Thought Leadership

Social Media Strategy for your B2B and Small Business Starts Here.

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Nomad Brewing Co. Photography by Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet).

What are you missing from your B2B Business, Startup, Small Business or Small To Medium Enterprise digital media and content strategy right now? You probably don’t even know and it’s crucial that you take the time for the right advice!

There are a literally thousands of self-titled, self-appointed “Social Media Unicorns”,”Social Media Rockstars”, “Social Media Ninjas” and “Social Media Gurus” out there in the digital media industry, who will generate content that doesn’t ladder up to strategic business objectives, not designed for the user experience and won’t drive prospective consumers down the marketing funnel to conversion through lead generation and sales or loyalty. That takes a lot of more time, experience at scale working with the world’s biggest brands, an understanding for the user experience and how to connect the dots for client ROI.

That’s where my business comes in. Across the last 8 years of my life I have built a wealth of knowledge and experience as a global award-winning Senior Social Media Strategist and Content Producer across a range of industries including B2B, tech/apps, virtual reality, fintech, FMCG, beer/alcohol brands, Not-For-Profit, health & wellness, a global cosmetics brand, health insurance and travel.

Over the past 2.5 years I have and we have worked with the likes of Telstra Enterprise, Cancer Council Australia, Transplant Australia, Moula fintech brand, driven the launch of the Plant Life Balance augmented reality greening app (as part of The Bravery agency), Cherry Blooms global cosmetics brandMahlab Agency (on a global B2B digital client, hbf insurance), Soap Creative (PepsiCo snacking, Ferrero, Microsoft) and many more.

The key to that success has been a clear understanding of client objectives, knowing where their target markets are making purchase decisions, researching competitors, exploring the type of content consumers that connect with digitally, developing an understanding of the ever evolving technical capabilities of the major digital platforms, the platform strengths, data analytics and creating bespoke strategies with ad solutions that are most likely to drive the desired results for a client and their brand.

This success and knowledge has also been provided by the opportunity to work with Australian and global brands with 1M+ audiences and massive paid media budgets. THAT’s how you get to see what works at scale!

But there-in lies the challenge for many B2B Businesses, Startups, Small Businesses and Small To Medium Enterprises. All businesses and organisations want their digital media to be an immediate success and the vast majority quite simply can’t afford (or can’t justify) the retainers that the top creative/digital agencies want to charge to run their digital media strategy, content production and reporting. And quite frankly, many of these agencies still aren’t doing the job required despite the expense!

That’s why I’ve been changing the market with our business model. Over the past 2.5 years, we’ve worked both agency and client-side on 3 to 6 month projects (at various levels and designed to each individual business/organisational budget) to set-up our clients with full audits of organisational digital ecosystems and assets, content pillars that ladder up to brand goals as part of a marketing funnel, the development of 1-3 year strategic roadmaps, Best Practice Social Media Playbooks, digital media reporting frameworks, business-as-usual/campaign ideation, organizational training workshops, Issues & Crisis Management Escalation procedures, influencer outreach and driving efficiencies with the set-up of client internal/external systems, processes and ways of working.

The idea is that we teach you and your team how to fish, so that you can save thousands of dollars per month/year by producing your own brand content internally to a strategic plan, specifically designed dually to drive strategic business objectives and for the user experience, allowing you to free-up and reallocate much needed funds to paid media and other areas of the business, only relying on external resource for strategy updates, ideation and additional reporting consultancy/review on an as-needed basis.

We can also generate content and photographic briefs/brand books over that 3-6 month period (and ongoing if needed) to help create a consistent style and tone for your brand, so that the internal team members producing your content have brand guidelines and templates to work off.

I guarantee you that very few self-titled, self-appointed “Social Media Unicorns”,”Social Media Rockstars”, “Social Media Ninjas” and “Social Media Gurus” will be able to deliver what you need and it’ll save you a LOT of time, heartache and $$$ in the long run.

Whether it’s our business or someone else’s, I highly recommend that you only hire someone who actually knows how to provide all of the above with examples and it is in fact up to you now to ask the right questions from word go when it comes to your digital media strategy. I’ve provided a number of them above for you, even if digital media isn’t your strong suit.

If you’re like to know more, check out our portfolio of global award-winning, previous clients and overview of our Digital Media offering:

http://bit.ly/HotndeliciousSocialMediaStrategyContent

And get in touch! We’d love to hear from you!

Dan Wilkinson

For social media strategy, content/photography & influencer business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com

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Nomad Brewing Co. Photography by Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet).

Senior Social Media Strategist – Gun For Hire.

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Wow, what an experience!

I am still coming down from the excitement that has been Telstra Vantage™ 2018 and yet I’m hitting the ground running on the hunt for my next contract/freelance project or full-time Head of Social Media/Social Media Director/Social Media Strategist role, preferably in Sydney or US-based, but do have clients in other Australian capital cities.

Across the past 3.5 months, I have been Digital & Social Media Lead for Telstra Enterprise on Telstra Vantage, the annual invite-only event 6,000+ customers on smart business tech and innovation held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. And what an experience it was!

Apart from the successful launch of the Telstra Vantage™ TV livestream/on demand service and watching our amazing onsite Enterprise Social Media team bring Telstra Vantage™ to life in digital, key event highlights from the 5 stages at event include the closing keynote from Thai cave rescue heroes, Dr Richard Harris and Craig Challen, as they related to our audience their experiences of the Tham Luang Cave rescue – dubbed “Mission Impossible” – in Thailand earlier this year, Neha Narula’s keynote on blockchain, bitcoin and cryptocurrency, the Business of Sport panel featuring Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany and AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan on how technology is influencing how we promote, broadcast, sponsor and watch sport now and in the future, the Women in Tech “Unstoppable force meets irresistible objective – empowering women in technology” panel and a plethora of the latest Telstra tech including 5G demonstrations, the evolution of drones and any number of partner activations from the likes of Cisco, Samsung, Microsoft and more.

As my role wraps up on the Telstra Vantage project for 2018, I’m excited about my next steps in the industry in Australia/abroad and effective immediately I am on the hunt for either a client-side or an agency-side role/contract and the 3 key elements that I’m seeking in new business opportunities are as follows:

  1. Digitally Progressive – you are a digitally progressive business/brand or you want to be (if you’re not there yet then, you want to pay someone who is and can bring you up to speed).
  2. Corporate Culture/Champion of the People – you foster a culture of inclusiveness from the top down and that is evident in the energy/experience of the people who work with you at all levels.
  3. Champion Great Work – contractors and employees describe your business approach as one that fosters big ideas and proactivity. Industry leaders not followers.

I am a global award-winning social media strategist, university lecturer, speaker, podcaster and content producer with experience across B2B, Fintech, FMCG, Travel, Beer/Alcohol brands, Not-For-Profit, Augmented Reality, Tech/Apps, Health & Wellness, Cosmetics, Health Insurance & more.

I drive strategy for medium to large size enterprises, both agency and client-side.

Over the past 2.5 years, my biz Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! has worked with Cancer Council Australia, Moula fintech, The Bravery, Dos Equis (via FWRD Agency), Cherry Blooms global cosmetics brand, Mahlab Agency (a global B2B digital client, hbf insurance), REBORN Agency and Transplant Australia providing a range of services including a full audit of organisational digital ecosystems and assets, development of 2-3 year strategic roadmaps, Best Practice Social Media Playbooks, development of Digital Media Reporting frameworks, Business-As-Usual/Campaign ideation, organizational training workshops, Issues & Crisis Management Escalation procedures/management, development of brand influencer networks and setting up of agency/client internal/external ways of working systems.

In a previous life as Social Media Lead at SapientNitro and Head of Social Media at Soap Creative across the Mondelez, Carlton & United Breweries, Microsoft, PepsiCo (snacking) and Ferrero portfolios, I have worked on social media strategy for a range of international brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Peroni Italian Beer, Miller Genuine Draft, Bulmers Original Cider, Doritos, Tic Tac, Kinder Surprise, Nutella, Xbox and many more.

Need a gun for hire to transform your business? Want to know more?

Drop me a link via email or LinkedIn and let’s grab coffee. I am excited about working with you!

Dan Wilkinson

For social media strategy, content/photography & influencer business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com

Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet!) – Global Award-Winning Social Media Strategy Portfolio.

Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet!) – Global Award-Winning Social Media Strategy Portfolio.

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

Twitter https://twitter.com/hotndelicious
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/hotndelicious/
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Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HotnDelicious
DOWNLOAD the Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! weekly entrepreneurship podcast via iTunes.

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Does your Biz/Brand need a new Social Media Strategy?

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My name is Dan Wilkinson. I am a global award-winning social media strategist, university lecturer, speaker, podcaster and content producer with experience across FMCG, Travel, Beer/Alcohol brands, B2B, Not-For-Profit, Augmented Reality, Tech/Apps, Fintech, Health & Wellness, Cosmetics, Health Insurance & more.

I drive strategy for medium to large size enterprises, both agency and client-side, our business is going from strength-to-strength and that growth has lead us to currently have capacity for 1-2 new inspired clients to join our stable.

Over the past 2 years, my biz Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!, has worked with Cancer Council Australia, Moula fintech, The Bravery, Dos Equis (via FWRD Agency), Cherry Blooms global cosmetics brand, Mahlab Agency (a global B2B digital client, hbf insurance), REBORN Agency and Transplant Australia providing a range of services including a full audit of organisational digital ecosystems and assets, development of 2-3 year strategic roadmaps, Best Practice Social Media Playbooks, development of Digital Media Reporting frameworks, Business-As-Usual/Campaign ideation, organizational training workshops, Issues & Crisis Management Escalation procedures/management, development of brand influencer networks and setting up of agency/client internal/external ways of working systems and processes.

My portfolio from the past 2.5 years includes APAC winner at the 2016 Facebook Awardsspeaking at Social Media Week – Miami, multiple global Kinsale Sharks Awards (Silver, Bronze, Bronze), case studies featured on both the Instagram and Twitter Global Business BlogsShorty Awards finalist in NYC & much more.

Prior to stepping back into freelance world, I was the Social Media Lead for SapientNitro Australia, changing the face of social media for a range of international brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Peroni Italian Beer, Miller Genuine Draft, Bulmers Original Cider, Strongbow & many more.

As to the type of client(s) we’re looking for?

Either client-side or agency-side and the 3 key things that I look for in new biz opportunities/roles/clients are:

  1. Digitally progressive – you are a digitally progressive business/brand or you want to be (if you’re not there yet then, you want to pay someone who is and can bring you up to speed).
  2. Corporate Culture/Champion of the People – you foster a culture of inclusiveness from the top down and that is evident in the energy/experience of the people who work with you at all levels.
  3. Champion Great Work – contractors and employees describe your business approach as one that fosters big ideas and proactivity. Industry leaders not followers.

As an example, I recently I wrapped a short-term contract as Head of Social Media at Soap Creative on the Microsoft, PepsiCo (snacking) and Ferrero portfolios, including the likes of Doritos, Tic Tac, Kinder Surprise, Nutella, Xbox brands and many more.

Every new opportunity or organization that I bring our business to, I must be feel like we’re both contributing and learning at the same time – bringing industry expertise to the table, whilst also continuing the evolution of our experience and professional toolkit.

So if the above blog article sums up the opportunity that you’re about to approach us with and what you are/your business is striving to be, then I/we want to work with you!

I am currently Bondi Beach-based, but we work with clients around Australia and below you’ll find a portfolio overview of previous clients, global award-winning campaigns successes and my own Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! digital presence.

Let’s do this!

For social media strategy, content/photography & influencer business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com

Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet!) – Global Award-Winning Social Media Strategy Portfolio.

Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet!) – Global Award-Winning Social Media Strategy Portfolio.

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

Twitter https://twitter.com/hotndelicious
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/hotndelicious/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/craftbeerlovin/
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:
https://hotndelicious.com/

DOWNLOAD the Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! weekly entrepreneurship podcast via iTunes.

Android Users: Download Castbox Podcast App via Google Play, then Click here to Subscribe to Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Podcast.

Dan Wilkinson. On The Hunt for Strategic & Creative Inspiration!

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Let’s play Guess Who? for Careers. Who Am I?

My name is Dan Wilkinson.

I am a global award-winning social media strategist, university lecturer, speaker, podcaster and content producer with experience across FMCG, Travel, Beer/Alcohol brands, B2B, Not-For-Profit, Augmented Reality, Tech/Apps, Fintech, Health & Wellness, Cosmetics, Health Insurance & more.

I am currently on the market looking at permanent roles in Los Angeles, Sydney (or remote), Austin, Portland (OR) or New York City as Social Media Director/Head of Social Media/Social Media Strategy roles.

Recently I wrapped a short-term contract as Head of Social Media at Soap Creative working across the Microsoft, PepsiCo (snacking) and Ferrero portfolios, including the likes of Doritos, Tic Tac, Kinder Surprise, Nutella, Xbox brands and many more.

My portfolio from the past 2.5 years includes APAC winner at the 2016 Facebook Awardsspeaking at Social Media Week – Miami, multiple global Kinsale Sharks Awards (Silver, Bronze, Bronze), case studies featured on both the Instagram and Twitter Global Business BlogsShorty Awards finalist in NYC & much more.

Over the past 1.5 years, my biz Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!, has worked with Cancer Council Australia, Mahlab Agency (a global B2B digital client, hbf insurance), REBORN Agency, Moula fintech, The Bravery, Transplant Australia and Cherry Blooms global cosmetics brand providing a range of services including a full audit of organisational digital ecosystems and assets, Best Practice Social Media Playbooks, Digital Reporting templates, creation of systems and processes and 2-3 year strategic roadmaps.

I have forged multiple careers across my professional lifetime based on an overarching commitment to Life Work Balance (see my latest @hotndelicious podcast for more on this) and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Professionally I define the pursuit of happiness as:

  1. A business opportunity or career role that I am inspired by and passionate.
  2. That that has the potential for positive impact on the lives of others (through clients or the people that I’m working with).
  3. Whilst being paid appropriately for my services and level professional experience (unless I decide that it’s for professional development for myself/business/career or a philanthropic pursuit).

I’ve stayed true to this philosophy from my early 20s from my 6.5 years based in Dubai traveling the globe as an international Emirates Airline flight attendant to juggling numerous roles in the music industry (event operations & logistics/ TV show music supervisor/photography/social media/band management) to putting a 900 square metre ice-rink on the sands of Bondi Beach back in 2011, (the 1st of its kind anywhere in the world!) to today.

Every new role I step into, I must be feel like I’m contributing and learning at the same time – bringing my industry expertise to the table, whilst also continuing the evolution of my experience and professional toolkit.

I definitely prefer working agency-side or 1-on-1 with major clients and the 3 things I look for in new biz opportunities/roles/clients are:

  1. Digitally progressive –you are a digitally progressive business/brand or you want to be (if you’re not there yet then you want to pay someone who is and can bring you up to speed).
  2. Corporate Culture/Champion of the People – you foster a culture of inclusiveness from the top down and that is evident in the energy/experience of the people who work with you at all levels.
  3. Champion Great Work – contractors and employees describe your business approach as one that fosters big ideas and proactivity. Industry leaders not followers.

At this point, I’m rather convinced that my next big opportunity awaits in the USA, so I’m keen to work in:

  1. Los Angeles – Santa Monica, Venice Beach or WeHo.
  2. Austin (TX).
  3. Portland (OR).
  4. New York City – Manhattan or Brooklyn.
  5. Sydney – I love living in Bondi Beach, so if you think you’ve got the right opportunity, then get in touch!
  6. Remote – I can work from anywhere with a laptop and smartphone/wifi connection.

If the above blog article sums up the opportunity that you’re about to approach me with and what you are/your business is striving to be, then I want to work with you!

I am currently Bondi Beach-based, but more than happy to relocate to the USA at short notice for the right opportunity and below you’ll find a portfolio overview of previous clients, global award-winning campaigns successes and my own Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! digital presence.

Let’s do this!

Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet!) – Global Award-Winning Social Media Strategy Portfolio.

Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet!) – Global Award-Winning Social Media Strategy Portfolio.

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

Twitter https://twitter.com/hotndelicious
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/hotndelicious/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/craftbeerlovin/
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:
https://hotndelicious.com/

For social media strategy, content/photography & influencer business enquiries contact: info@hotndelicious.com

DOWNLOAD the Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! weekly entrepreneurship podcast via iTunes.

Android Users: Download Castbox Podcast App via Google Play, then Click here to Subscribe to Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Podcast.

Instagram launches Instagram for Business with Brand New Analytics.

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Instagram launches Instagram for Business - New Brand Instagram Insights function.
Instagram launches Instagram for Business – New Brand Instagram Insights function.
 
Instagram have finally added Insights through Instagram For Business that social media content creators, agencies & brand managers can now activate and utilize as a basic measure of success for individual Instagram content.
 
In late 2014/early 2015, during SapientNitro’s award-winning Philly Pourovers Instagram campaign, I had access to one of the early versions of Instagram Analytics as one of the launch partners for the introduction of Instagram Advertising to the Australian market and there were indeed some valuable analytics to be had, which when combined with a measurable uplift in offline sales and Nielsen ratings, enabled us to demonstrate ROI through social media for the Philadelphia Cream Cheese brand.
 
Until now only a select number of brands from the masses have had access to these Analytics and while the desktop version is not available to all and sundry, late last week Instagram started rolling out the Instagram For Business option for accountholders to switch their Instagram accounts across to Business Profiles.
 
So what does this mean for my brand? 
 
In short:
  • Boost options & Insights now available for individual Instagram content.
  • Instagram Insights now available for access via mobile phone only.
  • New Contact Button – Instagram have installed an easy to use contact button for fans and followers who wish to email you.
  • Switch over to Instagram Business Profile today via mobile phone. Must be logged into a Facebook account with access to brand page linked to your Instagram Account.
Pros:
  • Boosting existing content that’s actually live on your Instagram account – previously it was only possible by separate hidden or “dark” posts.
  • Customer Service/Enquiries – new Contact Button makes it a LOT easier for fans and followers to get in touch.
  • 3rd party tools no longer required for basic metrics such as Reach, Impressions, Follower growth, Gender Breakdown and Age Range.
  • Instagram Analytics launch – while this this does feel like a band-aid placeholder to keep agencies & their clients placated, it no doubt means that the full-blown desktop version of Instagram Analytics that the platform has promised is not far away.
Cons:
  • Instagram for Business only available on mobile for now – not yet available on desktop.
  • Rudimentary data, which will still need to be supported by other tools to measure and demonstrate ROI through Instagram. 
  • Available for most accounts, but not all. I’ve heard from a few of my Australian colleagues that it’s not available on all accounts yet.
Things to note:
  • Update your smartphone – Ensure your Apple iPhone is updated to the latest version of Instagram.
  • Instagram Advertising ensure you speak with your media agency about advertising options as they may have access to tools that aren’t yet accessible  to the broader market.
If Instagram for Business is not already active for your account, then the photos below illustrate how to turn it on/set it up in Instagram Settings for your brands and what you’ll be able to see with Instagram for Business once it’s live.  
 
It is of course early days in Instagram for Business & the tool definitely requires development, but it’s a step in the right direction and I’m confident the full-blown version is not far away!
 
Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!).
Social Media Strategy, Content Production & Community Management.
 
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.
 
What Instagram For Business looks like & how to set it up:
 
Hit Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet up on social media here:

Hot & Delicious YouTube – Ballistyx Snowboard Show, interviews & more.
https://www.youtube.com/user/HotnDeliciousRecords
‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:
 
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 Blogs, APAC 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.

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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.

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.

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