To promote an event successfully using user generated content calls for diligent efforts. Due to the continual rise of social media and Google’s changing algorithmic programs, quality content plays a significant role for every company aiming to establish a long-lasting web presence. Undisputed, unique and meaning-focused content requires time and hard work. Plus, it can be expensive, especially when you are outsourcing it.
Thankfully, there are cost-effective ways that lay on user-generated content principles to help companies promote an exceptional content the entertaining way. It is called event promotion via social media. From giveaways to contests, there is a wide array of topics an event can cover. To reap the rewards as soon as possible, you have to design and run that event carefully. One of the keys to a successful event promotion is to be persuasive enough to engage as more participants as possible to your event. Sometimes this can be a real challenge. Here are some guidelines on how to promote an event and gain free content to your website.
By and large, the most popular social networking sites today remain as follows:
To promote an event, ContentPlum’s focus stays on these networking sites. They are open channels for communication with people worldwide who are interested in the particular niche. This is a huge benefit and everyone has to use it, by all means.
Tips to Promote an Event successfully using User Generate Content
Integrate all social media profiles
Each of your social media channels can contribute a lot for promoting an event in a unique way. The key is to make goals and plan ahead. The goals for your event can vary. Nonetheless, it is better when you have data that measure in actual numbers. Thus, you’d valuate the results clearly.
What kind of data to take into account?
- new email subscribers
- new Facebook page likes
- shared links
- number of unique visitors
Define the goals
Let the sales and money-making not be the main goal. The event has to focus on building a strong relationship with the users. Once you have their attention, they are more likely to become loyal to your brand. You can leverage a lot from establishing a large online presence and growing a fan base.
Create a unified hashtag name that suits your event
As you attempt to promote an event on social media, you have to come up with a proper and meaningful hashtag name. Hashtags are vital when promoting an event, especially on Twitter and Instagram. Take time while developing the hashtag. Don’t go for long hashtags. The shorter is easy to remember. More importantly, your hashtag has to be original and unified. Make a list of suggestions. Then pick the one that sounds best. Upload the promotional materials on your social media profiles and put the hashtag on. Bear in mind, you can keep using the hashtag after the event because, by rule, hashtags are a great way to promote a brand. ContentPlum can do this for you with fulfilling user experience in mind.
Promote event on Facebook
On average, more than 450 million people visit Facebook daily, which makes it a beneficial place when it comes to promote an event. The first step is to create a Facebook page with your brand name on. Don’t rely on your personal Facebook profile. Pages allow users to Like them and follow new updates. Plus, they are significantly more visible. Announce the event’s topic. Use it to tell your brand’s story. It is much easier to spread the word on Facebook and invite as many people to join as you want. In order to engage much interest, pick a catchy and descriptive name for the event. Be sure to use powerful images to leave the users impressed and excited. ContentPlum focuses on the different ways the event would impact the target audience. The main goal is building a community of people who support your cause.
Promote an event on LinkedIn
LinkedIn is another awesome social place where you can find supporters who may not be that active on Facebook or Twitter. To promote your event, you can follow the same principles as on Facebook. Your focus should be mainly on the impact. Be concrete and honest as you tell the story of your event. Also, it’s important to choose the industry that suits the event and set the right labels.
Upload Behind-the-scenes photos and videos
In most cases, visual content impacts users better than written. Just remember how much viewers enjoy watching the bloopers at the end of a movie. You can re-create something similar with your event to boost engagement. For this, use Instagram and YouTube. Share pictures of you and your team during the preparation process. Tell funny stories about mistakes, last-minute changes, what problems you have faced and how you solved them, show images where members of the tam express genuine reactions of joy or surprise. Choose the most influential images and videos. When users feel close to you, they are likely to support your cause or brand. Don’t forget to include hashtags on the photos and videos. If you need examples, make sure to check the Polo on the Beach competition on Instagram #POTB14 accomplished by ContentPlum.
Build a social wall
Real-time social buzz is the best way to enhance user excitement over the event. Let anyone interested join the ongoing conversation feed and leave a comment. Enable the attendees to be part of the buzz as well. If you don’t have a clear idea, leave ContentPlum to do the heavy lifting for you. We will use the right tools to monitor the posts and photos being displayed on tablets and television screens. Whatever the event is, wedding, sports game, concert, we will make sure that the most inspiring posts stay on top of the feed and invite more users to share the event virtually. Needless to say, by creating buzz, you inspire visibility. Naturally, when more participants join your event, it gets popular. There’s success.
Announce the event through your email signature
This is a ridiculously easy thing to do. Just think for a moment how many emails you send every single day. Now think of them as a good opportunity to enhance the awareness of your event. Next time, as you finish writing an email, before you click on the “send” button, make sure to add a hyperlink (perhaps an image or graphic) of the event to your signature.
When it comes to promoting an event, social media along with powerful user generated content combined with a social wall entity like ContentPlum become the most powerful tools. If you want to achieve the desired marketing goals, you can’t afford not using it. Not in the today’s world, where most viral events take place on the Internet.