You don’t need to have a blog or a podcast

You don’t need to have a blog or a podcast

Whenever it comes to building a brand, or creating content, it often boils down to, where all should I be present?

Social Media, of course.

What else?

Should I do a blog?

Or, should I start a podcast?

What are the current trends?

Where should you align towards?

And the answer’s really simple.

You don’t need to have a blog or a podcast, neither of it is compulsory for you.

Neither is a guarantee that your brand will be a success.

Neither defines your brand either.

The two forms of creating content, via text or audio, are just forms of the process through which you can choose to express yourself.

If you feel comfortable with either of them, or both of them, it’s up to you personally, whether you want to go down that road or not.

Sure, those paths have their own journey, the strategies are different, the outcomes are different when you do it vs when you don’t.

However, no trends or no numbers should force you into doing something that you’re not comfortable with.

Proceed with creating content and building your brand on your own terms. Not on anyone else’s.

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Why are you creating Content?

Why are you creating Content?

Have you been creating content for any of the social media platforms out there?

Have you ever asked yourself why are you creating content?

Is there a reason behind this step?

We aren’t talking about design or content here, we are talking about the reason, the purpose, the WHY.

Did someone tell you to post on a particular platform because you’d get the engagement?

Are you posting content just for the sales?

Or would you like to build a Community, build your Brand?

Whatever the agenda may be, understanding why are you creating content helps you streamline your process and your approach towards the creation and these social media platforms.

Answering that will result in better creation, better communication and better relations as well.

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Instagram Reach has gone for a toss

Instagram Reach has gone for a toss

If you actively post on Instagram, then you must have noticed that the organic reach has gone for a toss.

It is true for all accounts, but more so for the micro creators.

And this reach has affected all types of posting, whether an Instagram Story or an Instagram post.

This change, however coincides with the introduction of Instagram Reels to the app.

In a rush towards promoting their Reels feature and trying to make it a success, their algorithm change has affected everything else for the creators.

By this, Instagram wants to unofficially say that one should either post a Reel or take the hit of their usual form of content not reaching to the regular amount of people or more.

They have played it quite smartly here, to be honest, because this feature of Reels is a direct competitor to TikTok and the upcoming short form video apps that have already hit the market and trying to make their base.

In such a turn of events, of course they’d like to make this feature a hit and get an established base of short form video creators on their app itself.

Nonetheless, it is hurting the other avenues, whether someone would agree to that or not.

Now, as a creator, either one should try and experiment with different avenues of posting other than Instagram and grow their branches out to other places or ride in the wave of creating Reels too.

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This is the best time to create Content!

This is the best time to create Content!

Creating content, no matter the quantity, applies to every brand and individual when it comes to connecting with their audience and building their brand base online.

Its an ongoing battle to create content constantly which connects and aligns with the brand, keeping the different social media platforms in mind.

During this time of self-isolation, as you nust have already noticed, there has been an uprise of content everywhere.

However, there are a lot of people who are a bit skeptical as to whether they should create or not and what should they create.

Let me tell you this – this is the best time to create content on the social media platforms and let me also explain why.

Everytime when it comes to creating content, in terms of the corporate brand or the personal brand, the creator will think a few times whether its up to the mark or not, and whether it can be improved.

What I am about to say, applies especially to new creators, but also to everyone else as well.

With mostly everyone being isolated at their homes, and everyone being on their smartphones, on various social media platforms consuming content and thinking how should they spend their time wisely – they also know this – the one who is creating the content is also at home.

Now is that one time when you can focus only on your content, without focusing on the production, without focusing on the background, the lighting (not that you can shoot in darkness now, but you know what I mean), you can now compromise on the equipment (whether you have it or not) and just focus on the value to be provided to the audience.

Isn’t that crazy to think about?

Sure, the other things matter too, but not more than the content which is the essential element behind that video (I’m talking video here – because it is the most consumed type of content form right now).

This is the best form of a confidence booster for the creator, who doubts their content and who doubts whether what they created is postable or not.

Thus, why I say that this is the best time to create content.

Well, if you agree with this and/or if this has given you the confidence, go for it – start creating some content.

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Community Engagement is Necessary!

Community Engagement is Necessary!

As an individual or a brand on social media, it’s always been about more followers and likes, the “mark of success,” that everyone tends to forget the audience who are already connected with them.

Community Engagement is the #1 step to connect with and grow your audience.

Every social media platform has its own set of features to interact with your audience.

With Instagram as an example, you can interact on your DM as a one-on-one, another option would be either as polls or questions on your Instagram Stories.

However, the most important place is your comments! The place which people usually avoid.

A meaningful reply to a genuine comment, or at most, a ❤️ says that you appreciate and acknowledge what they’re saying.

Every piece of engagement builds further to this same person sharing your content, or connecting you with someone else who might be beneficial to your brand, as a potential customer.

It all starts with community engagement that leads to building a community.

Social Media is more than Followers and Likes

Social Media is more than Followers and Likes

As an advertising agency, or a brand, or an influencer, with every platform, everyone tends to focus on the followers and likes to measure their engagement. However, when it comes to reaching out to more people, social media is more vital than that.

With the tools available within the platform and externally too, there are insights which show impressions and people reached and profile visits, which shows the impact you’re making with your content.

The number of views and impressions should matter more because, from the long-term perspective of brand-building, these same people will see your content again and again, and eventually attract to it, if they’re your target audience.

Thus, initially, one’s focus should be on reaching out to more people, simultaneously creating genuine content which holds value to them, eventually building a community for your brand.

Platforms’ Effectiveness

Platforms’ Effectiveness

With the number of social media platforms available, which platform should your brand focus on?

Each of these platforms have a role to play, each have a specific type of audience, and they will perceive your brand differently.

In such a scenario, an in-depth study of the brand is needed to know which platform is useful for them and which is not.

Often, the sole focus goes only on Facebook and Instagram or sometimes, solely Instagram.

However, pertaining to the type of brand, there are times when a Pinterest or Snapchat or TikTok or even LinkedIn could turn out to be more impactful in terms of reaching out to your preferred audience.

Sometimes you need to be active on all the platforms available.

Every platform has a different exposure for your brand, and one should know how to turn it around and make it work for your brand.

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It cannot be done in one creative.

It cannot be done in one creative.

Have you heard this before?

“I want to explain my brand through this one fancy creative.”

“Do one infomercial post about the brand so people know who we are.”

“We are introducing a new product and we have to make one video about it.”

And more such examples.

But the bottom line is, the game of social media doesn’t work that way.

Keeping the algorithms of these various platforms in mind, and not to forget the attention span of the audience – considering the various amount of content they consume in one go…

It’s extremely difficult to focus on just one campaign, or one creative, or one video in particular that could make your case.

To be fair, there are a few that hit the mark but that’s because the brand is already built and people know it.

For everyone else, that one creative, even if it is a successful one, in terms of numbers, one cannot rely solely on it to get the true results.

True results is mainly getting the brand name out there, selling a product or a service, converting the audience basically.

Back to the topic of one creative, that’s not how one should approach it in the first place.

You have to think of it in macro terms. You have to think of the brand first, think of how the audience will perceive it and then plan accordingly.

Think if you’d be the consumer, and how you’d like to be told about this certain information. Are you focusing on this one-off thing or do you want to make it a long-term connection?

In terms of the latter, you have to know your target audience, know your product, provide value to them in terms of that, slowly and steadily, build your brand whilst the consumer themselves want to follow your content or buy your product or service in their own time.

Thinking of the macro, you have built your brand, built a community and also, sold your product or service.

The bottom line being, you cannot approach this entire process with one creative or one campaign being the only thing that would work for the brand.

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Is there an Audience?

Is there an Audience?

Do you want to build your brand? Do you want to create content? Do you want to build a community?

Well, there’s one question that should be asked before any other question.

Is there an audience to what you’re providing should be the first question that should be asked.

Sometimes, people create content or create products/services for which there’s no want. That’s also because there was no audience for it in the first place.

Once, that has been defined, then you know exactly who to target and who to not. The demographics should be clear in your head before you create anything.

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Now or Never for Social Media!

Now or Never for Social Media!

There’s a prime era for every medium – there was a time for newspapers/ radio ads/ TVCs/ SEM and now is the prime time for social media.

Sure, everything still works, but not the same way it used to.

Now, the thing to understand is, the same will happen with social media as well.

Whether with regards to the platform or wherever the wave turns to, this time shall pass too and we shall move on to the next thing.

Its Now or Never!

Now is the time to start building on social media – start creating – start sharing – it’s now or never!

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Quality is Subjective

Quality is Subjective

Quality is Subjective!

Who decides whether your post/design/caption/campaign is up to the mark or not?

Certainly, not the creator.

What is good for you, might not be for the one consuming it and vice versa.

At the same time, gone are the days when you could work on one creative only, try to make it perfect and pray that it works for the brand.

Now, there’s not one perfect thing anymore.

Quality is surely not dismissed here, however, the quantity is increased – so you can create more, in order to experiment more, in order to reach more people and cater to their individual interests.

It’s a Permission First World!

It’s a Permission First World!

With the change in trends, and the rise of social media, it’s the not the same anymore to sell a product or a service.

Its not the same old sell-sell-sell anymore.

Times have changed and we have to change with them! It’s a Permission First World now!

What does that mean?

In order to sell whatever you’re selling, you have to ensure whether the customer is genuinely interested in your brand or not.

Once they are on board, they are also giving you the permission to sell them now and this time, you’ve made a sale without selling.

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Billboards v Social Media

Billboards v Social Media

What’s a better choice, billboards or social media?

Well, both have their advantages and disadvantages.

If we twist that statement to what provides you with better impact, then in that case, marketing on social media gives you a lot more opportunities.

  • Instead of depending on one creative to work, you can work on hundreds of more creatives which can be run in that same span of time.
  • You can create different types of contextual creatives for your target audience.
  • Since you have the tools to speak with your audience, there is more transparency and clarity here.
  • The social media platforms are free.
  • Not to forget, you can reach to a lot more people than what you would spend on a billboard.

Knowing this, you can decide for yourself with what works and what doesn’t, what provides more opportunities and what’s more expensive.

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What’s ‘perfect’ in marketing?

What’s ‘perfect’ in marketing?

Are you looking for the perfect creative? The perfect caption? The perfect marketing campaign?

What if it doesn’t work out though?

That’s the thing about ‘perfection’. Its only perfect for you, but might not be for the audience. Or rather, it could be perfect for some of the people, but not for others.

Instead of looking for one perfect trick in the bag, the better option is to do more for all, so in that case, one could work for some and another for the rest.

That also helps to experiment more and understand your audience better, not to forget, also broadening the horizons of your brand.

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Difference between Feedback and Opinions

Difference between Feedback and Opinions

In either of the two scenarios, whether you’re starting out on social media or whether you already have a good audience, there are times when people stumble upon certain opinions which hinders their mental state and their progress.

At such times, it’s important to know the difference between feedback and opinions.

What’s Feedback?
– information about reactions to a product, a person’s performance of a task, etc. which is used as a basis for improvement.

What’s an opinion?
– a view or judgement formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.

The difference between the two matters and it also affects you and your growth.

Many a times, we let certain opinions define us, define our work and makes us question whether we should proceed or not – these opinions aren’t substantial enough for some change to take place – quite often, they’re out of spite, being envious or simply seeking attention.

Feedback on the other hand, improves you as a creator. Feedback has its voice, it has its reasoning – it matters – it makes you put in more effort so you can grow and make necessary changes, if needed.

As a creator, or anyone creating on social media, one should learn to know the difference between the two and act according to the situations.

It is important for you, as an individual, to not let anything disturb your state of mind whilst your goal is to provide value to the very same people.

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Difficulty in creating content?

Difficulty in creating content?

One of the great strengths of building a personal brand or even with posting consistent valuable content comes from passion!

Does what you do or what you talk about make you happy? Do you feel you could do it all day long – do you feel you could immerse yourself into the process? That’s what it takes to create content, that’s what it takes to build a brand, that’s what it takes to build a community.

When you aren’t posting authentically or creating a fake persona, you’ll probably struggle after a while – and it’ll have a complete opposite effect of what we discussed above.

Now you have two choices – either be yourself, share what you love, and build authentically or show yourself as someone you’re not, struggle with creating content, and act being happy.

Your choice – the better suggestion would be, do more of what makes you happy.

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Keep your information ready!

Keep your information ready!

• Tips on how to Zazz your Design #2 – Keep Your Info Ready •Any creator knows the importance of placements in a creative; and the efforts it takes to change everything when either you’d forgotten something or it was communicated at the last minute, nonetheless, the efforts it takes to re-create that design then.

As a creator, it then takes double the time it would’ve taken, the process frustrates you and there’s a bit of discontent in your mind.

So what’s the best thing to do then?

Before designing the creative, before researching/deciding about the elements, text and font, the first thing to do is to keep all your information ready.

Once you have that in hand, then you can proceed with ease and plan the rest of it accordingly.

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Would you consume your own content?

Would you consume your own content?

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #29 – Would you consume your own content? •Millions and millions of content pieces are created and consumed every day on the social media platforms.

People ask,
what type of content should they create,
what type of content would get them more engagement,
what would get them more attention?

The answer’s quite simple. The one you would have consumed yourself.

If you don’t find your own content worthy of consuming, or don’t find any value in it, then how would others.

This is the reason why you should create something that you love, something that you’re passionate about – because – then you’re able to speak/write with that energy and share those vibes with your audience as well.

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What’s your excuse for not posting?

What’s your excuse for not posting?

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #27 – What’s Your Excuse? •

In today’s age of the internet and the social media platforms, sharing your content and building a brand and reaching to hundreds and thousands of people is now possible within your arm’s length.

Yet, people don’t make a move on the easiest opportunity that is available to us.

What’s Your Excuse?

You don’t have the perfect image for your content?
You don’t know how to write the perfect caption?
You aren’t up-to-date with the platform’s tools?

None of these and more are sound enough to not start now – you don’t need to make anything perfect – you need to start.

If you aren’t aware of the tools, Google it.

There are no good excuses which are legit to not create content and start posting on social media.

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Building a Community

Building a Community

As an individual or a brand, it has always been about more followers and more likes.

Everyone tends to forget about the people who have already connected with them.

They are the ones where your primary focus should be.

Building your community that’s #1- cater to them – provide value – interact – and most importantly, don’t spam them.

Every member of this community counts! You’re building a relationship with this person and in return, whilst they trust you, they also help you build further – whether in terms of sharing your content, promoting your services or becoming a customer of your company – this community is for the long-term.

Adding to that, this community is not platform-specific, but brand-specific and it only scales up, if you pay attention to them.

Everyone wants a community, yet no one focuses on building one.

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Figure out your Marketing problems!

Figure out your Marketing problems!

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #26 – Figure it out •


What type of content should I create?
What platforms should I focus on?
How should I build my community?

Questions like these and more revolve around anyone’s mind who’s trying to build their brand on social media.

Sure, there are a number of courses and e-books being distributed by people.

However, do you know what the best solution is?

Figure it out.

Google something you don’t know, Experiment and Figure it out.

It’s the best case scenario where you get to learn something from your own mistakes and you are more satisfied that it was your own efforts that got you to where you want to be.

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Never Think Twice before Posting!

Never Think Twice before Posting!

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #24 – Never Think Twice before Posting •

So often, people stop themselves from posting something that they love or they are passionate about.

Usually it’s the factor of external validation – “people aren’t appreciating this type of content and thus I do a certain kind of posts only”.

Why does this thought occur?
One, you’re addicted to the likes. Second, you’ve put your current audience on a pedestal.

If they don’t appreciate what you like to post about – then ultimately, what’s the point of having them. You aren’t able to open up and do what you love.

Social Media is a platform which allows you to open up, share your thoughts, document your journey, build a community – for this to happen, you also need to be passionate about the process.

Next time you plan on posting something, never think twice about it – just go for it.

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Let’s Avoid Copy Pasting!

Let’s Avoid Copy Pasting!

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #22 – Let’s Avoid Copy Pasting •


We all consume content on the social media platforms and we all have surely noticed a few rounds of posts being copy pasted from one account to another.

Not with an intention of calling anyone out, but has anyone else seen those black background posts with huge headlines in yellow and red and every other account posting the same stuff!

In the honor of creators and the audience and the platforms, here’s a social shout out – let’s avoid that.

Let’s be as original as possible.

Sure that takes time. That also means you’re willing to put in the work to create something.

That also means you love your audience and want to feed them with valuable content.

That also means you’re original and you’re doing something creative.

Let’s build something with our own two hands.

Let’s avoid copy pasting.
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The Perfect Post – Does it exist?

The Perfect Post – Does it exist?

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #21 – The Perfect Post •


Would you create the perfect post or would you not post at all?

Technically, neither is a tangible option in today’s world.

There is no such thing as perfection – there’s no right way to create the perfect post. Secondly, the audience decides whether they align with your message or not. So you can only experiment with what works for your brand or not.

What’s the other option? To not post at all? With the platforms available at the tip of our fingers and the access to the people at scale, it doesn’t make sense why one wouldn’t create content and try to reach out to their audience!

The only way left is to create content, as much as possible, find out what works and try creating more of that, whilst simultaneously experimenting with new stuff as well so there’s some feeling of mystery for the audience as well.

What are you waiting for?
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What should your first post be?

What should your first post be?

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #20 – Your First Post •

When it comes to posting for your brand or even individually, for your personal brand, people are often skeptical about the first creative they post on their profiles.

In terms of creativity or content, whether it is relatable to the brand or would the audience appreciate it, you surround yourselves with questions and doubt.

So what should your first post be?

Keep it natural, keep it raw and keep it about yourself. Don’t over do it and don’t over think it. Don’t have high expectations with just the first post.

Explain who you are, what you are, what is your vision and why should people follow you – keep it human.

The first post doesn’t define your social media profile, because you’ll be filling it with a lot more posts. At the same time, it is important for the first few people who will understand everything about you from that first post and may join you/ leave you forever.

Although, the most important thing is to start.
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What’s Stopping You from Posting

What’s Stopping You from Posting

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #18 – What’s Stopping You •

What’s stopping you from posting?

It’s the time to start working on your brand – start posting content – what you are passionate about / what interests you – then what’s stopping you?

  • People’s Opinions

People are going to judge you irrespective of your presence online, the face-to-face and behind-the-back judgements never stop, so why not post because of such people.

  • Competition

Your fellow colleagues had a headstart and are performing better on social media – better how – social media metrics!
Your motive is to post for the audience you want to build, the numbers don’t matter. Plus if your content is valuable, then people will listen to you no matter how many other people they are following.

  • Impatience

Impatience towards getting more likes, more followers, reaching to a lot more people. During the start, people get hesitant with a few followers or not growing fast enough. Good content and patience for the long-term is the answer.

  • Comfort Zone

Mainly, people are in a comfort zone – the comfort of consuming over producing, the comfort of not taking the time out to create content, the comfort of who cares is on people’s minds.

At the end, what’s stopping you is yourself. If you want to build your Brand, if you want to build your community, if you want to share your word with people, you cannot let anything hinder that progress.

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Don’t forget your audience!

Don’t forget your audience!

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #14 – Engage with your Audience •


People are always on the lookout to identify new ways to get more followers, but fail to engage with their current followers.

Reply to each and every content that you receive – make sure that you interact with your audience.

Apart from replying to comments you receive, make it a point to engage with your audience as much as possible – ask them questions, polls, do a quiz, do a giveaway, any and all sorts of things which can keep your audience active with your content.

Your current audience gives way to your future followers as well, their interaction builds the path for the future followers to realize whether they should follow your account or not.

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Experiment

Experiment

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #13 – Experiment •

There is no proven method or a fixed solution when it comes to digital marketing!

It’s all about experimenting!

What works for Brand A might not work for Brand B, be it the type of content, the topics covered, the value provided, the creativity – everything is different for every brand!

You, as a brand, as a marketer, need to experiment and find out what your brand is about, and what works for you, then do that.

The answer is Experimentation – try, fail, try again and succeed.

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Need of the Hour

Need of the Hour

In this ever-growing market, the need of the hour is “Creating Value, not Content”.
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With every brand striving to have a huge social media presence, and engagements up for sale, brands are diverging from the most important aspect: Value to the end consumer.
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Brands must remember the golden rule of digital marketing: “Don’t oversell it/ Don’t glorify it.”
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Earn the Right to Promote

Earn the Right to Promote

“Provide good content and you’ll earn the right to promote your product.” – Guy Kawasaki


Sure, a brand can promote their products directly and even get good sales, but how long would that last and how much would you end up spending?

More importantly, how many people are going to remember the brand in the long-term?

When you build your Brand, when you provide good, valuable content to your audience, you connect with them, you build a relationship with them.

The consumer feels this connection, feels an affiliation to the brand and now wants to buy from them.

Now, in the future, when you promote your new collections to this same consumer, they will accept it and even buy with open arms, because you earned your right to promote your products.

Brand Image v Direct Selling

Brand Image v Direct Selling

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #11 – Brand Image v Direct Selling •

What according to you is the difference between brand image and direct selling?

Both the methods will in-turn result in sales for your brand, although, which one has a more prolonged impact? Through which path, do you think people would connect with your brand for a longer time?

Often, people focus only on selling, while marketing their product/ service through offline or online advertising. The number of times, the audiences see ads with the following lines, “Buy this for x amount of money” or “Limited period offer – for this week/ today only”.

The brands now need to understand that there are enough sellers in the market, focusing on short-term sales without focusing on its impact on the consumer.

In today’s digital age, if you want to build a long-term relationship with your consumer, the brand needs to focus on value creation and answer the following questions:
• Why should a consumer follow a particular brand?
• What is the mission of your brand? Would, I as a consumer align with that mission or not?
• What content is the audience consuming, for them to follow the brand daily?

Answering these questions sets the brand for a long-term journey, where the consumers connect with this image, the brand has created and thus, be their customers willingly for a more extended period of time.

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Six Pack Abs in a Week

Six Pack Abs in a Week

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #10 – Six Pack Abs in a Week •What would your response be, if someone tells you, that you can have six-pack abs within a week?

Do you think that’s possible?

It takes patience and persistence at the gym, along with professional guidance to get to that level.

There are no shortcuts.

Now the same logic is applied to social media marketing as well.

Brands expect the results to appear within a week – create, promote and convert.

However it’s not that simple, the process requires patience and persistence, along with some professional guidance (an agency) plus a good budget to get good results.

Good results = Brand Recognition, which ultimately will result into the the customer buying your product/ service willingly. That’s a long-term relationship.

//A suggestion to our fellow social media marketers/ agencies to not create a facade in front of the clients, be up-front with them and guide them about the process and how it works.Selling shortcut-visions won’t be an advantage for any of the parties involved, especially in the long-term!

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Customer in Control

Customer in Control

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #9 – Customer in Control •

The advertising industry has changed!

Earlier, the products, the services, the brands were in charge – selling to the customers – selling them an idea, a vision thay they need this.

Now,the customer is in control!

The customer knows what she/ he want, what their needs are, what their tastes are, it’s no longer about buying anything that you see.

Its about buying what you like, what you relate with, what appeals to you.

Now, in this process, the customer is making the decision of choosing the brand, rather than the other way round.

What can a brand do?

Instead of selling, where the customer won’t pay any heed to, the brands can focus on building a relationship with them, providing them value, connecting with them – and ultimately, the customer would feel so bonded with the brand…

Guess, where are they going to buy from?

Link in Bio

Link in Bio

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #7 – Link In Bio •

Link in Bio is a permission asset and one of the best tools Instagram could have.

Other than sponsoring your post or the Swipe Ups in your Stories, you cannot add external links to your Instagram posts.

With the amount of content being posted on a daily basis, and the CTAs on the post (especially with the links on the other social media platforms) is never-ending.

Instagram allows the consumer their permission to visit the creator’s profile and click the link for more information, i.e. only if they want to.

With this, now the brands have to create enormous amount of value for their audience, for them to like what they’re consuming and visit the link if they’d like to access more information or buy any product or service.

This is a win-win situation for the consumers. #PermissionAsset

Not Everyone understands Social Media

Not Everyone understands Social Media

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #6 – Not Everyone understands Social Media •

For the past couple of years, a great number of brands, agencies and digital marketers have entered the social media scene.

Either someone trying to establish their brand online or trying to help others to do so.

The problem is, not everyone understands social media.

It is merely limited to posting a bunch of pictures, using hashtags and promoting content.

However, is it just that?

Or rather, is this much enough?

Building your brand is also about providing value to your audience, forming a connection with them, making them feel that you’re beyond a brand.

And that’s not it.

Social Media is a blend of storytelling, writing, marketing, clicking pictures and videos, curating, designing, analyzing and reporting.

Those who can accomplish all for a brand or if a brand checks all those points, then they are on the right path to understanding social media on a macro.

(On a Micro level, there’s still a lot more to know and understand)

Social Media is Mandatory

Social Media is Mandatory

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #5 – Social Media is Mandatory •

With TVCs, radio commercials, billboards and more, the social media platforms have been the only place where you can target to your audience specifically.

You can provide value and create content as per their interests!

Also, you can even have conversations with them, understand what they want from you, as a brand and what more can be done.

Social Media is the only place where you can directly convert your customers to a sale.

Do any other platforms give you these advantages?

In today’s day and age, with everyone being smartphone-savvy, being on social media is mandatory for every brand out there. Especially for the millennials and the gen-z, if you aren’t on social, then you might not even exist.

The choice is yours. Be active, create content and reach out to your audience!

Authenticity Error 404

Authenticity Error 404

• Tips on how to Zazz your Brand #3 – Authenticity Error 404 •

In this era of social media, when it’s the best time to create and share value with the people, there are also people who are flexing on social, to create a mirage of a different version of their lives, than in reality.

Fronting on these platforms and with a few quick shortcuts, the audiences build up.

Now, it creates an issue because one, none of it is true and second, there’s no way you can keep up with it for a long period of time. You’re only fooling yourself whilst thinking you’re winning on social media.

What’s the answer?

Authenticity is the key. Be self-aware of who you are and with the opportunities available, build your base on these platforms with one goal in mind, providing real value to your audience.

Let your audience follow and understand the real ‘you’.

//We have started a series on ” Tips on how to Zazz your Brand” on our page @zazzmedia which will guide you on how to brand yourself or your company’s profile on social media.

Tips on How to Zazz your Brand! – A new series

Tips on How to Zazz your Brand! – A new series

With Zazz Media, as a modern communications agency, our focus is to change the way people perceive brands on social media.

Apart from sharing articles on topics that support that focus, we are also starting a series where we would be sharing Tips on how to Zazz your Brand.

What do we mean by Zazz your Brand?

Add an element of uniqueness and awesomeness to your brand and connect with your audience by providing value to them.

To Zazz a brand, the process is long and a number of things to take care of.

Whilst the process takes time, and specific attention needs to be given to each brand, on how they should build themselves,

these Tips are the baseline of how one should take care of their brand and how these tips can help them grow online and offline.

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You can follow our account on Instagram @zazzmedia or on LinkedIn where we’ll be sharing these Tips.

Feedback is appreciated.

The audience decides, not you.

The audience decides, not you.

We can plan.

We can strategise.

We can pick the one out of seven that might work.

We might ensure it reaches to a lot of people.

What we forget is that the audience decides what works, not you.

You can only try.

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Often, especially on the social media platforms, you start posting content what you think will get more likes.

You decide not to post something because your audience won’t appreciate what you’re posting.

All this is pre-defined.

All in your minds.

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Let the audience decide what they want to hear from you.

You should focus on sharing what you love.

Not just in one specific genre.

But in everything you love to talk about.

What you’re passionate about.

Let the audience decide.

People say Facebook and Snapchat are over! (in India)

People say Facebook and Snapchat are over! (in India)

This is a global opinion, moreover said in India, that Instagram is the culture (which it is), but Facebook and Snapchat are over.

Is it true?

The millennials and the Gen-Z seem to say that they are Instagram-active only.

So, as digital marketers, should we not focus on the other platforms?

Let’s take a look at the statistics.

Keeping Facebook in mind, the platform, and not considering Instagram and WhatsApp (which technically are a part of the same company), there are over 300 million Facebook users in India alone, making it the leading country in terms of Facebook audience size.

To put this into context, if India’s Facebook audience were a country then it would be ranked fifth in terms of the largest population worldwide.

The stats say that the Facebook Indian audience would reach over 400 million in the next 3 years.

Said that, should we not consider Facebook while building a brand.

So, now that we have established that, what about Snapchat?

As of April 2019, we have 12 million Snapchat users in India.

We have influencers, digital creators, brands, consumers – all a part of these 12 million users in India.

Instagram may be the current culture amongst the Millennials and the Gen-Z, however, we can’t seem to ignore the other platforms at all, especially with these numbers.

Do you think Facebook and Snapchat are over? #QOTD

(Statistics Source : Statista)

Let the content speak for itself!

Let the content speak for itself!

People worry about the content they are posting.

Even before the first post, people are worried if the audience will like what they’re posting, whether it’d get enough likes and whether the conversion will happen or not.

What design will appeal to the audience, how long should the caption be and what kind of pictures to click.

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No one can pre-define what will work and what will not.

Once you start posting, your content will automatically speak for itself.

How the audience responds to it.

If not, then why not.

Once you post enough, then you know what works and what doesn’t, and you start implementing changes from thereon.

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People doubt themselves, their capability and their skills and let other people’s opinions define their steps for them.

I’ve had conversations where people had current trends and opinions of people who themselves aren’t active on social media decided their future steps towards branding themselves on social media.

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Let the content speak for itself.

763 followers.

763 followers.

What would you rather prefer?

763 followers or 18,000 followers?

The sight of 18,000 followers is appealing, right?

Let me take it to a deeper level.

What if I told you, that you’re posting content about art and 760 out of the 763 followers are art enthusiasts who are likely to engage with you, probably buy whatever you’re selling and possibly collaborate with you for something new.

At the same time, speaking of the 18,000 followers, only 262 are interested in art and 9,732 aren’t interested at all, would you care for this audience?

That is what the social media platforms are about.

The numbers are hyped up, but when you look at the reality, you understand how the game works.

Let me ask you again, what would you rather have – 763 followers or 18,000 followers?

Listening to the Right People!

Listening to the Right People!

With the internet in its current form, everyone has a voice, some use it positively, to impact people, some people use it to sell something, some people use it negatively, to bring others down!

Earlier, in the initial social media days, or even before that, this wasn’t the case!

When a person saw a billboard or a visual/audio show or an ad, the platform was trusted enough to trust the information too.

With social media and the uprise of people on it, there are too many voices out there!

When you seek information on the internet, you need to be self-aware of who you are, what do you seek and listen to the right person.

On a number of occasions, people are in a hurry and conclude their hunt for the information, with the first person they find and base their opinions according to a single person’s point of view too.

If you’re listening to someone, be sure of the experience they have and what their intentions are.

If you’re buying something, ensure of the brand and their approach. (especially if it’s an online service)

The key is to listen to the right people.

Growing your brand to the next level!

Growing your brand to the next level!

To grow your brand to the next level, you need to advertise. To reach your target audience, you need to invest a decent sum of money in your advertising and marketing budget.
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“A man who stops advertising to save money is like a man who stops a clock to save time.”
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To put it simply, if your brand is new to the market or if you’re planning to launch a new segment/product, you need to reach a specific set of people to get your sales going. If you don’t spend enough, you won’t reach to sufficient people and the results won’t make a difference.
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“Your agency would advise you and suggest you, but at the end, it’s up to you whether you want to reach the next level or not.”
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A detailed example would be as such if your revenue is between 10 lacs INR and 20 lacs INR on a monthly basis, does it do justice to the fact that you spend only 20,000 INR to increase your sales. #SpendMoreEarnMore

The process of planting a tree.

The process of planting a tree.

A brand’s social media development is like planting a tree!
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For it to give you the results you want, you must spend months and months and years of proper planning, implementation and execution for it to reach its true level. You wouldn’t expect to plant the seeds and let it grow into a tree in less than a year, correct? Managing social media is similar to that situation! Even with an adequate promotional budget, you need to first set your goals.
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Building an online brand requires much more than spending on ads.
Firstly, you must ensure that you have a proper brand design and language which will make it easier for the audience to relate to your content.
Secondly, you must provide relevant content and differentiate them as per the social media platforms you’re using. For that, you must have a proper plan and schedule beforehand and know what you’re seeking to achieve.
Thirdly, focus on the community you’re building. This community is going to be important in the creation of your brand’s online identity.
Ultimately, we could break the complete process into three small steps, but these powerful measures take time to build. Once you understand them, then it’s your arena. Your sales will start soaring high!
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Be patient and ensure you as a brand are playing an essential role in keeping the digital presence active.

What Social Media is not!

What Social Media is not!

Social Media is the current, most effective hot trend when it comes to communications for people and brands.

You can brand yourself, reach to your target audience, cost-effectively and increase your sales too.

However, even with this disproportionate advantage that social media provides us, we have brought it down to a lot of things it is not.

  • a game of likes

the higher the number of likes, the more effective the campaign has been

  • a platform of followers

the more the number of followers, the more famous your brand is

  • using sales as the method to grow and then calling the process inefficient
  • posting pictures without context

another factor when it comes to lack of planning

  • lack of experimentation

using your personal opinion as the answer for all probable and unproven steps – for example, people having the impression of writing only short captions when it comes to Instagram.


For someone to truly understand the power of social media, for what it is, how useful and practical it can be, takes a lot of planning, strategies, experiments and convincing.

This is one of the reasons why I started Zazz Media, to effectively utilise what’s at hand and use it in the best possible manner.

When it comes to social media marketing, one thing I’ve always focused on and said time and again is not to focus on the obvious and look at the bigger picture.

A 1000 likes on your picture is not the success metric, but 40 likes from your target audience are.

Learn, understand, experiment and reap the rewards!

The Power of Hashtags! #SocialMediaDay

The Power of Hashtags! #SocialMediaDay

This Social Media Day, let’s celebrate the power of Hashtags ♯ ❤️

The hashtags that
– connect all of us on social media,
– connect random but like-minded people from all over the world
– and also help us speak on interested topics!

To the power of Hashtags #SocialMediaDay #SocialMediaDay2019

Handling your social media on your own?

Handling your social media on your own?

A brand’s social media development is like planting a tree! It’s not a day’s worth of your time and neither is it a month’s worth of your time. For it to give you the results you need, you need to spend months and months and years of proper planning, implementation and execution for it to reach its true level.
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This is where social media agencies come into the picture! There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into the management of your pages across the social media platforms. Agencies charge what they charge because of the strategies they create and the planning and efforts behind every online campaign.
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Now the question is, whether you (as the brand owner) have the time or the expertise to maintain your presence digitally whilst you take care of your sales/ customers on an offline basis or whether you should give that responsibility to someone who would take that entire workload off you and do it professionally for your brand! Ultimately, the decision is yours.

P.S. I own a social media agency @zazzmedia – let me know if I can provide any value to you in this sector.

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If you aren’t using social media, you’re not in the game!

People avoid creating websites and significantly more who have yet to establish their brand’s profile on the available social media platforms.

Nowadays, with almost everyone having a smartphone, the tendency of people paying attention to a billboard or a brochure/ pamphlet has gone way down! The way to attract people to your brand/ product/ service is through the digital options out there.

It’s an era of the smartphone! If your brand isn’t digital, then you won’t stay relevant soon.

Every brand needs to stay active on social media, provide content on an everyday basis and connect with their audience as much as possible. On a macro level, this will work out perfectly for your brand. Here’s why?

  • You would have an online fan-following, who will also be your future customers. 
  • They will in-turn share the valuable content with their network, thus reaching out to more people for you. 
  • This would also increase the company’s revenue on a macro level, just by investing a percentage of that revenue on the marketing budget.

Forget the ‘ask’ initially and try focusing on building your audience first. Just focus on providing value!

If you aren’t using social media to your advantage, simply put, you’re losing out. It applies to your personal brand as well as your corporate brand. It is quite surprising to see that some brands are still hesitant to be on social media, even in this day and age.

After a few years, the next big thing would take over, and the era of social media might decline! Who would want to take that risk? Now is the ideal time, to jump in, and make its best use, as much as possible.

Go digital or go irrelevant!

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Importance of Social Media for your Brand

In today’s day and age, social media is the most important tool to focus on for your personal and corporate brand.

With exceptions to some, every brand needs to stay active on social media, provide content on an everyday basis and connect with their audience as much as possible. On a macro level, this will work out perfectly for your brand. Here’s why?

  1. You would have an online fan-following, who will also be your future customers.
  2. They will in-turn share the valuable content with their network, thus reaching out to more people for you.
  3. This would also increase the company’s revenue on a macro level, just by investing a percentage of that revenue on the marketing budget.

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Forget the ‘ask’ initially and try focusing on building your audience first. Just focus on providing value!

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Good Content always wins the long-term game of social media. You need to stay patient and be active on social media. You need to hire a good agency capable of performing this process professionally.

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Design is the Key!

Your product/service is the official ambassador of your brand, and your design is the silent ambassador of your brand.

Right from the logo to the colours to your fonts, all of it constitutes your brand design, which needs to resonate with the brand message. Every time your audience notices either of your online or offline marketing material, the brand design helps them connect to your brand. This brand recognition, in turn, will play a role in his/ her decision to become your customer or not.

A poorly-created brand design might result in a lower brand recall and overall, an inadequate response from the audience towards the entire campaign. Play it right, and you’ll win people’s hearts!

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Authenticity is Lost.

In today’s digital age, everyone is creating a front and competing with each other; being inauthentic or using different tricks to get followers (bots, engagement groups, paid followers) may make you ‘look’ like a famous public figure, but is it going to take you anywhere?

Be authentic! You are only fooling yourself while thinking you’re winning on social media!
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There are enormous opportunities available to succeed in any of the digital platforms. Opportunities with one key answer – Be genuine! Let the audience understand and follow the real ‘you’.
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Success requires hard-work and not shortcuts. Forget the ‘Follow-for-Follow’ or the ‘Buy Followers’ tactics on Instagram! That might turn out to be a short-term win, but might result in a long-term loss.