Trend Tool #1: Social Media
Many of the fads mentioned above are intertwined with social media. Facebook is a social network. Hashtags are used mainly on social networks. And often, when websites, web pages, blog posts and videos shoot to fame, a lot of the hype is on social media.
If you want to spotlight your brand or anything related to it, being active on social media will increase your chances. Too, you can get a better idea of what it will take to help you reach that goal. By paying attention to what people are most interested in or concerned about, you can improve your posts and position your business cleverly.
What hashtags are being widely used right now? How can you use them in a way that makes sense for your industry and audience? What are some common threads between recent trending web pages, videos and so on? Can those same methods work for you? Social media is the place to engage, observe, gather, adjust, and engage, again and again.
Trend Tool #2: Google Trends
This handy tool allows you to search key terms and see whether their popularity has increased or decreased over time. Obviously, you wouldn’t want to waste energy, time and resources “riding the wave” of a dying craze. You want to get in on the action early on or at the peak of popularity.
Using this tool together with others (or with your ear to the ground that is social media), you can choose the right trends to join in on.
How to Jump on the Trend Bandwagon
Other than tools, what should be your strategy to leverage trends for marketing and business growth? Read on to find out.
1. Use Popular Hashtags
Hashtags, in general, give your business more exposure on social media. They categorize your posts with others on the same topic, excluding unrelated noise and making you more likely to be discovered. How likely, though, depends on how many people are searching a certain tag.
Doesn’t it make sense, then, that you should use popular hashtags to increase your visibility?
2. Share Your Opinion on Hot Topics
When there’s a specific topic on your audience’s mind, join the conversation. Share your opinion. If nothing else, it will attract attention, but it may also increase engagement and people’s support of your business (and help to strengthen your reputation).
3. Relate It Back to Your Business
It’s okay to occasionally talk about unrelated but important current issues. Most often, though, you should choose subjects that are relevant in some way to what you do. That doesn’t necessarily limit you to just your industry, yet you do need to be able to make some connection between what you choose to discuss and your business.
4. Get Your Audience Talking
A two-way conversation is always better in business than a one-sided one. Don’t do all the talking. Give your audience opportunities to express their opinions.
Use Trending to Your Advantage
Society’s tendency towards short bursts of intense enthusiasm can create many opportunities for you. Leverage existing crazes to enhance your marketing, or shine the spotlight on your business and make it the latest topic of conversation.
Whichever route you choose to go, remember one important thing. Evergreen content is still important. As discussed, interest and popularity shift constantly. If you rely too heavily on what’s currently “in,” interest in your business will cool off once that’s no longer the case. So make sure to create and share plenty of evergreen content. It will stay relevant for years to come and so will your business!