Social media secrets – Top tips for posting on the go

By Raspberry Jim,

While many of us spend our days tapping on our phones and scrolling through our feeds, it can quickly become a full-time job when you’re responsible for work social accounts.

It goes without saying that it can be tough to carve out the time to update your social media accounts when you’re out and about, and “doing it for the ‘gram” could be low on your list of priorities.

Whether you’re in meetings, travelling up and down the country or stuck typing furiously, here are our top tips for keeping your social feeds fresh when you’re too busy to double tap.

Don’t overcomplicate it

When you’re posting a status, a tweet or an Insta caption on behalf of your brand, it can be all too easy to fall mute and settle for an emoji.

Keep on-the-go posts simple, authentic and in line with the visual content you’re posting. If it’s a funny team moment, don’t be afraid to show the lighter side of the working day, and don’t over analyse the post that goes with it. Just please (really, please), proof read before hitting share.

Going to a big event? Don’t be afraid to use memes, GIFs or other trending content to capture those tweet-worthy moments.

Keep an eye out

Not everyone is lucky enough to be a natural photographer, but you can easily train your eye to see what makes a good photograph.

Taking a good photo can be simple, as long as you know what you’re looking for. Keep an eye out for interesting subjects, angles and colourful backdrops to avoid falling into the ‘predictable photo’ category.

Even if you’re rushing around, take a moment to think about framing and composition (you don’t want a lamp post poking out of the back of someone’s head). Make sure you stop and hold the camera still and straight – the last thing you want is a blurry, low quality photograph which could have been saved if given an extra few seconds.

Be ‘appy

Having the right tools at your fingertips is crucial for creating high quality visual content on the go. The trick is knowing exactly which apps can help you in a jam, getting you out of a sticky social situation in no time.

When it comes to photography, apps can sweep in to save the day when you’ve only got your iPhone camera at your disposal. Using highly developed and popular apps such as Afterlight 2, Snapseed and Adobe Lightroom can help enhance photos and correct composition if you’ve been slightly too hasty with the shutter button.

You can also design Instagram and Facebook stories using apps such as SNOW and Unfold. SNOW boasts a variety of templates and filters designed to perfect your Insta moments, while Unfold provides designed templates which allow you to polish your stories with an editorial look.

Check the App store on a regular basis to see the latest must have downloads or trending photo apps such as HUJI.

Schedulers aren’t just for desktop

It may seem like you only need scheduling platforms for those moments when you’re sat at your desk, but schedulers such as HootSuite and Sprout Social will be handy if you need to post on the go. This means you won’t need to keep your social accounts linked to your personal Twitter and Facebook, and for anyone who works with social media knows, that’s a boundary that’s too easy to cross.

Let me tell you a story…

Social media is all about digital storytelling and less about the obvious sell. To drive brand awareness and engage followers, you’ll need to be capturing real life moments and documenting your brand’s journey in an authentic, relatable way.

Instagram’s Stories feature has been changing the way brands share their story, including a range of features such as GIFs, polls and questions – making it an easy tool for market research as well as driving engagement.

Stories also allows followers to indulge their nosiness (we’re all guilty!) and provide a behind the scenes look at your company, people and working life.  Just be sure to use your phone’s camera and not the built in Instagram alternative, which compresses images.

Without the barrier of the platform’s tricky algorithm and the pressure of maintaining a perfectly curated and on trend Instagram grid, Stories allows brands to break through the noise. Need more convincing? Stories boast 300million daily users, so make the most of them.

Read all about it… later

Got big news but too busy to write a blog about it? Announcing your news on social could be the quick and easy answer, but you may lose the opportunity to drive traffic to your website by speaking too soon.

If you’re eager to share but want to make the most of the opportunity, post teasers across your social media accounts. Use emojis and cropped images as clues, creating mystery with only a few taps.

Still in a quandary? Our jammers can help sweeten up your social. Whether you’re looking for fresh content ideas, need some training or want to fully outsource your social media management, please check out our services and give us a call.

Standing out in the business blogging world

By Raspberry Jim,

When it comes to blogging, many people may believe this is simply a space to unleash all your innermost thoughts on the world.

And, in some cases, they would be right.

 

However, blogs can also play an effective and engaging role in the business world too.

Rather than sending out a press release to the masses, a blog allows businesses and their staff, to engage with their clients in a far more intimate and relatable way.

It enables those at the heart of the organisation to share their unique perspective and underline their expertise as only they can.

But, this isn’t news to many businesses. Many managers, and team members are seasoned blog masters who have cleverly utilised this skill to their advantage for years. So, how can you make your blog stand out from all the online noise?

Here’s our five top tips to creating a blog that demands to be seen and heard…

Unleash your expertise

When it comes to blogging, the first step is, obviously, deciding what you want to say.

In terms of business this might be to share your expertise in mergers and acquisitions, make science more relatable, or bring legal matters to the fore in an engaging way.

Whatever it is, you’ll be starting your blog with a purpose – but so will millions of others.

So, what makes your blog speak for itself?

You! Your voice and expertise are what sets your blog apart.

Don’t be afraid to share your expert knowledge, experience, and advice, and highlight what you, and ultimately your business, have to offer.

If you spot a news topic you can add your own perspective on, why not blog about it? If it add to the ongoing social or news commentary – even better!

Ultimately, the online world of news and social media is fast moving, and an online audience is always on the hunt for the latest, most unique, and most interesting topic.

By drawing on your unique industry expertise, and offering a new opinion, this is exactly what you’re providing.

Relating to your audience

Knowing your audience is probably one of the THE most important aspects of blogging.

Identifying who you are speaking to, and what they will be interested in, is certain to make your blog soar.

As we previously mentioned, if you are targeting businesses in your sector, add to the discussion and unleash your expertise, this is your time to shine! If you think something is newsworthy and interesting – chances are, your industry colleagues will too!

However, if you are targeting a non-specialist audience, such as potential clients, it’s time to get your research hat on, delve into what interests them, any newsworthy topics which are hitting the headlines, and speak to them in clear and understandable language.

Lost in translation

It can be easy to adopt jargon we use daily, however with a person outside your industry, this might be quickly lost in translation.

For example, using industry jargon or technical language might be fine if you are appealing to someone from a specialist financial/legal/ intellectual property or similar audience, who know their corporate finance from their copyright law.

However, if you are attempting to relate to a younger audience, such as graduates, or even prospective employees – then bombarding them with specialist terms might miss the mark.

Tailoring your message and tone of voice to your audience is guaranteed to speak to them on a more relatable level, and set your blog apart.

A picture is worth a thousand words

And when it comes to blogging it’s definitely worth remembering this!

It can be all too tempting to reel off paragraphs of information to your audience, particularly if it’s something you are passionate about.

However, excessive information presented in a wall of words can easily become overwhelming and detract the reader.

So, why not introduce an image or two?

If you have any images relating to your topic add them in, this will break up the text and make it more visually appealing. Equally videos, graphics, and Gifs can also add an engaging and fun element to your blog.

Remember to try and use good quality images, and if you’ve downloaded them from online ensure you have permission to use the image.

Break it up

A wall of words can be both daunting and off putting.

So why not use a few headings to break it up?

It’s a simple and effective tool which helps to divide your writing into easily readable sections, and make the blog more appealing to your audience.

Make sure each heading clearly relates to the section it is introducing, and is not too vague.

One man and his blog

The title of your blog is your first chance to grab a reader’s attention – so get it right!

An interesting, funny, witty, or thought-provoking headline is more likely to demand the audience’s attention and tempt them to read on.

While a standard headline explaining the blog’s content is fine, it’s highly unlikely to stand out from the crowd.

A top tip is to write your headline after completing the blog, and you’ve got a gist of what the piece entails. This will enable you to write an informed and interesting title that will command attention.

Unlike a news article, the blog headline doesn’t need to be explanatory, it can instead be interesting and intriguing, but remember it also must relate to the blog topic.

When getting creative, just ensure this is right for the tone of the article. If you’re writing about a sensitive subject be particularly careful with your headline.

If in doubt, do a bit of research into other industry blogs to get a more realistic perspective on what is effective.

 

How to spot a good news angle

By Raspberry Jim,

How do you spot a good news angle?

That’s a question that I, as a former journalist turned PR professional, get asked quite frequently by clients.

Before writing an article, press release, or blog, everyone will ask themselves if the topic they are considering writing about is, in fact, interesting enough to warrant further discussion.

The term we often use to refer to a good article angle, is whether it is newsworthy or not.

Identifying a newsworthy story can be the difference between achieving great coverage, or sending an article out into the news and media abyss.

Newsworthy or not?

But how do you know if something is newsworthy?

Generally, a good news angle is deemed to be something which is genuinely new, interesting, and informative, and provides a unique perspective which promotes widespread interest and discussion.

However, when it comes to PR, this can be tricky. What a journalist deems newsworthy, and what a business believes is newsworthy may be two totally separate things.

There are many reasons for this. It can be difficult for managers or those personally invested in a business to separate what’s interesting to them, from what’s interesting to the general public.

Being realistic and truly assessing the wider news value of your company information, can often shed a light on whether something is actually newsworthy.

When deciding on news value, it’s always handy to carry out a little bit of research online into similar industry stories and gauge interest.

Tapping into the news

Then there’s current events and news.

This could be seen to be an easy win for businesses in achieving coverage.

It allows businesses to comment on a story with in-built media interest while offering their own specialist opinion and adding genuine value to the article.

Any time a company can legitimately further the discussion around a news story or widely discussed topic, they are ensuring their story is newsworthy.

Let’s be honest, if you’re talking about something in the news, chances are the public will be too.

Human interest

 

Heartfelt human interest stories are particularly newsworthy and effective in engaging with the general public in an emotive way.

Readers will empathise with articles which detail personal achievement, overcoming adversity, tragedy and triumph, and heartfelt struggles. This enables them to form an emotional attachment with the story’s subject matter increasing their engagement and understanding of your message.

But this can be challenging when you are searching for a human angle in a business story.

Ask yourself, did this promotion come after years of tireless work and personal achievement for the staff member? Has an MBO allowed a family member to continue their family’s business legacy? There could be something you haven’t considered!

Obviously, this should only be used under appropriate circumstances and when there is a legitimate story to tell.

Statistics and figures

What catches your attention more effectively – Workers taking duvet days due to stress, OR Over 1.8 million workers forced to take duvet days due to stress.

Using statistics and figures within an article, and headline, not only strengthens it and draws in the reader by quantifying what you are discussing, but it backs up your point with numerical evidence and legitimises it.

More people are likely to be engaged by an article that discusses specific figures that they can relate to, rather than something vague, such as terms including ‘large sum’, ‘significant amount’ or ‘numerous’.

If a story said: People in Wales were consuming 100 chocolate bars per hour – I’d definitely want to read it! And be honest, you might too …

Finally …

Overall assessing whether a story is newsworthy or not is really about being realistic, doing a little bit of research, using some news savviness, and exercising honest non-biased judgement.

If in doubt, the PR team at jamjar are always here to help steer you in the right direction! As content and media specialists, we have a ‘nose for news’ and are happy to advise you on what has news value.