“Viral” is one of those magic qualities to which most marketers aspire. Alas, many are called but few are chosen. In this lesson we look at the principles behind some of the most effective viral campaigns of recent time — and show you how to harness those concepts to reach out to influencers and consumers alike. We’ll also discuss how you can (legally and legitimately!) make Other Peoples’ Content actually work for you!

LESSON FOUR: ADS AND SPONSORED STORIES

In Lesson Four we explore Facebook Ads and Sponsored Stories. They’re more accessible than you think, and they’re socially primed to drive fans to your page. Time to dig deep and find out what can be done, even on small budgets. In this lesson we also talk about Social Gaming and virtual currencies and how marketers are using them to good effect on Facebook.

LESSON FIVE: CREATING EFFECTIVE FACEBOOK POSTS (NEW FOR 2017)

The biggest challenge for any business using Facebook pages these days? Creating Facebook posts that get noticed and get shared.

So this lesson tackles this problem head on, identifies the secrets of effective Facebook posts and shows you exactly what you need to do to stand out on Facebook.

LESSON SIX: SOCIAL SHOPPING

There’s a whole lot more to social shopping than just offering a drop-dead, deeply discounted deal and ending up with bargain shoppers who won’t spend a penny more than their coupons allow. We take a serious look at some of the best practices in this space and identify smart ways to help your customers spend more of their hard-earned money with you. Along the way we’ll discuss pre-commerce, augmented recommendations and how to turn existing customers into advocated (without them having to do anything). And we also take a look at Facebook Apps and how they can be of use to you.

LESSON SEVEN: THE SOCIAL GRAPH

Finally, we look at the increasing number of ways that your consumers can connect with their friends outside Facebook, how you can help the process along and why it matters (hint: these days people trust their friends more than they trust you — nothing personal). Along the way, we’ll identify a few simple protocols that you (or your IT folk) can add to your own website to sharpen your social results.

TIMING

This online training course begins on Wednesday 05 July, 2017.

INVESTMENT

This seven-part Facebook course is available for $497 +GST. However we offer a $100 Early Bird Booking Discount — the course is just $397 +GST for bookings made and payment received by Wednesday 28 June, 2017.

Bookings are confirmed on receipt of payment, which can be by bank deposit or credit card. We can raise an invoice in advance if you need it.

To reserve your place in this Facebook course, please pay by credit card through PayPal by clicking here.

(The service provider will be shown as Netmarketing Services Limited in your transaction and on your credit card statement).

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Your booking will be confirmed by email (if you have not received a confirmation within 24 hours, feel free to email info (at) socialmedia.org.nz).

On the first day of the course you will be supplied by email with login details.

The Continuing Devolution of LinkedIn

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We’ve seen it happen with Facebook, so we really shouldn’t be too surprised as LinkedIn continues to move in the same direction: the steady erosion of once-free services, all aimed at improving the social network’s bottom line.

B2B marketers have been spoiled for many years by the free availability of information on LinkedIn that allows the more astute among us to research prospects and competitors and to promote ourselves and our organisations using the professional social network.

Over time, however, we’ve seen a number of free services fall by the wayside as LinkedIn has refocused itself to concentrate on those products and services that actually make money for the company.

We can’t actually blame them — it’s their sandbox, after all — but it can be intensely frustrating, especially when core capabilities, those that organisations have relied upon heavily, are arbitrarily removed or placed beyond paywalls.

Take, for example,Tags, once a simple way to filter and organise your connections on LinkedIn (e.g. tagging customers, prospects and suppliers so that you could sort them easily).

Earlier this year, LinkedIn announced that “we’re removing the Relationship Section of your profile, which allowed you to add Reminders, Notes and Tags to your connections. If you want to download your existing Notes and Tags, you’ll have the option to do so through May 31, 2017.”

Brutal, for those who relied on the tagging system to make sense of their hundreds or thousands of connections.

There is a (paid) alternative: “if you are looking for similar functionalities, consider our Sales Navigator or Recruiter Lite products that allow you to transfer and view your existing notes and tags”.

But Wait, There’s Less

Late February/early March 2017 saw even more change, with the release (for most) of a whole new look for LinkedIn. We’ll let Fatima Williams describe what she calls “The Day of Disaster“:

Yes, I got switched to the new interface and it won’t let me do anything. You hide everything . I can’t see images they are so tiny, my eyes are fine.

The stickers to make work a little fun while sending messages is removed. I can’t see candidates who are outside my network. I know I can’t connect with them but if I don’t see them how am I to even connect with them???

The hope’s of one finding a job by anybody is now gone. Don’t tell me try premium — been there, done that No Thank you!

Should I start an online petition to get them to get us back to the old interface so I can help those candidates out of my reach!

” The new interface is of no use to poor unemployed job seekers who have no hope and cannot afford the premium membership. Forget the premium members who are now asked to pay for features they lost. Your customers/users (job-seekers) are the source of your revenue – Fatima Williams

A few other comments from some of the 1356 mostly-disgruntled LinkedIn users who responded to the post:

  • Less functional and certainly not user friendly! please back to previous one – Didier Bassleer
  • Innovation shall not mean regression. We are humans and have our habits of humans. Previous visual was friendly enough to find our way easily and get what we were needing quickly.-Patrick LR Le Guirriec
  • The new one is only cosmetic, less organized and less functional. – Marco Koelink
  • The removal of the ability to view one’s news feed in reverse chronological order (i.e., ‘recent first’) was a devastating loss. Extremely useful for tracking one’s news from login to login; a user could “pick up where he/she left off”, but now it’s gone. Too bad – Jim Kracht
  • I’m OK with the new design. It’s the removal of functionality that bothers me. Just like FB, they now tell me what they think I want to see in my news feed Denny Russell
  • How about posting suggestions here for other platforms we can each explore, evaluate, and migrate over to if they seem better? I acknowledge the scope of my network on here is broad, and that any competing platforms are likely to need our support to power up to an equivalent reach. But holding onto the tail of a dying dinosaur is perilous. And with Microsoft’s inevitable strangling of service in pursuit of forced extraction of profits, they have signaled the slow death of this beast. So what else is out there for us to explore? – Erik Van Lennep
  • I agree this latest version is one of the worst they have put out over the past 8 yearsShane Null
  • Is anybody at LinkedIn listening to the Voice Of the Customers? So much efforts fostering the sharing of professional content and so little walking the talking… – Sergio Berna
  • YES. The new LinkedIn stinks! I used to log on and get notifications telling me when someone had replied to my posts. Now I no longer do. Nor is there any other way to easily find my way back to the conversations I’ve been involved in in the forums. So I hardly bother logging on at all anymore. – Andrew Horn
  • Leave it to Microsoft to take away the networking component of a networking site. – Ronald Regnier

Heartfelt angst, right there (although many LinkedIn members won’t actually know what Fatima and the other correspondents are talking about, because they simply don’t use LinkedIn that much).

So what can be done?

Well, LinkedIn is simply going to continue to change (especially as new owners Microsoft start to implement their own plans).

You can either (A) turn your back on LinkedIn (except as a CV-replicating tool); or (B) learn how to master the new, “improved” LinkedIn.

If Plan B sounds like you, we can help, with a couple of options:

1 IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS

For larger organisations, we’ve developed a couple of hands-on Workshops for you and your teams:

  • LinkedIn Masterclass, half-day sessions designed to help participants re-work and develop their LinkedIn presence to really sell themselves and their organisation
  • Using LinkedIn as a Sales Tool, a two-hour workshop specifically designed to help B2B sales-people use LinkedIn to sell their goods and services

If you’re interested in in-person Workshops, email us at michael (AT) netmarketingservices.co.nz or phone 021 1492 403.

 

2 ONLINE TRAINING COURSE

Alternatively, you should certainly consider our online training course “How to use LinkedIn Effectively, updated to reflect the latest changes:

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LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with (as of January 2017) more than 467 million members in over 200 countries and territories.

New Zealand now boasts more than 1,540,000 LinkedIn members, according to the latest LinkedIn data. Yet far too many of those members simply don’t know how to use LinkedIn effectively to promote themselves or their organisations.

In response to this need, we’ve developed a course that will show you how to use LinkedIn to best advantage, taking account of the developments being rolled out regularly by the LinkedIn team.

About the Course

This is a seven-part online training course providing a comprehensive introduction to LinkedIn, from the Basics to detailed instructions on how to use LinkedIn to promote your organisation, build your personal reputation and even make sales.

This online training course is conducted on a web-based e-learning software platform, enabling course participants to proceed at their own pace, accessing materials online. This particular online training course provides content in a variety of multimedia forms, including videos, slideshows, flash-based presentations and PDF files. No special software is required to participate.

Course lessons will be provided in seven parts, for participants to access in accordance with their own timetables. Interaction with the course tutor is enabled through the platform software tools (with telephone backup if required).

Feedback from those who have previously taken one of our courses:

  • “this was the best professional development course I have done in many years” – Mark R, senior Agency Exec responsible for social media
  • “thought the information within was outstanding” – Ed P, General Manager
  • “What I loved was that I started with a fairly rudimentary understanding of social media but have learned a lot – including where to find more information as I need it.” – Fiona W, Marketing Manager
  • “I found it relevant, informative, topical, insightful and a bloody good read. It’s never evangelical, too techy, patronising, assumes that you know too much or too little about digital and has a warm sense of humour in the communication throughout which helped faciliate the learning process for me.” — Adrienne B, new media senior executive
  • “Am thoroughly enjoying the content!” – Kara B, magazine co-ordinator
  • “I completed the first lesson today and found it really interesting and love the interaction already! I am so looking forward to the second lesson already …” — Annette B, public relations director

COURSE CREATION AND TUTORING
This “How to use LinkedIn Effectively” programme has been created and is tutored by Michael Carney. Michael has been in the marketing game since 1971, online since 1987 and keeps tabs on a wide range of trends and developments, locally and around the world. He is the author of “Trade Me Success Secrets” (now in its Second Edition) and a regular magazine columnist. Michael is also the creator of a number of online training courses, covering social media, eCommerce and other aspects of digital marketing.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THE “HOW TO USE LINKEDIN EFFECTIVELY” COURSE

Any business professional who wants to master LinkedIn, whether to further their own career or to develop their business presence on the world’s leading Social B2B network.

COURSE CONTENTS

Lesson One: How To Set Yourself Up Effectively On LinkedIn

You’re probably one of the hundreds of millions who already have a profile on LinkedIn — but is it just a transplanted CV? We show you how to turn your basic profile into a living, selling document that:

  • showcases your unique talents and experience to best advantage
  • reinforces your personal brand with a compelling headline that’s the first thing any visitor will see
  • highlights your achievements, not just your history
  • provides a platform for your future success

Lesson One also covers:

  • The most effective ways to ask for recommendations and endorsements
  • How to use the principle of Reciprocity to sharpen your profile
  • Trojan Horse Marketing and how it can really work for you
  • How to claim your name on LinkedIn (and why it matters)
  • How to optimize your profile for SEO
  • How to use LinkedIn’s Mobile Apps and how you can ensure that your profile stands out on every platform
  • The power of an effective profile summary
  • How to re-shape your profile to make it sizzle (and show off your best bits)

Lesson Two: How To Use LinkedIn For Business

Once you have your own personal profile up and sizzling, it’s time to turn your attention to your organisation (especially if you operate in the B2B space). LinkedIn has now surpassed Twitter as the most popular social medium for distributing B2B content, with 83% of B2B marketers using LinkedIn to promote their organisations. So where do you begin? We start with Company Pages (which were recently redesigned to make it easier for LinkedIn users to find, follow and engage with companies of interest).

Topics covered in Lesson Two include:

  • How to use LinkedIn Banner Images to showcase your company brand and really bring your page to life
  • How to attract keen followers to your company pages (and what that does for your organisation’s visibility on LinkedIn)
  • What you can now say about your company’s products and services
  • How to harness social proof to best effect
  • Why you must make your updates valuable, relevant and interesting (and what that really means)

Lesson Three: How To Use LinkedIn To Find A Job

You’ve probably heard that LinkedIn is very useful when you’re looking for a new job — but where do you start?

In Lesson Three, we talk about:

  • How to use LinkedIn to get the word out that you’re in the market
  • How to polish your LinkedIn profile even further, to highlight your best (and most employable) characteristics
  • How to find out where people with your skillset are working
  • How to check if a company is still hiring
  • How to identify new recruits (and perhaps pick their brains)
  • How to find out who’s who in your target industry
  • How to network shamelessly to future-proof your career
  • How to build your personal brand
  • How to enhance your Resume with LinkedIn Testimonials
  • How to find (and capitalise on) inside connections at potential employers
  • How to search the hidden job market for opportunities
  • How to use LinkedIn to prepare for your job interview

Lesson Four: How To Use LinkedIn To Generate Business

Can you actually use LinkedIn to create business? Yes, indeed you can, and we’ll show you how. Along the way, we’ll talk about:

  • How to use LinkedIn to find business opportunities
  • How to Use LinkedIn Groups to build relationships with prospects and attract new leads
  • How to decide who you should connect with (and who doesn’t make the cut)
  • The power of a clear Call To Action
  • LinkedIn Special Offers (and where it’s appropriate to make them)
  • How LinkedIn’s Advanced People Search feature can be your very best prospecting friend
  • How to use LinkedIn for sales success

Lesson Five: How To Use LinkedIn’s Paid Services

You’ve probably noticed that, whilst many of LinkedIn’s services are free, you are occasionally encouraged to buy some stuff there. Reportedly, around 2% of LinkedIn members have paid-for subscriptions. So should you dip into your pocket?

In Lesson Six, we evaluate the pros and cons of:

  • LinkedIn paid advertising — how it works, what you can expect to pay and what results to aim for
  • The surprising response rates of LinkedIn InMails (and when using them is worthwhile)
  • How to use LinkedIn’s Profile Organizer
  • The LinkedIn paid account options and what they provide

Lesson Six: How To Use LinkedIn To Promote Your Business

So far we’ve looked at how to use LinkedIn to make sales and build your reputation. But LinkedIn is also an ideal vehicle for promoting your organisation to other businesses.

In Lesson Six we’ll look at the promotional potential of LinkedIn, including:

  • How (and how often) to craft status updates that will appeal to your target customers and clients
  • Best practices for sending out mass messages and invitations (without being a pest)
  • How to use Groups to build your authority and keep in regular touch with your prospects
  • How to connect from LinkedIn to the rest of the web, using widgets and plugins and other automated services
  • How to share useful articles and resources without overdoing it
  • How to add videos and presentations to LinkedIn
  • How to use the right tools to manage your LinkedIn content to avoid getting overwhelmed

Lesson Seven: How To Use LinkedIn For Recruiting

We’ve already covered using LinkedIn to find a new job. In Lesson Seven we look at the flip side of the coin — how to use LinkedIn to find the most appropriate candidates for vacancies within your organisation.

In this lesson, we consider:

  • why LinkedIn is a fertile ground within which to find perhaps 80% of your prospective employees
  • How to use LinkedIn to tap into the most effective recruiting source of all
  • The crowd-sourced accuracy of LinkedIn profiles
  • LinkedIn’s job-posting facilities (and whether you should use them)
  • Soliciting introductions: the appropriate protocols
  • How to use LinkedIn to search and compare

TIMING

The next “How To Use LinkedIn Effectively” course begins on Monday 10 July, 2017.

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INVESTMENT

This seven-part online training course is available for $497 +GST. However we offer an Early Bird Discount of $100 — the course is just $397 +GST for bookings made and payment received by Monday 03 July, 2017.

Bookings are confirmed on receipt of payment, which can be by bank deposit or credit card. We can raise an invoice in advance if you need it.

To reserve your place in our “How To Use LinkedIn Effectively” course, please pay by credit card through PayPal by clicking here.

Register Now for the next course

If you would prefer to pay by bank deposit, or require an invoice, please send an email to [email protected] with your requirements.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

You’ll receive our emailed confirmation of your booking. Then on the first day of the course we’ll follow up with details of your Login and Password, along with an Enrolment Key for the “How To Use LinkedIn Effectively” online training course.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]

Outsourcing Your Social Media Marketing Activities Effectively

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Now that Social Media has evolved from being “nice to have” to becoming an essential digital marketing tool, more and more businesses are outsourcing their social media.

However, to outsource your Social Media effectively — or even to brief others within your organisation — you need to be able to prepare an effective social media brief.

Most marketers are confident in their ability to prepare a brief for a poster or a billboard or a television commercial. But there’s a whole lot more required if you’re going to achieve success in Social Media.

So how do you prepare an effective social media brief?

The need for a comprehensive answer to that question has led us to evolve and expand our online training course covering the topic.

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Here’s what the course covers:

Module One: Setting Social Objectives

What exactly do you and your organisation want to achieve through social media? We review possible answers to that question — taking into account not merely the obvious communications objectives that organisations typically set, but also those distinctly social attributes that most marketers overlook.

We show you how to review your own brand’s story and personality and how that will colour your social media efforts. We encourage you to re-examine your existing customers and prospects and determine what they might hope to hear from you through social media (and how frequently). And we take a look at social media objectives set by other organisations, for inspiration and guidance (and, in a few cases, as cautionary tales of what not to do in social media).

As a result of this module, you’ll be able to provide those who will be operating your social media programme with clear, agreed social objectives that (a) reflect your organisation, its heritage and the interests of its customers; and (b) take advantages of the rich possibilities inherent in social media.

Module Two: Agreeing Social Strategies & Tactics

Once your objectives are in place, it’s time to consider possible strategies to communicate through social media. Strategy in this context means figuring out what you want to be different after you’re done implementing your social media marketing — and that evaluation process should NOT be left to those carrying out the programme (because they’re seldom in a position to determine the relative priorities for an organisation).

Is the appropriate primary strategy based around reputation management, customer service or just getting people talking about your products? Or are you looking for specific leads or even sales (and how should you do that in social media without offending everyone)?

Once the strategic possibilities have been winnowed down to a chosen few, then it’s time to look at tactics to turn those strategies into reality. Most of the tactical decisions can be carried out at an operational level — but it’s still very much worth your while understanding the sorts of tactics that are relevant in the social space. That information may shape your views on decisions such as who is the most appropriate team to implement your social media programme as well as identifying the people within your organisation who should be points of contact for the programme (it won’t be just you).

Decisions on tactics will lead in turn to decisions on which social tools should be used: Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Slideshare, the list goes on.

From Module Two, you’ll develop a solid base with which to have constructive discussions (and even perhaps robust debates) with your social media implementation team.

Module Three: Planning your Programme

What should you talk about in social media? One thing you shouldn’t be is merely reactive, responding to situations and comments as they happen.

Perhaps the most neglected part of the whole social media process is planning an effective, proactive social media communications schedule. Not only do you have to provide killer content that’s relevant and engages your constituents — you also need to plan out what you’re going to say in advance, tied in to topical events, matters of the moment and your own communications programme. That’s not something that can simply be left to that nephew of the CEO who’s running your Facebook page in his spare time.

In this module, we step you through the processes you’ll need to consider when developing an effective INTEGRATED social media schedule that’s linked into your other promotional efforts. We’ll also encourage you to talk to your implementation team about Content Optimisation — identifying your customers’ hottest topics and using the most popular keywords in their posts.

Module Four: Effective Facebook Posts

Facebook is New Zealand’s most popular social network by far, so it gets a module all to itself.

The biggest challenge for any business using Facebook pages these days? Creating Facebook posts that get noticed and get shared.

So this module tackles that problem head on, identifies the secrets of effective Facebook posts and shows you exactly what you need to do to stand out on Facebook.

We also discuss twenty different creative approaches that really work on Facebook (and show you how to determine which might be most relevant to your own organisation), so that you can brief your people accordingly.

Module Five: Images

Images continue to be a vital part of the Social Web. In Module Five, find out what you need to know about Instagram, Pinterest and other leading players, including:

  • How leading brands are winning with the image-based networks
  • how you can make the most of rich pins on Pinterest
  • how to use Instagram to its full potential
  • smart content strategies across the image-based networks

At the end of this module, you’ll know the visual content assets you need to use to take maximum advantage of image-based social media.

Module Six: Video

At the end of 2014 Facebook hosted approximately one billion video views per day. By the close of 2015, that figure had grown to over eight billion. While there’s still some debate about what qualifies as a video view (3 sec vs. 10 sec. vs. 30 secs?), the overall trajectory of Facebook video consumption is undeniable.

Video is central to Facebook’s vision for the future of the platform. In 2014 CEO Mark Zuckerberg was quoted as saying “In five years most of Facebook will be video”.

In this Module, we discuss exactly what you now need to know about video and social media, so that you can brief your suppliers accordingly.

Module Seven: Implementation

Finally, we turn to the processes required to make all this happen. We provide you with an appropriate framework for briefing your social media supplier, allocating internal and external resources and responsibilities and agreeing how the effort will be measured.

We also suggest a timetable for reviewing and adjusting your campaign, and how to evaluate the campaign effectively — do “likes”, “+1s” and “retweets” matter, how do you measure social engagement and what does it all mean?

OUTCOMES

By the end of this course:

  • you should be confident that you can effectively brief a supplier on your social media requirements
  • you should be able ensure that the results you are achieving don’t just “seem” good — they meet a concrete set of objectives consistent with your overall organisational goals

TIMING

The next seven-module programme begins on Tuesday 11 July, 2017.

PROGRAMME CREATOR
The “How to Prepare An Effective Social Media Brief” programme has been developed by Michael Carney

INVESTMENT

This programme is available for $497+GST.  However we offer an Early Bird Booking Discount of $100 — the course is just $397 +GST for bookings made and payment received by Tuesday 04 July, 2017.

To register and pay by credit card through PayPal, please click here

If you would prefer to pay by bank deposit, or require an invoice before making payment, please send an email to [email protected] with details of your request. (The service provider will be shown as Netmarketing Services Limited in your transaction and on your credit card statement).

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
1. Your booking will be confirmed by email (if you have not received a confirmation within 24 hours, feel free to email [email protected]).
2. On the first day of the course you will be supplied by email with the first part of your How to Prepare An Effective Social Media Brief programme.
3. Follow-up lessons will be sent out over subsequent weeks (but please note that you take the course at your own pace).

NZ Politicians Finally Discover The Information Superhighway

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For decades, NZ electoral allocations — money provided by the Government to fund political advertising in the lead-up to general elections — have been legislatively restricted to paying for “broadcast” advertisements — defined in law as radio and television advertising (and the production thereof).

In a dramatic turnaround, a mere thirty years after the Internet arrived in New Zealand via CompuSerce, the politicians last week (March 15) saw fit to allow electoral funding to encompass Internet advertising as well.

As the Broadcasting (Election Programmes and Election Advertising) Amendment Bill (approved by 108 votes to 12 and now just awaiting Royal Assent to become law) notes, public monies may now be applied to fund radio and television and also:

all or part of the publishing costs incurred in relation to the publication of election advertisements on the Internet during the election period; and all or part of production costs, whenever incurred, in relation to election advertisements published on the Internet

Politicians (and their advertising agencies) should now brace themselves. Inevitably, they can expect to be inundated by approaches from any and every New Zealand digital medium, now that there’s a bucket of money just waiting to be spent.

(If that’s you, may we recommend you familiarise yourself with some of our online training courses, which will help you to understand the most effective ways to use digital media).

Opening & Closing Broadcasts Gone
The revised legislation also removes the compulsion on Television New Zealand and Radio New Zealand to screen opening and closing broadcasts.

Finally.

As Chris Hipkins (Labour—Rimutaka) noted during the debate about the legislation:

“When the rule around opening and closing broadcasts for election campaigns was introduced, there were two TV channels in New Zealand—only the two. If you were sitting at home watching TV and the opening and closing broadcasts were broadcast on both of those channels, as they were back in those days, you had no choice other than to watch them or turn off the TV. The reality now is that that is simply not the medium any more. People can be watching live-streamed content on Netflix, they can be using MY SKY or any other type of device, they could be watching all sorts of other things, or they could be accessing content via social media.

“The idea that we have these opening and closing broadcasts, which are expensive to produce because they are quite long-form and very few people watch them, and the idea that we should lock that into law and lock political parties into spending some of their broadcast allocation to do that simply does not make sense. It is not good for the broadcasters either. Let us be really frank about this. TVNZ had 25 percent fewer viewers in the timeslot that it set aside for the opening and closing broadcasts at the last election campaign [in 2014] than it would normally have had during that timeslot.”

Welcome to the 21st Century, esteemed leaders. Glad you could join us.

Are You FAILING in Social Media?

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Facebook and Other Social Media Can Be Highly Effective for Marketing …

… But Most NZ Businesses are Failing with Social Media

If you’re a Kiwi business, you need to read this NOW.

Unfortunately, too many businesses — in New Zealand, as elsewhere around the world — have the wrong idea about social media.

They spend most of their time on Facebook (and the other social networks) talking about themselves and their products.

If that’s you, sorry, you’ve got it wrong.

It’s called SOCIAL media for a reason.

Your followers are interested in a conversation, not a constant sales pitch.

THE REALITY

We track the performance of around 25,000 NZ Facebook pages on an ongoing basis.

More than two-thirds (69.5%) of those pages have NO engagement with 98% of their Facebook followers in a typical week.

Look at these three (sadly, all too typical) statistics for NZ businesses on Facebook. Hundreds and even thousands of followers, but hardly anyone’s talking:

Why no engagement?

Because too many posts are one-way broadcasts that get nobody talking or sharing, like this example:

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Just 7 likes, and NO comments or shares, from a New York retailer with 7,088 Facebook followers!

(We’ve used an American example because we didn’t want to embarrass any of our local colleagues — but, as you’ll probably see from your own Facebook browsing, this is completely typical in New Zealand as well).

There is a solution.

Are Your Posts Actually Getting Seen by Your Followers?

Of course, we  shouldn’t ignore the elephant in the room — Facebook has dialled back on the percentage of your followers who will actually see your posts, with the result that (across the more than 25,000 NZ Facebook pages we track), on average just half a percent (0.55%) of those pages’ followers will engage with their posts.

Appalling? Yes. But YOU can do better.

In fact, our online training courses are all about teaching you how to use social media more effectively, so that you can dramatically improve on your performance on Facebook and other social networks.

Check out our online courses today:

Facebook Accelerator Programme
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So you have a few hundred (or a few thousand) followers on Facebook but now you want to know how to get to the next level? Our Facebook Accelerator seven-part online course will lead you through the steps necessary to supercharge your Facebook presence and get Kiwi consumers engaging with you and your brands.

For more details of the Facebook Accelerator programme, please click here.

The Complete Facebook Marketing Course
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For those who wish to master Facebook Marketing in its entirety, we’ve created a ten-week online training programme which will take you from absolute beginner on Facebook to highly effective Facebook communicator.

For more details of the Complete Facebook Marketing programme, please click here.

If you want to improve your performance beyond Facebook, check out our Social Media Marketing Essentials course:

Social Media Marketing Essentials

Social Media Marketing Essentials

Social media is an ever-changing environment and unless you’re involved on a day to day basis you’re unlikely to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the medium. So we’ve devised this social media marketing essentials course to capture the latest developments across the expanding world of social media for 2017.

For more details of the Social Media Essentials course, please click here.

For those new to Social Media Marketing:

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The Principles & Practice of Social Media Marketing is a seven-part online training course providing a comprehensive introduction to Social Media Marketing, from the Basics to detailed instructions on how to build and run a Social Media Marketing programme.

For more details of the Social Media Marketing online course, please click here.

For those who want to dig into Social Media Marketing in more detail:

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The Advanced Social Media Marketing online training course is designed to drill down into the specific details of the major Social Media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Google Plus and others.

For more details of the Advanced Social Media Marketing programme, please click here.

How to Prepare an Effective Social Media Brief
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Even if you don’t intend to become directly involved in social media yourself, you may still need to understand the principles, practices and opportunities of social media — for example, if you need to brief someone about running a social media campaign. This programme is designed to provide you with the insights necessary to prepare an effective brief.

For more details of the How to Prepare an Effective Social Media Brief programme, please click here.

How to Use LinkedIn Effectively – For Your Business And Your Career
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This is a seven-part online training eCourse providing a comprehensive introduction to LinkedIn, from the basics to detailed instructions on how to use LinkedIn to promote your organisation, build your personal reputation, find a job, recruit prospective employees and even make sales.

For more details of the How to Use LinkedIn Effectively programme, please click here.

 

What You Need to Know About Using Video in Your Social Media Marketing

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As you’ve probably heard, video is becoming more and more important for Social Media Marketing.

Want some numbers? Try these (from MediaKix):

  • Globally, traffic from online videos will constitute over 80% of all consumer internet traffic by 2020 (Cisco).
  • By 2019, the total U.S. digital video advertising spend is projected to eclipse $14 billionnearly 50% of that figure ($6.86 billion) is attributed to mobile video.
  • The number of videos published by U.S. users has exploded, increasing by 94% from January 2014 to January 2015. For international Facebook users, the increase in Facebook videos published is a still-impressive 75% annual growth rate (AdAge).
  • In November 2015, Facebook hit 8 billion video views daily (TechCrunch), doubling its figure of 4 billion from April just 6 months earlier. Each video view is counted after 3 seconds of watch time. At a linear rate, Facebook was expected to eclipse 16 billion video views by May 2016.
  • Facebook Videos have increased 360% across everyone’s News Feeds

And here are a few more stats, from Social Media Today:

  • One-third of all online activity is spent watching video
  • The average user is exposed to 32.3 videos in a month
  • 75% of online video viewers have interacted with an online video ad this month
  • 75% of executives watch work related videos on business websites at least once a week
  • 36% of online consumers trust video ads

So video is becoming more and more important in social media marketing. What does that mean for you?

We’ll tell you what that doesn’t mean: you can’t just add your TV ad to Facebook and call it a day. Sorry.

Unless you’re Air New Zealand, of course, and have the mighty All Blacks for your talent pool, in which case you can simply get three million people to watch and 67,000 to share your inflight safety video …

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For us mere mortals, however, we’ve got to try a different angle.

Social Media Examiner offers up some timely advice:

#1: Produce the Right Video for Each Social Platform

Each social network has its own opportunity for video content. Before attempting to post videos on every platform, commit to mastering video on one or two networks first. You can easily incorporate video into your social media content by featuring your business’s best content for each platform.

Facebook

As a social media giant, Facebook is among the essential video platforms.

When you plan video content for Facebook, understand what Facebook viewers actually enjoy. Captions are essential to Facebook video because most Facebook users watch video without sound.

According to Digiday, almost 9-in-10 Facebook videos are consumed without sound, a signal that brands should consider producing video content that can still be engaging, even in silence (Facebook). To that point, Facebook found that adding captions to videos increases the watch time by 12%, on average.

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Facebook users also enjoy live video. Facebook Live video is watched three times as much as regular video content and continues to gain popularity. Viewers expect live video to be less polished, so you can produce it without a big-budget production team.

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Instagram

On Instagram, you can add video to your story or post video to your feed. With Instagram Stories, you can stream live video or post a 10-second clip. Either way, your video stays on your story for 24 hours. Videos posted to your Instagram feed can be up to 1 minute long.

Because Instagram limits video length, planning for brief videos is important. This emphasis on short videos is different from other social media video networks. On Instagram, make your videos captivating, quick to digest, and direct.

This directness applies to your Instagram captions, too. Ensure your call to action is clear and concise and your captions support the story in your video content, not compete with it.

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Ben & Jerry’s are regular users of Instagram video, to mouthwatering effect

Twitter

Twitter’s feed moves quickly, making it hard for organic Twitter content to stick. But when Twitter video connects with users, it can spread far and wide.

Twitter recently made live video available in the app, so you don’t need to use or download Periscope. This move shows the demand for live video within the native platform and the general need for video content on social channels. In fact, a Twitter report revealed that 82% of users watch video content on the platform.

Because 90% of users view Twitter videos on a mobile device, make your Twitter content mobile-friendly and watchable on the average smartphone.

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A Twitter video that’s part of a campaign by Michael Kors

YouTube

YouTube is a better place for evergreen content than news or instant video. In fact, YouTube should be the place where your premium video content shines. Although the platform does have live video streaming, at the end of the day, quality execution is more important for YouTube, especially because videos on your channel can be recommended to users watching similar content.

YouTube marketing videos often have high bounce rates because they’re too boring or dry. To improve your YouTube marketing, pique curiosity through storytelling.

On YouTube, content needs to keep users engaged until your sales pitch or call to action arises. You don’t have to rush with your time limit, but you always have to consider social engagement.

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The most engaging videos on YouTube in 2016, according to research from ListenFirst Media.

Focus on ways to educate your audience before you start shooting. Rushed and poorly edited videos will drive users to the Back button. However, high-quality video can hold users’ attention and drive traffic to your most important pages.

Snapchat

Just like Instagram, Snapchat is all about visual content. To increase video on this platform for your marketing, start by being active and producing plenty of content. Snapchat reports its users watch 10 billion videos per day, and Business Insider reports that active users spend an average of 25-30 minutes a day on the platform.

#2: Define Goals for Your Video Content

When you start to craft your video content strategy, you should first know the purpose of video for your brand. Is it aimed at increasing brand awareness? Is there an educational component? Are you going to be heavily promotional or produce newsworthy content?

Before getting started, think about what you want to gain from investing time and resources in creating video content. Some of the most important metrics to consider include:

  • Site traffic
  • View count (video plays)
  • Shares
  • Video completion
  • Brand awareness
  • Lead generation
  • Customer retention

After you establish your goals, plan what types of content you’ll create to achieve those goals. Don’t think about videos as one-off projects. Instead, think through campaigns and themes you’ll cover and test over time. No matter what approach you choose, be consistent.

#3: Develop a Consistent Theme or Format

Building on the last tip, it’s great to have a social video theme or common message to your content. When you know the purpose of your content and the style you’re pursuing, think of a theme you can use to inform your video content.

#4: Invest in the Right Equipment for Your Budget

Most brands wanting to produce social media videos are stuck because of one major reason: cost. Cameras, microphones, lighting, editing equipment, and actors can add up quickly. If you’re not careful, video can cannibalize your content-creation funds.

However, you can be money-conscious without sacrificing quality. For starters, try to do as much in-house filming as possible, because production companies can be costly. Check out rental options or even better, use your own devices. For example, this video explains how to create your own lighting setup for about $100.

Here are the essentials of shooting quality video for your company:

  • An affordable camera: Cameras on smartphones are just as powerful as some recording equipment. Don’t waste your money on a brand-new camera when you have something highly useful in your pocket.
  • Simple lighting kit: Great lighting is essential when you’re filming video. Try to invest in a standard lighting kit or build your own.
  • Quality microphone: If you’ve seen a low-budget commercial that makes you cringe, it likely had poor lighting and cheap microphones. Purchase a quality mic. Don’t use the built-in mic on your smartphone.
  • Tripod: Your video needs to be stable and clear. Luckily, several tripods are built to fit your smartphone.
  • Editing software: Several affordable or free video-editing software options are available. Smartphone apps like Videoshop and Splice give you essential editing functions.

Social Media Today tells us about video marketing trends that matter in 2017. We’ve singled out these two as being of particular note:

1. The Rise of 360-Degree Videos

A recent case study by Magnifyre revealed something noteworthy about the 360-degree video format – the average percentage of people who viewed a 360-degree video was 28.81% higher than for the same video in a non 360-degree format. The case study also showed that twice the number of viewers watched the 360-degree video to completion.

2. Videos Watched on Multiple Devices

According to a Think with Google report, 85% of adults ages 18-49 use multiple devices at the same time. It also reports that two thirds of YouTube users watch YouTube on a second screen while watching TV. This tendency to watch videos across several devices (including TV) will probably increase.

It’s Time to Upskill in Online Video Marketing

With all this stuff going on in online video (and this is only the tip of the iceberg), we reckon it’s way past time for Kiwi marketers to upskill themselves in video marketing.

We have two courses that directly address the topic:

Online Video Marketing - Short Course

As you’d expect given the name of this course, that’s what it’s all about. It’s a four-part short course designed to bring you up to speed on online video marketing.

For full details of our Online Video Marketing course, please click here.

Social Media Marketing Essentials

This course, on the other hand, covers online video as just one of its topics as it delves into the most important social media developments of 2017.

For more details of the Social Media Essentials course, please click here.