Why work with us?
As a food and drink manufacturer you’ve likely got some experience with social media. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram are now staples for any business looking to maintain an active online presence. But simply having a profile and posting the occasional picture or video is rarely enough to grow a meaningful social media presence. If you’ve wondered how to get more like and shares for your food or drink company on Facebook, or need help staying on top of messages, mentions and enquiries on your social media channels, our social media management service might just be the solution.
We’ve managed social media accounts for food and drink manufacturers, lifestyle brands, cafes, fitness instructions and many more small and large businesses. All the while, we’ve built valuable knowledge on best practice and which content works best for different business types. Food and drink manufacturers are often some of the most fun clients to work with, since their businesses naturally lend themselves to the kind of great visual content that people love to engage with.
You’re free to have as much or as little involvement as you like, when you’re too busy we can create and publish content ourselves with the help of our dedicated copywriters and content creators, or we can take your content and maximise its impact. Whatever your preferences and budget, we’ll find a solution that works.
How do we deliver results?
We’ll ensure your branding stuns across all your social media profiles, tweaking graphical assets where necessary to ensure the most professional looking profile pages for your food and drinks company. It’s vital all your contact details and address information is correct so customers can get in touch as easily as possible. Layout and app changes happen on a constant basis, so we keep on top of updates to ensure your profile stays at the forefront of social media design.
If you’re looking to build followers fast, we can administer a range of paid advertising campaigns across your social channels, specifically targeted at your key demographic. By taking the time to get to know your food and drinks brand we’ll make sure your advertising is seen by the kind of customers who are most likely to become real fans, engaging with and sharing your content rather than simply clicking like and moving on.
We use cutting-edge monitoring tools to keep track of every mention, like, retweet and share from your social media accounts. We’ll flag up high profile mentions and retweet praise to amplify the conversation about your food and drink products. You’ll have the opportunity to reply to feedback and concerns raised by customers and build those all important relationships that give your brand the personal touch.
If you’re planning to introduce a new retail outlet, new stock or maybe a promotion or special offer, we can roll this out across all your channels in a coordinated launch for maximum impact. Where needed, we can create new artwork and custom banners that flag your announcements to customers. We can geo-target specific posts and messages to reach customers in areas where you have the most potential to grow, or bring more traffic to your brick and mortar outlets where applicable.
What are the results and how do we report them?
Our social media service for food and drink manufacturers take the administrative burden off your hands so you can focus on creating products your customers love. Your channels will impress with a professional look and regular updates. By keeping you informed about the conversation around your brand on social media, you’ll never miss a chance to keep in touch with customers and address their questions and concerns. The cumulative effect is not simply growing interest and interaction on social media, but increasingly meaningful relationships with customers.
New and existing customers will have more trust and respect for your brand, meaning leads become more likely to convert to sales. Our data analysis tools generate regular reports which we deliver to you, keeping you in the loop about the type of customers who follow you on social media and the content and products which they love the most. Armed with these valuable insights you’ll find you can play to your strengths and get more from your customers.
Whether you need help devising a strategy for social media, or simply want to avoid the burden entirely, we’d be happy to help you build the kind of presence you can be proud of. Your social media deserves to shine as much as the food or drink products you make, so speak to Alloy today for no obligation chat about how our enthusiastic team can make it happen.
Frequently asked questions
Yes absolutely, if you’ve yet to get set up we can help and even decorate your new platform to properly match your wider branding.
If you’d like help growing the likes or interactions on your page let us know. Once we understand a bit more about your business we’ll be able to come up with the best way to get you the results you’re looking for. It could involve sharing specific types of content, interacting with others, or paying Facebook directly for a promotional campaign.
However you would like you channel to run, let us know. We can create multiple posts a day with as little or as much input from you as you would like.
Absolutely. Whether it’s designing assets, working out the right budget or defining the specific demographics to be targeted we can take care of your campaign and make sure it makes its mark.
If you have no idea where to start with Facebook and would like to work with us we’d be happy to provide a crash course to get you used to the service and how it can help your business.
Building and maintaining an active presence for your business online – top tips using social media
When you run a small to medium size business, you often carry out the roles of several employees within a larger company. Hopefully this article can help shed some light on getting the most out of your limited and valuable time, working on internet marketing and public relations using social media.
“Businesses who are relentless in building a following on social media are in fact creating their own publishing platforms, growing their marketing channels and content distribution networks. It is a digital asset that grows every year. Over time it can provide huge leverage and marketing independence if done right.”
Understand the demographics
- 72% of all internet users are now active on social media
- 18-29 year olds have an 89% usage
- The 30-49 bracket sits at 72%
- 60 percent of 50 to 60 year olds are active on social media
- In the 65 plus bracket, 43% are using social media
- Time spent on Facebook per hour spent online by country. Here are the top three. USA citizens get the top gong at 16% followed by the Aussies at 14 minutes and the Brits at 13 minutes.
- 71% of users access social media from a mobile device.
The paradigm of social media only being used by the younger generations should be put to rest now!
Harnessing social media for your business
Social media is an often overlooked tool at your disposal to keep in touch with customers, keeping them interested and up to date with your services. Many people feel like social media has a life of its own, that they will never be able to get the hang of it, but remember social media can reach potential customers that wouldn’t normally get to know that your company even exists.
Tweets are something we see in our everyday lives, at the beginning of our favourite shows there are hashtags displayed on the screen, our news programs engage with viewers by reading out live tweets and adverts run competitions that utilise tweets, shares and #hashtags. You can make the most of this by spending a little time getting to know twitter.
Top tip: discover new accounts
Try checking out the “Discover” tab within your twitter account and see what is trending in your area. Twitter’s algorithms are constantly trying to connect you with other people and companies it sees as relevant to you, often these are not ideal, but occasionally twitter will suggest companies and accounts to follow that you would never have considered and could potentially open new avenues for generating leads for your business.
Diversify your lead generation sources
Your online presence is all about balance, just as with the rest of your business, so a good mix of sharing your own website’s content, social media messages from other accounts and up to date blogs will make your company stand out from the competition. By giving your customers something interesting to read they will build up more of an affinity to you and your services than they would to a company that just posts a flyer through the door.
Rather than forcing your marketing messages onto potential customers, seed your messages across multiple areas where customers could stumble across your brand, to reap the rewards of “pull marketing” instead of the usual interruption style “push marketing”
Social Media Stats you NEED to know
- Social media marketing budgets are projected to double in the next five years. (SocialTimes)
- The top three social networks used by B2B marketers are LinkedIn (91%); Twitter (85%); and Facebook (81%).
- However, just 62% of marketers say that LinkedIn is effective, while 50% say the same for Twitter and only 30% of B2B marketers view Facebook as effective. (FlipCreator)
- This one may surprise you: Google+ actually averages more visits per month than Facebook. Google+ receives 1.2 billion visits per month compared to Facebook’s 809 million. (iMedia Connection) Building a solid presence on Google+ is now an essential tool for B2B marketing
- Grandma and grandpa are crashing teenagers’ social media party. The fastest-growing age cohort on Twitter is 55-to-64 year-olds, up 79% since 2012.
- And the 45-54 age bracket is the fastest-growing group on both Facebook and Google+. (Fast Company)
- The collective spending power of millennials will surpass that of Baby Boomers by 2018, and millennials will comprise 75% of the global labor force by 2025. (AllTwitter)
- Millennials are, in general, not loyal to employers (91% expect to stay in a job for less than three years) but are loyal to brands (95% want brands to court them actively).(AllTwitter)
Build a personality for your brand
A simple tweet a day about the weather in the local area, an event in your town or to a local cafe you went for lunch will build up a personalised image to your followers increasing the chances of common ground, beliefs and ethics – extending the influence of your branding beyond the visuals of a simple logo and colour scheme, to more fundamental emotional triggers.
These followers could one day need a service from you and building an active social presence to get visibility on their social media streams increases the likelihood of your business being there in their social streams at the moment they need your service. If they feel passionately about ethical issues in common with you, such as supporting family-run businesses, buying organic or being eco-friendly, you will multiply your chances of converting these leads into customers.
Build a blog to prove yourself within your industry
By adding blog content to your website you can link to these pages in your tweets and social messages and give your followers something more involved to read about. Have you noticed how many people walk around looking at their phones, sitting on a bus, train, waiting for a friend? People entertain themselves looking at social media and keeping that content fresh will mean they always have a reason to check back to see what you are doing.
Click here to see a great example of small business blogging to market a chocolate manufacturing company.
Some tips to keep in mind:
- Don’t try too hard to sell products directly through twitter – post links to product pages that people can visit if they choose.
- Acting like a REAL person on twitter will make for a more interesting follow
- Post real links to real content that are related to your industry – become a ‘content curator’ to get far more followers
- Follow interesting people yourself, support other local business and they will support you back.
- Engage with customers that retweet and reply to you.
Other articles in our blog and internet marketing information category might hopefully fill some other gaps in your knowledge and allow you to generate a higher return from your investment of time and resources online.
With over 1/2 billion people worldwide using facebook on a daily basis, and over 300k people using Twitter, it has now become essential for every business to at least have a basic presence on these networks.
In case you’re still not sure if it’s worth investing time and money in your brand’s social media presence – recent updates over the past 2 years to the algorithm used by Google (and others such as Bing, Ask, Yahoo) to rank websites in their search results has started using signals from social networks to get an idea if brands are real and deserve to rank well on search engine results pages.
As you may know it is possible for social media channels to become a major drain on time and resources, due to the changes, distractions and now advertising featured on the pages. So the best recommendation is to get our help to consolidate your efforts and get advice on the best tools and tactics to actually make efficient use of these new marketing channels.
Top recommendations for social media marketing efficiency
- Avoid using the actual twitter or Facebook interfaces – use a management suite to monitor and publish from one place with minimum distractions
- We use agency standard tools that are expensive to run, but allow us to manage our clients’ campaigns effectively
- Please get in touch if you would like advice on the best social media management tools to use for your business
What social media messages should you spend your time broadcasting?
- New announcements from your brand.
- Teaser previews of offerings you are working on.
- Related interesting news from the industry.
- Trivia related to your product: history, technology
- Ask for suggestions: people love to help someone out
- Events you are holding: this informs as well as gets you attendees
- Events you are participating in: this shows you are active.
- Helping people find opportunities
- Helping people solve problems is the best thing you can do to promote your brand
- Popular events: tweet about the upcoming sports events, festivals, etc.
- Regular industry news: yup, this doesn’t hurt if mixed in.
- Sales announcements: Tweet about any sales announcements you might have.
- Job openings: Tell people about open positions, both with your brand and at other places you know.
- Ask for customer feedback: Invite people to share their experiences with your brand.
- Participate in the relevant hashtags(eg: #news), and get more visibility.
- Set up and announce tweet chats based on brand-related hashtags.
- Follow people and make acknowledgement via tweets.
- Thank people who have recently followed you.
- Post the latest updates from your blog along with the link.
- Direct people to other social media channels you own by tweeting about them.
- Search on your brand name and respond to tweets that are about you.