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12 Ways to Successfully Market to Gen Z by Leveraging Social Media

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As entrepreneurs and businesses are always on the look out for new ways to make money and target demographic audiences, it’s important to always think about the next generation of young adults that are just waiting around the corner. Described as the country’s first fully digital generation and typically made up of consumers under the age of 20, Generation Z holds an impressive combined purchasing power of $44 billion, making it a promising market for any brand hoping to thrive in the near future. Yet marketing to this generation can be problematic for many businesses, especially those still keen on more traditional ways of engaging with their audience.

Like millennials before them, Gen Z consumers prefer to make their purchases in brick-and-mortar stores, according to an Accenture study. But social media has the biggest impact on their shopping choices, with two out of three Gen Z members interested in buying via social channels directly. A perfect example of this would be the world of fashion and how so many individuals are creating their own style and fashion followings of their own through social platforms like Instagram. However, it’s not just about social. It’s also happening with online content as well. Take a look at these top social media fashion bloggers and see how they are not only growing a following online but also making some serious money and growing their own brands in the process. If this is something of interest to you, be sure to check out this fashion blogging guide on how you can get started with a blog of your own.

Below, 12 entrepreneurs from YEC share their insights on how marketers and brands can leverage social media to successfully appeal to the growing Gen Z customer base.

1. Tailor Your Content

Creating the right content for the demographic is key to reaching and resonating. Every channel that has your audience on it has the potential to be useful in growing your consumer base. So for Gen Z, channels such as Snapchat and Instagram are obvious initial options. Good content will transcend channel. Paying attention to what your audience likes is the key to reaching Gen Z or any group.

Brennan White, Cortex

2. Let Them Take the Lead

We see a lot of brands swing and miss when it comes to trying to connect with younger people on social media. I think one of the best ways to approach people is to not force it. People can tell when a brand is trying too hard from a mile away. Instead let them take the lead, see what they want, the language they use, the sites they visit and what goes viral, and work around that in a more genuine way.

Sean Ogle, Location Rebel

3. Focus on Video Sharing Apps

Gen Z is increasingly visual and loves telling the stories of their lives with video, as well as hanging out with video hangout apps. Facebook and Twitter may not appeal to them; instead, focus on Instagram and Snapchat where you can create more “genuine” experiences and interact with them at their level. Apps such as Houseparty will probably become increasingly popular.

Marcela De Vivo, Brilliance

4. Reach Them on Multiple Platforms

Most people today are active on multiple devices and platforms but this is especially true of Generation Z. You should assume that they are active with email, text messages, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and other social media sites. It’s not enough to just have their email address, for example. In order to communicate with them, it’s best if you can reach out to them in as many ways as possible.

Kalin Kassabov, ProTexting

5. Use Social to Get Hyper Local

Gen Z customers are both hyper-connected and crave in-person experiences. The biggest opportunity companies have is to appeal to their user base by figuring out where their largest fan bases are located and creating pop-up events that surprise and delight. Aside from the lift in loyalty, events create a lot of content that’s typically shared, which will help boost social media following.

Mark Krassner, Expectful

6. Use Digital Brand Ambassadors

Generation Z is perhaps the first wave of consumer that is truly, fully native to the digital landscape. As a result, Gen Z can be quick to tune out messages that don’t stand out. The best way to their hearts is by leveraging brand ambassadors online. If someone they already follow and admire is sincerely singing your praises, Gen Z will be much more likely to give you a second look.

Ryan Wilson, FiveFifty

7. Showcase Experiences

Gen Z members, as well as millennials, prefer experiences to hard product sells. Even if you’re a product company, use video and photos on social media to showcase how your products can enhance a travel, dining or unique experience.

Adelyn Zhou, TOPBOTS

8. Don’t Try Too Hard

There’s no use trying to “fit in with the kids” on social media. They’ll notice if you’re using their jargon wrong or trying too hard to be one of them. Say what you need to say in simple, short terms and cater your posts to the audience you always market to. Every generation is on social media.

Kevin Conner, BroadbandSearch

9. Create Hundreds of Unique Ad Sets

Generic advertising is increasingly less effective, especially on social media. Younger audiences respond very well to ads that appear to be tailored specifically to them. Facebook ads allow you to target hyper-niche groups with unique ad copy that will help your message feel extra personal.

Nicholas Haase, Startup Drugz

10. Specialize in the Unusual

You have to think two generations ahead. That means developing attractive, engaging and unconventional content with relevant subject matter. It could be opposing or comparing social issues, trends, fashion, technology and business. Creating strategic topics with searchable keywords will also help.

Patrick Barnhill, Specialist ID, Inc.

11. Remember, Looks Are Everything

Generation Z will judge your brand based on appearance. What does this mean? Gen Z members will instantly devalue your brand if your site looks outdated, isn’t responsive, or you don’t have an established social presence. Because of their visual instinct, Instagram and Snapchat are two of the top social platforms for brands to share their story and grab the attention of the elusive Gen Z.

Duran Inci, Optimum7

12. Sell Directly on Social Media

Now that you can make payments directly through Facebook and Snapchat, use it to offer your products and services so that your audience can make an immediate purchase rather than making them take more time to navigate elsewhere.

Angela Ruth, Calendar

Are You Ready for Generation Z?

If you were to look at some of the most successful businesses and brands over the last several decades, you will find many that made a great portion of their earnings off an individual Generation set. With the internet now fully accessible around the world and mobile devices in everyone’s hands, targeting such an audience is now easier than ever before. If you enjoyed this expert round up, I recommend you also take a look at our previous ones on how to form a partnership in business and ten ways to grow your brand as your business grows.

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Struggling to Get Instagram Followers? Use These 6 Proven Strategies

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Instagram is one of the hottest social media platforms on the internet. With a focus on visuals and video, there is really no surprise that everyone is flocking to the social app that is owned by Facebook, and continues to put up brilliant numbers every month.

Not only is the platform fun and exciting for their users, but also for advertisers and brands on Instagram as well. With their advantaged targeting options, and billions of users from around the world — it’s a win-win-win situation for users, advertisers, and of course, Facebook.

Even with all of these benefits in place, there are still going to be some obstacles and lessons to be learned along the way. If you’re struggling to increase your Instagram followers and likes, that doesn’t mean you should completely give up on including Instagram as part of your social media strategy. It just means you need to adjust your approach so you can tap into the network of more than one billion monthly active users who are ready and willing to consume your content.

Use Automation

Instagram automation platforms, also known as Instagram bots, are designed to handle getting followers for you. Simply pick some usernames that seem like they are part of your target audience, along with hashtags you’d like to follow, and let the bot take over for you. You can also use the bot to handle unfollowing the people who don’t follow you back within a few days, so you can strike a good balance or ratio between followers and those you are following.

You can use automation to like posts, too, which should help automatically increase your following. And certain platforms make it possible to automatically post your Instagram photos to your account so you can keep a steady flow of new content coming in for your audience. Though it’s possible to automate comments and direct messages for engagement, there are many who caution against it because you want your engagement to be as authentic as possible.

Steal from the Competition

Take a look at the accounts you’re competing with. They’ve definitely got the same type of followers you’re looking for – so why not take advantage of that and look through the people who are following them. Use your automation tools to start following people from the competition’s accounts, and you’ll see that many of them will follow you back – as long as you’ve got the kind of content that will keep them interested.

By piggybacking off the work your competitors have done building their following, you can put yourself in a better position to compete with them much quicker than if you completely ignore this option.

Pay Attention to Your Posting Times

When you don’t have much of a following, you’ll just have to pick a random posting time, then pay attention to your Instagram Analytics to see how much of an audience you reached. That is, unless, you make use of generalized data available from other sources. This article from ShareThis highlights data from various sources to indicate the best days and times to post your content for maximum engagement.

Mondays and Thursdays are the best days to post any time of the day, other than between 3 and 4 pm. Some brands do well during the Monday morning commute, between the hours of 8 am and 9 am. Video content, however, should be posted between the hours of 9 pm and 8 am, because it seems people would rather watch those from home than the office.

But, depending on which study or data you use, you may find inconsistencies. For instance, another study found that Wednesdays between 2 am and 5 pm EST is the best time to post, while another found that you’ll get the most engagement on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays at 5:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m., and Fridays at 5:00 a.m.

That’s why it’s important to experiment on your own, because your audience and niche may account for variations from this average or standard timing. As time goes on, you’ll be able to notice specific patterns as you vary the time of day you post.

Ideally, you should be posting at a time when most of your audience is online and there to interact with your post as soon as it goes live on your profile. The more interaction you get within the short amount of time after it posts live, the better the chance you have at landing on the Instagram Explore tab, which can help you explode your following, too.

Research and Use Hashtags

Hashtags are used to categorize content across Instagram and make it easier for people to find content based on topics. You’re allowed to use up to 30 hashtags per photo/video and encouraged to use them to make your content reach a wider audience. Research hashtags to see what kind of content is there – you don’t want to accidentally make a hashtag mistake or use a banned hashtag – and make sure there’s not so much activity your content will get lost quickly.

Use a variety of hashtags and see which ones appear to be bringing you the most traffic. Use a mix of general, brand specific (you create those!) and niche specific hashtags for good measure.

Geotag Photos for Improved Local Discovery

You can attach a location to each one of your photos and videos, which can help boost local discovery. This is particularly helpful for businesses that want to do local marketing. People search for content based on their location when they are looking for something to do where they are, or planning a vacation to an area.

Run a Contest

One surefire way to increase your likes and follows is to run a contest. Not only will this increase your following, but it will also help increase your brand awareness, which is key for gaining customers. Choose the type of contest you want to run, create a hashtag, choose a prize, set the duration and the rules, then promote the heck out of it, give away the prize, announce the winner, and repeat.

Using any one of these methods will definitely help you see an uptick in your follower count. Using more than one, or all of these methods – which you can do all at the same time, will speed up your results, allowing you to cover more ground in a shorter period of time.

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3 Simple, Yet Effective Paid Facebook Ads Strategies for Beginners

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Social media is everywhere. Whether it’s Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or any of the smaller platforms in between, it’s become one of the most effective ways to build a following, reach new audiences and also putting marketing dollars to good use.

That is… if you know what methods to use, and which others to stay away from.

While the concept of social media marketing is nothing new, don’t forget that millions of new people are going online for the first time, and thousands of entrepreneurs are launching businesses online for the first time — both of which are going to want to get active with social media.

If you want to reach new audiences and generate leads, paid social is the channel you need to be using. But without the right training, paid social can be a tough medium to crack. If you’re new to paid advertising, there are some important things you are going to need to know.

One such example is the clear difference between Facebook Ads and Google Adsense, which might not be so clear to newbie marketers or anyone going live with their first online ad campaign. Neil Patel does an excellent job in explaining the differences between the two in the video below.

Facebook Ads vs. Google Ads is just one example of something that should be obvious to marketers and site owners before spending money online and playing around with social media. Here are a few other tips, tricks, and marketing methods to consider as well.

Boost Posts

If you already have a Facebook page set up for your business, then the easiest place to get started with paid advertising is by posting your top performing posts. This tactic requires minimal effort and training, and will help expand your reach beyond your existing fan base on Facebook.

There has been some debate for many years now on which advertising method is best; Boosts vs. Promoted Posts. However, for most brands and site owners that spent money on ‘boost’ campaigns, they usually didn’t see the ROI they were looking for.

To implement this strategy, take a look at your Facebook post timeline and identify organic top-performing posts – posts that got a lot of engagement (likes and clicks) naturally. Select the “Boost Post” option in the lower right hand corner. From there, you can select a goal for your boosting, like Engagement or Website Visits, and also do some audience targeting to reach new people. You can choose Location, Age and Gender to help Facebook find the right people to show your post to.  

“Boosting” a post is extremely easy and you can make it fit any budget. However, just because it’s easy, it doesn’t mean you should do it. A better example would be to still use Facebook, but to focus more on custom audiences, remarketing, and targeting your ads towards existing mailing list subscribers and site visitors — which are all possible through the Facebook Ads platform.

Try a Link Ad

Link Ads are one of the easiest Facebook ads to set up for beginners. These types of ads look like a regular Facebook post that you posted to your Facebook page’s timeline, and will help you reach people who aren’t your fans. This type of ad works best for driving traffic to a blog post or a landing page.

The benefit here isn’t just that they are easy to set up, it’s also that they blend in with the regular content on Facebook Ads, which allows marketers to see much better results and engagement if they are willing to put in the time and effort. You can see an example of one of these ads below, and also explore the many other types of ads on Facebook here.

To set up this ad you will need to create: ad copy (post copy, link title, link description), image, call to action and a link.

Experiment with Video

Facebook is becoming more and more of a video platform, so, especially if video is already a part of your marketing strategy, you should experiment with Video Ads on Facebook. Videos are a unique and memorable way to reach new audiences. Videos also autoplay in the Newsfeed, which increases the likelihood of users seeing and absorbing your content.

Video is so attractive right now because everyone is consuming it. For brands with a lot of money to spend, Facebook Video Ads are perfect for not just increased branding, but also real views, engagement, and ROI as well. Take a look at some of the most active brands using online video through Facebook Ads.

When you set up a Video Ad, make sure you set up a call to action (like Learn More, Buy Now, etc) at the end of your video through the Power Editor. In addition, make sure you include subtitles, as many Facebook videos are watched without sound.

Set up Retargeting

Once you start running Facebook ads, your site will start receiving more traffic. You want to make sure you’re taking advantage of this traffic and these new visits, and a great way to do this is by implementing retargeting. Retargeting captures the digital information of your site visitors, and then follows their “digital footprint” around the web so you can continue to serve them ads and stay top of mind. So if they don’t convert on their first visit to your site, you drastically increase their chances of converting down the road.

Retargeting is now being used by more businesses and brands today than ever below. This Facebook Advertising Agency in London had the following to say about Facebook Ads and the continued support for retargeting campaigns:

“If you’re looking for exposure, Facebook is hard to beat. On a daily basis, you’ve got access to over 1 billion users – with a lavish spread of demographics within. What’s more, the average Facebook user checks the service five times or more during their day – so it’s the perfect platform for building brand awareness. Facebook allows advertisers to create custom audiences for their paid campaigns. Often, this will mean people retarget users who have expressed a prior interest – or have signed up to email marketing. Your advertising can now follow your customer’s online footsteps. Traffic leaving your page or site no longer represents a missed opportunity either – with Facebook retargeting, it could be the first part of a person’s journey toward becoming a customer – and can be exceptionally powerful when tied to your broader SEO, PPC and social campaigns.”

While this might not make perfect sense to a new marketer or brand setting up their first ad campaign, it will after a few quick examples. You can also take a look at the retargeting graph below to see a visual on how this multi-step process works.

Retargeting can be a bit trickier to set up, so be sure to research a few resources online and walk through the steps to make sure your Facebook Ads account, pixel placements, and ad copies are all in place for optimal testing and ROI.

How to Grow Your Business and Brand through Paid Social Media Efforts

With more than a billion active sites on the internet today, and more than three billion users spread across social media, it’s important to know what you are doing before getting started. This is true with all online advertising and anything that requires a decent amount of investment.

Be sure to run through each of the Facebook Ads methods above, and also consider these expert social media tips.

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Want to Get Famous on Social Media? Famoid Can Help.

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Social media users across the globe are preoccupied with getting more visibility. If you use social media to promote your business, increasing your traction on social media is even more important. Finding ways to increase visibility can pay lasting dividends for your online branding strategy.

When you increase engagement with your content on many platforms, it will rank higher in the feeds of your followers. This obviously translates to even more visibility. If you have a well thought out approach to boost engagement of your content, visibility can increase exponentially.

With over five years of experience in the industry, the experts at Famoid understand this very well. They developed a platform to significantly increase visibility and engagement for a very reasonable price. They help their customers increase engagement statistics and followers on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

Using Famoid to Grow Your Social Following Fast!

We all know that social media is extremely important and that there are now more than three-billion users spread across all of the major social platforms on the internet today. With this in mind, one might think it’s easy to grow a following with so many users out there. While it is possible to organically build a large following, there are also plenty of distractions and clutter from other social accounts you will need to navigate and scale above as well.

This is where a solution like Famoid.com comes into play. Instead of just relying on organic reach, there are online advertising and social connection platforms that can help grow your following at a much faster pace.

Famoid was founded in 2017. In just one year, the company has provided nearly 42 million real followers and over 34 million likes to its customers. The service is completely legal and makes sure that engagement statistics look natural on social media sites.

Here are some of the main benefits of using Famoid.

Safe and secure

There are a number of sketchy services that claim to help you boost your social media engagement. Many of them require you to share your social media passwords. Unfortunately, they may not keep your credentials secure, which can leave you vulnerable to hackers. They may also require you to use a credit card to make payments, which does not always use the best encryption. Since there have been so many security breaches over the past couple of years, this isn’t a risk that you will want to take.

Famoid does a much better job of protecting your security. The service does not require you to provide your password. You can simply share the URL to the profile that you want to promote and Famoid will take care of the rest.

You can also make all payments through PayPal or SafeCharge, which nearly eliminates the risk of fraud.

Instant delivery ensures better visibility for your content

Famoid usually processes orders within five minutes and delivers your likes or followers within 10 minutes. Their prompt delivery isn’t just important for providing instant gratification. According to experts that analyzed its algorithms, Instagram appears to rank content more highly if it gets great engagement within the first half hour after it is posted. Facebook and Twitter appear to work the same way. Using Famoid to increase engagement as quickly as possible is crucial to boosting visibility in the content feeds.

Again, this is something you can work on manually — but it’s also something that will take a lot more time than you originally may have planned for.

Organic results

Buying fake followers or likes is very risky. Facebook has been banning them since 2015 and is getting better at it every day. Other social media sites have followed suit.

Many other services clearly use bots and fake accounts to boost their customers’ engagement statistics and follower counts, which puts their customers at risk. Famoid delivers much higher quality results. They promise real, organic followers and likes from active accounts. This is very important for a couple of reasons:

  • These followers have real followers of their own, which helps you get more traction from your investment.
  • Social media websites are becoming more adept at detecting fake accounts and penalizing people that use them to increase their social metrics.
  • Many social media users look carefully at the followers and social media likes of accounts that they follow. They will stop following you if you buy fake followers or likes.

Since you are getting organic likes and followers when you use Famoid, the results will be much more sustainable.

Exceptional Customer Support

I have yet to see a social media promotion company that offers better Customer Support than Famoid. Their team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All customer service representatives are familiar with the nuances of the platform, so they can provide excellent feedback.

Automated Instagram deliveries

You don’t need to manually request more Instagram followers or likes. Famoid has an automated system in place to help replenish them if you start losing traction. If you begin losing Instagram likes that you ordered, he will start receiving additional transmissions within 24 hours.

Full transparency

You will feel much more comfortable working with a company that is highly transparent. Famoid shares their corporate address and lets customers know where they can go to visit them. You can even their business location from Google Maps. This is far more transparency than most other social media marketing services offer.

How much does Famoid cost?

Famoid is one of the most cost-effective platforms for increasing your organic social media engagement and follower statistics. Here is a quick summary of their pricing model.

Instagram followers or likes

There are four pricing models for purchasing Instagram followers. The cheapest option allows you to purchase 100 Instagram followers for $2.95. The highest priced plan allows you to buy 25,000 followers for just $99.95. If you go with the premium option, you are paying a fraction of a penny per follower. The cost for Instagram likes is the same as followers.

Facebook likes

Getting Facebook likes is also very economical with Famoid. Again, there are four different pricing plans. The cheapest allows you to buy 500 likes for $8.95, while the most expensive plan gives you 5,000 Facebook likes for $44.95. The cost for likes is the same, whether you are buying them for your profile page or a specific post.

Twitter retweets or followers

The Twitter service doesn’t appear to be active right now, but Famoid might launch it again in the future. The pricing structure for Twitter retweets is still listed on their site and is identical as the one for Facebook likes. The cost for buying Twitter followers is also the same.

YouTube subscribers

You will pay more for YouTube subscribers than any of the other plans, but that is only because of the difficulty building a base of real, organic followers. It is still a very affordable option, even compared to companies that sell fake followers. The cheapest plan lets you buy 500 YouTube followers for $59.95. The most expensive plan lets you buy 5,000 subscribers for $289.95.

Famoid offers a huge ROI for brands trying to increase their social media presence

If you are trying to scale your presence on social media, Famoid is a great option. You will be paying for real likes and followers that offer lasting results. The price structure is amazingly low for what you are getting.

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