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Archive for July, 2019

Tiktok the newest social media app – good for business?

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

The social media scene has a new player to rival Instagram – Tiktok. Is it a platform for businesses to adopt? We’ve taken a closer look.  

For many businesses, their social media strategy will encompass Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Obviously, some platforms will work better than others depending on the nature of the business, the target audience and what social networks they follow and interact with.  

Tiktok is the leading social platform for short mobile videos, where users can upload 15-second clips directly from their phones. It’s for those who want to share most moments of the day with an audience. Everyone can be a creative director by filming snippets of their day and sharing with the world. Lip syncing, stunts and magic tricks are very popular topics for content. Similar to other social platforms, users can like and comment on the videos and utilise hashtags to navigate the app. 

The community is designed to encourage a creative community to share ideas. This isn’t a platform for highly edited, polished videos, Tiktok has a very casual, relaxed feel.  

Music, stickers, filters and various effects can be added to make these videos funny, memorable and must-share content. 

Tiktok launched in 2016 and it passed one billion downloads earlier this year, so is really fast growing. The audience using Tiktok has an equal male/female ratio with 65% of users 20 years old or younger. 40% are teenagers, making this a Generation Z app.  

Compare this to Instagram where 64% of the audience are 18-29 year old Millennials and where there is a higher number of female users. 

The engagement rates make interesting reading with Instagram at 95% and Tiktok at 28%. 

Tiktok is currently free for users to download. The app does maximise advertising opportunities with infeed content (videos), brand takeovers for a day, hashtag challenges and branded lenses or filters that users can add to their videos before sharing online.  

 Tiktok has a more advanced algorithm than Instagram in order to suggest connections and content of interest in the ‘For You’ section of each users account. 

If you want to use Tiktok for your business, make sure the audience is right for you and your products and services. Try it yourself to see what kind of content is online.  

The most important thing is to only utilise a social media platform if it is relevant to your business, don’t try to embrace the latest app trend if it’s not the right fit. Businesses don’t HAVE to be on all social platforms.  

If you would like advice on your social media activity, please get in touch info@acorn-marketing.co.uk

EVA shortlist for the fourth time

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

I have made the EVA shortlist for the fourth time!  The widely anticipated shortlist for this year’s Enterprise Visions Awards (or Evas) was announced last week and I have been shortlisted for the second time in the ‘Professional Services’ category.

The Enterprise Vision Awards recognise women in business from across the North West in sixteen categories, ranging from best small business to business woman of the year and are the largest awards celebrating women outside London.

As you may well know I am no newcomer to the awards, winning the accolade for Sole Trader in 2015 and 2016 and Professional Services in 2017.  This year I am amongst 30 businesses from Cumbria shortlisted in the awards in 2019.

Acorn Marketing Cumbria makes EVA shortlist for the fourth time

When I first entered the awards in 2015 I’d not really heard of them and I was only one of three businesses representing Cumbria.  The awards have grown over the years and it is fantastic to be sharing this platform now with so many other talented business women.

The initial stage of the awards was via an application, where a panel of judges assessed my application on various aspects including the inspiration to become self-employed, achievements and challenges to date, future plans and the drive and passion behind the business.

The next stage of the process was a presentation and interview, which I did earlier this week at Ribby Hall Village to a panel of judges from Salford Business School, Blackpool & the Fylde College and Ribby Hall.   Following that, there will be an online vote via social media, before the final awards ceremony, which will take place on 27th September at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

I am delighted to be representing Cumbria again at the 2019 EVAs.  It is such a fantastic event to be part of and a unique opportunity to reflect on your business and celebrate your achievements.  I didn’t enter in 2018 as I didn’t want to push my luck, but I was eager to get involved again in 2019 as it’s such a fantastic event and I am thrilled to be shortlisted in the very competitive category of Professional Services once again.  The judging process has gone well so far, now I’m just waiting in anticipation of the big night in Blackpool.

What makes it even more special for me this year, is that two of my clients have also been shortlisted.  Salon Rouge, also from Penrith, have been shortlisted in the Beauty Business category, the only hairdressing salon in the whole of the North West in the category and Raspberry Fields Pony Parties, who are based in Warrington, are shortlisted in the Customer Services category.  Fingers crossed it will be an evening of celebrations all round.