Admit it. Everybody needs an action plan to be successful on social media – or anything marketing, right?
You possibly heard of countless ways to promote including those from engaged influencers, marketing geeks, Facebook Messanger marketers among others, isn’t?
How about inclusive marketing? I bet not! How about inclusive marketing on social media? I bet not either!
What is inclusive marketing?
To understand the idea behind inclusive marketing, first, we need to know what inclusive mean.
Merriam-webster explains the term inclusive as “covering or intended to cover all…”
So what’s the story with inclusive marketing? This may not be clear as it sounds but you are presenting an advertising mechanism with an outlook of winning the global population. The niche shouldn‘t be in the vocabulary: the result – distinct – but two-way beneficial.
The one advantage of using inclusive advertising is that it is cheap, non-formal, and anyone can do it. Though in most cases, it depends on each person ambitions and efforts whether you are a full-time freelancer, an entrepreneur, a commercial geek or an influencer.
With that said. Let’s dive into some easy ways “to get both feet on the ground” with inclusive marketing.
1. Charity or Grants
Like owning/running a business, society is stifling with loads of challenges that demand our immediate attention. While this may not necessarily be a good thing getting active partners involved to address societal problems is another.
Because businesses are in the position of power, the one thing they can do is support a course, a movement or develop means to take up a problem either social or outside social media. This support does not have to be in your line of works but other sectors too.
Similarly, size does not matter whether you are a Fortune 500 company or listed in wall street to accomplish this?
Any company including startups can effectively use charities or grants as an inclusive marketing method while solving a major societal challenge.
By supporting a movement or cause, giving out donations to communities, organizations or social entrepreneurs is an ideal way to make your business noticeable.
2. Provide a service or product for free.
Dear subscriber. Is there anything better than giveaways? I mean, would you not kiss receiving a product for free or at a discounted cost?
Businesses seeking to secure themselves a place in the minds of people cannot overlook the potential in giveaways or free products. A free service may cover giving schools, or customers access to your product for free. It can also be through providing a technical resource, course as for online business or design resources as long as it is a spontaneous and collaborative effort from your end.
Does that mean you should offer free services now and then? I guess you could, but it is better to be strategic on deciding which products should be giveaways and during which times. Obviously, most businesses would prefer holiday seasons or school term breaks.
Offering a free service is a good point, one to hold useful in winning and making your customer more reciprocal.
3. Be social.
This approach may seem silly and unconventional but an effective marketing strategy to hunt for leads. In today’s society, social joints and social media are no longer for traditional meet-ups but have come on the radar as an excellent nerve center for networking and marketing.
Organizations that need to reach more people can easily integrate this method per se in their marketing plan.
One advantage of using this method as an inclusive marketing ploy is that you can comfortably invite other brands or get people taking part in community work or charitable events. Another way can be by throwing parties or hosting social events. By being with people or bring them together, your business can immensely enhance its social image.
4. Music and videos as a means of bringing people together.
“I think we’re going to be in a world a few short years from now where the vast majority of the content people consume online will be video.”
OK. That may be how Mark Zuckerberg worded it, but isn’t it true?!
People are consuming videos everywhere: courses, quizzes, branded content, and training manuals. On YouTube, blog post, iTunes, phones, and other smart home appliances. Videos are soon replacing images and text as the king in web content.
But this still doesn’t answer the million dollar question on videos?
To the average consumer, videos are nostalgia especially if they provide some benefit.
To an Internet marketer, sound and images can resonate a unique business sense. They can quickly speak the past, present, and future.
To repeatedly maximize on the power of video and music in inclusive marketing, here are ways to incorporate videos in social selling easily.
1. Make videos more personalized by adding individual recommendations from consumers, influences, and if possible company staff and not ads.
2. Tell your story with a plan.
3. Stories, stories, and more stories not sales.
4. Include a call to action on your videos. Seeing is believing!
5. Using quotes to drive a message.
Society and Social media today has become more visual than it was a few years back. Images and visuals are the order of the day hence an irreplaceable ingredient.
Its predicted images and visuals can increase shareability, favorites, and retweet on social channels by double or triple digits; but do you know what’s better?
Harnessing the power of visuals by incorporating quotes or quote images.
Quotes are a dynamic alternative to improve your brand’s image on social media. They can efficiently make your audience feel good since they are timeless, motivational, and inspiring. One company that has witnessed significant progress with quotes is Foundr. After close to 5 months of continuously posting healthy diet quote images, the firm had increased its following on Instagram by over 111k.
If you are a content producer and you have worked everything right but not seeing any impressive results, it is time you look the quotes way.
Here are some golden rules to be successful with quotes on social media
1. Quotes need to match with a brand’s niche/vision.
2. Quotes need to connect with your followers at least in some way – emotional if possible.
3. Your audience needs to recognize where your quote came from; gotta have them branded, please!
The bottom line:
It takes time to get started with inclusive marketing and obviously time to be successful at it. Whichever direction you chose in your marketing strategy, you got to start somewhere, anyway -and your best bet may come from looking at things from an unusual perspective. Plus, some little bit of luck!