In my last article, I talked about getting the wrong kind of publicity on YouTube. In this article I am going to talk to you about using YouTube for the greater good.
YouTube is great because you can use it to get important messages across to a large audience in a short amount of time. In the best case your videos can go viral, which means it rapidly circulates on the Internet through social media. Read more
Put up your hand if you ever saw the viral mash-up video on YouTube called “The Bed Intruder”. If you haven’t, I’m very surprised. It was the most watched video on YouTube in 2010. For those of you who don’t know what a mash-up is, it’s a song made from combining already existing songs or videos. The Gregory Brothers created this video by taking clips of Antoine Dodson talking about an intruder in his home and turning it into a song.
Mavens: The 20% of your customers who actually bring 80% of the responders to every marketing program!
Social media influences, or Mavens have a huge market and brand influence! It’s the 80/20 rule – 20% of people who use a product or service bring in 80% of the responders to a program. Take Coca Cola for example: they say that it is not simply about gaining millions of Facebook fans, it is about the community of people that they bring in because of their influence. It is about tapping into the community that these followers belong to. After all, only 20% of Coca Cola drinkers consume 80% of the product.
Identify Relevant Influencers:
There is a disconnect between influencers and brands. Just because a person tweets regularly and has a blog, doesn’t mean that they are creating real influence for your brand. It’s all about the DATA. You need to be able to track the actual influence that someone has over time. I recently read a great article by Tom Edwards, SVP and Digital Strategy & Emerging Technology at Red Urban (Omnicom) (Twitter: @blackfin360), he recommends Dan Zarella’s Retweetability Metric as just one way to measure an influencer’s reach:
How many re-tweets do you have per day, do you even tweet? What is Twitter, anyways…makes you think, eh?
It is also important to assess an individual’s Facebook reach, Youtube, blog and more. Edwards explains that “each data element
receives a 1-3 weighted ranking based on Primary, Secondary & Ancillary influencer target status and all scores are then averaged to gauge an influencers potential brand impact rating.” Another tool that is causing a lot of racket is Klout. Klout provides a good starting point for assessing influence online – but lacks the in-depth insight, or personalization for specific brands.
WhiteFire Social is a software that personalizes your brand’s influencer data. WhiteFire has a great backroom dashboard that creates spider graphs identifying the campaign’s social media influencers, and the people that they directly influenced to join the campaign, or opt-in. It is a powerful testament to the power of data, data, and more data. Brands are also able to create custom Facebook Apps and follow the campaign cycle from inception to completion, topped off with up-to-the-minute statistics. Software like WhiteFire will only continue to gain popularity as brands attempt to define and measure the impact of their social media influencers.
When 20% of people are influencers 80% of the purchasing decisions for a brand, brands can no longer ignore the impact that these Mavens have on the success, or failure of their brand.