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Key Lesson Of Social Media – Liberal Party fail the Gen Y Snapchat bullshit filter.

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Liberal Party Snapchat fail: 

 
Australian Federal Election time. And yes, now we’re in vote count mode.
 
In the closest Australian election in years, the soapboxes are rife and without a clear victory to either side in the two-party system, fingers are being pointed left, right and centre, but today I’m just going to focus my own personal Federal Election soapbox on an area that I know and love. The realm of social media.
 
While there weren’t as many social media activations as I anticipated over the Australian Federal Election period, there certainly were a few notable mentions and one in particular that I’d love to discuss, to get us all thinking more about the tactics we apply to the use of social media platforms and content generation in Australia’s social media scene.
 
Two of my favourite activations in particular were Twitter Australia’s #ausvotes hashflag and ABC’s live coverage of the election via Snapchat, however the Social Media Epic Fail Award, must be awarded to the Liberal Party’s execution of their Sponsored Snapchat Lens, the first of its kind around the world and one that went live just 24 hours before the polling booths opened for 2016 Australian Election. 
 
While the Sponsored Snapchat Lens definitely generated awareness amongst the youth market, the majority of that feedback on open platforms like news media, blogs and Twitter, was highly negative and the activation demonstrated a real lack of understanding of its intended audience – their use of Snapchat and the digital native’s mindset in this age of digital and tech innovation.  
 
Like many at the higher end of my field in Australia, I get excited when I spot new digital media ad products and content delivery methods trialled by trend-setting brands, creative and media agencies, as all too often Down Under, due to the size of our population, smaller budgets and yes, internet speeds galloping at the pace of beached turtle, we’re a little slow at times to be leading the way in one of the few key industries that’s left for Australia to make a global impact in.
 
As a result, one of the downfalls of being behind the eight ball in the digital sphere is lack of education and understanding of social media as a channel in the broader brand toolkit and our strategy towards ongoing and campaign content.
 
With my teams, I generally follow a 70/20/10 rule when creating and trialling ongoing/campaign content for clients and while the Liberal Party may have used that principle in this case, I fail to see how they thought the Sponsored Snapchat Lens telling the youth market to Vote Liberal, would ever turn out as anything but an Epic Fail.
 
The key factors that they forgot to take into consideration is Gen Y’s attitude towards social media use and the psychology needed to work in with the modern day user’s thought and behavioural processes.
 
This is something that really rung true during my past 3 months in the USA, where I was fortunate to experience the quality  and scale of digital campaigns activated in North America, as a part of broader through-the-line efforts to provide cut-through for brands in an already saturated market.
 
An example of successfully driving the voter conversation amongst millennials, is Tinder App’s partnership with Rock The Vote to drive USA youth market to the polls and this was indeed one of my favourite digital applications that I experienced during my time stateside. Designed for the native Tinder user experience, it is a tool that helped the user feel like they’ve come to a decision themselves, rather than someone instructing them to vote a certain way.
 
Now I’m not a Millennial, but I feel exactly the same as any digital native, prolific content creator or indeed everyday user who has been involved with or joined the evolution from owning multiple Myspace pages to the invention of Facebook and where we stand 10 years later. The approach that I’m suggesting that you consider is no different to meeting someone new amongst your friendship circle down at the pub for the first time and is as old as time itself. Don’t talk at me. Involve me in your story.
 
As Shane Smith, Canadian Emmy Award-winning journalist, web entrepreneur, co-founder & CEO of the VICE Media has been saying for a number of years, people 25 years old and younger have been marketed to through the internet since they were born and as a result have the most highly tuned inbuilt bullshit filters.
 
Some luxury brands aside, if you create content for your brand that broadcasts and talks at consumers, rather than making your brand relevant to their lifestyle, joining their story and by doing so, inviting them to join yours, then they will see right through your bullshit and either lambaste you for it or scroll on by, which is exactly what happened with the Liberal Party Sponsored Snapchat Lens.
 
When you as a brand manager, creative or social media lead are creating content or activations for your business in the social media sphere, then you need to take into consideration how you yourself prefer to consume content on your mobile phone in your personal social media Newsfeed and what you yourself enjoy seeing. Sure, all of us love seeing exciting, new social media content executions, but if there is one lens I do suggest you use for your digital content moving forward, then it’s this:
 
If it looks like an ad, then it is an ad and I’m quite simply not interested. Text lock-ups, too much logo, “there’s never been a better time”, sell sell sell… Don’t do it! And if you don’t have the budget to deliver the original amazing execution in the way that you and your team envisioned for maximum impact… Don’t blinker yourself and charge on ahead unchecked. Evolve it!
 
Of course, brands who get it like Redbull and Oreo North America have “the moneys”, but you have to work with what you’ve got and it’s not always about the big budget ideas.
 
Utilising social media to meet business and brand objectives is all about understanding your digital ecosystem, how best to optimize content for the various platforms, human behaviour, their thought processes and the user experience, then creating stories and content that for the consumer (you) are funny, helpful, make me feel something, are what I think or make me feel like I knew it first!*
 
If this makes sense to you, but you’re concerned that your boss, team or agency don’t quite get it, then it’s time for you to source someone who does to help you.
 
Connect with Dan Wilkinson.
Founder – Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.
LinkedIn 
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dan-wilkinson/9/319/57
Twitter https://twitter.com/hotndelicious
‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:
For social media, photography & influencer business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com.
 
*”The top 5 reasons women share online” by Venus on editor & publisher Mia Freedman.

Twitter Moments #democracysausage ftw with #ausvotes hashflag:

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Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!):
I recently wrapped my position as Social Media Lead for SapientNitro Australia, transforming the face of social media for a range of international brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Peroni Italian Beer, Bulmers Original Cider & more, to focus on freelance clients and my own business, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!, a travel, entertainment & lifestyle brand, business, blog & podcast.
 
My portfolio from the past 12 months alone includes speaking at Social Media Week – Miamicase studies featured on both the Instagram and Twitter Global Business BlogsAPAC winner at the 2016 Facebook AwardsShorty Awards finalist in NYC just last month & much more.
 
If you need help with one of or a combination of the following then give us a call:
  • Set-up of Agency/Client Systems, Processes & Documentation.
    • Social Media Audit.
    • Social Media Playbook creation.
      • Content Production.
      • Community Management
    • Reporting (incl. Data, Insights & Analytics) 
    • Issues Management, Crisis Management & Escalation.
    • Monthly Content Calendars.
    • Social Media Training & Education.
      • Clients.
      • Internal Leadership/Senior Management.
      • Internal Teams.
    • Internal Teams – Ways Of Working.
    • Social Media Strategy.
    • Content Production.
      • Photography.
      • Video content.
      • Social media copywriting.
      • Blogging.
      • Podcasting.
    • Monthly Social Media Reporting & Analytics.
    • Thought Leadership – writing for organization blogs/external media.
    • Speaker – Events & Festivals.
We already work with clients in Melbourne, Sydney and London, so no matter where you are around Australia or the world, we can either work in your city or remotely. It’s totally up to you. 

To find out more drop us an email at: info@hotndelicious.com or fill in the contact form below.

Let’s get started today! 

  
Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has transformed social media for a range of international brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.

Social Media Services We Provide

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet. Social Media Strategy, Monthly Content Creation, Community Management & Reporting. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson.
Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet. Social Media Strategy, Monthly Content Creation, Community Management & Reporting. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson.

Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet – Social Media Strategy & Content Production for your brand.

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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet. Social Media Strategy, Monthly Content Creation, Community Management & Reporting. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson
Bulmers Original Cider. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson

Hot & Delicious fresh out of the blocks with Social Media Strategy & Content for your organization, business or brand.

 
I just landed back in Australia 2 weeks ago from 3 months in the USA and in the process of onboarding a select number of new freelance social media clients for Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!
 
In January, I wrapped up my position as Social Media Lead for SapientNitro Australia in January, transforming the face of social media for a range of international brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Peroni Italian Beer, Bulmers Original Cider & more.
 
My portfolio from the past 12 months alone includes speaking at Social Media Week – Miamicase studies featured on both the Instagram and Twitter Global Business BlogsAPAC winner at the 2016 Facebook AwardsShorty Awards finalist in NYC just last month & much more.
 
If you need help with one of or a combination of the following then you should give us a call:
  • Set-up of Agency/Client Systems, Processes & Documentation.
    • Social Media Audit.
    • Social Media Playbook creation.
      • Content Production.
      • Community Management
    • Reporting (incl. Data, Insights & Analytics) 
    • Issues Management, Crisis Management & Escalation.
    • Monthly Content Calendars.
    • Social Media Training & Education.
      • Clients.
      • Internal Leadership/Senior Management.
      • Internal Teams.
    • Internal Teams – Ways Of Working.
    • Social Media Strategy.
    • Content Production.
      • Photography.
      • Video content.
      • Social media copywriting.
      • Blogging.
      • Podcasting.
    • Monthly Social Media Reporting & Analytics.
    • Thought Leadership – writing for organization blogs/external media.
    • Speaker – Events & Festivals.
We already work with clients in Melbourne, Sydney and London, so no matter where you are around Australia or the world, we can either work in your city or remotely. It’s totally up to you.
 

To find out more drop us an email at: info@hotndelicious.com or fill in the contact form below.

Let’s get started today! 

Hit Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet up on social media here:

Twitter 
https://twitter.com/hotndelicious
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/hotndelicious/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HotnDelicious
Hot & Delicious YouTube – Ballistyx Snowboard Show, interviews & more.
https://www.youtube.com/user/HotnDeliciousRecords
‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:
For social media, photography & influencer business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com.
 
Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has transformed social media for a range of international brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.

Social Media Services We Provide

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet. Social Media Strategy, Monthly Content Creation, Community Management & Reporting. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson.
Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet. Social Media Strategy, Monthly Content Creation, Community Management & Reporting. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson.

Melbourne, coffee & streetart – why Facebook video is the way forward.

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#Melbourne, #coffee & #streetart by Linchpin Studios
                                       ‘#Melbourne, #coffee & #streetart’ by Linchpin Studios

Melbourne, coffee & street art. Is there anything more iconic to Melbourne life?

And this walking video tour from Flinders St Station through Degraves St and down the graffiti alleys of Melbourne CBD by Linchpin Studios just captures that vibe wonderfully! 

Despite the choice in music selection (apologies Mick! 😜 – that’s just my personal opinion, plenty of others clearly loved it), for me as a social media professional, this kind of creative storytelling is the type of content that as a consumer I crave. The kind of content that cuts through the endless swathe of so-called inspirational quotes on white backgrounds that people carelessly pass off as creative and the millions of self-indulgent selfies that so many of us think that the world wants to see (yes, we’re all guilty of selfies, but I guarantee that you’ll be seeing a lot less of these on our Instagram account moving forward).

And as I advised all of my clients at the end of 2015, with the likes of Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Periscope, Vine and more continuing to strive to tap into those valuable Google/YouTube cash money media dollars, video content is going to continue to be prioritised by platforms in the consumer mobile newsfeed and its imperative that even those in small business find a way to execute video as part of their monthly content calendar.

Many of us won’t have considered this, but every single time that you open up the Facebook App on your mobile, there are well over 1500 pieces of content that Facebook are trying to squeeze into your newsfeed and therefore optimising content for the Facebook Newsfeed algorithm and ensuring premium storytelling for the consumer experience is absolutely key.

Case in point. In late January, producer Mick Russell from Linchpin Studios posted this‘#Melbourne, #coffee & #graffiti’ creative video on their business Facebook Page. Less than two weeks later, the video has enjoyed well over 280K+ Video Views, 3.7K Shares, 1200 new Facebook fans and 400+ Comments from around the world. “But what about the Facebook Advertising Spend?” I hear you say… Well. $2 and 9 cents… yep, you heard it…$2.09 and that off only 200 original Facebook fans on their Facebook Page… This shit went viral! Imagine what it would be like with another cheeky $50 media spend behind it… or $100!

By capturing an audience-centric moment in time that so many Melbournites and tourists like you & I experience every single day, Linchpin Studios have tapped into our hearts and minds resulting in wonderful digital traffic for their business through a simple, but inspired piece of creative storytelling. It doesn’t have to cost tens of thousands of dollars. It just has to be well executed and mean something.

Creatives… throw your meme & inspirational template kits in the bin, stop slapping your brand’s logos and text lock-ups over everything immediately and start thinking about how you can start using platform functionality and amazing storytelling through video content to capture our imagination.

We’re ready and waiting!

#Melbourne, #coffee & #streetart by Linchpin Studios

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From storytelling to creative and engaging videos for your brand, contact:
Mick Russell Linchpin Studios on
0428 884 844
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Dan Wilkinson is a social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more and is the founder of entertainment, travel & lifestyle biz, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

Contact Dan Wilkinson and the Hot & Delicious Group for all your business or brand social media needs.

Social media strategy, monthly content calendar creation, community management, specialised team/staff social media training, creation of social media systems/ways of working and speaking engagements for your business, brand, conference or event.

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As an award-winning, highly experienced social media professional, Dan Wilkinson has worked with a range of international brands, spoken at Social Media Week – Miami and has had two campaigns from the past year now featured as global case studies on both the Twitter Success Stories and Instagram Business Blog for his work at SapientNitro, working with brands such as Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Peroni Italian Beer and more.

Dan recently wrapped up his position as Social Media Lead for SapientNitro in Australiato pursue freelance social media contracts, influencer/public speaking opportunities and further build his own brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

 Hit Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet up on social media here:

Twitter @hotndelicious 
Instagram
 @hotndelicious
Facebook.com/HotnDelicious

Hot & Delicious YouTube – Ballistyx Snowboard Show, interviews & more.
‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:
For business enquiries email contact:

Hot & Delicious fresh out of the blocks with Social Media strategy & content for your brand.

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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet. Social Media Strategy, Monthly Content Creation, Community Management & Reporting. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson
Bulmers Original Cider. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson 

Hot & Delicious fresh out of the blocks with Social Media strategy & content for your brand.

Social Media Strategy, Content Production, Monthly Social Media Calendars, Community Management & Reporting

Yes, after 2.5 years as Social Media Lead for SapientNitro in Australia driving social media for Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Bulmers Original Cider, Oreo, Philly Cream Cheese, Kraft Peanut Butter & more, I’ve decided to jump back into the freelance world.

In my time at SapientNitro, we’ve changed the way our clients play in the social media space with innovative thinking, exciting brand building and social media-led campaigns 

Some of the highlights include:

I am both proud and excited to have helped transform the way not only our clients do business, but the way SapientNitro operates in the social media space. 

When I first joined SapientNitro in July 2013, the Australian arm of the business had never focussed on social media clients before. During my time at the agency, with the support of our global social teams in Miami, New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Toronto, we transformed the Melbourne office into a digitally-focussed business, creating internal ways of working, crisis management & escalation procedures, content production and community management processes, reporting templates, social listening and analytics tool assessment/review, pitch document creation for successful pitches and more.

 SapientNitro is now a thriving full-service agency providing clients with a range of specialist social media services including social media strategy, monthly calendar content creation – social media copywriting, photography and video production, monthly reporting and community management (moderation, crisis management and escalation).

But now, it’s my time… I want to take the learnings I brought to SapientNitro and have been adopted by our clients, as well as those key learnings they haven’t been able to adopt, to further build my own brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet, and that of my clients, who crave a forward-thinking digital brand of their own. I want to partner with agencies, brands and clients to create audience-centric content that’s built for the user experience and drives the brand awareness/Reach that ultimately drive foot traffic/sales for their respective businesses.

 And that now starts with you…

 If you, your agency, your business, your brand or your client are looking to transform the way you approach social media then your journey starts now.

Complete our Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet contact form below and we can start building your presence today.

Hit Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet up on social media here:

Twitter @hotndelicious 
Instagram @hotndelicious
Facebook.com/HotnDelicious
Hot & Delicious YouTube – Ballistyx Snowboard Show, interviews & more.

Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.

Social Media Services We Provide

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet. Social Media Strategy, Monthly Content Creation, Community Management & Reporting. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson.
Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet. Social Media Strategy, Monthly Content Creation, Community Management & Reporting. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson.

“People do business with people, not logos.” – Trevor Young (PRWarrior.com)

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Trevor Young AKA PRWarrior.com stops by our castle in the sky.
Trevor Young AKA PRWarrior.com stops by our castle in the sky.

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast series

“People do business with people, not logos.” Trevor Young (PRWarrior.com)

Launching social media for your business or personal brand or wondering if it’s time to review and revamp?

Then these words by PR Warrior, author, podcaster, public speaker and digital entrepreneur, Trevor Young, should be the first place you start and THIS is the ‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ podcast for you!

One of my frustrations as a digital media professional and creative, is that those who aren’t digital/tech savvy and/or way too focused on their brand don’t realise that to sell product, a brand’s content offering should be audience centric first and foremost. This doesn’t mean reproducing uninspiring and unoriginal “inspiration quotes” on sunset or beach backgrounds or posting cat memes/dog videos that have zero relevance to your brand, it just means take the time to consider the user experience on mobile for someone scrolling past your content on social media for the very first time. If it looks like an advertisement, then it is an advertisement, their eyes will glaze over, anything you were hoping to achieve with that post is immediately lost and even damage your brand reputation!

Get creative and always have the user experience front-of-mind – how can you work your brand and product into content that won’t make someone scroll on by immediately or switch off – Hot tip: Don’t slap logos and Text Overlays over everything!

Today, Trevor and I talk at length about the effectiveness of an audience-centric marketing approach, his book, microDOMINATION which is about how to leverage social media and content marketing to build a mini-business empire around your personal brand – a look at new age entrepreneurs who have built global profiles using content and social media, Reputation Revolution by Trevor Young – the DIY Personal Branding for Business Professionals podcast created by Trevor, we talk tales of his childhood growing up around country Victoria as the son of a bank manager where Trevor’s imaginative and entrepreneurial spirit was born, JUNUFO – the Junior Investigation Team into UFOs (yes I’m serious 😉), choosing accountability partners – the like-minded individuals who will help you stay true to your commitment to pursue your personal and business ambitions, The Cluetrain Manifesto, Miles Davis ‘Kind of Blue’ album, the great Melbourne crime novel and the longevity you’ll achieve for your business and brand by staying true to yourself and marketing who you are, not what you think people want to see.

Don’t craft something that you’re not. 

Free Download podcast#50 Trevor Young (Content Marketing and PRWarrior.com).  

Android users – you’ll need to download the free Podcast Republic app then search Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

Connect with Trevor Young via Twitter or head on over PRWarrior.com to read articles on the blog and learn more about Trevor’s content driven communications business.

Download the Reputation Revolution – DIY Personal Branding for Business Professionals podcast:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/reputation-revolution-diy/id872444008?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Buy your copy of microDOMINATION via http://microdominationbook.com/

Hit Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet up on social media:

Twitter @hotndelicious 
Instagram @hotndelicious
Facebook.com/HotnDelicious
Hot & Delicious YouTube – Ballistyx Snowboard Show, interviews & more.

Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.