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"This software's crazy. We get more done in a week than we used to in a month..."
That's an actual statement by a fitness brand that did influencer marketing on SARAL.
With automations and AI, it makes influencer marketing a breeze. Here's what you get:
Most boring work can be taken away, so you save hours every week and get better results!
The average brand on SARAL gets a 3.59x ROAS on their campaigns.
Along with that, you build a creator community that can't stop talking about you.
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You never know where you’re going to find your next winning ad angle. Look at comments, sort through questions, and check your reviews for common questions, objections, and use cases!
You heard it here first 📣:
Instagram Stories are out. Instagram Reels are in.
Why? 🤔 Because Instagram Stories are only viewable for 24 hours. And “Short-Lived” isn’t in the advertising world’s dictionary.
In contrast, Instagram Reels are built to last. Straight from the platform's mouth, “Reels and Stories were built for different purposes.”
Data from Meta reveals a substantial increase in daily Reels plays over the past month, skyrocketing from 140 billion to 200 billion, and an impressive 2 billion shares daily. 😱
But even more important for DTC’ers is Meta reports that more than two-thirds of Instagram users surveyed purchased a product or service through Reels.
What does this mean for your brand and creative strategy? It means it’s time to surf the Reels wave. 🌊
The Pilothouse team says Reels are a portal to humanizing a brand and add a layer of personification and relatability for viewers.
Meta validates what the Pilothouse team has been preaching for some time… humanized content rules over polished, highly produced content.
Remember: If it quacks like an ad and looks like an ad, it's an ad, and the users pass it by. 🦆
So when you use Reel placements, make sure it looks like it belongs as a normal organic Reel.
Not sure about Reels? Listen to the data from an Instagram case study:
“When the custom haircare brand tested its usual video ad creative delivered across multiple Meta placements against a campaign that added specially designed ad creative for Instagram Reels to the same setup, it saw a 23% lower cost per acquisition when using both types of ad creatives together.”
Case in point. Not utilizing Instagram Reels is leaving money on the table. 🤷
Reduce search and communication time when finding Creators by receiving Creator Proposals directly.
Here's how: 👇
LTK Marketplace opens doors to a curated pool of Creators and a staggering 30M shoppers, propelling your sales and amplifying brand awareness like never before.
Helping to ensure your campaigns captivate the right audience effortlessly.
Post brand campaigns to LTK Marketplace for interested Creators to send Proposals to collaborate for brands to review.
This new feature is available to all brands leveraging LTK Connect at no additional charge!
Last week, we highlighted that over 100 million emails will be sent this Black Friday alone. We gave you a tip to get the ball rolling, but today we’re giving you a little more juice to make sure your emails are seen, interacted with, and deliver those ever so sweet conversions.
Want to catch up before diving back in? Check out tip one — Teasers, previews, and early-access sales.
Let’s get this show on the road with tips two and three.
2️⃣ Mobile and dark mode domination: ensure your emails are designed for mobile
57% of online shoppers use their phones to find Black Friday deals. If you’re not designing your emails mobile-first this year, whatcha even doing?
What it means to have mobile-friendly emails:
Another trend you may want to keep in mind is the growing use of dark mode (we’ve seen numbers anywhere from 34-82% of people checking their email with it).
And because of its reported benefits, like decreased eye strain and improved battery life, it’s probs here to stay.
🖤 To optimize your emails for dark mode:
3️⃣ Interactive, but in a “less Is more” kinda way
Let’s face it: interactive emails just work.
That’s why many brands go all out for Black Friday with GIFs, animated text, countdown timers, and dynamic content blocks. 🥳
However, with a move in recent years to more minimalist, mobile-friendly designs, interactive elements will be simpler this BFCM.
A few pro tips if this will be your approach:
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🧵 Threads now has an edit option for your posts, according to Mark Zuckerberg. When you post content, a timer will begin to count down from five minutes until the content of the post can no longer be changed.
✖️ The EU opens an official investigation of X following the alleged distribution of misinformation about the Israel-Hamas conflict. X’s approach to content moderation could result in significant fines for the platform.
🎵 TikTok and Disney form a partnership granting TikTok users access to a portfolio of content spanning 100 years of Disney’s history. The tools will be available starting October 16th, 2023.
🪟 Microsoft has finalized the purchase of Activision-Blizzard for $68.7B. Microsoft offered some leniency after its initial proposal drew scrutiny from regulators concerned about Microsoft's advantage in cloud computing.
We’re willing to give ice cream for breakfast a go. 🤷
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