Virgin Mobile Meal for a Meal

Could social media solve world hunger?

Could social media solve world hunger? We don’t know, but what Virgin Mobile Australia and OzHarvest are doing is definitely a step in the right direction. Watch the video below to see what we’re on about.

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“I’m very proud to be helping launch #mealforameal, a wonderful new initiative from Virgin Mobile Australia’s partnership with OzHarvest. For every food photo you post to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the #mealforameal hashtag, we’ll deliver a real meal to someone in need.” - Sir Richard Branson

We can’t help but let our minds run a little wild, though. If this works in Australia, could it be possible that we could form similar partnerships in our own countries? Maybe it’s something that we could’ve looked at for the 2014 Soccer World Cup in Brazil before it even started? This campaign is so inspirational and has definitely tugged at our heart strings. So much so, in fact, that we’re all participating. Each time we post any food pictures, we’re tagging #mealforameal. It may not be applicable to South Africa as of yet, but if you can feed the hungry by literally taking a few seconds to use the hashtag, why not do it?

Instead of sending you to our Contact Us page, we’d rather send you to the Virgin website where you can learn more about this initiative. Check it out when you click here.

Digital project management

Your digital portfolio

In this day and age, having digital representation can make all of the difference to your business and/or brand. You can opt for social media only or build yourself a nifty website to showcase even more of what your brand is about and pair the two to work together. Your “digital portfolio” is the collection of digital platforms your brand is represented on.

When you start building your “digital portfolio”, consider the following:

  1. How much do you have to say? If your brand is one that needs to keep people up to date on the hour every hour, use Twitter. You can write content on your website which automatically posts to Twitter, which not only saves you time, but keeps your following up to date.
  2. Is your brand image driven? Images get a lot of attention around the web, but over-posting images can result in less clicks to your brand. You can create a happy medium by using Pinterest and Instagram in line with a website that acts as a portfolio. Using platforms like Pinterest to post images and relevant links will keep your following satisfied and help get clicks to your website, whereas using Instagram creates a purely visual experience for your audience.
  3. Is information your only focus? There are brands that use their digital portfolios purely as a means to get information across to their following. These can be larger, traditional businesses. With brands like this, engagement with their following is minimal, because their posts are already informative. In this regard a good use of Facebook, Linked In and Twitter is advisable.
  4. What is your brand’s personality? It is very important to establish your brand’s personality early on in your digital portfolio. Treating your brand like an individual makes it easier for your audience to relate, so decide whether you want your brand to be seen as inspirational, hilarious, serious, purely professional or sociable. This can determine which social media platforms to be particularly active on. For example: Facebook and Twitter can be for all brand personalities, Linked In is purely professional, and Instagram and Pinterest can be seen as a social media platforms that inspire.

The wonderful thing about building your “digital portfolio” is that you don’t have to decide which platforms you want to be on right at the very beginning. Start small, use maybe one social media platform and let your website be your “home base“. You don’t have to catapult into a full digital strategy immediately, you can address this when traffic starts increasing considerably and there is a demand to engage with your audience on more than two platforms.

 

We invite you to take a browse around our site and if something tickles your fancy, and you’d like more information, feel free to contact us.

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The platforms of digital communication

Yesterday we spoke about important questions in our post, “The basics of digital communication“. As this is a series of posts to help you get your brand on the web, we’re picking up where we left off: researching possible platforms for your brand. You can stick to one or go with multiple platforms, as long as it falls in line with your brand and it’s audience.

Here’s a quick overview of five popular platforms used by brands around the globe:

Facebook is great for sharing snippets of information, useful links, images, grouped engagement and conversations and event awareness, to name but a few. Businesses usually opt to use Facebook when they want to post longer posts.

Twitter is where conversations get started. The 140 character limit allows for small links and short article headlines, and tedious paragraph-like updates are taken out of the picture. When conversations about what you’ve posted are started, it’s easy to group them together and interact with your users in short, concise posts.

Google+, the youngest of larger social media platforms can be used a lot like Facebook, however, nifty functions like Hangouts (video chats) can be saved and posted with ease. The Circles method of grouping content also makes it easy to get information to a particular group of people.

Instagram is a purely visual platform geared towards photography and an audience that prefers to be connected through beautiful imagery. If you’re in the business of visuals, Instagram is most likely where you want to be, however pairing it with Facebook and Twitter is advisable. Links are not a priority on Instagram, growing your following is.

Pinterest can be personal or professional and is also driven by aesthetics, but with links to helpful articles and blogs. You’ll find anything from fashion to DIY to health tips on Pinterest, and it’s a solid, easy to use space to create mood boards and the like for inspiration for yourself or your audience.

Tomorrow we’ll take a look at a few more platforms, including excellent blogging options.

 

For more information, take a browse around our site and if something tickles your fancy, and you’d like more information, feel free to contact us.