The Top 10 Apps To Market Your Business

The online marketing world can be daunting, at Creative Content its our job to make marketing easy for our clients, so we love it when we find useful tools that make our job easier. Luckily there are many simple and inexpensive apps that make it easy for you to market your business in the digital age.

Apps can be amazing tools to help you streamline processes. And with the right set of tools, you can spend less time managing campaigns and more time developing effective messages. They can also create a more enjoyable experience for your clients, so that people are more likely to recommend you to others.

Check out our list of the top ten apps that we use every day in our agency that will help you with marketing your business.

1. Loom

Loom lets you create quick videos that display a desktop view of your screen. You can create a simple walkthrough video in a couple of minutes and easily share it by email or via an embedded link on your website. This is particularly good if you want to provide advisory services to clients who can’t meet face-to-face. You can also use Loom to create social media content to share.

Get it now: https://www.useloom.com

Cost: Free!

2. Canva

Canva is an incredibly simple platform to create professional-looking graphic design elements in minutes. If you need a quick graphic for a social media post or to jazz up a presentation or report for a client, you can create it in Canva in no time.

Canva has hundreds of pre-made templates for all kinds of professional uses. It also comes with handy images and font suggestions so that even the most design-challenged among us can create something classy and professional.

Get it now: https://www.canva.com

Cost: Free to use, with some premium fonts, templates, and images having a nominal cost.

3. ContentStudio

ContentStudio allows you to organise all your social media marketing from a single place. You can curate engaging content, share it through multiple channels, and strengthen your content marketing.

A popular feature of ContentStudio is its ability to fetch fresh content from over a thousand sources, meaning you can delve in and compile trending content from any niche or market. You also have the ability to compose unique posts and schedule them to be published through your social accounts, helping you create better looking posts at a faster pace.

Get it now: https://contentstudio.io/

Cost: Free to use, with premium packages offering advanced features.

4. Asana

Asana is a simple project management tool designed to help teams organise their workload and get more done. In Asana you can map out steps, assign work, see what’s currently in progress or what still needs to be done, track due dates, and see visually how work is tracking. It’s a great tool to help your team manage their workload and to give you visibility over how client work is tracking.

Get it now: https://asana.com

Cost: Free to use, with premium packages offering advanced features.

5. Biteable

Biteable is an awesome site where you can create unique video ads, explainer videos, animations, infographics, and much more. You’re essentially able to create pro-quality video in the time it takes to drink your coffee. You have the ability to choose from hundreds of styles, insert your own digital content, choose high-quality soundtracks, and easily share it through multiple channels.

With a lot of social networking sites becoming more video-centric, this is the app you should be using if you want to set your business apart in the digital world.

Get it now: https://biteable.com/features/

Cost: Free package available with a limit of 5 projects per month or a premium package offering unlimited use.

6. Yesware

There’s no doubt that you send and receive a lot of emails. This clever app allows you to use simple email templates, and then see who actually opens your emails and clicks on any links. It also offers other useful email tools and shortcuts. It integrates with Gmail and Outlook, so you don’t have to learn a new tool.

Get it now: https://www.yesware.com

Cost: $12 per user per month, with a free trial period.

7. Trello

Trello is a project management tool much like Asana, but it’s probably even simpler. It’s great for small teams that don’t need a ton of tools or features, but just want to get more organised and have visibility around their workload.

Trello works with a system of cards – like virtual index cards on a big virtual pinboard. You can move and arrange the cards any way you like, and add due dates, files, and collaborators.

Get it now: http://www.trello.com

Cost: Free, with premium packages offering advanced features

8.Pixel Me

Pixel Me is a great way to track and measure the links you’re posting and who is clicking on them. This means you can track the audience of the content you’re posting and target them again through remarketing. It gives you the opportunity to speak through different ad platforms to your custom audience and increase your brand awareness.

Get it now: https://pixelme.me/

Cost: Basic to comprehensive paid packages available

9. Missinglettr

Missinglettr increases traffic to your website’s blog by creating strategic, automated social media campaigns. It automatically pulls snippets from your blog posts to create promotional content – your only job is to review the content and choose how long you’d like to promote it.

Missinglettr markets the unique content you’ve created by connecting your social channels and running your campaigns for you. This provides regular social updates to your clients and encourages clicks to your content year-round.

Get it now: https://missinglettr.com/

Cost: Free, with personal and business accounts available.

10. Full Story

Ever wanted to know what your website visitors do once they land on your homepage? Want to find ways to convert more leads with your site design or copy? Then you need to try Full Story.

Once installed, Full Story tracks website visitors and shows you what those visitors actually do in a recorded video you can replay. It also shows you where your site traffic comes from and highlights areas of your site that cause visitor frustration. It’s great if you want to improve your online marketing and understand the effectiveness of recent marketing campaigns.

Get it now: https://www.fullstory.com/

Cost: Free, with premium packages offering advanced features

These are the ten apps we love the most in our agency. With new apps appearing almost daily, there countless possible solutions to boost your marketing and communication efforts. What are some of the apps that you use that we haven’t mentioned? Send us an email if you have a tool that you think we have missed! Contact us

Creating a video marketing strategy for Facebook

Creating a video marketing strategy for Facebook

There is no doubt that Facebook is the largest social network.

Facebook has 1.65 billion monthly active users, with nearly one billion accessing the network on their mobile phones every day. As avid Facebook users scroll through their newsfeeds on both desktop and phone, brands face an ever-evolving challenge of creating thumb-stopping content.

Videos are shown to get more reach than any other post on Facebook, and the network is rapidly evolving into a video-centric platform. According to TechCrunch, Facebook has reached 8 billion video views a day and viewership continues to grow.

At their very best, videos can create experiences that are memorable, moving, and inspiring – experiences that brands and businesses can bank on.

Why brands should start making Facebook-friendly videos

On Facebook, video content has more power to increase brand awareness.

Video can speak on a level that text posts can’t. It can educate and entertain an audience easily and quickly through storytelling. Through creative and engaging video content, your brand or business has a higher chance of attracting attention and engagement. According to HubSpot, 80% of customers remember a video they watched in the last month.

Video content performs well on all devices.

Videos perform well regardless of which device is used to view Facebook. The responsive design ensures that your audience will see your video the exact same way every time. Simply Measured found that 60% of viewers engage in a video post in preference to a text post, so you want to make sure you get it right first!

Video has the ability to build greater social connectivity.

Using video correctly in your marketing strategy enables you to increase engagement with your direct target audience and their extended personal network. Forbes estimates that 92% of people who consume mobile videos share them with others, so a small amount of engagement can reach a larger audience and potentially go viral.

Without the right video marketing strategy you’re going in blind

Video content made only for Facebook requires a different focus than in normal video production. It’s essential you start with a video marketing strategy to determine the best approach.

You need a video that creates impact and results through the right balance of emotion, creativity, and knowledge of your target audience. Your strategy should involve targeting the varying audiences your business has, and creating a formula to engage and direct the audience into a customer journey.

One video shouldn’t be treated as a “one size fits all”. Ideally you should create a video for every Facebook ad campaign that is targeting a different activity or customer.

Tips for creating successful Facebook videos

Use the first few seconds wisely

You need to bring your story to life quickly. You want your video ad to quickly pique the interest of people scrolling through their Facebook feeds looking for content.

Consider showing brand or product imagery in the first few seconds so the viewer knows what your video is about as soon as possible.

Focus on storytelling

Video length is less important than telling a cohesive and concise story. Your video ad shouldn’t be longer or shorter than it takes to tell your story well, so create a storytelling arc from the first frame to the last that keeps your audience interested along the way.

Make sure you tell your story with and without sound

Videos on Facebook auto play with sound off, so it’s important to make sure your video ads entice viewers even when muted.

When sound is off, great imagery and on-screen text can help tell your story. When enabled, your video’s sound should offer additional value to viewers and further bring your story to life.

A long video (over 3 minutes) that showcases your background and founder story to a cold audience is not the right type of video to use in this format.

How to utilise the Facebook advertising platform

Most people are aware that you can “boost” a post to get engagement and views on your branded content.
But boosting a video posted on your Facebook page is a really costly and ineffective strategy to build brand awareness.

When you chose to boost a post, Facebook shows your ad to people who are most likely to engage with it. But not all engagement is equally useful to your business. Some users will simply click “like” and never engage with you outside of Facebook.

This kind of engagement is a waste of your time. You need a strategy that entices users to move from Facebook to your website, where they are more likely to convert.

Clearly, boosting a post isn’t the right metric that you want to choose to optimise your ad. So, what is?

We recommend creating a “video views” strategy. With this strategy, you share content with the people on Facebook who are ready to hear your message and are more likely to take the actions you want.

What is the video views strategy?

Firstly, target your video to a broad Facebook audience of your general demographic of potential customers.

Once the video has reached at least 1000 views, you create a second remarketing ad campaign to target those who watched at least 50% of the video. This advertising will invite them to learn more about your service or offer, usually with some sort of special promotion.

Running these ads continuously creates a funnel of viewers, who by watching your video are self-identifying to you that they’re interested in your product. This is the group of viewers who are ready to hear your brand message, and you can effectively target them with your business offer.

Where to now?

If you want to enter deep into Facebook marketing, there are many more strategies and remarketing steps that can be set up to further drive engagement and views.

Speak to us at Creative Content to find out more about how we can help you promote your videos on Facebook. We can get you set up with the right video marketing strategy for your business.