If you spend any time at all on social media, you know what a meme is. Memes are such an integral part of Internet culture.
While they started as bits of humor and entertainment, today’s memes are more diverse. That doesn’t mean that the LOLcats or being Rickrolled is obsolete, it just means there is a lot more a meme can accomplish now. For businesses, memes are often used to spread popular inspirational / motivational quotes or brand messages.
The reason that memes are as popular as they are derives from the fact that these graphics are the gateway to going viral. Visuals are such a central part of any social media strategy because they attract more attention. Plus, memes are shareable. It takes mere seconds for a viewer to decide they like something enough to share it with their fans or followers. The right meme can build up a ton of traction and attention.
This amount of presence online is the real reason behind creating a meme. Of course, not everyone’s memes will go viral. If they do, jackpot! However, there are still good reasons to create your own memes even if one of them never become viral. Here are some stats about visual content from a recent Hubspot article:
“Researchers have found that colored visuals increase people’s willingness to read a piece of content by 80%.”
“Content with relevant images gets 94% more views than content without relevant images.”
“Visual content is more than 40X more likely to get shared on social media than other types of content.”
Branding Your Own Memes
Now, you know you should be creating your own memes. In a recent blog post, we talked about the importance of being the face of your own brand. It is time to blend these two ideas together to create memes for your brand.
What kind of content can you use to create your own memes? Well, you can go the easy route and grab quotes that relate to your brand and create your own visuals – slapping your logo into the image somewhere. However, I would like to encourage you to go through your own content and create memes with your own quotes. Why? If your meme resonates with your audience, they will share it. Not only will this increase your brand image on social media, having your own quotes on there automatically establishes you as an influencer or expert in your industry.
Another way to #LoveYourBrand, quoting yourself in your own memes is tool in the toolbox of personal branding ideas for your social content. As always, I hope this helps you #BeAwesome online and generate some business at the same time.
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Hollie Clere, of The Social Media Advisor is a "#BeAwesome" Developer, Social Media Brand Builder, Content Manager, Trainer and Author in LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and the tools to manage them.
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