In recent times, social media has proven to be a powerful promotional tool for pushing companies. With the rise in prominence and use of social networking in the subsequent decade, advertising on these networks has become a necessary part of company advertising. You must improve your social media advertising operations by implementing well-thought-out methods aimed at improving interaction, exposure, and, ultimately, turning your fans into regular clients. Below are the best strategies to promote your business on social media that will help you in generating more leads, reach a wider audience, and gain engagement on social media
Identify your Brand’s Promotional Targets
You might be leveraging social networking sites to improve consumer support or boost profits effectively. Regardless of your motivations, be certain they’re well-defined. You can’t simply initiate sharing media on social networking platforms and expect it to be interesting. Before doing anything further, you must first determine your advertising objectives. You would not launch a podcast or press commercial before explicitly identifying an objective, and you should do the exact same with your social marketing approach. It will be a lot better for you to generate material to upload after you have decided on the aim of your social network marketing.
Build a Website
Your brand’s website is the initial line of interaction for established and potential consumers. Although if they discover you on social networking sites or through the Internet, they will wish to visit your webpage, which works as a 24/7 advertisement for your company. Irrespective of how old-fashioned your company or clientele are, they all require a webpage. To gain engagement on social media, you’ll need to buy domain name, a sophisticated appearance and experience, and the capacity to extend and add functionality as required. Anytime you provide useful content on social media, make sure it links back to its original location on your webpage. A strong company website explains the narrative of your company, everything you sell, how to reach you, and represents the character of your company.
Schedule your Content and Plan Ahead
You can try creating a marketing or social networking schedule to organize your postings beforehand to enhance your social media activities. You may use a planner to research, create, and revise your pieces, as well as monitor the content once it goes online, for all your multiple platforms. You may build your plan monthly or a couple of fortnights at a time, according to your routine. Furthermore, scheduling ahead of time can help you keep organized and allow you time to consider your social media networking advertising approach.
Know you Core Demographic
The more you comprehend your intended industry’s audience, the more effectively you can contact them using social media. You must have similar social media platforms as your core demographic if you want to achieve your objectives. Likewise, if you want to use creator advertising, be careful that the influencers you hire have a demographic that is relevant to your customer base. If you approach a youthful population, you’ll have a wider reach on Snapchat and Instagram. Furthermore, if your company is targeting consumers between 25 and 34, you should know that they account for approximately 29 percent of Facebook consumers and are the most popular age group.
Use Newsletters and Mail Signatures
Include a follower portion to your email where you include a picture from the audience for a wider reach and more immediate procedure to gain engagement on social media. You might add the social media icons at the bottom of your newsletters if you’re putting them out on a constant schedule. Embeds are supported by majority of the newsletter offerings. If yours does not seem to, a photograph uploading with a hyperlink to your profile would suffice. It serves as a gentle massage to the receivers that you are available if they require it. Whenever your organization sends emails to prospective selling customers regularly, include hyperlinks in the email signature. This is yet another marketing possibility that should be taken advantage of to the fullest extent possible.
Social media advertising is budget-friendly and provides businesses with immediate access to billions of engaged consumers. In this sense, social media has evolved to be among the highly successful methods for digital business promotion. Nevertheless, now that every company is familiar with it, the media platform’s rivalry has grown fierce. Implement the aforementioned ideas and promotional strategies while keeping in consideration the dynamics of your consumer base to gain engagement on social media and a wider reach. If you think you can increase your social standing by making adjustments, don’t be scared to do so. To achieve a competitive edge, you’ll need to take advantage of the current patterns and tactics, as well as market your brand through social media innovatively and continuously.
U.S. companies are barreling towards a $1.8 trillion corporate debt
US firms are barreling towards a giant wall of corporate debt that’s about to mature over the next few years, Goldman Sachs strategists said in a note.
There’s $1.8 trillion of corporate debt maturing over the next two years, Goldman Sachs estimated. Firms could be slammed with higher debt servicing costs as interest rates stay elevated. That could eat into corporate revenue and weigh on the US job market.
The investment bank estimated that $790 billion of corporate debt was set to mature in 2024, followed by $1.07 trillion of debt maturing in 2025. That amounts to $1.8 trillion of debt reaching maturity within the next two years, in addition to another $230 billion that will reach maturity by the end of this year, Goldman strategists said.
The wave of debt that will need to be refinanced could spell trouble for companies, as interest rates have been raised aggressively by the Fed over the last year. The Fed funds rate is now targeted between 5.25%-5.5%, the highest range since 2001.
For every extra dollar spent to service their debt, firms will likely pull back on capital expenditures spending by 10 cents and labor spending by 20 cents, the strategists estimated, a reduction that could weigh down the job market by 5,000 payrolls a month in 2024 and 10,000 payrolls a month in 2025.
Experts have warned of trouble for US corporations as credit conditions tighten. Already, the tally of corporate debt defaults in 2023 has surpassed the total number of defaults recorded last year. As much of $1 trillion in corporate debt could be at risk for default if the US faces a full-blown recession, Bank of America warned, though strategists at the bank no longer see a downturn as likely in 2023.
Russian response to sanctions: billions in dollar terms are stuck in Russia
“Tens of billions in dollar terms are stuck in Russia,” the chief executive of one large company domiciled in a country told ‘The Financial Times’. “And there is no way to get them out.”
Western companies that have continued to operate in Russia since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine have generated billions of dollars in profits, but the Kremlin has blocked them from accessing the cash in an effort to turn the screw on “unfriendly” nations.
Groups from such countries accounted for $18 billion (€16.8 billion) of the $20 billion in Russian profits that overseas companies reported for 2022 alone, and $199 billion of their $217 billion in Russian gross revenue.
Many foreign businesses have been trying to sell their Russian subsidiaries but any deal requires Moscow’s approval and is subject to steep price discounts. In recent days British American Tobacco and Swedish truck maker Volvo have announced agreements to transfer their assets in the country to local owners.
Local earnings of companies from BP to Citigroup have been locked in Russia since the imposition last year of a dividend payout ban on businesses from “unfriendly” countries including the US, UK and all EU members. While such transactions can be approved under exceptional circumstances, few withdrawal permits have been issued.
US groups Philip Morris and PepsiCo earned $775 million and $718 million, respectively. Swedish truck maker Scania’s $621 million Russian profit in 2022 made it the top earner among companies that have since withdrawn from the country. Philip Morris declined to comment. PepsiCo and Scania did not respond to requests for comment.
Among companies of “unfriendly” origin that remain active in Russia, Austrian bank Raiffeisen reported the biggest 2022 earnings in the country at $2 billion, according to the KSE data.
US-based businesses generated the largest total profit of $4.9 billion, the KSE numbers show, followed by German, Austrian and Swiss companies with $2.4 billion, $1.9 billion and $1 billion, respectively.
‘The Financial Times’ reported last month that European companies had reported writedowns and losses worth at least €100 billion from their operations in Russia since last year’s full-scale invasion.
German energy group Wintershall, which this year recorded a €7 billion non-cash impairment after the Kremlin expropriated its Russian business, has “about €2 billion in working interest cash… locked in due to dividend restrictions”, investors were told on a conference.
“The vast majority of the cash that was generated within our Russian joint ventures since 2022 has dissipated,” Wintershall said last month, adding that no dividends had been paid from Russia for 2022.
Russian officials are yet to outline “a clear strategy for dealing with frozen assets”, said Aleksandra Prokopenko, a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Centre. “However, considering the strong desire of foreign entities to regain their dividends, they are likely to explore using them as leverage – for example to urge western authorities to unfreeze Russian assets.”
Transforming Africa’s Transport and Energy Sectors in landmark Zanzibar Declaration
A special meeting of African ministers in charge of transport and energy held from 12-15 September on the theme, “Accelerating Infrastructure to Deliver on the AU Agenda 2063 Aspirations” has concluded with an action-oriented Zanzibar Declaration aimed at spurring the Continent’s transport and energy sectors.
Convened under the auspices of the African Union’s Fourth Ordinary Specialized Technical Committee on Transport, Transcontinental and Interregional Infrastructure and Energy, the meeting was organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).
Speaking at the Ministerial segment of the meeting, Robert Lisinge, Acting Director of the Private Sector Development and Finance Division at the ECA called on member states to address the barriers limiting private sector investments in infrastructure and energy, urging them to facilitate investments by creating conducive policy and regulatory environments. “The requirements of continental infrastructure development and the aspirations of Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 far exceed current levels of public sector investment,” he said.
He stressed that over the next ten years, there is a need for concerted action to address energy transition and security issues, in order to open up opportunities for the transformation of the continent. He cited ECA’s analytical work on the AfCFTA, which demonstrates there are investment opportunities for infrastructure development in the area of transport and energy and added that digitization and artificial intelligence offer great opportunities for the efficient operation of infrastructure.
According to the Zanzibar Declaration, the Ministers adopted the AUC and ECA continental regulatory framework for crowding-in private sector investment in Africa’s electricity markets. This framework will be used as an instrument for fast-tracking private sector investment participation in Africa’s electricity markets. The Declaration also called on ECA and partners to develop a continental energy security policy framework as called for by the 41st Ordinary Session of the Executive Council and an Energy Security Index and Dashboard to track advancements in achieving Africa’s energy security.
The meeting acknowledged the efforts by ECA to support Member States in coordinating Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) with development partners and the establishment of the African School of Regulation (ASR) as a pan-African centre of excellence to enhance the capacity of Member States on energy regulation.
The Declaration requested the ECA and partner institutions to further act in the following areas:
The AUC, in collaboration with AUDA-NEPAD, ECA, AfDB, RECs, Africa Transport Policy Programme (SSATP), and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat to implement the roadmap on the comprehensive and integrated regulatory framework on road transport in Africa.
ECA, in collaboration with AUC, to identify innovative practices and initiatives that emerged in the aviation industry in Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic and propose ways of sustaining such practices, including the development of smart airports with digital solutions for improved aviation security facilitation and environmental protection.
ECA, in collaboration with AUC, to establish mechanisms for systematic implementation, monitoring and evaluation of continental strategies for a sustainable recovery of the aviation industry.
The AUC, AUDA-NEPAD, AfDB and UNECA to engage with development partners and Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) to mobilize resources for projects preparation and implementation of PIDA-PAP 2 projects.
ECA and AUC, in collaboration with partners, to coordinate PPP initiatives to avoid duplication of efforts and strengthen complementarity.
The AUC and ECA to work with continental, regional and specialized institutions to support the design and implementation of programmes, courses, and capacity development initiatives of the African School of Regulation (ASR) to support the implementation of the African Single Electricity Market and Continental Power System Master Plan.
The AUC to work with AUDA-NEPAD, AfDB, ECA and RECs, respective power pools, regional regulatory bodies, and relevant stakeholders to design continental mechanisms for regulating and coordinating electricity trade across power pools.
AUDA-NEPAD, AUC, AFREC, ECA, AfDB, Power pools and development partners to comprehensively assess local manufacturing of renewable energy technologies and beneficiation of critical minerals for battery manufacturing.
ECA and AFREC to accelerate the implementation of the Energy4Sahel Project to improve the deployment of off-grid technologies and clean cooking in the affected Member States.
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