Mr. Franoza did very well with his Linkedin profile photo!

Branding Your Social Media Profile (BSMP) is a new 1-on-1 program that helps brands bring their social media profile and presence to the next level.

This series of articles is an introduction to some of the techniques and experiments that have been proven to make this underutilized real estate work for you. 

Brands and others looking for customized analysis and guidance specific to their profile(s) can register for 1:1 coaching here.
This is a fantastic Linkedin Background photo by Mr. Franoza. It's not only a work of art but marketing-wise it's art in and of itself - it generates curiosity, and so related to to what he does (sound/speaker engineering).

This is a fantastic Linkedin Background photo by Mr. Franoza. It’s not only a work of art but marketing-wise it’s art in and of itself – it generates curiosity, and so related to to what he does (sound/speaker engineering).

Branding Your #SocialMedia Profile (BSMP) Series:

Your BSMP Bio Photo
Your BSMP Extended Name
Your BSMP One Sentence Wordings
Your BSMP Hashtags
Your BSMP Update Line
Your BSMP URL
Your BSMP Emojis
Elina Svitolina BSMP
Your BSMP Social Media Influencer
How to optimize your “Branded Social Media Profile” area
kick-ss CTAs for your branded social media profile
Doing your profile the wrong way
Powerpointed (Mobile Growth Virtual Summit 3.0 – “How to  Transform Your Social Media Branded Profile to a Sales Funnel Machine,  by Dear Mishu’s Dad”)! 

Coming soon:
  Your BSMP Location
 

Private, personalized 1-on-1 consulting on YOUR social media profile strategy is available now.

SmartPassiveIncome.com: Influencer Marketing 101, by Dear Mishu’s Dad

What is Influencer Marketing?

Influencer marketing is a form of guerrilla marketing! And when we talk about marketing via social media influencers (SMI), we mean someone who:

  1. Owns a social media account (minimum 50 followers) on platforms such as on TikTok, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube, and—very importantly—
  2. Uses it for amazing relationship building with their followers AND/OR content creation.

As I’ve said before, our social media accounts are our brand business cards now. It’s obvious to the post-business-card generation that when one talks about “influencers” they mean social media influencers. And so, marketing via endorsements from bloggers, famous authors, whitepaper composers, or podcasters isn’t really considered to be influential nowadays unless they’re using social media to get their message across.

At the same time, the public and the media tend to hate what they think the word “influencer” stands for. So if you’d like, use other names to refer to them: creators, testimonial advertisers, online cheerleaders, advocates, social media impactors, etc. But whatever you call them, it is generally agreed that there are four types of SMIs, determined by their follower counts: 

  1. Celebs/Mega-Influencers (those with over one million followers) 
  2. Macro-Influencers (between 100,000 and one million followers) 
  3. Micro-Influencers (10,00 to 100,000) 
  4. Nano-Influencers (5,000 to 10,000)

Only Mega-Influencers are usually famous. That means that all others—and there are millions and millions of them—are unknown to the general public but are very well-known to the communities they’ve built through their social accounts. And, as a result, they can move mountains through those communities.

Why Would You Use Influencer Marketing?

You work hard designing, innovating, and creating. Whether it’s a new product, your new design services, a new menu, a new app, or a new Amazon product, it takes time and sweat to give birth to that baby. But when you are done, and the product is ready to be released to the world, alas, crickets… It’s hard to break through—and most people know how to bypass ads via ad-blocking software or emotional blockers! Unless you can find someone who already has the eyes, ears, and trust of your potential audience to recommend your creation. 

And that is where hiring an SMI can be a great shortcut to speed your marketing efforts. If done right, you can get exposure, and so much more, including:

  1. Feedback. You can save/earn a lot of money and avoid unnecessary work when your audience tells you whether or not they’re interested in your new idea for a business/product. This kind of feedback can be accessed through SMIs and their communities, because if you pick the right ones, they will become your target audience.

Here’s a real-world example from my DearMishu, where she found an issue with package closure of a sample she received, reported it to the brand, and saved them a lot of money before they launched to a mass market:

  1. Access to new communities. By creatively working with influencers, brands can reach communities they never would have considered targeting. I always like to give the example of a new tennis racquet entering the market that happens to come in orange. Imagine that the brand worked with an SMI who leads a community of people who love anything orange!
Orange tennis racket and orange lover SMI—what a match!
  1. Recognition. SMI’s are recognized as experts, and they transfer that to you. An SMI can bring you what we marketers know as “positive bias.” As a result, your brand will be “stamped” into their followers’ subconscious, and when they need to make a buying decision, they will remember the SMI’s recommendation.
  2. Virality. If the SMI you work with is skilled, your message will become viral through their communities.
  3. Great, reusable content. You need to have content—photos, videos, audio, etc. Even if you already have someone (yourself?) creating the content, after some time it can become repetitive and less creative than when you started your business. Most SMIs are very talented at story-telling, and you can use that to your advantage. 
  4. Great consultant. SMIs “live” in your marketplace. They know exactly what your audience members want and feel, how they’ll react, and so on. Ask them to share their experience and recommendations—they can be great consultants.

CONTINUE READING

Source: My writing at https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/blog/influencer-marketing-101/

Telling your Story via Emojis on your Profile

Branding Your Social Media Profile (BSMP) is a new 1-on-1 program that helps brands bring their social media profile and presence to the next level.

This series of articles is an introduction to some of the techniques and experiments that have been proven to make this underutilized real estate work for you. 

Brands and others looking for customized analysis and guidance specific to their profile(s) can register for 1:1 coaching here.

In the last BSMP* series article I explained how you can do YOUR** story-telling through your profile photos, extended name, update line, profile description, hashtags, URL, and influencers. Today I will show you another one, a minimalist, fun way to tell your story: emojis and special characters!

*BSMP = branded social media profile, a term that was coined by… me.

First, look how beautiful telling your story via emojis can be:

Look how much imagination is integrated into this SMI* bio - in the most pure, wonderful, fantastic way, via simple emoji integration! Congrats Ajak!
Look how much imagination is integrated into this SMI* profile – in the most pure, wonderful, fantastic way, via simple emoji integration! Congrats Ajak!

Beautiful, right? Now let’s explain:

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Branding Your #SocialMedia Profile No. 7: Elina Svitolina BSMP

Branding Your Social Media Profile (BSMP) is a new 1-on-1 program that helps brands bring their social media profile and presence to the next level.

This series of articles is an introduction to some of the techniques and experiments that have been proven to make this underutilized real estate work for you. 

Brands and others looking for customized analysis and guidance specific to their profile(s) can register for 1:1 coaching here.

Today we will examine the insta and Tiktok bios (also called BSMP”) of a tennis star and SMI (=Social Media Influencer) – Elina Svitolina. Now let’s pretend I’m addressing Elina directly:

*BSMP = branded social media profile, a term that was coined by… me.

Your BSMP Bio Photo

Analyzing Elina Svitolina social media bio
Analyzing Elina Svitolina social media bio

The bio photo above is very artistic with – take a look at the line on the right-side of your hair – playing with shades and light. Yet most important is that you have achieved a target you probably set for yourself to be: a future mega celeb.

July 1st Update: Elina changed her photo: Before Vs After Elina’s insta bio photo change

However, I personally don’t liked either of the photos. There is no tennis racquet (or courts) so you look like just another model and have lost your uniqueness and advantage.

Ok, let’s carry on:

Your BSMP Extended Name

You did not extend your name. This is – of course – just an option but you should try and see if your audience likes it. I would extend your name a bit, for example “Elina Svitolina – Tennis Model.”

More extended name examples can be found here: https://www.dearmishudad.com/your-extended-name-social-media-profile/:

Renna D - Social Fund Knight
🚴🏼‍♀️ riding for @marchisio_bici
Johan Lee - Content Creator
Anna OBrien, confidence queen
Dr. Ai #ClassroomWithoutWalls
Mr. Anny - #USA Forever
Mirrorsoft -  #DoGreatThings

Your BSMP One Sentence Wordings

• Be You – Do You ⚜️

Elina on Insta

“• Be You – Do You ⚜️” is so wonderful!! In addition, it turns the message to “US” — now it is WE who are the heroes of your social account, Elina, which is great! At the ame time, my suggestion is for you to create a dialogue about that with your followers — that will bring the love level through the roof!

And let’s compare that to your TikTok bio message:

Tennis pro – sometimes. Tiktoker – always. Go on, scroll – have a laugh.

Elina – on Tiktok

That’s a very different message, which might have been relevant in the early days of TikTok when it was goofy, but it’s not like that anymore, so you may like to adjust to the same message as on your Insta.

Related:
How Can I Increase My Engagement on Instagram? #CTA
Give the people what they want!
“Engage Your Engagers” – Influencer’s First Commandment?

Your BSMP Hashtags

Hashtags bring clickability, likebility, user-generated content, etc. There is space to add a hashtag or two to your BSMP. The hashtag can be something that is related to your tennis career, your life moto, your location, your tennis event, or even a hashtag that is a part of your current campaigns for Nike, Wilson tennis, etc.

WrongRight
#LifeStyle#Leifestylebyluxxu
#EveningEvents#killerhappyhour
#Football#ManchesterUnited ***
BSMP hashtags: the Right Way Vs Wrong Way… Source: https://www.dearmishudad.com/brand-profile-storytelling-hashtags/

Your BSMP Update Line

Update line is missing and that’s a waste of a free real-estate. For example you could have written:

throwing a street party in Barcelona next month, stay tuned

or

USA Open, here I come.

That will bring your audience closer to you, I’m sure!

Here are some more examples of good update lines (source: https://www.dearmishudad.com/branding-profile-update-line/):

Our CEO is on Helium Podcast tomorrow
✨💜 The Sugarplum Macchiato is here! 💜✨
Planning a wedding with 💍 @kennycallis
⬇️WE SAID WHAT WE SAID⬇️
Ready to send your Unique Santa Gift? 🐶🎁

Your BSMP URL

You chose to enter your TikTok URL instead of a traditional website. That is 100% fine, after all we don’t expect everyone to maintain an old school website anymore. Most Instagram users have a TikTok account anyhow, so that’s a good fit.

Related:
Branding Your #SocialMedia Profile Series #4: Your BSMP URL
If I Don’t Have a Website, Can I Still Be an Influencer?

Your BSMP Emojis

There is an”ace” emoji in your message, and a “deal making” emoji near your sponsors. Winner!

Call-to-action

Your CTA is listing the social media accounts of the companies you are doing campaigns for. Ok, that can work. Why don’t you try to measure the impact?

Or you could have considered (=tested) adding something more like:

🎯 DM Nike my last score, to get $1,000 price!

Back to your TikTok: your photo, wording and yes – CTA – is totally different there. Are you sure this inconsistency is good for your brand?

Related:
21 kick-*ss CTAs* for your branded social media profile
Call-To-Action: Tell Your Audience Why

Engagement rate

Your engagement rate is 4.9%, which is amazing for someone with your number of followers!! That’s the good news. The bad news is that most of it comes from “Likes.” 388 comments per post for a macro-influencer like you is not enough. To overcome that, find a way to create much more “dialogy” posts that people will comment on. It shouldn’t be that hard for you!

Related:
How much should I pay an Instagram Influencer with 476k followers and a 3% engagement rate?
Social Media Engagement – Ideas that Convert!
Is it Important to Hire an Engaged SMI (Social Media Influencer)?

Good luck (I love the tennis sport!)!!

Bonus:

Suggested Influencer KPIs - DearMishuDad  Source (updated often): https://www.dearmishudad.com/kpi
Suggested Influencer KPIs – DearMishuDad Source (updated often): https://www.dearmishudad.com/kpi
Branding Your #SocialMedia Profile (BSMP) Series:

Your BSMP Bio Photo
Your BSMP Extended Name
Your BSMP One Sentence Wordings
Your BSMP Hashtags
Your BSMP Update Line
Your BSMP URL
Your BSMP Emojis
Elina Svitolina BSMP
Your BSMP Social Media Influencer
How to optimize your “Branded Social Media Profile” area
kick-ss CTAs for your branded social media profile
Doing your profile the wrong way
Powerpointed (Mobile Growth Virtual Summit 3.0 – “How to  Transform Your Social Media Branded Profile to a Sales Funnel Machine,  by Dear Mishu’s Dad”)! 

Coming soon:
  Your BSMP Location
 

Private, personalized 1-on-1 consulting on YOUR social media profile strategy is available now.
Branding Your #SocialMedia Profile (BSMP) Series:

Your BSMP Bio Photo
Your BSMP Extended Name
Your BSMP One Sentence Wordings
Your BSMP Hashtags
Your BSMP Update Line
Your BSMP URL
Your BSMP Emojis
Elina Svitolina BSMP
Your BSMP Social Media Influencer
How to optimize your “Branded Social Media Profile” area
kick-ss CTAs for your branded social media profile
Doing your profile the wrong way
Powerpointed (Mobile Growth Virtual Summit 3.0 – “How to  Transform Your Social Media Branded Profile to a Sales Funnel Machine,  by Dear Mishu’s Dad”)! 

Coming soon:
  Your BSMP Location
 

Private, personalized 1-on-1 consulting on YOUR social media profile strategy is available now.

Branding Your #SocialMedia Profile (BSMP) Series:

Your BSMP Bio Photo
Your BSMP Extended Name
Your BSMP One Sentence Wordings
Your BSMP Hashtags

Your BSMP Update Line
Your BSMP URL
Elina Svitolina BSMP
Your BSMP Social Media Influencer
How to optimize your “Branded Social Media Profile” area
kick-ss CTAs for your branded social media profile
Doing your profile the wrong way
Powerpointed (Mobile Growth Virtual Summit 3.0 – “How to Transform Your Social Media Branded Profile to a Sales Funnel Machine, by Dear Mishu’s Dad”)!

Coming soon:

Your BSMP Emojis
Your BSMP Location


Private, personalized 1-on-1 consulting on YOUR social media profile strategy is available now.

Fantastic, suitable social media KPI example is here!

I think the following KPI, as well as its CTA execution, is PERFECT:

Fantastic KPI

Here is why:

Social media platforms such as Instagram and YouTube were not built for instant sales (not even for eCommerce, although the platforms are fixing that now). They were built from the bottom up for community building, where the community building is focused around ideas, attitudes, specific emotions (love, hate, blushing, …) about a specific area.

If you want to succeed on social media, work hard to bring a dialog about what you do/preach. A hard sell approach is not suitable… Instead, bring the people together, and maybe down the line find ways to convince them sign up for your “mailing list.” Now – mind you – “mailing list” in terms of social media doesn’t necessarily mean an email list. Rather, make them become engaged followers and community members.

You! Your social media is a great place to get leads (not instant sales), but first work hard to get your message out to those who care.

Related:

Interviews with Dog Brands: How They Work with Influencers

Should brands contract only Influencers who posted about their products in the past?

No, that’s a shortsighted approach and out of touch with the way influencers work.

After all:

  1. Many products and brands are totally new and no one has used them yet (and that’s the whole point of hiring SMI (Social Media Influencer), to gain awareness.
  2. If SMI used “Adidas shoes” so far (and enjoyed them tremendously), it doesn’t mean she won’t enjoy “Bronx shoes”!
  3. SMI who are professional may not post about any brands they aren’t hired by (it’s a matter of not working without compensation)

I know I may sound like I’m contradicting myself here, but come on… if you are a brand and you see an SMI who is very suitable for you, someone with your kind of audience, with followers who CARE, then introduce any new product to her and consider hiring her. Even if she’s promoted a competitive product, if she just hasn’t tried yours it’s worth introducing it and trying to convince her. Because if she IS convinced, she can share why she switched to your product, and that’s a good thing!!

Related:

I like to keep it real, which some people consider contrarian… well, so be it: check out my articles that have been tagged “contrarian”

“I just wanted to share this blog about the lack of transparency in the influencer marketing industry”

I don’t think WE should handle transparency, as well as ethics and morals. In fact, we shld stop it… Think about that – influencers are community builders. The only ones who are important here are *their community members*.

If those like x% of transparency, ok. If they like x-12% transparency, that’s ok FOR THEM too, it’s up to the people to decide which communities they are following, not for us at all. Now those communities are gather around certain niche topics. The brand can choose whatever communities they want to. #DeepThoughts

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Best Free Google Chrome Extensions for Social Media Influencers

Social Media influencers work hard – very hard. They need any edge they can get, and they need tools that can save them time, and can help them with faster, smarter and yet super sophisticated, customized deliveries. Here are a list of the 11 best Google Chrome extensions that I use for my Mishu.Underdog :

1. Socialpeeks Influencer Analyzer, offered by: socialpeeks.com

I use this tool many times a day to see where I am!

The No. 1 KPI for SMI* is engagement rate, which is usually calculated as the quantity of your followers, divided by the quantity of Likes and Comments per post.

As a SMI you want to keep the engagement rate UP up up so the social platform algorithm will make sure you show up in their users’ feeds. Socialpeeks is tool that I choose to display my account engagement rate, in real-time. All you need is to login once to their server, and from then on, clicking on their icon on the Chrome toolbar will display this:

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Feedback Influencers for Walmart.com and Amazon Vendors

Hire niche SMI* with the sole objective of getting feedback for samples received from the factory before placing a minimum quantity order with your manufacturer, and definitely before sending a new product to the Amazon (or Walmart) warehouse.

I have been there. I was an Amazon Vendor and really enjoyed it. What a journey it is! It’s exciting to build a small empire, your own legacy, with your own brand and various products and creations that you have envisioned.

Continue reading Feedback Influencers for Walmart.com and Amazon Vendors

Brands, your media war against fake influencers may not work if you don’t do these 5 things.

From time to time brands launch media PR campaigns to complain that the influencers they hired “were fake.” For example, the following was promoted and mentioned on Google 255,000 times (that’s a quarter million!).

Unilever- urgent action against influencer fraud
“At Unilever, we believe influencers are an important way to reach consumers and grow our brands. Their power comes from a deep, authentic and direct connection with people, but certain practices like buying followers can easily undermine these relationships,” said Keith Weed
Source: https://variety.com/2018/biz/news/unilever-social-media-influencers-advertising-1202848790/

And Casper – the mattress company – stated in their S-1 filing, under “risk factors” that one of Casper’s disclosed risks is “the network of social media influencers it uses to advertise.”

For me, this is equivalent to them saying something like: “I’m making a decision to choose bad partners, and my partners – therefore – are a risk to my company.”

Source: https://www.businessinsider.com/casper-ipo-filing-instagram-influencers-risk-factor-mattress-startup-2020-1

So, here is the question that needs to be asked (and let the debate began):

Brands, why are you partnering with bad partners in first place?

The influencers you hired are unethical – they did dishonest things (e.g. buying votes, sorry … followers)

You partnered with unethical.

Are you asking yourself why you hired unethical people/partners in the first place? Perhaps you should take a hard look at your hiring/contracting process and make the changes so it will not happen again.

Here are 5 things to look into and fix that can help you do it right next time:

  1. Review your vetting process. Find out what you did wrong in the past and how you can avoid repeating it. I’m happy to advise you on vetting influencers.
  2. Your name, your brand is EVERYTHING. And yet you entrusted it to unethical people. Consider putting a policy in place and a better process for external people who handle your brand messages.
  3. Review your company social media account on Insta/LinkedIn/Twitter/etc and your BSMP. Do each of your company posts have at least 10 comments? If not, it’s a sign that your story is boring and people probably spend less than 3 seconds on your posts. It’s time to rethink your strategy and, if you can’t come up with a more creative one consider hiring someone new who can or taking a break from social. Don’t maintain social media accounts for the sake of having them if they don’t do anything for your brand.
  4. And a word about “fake”… influencers are community leaders and so they mirror their communities and they mirror you, since you selected them. So, consider this:
    a. Are you leading by example on that topic? It is known that most brands have fake followers, including bots, and that they are possibly purchased. Is your brand on top of that? Do you regularly remove your fake followers, comments, and likes? Before you attack influencers, you should look at your own followers before you ask influencers to do the same. Because if you don’t do it, your community sees that and influencers see your behavior as an example!
    b. Are you using (or about to use) virtual CGI-generated influencers? Those are very cool and most of them are very successful in achieving results. But…they are “fake”… have you thought about that?
    In other words, be the leader in fighting fake, not by fighting influencers but taking care of your own accounts first.
  5. Review the rest of your practices: Is it easy for people to remove themselves from your mailing list and email list? When you we visit your site do you invade our privacy by tracking our web activities? Are you transparent enough? Are you really caring? Do you celebrate your customers? Do you treat people as a means to an end? When people contact you on website, do you answer with an automated template or as a human? Lead by example.

Because, if you don’t answer those questions, if you don’t fix the problems, after your PR campaign against “the bad influencers” winds down, your company will still need to break through, and it won’t be able to.

Miquela, Noonoouri and Shudu - CGI influencers - all three are very loved by their IG communities.
Miquela, Noonoouri and Shudu – CGI influencers – all three are very loved by their IG communities.

Takeaway: Instead of hiring media to announce that “you hired bad influencers and you will fight against that” >>

  1. Lead by example
  2. Rebuild your vetting process for partnerships.
  3. Rebuild your social media messaging.

Your thoughts? Let the debate begin!

Related:

Which Influencers NOT to Hire, no Matter What (and The Power of ♥)
Which Influencers NOT to Hire, no Matter What (and The Power of ♥)

Related:

I like to keep it real, which some people consider contrarian… well, so be it: check out my articles that have been tagged “contrarian”