Category Archives: Social media

New video launched

Still from the 8th Day video

We have just launched an online video for the 8th Day Co-operative

Our client Eighth Day has gone live with a new video which was directed by Ethos public relations and filmed by Andreas Andrews Photography.

Eighth Day decided to commission a video for their website, which was filmed during Independents’ Day, an annual event to promote the UK’s independent retailers, to showcase the breadth of products and services they offer.

Eighth Day café and shop on Oxford Road in Manchester stocks what is arguably the largest selection of organic and natural vegetarian and vegan foods in the North West. It has been trading for over forty years and was recently been awarded ‘Best Independent Retailer’ in the Natural & Organic Awards 2013.

Ethos public relations has over 16 years’ experience of offering communications, marketing and media relations services to a wide range of clients and we have produced a number of online videos. To find out more about our video production services and to see other videos we have produced click here.

An online video is a great way for your organisations to share its key messages and an informative, well-produced and fun video can really engage your key audiences.

If you would like to watch the Eighth Day video click here. If you would like to find out more about how we could help your organisation with an online video, please contact us.

Social media hits new heights

Photo of Ethos public relations Twitter feedRecent news that YouTube now has over 1 billion users a month is another milestone in the remorseless growth of social media. In the autumn, Facebook hit the 1 billion users a month mark and Twitter celebrated its seventh birthday, with 200 million active users and 400 million tweets a day.

All this sounds incredible, but really it’s not surprising, as these networks are very addictive. I never thought I would say it but, for me, life without social media is now unthinkable.

Social media in all its forms is rapidly becoming today’s most accessed communication platform. News often breaks on Twitter, for example, minutes if not hours before it reaches traditional media and stories spread around the world in seconds.

Of course, with 400 million tweets a day, there’s bound to be a lot of trivia – from what you’ve had for dinner to what your pet has done – and I’m sure many of us get exasperated about the sheer volume of tweets, which it is almost impossible to keep up with. However, for organisations, it is still a fast and effective way to reach an interested audience.

Facebook offers the scope for greater depth and interaction and allows businesses to create a more personalised and accessible resource for customers and potential customers to refer to. Posting well-made videos on YouTube on the other hand is an effective way to engage your target audience and entertain them. A video can often have much more impact than a photo.

Sometimes I think to myself why do I need (and use) all these social networks? But, like most people I am sure, I tend to use them in different ways. I check my tweets for what’s happening in the world, I go on Facebook to “talk” to family and friends and get the latest news from organisations I support, and I use YouTube for listening to music and for entertainment (which often then involves seeing adverts and videos made by organisations).

With audiences now in the billions, only an ostrich would ignore the communication potential of social networks. Now where’s that dancing pony video again?