Random Presents: 2023 Social Media Wrapped

As we bid farewell to 2023 and head into 2024, it's time to reflect on the whirlwind of events that shaped the social media landscape this past year. From the rise of artificial intelligence to new social platforms, the year was plenty noteworthy (and a bit hectic if you ask us).

In this blog post, we'll delve into the defining moments of 2023 and offer a glimpse into what we can expect in the upcoming year.

Against a black background, red text says "Random Presents:" and white text as a subheading says "2023 Social Media Wrapped." Around the sides and bottom of the graphic, a collage of images includes photos of Elon Musk, the McDonald's Grimace Shake, the Threads logo, a brain, the X logo, and Margot Robbie as Barbie.

These Events Were the *Moments* 

AI Takeover

Are robots taking our jobs?? Not yet, but AI’s development has been nothing short of something out of a sci-fi movie. Generative AI, like ChatGPT, displayed amazing capabilities in writing natural-sounding language.

Sure, some of the writing sounds like a high schooler who is overusing a thesaurus, but the potential is there and growing.

We also witnessed the visual capabilities of AI based on simple text prompts from users, prompting a now common question: "Is this real, or is it AI?"

Here’s a post we made that sums up AI’s impact in 2023:

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New Apps! (more screen time…😮‍💨)

In 2023, we witnessed the rise and fall of several new social platforms. This year's most noteworthy new app was Threads – Meta's X (formerly Twitter) contender.

In the midst of X’s ongoing drama, Threads came at a pertinent time, reaching more than 100 million users in the first five days.

But despite the initial excitement, Threads’ hype slowly died down, losing 80% of its active users and dropping to just 8 million by the end of July.

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There were also several other social media platforms that received some hype this year, but they quickly faded away into the land of forgotten apps. Notable mentions include Lapse and Lemon8.

Goodbye Twitter. Hello X?

In 2023, Elon Musk continued his reign over Twitter, hoping to bring significant changes. However, his gradual alterations to the platform resulted in the downfall of the iconic social media site in ways no one could anticipate.

First of all, we said goodbye to Larry the Bird, Twitter’s late mascot. Sad, we know.

Musk's additional changes made Twitter less valuable as he restricted features to paying users, placed a ban on third-party client apps, flooded timelines with “verified” users, and rebranded the company as "X" in a controversial move.

Musk's bold actions with the platform and other controversies surrounding the app led to a mass exodus of users and advertisers. This left Twitter merely a shadow of its former self, raising questions about the future of the once-thriving social media giant.

Currently, it seems to be struggling despite Musk's vision of creating an "everything app" under the name X.

UGC Was King 👑

In 2023, we saw just how far user-generated content (UGC) can take a campaign. The Grimace Shake trend was a golden example of this.

The trend was unexpected (we’re still trying to wipe our memories of the horrors we saw), but the UGC that came from it was more than McDonald’s could have ever hoped for.

Surprisingly, some random cultural happenings got people talking online about a brand in ways we never saw coming.

One of these events was thanks to none other than Taylor Swift, whose romantic relationship with Travis Kelce led to tons of online conversation surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs.

Almost overnight, people who had never watched football in their lives were tuning in and creating content about the NFL team. We’re not sure this will help them win a Super Bowl in 2024, but they’ll at least have the popular vote.

And lastly, another notable mention was the Barbie movie. The nostalgic, quirky film saw momentous numbers at the box office as well as a copious amount of Barbie-related UGC during the release. We even made our own Random + Barbie post during the hype!

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Buckle Up: What We Expect to See in 2024

Want 2024 to be your breakout year on social media? Shoot us a message, and let’s talk social!

We Created a Children's Book Using Only AI - Here's How We Did It

In this era of scarily fast technological advancements, our world is facing two truths: 

1.  This generation of kids is exposed to the internet and social media and its potential dangers more than any other generation before. 

2.  Generative artificial intelligence is becoming more prevalent in the digital world than ever imagined. 

Pondering these two points, our team at That Random Agency had a lightbulb moment. We've always been at the forefront of leveraging innovative tools to create meaningful content; why not throw our hat into this new ring of AI

We wanted to create something that could teach kids about internet safety, all while only using AI. The question was: Could AI write and illustrate a children's book good enough to publish?

Thus, Internet Safety Sammy was born. 

The book cover for Internet Safety Sammy

How We Used AI to Write It 

The use of ChatGPT has been a rising trend in the digital marketing world, so we choose this as our tool to dive headfirst into and test its limits. 

To first determine how well ChatGPT could capture the essence of a children's story, we simply asked it: Act as a children's book writer. 

It churned out a magical tale for kids, but from there we wanted it to weave a narrative that taught lessons on online safety and privacy in a sneakily fun way. 

Next, to establish its knowledge on tips for internet safety for kids, we requested: In the words of a preschool teacher, tell me the top 10 warnings of social media that a child would need to know as they grow up with access to the internet.

This resulted in the following answer:

screenshot of a chatgpt answer to the prompt top 10 warnings of social media tht a child would need to know

Next, we asked ChatGPT to craft a children's story using these 10 lessons. It gave us a story that was overtly about internet safety, and we wanted a more subtle approach that would still be palatable for kids

We requested the story to be re-written in the setting of outer space, and we fine-tuned from there. We asked for more detail, a reading level for ages 6 to 10, and more inclusion for diverse families. 

After a few manual tweaks from us humans, we had a complete story. 

Mission accomplished. Now we just needed the illustrations. 

How We Used AI to Illustrate It

AI was not only our writer, but our illustrator as well. Here, we tested out Canva's new Text-to-Image tool.

a screenshot of canvva's magic media

We used the text-to-image tool to describe the graphics we needed. Planets and galaxies would be easy, we thought. But describing the characters and their purposes and contexts in the story? That would be a bit more difficult. 

We prompted the tool to create an image around each subject in the story, utilizing the color pencil art style. 

One example of a prompt we used was, Design a portrait of a futuristic child talking to a mother about what they are seeing on a device. 

It took a few rounds of regenerating the images to get the right fit, but we landed on images to include in each of the chapters.

The images were surprisingly relevant, whimsical, and looked more like an illustrator hand drew them rather than a computer.

From Idea to Print

Now that we had finally completed this ambitious project, we couldn't just let it live digitally forever.

We knew we wanted physical copies, so we self-published

the printed version of the book Internet Safety Sammy

The book is now available for purchase on Amazon here

Why We're Making a Galactic Big Deal About It

This book wasn't just a fun experiment in content creation; it also marks a paradigm shift in digital marketing, where AI becomes more than just a tool. AI is a helpful storyteller and co-creator. 

Here's why we care so much about this project: 

Random is all about zooming into new frontiers, and this AI-crafted children's book is just our latest rocket ship into the future of digital marketing. 

We're your co-pilots in all things social media, SEO, podcasting and beyond! Contact us today to learn more about how we can work together.  

5 Food Brands That Just Get Social Media in 2023

As social media nerds, our team at Random loves browsing social media for brands that post unique and engaging content. Lucky for us, many of these brands just happen to be food-related. We're either really hungry at Random, or food brands have unlocked the secrets to social media success. Probably a little bit of both.

Join us on this scrumptious journey as we dive into the profiles of five food brands that are showing success on social media.  From mouthwatering visuals to ingenious pop culture tie-ins, these brands know how to capture your attention and keep you craving for more.

Pop-Tarts

Pop-Tarts has something absolutely crucial on social media: Relevancy. 

Creatively and seamlessly tying a brand's product to pop culture is no easy task. But hey, if Pop-Tarts can do it with their product, anyone can. Through clever and timely content, they manage to capture the attention of their target audience and beyond.

Here's an example of how they tied their brand to New York Fashion Week:

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A few days after Apple announced its revolutionary VR headset, Pop-Tart announced its version of VR on social:

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And finally, here's Pop-Tart's extraterrestrial targeted post in the wake of Congress' UFO hearings:

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By aligning with pop culture and current events, Pop-Tarts not only keeps its product at the forefront of consumers' minds but also fosters a sense of relatability and authenticity. This connection with trends and cultural references enhances the brand's relevance and resonance with its audience, ultimately driving brand loyalty and sales.

Alter Eco

Alter Eco, an organic, fair-trade chocolate brand, has mastered standing out by embracing what sets it apart. This attitude is apparent in their brand identity as well as content strategy. This alignment resonates with conscious consumers who seek products that align with their values. It's a shining example of how a brand can thrive by embracing what makes it different and making it the centerpiece of its messaging.

The method that Alter Eco uses to set themselves apart takes many different forms. Here is a more direct way the brand distinguishes itself from others in the market:

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And here is a less direct way Alter Eco differentiates itself. By choosing to post raw or underproduced imagery, the brand shows its audience a more authentic side of its product:

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Kraft Mac & Cheese

Of course, what you ate every lunch as a kid is popping off on social media. Kraft Mac & Cheese does a great job at keeping up with the trends going around social media. Not only does Kraft Mac & Cheese find ways to relate trends to their products, but they also actively search out trends that fit their brand and product. This makes the execution of their posts seamless and less desperate for relevancy.

Here's Kraft Mac & Cheese's spin on a popular TikTok sound from last month. I think we can all agree that a trend like this would be a no-brainer for a brand like theirs:

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Chobani

Chobani's approach to social media marketing is a textbook example of how to engage with an audience without the hard sell. Rather than bombarding their followers with constant product promotion, Chobani focuses on providing valuable content in the form of how-to guides, hacks, and tips. By sharing content that caters to its audience's interests and needs, Chobani establishes itself as a trusted source of information and inspiration.

This post, in particular, showcases Chobani's skill in going the extra mile to provide valuable content:

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And check out Chobani's artistic direction in this post! By using vibrant shapes, duo-toned imagery, and organic textures, Chobani ‹‹follows design trends that other proactive brands are starting to incorporate. Embracing current design trends helps Chobani stay in touch with the tastes and preferences of its target audience.

OLIPOP

OLIPOP, a "healthier" soda brand making waves, has crafted a social media strategy that's not just about the soda but the people sipping it. Far too often, brand content execution falls flat by not showing real people using, tasting, or enjoying their product. By featuring the beaming smiles of happy soda lovers, OLIPOP has brewed up an emotional connection that's as effervescent as their beverages.

The following post not only features a real person with the OLIPOP product but also references Taylor Swift in the caption?! What more could social media ask for?

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Referencing a significant player in pop-culture conversation, such as Taylor Swift, is a brilliant choice from OLIPOP. It shows your audience that you understand something beyond your brand and empathize with your audience's interests.


These five brands aren't just satisfying our cravings but are also giving us a glimpse at what effective social media content should aim for. From Kraft Mac & Cheese's trend-chasing expertise to Chobani's value-packed approach, you can pull a lot of social inspiration from just these brands. So, we hope this deep dive has left you inspired (and hungry) for success in your social media endeavors.


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Why Building Photos Go Viral: A Random Social Media Study

As social media data junkies, our team at Random loves to explore the reasons why some of our social media posts perform better than others. The topic at hand? Why photos of buildings (that's right, buildings) tend to perform higher than other photos on social media.

The Building Blocks

In the ever-evolving landscape of content marketing, it's crucial to understand what resonates with your audience. Recent research and analysis of client data have revealed an intriguing trend: content featuring images of buildings significantly outperforms other types of content in both engagement and impressions. Let's delve into the numbers and the potential reasons behind this phenomenon.

For the purpose of this study, we stuck to one social media platform: Instagram. Our Social Media Analyst did some deep diving into our clients' social media profiles and collected any photos that displayed the exterior of their buildings. Once the sample of posts was collected, he proceeded to examine the posts based on various KPIs, keeping a focus on engagement and impressions. 

What Stands Out

  1. Engagement: Content with images of buildings averaged an impressive 89.5% better in engagement compared to the monthly content averages.
  2. Impressions: Such content also saw a 44% increase in impressions over their monthly content averages.

These statistics are compelling, suggesting that there's more to building imagery than meets the eye.

Breaking it Down

Hypothesis #1: Breaking the Monotony with Visual Appeal

Most content calendars feature a myriad of images, from people and products to landscapes and abstract graphics. However, our data indicates that there are usually no more than 1 or 2 photos of buildings per month in the case of our clients, Comerica Bank. As you can see, in Comerica Bank's Instagram feed, the scarcity could be a reason that these images stand out, breaking the content monotony. Their unique visual appeal might be the breath of fresh air that users need, prompting them to engage more with the content.

Hypothesis #2: Landmarks for Branding

Buildings, especially iconic ones, can serve as recognizable landmarks. When consistently featured in content, they can become synonymous with a brand's identity. Think of how the Eiffel Tower is instantly associated with Paris or how the Golden Gate Bridge is emblematic of San Francisco. By leveraging such powerful symbols, brands can create a strong visual identity that resonates with their audience.

Here are two examples of buildings that Comerica Bank holds near and dear to their heart. Their newest construction, known as Business HQ, and the Comerica Tower, both located in Dallas, TX, are pinnacle examples of how companies can use buildings as part of their brand image.

Hypothesis #3: A Sense of Geography and Relatability

Buildings inherently convey a sense of place. Whether it's a skyscraper in New York or a historic building in Texas, they ground content in a specific geography. This can foster a sense of relatability, especially among local audiences. For instance, this photo of the Comerica Tower amongst the Dallas, TX, skyline, may have resonated with our local audience and given them a sense of pride, ultimately making them more likely to engage with it.


While the exact reasons behind the success of building imagery in content marketing might remain a subject of debate, the numbers are clear: they work. Whether it's their rarity, their branding potential, or their geographical significance, buildings have carved a niche for themselves in the content landscape.

Brands looking to boost their engagement and impressions might consider incorporating more architectural imagery into their content strategy. After all, in the world of content marketing, it's all about building connections “ and what better way to do that than with buildings?

Break the monotony; let Random get your audience engaged! Contact us to learn more about how we can transform your social media. 

Are All Social Media Metrics Created Equal?

There is more to analyzing social media posts than just counting the number of likes a post might have or seeing how many views your video may have received. The significant growth of the data analysis industry has extended to social media, and the demand for its implementation is crucial for executing digital marketing strategies. Optimization techniques in social media marketing are frequently implemented through the use of metrics.

Before diving deeper into the application of metrics in the world of social media, it would be appropriate to define what a metric is. 

A metric can be generally defined as measurements used to evaluate performance. In the context of social media, metrics can give us insight to how well a particular post, channel, or campaign is performing. Some of the most commonly observed ones in measuring social media content are as follows:

EngagementThe number of interactions in a post. These interactions can come in the form of likes, comments, shares, etc. 
ImpressionsThe number of times the content has appeared to users. 
ReachThe number of unique users that saw the content. 
Click-Through Rate (CTR)Percentage of users who clicked on a link compared to its audience exposure. Usually divided over impressions.  

The overall pool of metrics used in social media is vast and highly dependent on objectives, platforms, and the level of analysis. Today, we aim to answer the specific question of which social media metrics carry more weight when it comes to analyzing performance.

We will take a look at each of the most prominent metrics used to analyze social media performance and analyze them on a platform-by-platform basis.

How Social Platforms Weigh Metrics Differently 

Engagement is likely the most commonly used metric to measure performance on every social platform. This metric generally accumulates all the different interactions that are unique to their respective platform to create a holistic measurement of content relevancy and how well the audiences are resonating with a post.

On Meta platforms, specifically Facebook and Instagram, engagement is considered a significant variable when it comes to prioritizing a post's ability to spread to a broader audience. Among different types of engagement, both platforms heavily prioritizes likes, comments, and shares when it comes to fueling this visibility. Engagement on Facebook is also thought to be more personal, considering the network's tendency for personal connections with friends and family. 

On Instagram, as a platform with a greater emphasis on visuals and a robust influencer culture, engagement takes a similar form to that on Facebook (likes, comments, and shares). However, on this platform, engagement may be derived more from what the viewer finds visually appealing.

The metrics themselves, when it comes to engagement, may start to take a different form when we start comparing platforms such as LinkedIn and X (formerly Twitter). 

For example, LinkedIn includes 'Post Clicks' and 'Follows' as additional metrics when calculating the total engagement for each piece of content. These 'Post Clicks' differ from Meta's 'Link Clicks' as they record not only direct user interactions with any given links but also interactions with any clickable elements within a post (such as images or profiles). The trade-off with this method of recording clicks is that it can inflate the click-through rate (CTR) and complicate efforts to standardize clicks across different platforms. This is an important factor to consider when understanding why total engagement may appear in larger quantities for this platform. When it comes to weighing various forms of engagement metrics, LinkedIn's 'Follows' can indicate a higher level of engagement, as they demonstrate users' intent to see more of your content in their feeds.

At its current stage of rebranding, X may be the most challenging platform to analyze. Formerly known as Twitter, the platform's users have become accustomed to its posts, which were normalized as 'Tweets,' aligning well with the platform's name. Due to its ongoing changes, X might undergo a renaming process that incorporates metrics along with post names. Content on X consistently prioritizes trending topics and timely information, resulting in a high level of engagement through the 'Retweet' metric. They are often used as a measure of how viral or shareable a tweet is, and they contribute to the overall engagement level of a tweet. Clicks on X may carry less weight compared to the previously mentioned platforms, as recent studies indicate that this platform has the lowest average percentage in click-through rate (CTR). This could be a result of the skewness towards higher impressions per tweet. Additionally, differences in ad performance between platforms might also contribute to this phenomenon.

Navigating this sea of metrics is a complex yet necessary task. With each platform having its unique metrics landscape, understanding the significance and weight of these metrics can provide valuable insights tailored to the context of each platform.

Which Metrics Should I Prioritize? 

When evaluating which metrics to prioritize in regards to measuring success for a campaign or post, it's highly important to factor in key performance indicators (KPIs). KPIs help measure the success of content as they are quantifiable metrics that provide a clear understanding of how well a campaign or post is performing in relation to those goals. It's important to note that all KPIs are metrics, but not all metrics are KPIs. 

When thinking about a social media post, metrics can cover a wide range of engagements and impressions. Let's say we're creating a promotional post with the goal of attracting more users to visit a website through the link in the description. A good KPI to measure the success of our objective would be clicks (or CTR). Other forms of engagement, such as likes or comments, might not be weighted as heavily as they are usually not going to correlate to an increase in website traffic. Being able to align social media posts with an objective allows you to transform any of these metrics into a measurable KPI. These will greatly enhance your understanding of how effective your social media strategy is and whether you're reaching your goals.

Below are a few more examples of common social media objectives, along with some of their corresponding KPIs:

Objective: Website Traffic KPIs: Clicks, Click-Through Rate (CTR)
Objective: Brand AwarenessKPIs: Reach, Impressions
Objective: Showcase New ProductKPIs: Likes, Comments, Shares
Objective: Build CommunityKPIs: Page Likes, Follower Increase

Our experts at Random are ready to create data-backed digital campaigns for your business! Reach out to us below to learn more about how we can work together. 

Why (and How) Keynote Speakers Should Diversify

As the world of corporate keynote speakers grows more expansive, it's harder for speakers to distinguish themselves using only their exceptional speeches. To truly stand out from the crowd, they'll need to build a personal brand. 


We're walking through the steps keynote speakers can take to build a brand that will tell their story, boost digital awareness, and drive bookings. 


So you've built a great speech now what? 

You've perfected your speech. Now what? Whether you're a motivational speaker, educational speaker, or corporate speaker, having a personal brand is essential. 


Because, unless you're an A-List celebrity speaker, you're going to need a little work to boost your name recognition. 


Personal branding not only improves name recognition; it can differentiate you from competition, enhance your credibility, and position you as a trustworthy leader in the industry.


The elements of your personal branding can live on both earned and owned channels.

Where should you start? Let's start with the basics: 

Logo/Color Palette: Create a logo and color palette that encapsulates your message and gives the impression you want potential clients to receive. Do you want your look to be refined and corporate? Or is your speaking message more upbeat and energizing? 

Your Audience & Messaging: If you're not sure where to start with your personal logo and branding elements, take a step back.

Invest in a high-quality website.

Whether you're skilled in website building yourself or you decide to hire a designer, investing in a high-quality website is crucial to your personal brand as a keynote speaker. 

Your website will be the hub of all your leads and connections. This will be the spot potential clients come to learn your story, so it's one of the most important places to hook them. 


Your challenge? Don't let a single website visitor leave without filling out an inquiry form or leaving some kind of contact information. 


Don't be shy with photos and sizzle reels. Boost your face recognition by utilizing high-quality photos across the site. Same goes with speaking clips and sizzle reels; don't be shy with adding those on every page. Your speech is the money-maker, after all. Show off your talent!

Plus, including video on your website improves your SEO and boosts conversions. SEO experts at Moz found that including video on websites can lead to three times more backlinks (links on third-party websites that point back to your site) than average. This increases organic traffic to your website. 


Add an easy-to-find booking form. This should be a button that stands out on your menu list or, if you're feeling bold, lives front and center on the home page next to a photo or sizzle reel.

On the booking page itself, include a native form that keeps potential clients on your website, but still sends their information to a central location. For example, the form we created for Sara's website sends submissions straight to Sara's agent at The Kirkpatrick Agency. Be sure to ask for the company name, date of the event, and budget!

Use lead magnets. A lead magnet is an exclusive resource or deal offered to your website visitors in exchange for their contact information. These are helpful for drawing in potential clients and industry connections with a free item before they commit to booking you. 50% of marketers experience higher conversion rates when they use lead magnets.


Examples of lead magnets include webinars, downloadable guides and worksheets, and short ebooks. To gain access to the free resource, the person must provide their name and email address. These contacts can be saved for future use to reach out to for bookings or find potential clients through references.

Looking for more tips? Check out our blog post on the best practices for designing an effective website here.


Build your brand on social media. 

Now that you've built a great website, it's time to launch (or upgrade) your social media. Utilizing social media in this digital age will boost your brand awareness, help you reach new audiences, and build relationships with potential clients. 


Create a strategy. Your social media strategy will help you define and track your goals for your social media presence. One of the biggest goals for keynote speakers is engagement and conversions to your website. Choosing which platforms to post on can be the make or break of how many engagements and conversions you receive. 


LinkedIn is one of the most relevant platforms for keynote speakers to take advantage of. This platform allows you to connect more directly with your primary audience of booking agents, speakers bureaus, and potential clients. Check out our blog post for tips on creating effective LinkedIn content


Prioritize video content. Social media users will obtain 95% of a message watched on video, compared to only 10% read in text. Video content has become one of the most effective content types for boosting engagement and acquiring new leads. Video-forward platforms like TikTok and YouTube can be great for showing off your speaking clips in short-form video format.

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Regardless of the type of speeches you've built, kickstarting your personal brand as a keynote speaker is essential for boosting your credibility, widening your influence, and driving more bookings. 


Our team members at Random are experts at creating digital content for professional keynote speakers. Chat with us below to learn more about our past client work and how we can build your brand together!

Should Your Brand be Using Reddit?

In 2023, you might feel like your brand is adding a new social media channel to your social strategy every month. Apps like Instagram's Threads is one of those new channels that brands have had to adopt pretty quickly.

However, there are several social platforms that have been around for years but are rather underutilized by brands. One of these platforms is Reddit. 

Reddit isn't usually considered as influential as other popular social media platforms, although it deserves to be. The network has over 500 million monthly active users and is one of the most engaged communities on the internet.

What Is Reddit?

To those who have never used Reddit, the platform might look like a confusing mess. But inside that mess lies a world of community and conversation.

Reddit has a forum-style structure, where users can create topic-based posts that other users can interact with. These posts are published in topic-based communities called subreddits. And let us tell you, there is a subreddit for pretty much everything. We even found a subreddit called r/TVTooHigh, where users share pictures of TVs they come across that are too close to the ceiling. The subreddit has over 130k members. It's important work they're doing. 

Each subreddit provides a rich ecosystem for brands to connect with individuals who share similar interests and lifestyles.

How Does Reddit Work?

Here's the bare basics of how Reddit works: every post is published by an OP (original poster) who started it. Users can upvote or downvote posts or comments on Reddit.

Reddit's user-driven nature allows the community to decide what content rises to prominence or falls to unimportance. This system encourages the most engaging and relevant content to reach the top of each subreddit, fostering organic discussions and interactions. Brands can participate in these discussions by posting content, replying to comments, and engaging with the community. However, it's important to approach Reddit with authenticity, transparency, and a genuine desire to contribute to the conversation.

3 Ways Brands Can Use Reddit

Now that we have a grasp of Reddit's essence, let's explore three effective ways in which brands can utilize this platform:

Understanding Your Audience

Like we've mentioned before, Reddit is full of user-driven opinions and conversations. A lot of these conversations could be relevant to your brand. But you have to know where to look.

Many subreddits on the platform are geared towards users asking questions. This is a great opportunity for brands to learn what pain points their audience or potential audience has. For example, let's say your brand is a financial institution. You could visit subreddits adjacent to your brand, such as r/FinancialPlanning, to see what questions users are most commonly asking.

Running Ask Me Anything (AMA) Sessions

AMAs are very popular on Reddit. These posts are designed as a live Q&A format with the purpose of connecting an expert on a particular subject with a community of individuals who share a common interest. As users post their questions in the thread comments, the AMA host can reply. It's a simple yet amazing way to increase brand visibility and humanize your brand.

Here's an example of an AMA the CEO of Nissan and Renault did. The AMA resulted in over 4,000 comments!

Discovering User-Generated Content

If you're mining for user-generated content (UGC), Reddit just might be your gold mine. Because of Reddit's structure, it's the perfect home for product photos, testimonials, and reviews.

For example, check this post from a happy customer on the r/Fender (Fender Guitars) subreddit:

Is Reddit Worth It?

While this blog post lists several advantages for brands, it's smart to consider the potential challenges when it comes to Reddit. Because the site is very user-driven, brand interaction on the platform can often come across as inauthentic. While brands reign supreme on platforms like Instagram and Twitter (and now Threads), many Reddit users see their platform as one of the last unblemished spots on the internet. No pressure.

Our suggestion is to use Reddit as an opportunity to listen to your audience, rather than promote. Who knows? Perhaps Reddit is the key you need to truly understand what and how your audience thinks.

Need more help connecting with your brand's audience? Shoot us a message to crush the social media game!

Leveraging LinkedIn: A Guide for Executive Leaders

Professional networking and personal branding have become essential in today's digital age. LinkedIn has emerged as a powerful platform for executive leaders, offering a unique opportunity for professionals to connect, share insights, and build meaningful relationships within their industries. In this blog post, we will explore how executive leaders can leverage the power of LinkedIn to enhance their personal brand, expand their network, and drive professional success.

Crafting an Engaging Profile

The first step to harnessing LinkedIn's potential as an executive leader is to create a compelling and professional profile. Pay special attention to your headline, summary, and experience sections to ensure they're up-to-date and accurate. Use concise yet descriptive language to highlight your expertise, achievements, and leadership skills that you've developed in your roles. Pro Tip: Including a professional headshot further enhances your credibility and helps make a strong first impression.


If you're a consistent poster on the platform and want to take your profile a step further, turn on ˜Creator Mode' to turn your connections into followers. By turning this feature on, you can grow your reach while gaining access to additional features such as:

Establishing Thought Leadership

LinkedIn is an excellent platform for executive leaders to establish themselves as thought leaders in their respective industries. Individuals can share valuable content such as articles, videos, or thought-provoking insights on trending topics to engage industry-specific users. Ignite and participate in discussion to showcase your expertise and provide value to others while gaining new perspectives. Depending on your wheelhouse, you can publish original articles that allow you to showcase your thought leadership to a broader audience and attract new followers. 

Building a Relative Network

LinkedIn is a powerful tool for expanding your professional network. We recommend connecting with industry peers, colleagues, clients, and other professionals who share similar interests. Actively seek out and join relevant groups and communities to engage with like-minded individuals and foster meaningful connections. Networking on LinkedIn opens doors to new opportunities, collaboration, and knowledge sharing.

Engaging in Relationship Building

Building relationships is vital for executive leaders, and LinkedIn facilitates this process. Engage with your connections by liking, commenting on, and sharing their content. Show genuine interest in their professional journeys, congratulate them on achievements, and offer support when appropriate. When applicable, share posts that give you the opportunity to tag fellow colleagues to further build your relationships and expand your reach. Building a strong network is about fostering mutually beneficial relationships that can lead to partnerships, referrals, and career growth.

Staying Active and Consistent

Consistency is key when it comes to LinkedIn. Regularly engage with your network by sharing valuable content, commenting on relevant posts, and responding to messages. By maintaining an active presence, you increase your visibility and build credibility within your industry. Allocate dedicated time each week to nurture your LinkedIn presence and make it a part of your professional routine. Pro Tip: Turn your busy schedule into opportunities. Share your experiences such as recent events you attended, client meetings, career wins, and other company-wide news as posts on your LinkedIn page. 

LinkedIn has evolved beyond a mere job search platform and transformed into a valuable resource for executive leaders. By leveraging the power of LinkedIn, you can enhance your personal brand, establish thought leadership, expand your network, and drive professional success. Embrace this digital networking tool, and unlock its potential to connect, inspire, and collaborate with professionals around the globe. 


Remember, your LinkedIn presence is not just a profile; it's an opportunity to showcase your leadership and make a lasting impact in your industry.


Talk to us about our wide-ranging experience in creating thought leadership content for executive clients on LinkedIn! We'd love to work together. 

The Do's and Don'ts of Pride Month Marketing

Celebrating Pride Month in the digital world: Many companies have gotten it wrong (some VERY wrong), and others have nailed it. If you want to acknowledge and celebrate Pride in your brand's online content this month, here are the biggest do's and don'ts to remember.

Do go beyond the bare minimum. Don't treat it like a box to be checked off.

If your only plans for the month are to change your brand's profile pics to rainbow logos, try to go deeper. Here are some ideas to spark your creativity:

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One great example comes from Abercrombie & Fitch, who kicked off Pride Month early by announcing their donation to The Trevor Project, the leading suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ+ young people. They also worked with LGBTQ+ talent for this content and launched a fashionable pride collection in partnership with The Trevor Project.

Do think outside of the box. Don't be boring. 

Pride is about expression. Have fun with your posts! Here are some more ideas to spark MORE creativity:

Your audience will notice if you treat Pride Month content like a box to check off (Cool, we made a pretty post with a rainbow, we're done). Authenticity goes a long way, and you don't want to come across as only fulfilling an obligation and nothing more. Put some effort in, y'all. Let's make this month's social media content a true celebration of the LGBTQ+ community!

Do be mindful of your representation. Don't be afraid to ask for help. 

An important part of creating Pride content on your brand's social media is being mindful of how you might be depicting LGBTQ+ individuals in your posts or ads. 

Here are some questions to ask yourself as you triple-check posts before hitting publish:

If you're in doubt, this is when it can come in handy to consult a DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) expert in your organization or collaborate with LGBTQ+ members of your team and community.

Do have a community management plan. Don't let any hate win.

Unfortunately, now more than ever, celebrating Pride online can come with some backlash. It's good to have a plan for responding to any hateful comments that might appear on your posts this month. 

One strategy is to hide any and all derogatory comments. This strategy can work if your brand's values align more with creating a safe space for LGBTQ+ followers on your page. 

Another strategy is to respond to hateful comments. This can take more time and resources, but it can be worth it if your brand is focused on starting conversations and educating people. 
Check out more tips for community management during Pride Month here.

Do continue your efforts after June is over. Don't forget about inclusion year-round.

Many brands let themselves fall victim to this phenomenon. No, we're not saying brands need to keep a rainbow logo all year round. But diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts shouldn't be contained to one month per year. 

Some ideas for you: 

The point here is to really take time to acknowledge, celebrate, and welcome people from all communities and identities that may be in your audience online. 

More than ever, consumers are watching brands and expecting them to make clear stances on social causes. Brands and corporations have incredible power to influence and change the world for the better. That responsibility is one to be taken seriously. 

Happy Pride! 

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5 Unconventional Ways to Promote Your Podcast

It's no secret that the popularity of podcasts has risen in recent years, with millions of people tuning in to their favorites daily. But with so many podcasts available, it can be difficult to distinguish between the competition and entice new listeners. Despite their effectiveness, traditional marketing strategies like email blasts and social media promotion can occasionally fall short. So if you are stuck on how to make your podcast go viral, here are five unconventional strategies for podcast promotion that you might not have considered before.

Collaborate with other podcasters

  1. A great method to cross-promote your show is to collaborate with other podcasters in your niche. Connect with them and propose a joint episode or a guest appearance. You'll get access to a new group of listeners who may not have been familiar with your podcast otherwise.

Host a live event

  1. An excellent way to engage with your listeners and foster a sense of community around your podcast is to host live events. Try holding a meet-and-greet with your followers, a Q&A session with listeners, or a live recording of your show. Whether in-person or virtual, this could be a fantastic chance to interact more personally with your audience and even receive valuable feedback from them. 

Create a YouTube channel

  1. Since YouTube is a video-only platform, unlike podcasting, it can help you expand your audience. Experiment with creating brief video snippets of your podcast episodes, producing behind-the-scenes material, or recording guest interviews. This can be an effective method to advertise your show, helping you draw in listeners who spend more time on YouTube.

Leverage influencer marketing

  1. Influencer marketing has grown to be a popular strategy used by brands to reach new consumers. Finding influential people in your niche who have a sizable following can help you reach out to potential listeners. Start by contacting these individuals and asking them to promote your podcast to their audience. Offer them incentives and rewards like a commission or a guest appearance on your show. By collaborating with influential figures in your field, you can leverage their credibility and audience to increase traffic to your podcast.

Create a podcast trailer

  1. Crafting a podcast trailer is a terrific approach to getting the attention of potential listeners. A trailer is a brief introduction to your show that focuses on its distinguishing qualities and advantages. Think about producing an eye-and-ear-catching trailer that highlights your personality and the subjects you address. To draw in more listeners, you can share this on social media, your website, and other platforms.

Whether you try all or some of these ideas, promoting your podcast requires a little imagination and originality. You may expand your audience and draw in new listeners by utilizing collaborations, live events, YouTube channels, influencer marketing, and podcast trailers.  Keep in mind that marketing your podcast is a continuous process, so try out different approaches to see what works best for you.

We've got years of experience creating and promoting podcasts at Random, so let us help you! Send us a message below to learn how we can work together to boost your podcast.