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4 Guidelines + 2 Case Studies For Engaging FB Activities

Since the organic exposure on Facebook decreased significantly (to say the least) and as sponsored ads are one but not the only way to increase exposure to brands, Facebook activities became a common mean to create awareness campaigns.

But like everything in marketing in a disrupted world, to create a successful campaign you need to come up with activities that people care about.

Here are 4 simple and basic guidelines to do just that, followed by two detailed examples that showcases these guidelines.

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  1. Your audience, your target, your brand. Before planning any activity/campaign/competition – think about three things: (1) who is your target audience in this activity (2) what is the activity’s goal and (3) what is your brand about.
    It sounds obvious but when planning a fun event for your page, a tendency to get carried away is developing and you might forget the basics (it happens to the best!). So even if giving away a fancy furniture item when you’re actually a travel agency seems like the best idea for a moment, think again. The prize has to be within the world of travel (a night in a hotel will be more relevant, for example), your target audience is travelers (and not deco lovers) and the target of your activity is to bring brand awareness to the new destination you just launched (and not the amazing features of oak wood).
  1. Don’t make it too complicated. When targeting a broad audience, you have to keep things simple. Asking the audience to like the page + like the post + share it on their timeline + leave a comment that they shared it is too complicated for both sides. For you – to follow up and for your target audience – to understand.
    Write what you’d like them to do and what will happen after they do it. Say it in the most simple language, and if possible in a “step by step” guide that is not more than 3 or 4 steps, whereas each step is easy to understand.
Keep things simple, and within your brand's context.

Keep things simple, and within your brand’s context.

  1. Don’t make it too simple. The most common competitions that you see out there is “like and share” competition, where the incentive for the users to participate is getting something for free. To start with, and as we mentioned several times before – asking users to use their timeline to win a competition is against Facebook’s rules. But that’s only one aspect.
    Most brands conduct competitions because they want people – not just people – ones that represent their target audience – to be exposed to their brand and interact with it through the competitions they create. “Like & Share” competitions don’t create meaningful interaction. They’re simple actions that usually don’t bring the right people to your page. Instead, create competitions where users need to “work” a bit harder – be creative with their answer, upload/send a photo in the context of your brand, tell a story, “check in” with a photo in your premises – are all examples of how what users need to do is simple but not too simple and in most cases, will attract the targeted audience.
Like & Share competitions. Not only you're not allowed by FB's guidelines, but also they usually bring irrelevant audiences

Like & Share competitions. Not only you’re not allowed by FB’s guidelines, but also they usually bring irrelevant audiences

  1. Competitions are great but not the only way. As the title of the article suggests, it’s not only about giving things away. It’s doable to create activities that make people engage with your brand because they care. Request for their opinion, ask about their preference, get them to tell a fun story. It’s true that giving free stuff helps a lot but on social media, people just want to be heard and sometimes it’s all you need for a successful campaign.

So far the guidelines. Here are two real examples from clients Quantum is grateful to work with: La Boutique Gourmande and The Mauritius Glass Gallery.

La Boutique Gourmande: Mother’s day competition

La Boutique Gourmande is a one-stop shop for baking ingredients and accessories. It’s located in Curepipe and the main target audience is people with passion for baking in Mauritius.

For Mother’s day, we architectured the following competition:

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The thinking behind:

  • The target audience: we were approaching the mums themselves (“mums, send us…”) as women are the main engaging audience and clients of the shop.
  • The campaign’s goal: bring exposure through engagement.

The concept:

  • The “filter” is something people already relate to – from snapchat/Instagram/Facebook stories feature, only in this case, we add La Boutique Gourmande’s branded filter on the audience’s photos.
  • The vibe – fun and happy, like baking and like the shop.
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Some of the 233 photos (with the La Boutique Gourmande filter on them) which participated in the competition

The results:

    • More than 230 people sent their photos. 
      In the month of the competition, the page’s reach was more than 114,000 people and it had more than 101,000 engagements.
    • And also – more foot traffic to the shop!

The power of this competition was in the virality of it. Once the first photos were published, it attracted new people to send their photos and once their photos were published, it made many more people to send theirs and so on and so forth.
A ripple effect where everyone wanted their photo with the La Boutique Gourmande’s filter occurred. One of the signs of the success of the concept was that not everyone were actively trying to win the prize – they simply enjoyed having their photo with our filter. Enjoying so much indeed, that some of them made it their FB profile photo :)

Thanks to Quantum’s dedicated team – mainly our graphic designer (Hi Christophe) and community manager (Hi Nushrat), this activity was a huge success and we enjoyed a lot working on it.

The Mauritius Glass Gallery: The Phoenix Jug activity

The Mauritius Glass Gallery is a glass foundry based in Phoenix. Guided tours, handcast display of celebrities from all around the world and a showroom displaying handcrafted glass items made from recycled glass are all available at MGG.

Perhaps the most famous items of the foundry are the Phoenix glass and mug. And when MGG decided to add another family member, we asked Mauritians for their preference about the future design of what was to become the Phoenix jug.

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But it didn’t stop there! After calculating the results, we created a simple video that showcases the process of the activity from day 1 of asking the audience until the actual production of the new Phoenix beer jug.

We then replied to each of the dozens and dozens of people who shared their opinion with us and unveiled the decision by sending them the video in the comments.

The thinking behind:

  • The target audience: Mauritians, mainly 25 years old and above, beer lovers.
  • The campaign’s goal: increase awareness of the Phoenix Beer items and engage the followers in a different and exciting way.

The concept:

  • The decision of the final hand crafted Phoenix jug was given completely to the audience.

The results:

  • Nearly 4,000 post likes and nearly 160 shares on the original post.
  • More than 150 people who shared their opinion. The video announcing the winner received more than 14,000 views.
  • The question post reached more than 60,000 people whereas 40% of it was organic. In the days around the activity, the page was engaged by nearly 6,000 people.
  • And also – a brand new Phoenix Beer family member – the Phoenix Jug! :)

The power of this activity was, without a doubt, the freedom that MGG gave to its audience. The fact that literally anyone could have a say made all the difference. The organic exposure was affected by the answers that kept adding in the comments plus that people cared enough to share the post.

Finally, although the success was big in both activities  (according to the Mauritian market), the budget invested wasn’t. That, to say that to make people care, you don’t need a high flying budget. You just need a good idea combined with understanding of your audience and brand in the Facebook ecosystem’s context.

Want to talk about Facebook activities ideas? Know a super example of a Facebook activity? Please do share with us in the comments section below!

 

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Fast, popular and bigger than social media

Think for a second about the apps on your phone. Take another second to think about the apps you use on your phone. We bet that one of the (very few) apps you’re using is an Instant Messaging one (IM or simply messaging app).

Most probably, it’s one of the apps you use the most, more than your social media apps (How many times a day do you open WhatsApp vs. how many times for Facebook?).

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WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat and QQ (China), LINE (Japan), KakakoTalk (South Korea), Kik and Telegram are all popular IM dedicated apps. But the phenomenon of instant messaging is alive and kicking on other platforms as well – Snapchat’s chat, Twitter’s DM (Direct Messaging) and Instagram’s Direct. Viber, Slack, Google Hangout and Skype are used to send and receive direct messages by hundreds of millions around the world every day.

Latest quarterly report from Facebook - 1.2 billion MAUs on Messenger and 1.2 Billion on WhatsApp

Latest quarterly report from Facebook – 1.2 billion MAUs on Messenger and 1.2 Billion on WhatsApp. Photo credit: Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook account

Bigger than social media

In 2015 IM apps caught up on the amount of monthly active users (MAUs) with social networks. The gap is growing since then and although our intuition might imply something else, there are more users on IM apps than on social. The numbers, according to Business Insider (see below image) show 3 billion MAUs on the 4 most popular messaging apps vs. 2.5 billion MAUs on the 4 most popular social networks.

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One to One communication

The answer to the question in the title could’ve been email*, and no doubt that email is still huge (and will be for a while…). However, it seems that IM is going to take over in the next few years. It’s enough to observe young people and their relationship with emails vs. direct messaging to understand.

*In general, what is called “dark social”, the category which to both direct messaging and direct emails belong is an interesting part of digital which we’d love to get into, but unfortunately, not in this article :)

One of the major differences between IM and communicating via a feed to a large audience is that IM is a completely direct communication, where you have the user’s full attention. Further more, as it’s private and personal, you can adjust your marketing messages according to the user viewing your message. 

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Exponential growth in message traffic Source: statista.com

Bigger than text

The messaging apps’ foundations started with SMS – plain text messages but they evolved into so much more than that: audio, files, links, images, GIFs, contacts and videos all form part of what people send to each other every day via these apps.

If you spend some time with kids, you probably recognize the different pattern of the way they use messaging apps. WhatsApp for them is an actual social network. They’re members of many big groups and transferring huge amount of information among each other, whereas the rest of us manage their communication mainly via private conversations (one person) or small family/friends groups.

If you want a hint into the future of messaging apps, you don’t need a time machine, simply check out what WeChat can do – ordering food, recommending a service and paying online are a quick view into the app’s massive capabilities.

What it means for businesses

The trendiest word in the past 12 months or so, since Facebook opened its messenger app to chatbots is, well… bots. We talked a bit about bots and their 2017 context here but if to bring it into the messaging context: it’s not only about opening an easy way for clients/potential clients to communicate with the business. It’s also about enabling easy and fast financial transactions, improving customer satisfaction and increase sales by having a machine that solves problems, “knows” how to talk to users in a human way and can work nonstop.

You don’t need an app for this – one of the biggest advantages of chatbots is that they’re an added service. They can be integrated into existing platforms, saving the need in another (unused) app.

Further more – where there are users – there’s attention and where the attention is – there are ads. No more busy feeds, instead – direct and personal message. You’d probably be able to customize your personal message according to past interaction, interest and engagement. Client retention will be easily achieved, as it’s a one-on-one conversation and it’s saved on your chat inbox.

Direct messaging is definitely going to be one of the main ways to communicate with clients and as it’s a new territory from a business perspective – should be learnt, tested and then tested again, optimized and then optimized again… until the next best thing will come.

We’re curious to know where it all takes us.

 

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How we spread (online) magic + 7 bonus tips

Another wonderful edition of the Brand Magic Summit by Mind Initiatives is behind us!

The Brand Magic Summit, in 25 words, is a big annual brand event, that gathers some of the sharpest international minds in the branding world and brings them all under one roof, in Mauritius!

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This year, we were honoured to work on the online marketing of the summit for the third consecutive year. We learnt and improved from the years before, so here is how we spread the magic, the 2017 version.

Search for some winning marketing tips within the article.

Bringing excellent international speakers year by year. 2017 panel.

Bringing excellent international speakers year by year. 2017 panel. Photo credit: logos publicity

Website Re-launch

As all marketing mediums should drive traffic to the website, we were much depended on its re-launching. That happened around mid March, so we went straight into pumping the messages across several digital channels: Google search, display, display remarketing, Facebook, LinkedIn… (And Twitter, but in another way so wait for it and read on!).

Google

Search: Similarly to last year, we ran with a search campaign that was targeting search phrases such as “marketing summit” or “branding conference mauritius”. We also created some new ad groups for searches that include the keyword 2017 and of course, any search related to the “brand magic summit”. The intention of the users while searching these is a marketing opportunity one shouldn’t miss.

Tip #1: Add a remarketing search campaign to your AdWords account. It reduces the cost + nothing like showing how strong you are on Google to past visitors.

Display: this year we planned it so that the display campaign was booming close to the summit, but not too close, as there’s a registration deadline dictated by the HRDC. At the peak of the campaign it reached nearly 143,000 impressions in one day.

The peak of the display campaign

The peak of the display campaign

Tip #2: check placements performance on your display campaigns, you might want to prevent your ads from appearing on mobile apps.

Display Remarketing: if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you already know by now what a firm believers we are in remarketing. So this year we were able to add a remarketing display campaign, dedicated to those who visited the website. Unfortunately, a technical issue caused it to not reach its full potential, but the audience we did accumulate was retargeted and well aware of the summit :)

Tip #3: Google’s remarketing tag can save information up to 540 days so If you’re launching a website, even if you’re not planning to create Google campaigns soon, implement your pixel and start accumulating information about your website’s visitors in your Google AdWords account.

Facebook

The first actions on the Brand Magic Summit’s page were refreshing the overall look: profile photo, cover photo, descriptions and others. We also removed the word “Mauritius” from the page’s name and user name as it reached a strong positioning. We launched the activity with one small teaser (as time was pressing) that appeared in the print as well.

The teaser ad on Facebook. Same artwork was published in print. Artwork credit: FCB Cread

The teaser ad on Facebook. Same artwork was published in print. Artwork credit: FCB Cread

The main messaging on the page was as every year, the opportunity the summit opens up for branding, marketing, advertising and business people to meet international speakers in Mauritius. We used the speakers’ YouTube videos to promote this messaging even stronger.

On the day of the summit, we went live during the morning and for exclusive first interviews with the speakers. This year, we had more time to prepare and therefore we set up our tripod in a quite room where we could broadcast better videos. We also broadcasted the big announcement of the top brands and shared with the world the top Mauritian brand awards live!

“Mauritius is the hope for humanity” – one of the live videos we conducted during the day. 

Tip #4: if you want to promote live videos while they’re broadcasting, schedule in advance a sponsored campaign that will send to your page to watch the live video.

“Page Likes” Campaign – if you are a regular reader of this blog (#2), you know how much, to say the least, we’re not encouraging to put a budget (given it’s limited), on a “like” campaign. Exceptionally, we did run this type of campaign and the main reason was the live videos. We wanted to reach as many people as possible with our live videos during the summit itself and as followers get a notification about these, it’s effective to have large database of followers. 

Big followers database increases the buzz around live video.  

Tip #5: when creating a Like campaign (and any other…), try to run A/B test to see what brings better results. For example, you’d be surprised how small change to an images or text can generate far better results.

LinkedIn

As LinkedIn is a professional oriented network, a “company page” for an event is less relevant. We promoted the Brand Magic Summit on Mind Initiatives’ LinkedIn’s company page.

LinkedIn’s sponsored campaigns are relatively limited so all of our campaigns were running in a specific type of objective (unlike Facebook where we ran several types of campaigns, each aiming to achieve specific objective).

LinkedIn's professional targeting possibilities are excellent because of the amount of information users provide about their professional background

LinkedIn’s professional targeting possibilities are excellent because of all the information users provide about their professional background

The communication was coherent with Facebook and the main advantage in LinkedIn is the information the users provide about their professional background and as a result, better work/studies related targeting for marketers. In the case of the Brand Magic Summit, we targeted mainly according to seniority and job industry. 

Tip #6: LinkedIn’s default CPC is much higher than other platforms, try different bids and follow the results.

Twitter

Oh Twitter, Twitter… our cautious-love relationship continues.

We mentioned before that it seems like Twitter is not catching up on the competition with other social networks in terms of user growth and revenue. Although there aren’t simply enough users on Twitter in Mauritius in general and in the sectors we’re looking into in particular, there is a big user database worldwide. So that’s what we were aiming for the years before as well as this year, therefore the use in Twitter was almost solely during the day itself.

Linzi Boyd, one of the super stars speakers encouraged the audience to engage on Twitter (note the "Keep Your Phones Turned On")

Linzi Boyd, one of the super stars speakers encouraged the audience to engage on Twitter (note the “Keep Your Phones Turned On!!!”) Photo credit: logos publicity

This year, we had by far the most engaging experience so far. Much of the credit goes to the speakers. Not only we had the hounour of hosting Twitter’s jAPAC director of brand strategy, the two times Emmy award winner, Steven Kalifowitz but also all other speakers were highly engaging during the summit and encouraged the audience to do so as well.

Steven Kalifowitz of Twitter and Quantum's Chen Hindi, head of digital

Steven Kalifowitz of Twitter and Quantum’s Chen Hindi, head of digital Photo credit: logos publicity

We couldn’t ignore the peak in engagement so we tweeted and re-tweeted more during the day and reached nearly 300 tweets this year, double than last year and 2015.

Tip #7: If you’re going to use/want to test a platform for your business you’re not usually engaging with, try it yourself. Do some trial postings and engage with others to understand the platform better.

Quantum's team at the Brand Magic Summit. Note the live screen showing the tweet live feed Photo credit: logos publicity

Quantum’s team at the Brand Magic Summit. Note the live feed of the Twitter account
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Until next time

If you ask us to summarize this entire experience on a professional level, we’ll say we had a lot of fun, as usual and learnt more, as usual. As for the results – we don’t think we’re objective to testify so we’ll just say that we hope to write a similar article in 2018 :)

Have any questions about the marketing of the summit? Please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below and we’ll reply right back!

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10 Useful Links for FB Marketers – from Facebook Itself

Facebook is not only the biggest social network in the world but also controls, together with Google, the digital marketing sphere.

As a marketer on Facebook’s massive platform, there’s a lot of information and details to keep up with. However, sometimes the feeling is that there’s too much information. So in this article we tried to put the most useful links that we think any Facebook marketer should know and that are coming from Facebook, the company itself.

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Read through and wait for the fun bonus link :)

  1. Facebook page guidelines. Many people are not aware to the fact that Facebook has its own guidelines about what you’re allowed and not allowed to do on the platform as a page. For example, did you know that you’re NOT allowed to run competitions with a request from the users to share on their/their friends’ timeline? We suggest you get familiar with the Facebook page guidelines – there’s no reason to risk your page, which you put so much effort in.
FB's guidelines dictate you're not allowed to request users to share your post/page on their (or their friends') timelines as well as tag someone as a condition to participate a competition.

FB’s guidelines dictate you’re not allowed to request users to share your post/page on their (or their friends’) timelines as well as tag someone as a condition to participate a competition.

  1. Facebook ad policies. Did it happen to you that your ad wasn’t approved and you had no idea why? Well, Facebook doesn’t only have page guidelines but also policies for what you’re allowed (or not) to say/do in your ads and what kind of content can be approved on the platform. Save yourself a LOT of time of re-writing/re-designing/re-uploading/all the above by knowing the ads policies.
  1. Facebook’s grid tool. In 2016 Facebook changed the rule for text on images and cancelled the maximum 20% text on image restriction. However, it did change the text rule so that the more text you have on an image, the less exposure you get. So for your exposure’s sake (and we all know how badly we need it on such a busy feed…), check the images you create with Facebook’s grid tool and find out if your text level is ok/low/medium/high. 


About text on images…

  1. Facebook debugger. You can find many interesting things under Facebook’s developers website (like page plugin for your website, sign up for Audience network – the “GDN of Facebook” or Facebook start, an international program dedicated to assist startups build and grow their business) however to keep things simple, one of the first tools to use is the Facebook debugger. This tool will retrieves information about your website for example how links – your website if you’d like – will look when sharing it on Facebook, Facebook’s messenger and so on. Start Debugging here.
  1. Facebook newsroom, Facebook Business news and Facebook Media. We could list dozens of blogs you can follow to get the latest news from Facebook and they will all be great. However, getting the information from the source is usually the best way to go. On Facebook’s business news you’ll be able to find the latest business updates, success stories and more, all relevant to businesses. On Facebook’s newsroom you’ll be able to find the most updated general news – announcements of new features, updates about messenger as well as updates to the feed’s algorithms. If you want to read about new ways public figures and media organizations use Facebook, visit the Facebook media page.
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Facebook’s newsroom. Stay in the know about FB’s new features, latest updates and more.

  1. Facebook IQ. If you want to open your mind as a marketer in general and not only as a Facebook marketer, Facebook IQ is THE place for you. Read about interesting insights – classified to people, industries and more. Understand PEOPLE across countries and ages, using different devices with different intentions. And the best part? It’s the only source in this article where you can subscribe for email updates! Check and subscribe to Facebook IQ here.
  1. Facebook’s Ads Guide. You know how you’re never sure about the right dimension for different ads and devices, max length of titles, visibility on mobile vs. Desktop vs. others? Well, there’s a very simple link that solves all your dimensions and other questions-about-how-my-post-should-be-created-in-the-first-place: meet Facebook’s ads guide.
As a page, there are ad guidelines you must keep. (from 1 to 3 - a notification you don't want to get, one you REALLY don't want to get and one you very happy to get :) )

About FB’s ads policies. 1 – a notification you don’t want to get. 2 – a notification your REALLY don’t want to get and in 3 – one that you’re happy to get!

  1. Audience insights. Whether you want to learn about your followers, other pages’ followers or about new audiences in markets you want to promote your business – audience insights will provide more information than you can imagine available to you. Visit the Audience Insights and start exploring.
  1. Facebook’s help center. In case you need to ask a question, understand better specific features or options for Facebook for Business (or general about Facebook), the help center is really… well – helpful :)
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Facebook’s help center. Answers to many of your questions (but definitely not all!).

  1. Contact Facebook. In case you didn’t find an answer to your question on the help center, this is the link where we are usually able to get a hold of someone (unfortunately not 100% of the time as the “contact us” box doesn’t always appear. Instead, we reach a help center…). And if you’re the lucky one to be included in “Facebook Marketing Experts Advice”, bravo! You’re privileged!

Bonus sources: if you’d like to explore what is Facebook working on, visit Facebook’s research site in this link. Last one and  just for fun (kind of) because it has nothing to do with your business… in this link you can find out how many requests for reports about users Facebook receives from governments around the world, per country. Let us know which is the most spying country you found :).

Do you know other Facebook sources that will help Facebook marketers?

Please do share with us in the comments section below!

 

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What Should You (Digitally) Expect In 2017

That’s it, Santa has left the building, all the firecrackers on the island were used, and now it’s time to think more seriously about 2017, your business, its marketing plan and how it all connects.

So here’s what you should expect (and put your marketing focus on accordingly) in 2017.

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Social networks

Which is fast growing, are they all here to stay and which you should REALLY pay attention to.

Quite obvious, Facebook is not going anywhere anytime soon. Here are directions to put the focus on:

  • Video. Facebook will keep growing its video content in general and live video in particular. Here is what we suggest, very simply put: include video in your 2017 marketing plan. It’s a necessity.
  • E-commerce. Facebook also added during the course of 2016 a dedicated area for businesses to showcase their goods – the “shop” tab. This is another sign of a very clear trend – as Facebook doesn’t want users to leave the platform – it improves the Pages more and more to become like websites. How does it serve you? Well, if you don’t have a website the shop section is a great place to create a catalogue of your products, present the prices, sizes, availability and any other information you’d like to provide to clients and potential clients. By adding the shop section, Facebook made another step towards the e-commerce world and we wouldn’t be surprised if users will be able to purchase goods directly on your page very soon.
  • VR. Virtual reality will become a game changer in the next few years. As Facebook owns Oculus Rift, we wouldn’t be surprised once again if this year it will integrate it in the platform one way or another (imagine for example, that you can offer a virtual reality tour in your hotel to potential clients. Remember it’s not the same as a simple virtual tour, as in VR the user is an actual “player” in the scene). As we write these lines, the options with VR are already quite impressive (see a glimpse of it in the video below) and it will only get better in 2017.

YouTube. It is not a 100% social media network but YouTube does have many of the characteristics. Social network or not, YouTube has over a billion users who generate billions of views every day. We keep bringing it up as a major part of your marketing strategy so as the #1 video platform online (really competing Facebook only), YouTube is not a channel you can ignore in 2017.

Musical.ly. If you’re targeting pre-teens and teens, you should pay extra attention to Musical.ly and its latest platform Live.ly (which is not surprisingly, about video – broadcast live video and talk on video group chat) this year. Whether you like it or not, understand the platform or not, this is where they’re spending their time these days. If things keep going well for musical.ly, it will explode in 2017.

Snapchat. 2016 was a significant year for Snapchat, also known in its new name (that also happened last year) – Snap. It launched its spectacles, introduced Memories, the very much needed feature in the platform and continued growing its user database, age and number wise. Predictions say that in 2017 it’s going for an IPO and it will be one of the biggest ever seen. With that said, the expectations for revenue growth will also be high, and that in turn, will create more space for marketers to showcase their brand and reach the massive audience on the platform.

Instagram. Facebook, the owner of Instagram, made some very good decisions lately about the app. Not only it developed its profiles for businesses and improved the feed significantly (“who to follow” suggestions for example, the ability to zoom in and so on), but also opened the sponsored ads platform to all marketers. Knowing that Snapchat is a big-fast-growing thing, Instagram also introduced “stories” – temporary updates, an identical concept (and name!) to Snapchat’s main feature. Further more, it started to include filters/drawing the user can add on the photo and by that, copied Snapchat again. Instagram is definitely a social network you should (if not already) start paying attention to in 2017.

LinkedIn. LinkedIn made a big move in April last year by launching ProFinder and entering the freelance for hire world. But later on in June is what really happened to LinkedIn. In a surprising move, the giant tech, Microsoft, bought it for more than $26 billion. The merge will have many implications, but in the context of marketing what’s important to understand is that the two are within the corporate world and their activities can be complementary. We can hope for the merge to accelerate LinkedIn’s growth and create more opportunities for marketers (for example – growing LinkedIn’s user database via the office 365).

Twitter. Funny enough, the acquisition of LinkedIn made Twitter’s share price increase. That’s obviously no coincidence – the hopes in the market were and still are that Twitter will be bought out. Twitter is losing its height for a while now and can’t keep up with the savage competition of other social networks. Only this year it closed Vine, its short video social platform that it bought in 2012 before it launched. Thus, Twitter’s future doesn’t look too bright so we’ll just say that if you are thinking of going into Twitter, make sure your target audience is really there and active on the platform.

Augmented reality

Virtual reality and augmented reality are both ways to experience situations, whereas augmented reality is when you experience the world around you as it is but with additional elements on your screen that combine into the “real picture” you see. One of the biggest phenomenon of 2016 was Pokemon Go. The AR location based app broke records in days and was one of the most popular apps in 2016. Marketers used the app to drive foot traffic to their locations. This was probably only the preview for what the future holds for us in terms of this technology.

Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep learning

Ok, these big words shouldn’t scare you. As we already mentioned in previous article, AI is a technology that is used around us constantly – FB’s face recognition algorithm (you know how Facebook offers you to tag someone and it recognizes their face?), speech recognition (read further), personal assistants like Siri and more. Machine Learning and deep learning are “sub” subjects within AI. Simple to understand examples: you show the computer many malwares codes until it can recognize computer viruses; you show the machine many dog images until it can recognize a dog. AI has become a “hot” topic so much that Mark Zuckerberg’s challenge of 2016 was to build “Jarvis”, his home AI assistance. We expect AI will become an important keyword in 2017. 

Voice search

Google has launched the voice search a while back but like any new habit, especially when it comes to something so common and regular like typing for searches on Google, it is taking time until it becomes the norm. In 2017 we will be seeing more and more people talking to their search engine rather than typing into it. It will be very interesting to see how the voice search will impact the organic as well as sponsored search results in search engines.

ChatBots

It could be that you have been talking to one lately but you didn’t know about it. ChatBots are programs that “know” how to manage a dialog. There are two main ways to build them – one is via a set of rules and the other one, more interesting is through an AI machine. You probably encountered a “live chat” on websites where you can talk to a representative online, but what you (maybe) don’t know is that some are operated by virtual assistants. In 2016 Facebook launched a ChatBot API for Messenger and it became extremely popular overnight – some of the biggest companies in the world started using a bot on their page’s messenger to improve their response time, their customer service standard (a bot can serve many people at the same time, doesn’t miss a message and works 24/7 and doesn’t need sleep). It is no surprise – the number of instant messaging users in general, not only Facebook messenger but also WeChat, Line, Viber and of course WhatsApp that is owned by Facebook, are now bigger than social media users. We can only expect that in 2017 the use of ChatBots will grow even more.

Personalized content marketing (and its distribution); Data mining and Marketing automation

We all know the necessity and importance of content creation. We’re at a point where there’s so much content created online that the only way you can win the game in 2017 and onwards is produce real high quality content and know exactly who and where to distribute it to. Creating a general post about “why you should visit Mauritius” and simply sharing it everywhere you can to get potential leads doesn’t work anymore. Creating a blog post of “why many Chinese visited Mauritius in 2016” and promoting it among frequent travellers Chinese users however, will probably be a better strategy. In fact, personalized content can be much more effective if you do data mining to analyze your customers behavior, create segments and use marketing automation to perform an action accordingly. For example – if you learn about purchase habits, preferences and even the time gap between purchases of the shoppers on your website you can plan the content of the sales emails sent to them accordingly. Within your Google campaigns you can increase or decrease bids according to the conversions of a specific keyword, increase budget for a successful Facebook campaign, etc.

Influencers marketing

Many brands are using “brand ambassadors”, the meaning is quite simple – people with many followers promoting specific brands/causes and being paid for it (it is important to say that on Facebook for example, it’s not allowed). As we argued, the internet is flooded with content and that creates a situation where users, meaning people, choose to “buy from”/believe people they know and trust, people whom they chose to follow. These people don’t have to be celebs on the big screen. Many of the influencers became famous/well known via the social networks themselves. You’ll find very easily famous YouTubers, Instagram leaders or Facebook public figures who impact dozens of thousands of people into loving a specific brand and eventually buying it. This trend will only grow bigger with the explosion of content year over year.

Whether Twitter is bought, ChatBots and AIs take over our lives, we’ll be playing with small creatures on our phone’s screen in the street or not – one thing is sure – 2017 is going to be an interesting year!

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This Was 2016

We did it in 2014, and then we did it in 2015, now it’s time to summarize 2016.

Every year we bring you some great summaries from the most interesting channels online, in one post. The end of the year is a good time to look back, understand what interested people, what they were searching for, what they cared about and what they were hoping for. This was 2016.

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Google – Year In search 2016

Google’s year in search is created from “Google Trends” – a feature that reflects what are the hottest topics people are searching for. The video is moving, saddening, exciting and hopeful, all at the same time.

Facebook year in review

Facebook’s year in review summarizes the biggest moments on the biggest social network in the world. We give you a heads up – while last year’s year in review was more hopeful, the 2016 one is not going to be easy to watch. We certainly hope for the message at the end to become reality.

YouTube Rewind

YouTube’s yearly production to summarize its most viewed videos is simply impressive. YouTube is celebrating in this year in review “the videos, people, music and moves that made 2016”. It’s a lot of fun, so turn on your speakers.

YouTube Ads Leaderboard

YouTube also summarizes the most watched ads on the platform. Here you can find the top 10 most viewed ads on YouTube in 2016, and below you can watch the #1 ad on YouTube in 2016.

Musical.ly – Best Dances And Hashtages

We’ve already mentioned Musical.ly in this blog so we hope you know what it is all about by now. We couldn’t find an official Musical.ly video summary of 2016 but we did notice on Musical.ly’s official page the video below, summarizing the best dances and hashtags on Muscial.ly in 2016. If you’re above 20 years old, you might think it’s silly but if you’re in marketing, no matter the age, hang on there before you ignore one of the fastest growing social networks in the world with 130 million monthly users.

Time

It’s not about marketing nor online marketing, but in 2016 the world has lost some of the greatest public figures. Time Magazine summarized it in one sad video, that unfortunately is not up to date with some of the recent losses of George Michael and the actress Carrie Fisher. We sure hope that 2017 won’t take away as many great talents from the world.

LinkedIn
Perhaps a short video version of LinkedIn’s year, which was very interesting, exists but we couldn’t find it. Instead, LinkedIn summarized 2016 on the platform in a series of articles like “The most memorable articles of 2016” or “The jobs and industries with the biggest bonuses in 2016” as well as “LinkedIn’s top voices of 2016“. And if you’d like, here’s a 55 minutes webcast that was done live, created and broadcasted by LinkedIn and discussed what were the trends of the year on the platform and what should we expect next year.

Twitter’s #ThisHappened and Yahoo

We chose to talk about Twitter and Yahoo in the same breath because in a way, the both seem to be ending up in the same place.

Twitter, a sinking ship that might take a better turn in the upcoming year (especially if Donald Trump keeps using it as he did so far) and Yahoo, the search engine that has been struggling for years and lately was sold to Verizon, perhaps marking its end.

Then again, Twitter and Yahoo, with a user database of 317 million and 1 billion (which might already be out there with hackers…) respectively, we thought you might want to see what they have to say about the year that has passed, so here it is.

Twitter 2016 #ThisHappened

Yahoo – Year In Review Top Searches

To finish, if you’re into looking at this year in photos, Business Insider gathered the 42 most powerful photos of 2016. Enjoy it right here.

Here’s to a digitally creative, challenging, full of many moments that are worth to remember 2017!

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7 Awesome E-Card Websites For Your Holiday Greetings

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Holiday season is right around the corner and we’re sure you want to send out a nice, original e-card to your clients, family and friends but have no time to search for them. So we did that for you!

We searched, tried and sent to each other some early e-cards so we can share the best ones here with you. Ready, set, wish…!

  1. JustWink offers you cards that are interactive, completely custom made, funny and creative. You can upload your photo, add your “hand written” signature and many other things that will make your e-card sending completely enjoyable for not only the receiver but also the sender, yourself.
JustWink. Fun and Creative.

JustWink. Fun and Creative.

Have fun with custom made e-cards.

Have fun with custom made e-cards.

  1. If you’re into video this year (and you should be!), JibJab is a well known hilarious video e-cards website. All you have to do is choose the video you like, add a photo where JibJab can recognize your face and create a funny, happy animation with the faces you chose! We at Quantum know the website very well, here it is :)
JibJab. Just put your face there and let the fun begin!

JibJab. Just put your face there and let the fun begin!

  1. Punchbowl is an easy to use super simple and user friendly website where you can create your themed card and send it in an envelope to your friends, family and even your contact list. Unlike JustWink the only photo of your own you can add is the “stamp” on your envelope.
Punchball. Send your greetings in an envelope with your own stamp.

Punchball. Send your greetings in an envelope with your own stamp and send it to all your contacts.

  1. It’s probably not the first time you hear about Someecards, as these cards are quite common on your social media feeds. But what you might have not known is that you can create your own (some)ecard with it! You can custom make the colour, the drawing that comes along with it and write your own text. Someecards’ “thing” is that the cards are usually cynical and hilarious at the same time.
Someecards. Choose your drawing, colour, insert your text and voilà!

Someecards. Choose your drawing, colour, insert your text and voilà!

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Cynical and hilarious at the same time. Someecards.

Cynical and hilarious at the same time. Someecards.

  1. We can’t write a blog post without mentioning the most popular forms of images online today – GIFs! Although ChristmasGifs doesn’t enable you all the freedom and customization the previous websites do, it does offer some funny GIFs you can send personally and/or share on Facebook.

ChristmasGifs, animated fun GIFs

  1. Another fun GIFs website is GIPHY. Plenty of GIFs to choose from, share, send and even download. Enjoy and get ready to the addiction.

  1. If you’re into video, but you feel JibJab is too informal, Ojolie is for you. Most of the e-cards on it are paid but you can get the idea of the cards by signing up for the free version. Some of the videos are beautiful and original and we recommend that you try it out. Here as well, you can send your card to all your contacts.

Artistic and beautifully made. Ojolie.

Bonus: if you need to create invitations, Pingg is a website that not only offers a full customization of existing card designs but also include RSVP service, a map and of course the time and venue of your event.

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Pingg. Not only cards but also invitations you can add maps, RSVP requests and more.

To finish with a smile here’re some inappropriate Christmas cards :) Don’t try that at home!

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Know some great e-card websites? Share them with us in the comments section below.

 

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8 Quick Tools To Test Your Website’s Performance

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A well designed and into-the-details planned website is definitely a good place to start off when building your website. But there’s another important aspect that at times seems to be left aside: the user experience. One of the main issues for example, is how fast your website loads. We won’t elaborate in this post further about the meaning of UX and its consequences when it’s a bad one as we’ve done it several times before. Instead, we wanted to share with you some of the tools we know and use to run tests on website’s performance and its UX.

  1. Google’s PageSpeed insights tools

Google offers a free tool to test your website in terms of loading time, user experience, mobile vs. desktop and more. The tool grades your website on a scale of 1-100 and granted that the higher the grade the better your website is performing. Given that you got a low grade (which is not so rare :) as it’s considered to be one of the most “strict” tests), Google will give you recommendations on how to improve your website on different aspects. The main thing you should remember is that Google also owns Google Analytics, which means it “knows” everything about millions of websites across the web, so as strict as it might be, you should run your website through it and see what it has to say…

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  1. GTmetrix

GTmetrix is another popular tool to test your website’s performance, once you type a URL you’ll receive, similarly to PageSpeed insights, a percentage grade (1%-100%) for your overall website and also immediate-easy-to-read stats about your website such as its size, its load time and more. The report it retrieves contains a lot of parameters that are graded by GTmetrix and for each parameter that is below 100%, it offers ways to improve in the specific area. Another interesting feature is a comparison tool where you can insert a URL of 1 or more websites you’d like to compare your website’s performance with.

GTmetrix's score for Quantum's blog. Easy dashboard and much data that is analyzed.

GTmetrix’s score for Quantum’s blog. Easy dashboard and much data that is analyzed.

  1. GeoPeeker

If you’re targeting overseas audiences GeoPeeker will be a very interesting tool for you. What it does is simply showing you how fast your website loads in different countries. Whether you knew it or not, the location of your hosting server makes a difference geographically. So an ideal situation will be to host your website in the nearest physical place possible. GeoPeeker was actually used by one of Google’s representatives while we were talking to them and this is how we were exposed to it.

GeoPeeker shows you how fast your website loads from different countries. In the screenshot: results for lexpress.mu

GeoPeeker shows you how fast your website loads from different countries. In the screenshot: results for lexpress.mu

  1. Google’s mobile friendly test

We’re quite certain, without checking your website’s Google Analytics, that your website’s traffic consists of 50% mobile. We’re not know-it-all, we simply “listen to the news” :) And in a world that is going mobile, you should pay a lot of attention to how your online assets are experienced on the small screens. Google helps you, once again, with a free tool that simply tells you whether your website is mobile friendly or not. If not, it offers improvements. Do take into account that Google started a while back to not only penalize websites that are not mobile friendly but also tagging the ones that are in the search results.

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  1. Pingdom

Going back to speed tests, pingdom is a user friendly tool that you can use to test your website’s speed, share its results and automate the test to get it directly to your email! (well, a 14 days trial is given for free and credit card is not a must) Another nice feature is that you can easily choose a location among a few locations around the world that you’d like to test your website from. That’s (kind of) a nice combination of the speed tests we mentioned in #1/#2 and the GeoPeeker in #3 above.

Pingdom - easily choose your location and test your website's speed

Pingdom – easily choose your location and test your website’s speed

  1. Screenfly

Going back to different screen sizes – don’t forget that there’re not only many different mobile and desktop screens but also tablets. How do you monitor your website in this insane amount of screens? Well, it’s not easy, that’s for sure but Screenfly can help. It is a tool that simulates how your website looks on dozens of different devices. It’s easy to use and very user friendly. As much as Screenfly is great we suggest to not use only this simulator but also check your websites “manually” on the devices that you have access to around you.

Screenfly enables you to test dozens of different devices in mobile, tablet, desktop computers and even TVs.

Screenfly enables you to test dozens of different devices in mobile, tablet, desktop computers and even TVs.

  1. Nibbler

Nibbler is an extremely helpful-user-friendly-beautifully-designed tool. On top of the grades that the previous tools provide, it grades your website’s marketing channel strength, its popularity compared to the rest of the world’s website, its meta-data, amount of content and so many other interesting aspects!

Nobbler, a beautifully designed tool that will also provide information about your data

Nobbler, a beautifully designed tool that further to the standard information, provides stats about marketing, meta tags, amount of content and many more.

  1. WebPageTest

Its design is old fashioned but its technology and reliability is recommended among developers. WebPageTest does exactly what its name indicates :) The results are not so user friendly but if you have a data person, you can learn much about your website’s performance

WebPageTest. The design is old fashion but the data is very useful.

WebPageTest. The design is old fashion but the data is very useful.

Bonus: Malware scanners.

If you want to check your website for any malware, website errors or out of date software here are two tools to do just that:

Sucuri – simply enter your website and in seconds receive information about your website – whether its blacklisted, if it has a firewall and more.

Virustotal – oriented more to the ones who can read a lot of data, Virustotal will provide free information about your website’s malware status, listing relevant aspects and providing their status.

And here’re some tools that Google offers to run malware checks with (mainly for your windows computer).

Take it to a test drive

Your website is one of the most important assets you can own for your business. Checking it frequently, testing and refreshing are processes that should be a regular thing. After all, don’t forget that in 2016 (soon to be 2017) people live online, and that’s where YOU are being tested first and foremost.

Know other tools that are helpful for website’s performance and can enlighten others including us? Do share in the comments section below!

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The Lighthouse Of Online Marketing

The Internet changed our concept of time completely.

10 minutes of 15-20 years ago were just enough to look on Yellow pages for the phone number of a favorite restaurant, try to call it once or twice from your land line to learn that it’s busy, try again and finally book your table.

Today, in 10 minutes you can book your international flight, answer a few emails, buy activities’ tickets for the kids and in 3 seconds book a table in your favorite restaurant.

Now, that’s well spent 10 minutes.

Every day our value of time increases – we can do much more in significantly less, and the fact that a massive amount of information is available to us at any second about any topic can be very confusing.

As a business owner in such a disrupted world, you need very clear concepts of how to build your marketing to get to where you aspire. If people search for your business and can’t find it online in a few seconds, you lost. If they search for a service you offer and another business comes up, you lost.

How to know which digital channels to choose? How to build up the campaigns? What messages to convey?

Here are the three words that will be your lighthouse and show you the way.

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1: Attention  

The most common mistake business owners do in the “new world” is misallocating their budgets, offline vs. online.

Ask yourself this: Are your potential clients really looking at your billboard driving 80 KPH on the motorway? And even if they do, you really think they have time to read or they’ll remember you in 30 minutes with all the text and elements you placed on it? What do your users do when ads are coming in the middle of their favourite TV show? You got it right! They’re taking the mobile to check their email, check Facebook… And how many of them really see and/or contact you after looking at your ad on page 37 in the magazine?

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We live in a connected world

If you answered these questions genuinely, you can now agree that all people of all ages, genders and socioeconomic status are connected.

Now, let’s talk online. If your target audience is 13-18 years old, some of them are on Facebook, for sure. But dig dipper because you’d be surprised to learn that many of them don’t care about Facebook (mainly because their parents are there) as much as 25-44 years old do, and they spend most of their time on Snapchat or Musical.ly.

If you’re targeting Chinese audiences then forget about WhatsApp or Google. Try to explore WeChat and Baidu.

Baidu, the most popular search engine in China (and 2nd most popular search engine in the world)

Baidu, the most popular search engine in China (and 2nd in the world)

The point is – do the research and mainly ask yourself – where does your potential clients/actual clients’ attention is everyday?

Whatever the answer is, this is where you should invest your marketing efforts.

2: Intention

After you understood where users’ attention is, ask yourself the following:

Where in the “buyer’s journey” does my ad meet the user? Is it when they’re first aware of their need in a product like mine? Is it when they’re considering purchasing a product like mine or, is it when they’ve decided to purchase a product I sell?

These three questions are important to be asked in another version as well – replace the phrase “a product like mine” with “my product” or “my business”.

For example, let’s assume you’re selling holiday attractions. Your potential clients will be on the search for holiday attractions in different stages – when they’re planning their vacation (while in their home town) or when they’re already in the destination.

If they’re searching on Google for “holiday attraction ideas in mauritius” your users are clearly in the stage of awareness. They need more information about what they’re looking for, so your ad should suit this research state of mind and drive them to learn “everything you need to know about holiday attractions in Mauritius”.

If they’re searching for “diving in mauritius best price” they’re further in the buyer’s journey and now know what they’re looking for. Your ad should drive them to do just this – “Check best prices of diving attractions in Mauritius Here”.

You should ask yourself where are your potential clients in their "buyer's journey"

Understand in which stage of the “buyer’s journey” your potential clients are

If they Google “diving package mauritius buy online” they’re now in the last phase and have decided to purchase. Your ad should drive them to buy from you – “Book online your all inclusive Diving in Mauritius day – simple and fast”.

And if they’re searching for the above while not yet in Mauritius – “Save your precious holiday time – book now” or if they’re already in the destination “Buy online to reserve your slot and save 5%!”.

The user’s intention in each of the examples above is different and as seen, the connection between the user’s intention and your ads should be strong.

And it’s not all. User’s intention is also within the different platforms. When a user is searching for “attractions in mauritius” and clicks your Google ad, this intention is by far stronger than if they clicked a beautiful Mauritian beach photo you posted on your Facebook page. If a user that visited your website before (remarketing) clicked the same post, it’s another intention, and it’s stronger.

Clicking on a beautiful photo of Mauritius is a different intention than actively looking for "holiday attractions in Mauritius"

Clicking on a beautiful photo of Mauritius is a different intention than actively looking for “holiday attractions in Mauritius”

When users browse Linkedin their intention is completely different than when they login to Snapchat. Linkedin is a business network where things are serious and formal, so much that many women and men choose a profile photo when they’re in their formal outfits whereas on Snapchat they put a dog filter on their face and vomit rainbow colors.

After setting your business’s marketing goals, understand where and when you should show your audiences your ads and build your marketing plan around it.

3: Engagement  

Simply put – it doesn’t matter how many followers  or subscribers you have if they don’t engage with your content. Engagement is the most important metric you should look at when creating and following up on your marketing plan.

How did users respond to your last video? To your latest newsletter? Did they like it, forward to a friend and comment on it? Did they share it and tagged their friends? Did they send their details for more information?

The best way to encourage engagement is to create valuable content that people care about (and granted, which is also related to your business) and target it to the relevant audience.


Are you creating valuable content?

Staying on the same attractions example, a relevant to your business and valuable content for your target audience would be “7 foods you must eat in your Mauritius holiday”.

Put aside page likes and followers amount. Forget about display impressions. Care about info requests, comments and shares. Analyze clicks, traffic to website, leads and phone calls. These are the metrics that will determine if your online marketing is successful or not.

Following in the footsteps of (tech) giants

Google’s #1 company value is “Focus on the user and all else will follow” and Facebook’s mission as stated in their company info page is to “give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected…”.

What is leading the two biggest websites in the world is the user and in a disrupted world like we live in, it makes a whole lot of sense.

We should all do it too, whether we’re selling a technology, product or service.

Have more ideas about marketing concepts? Please do share in the comments section below!

 

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Websites That Strike a Spark

In all honesty, when you browse the web, how many websites do you see that make you go “WOW”?
We assume that the answer is anywhere between none to once in a blue moon?
We feel the same.

Websites that strike a spark

So we wanted to share with you several websites that were designed and executed in a way that will make you forget the things you know about websites.

We split the websites in this article according to specific aspects we chose, so pay attention to what you should put the focus on before you click the photos to view them*. Oh and by the way – DO NOT miss the one in #8 below.

*If you browsed to a website and didn’t see the interactive part we described, it means you’re on mobile, switch to desktop for the full experience. 

  1. User experience is a perspective that many companies overlook. And that’s a shame because users are people, and these people see hundreds of websites weekly. They need a reason to care about your brand’s website. The first example is from Diadora – the features on the home page, the idea behind it presented in the video (pay attention how the video’s default is to view in big screen) and see the soft transitions that were also built without the need to scroll down at all:

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  1. Corporate websites, ones that are a static window to your business (unlike e-commerce websites, blogs and others) are mostly built in a generic template of “about us, product, contact us” with photos in the background. Here’re are two examples where the companies chose to introduce their business to the world in a slightly different way:
Waaark

Waaark

Willow & Blake

Willow & Blake

  1. A good home page is a sales person in the shop – well dressed, smelling good, with a big inviting smile that make your clients want to come in and explore. Below are two websites that have THE sales person in the entrance:
Taptica

Taptica

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Zendesk

  1. Taylor-made-for-your-business animations can be an amusing way to showcase your product/service. When combining them with movement that the user “creates” by browsing your website, it results in a super enjoyable user experience. Below is an example of a website that offers a different kind of taxi ride. Scroll down but also switch between the tabs on the menu and see what happens.
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Spokes

Another example for this kind of interactive experience on websites, see in this cool resume of a New Yorker designer-developer:

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Robby Leonardi

  1. On the e-commerce side of things, knowing you probably visited a few online shops before, you have a picture in your mind of how they all look like. Here are examples of e-shops’ websites that totally played it differently, each one in its own way:
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KUUM

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ETQ Amsterdam

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Frank Body

 

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CHYLAK

  1. Websites that are simple, work. It’s hard to ignore that (and if you do, just think for a second how the biggest website in the world’s home page, Google, looks like). We understand the desire to show comprehensive information about your business, but it’s not going to work if you “throw” all of it on the user. Here’s an example of a website that represents not only an important cause, but also built beautifully simple. The moving “silent” photos backgrounds, the colours and even the white frame, the transition between sections on the home page… All put up properly:
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Invest In Vibrant Oceans

  1. To scroll or not to scroll, that’s the question. Let’s start with the notion that… everybody scrolls! Social Media, where we all spend many hours a day, made it an inevitable habit. Some take the approach of “infinite scrolling”, some take it to zero scrolling (like in the 1st example in this article) and others take it to completely new concepts. Below are two examples:
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Renate Rechner

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  1. Transitions between different parts of a website are usually made in either scrolling or manually choosing from a standard menu. How can it be done in another way you ask yourself? Check the below!
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Perverte X

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Martin Wecke

To finish, a bonus. It’s not really a business oriented website and you need flash (!) to view it, but take our word for it – you’re not going to regret it. The scale of the universe created a very accessible way to understand the concept of scales in the universe around us. No further words, here it is:

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The Scale Of The Universe

Got inspired? Great! Tell us about your idea!

Want to share some of the great websites you’ve seen across the web? Awesome! Share it with us in the comments below!

 

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