Posted by: Sir Arnold in: Consumer Lifestyle -
You may have heard about a hormone called cortisol, which is released when you’re stressed out, and is often coupled with heightened blood pressure. Over time, these factors can lead to high cholesterol and hypertension. Fortunately, reducing stress can be as simple as interacting with furry friends (like me!), which significantly lowers cortisol levels and improves your immune system’s functions.
A study found that when people took care of dogs for just three months, they showed significant drops in blood pressure and reactivity to stress. The days their ambulatory blood pressure fell the lowest were the days they took their dogs to work.
Aaron Katcher, M.D., the emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, explains that because humans evolved solving problems about animals, animals have the power to retain our attention.
“When we are around animals, we become more joyous, communicative, expressive, and calm.”
So as Chief Morale Officer at LANE, a Finn Partners Company, if you’re ever in our Portland office I invite you to pet me, snuggle me, do some downward dogs with me, or take me to a meeting. I’m here for all of you and I am taking my new executive role very seriously.
Chief Morale Officer
Posted by: Rachel Neff in: Digital/Social -
Every brand has its evangelists and enthusiasts. These people know the ins and outs of your product or service and they sing your praises. But how do you find them? And why should you care about finding and cultivating them? We’ll cover why you need core evangelists and how to give them what they want.
Why You Need Core Evangelists
Your core evangelists are the canaries in the social media algorithm coal mine. The faster and more enthusiastically these individuals react with likes, shares and comments, the more the social media platform algorithms reward your content in the asynchronous feed. The algorithms think of your content like this: If the people who most often interact with your content don’t bat an eye at your latest post, then why should anyone else who follows you be interested?
Give Your Most Engaged Followers Stories to Share
One way to get more engagement from your most active followers is to give them stories to share about why they love and choose your company or brand. Here are some places to start:
- How the company started
- What you do differently
- Who your customers are
- Why your customers love you
- When your next big thing is happening
These types of content can help explain why your evangelists and enthusiasts love your brand, even if the content you are posting doesn’t directly apply to them. It’s very easy to assume that everyone in your audience knows who you are and what you do. Take the time to approach your online presence with fresh eyes. Even longtime followers can find value in new content that touches on topics you’ve previously covered.
Posted by: Rachel Neff in: Digital/Social -
Social media platforms provide an opportunity to connect with your customers in an authentic way. Lately, many brands have noticed their impressions decreasing. Worse, many using paid support find that their reach is diminishing. What can you do to combat the reduced visibility on social platforms? Here are a few tips and tricks to hack the social media algorithms and better speak to the people seeing your posts.
Recognize That Facebook Organic Reach Is Dead
What kind of organic reach can you expect these days? Less than 2 percent. That’s right. The incredible page and fan reach of 2016 has shrunk to barely a trickle. In part, this is due to Facebook reprioritizing the user experience to focus on content created by friends and family.
How does the algorithm work? Within the first hour or two of posting, the algorithm checks to see how the most engaged fans of your page interact with your content. If those folks don’t like, love, comment or share, then the algorithm decides the content isn’t that interesting and pushes it further down in someone’s news feed.
The result? If you want your content to be seen beyond your most hardcore fans, you have to consider paying to boost posts or putting spend behind ads. Don’t worry. The amount of money you put in doesn’t have to break the bank. Even a modest spend can help you reach your audience.
Avoid Saying “Today” or “Tonight” Without Including a Date
Most social media platforms are moving away from chronological feeds, even Twitter. Now inclusion is often based on how much people interact with the content and the newness of that content. So it’s entirely possible that your post about today, tonight or tomorrow’s event will show up in someone’s feed hours or days later.
As a best practice, try to put a day of the week or date with these types of posts. Also, make use of the “Stop News Feed Distribution” function on Facebook if the content is time-sensitive.