BREAKING NEWS: Ambassador Programs Drive Results

STUDY SHOWS THAT MORE THAN 80% OF AMBASSADOR SALES ARE TO FIRST TIME BUYERS

MYTH: Ambassador programs cannibalize sales.

FACT: SocialLadder ambassadors sell 80%+ NEW sales for brand partners.

SocialLadder ran a study of two repeat festival partners — Lights All Night, an electronic festival in Dallas, and 515 Alive, a hip-hop festival in Des Moines. Two communities of different fans in different locations with the same results.

Of all sales made by SocialLadder ambassadors for these two festivals, an average of 83.5% were NEW sales, purchased by first-time buyers.

 

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A few tips for how your brand can find new buyers:

      1. Build a community of authentic ambassadors

Festivals are always a reunion with friends I consider family. They’ve changed my life and who I am. They’ve taught me the meaning of community!”  –Nikki Breslauer, April Ambassador of the Month

The fan journey is the most important part of the festival experience. When a fan opts into being an ambassador, you want them to feel like they are part of a community that they can relate to and feel special about. Ultimately, they are going to be helping your brand extend its reach to their friends, so make them feel like family. When ambassadors don’t feel like they are promoting alone, their overall experience is reported as being better.

      2. Convert Your Customers

The best ambassadors are people who have already purchased your product — especially early-bird or presale buyers. These are the folks who are already committed to attending your event or who have experienced your brand — which makes them your biggest fans and thus most likely to help you reach new fans (aka their friends & family).

SocialLadder is able to help brand marketers capitalize on this by automating emails to customers encouraging them to personally invite their friends to buy.

      3. Align marketing strategy with ambassador team tasks

63% of marketers interviewed in The Pulse Report: 2019 Industry Trends said that word-of-mouth was an effective strategy, and 49% said that social media — especially Facebook and Instagram — is an effective strategy to drive ticket sales. Aligning your marketing calendar with ambassador tasks is a great way to reduce your paid media spend and get ambassadors to help you spread the word — ultimately boosting your content to their personal following.

     4. Use rewards to motivate your ambassadors

What’s more hype than an exclusive afterparty or VIP tickets to your favorite festival? Using fan experiences like artist passes, free tickets and exclusive merchandise are great ways to boost fan engagement and to say “thank you” to ambassadors for their hard work. Make it easy for fans to promote your brand by providing them with sample social media posts, email messages, images, logos, event descriptions, event hashtags, and any other brand assets that will make it as easy as possible for them to spread the word, and in return earn points to unlock priceless experiences.

     5. Track results

In addition to making it easier for marketing directors to track ambassador activities, SocialLadder’s integration with e-commerce platforms like Shopify and Eventbrite enbles brand marketers to track the overall effectiveness of programs and view data to see which sales are new sales. Understanding what your customers enjoy and how they engage their friends is an important part of the marketer’s journey and an even more important factor in building a long-lasting relationship with your customers.

Track Your Community’s Instagram Engagement Metrics & Expand Your Social Media Reach

Introducing our new Instagram Engagement Feature!

We just rolled out a tool that will change the way you track your Instagram metrics. Our new report allows organizers to track the “Likes” & “Comments” of each post an ambassador makes on Instagram.

This feature is perfect for brands who need to track their influencers’ post reach or event promoters who want to know the engagement their ambassadors received on their latest show announcement.

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You can track your ambassadors’ Instagram engagement across your SocialLadder program and use that data to better understand your community’s interests and behaviors. With 3 simple clicks, organizers can export a report that pulls their users’ Likes, Comments, Engagement Rate, & Followers for Instagram.

This information will help you connect with your current advocates, as well as strategize to fully expand the reach of your brand on Instagram and beyond.

Are you ready to grow your Instagram and track your community’s engagement? Reach out to your SocialLadder rep today to get started.

Request a demo here.

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Ambassador Spotlight: Zack Palmer!

Welcome back to our Ambassador Spotlight series! We’re featuring the top ambassadors of various programs from all around the SocialLadder ambassador network to give our ambassadors a chance to tell everyone about their memories, interests and passions – all of the things that fuel awesome communities and experiences!

New Spotlight Ambassadors are selected each month. Be sure to keep up with the top tier of ambassadors and you could be featured next!

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This month’s Spotlight Ambassador is Zack Palmer!

Zack was the top-ranking ambassador for April’s awesome Asteria Arts & Music Festival. We got the chance to catch up with Zack just after the festival ended and heard some of his thoughts on his experience as a top-ranking ambassador!


Tell us about yourself!

My name is Zack Palmer and I’m born and raised in Orlando, Florida. I’ve always loved music, the outdoors, socializing and bringing people together for a good time! Being a part of Asteria allowed me to involve all of these things in one special place, a place for us to escape and connect in ways we all desire, yet sometimes may have difficulties finding time to do so.

What has been your best festival experience?

My best festival experience has changed in just the last week! As a DJ/Producer, one of the things many would look forward to is their first festival performance. With that being said, Asteria Arts & Music Festival 2018 was mine. Not only did I enjoy every second of my time up on stage as a performer, but the reactions and responses to my set had me in tears more times than I can count & still counting after waking up to more content and feedback in regards to everyone’s experience during the festival and how many individuals had the times of their lives.  It makes my heart beat faster and the emotions come rushing through all over again. Asteria 2018 takes the cake!


What is the best part of being an ambassador?

I started promoting events before I really got into performing and the best part of it for me has always been the ability to connect with individuals prior to the event, which allows you to have a decent general idea of some of the friendly faces you will encounter during the event you’re promoting. I love connecting with new friends at these events and this will always be a great way for me to do so! Also as an artist, the ability to promote events and anything you’re a part of will always be beneficial in the sense that when you have the opportunity to take the stage, there’s a good chance you may have answered a question or two about the event to those in the crowd and when they see you’re not only showing up to play your music and take off, it definitely resonates with some and let’s them know you’re just like them, someone there to enjoy the music and have a great time.


What are some tips you have for people starting up and want to sell more tickets?

Interaction, interaction, interaction! Definitely make a point to connect with and reach out to potential guests, and even guests who are already sold on the event! Be available, be happy to share information, don’t leave people hanging when they need something answered or direction on anything in regards to the event you’re involved in. Also, knowing your market and who to promote to within social media groups, friend groups and the local scene in general is always beneficial to an ambassador.

Thanks, Zack! Any closing thoughts?

As mentioned earlier, I am an artist myself and love every aspect of the scene from throwing and promoting events to performing at events and just being in the crowd for some. I live for this and that isn’t going to change! If you’d like to check out my artist page you can visit my Facebook, my Instagram, or my Soundcloud.

How To: Sell Out Your Conference!

 

How do you sell out a conference? Your strategies might differ from those employed by other types of events. In this post, SocialLadder will provide you with some tips and tricks for conference promotion that will have you on your way to selling out your event!

  • Start Early: Everything should start early: planning, organizing, and promoting. If you have your marketing materials in place ahead of time, you can start offering early bird tickets; it gets people thinking and talking about your event, and also gives the event-goers who already know that they would like to attend the chance to get purchasing tickets off of their to-do list.

  • Offer Cheap Ticket Options: Conferences tend to fall on the more expensive side, so promoting discounted or cheap tickets is a good way to call attention to the event and get tickets sold. As mentioned above, early bird tickets are a great way to get interested parties to your event who would otherwise not be able to afford it; you might also offer discounted tickets for a single day of your event, or even just the keynote timeslot. Consider running an ambassador program to give interested attendees a chance to earn free tickets in return for promoting your event and selling tickets!

  • Have A Ticket Giveaway Contest:  Along the same lines as offering cheap tickets, you can use a ticket giveaway contest as an opportunity to promote the conference. Whereas other types of events might run a lottery here, conferences might consider running a fun or challenging competition aligned with the theme of the conference.

  • Don’t Neglect Social Media: Social media is a powerful tool when it comes to promotion, but many conferences do only the bare minimum. It’s not enough these days to simply have a Facebook page and a corresponding event; a good game plan puts your brand on platforms like Instagram and LinkedIn as well, with content going out year-round and ramping up in advance of your event.

  • Use Your Panelists: Your event has a built-in word-of-mouth promotion team, whether you’re using it or not. Your panelists and presenters should be reaching out to their entire network to get their fans,  friends and family to see them speak. Consider using a brand ambassador solution like SocialLadder to catalyze this natural process and organize it into a true sales machine!

  • The Fear Of Missing Out: FOMO is quite real, and moreso in 2018 than ever! Exclusivity and necessity are the name of the game here. Can you offer your attendees the feeling that they’ve got the inside edge from attending your conference? Make sure that your event is well-photographed and recorded; a good “afterglow” being spread around on social media is key to fomenting some FOMO around your next event!

 

Of course, the backbone of your event will be your presentations, panels, and activities, but solid promotional strategy is the key to growth. Selling out is an ambitious goal – but if you’re just entering the live event arena, you should be shooting for the stars anyway! Good luck!

Click here to read more about the benefits of having an ambassador program!

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Behind the Peer-to-Peer Marketing Revolution

 

The personal recommendation of a friend – whether it be for an event, service, or product – has a strong persuasive effect. Unlike company advertisements, the close connections we have with people who are part of our personal lives prime us to view the information as coming from a reliable source. This is the idea behind peer-to-peer marketing, and the operative principle of its success.

In this age of technology, the market landscape where businesses employed methods reliant on passive consumerism is undergoing a change. The digital age is decentralizing the one-way top-down relationship that businesses had with consumers, and power is rapidly shifting towards the hands of consumers. The result of this is a peer-to-peer marketing revolution.

According to Nielsen, people are 4x more likely to make a purchase when referred by a friend.

Through social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, businesses can actively engage and interact with their consumers. People can comment, like and share their opinions with other people who are interested in a product or service they have tried. An increasing number of people rely on customer reviews of businesses, products, services and events to guide their purchasing decisions.

Engaging with key influencers, consumers and fans makes customers feel valued and respected as individuals [Marketingland]. When customers feels like they are valued, this fosters long-term trust and loyalty which is the foundation for long-term relationship with your customers.

 

 

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Tinuke​ ​Akintayo​ is an intern at SocialLadder. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology at Swarthmore College as part of the class of 2018. During her free time, she enjoys dancing, listening to music and drawing

Automated Challenges: The New Addition to SocialLadder!

SocialLadder unveiled its newest platform change in July of 2017: Automated social media challenges! The goal of this new capability is to maximize efficiency for both clients and their ambassadors by automatically creating challenges when an event organizer designates a post on social media with a specific hashtag. This helps boost the amount of impressions for all posts created by the organizer, which in turn increases ticket sales for a brand’s event.

 

SocialLadder’s client-base is expected to increase with the release of their new Eventbrite extension, which you can read all about here. With the prospect of so many new clients, SocialLadder needed to find a more efficient way for their ambassador programs to run with as minimal manual input as possible.

 

Automated challenges helped address this issue by taking all posts with a hashtag on an event’s page and and creating challenges for them. With the single press of a button, event organizers can accept and publish a new challenge. From Facebook engagements such as likes and comments to image and link share posts, the automated challenge system has produced similar engagement to manual challenges while drastically improving time efficiency.

 

The new automated system ensures a high level of accuracy for our event organizers, since it is programmed to perform a task over and over again with no room for human error. This feature also allows event organizers to produce more challenges in a shorter amount of time. With the time saved from automated challenges, organizers can redirect their attention towards customer needs and focus on activities geared towards generating more revenue.

 

With the vision of eventually becoming a self-service product, SocialLadder strives to make their product as intuitive as possible for all of their clients. Investing in their automated equipment, therefore, is a valuable resource for brands looking to spread awareness for their event, get more impressions on certain social media posts, and increase ticket sales and profitability.

 

 

Mirayda

 

Mirayda Martínez is an intern at SocialLadder. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Computer Science at Swarthmore College, as part of the class of 2020, and is a member of the the Swarthmore Track & Field team. She loves going to parks and petting any and all kinds of dogs, as well as rock climbing.

6 Tips for a Successful Brand Ambassador Campaign

Congratulations! You’ve got brand ambassadors. Now what? It is important to create a unique experience for your ambassadors. Here are six tips for running a successful brand ambassador campaign.

 

  1. Set goals for your brand ambassadors – this will help focus the ambassadors on what you want them to achieve. Are you trying to increase social media reach? Increase sales? Recruit new consumers? That’s up to you to figure out, but is an essential starting point that will dictate the entire campaign.
  2. Market your brand ambassador program – this is necessary to build your ambassador community. Post on active social media platforms and send emails to fans to alert your followers of the opportunity to join the team. This is free advertising, so it can’t hurt!
  3. Help your ambassadors feel involved in the community – the more an ambassador feels involved in the brand, the harder they will work to sell tickets. Offering ambassadors exclusive items such as limited edition merchandise, ambassador exclusive raffles, or an alternative festival entry point will get them excited to sell tickets!
  4. Post early and often – if you are working with a company like SocialLadder, who incentivises ambassadors to promote live events on social media, providing plenty of interesting material for ambassadors to repost, like, and comment on is a crucial aspect of a successful brand ambassador campaign. It works synergistically with the recommendation of the ambassador in terms of delivering enticing content to the consumer.
  5. Interact with your ambassadors on social media – search for hashtags, like comments on FB posts, and retweet your ambassadors! Having an official music festival account like your post is pretty flattering. A little recognition can go a long way! Maybe even try following your top ambassadors on Instagram. Fostering a digital sense of community is part of what makes brand ambassador campaigns such effective marketing tools.
  6. Offer creative rewards – there’s no better way to motivate ticket sales than to offer some awesome rewards! Of course, free GA tickets and VIP upgrades are important, but get creative as well by offering weekend getaways or a case of beer delivered to the venue.

 

In short, the key is to create an exclusive experience for your brand ambassadors. This can be achieved in many ways, and without high costs. The more fun your ambassadors have, the more engaged and effective they will be in promoting the event.

 

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Andrew

 

Andrew Kaufmann is an Intern at SocialLadder. He currently attends Swarthmore College, as a member of the class of 2018, and is also a part of the Swarthmore College Men’s Basketball team. In his free time, he enjoys taking black and white and action shot photos for the college’s athletic department.

Micro-influencers: the New Celebrity Endorsements?

Influencer marketing operates by incentivizing key individuals to promote a product. These individuals are usually famous celebrities who are being compensated generously for posting on Instagram or Twitter.  Because of this, consumers often filter out and ignore what they perceive as disingenuous endorsements blasted to millions of followers. Micro-influencers can break this negative trend by generating engaging, honest recommendations and advertisements to a specific group of loyal followers.

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