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Six Social Media Principles from StickerGiant

StickerGiant Social Media Channels

StickerGiant currently has six social media principles we like to follow for our social marketing efforts.



StickerGiant starts with six principles for social media outreach. We go in depth and define each one below, but here there are for your reference: Avoid Censorship , Product/Service Education, Tagging, Sharing Original Content, Engagement, and Promote Your Presence. We try to abide by these whenever possible, and we open ourselves to be adaptable, since social media is always evolving.

Avoid Censorship


StickerGiant Facebook comments no censorship

StickerGiant Facebook comments no censorship



Disabling or censoring public posting is a choice that some brands make to prevent spammy posting, or avoid having to respond to customer complaints publicly on Facebook or Twitter etc. Here at StickerGiant, we’ve chosen to constantly monitor social media because we’ve found that some of our best customer engagement comes from public posts from customers. Click here to see an example of a Facebook post from an event where our CEO spoke that featured some feedback from other customers and business owners.

Sure, there are times when a customer may come off as upset or irritated, but we often find that with a little authentic interaction, we can redirect their concerns to a better venue (i.e. “Email our StickerFairy Hailey”).

A brands willingness to talk back and forth with customers with professionalism and tact is a great way to build trust with fans. You’d be surprised how often prospects check your page to see how you handle complaints.

If you decide that disabling public posting to your Facebook page is for you, be aware that this move looks like censorship and does not go over well with social media influencers. It also keeps a brand from having the unique ability to listen to fans and make adjustments according to their constructive criticism.


Product & Service Education


StickerGiant Adobe Illustrator Tutorial

StickerGiant Adobe Illustrator Tutorial



Social media is a great way to push original content to subscribers that informs your audience and educates them about your product and service offerings in bite-size pieces. Stickers may sound simple to many, but when you start talking size, product type, colors, design files, etc., it quickly gets complicated for our customers. That’s why we love to write and curate content that specifically aims to help our customers along the way. Tutorial blog posts and How To videos make for ideal customer service.

If your page is heavy with internally driven media like company lunches and after hours events, it would be great to see more content that identifies more accurately with your customer profile. Internal posts are good now and again because they help your customers humanize your brand, but too much of it comes off as exclusive and self-focused.

Tagging


StickerGiant Facebook Customer Tag

StickerGiant Facebook Customer Tag



Tagging on social media is a great way to gain engagement from the brands you work with. It calls their attention to the fact that you are giving them credit or love on social media, and expands the possibility that your content will be shared with more consumers.

When a brand sees that they have been tagged or referenced by you, they often feel excited and compelled to share your content--exponentially expanding your network reach.

Showcasing case studies and blogs that explain how your services are working for existing clients is a great way showcase customer love. Your clients will love you for the exposure, but your fans will love you because it helps them know, like, and trust you.

Sharing Original Content


StickerGiant YouTube screen grab

Producing original content is incredibly important when it comes to maintaining authority, voice consistency, and brand recognition. Sharing news stories and content from other sources is great, but be sure to tag important references so that they recognize that you are giving them credit. The screengrab above is from an aerial video we shot with a quadcopter hovering over our warehouses and offices. Just because we wanted to, and just because it’s fun, viral content.

It’s best to maintain an 80/20 rule when curating posts so that 80% of the time you are posting content that comes directly from your content creators at the company (blog posts, images, mashups/memes, video, etc), and 20% of posts reference content about your industry from related field experts/brands.

Engagement


StickerGiant Facebook Engagement Numbers

StickerGiant Facebook Engagement Numbers



There are many ways to promote “engagement” on social media, but one of the best ways is to respond to fans when they comment on posts, post to your wall, retweet your content, tag you, etc. Do you have to respond to every single interaction? No. Be sure to pick and choose your own standards.

But don’t forget that fans especially love it when your response is slightly more personal and authentic in it’s voice. Humor also plays a magical role when it comes to nurturing/creating raving fans.

Promote Your Presence


StickerGiant Facebook Sound Cloud Promo

StickerGiant Facebook Sound Cloud Promo



Don’t forget to remind your fans/subscribers that you are on Facebook and other social media outlets whenever possible. We’ve even run an email campaign directly targeted at softly soliciting “Likes”. The best likes are from existing customers who already understand your brand and service offerings, so be sure to remind them to find you where they feel most comfortable.

Buying Likes is a tactic that some companies like to take, but we prefer to build a network one authentic Like at a time. If we feel like we have a great interaction with a client via email, we’ll even ask if we can personally connect on Facebook or whether they’ve checked us out on Facebook for other tips and tricks.

Generating Likes is the same thing as gaining subscribers, and since Facebook hosts the largest active global audience on the web, it’s an important place to direct fans to connect.

Do You Put Stickers on Your Car?

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Car Sticker Lover Vs. Car Sticker Hater?


StickerGiant has been in the sticker manufacturing business for a long time, which seems to make us more interested in where sticker enthusiasts place their product.  We've recently noticed a high number of collectors in the area driving around in cars plastered with more than your average amount of bumper stickers and thought it might be interesting to weigh in on this phenomena.

Though many of us are sticker lovers, not everyone agrees about the appropriate places to adhere stickers, especially those who have ever toiled with the painstaking process of removing them.  On the other hand, sticker removal is something that the makers of Goo Gone probably appreciate.

This week a self proclaimed anti-sticker advocate explained to us that bumper stickers are not only a pain to remove, they also lower resale value on vehicles. This person made a fair argument, so we set out to see if we could find solutions to this problem and to seek an opinion from the public.

We know that some people do not appreciate when car owners place stickers on their vehicles, while others see it as personality defining. Where do you fall on the sticker loving scale? Have you found solutions that enable you to live in both worlds?

Comment below and let us know why you are a Car Sticker Lover or a Car Sticker Hater:

Below find a sweet video we found from @Drawthebase on How to Remove Car Decals:

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: How to Crop an Image in AI CS6



Want to trim your drawing to the exact dimensions of the art board in Adobe Illustrator? Here's a quick step-by-step ...

  1. Start with an image that overlaps the edge of the art board.

  2. Use the Rectangle Tool to create a cropping path that is the same size as the art board.

  3. Center the cropping path on the art board and send it in front of all the other objects on the art board. (Object > Arrange > Bring to Front)

  4. Using the Selection Tool, drag a selection around the art board and and cropping path.

  5. On the Pathfinder palette, click on the Crop icon.


Your image will be cropped to the art board.

Crop 'til you drop!

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: How to Change the Default Fill and Outline Color in AI CS6



While some folks are perfectly happy with Adobe Illustrator's "factory" default settings, a custom default fill and stroke can help to increase your productivity (and ease your creative flow).

The default fill/outline in Adobe Illustrator is a white fill with a black stroke.

To change the default fill and outline swatches:

  1. Change the stroke and fill to the desired colors. (In this example, we will use a one hundred percent cyan fill with no stroke.)

  2. Next, open the Graphic Styles palette and click the New Graphic Style icon to create a new style from the current stroke and fill.

  3. Hold the Option key and drag the new graphic style swatch over the first swatch in the Graphic Styles palette.


Now, when you hit the D key, the default colors will be the newly selected colors.

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Setting Text Around A Circle in AI CS6



Whether you're orbiting the Earth, or circling a soccer ball, setting text around a round path is one of the most common tasks in sticker design. While Adobe Illustrator makes this a snap, the procedure can be a little daunting if you’ve never done it before.

With that in mind, here’s a cool little step-by-step tutorial that demonstrates the basics ...

  1. To put text around a circle in Adobe Illustrator, start by creating a circle shape or a round image.

  2. Center the circle on the art board, using the Align tools.

  3. Create a path for the type by selecting the circle and clicking Object > Path > Offset Path.

  4. Select the Type on a Path tool from the Type tool flyout menu.

  5. Add some type along the path.

  6. Drag a guide from the Rulers to help align the text.

  7. Drag the text path handles to the points where the guide meets the circle.

  8. Center the text, using the Align Center command.


Voilà! You now have text set around a circle.

This sticker we recently printed for the Arkansas Canoe Club is a great example of circular text:

Arkansas Canoe Club