New Video Clip Release Tango Blues with Sarah Fenwick, Marinos Neofytou

PRESS RELEASE 1.09.16

Tango Blues video clip release!

Jazz Arts & Communications proudly announces the release of the new video clip Tango Blues, a new jazzy blues tune written by jazz singer Sarah Fenwick and guitarist Marinos Neofytou. The video clip features the talented Cypriot dancer and choreographer Elena Shakalli.

Tango Blues comes from the duet’s CD Jazz Origins and is directed by Savvas Hadjigeorgiou. It tells the story of a man and woman who want to be together, and go out until daybreak at night looking for each other, but don’t manage to be in the same place at the same time. Tango Blues is about having a relationship with someone who is not available.

The choreography was created by Elena Shakalli, who dances beautifully with an imaginary partner – a partner she waits for endlessly, but who never shows up to meet her. The imaginary partner dances a tango with Elena – from a distance.

Watch the video below!

The clip was filmed in Η Μπουατ, on St. Andrew’s Street in Limassol. An atmospheric café/bar housed in a beautiful, traditional 250-year-old building, it comes with a fascinating story. It belonged to an old, sick woman who left it in gratitude to her good friend who brought her water when she was ill and did not leave her all alone when she needed help.

Like Sarah Fenwick’s previous video clip Black Orpheus filmed in the Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios museum in Nicosia, Tango Blues highlights the beauty, history and variety of Cyprus’ rich architectural heritage.

About the artists

‘Jazz Origins’ is singer Sarah Fenwick’s fourth CD, and the second duet album with brilliant guitarist Marinos Neofytou. Jazz Origins is all originals, and a theme album that traces the roots of the multi-cultural jazz genre – namely, Latin, Ethnic, Blues, Ballads and even a Lullaby.

Click here to buy Jazz Origins!

“Mesmerising, a beguiling jazz voice!” TEDx Nicosia.

“Unmissable.” Time Out

“Sarah has a great voice.”

Cyprus Mail “Superb voice, and wonderful stage charisma.” MyCyprusInsider

The duet teamed up in 2013 and recorded Jazz Way, a CD with a mixture of standards and originals that was immediately loved by jazz fans.

Click here to buy Jazz Way

Marinos Neofytou writes from the heart, creating strong compositions while playing the guitar like a master. This talented musician also plays the bass, saxophone and drums, but his first love is the guitar. In addition to being a music educator, Neofytou has been active on the live jazz scene in Cyprus since 1991.

In 2014, Sarah Fenwick started using her improvisational skills to write jazz melodies. She creates bluesy melodies, lyrics and harmonies that work beautifully with Neofytou’s compositions.

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For further information, please contact Sarah Fenwick on +35795147711 or email sarah@jazzartsclub.com

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How Sarah’s Jazz Club Launched Using Only Social Media

Disclosure: Sarah’s Jazz Club is a creative venue launched and managed by Jazz Arts & Communications Ltd, owned by the author of this article, jazz singer and digital marketing consultant Sarah Fenwick. 

Sarah’s Jazz Club in Nicosia, Cyprus, took around three years to build. The process of building and licensing the innovative project was expensive and time consuming, but the results were groundbreaking. We felt we were making a true contribution to the arts of jazz and blues, to the audience, and to the musicians’ community. sarah's jazz club

But our resources were stretched to the limit and we knew we’d be opening the jazz club on a shoestring. To save money, we decided to launch and promote only on social media until we had the budget to go to the traditional media.

The campaigns were mainly on Facebook, where we started a Page and advertised the opening date through Boosts and Advertisements. The audience was able to book directly from Facebook through messages, and the interaction and communication was free-flowing and efficient. Facebook is ideal for music branding and interest-based marketing. The group ‘Support Jazz and Blues in Cyprus’ I started in 2012 now has close to 2000 members and was another effective tool in getting the word out.

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My Facebook profile helped me to send personal posts about our excitement about opening and get people involved and inspired. The outpouring of support was incredibly encouraging and motivated us to keep going even when the project development was tough.

Not a penny was wasted. We tracked each campaign’s success or failing and adjusted on a daily basis. We built the audience based on constantly-changing demographics, timings and interest tactics. The results were encouraging, each night during our Summer ’17 season had solid attendance with a few exceptions. We had chosen the most difficult time of year to launch. Summer in Cyprus is for travelling and holidays, so the success we experienced was actually against the odds.

Posting on Linkedin, Instagram and Twitter was another tactic. Several of the posts took off on Linkedin because of the project’s innovative character and the good wishes of the business community. In the tough times that followed the economic recession and financial crash in 2013, new businesses are more in danger of failing than ever before, so the business community is seeking signs of life and vitality!

Press releases were shared on Social Media, giving them more exposure to the journalists and bloggers who use these channels. In recent years, Social Media has become a source for journalists and in spite of all the talk of fake news, the genuine stories still have an audience. By the way, the disinformation campaigns that run regularly on Facebook are the topic of another article!

The biggest take aways from our soft launch campaign were:

  • Communicate. Communicate the good and tough times on Social Media. You’d be surprised at the support you can receive.
  • Spend a lot of time Boosting and Advertising on Facebook.
  • Avoid guilt tripping people who appear to ignore your promotions, they are often not online or simply interested in another event. Build relationships, don’t tear them down with negative messaging.
  • Man your Facebook Page Inbox, don’t abandon it.

The message to other creative musical ventures: make Social Media your central stage and the core of your marketing mix, when done correctly, you won’t be disappointed.

Sarah Fenwick is a marketing communications consultant offering services to digital marketeers, and the author of the E-book ‘How to be a Holistic Digital Marketer’. She has 25 years in the media and the arts, and is a practicing journalist and a jazz singer.

Email: jazzartscommunications@gmail.com 

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Tips for Venues and Managers on How to Treat Jazz Musicians

Jazz musicians are an eclectic group, deeply immersed in their instruments and finding their unique sound, and intently focused on improvisation and approaching songs in a different, individual way. Many jazz musicians spend years in higher musical education, and most of them practice for at least four hours every day. Make no mistake, playing jazz well and to a high standard is not easy.

With all due respect to DJs, hiring a jazz band or singer is not like hiring a DJ who plays requests and the style of music on demand. It’s more like bringing an entirely new musical perspective and atmosphere into the venue, one that will remain in the audience’s memories for years.

Tip #1: respect

Good live music is a sensitive thing, performed by artistic human beings, not machines. A lot depends on how the venue and manager treats the jazz artists. The first word that makes the difference between a great performance and an upset band whose members feel unappreciated is…respect.

In this case, respect means understanding that jazz musicians have practiced their songs for many hours and have their own way of playing them. It means that a venue or manager cannot tell the musicians with whom they should play, and how they should play. Respect in this context means understanding that jazz is an art form and as such, needs to be accepted for what it is.

Tip #2: jazz is jazz

While it can be difficult to define in a limiting way, Jazz will never be rock music, it will never be pop music. It will never be – God forbid – techno or some other type of hectic and panic-stricken music. It is in most cases warm and relaxing music that creates a special atmosphere at events and an unforgettable one in the theatres and jazz clubs. Jazz brings people together in a natural way, it doesn’t over-excite them in unhealthy ways like techno does.

Forcing jazz musicians to play pop or rock is a mistake; they will resent it and their performance will be half-hearted at best and heavily sarcastic at worst. Let them play what they want, it will sound a lot better to everyone. It’s important that the venue understands their target market and decides on the entertainment they’d like best before hiring a jazz or any other band.

Tip #3: music creates the venue’s atmosphere

I can’t over-emphasise how incredibly important music is when it comes to creating atmosphere. It is literally the difference between a dead zone and a warm, alive and welcoming venue. A venue without music or with the wrong music is dead, and people notice this as soon as they walk in. It might be subconscious, but it will be noticed. A venue with good live jazz will be bustling, happy, warm and artistic.

Tip #4: quality, not quantity

Why have four hours of live music from tired musicians instead of two hours of high-quality music from enthusiastic, happy and energised players? Live music is just as physically draining as an entire football game played over 90 minutes. Good musicians pour their heart, soul and physical energy into their performances, which are extremely physical. The guitarist wears out his or her arm, shoulder and fingers in each performance; the singer uses his or her vocal chords, chest, arms and shoulders to produce their sound. After two hours, this effort cannot be sustained at a high level, and nor should it be. It’s simply not the same as other types of work and must be appreciated as such. Any performance that lasts over two hours must be at the player’s discretion and with their permission, not as a forced thing.

Tip #5: ask the audience to focus on the jazz

In a venue like a bar, hotel or restaurant, special efforts need to be made to ask the audience to focus on the jazz performance, otherwise the noise gets out of hand and nobody can hear themselves, leading to irritation all around. At the very least, conversations need to be kept as quiet as possible so that the music can be heard.

Tip #6: what kind of jazz?

Before hiring a band, ask what kind of jazz they play. Is it instrumental, vocal, standards, experimental, solo? Ask what they sound like, ask for a CD or a video clip to get an understanding of their style. Each type of jazz has its own merits and audience. For a successful performance that could be repeated, getting the formula right is important.

Tip #7: promote

A venue or event manager must have a promotion plan for the jazz performance and should never expect people to show up if they don’t know about it. Work with the jazz musicians, communicate with them about the promotion plan and see what they can do to support it. Advertising on social media is the minimum that a venue can do to promote their jazz events.

Tip #8: spotlight & sound

In addition to advertising the live music event, it’s important to give the band a spotlight and make sure the sound equipment and acoustics are good. A single spotlight will make the difference between a noticeable group and a band playing in the dark – which is so obviously pointless. Two or three lights and a stage is even better.

Tip #9: hospitality

Venues can treat the members of the jazz band as they would treat their guests – with warm hospitality. It will put the band in the mood to perform, and make them feel accepted and part of the venue’s team. Even if their performance is ad hoc, it’s an important part of the whole show for a jazz musician to feel accepted and welcomed.

Sarah Fenwick is jazz singer, marketing communications consultant offering services to digital marketeers, and the author of the E-book ‘How to be a Holistic Digital Marketer’. She has 25 years in the media and the arts, and is a practicing journalist for the site she co-founded in 2009 www.cyprusnewsreport.com

Email: jazzartscommunications@gmail.com 

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15 Minutes of…Privacy

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The master of pop culture and famous American artist Andy Warhol said that in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes. If he were alive now, Warhol would have been satisfied to see his prediction come true.  Indeed, since 2004, with the launch and popularity of social media like Facebook, each individual in the 21st Century has the potential to be exposed to many more ‘eyeballs’ than before and become famous. His comment can also be turned on its head…in the future, everyone will be private for 15 minutes.

Nowadays, your mobile phone automatically connects to Wifi or 3G, and your location settings announce to your Facebook friends that you’re checking in at an airport, restaurant, or bar. You’re having public conversations every day, and participating in other’s public conversations and debates or controversies. Well, the celebrities have to employ armies of PR people to get that kind of exposure in the traditional media, yet on Facebook it’s available to everyone.

The implications of this phenomenon are enormous, not only for digital marketers, but for the construction of an international community, the creation of a virtual Tower of Babel, if you will. Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected, by and large, it has succeeded, judging from the one billion international users it has.

For marketers, this has become a goldmine, with many of them starting new careers and the younger generation of marketers being now able to gain a competitive edge because they come from the Facebook generation. Social media has become a field of study in universities, and Facebook is increasingly a channel for advertising, sponsoring, and other types of marketing messages, many of which intrude on our timelines and private messages. The mainstream media is increasingly taking stories and quotes from Facebook – in one recent example, the media in Cyprus made much of the last Facebook post made by a defendant on trial in Limassol for murdering three people. His last post? A picture of a noose.

For some people, it’s all too much. I’m seeing my Facebook friends taking a break from the medium, saying they’re tired of the constant communication, feedback, messages, and need to be liked. They feel that technology is taking over and they want to go back to living their lives pre-Facebook. In life, when you lose a friend to distance, changing circumstances or their personal decisions, it’s a painful thing, and I noticed that it’s no less painful when someone makes the decision to leave their Facebook relationships behind. And yet, it’s somehow more easily done because there’s a perception that Facebook is less ‘real’ than other types of relationships. Like celebrities who deplore the paparazzi following them everywhere they go, there are some people who are rejecting the constant bombardment of marketing messages.

How do these factors affect brands on Facebook? How can marketers reach a balance between getting their messages across and not being intrusive or annoying? Of course, a Facebook user could simply switch off notifications from your brand’s page, but that’s hardly the desired result. Here are three tips to ensure a sustainable relationship between your brand and your Facebook followers:

  • The need to build a long-term relationship with your Facebook fans has not changed, what needs to change is the level of meaning you bring to their lives. Post about your corporate social responsibility projects and your values, when the posts are well imaged and written, showing that your brand is doing social good, they can make a positive impression on people. Be respectful to those people who take the time to interact with your page, this adds meaning and value to your relationship with them.
  • Respect people’s need for privacy, if your advertising message is going to show up in their News Feed, make sure it’s something genuinely relevant and interesting to them, not just a call to action. This will increase engagement and build your brand’s relationship with them.
  • Get permission. Don’t add people to groups unless you have their permission or you know that they’ll really like them. Don’t tag them unless it’s something you know they’re interested in and don’t tag total strangers, it’s clumsy.

My last point on this topic is that everyone has the right to privacy, so marketers need to respect this, or risk being in the same situation that the television stations are in – zapping when the commercial comes on.

Sarah Fenwick is a marketing communications consultant offering services to digital marketeers, and the author of the E-book ‘How to be a Holistic Digital Marketer’. She has 25 years in the media and the arts, and is a practicing journalist and a jazz singer.

Email: jazzartscommunications@gmail.com 

 

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How Facebook Reactions Affect Social Strategy

By Jazz Arts & Communications digital marketing communications consultant Sarah Fenwick

Facebook is testing Reactions in Ireland and Spain, it’s a new range of emoticons intended to add to the existing Like/Thumbs Up button. The innovation comes on the back of less engagement to the constant stream of posts in one’s newsfeed, and is a solution to the problem of more complex and emotional events, such as the announcement of a death, illness or disaster.

The range of Reactions can be seen in the video below, and are Like (thumbs up), Love (heart), Haha (laughing face), Yay (smiling face), Wow (astonished face), Sad (sad face) and Angry (red, frowning face).

The question is: how will this impact marketing messages? I’ve based my analysis on a few different elements:

  • People ‘Like’ posts to show support for their friends and brands to which they are attached, and likes are used as a brand impact statistic.
  • Likes are an indication of popularity and social acceptance by different networks within Facebook.
  • Likes are a positive reaction to a brand and an indication of awareness and interest.
  • Likes enhance a brand’s reputation while giving it more exposure to the fan’s friends and groups.
  • Likes keep the mood positive but lack other social reactions.

With all this in mind, Reactions will bring new complexity into analysing Facebook engagement for brands. Negative reactions like anger and sadness can impact on a brand’s reputation, and could be used maliciously, so posting is going to become more of a challenge for social media managers, who will have to be even more careful not to give offence to members of their target audience. Negative reactions can also be seen as valuable feedback and a sign that a company needs to do better to please their target audience. Another thing that social media marketers will have to look out for is the spread of negative influencers or trolls, who are paid by competitors to devalue or defame a brand name. It will be much easier for trolls to create angry or sad statistics against a brand’s name.

Copywriters will become even more important than they already are in creating content for Facebook. Will the classic request ‘please like’ now have to become ‘please love’? How awkward will it be to ask ‘please love this?’ Creativity will be needed!

At the same time, you could ask – where is Reactions different from any other sticker or comment? The biggest difference is that each reaction becomes a statistic to be analysed by social media managers. Since Reactions is going to be aggregated similar to ‘Likes’, then Facebook will give a number for each emotion triggered by a given post.

A reaction can range from the obvious – for posts announcing a death in the family (sad) – to complex; for posts announcing a new product (wow, yay, love). A company launching a new type of shampoo, for example, would be looking at metrics for Likes, Loves, Laughs, Smiles, the Wow factor, Sadness and Anger. A comment or sticker is not aggregated into a quantitative Facebook statistic, unless you count the generic ‘engagements’ stat.

Reactions could be gold for companies doing pre-market testing for different products, but at the same time, it could mean a complete distortion of market reality depending on the size of the sample.

How does it translate into return on investment? ROI is very important for some companies who don’t just see Facebook as a source of popularity and awareness. At what stage of the Reaction scale will the buyer be ready to buy? Love? Wow? What does a company have to do to turn an angry reaction into a love reaction so it has more chance of selling goods and services via Facebook?

These are good questions, and Facebook is itself at the stage of testing them out, so watch this space for follow-up articles on the impact of Reactions.

My e-book How To Be A Holistic Digital Marketer also has tips on Facebook marketing.

Source: CyprusNewsReport.com

Contact us for your digital marketing advice: jazzartscommunications@gmail.com

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Three Crucial Things You Need for Professional Videos

savvas hadjigeorgiou directorVideo production is an easy thing to get wrong, we’ve seen too many brands and individuals whose work isn’t getting any justice because of the lack of production values in their videos. At Jazz Arts & Communications, we believe in high quality video production values without compromise, and here we share three crucial things needed for professional standard videos to improve your brand and reputation.

Jazz Arts & Communications Director/Consultant Savvas Hadjigeorgiou recommends:

  1. Hire professionals with experience in your specific market.
  2. Hire people with creativity who can produce videos in an original way that will catch the eye and attention.
  3. Use a consultant to check production values or make sure your marketing director has experience with video production, which is the way of the future in digital marketing.

In more detail, why should you do any of the above recommendations?

Hiring professionals might seem like an obvious thing to do, but many companies try to use in-house amateurs to make their videos in order to save money or simply because someone volunteered in a well-meaning way. The fact is that it’s more expensive to your reputation to have a badly produced video clip, it reduces your brand credibility to such an extent that it’s simply not worth promoting. Even the most casual-seeming videos, the ones that seem to have been made spontaneously, have many hours of editing and filming behind them, so don’t be fooled by a video that looks easy to make, because there’s a lot of technique behind it.

Hiring people with creativity is an absolute must for your video to stand out from the crowd. Even a simple interview can be done with creativity, we can’t emphasise this enough. Creativity means resourcefully finding ways to communicate your brand in an original and persuasive way so that it doesn’t end up like all the other trees in the forest. Creativity also means making the visuals so impactful and emotionally appealing that they make people want to try your goods or services.

Why use a consultant or make sure your marketing director has experience with video production? This adds an extra layer of quality and ensures that the people carrying out your video productions have high standards for the lighting, sound, camera equipment and crew.

Since video is the way of the future for digital marketing in general and social media marketing in specific, it’s a great idea to follow our recommendations, and even better, contact us to film your productions or be your production consultants in the future. Email us: jazzartscommunications@gmail.com

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Financial news in marketing communications

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By Sarah Fenwick

There’s a wealth of ways to spin-off big breaking news stories for different content in the Forex and Binary Options industries, here are just four of them:

Blog about it.

Provided your company has a talented writer on call, a blog is a great way to show your company’s expertise and timely response to big market news. If your blogger can show a different angle on the news topic, that’s even better for positioning your company as the expert in Forex or Binaries.

Blogs are also helpful for good search engine optimisation (SEO), but make sure the main focus is on insights and not on keyword stuffing, which makes for tiresome reading.

Add your blog to social media channels.

Share your blog on social media like Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin, you’d be surprised at the response. Experienced traders and beginners are always looking for useful information to guide their decisions.

Communicate with your customers.

Share your blog with your clients in a newsletter or through your sales team, to build the relationship in a constructive and influential way.

Make a video about the topic. 

A video is a great way to communicate with your company’s clients and target audience, and once again, shows expertise, which builds trust.

Thanks for reading. Don’t hesitate to contact me to talk more about our marketing communications consultancy, content and video production services, email: jazzartscommunications@gmail.com or click here to follow Jazz Arts & Communications on Linkedin.

Sarah Fenwick is a marketing communications consultant, journalist and jazz singer, not necessarily in that order. To learn more about her services, visit www.jazzartsclub.com

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Online Brands – Beyond ‘Differentiation’ to ‘Individuality’

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Sarah Fenwick

Given the sheer number of companies doing business online, the old strategy of differentiating your brand from your competitors’ does not go far enough anymore.  Currently, getting your brand noticed requires more commitment to individuality and personality.

In these days of social media and Google, your brand needs to be human, and I’d go so far as to say that it has to be a decent human, one that admits to mistakes, works to improve good relationships with customers, and offers a meaningful, valuable service or product.

The online strategy of company individuality goes beyond shallow lipservice to values, and instead, wins hearts and minds by being dramatically ‘there’, by being part of the ups and downs in its online community.

Let’s not be coy, the Internet is a marketing communicator’s wet dream. There are billions of people online every day, easily and precisely targeted through convenient channels called websites or search engines.

There’s just one catch; marketing messages are more easily avoided and ignored than on traditional channels like offline TV or radio. People don’t have time for them, they set up banner blockers, pop up blockers and then, all that money goes to waste.

What’s the solution? In my experience, marketing communication messages have to be sent in a more community-friendly and creative way to stand out. For example, if you sell shoes, set up a website that not only sells shoes, but donates to a charity for the disabled, and make it part of your sales and marketing pitch. If you sell books, sponsor a live-streamed spelling bee with great prizes.

All these and other creative outreach ideas make your website an event worth visiting repeatedly, not just a showroom.

Social media is a key part of the strategy to become an individual brand, and goes a long way in putting a human face on a brand. Remember, that when you are using social media as a marketer, it’s the equivalent of being in someone’s home, you’d be surprised how personally people take it. Aggressive, hard-hitting messages are out of place in the social context. If you go to a party, you don’t force someone to buy a drink, you offer it in an attractive way, so it becomes their choice.

Finally, and the most important part of being an individual brand online, is the importance of retention. In individual terms, this translates to a trustworthy relationship, in which the company is always there for its customers. Mutual respect has its place in this relationship, possibly the first place.

The internet customer has no time and too many choices to put up with rudeness, intrusiveness, unprofessionalism or inefficiency.

Bottom line? Think of your company as an individual, one that your customer would enjoy having in their home, and from whom they would welcome any messages, because they are sent with respect.

About Sarah Fenwick

Sarah Fenwick is a Jazz singer, Journalist and Communications expert specialising in online communications and reputation building. She started out as a journalist in 1991, writing for national newspapers in Cyprus and working in Switzerland for ThomsonReuters as a correspondent covering Swiss Stock Exchange news.

In 2009, one of her passions became tangible when she co-founded CyprusNewsReport.com, an independent source of news and blogs from Cyprus and the region. Sarah is proud to have won the Think Water blogger award in 2011 (European Journalism Centre) and was a final nominee for the 2012 Cyprus Businesswoman of the Year Award.

E-marketing consultancy – The Internet is a sea of words to surf.
The popularity and development of the Internet was an opportunity to capitalise on her interest and experience in writing. Since 2004, she has been active as an online marketing, communications expert and and brand journalist, and consults with online brands in the financial services, gaming, music, media, coaching and publishing markets.

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Achieving Cut-Through in Your Social Media Communications

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Sarah Fenwick

Social media statistics are daunting and incredibly tempting – all at the same time. Facebook has over 1.5 billion users, Twitter has over 550 million users, and Google+ is used by 359 million people. As of 2014, these channels became increasingly commercial. Facebook introduced new rules for post exposure, limiting it considerably unless posts are paid for or ‘boosted’, and Twitter raised the profile of their sponsored services.

Sending promotional messages on these social media is a delicate balancing act because it’s all about peoples’ relationship with the brand or individual who wants the exposure. Blatant advertising messages are not social-media friendly – you’d hardly walk up to someone at a social event in their living room and blurt out “20% Off On Your Next Purchase of My Stuff!” would you? You’d either get ignored or kicked out, neither result is desirable. Instead, the messaging needs to emphasise the relationship-building aspect of asking for business, in other words, emphasising the benefits you can offer and solving someone’s problem.

This is the way to cut through the mass advertising messages that are a daily part of someone’s social media life. Social media channels are particularly good for this approach because there is so much information about a user’s tastes and interests, so writing and creating the right message becomes easier – simply think about what they like. Are they music lovers and are you a musician? Perfect, communicate your passion effectively, and your audience will respond.

Cutting through all the online social media noise is rather like being at a loud cocktail party; everyone’s chattering away, following their own agendas, networking like mad, and yet it is the person who is late to the party and makes a dramatic entrance who gets the attention. How does this work? Quite frankly, it’s about being different and about having something to say about yourself that stays in peoples’ minds. All the positive social skills are required here – a flair for drama, charm, timing, attraction, a sense of humour, tact, strong relationships, diplomacy, friendship, discretion, authenticity, showing support – these traits bring value to a social media campaign.

Whatever you do, don’t become part of the background white noise, make a difference with your campaigns by cutting through clearly with your messages.

Sarah Fenwick is a marketing communications consultant, jazz singer and journalist, not necessarily in that order. For inquiries, email her: jazzartscommunications@gmail.com or connect with her on Linkedin.

 

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10 Strong Reasons You Need a Digital Marketing Consultant

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Founder Sarah Fenwick

Having worked in senior digital marketing positions for 12 years, I know that marketing is a thrilling process, it’s exciting in that you’re bringing new services and products to the market and watching them grow. On a daily basis, marketers face 100 different challenges; challenges to the company’s reputation, to its sales, to its competitive position in the market, and so many more. Juggling them can be exhausting and even if you have a big team with all the resources you need, it’s easy to lose sight of the forest because all the trees seem to be towering over your head.

The reasons marketing departments or managers need a digital marketing consultant are varied and many, here are just 10 of them:

  1. Building a strategy and clear-cut targets.
  2. Gaining time by avoiding costly mistakes.
  3. Leveraging the consultant’s know-how and experience to your advantage.
  4. Having an expert sounding board to listen to your ideas, instead of a CEO or other top manager who has little experience in marketing.
  5. Coming up with new ideas to expand your existing marketing plans.
  6. In the digital market particularly, research is crucial for keeping up with the latest trends and new marketing products, but marketing managers rarely have time to do this research. A consultant can do this for you.
  7. Advice from a consultant is neutral and removed from office politics, the agenda is more clear.
  8. Digital marketing teams are made up of specialists who can cover small niches of any given marketing project, but a consultant can give you the big picture and point you in the right direction.
  9. Pinpointing weaknesses and recommending ways to improve them.
  10. You don’t have to manage a consultant, saving you time and money.

Contact me, digital marketing communications consultant Sarah Fenwick, today to learn more about how we can work together. My email address is jazzartscommunications@gmail.com

Sarah Fenwick is the author of the e-book ‘How to be a Holistic Digital Marketer’ and worked in senior positions as a digital marketing expert before starting her own company Jazz Arts and Communications – a digital marketing consultancy and video production firm based in Cyprus. 

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