How To Present Data?

Ever since more people have started to use social media, companies get a lot and a lot of Data about customers’ behaviors across social media. We called this as a revolution of Big Data. Marketers are required to translate this data to information that are relevant to serve their purposes. One way to do this is by constructing a simple Dashboard, allowing marketers to keep them in track of what information needed to achieve their objectives so that they can have relevant information for their decision making process.

First, marketers need to analyze the current market situation, and define their goals or objectives. Then, they need to define the measurement or key performance indicators (KPIs) by translating those objectives into identifiable metrics, such as, the number of new visitors or the number of page, or video views. After getting all the raw data, marketers need to analyze and organize data into a dashboard. Here are the dashboard template and the sample dashboard we discussed in class.

Finally, marketers are required to present the data and provide recommendations to their client or their CEO who will have the final word in making the decision. However, giving the dashboard itself is not enough for making decisions.

According to Avinash Kaushik, there are four required elements in presenting “the action dashboard”.

  1. Present the graphic, showing the trend for the metric.
  2. Pinpoint what are the key trends and insights
  3. Present your recommendations. Do not let your client or CEO to interpret the data by their selves.
  4. Mentioned on the impact on the company and customers if the given recommendations will not be implemented, emphasizing the importance of taking the recommendations.

Implementing all these steps allow marketers to focus on their goals and gain relevant information, which will help them to make the right decisions.

Mobile Marketing Strategy is a Must!

Forbes listed Mobile Marketing as one of The Top 7 Online Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2014. In fact according to ITU, 6.8 billion out of 7.1 billion people on the planet subscribe to mobile-cellular. Marketers should understand and leverage this opportunity in order to engage more with their both current and potential customers by providing quicker service, since the minds and behaviours of consumers are changing.

As the way of communication has changed from one-way communication to two-way communication, customers are expecting a faster response from the brands to their questions and problems. In fact, most social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter, are available in mobile app, allowing customers to post question and problem, and to share information or opinion in a more real-time way. Customers also expect that they are able to find any desired information and service on any communication device at their moment of need.

One simple way to overcome this change is to have a mobile-friendly website. It is believed that 95% of mobile users use their devices for local search, and 9 out of 10 mobile phone searches result in a purchase or visit. A Mobile-friendly website can be said to be a website that load fast and easy to navigate. In other words, mobile users do not need to scroll all over the page in order to view the whole information. In my opinion, here, the 7Cs Customer Interface can also come to play in a role to evaluate whether the website is mobile-friendly or not.

Another way to answer to this change is to have mobile applications. Although only 17% (1.2 billion out of 6.8 billion people) of mobile-cellular subscribers use mobile Apps, having a mobile app allows company to build relationship with customers who are outside the reach of traditional marketing. Not only mobile app meets the needs of customers to get response and view information fast, but it also provides convenience and makes the customers’ life easier by providing speed and utility.

However, keep in mind that having the mobile app itself is not enough. Companies are required to evaluate their capabilities and correspond their strategy with the quality and experience that they provide.

Look Starbucks, the No. 1 socially engaged company, for an example. Starbucks delivers highly frequent experiences that are highly positive to its consumers. It is best practice for companies who provide frequent experience and positive quality to expand their relationships with their customers. Thus, Starbucks had started to launch its mobile app since 2010 in the US. The app allows consumers to pay with its phone, check their rewards history, and find the nearest stores. The app is a success. It has 100,000 downloads/week, and 7 million active users. They process 3 million mobile payments in a week.

In short, both your social media and mobile marketing plan need to be strategically aligned with your business objectives and capabilities.

 

Sources:

Marketing Strategy For The Mobile Mind Shift: Apr 19, 2013, Melissa Parrish, Forrester Research

https://itunews.itu.int/En/3741-Mobile-subscriptions-near-the-78209billion-markbrDoes-almost-everyone-have-a-phone.note.aspx

http://socialmediatoday.com/1672466/mobile-apps-how-many-people-use-apps

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/229299

Google+: Managing Business Page

Working for my group project client, Tangoo, our group decided to touch on Google+ and Google AdWords. In charge of Tangoo’s Google+ business page, I researched on how setting up Google+ business page can increase both awareness and engagement. Here are some tips in managing your Google+ business page:

1)   Set up a Google+ Business Page

Having a Google+ business page will allow your customers to find your company in Google search. Google+ page will appear in the right hand side of the search page.

2)   Spread the words

After setting up Google+ business page, you are required to spread the words that your business is in Google+, since your updates or posts cannot be seen by people who have not follow your page. This can be done by having the Google+ Badge button in your website home page. You can also have the +1 button. In fact, it is best practices to have the +1 button in every of your blog posts. Not only it will allow people to share the posts publicly, but also it will increase transparency because people can see how many people had actually “like” your posts.

3)   Segment your customers to different Circles

In Google+, you can have more than one circle, allowing businesses to segment their customers into certain groups. For example, you can segment your followers to regular customers and VIPs. Segmenting your customers allows you to easily target your posts specifically by choosing on which circle you want to post your updates to.

4)   Join community

Google+ also allow your business to join community that related to your business. After joining a community, you can start to engage by answering some questions, and posting your thoughts, and eventually you can become a thought leader in the industry. In addition, you can also understand more about your audience and gain some insights for your products or services. Carefully monitoring the community will eventually give your business the opportunities to share posts or articles from your website, driving traffic to your website.

5)   Integrate social media channels to one and another

It is best practice to have all your social media channels to integrate with one and another. Thus, it is best for your business to put your other social media channels’ links in the Google+ business page, driving traffic towards your other channels, and allowing other people to have better understanding of your business.

Do you have another tips on managing Google+ for businesses? Please leave them in the comment box below…

Virgin America is Taking Social Media to The Next Level! (PART 2: Instagram Video Contest #VXsafetydance)

Not only Virgin America used Branded Viral Video to promote and engage with their customers, but they also encourage customers to engage back with Virgin America. In doing this, Virgin America chose to have User Generated Video Contest.

Having user generated video contest helps companies to listen and understand better their target audience, allows companies to engage more with customers, and eventually they will have stronger community.

As you can see from the Video that I posted in my previous blog (Virgin America Part 1), there is a hashtag #VXsafetydance in the title of the video. The main purpose of this hashtag is for the Dance Audition that held for finding customers who dance to be featured in the next flight-safety guide video. People who upload a video in Instagram to enter the contest are required to use that hashtag. Another benefits of having the hashtag are to spread the words about this event, which allows potential customers to be interested in joining the contest, and to make this event searchable.

This video contest also helps Virgin America to energize their customers. In this contest, other people are allowed to vote whether the videos uploaded is impressing or not. Thus, it gives participants strong motivation to share and promote their entries, making the video itself and the contest to be viral.

One thing that I like from this contest is that Virgin America integrated their social media channels to one and another. They posted the flight-safety guide video in their YouTube channel, while demanding contest participants to upload their dance videos in Instagram with the #VXsafetydance hashtag, and encouraging participants and other customers to vote the entries in their website. Thus, by doing so, it will increase traffic to their website and increase the search engine ranking, since there will be a lot of people search and mention about this flight-safety guide video and the contest.

 I think Virgin America has done a great job in advertising and promoting their campaign, and utilizing most of their social media channels by integrating them. What about your thoughts in this campaign? Do you think the video and the contest are successful or not?

Sources:

User-Generated Video Contests: July 7, 2009, Nate Elliott, Forrester Research

http://www.slideshare.net/affsum/8d-howtouseconteststogetusergeneratedcontent

Virgin America is Taking Social Media to The Next Level! (PART 1: Branded Viral Video)

Virgin America is taking social media to the next level. Recently, the brand has found a way to keep its travellers aware of the flight-safety guide using a video. The video was a great success, and received 4 million views in just a few days.

So how this flight-safety guide video went viral in just a few days?

The video is unique. Since 2007, Virgin America has started to make flight-safety guide through a funny animation video, and has became the first company in airline industry who used branded viral video. Being the first among the others benefits Virgin America to be the leader or the benchmark of branded viral video in the airline industry. Thus, making Virgin America a tougher competitor.

It is also an interesting, entertaining, and fun way to inform passengers about the flight safety guide by using catchy music and presenting cool dance moves in the video while informing the flight safety guide through the lyrics. From Hip Hop genre to Pop genre to Broadway genre all are in the video.

Not only it is interesting, but the video is also engaging. As you can see through the video, Virgin America is not really targeting the video to specific audience. It is clearly that they are trying to target this video to every customer, from children to elders. Through this visual video, Virgin America is trying to engage to all this diverse age groups. To engage more, Virgin America also use humour in some scene of the video. In fact, being funny or humourous is the most successful creative strategy for viral videos.

According to one of the Forrester report, celebrity might not be the main cause of videos going viral. However, in this Virgin America case, I believe that using famous or known artists had helped the video to go viral. The first time I knew this video is not from the official Virgin America YouTube channel. Instead, I knew this video from Todrick Hall’s YouTube channel. He used to be in American Idol show. You can also spot most of the Step Up casts dancing in the video.

Having to analyze the video attributes carefully, it is not surprising that this flight-safety guide video from Virgin American can go viral just in a few days. Although most travellers know the safety guide, Virgin America is making this “boring” guide into an interesting video, triggering people want to share this video to their friends.

Sources:

Viral Video Creative That Works: Aug 9, 2010, Nate Elliott, Forrester Research

http://www.marketingmagazine.co.uk/article/1220046/viral-review-skys-limit-virgin-americas-safety-dance-video

http://ryan-jenkins.com/2013/11/01/3-simple-reasons-why-virgin-americas-viral-video-is-a-next-generation-success/

http://www.marketingprofs.com/charts/2013/11564/why-people-share-on-social-media