Understanding the new media
The smartphone has won the battle of most customer’s attention. Recent studies show that the public is holding on to their phones for tasks that we formerly did on our desktops. Our e-mail, our google search, and far too many apps to keep us off of a TV show and/or a good read of the paper.
If the “smartphone has won the battle” in order to promote an event we need to be all over the phone.
Smartphone users dial up Google to find anything from an event to a cheese sandwich. Google represents 93% of the searches. So getting your event on the top of Google would do the trick. Bloor News is run by a site that features getting found on top of Google. So if you know SEO (search engine optimization) then you can out race or out place the local papers. So with a good picture, knowledge of SEO, one guy with a camera can place an event on the first page of Google. Same picture can be found with hashtags on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Because, the second most popular place to find that event is Facebook. So using the same knowledge of SEO we can place an event on all social media.
The next factor that controls success is the number of times an event or website is listed on Google. Google lists the mentions on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and web sites. So would you rather be list on 40 websites or 4 million. The more hits, the better chance of your info getting into the customers phone.
THE NUMBER OF FANS I HAVE IS UNIMPORTANT– hashtags correctly with a “HOT PIC” then it is
retweeted and or re-posted by a user with more fans. Because what they want is “media”. Give me a pic of Brad Pitt with correct hashtags and i will reach millions. And if i have 10,000 followers and your media is an old dead dog — your response rate will be lower
Let’s look at some samples of poor use of social media
THESE RESULTS ONLY WORK ON A DESKTOP
torontojazz.com – About 55,500 results (0.46 seconds)
cmw.net (Music Week) About 448,000 results (0.45 seconds)
Would you hire the promo rep who got only “55,000” or would you rather have “448,000” Both events have been around for the same time period.
TorontoJazzFest is 50% LESS than CMW
7,3 to 3,0
TorontoJazzFest site:facebook.com About 1,010 results (0.58 seconds)
CMW site:facebook.com About 48,000 results (0.81 seconds)
TorontoJazzFest is 500% LESS than CMW
48,000 to 1,010
TorontoJazzFest site:instagram.com About 344 results (0.70 seconds)
CMW Music site:instagram.com About 1,190 results (0.47 seconds)
TorontoJazzFest is 400% LESS than CMW
1,190 to 344
This new media is not a secret . NY Times published a report ( Everybody’s a Critic. And That’s How It Should Be.) by their critic A. O. SCOTT on JAN. 30, 2016 claiming that any person with an iphone can be a powerful as the NY TIMES.
Back in the 1980’s all you needed was the local paper to review and/or promote your event. The promo person job was to get the press out to your event because the paper had the power to pack your event. Guess what the power is with GOOGLE and it can be done with a good picture and knowledge of SEO