Welcome to this 40th Edition Newsletter. It’s the last month of 2016 – phew! I expect we will have one more newsletter before Christmas, but just in case I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year holiday.
Social Media Optimisation Workshops
Social Media Optimisation is critical to succeeding in your business in 2017. How good are you at navigating the Social Media Puzzle. (puzzle image credit to greyweed)
• Facebook has 1.79 billion active users, 1.18 billion daily users and 1.66 billion mobile active users [Facebook stats September 30th 2016]
• Twitter has 1.3 billion users with 500 million using it to follow - not tweeting [Source].
• LinkedIn has 467 million users. Adding a professional photo to your profile makes you 14 times more likely to be found [Source].
• Short videos attract a 5 billion views a day on YouTube and 8 billion views s day on Facebook
• Instagram and Pinterest already have an audience of 500 million users and 75 Million users respectively. [Source]
That’s well over a billion people who are your potential marketplace.
Do you have an Australian Only Business?
Maybe you are worried the connected world is too big a market. That’s ok. There are 14.1 million Australians over the age of 18 with Facebook accounts plus many millions more with Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ accounts and many millions more who access YouTube videos from mobiles devices and computers each day.
When you just target Australia you access a market in the millions.
A note of caution: The rules for Social Media are different to the Web: You need to be Social Media Optimised!
You must be proactive and get on board now – before your competitors do and start taking all your customers right out from under you. Only the early adopters gain the advantage. Once everyone is doing it the margins are always smaller.
Social Media Optimisation is the coolest marketing tool that throws open the doors to interacting directly with new customers. Results for correctly implemented Social Media Marketing by far exceed the reach and results of traditional media and marketing techniques.
What is Social Media Optimisation comprised of? Well there used to be just Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. But 2013 saw the emergence of Instagram, Google + and Pinterest which have a combined audience exceeding 1 billion affluent consumers. In 2015 we got Snapchat, Periscope, Meerkat and Vine - all video driven. In 2016 the big trends were not so much new platforms but usage patterns changing to mobile and apps. Messenger, WeChat and WhatsApp as messaging channels grew wildly. Instagram added stories. Streaming Radio channels and applications like Skype began making good use of “in-product” advertising.
This rapid and permanent shift in Internet usage is slowly but surely relegating other forms of advertising. Print ads and traditional media outlets are last century thinking! Get the jump on your competitors and act now!
Social Media Optimisation is the easiest, faster and most cost effective way to advertise to your target market. You need to learn disruptive marketing techniques that understand the traditional sales cycle is completely broken in both B2B and B2C markets.
So, take time to learn about the opportunities available with Social Media Marketing and ask us teach you how to benefit from Social Media Optimisation with our workshops.
It is a lot to take in. So we have a number of options for you.
How to use each of the major Social Media media, and then how to combine them to gain massive coverage in your target area or industry.
If that isn't enough to make your head hurt, we will show you how all these changes will impact everything you do in your business and how to be on the right side of this marketing revolution.
It all started with Facebook... And now there is Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram and maybe the ultimate game changer Google +. How does this jigsaw fit together? That’s where Social Media Optimisation 2017 comes in.
Enjoy networking during an interactive hands-on workshop. Bring your Laptop, tablet and smartphone and join in as we teach basic to advanced techniques for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Even a novice can leave a Twitter expert. This will also be your coolest networking experience in 2016!
Business Social Media optimisation 201: 4-hour course
Prerequisite 101 or demonstrated understanding of those techniques.
Many businesses conduct their whole business using Facebook business pages.
Google + is not just a social network it is Google’s answer to making search results current and relevant. Because the “traditional” way to rank websites has been replaced by social media activities there needed to be a way to create AUTHORITY. That is why Google + had 300 million users join in the first 24 months!
The preferred learning medium for people younger than 30, which is half the world's population, is video. YouTube serves up 1 billion short videos every day! When people want to know about something, they search YouTube for the answer. YouTube is the world's second most popular search engine. You probably need a YouTube channel... We will show you why.
Twitter is the most misunderstood of the Social Media platforms. Every major TRADITIONAL media outlet has a Twitter presence... what do they know you don't? After this session you will look again at how Twitter is such a valuable addition to your marketing mix.
Instagram launched in Oct 2010 and now has 500 million users who have uploaded 20 billion photos, becoming a social-media phenomenon with an average of 60 million being uploaded per day. Top brands using Instagram include Starbucks, Red Bull and Burberry. Here in Australia, Lorna Jane, Cotton On, Quicksilver, Big W and many more are using Instagram heavily. Brands are using Instagram to communicate with their customers on yet another social media level, as it turns out the platform is more effective than Facebook or Twitter.
Pinterest is a relatively new social networking site that is fun, easy, and catching on the hype right now. It allows users to create online image collages, then quickly and easily share those collages – called “pin boards” – with other Pinterest users. Pinterest is great for pinning up the items from your store and letting users see what you have available in the catalogue.
Klout measures how popular someone is on social media on a scale of 1 to 100 Its scoring algorithm measures some 400 different factors are taken into account along with 12 social metrics. The higher your Klout the more influence you have when you post to applications like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and more...
Learn how to improve your Klout and learn about these platforms and tools and many more
You will learn:
Contact us today if you want to come to a Workshop in your City and begin to dominate your industry with your Social Media Presence.Follow Us On Social Media
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The Queensland Government is providing up to $10k in funding to established Queensland-based small businesses to engage business mentors, coaches, or an advisory board, for 6 to 12 months.
The Accelerate Small Business Grants Program provides targeted assistance to small businesses that demonstrate high-growth and employment aspirations, to engage high-level expertise for their business.
Already many people who have wanted to work with us have requested an estimate from us which meets the criteria outlined, so they can put in an application for this grant.
Matching funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible businesses to engage business mentors, coaches, or an advisory board, for 6 to 12 months. The funding must be matched by a cash contribution from the participating business.Eligibility criteria
To be eligible for this grant, the business must:
This grant is targeted at established Queensland-based small businesses that are financially sound and have the potential for high-growth over the next 1 to 2 years. High-growth is generally considered to be a 20% increase in turnover or employment. The participant must have a business plan in place, and the capacity to access finance to fund the growth of their business.
Participating businesses will need to have a clearly defined opportunity and plan for growth, and demonstrate how engaging external advice will allow the business to achieve these goals.
Only 1 application per year will be accepted from an individual ABN or business address.Important dates
Applications opened on 25 October 2016 and may be lodged until the annual budget is fully allocated. At this time, the round will close and a new round will open at the beginning of the next financial year.
The participating business must provide a progress report after 3 months and a final report on completion of the project outlining:
It is expected that participating businesses will be seeking support to manage and finance their business expansion which may include, but is not limited to:
To review the eligibility criteria, see the Queensland Government web page.
Contact us today if you want to improve your website and social media presence and establish your expertise in your marketplace.Office 365 Updates
Lots and lots of changes and updates in Office 365 since my last newsletter. Here are just a few:Mobile Push Notifications for One Drive for Business and SharePoint
Mobile Push Notifications for OneDrive for Business and SharePoint is a new Office 365 feature. We are currently rolling this out to all customers and we expect to have this rollout completed by December 31, 2016
This new feature will allow end users to receive mobile push notifications when other people share files and folders with them from OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online. Because there will be some data, including the user and file name, passed through Google Cloud Messaging and Apple Push Notification Service, we have also enabled an admin toggle to disable any mobile notifications about content changes in your tenant.New feature: Copy files and folders from OneDrive to SharePoint
We’re adding the ability to copy files and folders from OneDrive for Business to SharePoint team sites and Office 365 groups.
Users will see this new feature when they select a file in OneDrive for Business and click Copy to. In the Choose destination pane, users will see their SharePoint sites and Office 365 groups in the Recent, Frequent, and Followed lists. Currently, this feature has a 50-MB file size limit. Support for copying larger files is in the works and expected to be fully rolled out by early next year.New Feature: Focused Inbox – Replacing Clutter
Focused Inbox is a new feature coming to Office 365. Focused Inbox helps you take control of your inbox and focus on the emails that matter most. This is coming to all versions of Outlook that receive updates, to give you one consistent view of the important items in your inbox.
Focused Inbox provides two filtered views of your inbox; Focused and Other. Emails that matter most to you are viewed in the Focused tab while the rest remain easily accessible, but out of the way, in the Other tab. You’ll be informed about new emails appearing in the “Other” tab filtered view, and you can switch between tabs (views) at any time to take a quick look. However, all emails remain in your inbox; no emails are moved. Focused Inbox is a refinement and improvement of a previous feature called Clutter. Active Clutter users will have to opt-in to Focused Inbox, and will be able to do so from an in-app prompt in Outlook.
More info about the removal of Clutter here