Why Brands Need to Welcome Influencer Marketing

About a decade ago, promoting and marketing your product or brand meant relying on the usual word of mouth, running an ad or two in the newspaper (or magazine), TV and even the radio. But it’s now 2018 and the usual way of doing things (traditional marketing) may no longer be enough or cost effective.

It is time to consider doing influencer marketing. But what do we mean by influencer marketing?

Influencer marketing basically means getting popular social media accounts to post, tweet or talk about your brand or product.

Influencer marketing could benefit your brand or product in several ways. Consider these realities:

  1. More and more people are online. Almost half of the world’s estimated 7.3 billion population (2016) are internet users, according to the International Telecommunications Union. And if you do trace the number of users through the years, you will clearly see that users just continue to grow year after year.

Your brand, your product needs to be talked about, known about online.

  1. Social media is invading the world. I think we all know that but sometimes we do not do the math and check the statistics and find out how much it is invading your world and mine. So here it is: as of February 2017, according to CNN Tech, Facebook is “quickly closing in on the 2 billion user mark.” As of September 2017, Instagram has reached 800 million users while Twitter has averaged 330 million monthly active users as of the 4th quarter of 2017. These are, of course, huge numbers, which remind us that we need to make a way to reach these users and one way to do that is through influencers.

To effectively bring your brand or product to these social media users, it would be good to not only form partnerships with influencers but to ensure that you bring a clear message across about your brand or product as well. Communications and brand specialists would be able to help you with this; consider enlisting the services of Nancy Behrman.

You can tap the services of those who have had a track record in working with brands. Try connecting with Nancy Behrman.

  1. Your enemy is attention span. According to a 2015 Time article, we now have a shorter attention span than the goldfish. The goldfish has a 9 second attention span and research has shown that “people now generally lose concentration after 8 seconds.” This was observed beginning in 2000 just when the mobile revolution began. This shorter attention span “highlights the effects of an increasingly digitalized lifestyle on the brain.”

Influencer marketing is your friend in facing a shorter attention span. Influencers can help bring your message across in short, crisp words through their social media accounts along with pictures and images and yes, those hashtags.

So if you haven’t been welcoming influencer marketing in the past, let 2018 be different and more productive for you.

No Other Love

About 18 years ago, I heard a song from Vineyard Worship which deeply blessed me.

It is a reminder that over all and in the end, there is really only One who can fulfill the deepest thirsts in my life: “All my fountains are in You.” (Psalm 87:7)

I found out that what may have been the 1st version starts with: “There is no other friend…”, however another version begins with “There is no other love…”.  The 1st version is entitled No Other, the 2nd one is No Other Love. Below is the No Other Love version.

The song is penned by the musically gifted (anointed) David Ruis who I had the privilege of meeting in a Vineyard Regional Conference in Bangkok, Thailand some time in 2002. I ended up in that conference upon the invitation of friends from Vineyard Philippines who were part of the conference. These friends were actually pastors and leaders who were also supportive of my mission work then in Thailand.

It seemed like such a long time ago when I heard the  song the first time. It seemed like ages ago when I was in Thailand. Yet just as it is then, the message is still true: All my fountains are in Him.

There is no one else who can meet you and me where we are, whatever season in life we are in.

May we never forget that. And may we never cease seeking Him.

Wisely Managing Your Finances

Unless your major field of study in University has to do with finances and your parents have taught you early about it, chances are you just learned along the way how to handle your finances.

My own experience of working and earning my own salary did not automatically translate on me being wise in handling my own finance. It was like trial and error. And 20 years back, unlike today, you do not really hear of financial management seminars being held for working professionals or for families. In fact, the first one I attended was organized by my husband and his group of friends, upon the encouragement of a businessman friend of theirs to help families who struggle in handling their finances.

On my part, apart from that seminar, here are 3 lessons I’ve learned in handling my finances through the years:

  • Set apart an amount for savings each payday. I have to say that this is one lesson that I did not learn early. My idea of saving when I began working is to only save an amount during special and yearend bonuses or when there is something extra from my salary. I learned that this does not work, it would always turn out that there is also a need when such bonuses come and so in the end, nothing or a very minimal amount is really saved. And most times, there is no extra amount from my salary as everything goes to paying bills, doing groceries, etc. But when I decided to save even a small amount every payday and do it every time, I find out that my savings do accumulate over time. You and I can save for our dream purchases as well as for an emergency fund.  
  • Be wise in using your credit card. If you choose to have a credit card, be wise in using it. Learn all the interests you must pay. As much as possible, do not make a cash advance. This was my major mistake early on when I got one, when I just got a new job back then. The interests were accumulating and several months onward the amount I took out as a cash advance had ballooned into almost 7 times more that the original amount I got. If you must use your credit card, use it for purchases, not cash advances and make sure that you can pay off the amount as soon as possible. If it has been your habit to make credit card cash advances, make this a year of change.
  • If you do get into troublesome debt, seek advice and help from others. Confer with people who know how to handle their finance well. I have learned to ask about money matters from friends who run successful and ethical businesses. You can also go ahead and inquire from Nationwide Debt Reduction Services. Know that you do not need to solve your debt problems alone. There are people who can help you. Some can in fact explain to you and help you about debt reductions.

I think that the earlier we become wiser in handling our finances, the better we are in leading our families and in helping others in need.