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TikTok for Business: Your Guide to using TikTok

TikTok for Business: Your Guide to using TikTok

What is TikTok?

TikTok is a social media platform known for creating, sharing and discovering short videos. Young people primarily use the app, with 43% of users aged between 18 and 24 in 2021. Tiktok allows users to create and share globally across a community.

You can film various videos lip-syncing, dancing, or acting out sketches, and trending videos are popular. Videos are generally 15 seconds long; however, multiple clips can be connected for up to 60 seconds of footage. Recently, TikTok expanded the time limit to 3 minutes for longer videos recorded outside the app. TikTok also has video editing and customisation tools, and you can access a library of songs, effects, filters, and sound bites to add to videos. You can also “duet” with someone by replying to a video, creating a split-screen.

As a business owner, you need to keep up with trends, and TikTok is the future of social media. Tiktok now has 1 Billion monthly active users as of January 2022.

How to use TikTok for business

When used for a business, TikTok has two options for advertisement; an ad platform with paid ads or the option to create a profile and produce self-made videos. TikTok ads appear between videos on the app and are often creative and look similar in format to regular TikTok videos.

The majority of social media users do not have access to expensive cameras or equipment. Instead, content is made on phone cameras, giving an authentic natural feel to the videos, which users can relate to. Using the same approach for your business will provide your brand or company personality, and something people will relate to you.

Knowing that the platform’s highest users are young people, humorous and entertaining videos are the best way to engage. Keeping engagement and interest is vital; people will scroll past quickly if the content is not engaging. Users spend, on average, around 24 hours in a month on the app. TikTok is not the place for squeaky clean first impressions and neat edges; it’s a place for authentic entertainment, humour and fun. The app revolves around community engagement and hashtags. Research, find videos and content you enjoy, then recreate them to make it your own! Have fun with it.

Why use TikTok for business?

TikTok is the new growing trend that business owners need to get ahead on and can be very beneficial if used strategically. It allows you to grow a community and promote towards a new audience differently than you may have before.

TikTok is one of the most used social media platforms, rising in league with Facebook, Instagram and Youtube. It’s a popular way of advertising for companies wanting to reach a large audience. A large audience gives a higher chance of eyes on your ads, and Tiktok has 1.2 billion active users globally.

People are downloading and actively using the app and engaging with content. The average user spends 858 minutes per month on the app giving your business a chance to see high engagement.

TikTok gives you a chance to be creative and have fun with your business! It isn’t for being professional, clean and neat. To have a higher engagement, create relatable and enjoyable content. It’s a great way to advertise to a new range of audiences.

Advertising on Tiktok

There are five types of advertisements on TikTok, including in-feed ads, brand takeover, top view, branded hashtag challenge and branded effects.

Let’s have a look…

In-feed

In-feed ads are advertisements that pop up between videos seen whilst scrolling on the for you page. They work similarly to Snapchat or Instagram ads, are played in full screen and are skippable. It is essential to stop people scrolling straight past by making them seem similar to general videos seen on feeds. You can include multiple call to actions which can be 60 seconds or less. Encourage users to shop, download or visit websites straight from TikTok. Then measure their success through tracking clicks, impressions and engagement.

Brand takeover

TikTok brand takeovers are full-screen, high impact ads being the first things you see when opening the app. They are one of the best ads available on TikTok, directing the sales straight to the customer’s face, straight to your target audience. Not only appearing as you open the app, they can also be found within the for you page, seen as images, gifs or videos. Brand takeovers allow one brand to take over the app for the day. In addition, you can create ads that appear over the top of the app, like topview ads and even add embedded links to internal and external landing pages. These ads are non-skippable. The only downfall is that they are costly, so they may not be the best choice for smaller companies. But for larger companies, they are the best option for fast growth, reaching a large audience.

TopView

TopView ads are seen at the top of the for you page. They can be up to 60 seconds long and are the largest ad that TikTok offers. It is a valuable marketing tool and quickly grabs users’ attention, being at the top, and creating considerable awareness and engagement. This ad easily captures the user’s attention without competing for content drawing attention elsewhere.

Branded Hashtag Challenge

A branded hashtag challenge is an ad style where a brand will ask users to perform a specific task and tag them using a unique hashtag. Challenges are popular on social media and tend to go viral. They are a one of a kind ad exclusive to TikTok, are best for encouraging user-generated content and building brand awareness and are just tonnes of fun! They are great for collaboration and building relationships with the TikTok culture and community. Know your objectives and what you want to achieve from your challenge before posting for a higher chance of success.

Branded effects

TikTok branded effects allows companies to design custom filter or stickers on the app, similar to Snapchat’s branded lenses. People in their videos can then use these filters or lenses. Branded effects last up to 10 days and are great for getting users to interact and engage with you and have fun. It’s an effortless advertisement style that is definitely worth your time!

Conclusion

To sum up, we know that TikTok is a growing platform that can be a great advertising opportunity for businesses if used wisely and correctly. TikTok is a unique platform heavily focused on short, snappy videos that are primarily funny and silly. When posting, find the least heavy information content from your company to advertise, and you may just be surprised at the outcome! There are many ways to promote on TikTok, ranging from expensive paid apps to free self-created ones! Anyone can advertise on TikTok, be it by themselves or with one of the inpaid ads supplied by TikTok. TikTok has a high user rate and a very high engagement rate; it would be foolish to miss the opportunity.

Any questions? We offer TikTok management. Get in touch today!

Our TikTok – @thesequenceagency

Create, Repurpose, Reuse!

Create, Repurpose, Reuse!

Here at The Sequence Agency, we have a motto; Create, Repurpose and Reuse. We are passionate about creating and reusing good content. Would you use a good pen just once? I think not! So why are you only using your content once?

Let us take you through our process…

Step 1

Create

Step one, produce, develop and create engaging and informative posts or videos.

This step is one of the most critical stages, creating a piece of solid content to hold its own when reproduced and reused. (Check out of 5 things to consider before creating a content blog to produce the best content!) Have fun with your content; if you’re having fun, your audience is having fun! Make sure you know your goal for the content piece, what you want people to take from it, who you are targeting, and always make it engaging!

And if you’re struggling with creating entertaining and educational content yourself, let us do the hard work whilst you focus on your business. We will create a piece designed specifically and unique to you.

Step 2

Repurpose

Next, take the content created and repurpose it. Adapt your content and make it unique, new, and different. For example, take small pieces from a video to produce smaller, snappier videos and still images to use on your social media. It doesn’t have to be just from one piece; this can be many pieces of content. Another example is repurposing a blog, just like this one! Take pieces, create posts or videos, make a carousel!

Have fun at this stage. Take your favourite edits and sections to create something new and exciting. Even include other videos, mix them up, become the DJ of marketing creations! Remix these edits. Make something even better than the original!

Step 3

Reuse

Finally comes the easy part, sharing your new content! Get your unique masterpieces out there! Share on all of your desired social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube, Tiktok, Twitter, all your social media. Great content speaks for itself.

Watch and see you’re social come to life. Don’t forget to respond to any comments and always deal with any negatives quickly.
Once posted, you can analyse and see which posts have done well. See what posts have the most engagement, most reach and comments. Remember these for the future and create pieces similar.

It’s the circle of creating!

Start using our process in your business for great cost-effective content on your social media. It’s an easy way to grow and develop your social media and thrive!

Create, recycle and reuse all your content. Work efficiently and achieve the most.

Our top apps for creating Social Media content!

Our top apps for creating Social Media content!

At The Sequence Agency we are constantly creating new and exciting social media content, but what apps do we rate and use ourselves?

Let us give you a rundown of a few of our favourite simple to use apps to use when creating social media content.

Starting with the app –

‘Canva’

Our first pick has to be Canva. It’s a free graphic design platform, and its many features allow even the most inexperienced beginner the ability to edit and create content. We have used Canva for many of our social media posts, it’s easy to use and has a wide range of templates. We also love that once we have created content, we can review and edit each other’s work.

Here’s what some of our team have to say:

“We love using Canva and feel it’s one of the best design content apps. We love that it is free to use, flexible and accessed without an adobe suite. It gives you plenty of creative freedom when making posts.”

‘Tiktok and Instagram’

We, of course, love Tiktok and Instagram! They are popular social media apps used for creating, posting and sharing content. Currently, you may be using these apps for browsing funny videos and following your favourite companies, but it is also an excellent tool for creating content! We love using these platforms for making fun and engaging videos. Tiktok is great for adding sounds to your videos and finding the trending sounds to increase engagement. Use these apps for creating and editing videos.

“TikTok opens up avenues for fun & engaging video content, that being promotional or informative. It allows every user a fair chance at becoming popular on the app, and you can follow along with different trends and use popular audio. Instagram has many options to promote and engage, such as general posts, stories, reels and live videos. We love adding the final touches on stories using GIFS, giving a more engaging presence. We also love adding music to some stories.”

‘Inshot’

Another favourite is Inshot. Inshot is a video and photo app that optimises your content ready to post onto social media. It is free to access on iPad or phone, with an option of a paid subscription for additional features. It’s easy to use and allows you to edit, add music, voiceovers, texts and emojis to your content. The app lets you pick a canvas size to work with, which is handy if you need to create TikTok content or Instagram reels content.

It is straightforward to use; once you download your content into the software, it is easy to cut and edit parts out and add any text or picture-in-picture edits. We prefer this over other apps as it is so straightforward to use, and you’re not paying for it like Premiere Pro or other editing apps. We think it’s a great addition to be used when creating!

“This app is great for video editing on your phone/iPad, it is free, and you can create a video no matter what social post you need it to go on!”

‘BIGVU’

BIGVU is also on our list. It’s a free app that allows you to read scripts, shoot videos and edit styles. It transforms photos, videos and tweets into stunning, professional video sequences to captivate your audience. It allows you to read scripts whilst enhancing your audio and lighting in the process! Download on your iPhone or android to have free script prompts.

“The feature we love most is the app that creates a teleprompter above any video to follow along with your script easily. No need to remember lines; the app takes your entered script and displays it at the top of the screen!”

‘Pro-create’

One that has to be on our list is Pro-create. Pro-create is a raster graphics editor app for digital painting. It is an artistic tool app that allows you to create one of a kind pieces with the feel of drawing on actual paper. It’s for the iPad, but its accessibility makes it stand out, as it is available on any device. In addition, the app has a one-off payment with no subscriptions or renewal fees.

A FREE alternative to Pro Create is Vectornate, it isn’t exactly the same, but close enough for you to get a similar feel!

“The sequence love to use this app, when using on the iPad, drawing directly onto the pad creates a real-life drawing feel. No restrictions as opposed to using a mouse and pad. Freestyle drawing to create unique and professional designs.”

‘Mojo’

Mojo is our next choice. It’s an excellent app for storytelling. Mojo offers a wide range of different templates to aid you in editing your stories, ready to engage and capture your audience on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat!

“Mojo is a great app for presenting your content into a video. You can set templates to add content and create an engaging story with smooth transitions and animated titles. We love that Mojo doesn’t have standardised content; it is unique. Use the app to create professional-looking content.”

‘GIPHY’

GIPHY app is a Gif maker tool. Use your images or image bursts to create eye-catching giffs to share. Gifs are a modern way to engage viewers. Above all, it’s important to know that humour is a great way to engage, and humorous gifs are very in trend at the moment, so start using some in your business!

“We believe that GIPHY is the best gif maker. People respond well to gifs; they are a modern way of engaging and exciting customers!”

‘iMovie’

iMovie is a video editing software application developed by Apple. With a streamlined design and intuitive Multi-Touch gestures, iMovie lets you create Hollywood-style trailers and beautiful movies like never before. Features include options to modify and enhance video colour settings, crop and rotate video clips, stabilise shaky videos, add video transitions, and change the speed of clips.

iMovie is great for editing longer videos; if you use YouTube, this can be an excellent tool for you. You can add your video into the programme and then cut and create whatever content you like. In addition, you can add title cards and other effects. It is similar to In-Shot, but for someone who has more experience with video editing.

“A great simple editing app, used on Apple. Simple, easy to make content! It does what it says on the tin. There are lots of YouTube tutorials on how to use iMovie, so if you’re willing to learn new software, we recommend it!”

Conclusion 

To sum up, we use many apps when creating all different types of content, and these are just a few of our favourites! It’s great to learn new apps and tools to help you to create those engaging and eye-catching posts for your social media!

Keep learning, keep creating, and you’re on the right track!

Why not try some of our favourites? Or let us know in the comments some of your favourite apps and websites!

5 things you should consider before creating social media content!

5 things you should consider before creating social media content!

Nowadays, businesses know that social media is a great way to engage and interact with customers. 

Social media is no longer an accessory; it’s a necessity for business owners. Millions of potential customers to reach, but hard to keep engaged.

Before you jump into posting content, take a moment to consider these points!

Videos

Videos get 2x engagement than photos

Studies have shown that humans have a short attention span; you need to find a way to engage your customers! Videos are a great way of doing this. Make them fun and enjoyable! Posts are great in moderation, but videos are taken better on social media.

Reels and stories are the best on Instagram. You can post short snappy videos on reels, drawing people to your profile. Stories are for keeping your current customers engaged and giving them further information.

Video sound

85% of Facebook videos are watched without sound. https://www.wyzowl.com/30-amazing-facts-about-video/

Did you know that a whopping 85% of videos are watched without any sound at all! Can you believe that?! For this reason, we need to think before we post. Can it be understood with no sound? Does it have captions? Does it need to be more clear?

Your main goal is to make clear, easy to understand posts for everyone. I should know what your message is and what you are promoting. 

Video length

Instagram users spend an average of 30 minutes on the app each day.

Knowing how long your potential customer spends on the app is valuable knowledge. We learn through research, that people scroll through quickly from post to post and what time of the day users are the most active. Your marketing strategy needs to take this into consideration.

Make your content short, snappy, eye-catching and engaging! Post at a busier time to have the chance of more engagement. Check into your analytics part of the Instagram app. Here you can discover which posts have had the most attention, the most likes and most views. Use this knowledge to your advantage, recreate the posts that have done well and learn from those that didn’t. What can you do better next time?

Standing out from the competition

95 million posts and videos are shared on Instagram each day.

You aren’t the only business looking to gain more followers and customers; there’s a wide competition. Your content needs to stand out amongst millions of others! Are you creating engaging and valuable content?

Keep an eye on your competitors, make sure you are creating unique and new content. Find out what they are doing that is working and create your version. You need to be different to stand out!

Target Audience

The largest share of Instagram users was the 25-34 age group https://www.socialfilms.co.uk

Do you know your target audience? Who do you want to promote towards? Who is your current audience? All of these things need to be considered before creating your content. Of course, you want to engage any potential customers, but your primary focus should be your target audience!

Targeting your specific audience allows you to market directly towards customers that are most likely to buy or use your service. Your target audience can be categorised by age, gender, location, interests, income, many different things.

Conclusion

Overall, we learn that our content should be eye-catching, engaging and informative. We know that videos are the best to post, but we need to make them easy to understand for everyone. You should promote towards your target audience, marketing directly to your potential customers. You should be looking at your competitors and learning from them while creating new and exciting content! 

By doing this, you have a greater chance of higher engagement, bringing potential customers to your profile.

Now get creating!

Which social media platforms should you use for your business?

Which social media platforms should you use for your business?

Nearly 8 out of 10  people in the UK have at least one social media account they use regularly.

This means having a presence on social media is no longer just ‘nice to have’ – it’s essential.

When you have a new business, you may be wondering which social media platforms to use. While it may be tempting to have an account on every channel, this can cause you to spread yourself too thin.

It’s better to choose one or two platforms and focus on them.

If you’re wondering which social media platform to use for your business, we’ve put together some guidance to help you pick.

1. Consider your target audience

Take a look at the target audience you want to appeal to. The demographics and interests of your primary marketing persona will help you decide which social media platform (or platform) to use.

For example, take TikTok. 47% of users are under 29, while only 11% of users are 50+. This means if your key demographic is retirees, it’s probably not the best choice.

Similarly, 71% of Pinterest users are female, meaning if your product or service appeals to men, you won’t get a lot of traction.

Target audience Social Media Platforms

2. Consider your product or service

What you are selling can play a significant part in which social media platform to use.

If you are selling clothes, makeup, or home accessories, using an image-led platform like Instagram or Pinterest will showcase your best products and boost your business. Plus, both of these platforms let your customers buy directly on the platform!

If you provide B2B services like recruitment or accounting, then LinkedIn has over 55 million registered businesses that you can introduce your company to.

3. Consider where you are selling to

If you are selling to international markets, this can critically impact the social media platforms you use.

For example, many social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram are banned in China. So if you want to grow your brand in China, you may have to consider a Chinese alternative like Weibo, Douyin or Renren.

Similarly, TikTok is banned in India and Pakistan. If you do a lot of business in either of these countries, TikTok may have to come off the table.

Map on keyboard, Social Media Platforms

4. Consider your own skillset

We have our preferred social media platforms. For example, some of us love spending time on Twitter but hate having to scroll through Facebook, and vice versa.

If you’re already on a social media platform, it makes sense to use it for your business. You know how to use it, you know who to follow, and it means you don’t have to spend time learning how to upload content to a brand new platform

Social Media Platforms

Need a little extra support with your social media? The Sequence can look after your social media platform of choice, posting unique images and catchy wording that will help boost your brand and bring you business.

Contact us today to find out more about our services.

How to utilise your TikTok profile…

How to utilise your TikTok profile…

As many of you probably witnessed, Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp went down Monday evening till late. This left a lot of social media users frustrated, as well as business owners who’s main streams of income is through Instagram or Facebook. 

Facebook owner, Mark Zuckerberg loses $7 Billion in the matter of hours! 

What we learnt during the black out…

Everyone who owns a business needs to look at other social media platforms to start promoting on and building an audience with, because if it were to happen again for just as long, you don’t know how much it is going to effect your business. 

The blackout Holy Trinity, Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp are all owned by the same company, hence why they were all down at the same time. Where as Twitter and TikTok were both up and thriving, with more users than ever visiting both of the social media platforms. Another site that was up was LinkedIn, crucial for businesses all over the world, if you haven’t already, start a LinkedIn page for your business as it is crucial in times like these. 

Start a LinkedIn for yourself or your business

LinkedIn is easy to use, it is essentially the Facebook of the business world, except the major blackout issue! Not only is it good in times like these but it offers so much more business opportunities across the globe. Make connections with fellow business owners or people that work in the sector you do. As well as meeting new people or connecting with old colleagues you can also find your next job on there, overall, it is a very useful social media platform to have.

Take a look at our LinkedIn here.

But hey, could you imagine this 20 years ago?

It is wild how much the average person relies on social media to keep them entertained, people were going nuts over on Twitter talking about this! It is important that we all take time away from our personal social media accounts every now and then to really embrace the real world, that we often forget about. On a different note from that, it is also insane how we can use social media as a tool to market online to customers, the new era of technology is amazing for business. 

Need help managing your social media platforms? 

Managing your social media profiles can be increasingly difficult, especially when thinking about what to create, what to post, then how to manage your community of followers.

We take care of all aspects of Social Media – whether it’s creating accounts from scratch or creating bespoke content. All the content we produce for clients is tailored and customised to you and your brand, in order to help you grow in the digital world.