Celebrating 6 years in business

12.05.16
It seems crazy to write this: Collab Media is celebrating its 6-year anniversary.

They do say time flies when you’re having fun!

Right at the beginning of our story, imagine a 19-year-old undergraduate completing her final dissertation and thinking about what direction her life was going to go once she’d graduated from university. Flash forward 6 years and we’re here!

How it started: In 2016, our founder Ellie Rees set up Collab Media after a number of local businesses approached her for social media support following on from her recent success as a social influencer and blogger. The goal from the beginning was to support businesses within the North East through digital marketing. As social media developed, we saw a demand to help businesses with their digital marketing not only locally, nationally but also internationally and have been fortunate to work with businesses across the globe with their social media.

While our services grew and developed into branding and social media training & workshops, the core of our business has always reminded the same and that is social media marketing, which will always stay at the forefront of our brand.

How we celebrated our birthday: At Collab Media, we take celebrating birthdays very seriously. Cards, songs, cakes, decorations, the whole shebang. It’s a huge part of our culture and we wouldn’t change it for the world. Celebrating 6 years of business wasn’t going to get left in the shadows. We also spent the day reflecting on our achievements as a company. Some of these highlights include:

🔘Our Founded was shortlisted for an ‘Inspiring Others’ Tees Businesswomen award 2019.
🔘Ellie was also a Finalist at the Digital Women awards 2021.
🔘Collab Media runs an undergraduate module at Teesside University covering Social Media
🔘Moved into our first office which has since been expanded.
🔘Ellie became a proud trustee for Sprouts Community Food Charity.
🔘The company was recognised for exceptional work during covid by Entrepreneurs’Forum.
🔘We’ve had stands & guest spoke at several Expos across the North East.
🔘Raised £6000 for food banks in Teesside.
🔘Spoke in several schools and colleges discussing social media and online bullying.
🔘Hosted 16 successful women in business networking events and grown Women in Collaboration.

 

Our Growth: 2020 was undoubtedly the most challenging year for us as a business, we lost 70% of our customer base overnight as our core customers at the time were within hospitality. We were fortunate enough to have vast experience within other sectors, so we quickly recovered and were able to adapt client’s marketing strategies to suit the current climate.

2020 although challenging at times, it was also the most rewarding. Most businesses were adapting to working from home, yet we’d made the big step to move into our first office space and leave remove working behind.

The present future:  Our journey doesn’t stop there! 2022 has been a fantastic year so far; we completed our office expansion, with plans for the future to further expand so we can make space for more Collab team members.

Our team range from content creator, social media marketing specialist, and communications manager, we’re also connected to videographers, photographers, social media influencers, web developers, copywriters & PR specialists – we can reach out and bring in exactly the skills and talents our clients may need.

Here’s to Many More Years of Collab Media:
As always, we are so excited for the future of our company. We love helping our current clients grow and can’t wait to build new relationships with more hard-working business owners. Thank you for having helped us become what we are today. We hope we’ll be up to your expectations for another 6 years!

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Collab Media X This is Union Collaboration


We are thrilled to announce we are collaborating with the fantastic web design agency ‘This is Union’ enabling Collab Media to expand the digital offering to our current & future customers.

In the past couple of weeks, we have been working intensely on a long-term strategic partnership with ‘This is Union’. This collaboration is designed to grow both company’s ability to deliver better products & services to our clients.

This Is Union is an award-winning Worcester based agency with a reputation for; delivering cutting edge creative, wow-factor websites.

At the core of this partnership is the importance of collaboration; both businesses’ culture is based around working together, innovation and ensuring the best for our clients. The collaboration consists of Collab Media offering social media training to This Is Union clients & them offering web design services to our clients.

As digital marketing is ever-expanding, we wanted to partner with an experienced and established website design agency that could seamlessly help our clients experience, creating an almost one-stop shop for digital services. Upon meeting Scott & Emma, we all immediately realised that our values aligned, and a strategic partnership would be a great option for all involved.

Emma Jenkins, Strategy Director, and Co-Founder has said about the partnership:

 “We firmly believe that helping our clients understand the process and the latest nuances of how Digital Marketing can grow their business is vital to how Agency/ Client service should operate. Offering this training now through Ellie and her team will give us that edge we’ve been looking for”.

This Is Union Services:

  • Competitor Analysis
  • Online Strategy
  • Website Design
  • Web Development
  • Copywriting & Content
  • Maintenance Services
  • Website Hosting

Ellie Rees, Director of Collab Media has said about this relationship:
Over the years we have worked extremely hard on growing our brand to become a thriving digital agency. Our partnership with This Is Union is an exciting opportunity that will help strengthen our offering. We look forward to being able to offer website design to future clients and recognise the importance of having a consistent social media strategy and complimenting website.

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Social Media Management for Restaurants, Hotels and Bars

Did you know that 88% of people are influenced by reviews and online comments, therefore, the importance of having a digital marketing strategy is vital to the success of businesses in the hospitality industry! It is essential that venues engage with their customers via social media to help increase their brand awareness, portray their brand in the best possible light, and reach their target market. The conversations are going on whether the venue is part of them or not. The ultimate goal? Customers through the door.If done correctly, social media management can turn your accounts into the go-to-place. For a fraction of the cost and hassle it would take to do in-house, Collab Media not only builds awareness around your venue but gets customers in the door and spending money.

  • Attract New Customers. Keep your social accounts alive with new, exciting content that establishes you as a brand that people want to share and talk about!
  •  Keep Them Coming Back. Continue to engage with your customers long after their first visit, and turn them into regulars, along with their friends and colleagues. Creating a snowball effect, and an avalanche of new business.
  •  Outshine the Competition. Restaurants that fully capitalise on social media can build lasting relationships with their customers and establish themselves as a staple of the local community.

If you want all of the above, the Complete Collaboration package is for you: £250 Per Month.

Our in-house team of creatives, which includes photographer, graphic designers, content writer and communications manager; all work together closely with the business to produce appealing social media content that gets measurable results which will make your business stand out over competitors.
• Catch the attention of your ideal customers, and in more significant numbers.
• Loaded with pictures and other content that gets people talking.
• Help your brand shine and stand out from the competition.Here at Collab Media, we have the latest industry tools which allow us to schedule across all platforms, we also have the knowledge and expertise to know when the peak times are to post, which social media platforms are most appropriate for which businesses and what type of content increases a Facebook page’s reach.
We also make a collaborative effort to make sure every member of staff understands your businesses values, target audience and product or service. By having a firm grasp of what you do, who you want to talk to and how you want your business to come across to the online world, your social media output will run smoothly.
Once you have those new followers and likes, you need to keep them there. Posting relevant and engaging content is the answer. You want your social media platforms to be the first place people think of when they want to find information as they plan to go out for a meal, drink or a place to stay for the weekend.

We’ve worked with a number of Bar and Restaurants in the North East such as The Dickens, Katch Northallerton, The Woodman’s Arms and many more and we are currently looking expand our customer base in the hospitality industry. To enquire, please email us at enquiries@collabmedia.co.uk or call 07792008894 or head over to our pricing or services page to find out more.

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Facebook Update – January 2018 #CloserTogether and What it means for Businesses


On 11th January, Facebook and more specifically Mark Zuckerberg released a statement announcing their plans for 2018.

One of our big focus areas for 2018 is making sure the time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent.We built…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, January 11, 2018

Over the next few months, Facebook will be making updates to ranking so people have more opportunities to interact with the people they care about.

Facebook’s mission for users to have a deeper, more meaningful interactions with people they care about. The facebook feed uses a process called ranking, this determines what areas of your feed and in what order, based on what they think you’d be interested from the algorithm information they’ve collected.

A like, comment or share is one sign that a post matters to a user, this mean the post you are likely to interest with generally gets a higher ranking score.

Mark Zuckerberg states that ‘You’ll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media. And the public content you see more will be held to the same standard — it should encourage meaningful interactions between people.’

The new Facebook newsfeed update means that person to person interaction will be more valuable than person to page. Connections to people in your network will get a bigger boost, meaning you’ll be seeing their content more often.

Over time Facebook believes that people will see more posts from people they are connected to and less content from publishers (pages). They also believe that people overall people will spend less time on facebook but their goal is that the time people do spend on the platform will be improved.

So what does this means for Facebook Business Pages / Publishers?

Pages may see their reach, video watch time and referral traffic decrease. The impact will vary from Page to Page, driven by factors including the type of content they produce and how people interact with it. Pages making posts that people generally don’t react to or comment on could see the biggest decreases in distribution. Pages whose posts prompt conversations between friends will see less of an effect.

How to avoid a decrease in reach?

Page posts that generate conversation between people will show higher in News Feed. For example, live videos often lead to discussion among viewers on Facebook – in fact, live videos on average get six times as many interactions as regular videos. Local businesses connect with their communities by posting relevant updates and creating events.


How to beat the Facebook Algorithm?

– Use compelling headlines
– Avoid overly promotional content
– Try new things (live video)
– Long video content, directly uploaded to facebook
– Use facebooks publishing tools (audience optimisation)
– Authentic communication – genuine stories)
– Link posts
– Refer to trending topics (timely posts are ranked better)
complete your user profile.

What the Facebook algorithm dislikes:

– Clickbait
– Like baiting
– Post that includes spamming links
– Repeated posts
– Text only updates
– Frequently hidden posts
– Posts that ask for comments, likes or shares
– Overly promoted content

Facebook considers baiting sort of content to be less meaningful and they are going to demote these sorts of posts in the News Feed. Examples of engagement baiting are:
– Vote baiting
– React baiting
– Share baiting
– Tag baiting
– Comment baiting

Conclusion

Publishers and brands are the losers.

Don’t panic & stop using your Facebook page, keep an eye on your Facebook engagement over the next few months to see if you notice a difference in your reach if so you need to rethink and re-evaluate your social media strategy. – Get in touch with Collab Media and we can assist with this.

Don’t fully invest all your social media time on Facebook, remember there are other social media platforms out there, cross-promote and use a variety of marketing tools for each one.

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Instagram Algorithm – Importance for businesses

When is the best time to post on Instagram?

When is the best time to post on Instagram?

In a recent poll, 50% of social media managers said that evenings from 7-9pm was the best time to post on Instagram. But because every account has a different audience, in different time zones, each business will have a unique best time to post on Instagram.

Instagram helps with identifying these peak times for business accounts on the platforms by having an insights section. This gives the user inside knowledge on their followers and activity on their account. From peak times, gender, top locations of the customer, the total number of impressions they are getting and even age range of the customers. This is essential information for business to find out more about their demographic. In this post, we’ll show you how to find the best time to post on Instagram for your account, so you can beat the Instagram algorithm.

The way you see posts on Instagram changed at the end of 2016, it completely changed the Instagram game! Instagram announced that they would be replacing the chronological feed with an algorithm that gives priority to posts with higher engagement, which means the more likes and comments your post receives, the more people will see your post! Therefore it’s as important as ever that the content you’re putting out is going to appeal to your customer base otherwise, your posts aren’t going to be seen as regularly by your followers.

If you’re able to generate a lot of engagement on your Instagram posts shortly after posting, this signals to Instagram that your post is quality, engaging content and your post will move to the top of your followers feeds and be shown to more users. There are a handful of ways to increase Instagram engagement, but one of the best ways is to post when your Instagram audience is most active.

The basics of it are that higher engagement leads to more visibility, which leads to higher engagement, which leads to more visibility… and it all starts with when you post on Instagram. Therefore it’s crucial to a business to post at peak times to get higher activity on your content.

When is the Best Time to Post on Instagram?

So now that you understand why posting when your audience is most active is important, it’s time to talk about the best time to post on Instagram. Here are some general rules about posting to Instagram in 2017:

– Post more during off-work hours than during the day. Generally, the best times to post on Instagram are lunch time (11am-1pm) and evenings (7-9pm). Think about it: when do you find yourself checking Instagram the most? Probably not during the work day, even though that may be when you want to post!

– Weekends can be hit-or-miss depending on your audience. B2C (business to customers) companies will likely see better results when posting on weekends than B2B (Business to Business) companies since many businesses only operate during the week.

– Save the important posts for weekdays. The differences are slight, but average Instagram engagement does shift depending on the day.

– Avoid 3 pm, but don’t be afraid to experiment. Weekdays between 3 and 4 pm typically drives the lowest engagement, likely because most users are busy at work at that time.

If you want more tips on how to get the most out of your social media platforms you might be interested in our ‘Action Plan’ which is a guide on how to get the most out of your social media for just £30 it covers Instagram, facebook & twitter.

Get in touch today – enquiries@collabmedia.co.uk

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