I know I am not the only one who goes to YouTube or another video platform and looks up motivational videos. Whether looking at Les Brown’s “you gotta be hungry” or something from Tony Robbins, even Eric Thomas- The Hip Hop Preacher. I get pumped when I listen to these motivational speakers. At the moment, I feel like I can achieve anything. But then, I go to sleep and wake and that Motivation wears off, and I get nothing done.
You’ve probably heard that humans have the attention span of a Goldfish or something along that line. Many social media experts and gurus advise their clients to focus on brevity. Their content should be short; videos shouldn’t be more than one minute. After posting a 3-minute video on my Facebook page, I remember someone messaging me to say that I should know better. That people are no longer interested in watching a three-minute video on Facebook. They told me that our attention span is shrinking, and the shorter the video, the better.
A few years ago, I completed my master’s degree in Digital Media. As part of my research, I created a model organization can use when crafting a social media campaign.
The model rests on five pillars: Campaign Architecture, Narratives, Platforms and Delivery, Third-Party Resources, and Media Awareness. Below is a representation of the model.
How Caribbean Brands Can Upgrade Their Digital Marketing Strategy With These 5 Key Channels for Paid Digital Advertising.
One of the things that I have observed in the past few years is the share of advertising dollars has been increasing year over year. In countries like the US and Canada, research done by Juniper Research has shown that the percentage of digital advertising dollars keeps growing. While this is the case in places like North America, I do not believe that Caribbean brands have fully taken advantage of the many opportunities that digital advertising offers.
I wrote a post recently about the five domains of digital transformation, with customer behaviour being one of the five domains of strategy that is changing because of digital technology. In this post, which you can read, I spoke about how digital technology is changing how we connect and create value for customers. Traditionally customers were seen as mass markets; we made one communication message and sent it out to a broad cross-section of people. There was no level of differentiation; however, in the digital era, we are moving away from mass marketing to customer networks.
When I was younger, I remembered hearing news of people dying, whether from the adults around me or on television, if I happened to be at someone’s house when the death news was on because I didn’t have a television at my home. What stood out to me back then was that it was always someone I didn’t know, or If I knew them, they were not close to me. Hence, these deaths never bothered me, but lately, there has been a shift.
Covid19 has forced many countries one can argue to undergo about ten years of digital transformation in one year. Something as basic as online learning, many countries, especially Small Developing States (SDI’s) in the Caribbean, have a hard time dealing with this. Both students and teachers alike are grossly underprepared for the “University of Zoom”. Then there is the over-focus on technology; we somewhat believe that digital transformation is all about the new technologies available to make life easier for all of us, however, it is much more than that. In the “Digital Transformation Playbook,” Professor David Rogers wrote that digital transformation is not about technology, but it is about strategy and a new way of thinking. He further went on to assert, that preparing for the digital age requires businesses and organizations to upgrade their strategic mindset more than their technology. Put simply, Digital transformation is about a shift in the mindset of the leadership of an organization.
Every day I get intrigued that social media has quickly become the default form of media in Grenada and the Caribbean. When I speak to my friends about societal issues, they say this first thing to me. I didn’t see that on Facebook, or they may say, let me go to Facebook to see what people are saying. No longer are people saying, let me wait to watch the news or read it in the papers. Therefore, I became interested to see which social media platforms Grenadians are most active on.
You are living under a social media rock if you are from the Caribbean, and by now, you haven’t seen or heard about the epic clash that took place last night between Dancehall legends, Beenie Man (@kingbeenieman) and Bounty Killa (@grunggaadzilla). This clash took place on Instagram Live and was streamed via Youtube. It was also the number 1 trending topic on Twitter Worldwide. Verzuz TV is a social-first entertainment platform delivering epic musical battles via Instagram Live championed by Swizz Beatz and Timberland.
With the emergence of the Global Pandemic, COVID-19, businesses have a unique opportunity to communicate with stakeholders and potential stakeholders. People are at home, and in many cases with nothing to do, therefore, they take refuge on Social Media. What this means however is social media will become very noisy. Everyone with a smartphone will be producing content. So how do you ensure that you content stand out? By producing good quality content that people want to engage with. I came across a video on Youtube from Angie Gensler where she spoke about 9 social media post ideas for COVID-19. I was quite impressed with the video and decided to share with you. In that video she broke down what types of content you can share on social media in this time. Below you will find a summary of the video as well as the actual video itself.