Facebook FOMO

Like I’ve reiterated time and time again, making a presence on social media platforms is key to branding businesses and reaching out to potential customers. Utilizing multiple accounts can sometimes be confusing or seem like too much; however, it’s all about understanding who your audience is and how to cater to their interests using the websites that they enjoy most. Two of the most popular social media sites are none other than Facebook and Twitter.

Source: Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, February 2013

Source: Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, February 2013

As seen above in this bar graph, Facebook holds down the first place position, Twitter ranking just slightly behind in second place. Each one of the social media platforms presented in this 2013 graph are further divided into four bars expressing certain age groups. The two bars with the largest percentage, in both Facebook and Twitter, are users of 18 to 29 years of age. We all know that the legal drinking age is 21 across the United States, so a pretty good amount of users within the highest ranked age group for these two platforms are allowed to drink. If they aren’t old enough to drink, they can at the very least still go to a nightclub because they are 18.

Nightclub owners can easily find and put this information to use to promote and brand their establishment, or even specific events and specials being held for a limited time. I’ve previously elaborated on how Twitter has been used to its full potential by a bar in the town where I currently reside. It’s such a simplistic and quick networking device to connect with customers. But, what about good ol’ Facebook? Should nightclub owners make a presence on there if they already have other social media accounts up and running?

…hmm. How could we forget about Mark Zuckerberg’s greatest idea? Or stolen… idea…? Eh, whatever.

Using the specific age group statistics from above, nightlife establishments could focus on using Facebook’s numerous attributes rather than sticking to only Twitter, per say.  Wishpond gives five steps for bars and nightclubs to better market themselves and their businesses through Facebook.

  1. Target Your Audience.
  2. Share Photos.
  3. Promote Events.
  4. Create Buzz.
  5. Build Fans.

These five steps may seem rather obvious to some of you, but they are so incredibly important. Any social media site is going to of course get your name better known and build your brand. Though, going the extra mile by using fun-filled visuals to promote your events and create a positive buzz is essential. Personally, I love seeing pictures and videos with confetti, people smiling and dancing, along with so many fun-colored lasers that it looks like a Crayola box just exploded. Visuals like that make me want to just jump into them because they seem like so much fun. Using visuals like the type I just described probably have a much better shot at getting customers through the club doors than some boring picture of people sitting in a booth drinking. What’s the fun in that? Anyone can sit and drink on their couch instead of going out spending money. Presenting those potential customers with numerous, hyped visuals on Facebook makes it harder and harder for them to resist, possibly even creating some FOMO.

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A Single Twitter Handle Can Change Nightlife

Merriam-Webster defines nightlife as, “the activity of or entertainment provided for pleasure-seekers at night”. Hmm, that seems kind of vague right? I think so, too. Personally, in this day in age, I believe that this one simple word stands for so much more than the definition given to us–hopefully I can change your opinion, too.

Social media outlets now have an outstanding influence on the energy, growth and sustainability that is so very important to nightlife all across the country. Especially in popular cities like New York City, Miami, Los Angeles and so on. These popular social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and the extremely booming platform, Twitter, have consumed the majority of all marketing aspects of nightlife.

It’s crazy how one single Twitter handle can influence nightclubs and how often people frequent them, along with their opinion on the experience they may have. Rachel Rattenni posted a piece on a website, Guest of a Guest, about how one young girl who goes by the name of @nycgrlproblems has changed New York nightlife by simply tweeting.

Rattenni states, “As she assumes her following consists mostly 18-25 year-old girls from Manhattan, 20,000 is no small number—almost 30% of that demographic according to the Department of City Planning. In addition to satirical anecdotes meant to entertain, @nycgrlproblems has harnessed her network of followers to help promote local businesses that are important to her.”

Social media may seem like something only for the younger generation, but boy is that wrong. Using these platforms should go beyond occasionally posting pictures and videos to promote your club. It’s not just a “cool” thing to participate in, or a current”fad”–it’s a must for all businesses to mix into their marketing strategies to flourish their reputation and profit.