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Content Marketing, Strategy

Given Sunday’s disappointing announcement from Dan Andrews about the extended lockdown for Melburnians, your community is craving digital interaction and entertainment more than ever!

 

Use this time to engage and amuse your audience by creating content that they can relate to and enjoy.

 

To help you get started, here are 27 different content ideas you can implement, starting today.

 

8 September 2020 – International Literacy Day  

Blog idea: X must-read books about (topic)

Community engagement idea: Ask your homeowners to post a photo of their favourite book and write why they love it (and tag your handle!) to your social media page.

Competition idea: Host a competition where members of your Facebook community write a poem or short story and post it to your page. At the end of the day, pick a winner and offer a prize.

 

9 September 2020 – Teddy Bear Day  

Blog idea: DIY backyard teddy bear picnic set-up / X best local parks to enjoy a teddy bear picnic

Event idea: Host a virtual teddy bear picnic on Zoom that your community can tune into. During the picnic you can read books and play songs for the kids to listen to. This is an excellent activity at any point of the month – your invitation could be sent on Teddy Bear Day for a date later in the month!

Community engagement idea: Ask your social media community to post a photo of their childhood teddy, or their children’s current favourite teddy, and a short caption about why it matters to them. Make sure you ask them tag your social handle in the caption!

 

10 September 2020 – R U OK? Day

Blog idea: X ways to show your friends and family you care

Communication idea: Show your community and staff members that you care about their mental health and well-being by asking them the simple question – are you okay? Make a social post, send out an email or text, give someone a call. It doesn’t matter how you do it – even the smallest gesture can have a big impact.

Spotify idea: Compile a playlist of uplifting and positive songs to share with your community, and bring a smile to their faces.

 

10 September 2020 – Swap Ideas Day  

Blog idea: Partner up with another brand or individual (such as an interior designer) and share ideas about a relevant topic in a casual interview setting. Top and tail the transcript with an intro and outro to make an interesting read for your customers. You could also film or record this interview and create a compelling video or podcast episode.

Social media idea 1: Use this day to shout out a word of appreciation to other brands or individuals who you have collaborated and shared ideas with.

Social media idea 2: Use your Instagram stories to host an idea sharing session. Ask your followers to send through ideas or suggestions for the community, and respond to them in a short stories video.

 

13 September 2020 – Positive Thinking Day  

Blog idea: X positive affirmations to tell yourself every day

Video idea: Get your sales team to record themselves saying their favourite positive quote, mantra or affirmation using their smart phone. Compile the clips into one montage and share to your socials.

Community engagement idea: Ask your social media community to post their favourite positive quote, mantra or affirmation and tag your brand. Or, host an Instagram stories session where your followers send you their favourite positive sayings and you read them aloud in a video – be sure to give a shout out to each person whose submission you read!

 

16 September 2020 – Working Parents Day  

Blog idea: X confessions of a working parent in iso

Community engagement idea: Ask the working parents in your community to post a video of a funny ‘truth’ or ‘confession’ about being a working parent in iso to your socials (and tag your handle!). You can add incentive by offering a prize for the funniest video.

Social media idea: Post something motivating to your social media today, to acknowledge the hard work of the working parents in your community – especially those working from home with kids!

 

20 September 2020 – National Women’s Friendship Day 

Blog idea: X ways to show your friend you care

Community engagement idea: Encourage your female followers to have a virtual date (or in-person if restrictions allow) with their close female friends and post photos of their catch up, tagging your brand.

Spotify idea: At least one week prior, ask your followers to send through their favourite songs about girl power and friendship. Compile the suggested songs into a Spotify playlist and share with your social media community.

 

21 September 2020 – World Gratitude Day  

Social media idea: Post an inspirational quote or thought to your social media today that encourages your followers identify the things they’re thankful for.

Video idea: Ask your sales team to use their smartphones to video themselves saying something they’re grateful for. Compile the clips into one video and post to social.
Community engagement idea:
Ask your community to post about what they’re grateful for in their home or their estate (in a caption or in a video) and tag your brand. Or, host an Instagram stories session where your followers send you the things they’re grateful for and you read them aloud in a video – be sure to give a shout out to each person whose submission you read!

 

22 September 2020 – Hobbit Day

Blog idea: X inspirational quotes from The Hobbit or X important lessons in The Hobbit

Competition idea: Throughout the day, post a range of quotes from The Hobbit to social media. The first person to guess who says the quote correctly wins a prize chosen by you!

Quiz idea: Host a virtual quiz on Zoom. Participants must write down their answers and email or direct message you afterwards with their answers. The person who gets the most questions right wins a prize chosen by you.

 

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Content Marketing, Strategy

What is it?

Instagram’s newest feature, reels, allows users record, edit, and share 15-second multi-clip videos with audio, effects and new, in-app creative tools.

 

How property businesses can use reels

Since videos are such an effective content type, incorporating reels into your Instagram strategy can enhance your social media activity, offering a new way to entertain and educate your community. Some ways you can use reels to engage your audience include:

 

  • Display home walk-throughs

  • Working from home clips

  • Showcase amenities within the community

  • Client testimonials

  • Fun meet and greets with sales representatives and important figures in your community

  • Development and community updates

  • Behind-the-scenes footage from events

  • Ask homeowners to showcase their home in their Reels and tag your brand

 

Also consider how you can repurpose and reimagine your current assets. If you’ve got a suite of videos you’ve been using for social posts and stories, why not use these existing assets to create new reels? Or, if you currently post 5 Instagram stories a week, why not try posting 3 stories and 2 reels each week?

 

If you’re still unsure if using reels is right for your property business and need some advice, this blog might help you decide.

 

How to create your reels

Reels can be recorded one at a time, simultaneously, or through video uploads from a phone’s gallery. Users have the option to save the reel as a draft, change its cover image, add a caption and hashtags, and tag friends. 

 

Reels can be found at the bottom of Instagram camera. There are available tools on the left side of the screen to create the reel, including:

 

  • Audio: Search for a song from the Instagram music library. You can also use your own original audio by simply recording a reel with it.

  • AR Effects: Select one of the many effects in the effect gallery, created both by Instagram and creators all over the world, to record multiple clips with different effects. 

  • Timer and Countdown: Set the timer to record any of your clips hands-free.

  • Align: Line up objects from your previous clip before recording your next to help create seamless transitions.

  • Speed: Speed up or slow down part of the video or audio you selected.

 

How to share your Reels

If you have a Public Account, you can share your reel to a dedicated space in Explore, where it has the chance to be seen and discovered by the wider Instagram community. You can also share your reel with your followers by posting it to your Feed. When you share reels featuring certain songs, hashtags, or effects, your reel may also appear on dedicated pages when someone clicks on that song, hashtag, or effect. 

 

Instagram Reels vs TikTok

Reels can be likened to Instagram’s very own version of TikTok. Only time will tell if TikTok will meet the same fate as Snapchat when Instagram copied its iconic Stories features. 

 

For more information on using TikTok in property, check out our Marketing Clinic Webinar: Engaging with Millennial Platforms.

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Content Marketing, Strategy

It’s safe to say that Instagram has social media users reeling to jump on board with their newest feature! (See what we did there?)

 

Reels enables Instagram users to record, edit, and share 15-second multi-clip videos. Integrated within the Instagram app, this feature allows users to customise videos with in-app creative tools to add audio and effects.

While it’s no secret that the Property Republic loves an engaging video and a multi-platform social media plan, we’re also big believers in developing effective strategies.

And so with the emergence of a new, creative and visual means for property businesses to engage with their audience on Instagram, we think it’s important to highlight to key things:

 

  1. If you can effectively integrate reels into your existing Instagram strategy, do it. Property Republic has worked with a range of developers and builders who consider video an important part of their social media activity, and have access to the resources and experts required to successfully integrate new video trends into their existing strategy. If you’re currently dominating video content and looking for fresh ways to engage, then adding reels into the mix is a great idea. You have nothing to lose by enhancing your current Instagram activity and entertaining your community by harnessing this new feature.

  1. If reels doesn’t fit into your existing Instagram strategy, don’t include it for the sake of it. When establishing your content and social media strategy it’s generally a good idea to pick one or two channels and master them first before expanding your online presence. Perhaps you’re still finding the rhythm of your social media schedule, or maybe you’re questioning if Instagram is a relevant platform for your audience. If integrating reels into your strategy won’t help you reach your social media marketing goals, then don’t feel obliged to use it. Reels might be something you explore later down the track, or something your team agrees isn’t aligned with your brand and its objectives. Don’t feel like you need to jump on the reels bandwagon just because everyone else is.

 

If you’d like to learn more about how Reels works and how you can use it for your property business, read our blog.

 

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Content Marketing, Strategy

August – the final month of the Australian winter, where mornings get crisper and days become longer. For Melburnian property marketers in 2020, August is a month of uncertainty as COVID restrictions toughen and market conditions remain challenging.

 

Because it’s more essential than ever that you’re engaging with your community online, we’ve got some fun and creative content ideas to help you drive engagement this August:

 

International Cat Day – August 8th

Today’s the purr-fect day to celebrate our furry friends and purr-ecious WFH pals. If you’re feline creative, here are some claw-some ways you can engage with your audience today:

 

Blog idea: Write a blog with tips on how homeowners can ‘cat-proof’ their new home so their pristine carpets, architraves and curtains can remain scratch-free.

Community idea: Engage your community by asking them to post a photo of their feline family members to socials and tag your brand’s handle in the caption. You could also add incentive by turning this initiative into a competition and offer a prize for the best post.

Brand idea: Ask your cat parent workmates to share photos or short videos of their purr-fect pet as they work from home. Share these images with your community to add personality to your brand’s online presence.

 

Book Lovers Day – August 9th

A day to curl up with your favourite read.

 

Blog idea: Write a blog about must-read books for your customers. It could be about interior design, garden maintenance, mindfulness, finance for FHB or a whole range of topics. People love listicles, so don’t be afraid to curate a list of useful books with the appropriate hyperlinks!

Spotify idea: In the days before Book Lovers Day, ask your social media community to share their favourite mindful music – tunes that can be played in the background while studying or reading. Add these songs to a Spotify playlist and share it with your community.

Community idea: Ask your community to share a photo their favourite book (audio, digital or hardback), with a caption that explains why to your Facebook page. Turn this activity into a competition by picking a winner and offering a prize worthy of a bookworm.

 

Left Handers Day – August 13th

A day to celebrate the uniqueness and differences of left handers.

 

Infographic ideas: X fun facts about left handers.

Brand idea: share photos of your left-handed team mates on your socials. It’s always nice to publicly acknowledge your team members for their uniqueness! It’ll also add personality to your brand.

Blog idea: X hacks for left handers.

 

Cupcake Day – August 17th

A day to sit back, relax and cake it easy.

 

Blog idea: X easy cupcake recipes.

Video idea: Film a video where you make a cupcake recipe in your display home’s kitchen. Throughout the video, also highlight the key features of the display home’s kitchen – the island bench that features plenty of space to prepare, the soft-close drawers to store your utensils, the butler’s pantry to wash up when you have guests, the high-quality appliances. This video idea not only provides a fun, entertaining video for your followers, it also showcases the beauty of the display home. Just make sure the kitchen is thoroughly cleaned when you’re finished!

Competition idea: Ask the cupcake lovers in your Facebook community to bake their favourite cupcake recipe and post a photo of it, tagging your brand. Choose the best or most creative as the winner, and offer a prize fit for a cupcake queen (or king!).

 

Senior Citizens Day – August 21st

A day to honour and respect our elders.

 

Spotify idea: In the days/weeks leading up to Senior Citizens Day, ask your community to share their favourite songs from 50s, 60s and 70s. Compile these songs into a Spotify playlist and share it on your social channels.

Video or live webinar idea: To encourage wellness and movement within the older generations of your community, ask a local fitness instructor to film a low impact class that’s suitable for seniors. It could be streamed live, or pre-recorded and shared across your socials.

Blog idea: X funny baby boomer phrases.

 

International Dog Day – August 26th

A day to celebrate man’s fur-nomenal best friend.

 

Video idea: DIY dog treats – film a video where you make a dog treat recipe in your display home’s kitchen. Throughout the video, also highlight the key features of the kitchen.

Infographic idea: X health benefits of having a pet dog.

Community idea: Engage your community by asking them to post a photo of their canine family members to socials and tag your brand’s handle in the caption. You could also add incentive by turning this initiative into a competition and offer a prize for the best post.

 

We hope you’re filled with a ton of inspiration to make August a fun, innovative and captivating month for content!

 

If you’d like discover how Property Republic can help you deliver consistently valuable content, get in touch. We have a range of content marketing offers available to help you enhance your content marketing activities without breaking the budget.

 

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Content Marketing, Strategy

July is an important month in our calendar. It marks the start of a new financial year and also marks that we’re halfway through the calendar year, making it a great time to pause, reflect and adjust our strategies for the upcoming months. It also plunges Melbourne into a frosty midwinter, meaning it’s officially time to bring out the umbrellas, padded jackets and lay that extra blanket on the bed.

 

This financial year, creating engaging content for your audience will be incredibly important. Developing consistent content will ensure you entertain, inspire, educate and inform your audience who are online more than ever before, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Here’s how you can harness July’s days of note to create compelling content:

 

International Joke Day – July 1st

A day to encourage laughter as we hit the halfway point of the year.

 

Blog idea: X hilarious jokes to share with your family

Video idea: Use your iPhone to film your sales team telling their favourite jokes and post to your social channels

Competition idea: ask your Facebook community to either write or record themselves telling their favourite joke and tag your brand. Pick your favourite and the winner receives a prize chosen by you.

Infographic idea: X reasons why laughing is the best medicine

 

International Kissing Day – July 6th

A day to celebrate this simple but powerful gesture.

 

Blog idea: X interesting facts on how different cultures see the kiss

Social media idea: Encourage your social media community to send a ‘virtual kiss’ to someone they love but can’t see in person due to isolation or distance.

Spotify idea: Prior to July 6th, create a Spotify playlist featuring songs with the word ‘kiss’. Ask your community to nominate the songs they’d like featured on the playlist by posting to your Facebook page. Launch the playlist on International Kissing Day so your community can listen to it!

Competition idea: ask your Facebook community to get creative and write a poem or rhyme featuring the word ‘kiss’. The next day, choose your favourite poem and the winner received a prize chosen by you.

 

World Chocolate Day – July 7th

A day to indulge in everybody’s favourite sweet treat!

 

Blog idea: X easy chocolate recipes

Video idea: if you’re a builder, use one of your display homes or if you’re a developer, ask a builder partner if you can use one of their displays, to film a video where you make a chocolate dessert in the home’s kitchen. It can be a no-bake recipe if you don’t want to use the appliances, or any recipe that seems appropriate to you. Throughout the video, also highlight the key features of the display home’s kitchen – the island bench that features plenty of space to prepare, the soft-close drawers to store your utensils, the butler’s pantry to wash up when you have guests, the high-quality appliances. This video idea not only provides a fun, entertaining video for your followers, it also showcases the beauty of the display home. Just make sure the kitchen is thoroughly cleaned when you’re finished!

Infographic idea: X things you didn’t know about chocolate

Competition idea: Ask the chocaholics in your Facebook community to bake their favourite chocolate recipe and post a photo of it, tagging your brand. Choose the best, most creative or most decadent looking dessert as the winner, and offer a prize fit for a chocolate-lover. It could be a hamper filled with chocolatey treats, or a gift voucher for Haigh’s or the Lindt store.

 

World Emoji Day – July 17th

A day to appreciate the power of the humble emoticon.

 

Video idea: Use your iPhone to video your sales team talking about their favourite emoji and why.

Competition idea: Throughout the day, schedule a few posts whose captions are made up entirely of emojis. For each post, the first person to guess the sentence correctly is the winner! It’s up to you how many posts you schedule throughout the day, and what prize you give to winners. Make sure you let your community know about the competition a few days before it takes place to encourage participation.

Social media community idea: challenge your community to communicate using emojis as much as possible for the whole day!

Event idea: Host a community screening of the Emoji Movie. It’s up to you how and where you choose to screen it, but if COVID restrictions apply in your state, please abide by the rules. You may need to have a registration process so that only the first 20 or 50 people to register can attend, and ensure seats are spread appropriately for social distancing and sanitised before and after the screening.

 

National Cousins Day – July 24th and National Aunt and Uncle Day – July 26th

A day to celebrate your family connections near and far.

 

Blog idea: X local parks to visit with your family.

Social media community idea: encourage your social media community to share their favourite photos with their cousins on National Cousins Day and their Aunts and Uncles on National Aunt and Uncle Day, and write a caption explaining what they love about them.

Video idea: X easy DIY card designs to give to your cousin/Aunt/Uncle.

 

International Friendship Day – July 30th

A day to appreciate the amazing, supportive, caring friends in your life.

 

Social media community idea: encourage your social media community to share their favourite photos with their best friend and write a caption that explains what they love about them.

Video idea: X DIY gift ideas for your BFF

Competition idea: ask your community to write a short poem about what friendship means to them and tag your brand and the friend(s) it’s about. Choose a winner and give them a prize of your choice.

Spotify idea: create a Friendship Day playlist a week in advance and ask your social media community to nominate their favourite songs about friendship. Launch the playlist on the day so your community can listen!

 

National Avocado Day – July 31st

A day to celebrate every Melburnian’s favourite over-priced breakfast food – the avo!

 

Blog idea: X health benefits of avocado

Video idea: X easy, delicious avocado recipes

Competition idea: Ask the avo-holics in your Facebook community to make their favourite avocado recipe and post a photo of it, tagging your brand. Choose the best, most creative or most delicious looking dish as the winner, and offer a prize fit for an avo-lover.

Community idea: Buy a box of avocados and give one to each person who visits your display home or sales suite on National Avocado Day. This small, cute and unique gesture will definitely make your brand memorable!

 

Harry Potter’s Birthday – July 31st

A day to celebrate the world’s most famous wizard!

 

Blog idea: Top X films to watch in your home theatre

Video idea: DIY Harry Potter costume

Event idea: Host a community screening of Harry Potter. It’s up to you how and where you choose to screen it, but if COVID restrictions apply in your state, please abide by the rules. You may need to have a registration process so that only the first 20 or 50 people to register can attend, and ensure seats are spread appropriately for social distancing and sanitised before and after the screening.

OR

Host a community-wide Harry Potter quiz. You can do this virtually over Zoom, or host it at a community hub, of course ensuring that social distancing and hygiene regulations are strictly followed.

Competition idea: Throughout the day, schedule a few posts whose captions are quotes from a Harry Potter book or film. For each post, the first person to guess the character that says the quote is the winner! It’s up to you how many posts you schedule throughout the day, and what prize you give to winners. Make sure you let your community know about the competition a few days before it takes place to encourage participation.

 

We hope you’re filled with a tonne of inspiration to make July a fun, creative and compelling month for content!

 

If you’d like discover how Property Republic can help you deliver consistently valuable content, get in touch.

 

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Content Marketing, Strategy

You’ve created some highly engaging videos for your brand – but where should you post them? There are two popular video platforms you can utilise when it comes to sharing your content – YouTube and Vimeo – and it’s important that you’re able to identify if one, both or neither are suitable for your brand and the quality and style of your property videos.

 

Both YouTube and Vimeo require higher quality videos for a more immersive cinema experience and while they offer similar functions, there are also underlying key differences. Let’s take a look at these platforms more closely to help you decide if they’re the right fit for your video content.

 

A bit about each platform…

 

YouTube

 

One of the most popular video sharing platforms, YouTube is also the second largest search engine, next to Google. It’s where users can watch, like, share, comment on, and even upload their own videos. Some of the most notable features of YouTube include:

 

  • Allows creators to earn money through showing advertisements on their videos

  • Anyone can join the site for free, although they do offer premium subscriptions to viewers

  • Video creators can join the platform’s partnership program when they have over 10,000 views

 

Vimeo

 

Created in 2004, Vimeo has become one of the most popular video-hosting sites in the past decade. Just like YouTube, this site offers users a place to upload, share and view high-quality videos.

 

  • Creators can make money by selling their video content to Vimeo on Demand

  • Users can join the site for free to enjoy basic features

  • Uploaders can choose among several subscription plans

  • No advertisements

 

Important comparisons

 

Upload Limit

 

YouTube allows users to upload an unlimited number of videos. However, their uploads are limited to 15 minutes per video for default accounts. In order to upload longer videos, you’ll need a verified account. For verified users, the maximum upload size is 128GB or 12 hours.

 

Vimeo has a range of plans that users can choose from to suit their needs, with each plan offering different abilities and limitations. Each plan has a specific storage capacity, with the limit ranging from 25GB to 5TB of storage each year.

 

Audience Reach

 

If you want to post to a platform with superior audience reach, YouTube is the place. To date, there are 2 billion active monthly YouTube users, compared to Vimeo’s 240 million.

 

Vimeo holds the distinction of being a community-driven platform. This means that while you won’t get the same traffic to your videos as on YouTube, you’re more likely to get loyal viewers who are genuinely interested and invested in your content.

 

Video Quality

 

YouTube gives freedom to users to upload anything they want, which means that videos of all qualities can be uploaded. Because of YouTube’s huge reach, even if you produced a video of exceptional quality, it could get lost in the clutter of less professional and lower-quality videos.

 

For more tips on how you can successfully engage and convert your audiences with video content, download our guide.

 

If you want to take a deep dive into Vimeo, read our blog.

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Content Marketing, Strategy, Workshops

On Friday 28th February, the Property Republic team hosted our first ever event – The Ultimate Content Planning Workshop.   The day’s activities intended to educate attendees on the many ways an effective content marketing strategy can benefit their brand and enhance their customer experience. It also encouraged participants to generate ideas on the many ways they can create, curate, repurpose and organise content.   The ultimate goal of our workshop was to help participants generate enough content to populate their calendars for an entire year – a task that

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Content Marketing
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Content Marketing, Strategy
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Content Marketing, Strategy
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