Social media expert focuses on marketing techniques - GulfToday

Social media expert focuses on marketing techniques


Reed Khulusi poses for a photograph.

Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

With a Chinese video-sharing social networking service becoming one of the most downloaded apps in the world, marketers across fields are well on their way into exploring the potential of the platform for their brands. With more than 800 million active users of this platform globally, the service is certainly the new frontier for marketers to conquer.

This was the focus of a social media session held on the ‘Sharjah Reads’ virtual platform as part of the ongoing Sharjah International Book Fair 2020. Led by content creator and social media expert Reed Khulusi, the session shed light on marketing techniques.


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Khulusi revealed that the service's audience, consisting primarily of Generation Z users, was very clued in and trend based. So, the content should consider trending news. “It is very easy to get caught on the wrong foot,” she said. “The storytelling has to be relevant or be trend-based. Otherwise, it will just leave your audience cold.”

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TikTok’s users love taking up a challenge and making and uploading videos accordingly.

The expert recommended creator collaboration, using macro or micro influencers. “However, make sure they are aligned with the brand message,” she advised. “It will only work if the influencer is the sort of person who would typically use the product or service.”

Her third piece of advice was to use the vertical product shoot format. "Make sure your content is oriented to the vertical format and not horizontal, as most content is shot.”

Creating hashtag challenges can help you gain traction on the platform, said Khulusi. “TikTok’s users love taking up a challenge and making and uploading videos accordingly. Brands can leverage this to their benefit.”

The emphasis is on user-generated content: “It is less like advertising and depends more on user-generated content to support the brand in some way,” concluded Khulusi.

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