businesses core value

Authenticity is in, Artificiality is out.

We are back with our monthly GoViral blog and this month, we are delving into the topic surrounding how businesses that are value-driven and have strong brand messaging are maximizing their brand loyalty. People are sick of being sold to and want to feel seen and heard. Most businesses continue to miss the mark, updating people about product features but fail to show the true value and people behind the brand. People buy from people. We share four simple but effective strategies that your business needs to implement if it wants to thrive this year. Let’s get into it!

How businesses are missing the mark

Traditional marketing techniques were straight to the point and created for the masses. There wasn’t a specific target audience they wanted to target, it was for everyone and anyone.

Marketing to the masses has proved costly to businesses and takes up valuable time that can be better spent elsewhere. Businesses that cut costs on marketing are missing out on maximizing their brand loyalty through engaging with their community and having strong brand messaging.

 People are more interested in the people behind the brand than the products.

People crave connection

The rise of social media and apps such as TikTok during the pandemic saw a huge increase in people spending more time on their phones to stay connected to their family and friends. When was the last time you looked at your screen time?

With businesses, hospitality and other establishments closed down because of coronavirus, people wanted to stay connected more than ever.

What once was an app for teenagers showing off their best moves has exploded into a platform where social issues such as equality, diversity, and inclusion are spoken about daily. The pandemic, along with the rise of TikTok, opened up a platform for people to speak up and stand up for what they believe in.

A piece of content or a story that invokes an emotion in the person reading causes people to act out an action. This can be reposting to their story for their followers or sharing directly with their family members because they know they’ll appreciate the content. People like to share content that aligns with their values.

The power of storytelling

The rise of social media and apps such as TikTok during the pandemic saw a huge increase in people spending more time on their phones to stay connected to their family and friends. When was the last time you looked at your screen time?

With businesses, hospitality and other establishments closed down because of coronavirus, people wanted to stay connected more than ever.

What once was an app for teenagers showing off their best moves has exploded into a platform where social issues such as equality, diversity, and inclusion are spoken about daily. The pandemic, along with the rise of TikTok, opened up a platform for people to speak up and stand up for what they believe in.

A piece of content or a story that invokes an emotion in the person reading causes people to act out an action. This can be reposting to their story for their followers or sharing directly with their family members because they know they’ll appreciate the content. People like to share content that aligns with their values.

How Gen Z’s Values are Shaping the Content Industry

Companies know what products they sell but do they know the values that represent the business? The term “value statement” is used in marketing strategy because of its importance to the all-over success of a business. If you don’t know what your value statement is, start writing one.

One of the most important cohorts that are value-driven are Gen Z.

They are the first generation to grow up with the internet compared to Millennials and Gen X. 

This means they’re more clued in on what’s happening in the world and are more involved in social issues, not afraid to speak up on certain issues especially if it involves a business.

Gen Z’s values are centred around diversity, inclusion, equality, and sustainability. Fast fashion brands have come under fire for unethical labor practices and disregard for the environmental impact it has. They aren’t afraid to boycott a business if they fail to explain their reasoning behind unfavorable conditions. 

Stories captivate customers and build brands

Let’s look at some examples of businesses that have set the bar for having strong brand messaging and clear values.

Take a look at the image below. What’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Nike.

If you guessed correctly, then you know how powerful brand messaging can be. Coupled with their slogan “Just do it”, people KNOW who Nike is and what they stand for.

Collaborating with influential athletes such as Michael B. Jordan and Simone Biles and sharing inspiring and motivational stories of people who just DID it, people resonate with the brand and feel inspired. 

Nike is much more than a shoe company, they are a performance company that makes shoes as a way to inspire and enable people to perform at their very best

Overcoming challenges is a big part of life and people find this concept relatable, therefore, strengthening the relationship between Nike and its customers.

Understanding your audience

Jabra, one of our clients at GoViral, is another great example of having strong brand messaging and clear values. 

Their technology has evolved beyond the workplace to everywhere on the go. Changes in how people work after the pandemic pushed Jabra to adapt to the current situation. With many workplaces changing to remote or hybrid work, Jabra understood the difficulties that you encounter with technology.

Jabra understands exactly who their audience is and speaks directly to them about the problems they face. Not afraid to create something new and experiment with their technology, they are always seeking to improve to better serve their audience.

Now that we have learnt that traditional marketing is dead and how Gen Z are shaping the content industry, let’s dive into strategies to start creating content that will get people to buy. 


1. Craft your story

No business starts with loyal customers or high revenue returns. Every business started from the bottom and made its way to the top. That story is what gets people to buy.

What’s the businesses’ origin story? What values does the business believe in? What struggles did it encounter? What transformation or journey did your product or service bring you on?

2. Connect emotionally to your audience

Don’t tell them about the product. Tell them how it will make them feel. If we take a pair of headphones, no one is going to connect with the product if you tell me it has great sound. Go deeper than that.

Block the whole world out with our noise-canceling headphones to wind down after a stressful day at work… you get the point.

Give them an experience and how they will feel when they buy the product

3. Show, don’t tell.

A business can say its product is amazing but the consumer is in charge of making that decision. If a customer isn’t happy with a product, they aren’t going to shy away from speaking about it on social media. The product or service needs to help fix a problem. A skincare product that gets rid of acne. A pair of shoes with insoles that make you feel like you are walking on clouds. A jacket that feels like your grandparent’s hug.

Let the product speak for itself. Customers won’t have a problem telling everyone about the impact it had on them.

4. Call to action

Customers can resonate with your story and connect to the product but fail to act because they don’t know what the next step is. Be clear on what you want them to do. Whether it is subscribing to your product launch, attending an event, or making a purchase, there needs to be a clear call to action and a reason WHY.

GoViral conclusion

We can all learn something from Nike and Jabra regarding their strong brand messaging and clear values that resonate with their target audience. People don’t want to hear about the next product launch if it isn’t solving a problem for them. Get clear on what your business stands for and show up as that every time your audience sees you online. It’s harder to grab people’s attention but with strong brand messaging, your business will be top of mind for them. Don’t blend in, stand out amongst the crowd.

Contact GoViral Digital today to learn how our expertise in inbound marketing can enhance your brands presence and help tell your brands story.


Leveraging PPC Campaigns for Maximum Event Exposure

When hosting a large-scale event, gaining significant exposure to your target audience and attracting attendees are the top priorities. Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising is a powerful tool that amplifies your event’s visibility and boosts ticket sales effectively. Below we will discuss strategic tips and tactics for using PPC campaigns so you can ensure your event not only reaches but resonates with your target audience.  

PPC advertising offers a unique advantage in that it places your event in front of the right audience at the right time. With the ability to target specific demographics, interests, and geographical locations, PPC campaigns are tailored to speak directly to people most likely to be interested in your event. Effective PPC campaigns allow you to cut through the digital noise and reach potential attendees that drive both awareness and conversions. In the following sections, we explore how to utilize the full potential of PPC to create impactful campaigns that capture attention and convert leads into event attendees.

Define Clear Objectives

When launching a PPC campaign, it’s important to gain clarity on what you hope to achieve. For events, objectives and goals can range from increasing brand awareness to driving ticket sales or encouraging sign-ups for a webinar about the event. It’s important to set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals to guide your campaign structure and implementation.

Understand Your Audience

Detailed knowledge of your audience’s demographics, interests, and online behaviors will help you to create specifically targeted ads that have a much higher likelihood of conversion. Using data from past events, website analytics, and social media insights to build a comprehensive audience profile will help you to understand and choose your keyword selection, ad copy, and targeting options.

Choose the Right Platforms

There are several different PPC platforms and they all offer different advantages depending on your event type and target audience.

 Google Ads:

  • High intent targeting: Google Ads operates on the principle of search intent, meaning your ads appear to people actively searching for your product or service leading to higher conversion rates.
  • Vast reach: Google provides a vast reach online with millions of searches per day. This can significantly increase your visibility across a range of demographics.
  • Flexible budget options: With Google Ads, you’re able to adjust your budget based on your financial constraints and goals. With options like cost-per-click (CPC) or cost-per-thousand-impressions (CPM) pricing models, you can choose the campaign that best suites your objectives.
  • Robust analytics: Google Ads offers comprehensive analytics that help you track metrics, such as, clicks, impressions, and conversions.
  • Geotargeting capabilities: Because you can target your ads to specific geographic locations, you are also able to promote local events or segment your campaigns based on where your target audience lives for better accuracy.
  • Ad formats: Google Ads provides a variety of ad formats, including text ads, image ads, video ads, product listing ads, performance max, etc. All of these allow for versatile marketing strategies with the ability to test different content types to see what works best.

Social Media Ads:

  • Advanced targeting options: Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn offer precise targeting options based on user demographics, behaviors, interests, and connections.
  • Visual engagement: As social media is inherently visual, it is an excellent platform for engaging potential customers with eye-catching images, videos, and interactive content.
  • Brand engagement: Due to the nature of social media, two-way interaction between you and your audience allows for relationship and community building through increasing loyalty and engagement around the event.
  • Retargeting capabilities: Social media platforms excel at retargeting; this allows you to present ads to users who have visited your website but haven’t converted. This is a great way to remind those users about your event and encourage them to buy tickets, register, or book a demonstration.
  • Real-time adjustments: Social ads can be tweaked in real-time based on performance data and this allows for dynamic adjustments to maximize your campaign’s effectiveness.

 

Craft Compelling Ad Copy

While writing your ad copy, be sure you are clear, concise, and compelling. It’s important to include essential details about the event, such as what, when, and where, and make sure to highlight unique selling points that make your event unique. Using strong call-to-actions (CTAs) like “Register Now”, “Book Your Seat”, or “Get Tickets” drives urgency and improves conversion rates. Make sure to test different versions of the ad copy to see what resonates best with your target audience.

Utilize Engaging Visuals

As mentioned above, visual ad platforms like Facebook and Instagram use eye-catching graphics or videos which can significantly enhance your ad’s performance. When creating your ad visuals, ensure you’re appropriately reflecting the theme of the event and create an appeal to the emotions of potential attendees. Short, engaging videos, typically under one minute long, that give a sneak peek of the event highlights can be particularly effective.

Optimize for Keywords

When building out your PPC campaign, keyword optimization is vital for success. Ensure you conduct thorough keyword research to identify terms that potential attendees might use to find events like yours. Include event-specific keywords, such as “tech conferences in 2024” or “virtual marketing summit” and broader terms that relate to the industry or interests aligned with your event. Using negative keywords is also beneficial to prevent your ads from appearing in irrelevant searches, which in turn saves your budget for more qualified leads.

Implement Geo-Targeting

Geo-targeting allows you to tailor your PPC campaigns to reach people in specific locations when you have physical events. For global events, you could consider targeting key cities or regions where your potential attendees are based. For virtual events, you can target a broader geographic area but focus on regions with a higher concentration of your target audience.

Set a Smart Bidding Strategy

PPC platforms offer a variety of bidding strategies that can help you maximize returns on your ad spend. Automated bidding strategies like “Maximize Conversions” in Google Ads can optimize your bids in real-time to get the most conversions for your budget. It’s important to regularly review and adjust your bids based on how your ads and campaigns are performing so you ensure optimal results.

Track and Analyze Performance

Tracking and analyzing your results is crucial to understanding the effectiveness of your PPC campaigns. Set up tracking for key conversion points, such as registration completions or ticket purchases and use analytics to monitor which ads are performing well and why and adjust your strategies accordingly. Doing this will not only help you optimize ongoing campaigns, but it will also provide valuable insights for future event marketing strategies.

Conclusion

PPC campaigns are a dynamic tool that seeks to maximize exposure and drive attendance for all variations of events. Understanding your audience, crafting targeted ads, and continuously optimizing based on ad performance allows you to significantly enhance the reach and success of your global events. As you prepare for your next big event, integrate these PPC strategies to not only meet but exceed your marketing objectives, ensuring your event gets the attendance it deserves!

Are you ready to boost your event’s visibility with powerful PPC campaigns? Whether you’re new to PPC or looking to enhance your existing campaigns, GoViral is here to help! If you have any questions or need more information on how to effectively leverage PPC for maximum event exposure, don’t hesitate to reach out.


Contact GoViral Digital today to learn how our expertise can bring PPC campaigns and event management to the next level.


GoViral Case Study: Timing PPC Campaigns for In-Person Events

A common question among marketers: how far in advance should I advertise an in-person event? When should I start using my PPC advertising budget? At GoViral we’re committed to learning from experience, so let’s take a look at the numbers from three recent events.

When Should I Start Advertising an In-Person Event?

Over the past few years we’ve helped one of our clients, a global leader in business and consumer electronics, advertise their presence at in-person industry events. 

When our client attends these events, they want the best bang for their buck. Their end goal is leads. Getting face time with existing and potential customers is invaluable.

But even priceless marketing activities are limited by budget. Regardless of your budget’s size, you need to think carefully about how and when to spend it. So let’s take a look at lead time. How far in advance of an event do we see results for booking in-person meetings?

Our Results from Three Recent Events

For each of our three most recent events, we launched our PPC campaign at a different point in advance of the event date. One campaign started 17 weeks before, one 4 weeks, and one just 3 weeks before the start of the event.

Keeping in mind that we define a lead as someone who schedules a meeting with our client during the event, here are the results of total number of leads acquired by campaigns of varying lengths.

As you can see, we acquired more leads with a shorter timeline ahead of the event. In other words, more time did not translate to more leads.

Furthermore, the Cost Per Acquisition (CPA) decreased as the lead time decreased. How much did we spend to acquire each lead? Considerably more when we started earlier.

Takeaways for Advertising Events with a PPC Campaign

Our overall takeaway? Don’t assume advertising an in-person event earlier means your results will be better.

There are other factors besides the timeline to consider, of course. But one thing is clear from our results: most of our leads for in-person events were acquired in the three weeks immediately before the event.

Our experience has shown that PPC campaigns for in-person events can find success even when limited to the month leading up to the event, and in fact we have had most success acquiring leads during that time.

Further Considerations 

As with all marketing advice, your mileage may vary. Consider your specific situation and make strategic decisions accordingly.

Maybe your event requires early registration, or maybe there’s a competing event in a different city on the same dates. In those cases, you might want to start earlier.

Remember that a marketing campaign requires careful planning, including consideration of the buyer’s journey and other factors specific to your business.

However, if you find yourself starting your advertising efforts just a few weeks before your event, don’t despair! There’s still time to get results.


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Best Practices for Email Marketing

What is Email Marketing?

Email marketing is still the most effective marketing channel, leaving behind newer marketing channels like social media. 

Data suggests that the number of email users increases every year, making it is a great way to generate more leads for your business and build a community for your brand. This is why email marketing should be the key pillar of your strategy. 

Serving a purpose in the buyer journey, emails can be promotional or informational. You can announce special offers, new products, sales or discounts with a clear call-to-action (CTA) through promotional emails. 

Informational emails are typically company announcements, newsletters, etc. Imagine your company reached a milestone or there are some issues with shipping, the best way to reach your contacts at once is through an email. 

But if you’re confused about where to begin, that’s absolutely normal. We’ve put together a list of best practices for email marketing to spruce up your emails. 

Don’t Buy Contact Lists

Well, the reason behind this is two-fold. First is the GDPR. These regulations restrict marketers to send emails to unsubscribed consumers. 

Secondly, there is no point in sending emails to a person whose contact you bought rather than an interested customer through a previous interaction. You will see the results drop instantly. 

Clean Your Mail List Regularly

Following the previous point, it is equally important to review your subscribers and remove the ones who haven’t engaged with your emails for a long time. We know it could be extremely satisfying to see a huge senders list, but sending out emails to non-engaged users will affect the open rate.

The key is to analyse your campaign quality against your loyal customer base.

Personalise Greetings

How often do you come across an email that reads, “Dear Member”?

Terms like members, subscribers, VIP or others should be for internal use. Using a personalised greeting gets the attention of the reader right away. And you don’t need to write 50 names and send out 50 emails manually anymore. Marketing tools help configure the greeting and automatically send the emails to the names on your list. 

Incentivise the Subject Line

Want to increase your open rates? Include the offer in your subject line. 

Free shipping”, “$25 off on your first purchase” or “Earn referral bonus” are examples of some incentive focussed subject lines that could work wonders. 

Great practice for subject lines is to keep it between 30 to 50 characters. Why? Email services often cut off lengthy subject lines and your readers won’t be able to read it fully without opening it. 

You aren’t writing a story in the subject line; create a sense of urgency for them.

Make your CTA the Hero

If your user has to scroll down to find the main message and CTA of your email, chances are you’ve already lost him. 

Research suggests that 57% of the time is spent on above-the-fold content which is the information that’s visible to readers before they scroll down. To increase your conversion rate, the first thing your recipient should see is the main message and CTA. 

Email Signature and Logo - A Must

41% of marketers said they use email signatures for branding and visibility. 

Even if you are sending an email to all contacts in the database on behalf of your company, it should include a signature of a specific person. The reason for this is to there is a human behind the email. People tend to read emails more when they see it is from a person rather than the marketing team. 

The chances of a customer making a purchase goes up 34% when logos are included. The best way to leverage it is to include your company logo in the email signature.

Build a Cohesive Look

Your webpage should match the emails – headline, copy, and look. Consistency is the key to email marketing. 

The look and feel of your emails shouldn’t be far different from your other assets like the website, landing page, social ads, etc. Not only does it help build your brand visibility, but it also increases trust in your customers. 

Say No to “No-Reply” Emails

What is the point of your email marketing campaign if your customers can’t even interact with you when you send them promotional materials? Personally, I don’t even bother to open emails with the words “no reply” or if the sender’s address is noreply@xyz.com

As previously mentioned, your customers are far more likely to open an email when they see it is from a human being. Marketing tools allow you to set automated emails from a specific email address. Set it to your first name to give your emails a human touch

There you have it! You can use the above practices to add a competitive edge to your email marketing campaigns. 

Marketers today have many channels to promote their business, but the challenge is learning how to prioritise your efforts for the best results. 


Want to prepare an email marketing campaign for your business? Contact us to learn more.


How to Grow Your Brand’s Following on LinkedIn

Recently, LinkedIn decided that the Stories feature is not for their platform. The announcement to shut down the feature by the end of September was made on the company’s official blog on August 30th. 

Stories were first made famous by Snapchat, and soon Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn followed suit. Stories refer to short video content that automatically gets deleted after 24 hours. LinkedIn’s decision to remove Stories came after Twitter shut down its Fleets feature in July. 

In one year, LinkedIn tried different methods to boost promoting Stories feature to all users. They even published themed Stories curated by their own teams only to fill the Stories bar for the users. However, nothing helped push users to use the feature more often. The temporary nature of the feature was the reason users kept away from it. So they decided to ditch the feature. Instead, LinkedIn plans to pivot to short-form, rich interactive videos. They are also looking for ways to bring audio to their platforms with groups or events. This will give users more ways to connect with each other.

But, does all this mean that the Stories format, in general, is not popular anymore? The answer is NO! Video is taking over other social media platforms and should be an integral part of your social media strategy. Instagram recently announced that they are not a photo-sharing app anymore. Stories are getting hugely popular on Instagram while Tiktok is gaining traction for marketers. Seems like people want certain formats on certain platforms. All in all, it was a great experiment for LinkedIn. They know that Stories is not the way to go for them, but it also led them to re-focus their vision to find a tool that their users actually want to use to promote their services or products. 

But if Stories isn’t working on LinkedIn, then how to grow your brand’s following without it? While we wait for LinkedIn to launch their short-form video format, we bring you some tips that will help gain an edge and grow your business on the platform. 

Here are some expert tips on how to grow your brand following on LinkedIn:

Boost Credibility of Your LinkedIn Page

To stand out from the rest, your LinkedIn page needs to represent your brand in the best way possible. Professionals mostly rely on LinkedIn pages for acquiring brand information and having a weak LinkedIn page instantly makes the user lose interest in your company. Some of the best practices to drive growth to your page are:

  • Fill in all Company information

Did you know that a page with complete information gets 30% more weekly views? From logo, to key terms, and a call to action (CTA), don’t miss filling out any information.

  • Encourage people to follow

Push your first-degree connections to check out your page and follow it by sending out regular invites.

  • Engage in conversation

Join conversations on LinkedIn, invite others in, go on live chats, share @mentions of your company are a few ways that allows you to build a deeper connection with your audience. 

  • Leverage on your employees content

Take advantage of your employees’ content to drive traffic to your page by adding “My Company tab”. This not only gives your brand more credibility, but also lets your employees show their voice in their own way. 

Establish Thought Leadership

Want to know the quickest way to elevate your brand image? Posting thought leadership articles! Thought leadership has evolved from being a fluff piece that fills in your social feed to an influential factor in brand reputation. Thought leadership is a powerful way to connect with your audience through a consistent voice and vision. 

You can set goals and expectations for thought leadership and through views, you can witness an instant rise in your reputation, demand generation, market consideration and engagement. Make sure to check out Edelman’s Flywheel of Thought Leadership. It will help you create a thought leadership vision that catches the eye of executives and top decision makers. 

Increase Customer Engagement

Gone are the days of your generic sales pitch! B2B customers today want the brands to connect with them on a personal level. It is vital that you understand your buyer personas, and how your product/services are going to bring their problems to an end. 

If you are still unsure about your customers’ needs, you can consider hosting a LinkedIn event or a discussion which focuses on them, instead of your product/services. Straight from the horse’s mouth!

Show your creativity to stand out

Taking a page from the B2C playbook, B2B marketing is upping the game lately.  They are leaving no stone unturned to connect with the users on an emotional level to influence their decisions. 

To make people stop scrolling, you need to be creative, interactive and eye-catching. Carousel ads and Conversion ads give you the opportunity to create engaging content while showcasing your visual storytelling skills. Recycle your content to get the most out of it. Turning articles into videos or infographics is another fool-proof way to stick out.

Make most of LinkedIn Insights

If you are a marketer, you should make LinkedIn Reporting and Analytics your new best friend! Data is the best tool that tells how to harness the power of analytics and work around your marketing strategy. It helps you understand the effectiveness of your campaigns. It leads you in the right direction for achieving the best results in the future and how to stay ahead of the pack. 

Maximise Objectives with Ads

No social media strategy is complete without ads. To reap the most benefit out of content on LinkedIn, marketers are boosting it through paid promotion. In fact, 80% of B2B marketers invest in their content marketing strategy on LinkedIn.

Adding ads to your regular marketing strategy not only brings more traffic to your page but also drives the three components of inbound marketing: attract, engage and delight. Reports suggest that ads make brands look more professional and respectable.

Marketers need to be on their toes and keep themselves updated with the latest updates on different platforms. Your social media strategy should be aligned with these changes and keep evolving. This gives us more opportunities to grow and achieve more success than ever.


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How to Write a Script for Your Brand Promotional Video

So you’ve decided to make a promotional video for your brand? We approve! The first step is writing a really great script.  

Given that social video is dominating digital marketing trends in 2021, there’s no better time than now to use video to promote your brand. After all, customers can’t become interested in your brand if they don’t understand what you’re offering them or how it will help them. Videos are an excellent tool to educate potential buyers about your products and services in a fun, visual, and potentially interactive way. 

However, before you can even start creating your video, first you have to write the script. Not only is this an opportunity to collect your thoughts, but it also creates the blueprint to help guide the rest of your creation process. Your script needs to be concise, relevant, and attention-grabbing. This is essential. If your message in the script isn’t on point, no amount of post-production will be able to redeem your video. 

Many people feel the sweat drip from their brow when they hear they need to write. It doesn’t always come naturally, and even the best of writers sometimes struggle to find the words. But, if you find yourself staring at a blank screen for hours, the tips and tricks in this article might just help you break free of writer’s block. 

Getting Started

Before you dive into writing your script, there are some questions you should ask yourself that can help guide your messaging to better communicate with your audience.

1. Who is your target audience?

The key to any marketing or digital communication campaign is to know your target audience (also known as buyer personas) well. Is your target audience business owners, influencers, students, parents? Male or female? What do they do? How do they consume content?

Well, the tone, language, and visuals used in your video will need to be aligned to match their interests. The better you know your target audience, the easier it will be to write a script that will lead your viewers to take action. 

2. What does your target audience need?

Once you know who your target audience is, it’s time to define their needs. By identifying their problems, you can better portray how your product or service can meet their needs. 

3. What message do you want to send?

What do you want your audience to remember about your brand? What is the unique selling proposition (USP) of your product or service? What does your brand stand for? Does it offer a solution to their problems? What does your brand promise to do? 

Answering these questions should be the heart of your script. 

4. What comes next after watching the video?

No video is complete without a call to action (CTA). With no CTA, your audience will simply watch your video, then do nothing – you want to guide them to the next step in the buyer journey.

A few examples of a CTA would be “book an appointment,” “visit our website,” “subscribe to our channel,” etc. A clear CTA will not only help create a lasting impression on the minds of viewers but also provide instructions on what their next action should be. 

Now that your homework is done, it’s time to write your script. 

Here are some rules to write an engaging script for your promotional video. 

Outline Your Script

First and foremost, it’s important to structure your ideas in a logical way. The goal is to demand the viewer’s attention and make it last until the end of the video. So, always start with a catchy introduction, dig deeper with your message and finish with an impressive conclusion

A good script usually:

  • Addresses your audience’s issues/needs at the very beginning of the video so they relate to it and stop scrolling to watch further
  • Convinces your audience why you are the best solution to their problems and demonstrates what sets you apart from your competitors
  • Concludes with a CTA that leads the audience to take further action. Never forget that the end of the video is as important as the introduction

Pay Attention to the Opening Sequence

No doubt that there’s abundant content on the internet for audiences to consume. The world of social media is quickly moving to video, but you only have a few seconds to capture your viewers’ attention before they scroll on to the next video. Therefore, your opening sequence is important. 

Here are a few ways to get your audience interested:

  • Intrigue them with some suspenseful opening, reaction sounds, or captivating visuals
  • Ask them questions like “Did you know…,” “Have you ever..,” etc.
  • Start with some interesting yet unknown facts that are relevant to your brand

Tell a Story

Remember the goal of your video is not only to make the audience watch it until the end, but it also needs to be memorable. There’s a simple yet effective way to do it… through storytelling of course! Telling stories through videos helps make a brand more relatable and engaging for potential customers. Plus, who doesn’t like a good story?

Here are some tips to perfect your storytelling:

  • Make sure your video has a clear beginning, middle, and end so it is easy for your audience to follow.
  • Focus on emotions–the audience might forget the words in your script but they won’t forget how the video made them feel.
  • Write like how you speak to personalise your message and connect with the audience instantly. Don’t be afraid to be less formal. 

Add Visual Aids

Did you know that 85% of Facebook videos are watched without a sound? Visuals are equally important as your script and serve as a great tool to segment your video and keep your audience engaged. 

Your visual aids should be simple and informative. That being said, don’t force visuals in the video just for the sake of doing so. They should complement what the script is saying without distracting the audience. Try to write a script that naturally and seamlessly creates opportunities to use visuals. Never write the script first and then look for places to incorporate visuals. 

“Close” with a Call to Action

Writing a perfect intro is how you get your audiences intrigued about your product or service, but it could actually hurt your brand more if the video doesn’t have the right outro. If you don’t close your video correctly, the impact your video created won’t last, and the best outro is nothing but a good CTA

What do you want your audience to do after watching the video? What do you want them to walk away with? Whatever it may be, make sure to communicate it directly and clearly. 

Video marketing plays a major role in digital marketing in modern times, and writing a script for high-quality videos takes a lot of time and planning. But, now that you have the knowledge, you’re ready to go write scripts for some amazing videos. 


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5 Things to Know When Learning Facebook Ads

The world of Facebook advertising can seem overwhelming at first. With over 1,000 different targeting options, 11 objectives to choose from, and all the different ad formats available, it’s no wonder the internet is going crazy on how to crack the code to Facebook advertising.

1. Understand what goes into setting up an ad

First things first, you have to know the different components of an ad.

Step #1: Set your Objective.

Your objective is the result you want to get from your ad, and selecting the correct one will help you meet your goals. Facebook currently has 11 different ad objectives you can choose from.

  • Brand awareness
  • Reach
  • Traffic
  • Engagement
  • App installs
  • Video views
  • Lead generation
  • Messages
  • Conversions
  • Catalogue sales
  • Store Visits

Step #2: Select your Audience.

Ahhh, targeting. This is where things can get complicated. Facebook allows you to select dynamic targeting parameters for your ads such as age, location, language, interests, demographics, behaviors, and more.  

Step #3: Choose Ad Placement.

This is where you decide where you want your ad to be seen.  You can choose to allow Facebook to use automatic placements, or you can determine them yourself.

Some placements include News Feed, Instagram, Messenger, Audience Network, Video Feed, Stories, and more. You can even choose to target your ads to desktop or mobile devices based on what you know about your audience!

Step #4: Set your Budget.

This is where you decide how much you’re going to spend on your ad. First enter how long you want the ad to run, then you can enter a daily budget: an amount Facebook will allocate toward your ad each day; or a lifetime budget: an amount Facebook will allocate toward your ad throughout the entire time it runs. Learn more about the different ways to use your budget here.

Step #5: Format your Ad.

This is where you can get creative and choose what your ad is going to look like. Facebook offers a variety of ways you can play with the design of your ads with images, videos, and copy, which you can play with according to the ad placements you selected. 

After you’re satisfied with these 5 steps, now you’re ready to launch your ad! But, it’s important to understand…

2. There is no secret formula for success. 

After launching your ads, you’re not quite done yet. Unfortunately, success in Facebook advertising is not black and white. We often see many businesses new to Facebook ads get discouraged when they don’t hit conversion goals immediately. Well, we’re here to tell you this is normal. With all the different options for targeting, formatting, budgeting, and so on, it’s impossible to know what’s going to work without testing.

Be prepared to play around with different targeting, ad copy, images, and placements until you find what works for your audience. There’s a lot that goes into it! But, one step that will make launching successful, converting Facebook ads will be way easier is identifying your buyer personas. This will give you the best possible understanding of what your audience might be looking for, and how to reach them through your targeting.

A/B Testing

A/B testing allows you to run multiple different ads under the same campaign while directly comparing results. You can compare different images, headlines, copy, placements, and even targeting, and Facebook will show you what your audience responds to more! Trust us, this is a game-changer.

In summary, you need to constantly be testing, measuring, and optimising your ads. You can’t simply launch some to the world and leave them for a week. Well, unless you want to waste a lot of money.

3. Use retargeting.

Ever heard the theory that on average, a customer needs to see an ad at least three times before they convert? Retargeting new ads to people who have already engaged with your brand is one of the biggest missed opportunities we see for people new to Facebook Ads. 


Facebook allows you the option to retarget ads to people who have already clicked on your ad, liked your page, visited your website, etc by setting up Custom Audiences

For example, if someone clicks on one of your ads leading to a blog post on your website, they can be filtered into a custom audience of people who have taken similar action. Next time you run an ad, you can make it sales-focused and target it to all of the people in your custom audience. 

Guess who’s going to be more willing to buy from your brand? Someone who has never seen or heard of your brand before, or someone you have already reached through your content? See where we’re going with this?

Using content marketing and retargeting features are how you turn clicks into real conversions and sales.

4. Determine a good method of tracking your ads.

Take it from us, it’s really easy to start playing around with different types of ads, tweaking small things here and there, and then all of the sudden you see a change and don’t know what started working. 

How do you know if your ad is really working? Well, it depends on what your goal is (more on this in another article soon). Luckily, Facebook Ads Manager has a ton of built-in Ads Reporting tools that allow you to create, customize, export, share and schedule reports on your ad performance based on a set of parameters that you choose. You can look at how many clicks an ad gets, how many impressions it left, cost per click, and tons more. If this is too overwhelming at first, AdEspresso is a great tool to help analyze your campaigns.

5. Always be ready to learn.

“Always be learning” is actually one of GoViral’s 8 Company Ethos (Check out the full list here). It’s important to never be stagnant in your know-how, because if one thing is for certain, it’s that the latest trends and rules of digital marketing are constantly changing-and Facebook advertising is no different. Facebook is constantly refining and changing its rules, policies, and algorithms, adding new functions to Ads Manager, etc.

For example: Recently, Facebook posted that they will be putting a greater emphasis on building community through Facebook Groups. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the addition of advertising for Facebook Groups sometime in 2021.

To keep up with the latest changes, we recommend setting Google Alerts, following Facebook Community for real-time updates, and subscribing to newsletters from trusted sources. Some of our favorites are Social Media Examiner, and Hubspot

 

So, be patient, be willing to try new things, and always be ready to learn.


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