How to Use Quick-Passing Trends To Your Advantage


How to Use Quick-Passing Trends To Your Advantage

As any other person in the world who frequently visits sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube, I have noticed that a lot of people tend to pick up on quick-passing trends.

I’m talking of course about things like Confused Travolta Meme, The Ice Bucket Challenge, The Harlem Shake, internet quizzes,  glitter hair roots, etc.

Although these trends are known to hit the internet by storm, the question that we, content marketers, tend to ask ourselves is: “Are they actually worth the hustle?”

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Well, it all depends on how you approach them and what you want to achieve.

Confused?

Don’t be.

Let me break it down for you.

As I already mentioned once on this blog, every 60 seconds, 510 comments are posted on Facebook, 293,000 statuses are updated, and 136,000 photos are uploaded.

Pretty scary numbers, huh?

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These digits indicate a lot of things, but above everything else that Social Media sites generate A LOT of traffic.

When I say A LOT, I’m talking about millions and millions of hits per minute.

Considering the volume of content that gets posted on these web addresses every 60 seconds, it’s quite logical to think that you should jump on that HUGE digital wave while it’s still up? – Well, that’s not easy. If you have any interest in standing out from the crowd in such a saturated space, you need to create something truly exceptional. 

For example, to produce an interesting The Harlem Shake video that has even the slightest chance of going viral and initially standing out from tons and tons of other videos, one must invest a certain amount of brainpower, creativity, time, and even money.

This is where the problems start.

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Since its rise to stardom, content marketing has experienced a lot of turbulence. Quality written texts don’t really cut it these days. It’s all about adapting to new technologies, adding format diversity to your content marketing mix, and your ability to connect with an audience across multiple mediums.

Although piggybacking on projects and ideas that have a solid potential to double your investment has always been an essential part of almost every marketing strategy, today we cannot afford to just jump on to every wagon that passes our way.

No, we need to ignore the hype, choose our battles, and approach quick-passing trends from a highly precise and analytical angle.

It’s difficult sometimes to ride the crest of the initial wave of a trend, but that is an enviable position in which we find ourselves very often.

There are ways to take advantage of short-term trends beyond selling tee-shirts and launching trendy websites.

In order to make these short-living trends work for you, one must consider the following things:

Don’t Just Chase Clicks and Likes, Follow Up On Trends That Could Actually Improve Your Branding


Although corporate brands try to take advantage of quick-passing trends all the time, there’s only a small number of companies that actually succeed in making a certain fab work for them on a higher level.


A lot of brands get a few hundred likes from a certain fab and think that they’ve done great while completely ignoring the fact that they actually failed to make any new sales.

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In order for a quick-passing trend to bring some real benefits to you and your brand, you need to think outside of the box and actually figure out how to monetize a certain hot topic.

If you don’t create any new conversions, you’re basically wasting your time.

The food industry is great at cashing in on quick-passing trends.

Wherever you turn now, all you can read is “gluten-free” and “organic” recipes.

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People are obsessed with fitness these days, so it’s quite understandable why we see a growing trend of food companies jumping on the bandwagon on to remove harmful ingredients from articles.

But, how does this concern me? I’m a blogger, not a food distributor or a restaurant owner. Where do I cash in here?

Knowing that the theme is eating healthy, as a small time player who writes content for a living, you should ask yourself: “What are the emerging fads that may be profitable that you can get ahead of and build up your site as an authority?

Look For The Right Kind Of Traffic

Anyone who knows anything about SEO, knows that it takes a week before Google ranks your page. This is not great news for those who plan to capitalize on quick-passing trends.

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Even if Confused Travolta Meme ends up in the top 10, it could be too late for you. Your site won’t get any traffic because people will lose interest in that specific topic.

However, if you’re generating traffic via social media, you can jump on a trend much sooner, depending on what it is.

In this case, if you’re actually jumping on that whole flash trend wave – it would be a lot better to seek value from it on a platform where information travels fast.

Over the years, I have seen a lot of brands use these quick-passing trends to gain a lot of new social following. Naturally, you have to play it smart here. If you just participate, the chances are – you won’t get you very far.

Write About Them As Case Studies

As I already said on this blog, although these trends are known to generate some significant attention, once the tide settles – they quickly fade into oblivion.

Their lifespan is extremely short.

That’s why most content marketing experts try to avoid them and focus solely on producing evergreen content that will never stop bringing in new leads to their website.

However, there’s a way on how you could ride the fab wave, and still create content that stands the test of time. All you have to do is approach it from a different angle.

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Mentioning trends and how they may impact your niche could help you as a content manager get more exposure and clicks on your website.

Being able to discuss particular trends, put them in lists, make all sorts of videos, blog posts, infographics and podcasts – all these things could actually help you rank higher on Google than if you actually made, for an example, a Harlem Shake video.

By being conversant and knowledgeable about the latest trends shows your audience (and subscribers) that you are an active, engaged, and concerned about the current state of affairs.

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Thank you for reading this blog posts. I hope it helped you see how you could easily get a lot of exposure from quick-passing trends. If you have anything to ask or add on this subject, feel free to write your thoughts and questions in the comments section below, and I’ll do everything in my power to reply as soon as possible.

That’s it for now,
See you soon again,
Goran @ AltusHost B.V.

Do You Have a Crash Plan for Your Website?

If you use your website primarily for lead generation, it won’t hurt you too much if it goes down for a couple of hours or for a whole day. However, if your business transactions deeply rely on your website, even a couple of hours of downtime could cause severe damages to your business in terms of money, time, number of customers and not to mention the resources needed to get the site back up and running.

Having a crash plan for your site is very important if you plan on running a successful business, and this is why we are addressing this matter today.

Consider these strategies in order to prevent disastrous crashes that could severely damage your business.

Backups

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One of the essential steps towards ensuring your e-commerce’s safety is performing daily backups of all the systems included in your site. However, part of your data will always be located on the external servers of your hosting provider.

All web hosting providers say that they backup your site, but you have to test them.

How do you do this? Simply upload a certain file to your website and delete it a couple of minutes after. After you have done this, ask your host to go and retrieve that file.

If your provider doesn’t get the file back in less than thirty minutes, then that service is not any good.

Nevertheless, even if your host is on time, you should backup your entire site by yourself. Consider using some free software such as FileZilla in order to copy all the relevant files and data to your internal systems via the control panel of your site.

Monitoring and Logging

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I can’t stress this enough – you simply can’t leave everything to the web hosting provider if your website is used for generating revenue. As I’ve said before, it is important to keep a certain level of backup control on your own.

Another way you can achieve this is to make and run a manual log in which you will write what changes have been made to your site, when they were made and who made them.

All of these things will greatly increase the restoration speed of your website in case of a catastrophe. One other thing that you should put into work is a website monitoring service. This service will send an email to notify you if your website is currently down. The email is sent to the location you previously designated. There is a huge variety of website monitoring services, so learn more about them in order to choose the one that suits you the most.

Hosting

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Many hosting services claim they have 100 % uptime, but, in reality, there is no such thing, and many hosts like to sugar coat their service.

This is why it is important to choose a reliable and trustworthy service. If your current service is complicated for cooperation, get rid of that firm. It’s much better to have a hosting company that listens and is responsive, rather than one that is cheap but has a low quality service.

The next thing to consider is the level of service your business really needs. If you choose shared hosting, your site will be located on a computer with many other sites.

Although this option is cheap, you can’t really use it for customer or order data, as security is very low. For this type of website, you will need to get VPS (virtual private server) hosting. This is a dedicated server that is private and it is secured on a physical server via visualization technology. The most advanced hosting method is a dedicated physical server, which can handle high end sites that have huge daily traffic. Before choosing any of these, you should do even more research about the different types of hosting out there.

One last thing before we wrap up – if your website is subject to an outage, stay calm. The first thing you should do is call your hosting provider and see what’s happening. As soon as you are able, inform your customers about the problem you are experiencing and let them know when things will get back to normal. It is very important to communicate with your clients in order to reduce the damage.

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