Keep Your “Close Friends” Closer

Instagram always introduces a new feature that pops up out of nowhere like tulips in the spring. Not too (TOO) long ago, they came up with another addition: the “Close friends” list. This list is intended to keep each Instagrammer’s content more exclusive, giving them more room for keeping privacy in what they share. It’s fully customizable so that they can choose who they’re sharing their content with, and when they’re sharing it simultaneously.

But what we want to know is if your business relies heavily on Instagram, how are you using this feature to your advantage? Do you know how to use it to your advantage? Because having a Close Friends list can be parlayed into many different opportunities for businesses and influencers (or your business AS an influencer.)

Promotions and Offers:

What many can do with their Close Friends list is use it as an opportunity to offer their followers a sense of exclusivity that will get them first dibs to new information, inventory and special deals and tips that not everyone has access to.

Polling and feedback

Close Friends can also be used to gather information on how the general public feels about your advertised brand. It could be an easy way to invite customers to take surveys, and all the while make them feel as though their opinion matters since you’re recognizing that they’re on your “Close Friends” list.

The other added advantage of this type of polling is that you can intimately collect data on your consumers, getting a feel for their demographic and who you’re targeting.

Insider management and collaborations

In key with the authenticity trend when it comes to hiring your influencers, the Close Friends List come in handy with brands, influencers and other collaborators keeping in contact.
The group can share key information for them to keep in mind as they’re presenting [the brand/product] in their stories for the public to see.

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Behind the Scenes

The Close Friends tool can be thought of as a VIP mailing list. By setting this up, you could have freedom to offer your followers, clients, et al exclusive information on projects you’ve been working on. When one of your followers joins your close friends list, they’ll get access to private content, including behind-the-scenes videos, special announcements, and more.  This is perfect if you are an influencer, and would give you a boost with gaining more loyal followers, while solidifying your fan base. It’s also a great way to get your followers to build an emotional connection to your brand.

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Sharing Customer-Only Content

If you want to separate the content you share between paying customers and your generic followers, then the Close Friends list is your best tool. This is ideal for consultants, coaches, nutritionists and trainers. use it to share information, tips, or advice with your paying customers.  

For example: sharing daily workouts, video tips, product recommendations, and more would work great with this feature. The rest of your audience will still see your public content, but they won’t be getting the same value of content as your paying customers.

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CHECKING OUT ON INSTAGRAM

Unwrapping Instagram’s new checkout feature and the exciting future of eCommerce.

We’re extremely excited about Instagram’s new Checkout feature! Why? because we all know that we’ve been tempted at one point or another to shop on Instagram. Picture it: you’re scrolling around while you’re on your break or just thumbing through your social media platforms, and you spot something you think you’d like. What happens next?

You swipe up, then go through a million actions to get to the cart – risky,  because you will likely end up changing your mind.

Or…

You have to manually enter in the URL, get to the brand’s website, find that the item you saw advertised isn’t actually available and/or they don’t have the size or color you wanted.

Either way, nobody wins in this situation – because a sale isn’t made.

Users tend to benefit more from Instagram as a mobile app rather than on desktop. However, people tend to do most of their shopping on Web, due to aesthetic and user-friendly preferences that desktop delivers over a mobile device.

At the same time, a great contributing factor to the success of Instagram’s new feature are the statistics which we have learned confirm the high volume of engagement on the app.

As illustrated above, shoppers put a lot of weight on researching the brand’s social media channels before purchasing, acting as a testimonial to whether or not they’d like to invest in the brand or its offered products. So, they’ll always check out Instagram page initially before purchase.

This is also evident as statistics from bigcommerce.com reflect, as it has been stated that after Instagram had launched shoppable posts in 2017 (prior to checkout), traffic was increased by 1,416%.

Add this success to the new checkout feature, users will have a more streamlined experience. No more BS. Do I love this product? Yes. Do I want it? Yes. Do they have my size? Add to cart. Pay. Done. Instagram implementing this feature

What’s interesting to us, however, is this question we’re all asking ourselves during this time: What’s next? Is this going to become the norm? And most importantly, what is this going to do to the future of eCommerce?

Let us know what you think, because we’re super excited to see what the results will be with this new way of shopping online. But we’re telling you from now, it’s going to work out.

The Power of Influencer Marketing

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, I’m sure you’re heard of the famously failed Fyre Festival debacle of 2016. 
Let’s catch you up if you haven’t. Ja Rule (remember him? “What’s my muthaf****n’ name… R.U.L.E!”) and now-convicted entrepreneur Billy McFarland buddied up to create what was supposed to be the luxury party extravaganza known as FYRE, held in the Great Exuma territory of the Bahamas.

McFarland used the power of influencer marketing to lure an audience of privileged millennials and Xennials to party it up on what they thought would be a deserted island coupled with a “glamping” experience.
Their reality? Canvas tents with tiny floor mattresses and literal cheese and tomato sandwiches. Untoasted.

The Fyre festival resulted in lawsuits, two documentaries, and embarrassment above all, but what nobody can deny is that the power of influencer marketing was prevalent in the whole thing.
How do we mean? The fact that the festival was able to even achieve notoriety was solely due to the use of influencers marketing the whole thing.

Big names with hot bods like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin actively shared the event on their respective pages, posted for photos and branded themselves as supporters of the event, giving the intrigue to the public and thus luring them to buy in on the festival. This is what influencers do – they influence the decision you’re going to make, which is why it’s always a clever idea to use them in your marketing campaigns.

It’s an age old tradition to get somebody attractive to advertise a brand as an idea or lifestyle, but the power in it now is that anybody can be famous, right? So long as you’re beautiful and confident, you also have a shot at fame and followers, and connections and networking has so much to do with that.

Is that why people trust influencers so much? Do they, in return, want to be influencers also? It has been branded as one of the most sought-after careers of the decade thus far, because really, who wouldn’t want to get free stuff all the time and ensure that a crappy picture of themselves will never be published. But more so that that, influencers are changing the market. If you choose the right influencer to represent your brand, then it is GUARANTEED you will see results. In fact, these days, there are interesting statistics that highlight the growing importance of influencer marketing in the industry.

The ones that get us, as Influencer talent managers all giddy, however? 

70% of Teens Trust Influencers More than Traditional Celebrities

49% of Consumers Depend on Influencer Recommendations 

I must say, this one is a little true, based on personal experience. Influencers are just more real than celebrities. They haven’t been tainted like celebs have been.

The Influencer Marketing Industry is Expected to Hit $10bn by 2020

And the (albeit, temporary) success of the FYRE festival is proof in the pudding.

Influencers are simply the way to go, nowadays. Real people who have a strong message to deliver, who are self made and more approachable than celebrities? Yes. Because they just have more credibility to them to enjoy what the average Joe/Jo/Josephine enjoys every day. They aren’t as glamorous as celebrities, but have just enough glamour that their lifestyles are in reach.

So, invest in an influencer, but make sure you choose the right one for your brand. Let it be known though, that as proven, influencer marketing is 100% effective and guaranteed to boost your sales. Just remember that your influencers will definitely get you noticed, but the logistics are up to you on how to maintain (and justify) the notoriety. 

For more insight on influencer marketing, or if you’re interested in finding an influencer to market your brand, click here to our website to book a free consultation.

Digital M(heart)keting

I can already tell you that as soon as she reads this, the first thing that’ll come out of my FROSS ([adj]: Friend Boss) Tracy’s mouth is “stop trying to make “M(heart)keting happen! It’s never going to happen!” a la Regina George from Mean Girls. But, I’m going to continue to contest that statement because since I traded in a career in print media for being a soldier at Media Burn, I’ve been learning a lot about the industry that contradicts any claims that marketing and mindfulness don’t mix.

Coming from an editorial background, I’ve personally worked with lots of different clients boasting different industries. Editorial advertising is tricky, because it’s kind of like a broken dream. Your staff is made up of writers coming in thinking that they’re actually allowed to express their opinions, but because freedom of speech isn’t always FREE (and we need to eat), you end up singing praises about clients you hate. Joining an agency, is on the other hand, the liberating opposite because you’re putting in all of your effort to represent someone else’s brand and know what you’re getting yourself into from the get go. No false promises here, especially if your agency knows what they’re doing – you know what you’re getting yourself into from the moment you join the team.

And that being said, joining this specific team has been nothing short of joyful. Perhaps its boutique agency puts a lot of heart into a world that I always used to feel would be ugly, for lack of a better term.

How does Media Burn’s heart differentiate from the rest? Traditional marketers are ruthless – they’ll do anything to screw a dollar out of you. But working here, I’ve noticed that as a young company, we’re pretty wholesome in how we practice.

Money
Take budget, for example. I’ve come to learn that most agencies out there won’t be mindful about using their client’s budget wisely. Despite the semantics of our company’s name, we don’t and never will, “burn” your budget. We can show you a ROI with every dollar spent, and you’ll ALWAYS know where your money is going.

Dedication
We put our hearts and souls into what we do around here. I remember working on an account overtime during Thanksgiving dinner, sneaking to and away from the dinner party to rectify an emergency while the rest of the team were logged on with me at their respective homes. We pour in a lot of effort to keep our clients happy by actively trying to problem solve and plan in a timely manner.

Exclusivity
Another way Media Burn proved me wrong about the marketing industry is choice. I used to think that all marketing agencies were vultures that would prey on any single client they could get their hands on, not unlike a feeding frenzy. But, as it turns out, quality agencies really consider who they’re taking on as clients, and while image is definitely a vital contributing factor the process (as FROSS says: “we don’t just take anyone, guys!”).

We have to take into account that companies we’re on-boarding are ethical, and that they’re also going to benefit from our services. We really don’t want to waste anyone’s time or money if they don’t have the margins for proper advertising on social media like Facebook and IG ads.

So, with all that being said, we continue to work our fingers off to give our global range of clientele great representation. But we follow the simple and effective ethos above to make it all human, while picking our clients wisely to deliver results in a way that is transparent, trackable, and responsible.