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Do you need to use emoji?

Do you really have to use emoji in your brand’s communication? Emotions seem to be the clue in social media communication. Are they really necessary, when you represent your brand?

Short history of emoji

Emojis are based on the Japanese art of manga. Before emojis, there were emoticons to express person’s feelings or mood. They were created with punctuation marks, numbers or letters. They were different in Japan. Users from Japan popularized a style of horizontal emoticons – kaomoji, that can be understood without tilting one’s head to the left.

Emoticons popularity has grown with the popularity of social media. The breakthrough came when some devices have provided stylized pictures that do not use punctuation. The first emoji was created in Japan by Shigetaka Kurita in the late 90’s.

Emoji: research

In January 2017, researchers at the University of Michigan analyzed over 427 million messages input via the Kika Emoji Keyboard and announced that the Face With Tears of Joy was the most popular emoji. The Heart and the Heart eyes emoji stood second and third respectively. The study also found that the French used the emoji associated with love the most. People in countries with high levels of individualism, like Australia, France and the Czech Republic, used more happy emojis, while this was not so for people in Mexico, Colombia, Chile, and Argentina, where people used more negative emojis in comparison to cultural hubs known for restraint and self-discipline, like Turkey, France, and Russia.[1]

Emotions are not the only emoji

It is known that if a company notes you and responds to your post – that is nice. However, do you need to use emojis to arouse the reaction as a company?? No! It will be better for your business to incline reaction rather than suggesting one.  Emoji may have, depending on the country, different meanings. For example, in Japan, crying emoji is telling that you’re sleeping. This is due to the iconography of the manga. Also, for some people, they are annoying. And those that enforce certain reaction, like a “gave us a smile, if…”.

Messages that are overloaded with emoticons irritate customers

Messages that are overloaded with emoji irritate customers

 

How do your fans use emoji

Emoji replace the quick response in social media communication. It is easier to respond to the message by clicking “Like”. Why? People are inherently lazy. If we have to choose between paths – difficult or easy, then choose the easy one. This is due to the functioning of our brain. Kahneman writes about this in his book “Thinking, fast and slow”. That’s why it’s easier to get emoji reactions than to get a comment. Emoji are on your side when it comes to calling of reactions in your audience. They can also give you feedback on what you call the reactions of your audience.Facebook, for example, since last year allows to react with emoji.

Reactions are now more valuable than likes

Reactions are now more valuable than likes

Respond to the others

You know that reactivity is important for the brand. Be more social in social media. Follow your favorites sites and accounts and gave them some reactions too.

So… to use or not to use emoji?

Use emoji as a spice.

Use emoji as a spice.

They cannot be the main course in your social media communication, but they can make your posts more interesting to your audience.

You can use all emoji with Postfity post editor

You can use all emoji with Postfity post editor

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# 4 Tips How To Write For Mobile Users

You’ve got a responsive site and that is all you’ve done for your mobile clients? Well, it’s not enough. Mobile digital media time is now significantly higher at compared to desktop. This is not a temporary fashion. It’s a new way of life.

What does it mean to you? You need to change your way of thinking about text on more well…  mobile!


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Top 10 Slack features that could improve your work

There is no doubt that Slack is one of the hottest real-time messaging apps.  Many of you probably use it at work every day.  But did you know most people only use 20% of Slack’s capabilities? Here are 10 features that could improve your work.

 

#1 INTEGRATION

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Slack allows you to integrate messaging with other services and applications. For example, you can integrate your Slack with Twitter, to keep following your favorite accounts. Or you can integrate Google Hangouts, if you need video conferencing at your work (from December 2016  you can also use  Slack Video Calls instead). All integration option are available here: slack.com/services

#2 THREADED MESSAGING

Slack Threads

With Threads, you can branch off and have discussions around a particular message without having to skip to a different channel or direct messages. If you want to follow up part of any message you can kick off a detailed discussion on that particular topic by hovering over the message and clicking Start a thread. The right sidebar in Slack will open, and you can add your reply.

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#3 QUICK SWITCHER

Quick switcher

You can simply change one conversation/channel/group to the other just by using the quick switcher.To switch just press Ctrl+K or click the search button bellow  Direct Messages.

Quick switcher button

#4 SNIPPET

Snippet post

This is a practical feature which allows you to share bits of code or text with your team.

It’s really easy to create. Click the “+ button next to the Slack message box. Then create a snippet – enter a title, select the file type from the menu and upload your code or text. When you’re finished, click Create Snippet.

You can also share your Snippet outside the Slack, just select “Create external link” in the More actions menu.

External link

#5 SLACKBOT

Did you know, that the Slackbot can be your private full-time assistant? There are lots of things Slackbot can help you with. Here are some examples.

You can ask Slackbot to remind you about your tasks. Simply enter /remind into the text box. If you want to schedule a reminder for a specific time enter it into text box too (for example –  in 5 minutes) or set a date using the MM/DD/YYYY format.

slackbot reminder

If your Team Admin has enabled automatic responses, you can add them to your Slackbot via  Customize Your Team. You can add unique words or phrases that  Slackbot will use to respond to your team members.There are plenty of work-related uses for this – add a custom response for your office Wi-Fi password, or use this feature to have some fun if you like to.

#6 ADVANCED SEARCH

You can find exactly what you need without wasting any time.

Search Slack for

#7 /collapse & /expand COMMANDS

By using these commands you can simply collapse files and expand them when you need. It’s very useful, especially, when your co-workers send you too many videos or GIFs.

collapse slack

#8 /away COMMAND

You can toggle between statuses using the /away command. If you have to step away from your computer – make it clear for your coworkers and change your status for /away.

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#9 HIGHLIGHT WORDS

To get notified when someone mentions phrase or word, adjust your settings to enable custom notifications. How can you set the highlighted words? Just select your name on the left corner, then click “Preferences” from the menu. Next, select “Notification settings” and scroll down to “Highlight Words”. Highlight Words SlackIn the text box you can add phrases and words which when mentioned will send you notification.

Highlight Words Slack

#10 /msg COMMAND

If you want to send quick private message to your coworker, no need to drop the current conversation. Use the following command to quickly open private message /msg @user [your message]. It takes much less time then open the Direct Message conversation.

 

video intro tools

Top 4 tools for creating video intros online

How to do the intro video for your apps and/or projects, if you haven’t used any video editing tools before? We’ve tested top 4 online tools for creating videos – all of them are free, easy to use and effective.

 

1.Renderforest

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The application has a large selection of videos templates.

randerforest creator

Easy navigation allows for creating intros in 4 quick steps.

The downside is the lack of sample music for upload and in the free version – watermark Renderforest.

video intro

After few minutes your video intro is ready to publish

A big plus is an ability to embed a company logo. The application is simple, nice and easy to use.

2. Biteable

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Biteable calls himself “the world’s simplest video maker”. And there’s a reason for that:  it allows you to really easily create the online video intro. You can choose a template and create your video intro in 4 easy steps.

Biteable creator

Select scenes, colors, and music to your intro.

You could also start from scratch and create new video project by using available animations, footages, or your uploading pictures.

Pick a scene for your video

Pick a scene for your video

Without a doubt, Biteable is simplest world’s video maker!

  3. Vipid

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Vipid has an easy navigation and large selection of themed templates.

 

Vipid creator

Vipid creator

The disadvantage is the inability to see the finished video  – only the individual slides of your intro.

Vipid preview

Vipid preview

However, being easy to use and having a large selection of templates relating to the popular cinematic intros are the undoubted advantages of this app.

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Cinematic intros templates

4. Panzoid

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Panzoid gives you great possibilities when it comes to customizing videos to your expectations.

However, navigation is not so simple and obvious and requires a dedication of time to find the features you need.

 

Panzoid creator

Panzoid creator

The big advantage is the choice of templates and the ability to adapt them to your needs. That customization also that includes customizing video soundtracks.You need to download the files to see the final results.

Camera animation

Camera animation

Due to the high potential to customize, like, for example,  a camera animation,  this program is perfect video maker.

Whichever tool you choose – you can rediscover the power of video on your social media channels. Your video intro may be your calling cards, allowing you to stand out from the crowd.

 

 

 

 

goal achive

What’s your #1 marketing goal for 2017?

You have the social media accounts, of course. But do you wonder what are your goals in social media communication? What is the main reason that every day you are using it?

Here are some common goals most businesses aim for along with actual questions they should ask to achieve them.

Goal Nr 1 – to reach new customers

Before someone becomes a customer to your business, he must know about yours offer. Social media is an excellent channel to reach new potential customers. However, you need to determine how to reach them, as their interest to your offer. Will it be a paid advertising on social channels? Or you decide on content that will become viral? And if so – what you intend to take action to achieve its purpose?

 

Goal Nr 2 – to increase sales

It is (almost) always about increasing sales. If your goal is to increase sales, try to determine in more detail the steps that you need to take to achieve this goal. These specific questions will help you determine exactly what to do.

  • At what time do you want to increase sales?
  • Which will customers need to achieve the objective?
  • How do you get your customers to present them your offer?
  • What information would you like to send to potential customers?

 

3. Goal Nr 3 – encourage loyal customers to make purchases more frequently

  • What kind of inspiration to create content you need? If you are using Postfity.com – you have daily post ideas, which saves your time on research.
Posfity post ideas

Save your time with Posfity post ideas

  • What is the budget you can spend on social media activities and how much time will it take?
  • What are their habits?
  • What makes them buy your product?
  • How do you present your offer?
  • How will you measure the effectiveness of their actions?

Whatever were your goals, remember about the calculation. A good solution for the management of communication in social media is having a tool that is multi-tasking. It will help to save your time spent at work and reduce the cost of investment. Post ideas,  social media planner,  multi-level analytics, allow you to check your effects. Yes, we have it all in Postfity.com. And many other useful features that you can test.

We hope that you will achieve everything you wish for in 2017.

Social media calendar

5 reasons why you should plan a calendar of activities in social media

There are many reasons why real-time marketing has many benefits. However, for a good brand communication, you need a plan of action. Not stereotyped, unshaken, more as an inspiration to create new content and the search for new ways to reach customers.

  1. You can be prepared
    When you have a calendar, you can easily plan posts on the important events that will be interested in your community
  2. You can plan a series of messages
    People like to collect. Also knowledge. That is why it is good to prepare posts that are part of a greater whole. For example, a series of recurring events in your company, advice on the topic, etc.
  3. You have more time to communicate
    Because you already have a skeleton of your activities in social media, you can devote more time to communicate with your fans. Answer emails, tweets, view other pages
  4. Examine the effectiveness
    Although the action in social media can be your hobby, does not change the fact that you want to be especially effective. Planning and saving the results of your efforts in one place will allow you to determine which information and posts draw the most customers and which are not effective. 
  5. Draw conclusions
    The fact that you think something was really well prepared doesn’t mean that your fans are of the same opinion. Draw conclusions from statistics and fan reaction to your content and adjust them to the needs and interests of your fans.
Social media calendar

Lack of social media calendar tool? Postfity has one :)

 

social media management app

Postfity 2.0 is here! :)

Since last year we’ve been working on new, awesome version of Postfity.
We have taken into account lots of user’s suggestions and performed focus testing on both professional and amateur social media users.
This new version is now out of it’s open-beta stage – yes, it is ready!

social media management app

Some of the new features and improvements:

  • new layout – redesigned from scratch, with much better user experience in mind – makes social media management even easier and faster than before!
  • app is 30% lighter and 40% more performant when it comes to speed.
  • all connected social accounts can be now grouped, which makes browsing and choosing them much easier
  • improved post reusing option
  • new scrapper engine for better links detection
  • totally new Post Ideas module, where you get a lot of post suggestions in one place, divided by most popular social media categories.
    social media content suggestions app

    New Post Ideas – content suggestions in one place

Feel free to drop us a line with your opinions about new version :)

Best,
Postfity Team

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How to engage your fans on Facebook?

You have a great fanpage with high amount of fans but… when you post there no one reaction.

Well, this is quite a common problem. We want to give you some tips and tricks which may bring back to life your audience.

For the beginning, you have to review your content and ask yourself what kind of information is it?

Is it really interesting for them?

Do they really want to click and check for more? Did he stop eyes on my post during scrolling Facebook?

Did he stop eyes on my post during scrolling Facebook?

 

  1. Balance your content

If all the time your posts look similar, this no pictures, just text it stands to reason that your fans will begin to pass them over for content that looks different and more interesting. You have to provide them various type of information’s – live photo, movies, interesting articles, your own thoughts, link, interviews, news etc.

Still remember about balance. Remember that you have your goal – every post should fulfil your aims.

 

  1. Post regularly and often

Facebook algorithm works the way that if you post often regularly, your post will appear more often to your fans. If they see interesting content more often they will start to react.

You see, this is like chain – every element is connected to another.

If you want to post often you should plan your posts before – think about it more and be prepared. Check out our app (http://postfity.com/) which will help you to plan your post and manage your social media channels in one place.

 

  1. Experiment with content

Check what is the best for your audience. Try many types of posts, images and later compare it to each other. Be creative and provide conventional presentation of your thoughts.

Surprise your audience and check what they really like!

 

  1. Play with your audience

Launch simple contest! Buy a prize. Ask them about how did they spend last evening or ask them prepare something for you. All the answers they should post on comments. The winner will be the one who will write the most creative answer.

Let them have fun with you!

 

  1. Timing

Check out when your fans are online and post on the moment they are scrolling Facebook, so they can interact with you. Maybe you think you cannot be online 24h per day… no worries, we can help you to manage this. Check on Facebook analytics about your fan activity and then  use our app (http://postfity.com/) and plan your post on the best timing for your fans :)

 

Enjoy!

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Do you know 3 injunctions of social media marketing?

Social Media is not easy to manage. We want to present you three important injunctions that you should follow if you want to be a good social media ninja.

 

First is quality – each of you social media channel has to provide high-quality content. Only this way you can approach more and more people who will start listening to you.

It’s better to have smaller audience, who read, share and talk about you and with you than many „followers” and „fans” who will be just existing and nothing else

 

Then, second is focus – on the subject, you want to talk about through your social media channels. Find out who you want to address your messages, posts and tweets and find your own way to talk to them. If you talk about everything, your content might have huge difficulties to find its own recipients.

 

And last, but not least is patience – when you start communicating trough social media you have to be full of patience, work hard and wait for a success. It’s not going to happen overnight. Sometimes it might take a little bit longer than you expect at the beginning. But don’t stop talking. Provide high-quality content, focus on your direction and be patient – all of this injunctions together will provide you success.

 

Try our app (http://postfity.com/) which will help you to manage your social media channels, schedule your messages and engage your audience – everything in one place. You can save your time and focus all your attention on creating the best content for your audience.