Liking the new Instagram changes…

We’ve all had some time to digest the fact that Instagram has removed likes in what is being called a “test” across seven countries. 

In case you missed it, no longer will you be able to see how many times an image (that isn’t yours) has been liked or viewed that has been posted by someone else – unless you’re looking at Instagram on a desktop computer!

You’ll be able to see WHO has liked the post in some circumstances when people you follow like an image from an account you follow. 

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I think this is a fabulous step from Instagram /Facebook. 

Why?

Because for many of us, (including yours truly) we’re guilty of focusing on the number of likes our content receives rather than the content itself.

Speaking of content – it’s all well and good to post the things we love but business accounts are about the customers and what *they* want. In short, post the aesthetically pleasing pictures on your personal accounts. 

I’m not saying that your business account should be a “hodge-podge” of images, but it should serve your followers well. 

Employ a local photographer for a day, have a plan of what sort of shots you want to get and then you’ll have social media content for at least a couple of months.

So, now that the number of likes has been removed, what will this mean for metrics? 

In short, nothing. 

Some influencers may argue with that point, but you’ll still have the data in the back-end, so in my opinion, it’s a moot point. 

While it’s been called a “test”, I don’t think we’ll see likes come back in the way they were.

My thoughts? In the future, I think Instagram will allow business accounts to see the numbers, perhaps not directly under the image but perhaps somewhere on the home screen.

Perhaps the whole issue is best summed up by this quote;

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” – Dyer.

 

Top tips for WHAT TO DO at work Christmas parties

As event organisers, we’re in a good position to offer our opinion as to the “do’s” and “don’ts” of Christmas party behaviour!
It’s been a long year for the business and now it’s time to organise that well deserved Christmas party and celebrate the team’s successes.

While this is still a celebration, it is still an extension of the workplace and an opportunity for some team bonding with your colleagues and supervisors. So, keep in mind that good behaviour also goes a long way at these sort of events, otherwise it can result in being overlooked for promotions, or being the office gossip going into the New Year or even worse – losing your job!
Remember, you’re your own PR – so make sure the “news” is good when it comes to your post-party report.

Here are some tips to make sure you stay on the “nice” list at your Christmas party this year:

  • Dress appropriately: Remember this is still a work event, so make sure you are aware of the dress code expectations beforehand. Be sure to avoid anything too casual or revealing.  If in doubt, ask the event organiser or your supervisor.
    Watch your alcohol consumption: Reputation lasts a lot longer than a hangover does – as does anything captured on social media.
  • Stay in control of how much you’re drinking, you don’t want to be known as “the one who takes advantage of the free drinks” over engaging with others.
  • Make an effort: be sure to ‘mingle and jingle’ with as many people possible, not just the ones you speak to on a daily basis at work. Consider this as a networking opportunity.
  • Have fun! Christmas parties can still be a chance to have a great time, so don’t be dull – you don’t have to be a wallflower, you can have a great time while remaining sensible.

Keeping these tips in mind, it will also give you that rare chance to get to know those around the office who you don’t normally work with and develop good impressions which could also benefit you later on.

It’s all about that personal branding!

Insta tips from our Intern

Our Intern Jordyn has created a list of the ways to make your Instagram profile stand out. 

Image quality is my number one tip. Make sure the image is high quality (not blurry) and it looks good on your grid (ask yourself does it flow with the image before it?) and matches with the overall aesthetic.
Hashtags are a great way to reach a niche audience. Use a few of the most important hashtags where appropriate within the caption and then paste up to 30 hashtags in the first comment of your post.
Stories are a fun way to engage your audience in recent activity. Share ‘behind the scenes’ content or get creative with campaigns and videos i.e. share a sneak peak of your ‘new post’ on your grid to redirect your followers to your insta page.
These Insta tips are important in boosting engagement of your targeted audience and current followers. Ensure you use the best quality camera that is available to you, a professional camera would be the ideal option for maximum aesthetics of your grid.
Instead of using ‘general‘ hashtags, use hashtags that are directed more toward the audience you want to reach i.e. hairdresser and add the location on the end and this way it is easier to reach your niche audience.
Make sure to utilize all the options that stories provide you i.e. the hands-free option is a great way to make short videos of recent activity or a way to discuss your latest project with your followers and overall making your stories look more professional.
Finally, have fun with it, you don’t want to get too bogged down in the specifics!

Influencers – A definition

 

Following our fortnight of sharing Influencer statistics* on our Instagram, in our post today we look at defining “influencers” and investigate the power of a “micro-influencer”.
What does the word “influencer” mean to you? Do you picture someone of power? Do you think bikini-clad model? Do you think mum-of-three, with a side-hustle?
It’s generally defined as “A group of people (or person) with a high-following on social media or someone more relatable and approachable with a smaller following yet more engagement from their followers.”
On the surface it seems that an influencer’s following is the most important. However, while this does attract attention engagement is key to an influencers success. Marketers are now more focused on interaction between the influencer and their audience which is measured by likes, comments and the trust followers have.
Micro-Influencers often have a higher engagement with audience yet this is overlooked by brands wanting to pursue social-media campaigns. A micro-influencer is anyone with 10,000 to 50,000 followers on social media to the amount of engagement the influencer gets from that number. Usually a micro-influencers audience is quite niche and deeply connected.
Micro-Influencers can be found in any sector such as: health and wellness, food and cuisine, entrepreneurship and business, beauty and fashion etc. These influencers have already built this fan-base and established trust with their audience. They have established these relationships through their Instagram stories so if a brand’s story is shared by a particular influencer, their followers are usually willing to listen.
For this reason, Brands reach out to influencers and for brands to get the best ROI (return on Investment) on a campaign, it’s ideal to hire multiple micro-influencers to increase the reach for any given campaign. Yes, macro-influencers have more of following, yet micro-influencers have more of a niche audience so don’t be fouled by the number of followers.
These micro-influencers can be found through the brands own followers on its social media channels or searching specific hashtags, see what influencers are using hashtags that are relevant to YOUR business /product or service.
You’ll also want to explore, who is the influencer associated with and how engaging are their posts? Does the “creative” (image and caption) seem authentic? Engaging with these influencers and showing interest in their content is the best way to build a relationship with them, BEFORE you reach out to them and begin a discussion.
Speaking to these influencers to determine a mutually beneficial relationship sometimes yields the best result.  Negotiate what will work best for both parties, sometimes an influencer might take-over a brand’s Instagram for a period of time or perhaps share a number of posts over a set timeframe. As part of this the brand might send out product for the influencer to try out and take photos for their social media accounts or even they might create their own original content on their blog or Youtube account reviewing the product.
Sometimes a brand might not have the budget to work with a celebrity so micro-influencers are a great way to gain the benefit you need for your brand and watch it grow through social media.

If you’d like assistance in finding an influencer that’s the perfect fit for your business, contact us today. 

*Statistics provided by Planoly

Three things I love about Twitter

I thought it was about time we looked at a social media channel that isn’t Instagram!

I thought I’d share three reasons why I love Twitter. I know, for some, Twitter doesn’t get the best “wrap” but in my opinion and in my industry, it really is a go-to source.

  1. Relationships formed with people – I’ve made some great friends in RL via Twitter and some people I’m yet to meet. Twitter allows you (like other channels) to connect and voice an opinion. (I’ll come to this later). What I like about it is being able to find people who share a common interest and connect with them. Sure you can do this on other channels too, but for me, Twitter is one of the better places to do this.
  2. Following breaking news & trends – After switching on the radio when there’s a major breaking story, I’ll jump on Twitter straight away, enter a relevant hashtag and monitor the news. When searching for trends for our clients, I can see what their competitors are tweeting (if indeed they are on Twitter) and see how the conversation is tracking in any particular space.
  3. The opinions – Okay, so this has its good and bad aspects to it. Again, just like on any social media channel, you’ll have your “negative nellie” and unfortunately you’ll have trolls too. BUT this aside, being able to converse in a space with opinions  from right across the globe, really can open your eyes.

So, is Twitter for you? Well it all depends, what industry you’re in and ultimately what you’re hoping to achieve by joining Twitter.

If you’d like to see if Twitter is for you – select our WHICH SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNEL IS FOR ME package and we’ll provide insights as to where we believe you should focus your attention.

Instagram Developments

Instagram is Testing a New, Simpler Way to React to Stories

I’m sure we’ve all jumped on the bandwagon of reacting to friends posts and messages via an emoji on Facebook which launched in 2016. Well, Instragam is trialing just that through “stories”.

As us Instagram users already know, the option to comment on a story which goes straight to the persons DM’s (or Direct Message Inbox) or sharing a story with a friend are both great features but Instagram is making it even easier for us to react to stories through emoji.

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This allows you to quickly “react” to a story through a set of emoji instead of filling up someones DM’s.

Only the person who posted the story is able to see this, appearing in the viewer’s list.

This awesome feature is only being tested in selected countries, however, if rolled out to the masses this will be the perfect way to get closer to friends and eliminate clogging up someone’s inbox and make responding quicker!

What do you think?

Is messaging becoming too reliant on emojis?

Instagram Apps we’ve recently discovered

I’ve been searching for apps to up our Instagram game.

 

Here’s a list of a few that we thought might help YOU.

Hype Type

They Say: “Hype your Stories with automatically styled and designed motion typography.

Stand out.
Don’t use those tired tools that everyone else uses and expect your content to shine bright, like a diamond.

Short of words? We got you.
With the tap of a magical little button automatically pull random, meaningful quotes to give context to your story that may have not been there to start. ”

We Say: An awesome app to take your Instagram stories to the next level.

Adobe Spark

They Say: “Adobe Spark is a free online and mobile graphic design app. Easily create beautiful images, videos, and web pages that make you stand out on social”

We Say: This is our GO-TO app for all things social. Trust us on this one and download the app immediately, if not sooner!

Cut Stories

They Say: “Just import a long video, and CutStory will cut it up and save it in your smartphone’s camera roll as fragments of 15 seconds or any other length”

We Say:  Genious! Who hasn’t wanted their video to stop cutting out on Insta Stories, right at a critical moment?

Also, take a look at Continual which does the same thing!

 

Tell me, what apps are you loving at the moment? I’d be interested to discover more!

 

 

Productivity tips

Over on the Pursuit Communications Instagram account recently I shared tips on how I stay productive. (LINK)

  1. Don’t let the “E-mail Monster” control your day I prioritise emails – with categories /importance /urgency. 📧
    It keeps me on track (most of the time!) and the “email anxiety” levels to a minimum. I use different tags and then work through these according to the level of priority
  2. Pop it on silent – face down and get to work! Turning your mobile on to silent will help get the work done.
    If it helps, consider changing your voicemail message. State in your message the time you expect to return the call. Most people will understand!
  3. I 🧡 a good “to do” list
    It makes me feel organised and I can see at a glance what needs to be done.
    I break my lists down into clients and then prioritise. I highlight super important tasks and cross them off first!
    My lists are in my Kikki K planner, which goes EVERYWHERE with me.
  4.  Get up and move – your health comes first. I’m guilty of not doing this enough. I’ve recently bought a Fitbit to make sure I do move enough. Being sedentary is one of the “hazards” of my job. More often than not, I’m sitting looking at my laptop for hours on end. My Fitbit really has made a huge difference in reminding me to get up and move and achieve my daily goals. What do you do to get moving?
  5. I’m a calendar girl… 📆
    Not *that* sort of calendar girl 😝 – I put everything on my wall calendar and in my planner. No matter where I am I’ll always be able to plan and make appointments with a quick glance.

    I also colour code Birthdays,🎂 personal activities,🍾 and work duties.📝

 

So there you have it, my top five tips for productivity.

Remember to join me on Instagram to follow the #B2BPC (Back to Basics with Pursuit Communications) series! 

Guest Blog Post: Charlie Bowcock – Intern

Charlie interned at Pursuit at the end of 2017. Her drive and insights made Charlie an invaluable asset to the team.

Here I talk to Charlie about her experiences and future plans!

So Charlie, tell me what did you expect from your internship & what was the reality of your internship experience?

CB: “To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect but I surely was intimidated by the thought of it. It took a lot for me to even apply for internships because I didn’t think that I was enough. The idea of working with clients and contributing to the name that Brooke has built herself on the Coast with Pursuit Communications was not a task that I took lightly.

Coming into this role with this mentality, I thought that I would be a little out of my depth when it came to the practical knowledge that comes with this crazy industry. I felt like I had learnt so much theory at university but none of it had really prepared me for practical PR experience.

I agree, I think a lot of universities need to embrace an internship /placement program as part of their degree qualification. 

Yes! So true and now that I’ve experienced agency life the reality of my experiences interning here at Pursuit Communication were a lot less scary than I had originally thought.

A lot of the skills that I have learnt from working in other industries and during my degree are still applicable in PR work to be able to get the best results for Pursuit’s clients. I was surprised how much I relied on what, before interning here, I had assumed would be common sense for most. I have realised, during this experience that I have internalised much of what I had learnt at university into my everyday life but also, you cannot assume that others have that same common sense knowledge that I took for granted before coming into this role. I guess it is true what they say – you have to live and breathe this industry to do well and you (Brooke) have really instilled that in me during my time here.

Thanks Charlie! So say someone is feeling the same way you were before you started, sell them the benefits of participating in an internship program

CB: The biggest benefit of working at Pursuit Communications and under you (Brooke) is that you support your interns, their work and their ideas. I have been lucky in that from day one, Brooke had the confidence in me that I was maybe lacking in myself to get the job done.

Apart from the obvious benefits of having PR experience on your resume, this role has given me the ability to go into a job interview with examples of how I have helped achieve a positive outcome for a client. It has given me the confidence to know that I can succeed in this industry and I’m not going to lie to you, it is pretty damn fun!

So you’ve now completed your degree and heading out into the workforce – where do you see the PR industry moving in the next three to five years?
CB: I see this PR and marketing roles and functions becoming more and more integrated as businesses see and experience how beneficial a good PR practitioner can be, not only to their bottom line but also to the overall culture of the business itself. 

How So?

CB: PR is so diversified in how it functions on paper, but in practice, it really does take a village to raise a (campaign) baby. Good PR work requires the integrated knowledge of multiple people and perspectives to get a holistic picture of how a campaign should look and what will work for a public. With this in mind, I think the industry it will take a more interdisciplinary approach to PR practice.”

Any tips for those considering starting an internship program?

CB: “Take a leaf out of Nike’s branding and ‘Just Do It!’ That means getting completely out of your comfort zone, like when you are on a shoot and Brooke asks if you would mind being an extra (particularly when you get so nervous your organs feel like jelly).

Furthermore – there are no stupid questions, but there are definitely stupid answers. Do not be afraid to be a little extra, and always back yourself because if you don’t, why would anyone else?”

Thanks Charlie – appreciate your hard work and your dedication, it has been an absolute pleasure having you at Pursuit and I’d like to wish you all the very best in your future endeavours! 

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Charlie Bowcock – (seated right-hand side) taking part in photo-shoot for one of Pursuit’s clients in 2017

 

Branding Basics

Recently we offered our tips on branding basics via our Instagram account

Here’s a breakdown of the tips we shared.

  1. Don’t paint yourself into a corner – choose a name and colour scheme that will allow you to grow!

    Research online and check if anyone has registered any of your shortlisted business names.
    Look at different colour schemes of other businesses online and see how it might work for your business.

  2. Do your research into branding and #ip (intellectual property) legal obligations. 📝
    Speak to industry experts about your obligations and rights in relation to branding. 🖊
    By taking these steps you’re well on the path to MAKING IT HAPPEN!
  3. EXPERIMENT! 🌈
    Hold a focus group with close family and friends.
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    Get their thoughts on logos, tag-lines and your short list of brand names.
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    Take the feedback into consideration and use this to move forward.
    If you’re able, try and ask potential customers.
  4. Whatever you decide for your branding, make sure there’s an obvious synergy between it and your business. 💬
    You don’t want to spend time explaining your branding name or choices when you could be working on securing new opportunities!
  5. Think of your brand as a person – Blonde 👱🏼‍♀️brunette or👨🏽 older👴🏻?? 👲🏾👳🏾👩🏻‍🎤👨🏼‍🍳
    Who would purchase from you?
    What’s their job title, their family situation? Additionally, think about the future and the implications of selling a business and handing your name over to someone else.
  6. Once you’ve chosen a name, colour scheme and have a #branding guideline document (if you don’t have one of these we have some fabulous contacts who can help!) you’re on the way to building your business! 🖊
    But where to next??
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    That’s where a public relations campaign will help generate awareness of your business, your products and/or services. 📌
  7. Make sure your workspace reflects your values. 🖊
    Especially if you intend on hosting clients, make it a welcoming place. If you’re working from home choose a cafe or restaurant that sets the standard you want your business to reflect.
  8. Is your name readable? Choose a font that’s easy for people to understand and decipher. There are few things worse than trying to spell or explain your brand name to someone. 🖊
    Another reason why it’s important to get feedback on your final version of your logo.
  9. When you think about Sydney as a “brand” what do you think of?
    The harbour?
    The coat hanger – our iconic bridge?
    The Opera House?

    When you’re developing your business brand, consider the elements you want to be remembered. ➰
    Try and work these into your brand name, tagline, colour scheme! ⤵️
  10. Never underestimate the value of a professional!
    They’ll help define and “shape” your brand logo, any graphics and documents you require. 🖊
    We have a range of graphic designers that we call on for our own work and that of our clients. 🖊
    If you need a referral, let us know. We’re always happy to connect you with one of our fabulous service providers.

Contact us today to see how we can help your branding needs